Wednesday, November 15, 2017


It's inescapable.  And after hopping on my soapbox in mid September, but not published until end of October as Halloween Mojo, I have really been tested.  Heading off to Auckland (3 hour drive) for a 3-day weekend with Andy Skinner (UK) & Tracey Weinzapfel (USA), I detoured via the Emergency Dept to catch up with dad, who had been admitted that morning after many chest pains.  Turned out some of it had been another heart attack, and he died Saturday night.  At 94 he was still driving, greeting nurses by name every shift, and discussing articles I read to him out of NZ National Geographic.  I got to do the Friday and Saturday classes, but skipped the evening ones, and Sunday class.  Then mum took a turn for the worse, and we were expecting a double funeral.  But no, she rallied somewhat.  In the meantime I also had a hectic period at work, so my time and inclination to make art was minimal.  I did NOT lose my mojo, nor did I do much creating, I was immersed in other aspects of Life.  Mum died 5 weeks after dad, and I am creating this journal spread between death and funeral, a week ahead of this publication date.

So I apologize that I didn't visit and comment on all the pieces entered in October's challenge.
And here's a reminder that run fast, fly high, but seek immortality in other ways, because the Grim Reaper will get you.
One of those ravens diecut for the last post has carked it.
Seek immortality in celluloid - aided and abetted by a Lego packet with a batman character in it.  It was on my desk, need I say more!

You can tell I used plenty of die cuts - from Seth Apter, Spellbinder, Sizzix, Elizabeth Craft.
 The soulful face came in a package from Teesha Moore,  stencils from Andy Skinner (seems discontinued) and Kaisercraft.  The flying pig is from Silver Crow Creations, and various other stamps in the background from vivalasvegas stamps, Third Stone stamps.  I guess I've been buying Treasure for too long - some of these are no longer available.

Leave us some love below, and show us your dark makings here

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

October Challenge~Winner's Post

Slowly but surely, late but here now....we have our awesome Winner for October 2017....

The winner is ...

#6 so very POE-etic and very oddly appealing....Check out Cathy's awesome altered book!

Cathy, email us at  to collect your Winner's Badge!

October is done and done and huge thank you to everyone who linked up and played along!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Advice's from the mermaids

This morning I woke up really, really early.
Must have been these Sin City Stamps Mermaids calling for me...

They had something to say


and Misty

A little different angle to show, how pretty they shine,
thanks to H2O colors

Wanna win gift certificate to Sin City Stamps?
Hop here and link your art, there's a change....

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

1 November or 60 Days until the End of the Year!

November 1st....60 days until the end of the year...All Hallows' Day...Hallowmas...
Day of the Innocents...
...and simply a new day bringing some lovely creative play by your DiD Team!

Asylum Anne has had an "interesting" past month, 
(more about that later this month) but finally mailed this ATC.
Mad Rat goes to Sin City, meets the Queen who has offed some person's head.  
Maybe the axeman wasn't the sharpest tool in the box, as the head is hanging by a thread.  
At least the victim was blindfolded first.  
Perhaps the mouse(RAT) has designs on the moth body for a nuncheon.  
The background is multiple stampings of the barbed circle from Background Grunge plate.  
The back of the card's stamp is also Sin City.  
The silhouette queen stamp was from alphastamps

Granne here asking are you ready for a treat?

White chocolate shaped with Panduro's mould,
served on a wooden cup I found from a flea marked 
and fixed for the Halloween season.

Black Gesso, black paint, some Inka Golds, ribbons pearls and
lots of creative fun.

CT Kim offering a card to go with the treats above...

I used a Sugar Skull stamp by SinCity Stamps.

The skull is stamped with Ranger Archival ink. The color fill is a mix of Distress Oxide and Distress Ink.

I used a Tim Holtz die to cut the diamonds pattern and used another distress oxide play background for more color. I love shiny things, so yeah, I haddddd to add some embossing powder, Brutus Monroe Sterling. I love his embossing powder it doesn't have an oily feeling after heated and it's shiny!

Now, seize the day and share with us what you have been playing with!

Link up....below :)

The winner this month will get a gift certificate for a little shopping at Sin City Stamps!