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?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My first challenge entry

Right............so I've 'bitten the bullet' as they say and made my first challenge card. This hasn't come easily to me 'cos of my lack of self confidence in my card making abilities, but the prize is just TOO good to miss!
The challenge is over at Wild Orchid  and the theme is "Say it with Flowers". This is the first challenge they've run, so we are starting together.........ha ha ha.
Anyhow, I've done my best and I can't do more than that can I?  The image is one I've had coloured for a while and never used. In fact it dates back to pre-promarkers, and was painted with a set of children's water colours.
 The leaves are die cuts from Little Claire, and the ribbon & bow were made from satin ribbon from a 'cheap' shop and were cream until I coloured them with the "soft green" promarker. Most of the flowers were from Wild Orchid themselves,plus  just an odd couple that came from my stash. The pink bazzil card was from Little Claire too, and punched using a Martha Stewart border punch. I'm posting two pictures here 'cos neither one is very good, but show slightly different views and lighting.
Anyway, here's to posting them, and wish me luck!


  1. Good luck with your 1st challenge! Your card is really pretty, I love what you've done with the border punches, and all those flowers are fab.

    Nicki, :0)

  2. This is gorgeous--beautifully arranged flowers and fabulous punched detail! Thank you for joining our first challenge at Wild Orchid Challenges!