Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Black is the New Black

Hello Everyone!

I don't usually use black on my cards, but I had such a good response to the black and beige Christmas card I made, and it was the first card I sold on Etsy, so I thought I would use the combination again. This card could be used for a wedding or anniversary or for that romantic holiday coming up in February.

Featuring the following papers from Pion Design:

To My Valentine - Valentine's Roses PD6806
To My Valentine - Forever Yours PD6809
To My Valentine - Tags PD6812

The roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the filigree hearts are Scrapiniec, the heart die is from a local store, and everything else is from my delicious birthday stash of goodies from Mom!

Inspired by Ewa Mrozowska

Continuing with some lovely wintery shots today, although we actually had a big melt this week and lost most of the snow. Hopefully it will get cold again and refresh the world with a whole new blanket of white!

"Well that's odd, the rain is all white and fluffy!" 
~Mr Starling~

How much do I love a Cardinal in any season! 
So gorgeous with all his red and his 'give-it-up-lady' head turn! Lol

The Nuthatches seem to be far and few between this winter, must be the cold temps.

My New Year's resolution is to take more photos of the squirrels that visit every day. I sometimes take for granted those sweet faces because I see them so often, but I don't ever want to overlook one of these precious animals again, they are all my darling friends! 

This is how Baby Charlie is looking nowadays, so cute!!

"I don't think this what my tail was meant for! I'm not an umbrella!" 

In keeping with my New Year's resolution, I realized I've never posted a photo of Bernie. You all know Busty Bertha, well this is her brother. What a handsome little dude!

OK, so you already know my best bud Crazy Karen, but it's still worth mentioning what a complete dollface she is with her winter coat on, plus, I will never tire of posting her photos!!

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.


  1. Gorgeous card and photos, always good to see your little feathered and furry friends. Have a fun day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Happy New Year Pamellia and once again I am in awe of your design talents and attention to detail, this is a stunning creation I love how you have used black it always seems to take a card to another level in my eyes, this is so ornate and full of beauty I love it
    lorraine x

  3. The black looks stunning against the white and neutrals Pamellia. Absolutely fabulous card, as always with all those wonderful layers. I am a bit late in sending you best wishes for 2018 - I hope it will be a healthy, happy, fulfilling and continuingly creative for you x

  4. I absolutey adore this combination and your card is stunning!

  5. Gorgeous! I love all the lace and black & white always looks so classy! Wonderful die cut too. And, as always, fantastic photos! The one of the starling is especially awesome.

  6. You just keep these cute photos coming and I too would never tire of those darling squirrels x Love th colour combination on your amazing card x

  7. Your snowy wilderness shots are lovely, especially with Baby Charlie hamming it up for the camera LOL Happy New Year, Pamellia! Isn't it amazing how certain color schemes look amazing together - this one looks classic, contemporary, romantic, sophisticated, and vintage all in one - not to mention downright beautiful! LOL I especially love the use of tulle over the entire panel like that - it's a lovely way of using textures to bring out the flavor/feel you wanted to convey. Gorgeous! xx

  8. Fabulous card, Pamellia! Very elegant with the black accents. I love your winter photos so much--the animals are precious!

  9. Fabulous black and white card Pamellia! It's very elegant, romantic and classy!! Those laces and filigree hearts really look gorgeous! Any layer is just perfect with the others! A stunning card! So glad you have sell the other one!! :)
    So glad to know Bernie! :) And so happy to see Crazy Karen with all her fur!! Yay!! So sweet both, as well all the other squirrels in your photos!
    Lovely birdies, too, and hope that all the Nuthatches will come on your patio reclaiming their food :)
    Here it's cold, but no one snowflake, only rain :)

  10. Stunning card hun, love the black is the new black, so made me laugh, we're still waiting for snow!!! no surprise there, lol hugs Liz xx

  11. Black is the new black, and you use it perfectly!! This is stunning, Pamellia!! I love the hearts tucked beneath the drool-worthy layers!! The laces are so gorgeous!! This is so elegant and romantic and spectacular!! Love, love it!!

    What a beautiful shot of the lake surrounded by white!! The birdies are all so beautiful!! Baby Charlie is too cute!! That little tongue!! And how adorable is Bernie's umbrella tail :) And I love seeing the sweet face of Crazy Karen!! I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2018!! We are in the 50's today and tomorrow!! Yay!! All the snow melted!! But...a storm is on the way, so I can't get too excited. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. Yep, this beauty will make a perfect Valentine. I love Bernie!! xx

  13. Absolutely gorgeous love the black lace aganst all the beautiful white lace and flowers-we have only had a slight dusting of snow lasting hours and now just rain and more rain
    Carol x

  14. its stunning!
    and your photos are so nice!

  15. Stunning card Pamellia, love the colour combination used, it looks gorgeous with your beautiful decorated layers.
    Aww fabulous photos.
    Hugs Pam x

  16. Beautiful card love black and ivory combo with all those gorgeous layers. Fabulous photos of your furry friends they always make me smile. Happy New Year Pamellia.

  17. Hi Pamellia,
    such a very stunning card and your design as usual is ace.
    Love all the gorgeous elemtns and the tule is so pretty.
    Beautiful lace and flowers too.
    As always your phtos of your feathered and furry friends are excellently phtographed.
    Just wish we had the Cardinals in the Uk their colours are so beautiful and vibrant.
    My DH set up avideo camera in the garden so I can watch the brids feeding on my tablet.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  18. Its a stunning card and the black gives it a dramatic look.
    Great photos of the birds and the squirrels today.
    Yvonne xx

  19. Absolutely stunning card Pamellia, beautifully desined and I love the black,beautiful lace and organza ,and that Cardinal bird is awesome, Kate x

  20. I think the black adds real drama to the card Pamellia, it’s such a stunner! Ha ha you crack me up with the names you have for all your lovely animal friends ;)
    Donna xx

  21. I love the black on your card Pamellia .. absolutely stunning! Funnily enough, I have used black on a couple of cards I made recently too. Haven't posted them yet and they are nowhere near as gorgeous as yours but I do like the touch of black. Really loving the delicate layers of lace and the design, as always, is perfection!!
    Much as I love your cards, I also really love your little friends. The birds are so pretty and your little squirrels look wonderful in their winter coats. I alsways get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside when I visit here. Love it!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

  22. WOW! This is stunning!!! Love the color combo and gorgeous rich layers!
    Congratulations on your Etsy sale!!! How exciting!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  23. Faboulas Pamellia
    It just gives that little magic feeling great for wedding and all other occasions.
    Great pics.
    Have a good weekend
    Jules xx

  24. Love this colour combo Pamellia, the touches of black look wonderful and really make the details of that beautiful lace stand out. Another wonderful card, so many lovely details and very romantic.
    Stunning photos, a wonderful snowy scene that would be great on a Christmas card as would that stunning cardinal.

  25. WOW! the colours are so very elegant and so very beautiful, the details you add to your card make them so very special Pamellia and will be very treasured by whoever receives them. Your little furry friends are shown off beautifully in your wonderful photography, As I have said before your patience is immeasurable.

  26. No matter what color you use all your creations are Beautiful Pamellia, but I do Love this touch of black, makes it so elegant with all the other fabulous elements! Oh it does look cold and all the sweet critters are beautiful :)

  27. oh how your critter photos make me smile- yes, please post more! Well we still have plenty of snow that you are more than welcome to! heehee And we also have a huge abundance of Nuthatches, so I think we have yours! heehee I love the little chirpies sound they make sort of like a muffled machine gun!
    Beautiful card and a lovely post as always Pamellia!
    Jackie xo

  28. Your card as ever is absolutely stunning, love that filigree heart you've nestled in there. It's been chilly here but no snow, Willow's water has been frozen in the morning, buts she's enjoying her snugglesafe to warm her paws on. Love the wildlife photos, cardinals never fail to impress me with such vibrant colour. Wonderful yo see my fave squirrels again, I bet they appreciate your hospitality even more in this weather x

    1. I was really excited about this Snugglesafe product you suggested. I have found a couple of them on Amazon that I intend to order for the next round of squirrel babies. I can place them inside the nests under the stuffing and really keep the little ones warm during the coldest parts of winter!

  29. Happy New Year Pamellia and another stunner card and I am loving the black detail..lovely to see your gorgeous Squirrel friends and lucky to have snow..I'm in the middle of Summer and so over

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  30. Oh wow Pamellia, you really should use black more often, it makes this card look so elegant and is such a lovely contrast. Stunning!!

    Bernie is just adorable, and the cardinal is gorgeous with his winter plumage! Love your photos today! Big hugs, Anne xxx

  31. The black lace really does look good and I adore those beautiful hearts, they are ' just darling' (I heard that somewhere and have been waiting for the right time to say it).

    Bernie is super cute and totally photogenic in the snow and Crazy Karen looks so chubby in her winter coat.

    Dionne xx

  32. Absolutely stunning and elegant! It is not a colour combo that I would naturally choose, but you have made it look amazing!! Your wildlife photos always make my heart sing, the expressions on their faces are just amazing!! Have a wonderful weekend! xxxxx

  33. The same words everyone else used came to mind when I opened this post--stunning and elegant! You should 'do' black more often! It really becomes you! Ha! Ha! And your gorgeous layers! I adore that delicate heart chippie and all of the hearts, in fact! Gorgeous layers on this card!

    Always enjoy those squirrel and bird shots! The squirrels are exceptionally cute in the snow! I hope you got a new layer of clean snow out of this last storm! We are frightfully cold, but dry. I was getting pretty sick of the slip and slide out front, so happy it's all gone (for now). Hugs!

  34. Wow! Yes it a brilliant colour combination but as ever your lovely layers make the most of everything you use!! Your photos are BRILLIANT - I do so love the Cardinal's head turn!!! Hugs, Chrisx

  35. Hi Pamellia
    I think a touch of black can help bring other colours out and make white look more white if that makes sense lol?
    Beautiful card and wonderful sharp shots of the wildlife.
    Ang x