Friday, May 26, 2017

Use your wings.

Hi there, Granne here to share an ATC
experiment using Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper

Even if you fall, you'll still have your wings to fly again.


Wanna win something winged?  Hop HERE to link your
dark, alternative, weird art, we'll love to come and see.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Snakes not welcome in Santa's domain!

At the start of the month St Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland back in AD461 (ish)
Some snakes did end up in Scotland - not a happy place for them, as it was just before the Scotlympics of 462 AD:
Looks like the Snakes will have to go further afield. (though as you see, the translator didn't do a very good job of translating "sassenachs") Wonder who paid for THAT wall!!!

But North is out of the question - Global Warming hasn't happened yet so there's waaay too much ice,

 and it looks as though Nessie has already staked out Lapland!

Not to mention those ferocious Viking dragons - who would want to be stuck on the front of a sailing vessel in the North sea?

There WILL be another chapter some day.

Viking Bear and Battle of Hastings on the last half-page, are Butter Side Down stamps (you should check out their adventurous and artistic teddy bear collection!),
the rest of them over all the pages came from Highlander Celtic Stamps - snowflakes, crop circles, Nessies, Piper, celtic knot works, angel, Welsh Dragon, Love spoon, Picto rock, Stone Henge, Caber tosser, castle...

Now if you've got something to freak everyone out, share it in the linkup here - we have "candy" for our favourite bit of gore posted this month Bwahahaha!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April 2017 Challenge Winner's Post!

So it's Sunday already, the evil inebriated Frogster is just now draggin' himself out of the mud...He had a helluva May the 4th be with you party marathon followed by a late night Cinco de Mayo tequila shooter fest!

And you know what? HE had all the festivities & fun and did not invite any of us! Go figure, hmmpf! He might find himself out of a job...soon! Or dressed in a pink tutu...

Onwards! Drunken frogs aside, this 7th day of May brings the announcement for the lucky winner of this fabulous stamp!

Our winner for the April 2017 Challenge showed the wayward Frogster that 
even Death has a bright side....

Katie Lamb, entry #3 

with her awesomely textured and brightly colored sugar skull! Check it out!

Katie contact us at to arrange for your stamp and blog badge! Congratulations!

Come on over in a few days to see some more crafty treats!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rush Hour in the Jungle

Today Anne has hi-jacked us to join the Sin City blog hop... the link to carry on through the hop is this 
After a couple of weeks playing with a new balloon die (album in facebook), hot air balloons are still on my mind, and what could be weirder than this wild animal perched on a hot air balloon - "It's a worse Jungle Up Here, that animal is thinking!

Back down in the jungle, That's no pussycat either!
I initially stencilled Woolf Leaves on one side of a sheet of deli paper, and did a lighter wash on the other side, before stamping all the trees on the washed side:
Have some closeups, before you see the whole picture (journal spread)

And the overall look:

All the stamps are from Sin City Stamps - parachuting mice, and some woodgrain stamps as part of the background texture.  Some are stamped on deli paper, some on tissue paper, some on paper towels that have caught the overspray frm other projects, and some are stamped directly on the gesso and painted background.  All up there are 20 different Sin City stamps here, from the following plates:
Knock on Wood (I LOVE the face & eye in the woodgrain)
Sending Smiles - love the mouse parachuting in!

To keep hopping, head this-a-way
Athough this has snuck in as an extra post this month, we're still hoping your weird, dark mojo is going to be shared with us in the post just below.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May-Days at Dream in Darkness

Soooo, it's the 1st of May and the dictionary tells these facts about it:

1. The first day of May, the traditional day for pagan fertility rites.
2. The first day of May, a spring festival, a celebration of the beginning of the spring.
3. The first day of May, a world-wide workers' holiday.
4. Perfect day to start a new challenge at DiD.

Granne made a card in very gothic style:

Using Debbi Moore's Printables.
And Anne has made something amazing ( as always ). 
Here's a little sneak peek for whats coming later on:
Snakes seem to "bug" people.  There aren't any here, 
so they're an abstract concept to me. March 17 was St Patrick's Day, 
and a sequence of Journal pages got started by the thought 
that he was reputed to have rid Ireland of snakes.  
The first 2 were posted in my facebook album at the time:

The dog has a snake between his lips.  Must be before St Pat's time!

When St Patrick cast the snakes out of Ireland....  where did they go?
How would they get off an island?

Except this is what snakes usually do to boats:

Or, could Patrick throw them... as far as Scotland?

Seems Nessie has a thing or two to say about THAT!
Always assuming Nessie isn't one of those evicted snakes.  The whole journal page:

The page started with layers of stencils:
Stencil Girl for Curvy Ladder, and Ribbons & Circles. Calligraphy in page 2 She also produces Seth Apter's Drip alphabet.
Artist Cellar for the angel cartouche on page 2
Stampers Anonymous provide Brett Weldele's Flames stencil, which makes excellent waves.  The curled up snake is film strip stencil.
Butter Side Down stamps include Peeking Pirate, Sea Serpent Attack, Sea Dragon, Fossil Beach, Loch Ness Monster, Moray Eel, Oarfish (vertical), Mt Rainier Mothership.  In the first pages, The Alamo (doubling as a monastery), and Wizards Bookshelf standing in for the Book of Kells.
Highlander Celtic Stamps: "Eire",  Inchie knotworks, several of the mini circles, Celtic Cross, Scotch thistle woodcut, boat.
Seth Apter / The Altered Page has several borders used round the edges, including one that rather mimics snake skin patterning
Ikes Art digistamps are the Angel, and the dog.

You'll just have to come back later in the month to see What Happened Next :)
And before then, I'm hijacking the blog to join a Sin City blog Hop on 3 May, 
so keep popping in as we keep loading new and terrifying pieces onto the blog.

coming along here with a digital art journal page.
"What's your story?"

And if you share your creepy, weird, snakey? makes below, 
one of you is going to win this stencil if you link up below :)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Steampunk scream...

Granne here today with a AJ page
full of "metal".

Using Sin City stamps: Steampunk Definition and Brick Wall
and a FinnStamper's Steampunk-Pää 02

Would you like to have that guy?
(Well, not THAT - since I'm keeping mine...)
If you do, hop here and let us see your weird/ alternative/dark project;
the steampunk fellow might be traveling in your home.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


It's Autumn here, though we've had a couple of summer cyclones pass through this last fortnight.  So between rains, I'm out harvesting ahead of winter.
In a jar, place 2 dragon teeth, a piece of tyvek coral, and a sprig of tansy.  Drizzle in some acacia tree sap.

Add human bones, 2 witches captured at full moon, a sprig of rosemary, a sprig of wormwood and a string of micro-gourds.

Cap the jar, and shake for 5 minutes every New Moon.

Set Pantrygoyl over it to guard contents from black cats who might be looking for their witches.  The crown makes him feel important, and ensures his reliability to the task.

Plus he (unusually) has a fine head of moss-hair, which better not blow away!
The 'goyle is made from Polymer clay by a friend of mine, Elli Jenks (also of Rubber Bandit stamps and Brightsea Village fame)
His crown, Sizzix Twisted Edge die, heat embossed after curving into shape.
The skellie and witches from Silver Crow Creations.

Your weird dark and creepy makes deserve a wider audience too, so add them here for us to shiver over!  Even though E.Frog is very busy splashing in many many deep puddles, he knows when you're creating!

Friday, April 7, 2017

And now...the Winner of the March Challenge!!


Welcome back for another fabulous Winner's Post, we know all of you have been patiently impatiently waiting to see who wins the Frogster's treasure!!

Our blue and moody Winner is....

If you have not seen these fabulous ATCs, you must go, NOW, 
the found treasure of the rusty screws are divine and so perfect!

The sentiments on the cards are as follows:
Time is short...
It wasn't midnight yet...
It looks like the moon is behind the cloud today.

These moody, lovely words won over the Frogster!

Alice please email us at 
to arrange your prize of some

Thanks so much for playing and hope to see you all again soon!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April and Open for Business Again!

Fabulousness again this month! 
Team is running even wilder this month 
(Spring is in the air), but we do have a little something
to give one of the players that dare to meet our green linky froggy.

This Steampunk polymer stamp, size about 5,5cm x 11cm,
cool, eh?

Here's what Granne DiD for this month

Sentiment is in Finnish and says "Hi Dude!"

CT Nan here with a 4 x 6 inch flat canvas painted in acrylic paints in the steampunk style with some great looking old light bulbs!  And of course my guide for this painting was the Art Sherpa on Youtube and many other places on the internet!  I added a bird-like flying machine and the sentiment "Steampunk" from the stamp sheet "A Wing Above the Rest" from Sin City Stamps!

Check out the Sin City Fan Club Page and join for chances to win 
stamps!We will be looking out for you!  Like and join us for loads of fun!

From CT Anne:  A wreath  - for the door knocker, for a grave, for a Memorial service.  In NZ we remember both Easter - Jesus death & resurrection - and on 25th April, the anniversary of the day our troops landed at Gallipoli so disastrously in WW1.  It is also Autumn, when many fruits are being harvested.

Started with wire, wrapping it around itself, adding bead loops, threading through skulls and a mix of real & fake bones.  Next was to curl wire-stemmed flowers and fruit between objects.  Then tie lengths of a bobbly multi-coloured eyelashy yarn between each element.
The paper flowers were colour-adjusted with a few bursts of various Lindy Stamp Gang sprays.  Flowers, skeleton (love his red-eye) and fruit came from Silver Crow Creations.  Everything else was randomly-acquired stash (yep, skulls came on strings from retail and second-hand)

Come back later in the month to find out more about the snakes St Patrick cast out of Ireland back around 462 AD.

Post your makes below - Evil Froggy won't admit it, but we've still got goodies as a prize for the weirdest, creepiest, oddest, UNcute posting.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day of the Dead and Sin City Stamps!

How many of you Dream in Darkness fans got to go blog hopping with the Sin City Stamps Inspirational Team and special Guest Designers Sari/Granne and Anne ...our own CT's?  Well still time until the 27th so go get hopping after a quick look at my Day of the Dead Tiara!  There is one tiny mistake or many large mistakes but we are focusing on the small one now hmmmm? so who can leave a comment and tell me what it is?  Might be a prize in it for you??  Or the Frog might eat it...a chance we take! :)

The base is a dollar tiara from my fav store the dollar tree and I have had plans for it for ages and here it was! So the lovely sugar skull that reminds me of the La Catrina was colored up fancy and bright in Spectrum Noir Markers and fussy cut!
The side pieces were the yummy flowers on the sheet stamped over and over and then sprayed with a glue Tattered Angels and outlines in gold as was the skull.

I as you all know love anything shiny even though I know my photography skills say no vehemently but I saw where duct tape was being stamped and embossed and of course off I went to find my metal stamps!  Now on this I can say no more!  Think about it???

I was supposed to be a blogger for the hop but the horrid ugly flu took me down a peg or ten so here is my late offering to the Day of the Day!  Hope you enjoyed!  Check the links below for more goodies and a good chance to win a whole Sugar Skull Sheet on our Facebook Fan Club Page!

Don't forget about our challenge at Dream in Darkness enter HERE for freebies from Sin City Stamps!

Ask Not...

Give me a skull in a bell, and I'm off!
Stamped the skull (and a few other items) then covered in Masking Liquid before I continued.  I also did multiple offset stampings of the sides of the bell, so it looks like it is still swinging.  And after all the fun on the facebook fan page when the Vulture got blotto, he had to get re-inked too.  He's a bit "Bah Humbug Cynic" about it though.

The "moon" (which is actually a pocket watch!) leaves, and vulture also got stamped first then the masking liquid treatment.   I wanted the leaves to look as though they were piled up against the fence, and also stamped the brick part of the vulture upside down to extend the brick "wall" he sits on.   After that had dried I carried on... heat embossing the fence mesh - to discover embossing powder sticks to dry masking liquid.  So I scrubbed some of it off the "liquid" and heated up - fortunately when I peeled the "liquid" off afterwards, the excess ep on top of it also came away.  I clear-embossed the ghost-bat stamps, expecting the melt to keep future colourings off - another way to mask something for protection against later layers.
I had to stamp the tree silhouette several times to get the length, sometimes stamping only the bottom bit of the trunk, upside down, to extend it.  I had to use the owl - the mesh fence round him merges well with the other one, and there needs to be someone as audience.

For the sky I lightly coloured with overlapping several shades of blue Inktensse pencils, then with a damp sponge, blended the scribbles.  A Gabrielle Pollaco Tuscan Wall stencil  had just turned up on my doorstep (honest, I don't remember buying it!!!) and has a segment of brickwork that made a great extender to the Vulture's base.  It would also break up that expanse of blank mesh, as does the ivy from the same stencil.  Various other sprays, washes etc happened...

After fussy-cutting the skull/bell and fixing it with a brad so it can toll, the moon looked pretty flat, and the vulture had almost disappeared.  So they got re-done, fussycut and stuck over the originals with foam dots.  Then time to add the text on this journal page... and yet again, Seth Apter's Drip stencil to the rescue!!!

Visit this month's sponsor  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 drop by and give that FB like and take a look and of course! enter YOUR DARK, WEIRD, OFF-BEAT with nothing cute!! this month for stamps!!!!

Link up your dark, weird creations with the Frogster here...

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!