I have a week off work, which means I can get caught up with my crafting (I pour scorn on the suggestion that I could get caught up with the housework instead!). I do like to enter blog challenges when I have the time - they make me try things I wouldn't usually attempt.
The challenge over at the Anything But A Card challenge blog is to make something that features black. So I'm hoping that this tag qualifies!
The roses I made from velvet paper. I LOVE velvet paper and I really like the texture it gives to the flowers. The petals are die cut using the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies and my favourite method (see here for how-to's) The leaves were cut from some Kraft glassine "gilded" as shown in TIm Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume II.
The gears I die-cut (using the Gadget Gears die from the Sizzix Alterations range - has to be one of my favourite dies!) from scrap greyboard before getting the timeworn treatment.
The whole thing came out looking a bit Gothic to me - what do you think?