Saturday, October 7, 2017

Winner's Post September 2017!

Hello!

Happy Weekend! Hope it's going great for you!

Today we'd love to share with  you our awesome winner for the September 2017 Challenge!

There were a lot of wonderful pieces entered. The winner is...

Congratulations Senna!
Please email me to collect your blog badge at dreamindarknessblog@gmail dot com

Thank you everyone who played along. 
Honorable mentions go to:


Thanks again and Hope to see all of you back this month to play!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 1~The Best time of the year...Halloween!


So it is THAT time of the year ... 
Autumn, dark evenings and the HALLOWEEN coming 
with pumpkins, skeletons, skulls and spirits ... 
so I decided to "cover" my dreams from the eery spirits 
and made a dreamcatcher that hopefully will suck in all the bad dreams 
and allow all the nice ones to enter.


Re-cycling a ring from a sticky red tape


Using silk clay and Panduro's mold for the skulls. 
And then added some Inka Golds for the color.


Some more Inka Gold and stamp from Sin City Stamps

I think my dreamcatcher would fit right in to Anne's 
brilliantly creepy house, :)

Creepy house?  You're only thinking that way 
because Halloween is so close! 
  Shredded money makes great "grass" for the spiders 
to nest in and web from, true.


BUT... is it a house?  Or a Chrysalis?  
Is something hatching/metamorphosing under the Halloween moon?


Ohhh lots of things that don't necessarily go bump in the night!

I managed to get on track sort of, and finish a mini book that came to mind a couple of eeek months ago with our Circus theme...well who KNEW a MINI book could be so big on the inside!


video

I am crossing fingers and toes you can see my little slide show above...the one minute it should take to play, I hope you will feel it was time well spent. 


Mini Book Ingredients:
One page 8 1/2" x 11" bond paper
gelatin plate of choice
acrylic paints
old gift/credit card
Thick hot drink cup wrap repurposed as a "book cover"
Lots of rubber stamps, I used the Circus ones thank you Granne and
some of my Sin City Stamps, DriBonez by Rick St Dennis and Oddly Appealing by Cathy Frailey, yes these links go to my shop wherein if someone were to purchase somesuch stuffs, another someone might earn some change to buy some somenecessitylikethings.





But I do know for sure, if you come back during this glorious month of October there may be a few treats here and there and maybe that Frogster critter will leave a trick who knows?

We'd love to see your spin on Halloween, Day of the Dead and whatever else your dreams treat you to, so share away and link up okay?

Much love and hugs to you all!

Now go play!



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dear Reader... don't read so long that the spiders web you over.

Centuries after her death, (well, it was 200 years this July) people are still captivated by Jane Austen's writings.  It may be that a rather portly gentleman has  been reading since the first edition came out, never stopping to notice the spiders webs growing round him.  Even within Jane's tales of romance, there are some spooky places, creepy assumptions. What was the story behind Mrs Tilney's suite of rooms, wondered the heroine... and that got her into trouble before the Path Of True Love could be straightened, of course.
Paper Whimsy's Lacy Triptych with stand provided the foundation for this project.
The arched frames were given 3 coats of Emerald Creek embossing powder, then stamped while molten with the barbed wire brick fence stamp.  The side panels were done in Northern Lights colour, the centre panel in Midnight Sky.  The Lacework "roof lines" were painted with Jacquard Lumiere in Indigo, then a coat of Halo Blue-green, and heat gunned while wet for the bubbly texture.  The individual frame backgrounds were painted with white gesso.  Before completely dry, Lindys Gang moonshadow Tawny Turquoise was washed over, then a few drips of Moonlit Mulberry encouraged to flow down.

The barbed wire fence stamp with Indian ink was stamped over each panel, before gluing down the fussy-cut Austen stamps.  Strands of spider web are Helmar 450 glue (hot glue guns aren't a common part of my toolkit, else I'd have done that).  When this gentleman was glued down, the book was left unglued, for a touch of 3-D.  From his expression, novels are a new concept to him.



I used Emerald Creek embossing powders - they also have an American web site, or you can swap between the two (top right toolbar in the web page)  The box part of the stand was covered in some Graphics 45 Typograph paper..

Sin City Stamps have 2 new plates of Jane Austen stamps out, and here :)
Farewell Jane, and thanks for the hours of imagination you've stimulated.

Of course, if you've been working on something weird, off-beat, creepy, daaaark, share it with us here

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Face it

I felt very inspired by Gina's (last months challenge winner)
dolls. But, since I'm not much of a doll maker,
I made something related to dolls.

I altered a tiny T-shirt that was send to me
a while ago from other side of the earth,
Thank you Anne :). My daughter likes Pullip dolls and
the size of that T-shirt was perfect for her Pullip.
Or what do you think?


Lucifer looks so cool.


My daughter took the pictures above and I took the one down here:


Using tiny rubber bands, ProMarkers and alcohol blending solution
to color and the stamps from Sin City Stamps and Stazon ink

Lets us see what you have been making by linking 
your art HERE.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Listen, Look, Talk ....

I was watching some Youtube tutorials
and saw one where lady had a embossed image
and she colored it over with Tombow marker.

Had to try if it really works, LOL.
These was suppose to be ATC trio, 
but I made it a decoration ... it is Halloween season 
coming after all.


Skulls are from Sin City Stamps, design by Rick St Dennis ,
also used one of the stamps on Background Grunge plate.




Entering my altered ATC's, to a Airless Chambers challenge,
where Anything Goes With Rick St Dennis.

And how about YOU entering our challenge?
We'd looooooove to came and see. This months theme is 
B-day - but the theme is optional, 
so link HERE your strange, wicked, cool art makes


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Winner's Post for the August Challenge!

HelloHello!

We are very sorry for the delay in announcing the wonderful winner from out August Challenge!

So with no further delay we are happy to announce the winning entry is...

#2

Gina email us at dreamindarknessblog@gmail.com
to arrange for your
Sin City Stamps Treat!

Have a wickedly wonderful day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 1...


As the seasons click over accompanied by major flooding in Texas and Bangladesh this year, the Cancer Society have their Daffodil fundraising day in NZ - right on a husband's anniversary 
(death by cancer).  So how can we commemorate, or celebrate, anniversaries, birthdays...

Welcome to the first Day of Spring at Anne's Asylum.  
She's wondering, when it's a bit early for a bunch of flowers, 
what do you give a Skeleton on her/his birthday?


Why, a rusty crusty skeleton key of course!!!


And since the tag was on a steampunk theme at the start, 
there are chains to rattle instead of ribbons.

Plenty of papers diecut,  multi-layered, one of the cogs is paperclay.  
The skeletons hang out at Silver Crow Creations and keep jumping into my shopping cart!  
There is one stamp, used as the "frame" - blame Seth Apter for that!!! *sigh* 
it's the bicycle chain - steampunk done and gone beyond death .
Oh, and the numbers  are also stamped across the "top" of the tag.
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And what would a party be without FUN (???!!!) entertainer? 
So bring in the clown:


CAS style postcard, so only one layer here.
Using stamps from Sin City Stamps.
(this and this)

Come back mid-month to see how Anne "celebrated" 200 years since Jane Austen died

Meantime how do you celebrate YOUR dark anniversaries?  Share *here*