Saturday, June 6, 2020


Had a great time yesterday making
this set of ATCoins.

Using a self made background
(stamped with real leaves and a branch stamp)
and wicked Katzelkraft owl stamps,
coloured with Zig pens. 
Sentiments are Dutch Doobadoo stickers.

Let's see your summer art,
there is only 7 links to go for a 
awesome surprise for some
lucky artist, so link your art there --->>

Monday, June 1, 2020

But the flu season is coming Down Under

Enjoy your summer Sari-Granne, but we've only just stopped Covid-19 before the flu season hits us.
Borders closed early, stringent lockdown and a small population of 5 million have kept numbers down, but there have been deaths, the great God Tourism has lost all his acolytes, and it's likely to stay that way until an effective knife-stabber (vaccine injection) is found.  We may think we have got through one set of dark days, but there will be more.

The stamps are both from Lost Coast Designs.  I rather like the AUD creature that looks rather like a kiwi!  The stencil is Carabelle and Paper Artsy infusions helped with the background.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

YAY, summer is here

Schools out and summer vacations are
in, for kids right a way - mine; still 4 weeks to
work till holidays.

We have lots of birthdays during summer
and I made this "waterfall" card
that says: Have just terribly FUN Birthday

Card was originally made for The Male Room DT
post (that's why the watermark) but due the change
of themes, would not be used there.

Lets see what kind of art summer makes you create,
linking there --->
not much more entries till we hit 40 and
somebody gets something from other side of 
world (in my point of looking)

Friday, May 22, 2020

Lest We Forget

The Bubonic plagues, then Spanish Flu killed millions, and we still haven't figured out how to stop pandemics in their tracks.  Maybe the Gargoyles were right all along:

"After losing their sister to Spanish flu, the 2 Fates wondered if people would ever heed the Gargoyle's advice: social distancing."
So there you have it.  Surely The Fates could have kept one of their own alive.  But no, not evebn the Fates can dodge Fate.  So keep your social distancing up for the long haul rearing up ahead of us.

The picture of the girls turned up randomly and unattributed somewhere in facebook I think.  The period of their garb, and the room they were in instantly put me in mind of the Spanish Flu, elegant multi-storeyed buildings.  Somehow I managed to dodge Steampunking it.
This is another 8x8 fat page with a binding strip at left.
Stamps from Paper Artsy include the Zinski house, Hot Pick "Lest we forget".
Seth Apter stamps include a Spellbinder one no longer available, it is similar to the top one in this link.  Plus an Impression Obsession one heat embossed.  Dylusions Halloween set bats, vivalasvegas Gargoyle trio frieze, and Altered Art's Gargoyle.

We still have a prize to award to the most interesting dark-themed piece of yours between #21-40 so keep sharing your creations.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Mermaid Virus

Mermaids?  On a Dark Challenge blog?
Covid-19 is still around, and although we are down to Level 3, it's not much freer than level 4 was.  Social Distancing is still very important, as are maintaining our bubbles.  Even mermaids along our coast are supposed to comply!  The lighthouse normally sends out warnings to shipping to avoid shipwrecks on mermaid-infested rocks and caves.
On the one 8x8 fat page, here's the "before"

 Open out the flap of memory of how it was in 1865, and this is 2020:
Stamps all from Rubber Stamp Ave, the seagulls are from Silver Crow Creations.

So that's my spin on mermaids for the Mermaid Blog Hop over at LeighSB Designs - join them at

And share your dark takes on anything in life or dreams with the linky at the right.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Scattered minds

1 May is always the start of the Duck Shooting season.  The guys (and girls and kids) are out before dawn in their maimais, ready to take pot shots.  This year it is delayed at least a week. Damn that virus!!!  Being in Lockdown yet working fulltime (from home) also leaves me as scattered as the autumnal leaves gracing our yards.  So how about some little bits and pieces of art:

as depicted in so many news pieces:
 I was browsing through a drawer of MDF pieces for something else.  These hollow-centered drip-like not-cogs struck me as being perfect to represent the virus shape we see in all the news pieces, along with some blobs of flowersoft.  People are trapped in their bubble (ie glued behind a large glass cabochon, which fit over the centre hole).  The company making the mdf cutouts (Things to Alter) is no longer in existence.

Stuck in our Corona-virus bubble, almost 5 weeks Level 4 lockdown, now part-way through 2 (+?) weeks at level 3, hairdressers still are not allowed to open.  Now,

Every Day Is  A Bad Hair Day
Mercy!  Please!!!
I thought I knew who created Zombie Chicken stamp, but can't trace it.  ATC card, stencilled, and again can't identify the covid-shape little stamp either :(  Never mind, I need those scissors!!!

The final piece uses an MDF winged skull shape from Paper Whimsy
It's amazing the bubbly texture you can get from using a heat gun on Jacquard Lumiere paints.
Don't you think Asylum Anne has bubble-prisons on her mind?

We have a reward for the "best" dark piece you share with us on the right.  When entries reach #40, we will be choosing our favourite between numbers 21-40.
So keep expressing your darkest dreams with us all - they deserve to be aired!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Revenge of the Pandas

Day 25 of Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown, and it feels as if all the Zoos in the world have turned the tables on us.  We are the ones caged, locked up, no longer free to roam (except one by one to a supermarket).
Another 8x8 fat page, stamping on a "scrapbooking" sheet of paper that depicts the sandy shores at waves' edge that we can no longer wander along:

Border stamps from Seth Apter
Gates from the late lamented Third Coast (Third Stone)
Giraffe & Lion by Rubber Dance
AUD tiger and elephant by Lost Coast Designs
small heads, triply-stamped "Kiss my Butt" and otter (?) from viva las vegas stamps
Bat-owl from Stampendous
Did you notice?  No Pandas were caught on this page, but the Serengeti is well represented.
Keep sharing your darkness with us on the right.

Monday, April 13, 2020

What the ...

We had such a nice sunny
spring going on... and now
it's been snowing AND shining
for two days, you never know what's
the weather is like when you look outside.

 says pretty much what I'm feeling, LOL

And what's up with you?
What kind of art are you creating?
Let us see and link there ---->>>>

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Hello old Friend

Gecko Galz started to have daily challenges
at their blog last month. Every day is a new theme
and if you enter the daily challenge, you'll
get a sheet of great pictures to play with

Today's theme was "Dark Dreams" 
and I entered the challenge twice
with this ATC

Both images and sentiment is from GG.

and also with this card

where I used the images I got from today's freebie sheet.

Let us see what you have been creating,
I believe there is some happy mail coming
to someone from other side of the world when our
froggy has got 40 links there --->>>>

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


As the Covid-19 gets blown around a deserted world, like tumbleweeds in the desert, scientists still ponder the origin, and notice the positive side effects.

I had a lightly patterned piece of paper I didn't like, with a daisy  or sunflower in one corner.
There are bats from Smeared Ink (in recess), vivalasvegas stamps are responsible for the 3-skull bat, the cowboy-fence scene, the cowboy leading a horse (subtly altered text).  Bats were easy, I have many many batty stamps.  But not one pangolin.  So I took liberties and used Butter Side Down's Hylaeosaurus and Lost Coast Designs AUD mouse.  Both of them have scaly torsos, and a sort-of ant-eaterish snout.
And don't Seth Apter's spotlight stamps from Impression Obsession make marvellous virus-like shapes as a border.
This is an 8"x8" fat page, but as I've no idea how I will end up binding them, there is an extra half-inch at the left that will disappear into the binding process.  Over the past month I have been creating a few covid-19 related fat pages and posted in facebook - click along from here:

And if your dark side is coming out in your art, share it on the right, with a 1 in 20 chance of a prize.
Stay healthy everyone.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hippitty Hoppitty

Hippity Hoppity, 
this is a time for a bunnies and chicks.

So I made a few ATC's on the
spring theme but with the DiD twist

Inked ans stamped packgrounds,
Octopode Factory digistamp, colored with Copics,
sentiment from VLV .

So Hippitty Hoppitty get out of ...

Be well and stay safe.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Winner(s), winner(s)

So, it's early spring time and sun has
been seen again in these Northern parts of Earth.
Time to do some spring cleaning
(=dig in to my box of scraps)
and enjoy the bright colors

See? Bright indeed, lol.
Stamp is from Blank Page Muse,
colored with Copics.

And now of we go to a fun winning part:

Sadly Paula has not contacted us yet,
so here'e a shout out PAULAAAAAA!
Your entry number 95 
has won 
this awesome skeleton stamp from CT member Anne
So Paula, please contact
us : dreamindarknessblog (at) gmail dot com
and tell where to send this great stamp.

AND we have full 20 entries for this year
and that means we have a NEW winner
and that's is
Sari K, entry number 10
this totally dark, cool and beautiful
Art Journal spread
and she has won this cool die

Sari K. please contact us:
dreamindarknessblog (at) gmail dot com
to get your die.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Inventors never die...

... they just get left out in a paddock with their "stash"
Unless you are "female" and want to ask someone to marry you, this should be March 1st posting!

A common rural sight is a stash of rusting vehicles and farm equipment in the paddocks, overgrown by brambles and weeds.  So here is our Inventor,
And like me, whenever s/he went to a beach, couldn't resist picking up the odd seashell to bring back.
Thanks to Creative Embellishments for all the brambles, skull and cogs for an altered 8x10 box canvas.  Their challenge mood board this month included a lady with swirly-spiky drapery but of course I had to go "dark" with these chipboard pieces instead!  And they thought flowers would be a "twist", so you got lace flowers - how warped are we???
I just wish I'd been able to capture all the nuances of the Lindy's Gang sprays that give some sparkle to the whole piece.  Being able to spread stash through the new craft room means I can find so much more- so many lacy bits to use up!  Not to mention texture-embossed bits of cardstock and some *shock* glitter glue

Keep linking your dark dreams on the right for us to enjoy and perhaps, reward.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine???? Mate, yer Dreamin'

Ah Poe, what did you start??? Those @#!!#* ravens quothing "Nevermore" all over the place, then less than a month later all those pink-loving "romantics" are running round saying...

The mdf word is Kaisercraft I think.  The raven/crow is part from another Paper Whimsy Crow stand.  The squishy floppy skellies draped over the "sentiment" are from ali express, started yellow, were painted brown then some of the paint rubbed off as it should be.
The mdf has several layers of paint dabbed around, plus 2 of crackle paste.  I love interference paints.

We still need to see a few more of your dark dreams on display to the right of this, before we can award someone with happy mail.

Thursday, February 6, 2020


So, it's the Valentines month going on
... well, had to join the season,
but my make is kind of ANTI-Valentine

I made a base using cardboard and 
packing tape, pieces are ATC size

Then I covered the base from both sides with 
Sentiments are from TH sticker album.

Happy Valentine's everyone, hugs!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

How Spiderman got his uniform

Contrary to whatever is in the movie, there is a far more ridiculous/darker/shameful reality:
 Guano!  Or whatever you call the draconic equivalent.  Spiderman was resting in the bushes, avoiding persecution from some of Poe's ravens, when oops, a dragon flew by, perched, and relieved itself!  Stupidly, Spiderman looked up, and copped a faceful as well as all over his black disguise.
What more can anyone say?  The true story is out now.
All that's to be said is that the tale was outed with assistance from Creative Embellishments and Paper Whimsy
Of course I couldn't stop at using just one crow tree set.  The sun came out to reveal all the colourfulness of the next one:
 Paper paste, pumice paste, sand paste all got a workout on this piece.
Dancing queen WITH ravens LOL

Keep sharing your dark dreams to the right, we're keen to reward one of the next 20 Dark Dreamers

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>>>>>>>