Friday, December 7, 2018

December marches on to tick down the reveal November's Winner!

So, are your December days marching on towards merry-making or...maybe...small steps taking you perhaps towards that one small mysterious box tucked away in the corner, not quite under the tree but close enough it should be? Where will your imagination take you??


Boom! Here we are landing firmly upon December 7 and we need a winner for the November Challenge!

We all agree, skulls and masks and Zombie Kangaroo are wickedly awesome! So that means our November Challenge Winner is...

#7 Waterborne by Sharon! Congrats!

Sharon, kindly email us at dreamindarknessblog (at) gmail dot com to arrange sending you your prize!

Do come back with a Zombie Santa or Elf and link up to our December Challenge, we dare you! The linky can be found HERE

Saturday, December 1, 2018

"Devious" December

It is that time of year that Santa is getting
his red coat dusted, making his elves busy and his
reindeers well in shape.

And also time to look back and think,
have you been naughty or nice ...
because Santa is coming ....


The USA seems to dive headlong into one (commercial) extravaganza after another, starting with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the Christmas pressure.  This year NZ has adopted Black Friday as well.  It's enough to make anyone stay hidden under the blankets until about 15 January!  And sometimes one wants to remain hidden forever.
This journal page started as an exercise in interference paints over black gesso quite some time ago.  As I delve through the webs of incomplete memories of long ago darkness it has found its destiny and been worked on:

And another bit to kick off the Holidays (behind) but it is cute grr...

Welcome welcome back to the soon to be cold and dark days of December for the North and welcome to the soon to be toasty days of the Southern half of the World! Personally I wish for the mild and crisp days of Spring and Fall, but they seem to have disappeared many years ago in my neck of the woods!

We'd love to see your spin on the Holidays, won't you share?
Link up below and I'm pretty sure our December Winner will get a lil bit o' happy mail, so link away you new projects!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

October 2018 Winner's Post and Colorful Eye Candy!

Hello and Happy November to you all!

Thanks so much to each and every single one of you for all of the fantastic makes and arty goodness you all shared in our lil challenge for October! We are so thrilled to see all the fabulousness!

Today we put together a quick little recap of some awesome Day of the Dead art Michelle Frae Cummings is sharing over on her blog, Faerie*Dust*Dreams....(they use lots of Michelle's Sugar Skulls stamps from Blank Page Muse)!!

So scroll down to see some lovelies and do hop over and share some DOTD love <3 <3 <3

The winner of our October Challenge is...
#29 Creepy Muffin Tin by Cathy!! Who knew muffin tins could be so creepy fun???!!!?

Congratulations!! Please email us at to arrange to get you your Layered Jack o Lantern Pumpkin die!

By Katie Lamb

By Michelle Frae Cummings

By Karen Sessions

By Karen Sessions

By Chris Pozzi

Use the link above to get to Michelle's blog to see how these were made! And...don't forget to come back and play along, our link up is HERE

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Start of notorious (?) November !!!

Ohh October, how shall I miss you.
What a fabulous amount of brilliant art
it brought us to see ... thank you all for
hopping here and joining the challenge
of no-cute creations.
I hope you'll be back this month.

Speekking of creations ... creatures ...
creepy things ... 
and how about ZOMBIES

October is just so great time to find stuff 
... interesting stuff even is supermarkets...
like these plastic zombie heads that somehow
ended up to my crafting table to be cut
paint and clued to 3D picture.

and here's a little "how to" collage


Asylum Anne got seriously buried under a flood of new tupperware - how scary is that!!!! 
 Her last glance back to last night included Paper Artsy too, 
with their truly appropriate text for Ike's Art digis 
Grim Reaper, Birthday Rainbow, and Bad Day:


And what would be a treat for a one
player that uses our froggy to link her / his
creation(s) to our challenge?

Plate of artsy stamps made by PaperArtsy.
Cool, ehh?

Saturday, October 13, 2018


I don't do coloring books,
the images are way too big for
me to "handle" , but then I saw
this book with Jasmine Becket-Griffith
and I knew I wanted to try.
Gorgeous images!

Here's the first image, I colored her with Prismacolors
and then altered the photo with Ribbet.

Please link your art HERE,
this month there is a change to win
this die:
 I grabbed some of my scraps the other night
and played with my die, :).

As Kim so well said it:
To win it ya gotta be in it!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

7 Days into the Best Month of the Year! September 2018 Challenge Winner

So how is your October going so far? Ready for the 31st? Getting crafty or just enjoying the creepy coolness out and about?

Lots and lots going on but I think the most odd is the Christmas popping up in stores already!! That is so scary to me!! Yikes! I guess it follows the great words from Ricky Bobby, "If you ain't first, you're last!"

So we know why you're here....The Winner of the September 2018 Creative Challenge is...

Thanks so much for sharing your AT Coins, super fun! Thanks everyone for playing along and we all hope you come back to play again!

With the kind permission of Granne and Asylum Anne, I am sharing the news of my
 Inspiration Team Call out for a 6 month term for my rubber stamp company Blank Page Muse!
You can find all the details on the blog HERE

Send in your application soon!
Meanwhile come back and link up your hauntingly awesome makes, click HERE for the linky.

Monday, October 1, 2018

1 October~Better known as THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!

Yay!! It's finally October, month of the skulls, skellies and 
everything nice, I hope you guys will give us a busy month
linking all your fabulous Halloween and Day of the Dead and
other artsy, creepy, dark, strange  ---- well anything but cute ---
creations to us to come and see.

I made a skully card to honor the season

Using black inks, alcohol inks and VLV stamp

And lets see what Anne has for our delight:

To never...

Insist people respect your body - if your child doesn't want to hug Uncle Bob or Aunty Jane, don't force them, teach them they are in control of what is done with their body 
and back them up every time.  Otherwise, maybe...
Gallows stamp ButterSide Down
Text die Spellbinders sent me instead of what I really ordered - not my scene, but I've put my own spin on it now!
Blank Page Muse stamps - ATCoin back, Steampunk Gentleman (wings only), owl & moon
The skeleton & spooky tree-house scene are unbranded dies.

And yes we meant to scream out the title of the post! Too bad the letters can't be BIGGGGGEER!

The winner of the challenge for the great Fall month
of October, will be getting very seasonal die: 
Layered Jack-O-Latern
That's cool, ehh? 
wicked cool!

To win it ya gotta be in it! Show us your October fun, we can't wait! Trick or Treat what say you?? What's your personal art outlet? Stamps, Inks, Paints, Words? Bring us your story...