Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A Step In The Dark Launch

Welcome fellow Bloggers, Crafters and Friends..... Your visits mean the world to me.

Some of you might have notices the "A Step In The Dark" Design Team Badge on the side of my blog.... Well today see's the launch of their first ever challenge!! 

I know a lot of my followers/friends aren't fans of my 'Dark Side' but, it is something I really enjoy doing as it gives me a freedom to try new things and not worry about getting them absolutely perfect. This side of my crafting is an outlet for me to mix things up a bit and let my hair down..... I appreciate your support and comments, even though its not your 'bag'.


To get to the "A Step In The Dark" Challenge Blog, please either click on the badge above, or the link below.

They also have an amazing Facebook group in which you can share your dark makes as well as your challenge entries

"A Step In The Dark" is dedicated to anything dark, gothic, punk, grunge etc.....Meaning NO cute or normal makes will be accepted!!!!
We will be running fortnightly challenges, so plenty of time and opportunity for you all to enter.

The Challenge Blog owners, Erin and Fiona, have been working extremely hard securing us a list of AMAZING sponsors. These sponsors are not only providing the Design Team images to work with, but supplying their brilliant images as prizes for our challenges. 

The first challenge theme is 'ANYTHING GOES / SKULLS and we have two, yes TWO sponsors for this challenge. 
Our amazing sponsors for our first ever challenge is "DELICIOUS DARKNESS" and "LACY SUNSHINE"

We had a choice of which sponsors images we wanted to work with....well as it was our first challenge I thought I would work with both....greedy I know, but who can blame me?!

Here is what I made using the Delicious Darkness Images - 

Make One
The backing has been sprayed with two different mica sprays. I have mounted the purple onto black card and added black peel off strips to the edges. A cut out cobweb was added and then flower/flourish black peel offs. 

 The main image on this card is the gorgeous Deadly Nightshade from Delicious Darkness. I coloured her with my WHSmiths Pencils. This image was so lovely to colour as you can add as little or as much colour as you want too. 
I added black peeloff strips to the edges and black flat backed gems to the corners. 

The skull stack is from Dilly Beans. I coloured these with the same penciles and then black glittered the eye sockets. 

Make Two
 I used a flat canvas. I covered this with mod podge mixed with purple distress ink. I stippled the mixture each time I added a layer. 
I then sprayed the surface with mica and ink spray mixes, stuck some cobweb diecuts on top and then sprayed it some more. 
I distressed the ends of the bow ribbon and glued this down with a feather and bead spray and put a gorgeous skeleton cameo on top. 

The image above is called 'Cranium Caresses from Delicious Darkness
I couloured her with the same colouring pencils. I added some glossy accents to parts of the image to make them stand out. I have to admit, I love the way the glossy accents works on this image. 

I sent this make to my wonderful friend Maureen Scott, who loves all things dark and has a collection of makes from the big names in dark crafting.... I wanted to add mine to it lol 

Here is what I made using the Lacy Sunshine Image - 

 The backing is a Kanban card stock that I mounted on deep red and then black card. 
I used another diecut cobweb, which was mounted on the same red, as was the image. I then used black lace around the image edge, and boy was that tricky for me..... 

 The above image is called 'Sadie' and is from Lacy Sunshine. She has been coloured with the same colouring pencils. I really enjoyed colouring her hair and dress as it gave me so much opportunity to practice my shading.

I finished the card off with large red roses, black flat backed gems, a feather, bead spray and another gorgeous cameo and finally diecut bats.

I hope you will help support this new Challenge Blog by popping over to the "A Step In The Dark" blog and join in with the Anything Goes/Skulls theme.... Remember, it has to be made in an alternative style, no cute and cuddly etc....

As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments....I hope you will still comment on this post, even if you hate the dark themes.... Thank You Lovelies


fiona walker said...

Hiya Lisa thankyou for your first makes in our new challenge blog. They are all brilliantly coloured and fantastic projects.
Fiona x

maureenjscott said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!! These cards are amazing Lisa!!! I'm thrilled to have your 'cranium caresses' canvas it's simply stunning! And the cards are gorgeous!! Loving the skulls, love the Lacy sunshine image! Fabulousness!!! mo xxx

Linda Simpson said...

OMG Lisa these are amazing! I may not like this type of thing but I am awestruck by how talented you are especially with these kind of images! Embellishments and designs of each card is fantastic!
Linda xxx

Karen Willis said...

Fabulous projects Lisa and as always your colouring is spot them all!! xx

jane stillman said...

These are all fantastic Lisa. Must say I love the canvas with the Cranium Caresses image the best xx

pauline said...

Not really my cup of tea Lisa but they are all lovely xxxx

Pauline said...

Love your gothic glam makes Lisa, your first one is especially beautiful!

Cumbrianlass said...

Congratulations Lisa, on your new DT position, and I love your "Dark Side" cards, and these are amazing.
Hugs Janet xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa, Wow these are absolutely fabulous. Love both projects. Thank you so much for being part of this new venture with us, thank you so much for a fabulous challenge this fortnight.

Hugs Erin x

Susan Salyer said...

Fabulous art my friend awesome!!!!I love your debt and beautiful coloring

Richard Dalton said...

These makes are amazing Lisa. Well done I love them! X

Kate M said...

I agree 100% with Linda - not my cup of tea, but you have used these images so well and your colouring is super. In fact I quite like the first one, but the second one is too spooky for me - love the third one!!

crafty-stamper said...

All brilliant but make two is my favourite love all the details and texture
carol x

Laine said...

These are stunning Lisa. Fabulous creations and many Congratulations on your new DT.

Jac desordre said...

such lovely colouring, I cant quite get into these dark sides, but I do love looking at them x

Teresa said...

Fantastic projects Lisa - I love them all. Your colouring skills amaze me each time I see another of your projects. I love the way you can add such vibrant happy colours to an image yet keep the whole feel 'dark'. So happy and honoured to be working with you on this great team!!!

Andree said...

Fabulous makes Lisa, you have a very talented dark side. The bright colours you've used to balance the darkness look wonderful and your colouring of the stunning Cranium Caresses is stunning x

Mandy Ashley said...

Hi Lisa, it wouldn't do for us all to like the same thing, but it doesn't stop the appreciation of viewing your talent in design & colouring of your projects - THEY ARE ALL JUST FABULOUS!

I'm playing catch up as been missing visiting blogland for a while, and like I say, having visited your recent posts, it's a pleasure looking at all your creations :)

Fran said...

Fabulous cards , love the colouring xxx

Fran said...

Fabulous cards , love the colouring xxx

Nicky Wilcox said...

Love all of them the 2nd is my fav its good for everyone to visit the other side now and then. love n hugs xxxx

Anonymous said...

Great work and something completely different. Go you xx


ike said...

YaY !! Congrats on getting this started Lisa :-) Your creations are superb :-D
IKE xxx

Gwyneth said...

Your colouring is, as always, just perfect. I liked reading about how you went about making the backgrounds. Sounds as if you had a really messy crafting session.

DonnaMundinger said...

HOnestly Lisa, I'm totally blown away with your THREE fabulous makes! the beautiful coloring and attention to detail is gorgeous in all of them. Too many details to call out here, but I particularly love how you've used the peel off borders on the first which mimic the spider web...BRILLIANT! xxD

Avril Ann said...

Yeah, finally got here Lisa, LOL, these are stunning creations, you are really excelling in the Dark Arts so proud of you, hugs xxx