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!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Watch out for our Summer Special!


As I promised two days ago we have a Summer Special Bonus Challenge for you, dear Steampunk crafting friends!

It will run from today until the end of August - while our regular challenges will continue as usual. There is a fabulous extra prize package to win - sponsored by lovely Agnieszka who is the owner of the fab Retro Kraft Shop and also one of our wonderful team members!


So join in the fun - you have six long weeks to enter this bonus challenge. That should be perfect for a bit of creative steampunk play during your summer holidays!

For more details about the challenge and how to play along hop over to the extra page we have installed for this special event. You will find a bundle of inspiration over there too!

Good luck, have fun and see you soon (entering our challenge/s)! 

Claudia and the SASPC Team!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MMI - the July Challenge Mid Month Inspiration

...and of course the announcement of this month's prize sponsor as well ;)

Servus and welcome back to our tiny steampunk spot! We are so glad that you stop by to find out what Team B have in store for you!

As you may already know - this month's challenge theme is


and it is totally up to you how you interpret it - as long as your entry is obviously steampunk-ish (you know - we ask no more of you than to add at least a little steampunk twist to make your entry count) and follows our (few) general challenge rules (which can be found at the top of this page). To get to the main challenge post with the inlinkz collection click HERE. Or simply use the button on top of our side bar.

This month's prize (that will as always go to one randomly drawn player of this month's challenge) is sponsored by our new sponsor


whom we are so happy and proud to have with us this year! Thank you so much, Joy and IE team!

The lucky winner gets a voucher for their store - so don't hesitate: create! (and enter of course ;).

Aaaaand  we have some exciting news too: if you come back in two days on July 17th you will find an awesome Summer Special we have prepared for you! Make sure you don't miss this one as there will be an extra prize to win too! 


But now it's time to share the new bundle of inspiration - created by Team B - with you. We hope you like what you see and leave our place full of ideas and the urgent need to get to your crafting desks immediately (erm...of course only after reading to the end of this post)! And hopefully you will also take the time to visit the teamies' blogs for more images and information and maybe even leave a comment with their blogs - this will be highly appreciated! It is your comments that keep us going, you know?! :)

I decided for no particular inventor, but for a little boy, who dreams of  becoming a great inventor one day. Which young boy does NOT dream of changing the world by inventing something brand new?
My little boy has thousand crazy ideas in his head, just waiting for the day he will let them become reality.

Usually the first thought that comes to mind with the word 'Invention' is something mechanical or industrial. I took a slightly different view of this challenge and thought of my daughter, who loves to write - poems being a favourite.....and thinking that they are her 'inventions'. I am currently trying to learn coptic stitch so I can make books....the result was a notebook in which my daughter can write down some ideas.

I altered the top of a shoe box to create a steampunk "stand alone tray canvas" (which sounds like some invention too, right? * ;).I had a joyful time at my crafting desk - playing with fleamarket finds, lovely papers from my stash and a lot of lovely steampunk embellishments!


So you see - there's a billion and one possibilities for how to approach this challenge theme! What's most important to us is that you enjoy the creative process, have fun designing your very own takes on our challenge and that we (hopefully) could manage to spark your imagination! 

If you haven't already checked out the fab makes of Team A - HERE's the place to go to! You will also find the inlinkz collection for entering our July challenge over there.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful entries soon! Hugs and happy crafting,

your SASPC - Team! 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Top 3 and Prize winner - Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust

Servus and welcome to the announcement of the Top3 from our June challenge "Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust" and the winner of the fab ...

"Illumination" stamp set 

sponsored by Tusia from 


and it iiiiiis...


Yay! Congrats from all the teamies! Have fun with your new stamps! Please, contact us (by using the email adress you find on top of our side bar) for further details, so we can arrange shipment! 

And now to our Top3....

As there were only five entries in the 3D collection this time, we decided to vote Top2 for the 3D makes. But let's start with the 2D makes first....erm...wait! I almost forgot to say: once again all of you entered such an awesome load of steampunk goodness to our challenge and we are so happy and proud about this as they make this place what it is - very special and unique! Thank you so much for being such true players and readers! And of course a huge thank you and welcome to all the new players and followers too ;)

But now - without any further ado - our Top2/3 (voted by the team as usual):


(in no particular order)







Well done, ladies! You really really rocked this challenge and we were so blown away by the imagination and skill you've shown! Please, feel free to grab the badge for display on your blogs! 


Don't forget, dear Steampunk friends, our actual challenge has only just started and we want to see "Inventions&Inventors" done steampunk style (or at least with a steampunk twist ;)! We would love you to join in the fun! On July 15th there will be the second bundle of inspiration from Team B - so make sure to come back and check it out! We then will also reveal this month's prize sponsor ;)

In the meantime: hugs and happy crafting!
Your SASPC-Team! 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Inventions&Inventors - the July Challenge

Servus! Welcome back for the new challenge over at our little Steampunk place! This month we have the theme


and it is totally up to you how you interpret the theme as long as you refer to the theme in a way and there is a visible Steampunk twist to your creations (and they follow our (few) challenge rules of course)!

As always team A has come up with a bundle of wonderful inspiration for you, but first we would like to share with you the make of this month's guest designer, Keren from Altered Ego!

She writes:

A bit about me - 

I’m Keren, and I’ve been crafty all my life - I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making things.  I started with embroidery and knitting and went on from there.  I was a primary school teacher for a number of years and loved teaching art & craft and devising eye-catching wall displays – my masterpiece was a 3D Jabberwock based on a plastic bottle and paper cups!   I was delighted to be asked to guest design this month’s piece

 I’m also a conduit for Lady Ermintrude Dyffryn–Felix  in all matters Steampunk.  Lady E has commissioned an Aetheric Speaking Tube to allow her to keep in touch with her husband, Major Sir Thomas Felix.  So here it is!"

This is soooo brilliant! Who wouldn't love to have an Aetheric Speaking Tube like this one? Well - I definitely need one after seeing this fabulous creation! Thank you so much, Keren, for sharing this imaginative and wonderful make with us! xxx


Team A have also created a fireworks of inspiration for you! Check this out: 

Sorry I've lost directions for use....

It's an invention, very special with wood wheel (thank you Cecile), with light bulbs (thank you Poppy),
with stuff from trash can (thank you Françoise), with stuff from my DH's  workshop (thank you Love).

Here is my suggestion for Inventions & inventor challenge. I think that Robert Fulton is an interesting inventor and he has made many, for me stunning, inventions such as the first submarine already in 1800 for the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. In USA he is the first that make steamboat company profitable in 1807. 
See more details on Inventor Robert Fulton

Getting down to work on this month's project I immediately thought of this Tim Holtz stamp of a man wearing a bird cage hat. I imagined the man to be an inventor who is very fond of his pet canary, so he invents a method to let him always have his little friend around. That's how this funny ATC came to be. :)


I think these incredible makes definitely show the endless possibilities of what to create for this month's challenge theme! Be it a 3D creation or a fab stamped ATC, card, tag,...there are no limits! Make sure to come back on the 15th of July to see what Team B have in store for you to fuel your imagination and creativity! 
Top3 and prize winner from the June challenge will be announced next Saturday! 
To get eligible to win our monthly prize donated by one of our generous fab sponsors simply enter an appropriate project to our challenge! The inlinkz collection for the 2D and 3D makes can be found at the bottom of this post! Have fun and enjoy a bit of Steampunk time! (As inlinkz is having serious hickups right now while I am writing up this post, you will only find ONE collection for ALL makes this time - but we will of course do separate votings for 2D and 3D makes!

Hugs and happy crafting from the SASPC-Team! 

Enter your projects here:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Team B Inspiration and Prize Sponsor - June Challenge

is this month's challenge theme and we want you to exclusively use all shades of grey, blue and rust you can come up with (and choose to use with your creations). Black lines from stamped images or quotes are allowed - but no other colours!

Team A already showed their fab inspirational stuff at the start of the month over here. Today it is Team B's turn to provide you with some more inspiration - so here we go:

please, welcome wonderful Laura from Laurart to the team! I am so excited that she said "yes" when I invited her over to join us and artistically explore the steampunk world with us! I really adore her mix of shabby chic, vintage and elegant steampunk, because it shows a totally different approach to it - which I really love!

Laura says:

I am so pleased to be here as a member of this wonderful Design Team! I have always been fascinated with Steampunk and have enjoyed taking on the challenge of using it in my designs. I must admit my usual style doesn't seem to fit in with Steampunk - I tend to have a more feminine and vintage style, but I find that Steampunk adds a nice twist to my work and it is fun too! As a result of embracing this style I have found such enjoyment in tackling a more grungy style and this has been so much fun. I look forward to working with these very talented designers and I hope that you enjoy watching my Steampunk Journey along the way!


And here is what Laura came up with for her first project for our challenge blog:


I am so thrilled to be here on Claudia's Steampunk Team! I am sharing with 
you today a canvas I made in those gorgeous shades of Grey, Blue and Rust. 
I had so much fun making this!

To see Laura's fabulous make in more detail hop over to her blog (by clicking the image or her name above the image). It really is worth it! (as is visiting all blogs of our team members by the way ;)

And now let's move on to the "rest" of the team's makes:


"I really wanted to conquer the world, but it's raining" ;-)
it was an old wooden frame, I used acrylic paint (blue) + croco crackling colour (grey) + rusty effects


Gladly I managed to lay my hands on the awesome Sizzix Alterations arch die at a sale recently - and this is my first project I used it on! I had a ball playing around with distress crackle, paints, cogs and gears, Tim Holtz papers and idea-ology and the tones from our challenge's colour scheme! 


It's also time to announce our prize sponsor for this month: it is once again wonderful Tusia from 7 Dots Studio - yay! -  (thank you sooo much, Tusia! xx)


...and she is giving away this wonderful stamp set to one randomly drawn player:

To get eligible for the prize win all you have to do is join in the steampunk fun and enter a creation to our challenge that follows the theme and our general challenge rules (which can be found at the top of the page and are quickly read). As always we offer two separate collections for your projects: one for the 2D makes (tags, cards, art journal spreads,...) and one for the 3D creations (altered items, boxes, jewelry pieces, ATBs, ...). So make sure you enter your project to the right one ;). Our inlinkz collections are to be found over here.

Show us your shades of grey, blue and rust!  (They don't have to be fifty, a few will do - but we want to see shades of all three...sorry for the pun - I just HAD to ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the team xxx

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Top 3 and Prize Winner - "Heavy Metal"

A warm welcome, dear steampunk friends!

You're just in time to find out who made it to our Top3 and who is to win the ten Euro voucher sponsored by Iris from Irishteddy's!

We really enjoyed looking at all the fab stuff you entered to the May challenge and choosing our Top3 wasn't easy. But choose we must and so here they are (in no particular order):









Huge congrats to all! And to all the other players as well - voting was really close this time and the SASPC team are so proud of all the wonderful artistic projects you entered! Thank you all so much for playing along with us! 

Please, Top3 ladies, feel free to grab the Top3 badge for display on your blogs!

And we also have the great pleasure to announce another prize winner:

and it is:


Yay, congrats on the prize win, Julia, and happy shopping! Please, contact us for further details so we can send your prize to you!


Don't forget, dear Steampunk friends: there's more inspiration to come on the 15th, when Team B will show their projects for our current "Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust" challenge (which is open til the end of the month)! For more details and to get to the inlinkz tool, click here.

We look forward to seeing your takes on this one! 
Hugs and happy crafting,

S, K, B, A, S & C

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust - the June Challenge

Servus and welcome to the start of our new challenge for June, dear steampunk crafting friends! Claudia here to bring to you our new challenge and a bundle of awesome steampunk inspiration!

Once again we have some awesome creations in store for you as well as a slight change to our blog schedule and the introduction of our last new DT member: Laura from Laurart! Yay!
I am so happy that she accepted my invitation and said "yes" to becoming part of our wonderfully creative and relaxed team! I adore her "shabby chic steampunk" creations and especially her use of wire and crackle texture! Welcome to the team, Laura! We are so happy to have you with us!

Laura will be introduced to you in detail on June 15th - which will be the date for presenting the makes of Team B from now on. We decided to change to two teams for keeping you inspired throughout the whole month - so in the future there will be one challenge post on the 1st of each month and another on the 15th (which is also meant as a challenge reminder and new inspirational impulse).  Spotlight/s and sponsor announcement will be posted somewhere inbetween...so keep checking back from time to time to stay up to date!

For July we also have an additional surprise - so watch out for a summer special ;)


This month's challenge theme is

Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust

wich means that you can use any shades of grey, blue and rust there are...but sorts of all three must be seen with your creations. We do allow black lines from stamped images and/or words used on your makes of course. Remember: these have to be steampunk creations (at least have a light twist towards steampunk so we can count your entries in for Top3 and the prize draw) and must follow our general challenge rules (which aren't a lot - so giving them a quick read should be managable ;) .


Of course we also have a special guest designer with us this June - it's Zoja from Bo Licho Nie Spi !

For all those who don't know her artwork already, she tells us a bit about herself:

My name is Zoja, but my nickname in blogger world is LichoNieSpi. I love alterations and steampunk. Things I make are usually a little bit creepy. In my works I love using metal elements, tiny bottles, clockworks, gears, laces, insects and flowers. It is great honour to show my work in current challenge and I tried to make something special for this occasion. So, today I'd like to show alteration of a bulb and bottle cap changed into hot air balloon carrying dangerous feeling- love, which can be creative or destructive, you never know...
I hope you enjoy this. Zoja

And here comes the wonderful project Zoja created for our June challenge:

 Isn't her balloon just brilliantly beautiful? Thank you so much for sharing this awesome steampunk make with us, Zoja! xxx
If you don't know Zoja's artwork yet, I highly recommend you visit her blog


Team A have also created a lot of wonderful inspirational projects to set you on the right track and get your mojo flowing! But see for yourself (to learn more about their makes simply click their names to get to their blogs):

An altered canvas: gesso with stencil for texture, acrylique metal paint, a carboard frame, cogs, metal charms, light bulb and a beautiful rusty octopode. I finished my canvas with 2 feet. 

Most of us know the story of The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen, it is old and a bit rusty ;-)
You can see more photos and details on Shades of Grey, Blue and Rust

This self-inspirational art journal entry was created with embossed paper 'tiles' as the base, mists, Distress Inks and alcohol inks as well as a beautiful 3rd Eye light bulb chipboard and stamp set and Glossy Accents.
You can see some 'the-making-of' shots and read about the process on my blog.

For further inspiration check back on June 15th, when Team B will show their takes on this month's challenge theme!


As usual our challenge is open for the whole month and we will showcase one to two spotlights from the entries during that month and reveal the "secret" about this month's sponsor around mid-month. Enter your projects to either the 2D or 3D collection below. 

If you want to know who made it to the Top3 for our last challenge or who is the prize winner check back next Saturday to find out!

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