Thursday, April 19, 2018

Throw Back-Play day

Hi and welcome!  Today I'm sharing some 'throw back Thursday' projects that are perfectly named in so many ways!  I am finally caught up on birthday and anniversary cards, so I had some time to just play around in my studio.  I have a tiered basket that holds unfinished projects and various odds & ends.  The idea is that if I see these things all the time, I will be encouraged to use them.  I wish I could say this was a perfect idea, but more often than not, I'm busy making something specific and don't have time to 'treasure hunt' in the baskets.  Today however, I spied two unfinished art journal pages that were begging to be completed.  I started my art journal years ago as a way to experiment with new techniques and it has also become a great place to collect quotes and words of wisdom.  This is the first 'throwback'. Next, I found a baggie of molded clay pieces that I made a very long time ago and had saved for a rainy day-'throwback' number two!  Finally, I pulled out some well loved, but recently uninked stamp sets making the third part of my 'throwback'.

I decided if this was going to be a play day, I was going to get a little messy and inky.  I colored the clay pieces with markers (and ended up with as much ink on my fingers as on the clay pieces), and pulled out an old plastic stamp case. A quick hunt through my reinkers and I was ready to go.  I actually used copy paper instead of watercolor paper this time since the page was already going to be quite lumpy from the clay parts.  It was a little tricky getting the paper out of the ink and took a very long time to dry, but the end result was quite pretty.  A little stamping, doodling, and gluing and I was done!  

This would have been a perfect creative session if my eldest DD (home from college) hadn't interrupted me to ask if I could help her file her taxes... Nothing like waiting til the last minute!  Luckily, it was fairly quick and painless to do hers, but the next time I decide to have a play day, I'm going to lock the door!

I hope I've inspired you to dig through your stash and use some of those forgotten items!  If you're like me, you could do this every day for a year and still have plenty of things left over!  Thank you so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Project Recipe: Stamp Sets-Faith in Nature, Gorgeous Grunge, Ink-blushing bride, Baja breeze, crumb cake, garden green, real red, summer sun, early espresso, black fine tip Sharpie, Paper-always artichoke, Accessories- molded clay pieces, Martha Stewart leaf punch

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Blessed by God with People Like You!

Hello!  I am finally back with another post.  It is finally feeling like spring in Southern Indiana and I for one am so glad!  I enjoy the first snowfall, but after that, I'm ready for warmer weather and flowers!

Today I am sharing two cards I made for two special young ladies who are making their Confirmation.  One is my DD and the other is a good friend of hers who asked me to be her sponsor.  Before they are confirmed, they have a special meeting and prayer service and at the end, each confirmand receives encouraging cards and letters from loved ones.  I decided to make cards for both girls and left the inside unstamped so there would be plenty of room for writing.

This is my DD's card...

and the card for her friend.

I dusted off some very old DSP for these cards!  The sweet polka dots came from Cheerful Treat, a paper pack that has been in my supplies for a veeeeerrrrrry long time.  Both of these are pretty basic cards since the images were so pretty on their own.  I did do a bit of coloring on the stamp for the first card to get the pink flower and green stems, but other than that, pretty easy!  My bow was made using a bow maker I bought from another SU demonstrator many years ago.  I'm not sure she's a demo anymore either...but I digress!

I hope you enjoyed my cards for today and thanks so much for stopping by!

Card Recipes: Paper-Cheerful Treat DSP (ret), whisper white, melon mambo, Stamp Sets-People Like You, Blessed by God, Ink-melon mambo, old olive, elegant eggplant, Accessories-white taffeta ribbon

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cleaning out the cobwebs...

Hello! I am so excited to share that I've actually had time to play with a new to me technique recently!  I am sure there are a ton of people who use this or a similar technique to create some fun and beautifully original backgrounds, but this was a first for me and it was so much fun! I was inspired by Debbie at Debbie's Designs.  She has a wonderful video tutorial that made this technique super easy to understand.  I changed up the design of the card (doesn't really look like hers, but I completely, shamelessly borrowed the background idea!!) so I could knock the dust off of a couple of my favorite flower stamps.

My technique was a little different because I mixed the inks on  a monoprinting plate I got for a song at our LSS.  I'm sure there are many other things you could find to drop and blend the inks on as well.  I have to admit, it felt great to swipe the cobwebs out of the corners of my creative brain and try something new.

The pictures on my computer don't do the gentle blending of the colors justice, so you'll just have to take my word that these are so pretty in real life!  These will be going to some special couples for their anniversaries, but they could also make wonderful Valentines as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope Debbie and I inspired you to try something new this week!

Card Recipe: Paper-very vanilla, basic black, watercolor, Stamp Sets-Regarding Dahlias, Blended Bloom, Ink-melon mambo, blushing bride, tuxedo black(memento), Accessories-Xyron create-a-sticker, Expresssions thinlits, Stampendous monoprinting plate, stampin' spritzer

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Dino-mite Birthday Card

I have another Throwback Thursday post for today.  Usually the paper or accessories are the 'old stash', but this time it's my sentiment stamp.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from a company called A Country Welcome (no longer in business). They were one of the first stamp manufacturers that I consistently ordered from.  I loved their homey designs and they always included a little surprise in every order.  I still have this tiny grass stamp that came with my first order and use it for the occasional background and fill in stamp.  

The pattern paper is actually new to my supplies since I needed something fun for a little guy's birthday.  I made extras and they are available for purchase. Just click on the Items Available For Purchase tab if you're interested.

This was another quick and easy card. I stamped the sentiment, colored in the letters with coordinating markers, mounted the layers and TAADAA!

I was hoping to have some Easter cards made to share on my blog, but that didn't happen this week, so instead, I will wish all of you a very happy Easter with some cute lil' dinosaurs instead!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Card Recipe:  Stamp-Happy Birthday (A Country Welcome), Ink-memento tuxedo black, cajun craze, night of navy, pear pizzazz, so saffron, wisteria wonder, Paper-pear pizzazz, whisper white, so saffron, Dinosaurs (Paper Studio)

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hello Hydrangeas! and We have winners!

I have somehow managed to lose a week of my life if you happen to see a last week with my name on it, please let me know! ;)

I am a few days late posting the winners of my Blogiversary give away, and since I had three lovely ladies comment on that post, I am sending out three care packages!  I already have Heather's address, but if Lynn and Margy can email me, I'll get those in the mail this week!  Thanks so much for you wonderful comments too, ladies!

I've been trying to spend some time reacquainting myself with some of my all time favorite stamps and giving them a little inky love once again.  If I had to make a list of my favorites, Because I Care would be in the top 5.  It is such a beautifully detailed stamp and since I love live hydrangea blooms, it only makes sense that this is a well loved stamp.  This was also a great time to pull out some older DSP and a huge bag of whisper white scraps!  I would love to say that my supply of both are much smaller now, but we all know that would be a lie... Scraps tend to multiply like rabbits when I'm not watching!

I inked the stamp with markers to have the two colors in one stamping, matted it a few times, and attached it to a lattice embossed base.  A quick stamping of the sentiment on a strip of whisper white and a simple punch, and my cards were complete.

As much as I hate to part with any of my stamps, I really need to do some purging, and there are quite a few that I haven't used in ages and likely won't miss if they aren't here taking up space.  Of course,  Because I Care is in no danger of being in that category any time soon! Wish me luck in my cleaning/downsizing!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Card Recipe: Stamp Sets-Because I Care, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Ink-wild wasabi, marina mist, perfect plum, pretty in pink, Paper-whisper white, pretty in pink, marina mist, perfect plum, Patterns Love DSP, Paisley Petals DSP, Subtles Patterns Stack, Accessories-classic label punch, square lattice folder

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Pretty little mermaids

Hello! I woke up early this morning, enjoyed my coffee in the company of Shadow and Nester, and thought I really need to be productive today... We have, once again, started remodeling/renovating projects on our house and while DH is outside busy digging holes for the handrail posts to finish our smaller set of steps, I need to be sorting through boxes in the garage. You see how well I motivated myself to do that job... ha!  Actually, I wanted to quickly post a sweet birthday card I made earlier for one of my great-nieces.  I thought the cute mermaids would make a nice card and added a bit of bling because um... it's a little girl's mermaid birthday card... and shouldn't mermaids want sparkly things too?!

This was a very easy card to put together. The most difficult part was placing the teeny tiny rhinestones on three of the mermaids ponytails.  The banner was already created from an older SU card kit that I vaguely remember buying long ago.

Well, that garage is not going to empty itself. I know, I tried waiting to see if maybe by chance we bought an enchanted house that would such luck...  So I am off to dig through some boxes and totes and see what forgotten treasures I can find.  Wish me luck!

I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Card Recipe: Paper-Mermaids (The Paper Studio), Wisteria Wonder, Stamp Set-Teeny Tiny Wishes, Ink-rich razzleberry, Accessories-banner and rhinestones from old SU kit

Friday, March 2, 2018


Hello and welcome!  I decided to take a break from card making to create something for our fireplace mantle this month.  I have been having so much fun decorating it for the different seasons and holidays.  DH argues that it's the only reason I wanted one.  I'm not saying he's wrong... I did specify that the mantle had to be wide enough to put 'stuff' on it!

I found some cardboard papier-mache shamrocks at JoAnn's about a month ago and since they were 30% off, I bought them. Great reason, right?!  Anyway... A little Kelly Green acrylic paint, some distressing with crumb cake ink, and a couple of green plaid ribbons later, I had some fun St. Patrick's Day decor!  I also bought a banner last year that needs a little something extra before it is added to the decor, but I'll save that project for another day.

I hope you are having a wonderful time creating and don't forget about my blog candy give away.  There's still time to enter and you can share your blog link for some added fun!  Go here to sign up and read the details.  Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Happy birthday, Old Soul...

Hello! I am so glad you stopped by!  I have something a bit special to share with you today!  February is one of those months that has a ton of family birthdays in it.  I managed to have most of the cards completed over the holidays, but saved one for later.  I always seem to put off making my kids cards to the very last minute (maybe trying to slow the aging process?), and while this card was finished in time for her big day, it was a bit of a race to get it completed. This may not seem like a 'go to' choice for a college student, but then again DD#1 is no average girl!  I used FOUR stamp sets to create this card! That may be a new record for me!

The truck image is from Country Livin' and I had to add the sweet pup from Beautiful Ride to the back! 

The cat and flower pot are from Sitting Here and the sentiment is from Perfect Pairings.

I probably spent more time on this one card than I did on the other cards combined!  It was so much fun to incorporate everything DD loves on one card.  She is a bit of an old soul, enjoying everything vintage, and LOVES fat fender trucks.  Her love of them is slightly surpassed by her love of animals and gardening, so I think I've managed to get things covered with this one card!

Mushy Mom Moment:  As I was coloring this card, I spent a lot of time thinking about her and how our move had affected her.  She is a country girl to the core, and when our dreams of building in the country were dashed, she took it every bit as hard as her mother.  The move to our new home was exciting in the fact that she would have her own room and I would finally have my craft studio, but we were both sad that we would no longer have 2 acres to call home (even if it meant being crammed in a small mobile home...).  We held onto the fact that we could still spend time in the country and even camp out on the land when we wanted a break.  Unfortunately, the 'powers that be' changed those plans for us and we no longer had the chance to buy the land for ourselves.  We love our new home very much and it has been an adventure to work together to make this place ours, but there is still that yearning for wide open spaces in our hearts.  She recently announced that when she graduates, she is going to save her money and buy a small farm.  She's even invited me to come visit whenever I like to help tend to her chickens and baby goats!  I am so proud of her acceptance of the present and her dreams for the future.  I know that whatever direction she chooses to go, it will be with all of her heart and she will enjoy every moment of the journey.  What more can a parent want for her child...

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope I didn't bore you too much with my ramblings! Have a terrific rest of the week!

Card Recipe: Paper-whisper white, soft suede, kraft, Ink-memento tuxedo black, soft suede, assorted markers and colored pencils, Stamp Sets-Country Livin', Sitting Here, Beautiful Ride, Perfect Pairings, Accessories- Studio Calico wood veneer stars, ovals collection framelits, square lattice embossing folder, linen thread, lace tape (from stash)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy 7 year Blogiversary!!

Hello! Today is a very special day here at Black Shadow Creations! It is my 7 year Blogiversary and I can honestly say I am so excited to still be here!  Over the years, there has been an ebb and flow to my posting due to various reasons, but I still enjoy creating and sharing in Blogland.  I have made some wonderful Virtual friends and have gained so much information and knowledge over the years.  I've also noticed that paper craft blogging has lost some of it's popularity...

Why be a follower of a blog when you can simply search Pinterest for an idea? Not to mention there are so many new ways of communicating and sharing now... However, Facebook, Pinterest, and the other forums don't offer a genuine way to tell your story or a way to really get to know about the artist you admire.  My girls argue that no one has time to 'read' that much and this is why they love Snapchat and Instagram.  Personally, it makes me more than a little sad that we have become so busy that we don't 'have time' to actually connect with other people...  This is why I will continue to blog (as my real life schedule allows) and visit other's blogs.  There is something so comforting and human about not only seeing someone's creation, but learning about their inspiration and motivation.  It's like actually talking to your favorite artist.  Imagine how fabulous it would be to see a Monet painting and have his words telling you about the day he painted Water Lilies, or sharing in Van Gogh's sufferings as you looked at Wheat Field with Crows (believed to be his last painting).  It is in the spirit of these thoughts that I am offering some Blog Candy and the opportunity to share YOUR blog with others!

The candy is a surprise (partly because that's just fun, and mostly because I haven't finalized exactly what or how much I'll be giving!) and there will be more than one winner!  I'm not going to require 'following' because I only want you to do that if you really want to, but commenting is a necessity!  Sharing on your blog is perfectly ok, but also not a requirement.  When you leave a comment, please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) and I will be putting together a post with all of the links for others to enjoy.  On March 22 (one month away!), I will 'draw' a name (or more) and announce the winner(s)!  This blog candy is open to anyone since some of my favorite artists/bloggers aren't in the US! *I do have comment monitoring, but as long as you're not spamming or scamming you'll be accepted! Only one entry per person, please! Don't be greedy!!*

I'm going to end this post with a reinvention of my very first blog post creation!  You can see the original gift card holder here! This is an easy to make gift card holder using a paper towel tube, patterned paper, and some pretties!

Monday, February 19, 2018

3D Christmas Greetings!

Hi! I have a super quick post today using a decoupage kit to make Christmas cards.  I am so happy to see that storage box filling up with completed cards and I'm hoping they will be mostly completed by Thanksgiving this year! One can hope!!

I had mentioned a trip to my LSS during their big clearance sale and the goodies I had purchased.  One of those bargains was a Christmas A4 Decoupage Pack from docrafts Papermania.  This kit is called Pocket Full of Posies, and while it wasn't on the clearance tables, it was still a great deal.  I made four cards from the set and still have enough for 4 more!  Here is the complete set...

and closeups of each individual card...

The photo quality isn't the greatest since my camera didn't want to cooperate... but you get the idea!  While I like the 3D idea and the images are very pretty, I'm not completely sold on the whole kit thing.  I love being able to do my own thing and use whatever strikes my eye, but for quick, pretty cards the kits are perfect!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful week!