Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pion Design - Botanical Birthday

Hello Everyone,

Today I have a just for fun card that I put together for the Pion Design Team. I thought I would add to my Birthday stack because you can never have to many of those at the ready.

I apologize for my long weekend, I thought I would get a bit of spring cleaning done while I had the chance. Our weather is supposed to see dramatic improvements soon, and I am stoked to be ready for that! I will be around to visit you all today at some point!

click on any thumbnail to view the entire paper collection:


Linnaeus Botanical Journal – Borders PD6210
Linnaeus Botanical Journal – 6″x6″ Plumbago auriculata PD6302
Linnaeus Botanical Journal – 6″x6″ Leucanthemum vulgare PD6301
Linnaeus Botanical Journal – 6″x6″ Carte generale PD6303
Linnaeus Botanical Journal – 6″x6″ Caroli Linnaei PD6305
Pion Design Palette – Pion Green II PD6108

The rose was handmade using a Joy Crafts die and Antique Linen distress ink. The Chloe die cut is Memory Box, the leaves are Cheery Lynn and so is the doily. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations and everything else is from my stash.

I watched the most amazing dance between a female and male Cardinal the other day. I wish I could have caught more images but the story is pretty simple. They were very intrigued by my bird feeder, but the female (Chelsey) was quite hesitant to land with me standing in the doorway. Finally the male (Casey) took the plunge and came in for a bite.

She waited in the tree patiently while he nibbled away at the feeder until he broke a piece off.

Then off he flew to meet her back in the tree with his offering. I missed the shot by a split second, but he passed it to Chelsey beak to beak. Looked pretty darned romantic to me!! Well done Casey, well done!

Caught a nice shot of a Blue Jay out my bird watching window...sure do love these guys!

My token morning coffee shots:

Pumpkin and Mr Scruff send a big hello to everyone. They are enjoying the new dish as well as their new diet that now consists of peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried veggies and fresh avocado!

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


  1. Most lovely card, Pamellia. Gorgeous design, indeed.
    I love your fantastic photos. You've such lovely friends there.
    Have a wonderful time, my friend xx

  2. The blue and cream make a lovely soft colour palette Pamellia and I really like the little pocket and tag arrangement in the corner.

    B x

  3. Hi Pamellia,

    Another stunning creation, love all the layers so beautiful. Loving the papers too, so, so pretty.

    Fabulous picks and great names for your duo of cardinals, beautiful birds as is the Blue Jay, we don't have them over here as far as I know lol! Beautiful pics of your squirrels as usual, so sweet.

    Have a great day

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  4. A wonderful card, with so many stunning details and elements. And fantastic photos, I want to have cardinals here. We do have some here, but only the ones in the Church!Hugs, Valerie

  5. Thanks for sharing another of your beautiful cards . Love the soft blues and ivory with a touch of green . The bow and flower arrangement is gorgeous . Beautiful photos of your family

  6. Gorgeously beautiful. Love all the lacy detailing you put into this. And those beads adorning the flowers are fantastical! You have some spoooooooiled squirrels! Avocado?! Lucky ducks.

  7. Stunning creation Pamellia. Gorgeous soft, delicate colours.
    What a great picture of those cardinal birds, they look awesome.
    Unfortunately we don't have these beautiful birds in our country/garden.
    Thx for sharing, hugs Veerle

  8. What a fabulous 'Fun' card x Absolutely jaw dropping! I bet your family and friends love receiving birthday cards from you? Thanks for the updates and glad your squirrels like their dish and say hello back x What magnificent birds those cardinals are...loved the romantic story and loving the blue jay too...mustn't leave him out x I chuckled when I read you'd given the cardinals names...Once you've given them a name there's no going back! xx

  9. Just beautiful, your creation and your photographs. You have such a delicate touch and just a great way with words! Cara x

  10. I am so loving your work with these gorgeous Pion papers, Pamellia! You have such a wonderful eye for their potential - absolutely magnificent!! Love all your photos, also - as always! Cardinals are some of my favorite birds to watch, as they mate "for life" and are often seen together, at least in my yard, lol! Hope your weather does warm up - I am awaiting to same thing! Pretty soon I will be whining about how hot it is, lol! Thanks again for your lovely inspiration! xxx Lynn

  11. A lovely birthday card Pamellia, you have worked your magic with those lovely papers. Your cardinals are stunning, we don't get them over here so it's really good to see your photos. I hope your snow clears soon....we had 17c today and lovely spring sunshine, sending some your way xx

  12. Fabulous design. I love the papers and the shades of blue. You have such a knack for layering beautiful images and dies. I love visiting your blog.

  13. Gorgeous card hun, loving the layers, fab piccies again, wow so envious of those colourful beautiful birds, catch up soon, hugs Liz xx

  14. Lovely Pamellia. I adore the little botanical cards and the green and blue , so pretty. The little bee tucked into the design is a lovely touch as are the butterflies, adding to the delicacy of the design. As always gorgeous flower and layered elements. Tracy x

  15. Oh wow, Pamellia, this is absolutely stunning!! I love the papers!! You showcased them to perfection!! The design and the details you added are just perfect!! I love how you added the doily to the corner!! Amazing layers!! I love this my friend!!

    Oh, how sweet are Chelsey and Casey!! It warms my romantic heart that he was feeding her!! Hello back to Pumpkin and Mr. Scruff!! Your coffee shots were especially gorgeous this morning!! Have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. What a stunning card Pamellia..the soft colours are just beautiful, love the layers and papers and the gorgeous floral detail with the stick pins..just beautiful.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  17. Hi Pamellia,
    another of your really superb designs again.
    love the colour choice, and the very superb design as always.
    Such a very fab amount of wonderful layers too.
    Superb photos of your wildlife again.
    I am very envious of your area.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  18. Another stunning card Pamellia, love all those gorgeous layers and soft colours.
    Fabulous pictures of the birds today.
    Avril xx

  19. Gorgeous birthday card Pamellia. Enjoyed your photos too.
    TFS, Julie x

  20. OMG Pamellia this card is extremely beautiful, I really love all the matching design elements that you have used, the ribbon and flowers are a perfect match for the papers. I think I am going to have to put some of these Pion papers on my wish list, lol. Those birds are so beautiful as well we don't have this bird here in the UK but boy they are colourful, how lovely that the Squirrels ahve a new bowl and diet, lol, spoilt rotten, and so they should be, lol.
    lorraine x

  21. Oh Pamellia! This is such a beautiful card! I love the photos and look forward to having a catch up when I feel better! Hugs, Chrisx

  22. Another soft and pretty card with your signature layers and paint splatters.

  23. Gorgeous card Pamellia, both fresh and calming which is an unusual and pleasing combo! Loving your photos, those fabby birds in particular. Nicola x

  24. Layer upon layer of breathtaking beauty, topped off with a shabby bow, just like a cherry on top :)
    Love it!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  25. The card is as always gorgeous, love the papers you used.
    The photos of the birds are awesome, you are so lucky to get such close up shots of them.
    Yvonne xx

  26. Another gorgeous card design Pamellia, love these beautiful papers, blue and cream look gorgeous together, love all the layers and embellishments.
    These photos are amazing, beautiful birds.
    Pam x

  27. I am running out of superlatives to express how beautiful I think your cards are Pamellia, but this one is right up at the top of my list of favourites, the papers are gorgeous - as is your card!

    What a wonderful love story between Chelsey and Casey, they are both so beautiful - and so is the Blue Jay, his colouring is so striking. As for Pumpkin and Mr Scruff, those shots of them are adorable... Hugs, Anne xx

  28. Oh Pamellia this is such a beauty with those gorgeous soft colours! And no one manages to put layers together and tie ribbons and string and make it all look so pretty like you do!

    Absolutely wonderful photos too, wow those birds all look amazing!

  29. Housework Pamellia! Wash your mouth out girl!! Thanks for the visit to mine, you're very kind. Anne's right, I keep repeating myself but your cards are just perfection. Happy crafting, Angela x

  30. What a perfectly beautiful card, Pamellia! Love it! I am so envious of those sweet creatures that come to visit you each day. Makes me want to be there, too, and also spend some time getting crafting tips firsthand!

  31. Oh my, this card is simply stunning!! Love the softness of the colours and you add so many layers and yet your cards never look overloaded .. magical!! Your photos are simply wonderful. I love that you share the adventures of your little visitors with us .. makes my day!! Thank you so much!! hugs xx

  32. Amazing card Pamellia! The blue and green colors are beautiful and all the fun little elements! Always so nicely placed and the paper choice is gorgeous! Your creativity just amazes me and is always so inspiring!! LOVE it!
    Your picture are beautiful! I love the morning snaps~wow, you live in such a beautiful place~and of course all the little critters are just darling! Thanks for sharing....enjoy it all!
    Sherrie K

  33. You are a FAB Shabby Chic QUEEN- really!! This card is so pretty and so beautifully made- I loved the color palatte, the paper collection is awesome and beautifully made card! Your surrounding is so cool! I loved those birdies and Mr.Scruff& Pumpkin always make me go "AwwwWW"! :)
    Suchi xx

  34. Hi Pamellia
    Another beauty of a card , love the little pockets and the scuffed edges of your cards look fantastic { how do you do that } beautiful colors and pins .
    Great Pics again so love the birds.
    Take care
    Big Hugs
    Elaine H X

    1. Thanks Elaine. I just use my scissors to distress the edges. I've purchased a few different tools for it, but in the end, my scissors are just the most convenient. hugs :)

  35. Love that gorgeous card Pamellia - the colours are gorgeous - love the soft green layers!
    Your photos are fabulous, and I love your story of the Cardinals.

  36. Your card is so pretty1 I love the little cards tucked in there... Beautiful photos! Those birds are so pretty!

  37. Oh! Pamellia, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your work and this si no exception, love how you have placed the corner and the die under it, looks fab, Your flowers and other details are such perfection. Thank you I'm in wonder at your work.

    Fabulous bird and squirrel photos, don't they make interesting stories and photos?

  38. Pamellia, you are kicking some serious butt with these Pion papers! I think this is my favorite of your Pion designs, and that rose is breath taking! Oh, how I wish I could make such lovely blooms! You have really started my day off on a wonderful note!

    Your birdie photos are as amazing as your artwork! I've never seen the sweeter side of cardinal courtship, but interesting that they share the food like that. Cardinals are so very busy chasing each other around right now; and that can only mean one thing! More cardinals to enjoy! I have to say the blue jay is stunning, but I just don't care for them...they are mean to the other, smaller birds here. Stunning photos and card, my friend! Big hugs!

  39. Stunning card, love the soft greens and blues with all the distressing and layers!! Such a sweet bunch of critters you have :)

  40. This is such a gorgeous layout, Pamellia! Love the soft colors you've worked with and your rose is stunning! As always...I so love you sharing the natures pictures...birds and squirrels are my faves. Yesterday, I watched a squirrel have a "bath". There was a bit of soft dirt (leftovers from a flower pot) and he/she was rolling around in it and then grooming. It repeated the process several times...was fun to watch. Then of course it was time for a few peanuts :) Hugs!

  41. And congrats for having your Boy Oh Boy canvas featured on Prima's Instagram...well deserved...it is totally stunning!

    1. What??? Really!!! Thanks Lee-Anne, you just made my day!

  42. I love the soft green and blue and all the fluttering butterflies! a beautiful birthday creation Pamellia - great pics of your colorful and furry neighbors!

  43. This is so lovely. The layers just roll up and are so pleasing to the eye. You are rocking this Pion Designs DT!

  44. This is stunning Pamellia, so many beautiful details and such a lovely soft design.

  45. Oh Pamellia, you make my heart flutter... Pion is so blessed to have you. I can't wait for this masterpiece to show up on their blog. I've not used this collection in a while and you now have me missing it... you've used these dreamy patterns so beautifully. I love your corner detailing and of course the majestic floral arrangement. Your layering will forever astound me, leaving me happy beyond words. :o) Stunning work, my dear friend. Everything you create is a gift. :o) And a cheery hello to all of your critter friends! They make our lives ever happier, don't they? Wishing a day of endless happiness, Pamellia. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  46. Hello, Miss Pamellia! Gorgeousness! Softly sweet and lovely. Very pretty and wonderful details! Hope you are enjoying a great week. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, de

  47. Gorgeous card, I love the soft blues and your rose and the bow look stunning, what a great combination. Such pretty papers, lovely images.

    I hope you got lots done and are ready for the sunshine. Please say hi to the little guys from me.

    Dionne xxx

  48. Oh, how I wish I could make such a beautiful shabby card, Pamellia! No one manages to create such a layered heaven like you do! It's definitely my new favourite of yours and I can't find the right words to express how much I adore your spectacular card! Everything you create is a treat for the eyes, my friend!
    Please say hello to your cute little friends! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  49. Gorgeous and soft feeling card with fantabulous elements and your signature touches! I like the off center layers you created with the details in the corners. Awesome sauce and beautiful! Waiting with baited breath for your next video.

    Your dear furry and winged friends are so funny and interesting. Love the story narratives as well. Pumpkin is darling, as is Mr. Scruff. Hugs to you muffin! ~Doc

  50. Delicate, misty and so ethereal looking Pamellia. I do love your floaty and elegant feel to cards.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  51. Gorgeous card Pamellia! I love the soft colors and your fabulous shabby details! Great pictures too, I love the birds!
    Hugs, Tammy

  52. Hoi Pamellia,
    Gorgeous card Pamellia lovely colors ,layout .
    Greetings Doris

  53. Stunning Pamellia the design is amazing such delicate colours, love the red cardinals stunning colours and your sweet fur babies.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  54. Another gorgeous card Pamellia, love the two little tags tucked into the corner, thank you for sharing it and for sharing the love story between Chelsey and Casey, I forsee some little cardinals in your future LOL! Deb xo

  55. Wow Pamelia, this is absolutely stunning. I am not sure how you manage these detailed layouts, but they are a sight to behold. I love the flecks of white on your foliage, the spray of flowers, twine, beads..just amazing! The cardinal story is lovely :)

  56. Simply beautiful... Pion are lucky to have you - those papers and you are a match made in heaven! Let's hope Chelsea and Casey are heading for a nice nestful of eggs!
    Alison x

  57. Absolutely stunning love the beautiful papers and distressing,beautiful delicate colours,gorgeous bow and flowers very feminine-love it
    Carol x

  58. Stunning! such a lovely combination of color and details! LOVEEE! Hugs :)

  59. Pamellia! How you make me smile when I visit your blog!! Your card is lovely and your photos ,just delightful!! Why, I never knew that squirrels loved fresh avocado!! heehee You are a sweetheart!!xx