Thursday, July 4, 2019

Altered playing cards

I found a deck of playing cards that
are the size of ATC cards.
Had to get the deck - of course.

And then I swap one of my ATC's 
and got these fabulous stickers
with the brilliant ATC card.

Just knew I need to make a mess, :)

This is my fav card out of 4 I made

My daughter liked this one.

Here are all four

Let us see what you have been making this summer!
Looks like froggy there----->
needs just few more links and these
goodies are of to someone among entries 21-40.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Blood at the Opera and the music on...

What happens when you hit that Top D note?

Escaping the Asylum at the start of winter was so imperative, Anne was even willing to suffer a 10-hour then 13-hour flight to attend 2 days of Andy Skinner workshops at Lets Be Creative in Rogate - about an hour's drive south of Heathrow airport.  Except I was driving from the Fens, and the GPS decided to take me back into London instead of taking the M25 - adding 2 hours to that drive.  So my own singing could have been a little sour by the time I got there.  But Lovely Brigitte had organised a "billet" with, would you believe it, another kiwi!!!  Thank you Lois for the comfy bed, good company, I hope you still have some pineapple lumps left :) 
Below is the class we did on day 2, with plenty of Andy's new product, lava paste, in use.  I didn't dare stay to the end of the class in case of holdups somewhere along the motorways, but as it turns out the baggage queue at Heathrow was "short-staffed"  - would you believe once we barged through the queue to get our boarding passes, we then spent almost 4 hours in the queue trying to hand over our baggage, with barely time to get some nibbles before the boarding call came.

Such a sweet image, but of course once I got home to finish it off, there had to be blood and destruction - wine-glass-shattering music can have that effect, even if they are plastic, from Silver Crow Creations
So why on earth didn't I grab another flight across the channel to visit Sari while I was "in the area"???

Ohh, why indeed!!!??? That would have been totally, absolutely brilliant!
Anne would have been very welcome to my humble hut.

So Anne made a Opera art piece, and the culture off arts
continues with music:

Sentiment from Visible Image stamp set and the skull
from La Scraposphére's range.

So what has the summer heat made you create?
Let us see!
Looks like froggy there----->
needs just few more links and these
goodies are of to someone among entries 21-40.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Man cries his grief

I saw this poem, made by Lauri Pohjanpää,
poem is called "Metsän puhelu"
 (Forest Talk says the Google translator)

Very touching poem and I used part of it
for my ATCoins with Gecko Galz images.

Translation (using Google) is about this:

Old bird that have seen the world,
slowly sang from it's branch:
Be quiet, silence, when a man cries,
man cries his  grief,
they have been bad to him.

Translation is far from perfect but maybe you'll
get the idea...

It looks like after 7 more entries is time to mail
some goodies:

So do link your art there ------>>>>
and let us see your creations.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Calamity upon Calamity.

Measles rampant world-wide, weather becoming far more erratic, polar bears (and other species) heading for extinction, Space Junk pollution above our skies...Oh, and Winter is heading my way! How can so much fit onto one little ATC coin???
P.S. Even the company that created these stamps - Third Coast/Stone Stamps - is extinct already!

So winter is coming to Anne's and summer for me
- all thought the temperature might be nearly the same.

I was playing with the Indigo Blue Batty stamp

and watercolors, also using The Blank Page Muse stamps: here and here.

At the moment, it looks like our froggy (there ->>>)
 need only nine more
entries and then is time for a prize:

How cool is that? So do link up, we love to see your art.

Saturday, May 25, 2019


Sooooo, I was going through all the lovely
pits and pieces I've got with the ATC swaps,
and game across these wicked lady images.

And then I remembered the theme in Sisterhood of Snarky
and thought that these ladies could work with that.

I made 2 ATC

Paper is from my stash - printed it ages ago.
Die cut and the sentiments are from 
Simon Says "Salty Ladies" -stamp set.

I hope these go with the theme

Friday, May 17, 2019

Don't forget to pack a toothbrush!

As hinted on 1 May, Asylum Anne is slipping the straitjacket to go Junqueing in Ancestral Lands.  All the advice is to pack toiletries in your hand luggage (stewardesses presumably don't like all that bad breath after 13 hours on a plane eating airline food???)
So as not to lose the brush, I've made a dinky stand to sit on the airline tray:
That'a a nicely balanced, sturdy holder, sure to stay upright through any turbulence.
(Badminton shuttlecock, encrusted with granular gel-scungy plaque)
The economy bristles have been upgraded to Business, Serious Business, with grape vine tendrils squeezed into the airline wines, then becoming excellent floss.  The feathers - well, what better than having a wing-assisted flight?

As a Devotee of Michael deMeng's teachings, in particular "When Good Brushes Go Bad" live class, I have added to the handle: the shiny green is where the toothpaste is coming out, the other unsmiling chappy knows something about your teeth that your dentist doesn't.
I've made sure this brush has soaked up plenty of Vitamin D before being strapped into a darkened flying box"
Whaddya think - will it earn me another Girl Scout badge at Hogwarts?

Don't forget, we have prizes... for YOUR dark create.  Every 20 entries triggers an occasion to choose someone to award! We are halfway to the next award 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

1st May day

Well hello spring!
It's officially spring time - even thought 
we still have a little bit snow here and there.

Today I'd like to share ATC
made from left overs from
my Gelly plate projects.

I tend to keep all the pits and pieces;
you'll never know when you need just
that piece and just that color, LOL.

Colored with Zig pens.
Meantime Asylum Anne is testing wands ahead of her trip to the UK at the end of this month:

Would you believe air-dry clay over a tongue depressor stick, an embossing folder before it dried, then some paint, and a leather wrap.

As for the charms... you'd think they'd be built in, but no, one can acquire additional spells!
Hoping to find Platform 9&3/4ths to get to Hogwarts for an Advances Spell-casting course.

Let us see what's in your mind in this spring time.
When our blue froggy hits 40,
these are the goodies going to some lucky art maker.

Our last winner hasn't contact us,
so this is the last call for this price.
After one week from this post (7th of May),
well be selecting a new winner for this cool stamp.

 So Vivian Foo, please contact us
dreamindarknessblog (at) gmail dot com
so we can mail your stamp to you

Monday, April 8, 2019

In her own skin

Stamping on teabag, little coloring and then re-cycling a 
package with a wave image.
I only used to bottom part of the AALL sentiment,
I like it better that way, :)

So what's you been doing?
Show us your art by linking
there ->
and when we have 40 entries these 
goodies will be mailed in some lucky player.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Shake Your Booty

Freaked out by all that pinkness, chocolate and pierced hearts on Valentine Day,
not to mention all the chocolate coming up for Easter,
we're recovering with a tag and plenty of bones to rattle the (heart)beat out.

Over a shaving cream background, the dancing silhouettes are from A Stamp in the Hand
The winged skeleton and border are from Smeared Ink's Skelly Christmas.  The bird is part of a Lost Coast Designs stamp, and the arms from Bloobel (via  Strange how not all of these stamps are still available.  I guess their bones disintegrated faster than their rubber.

So Anne is dancing towards spring 
... hmm since she is living "upside down"
she might be dancing towards Autumn.

We had our first winner this year,
congratulations to the Vivian yet again.
AND the great news is, that we have these 
goodies ready to go for a next winner
as soon as 40 entries shows on our 
froggy linky (at the right side of the blog) ->

Saturday, March 16, 2019

... but this mouth ...and the WINNER

I've been having a bit off a creative lock,
and I thought, why reach for the moon to break it,
so here's a simple ATC to get my fingers 
going again:

Using embossing powder, Visible image stamp
and Holtz sentiment, :=)

I saw that it's time for a first winner of 2019!
That is awesome!!
The winner of this great stamp
Vivian Foo, congratulations!!!

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

And now, hmmm, what's up for our
next fab winner, when 40 entries are in our linky.
(found in the right side column of the blog)
This is what will be the price:

AND dies to match

Cool, ehh? So do link your art
for us (and others) to see, :=D

Sunday, March 3, 2019

No Half Measures.

  Is the glass half full, or half empty, and depending on the contents, will it really matter?
Maybe what really matters is that at time of posting, we only need 3 more dark offerings, to award a prize.  Only THREE!!!

Journal page used a Seth Apter/Stencil Girl stencil, stamps from Chocolate Baroque, Paper Artsy, Andy Skinner

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Belated Birthday Poe!

Life is full of intentions... good and bad.  So Poe's birthday was celebrated in January, and I started... but missing the blog hop deadline, it morphed into Other Innuendo
in her diaphanous mesh dress, and over-stated headdress.
And some digi beasties got in on the act, all dressed in their shiniest Lindy's warpaint
Whilst a Raven (at last! a Poe reference!), heat-embossed, clatters his shiny beak, and speaks that immortal line...

 And of course, the Cautionary note spelled out to Poe by the raven and actress...

Background includes Stencil Girl Tribal Leaves,  stamps from Carabelle which I can't find on thier web site, but got from here,  Andy Skinner's Birds and Bones, Blank Page Muse, digi stamp  Bizarre Beasties from Leigh SB Designs.  The two trees are Cheery Lynn dies, now known as My Makers Movement.

Hopefully your feathers have been ruffled thoroughly, and set you down another dark art path - do share!  We have Treats LOL

Friday, February 1, 2019

All you need is love

Yay, it's February already and
in norther side of the globe, 
we are getting more daylight and energy.

February brings the Valentine's day,
and I thought I'd share here a DT pieces
I made for a SheepSki Designs 
which starts today.

I made 2 ATC using Eternal Love image,
with Gecko Galz digital papers and acetate on top.
On First one I embossed the acetate 
and on second one I stamped.

Do link up you art to our permanent link,
we'd love to come and see and
when there is 20 entries, someone will be having
this cool stamp: