Pals Melody of Card Ideas in Red & Black

so glad you are enjoying the variety of handmade cards I receive
through swaps and as acts of kindness from my downline and friendly,
virtual community, the Stampin’ Pretty Pals.  I have more to share for you today, all with an elegant red and black theme.

card above, created by Ellen Smallwood, actually folds flat for mailing
and then is propped up as an easel display.  So clever.  She got the
idea for the piano card (brilliant use of the Stampin’ Up! Word Window
Punch) from Janet Yates.  Ellen added the “twisted double easel” idea and the pretty rose.

and pretty.  Joyce Page used the one of the Stampin’ Up! Delicate
Designs Embossing Folders for the stunning texture.  Check out the
interior below.

Robinson sent me what she referred to as “a little Iowa humor.”   You
gotta love this Button Buddies pig . . . especially with the button nose
and tiny pearl eyes.

The interior message is “You’re My Snort-a Person.”  Hilarious 🙂

The Stampin’ Up! Petite Pennants Builder Punch and coordinating Pennant Parade stamp set help this clean and simple card by Susan Lankford go together in a snap.  Layering Whisper White over Whisper White is so classy.

card was created by Susan Bohlen.  She used a single stamp from
Stampin’ Up! Lacy & Lovely for a crisp background.  Note how she
layered the sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch.

sweet card tucks flowers (flowers look so sophisticated in black)
behind the strong shapes created by the Lattice Bigz Die.  Pal Patti MacLeith designed this charming and innovative layout.

Linda Foster kept this design chic and textured.  The touch of ribbon (yes, she dyed it black) and row of pearls are luscious touches.

Here’s another stunning design by Joyce Page.  It’s bold and uber classy in black and, well, “fabulous!”


I had
to angle this card by Pal Kathy Cerny so that you could get the full
effect of the yummy sparkle!  It’s a beautiful example of Stampin’ Up!
Pleasant Poppies stamp set and Kathy’s ability to mix elements.

Purchase the Stampin’ Up! $99 Starter Kit by Sept. 16 and get the
Halloween Printer’s Tray Project Kit and Toxic Treats stamp set FREE.  The tray is NOW shipping with starter kits.   Learn more.

Simply said by Amy:  I love being a Pal!

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  1. I love every one of the beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Kim . . . if you email me ([email protected]), I’ll forward you to Ellen. She will be happy to help but does not have a blog. Hugs, Mary

  3. Carol Carriveau

    These are all fabulous cards…TFS!

  4. These are wonderful cards Mary. thank you for sharing them with us! I love the pig!especially, my snort of person, LOL!

  5. Judy McMullen

    Gorgeous cards! TFS!!

  6. VERY NICE! SIMPLE and elegant is most attractive.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Sonia Bluteau, Quebec city

    Thanks for these ideas ! You are the best Mary !

  8. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

  9. ces cartes sont magnifiques !!!!!!!!!

  10. These cards are fantastic. Simple and elegant. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love red – these cards are gorgeous! And about that piano……………….wowza!

  12. Great job !! Every one !! Love black and red together !!!

  13. Everyone a stunning beauty! Thanks, Pals, for providing sources of inspiration and, thanks, Mary, for sharing them!!!!!

  14. Beautiful cards! Does Ellen Smallwood have a blog? Would she be willing to share how she did the twisted double easel idea? Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

  15. Beautiful cards, Mary. Lots of inspiration from all your Pals. Thanks for sharing them.

  16. Lucky You Mary for receiving such amazing and beautiful cards. Many THANKS for sharing!

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