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!

Hugs,
SanDee&amelie&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  

Tic-Tac-Toe 


 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!

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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

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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



Brigitte


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 



nate

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 .





Claudia

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.




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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


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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
xxx






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).


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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


fournitures


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.


bouton
bouton3


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


2


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


1


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 !!!!!!!!

espbanner1


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Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team
xxx

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! ;)

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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!
Laura
xxx







Monday, June 15, 2015

The Ravages of Time - Mid-month Reminder

Servus and welcome to the mid- month reminder of our actual challenge "The Ravages of Time" which asks for aged and worn looking effects and designs...maybe a little (or a lot of) rust, some crackle here and there or some peeled paint or wallpaper creations? Patina, lichen, corroded metal,....well, the list is far from being complete yet but I am sure you will find your personal favourite for this theme (and hopefully enter a project to our challenge before the end of this month)!

We already had a great bunch of awesome entries and are gobsmacked by all the talent out there! And we can't get enough of it! Seeing a lot of wonderful projects entered to our challenges really is the most wonderful reward for all the love and labour that's being put into DT work, you know? So let me say a huge "THANK YOU SO MUCH!" for playing along and for creating all the amazing art you enter with our challenges!

The ladies from team B have once more risen up to this challenge and created another fab bundle of inspirational goodness for you! But before I show you their creations just let me announce this month's prize sponsor which is once again lovely Joy from Inspiration Emporium, who are giving away a generous $25 voucher for shopping with their great online store! Thank you so much, Joy!

http://www.inspirationemporium.com/


But now on to the makes of team B! If you want to learn more about their projects just visit their blogs (by clicking their names) - and if you have a spare minute maybe leave them a comment to show them some appreciation! I am sure they will be very happy!



A challenge that is music to my ears...peeled paint and patina tinged rust was the inspiration for this weather worn creation and I loved every second of making it!



Kerstin

Rust, stains and peeled paint


The good old days, I remember me on the old bike of my Grandma, you hear it from afar, but it works till today,
it is something special, even though already the teeth of time has gnawed on it.





Dee



My piece is also like SanDee's inspired by Andy's work with my slant on it.
I went for the time worn look with patina's, rust  & decaying rust. 
Why not join in with us, we would love to see your take on 
this months theme.


If you like what I have created then Pop over to my blog to see
 how I made it. 



Niki @ Pawsitively Creative 

New Patina Technique


I knew I wanted to try my hand at doing a patina effect. I came up with this technique through trial and error and lots of sprays! This altered box was ravaged by paints, gesso, inks and so much more! Texture pastes played a huge part in making this Ravaged Clock!








As this tag gave me quite a hard time (by not turning out in any way I had planned at the start) I really "ravaged" it by painting it over several times, scraping on and off paints and media, soaking it with spray paints and various pastes, collaging bits onto it and tearing them off again...until I finally was content with the outcome. (*phew!)


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If you haven't seen the makes of team A yet, you find them over HERE
Our challenge is open until the end of the month and you can enter up to three different projects. Each single (and proper) entry counts as a vote for the prize draw. Prize winner and top5 will be announced on a Saturday as usual - but this time on July 11th so there's enough time for the team to vote. 

You find the inlinkz collection at the bottom of this post or also with the post from the 1st of this month when we started the challenge. 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia & the SASPC team
xxx