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!


Monday, April 14, 2014

April Mid Month Reminder and Spotlight

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

Time to remind you of our actual challenge "Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk"...which is rather close to an anything goes theme if you ask me... and as we only ask for a "twist" of Steampunk to be added to make your entries count I would take the chance if I were you ;)

There's also a fab prize to be won (randomly) for those who enter a proper project. This month 3rd Eye are our generous sponsor and they also offer a 10% discount code for the whole month to use for our readers! Find out more about it here.

And now on to our spotlight from the entries for the actual challenge so far:

This fabulous alteration was done by fabulously talented Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n! Adorable, isn't it? Please, feel free to take the badge for display on your blog, Nicole! And thank you so much for sharing your awesome creations with us!

Hope to see you all play along with us soon! Hugs and happy crafting, Claudia & the gang ;)

Monday, April 7, 2014

This month's prize sponsor, a discount code and a fab journal spread

Servus and welcome back to the promised announcement of our sponsor for this month's challenge and the additional inspirational project that is meant to get your mojo flowing.


Lovely Drycha from 3rdEye store is with us again and providing us with a fab give-away for one lucky winner (whom we will randomly draw from all proper entries with the April challenge)!

She also generously offers a 10% discount code for all of our readers who want to shop with her online store! You just have to fill in the code "STEAMPUNK" in the window for codes during placing an order. This code is valid until the end of April. It  is for 3rd Eye goodies only, not for classes.

 Rikka from 3rdEye design team created a marvellous project for our challenge to share with you today:

Rikka said: "I thought about the technique a long time. I use many techniques, but what's my favorite one? Then I decided to use my all time "go to" technique - adding some masking tape to the background, spreading a coat of gesso on top and coloring the surface with mists. To add a little steampunk there I went with nostalgic tones, used a light bulb printed washi together with the masking tape and added some alcohol ink to the mix. To get the page more grungier I then added some modelling paste to the corners and stamped to the wet medium using a cogs stamp by 3rd Eye. Black splashes, clocks, mesh tape and a huge wing finish the look."

Products from 3rd Eye used on this make :

It's sooo beautiful, isn't it?
Thank you, Rikka and Drycha, for being with us this month and helping us make this place so special!


If you haven't already read this month's challenge post you can find it (along with some awesome inspiration from "my" fab DT) over here.  If you haven't played with us before I would kindly ask you to read the general rules stuff first - I really hate to exclude and delete improper entries as we know that a lot of love and labour has gone into them. But we have to be fair to all those who take the time and follow the rules.

The whole team is curious to learn about YOUR favourite techniques - and about how you can use them with a Steampunk creation! Hope to see you enter our challenge soon! Oh, and don't forget about that discount code offer! 3rdEye really have a lovely range of rubber stamps and other stuff. ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia - aka die amelie xx

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Prize Winner and Top3 from our March challenge

Welcome back to our little Steampunk corner!

Already joined in our April challenge? No? Don't miss it as it is really very close to an "anything goes" as we want you to use your favourite technique/s to create a Steampunk project. By entering our challenge you get eligible to win a prize, become spotlighted or even one of the Top3. The challenge is open until the end of April - so there's enough time to start rolling those ideas ;)
If you need any inspiration to get you going take a closer look at the DT makes and the fabulous project from our guest Barbara Yaya over here.

Choosing our Top 3 was a hard job - as always! A huge thank you to you all for entering all your creative artwork to our challenges and sharing it with us!

As there were only four entries with the 3D collection this time, we only chose a single winner from these four. But let's first start with....

...the lucky prize winner of the fabulous collection pack from


And it is


Congrats on your win, Kerstin! Please, email me for further details on how to claim your prize (e-mail adress is to be found on top of the side bar).


And now on to the Top3
of the 2D collection from the Transparency challenge
 As usual we present them in no particular order:





from the 3D collection:


We loved your projects, ladies! Please, feel free to grab the winners badge for display on your blogs!

This time we also have a special prize sponsor whom we will announce in a few days alongside another lovely inspiring creation for this month's challenge "Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk". There will also be a discount code given for all those who would like to shop with our sponsor's online store. So make sure you come back to check it out on Monday! In the meantime: have fun creating and crafting! We hope to see you play with us soon!

A, B, S, S & A

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk" - April Challenge

Servus and welcome back to this month's challenge which is an invitation to show us your favourite technique used on your Steampunk make! You can of course incorporate several favourite techniques with your project as we know how hard it is to choose sometimes ;) - so let us see how it looks like when ...

Your Favourite Technique Goes Steampunk!

Thanks for all the wonderful entries for the "Transparency" challenge. Sadly this one wasn't to everyone's taste it seems or maybe simply the wrong theme at the wrong time.... but we loved all the projects entered and choosing will be as hard as always I am afraid ;) and we will try our best with the new challenge themes! ;)
And the more we would like to thank our true and regular players who make this place so special!

Top3 and prize winner will be announced on Saturday.

Today we have the wonderful pleasure to have lovely Barbara from yaya scrap & more with us and she has created one of her fabulously vibrant and colourful makes for our challenge. Yay!

I'm Barbara aka Barbarayaya on the web . I am very happy to be here with you!  Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!  I like to " play with the colors".
My  "artistic journey" began when I was very young . When I was five I cut pictures from newspapers and  I did collages , with time going on I have traveled many roads : decoupage, cardboard , classic scrapbooking with photographs, card making . And finally I met Tim Holtz's art . And I realized that that was my road, his style is closest to my personality ! But my creative journey  won't stop : I like to experiment constantly with new styles and my second love is for everything vibrantly colored and very similar to Dylusion Art and I'd love to start my first Art  Journal soon! 

For the background of my canvas I chose to work  with gesso  and Distress stains and then use a themed stencil , at this moment I would say that the technique with stencils is my favorite!!!!  I love to use them with almost everything: spray paints, modeling paste , gesso, distress paints....I hope that you like my " dream Steampunk "! 

Sooo brilliant, isn't it? Thank you so much for being with us, Barbara, and for creating this highly inspirational piece for our challenge!

And here come the makes of the DT:

Double effect : I love altered books and I love Andy Skinner's techniques.
It's a "Carnet de vol" (flight book )-  when you pilot a little plane you have a flight book. You write your flights, date, time....... I used a real old "carnet de vol" and added an airplane.

Object {D34-775}

When I received my prize from Tando Creative, among other things, there was a mask with a footprint, and it was inspiring to me as a keen reader of detective novels. You can probably understand my brain went to fabricate a story – the story concerning “Object {D34-775}". See more pictures and how I made it on Object {D34-775}

After much deliberation, I have finally decided what my favourite technique is. :) I created a 'distressed look' canvas using chipboards, paints and aluminium foil. I am so in love with the 'wrinkles' this technique creates!

My favourite techniques include paper mache, using found objects and assemblage. All three were heavily used on this MMM (= moustache messieurs make ;). 


 As always there is a prize to win besides getting spotlighted or making it to our Top3 - all you have to do is enter a make that follows the theme and our general challenge rules to either the 2D or 3D collection at the bottom of this post! We would love to see which your favourite techniques are! 

Hugs and happy crafting,
B, S, A, S&C

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Double SP (=Sponsor and Spotlight)

Servus and welcome back, dear Steampunk friends!

Thank you so much for all the lovely entries so far! We know that this month's theme is a bit tricky, but you did such a great job!

Time to announce this month's prize sponsor and to shine a spotlight on one of the fab entries so far.

This month our generous sponsor is Tusia from 


and she is giving away the lovely Illumination Collection pack! Wow! Thank you so much, Tusia! :)

To get the chance to win this wonderful prize package all you have to do is enter this month's challenge with a Steampunk project that follows the theme "Transparency" and our general challenge rules. Random.org will help select a winner from all proper entries and we will announce it shortly after the challenge has ended.

I would love to shine a spotlight on Angela's fabulous journal pages, which are so beautifully done and so very imaginative:


Thank you so much, Angela, for sharing this awesome journal spread with us! I love every detail - the background, the doodled frame, the colours and the transparent submarine! So cleverly done and such brilliant story telling! Please, feel free to grab the badge for your blog!

Thank you all for stopping by!
We hope to see some more gorgeous "transparency" entered with our March challenge soon!  ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Top3 and Prize Winner for February

It is time again to announce our winners and Top3!

We all hope you are doing fine and enjoy your creative journeys and of course look forward to seeing you enter our March challenge "Transparency"!

Last month our challenge was sponsored by the lovely Iris from


and our lucky prize winner (selected by random.org) for the 10 Euro voucher to spend in her store  is:


Congrats, Turwen, on your win! Please, e-mail me (see side bar for contact adress) so I can arrange everything! :)

Our Top 3
(already chosen by the grown DT and in no particular order)



Huge congrats to all the winners! 
Please, feel free to grab the Top3 badge for display on your blogs!

 Choosing this time was again sooo very hard and a Top30 to showcase all the entries could have made things a lot easier, but ...well, I think I don't need to explain any further ;)

 We loved all your entries and were once again blown away by the imagination and creativity shown with all the wonderful projects! Thank you all so much to all our players who make this challenge blog so very special!

We are impatiently  waiting to see what you will enter for the (really tricky) "Transparency" challenge this month! The challenge will be open until the end of the month and by entering it with a project that is steampunk and follows our challenge rules you get eligible to win a wonderful prize from one of our sponsors, make the Top3 or become spotlighted. 

If you want to be with us as a Guest Designer just add a "GD" to your name when entering our challenge via inlinkz. We will contact you then. 

Hugs and happy crafting,
S, A, B, S & C

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Challenge and Awesome News

Servus and welcome back for another edition of SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! So great to have you back for some more Steampunk play!

For a start we want to share with you the latest news: our new design team members! As life has become more hectic than expected for some of the "old team" we decided to get some backing so we will always have enough inspirational stuff to provide you with at each start of a challenge.

And luckily both said yes - so, please, welcome to the team Susan Janicula from "klistersøster" and Agnieszka, better known as Meresanth, from "Meresanth Krafts"! Applause, applause!

 They both were willing to tell a bit about themselvse so you get to know them a bit better:

I've been blogging for 1 ½ years now, and has participated in a variety of challenges. It has given me some real good moments. When I discovered Steampunk I was sold for gears - gadgets ... I was very honored when die Amelie asked if I would be DT member, and I am looking forward to be contributing to the team.



My crafting adventure started with jewellery-making a few years ago, but I have developed a strong love for paper since then and now mainly make paper and metal projects. I've always been drawn to all things vintage so I guess steampunk has been waiting round the corner for me all these years... I'm so glad I finally found it!


We are so happy to have them with us now and they made some brilliant projects for their first appearance here on the challenge blog!


The challenge theme for March


This means you can use transparent or semi-transparent materials or objects with your makes or even make "transparency" the main theme of your project. We leave it all up to you as long as your make is obviously steampunk AND follows the challenge rules too (which can be found at the top of the blog). 

As always there's a prize to be won and the possibility that you will get featured as our spotlight during the month...or even make our Top3. Please, enter your makes at the bottom of this post using one of the two inlinkz-collections (for 2D or 3D makes). If you want to be our Guest Designer just add a "GD" to your name when entering your project. We will contact you then. 


Of course we also have a Guest Designer to join us for the March challenge and it is 



Hallo, mein Name ist Kerstin.
Ich komme aus einer kleinen Stadt in Sachsen-Anhalt, Deutschland.
Schon seit einigen Jahren bin ich dem Kreativvirus verfallen, Heilung ausgeschlossen ;-)
Probiere immer gern alles Neue aus, so begann ich mit Acryl- und Textilmalerei, dazu kam die Decopagetechnik, Kerzengestaltung, Stempelkunst und Scrapbooking.
Favorit ist für mich die Mixed Media Art im Vintagestyle, hier läßt sich alles kombinieren.
Aus alt mach neu, deshalb wird auch gern mal auf Opa's Dachboden oder immer Keller gekramt, die Dinge haben Geschichte!
Kreativ zu sein heißt für mich, mich selbst und eine neue Welt zu entdecken, den Ideen freien Lauf lassen, um am Ende selbst zu staunen, was daraus entstanden ist.

Hi, my name is Kerstin.

I come from a small town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. For several years I have been addicted to the creative virus excluded cure;-)
I always like to try everything new, so I started with acrylic and fabric painting, came to the art Decopage, candle design, stamp art and scrapbooking. So virtually everything that has to do with my passion for colors. Favorite for me is the Mixed Media Art in vintage style, here everything can be combined.
From old to new, so is also often dug out on grandpa's attic or basement always, things have history!
To discover myself and a new world, let the ideas flow to marvel at the end itself, which has been incurred for me to be creative means.

 Thank you so much, Kerstin, for being with us this month! Your project is so awesome and you really rocked the challenge theme!

Check out this close up for all the yummy details! Wow!

To learn more about Kerstin's fabulous make hop over to her blog (by clicking her blog name above)!


And now on to the makes of the (grown) design team:

A steampunk meadow with flying creatures. :) Created on canvas with clockwork elements and animals stamped onto acetate and cut out - the pig is 'flying' on an acetate strip.
 The blog post will be here.

I've made this card Heavy Rain with the gears on transparent acetate. When you pull the acetate the gears will move downwards. See more pictures and how I've made it on Heavy Rain.

My ticket is a stamp (Artemio), I added some rusty gears (die cut), the man is a stamp (a gift from Sandee) and the stripe film is very very old (about years) I found this in an old trunk. I think it's perfect for transparency.

I used two narrow acetate strips with my pop up box card to let the zeppelin and balloon fly.


We hope we have inspired you to create with "Transparency" and can't wait to see your entries! 

Hugs and happy crafting,


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