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, September 15, 2014

September Mid Month Inspiration and Prize Sponsor

Servus and welcome back, dear Steampunk friends!

It is time to provide you with some more inspiration so you get inspired to play and join in our actual "Steampunk Stories" challenge!

This month's challenge theme is widely open for personal interpretation - as long as there is an explanation on your blog post that connects the creation to the "stories" theme.

It is also time to announce this month's prize sponsor:

it is Tusia from 7 Dots Studio! Yay!


and she is giving away this awesome prize package:

Look at those fab stamps and chipboard parts! All you have to do is enter our challenge with a project to get eligible to win these! We will draw one random winner from all challenge entries as usual. So don't wait - play! ;)

Team B have once more risen up to the challenge and created the most beautiful and inspiring projects:

Kerstin's Lifetimestory

I was inspired from Tim Holtz's idea in August ...i wanted to create something for the art of it ...
  ...and so I let run free my Steampunkfantasies and just started without a plan.
The result was a mix of various Steampunkstamps and techniques that I always wanted to try.
"Recycle it !" is always a good credo to follow and is totally in, isn't it?  :-)
Simple things, like for example packing materials, were used and so I have created a stamped scene, which tells about my own creative steampunk travel. More details you can see on my blog, please.


 art square 20 x 20 cm, paper and gauze, acrylique paint,  stencil for background, dies, charm, image

A creation that began with a load of mistakes! This used parts of another creation that went terribly wrong - What doesn't work for one thing may just be perfect for another!


I have to say a huge thank you to Brigitte, for covering for me (and to the rest of the team too as they have all offered their help immediately), as I still am working on a reduced level due to my health issues (but I am on my way back to normal health - slowly but steadily - and I am glad to be able to be your host still! Honestly I would miss this a lot - seeing your awesome projects entered to our challenges and working alongside my fab, fab teamies! 

Hope to see you enter our challenge soon! If you haven't checked out the makes of Team A yet, I recommend you do! Get to the link up and their creations HERE.

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Steampunk Summer Bonus Challenge - Top 3 and Prize Winner

Hello everyone! It's Agnieszka 'Meresanth' here and today I have the great pleasure of presenting to you our Top 3 and Prize Winner of the Steampunk Summer Bonus Challenge!

First of all, we'd like to say a big, big 'thank you' to everyone who played along in our extra bit of holiday challenge fun! The moodboard received a ton of fantastic interpretations and the team's task of choosing the Top 3 wasn't at all easy (which is no news considering the great makes you share with us on a monthly basis! :) ). But without further ado...

 here is our Top 3 of the Steampunk Summer Bonus Challenge:

Amazing work, ladies! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful makes with us! Make sure to grab our Top 3 badge (on the right) to display on your blogs!


We have one more piece of business to attend to, and that, of course, is the drawing of our Prize Winner! It was a pleasure for me and my Retro Kraft Shop crew to sponsor this challenge prize for you...


And the prize goes to...

Congrats! Please contact me at agnieszka@retrokraftshop.pl to claim your prize! :)


Thank you again for joining us this summer! But remember - steampunk craze never stops here in our little challenge corner of the craft world! So make sure to check out our September 'Steampunk Stories' challenge!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Agnieszka and the SASPC-Team

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Top3 and Prize Winner - August Challenge

Servus and welcome to our announcing the prize winner and Top3 of last month's challenge "In the Laboratory"!

As there were only nine (though fantastic) entries total, the team only chose three favourites from both the 2D and 3D collections together. Anyway  choosing was - as always - a hard job as all of the entries were absolutely wonderful - and we thank all our players for sharing such awesome Steampunk art with us on such a regular base! It is you who make this place special, you know? ;)

But first I would like to announce the prize winner of the 10 Euro voucher from


and it is: 


Huge congrats, Kerstin! Seems that SanDee&amelie's is your lucky place ;) 
Please, email me so I can fix everything for you.


And now on to our Top3...drumroll.....:

A big applause for






Huge congrats to you, Steampunk ladies! Thank you so much for playing along and sharing your awesome makes with us! We loved visiting your blogs and taking a closer look at your projects! (If you, dear readers, would like to take a closer look too, just click the images or names to get to the blogs of our Top3). 


Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners of our Summer Bonus Challenge


Agnieszka, who donated the most awesome prize (a bundle of Retro goodness from her wonderful Retro Kraft Shop!), will be revealing them tomorrow - so make sure to check back!!! 

Also make sure not to miss this month's challenge "Steampunk Stories". It is open until the end of the month and can be found HERE. We would love to have you play with us again! 

There will also be more DT inspiration from Team B on the 15th of September! So don't forget to stop by then to "hear" some more Steampunk Stories ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team!


Monday, September 1, 2014

September Challenge and CM Awareness Month

Servus and welcome back to our new challenge for September! This month sees the start of my favourite season but it is also a special month in California - it is Chiari Malformation Awareness month. AND it is a special month for our Guest Designer too - as she has to deal with this special condition. She explains about it and tells us her story today - to help spread some more CM awareness.

And stories are also the main theme for our Steampunk challenge for September:

"Steampunk Stories"

...of course. 

Whatever you associate with a "good (steampunk) story" is what we want to see from you. Be it the altered cover of a book that holds a story, an old tome, a stamped scene, that tells a steampunk story, a tag, a card, an artefact from a (fictional) steampunk story, a journal page, a captains log, and old piece of steampunk jewelry that would tell a story if it could talk... the possibilities are almost endless. But remember: we are a STEAMPUNK challenge blog - so we want to see something steampunk-ish! And we love to read your stories! ;)


But now, please, welcome our Guest Designer for this month: Mary Elizabeth from M.E. and My Walk on the Creative Side!

She has created the most lovely Steampunk butterfly

... and this butterfly tells about her very personal story of a new start. But I better let her tell the story herself:

Hello everyone!  I’m Mary Elizabeth, a crafter and mathematics professor from the mountains of North Carolina in the United States.  Although I have been scrapbooking for years, it has only been recently that I discovered the joys of Steampunk crafting. 
 Some of you know that I have been struggling with some pretty serious health issues over the last few years.  In fact, when my dear friend Claudia asked me to be a guest designer for this challenge at the beginning of the year, I had just learned that I was going to need a rather major neurosurgery.  I asked if I could create a piece for September, the month designated to raise awareness for my condition — Chiari Malformation.  Chiari (kee-AR-ee) malformation includes a complex group of disorders characterized by herniation of the cerebellum through the large opening in the base of the skull into the spinal canal. The herniated tissue blocks the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.  In my case, this condition came about as a result of a congenital defect where the base of my skull was a little smaller than normal.  It can also be caused by an accident.  
According to The Chiari Institute, 

"...Patients with CM1 (Chiari Malformation Type I) may experience no symptoms. When symptoms are present, they usually do not appear until adolescence or early adulthood, but can occasionally be seen in young children. The majority of patients complain of severe headache and neck pain. Other common symptoms are dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears, difficulty swallowing, palpitations, sleep apnea, muscle weakness, impaired fine motor skills, chronic fatigue and painful tingling of the hands and feet. Because of this complex symptomatology, patients with CM1 are frequently misdiagnosed."

I was misdiagnosed for 15 years.  But I’m thrilled to tell you that my latest surgery has corrected a related complication and I feel like I have a new lease on life.  Butterflies are often associated with “new beginnings”, so I chose a steampunk butterfly (with his cute little goggles) to represent the new chapter in my own Chiari story.  If you are interested in the details for my story or you are just interested in learning more details about my project, drop by my blog.

Thanks to SanDee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge for letting me use my artwork to provide you with a little information about this illness.  
 Thank you so much, Mary Elizabeth, for being with us this month! I guess all those who (like me too) had (or have) to go through times like the ones you had to go through, appreciate your being here and spreading more awareness. And knowing that (and why) you have a lot of readers who love your art, I consider us very lucky for having you here with us as our GD! We wish you all the best and a quick recovery! xxx


So what would be your story behind a creation? We would love to learn about your (real or fictional) stories soon! Team A has prepared some story telling inspiration for you as well: 
altered canvas "Jules Verne", 
a famous french author of many steampunk books.

background painted, stamped.... books, stencil, nibs....


The steampunk workmen have all the time been writing their story in a timebook. Now they have a whole library of timebooks.
For my Steampunk Story, I dug out one of my all-time favourite paper collections from Graphic 45 and created a printing-themed exploding box about friendship. What you can see in the middle is an old miniature printing press pencil sharpener (used to be at least, not that sharp presently anymore ;) ). The box tells a kind of a story, too, as the letter tiles form a message as you move the box around. You can see more photos on my blog.

For more details and images just click the names to get the the teamies' blogs.


Our September challenge is open until the end of the month. As usual there are two separate collections for each your 2D and 3D creations! To find out about our Top3 and prize winner from the August challenge check back on Saturday ;)

And more Steampunk Stories (inspiration) will be provided on September 15th, when Team B will present their mid month inspiration bundle. Don't miss it, have fun creating and we look forward to seeing your entries soon!

Claudia and the SASPC-Team! 

Enter your creations with the inlinkz-collections below: 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mid Month Inspiration - August Challenge

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

I am back from my lovely three weeks holiday in the wonderful Austrian Salzkammergut and just in time to provide you with the next bundle of inspiration for our August challenge

Team B has once again come up with amazing creations to flame the creative spark in you! ;) (and all those who haven't seen the makes of Team A yet should take a close look at those too)!  (You get to the actual challenge by clicking the button on the right side bar or by clicking the link above).

Please, take the time to leave a comment or two (or more ;) with my wonderful DT ladies' blogs - your comments are what encourages them and keeps them going (and me too of course ;).  You get there by clicking their names.

An old saying from the school days was the linchpin for my idea:

"Physics - that is what never succeeds  - chemistry is what bangs and smells "

Do you know it?

A small dusty laboratory was created out of an old wooden box (tea). The great inventor ;-) has no time for remove such mundane things such as dust and cobwebs. He's looking for a new tincture for eternal youth.

I decided to make an old Pharmacy laboratory - a window to the medicines of the past. 

Where would we be without those "lab geeks" we so often love to smile at behind their backs? I am sure it takes inventive minds - who behave "inventive" too in a way - to push mankind to the next level. Maybe they need to "be" out of the box to be able to think out of the box....


And of course we have a wonderful prize to give away to one lucky (randomly drawn) winner too. This month our sponsor is lovely Iris from 


and she is giving away a 10 Euro voucher for her fab online store! (Thank you, Iris! xx ;)

So don't miss the chance to join in our Steampunk fun and maybe even win the prize or make our Top3! 

Hugs and happy crafting,

Claudia and the SASPC Team


Saturday, August 9, 2014

July Top 3 and Prize Winner

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

Time to announce our Top 3 and the prize winner of the fab $25 Dollar voucher sponsored by our new sponsor Inspiration Emporium! (Thank you so much, Joy, for that generous prize!!! xx)


And random.org helped choose the prize winner as usual....and it iiiiiis:

Susan Renshaw!!!

Congrats, Susan! Please, contact us so we can fix everything to let you have the voucher! (You'll find the email adress at the side bar ;)

And now on to our Top 3 of the July challenge....it was - as always hard to choose as you all enter such terrific projects to our challenges (which makes us very, VERY proud ;)...but choose we must. And we did: 










Now that's what I call true Steampunk Galore!!! Huge congrats and thank you so much for playing along and sharing your fabulous Steampunk art with us! Please, feel free to take the Top 3 badge for display on your blogs! 

And of course we hope to see you join in one of our future challenges again ;) 


To all our wonderful true players and new players (and those out there still to become) who haven't seen it yet: we have a Special Summer Bonus Steampunk challenge on offer that accompanies our regular August challenge and that has an awesome extra prize bundle for you to win too - sponsored by Agnieszka aka Meresanth and her fab Retro Kraft Shop


And there is also our regular August challenge "In the Laboratory" for you to join in. We already had some wonderful entries for both challenges so far - but we are eager to see more! :))

And don't forget to check back on August 15th to find out what Team B have in store for your inspiration on the August challenge!!! 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team

Friday, August 1, 2014

In the Laboratory - our August Challenge

Servus, dear Steampunk friends!

Claudia here to bring to you the new challenge for August! This time I am writing this challenge post at my beloved holiday place in the wonderful Austrian Salzkammergut and hope you are all having a wonderful summertime too!

If you haven't already seen our Steampunk Summer Special, I recommend you click  HERE! But this post is all about our new challenge for August and the theme is

In the Laboratory!

As long as you enter a Steampunk project and follow our general challenge rules, it is totally up to you how you interpret the theme! 

We have once more a wonderful guest designer with us this month: this time it's lovely Sue O'Connell from  Something out of Nothing who created a project that matches this month's challenge theme to add to Team A's fab bundle of inspiration!


I am honoured to be asked to partake in this month’s challenge at SanDee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge as a guest. I am with some very talented people. I haven't constructed a box type dimensional piece in a while and so I started off with a 10.5cm x 28cm deep box (without the lid) which I purchased from a car boot sale for 50pence.

I make bespoke scrap canvas, scrapbooks and cards, and love to demonstrate products for companies and teach workshops on crafting all over the North West of England and cannot think of a nicer way to spend my spare time. My philosophy is ‘There’s no such word as can’t’ and I love altering stuff I find on car boot sales, in charity shops and making anything out of nothing

I have used a selection of stamps, embossing powder, craft metal acetate,embelishments and watercolour paints for my project. Get the full instructions from my blog www.nwscrapbooking.blogspot.com.

Have fun crafting,

 And this is what Sue created for our "Laboratory" theme:

Sooo much to see and discover! For a larger view simply click on the images and check out all the brilliant depth and detail! Thank you so much, Sue, for sharing your incredible art with us! xx

Of course Team A have risen up to the challenge too and produced a lot of "Laboratoire-Goodness" for you - check it out: 

This 'laboratory cabinet' was created from a piece of an old book. I cut out sections from the inside to create the 'shelves' and added texture and colour to the front of the 'cabinet' with modeling paste, Inka Gold paints and alcohol inks. It's full of dangerous liquids, as you can see! ;)

Brigitte's laboratory

a wood box with shelves...
some vials, some light bulbs, some stuff
et voilà

In this laboratory will be given the green light to leave all the ordinary behind...
See more details on my blog


Promised too much? I don't think so! Whatever it is you come up with - a card, a tag, a journal page, some altered art, encorporated vials or formulas, mad scientists or lab geek or experiments... we have again separate 2D and 3D collections for your makes - so please, pay attention to link your entry to the correct collection! And have fun of course! ;)

To find out if you have made our Top3 or won the prize check back next  Saturday!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia and the SASPC-Team