Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Frilly and Funkie - All in the Family

Hello Everyone!

It's time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. Suzz is our hostess this time around and she has chosen the theme "All in the Family". Whether it is your ancestors, a favourite family memory or family outings, create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family. One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

When I think of family, I think about Christmas. It's the only day of the year when we are all together in the same room, and some of my favourite family memories are of the holidays.

All of the following products that I used can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique


I would like to send out a special thank you to Faith of Daffodil Cards for identifying that white mystery flower from last week. It is some type of Ninebark shrub (Physocarpus). There are a lot of types, and I can't figure out which it is, but I happy to have a name for it. Thanks Faith, you rock!!

So I decided to take a new path a couple of weeks ago and explore a new area. There was a hill to climb, which I love...I always want to know what's on the other side! At the top of the hill was a bridge, and some lovely park areas just beyond.

I ran across this tree which must have been scared by something in the sky, because it seems to have abruptly turned and headed back towards the ground! lol.

And back on the home front, it's been hotter than heck, so I decided to do some evening photography and take some artsy pictures of the lake and some moonlit flowers.

Some evening shots of a Swamp Rose and a Water Iris.

I had lots of questions about by new bird feeding system, so I thought I would share the advice I received from Lisa and Valerie. I was using dry birdseed before, but they recommended lard based products like SUET blocks. So far, the mixed nuts for woodpeckers seems to draw the best variety of birds, but all of them work better than the loose seeds ever did.

Here is a juvenile female Starling enjoying my new feeder, and a baby on the branch watching with great anticipation!

I've decided that JUNIOR must be a natural born trend setter. As per usual, here you can see him taking a rest on the patio railing...

But guess what? His lazy habits are starting to catch on. Here is STEVIE...

and MR SCRUFF...

...and even CRAZY KAREN has decided to give it a go. Although in true Karen style, she had to do it in her own way! How hilarious!

My token morning coffee shot gave me some hope of rain. There was even some super strong winds and one clap of thunder, but alas, Mother Nature's bark is apparently worse than her bite because not a drop of rain fell!

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. You've done it again, Pamellia! Your card is AMAZING! The detail you put in to it really makes it shine. The embossing and all of those shabby layers!! Wow! I love that you chose Christmas as your family theme. I can almost hear the carols and feel the chill in the air!

  2. What a memorable Christmas card Pamellia.....such lovely colours and a gorgeous vintage image peeping through. A real contrast to your steaming hot weather. Glad to see your squirrel babies cooling down on your patio..they're hilarious! Keep cool xx

  3. A beautiful Christmas card Pamellia..gorgeous traditional colours with textures and layers and even tiny bells..just all your photos and you have the most brilliant scenery on your walks and love your moonlight photos and your furry friends.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  4. Fantastic card, it's nice to have happy family memories. Great photos of all your plants, trees and feathered and furry friends. Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

  5. Such pretty colours on a lovely card Pamellia.

    Have a good Wednesday.

    B x

  6. Stunning as usual Pamellia, gorgeous colours too.
    You take the most amazing photos hun, love them all.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  7. Such a beautiful card and everything is wonderful things that you have added. I look at your cards in a different way since the videos and I can almost imagine making this one.:)Well I would know how to make it thanks to you showing us different ones.

    Very beautiful photographs and especially the ones with the reflections.

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. Another beautiful and multilayered card Pamellia - love your photos, especially the one of Karen!

  9. Wow this is stunning, love the layering and colours, totally gorgeous, fabulous piccies agin, you do so make me laugh!!! we have pouring down rain here, got drenched yesterday bringing Tegan home from school, it even broke my phone which was in my pocket in a case!!! it's like being back in the middle of winter, total YUK!!! lol xx

  10. I love that you created a stunning Christmas card! For me that is one of my favorite family days every year spent with our kids and very relaxed and special.

  11. What a fabulous Christmas card with all the layers, flowers, ephemera and frosty white. The sentiment is wonderful and one we should all remember to use at any time of year but sharing ourselves at Christmas is the most fun.

  12. WOWOW LOVE LOVE LOVE...this has to be the most beautiful Christmas card I have seen so it. Beautifully created with those awesome colours.xx {aNNie}

  13. Wow!! Your card has a unique color combination and very brilliantly made! I love the texture and 'family' over the card! :)
    Gorgeous shots of park, birds ,so many cute squirrels and nature!! :)

  14. As always your card is amazing, a beautiful combination of elements, layers and texture...all perfectly placed to please the eye! I'd love to have this on my mantlepiece!
    Wonderful photos again, you do live in such a beautiful place!
    Those squirrels sure look relaxed and at home, they'll be moving indoors next!

  15. Gorgeous Christmas card Pamellia! Love those hanging banners and tiny postage stamps all arranged in stunning design!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  16. WOW Pamelia another stunner....I wish I had a magic mirror to have a peek into your room and see all the gorgeous cards you create!! Your Karen looks sooo funny!!
    Dr Sonia

  17. Pamellia -- absolutely amazing!!! Just bowled over by this card. Love the colors, the layers, the textures, the images, and layout. Perfect!!!! You are such a gifted crafter. -- Hugs. Mary Elizabeth

  18. Wow, Pamellia...where do I start? This is so gorgeous with the dusting of "snow" and icy feel. Such a welcome break from summer colors. The texture is amazing, the color palette is so nostalgic and welcoming. And the details are divine. What a lovely tribute to your family! xo

  19. Layers and layers of majestic beauty. Your creations are always works of art that better NEVER get thrown away! Haha!

  20. Gorgeous and beautiful Pamellia thank you for joining us over on
    Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge '75' Add Ribbon
    Dianne xx

  21. Love the white splatters and white detailing on this magnificent project. Yes Christmas is a time for families and this is so perfect. Always love your attention to detail and that family die is so pretty and delicate. Fabulous texture and layering x Glad to hear that junior is a trendsetter and looks like he is and as always crazy Karen doing it her guesses how she got her name! Thanks for sharing x

  22. This card is another ex ellent made.. your shabby layers are just perfect - masterly done -
    Have I mentioned before that your photos are always the most amazing ones ... are such a goof photographer!!

    Thank you for sharing! I always love to see the birds and squirrels..amazing !!!

  23. What a beautiful representation of Christmas Pamellia!! Soo homely ,cosy brought back the memories of Christmas decors I had seen in a magazine long ago..BetterHomes n Garden I guess :)

  24. What a beautiful representation of Christmas Pamellia!! Soo homely ,cosy brought back the memories of Christmas decors I had seen in a magazine long ago..BetterHomes n Garden I guess :)

  25. Wonderful card Pamellia! Snap about Christmas and Family! Yep, I've been thinking about Christmas too and making a start - thank-you for spurring me on... Your photos look terrific. Nicola x

  26. Oh wow, this is the most gorgeous Christmas card, Pamellia!! I absolutely love the layers and the texture!! The banners look amazing!! I love the image you used!! This is seriously the most beautiful shabby chic Christmas card I've seen!! It's spectacular!! Wow!! You've made me want to head to my craft room and start my holiday cards early!!

    Your pictures are amazing!! The new path is so beautiful!! I love bridges!! And oh wow, your artsy pictures are stunning!! I especially love the second shot with the trees and the sky and water!! I'd love to know how you did it...was it shot like that or did you do use a photo editing program? And your critter family makes me smile!! So sweet!! Still doing a rain dance for you...I hope it works soon!! Have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  27. A beautiful Christmas card Pamela, the message is gorgeous . Beautiful photograph, the grass is so vibrant and your little family of squirrels are a delight to see xx

  28. Absolutely gorgeous card, I adore,the banners and your arrangement. Stunning flowers and I love the texture you incorporated into your design. Stunning. Love,your photos too. Tracy x

  29. Hi Pamellia,
    what a very lovely card, and such a very wonderful way to keepsake a family photo or something special.
    Love your super design as I always do.
    The colours are very Christmas like also.
    super and wonderful photography as usual.
    That sky on the one is just so very stunning.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  30. Stunning card Pamellia, love all the shabby layers and layered banners. Gorgeous floral arrangement too.
    Fabulous photos and the evening reflections look amazing.
    Avril xx

  31. Gorgeous card Pamellia, wonderful embellishments and layers, love it.
    As usual gorgeous photos, love the squirrles, Kate x

  32. Looks gorgeous Pamellia, love all the layers.
    Hugs Veerle

  33. Another of your stunning creations Pamellia, beautiful colours, layers, textures with fabulous embellishments...
    Fantastic photos you have shared again, looks a stunning place you moved to and your lovely animals.
    Pam x

  34. A gorgeous festive family memory card Pamellia.
    Loved how you altered a couple of todays photos and of course those squirrels are an absolute delight to see.
    Yvonne xx

  35. Beautiful card with awesome details as only you can do, Pamellia! Love the wintry theme! I also enjoy seeing photos of everyday life in your corner of the world.

  36. What a beautiful Christmas card~Amazing details and wonderful paper collection! I love the the pretty doily, yummy burlap and all the layering looks amazing! The image is so sweet and totally perfect for the challenge! As always, you rocked it! Beautifully done my friend:)
    Love the fabulous shots, especially those furry critters that keep me smiling when I see your posts!
    Have a super day~
    Sherrie K

  37. Your beautiful card is such a contrast to some of the garish Christmas images and decorations we see. It is elegant and homey at the same time.

  38. Gorgeous layers on your vintage family card. The picture looks right at home with all the delightful embellies tucked around, and love that rich bow trailing down the side. Just amazingly beautiful card. Always enjoy your nature pictures, and we have some trees that look the same with the shapes growing in odd ways. The bridge looks like an inviting adventure, and you certainly had some fantastic shots. TFS & Hugs

  39. Pamellia, your family-inspired card is nothing short of Christmas perfection. What a treat to see a festive delight from you. Your layers are gorgeous! The banners are so pretty, the image is beautiful, and I am completely smitten with the doily-trims-image-flowers focal point. It's spectacular! The snowy bits throughout are always one of my favorite aspects of your wintry creations. The sentiment is lovely and I just adore every inch of this. Stunning work, my dear friend. You are forever inspiring!

    We are badly in need of rain, too... the lawns are brown and feel like hay. :( There is still none forecasted but I pray some comes soon. Oooh, what a beautiful area you discovered! Your pictures are sensational. The bridge, the artsy shots, the sweet critters... they all breathe joy into my heart! I'm grateful you are able to embrace and grow in every creative outlet your heart desires. You have too many gifts to mention. :o) Have a beautiful day, my lovely friend!

    Hugs and blessings,

  40. OMG, Pamellia, this is an incredibly beautiful Christmas card! What a stunning design with all those amazing layers, brilliant festive colors and fabulous details! I love how you arranged your banners and those tiny postage stamps! That image you used is awesome and your textures are fantastic! It's spectacular, my friend! I am completely in love with your Christmas shabby card!
    Thank you so much for your breathtaking photos! What a beautiful start of my day!
    Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  41. Very nice card! Christmas already?! The colors and embellishments are so lovely!

  42. Wow Pamellia (I say as I'm picking my jaw up from the ground) this is a super stunner of a card and the design and colours just blew me away. Loveeee the amazing layered pennants, the fibres, string, flowers, ribbon, you name it its all in there and of course the construction, you have an amazing knack of creating the most wonderful compositions with your very talented hands and eyes. Did I say I love and adore this card?
    How lovely to explore new land and see where roads take you and of course your artsy photos and squirrels add such delight to your posts. Yes Karen does look as though she has quite a character of her own but junior looks the fun guy too. Hope your week is going well xxx

  43. Christmas truly is the best family time and you have created a real beauty in that honour here. Fabulous layers and elements! Amazing photos like always, the bird ones really captured my heart and your squirrel characters always do it for me, and today brought a big smile to my face!! You are so lucky to live in that beautiful, nature filled part of the world!!

  44. You know I don't like to see Christmas cards anytime other than December but with your creations I could look at them every day! This is so beautiful and I can feel the love in there ... Stunning!! I adore your photos ... such clarity and serenity in them all ... Enjoy your day!

  45. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS, what an evocative card of Christmas memories, I love the sentiment and everything else about it. Your photos are fun and very arty, love them.

  46. This is a gorgeous card, the vintage style and beautiful layering creates such an interesting card to look at. I love the colours and distressing you have included here too.

  47. What a gorgeous Christmas creation Pamellia! I love all of the layers, banners and the added snow! Fantastic photos too.

  48. Another masterpiece what a gorgeous card love the tag layers and vintage look . As always loads of embellishments and detail . Sooooo pretty . Amazing photos

  49. Stunning card as always, love the suggestion of dripping snow on (bet you're dreaming of that at the moment!). Hubby wanted to know what I was laughing at, Crazy Karen of course, hilarious! Beautiful photos too. Hope you have some cooler air and rain soon. Cara x

  50. Another truly stunningly gorgeous card Pamellia. I love the colours, the stencilling, the layering - well everything really. This is one of those projects I would love to reach out and touch, it is just so beautiful....

    The new path looks so interesting, I am sure you have got lots more visits planned. Crazy Karen really did make me laugh, I really love that she has her own unique personal style!

    Hugs, Anne xx

  51. Gorgeous card Pamellia, lovely Christmas colours and the photograph brings back memories of being a child, when it seemed to always snow in winter and the summers were hot and sunny - not at all like this year when the winter was very mild and this summer has been so very wet - so to rub it in!

    As always, lots of lovely layers and I really love the pennant shapes.

    I love how the paths for your walks are structured, here they tend to be well worn dirt tracks through the shrubbery, that get very muddy when it rains, and eventually expose the tree roots for you to trip on. Your laid out paths look so much neater and protect the surrounding areas.

    Lovely photos of the squirrels, the poor things look so hot and tired and clearly find your balcony a haven to retreat to.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Dionne xx

  52. all those yummy layers and details....and your photos are amazing!Thanks for joining us at The Christmas Card Challenge!

  53. Beautiful Christmas card love the vintage looking image and all those fabulous layers,texture and great snowy look -worlds apart from your Summer pic
    Carol x

  54. Wow! This really is a stunner and I adore those colours and all those gorgeous layers! Loved seeing your walk but seeing those artsy shots was just brilliant! Oh! and those squirrels, as ever, make me grin! Hugs, Chrisx

  55. Wow, Your card is totally awesome. so much detail. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges. Caz. DT

  56. WOW! WOW! WOW! This is GORGEOUS!! Thanks for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

  57. Alright, I'm moving to Canada... ;0 Seriously, you have such a fabulous home and I love mostly how much you enjoy it. Really having a sense of wonder at the world is a gift. <3 This card is so pretty, it almost makes he hear jingle bells! And I'm just now realizing Christmas has passed (it's summer?!?!) Love the banner layers and awesome b/w image. Fantastic!


    gorgeous card as always, loving the pictures of the squirrels (always lol!)and the photos of the water are so beautiful. I hope this finds you well, I am quite busy with Sheenas stuff this week that's why I have not been on here. Take care

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  59. Oh, sigh... vintage nostalgic loveliness. Another showstopping card, Pamellia - how do you do it?!

    The evening photos of the lake and wildflowers are magical - so atmospheric - and the squirrels always put a smile on my face (which is no small thing at the moment).
    Alison x

  60. This is an amazing card, WOW...!!!! Totally gorgeous, big congrats Pamellia.
    Thank you for the lovely walk again on your blog (after dinner here :D), your photos are incredibly beautiful too, they make me dream!
    Big hugs,

  61. How pretty your layered banners are, Pamellia! I am enjoying the Christmasy red accents, and pretty embellishments. Your combination of elements is so sweet and enjoyable - as well as your nature photographs which are beyond post card beautiful! hugs, de

  62. Beautiful! Love all the detail. Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Challenges.

  63. Hi Pamellia
    Wow, doesn't this just ooze Christmas from every layer and ruffle and detail......beautiful!
    If you could send some of the heat over here, that would be great and I'll send you some rain lol!
    I make my own lard/seed blocks in the Winter and I use fat balls in the Summer as they don't melt in the heat.
    Brilliant photos as usual.
    Have a great weekend.
    Ang x

  64. Gorgeous - so much detail and an amazing design.

    Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland.

    Helen x

  65. Oh my word! This is AH-mazing! So many lovely details - I can't even imagine how much time and effort you put into this heartfelt creation. I absolutely love it. Bravo!
    Thanks for sharing over at Christmas Card Challenges! :)

  66. good morning, Pamellia! I'm late visiting but so happy I did! This is the MOST beautiful Chrirstmas card ever! I love the image and all those details like the bits of lace, the pin with the stamps (my favorite part!) the little tag and are those crinoline and burlap petals tucked in there?? Two great minds...Just a lovely festive card with gorgeous layering and feminine touches throughout!

    I so enjoyed your photography too; love that reflection artsy shot! those squirrels are such a joy to see! I can tell they bring you such joy! I'm wondering if Teacups and Scully bark at them? Big hugs!

  67. An outstanding festive creation Pamellia just as beautiful as the one above but yet so very different both in style and colours, the detail is as wondrous as always, I have spent so much time just looking and looking at the beautiful array of embellishments, another awesome creation. I just had to laugh at the pictures of the Squirrels, I am sure they are spreading the word to pop into Pamellia's 'drop in' food bar for a relaxing food filled day, lol, excellent post
    lorraine x

  68. Love that your thoughts of family have turned to Christmas and what a beautiful way of marking that. This card truly makes the most of those gorgeous papers xx

  69. Your card is beautiful and so elegant looking. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at Holly Jolly Christmas challenge. Good luck . Neva

  70. very beautful card
    nice colors!