About Blackbutterfly Cards

I started making cards for pleasure in 2007, and quickly found my home was becoming swamped by cards everywhere. I decided to put some of them up for sale on a webpage in an effort to recoup some of the costs of my hobby. I called the webpage Blackbutterfly Handcrafted Cards, and it can be found at http://www.blackbutterfly2007.co.uk/

I try to take my cards to a couple of table sales or craft fairs a year, but make my cards mainly for friends and family. I would love the website sales to take off, as I nowhere near cover the costs involved in this all absorbing hobby, but for me the main thing is the pleasure I have in making my cards.
Recently I have decided to expand my blog to cover my other interests too. It's a sort of substitute for going to work and chatting to people, as due to ill health I was unable to work, and since the beginning of 2014 I am officially a pensioner.
Although I'll still show my cards, I'll also be covering my other interests and how I attempt to make ends meet day by day.

In fact anything that crosses my mind will be on here, so be prepared for waffle and a wasted five minutes as you read.
Make coffee and settle in, why don't you?

Friday, May 14, 2010

WOJ Inspiration

I read the WOJ Inspirational & Tutorial blog the other day and found there was a sketch challenge posted, so I decided to have a try at it. I've done a few sketches for fun in the past, ( about 6 actually), but never to show, especially in a group with this degree of talent. I have to say, I didn't find it easy, and I've had to come back to it 3 or 4 times over the last few days. I loved the colours when I first thought of them, but have come to really DISLIKE them now. It's far too late to change it, and anyway, the image is so cute it helps enormously!
The striped paper is by Laura Ashley, and the flowered paper is Papermania. The ribbon is from Joanna Sheen, as are the green diamantes. The image was coloured using pro-markers and is from..........errrrr???....ummmmmm.........Ah yes! I remember!....Whiff of Joy,
Anything else used was just hanging about in my stash.

Hope you like it.                 BTW...........Here's the LINK to the sketch if you would like to join in .

I've noticed lots of minor formatting errors on my website, so I want to go and sort them out now. I uploaded some new cards to the site, and looking over with a fresh eye, they sort of jump out at you. I also have to extend my range of Wiccan Cards, as that part of the website is looking decidedly bare at the moment. Hopefully I'll get back to post some more later.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Whiff of Joy Candy

Discovered an offer of Whiff of Joy Candy -Katherina  has a complete collection of her new stamps on offer, I almost hate to tell anyone else about this.....*sigh*.........it is a great offer tho, so head over there and add your name!
Bev's blogspot also has some candy on offer......It is Magnolia Fishing Edwin stamp.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Another Birthday Card

Just a quick post here today. Busy, busy in this household! I just wanted to post a card I made for one of the forum members, using a stamped image donated in the monthly swap, by someone else off the same forum.
Confused yet?

I carefully made a note of the name of the stamp, because I absolutely love it, and promptly lost it!! If anyone knows what it is called, I'd love you to tell me.

I turned the image into an easel card, used pale mint green paper as a background, and pale pink as a contrast and also some silver mirri. The diamantes are also pale green. The greeting was printed in pink from the computer, and then die cut out using my nestabilities. I then added a silk flower, topped with 2 stamped daisy centres in toning card all held together with a pearl brad

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Long time, no type!

It's been ages since I've been on here. There has been so much going on at home...health issues (both feline & human)...job interviews.....family probs etc, etc. April has been a really mixed month, slipping from highs to lows and back again without stopping, thank goodness May has arrived!
I have managed to make a few cards during this period, most of which I hope to upload over the next few days.

So...............to the cards! I've had several birthday cards to make over the last couple of weeks, most of them for friends of my daughter. So many of them seem to have been born at the end of April/beginning of May.

Anyway, the first one I made was for someone who loves fairies, and I got an image off the internet for this one.

I used my new nestabilities for the label, the rest of the card is done with layering and matting techniques. The background paper was some I got from Mad About Cards, last year sometime.

They are actually 12"x12" embossed papers with a Rose design, and in a lovely range of colours too.

I layered with silver mirri card, added thin Royal blue, medium width white ribbon and some wide satin edged chiffon ribbon around the centre. Then I added the image layered onto silver mirri and some pale blue gems as "bling".

I got some stamps through from Little Claire (as I do every month now), and had a bit of fun making a card with the instructions they send with it.

Along with the stamps they supply the card, papers, sentiment, and instructions for the card, and also some other design suggestions. I followed these exactly, apart from adding some plastic 'googly eyes' to the larger owls. They're cute little images, and I enjoyed using them
Finally, I have to show a card made for a little boy in the USA, who absolutely adores bugs, beetles, butterflys and anything creepy/crawly. Apparently he tells his Daddy off if he accidentally steps on an ant in the garden!!

The image is from the Daisy & Dandelion Range, and was stamped with Memento Black ink and coloured with Promarkers. The shapes were cut from my one and only nestability set, and was done on white card layered onto blue mirri card. The name was printed on the computer and the shape cut around it, and the age was made using a silver peel off. Some of the bugs are Papermania 3d stickers and some are stamped, coloured and set into Pinflair Glue gel. The flower stamp is from Little Claire and is three identical stamps cut and layered onto each other to make a corner frame and stuck on using foam dots. I hope he likes it!
Thanks to Andria for leaving a comment on my last post...........and you are absolutely right........I already feel the need for more nestabilities ( at least 3 of them ). I am awaiting some payments for cards now, and as soon as I receive them , guess where it's going to be spent.