Friday, December 16, 2016

Pion Design - Christmas Wreath

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm sharing another Christmas card made using the Pion Design collections "The Night Before Christmas" and "Greetings From the North Pole". You know how when you buy a package of paper, you always use the bits with the pretty designs on them first, and then you end up with a bunch of pieces that have only a pattern, well here is how you can put them to use!


The Night Before Christmas - Tree Farm PD7803
The Night Before Christmas - Christmas Branches PD7804
The Night Before Christmas - Dear Santa PD7802
The Night Before Christmas - Just a Peek PD7801
The Night Before Christmas - Memory Notes PD7811
Images From the Past - The Night Before Christmas II PD1619
Greetings From the North Pole - Winter Branches PD7603

The wreath is made of Holly Leaves from Die-versions and a branch punch from Martha Stewart. I used DecoArt Writer for the snow and covered it with white Flower Soft. The frame is Tim Holtz Bookplates and Tag die. The pinecones are from the yard and everything else is from my stash.

Well the snow keeps coming and I don't mind it a bit. I find it so beautiful and so peaceful. No construction noise, no tourists at the lake, no thumping of basketballs at the community centre, no crazy people on bikes, skateboards or scooters, just a few people enjoying the quiet. I love it.

My landscape today is the trail going to The Shire. I was disappointed to see they were plowing the walkways. All the signs say the don't maintain the trails in the winter and I was looking forward to untouched snow. Oh well, it made walking easier. lol

For my bird shots today, a lovely Blue Jay...

A wee Chickadee...

and my token male Cardinal shot...

The poor squirrels are having a hard time with the deep snow. The food I throw is getting lost and they are up to their necks in it. I have started making clearings for them so they can come grab something from the pile, then scoot up a tree to eat.

"Ohhhhhhh, brrrrrrrrrrr, give a girl a break and toss a peanut already!"

As promised, an updated photograph of my darling sweet KAREN. She is the only one left from the original group of squirrels that started visiting when I moved in. Doesn't she look adorable with those fat cheeks!!

"Dear Santa. All I want for Christmas is a little less wind!!"

It's still way too windy out to get any good macro shots, so I'm sharing an older one from a rainy day in the fall.

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. Don't forget to feed a squirrel or a bird today. It's a tough time of year for them outside, while we are cozy and warm inside.


  1. Your wreath is so beautiful on your card Pamellia. Lovely festive touches with your pinecones. I agree about the silence and beauty of the snow....thanks for taking me along on your wonderful walk. Keep was 14c again here yesterday so no chance of any snow. I will enjoy yours. Hugs xxx

  2. Lovely to see how you use up your papers Pamellia, creating such a stunning design. Oh how I wish I could have a walk in your winter wonderland, I live about an hour away from Jane above and like you and her love the beauty of the quiet white world, but no chance here, it's been so very mild. Wonderful shots of the birds and squirrels, I just love seeing them up so close, thanks for sharing xxx

  3. Fantastic card, lots of wonderful ideas and details there. Great photos, too, enjoy your snow!. Hugs, Valerie

  4. Stunning once again pamellia. Love the traditional colours the wreath is gorgeous and pretty image.
    Wishing you a lovely Christmas looking forward to seeing you projects next year.
    Fab pics
    Best wishes
    Jules xx

  5. The card today is stunning with the old fashioned colours and image. Great way to use the bits of left over paper.

    Beautiful snow pics and a shame they are clearing the paths as it does look nice when it is all snow covered. The animals and birds seem happy with it all as well.

    Enjoy it while it all lasts.

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Another divine card! That wreath is stunning and I adore those tiny pine cones .. want some!! LOL!! Love the traditional colours and the flower soft looks wonderful!!
    Wish I could take a walk through your world Pamellia .. it looks so amazing!!! Really love seeing the close-ups of all your little friends .. thank you again so much for sharing. hugs xx

  7. A lovely card Pamellia, the holly wreath looks stunning.
    Beautiful picture and what a lot of snow. I just need time for a catch up to see what other beautiful creations you've been making.
    Avril xx

  8. Absolutely fabulous Pamellia, such amazing depth and texture and the snow looks so realistic. Thank you too for the wonderful Winter photographs. Have a lovely weekend. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  9. Gorgeously festive card Pamellia! You can never go wrong with fancy wreath in my opinion.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  10. You used these bits sooooo beautifully and the flower soft is GORGEOUS, just like real snow! So glad that you are loving the snow and quiet. That Karen, wow what a photo! She is so sweet and amazing, glad you still get to enjoy her. I hope the snow has caused that evil villain to leave the forest and forest creatures alone! They deserve the sanctuary of this time of year, just as much as anyone. I'm going to have to make another wreath this weekend, thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

  11. A drop dead gorgeous festive card, Pamellia! Your holly wreath is beyond stunning and it's the most beautiful wreath I saw this season! Your snow looks so realistics, as always! You really know how to achieve some super cool snow effects! The pine cones are fabulous and what a super clever way to use bits of left over papers! I am in love with your perfect fluffy bow and your spectacular design!
    What a fantastic set of winter photography, my dear friend! Karen is so cute and adorable, indeed! Your love and care for squirrels is amazing and I am so touched! You are such an awesome lady in so many ways! When I am looking at your fabulous photos I feel like I am walking with you! That rainy macro shot is exquisite! Sending all my hugs to you! Branka xx

  12. Ooooohhhh!!! Amazing!! Your card with is just breathtaking!!!
    Pinned immediately!
    Such a wonderful look it has with that wreath!!! It seems a real wreath with these fab leaves nd branches, the pinecones, the berries and the snow!! LOVE it!! Fab vintage image, too, and beautiful ribbon and snowflake charm! A true delight!
    I understand very well your feel aboutthe quiet, I too love the silence of nature and don't like people in vacation :) LOL Your landscape is a dream, as well the macro of the drops. Nature is just magic!1 Fabulous photos of the birdies, they are so tiny and cute!! And the squirrels photos today are so fun with their faces! Your words for them always make me smile :) You make so well to give them a pile of peanuts, so they haven't to enter too much in the snow for founding them! I wish that Santa takes to Carol what she wish! :) Adorable little squirrel!
    "Thank you sweet lady, your peanuts are more important for all of us that aren't still dreaming in our trees! Perhaps you are a Santa's helper?" :D


  13. Beautiful card, Pamellia! Wonderful idea for scraps as well. Love your photos and am jealous of the snow! We had a dusting of snow yesterday. More is expected tonight but will be changing to rain tomorrow. I have been tossing bread crumbs outside for my furry friends.

  14. A truly beautiful festive card with that special Pamellia touch! The wreath looks amazing and the snow is so realistic!
    Your snowy photos are beautiful...I love the look of snow, so pure and still but actually am not at all keen on the reality...we don't seem to cope to well with snow in the UK, well not here in the south anyway!
    Have a lovely weekend

  15. A stunning wreath Pamellia..I love the dimension of it with the pinecones and berries and that sweet little girl..beautiful. I love your snowy photos and the wee Squirrels..I dont get snow here so can only enjoy the wonder of a snowy winter by imagination and photos..and as I am in the middle of Summer my imagination finds me needing some snow..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  16. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely stunning, Pamellia!! Wow!! The wreath looks amazing!! I love how dimensional and layered it is!! The pine cones and berries and the snow are all perfect touches!! I would love one like this for my door!! It's spectacular!! And I love the vintage image of the sweet little girl, too!! Gorgeous, gorgeous card my friend!!

    Wow, snow!! We got a light dusting but thankfully, not as much as you. It's been frigid, though. The birds are so beautiful!! I love the squirrel pics...especially that one where it looks like she is actually talking to you!! And oh my gosh, Karen is so sweet!! I just want to pinch her chubby cheeks!! That macro shot is stunning, Pamellia!! I love how you can see images in the drops!! Spectacular shooting!! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend my dear friend!! Happy Friday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  17. HOLY MOLY! That wreath is stupendous! LOVE IT! And what a gorgeous shot of the Shires! I'd love to come walking with you... Fabulous photos as always and I love the macro shot!

  18. Stunning festive card design Pamellia, wonderful papers and layers of embellishment..just gorgeous.
    Fabulous photos, I adore those bird shots, wish we had them over here and of course your beautiful squirrels.
    Hugs Pam x

  19. Its a gorgeous card, love how you used the darker traditional colours on this one.
    Fabulous photos of the birds and squirrels.
    Yvonne xx

  20. Totally stunning card Pamellia, amazing design with those papers and embellishments, the wreath is so colourful and just Pops out at you.
    That Blue Jay is amazing, his colours are wonderful, but all of your photos are brilliant, thanks so much for sharing them, Kate x

  21. Beautiful festive card. I love your wreath, the foliage is gorgeous as is your design. I love the touches of red/wine, really brings the card to life . Love the touches of snow too. Fantastic photography. Tracy x

  22. What a stunning card Pamellia - love all the dimension on the wreath!!
    Your photos are so touching - those birds and squirrels are so trusting of you.

  23. Hello, my dear Pamellia! I am SO happy to be back! You did not miss a post... I forgot to tell everyone I was moving! Ha! Thank you for leaving me love while I was off getting married and moving. I have dearly missed your posts and am happy dancing in my chair right now. :) Your card is spectacular beyond words, my friend! I adore wreath cards and naturally yours is amongst the loveliest I've seen. The holly leaves are so pretty and I love all of the elements nestled within.. especially the touch of nature with the pine cone! Amazing. The ribbon is so pretty and I love the Christmas sweetheart to sparkly bits! Gorgeous design, as always.

    And my oh my, how I have missed your photography. I have previously told you of the photography dreams in my heart.. and my sweet friend, you capture what my heart loves the most! It is rather amazing to see what my heart longs for come to life by *your* heart. It is a blessing. You have such a gift and I adore every single image. Thank you for filling my heart with joy! Have a twinkly weekend, sweet friend. :)

    Hugs and blessings,

  24. So much Joy to see your beautifull Christmas card with a lovely wreath, with berry's and pine cones Pamellia. The layers and very nice bow and the white snow with flower soft... love it!! And than de Landscape...wouw!!!! Will you send some snow to the Netherlands, hihi
    Have a nice weekend! Gerie xx

  25. Pamellia, it is so hard to believe this lovely card was made from your "scraps"! You've put together the loveliest and fullest of wreaths; I just love the bits of snow and those berries, pearls and pinecones! Wow, they're from your yard?! Lucky you! We only have those ginormous ones that are almost as big as a football! The sweet girl is the perfect image and your shabby bow is amazing!I'm very drawn to your rich colors and simple design! Perfect!

    Loving your photography as always, but that landscape shot has me green with envy! It's great the walks were cleared, because that snow looks pretty deep! I think that's more than we've accumulated in the past 15 years! Reminds me of home up north. All we are getting here is cold rain and this morning, lots of fog. Yuck! Sending hugs and wishes for a peaceful weekend.

  26. Gorgeousness card!! I so love the branches!
    Your photos as always are just the bomb and I adore the lil one with its eyes closed! heehee
    hugs and love,

  27. Hi Pamellia,

    Fabulous creation my friend and loving all the photos of the beautiful birds and squirrels, I am sure they appreciate you feeding them in such bad weather but my it looks fabulous, so beautiful, we have not had it that bad here for quite some time. I am now going to look over your blog to view your beautiful posts that I have missed.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  28. Pamellia what a truly magnificent masterpiece today!! Love your wreath. I don't mind admitting that I am incredibly jealous of your snow...I love it, although it is hard work here with the horses when we do get some. I bet your furry and feathery family are mighty glad that you keep the larder well stocked!! Beautiful photographs xx

  29. Very beautiful card, as ever! Love your squirrels and birds, great photos

  30. Such lovely layers on this card! Need a tutorial !! This is an amazing card. Love it. I'm going to go try it! And love your photos. I love the nature scene. I like to know that there is someone else who takes pics of every bird too lol.

  31. WOW stunning festive card Pamellia, wow, the wreath is awesome so is the image I am loving this vintage style creation so much, i also admire your pictures the shots you are getting of the wildlife is spectacular
    lorraine x

  32. Card and photos are STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING! Pure joy.

  33. A truly stunning card and what a fabulous way to use up bits of left over papers. The wreath is stunning with the additional berries and pinecones and the shabby bow is gorgeous!

    The photos are beautiful and I can almost 'feel' the silence in the wonderful snowscape. It must be such a pleasure to walk through there and see all those gorgeous animals and birds. Your photos are always such a delight! Hugs, Anne xx

  34. PS - delighted to tell you that my Secret Santa gift to you won a Spotlight over at Simon Says, so thrilled! xxx

  35. I have had such a wonderful catch up (left a few comments along the way too!) This card is a stunner - love that vintage look! Your photos as ever are fabulous - I'm glad we don't get that much snow here though! Hugs, Chrisx

  36. This is a beautiful card. I love all of the dimension and the design. So Christmas-y. The little faces of the squirrels in today's photos are absolutely precious.

  37. Zowie Pamellia your card is Amazing! That wreath ia absolutely fantastic! You are just way talented my friend!! I never tire of seeing your sweet critter pics, the are truly wonderful :)

  38. A completely stunning Christmas wreath card, Pamellia - it just makes my heart sing. And wow, the Shire looks glorious as a Winter Wonderland... fabulous to see a cardinal in the flesh, and the squirrels are as delightful as ever.
    Alison x

  39. Always so delightful to visit you. LOVE all the photos, and your wreath here is wonderful. LOVE the snowy details.

  40. I'm thinkin' it was a test of patience to put this INCREDIBLE wreath together! But what an accomplishment because it is totally STUNNING. I adore it.

    And sooo sooo happy to see Karen - YEAH... I know she is glad to see you too. Xj.

  41. Gorgeous card, I love your wreath, all the leaves look amazing especially with the berries and tiny pine cones. I love the effect of Flower Soft when it is used as snow, terrific card.

    Karen looks adorable in her winter coat, so sweet with her eyes screwed up tight and look how fabulous the Blue Jay looks against the snow, even more stunning that the Cardinal.

    Wow, Totally stunning marco shot, just look at the reflections in the water droplets, amazing.

    Dionne x

  42. That wreath is beautifully done Pamellia and the sweet little image is a wonderful finishing touch. Gorgeous!! LOVING seeing all the snowy photos - they are excellent! Thanks for sharing! Nicola x

  43. Hi Pamellia
    I too always hope for a little less wind at Christmas and I don't eat sprouts lol!
    Your card is a festive work of art. The wreath is stunning.
    Your feathered and furry friend shots are always a joy to see.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x