10 Beautiful Handmade Cards

IMG_0774-001I treasure receiving beautiful handmade cards.  However, why should I keep them to myself!  Here are 10 handmade cards created by friends to inspire you to use paper, stamps and ink this weekend (and beyond).  Don’t forget that my Black Friday Blog Candy Giveaway is still open and the “candy” is a heaping helping of Stampin’ Up! products.  Click HERE to learn more!





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  1. Beautiful cards! TFS!

  2. Cheryl McAskill

    These are great cards! I do also share all I receive with all my friends too! Especially the hand stamped cards!

  3. Simply GORGEOUS cards….by some very talented papercrafters. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Barb in Ontario

    What a talented bunch of stampers!! I love!! You are so fortunate to receive the cards!

  5. Bridget Trefethen

    These cards are beautiful!

    Does Ellen Smallwood have a blog? I would love instructions for both of her cards! I think I basically understand the stand-up card with the poinsettia, but I would love to know how to make the card with the pocket for a gift card! I have a ton of gift cards to send!

    I hope you had a fun birthday!

  6. Wow! They are absolutely Beautiful!

  7. Libby Headley

    Such a variety of different styles. Lots of inspiration here.

  8. Hi Mary, Thankyou for share all the great ideas:)

  9. These cards are stunning! Thank you for sharing 😉

  10. By the way, I love your December banner to your blog!

  11. Beautiful! thanks for sharing

  12. Jean Lubicich

    I too would like directions for Ellen Smallwood’s red and white cards. I think it would be the perfect replacement for all those cheap photo cards. This card allows you to put a photo in the pocket.

  13. Amy Passwater

    I shopped on Black Friday both online and in line!

  14. Hi Mary: Thank you for showing my card today, it’s always an honor to be in such amazing company!! All of this cards are lovely and I too would love the directions on how to make that fabulous gift card holder card.
    Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend.

  15. Happy Belated Birthday. The crafty Kadie Girl told us it was your BDay yesterday. Hope it was a good one!

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  16. hope mitchell

    I, too, would love instructions for Ms. Smallwoods’s cards. All are lovely…I can figure out most of them. Thank you for sharing ideas and talen.

  17. Princess Judy

    That’s so nice that you share as we get additional inspiration. I’m liking how folks are doing that poinsettia in blue. The pilgrim card is brilliant!

  18. Hello are there any tutorials to be found for Ellen Smallwoods different fold card with the blue and the poinsettia on it

  19. Happy Belated Birthday, Mary!!

    I plan to skip the shopping all together this weekend, except to go to the tree farm to reserve a Christmas tree. I shopped early because now I can’t see my feet!!! (I’m due in a few weeks!). 🙂

    Best wishes to you! Thanks for the card ideas!!


  20. Marie-Lison Coulombe

    Your cards are beautiful you really are to me a source of inspiration. I have something to ask you. For the card number 3 is that it would be possible that you can me tell me the name of this card or if you want I can have the tutorial of this card via my email is [email protected] it would be greatly appreciated.

    And continue to show us the treasures of cards.


  21. Carol Carriveau

    Each and all of these are fabulous…thanks for sharing these beauties with us, Mary!

  22. Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing these wonderful cards and all the techniques – they are inspiring. Working on my Christmas cards now – could use some of that inspiration!!!

  23. The cards are all beautiful,
    thank you for sharing with us.
    I tried looking for Ellen
    Smallwood’s Christmas cards.
    I was unable to find the instructions.
    I would love to have the
    instructions for both her
    cards. Is there anything you can do?
    Any help would be most appreciated.
    I love receiving your cards.
    Calm and Carry On…

  24. Dear Mary Happy Belated Birthday to a very talented lady. I feel like I am talking to a personal good friend. You are such an inspiration to al of us. I love all of the cards. I can not tell which one I like the most. I also would like the directions to Ellen Smallwood both of her cards. I hope you birthday was wonderful just like you are. Thank you so very much for allof your wonderful inspiration. Hugs, Ellen Hinds

  25. Elizabeth Mims

    Beautiful. I would love to see a video on how Ellen Smallwood made her card using the Joyful Christmas set.

  26. Hope your Birthday was as delightful as you are. You are such a sweet and generous person and inspire us daily …THANK YOU! judi

  27. Candy Robinson

    How delightful, grateful, kind of you to share the artistry of others on your website. I love them, each is so inspirational! No wonder you landed @ the top of the heap @ Stampin Up! 🙂 Bless you!

  28. Mary, beautiful, thank you for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful and safe Christmas Season.

  29. Would love directions for Ellen Smallwood’s poinsettia card – just beautiful all! Does Ellen have a blog or website anywhere? Sure couldn’t find anything!

  30. Ellen doesnt have a blog. However, I sent her an email and have asked if she would leave a comment for you or can email me the information to post 🙂

    Hugs, M

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  31. I would like to try Ellen Smallwood’s beautiful card, would you happen to have the directions, please

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