Saturday, January 18, 2020

See, speak, hear no evil

I had a little creative moment

Sentiment is from Jane Austen set
- yes, I have a strange way of thinking some times, LOL

Here the sentiment is from VLV stamp.

and then a little reminder,
we have a new winner from entries 81-100:
 number 95 Paula, 
with this FABULOUS piece of art
and the price is
this awesome skellie stamp from CT member Anne
SoPaula, please contact
us : dreamindarknessblog (at) gmail dot com
and tell where to send this great stamp.

As you may have notice, we have a new linky there ->
and when there is 20 links for your art,
there will be a new prize coming ....
and that would be great die:

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Winner and the headache owl

Hello hello, 
I saw this challenge with a theme headache
and decided have fun with it.

using Art by Marlene paper and diecuts.

but now, we did hit the 100 entries at the
beginning of this year and you know what that means?

Oh yes, that means happy mail for someone and
this time that lucky "someone" is
entry number 95 Paula, 
with this FABULOUS piece of art
and what is the price?
This awesome skellie stamp from CT member Anne
Sooooo cool! Congratulatiosn Paula, please contact

us : dreamindarknessblog (at) gmail dot com
and tell where to send this great stamp.

As you may have notice, we have a new linky there ->
and when there is 20 links for your art,
there will be a new prize coming .... 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year, no New Resolutions

No new resolutions - Asylum Anne is waaaay too busy to stop and think about making any.  The last couple of months have seen her with a paintbrush in her hand every free moment.  The house has been painted.  The Guest Bedroom has had all the non-guesty stuff removed, then painted.  The craft room looks like this:

Somewhere under all those Essential Supplies is that empty 1 square foot of space she usually creArts on.  Somewhere...
Actually, she's setting up a new, bigger brighter Studio.  That's been a mission, shifting 4 knitting machines, 3 sewing machines, some of their stash (all were in the Guest room), then bringing shelves, drawers and heaps from the Old Craft Room in.  And more painting - recycling some old kitchen joinery to be the new work station.

She decided an old 3-drawer filing cabinet would be a good surface to solder, butane torch etc on, and asked Fire Safety Officer & DH about something to protect the wall behind it.  That got sorted in 10 minutes.  He's being marvellous, probably because she's freed up the largest wardrobe in the house so he can have TWO for his clothes again!!!  It's set up close to the French doors for ventilation, and the fire extinguisher is a couple of paces away beside the Felting Room (ok, most people would call it a bathroom, but no-one around here is "most" people):

So that's why there has been no creArting Down Under.  Thanks so much to Granne (Sari) for keeping the blog going.
Bring on the New Year, with more of all that was good in 2019.

Hear, hear Asylum Anne here's hoping 2020 brings the good parts of 2019 along then times infinity of the good!

Long time no see, DT Kim here, I know I know....thank you so much Granne and Asylum Anne for caring and carrying on this wonderful dreamy corner of the internet called Dream in Darkness!

Dream on all you dreamers! Let's make 2020 ROCK!

Mermaid and Dream and weency flower rubber stamps by Blank Page Muse

So what are you dreaming up for 2020? Make sure to come back and link up with our linky off to the side there>>>>>>>

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Pink X-mas

I bought some cheep brushes
from Lidl and the package was really yummy

I just had to recycle it:

Ladies are from VLV, sentiment from Dylusions.
Colored with Inktensse.

Very merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!!

Saturday, December 14, 2019


Lazy Saturday crafting
... using stuff that's on my desk
hmmm, does that mean I'm cleaning house? LOL

Word is in Finnish and means "midnight".
Embossed image, colored with Copics.

I wish your December is going well,
and you'll find time to get creative 
and link your art there --->>>

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Only scary in a thunderstorm

What could be more ordinary than a duck paddling in the pond that is Asylum Anne's studio extension.  Steampunked with this great stamp from Chocolate Baroque.
Over the years and throughout the year, Tafta Fibre Forum hold week-long retreats at various places in Australia, and I've been wanting to go for 20+ years.  Got to one in Lismore a few years back, this September-October  it was off to Geelong for 5 days with Jen Crossley.  One of the Tafta traditions is for people to donate a piece of art 15cm x 15cm, and the other attendees to buy for $15.  The funds raised provide scholarships for others to attend these forums.  This is my offering:

What was scary was the builder taking part of the house roof off to blend in the Studio roof on the last fine day before a forecast of thundery squally rainy week!  As you know, a duck looks pretty relaxed on the water, no-one can see the feet paddling away at a great rate.  But a flash of lightning reveals the sweat dripping off this duck!
The heat-embossed stencil over the multi-colour painted background is from Artist Cellar.  The embossing powders are from both Seth Apter and Andy Skinner's ranges.  The sizzix die cut multiple cogs from a range of fabrics.  Note panne velvet curls under itself.
As for the sweat, that is 6+ layers of embossing powder - Seth's Antique beeswax is translucent, and builds up as though you were doing encaustic waxing.

You know we're always encouraging you to share your dark, offbeat makes with all our Dear Readers - just look right!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


What happened here?

Using Inktense pencils, Stampotique stamps and TH sentiment.

And speaking of TH,
would you like to have change to win
this awesome die:

 If you would like to, link up there -->>>
when the froggy gives us number 100
is time to send a present, :)