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!

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


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!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April 2017 Challenge Winner's Post!

So it's Sunday already, the evil inebriated Frogster is just now draggin' himself out of the mud...He had a helluva May the 4th be with you party marathon followed by a late night Cinco de Mayo tequila shooter fest!

And you know what? HE had all the festivities & fun and did not invite any of us! Go figure, hmmpf! He might find himself out of a job...soon! Or dressed in a pink tutu...

Onwards! Drunken frogs aside, this 7th day of May brings the announcement for the lucky winner of this fabulous stamp!

Our winner for the April 2017 Challenge showed the wayward Frogster that 
even Death has a bright side....

Katie Lamb, entry #3 

with her awesomely textured and brightly colored sugar skull! Check it out!

Katie contact us at dreamindarknessblog@gmail.com to arrange for your stamp and blog badge! Congratulations!

Come on over in a few days to see some more crafty treats!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rush Hour in the Jungle

Today Anne has hi-jacked us to join the Sin City blog hop... the link to carry on through the hop is this 
After a couple of weeks playing with a new balloon die (album in facebook), hot air balloons are still on my mind, and what could be weirder than this wild animal perched on a hot air balloon - "It's a worse Jungle Up Here, that animal is thinking!

Back down in the jungle, That's no pussycat either!
I initially stencilled Woolf Leaves on one side of a sheet of deli paper, and did a lighter wash on the other side, before stamping all the trees on the washed side:
Have some closeups, before you see the whole picture (journal spread)

And the overall look:

All the stamps are from Sin City Stamps - parachuting mice, and some woodgrain stamps as part of the background texture.  Some are stamped on deli paper, some on tissue paper, some on paper towels that have caught the overspray frm other projects, and some are stamped directly on the gesso and painted background.  All up there are 20 different Sin City stamps here, from the following plates:
Knock on Wood (I LOVE the face & eye in the woodgrain)
Sending Smiles - love the mouse parachuting in!

To keep hopping, head this-a-way
Athough this has snuck in as an extra post this month, we're still hoping your weird, dark mojo is going to be shared with us in the post just below.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May-Days at Dream in Darkness

Soooo, it's the 1st of May and the dictionary tells these facts about it:

1. The first day of May, the traditional day for pagan fertility rites.
2. The first day of May, a spring festival, a celebration of the beginning of the spring.
3. The first day of May, a world-wide workers' holiday.
4. Perfect day to start a new challenge at DiD.

Granne made a card in very gothic style:

Using Debbi Moore's Printables.
And Anne has made something amazing ( as always ). 
Here's a little sneak peek for whats coming later on:
Snakes seem to "bug" people.  There aren't any here, 
so they're an abstract concept to me. March 17 was St Patrick's Day, 
and a sequence of Journal pages got started by the thought 
that he was reputed to have rid Ireland of snakes.  
The first 2 were posted in my facebook album at the time:

The dog has a snake between his lips.  Must be before St Pat's time!

When St Patrick cast the snakes out of Ireland....  where did they go?
How would they get off an island?

Except this is what snakes usually do to boats:

Or, could Patrick throw them... as far as Scotland?

Seems Nessie has a thing or two to say about THAT!
Always assuming Nessie isn't one of those evicted snakes.  The whole journal page:

The page started with layers of stencils:
Stencil Girl for Curvy Ladder, and Ribbons & Circles. Calligraphy in page 2 She also produces Seth Apter's Drip alphabet.
Artist Cellar for the angel cartouche on page 2
Stampers Anonymous provide Brett Weldele's Flames stencil, which makes excellent waves.  The curled up snake is film strip stencil.
Butter Side Down stamps include Peeking Pirate, Sea Serpent Attack, Sea Dragon, Fossil Beach, Loch Ness Monster, Moray Eel, Oarfish (vertical), Mt Rainier Mothership.  In the first pages, The Alamo (doubling as a monastery), and Wizards Bookshelf standing in for the Book of Kells.
Highlander Celtic Stamps: "Eire",  Inchie knotworks, several of the mini circles, Celtic Cross, Scotch thistle woodcut, boat.
Seth Apter / The Altered Page has several borders used round the edges, including one that rather mimics snake skin patterning
Ikes Art digistamps are the Angel, and the dog.

You'll just have to come back later in the month to see What Happened Next :)
And before then, I'm hijacking the blog to join a Sin City blog Hop on 3 May, 
so keep popping in as we keep loading new and terrifying pieces onto the blog.

coming along here with a digital art journal page.
"What's your story?"

And if you share your creepy, weird, snakey? makes below, 
one of you is going to win this stencil if you link up below :)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Steampunk scream...

Granne here today with a AJ page
full of "metal".

Using Sin City stamps: Steampunk Definition and Brick Wall
and a FinnStamper's Steampunk-Pää 02

Would you like to have that guy?
(Well, not THAT - since I'm keeping mine...)
If you do, hop here and let us see your weird/ alternative/dark project;
the steampunk fellow might be traveling in your home.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


It's Autumn here, though we've had a couple of summer cyclones pass through this last fortnight.  So between rains, I'm out harvesting ahead of winter.
In a jar, place 2 dragon teeth, a piece of tyvek coral, and a sprig of tansy.  Drizzle in some acacia tree sap.

Add human bones, 2 witches captured at full moon, a sprig of rosemary, a sprig of wormwood and a string of micro-gourds.

Cap the jar, and shake for 5 minutes every New Moon.

Set Pantrygoyl over it to guard contents from black cats who might be looking for their witches.  The crown makes him feel important, and ensures his reliability to the task.

Plus he (unusually) has a fine head of moss-hair, which better not blow away!
The 'goyle is made from Polymer clay by a friend of mine, Elli Jenks (also of Rubber Bandit stamps and Brightsea Village fame)
His crown, Sizzix Twisted Edge die, heat embossed after curving into shape.
The skellie and witches from Silver Crow Creations.

Your weird dark and creepy makes deserve a wider audience too, so add them here for us to shiver over!  Even though E.Frog is very busy splashing in many many deep puddles, he knows when you're creating!

Friday, April 7, 2017

And now...the Winner of the March Challenge!!


Welcome back for another fabulous Winner's Post, we know all of you have been patiently impatiently waiting to see who wins the Frogster's treasure!!

Our blue and moody Winner is....

If you have not seen these fabulous ATCs, you must go, NOW, 
the found treasure of the rusty screws are divine and so perfect!

The sentiments on the cards are as follows:
Time is short...
It wasn't midnight yet...
It looks like the moon is behind the cloud today.

These moody, lovely words won over the Frogster!

Alice please email us at dreamindarknessblog@gmail.com 
to arrange your prize of some

Thanks so much for playing and hope to see you all again soon!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April and Open for Business Again!

Fabulousness again this month! 
Team is running even wilder this month 
(Spring is in the air), but we do have a little something
to give one of the players that dare to meet our green linky froggy.

This Steampunk polymer stamp, size about 5,5cm x 11cm,
cool, eh?

Here's what Granne DiD for this month

Sentiment is in Finnish and says "Hi Dude!"

CT Nan here with a 4 x 6 inch flat canvas painted in acrylic paints in the steampunk style with some great looking old light bulbs!  And of course my guide for this painting was the Art Sherpa on Youtube and many other places on the internet!  I added a bird-like flying machine and the sentiment "Steampunk" from the stamp sheet "A Wing Above the Rest" from Sin City Stamps!

Check out the Sin City Fan Club Page and join for chances to win 
stamps!We will be looking out for you!  Like and join us for loads of fun!

From CT Anne:  A wreath  - for the door knocker, for a grave, for a Memorial service.  In NZ we remember both Easter - Jesus death & resurrection - and on 25th April, the anniversary of the day our troops landed at Gallipoli so disastrously in WW1.  It is also Autumn, when many fruits are being harvested.

Started with wire, wrapping it around itself, adding bead loops, threading through skulls and a mix of real & fake bones.  Next was to curl wire-stemmed flowers and fruit between objects.  Then tie lengths of a bobbly multi-coloured eyelashy yarn between each element.
The paper flowers were colour-adjusted with a few bursts of various Lindy Stamp Gang sprays.  Flowers, skeleton (love his red-eye) and fruit came from Silver Crow Creations.  Everything else was randomly-acquired stash (yep, skulls came on strings from retail and second-hand)

Come back later in the month to find out more about the snakes St Patrick cast out of Ireland back around 462 AD.

Post your makes below - Evil Froggy won't admit it, but we've still got goodies as a prize for the weirdest, creepiest, oddest, UNcute posting.