Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bouncing Skulls and SinCity Stamps Sugar Skull Blog Hop!

Welcome to Dream in Darkness!

Today we are joining in with the Sin City Stamps Sugar Skull Blog Hop! We're happy to stopped by and Asylum Anne has some bouncing skulls to share below! But first a few deets on the Hop!

Sin City Stamps is having a blog hop so that you can meet all of our Inspiration team members along with a few guests, that's us! Also, have a fabulous play with the Sugar Skulls stamps designed by Sin City Inspiration Team leader, Michelle Frae Cummings. We want you to discover more ways to create with these stamps and possibly win a set for yourself!

No matter where you have started, to qualify to win your own Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls stamp set, (we are giving away 3!) we ask that you visit each of the blogs participating, leave a nice comment and then come back to the Sin City Blog and let us know which blog projects you liked the most and why.

The blog hop will end on the 27th and the 3 winners will be announced on the Sin City blog and on our FB Fan Group on March 28th.

Here is your Hop List:

Now on to bouncing skulls...

Well that sounds a bit unkind... are we in a bowling alley?
Did someone die?  
Asylum Anne has hijacked the Dream In Darkness blog today, to join the Sin City Skull hop.
Skulls can usually be found wherever there is a tombstone, but someone has interred someone's ashes in the same tomb as well:
I stacked 4 layers of the Sizzix tombstone, removing the centre panel of the middle 2 layers.
Inside a skull still survives - looking a little radioactive perhaps.  Some distressed ex left their ashes for company too 
I have a habit of disguising a "grubby" background - which is part of a cereal packet -, as well as around the bottle of ashes, using Seth Apter's Explore stencil - with "unsettled" it seemed an appropriate one to use.

I've also been playing with Marottes again. To quote Wikipedia, "A marotte is a prop stick or sceptre with a carved head on it. Jesters usually used a marotte. The word is borrowed from the French, where it signifies either a fool's (literal) "bauble", or a fad/craze." So here are my crazies, settled onto chopsticks.
They all started by being stamped with Stazon onto an old bit of cotton sheet.  They were then embellished - coloured in with Bic alcohol pens, or over-covered with stickles and kindyglitz.  And wee flowers hot-glued to the fabric.  The far right marotte is an anomaly - you're looking at the back, which has the stamped image done in a dye ink on the INside of the fabric.  So it already looked faded, and subsequent spritzing caused the dye to run and blur. 

Who would believe that inside this faded sad creature is(was) a wild animal!  Perhaps a werewolf.  A gusset of leopard-print elastic where the front & back seam is, wraps round her neck as well, and she's gone from tattered faded beige to animal fur too.  The backs of the middle two have some of the small stamps on the skull plate inked.

The sugar skulls and flourishes come from Sin City Stamp's Skull sheet.
The dates on the tombstone - click for the link - October 31,  1923 

Around the world, we are disrupting our body rhythms by indulging in clock-changing.  Springing forwards, falling back...  Clocks and watches all get mucked about, and end up a few minutes different, or forgotten about and are an hour out.  But a stopped clock is right twice every day.  And this watch will be right.... once in a lifetime.
There is a small hook (off a suspender aka garter belt) at the bottom, that hooks into the braid at the top end, to sit around the wrist.  Stamped on tyvek is the Skull with Crown Crow and Spider.

Carry on with the Blog Hop and be back here later in the month for more fun with this month's sponsor, Sin City Stamps. Scroll back  up to the top to get your next stop! Don't forget to leave some comment love at each blog to be entered for a chance to win this sheet!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Window to the Soul

Being very inspired from our fab sponsors

And had great time making this AJ page

Great image isn't it, want to change to win some 
Sin City rubber? Do link your strange, dark, alternative
art HERE, we'll be thrilled to see it.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Winner's Post for February and Steampunk Circus Fun!

The month's are flying past so quickly!  It is time to see who will receive Seth Apter goodies for last month's winner! 

#10 Susan Renshaw

Congratulations! Please email us at for 
your prize information!

Thanks to all who played with us this month!  We hope you will join us again this month as we are playing with Sin City Stamps by our own CT Kim!

And a quick trip to the Steampunk Circus with CT Nan!

All using the fabulous stamps from Sin City Stamps!  The background stamps are from the Las Vegas Fun! sheet along with the many elements of the Steampunk Circus sheet!

Now it's your turn!  Odd it up, add some dark, really weird something for us!  Just don't add that cute thing to it!  Muwahahahahahaha!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Challenge and Great News!

Welcome back and you have visited on a most special day in the house!  We are all so excited we can hardly keep ourselves from dancing with the Frog!  Now that is excited!  Why?  You may ask why all the commotion and cake being flung and confetti being eaten?  Well,  our own KIM is the new owner of Sin City Stamps!!! EEEEK!!  How cool is that??  To celebrate even more we are going to be using Sin City Stamps this month!!!!  And the winner this month gets???? Can you guess?  Yep!  Sin City Stamps!  Please go by the Sin City Stamps Facebook Fan Club and JOIN us!   Join us in this fun and exciting time with our own CT KIM!!

Now look and see what fab stamps YOU want from Sin City Stamps from the teams awesome play time!

In the midst of high Summer, with drought in many parts of the country, Asylum Anne is trying to be subtle about the need for rain on this fat page, with help from the Raindrops Waterdrops sheet of stamps

After black gesso all over the page, (made from Seth Apter's Splatter Proof die) swabs of Black-Green, Black-Red, Black-Blue Burnt Umber and Dioxazine Purple, some sweeps of Zinc white (which is a transparent white, whereas Titanium white is opaque).
Archival's Brilliance inkpad in Pearlescent ice blue on the waterdrops background stamp, various other water stamps round and droplets heat embossed in black, or Lindy Stamp Gang's powders: Angel Wings Mauve, Silver Moon Sapphire, Twilight Blue Slate, Queen Sheba's Silver, and Midnight Gold Obsidian.

CT Granne using stamps from Romance plate to make pair of ATC

CT Kim
caught blushing here!
I managed to pull together this fat page despite the fact that my trusty heat tool bit the dust...methinks it was Karma reminding me to stop waiting til the last minute!

"not yet fallen"

I called upon my trusty crafty stash to come to my rescue.
The base papers are fabulous Mixed Media papers by Brutus Monroe.
The color is provided by the dynamite DecoArt Fluid Acrylics.
Dimension and depth are found by using DecoArt Modelling paste, hands down wonderful! Paired with a steampunk stencil by Andy Skinner.
The star of the fatpage, well one of the stars, are the wickedly cool stamps by Sin City Stamps. I can say that in having made the rubber(err well hubs does that part) but I get to ink them up and cut them and ...smelllll...the rubber!

Stamps used are from these sheets:

CT Nan is giving both sides of a visit to Las Vegas
 and how Lady Luck can be on your side or absolutely absent!

This journal page started as a catch all sheet but with some added colors it was what I wanted with the light and dark!  I used every element in the Las Vegas Fun! sheet..what fun it was, too!  And yep that is real shredded money courtesy of happy mail from CT Anne from SilverCrow Creations!

We can't wait to see what you can show us this month!  And please visit  Sin City Stamps and have a look....uh hmmmm the Frog is very keen on Sin City Stamps soooo you might want to make sure you go by and give that FB like and take a look and of course! enter this month for stamps!!!!

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Link up your DARK, Weird makes, with the Frogster here...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Thanks to Seth Apter for a Great Two Months!

This is CT Nan with a short post (running late!) to thank Seth Apter for a fabulous two months of his sponsorship!  We have all had a fantastic time making projects with Seth's awesome projects!  Even Evil Froggy has made some art journal pages :) 

This canvas painted with Grumbacher acrylic paints and Transparentizer, has one of Seth's Large Journal Coins with are so great!  I  can't keep from stamping them up and playing!

So thanks to Seth Apter for the fun and thanks to all of you who entered and good luck!  I know you can't wait to see who gets a prize from Seth Apter!

Have a wonderful March from Dream in Darkness and just a hint:  March has a special surprise, also, so don't miss checking us out tomorrow!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Month is Two Short 👀

There are a lot of leftovers on the table, and I'm not waiting until next Christmas for more tools.  Meantime...  X marks the spot - 10 layers of X, with blood dripping from the third layer down.

Poor Santa, who would want to be out detecting (badly) in all that sleet, having to stay out of warm chimneys... but lucky for us, he's still Santa, and he's guaranteed now to have more wonderful goodies (not that I'm waiting until then, are you?)
Policeman from Viva Las Vegas stamps
Cityscape and Sticks & Bones stencils from Stencil Girl (who also have all Seth's stencils.
Barcode stamp and Drip Drop Die both from Seth Apter, Spellbinders have just listed his Broken Maze die too, wahoo!!!  Christmas again!!!!!

AND... through the month, I've been altering 2 teaspoons for a swap.  With all the Seth-tools littering my desk, of course they got involved too -  Robo Star die, Discovery and Inside Out stencils.  I crocheted the flower in ecru, sprinkled with Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals, then spritzed with water.  It looked a bit bland, so I swiped bits with Stazon Black Cherry

After Nan's Moon life, and David Bowie's appearance, let's Test the theme "There Is Life on other stars" - True or False?
From the back: granular gel over Paynes Grey paint, a better view of the angelina fibres, and how useful the holes in more layers of the star die are for poking brads through:)  It's tricky stencilling over the curved surface of the spoon bowl, especially when it's been coated in flowersoft.

And the whole teaspoon from the front:
Time to wrap them up and mail them off

We hope you've enjoyed the past couple of months of our playing with Seth Apter's wonderful "Artist's Helpers" as much as we have - from the number of times we've all posted, you can see we all were greatly inspired - and I'm sure they'll be popping up in many more blog posts.  Yours as well as ours 😉

It's not quite too late to enter your own dark/weird/off-beat but NEVER CUTE or even a hint of cute, makes in this month's challenge here to win something of Seth Apter's talent.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Behind the dust cover....

... you'll never know what could be waiting.

But I totally had fun making this big tag.
Using just papers, glue and die cuts - well, yes
two pieces of ribbon were also involved, :=D,
...and some spray colors and Inktense pens.

Fabulous round die cuts are made using our awesome sponsor's dies.

For a chance to win some stamps from  Seth Apter
to make our evil froggy content
to let us hop to your blog, FB page to see your art:
link your strange /alternative / dark projects