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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Forever Friends Christmas

Good morning everyone! Last year I won the Forever Friends Cosy Christmas Collection so I decided to have a play with it! I have always been intimidated to colour the bears but I am quite pleased :-)
I used Forever friends Cosy Christmas image stamped in Memento and coloured in Promarkers, Cosy Christmas papers, peel off greeting and brads, American crafts polka dot ribbon and Green cardstock cut with a nestie.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Forever Friends: Use a sentiment
Pink Gem Challenge: Cold and Frosty
Little Claire's Designs: Christmas
Squiggles and Giggles: Go Dotty
Fun With Shapes and More: Animalistic Challenges
Jingle Belles: Creatures

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

LOTV James with Vintage Santa papers

Good evening everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here to show you a card using my favourite christmas papers right now-they were a total find!
For this project I used James Bear with star image stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers, with Glamour dust on his hat and star, Kars Vintage Christmas papers and matching ribbon, Green cardstock, Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, Vintage greeting, LOTV christmas label stamped with memento and inked with distress inks.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Santa Claus is coming to town!
Crafting When We Can: Christmas Come Early
Crimbo Crackers: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for your comments!

Friday, 28 October 2011

LOTV Love Grows Sketch

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well! I have a project to show you inspired by Bev's sketch over at Lili of the Valley.
For this card I have used LOTV Love Grows image and sentiment stamped in Memento, Promarkers, Papermania Capsule collection papers, Country papers, American crafts polka dot ribbon, Green cardstock, Nesties and Wild Orchid Crafts roses.
I followed the sketch but added the 'Love Grows' as a scalloped tag underneath the edge of the scalloped circle.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley: Sketch by Bev
I love Promarkers: Tags
Paper Pretties: Embellish
Creative Card Crew: Fall'in in love

Thursday, 27 October 2011

I'm in this months Cardmaking and Papercraft!

Good afternoon everyone! Just popped on to show you the card I made for the little piece in Cardmaking and Papercraft this month! I think its page 66, they asked my trends for my Christmas crafting 2011 and what my predictions were for the trends in 2012.
For this project I used a Lili of the Valley image stamped in Memento and coloured in Sepia tones with Promarkers, I used My Minds Eye and Bo Bunny papers, Acetate, Tonic punches, A ringing bell, Ribbon, Kraft, distressing inks and glitter card.
I started by making the shaker element by cutting a frame out of the newspaper look bo bunny papers and mounting the LOTV image on the inside panel. I then added punched out glitter card snowflakes in complimenting colours to the MME papers. I added Acetate inside the frame then placed it over the foam pads I used to create my shaker space.
I matted the card with Kraft, then added the MME papers which I distressed along the edges with scissors and distress inks. I placed the shaker element in the centre and added a ringing bell tied onto complimenting ribbon so when you shake the shaker element it rings! Lastly I added some punched snowflakes onto the bottom panel of MME papers.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long: Sparkly
Crafts 4 Eternity: Add a metal embellishment
Winter Wonderland: Vintage
ABC Christmas Challenge: Vintage
The Paper Shelter: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Lets get Krafty!
The Secret Crafter Challenge: Wrap up Warm!

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments!

Monday, 24 October 2011

My Partner in Crafting Crime-Photo inspiration

Good evening everyone, sorry I am late posting this! Its new challenge time at My Partner in Crafting Crime and our theme this week is 'Photo inspiration' from the following photo from the design seeds website:
I started by watercolouring my image with Aquamarkers-I really dont use these much and I was very pleased with the results I got-sometimes it is good to challenge yourself!
I then picked out the remaining colours from the photo inspiration in my design papers-I used Papermania Rose Garden, Henbury Lane and a green and browns garden themed pack the name of which escapes me!
I used Rose Garden greeting 'Happiness' and punched a butterfly out of the Henbury Lane papers. Lastly I added a gem trail from the butterfly and from the greeting too.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts: Layer Upon Layer
Inspire Me Fridays: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking, and for your lovely comments!

You&Me project

Good morning everyone! Hope you are well :-) This morning I am here to show you a project I made using my Cricut and Cuttlebug. For this project I used Coredinations cardstock, Patterned Vellum and a 6x6 card blank.
I used my Cricut to cut multiple hearts in half inch intervals in complimenting colours, and then a 'You&Me' greeting from the same card. I covered the front of the card in the patterned vellum.
Next I embossed each heart in different embossing folders and cut a slightly larger heart aperture in the front of the card, and arranged them to come through the aperture. Lastly I added the You&Me greeting to the front of the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Paper Cutz Challenge: Pink
Totally Papercrafts: Layer Upon Layer
The Squirrel and the Fox: For the Girls
Charisma Cardz: Embossing
Top Tip Tuesday: Layer it Up!

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sarah Hurley Halloween Scrapbook

Good morning everyone! I am here this morning to show you a Halloween scrapbook page I made using basic supplies and the gorgeous 'Vintage Halloween' digi kit from Sarah Hurley.
I used photos I took a few years ago of a pumpkin I carved in the shape of the Alkaline Trio logo-that was hard work!
I started with a sheet of Kraft card and added coloured papers from the digi kit in the left and right hand corner. I then used faux stitching on the 'Trick or Treat' banners made with gold glitter pens. I placed them so the banners looked like they were hanging from a string. I then stamped with some Halloween clear stamps and covered with heat embossing powder, and then heated them-it doesnt show well in the photo but the spider, witch and spiders webs all shine in gold. I heat embossed a web onto another piece of paper which I placed in the bottom left hand corner which I used as a pocket for my journalling tag. Lastly I added a glitter pumpkin from Jolees Boutique.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge: Pumpkin Patch
Allsorts Challenge: Halloween
Di's Digi Design Challenge: Halloween
Crop Stop: Halloween
Papercraft Star: Photo inspiration

Thank you for looking, and for your lovely comments :-)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

OSCC No patterned paper

Good morning everyone! Its saturday and time for a new challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge, and our theme this week is 'No patterned paper'. Oh I found this challenge so difficult! I love my design papers, they are my favourite part of a project. However I had a good go at it and decided to use my Coredinations Chocolate box cardstock, which I embossed with Swiss dots and a paisley embossing folder. I then sanded these designs down to show the colour of the cardstock under the brown coating. Next I tore the Swiss dot embossed cardstock to show the gorgeous colour underneath.
I started my card layout by mounting pearlescent slightly aqua cardstock on the white cardstock to soften the contrast with the Coredinations cardstock. I then mounted the paisley embossed cardstock on an aqua glitter card and placed this to one side of my card. I placed a tilda stamped with Memento and coloured with Promarkers on the swiss dots embossed cardstock then placed this panel on the card. To embellish I used Craftime polka dot ribbon and matching flower. I also added a button and a butterfly punched with Xcut punch from the glitter cardstock.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenges: Embossing
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: Distressed or Torn
Top Tip Tuesday: Layer it up
Sweet Stamps: Lots of layers

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

Friday, 21 October 2011

LOTV Fairy Sparkles

Good afternoon, here I am with a new card inspired by the challenge at Lili of the Valley this week, their theme is bingo and I have chosen 'Gems' 'Flowers' and 'Ribbon and Lace.
I coloured the gorgeous LOTV image with promarkers after stamping with memento, then covered the bottom of her skirt and her wings with Glamour dust glitter.
I cut the cardstock with a nestie and mounted her on a mint green scalloped circle. I used My Minds Eye 'Pretty Please' papers, Wild Orchid Crafts roses, Lace and glittered fibre ribbon. I punched a butterfly from white glitter card and placed this on the similar ribbon. I then added shimmer dots on to the scalloped circle.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley: Bingo
4 Crafty Chicks: Marker it up!
Art Impressions Stamps: Use Lace
Crafty Ribbons Challenges: Ribbon and Lace
Flutter By Wednesdays: Open
I love Promarkers: Cute
Bunny Zoe's Challenges: Lace it up!

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

Sarah Hurley Challenge: Misting

Good afternoon everyone, sorry this is late but I screwed up on the scheduling! *Typical*
Its new challenge time at Sarah Hurley's Challenge blog and this fortnight our theme is 'Misting'- a technique I will freely admit I have never tried-so heres my first effort! Hope its ok!
I used a Kraft bag with handles and sprayed the front with chocolate brown ink available at Sarah's fantastic shop over a Butterfly mask. I then painted the butterflies with Mica watercolours which shimmer in a gold tone in the light. I then added some gorgeous gold ribbon with trim fibres I won to jazz up the handles and then added a lovely Alice in Wonderland tag from Sarah Hurley's Wonderland CDrom.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: Autumn
Moving along with the Times: Vintage
Clear it out challenges: Trim

Thank you for looking and your comments!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Sarah Kay Autumn Tones

Good morning everyone, hope you are well! This morning I am here to show you a card I have made inspired by the colours of autumn. I stamped her in Memento and coloured in Promarkers. I used Prima Reflections papers, pearlescent brown paper punched with a MS punch, brown glitter paper punched with an Xcut butterfly punch, Craftime ribbon and papermania gemstones. I also added a vellum greeting 'Thinking of you'

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge: Fall Colours
Crafty Boots: Autumn
Bows and Berries: Photo inspiration
Gingerloft: Fall
Paper Sundaes: Fall
Pile it on Challenges: Fall is for fun
The Artistic Stamper: Autumn
Delightful Sketches: Colours of Fall photo inspiration

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Crafts and Me Ice Sparkles

Good morning everyone! Hope you are well :-) This morning I am here to show you a card I have made with the gorgeous Forever Rose digi from Crafts and Me-I coloured her with Promarkers and Sakura glitter pens on the rose and black parts of her hair :-)
I used Tim Holtz papers, and faux stitched the edges. I then added the digi which I mounted on Silver glitter card to show off the sparkles in the colouring of the digi. I then echoed this by punching a matching silver butterfly, and created a trail with Capsule collection gems. Lastly I added a large blue button, and used baby blue ribbon to tie in the centre.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Pollycraft Monday Challenges: Girls, Girls, Girls
Stamptacular Sundays: Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad: Monochromatic
The Squirrel and the Fox: One for the Girls
Dis Digital Designs: Girly Creations
If the Shoe Fits Scrap it: Women

Thank you for looking and for your comments :-)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Winners of my First Year Blogaversary Celebrations!

Good evening everyone!
Thank you so much to those of you who came and helped me celebrate my first year blogging-I truly appreciate each and every one of my followers and those who bring me joy by leaving lovely comments :-)
It is time to announce our winners!

I will start with the winners for the Crafty prizes chosen by random.org:

Sarah Hurley's Prize of a Halloween kit of your choice: No. 10 Sue aka Sumosue from docrafts!

Bows and Berries choice of two digis of your choice (two prizes available) goes to: No. 15 Milaya, and No. 20 Sari!

$20 Voucher for Nicecrane designs: Applejack cards by Sue!

£5 voucher for One Stop Craft shop: Shaz!

Next to the draw for non crafting friends:

1st prize of two projects crafted for your next special occasions: Hannah Mul!
and
2nd prize of one project crafted for your next special occasion: Hannah Keen!

If you can all contact me at sparklingblackrose at gmail dot com that would be great-thank you!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

My One Year Blogaversary!!!

Good Morning everyone! This weekend I am celebrating my one year anniversary of my blog! :-)
I wanted to take to chance to thank each and every one of you for supporting my blog-I truly appreciate it and hope that you will continue to do so!
I thought I would show a gorgeous butterfly I photographed in my garden-those of you who know me will know they are my love. This beauty is a Gatekeeper butterfly and quite difficult to get a photo of!

Anyway...
To celebrate my first anniversary of my blog I have got some prizes for you!

I have a few lovely sponsors who want to help me celebrate so I will be drawing multiple winners on Sunday evening so please have a go!

For my Crafting Friends so far the prizes are:
Sarah Hurley Halloween digi kit of your choice (Visit her shop here)
Two prizes of two Bows and Berries digis of your choice (Visit the shop here)
$20 Gift voucher for Nicecrane Designs
£5 Voucher for One Stop Craft Shop

In order to win please:
1. Be a follower,
2. Will you please join my challenge blogs on a little blog hop:
Sarah Hurley Challenge 
My Partner in Crafting Crime Challenge
One Stop Craft Challenge
3. Leave me a comment-its that easy!

For my non crafting friends all I am asking is:
1. Be a follower,
2. Leave me a comment and put 'non crafter' in your comment somewhere

First prize: Your prize will be two projects I will craft for your next two special occasions
Second prize: Your prize will be one project crafted for a special occasion.

Thank you and Good luck!!!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

LOTV James with Star and Prizes for you!

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well :-) Today I have a christmas card for you :-)
For this project I have used a gorgeous LOTV image stamped in memento, and coloured with promarkers. I then added glamour dust to the white on his hat and on the star.
I mounted him on a dark green scalloped nestie, and used some lovely HOTP papers I got free ages ago and hadn't used yet! The sentiment was from a surprise find in a pound shop-they have some gorgeous vintage looking Christmas greeting chipboards available and I couldnt wait to use them! Lastly I added two stars :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Wild Orchid Crafts: Christmas Fun
Lili of the Valley: Warm and Cosy
ABC Christmas Challenge: U is for Unused

While you are here I wanted to tell you about a prize draw I am running on my blog this weekend to celebrate my first anniversary of my blog this week-please come along and join in over saturday and sunday-I have sponsors for some fantastic prizes! :-)

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Whiff of Joy New Baby in Blues

Good afternoon, hope you are well! Today I want to share with you a card I have made which was inspired by the challenge at Whiff of Joy Challenge blog-whose theme this week is 'Sparkle and Swirls'. I chose swirl and glittered papers from the Henbury Lane collection and watercoloured my Whiff of Joy image with Aquamarkers-I havent used them much but I was really pleased with the result :-)
I also added white and aqua pearl swirls alongside the panel with the 'Congratulations' dome greeting.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Whiff of Joy Challenges: Sparkle and Swirls
4 Crafty Chicks: Monochromatic
My Time to Craft: Nursery Necessities

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

Monday, 10 October 2011

My Partner in Crafting Crime: Photo Inspiration

 Good morning everyone! Hope you are all well! Its new challenge time at My Partner in Crafting Crime and our theme this week is inspiration photo-found at pinterest. Its a gorgeous photo and I chose to take the colours and autumn look for my card below.
I used a Whiff of Joy image stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers, gorgeous papers from a free stack I got in a magazine and these fantastic glittered leaves from Jolees Boutique.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
PanPastel UK: Autumn Colours
Designed 2 Delight: Autumn Leaves
ECP Challenges: Autumn Project
The Secret Crafters: Anything Goes as long as it sparkles!
Fussy and Fancy: Autumn/Fall or Halloween
Stampin' for the Weekend: Autumn Colours
Stampin with the Dragon: Fall Colours
Moving along with the Times: Autumn Leaves

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Nicecrane Designs Halloween

Good afternoon, hope you are well! Here is a Halloween card I have made with Nicecrane Designs Halloween Pumpkins digi (available here http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=99&products_id=656)
I coloured the image with my promarkers, and used it with V&A papers as they suit the vintage look-they are gorgeous Linen feel! It was a CAS card but I dont think it needs any more-the patterns on the paper are busy enough! :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons: Pumpkins
Fresh Brewed Designs: Pumpkins
I love Promarkers: Spooky

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

OSCC Anything Goes

Good morning everyone! Its new challenge time at One Stop Craft Challenge and our theme this week is Anything Goes-so no excuse not to come and join in ;-)
For this project I used some paper from Robyns Fetish and a fantastic digi from Stitchy at Stitchy Bears Digi store.
I placed the paper, then inked the Halloween greeting panel with Tim Holtz Wild Honey and placed it to show off the paper to its best effect-CAS from me this week! Lastly I added a little glitter pumpkin to finish my project off.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy: Fall/Halloween
Samuel Taylors Crafts: Halloween-Fab Tim Holtz Configurations Box as prize-wow!
Tuesday Throwdown: Halloween

Thank you for looking, hope you have a good weekend and thank you for your comments!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

LOTV James with Star in Snow

Good afternoon, hope you are well. This card was inspired by the new challenge over at Lili of the Valley whose theme is 'Let it Snow' and it was the perfect chance to use the lovely LOTV James stamp I haven't used yet!
For this project I used Kars Christmas papers and fantastic ribbon-I love this new range, its so gorgeous and vintage looking! I cut James out with a circle nestie and mounted him on a green textured card stock cut with a scalloped nestie. He was stamped in Memento and I coloured him with Promarkers, and used Glamour dust on the white places on his hat and star. I then made a snow scene with the Marvy Snow Marker which I let dry then heated with a heat gun and it springs to life!
The Ribbon Girl have had a fantastic idea for helping us get ahead with our Christmas crafting-their 'jingle all the way to Christmas' challenges where they will make a Christmas challenge at the 25th of the month running up to Christmas. I will do my best to keep up and get ahead with my Christmas crafting!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley: Let it Snow
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes with Ribbon
The Ribbon Girl: Jingle all the Way to Christmas!
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: For a Male
Ribbon Carousel: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking!

Sarah Hurley Halloween Horrors!

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well :-) Its new challenge time at Sarah Hurley Challenges and our theme this fortnight is 'Halloween Horrors' sponsored by Derwent-and the fabulous prize is a set of 24 Coloursoft Pencils so well worth entering! :-)
For this project I have used Sarah Hurley's Vintage Halloween digi set (I used the 'Beware' banner and orange papers), Corrugated card, Papermania ribbon, Memory box paper, Halloween stamps, Embossing powder, Tim Holtz ink and Pumpkin embellishments.
I started by printing the papers and sentiment banner. I started by inking the banner with Tim Holtz tea stain ink, then I threaded the banner with ribbon. This ribbon was perfect and I have had it for ages and never been able to use it before!
I then used Corrugated card which I inked the edges of with the TH inks, and placed the orange Sarah Hurley papers on the top. I threaded the ribbon into the Corrugated card to hang the sign from
Next I placed the banner across the panel and stamped and embossed spiders webs in opposite corners in silver. I then stamped a little spider, and added a crow on some Memory box papers. Lastly I added two pumpkin embellishments.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown: Halloween
Clear it out Challenge: Halloween
Scrapalicious USA: Something that hangs
The Paper Shelter: Halloween
Little Darlings Challenges: Halloween
Crafty Creation: Create a Crafty Decoration

Thank you for looking and for your comments!

Nicecrane Designs Adorable Alice Part 1


Good morning everyone, I am here this morning with a card I have made using the Adorable Alice digi sheet (available at http://nicecranedesigns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=99&products_id=655)

For this project I coloured the Alice digi with my promarkers, and used my V&A papers which work so well with vintage projects-they have a linen finish so feel lovely too! I also used genuine vintage buttons-the bottom ones with the flowers on are at least 30 years old and look like they were made for these papers!
I also used blue buttons on the top panel. I added a Tim Holtz ticket with 'Dream' sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me: Use a Digi
Divas by Design: Button Up
Digi Darla: Blue and Brown 

Thank you for looking and for your lovely comments :-)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

LOTV Fairy Button it!

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well. This project I have created after being inspired by Lili of the Valley's challenge this week 'Button it'. I adore buttons-I have so many and love playing with them! For this project I used gorgeous LOTV image stamped in Memento and coloured with promarkers, then glittered with Deco Art glamour dust in Crystal-unfortunately in this gloomy October weather I couldnt get the right light to show it off to its best-what happened to the glorious weather we had yesterday?!
I used Dovecraft textured cardstock, Papermania Henbury lane papers and Papermania Born to shop buttons with an added pearl button. I used Pink bakers twine to tie each button then glued on the reverse. I used a satin pink ribbon and a 'Special Wishes' dome greeting.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge: Button it
Lets Ink it Up: Think Pink
The Crazy Challenge: Think Pink
Crafty Cardmakers: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes plus Ribbon
CES Challenges: Totally Gorjuss or Pretty Girls! 
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: For the Girls

Thank you for looking and I really appreciate your comments! While you are here if you haven't already please look for my candy in my sidebar and enter! :-)

Sunday, 2 October 2011

OSAAT Use a Digi

Good morning everyone, sorry I havent posted for a while-I will explain later in my post. Here is my DT card for One Stitch at a Time challenge for the week-'Use a Digi'. A simple challenge so really easy to come and play along! Our prize this week is £10 voucher for Bunny Zoes store so why not come and join us?
I was given a gorgeous digi by Hope Jacare at Stitchy Bear's Digi store-isnt it lovely?! :-)
I used Kraft card as my blank and as the scalloped circle I cut with my nesties and mounted the digi onto then I added Prima papers as my backing paper. I punched a butterfly out of coordinating glitter card and then placed a gem trail around the edge of the card.

The reason I may be a bit quiet for a while is one of my Best friends has passed on, and I am not sure how this tragic news will affect me for a while. I was very fortunate to have such a wonderful friend and I treasure the memories I have, and I am hoping those will bring me comfort and help me get through this sad time.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sparkles Forum Challenges: Something that Sparkles
Bows and Berries: Glitter
Crafty Boots Challenges: Things with Wings
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