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?

Saturday, July 03, 2010

A MONTH?????????????????

I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged!......Where has the time gone? I think the main problem is not having enough hours in the day, and sharing my computer with a teenager who's internet link has gone walkabout!I have to fight to use my own 'compi' these days.
I have made some cards tho, honest! I did a couple as "thank you" cards for teachers, as it's coming up to the end of the school year.
I used my new Martha Stewart punch on both of them, (hmmmm................I need many more of these, I'm thinking!)
For the first card I used the Hoot the Owl 'Who Passed' stamp from Joanna Sheen, and cut out and set the image onto pads on a base of green bazzil card from Little Claire.
 For the second one I used a stamp from Sugar Nellie , called 'Demure'..........at least I think it was Sugar Nellie, If I'm wrong please let me know!

I also made my first La Pashe "flippin' women" card for a friends birthday. I hope she liked it as I haven't spoken to her since I sent it.

I set the image onto acetate after cutting out a section on the card.

Down the right side and the bottom, I set to with my tweezers, tacky glue, lilac seed beads, tiny pink pearls and some larger beads to make a swirly design.
I also added some cream pearls to some of the bubbles in the bath.
The sentiment I stuck onto some card, cut around it and then added a border of the same lilac seed beads,  then I attached it at an angle on 2mm foam pads. I then added a hot pink ribbon bow. Onto the knot I stuck two pearl hearts - one with a lilac heart gem set in the centre, the other with a lilac heart sequin backing it. Both were stuck on with pinflair glue gel. Then I added another of the beads. 
The Flippin women/men decoupages are fun, but I don't feel its my own work. Adding the beads, although time consuming, did give me more of a sense of satisfaction with the finished result.

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