8.18.2015

Fur and Feathers, Tooth and Claw, Take Two, and July winners

We're so sorry this post is a day late - the Minions all get cranky in August - it's been so long since last year's Halloween that we get a bit crotchety and fractious, and deadlines fly out the window. This month, we'd like to see your take on our "Fur and Feathers, Tooth and Claw" challenge. As always, it's open to your own interpretation, just keep it dark and creepy. 

This month, we've been joined by An English Lady, who created this wondrous piece. 





We also rounded up the votes for last month's Rock and Roll winners. Thanks so much to everyone that entered the challenge, your pieces really made us happy. The Gruesome Twosome for the Rock and Roll challenge are 
Take your badge and wear it with pride, and if you'd like to play along with us for the next challenge, please email Mo for details. She's away from the Dungeon at the moment though, so please be patient.

8.03.2015

Fur and feathers, tooth and claw

How in hell did we get to August already? Thank you all VERY much for your entries in our last musically-inspired challenge. As always, you did an amazing job, and we'll be choosing our favourites and drooling over all the awesome creations. The winners will be announced in the next post in two weeks' time.
For this month, the theme is "Fur and Feathers, Tooth and Claw" and you are free to interpret that in any way your twisted mind desires. We have a few inspiration pieces for you just now, but check back later in the month and we'll have even more for you.





Remember to keep it dark and creepy, not cute and girly, and link up your pieces below. The rules are on the sidebar, but keeping it macabre is the important one. Have fun!

An InLinkz Link-up

7.20.2015

I love Rock'n Roll and winners

This month's challenge is all about music and songs. 
Pick a tune and get inspired. Use the lyrics, or the music, or even the video if you're so inclined. Remember to keep it dark and creepy. 


Laila , who was a Gruesome Twosome again was inspired by the
Iron Maiden song, "Holy Smoke".
Thanks Laila, for another awesome piece of inspiration!





   Ike - Imp of Insanity
inspired by "Hey You" by Pink Floyd



Teri -Temptress of Terror
inspired by "Is God Dead?" by Black Sabbath



Mo - Maniacal Mother of Mayhem
inspired by "Can I Play with Madness?" by Iron Maiden
(image used with permission from silverwingsltd)




The Gruesome Twosome for the June Bug challenge are 

An English Lady and Ellapu
please grab your winners badge and show it of to the rest of the world, and you are both invited to play in the Dungeon, you can contact Mofor details here



You can find the link for the current challenge  here


7.06.2015

I love rock & roll!

Can you believe we're already in July? Time flies when you spend it being creepy and macabre! This month's challenge is all about music and songs. Pick a tune and get inspired. Use the lyrics, or the music, or even the video if you're so inclined. Remember to keep it dark and creepy - if the only tune you know is "Sunshine & Lollipops", you better create something from the viewpoint of a diabetic vampire :P Please let us know which tune you've chosen and how it inspired your creation.

Here are some inspiration pieces, created by the Minions and last month's winners. 





Inspired by Blood Pig by Otep



Remember you can enter up to three macabre creations each month, and you have until the 2nd of August to enter.

6.15.2015

June bugs part 2

We're back with our secon post for the June challenge, and this month's theme is
"June-bugs, gems and gewgaws" 
 so we'd like you to feature insects/bugs (moths, spiders and creep-crawlies are also ok), OR gems and jewels, OR gewgaws in your creations this month. (A gewgaw is something showy and flamboyant that has little or no intrinsic value but serves a decorative purpose.) And remember to keep it creepy, dark or macabre - we don't want cute and sparkly butterflies here! Thank you all very much for the wonderful entries to our May challenge, you all have given the Minions a hard time deciding, but after a long fight debate we are proud to announce our Gruesome  Twosomes for the May challenge

#5 Teresa Morgan

and

# 18 Laila aka Koneko

Ladies if you wanna have a play again in the Dungeon, contact me here
and grab your winnersbadge to wear on your blogs




For this months inspiration we had two guests coming over to play with us, and they made some awesome creepy bugs. So here our two guest Minions

Laila Anesland, she made the most awesome real looking bugs




and  Carol Nazar and she made this gorgeous looking spidey

Teri Temptress of Terror made this awesome bee


 Maniacal Mother of Mayhem Mo made an altered tray, Finnabair inspired





add your entries here, remember no cutsey stuff

6.01.2015

June-bugs, gems and gewgaws

We're back with our June challenge, and this month's theme is
"June-bugs, gems and gewgaws" 
 so we'd like you to feature insects/bugs (moths, spiders and creep-crawlies are also ok), OR gems and jewels, OR gewgaws in your creations this month. (A gewgaw is something showy and flamboyant that has little or no intrinsic value but serves a decorative purpose.) And remember to keep it creepy, dark or macabre - we don't want cute and sparkly butterflies here! Thank you all very much for the wonderful entries to our May challenge, and don't forget to check back mid-month to find out who won. Here's your inspiration from the Minions for this month.








We'd love you to play along with us - you have a whole month and can enter up to three projects. If it's your first time playing here, check out the rules in the sidebar, create something dark and creepy and glorious and then link it here.

5.18.2015

May We Have A Quick Word - Midway Reminder

We're halfway through our challenge for May so we're here with some more inspiration for you. The theme is May We Have A Quick Word, and we'd like you to create something that either has a word or text on it somewhere, OR create something quick (less than a day from start to finish. Just remember to keep it dark and macabre and sinister. We don't want any of that cutesy mainstream schtuff here, thank you very much! We've had some fabulous entries already, please scroll down to the next post to add your creations to the linky tool.






And, we have to announce the winners from our Going Green April challenge. There were, as always, some amazing entries and we thank you all for playing along with us. The Gruesome Twosome this time are



Congratulations ladies, here is a badge for your blogs, wear it with pride and remember the one who has collected the most of these badges this year will get the grand prize from the Minions.


Congratulations ladies, you are both invited to spend a little time in the dungeon with us and be GDT for our next challenge. Please contact Mo HERE for details.

5.04.2015

May we have a quick word?



It's time for a new Monthly Macabre challenge here at the Haunted Design House! Please remember, this challenge is for your darker, gothic, macabre pieces, NOT your sweet and clean and suitable-for-your-pastor's-mother pieces. We understand that in a world of diversity and depth, there has to be some cute, sweet stuff out there, but we simply don't want to see it here. The Minions, despite all appearances to the contrary, are delicate creatures, and insipidly clean and sweet creations turn our perverted little stomachs. So, with that said, our challenge for May is 
May we have a quick word? 
This month we'd like you to either use some text somewhere on your creation OR make it a quick make - less than a day from start to finish.
The Minions' two favourite creations will get to display the May Macabre Masterpiece badge, and at the end of the year the person with the most badges will receive a glorious prize from the Minions. And, each month, the badge-winners are offered the chance to be GDT with us for the month's challenge. The winners for April will be announced at the May midway post, in a fortnight's time.
So share with us your most twisted, dark, macabre and gothic creations that either have a word or words on them, OR that took you less than a day to create. Go on, you know you want to!
As always, we have some fabulous inspiration pieces that the Minions have created for you, so glory in them and then go forth and revel in the darker side of crafting.
First up, this wondrous creation by Teresa, who won our March challenge.







So come and play with us in the dungeon and share your own interpretations of the theme. Remember to keep it dark and gothic, not light and sweet. You have until June 1st to join us and you can enter up to 3 creepy creations.