A hearty welcome to SanDee&amelie's challenge blog!

Please, note, that this challenge blog is not related to any business and run without any profit by people, who do this for your and their own leisure time fun! Our only reward are your encouraging comments and your playing along and sharing steampunk fun and mixed media techniques. We appreciate every single entry and comment so much! Thank you for taking the time!

If you are new to this place, please, know that 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!



Hugs,
SanDee&amelie&the SASPC team

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

SASPC May 2018 Challenge Mid Month Reminder plus our April Top 5 and Prize Winners

Servus and welcome back to our second round of inspirational projects for the May challenge as well as to the announcement of our April Top 5 and prize winners!



This is the last time that we're presenting the team's makes in two parts. From next month on you will get the full dose of inspiration from the design team at the verystart of the monthly challenge on the 1st, which will be followed by the announcement of our Top5 and prize winners on the 15th. Next month's challenge will be hosted by lovely Maura, who has so willingly and lovingly jumped in to help me with running the challenge blog from now on! Those who already know Maura, know that you will be in good hands with her.

This month's challenge theme is - as always - an

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial

and we only ask that you only enter Steampunk and Industrial themed makes to our challenges or our facebook group and follow our really few and simple rules when playing along so we can consider you for our top votes and prize draws! I have also added information on entering a facebook link to our challenge link up collection to the rules as the team and I have been repeatedly experiencing issues with not being able to see projects (and therefor also not being able to comment on them) because of facebook privacy settings. Sadly of course these makes can also not be included with the votes and prize draws (as we can simply not see them). So IF you want to play along and enter your make to the inlinkz collection from your facebook account, make sure we can see what you have entered without having to be friends on facebook! Thank you!



Let's start with prize winners this time. 

As always DecoArt media and lovely Glenda from boozybear will give away a prize to our two monthly winners that I draw randomly from all proper entries. 

And this fab bundle of DecoArt media goodness 



goes to

entry #25
Agnes Kieler


and a surprise package of awesome steampunk chipboards from boozybear




goes to 

entry #20
eMKa



Congrats on your prize wins, ladies, and thanks so much for playing along! Please, email me under the address given in the side bar so I can forward your shipping details to Glenda and DecoArt asap. DecoArt prize winners, please, also provide a phone number.

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Next up the makes of Team B!





has created a special "Lady Light"
using boozybear chipboard wings, DecoArt products and loads of imagination!










made this fantastic trio of ATCs
that she calls
"Children of the Gear"

(love the title...and the ATCs, of course!)









"Petrified Kraken"
on another of her beautiful altered bottles
amazes with fantastic texture
and once more a beautifully aged and worn look
I wonder what it was that scared the poor kraken so much...




and I 

have once more chosen to play on the small format of an ATC
(I am always amazed by how much media and effects can be used and shown on a project so small of size). The new DecoArt pouring medium has found its way onto my ATC as well as some of my old favourites like Metallic Lustre, Antiquing Creams and Crackle Paste. 





By clicking on the teamies' names you get taken to their blogs to find out more about the projects (like products and techniques used or steps images so you can create your own interpretations). If you take a second to leave them a short comment you will make them very happy. Thank you so much!

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And last but not least - our Top 5 from the April challenge!

(in no particular order)



with her lovely 
Air Balloon Lamp







with this amazing tag
in her very unique style






and her awesome "Gorgoneion Assemblage" mirror









These are just amazing makes, ladies! Thank you so much for sharing them with us and for the fantastic inspiration! Please, feel free to grab the Top 5 badge from the top of this post (or the side bar) for display on your blogs! 

A huge THANK YOU to all the other players too - we always love ALL the fantastic projects you enter to our challenges so constantly (and almost always there are so many who are really hot on the Top 5s' heels so we could easily do a Top 32 post if that made sense....)! It is EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU and your creativity who make this creative spot the special place it is! XXX

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The current challenge is open until the end of the month - so still enough time to play along. The team and I would love to see your makes entered to the collection and have you join in our steampunk mixed media sharing fun!


Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC Team
xxx




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

New Challenge, New Host, New Projects - SASPC's May 2018 Challenge

Hi, servus and welcome to a special challenge kick off post today!
There are some changes at the moment that I want you to know about, before we head on to this month's challenge.

First of all, we have to sadly say Good-bye to lovely Nate, who is leaving the DT due to (only wonderful) changes in her private life and the team and I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for being with us on this journey and also wish her the very best for her future endeavours.

Secondly, I would like to introduce my new challenge co-host for the future; lovely Maura from Maura's Musings. As I found I need to spend less time sitting at my computer (and sitting in general because I need to get moving again due to health reasons), I called out for some assistance and she was there to help in the wink of an eye!


Here's what she tells us about herself:

I've joyously jumped to the right side of my brain and love playing with color. It all started when I was a kid sitting under the tree in the backyard drawing, but now my muse inspires me to work in mixed media and steampunk. I especially like to use my imagination when creating my art and am often inspired by books I’ve read or places I’ve traveled.  I enjoy life with my family in the Adirondack region of New York, and am blessed with a beautiful view of the mountains outside of my studio area (a corner of our living room). Travel, gardening and reading make me a happy camper, and I am still fascinated by clouds and rocks from my years of teaching earth science.

Please, welcome her as our new challenge host! I am so happy to have her by my side! We will be alternately hosting the challenges for each month from now on and I am looking forward to her making things hum over here!

With one woman down for Team A's projects, there are only three inspirational projects today, but we will change that too with June and post all projects on the 1st of the month and only announce our Top5 and prize winners on the 15th. This way the Top5 and DT projects will also stand alone and not be rivaling in the future - so they all will get the visibility they truly deserve ;)


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Our May Challenge - it is once more an 

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial

and open until the end of the month. 

Same rules as usual apply and if you return on the 15th there will be more inspiration by the DT and the announcement of our April Top 5 and prize winners! 


is finally kicking off our May challenge
with this wonderful
Steampunk Shrine




She has combined found objects in the most beautiful way
and created some awesome texture on the shrine!





has once more outdone herself as well
and created this amazing "old industrial mini plant board"
using DecoArt products and some cool embellishments.





Zoja

embellished and painted an artist palette
and turned it into this beautiful piece of altered art:

 




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Our challenge is open until the end of the month! By playing along you get the chance to win one of our two fab prizes generously donated by our sponsors DecoArt media



and 




Just make sure you follow our few challenge rules (see top of the page) to get included with our prize draws! Maybe you will even make it to our Top5! 

Hope to see you play along soon
and as always
hugs and happy crafting!

Claudia & the SASPC Team
xxx







Sunday, April 15, 2018

SASPC 2018 April - Mid Month Reminder

Hi, servus and welcome to the second round up of inspirational makes for our April challenge, which is - as always - an

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial


themed one. We will also be announcing the Top5 and prize winners from our March challenge, but before I do so, I would like to invite you to also check out the makes of Team A (if you haven't done so already) after you have read this post and taken a look at the wonderful projects of my lovely ladies from Team B! And if you can spare a second, please, visit their blogs and leave them a short comment to let them know that their work is appreciated. You will also find more images and sometimes info on the how-tos on my teamies' blogs - so that's well worth a visit, isn't it?

The challenge is open until the end of the month and by playing along (and following our few simple rules) you become eligible for winning one of our two monthly prizes, being sponsored by




and




.

I use random.org to pick our two winners among all proper entries and the team and I pick our favourite makes from each challenge in a ranked voting (which is mostly a love-hate thingie for us, as we love all your projects, but we also know that a bit of a stimulus like that makes challenges more interesting to many).



is kicking off this second round up
with a lovely rusted looking canvas she created
using DecoArt media and boozybear products






started imagining that the Steampunk Universe might have come through a time rift....




...and I think she may have a point there. Looks pretty reasonable to me! 



latest project is called
"Change of Times"



- two Artist Trading Blocks she has altered using
a faux rust technique alongside a lot of other
highly textural mixed media techniques to create
a "wild mix of colours, textures and patterns"






and last but not least my project
for your inspiration:



As you can see I am still into ATCs - but how can I quit doing them when there are so many great ATC blanks (like this one from Calico Craft Parts) out there, waiting for me to be used alongside some beautiful vintage ephemera?


And with the help of a few DecoArt media products and paints turning these into rusty goodness is so much fun and so easy! "Dem Ingenieur ist nichts zu schwör", as we like to say in German (=there's nothing the engineer can't do). ;) . So check out my short tutorial on my blog (and don'r forget to visit my teamies' blogs as well for more information on their beautiful projects!).



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Now directly on to our prize winners for March! 


The DecoArt media prize bundle


goes to 

#3 - Lys


and the boozybear steampunk chipboard package


goes to

#11 Suman


Congrats on your prize wins, ladies, and thanks so much for playing along! Please, email me (see address in the side bar) your shipping info (DecoArt winners, please, add your phone number), so I can have your goodies sent to you asap! 

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And now a drumroll, please, for our Top 5 from the March Challenge! 
Huge congrats ladies - we loved what you've made! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful projects with us. Please, feel free to grab the Top5 badge for display on your blogs! 


In no particular order:
























and




So well done, ladies! We hope to see you play along with us soon!
Here's the badge:


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Having come to the end of the post I would like to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to all who have been playing along with us so truly and constantly and sharing their amazing imaginative steampunk projects with us! You really never fail to inspire! Mwah! XXX

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC Team
xxx


Sunday, April 1, 2018

SanDee&amelie's April 2018 Challenge - Part One

Servus, hi, happy Easter and welcome to our first challenge round for April, dear mixed media steampunk and industrial style friends!

Our April challenge is - as usual - an

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial


themed challenge and all kinds of projects (except digitally created ones) are welcome! So show us your tags, cards, art journal pages, canvases, altered objects, drawings, paintings, sketches....whatever you're up to as long as it fits our challenge themes steampunk or industrial.

And our generous and wonderful prize sponsors DecoArt media and boozybear  are with us again of course!


Proud and happy to be



After the challenge has ended, I will randomly pick two winners among all proper entries (so make sure you follow our few rules), who either get a fab DecoArt media prize bundle or a surprise steampunk chipboard package. 

Prize winners and Top5 of the previous month's challenge will be announced mid month, on the 15th, when we will also be sharing the makes of Team B! 

But for now let's open the stage for my team A ladies and their makes!




created a fantastic steampunk collage piece with DecoArt media products





created an Art Deco piece using one of Mucha's designs. She created 
great texture and an aged effect using DecoArt media products to add to the style of Mucha's 
beautiful image.



I also like that stand she created! Such a great idea!







created an industrial canvas with a glass pendant as a focal piece.
The pendant was originally meant to be a photo frame,
but it looks perfect on her make, doesn't it?









"Steampunk Patchwork" tag has loads of awesome texture and rust!!! Wow!


And I love that tiny heart she has incorporated! 


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As I already said - more inspiration and the announcement of our March Top5 and prize winners will come up on the 15th. We hope to see you then and of course to see you play along in the meantime. 

The challenge is - as always - open until the end of the month and you can enter up to three different projects. 

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC Team
xxx






Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 2018 SASPC Mid Month Reminder, Top5 & Prize Winners Post

Oh, well, that's quite a long title for a post, but that is what this post is about: we will be announcing our Top5 and prize winners from the February challenge AND also share the second round of inspirational projects created by Team B today...so let me just say a short "Servus, hi and thanks for stopping by!" and move directly to the challenge facts for our current March challenge, which is once more an "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial" themed one and still open until the end of the month.

By playing along you get the chance to win one of the two fab prize bundles donated by our generous sponsors DecoArt media and boozybear steampunk chipboard pieces. And you might also find yourselves being picked as one of our Top5 (that are picked by the whole team after each challenge has ended)....all you have to do is play along and follow our few and simple challenge rules


With that said, let's directly move on to the makes of Team B. My wonderfully creative ladies have once more put a lot of love and labour into creating something for your inspiration, so, if you take a second to visit their blogs (by clicking on the names) and leave a short comment there, this is highly appreciated! 




created this amazing and beautiful canvas
for her "Rusty Fantasies" canvas series
using some brilliantly done faux rust techniques


(I love the rusty sea star I have spotted! And the pipes to the left are so cool! Oh, and do I also spot some corrugated card? Yummy!!!)




could not pass this month by without a tribute to her favourite holiday - St. Patrick's Day!
She tells you to "Look for a mischievous leprechaun and see if you can get him to give you his gold!"


(I spot more corrugated card! Yesssss!!!!)





created a steampunk mini album
using acrylic paints, stencils, dies and ephemera from her stash



The inside looks great too!




(I just love the vintage photograph on the left page and the background patterns!)


et moi 





I have created a fun steampunk chunky from corrugated card (lol...here we go again) left overs, 
using different bits 'n bobs that I found during tidying up and reorganizing some of my 
"trash treasures" and "quickly put to the side" boxes.



Finding long forgotten stash (like the stamp I used on this project and the die cut gears) while tidying up can be a great source of inspiration! The only problem is that the tidying now will have to wait until you have created something with the re-found oldies! Ore maybe a bit longer...lol


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Now let's directly move on to the prize winners, which are...

#21 - Senna


who won the DecoArt media prize bundle



and

#5 - Sue

who won a surprise steampunk chipboard package from



Congrats on your prize wins, ladies, and thanks so much for playing along! Please, email me, so I can forward your shipping details to my generous sponsors to have your goodies be sent to you asap! Have fun!

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And last but not least...drumroll for our Top5 from the February challenge! These were - as always - hard to pick and - as always - had a lot of follower ups. Thank you to ALL OUR PLAYERS for entering such amazing and inspiring projects! You know that it is YOU, who make this spot the special creative spot it has become, don't you? XXX

Top 5 
(in no particular order)












mixed media clock



















and






Well done, ladies, and thank you so much for sharing your amazing and fun steampunk art with us! Please, feel free to grab the badge for display on your blogs! 



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Wow! Such a load of inspiration from the DT and Top5 today! I hope this has boosted your imagination and that you leave inspired to create some steampunk or industrial style projects so you can play along too. The challenge is still open until the end of the month! Hope to see you play along soon!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC team
xxx