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?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Finally..........managed to log in!

Well, Blogger wouldn't let me in, cos Google didn't recognise my password. How crazy is that?? Anyway, after sending off all my details to Google, they sent me an email back saying they couldn't authorise my account, as they couldn't be sure it was me! Aaarrgh!
Frustration wasn't the word!! After playing around for a long, long time, I managed to reset everything back to where it was in the first place, and get Google to recognise me, and here I am!

I've got a new card to show you, that I've made for my friend in Holland, ( I've no idea where the last year has gone), I just hope he likes it.
I've used orange as the colour scheme (obviously), and as he's assured me many times that men like flowers too, I hope the subject brings a smile to his face.

I used some heavy 12" x 12" embossed papers from Create & Craft, I've had them for AGES but I couldn't bear to cut into them!! But I've done it now, so hopefully I'll be able to use them a little more often now.

The Rose image has been hand stamped onto card from LOTV. (its amazingly good !!) I then painted the Rose in Twinkling H2O's, (roses in Orange Peel, and leaves in Forest Green). Since the advent of promarkers into my life, I don't watercolour as often as I should. Silly really because I find it easier to shade with paint.
The roses were left to dry throughly, and then I stamped them all over with a versamark pad and clear heat embossed them.........twice. The plain orange card has been stamped with the happy birthday sentiment, and also with a swirl stamp in versamark, then heat embossed in "Glacier White". The lace edges are done with a Martha Stewart Punch.

The insert has been stamped and heat embossed, in orange, using a do-crafts corner stamp.

Finally, I added a small premade bow from the Papermania Capsule collection to the front, and fastened the cross over card, with a clip and brad.
I hope you like it, and after the hubub of Christmas, I'm hoping to get back into the routine of making cards on a regular basis again.
There is an event being held at the local college in March, for International Womens Day. It is the centenary of the event so the theme for this year is "Then & Now".

Blackbutterfly Handcrafted Cards will be there with a table full of cards which will hopefully take someone's fancy!!
This is one of only two times a year when I sell direct to the public, the rest of the time I stick strictly to my website, or occasionally, on E-bay. The costs of buying tables to sell at such events, often outweighs the amount I manage to sell, but this particular event is such fun to attend, I hope anyone local to Southend will try to get there. It's in South East Essex College Atrium, between 11am and 3 pm on 5th March. Come and say "hello" if you see me there!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Stamp Out Thieves Campaign

As some of you may have seen from Facebook, Mo Manning has been fighting to stamp out theft of her stamped images in the last week. (There is a full article written by Mo if you click the stamp out image in the right side bar)

Also some more info from here . As you can see it would really help all the artists if you could join in with this campaign.

On a happier note, (or not!), I have been unable to load images from my computer to my blog since Christmas. It would only give me the option to upload from Google online storage. I save my images on my computer and on Disk so have been completely flummoxed.................until I remembered that I was using the new version of blogger. Tried going back to the old version and HEY PRESTO!!!...........I can now upload my pictures. The only thing I have to do now of course is make some cards!!