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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Enter The Darkside

Have you ever wanted to explore your dark side of crafting? Well I have, but just never really ventured that way more than once or twice. But, then, I came across a DT call for a new dark challenge blog..... I debated... and I debated..... and I debated, again..... Then I thought, what the heck - I should apply! What better time than the present, to try something new - So I applied for a DT spot on the new dark challenge blog, Forever Dark. I was so surprised, and thrilled, when Anna contacted me and offered me a spot on the team! Whoo Hoo! Can you believe it! I'm going to explore my dark side in crafting, as part of the DT at Forever Dark Challenge!

So, the time has come for the first ever challenge at the Forever Dark Challenge Blog! The first challenge is an easy one - Anything Goes! We are a monthly challenge blog, so you have plenty of time to play along and link up with us!  There are awesome prizes up for grabs! Our sponsors, for our first challenge, are Ike's Art and ArtiDoodles.

Now, let me tell you all about my first project for Forever Dark. I mostly do cards, but I would love to get more into doing other types of crafts, especially altered items.  For my first project, I decided to try altering a wooden frame, which I've painted black.  I have used the image, Coralyne, from ArtiDoodles, colored with Promarkers and Copics.  I used Copics for the hair and tried the "flicking" method - I think it turned out pretty good for a second attempt at this method!. I've used flowers at the top of the frame, to add a pop of color. The flowers were recycled from an old flower arrangement. I placed a black and gold spider in the center of the two flower sprigs. This was such a fun project and I love how it turned out.  What do you think of my first Forever Dark project?

I am entering this altered frame in the following challenges:

Texture at Moving Along With The Times
Challenge #35 Anything Goes at Inspiration Destination
Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp Challenge
Challenge #33 Anything Goes at Art By Miran Challenge
HIMCR #201 Freestyle at Hiding In My Craftroom
Anything Goes at Delicious Doodles Challenge
Challenge #225 Anything Goes at Corrosive Challenge
Favorite Color Combo (Black and Purple) at Digi Sketch Challenge
Flowers at Melonheadz Friends Challenge
Challenge #80 Recycle (Flowers) at Left of Center Challenge
Altered Art (Picture Frame) at Rhedd's Creative Spirit
Challenge #20 Anything Goes at Not Just Cards Challenge
Challenge #126 Anything Goes at 613 Avenue Create
Challenge #139 Include An Animal (Skeletal Animal and Spider) at Glitter N Sparkle
Challenge #238 Flowers at One Stitch A Time
Challenge #71 Focus On Coloring at Pile It On Challenge
Challenge #62 Anything Goes at Crafting From The Heart
Challenge #264 Anything Goes at Craft Your Passion
Challenge #290 All Creatures Great And Small at Crafty Creations
Challenge #39 Lyrics (Witchy Woman) at Ike's World Challenge Blog
Royal (Queen of Darkness) at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Anything Goes (Stash: Flowers) at Clear It Out
Challenge #154 Anything Goes at Loves Rubber Stamps
Anything Goes at Papertake Weekly
TTCRD 6/2 - 6/8 at Through The Craftroom Door
It's All About The Hair at Top Tip Tuesday
Anything Goes at Eclectic Ellapu
Challenge #4 Anything Goes at Crafting With Attitude
June-bugs (Spider), Gems and Gegaws at Haunted Design House
Anything Goes at Sugar and Betty's Challenge Blog
Challenge #39 Anything Goes at Paper Creator's Crafts
Anything Goes at Mema's Crafts
Anything Goes at Crafts Galore Encore
Anything With A Twist at Smudgy Antics
June Challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
Anything Goes at Dream In Darkness Challenge
Girls, Girls, Girls at Crafty Time Challenges
Anything But A Card at Craft My Life: All Crafts Challenge


  1. This is gorgeous thank you for joining us at Digi Sketch Challenge
    Michelle DT

  2. Fabulous creation! Your truly made this with a lot of heart and passion. It's always nice to explore the "dark" side of paper-crafting... :) Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

  3. Very cool! I especially like the shape. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

  4. Beautiful creation, great image, colors and accents. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.

    Sue - HIMCR DT

  5. Hi Sammi this is striking great colour choice too. Thanks for joining a Delicious Doodles this month xxx

  6. Beautiful! Great colors and the cut frame is the perfect one for it. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create and I hope you'll join us again soon.

    Em AKA Creative Em
    613 Avenue Create DT

  7. Spooky.. but beautifully put together - Thanks for sharing at Glitter n Sparkle - Vic, DT x

  8. Gorgeous Sammi. I love that frame & the spider & flowers set it & your beautifully coloured image off perfectly.Thank you so much for joining us at Left of Center Creative Challenges for Challenge 80 Upcycle / Recycle. I hope you can join us for our next weekly challenge. AELx

  9. Superbly creepy and the hair is fabulous :-) I really love that little black frame. I definitely think you should keep exploring your Dark side - it's good for you LoL
    Congrats on your DT position :-)
    Thank you for coming over to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES.

    IKE x

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  10. Brilliant song choice and an awesome image .Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny ♥

  11. Oh, I like this a lot! Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafting From The Heart. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you also next time.

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli {DT}

  12. This is brilliant I love seeing dark craft, just need to brave it now. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your creativity with us Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  13. Congratulations Sammi. Easy to see why they chose you. Very creative. Thanks bunches for joining the June Challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit. j

  14. Good on you for stepping out and having fun with a new challenge!
    Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month.

  15. Kinda fun twist to crafting. Love your frame, great mix of pattern and elements. The hair is fab! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday. Brenda

  16. Congrats on your new DT gig....what a wonderful card for your 1st post. Awesome image and such a cool spider. Thanks for sharing with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week, good luck!

  17. Lovely just love the frame. thanks for joining Ike's challenge
    Lynne DT

  18. Love your beautiful card. The image is cool. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  19. This is Amazing!! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    EnjoyScrappin2 {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  20. This is such an unusual card for our 'animals' challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges. Love how you colored the image. Thank you for your entry and come back again tomorrow for a brand new challenge.
    Anna xxx

  21. fabulous thanks for playing
    at HDH

  22. A wonderful project and a fabulous image.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge "Anything Goes" and good luck x

  23. Gorgeous frames and awesome image, love to see Teri's images "coming back" in blog land. That spider is perfect. Thank you for joining Dream in Darkness second challenge, hope to see more of your makes.

  24. I too love Teri's images and what a marvelous job you did with it!! Awesome make!! Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness this month! ~Nan, CT~

  25. Well I must say you have done a beautiful job with this darker side image from DD. Good luck. and thank you for joining us at Ike's world Challenge.

  26. Huge contrats!!!! that must feel fantastic for you and wow - what a start. love your frame and the coyness/trouble look of this image. i think you hit the dark well! best, samara IWC DT

  27. Fabulous frame and I love the image you chose. that's one wicked looking spider, too. Looks like you were born to the dark side. Thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon of HDH. xxD

  28. Fab frame and the image suits it perfectly, great colouring, and congrats on your DT post, thanks for playing along at Paper Creator, good luck, hugs, Colette xx

  29. Fabulous image, love it. Great coloring and love all the details you added, so creepy good.
    Thanks for playing at Dream in Darkness!~CT kim

  30. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with Crafting with an Attitude - good luck
    Lyn - DT

  31. Perfect creation for dark art, nice altering!
    Thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  32. Fabulous image and love the altered frame. Thanks for joining in with us at Smudgy Antics.