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/industrial 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

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top Hats and Moustaches! - the October Challenge

...starts today and we are so excited to (hopefully) have you play along with us again this month!

Team A are already eager to present their inspirational makes for October and will once more have a hard time voting their personal Top5 from the "Tag it!" September challenge. These - and our prize winner will be announced on Saturday, 10th October. So make sure you check back to find out if you are one of them!

"Top Hats and Moustaches"

are two of the "ingredients" we all love about Steampunk art! So show us your "moustached" canvasses, cards, tags, objects,....those top hats sitting on...well, whatever you think they can sit on. lol

Anyway - we hope you are not too busy with crafting away on Halloween projects only and maybe find some time for a little Steampunk piece too this month.  

As usual all media and techniques (except totally digitally created projects) are welcome - as long as they have a steampunk, vintage or industrial theme to them. The challenge will be open until the end of the month and on October 15th there will be a second round of inspiration for you (provided by the lovely ladies from Team B) and our prize sponsor for this month's challenge will be revealed as well!

But now on to the makes of Team A: 

Pocket letters, my new toy....
9 ATC, background inked with stencils,
dies, transfert, stamps...
more details on my blog

Trick or treat
- more details on my blog


minis canvas transformé en boite à rasoir 

la suite des détails sur mon blog

This is my art-jourmanl page about bird which collects curious objects...He couldn't steel moustache, so he took a hat :)

Here is an attempt at a clean&simple steampunk style. 
It was quite a challenge for me, to keep things simple - not sure
I managed to keep them clean... ;) Had to remind myself to keep calm
throughout the making process. Check out some close-ups on my blog.


We hope to have you join in our top hats and moustache fun soon!

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC Team

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tag it! - Mid-month Reminder

Servus and welcome back to the presentation of the tags of Team B which is not only meant to provide you with additional inspiration but also to remind you that our actual challenge

"Tag It!"

is open for two more weeks (i.e. until the end of the month). We want you to create one (or more) tags in steampunk-, vintage- or industrial style and it is totally up to you which techniques and media you use. Maybe get out one of your almost forgotten favourite steampunk stamps for example...??

This month's prize is sponsored by


who are giving away a voucher for shopping with their wonderful online store to one winner (whom we will - as usually - randomly draw among all proper entries).

And now on to the tags the ladies from Team B have made! They all have once more put a lot of love and labour into creating a bundle of fabulous inspiration for you! (And if you haven't yet checked out the tags Team A have done, I highly recommend you scroll down two posts and get another dose of wonderful steampunk inspiration)!

Hi everyone I hope you have all had a good summer and are 
ready to join in with us here at SASPC with
our create a tag.

I used 2 Tim Holtz texture fades  and all Deco Art
media products.

Andy skinner stencil and stamps plus Tando creative
chip board cogs.

So why not come along and play with us let your imagination 
fly and see where you go. If you would like more
details on my tag pop over to my Blog.

I wanted to show a more feminine version of Steampunk so butterflies and a handmade bow are front and center on this tag! Feel free to check out my process if you would like to know more. I can't wait to see what you all create! Hugz ~Niki

Metamorphosis - from a ravenous caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly
Time makes it possible, that was my inspiration for a tag with metallics and 3D effect.


One of my favorite things at the moment is to use metallic silver and rust paint.
I think of it as a 'before and after' effect!

Do tags or not do tags - that is my actual question. I admit for quite some time I didn't find this format attracting anymore but at the moment I really enjoy doing tags as they are the perfect format to get back into the crafty saddle after a long mojo-less time. And who says rubber stamping, mixed media and tags can't be combined? On my tag I used rubber stamping alongside one of my almost forgotten favourite Tim Holtz background techniques and acrylic paints, walnut ink and other mixed media.  


To take a closer look at our teamies' projects simply visit their blogs - you get there by clicking their names. Maybe you also take the time to leave a short comment (and make someone very happy ;). 

The challenge is open until the end of the month and we would love to see your tags! We would be very happy if you took a minute or two to take a break from Halloween crafting and shared a tag with us! 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & your SASPC team

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Our Summer Special 2015 Winners!

Servus and welcome to today's announcement of our Top 5 and prize winners from our Summer Special Challenge!

We really had a hard time choosing and with a lot of entries it was very close. But then it always is as you all keep entering your fantastic artwork to our challenges - which makes us very proud and happy because it is you who make our little steampunk/vintage/industrial mixed media challenge corner so special! Thank you ever so much (and maybe this is the right spot and time to remind us of the new challenge that has just started - find more information about it HERE)!

We also had three fantastic prizes to give away to three players (drawn randomly from all the proper entries) and here they are:

the prize donated by lovely Iris from


goes to


the prize generously offered by


goes to


and the wonderful prize sponsored by


goes to


Congrats on your fantastic prize wins, ladies! Please, email me under vonpappe2@yahoo.de so we can arrange everything to have your prizes sent to you asap. Have fun shopping and crafting! xxx


And now on to our Top 5
(appearing in the order of their entry numbers)
To visit their blogs just click on their names.


Huge congrats on making our Top 5, ladies! We really loved visiting your blogs and taking closer looks at your fantastic creations! Thank you so much for sharing! Please, feel free to grab the Top5 badge from our sidebar for display on your blogs! Well done!!! xxx


But we had a lot of projects entered to our summer special that were close up and I know I am repeating myself when I say that (but I just have to): ALL the projects you keep entering to our challenges make us so happy and proud and show us that the love and effort we put into running this challenge blog and providing you with lots of different approaches to steampunk and industrial or vintage art pays off! A huge THANK YOU for that to all of our true (and new) players out there! Mwah! X


Our new challenge has just started and this month we want to see some tags. Tags are always a great quick, easy and rewarding way to get back into the crafting saddle after a summer break. And of course you can enter up to three times - so just take a leap and "tag it!". And don't miss our second round of inspirational DT work on 15th September

Hugs and happy steampunk crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Tag It!! - Our September Challenge

Servus and welcome back after a hopefully wonderful summer holiday you have all been enjoying thoroughly!

Our summer special challenge had loads of amazing entries and we want to thank you all for playing along and sharing your wonderful steampunk, vintage or industrial projects with us! We will announce the Top5 on Saturday, 12th September - as well as the winners of the three fantastic prizes donated by La Blanche, Irishteddy's and Retro Kraft Shop of course!

We are also very happy about the great response to our new facebook group that is meant to provide you with a platform where we can all share steampunk related projects and inspiration that isn't related to any challenge themes. If you haven't joined in yet - HERE's where to go to.

But now let's start over after the holiday break! The theme for this month's challenge asks you to

"Tag It!"

We want to see your creative tags with a steampunk, vintage or industrial theme.

Team A have as usual outdone themselves and created a truly amazing bundle of inspiration to get you started - see for yourselves:

This tag is all about spreading your steampunk wings...
Dark, sparkly, eerie steampunk wings... ;)
You can see some close-ups on my blog.


My Tag is vintage with a twist...
See more details on my blog



I want some new colors for this month... bright pink and green
stamp, dies, altered bottle cap....
more details on my blog

I wanted to find something more romantic and nostalgic in steampunk, so I made tag trio about mechanism of memories garnering...
More details on my blog.


Bonjour à vous ,
Je vous présente mon tag steampunk  DT sur le thème de Paris .
" Le machiniste "
D'autres  photos pour les détails sont sur mon blog .
As usual our challenge will be open until the end of the month and you will find some more inspiration from Team B on September, 15th - alongside with the announcement of this month's prize sponsor. So make sure you check back! 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & 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