Friday, August 18, 2017

The Circus calls.

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned circus, full of death-defying acts, wild animals, and... clowns!!!  Whizz through some tags with me that are to be bound into a book now I've found my Zutter AND bought a new camera!!!
 The cover tag is a size larger than the rest.
 The Trapeze artists wires are still free-floating - with microbeads glued to them for grip haha.





 Love the Sticks & bones stencil, and what has it got in its pocketsses, my presshuss???

I have so many stamps that can be used for a circus, more tags need to be done, so I've not bound these yet!  So far, Scrapberry's (thanks to Sari), Lost Coast Designs, Viva las Vegas stamps, Smeared Ink, Silver Crow Creations, Stencil Girl, Andy Skinner, and Graphics 45 have all contributed.

If Life's been making you jump through hoops, or you've stayed off-beat this month, share it with us here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

July 2017 Challenge Winner's Post

Welcome back!

Today we have the winner from last month's creative challenge! Glad you came back and in the center ring without further ado...

The winner is #3 Susan Renshaw!
Congratulations!
All of us love your way with ATCs


Special thanks to everyone that played along and we hope you will come back and share your creative play with us! Share and link up with us for a chance to win a Sin City Stamps treat!
Bring your dreams from the darkness...

Link those dreams here.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life is a Circus ...

Hello all you swell readers / players and followers.
As you can see, Dream in Darkness has got itself
a new lighter look. 
And with it we'd like to invite more players
to play, so not "just" dark entries,
are super welcome,
DO link up your strange, fun, bring your Snark,
Mixed Media, alternative, wicked, COOL projects
- you know we loooove to see them!!!
But sorry cute kittens don't make the cut !

We also are going to have a Twist of the month. 
It's a theme you can follow if you so wish 
(we are a easy going challenge - not must "have to" -thingy's). 
This months twist is the "Circus".

Here's Granne's take with a Circus twist



Altered photo frame from Ikea and mostly 
VLV stamps colored with Inktense Pen's

Asylum Anne's passport let her out of the country, but she nearly didn't get in to Australia - "they" scanned it several times before it would be accepted.  At least she got to Lismore for 4 days with Seth Apter, taking his Library of Memories class.  Although he had run out of stock, another classmate who regularly attacks Anne's credit card, Julie of Time to Create, had plenty, and reaped the benefits.  So with lots of new goodies on her desk, Anne went looking for the
 New chunky embossing powder on a cereal packet (just the right background!)  And like the phrase says, "Not My Monkeys, Not My Circus", this clown has one up on you!
A different embossing powder sprinkled randomly over wet paint.
Another ATC, with a new Carabelle stamp.  Don't know that we like the look of that balloon.
And a third ATC, with a new die from Carabelle making for a pretty windy tent.
Granne sent the stamps thank you so much.  The clown scraps came from Silver Crow Creations.

Dear Granne unleashed this Circus and made sure to send provisions to the Crew. BUT those insane monkeys stole the food along the way! Can you believe it?? Them clowns got something to do with it for sure! Even on a good day you know what can happen when h u n g e r overtakes you!?***%$#! And then leaving that drat tent flap open and all chopped up seriously...

Caution Contains (pea)nuts!



No Snickers is not a sponsor!

But...if you link up something snarky Circus-y or funky, or just totally mind-bending you are in it to have a chance at at "treat" from Sin City Stamps!

Link up Below...


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Half Agony, Half Hope

Hello, it's Granne here with a page of digital make.


Combining Jane Austen quote, with Ike's lady and images
from Stitchy Bear and  Mischief Circus.

Like the sentiment? Here you go, let's see your take on it :=)


and by linking you make HERE,
you can win this fabulous set of red rubber


Totally awesome, don't you think?


Friday, July 7, 2017

June 2017 Challenge Winner!

Thanks for visiting today!

Today we have the Winner of the June Challenge to share with you!

A big thank you to everyone that played along, we LOVE seeing all your amazing projects!

But there can only be one challenge winner!

That person chose to make some very clever Giger Tribute ATCs!

That is 


Congratulations Katie!

We three at Dream in Darkness hope to see all of play again this month!

Link up with us HERE and bring your awesome weirdisms!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July is Here and HOT! Come Celebrate the Smeared Ink Reunion Hop & Jane Austen

We've joined the Smeared Ink retrospective today! Here is the blog roll to carry you off on some amazing adventures to discover some brilliant inspiration! Hop along as you like!





Terra
Alison
Leigh
Leigh SB Designs
Fiona
Shell
Kim
Kapree
Julia
Val
Dream In Darkness
Ike
Kelli
Milo
Nan
Monique
Susan
Kristy


Asylum Anne recognises the centenary of Jane's death with this ATC 
using a Smeared City stamp, coloured with dilute paints 
and grey flowersoft on Jane's tombstone. 


The camera found a face in the sky - is Jane looking out at us still?  
Expect Anne back later this month with something rather different :)
---
Granne combining Jane Austen and Smeared Ink on a AJ page.


Wonder if the pain is already over....
---
"La Llorona, The Weeping Woman"
Do you know her tragic tale?


Postcard using the Smeared Ink rubber stamp Llorona.


Please share your "painful" projects with us...


the scariest one will get this set of Hamsa hands from Lost Coast Designs:



The Frogster...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Listen Up! Speak Up! Look Up! ATC Trio

Welcome back to Dream in Darkness!

Sorry I have been AWOL with projects, but I have an ATC trio to (hopefully) make up for it with!

What do you think?
(~and yea this is a bit of a shameless plug for my new stamps at Sin City Stamps >.< !!)


These new rubber stamps were made from original drawings by Rick St Dennis. I had asked Rick for a spin (darker) on the Hear No Evil trio... This is what he created!


Here is the DriBones krewe! Seen today starring in the Look Up, Speak Up and Listen Up story!


Bit closer!



Here is the stamp plate you can find at my shop HERE and shhhhh it's on sale for a few days, too!

So I hope you like this peek at these stamps and the ATCs. Are you inspired to play along with us? Still a few days to join in!

The Dream in Darkness Crew has some treats lined up for July, so hope you come back then.
In the last few days of June, come on and link up HERE, this month's winner gets a gift certificate to spend at Sin City Stamps!

Let's go!

~kim


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Be The Main Character

Granne here squashing colors for the ATC


with the Gecko Galz image.

Still plenty of time to link your weird, alternative, strange,dark art HERE
You know we'd love to come and see and you'll also have a change 
to win some Sin City stamps!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bete Noirs - the other side.

There are two sides to every tale.  At the start of the month, you saw this side:

Now for the other side - might Life get any "better"?
 In the centre, 
a troubled person sits, red-eyed from lack of sleep


Beneath her/him, memories of hopes, friends, whom Life has cut to pieces, made chutney of them and preserved the remains in his/her memory, for eternity to haunt him/her.


At the top, roll the Dice of Life's Price - an arm, a leg, or more?


The whole "picture":


Several layers of Seth Apter's Broken maze die were cut and glued together.  It's much easier (tidier) to paint the sides black before glueing the top diecut  layer on - made from kraft-tek stitched with varied tensions.  Painted background includes several of Seth's stencils, and stamps, bits of yarn knotted, bits of dyed guinea fowl feather.  The strip of stitched fabric goes round all the sides of the box canvas.  (Egyptian cotton sheet ripped, got recycled.)


Silver Crow Creations have all the different sized peopleskeleton, lenticular skullsspider web dresden, ants, laser-cut Bete Noir, and "nevermore" stamp.  You'll have to google for the body parts dice - I got some many years ago from I can't track where!  There's a tiny Teesha Moore stamp in there.  The "Brain empties" is actually part of a much longer phrase from Mad Rat.

How about sharing your nightmares here as part of our Challenge. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

May 2017 Challenge~Winner's Post!

All of us here at Dream in Darkness want to 
thank each and every one of you 
for sharing all of your amazingly cool projects! It is so much fun to see what pops up in each challenge!

Today we are here to announce the Winner from our May 2017 Challenge....

The winner is...

Andrea Norris


Andrea email us at dreamindarknessblog@gmail.com to arrange for your prize!
Congratulations!!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

When all those Bete Noirs hit at once.

You can only run to Darkness to share your Dreams...
~~~~~~~
No matter how fast you run, you can't out-run your nightmares


Inside the box canvas, and with the hingeable chicken-wire threatening to let more beasties out to terrify you...  The laser-cut Bete Noir face on the outside has a threat on the inside too.  The skull heads are lenticular winkies - their look changes as you see them from different angles



Because the canvas was set onto (dice) feet, it can be turned around... But you'll have to pop in later this month to see more.
Silver Crow Creations have all the different sized people, skeleton, lenticular skulls, spider web dresden, ants, laser-cut Bete Noir, and "nevermore" stamp.  You'll have to google for the body parts dice - I got some many years ago from I can't track where!  There's a tiny Teesha Moore stamp in there.  The "Brain empties" is actually part of a much longer phrase from Mad Rat.

If this has touched a nerve, add your creArted response to this month's challenge

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Ohh, wow, Anne did hit the nerve alright, fabulous pieces: 
total eye candy, don't you think?

So it's Granne here making her very first MOO's ever.


Ok, so I "cheated" a bit, I stapled two moo's together, 
so I got more space to stamp on....
anyways, such a tiny thingys these moo's 
- will be doing more, LOL


~and CT Kim will be back soon~ maybe..... :P I might get lost looking up moo's....

Don't let the Frogster get ahold of them thar super wonderlicious moos!



Friday, May 26, 2017

Use your wings.

Hi there, Granne here to share an ATC
experiment using Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper


Even if you fall, you'll still have your wings to fly again.

*****

Wanna win something winged?  Hop HERE to link your
dark, alternative, weird art, we'll love to come and see.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Snakes not welcome in Santa's domain!

At the start of the month St Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland back in AD461 (ish)
Some snakes did end up in Scotland - not a happy place for them, as it was just before the Scotlympics of 462 AD:
Looks like the Snakes will have to go further afield. (though as you see, the translator didn't do a very good job of translating "sassenachs") Wonder who paid for THAT wall!!!


But North is out of the question - Global Warming hasn't happened yet so there's waaay too much ice,

 and it looks as though Nessie has already staked out Lapland!

Not to mention those ferocious Viking dragons - who would want to be stuck on the front of a sailing vessel in the North sea?


There WILL be another chapter some day.


Viking Bear and Battle of Hastings on the last half-page, are Butter Side Down stamps (you should check out their adventurous and artistic teddy bear collection!),
the rest of them over all the pages came from Highlander Celtic Stamps - snowflakes, crop circles, Nessies, Piper, celtic knot works, angel, Welsh Dragon, Love spoon, Picto rock, Stone Henge, Caber tosser, castle...

Now if you've got something to freak everyone out, share it in the linkup here - we have "candy" for our favourite bit of gore posted this month Bwahahaha!