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?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A LOTV Blog Hop

I've not posted for a few days again, my life seems to get more and more hectic, despite my plans to de-stress my days. Ah well, at least I got a few cards made. I'll get back to those further down the page, but first off is the LOTV blog hop for some fantastic candy.

You need to go to the challenge blog where the rules will all be explained MUCH more clearly than I can do it here. It's well worth going to tho', I promise!!
Here's my entry. I found a blog the other day suggesting colouring images and making sepia cards, so I found a stamp I really haven't enjoyed colouring and tried it out!..................I love it now.
I finished it last night and although it's quite plain, when I found the challenge this morning, it seemed as though I had made it at just the right time.

I used a really yellowy cream card stock to print the image on, and although it wasn't very good quality card, it took the effect much better than I had thought it might.
Obviously I used nestabilities to cut out the image, then pearlised cardstock through the cuttlebug and background paper was from Papermania, 'the big one' 12" x12" pad "Temptations". The parcel ties and the stars on her shopping bag were highlighted with a Sakura stardust pen, and a thin matt gold coloured ribbon taken down the join of the two papers.
The image was coloured with promarkers, and I used blush, sandstone, cinnamon and cocoa. I would have preferred to stamp the image in a brown, but I don't own one.

This blog has taken a long time to get to this point. Blogger seems to have some issues this morning, or else my computer has some with blogger, but using the new posting settings it refuses to upload any pictures, so I've had to go back to the old system, which seems to have different settings font features.........or else its just me being daft as usual!

I've made a few more simple cards for the table sale  I'm doing next week, so to cut a long story short, (and get them on view before blogger goes completly doolally), I'll just upload without any more chat!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A Classic Christmas

Wild Orchid Crafts have a new challenge this week, "A Classic Christmas". Which means using the colours, red gold and green in the card somewhere. You can find details of the challenge and the Candy on offer right here. I'm usually pretty awful at challenges, but occassionally one will grab my imagination and I have a go.This was such a one, and I spent all day yesterday fiddling with it. 

I had some really old cardstock in my stash from when I first started card making in 2007. It is embossed with trailing leaves and I had it in a dark red and a gold.

 I cut a shape out of the gold with nestabilities and backed it with the matching red card, then mounted it onto green card to give a border. Then I set it on pads and attached onto a gold backing paper I had covered my cardstock in.
I then cut my image out and stuck it onto two scalloped circles, both cut the same size, in gold & green, rotating them slightly so both colours showed.

I glittered some snowflakes, and roses in gold, and cut a swirl in green also. Found a piece of red ribbon hiding at the bottom of the box which had a gold edging and attached that too, along with a red glass brad. I added some Ivy leaves from Wild Orchid, but have to admit the roses are from MAC, as they were the only red ones I had.............(nb need to buy some from Wild Orchid asap)

The main image is from Whiff of Joy, and I think is just about my favourite of all time from them! I coloured it with Promarkers, glittered the bauble with a quickie glue pen and fine glitter, and dotted some platinum liquid pearls for the mistletoe berries.

I really enjoyed making that card!!