Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pion Design - Shabby North Pole Greetings

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I am super excited to share with you today, my first Christmas card using the upcoming new Christmas collection from Pion Design called GREETINGS FROM THE NORTH POLE! My mouth was watering as I sifted through all the beautiful patterns and images, I just know you will love it as much as I do!!

As you read this post, I am up north, in my home town, spending some time with the folks. I find it ironic now that I was in such a hurry as a teenager to get out of the country and move to the city. HA! Hindsight and all that, right!! This is my first summer visit in many years, so I will probably be taking a thousand photographs! I wish everyone a great weekend, and I will see you next week!

Pion Design - Greetings From the North Pole!

Greetings From the North Pole - Midnight Winter PD7601
Greetings From the North Pole - Snowfall PD7607
Greetings From the North Pole - In the Christmas Tree PD7608
Greetings From the North Pole - Borders PD7610
Greetings From the North Pole - Tags PD7612
Greetings From the North Pole - Bells are Ringing 6x6" PD7702

The striped panel in the back was cut with Spellbinders Ornate Squares, the large doily is Cheery Lynn French Pastry, the small doily is Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles, the snowflake is Cheery Lynn Snow 2. The small snowflakes are a Martha Stewart punch, some of the laces are May Arts, everything else is from my stash.

Thought I would share a few pictures of the little garden in the town square called the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Gardens. It's not a large garden, but there's still lots to see and it's very picturesque and peaceful considering it's right in the heart of downtown. 

I believe this is an Annabelle Hydrangea bush. So pretty!

Surrounding this garden is a huge splash pad (that I take full advantage of whenever possible - even though I'm a touch taller than the other humans splashing about!), the square where they hold all of the festivals (last call for all-you-can-eat ribs), and the town hall. You'd never know that though. The trees and bushes are all very cleverly placed, so all you see is flowers and foliage!

Thanks to the very talented Sara Emily of sarascloset, I know now that this is a Hosta.

Possibly some sort of Day Lily? It sure as heckfire is gorgeous isn't it!!

And right above us, this awesome clock tower!

Back on the home front, I had a visit from a female Starling. Love the way she looks like she's wearing a mask! She has quite lovely plumage, many of the females are just a plain sort of grey.

This may be my favourite little baby bird other than the Sparrow. There were two baby Blue Jays sitting in the tree with their mouths open, waiting for Momma to feed them. So cute the way they topple and weeble. LOVE THEM!

Oh SKITTLES, that does not look like a great place to catch a nap!! 
Come share the chair with JUNIOR!

PATRICIA trying to escape the sun, even if just for a minute or two.

And how about JUNIOR anyway? Well there is no surprise that he is lying down on the job again, but at least he's eating his veggies. He does love a good carrot.

I have woken JUNIOR from his nap for this shot, I think that face pretty much says it all, don't you!

Last but not least, my token morning coffee shot... straight from a horror movie!

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. Absolutely gorgeous Pamellia..I love white and soft greys..gorgeous design..and lovely photos of the gardens, what a fabulous place to sit and ponder..and love the wee squirrels..Junior stole the show [for me] always.Have a lovely visit with your folks..

    luv CHRISSYxx

  2. Hi Pamellia,
    another super and stunning creation.
    Wonderfully designed as always.
    It looks so wintery and wonderful.
    The paper look fantastic as does your super elements.
    Great and lovely photos as usual.
    Hope you are having a lovely time.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  3. A stunning card with wonderful layers of magic.

    Great photos too. Love the Jubilee Garden with so much of interest in a small space. We have a Jubilee Walk here and it is a path through a wooded area with lots of wild life and wild flowers. Just the opposite to the one you have shared with us

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Gorgeous card and lovely photo, have fun back home. Hugs, Valerie

  5. These papers look stunning Pamellia and your card is a frosted beauty. Enjoy your family catch up. The gardens looked beautiful that you visited. I bet you miss your little furry visitors though. Hugs xx

  6. Wow another amazing card hun, love all the fabulous layers and textures, what gorgeous pictures of your fur babies and surroundings, the morning sky is amazing the colours are fantastic.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  7. Beautiful Pamellia. Love the soft grey tones and all the traditional Christmas embellishments and the cool feel.
    Have a nice holiday. Lovely pics.
    Best wishes
    Jules xx

  8. Have a great meeting with your folks, Pamellia!! I think that moving from our homes to other zones is always an emotion, expecially when thy are so different by our places! :D Your shabby card is soooo soft and sweet! Love the ornaments and the sparkling details! Great dimensions and textures as always!
    Beautiful pics of that garden, so colourful and relaxing! LOVE the Blue Jays, such a awesome birdie!! Junior is a very fun guy and you made me laught with his second photos and your comment on his face! :D Awesome furry friend!
    Hugs, have a fab weekend!!

  9. Oh wow, more gorgeous Pion papers, or perhaps it is in your skillful hands that their full beauty can been seen. Another amazing Christmas card, full of wintery magic and wonderful embellishments. I always admire your delicate snowflake die cut and I think I shall have to give in and add it to my shopping list.

    Your little civic garden is delightful, what a fabulous place to sit whilst your OH goes shoe shopping!

    I just have to mention your coffee shot today, what an amazing sky!

    Have a great time visiting everyone at home and say hi to your mom.

    Dionne xx

  10. Gorgeous card and stunning photography ... Have a wonderful time!

  11. Your card is absolutely stunning, I love the beautiful 'bauble' at the bottom, the picture on it is gorgeous and I love the green branch too - well I just love it all really! Those papers have just shot to the top of my 'need' list.....

    The gardens look so beautiful and peaceful, loving the dappled shade shots and the flowers are all incredible. The clock tower is amazing too! Who would have thought that this beautiful place is in the middle of a town/city!

    I hope Junior and his pals understand that it may be quiet on the food front whilst you are away? I guess he will get even more 'rest' though! Loving all the bird and animal shots today. I hope you have a wonderful time away. Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Gorgeous card and wonderful photos!
    your blog make smile on my face evry time :D
    have a nice day

  13. A fabulous, frosty festive creation here Pamellia! Beautiful papers and a stunning arrangement of lovely details...your magical fingers have done it again!
    Hope you're enjoying a wonderful time with your family.

  14. Hi Pamellia,

    Stunning creation, loving these papers, so different from the usual boring Red & Green combo lol! Fabulous pictures the park looks real nice and I was going to say that a nice hydrangea before I saw your other pic lol!
    Aw so adore Junior, fabulous pics you have of him, fancy waking the poor guy up!!! I love the position he lies in, spread out, so relaxed, he has obviously decided your home is for keeps lol!

    Have a great time up North with your folks, precious memories.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  15. Lovely card and photos! Enjoy your holiday!

  16. SUch a Wonderful card it is Pamellia ! Snowy Christmas ! Enjoy your time with Family !

  17. Beautiful card, Pamellia! I can't wait to get my hands on that collection. Lovely garden photos. And, of course, I always love seeing your furry friends. Have a good visit!

  18. Wow, that collection will be worth a look, your design is exceptional...
    Thankyou for sharing those beautiful pics of such a serene spot, what a lovely place.....enjoy...xx

  19. What a pretty Holiday card! Love the pattern in the background. I'll definitely have to check out the new collection.
    Have fun at your vacation/visit to family.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  20. Wow hun, I love this card, the papers are gorgeous defo on my wish list, loving the shabby layers again too, hope you enjoyed your visit home, I still live in the same village where i was brought up, totaly boring, lol hugs Liz xx

  21. Oh my goodness, it's a frosty, wintery, absolute masterpiece, Pamellia!! I adore the new papers!! You've showcased them to perfection!! The layers and details are gorgeous!! I love the beautiful church!! It's so stunning!! I love, love it!! Wow!!

    What a gorgeous garden that is!! The flowers and plants are so beautiful!! What a wonderful place to spend the day!! Your squirrel babies are so darn sweet!! I just love looking at them!! I want to sneak up there and steal Junior away!! Love him :) I hope you have a fabulous time with your family!! I can't wait to see pictures!! Safe travels my dear friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  22. Stunning creation,fabulous textured layers and love the beautiful papers and little snowy images on the baubles-enjoy your time with your family
    Carol x

  23. The new products and papers look beautiful , you have shown them in all their glory....Gorgeous.
    The gardens in town look lovely, a place to rest and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
    of course i loved the squirrels and the story, I can almost imagine Junion answering you back.
    Have a good trip
    Yvonne xx

  24. Beautiful card and wonderful photos.
    TFS, Julie x

  25. Beautiful card with the prettiest of colours and papers. That hydrangea white bush is stunning. Love the photos of the squirrels and yes Junior is saying exactly what you said! Hope your trip goes well and that you enjoy yourself...x

  26. beautiful card Pamellia, it really does look frosty! gorgeous pictures.
    Kevin xx

  27. Such a gorgeously created card, love the adorable goodies and colours used...the papers look lovely ..xx


  28. Stunning card Pamellia! I love the hanging ornament, so beautiful with all the layers and frosty elements! A lovely garden. Junior makes me laugh,,,he sure seems to be quite a character! Hope you are enjoying your weekend :)

  29. Those new papers look gorgeous and I love how you have used them, as always incredible layering and embellishing. The gardens look very relaxing with lots of beautiful views in all directions and great nature shots of the flowers and home shots of the squirrels and birds. Your sky certainly looks very dramatic, the silhouettes and dark rolling clouds give it a very tense and gripping feel. Hope you're having a great time with your family xxx

  30. Oh gorgeous papers and a fabulous card Pamellia.
    Love those garden photos, and as for your your wildlife - your photos are fabulous - poor Junior, fancy waking him up ;-).

  31. EVERYTHING is just so VERY beautiful, love the papers and all the details of your card, it does conjour up a North Pole feeling.

    You piccies are just wonderful and what a restful garden that seems to be.

  32. Hello Pamellia, stunning card, beautiful layers and the papers are just gorgeous. The embellishments are wonderful, design too.
    What a beautiful garden, all the plants are flowers are wonderful, looks a marvellous place to sit and rest awhile. Photos of the birds and animals are brilliant, Kate x

  33. Oooooh, thank you so much for taking me back to my beautiful childhood memories when I used to spend my Christmas holidays at my Grandmother's! Your absolutely beautiful Christmas vintage card reminds me of that wonderful time, Pamellia! It's spectacular!
    Love your stunning garden photos! Junior makes me smile, as always!
    I hope you have the most wonderful time with your family! Big hugs to you, my friend! Branka xx

  34. Pamellia, my treasured friend, you have filled my heart with just what it needs: an extra dose of Christmas cheer! I have been so excited about this collection and seeing your first masterpiece with it leaves me speechless. It is GORGEOUS! And your card couldn't be dreamier. The ways in which you showcased the churches are lovely... the texture throughout your card is impeccable (as always) and I love the background design. Your snowy accents and whimsical doilies whisk me straight away into the winter wonderland I'm currently craving. :o) Stunning work, my sweet and talented friend. And thank you for sharing more of your breathtakingly beautiful and darling photos... oh the joy you bring to me. Sending tons of excited hugs your way. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  35. Stunning mix of elements and papers Pamellia. Espeically love that ornament with the sweet wintery scene.

    Lovely picture of Queen Elizabeth gardens ... so much gorgeous colour and lots of interesting foliage.

    Have a wonderful vacation!! xx

  36. A beautiful card Pamellia, so many gorgeous layers and details.
    Photos of the park look lovely, so tranquil, you wouldn't think it was in the middle of town.
    Stunning wildlife photos, those squirrels sure are cute.
    Have a great time away,
    Avril xx

  37. I definitely need to wake up and observe my world a little closer, your photos are always an inspiration. I do love this new paper line and your fabulous card! The ornament is spectacular with the other layers. Beautiful creation!

  38. LOVE your photos and this Gorgeous Christmas card! So many FAB layers and the snow effects are perfect! Hope you're enjoying your visit with your folks!

  39. Definitely lovely papers are puts you in the mood to think about the Holidays. Wonderful and gorgeous layers. That glitter makes everything sparkle like sun on fresh snow. Melts my heart. Awwww!

    Wonderful pictures of the foliage and trees. Seems like a lovely place to be. Your squirrel pictures always make me laugh and today is no exception. Fantabulous Bubbles! Hugz to you muffin, hope you are having a fun and relaxing time. ~Doc

  40. Just caught this winter wonderland of a card over at Pion - a completely stunning creation. Lovely to catch up with the squirrels too!
    Alison x

  41. Another stunning make and fabulous photos. Those pesky squirrels are just too cute! Cara x

  42. Hi Pamellia
    You can almost feel the chill from your beautifully atmospheric card. The papers look divine.
    Hope you have a lovely trip back home. I think we need to experience different places to appreciate where we came from.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  43. A lovely Christmas card Pamellia. The soft grey tones are a perfect backdrop for the wonderfully frosty details.
    Fabulous photos of the local town square and a brilliant pose from Junior xx

  44. Stunning card Pamellia! Love the snowy effects! I always enjoy your photos and the places and animals are gorgeous!

  45. OMGosh!! That Junior cracks me up!!!! heeheee

    I love the coordinating papers and elements you used on this card Pamellia- so soft and elegant! xx

  46. Lovely card with all the beautiful creative Pamellia touches, like snow, splatter, basket filler pearly element and lace! Love that bell pattern paper! A must have to me! You are inspiring me to use the Pion Christmas paper I bought and hoarded last year!

    That garden is gorgeous, and it is somehow surprising to me that we have so many of the same flowers. Perhaps that shouldn't be so surprising, but it is. Thank you for the shout out. I can usually identify most common flowers, but Niki has me stumped on one of hers.

    The family shots have me tickled pink! Many big hugs!

  47. Oooohhh!!! I love this card. You do the snowy look to perfection. Love the colour and that gorgeous bauble is the perfect addition. Love the glitter .. just love it all!!
    That garden is just gorgeous and I always adore seeing your little critters. Thank you so much for sharing their antics. hugs xx

  48. This is such a beautiful card...each one comes as a unique design! You are awesome..did I ever tell you that? :)
    Sorry for being late at commenting as I was stuck up with office work and then was my birthday!
    The pics you shared totally made me smile! TFS! :)
    Suchi xx

  49. Oh boy! A frosty creation from Pamellia! I'm looking forward to the coming snowy Canadian season so I can enjoy the wintry wonders you create! Love the hint of greenery and the pretty church inside the ornament die cut. Frozen beauty!

    The Annabelle Hydrangea is amazing! Hydrangeas do not fair well here - probably the heat. When we lived in Southern CA we had Snowball Hydrangeas - so gorgeous - I loved the flower arrangements. They were quite prolific, and the more we cut them, the more blooms they produced!

    Glad the squirrels are migrating to the squirrel day care. I imagine there will be even more during the winter months. They enjoy our garden with the rabbits, so we do everything possible to keep them out of there, and we finally seem to have that under control. Instead of eating one piece of veggie, they enjoy sampling every blossom and fruit on the vines!

    Hope you enjoy a fabulous week-end. I am looking forward to watching one of your recent tutorials on YouTube this week-end. hugs, de