A hearty welcome to SanDee&amelie's challenge blog!

We are so glad that you stopped by our little steampunk corner!
Whether you are a dedicated tag or card maker, art journaler or mixed media lover - this might be the right place for you!
For more information about the rules and the little "steampunk twist" we ask of you, please check the "about" stuff and then simply jump in and create!

If you are new to steampunk and not sure if this is "your thing", maybe take a look at our winners gallery on pinterest (use the linking button on our side bar). You will find that we're mainly a mixed media challenge blog with a little twist towards steampunk, industrial and/or vintage. So why not give it a try?

We are looking forward to seeing your fab projects entered to one of our challenges soon!

SanDee&amelie&the SASPC team

Friday, August 7, 2015

Extra Steam Power #3

Servus and welcome to another dose of "ESP" (Extra Steam Power) that will hopefully spark inspiration and have you wanting to rush to your crafting desks. This time lovely Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams is sharing an easy to follow tutorial in which she shows how to get most out of your everyday stamps by adding a steampunk twist to them. Enjoy! xxx


Hi everyone,

Kerstin here today with a simple stamp technique, where you can "design" your own steampunk stamp 
- Two become one new -
with special effect ;-)

 All you need is:
two clear stamps and an ink pad 
for another variation an embossing ink pad, heat tool and embossing powder 
Are you ready to go :-)?!

  • 1. Ink your first stamp
  • 2. remove the color  with a lint-free cloth in the centre (or wherever you want)
  • 3. stamp with your first stamp
  • 4. find out wich part of the gear stamp suits. Using a clear stamp makes this pretty easy as you can see through
  • 5. ink only the part you need and stamp it on top the first stamped image
  • 6. voila, that's all :-) 
  • optional: if you use embossing ink and powder with step 5 you can also create some extra sparkling effect and texture

I used this technique on my art journal spread Under the Sea
more details you can see on my blog.


normal stamp Lionsfish

and the new steampunkfish

There are so many ways of combining your stamps!
Just try it and surprise us with your results (maybe already in  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

June Winners and Top 5

Oooops, sorry for the delay!

It's time to present our Top 5 and the prize winner from the June challenge! We got 38 awesome entries and are so happy that you liked and enjoyed this challenge so much! Thank you for sharing all your amazing steampunk, vintage and industrial art with us!

The prize was sponsored by Inspiration Emporium who are giving away a generous $ 25 voucher for shopping with their lovely online store!


And the randomly chosen winner is:


Yay! Congrats on your prize win, Coco, and happy shopping and crafting! Could you, please, email me so we can have your voucher sent to you asap!

And now on to our Top 5 who were once more hard to choose (due to all of the entries being such amazingly imaginative and well done mixed media- , tag- and altered projects). They appear in no particular order:

Huge congrats, ladies, and thank you for playing along and sharing your fantastic projects with us! Please, feel free to grab the Top 5 badge for display on your blogs! 


Just in case you haven't seen our new challenge yet: we have a summer special challenge that will be open until the end of August - so there are two months time to join in and we will give away THREE prizes! So why not play along and share some steampunk, industrial or vintage mixed media or stamping fun! 

Check out the details and makes of the DT over HERE! We hope to see you enter our challenge soon! In the meantime have a wonderful holiday, enjoy the summer, watch out for our new "Extra Steam Power" feature and if you haven't joined our new facebook group by now maybe this is the right moment to become a member of our steampunk fun sharing group! 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our Great Holiday Summer Special Challenge 2015!

Yay! Finally it's time to introduce this year's summer special challenge to you!

Thank you to all who counted down the days with us on our new facebook group and to all who already joined in and have been sharing steampunk, vintage and industrial goodness with us over there! We hope that with your help we will be able to make this group a spot where you will always find additional inspiration and a place to share all your questions, ideas and thoughts about steampunk and steampunk art!

Our summer special challenge is a bit different from our usual challenges (erm...which is what makes it special I guess....lol) : you will have two months time to join in and create and enter (up to three) projects and we offer three prizes from our generous, wonderful sponsors instead of just one!!  (these will as always be drawn randomly among all proper entries).

We decided to play another round of  


 for this challenge and here's the grid you are to choose from:

(click on image for larger view)

You are meant to create a project using at least three ingredients from one line (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) of the grid. How you interpret the ingredients individually (if there is some room for interpretation) is up to you - but we need to know which line you have chosen - so, please, make sure that you include that particular information with your posts on your blogs!

You can of course include additional ingredients from the grid and also any other media you would like to use! And of course our challenge is once more an "anything goes" as long as your makes are steampunk, vintage or industrial and you choose correctly from the grid!


And now let me proudly present our fab sponsors, who are giving away one voucher each for shopping with their wonderful online shops:




Thank you so much, Iris, Klara and Agnieszka, for being with us and donating such generous prizes! It's because of you (and our wonderful players of course) that this little steampunk spot is so wonderful and very special! Mwah! XXX


And what would the start of a new challenge be without the projects of my most wonderful DT?!!!

So here they are - and, please, throughout those two months maybe take some seconds and leave them some love and comments on their blogs so they know that their effort is seen and liked! I am sure you will make them very happy by doing so (well, who doesn't love getting comments, right?) and it is their only reward for the loads of love and labour they always put into their creations that are meant to inspire you! 

line used: Words / Metal / Fabric 

Claudia recently came to stay with me and taught me some wonderful paint 
techniques. I really enjoyed using them on this 'very unlike me' grungy frame. 
Along with some beautiful watch gears we found on Portebello Road and
 some gorgeous text paper Claudia kindly gave me, this whole creation carries 
some very special memories and will be very treasured


line used: Top hat / metal / rust

altered match box
embossed, rust, an image, a button, 2 light bulbs
some metal wire
et voilà.......
more on my blog 


Bonjour a toutes ,
voici ma réa "les  abîmes de l' océan "
j' ai utilisée:  craquelure, 3 éléments, tissu, rouille, fond océan +métal
Hi, all! 
Here's my project "Ocean Derelicts"
I have used the lines: crackle, trio, fabric
plus deep sea, metal and rust

d'autres photos en détails seront présenter sur mon blog  lors du challenge de juillet .


line used: the deep sea / metal (paint) / crackle 

The deep sea is not only my son's favourite nature theme but also one of mine. Thinking of Captain Nemo, Moby Dick, fascinating animals like the Giant Squid or the Coelacanth, black smokers, sunken ships and the fact that the surface of Mars has been explored in more detail than our oceans....maybe my aquanaut is just about to discover a new species???

At first I set out to use our tic tac toe board as a sketch and make a mixed media canvas using all the different elements in all the appropriate places. You'll probably notice, though, that the project evolved and not everything ended up where it should be, lol! No rust and no top hat/corset, but everything else is here, I promise! :) Check out some close ups and technique explanations on my blog

My inspiration were the adventure stories from Jules Verne ( the godfather ;-) of Steampunk)
May I introduce Captain Nemo and the fascination of the world under the sea.
I used the vertical line from our great Mood board
Words, Stencils & Deep Sea!

line used: Words - Metal - Fabric
Here in Copenhagen we miss all the good weather this summer!
Therefore, there is "summer time" in everyone's thoughts..
See more details on my blog
line used: Top Hat - Metal - Rust

I just had to do a Mini Steampunk Top hat! I love making these hats and this challenge provided the perfect opportunity. I used metal foil tape and alcohol inks for this creation, among other supplies. Feel free to pop by my blog to see more. Carpe Diem! ~Niki

Hi everyone its time to play tic tac toe you have a whole two months to play
along with us. My creation is Words/ Stencils /The sea with a
few others thrown in for good measure.

As always it just developed/designed itself if you would like to see more
pop over to my blog.
Cheers Dee x

My inspiration were two lines:
deep sea/rust/leather and top hat/metal/rust.

I created steampunk belt, with ornaments, bottle holder, medallion (skeleton has top hat) and handy bag. Rivets are rusty and most of metal elements have turquoise patina (which reminds me of salty water, and sea)
If you want to see more details, drop in my blog.


As you may have already noticed there's a new face on our DT - Nate, from Le scrap de nate, who takes the place of wonderful Maura, whom we sadly have to say good-bye to (but gladly for some very happy reasons). We wish you all the best and lots of joy and fun for your new endeavours, Maura, and we were so happy to have you with us!!!! XXX

And bien-venue, Nate! It's great to have you with us and I am sure having another French girl with us makes a wonderful addition to our international team! ;) xxx


Below's the link-up to enter your projects to! And don't forget: this summer special challenge is open until the end of August - so there are two months time to join in and get eligible for one of the three prizes or our Top5 this time! Yay!

  We wish you happy summer holidays with loads of fun, sunshine, laughter and relaxation (and with some steampunk crafting fun too of course *wink)!!!!

Claudia & the SASPC-Team

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Extra Steam Power #2

Hello and a very joyful welcome back to another inspirational Extra Steam Power (short "ESP") post!

This time Brigitte from La maison de coutureuse has done her very unique magic on an old tin! I LOVE altering tins and hers looks absolutely brilliant!
But before I offer you this gorgeous steampunk eye candy I want to remind you that there are still three more days left to enter our actual "The Ravages of Time" challenge and by doing so get eligible for a fab prize win sponsored by Inspiration Emporium!

But now the stage is yours, Brigitte! Applaus, applaus, applaaauuuusssseeee!(doing my Kermit the Frog waving-about).


Une boite de sardine à la sauce steampunk/
Sardine can with steampunk salsa

finie 2

Ma recette:
Les ingrédients : boite de sardine vide et propre, des breloques,
un bouton en bois, des peintures pour métal, du glossy pour coller,
des perles, du double face épais pour 3 D

My recipe:
Ingredients : sardine can empty and clean, charms,
wood button, paint for metal, glossy accents for glue,
beads, 3D sticky foam


La préparation :
 faites un trou dans un côté de la boite,
peignez la boite en mélangeant les 3 couleurs, intérieur et extérieur, laissez sécher.
Collez des perles ici et là avec le glossy, laissez sécher.

Preparation : 
make a hole in one side of the can,
paint the box with the 3 colors mixed, inside and outside,  let dry
Glue some beads with glossy, let dry

Pour le bouton : 
découpez au milieu une breloque ronde, 
collez sur l'envers du  bouton,
collez des petits engrenages, 
passez un morceau de fil dans les trous.

Button : 
cut a round charm in half, 
glue to the button,
glue on smaller cogs,
finish with a piece of thread in the holes.


Quand la boite est sèche collez à droite des breloques l'une sur l'autre,
la dernière breloque est collée sur du double face épais.

When the box is dry, glue charms on the right,
for the last charm use the 3D foam

côté droit

Collez le bouton sur de la mousse puis collez dans la boite.

Glue the button on the foam and after in the box


Ajoutez quelques breloques sur un fil, passez le fil dans le trou,
nouez le fil à l'intérieur de la boite. Cachez le noeud avec 2 breloques collées dessus.

Add some charms on a thread, insert the thread in the hole,
make a bow in the box. cover the bow with charm


Au dos collez une dernière breloque qui servira d'accroche.

Glue a charm to the back of the tin to use as a hanging device.

Et voilà, bon appétit !!!!!!!!



Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Extra Steam Power #1

Servus and a heartfelt welcome to the start of a brand new feature over here on our challenge blog, dear arty steampunk friends and crafters!

From time to time we will share some additional steampunk projects done by our DT that are not related to the actual challenge theme - simply to provide you with additional inspiration and share additional steampunk fun and joy. We want this little steampunk corner (and our new facebook group) to become a spot where you will always find new ideas and inspirational fuel for your own steampunk art!

Our actual challenge "The Ravages of Time" is open until the end of the month. To find out more about it click the badge at the top of our side bar that leads you to the actual challenge. If you want to check out the makes of team B, just scroll down to the previous post.

But now on to our very first post for this new feature which is from lovely Laura from Laurart! I am sure you will love this to bits! I definitely do! ;)


Welcome to the first Extra Steam Power post at Sandee and amelies Steampunk Challenges.

Today I would like to share with you a rusty Steampunk style creation....

       Everyone should watch Andy Skinner videos - every time I do I always rush off to try out the techniques he so brilliantly does. Usually when I watch demo videos I never have the items that are being used and I have to try and find a substitute (or impatiently await a craft order!) but this time I was in luck...I had asked my wonderful friend Claudia to suggest some Decoart items that she thought I would love to use and I ordered them....and of course the items Andy used were on the list!... and they had arrived the day before...how is that for good timing?!

       I really do recommend that you watch the three videos....I will be giving an explanation of what I did with just one of the techniques...but you really should watch what Andy does. I spent a whole morning having a great time playing around with all three of the techniques (and variations of - lets face it not everything goes to plan all the time - but even mistakes can be tweaked) and so I ended up sitting there with about six future projects - all rusted and ready to be put together.

Easy Rust Painting Part 1 

     Today I am showing you what I made with my favourite one of the three techniques....
 Andy used embossed chipboard for this rust technique. I didn't have any, so I got this cardboard photo frame and covered it with texture paste through an Andy Skinner stencil -I adore this stencil!!!

 After leaving it to dry I then followed Andy's instructions to rub some Sand Texture Paste on it.

 I love any crafts that get messy so this was wonderful. I left it to dry and then followed Andy's instructions to mix Paynes Grey with white - I chose to go slightly lighter then he did in the demo...I intend to experiment with different tones and see what happens...I also want to see what effects applying more of the sand texture paste does...this technique has so many possibilities!
       Then a wash of diluted Paynes Grey (I need this paint in bucket size!) I brushed the wash over and then loaded the brush with the wash and dabbed it over the frame to form darker patches.
      When this was dry (and already looking really gorgeously grungy - the texture paste is amazing!)  I began to cover it with Quinacridone Gold....I love this paint...I had used it before on my own rust techniques (that sadly could never match this for texture and realism) but it transforms into glorious shades of rust when brushed over Paynes Grey! It is magic!!!
     I wanted the rust to be patchy...not a dense colour. So I decided which areas I wanted the rust to be the lightest and just very gently dry brushed over the parts, leaving parts of Paynes Grey uncovered.

Then I covered the rest of the frame with Quinacridone gold, heavier in some parts than others. When this was dry I covered the frame with a couple of coats of Ultra Matt Varnish - this removes any sheen from the paint and makes the rust look even more realistic...

I used one of the Found Relatives photos and added some little scenic photographs from some printed paper

I decided to keep the colour scheme to grey and brown so I chose silver with bronze and rusted embellishments. Included in this was a rose that I had covered in rusting powder, an old rusted key, various cogs and gears, a rusty heart and a silver clock

I added some bronze hinge fasteners and some rusty wire so that the frame could be hung up


And there it is.....I will certainly be using this rust technique over and over again...it was so much fun and very easy!
    Please do check out Andy's demo videos - and if you don't have the products then place Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey and Sand Texture paste on your shopping list asap! - You won't regret it! ;o)
        Thanks so much for being here! I hope I have inspired you to try out some Steampunk creations! 
Our challenge this month is 'Ravages of time' and rust just fits in so well....why not get a bit rusty and join us?
Happy Crafting!