A hearty welcome to SanDee&amelie's challenge blog! We are so glad that you stopped by our little Steampunk corner and we hope you will join in our monthly challenges and have as much fun as we do! So please check the "about" stuff and the rules and have a go!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Raise the Curtains!" - Mid Month Reminder

Servus and welcome back to part two of our show below raised curtains!

Team B have outdone themselves as well and are happy to help you along with getting your mojo started by sharing their bundle of awesome steampunk inspiration with you today!

This month's theme 

should open a wide field for adding fabric, drawn, stamped or any other kind of curtains you can think of to your steampunk creations! Both teams - A and B - showed that there are endless possibilities for interpretation!

But before we head on to their makes I would like to once more tell our readers (and also possible new players) that with our challenges we hope to be able to simply encourage as many of you as possible to find out what industrial and technical looking elements, colours and/or surfaces "do to your art" and how to play with them as just another means for composition in colour, texture and shape.There is no level of steampunk art we do NOT want to see honestly. If you take a giant leap or just small steps - it is up to you. We want to see you in your makes in the first place!

Don't let yourself get intimidated by any definitions on what "real steampunk" might or might not be! Just follow your heart and find your very personal approach to this special style. And have fun! ;)

Our prize sponsor this month are Inspiration Emporium


who will generously give away a $25 voucher to one randomly drawn winner. So all you have to do to get eligible for this awesome prize is play along and enter up to 3 projects. Each entry counts separately...so you can double or even triple your chances! ;)

And NOW let me (finally) show you the makes of team B! 


Raise the The Curtains!

A lot of layers, Curtains made out of tissue paper & Lace

All held back with cogs. Why not join us! and play along.
Details over on my blog.

The Gentleman comes home and lays his goggles and pocket watch on the table, he looks up at his beloved's portrait knowing he will always keep her in his heart. He then turns with a light step and can not contain the glee he feels as he opens the curtains to his..............

Lab! He knows he is so close to figuring out how he will see his beloved again. 
If you would like to know more about The Gentleman and how his Lab was created feel free to stop by my blog. 

I loved making this Steampunk Theatre...it was such fun to make!
The actors can't wait to begin their performance...
Wait a minute!!.......Where are the actors?.........

 I just love the story and old movie of "The Wizard of Oz" - so when I read "curtains" the scene when Toto reveals the "huge and mighty Oz" (by pulling aside the green curtain) came to my mind immediately. I tried to create a canvas shadowbox showing exactly that scene with all its magic and steampunk fun!
I hope you like it too.

From an old wood frame to a new idea with 3D effect for our home decoration.
- A little sheltie dog in Steampunk dreams -

I recycled a fish tin, which was hugely inspiring. I made a shadowbox with an old fashioned public telephone as a telephone booth to call someone we love. After the call we can lower the curtain.


If you haven't seen the creations from team A also take a closer look at them over HERE! Our challenge is open until the end of the month and as usual we offer two separate collections for your 2D and 3 D projects. 
  To get to our challenge click HERE

We hope to see you join in soon!
Hugs and happy steampunk crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team! 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

March's Top3 and Prize Winner

Servus and welcome back to today's announcement of our Top3 and the prize winner of the fab surprise package from lovely Tusia from 7 Dots Studio


We had overwhelming thirty-four entries last month - which always is the greatest "reward" for the team who work so eagerly to constantly provide you with unique inspiration and eye candy! Thanks for paying us back by entering loads of eye candy and inspiration too! ;)

Don't miss the creations of team B that will be shown with the mid month reminder post on April 15th when the curtains will be raised again for a second bundle of steampunk goodness!

Random.org picked a prize winner on my behalf and it is

Yay! Congrats on your prize win, Lula! Have fun with your 7 Dots Studio goodies! Please, let me know via email (see side bar) where to send your goodies so I can forward information to Tusia asap! xxx


But let's head on to our Top3 - which definitely were very hard to pick this time (well, honestly it always is) as we loved all your entries so much (which honestly we also always do), but to choose we promised so choose we must...and we did....so here they come:




Now that's what I call Steampunk beauty galore! Huge congrats to all our worthy winners! Please, feel free to grab the Top3 badge for display on your blogs and thank you all once more for playing along and sharing your awesome mixed media steampunk art with us!


If you haven't already checked out this month's challenge theme (which is a very fun and special one this time) you can do so over HERE. We would love to see you play along with us soon! And don't forget to pop by on April 15th to find out about this month's prize sponsor and take a close look at the makes of team B

See you soon!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Raise the Curtains! - the April Challenge

Servus and drumrolls, please, as we raise the curtains for our April challenge, which iiiiiis...

....Raise the Curtains!

This month we challenge you to create Steampunk projects in which curtains play the main role.

As usual our challenges are "anything goes" ones - as long as your projects show some Steampunk (or are at least vintage themed with a hint of Steampunk) and as long as they stick to the challenge theme (and the few challenge rules of course).

In this case your project can be anything that has to do with curtains (maybe being raised or pulled aside, revealing....well, whatever you can think of). I am sure you will once again surprise us all with your marvellous and imaginative projects!

So let's raise the curtains for the makes of Team A and fuel your mojo with some stunning creations:

I recycled an old candy container to create this shadowbox,
where a winged mannequin peeks from behind a chain curtain...
You can check out some close-ups on my blog.

This time I'll raise the curtains for a little steampunk in The Circus.
There are more details from my altered book on my blog Raise The Curtains

I used a cereal box for my shadow box, cut, glue, some masking tape and paint.
I used a paper mache mask, stamp on tissue paper, glue, distress ink, glossy
I used paper for the curtains and now...
...I have a frame
I added a tuto on my blog


"The Mesmerist"

Happy April Fools Day! 
For those of you who don't celebrate this day, it is a time to play jokes or hoaxes on others, 
and can be a lot of fun. So, imagine what could happen if the rabbit escaped from the hat, and took over the show! "Raise the Curtains" to enjoy the spectacle! 
Come over for a visit to get all the details.

After the Wedding from Mr. & Mrs. Cumberbatch this Picture went around the world and it really caught my attention. They look so deeply happy, and with this Mixed Media Project I do like to keep this moment frozen for ever and "raise the curtain on". By the way I did call this Project: ".... and they lived happily ever after!". Good Luck Sophie & Benedict ! :-) More Pictures can be found on my Blog.


Our challenge will be open until the end of the month and we offer two separate collections for either your 2D or the 3D makes, so make sure you enter your project to the according one. 
We hope to see you play with us soon! Make sure you check back on April 15th for the makes of team B (and to find out who will be our prize sponsor for this month) and also on April  11th to find out if you are among our Top3 or if you're the prize winner! 

We hope you will have loads of fun creating something for our challenge! ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gear it Up! - Mid Month Reminder

Servus and welcome to round two of presenting the team's inspirational creations for our March challenge

Our sponsor this time is Tusia's fab 7 Dots Studio! So don't miss the chance to win a fab prize package! All you have to do is play along and enter our challenge. Maybe it is you whom random.org will pick! ;)


If you haven't already checked out the makes from team A, you will find them over HERE (alongside the inlinkz collections where you can enter your creations to). Our challenge is open until the end of the month and we will announce the prize winner and Top3 on 11th April.

And now come the fab creations of team B! And it is with great joy that I can tell you that SanDee1899 - the co-founder and -owner of SASPC - is back! Yay! Welcome back to our little steampunk corner, Sandra! We are so glad to have you with us again! Mwah! XXX

To get to the blogs of our teamies just click on their names. And I am sure you will make their day by leaving a short comment letting them know you saw and liked their efforts! For a larger view click on the images.

This happened to be one of those lovely times where you sit down to play with ink and paint and the creation just grows without any plans - other than following the challenge guidelines and wanting to use one of the Found Relatives portrait cards for the first time, I really had no idea where to go with this.
Suddenly I was creating a really cool background of gears and other mechanical details and then a whole Time Traveller theme began to look like a good idea....
I LOVE it when creating is like this!


Hi everyone I am super excited to be here with my first project for the blog. I love cogs so this challenge is brilliant for me. I used a brayered background that I had and  then as always it just took off on its own and this was how it ended up.

I love metallic's be it paint wax's etc, rust fascinates me the colours can be stunning, clocks most of my art will have a clock or compass on it. 

I hope this plaque inspires your entries to the challenge & that
you all like my first project please let me know what you think.
Details on my blog.

What would steampunk be without gears and cogs? A truly inspiring theme!
Therefore the steampunk theme of course had to find its way into my favourite art journal book.

Hello and welcome! This is my first Design Team piece and I am very excited to share it with you all. To me, Steampunk has a sultry side and I try to incorporate color into my Steampunk works when I can. There are many techniques and layers to this piece so, if you would like to "see" the process check out my blog. Carpe Diem!

oh it was so much fun creating this Tag. Isn´t Steampunk just the best technique ever :-)
find more details if you like on my Blog - send you love SanDee 

Actually all I had to do to create this project was really "gear up" a paper scrap. The ghostly image of the top hatted gentleman is a left over from cleaning a stencil (thus wiping the residue of black paint from the stencil onto the sheet of paper underneath) and I am sure I never would have achieved that wonderfully smudged look if I had been aiming for it! Happy accidents - I just love 'em!


Oh my! Looking at this fab bundle of steampunk art from teams A and B really (and always) makes me so proud to be part of this! "My" fab team is making me so proud and happy every time! And when I look at the fab art our players enter to the challenges I feel the same! "My" fab players making me sooo proud too! lol
 Let me send a big MWAH! to you all! 

We would love to see your geared up creations being shared with us soon! 

Click HERE to get to the challenge.

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC Team

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Top3 and Prize Winner from our February Challenge

Servus and welcome to the presentation of our Top votes and prize winner from the February challenge!

We decided to vote the Top3 from both collections together this time as there weren't too many entries....yeeees, I admit - the challenge was a tough one....but I think our players have all risen up to it and can be very proud of their fab results! They really looked stunning and choosing was as always hard!

And - as results showed - we had several projects the team liked equally...so we ended up with a Top4 this time.

And here they come (in no particular order):



Gosh! These makes really blew us away! Huge congrats to our fab winners! Please, feel free to grab the badge for display on your blogs! 


And now to our prize winner. 
Our sponsor last month was Agnieszka's fab Retro Kraft Shop 


and their fab prize goes to


Yay! Congrats on your win, Kerstin! Please, contact me via email so we can fix everything to have it sent to you. :)


Our actual challenge "Gear it Up!" can be found HERE and if you check back on 15th March you will be provided with another bundle of inspiration by team B (including the rest of our fab newbies! Yay!). We will also announce the sponsor for our March challenge on that date. So make sure you hop by and find out!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC Team

Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Gear it Up!" - the March Steampunk Challenge

Servus and welcome to the start of our new challenge for March, dear Steampunk friends and creating minds!

Last month's challenge was a tough one and our players who bravely dared leave some "unfinished" looking areas with their projects can be so proud! Our Top3 and the prize winner will be announced next Saturday - so don't miss to check back to find out if you are one of them!

This time the challenge is much easier! I promise! lol

We want you to create a Steampunk project of any kind you like and

"Gear it up!"

Stamped, embossed, drawn, painted, real, die cut, chipboard, stencilled,....well, gears of any sort you can think of are what we want to see with any projects you can think of - and not only two or three added in a corner here and there for further embellishment! Gears should be one of the main parts of your creations - which shouldn't conflict with creating some glorious Steampunk anyway ;)

And - if you haven't heard the news yet - our fab new DT members will share their first projects with us this month (some of them with team A today and some with team B in the mid-month reminder post)!!! So watch out: there will be even more inspiration for you from now on! 
And if you take the time to leave a short comment with our teamies' blogs you might make someone veeery happy (and let them know that their efforts get noticed! ;) 
Get to their blogs by clicking the names above the images. To look at a larger version of the projects images click the images. 

Here we go:


I am so excited and honored to share my first project with all of you!

You never know what may pour out of an overturned bottle in Steampunk land!

I do enjoy playing with gears and cogs and bits of metal, and you can often spy them in my  work, so my challenge was how to focus on them? My imagination ran wild in creating this mixed media canvas. I had a vision of a bottle overturning on a shelf and pouring out everything needed to make a machine, thus creating these flying machines.The rest of the ideas just poured in from there - oh I do love steampunk!


Hi! It's my first work for DT, I was so excited creating this altered peep toe shoe with cogs, gears, screws, chains, metal filigree elements and glass beads. I like alterations, steampunk can manage and helps me to do them. Maybe it's not full of elements as I've used to do as far  but I wanted something more simple and to make every element clear.


Old metal box + cogs =

and inside......... guess what ?

for more cogs visit my blog ;)

Five waxed steampunkers on Gear it Up

This time I decided to gear it up... minimalist style. :) I made a necklace with a pendant made from a bottle filled with 'raining gears'. I attached them to the bottom of the cork using thin wire. It's like a little bit of gear magic trapped within glass walls... Take a closer peek on my blog.


Hach! My wonderful steampunk ladies make me so proud! (as do the fab entries from our players of course ;)
So let us see those gears by joining in our challenge! We would love you to share some of your fab steampunk art with us again! 
The challenge will be open until the end of the month (and we will reveal the prize sponsor for this month along with the projects from team B in the mid-month reminder post on the 15th) - so there should be enough time to create and have fun.
Please, make sure you enter your projects to the according inlinz collection - depending on whether you have created a two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) project. 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Welcome our New DT Members!

Servus and welcome back!

It's time - and a huge pleasure for us - to announce our new Design Team members! Finally!!!!

As I have already said last time: we had the most wonderful applications from around the globe from the most amazingly talented Steampunk crafters and artists and if I could have I would have taken on all of them....lol...but that would have lead to SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges risking having more DT members than players perhaps...which might look a bit awkward to be honest. ;)
So sadly I had to not only send four happy invites to four lovely ladies but also send some refusals to some lovely ladies.... sigh. Just know: we loved all of your artwork - but choose we must! xxx

So just give me a second to put on my Kermit-the-Frog costume - so I can wave my hands in a proper fashion when I shout: "Get ready to welcome our new, fantastic ladies Niki, Maura, Dee and Zoja! Applause, applause, applaaauuusssseee!!!!!!" (*wavingaboutmadly)



To learn more about our new ladies' arts and crafts just click their DT badges to get to their blogs! Or use the list of their blog names:

If you leave them a warm welcome comment that would make them very happy!

We are so excited to have them with us now and work alongside these fabulously talented and lovely ladies! Welcome to the team! XXX

You will see their first steampunk projects for our challenge blog in March - so watch out!

If you haven't already joined in our actual challenge "Unfinished Steampunk", why not take a closer look (HERE and HERE) and play along? There's still time until the end of the month to enter a project and thus get eligible for winning our prize (which is donated by Retro Kraft Shop this month! Yay!).

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the (grown) SASPC-team!