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!

Hugs,
SanDee&amelie&the SASPC team

Monday, January 15, 2018

SASPC January Challenge - Mid Month Reminder

Hi, servus and welcome to our mid month reminder on our actual January challenge! Team B are sharing their projects with you today and if you haven't already checked out the makes of Team A, I highly recommend you do so right after reading this post (simply click on the "actual challenge" badge on top of our side bar to get to the opening post of our actual challenge). And of course I hope you will play along with us this month too.  The inLinkz collection to enter your makes into is waiting for you right at the bottom of this post. ;)


Our January theme is

Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial


and the challenge is open until the end of the month as usual. There will - as always - be two prizes for two lucky winners (who will be picked among all proper entries - so, please, check out our challenge rules). There has been an update on our rules concerning entering videos...but nothing else has changed so far. For example, we still have our same two fabulous prize sponsors, DecoArt media and boozybear chipboard pieces, without whom our challenge blog would not be imaginable. Thank you both so much for being with us for another year! xxx










is kicking off the second round of inspirational makes
with this awesomely textured canvas.
She has used aluminium foil to create the amazing background!
And I love the crackling on the new year! ;)








has used a most adorable photograph of her dog, Filou, to create this cool
mixed media piece. 
It seems Filou loves to inspect Kerstin's laptop very closely,
when she leaves it open on the sofa. ;) 


"Filou - Home Alone"






says

"Have you ever thought about time travel? If you could, would you try it - where and when would you go? These are the ideas I was thinking about while I worked on my "Time Traveler" canvas."




"Look around you for inspiration, it can be found anywhere! I was inspired by the coffee I was drinking and some clothing I was wearing when I chose my colors."



and I 
- Claudia -

had a playful time at my (still not tidied up) studio desk
and created this tag:




I just love these three guys and had to use some of my newly bought stuff ;) 



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I am sure many of you have got cool new craft items for Christmas too. I can't wait to see what you create with them! So I hope you will play along with us soon!


On the 23rd there will be our last boozybear feature post, sharing my project created with some of Glenda's amazing chipboard pieces! Don't miss that! 

In the meantime:
hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC Team
xxx




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Top 5 and Prize Winners - Winter Special Challenge Nov/Dec 2017

Hi, servus and welcome to the announcement of our Top 5 and prize winners from the winter special challenge, dear steampunk and industrial style friends!

As the winter special was a two-months long challenge, I decided to add a little surprise prize to the usual two give-aways (being sponsored as always by DecoArt media and boozybear)...it's just a small bundle of stuff I put together, but I wanted to personally share a little love and it is also meant as a huge THANK YOU in return for all the amazing entries you all have been sharing with me and my team during the last year! By doing so you make me a very happy and proud challenge blog owner, you know? XXX


Don't forget to return on the 15th, as Team B will be sharing their makes with you then! And of course the actual January challenge is open and waits for your entries! We are back to normal swing which means: it is open until the end of the month and the usual challenge rules apply.

Please note: I had to do a little update on the rules which means I've added the info that we will not be accepting whole video tutorial entries. But short two-minute long videos only showing the finished project (for example if it has moving parts or something like that that is worth being shown) are welcome! But honestly we prefer still images linked to our collections - be it from your blogs, pinterest, instagram or facebook accounts. As long as we do not necessarily have to have an account there to be able to comment on your entries, everything's fine. Thank you for your understanding!

But now on to our Top 5! As always we've had the most amazing creations being entered to our challenge and I have been - once more - stunned by your imagination and creativity! So much inspiration, so much to admire and explore! Thank you all so much for playing along and sharing your fantastic art! To me ALL entries are winning projects as I love each and every one. But I know that many of you love the contest idea behind challenges as it adds to the fun...so "Top 5" there have to be and pick we must (which is always a hard job. I am glad that at least random.org does the picking for me when it comes to the prizes...phew!...I simply couldn't decide if and which makes would "deserve" a prize more than others...).


....aaand the 
Top 5 
this time are...




with her amazing "dieselpunk" project








fantastic "book of mystery"








who created this amazing notebook







with her stunning mixed media tag





and 




who simply charmed us all with her adorable steampunk christmas tree project



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Huge congrats and thank you very much for playing along, ladies! Well done! Please, feel free to grab the Top5 badge for display on your blogs! 




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And now on to our prize winners - picked randomly among all proper entries. 
Please, note, that there are four weeks time from the day of the announcement to claim your prizes! Just contact me via the email address given in the side bar. DecoArt prize winners, please, also add a phone number to your shipping info as DecoArt will only ship when they have a number to call in case there's some issues with shipping. 


Random.org picked the entries... 


#5 - julD


as our 
DecoArt media prize winner!


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#24 - Turwen


as our 

boozybear steampunk chipboard prize winner



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and my special little
surprise prize package
(donated by myself)


goes to

#9 - Irena

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Yay! Congrats on your prize wins, ladies! I am awaiting your emails with shipping infos (and, please, don't write to me in Cyrillic/Russian as I can't read it and do not speak any Russian at all. Sorry. ;)


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With our Top 5 and winners being announced I am almost done for now. Just a short reminder on our Team B makes, which will be shared on here in two days! Our January challenge  is awaiting your entries....and there's one more boozybear special inspirational project waiting for you, which will go live on the 23rd (yes...those who've followed our boozybear special feature will have noticed that it is my project that is still missing ;) ). So stay tuned! 

I hope to see you play along with us soon!
Hugs and happy crafting!

Claudia & the SASPC Team
xxx


Monday, January 8, 2018

Boozybear Special - Part VIII

Hi, servus and welcome to part VIII of our boozybear sponsor special feature!

We're still not done with featuring Glenda - the designer and owner of the boozybear etsy shop  - and her fab steampunk chipboard pieces by showing steampunk/industrial style projects done by my wonderful DT - each using the same boozybear parts but in totally different projects and ways of using them.



So throughout the last months you have been provided with extra project posts over here and I have been so happy to have the opportunity to not only show some of Glenda's amazing chipboard designs but also let my DT each have the stage to herself. (to make it easier for you to compare the projects there's a list of previously posted boozybear projects with links to every new project post...see below)
I find the idea thrilling to see how differently the same chipboard pieces can be approached. I hope you do too. ;)

*Here's the link list to previous boozybear projects done by the DT:

Boozybear Special I
Boozybear Special II
Boozybear Special III
Boozybear Special IV
Boozybear Special V
Boozybear Special VI
Boozybear Special VII

Only two more projects to go - as Brigitte's and mine are still missing.

So today it's time for Brigitte to share her boozybear project with you.  And believe me - this really makes me want to alter a brush too now! ;) Enjoy!


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Colors of time/
Couleurs du temps


Altered paintbrush / Pinceau altéré




Brigitte started with priming a paintbrush...

 

...with white DecoArt media Gesso. Then she added DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints to create a kind of patina look. 



The boozybear cogs, gears and other steampunk chippies were "rusted" with brown, violet, orange and blue paint...




...and then glued onto the brush:



The top of the brush was given a dreamy face cast from a self made mould 
and painted with the same colours. 



As the chipboard cogs and gears are a bit flexible, 
they could easily be attached to the handle of the brush
to create a kind of relief effect. 

Et voilá!







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So cool! I HAVE TO try this too! Your altered paintbrush is just amazing, Brigitte! Thanks so much for the fantastic inspiration! XXX


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Our actual January challenge is still open until the end of the month and before we will be sharing the makes of Team B on the 15th, we will also announce the winners and Top 5 of our winter special challenge next week. So stay tuned! And of course we hope to see you play along with us soon (maybe we will see some altered brushes being entered too? Who knows.... ;)


Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia 
xxx

Monday, January 1, 2018

SASPC January 2018 Challenge - Part One


  

Servus, hi and welcome to our first challenge in 2018, dear mixed media steampunk and industrial style friends!
I hope you've all enjoyed lovely holidays and that you are - like me - looking forward to another year filled with inspiration and artful joy! I can't wait to see where 2018 will take you and your creativity ('cos in the end it is all about the creative journey, isn't it?).

So let's start with our first challenge of the year - it 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.

But before I share with you the makes of my wonderful ladies from Team A, I would like to thank all our players who joined in our challenges during the last year and have been constantly and truly sharing their creativity with us by doing so! Running this challenge blog is such a rewarding thing to do - you all inspire me and the team, and even if I haven't commented on your projects in person, I promise, I have seen them all and enjoyed what I saw! So, please, keep that good stuff coming! ;)


And our generous and wonderful prize sponsors DecoArt media and boozybear will be with us again! Yay! Thank you so much! xxx


Proud and happy to be



The three (!) prize winners (I have thrown a little prize into the pot myself for the winter special challenge) and Top 5 from the winter special challenge will be announced on Saturday, 13. January. Shortly after that Team B will be sharing their makes with you - on the 15th as usual. So stay tuned! The January challenge will be open until the end of this month (which means we're back to our usual schedule of monthly challenges).




But now on to the first bundle of inspirational makes for 2018! Enjoy!




has altered a wooden 3D puzzle that she fell in love with
and turned it into treasure:




It's a mechanical box and Alexa managed to alter it with the mechanics still working! 
I love how worn and weathered it looks! She has done such an amazing job using DecoArt media products and her imagination, hasn't she?










is wishing everyone a wonderful and happy new year, filled with luck and joy!
To mark the start of the new year, she has created this amazing perpetual calendar
in steampunk style! Wow!




I love the metal look and the amazing textures she has created!










found an old watercolour box at a flea market and upcycled it so beautifully!





And of course it is beautiful on the inside too:










is still in winter mood and has created a frame with a glittering deer head 
surrounded by steampunk snowflakes
("but without whites")




I love the gold and metal against the contrasting blue! 
And the glitter makes for such an eye-catcher, doesn't it?




Note to self: I should be more daring and try to use glitter too (honestly I always wrestle with glitter as I still find traces of it days after I've used it everywhere....(on my husband's face for example)....lol). But the look is always stunning (not my husband's look....the look of the projects of course). 


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Well....that's a great start into the new year, isn't it? I hope to see you play along with us soon!


Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia & the SASPC Team
xxx






Friday, December 22, 2017

Boozybear Special - Part VII

Hi, servus and welcome to part VII of our boozybear sponsor special feature!

We thought it was about time to give Glenda - the designer and owner of the boozybear etsy shop  - and her fab steampunk chipboard pieces the attention they deserve and we will be doing so by showing steampunk/industrial style projects done by my wonderful DT - each using the same boozybear parts but in totally different projects and ways of using them so you can see how versatile these are and maybe also grab a little inspiration here and there for your own projects.



So throughout the next months you will find extra project posts over here - each done by one of my talented DT ladies and I am so happy to have the opportunity to not only show Glenda's amazing chipboard designs but also let my DT each have the stage to herself. (to make it easier for you to compare the projects I will add links to the previously posted boozybear projects to every new project post.) I find the idea thrilling to see how differently the same chipboard pieces can be approached. I hope you do too. ;)

*Here's the link list to previous boozybear projects done by the DT:

Boozybear Special I
Boozybear Special II
Boozybear Special III
Boozybear Special IV
Boozybear Special V
Boozybear Special VI

Today it's time for Dee to share her final make as a member on our design team.  And once again she has outdone herself! We will miss her and her amazing art and we wish her all the best for her future creative endeavours!

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Hi everyone I hope you are well I have my piece using the lovely shapes that we 
were given from Boozy Bear I hope you enjoy reading how I did it as much 
as I did making the tags.


This is a photo of the shapes that were sent to me and the other members of the DT 
we were all asked to make a piece and look at all the different results.



I also used a couple of other Boozy bear pieces that I had in my stash,
they were the picture frame and i cut up a couple of the pieces 
to fit in with what i was trying to achieve.


 So above I cut the hands off with the flourishes as you will see further on.


I started with the wings i put black modelling paste through a stencil 
then used a texture comb and ran it up and down the
 wings so it gave them ridges.


I triple embossed the piece that I had cut the hands off with chunky embossing powders from Stampendous.



While still hot I pushed a cog stamp from stampendous
into the hot powder. Once cool I used Deco Art patina 
antiquing cream and left to dry. 



I prepared all three tags by using the following process.
Deco Arts Media black modelling paste was put through 
a verity of stencils. Different stencils were used on
each tag.


Once the modelling paste was dry I used black gesso followed by black 
media fluid Acrylic as it gives a different surface to the gesso.
This was followed by white then patina antiquing cream.


I embossed the clock and sprinkled some teal over to give it a patina effect. 
 Below you can see I cut the small clock off a bigger piece and 
gold embossed it.


Tag 1 was collated together and finished off with building wax
and coloured gauze.


Same for tag 2 I added a glass embellishment to the base of the tag.


Also the same for tag 3 I used the embossed clock and the photo frame
from Boozy bear the frame was painted with Deco art crackle paint and 
coloured with washes of fluid acrylic.


I hope you have all enjoyed my post and will be desperate to try these 
amazing chipboard shapes as they are so versatile and you can
 customise them if you so wish.
Cheers Dee x


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A most amazing tag trio, isn't it?
Thank you so much, Dee, for being with us. I will love to follow you on your creative journey! XXX

Our winter special challenge is still open until the end of the month - so why not play along and by doing so get the chance to win one of three give-aways? 

Merry Christmas, happy new year and happy holidays!
Claudia & the SASPC Team
XXX

Friday, December 8, 2017

Boozybear Special - Part VI

Hi, servus and welcome to part VI of our boozybear sponsor special feature!

What's it all about? Well, we thought it was about time to give Glenda - the designer and owner of the boozybear etsy shop  - and her fab steampunk chipboard pieces the attention they deserve and we will be doing so by showing steampunk/industrial style projects done by my wonderful DT - each using the same boozybear parts but in totally different projects and ways of using them so you can see how versatile these are and maybe also grab a little inspiration here and there for your own projects.



So throughout the next months you will find extra project posts over here - each done by one of my talented DT ladies and I am so happy to have the opportunity to not only show Glenda's amazing chipboard designs but also let my DT each have the stage to herself. (to make it easier for you to compare the projects I will add links to the previously posted boozybear projects to every new project post.) I find the idea thrilling to see how differently the same chipboard pieces can be approached. I hope you do too. ;)

*Here's the link list to previous boozybear projects done by the DT:

Boozybear Special I
Boozybear Special II
Boozybear Special III
Boozybear Special IV
Boozybear Special V

Today it's time for Nate to share her stunning boozybear project! She has created loads of fantastic layers and texture on her beautiful canvas!

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Bonjour à toutes ,
J' ai voulue mettre à l' honneur ma grand mère  avec ces pièces de BOOZYBEAR qui s' harmonisaient parfaitement  par sur  ce canvas , 
"Le temps qui passe"
Vous pourrez découvrir sur mon blog les détails de ma réalisations./
Hi, all!
I wanted to create a piece in honour of my grandmother, using the boozybear chipboard pieces, which go together so well on my canvas
"Time flies".



You can find more details about the how to on my blog. 



Some steps images:


Some close ups of the finished project:


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And the cool boozybear chipboard pieces really work together so beautifully on Nate's canvas, don't they? Thank you so much, Nate, for sharing this very personal and delicate make with us! XXX

Our actual winter special challenge is open and still running until the end of December....so if you find the time to take a short break from Christmas crafting, there's still enough time to play along ;)
Simply click HERE to get taken to the challenge post. More boozybear inspiration will be shared on our blog on 22nd December. So make sure to check back to find out what Dee has created for your inspiration!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia 
xxx