Monday, May 2, 2016

Pion Design - Spring Makes Me Smile

Hello Everyone!

I'm back after my wonderful week off with my Mom, and it seems like it went by so quickly. It doesn't seem to matter how long she visits for, it's never long enough!!

Back to my craft room yesterday to play with some more of my beautiful Pion papers! These papers are from the Scent of Lavender collection, I sure do love the florals in the soft purples!

Click on the thumbnail to view the entire collection:


Pion products used:

Scent of Lavender - In Provence PD7205
Scent of Lavender - Preserving the Scent PD7208
Scent of Lavender - French Country PD7206
Scent of Lavender - Small Leaves PD7203
Scent of Lavender - Borders PD7210
Images From the Past - Scent of Lavender PD1615
Pion Design Palette - Pion Beige I PD6103

The frame is made from air-dry clay and a Martha Stewart mold. The doily is Whimsy Circle from Memory Box and the Chloe stem is Memory Box as well. The smile sentiment is from Sizzix, the leaves are from Cheery Lynn and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I am so excited to announce Pion Design's next paper collection release!! There are places where time stands still and moments of everyday life have been preserved for future generations, and with this in mind Pion Design proudly presents a preview of our upcoming collection Mister Tom’s Treasures.”


My card won awards in the following wonderful challenges:


The weather was all over the place while my Mom was here. It was mostly cold and wet, but we did get one fairly nice sunny day so off we went to the river to have ourselves a little picnic! It was windy and a little dingy without any green foliage, but Mom loved it just the same!

There was a small creek off the one side, and the ducks and geese seemed to really like that part of the river. It was very quiet there and neither of us wanted to leave!

I took this one with my phone so the quality isn't great, but show cares...

Here's my Mom trying to figure out what one of the strange plants we saw might be. We found some interesting ones along the river side. If anyone knows what these plants are or were, please let me know.

Mr Scruff and Crazy Karen both put on quite a show for my Mom and she was loving the close up contact we were able to get with these darling creatures! Karen even stepped inside to grab a peanut out of the bowl, Mom sure got a kick out of that!

Seems Mother Nature knew she owed me one for that crazy snow storm a few weeks ago, so she put on one heck a show for the sunrise on Mom's last day!! One of the best I've seen so far!! Dang I love my view!

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. Such a pretty card Pamellia! Lovin'' all the beautiful papers and blossoms!

  2. Such a pretty and delicate card and I absolutely love Lavender so this is definitely one of my favourites. Your photos are fabulous as always but it seems strange to see your pictures without any snow on them. I will be taking inspiration from the last two for my scene scapes as the sky is so incredibly beautiful. It's so good to hear that you enjoyed the time spent with your Mom. Sadly, I lost my Mum several years ago but I treasure every moment that I spend with my Daughter and Granddaughter, these times are so precious to me. Wishing you a happy crafting week Pamellia :) X

  3. The white and lilac make for such a beautifully delicate and pretty creation Pamellia, it's another real stunner.

    B x

  4. Welcome back, glad you had a lovely week with your mum. Your design is pure elegance...the colours stunning! Xx

  5. Such a gorgeous blend of lilac and green colours Pamellia and a beautiful designed card. Lovely to see your photos and how wonderful to spend some time with your mum.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  6. Wonderful photographs and nice to 'meet' your Mum, so pleased you enjoyed your time with her.

    Just love the card I could almost smell lavender as I looked at it and it a favourite smell for me.

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. A wonderful Spring inspired card with those lovely papers! So glad you had a good time with your mum and what a lovely photo of her! Lovely photos altogether of course. I am not an expert on flowers and plants, but one of them is a thistle I am sure. Our weather here is no better than yours, howling wind and pouring rain, - where o where is Spring this year....

  8. So pleased you had a wonderful time with your Mum,
    Beautiful card as always Pamellia i love the Pion papers .
    Big Hugs
    Elaine H X

  9. Wonderful spring card, love the colours. Glad you enjoyed the week with your Mom. Lovely photos, too, the plant with the 'bristles' is a teazle. The one with a hole in it looks like it's got an insect nest, a lot build their nests on twigs and trees, if you google 'insect gaul' you will find similar things. Hugs, Valerie

  10. Oh Pamellia this is so fresh to look at the lilac a green together, very sweet image love it.
    Glad you had a good week,nice pics and pretty sweet chicks.
    Best wishes
    Jules xx

  11. Wow Pamellia what a stunning creation , gorgeous colour combo one of my favourites, beautiful photos beautiful scenery on your walks, your fur babies are absolutely gorgeous they are so sweet.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  12. Beautiful card and wonderful photos, Pamellia.
    Have a happy day ♥

  13. Lovely photos and especially one of your mum...they are special. Absolutely adorable make this creation and the colours are so lovely.xx{aNNie}

  14. Oh Gosh!!! I not only look forward to your cards but also the beautiful nature photography that you do! Your card is gorgeous and great color combination to add! Say my Hi! to Mr.Scruff and Crazy Karen! :)
    Suchi xx

  15. Pleased to hear you had a good week with Mum. What a pretty card this is...beautiful colours xx

  16. Fabulous card as always Pamellia, those papers are certainly beautiful!
    So pleased you had a lovely week with your Mum even if it did fly by too quickly for you, stunning photos today...especially the sunrise!

  17. Beautiful project today with girly colours, lots of texture and pretty elements. I love my ducks so really enjoyed the photos of those ever so cute ducklings. Stunning sun set photo and it was good of Mother nature to do that for your Mum! Those new masculine papers look fabulous x Thanks for sharing as always x

  18. Sounds like you had a wonderful week filled with precious memories with your mum, Pamellia.
    Love your latest card, you are a true asset to Pion.
    Hugs, Julie x

  19. Stunning project, those papers are yummy. Glad you and your Mum had a good time. Love the photos. Cara x

  20. Hi Pamellia,

    Welcome back my friend, so glad you and your Mom had a wonderful week, time does fly when you are having fun lol! I think that flower could be Eryngium Planum (Sea Holly) at least it looks like a dried up one lol! I used to have them in my garden they are a beautiful Bluey/Purple colour flower head, look them up, I may be wrong lol! Beautiful card Pamellia, once again I love how you manage to add so many layers without it looking too much, just beautiful.
    WOW! wow! wow! that sunset is just like they have down in Cornwall, amazing, beautiful colours. So glad your mom got to see it on her last day. Take care,

    Have a great day

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  21. Beautiful card as always, Pamellia! I love Pion papers! So glad you had a wonderful visit with your Mom and she got to meet your furry friends. It's those little moments in life that are so special.

  22. Hello Pamellia, what wonderful photos and the sunrise is awsome, thank you for sharing them.
    Your card is stunning, the colours design and embellishment are gorgeous, Kate x

  23. Beautiful card Pamellia, love the lilac and greens. Lovely photos and the sunrise is just amazing, so pleased your Mom got to share it with you, a great end to a wonderful shared week.
    Avril xx

  24. Oh, I am in love! Love the colors the frame, the birdie, the flower sprays and butterfly! Just a beautiful design with so much to look at! Looks like a wonderful visit with your Mom and such wonderful photos you shared with us! I will be back to have a closer look when I have more time! Hugs!

  25. Beautiful card Pamellia! Love the frame and overall design! Thank you for the inspiration :)
    Paper Talk with Samra

  26. Hi Pamellia, such a stylish card love it. Pleased to hear you had a lovely time with your mum and loving your photos too. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

  27. Glad you had a nice visit with your Mom and great photos! Your card is beautiful with all those lovely flowers and what a great size! That sunset is breathtaking, Pamellia! Have a lovely week! Hugs!

  28. Hi Pamellia
    Well, you're back with a bang and an amazing vision in lilac. You really do those lovely papers justice.
    Glad you had a great time with Mum. Special times that memories are made of.
    The spikey plant is called a teasel in the UK. Goldfinches love them, which is why I have one growing in my garden.
    Gorgeous sunrise.
    Ang x

  29. love this make heaps, its just so pretty x

  30. Oh MY! That sunrise is incredible! I never seem to up and at 'em when our prettiest appear... but I still stand in marvel. Today it was 80 by 8AM, and I enjoyed the feeling of the wind kissing my face. I let all the squigglies from the oak trees fall on my head - I didn't care LOL - just stood with my arms outstretched feeling the history of this wind - wonder what distant shores it had already visited before coming my way, what beautiful mountains had it rolled over, how many miles of loveliness had it blown, before visiting me this morning. I even wondered if it was partly from solar rays from the sun, where perhaps it had it's origin. No matter what, it was beautiful and invigorating. Every moment has something to be grateful for - no matter how a person might feel during that moment. I feel badly sometimes for people who are unable to grasp the Moment's Beauty because of a chemical/mental imbalance - and I'm grateful that I can logically, if not spiritually, enjoy those times. So interesting in the one photo where some tiny life found sustenance and protection from the elements in that branch's bulge.

    Guess I should say something about your amazing card - the papers melt-my-heart. It's as though the fantasy flowers are a cross between salvias, heathers and lavender! Beautiful all the way, with the pretty ways you have framed interesting pieces, and added your own dear touch with the magic only your fingers can bring. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing the walk with your lovely mom! xo

  31. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time with your mom. Why didn't you come back with her to the Carolina's?!?! Would have loved to visited. ;0 Beautiful card and I love how you added the pearls to the die - perfect detail!

  32. I love the card, it is so soft and pretty! I always love your cards but don't always comment. I like your photos too, nice to see your Mom. Happy Spring!

  33. Very pretty card. Love that colour scheme. The lavender in the little frame is a lovely focal point along with the bird. I always loved the smell of lavender and it reminds me of the little sachets people used in their lingerie drawers. Nice photo of your Mom - glad you got to spend the week with her and get out a bit despite the up and down weather we can't seem to shake.

  34. You do such wonderful work with the Scent of Lavender Pion paper collection, your card is gorgeous, I really love the design too! I always love seeing your photos, the sunrise one is just totally amazing!! So pleased you had a lovely week with your Mum too, and glad she got to enjoy the animals! Hugs, Anne xx

  35. A gorgeous card with lovely Pion papers. A beautiful design with lovely romantic details. I like the frame too. Stunning!! Your photos are also fantastic, you are so talented! hugs, Marlies

  36. I am absolutely in love with this card, Pamellia!! Wow, oh wow, it's absolutely stunning!! Pion made the perfect choice to have you showcase their papers!! The layers, details and embellies are fabulous!! I love everything about this...and as always, I've been studying it for the past 10 minutes before I can even think to comment ;)

    I'm so glad you have a wonderful time with your mom!! What a beautiful spot by the river for your picnic!! The little ducklings are so sweet!! I would have wanted to smuggle them all home with me!! How adorable that your furry friends came to meet your, mom, too!! She got to see an absolutely stunning sunrise!! I hope you have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  37. Hi Pamellia it is lovely to hear that your time with your mum was spent seeing some of your special friends and places you must have both enjoyed yourself so much. The colour of the sky looks breathtaking just like this stunning creation of yours, I love to spend time looking at all your wonderful detail, everywhere you look there is something of beauty to see, your attention to detail always holds me spellbound, I am in awe as usual, lol
    lorraine x

  38. Fabulous made embellishments on a fabulous card. So glad you joined us at Come And Get It Challenges, CarolG & DT

  39. Gorgeous card Pamellia. The patterned papers you've been adding to your work recently have really put your cards over the top. You pick just the most perfect images and pieces of designer paper that work amazing with your layering and gorgeous dimensional die-cuts. Great job!

    More beautiful pictures and I can see why you love living there. So nice to be close to the river and be able to enjoy a peaceful walk along with all the wonderful flora, fauna and wildlife. Glad you had a wonderful time with your mom, and mother nature sure put on a show for her on her last morning. xx

  40. My dear friend, I am so grateful you had a blessed time with your mom... and am so grateful to have a new beautiful creation to admire! :o) You bring out the absolute best in Pion. I hope they never forget what a treasure they have in you! Your layering is gorgeous and I love the air-dried clay frame. The sprinkling of purple blossoms and delicate detailing leave me speechless once again. Oh to be able to express the joy your work gives me! I trust by now you know, however. :o) Lovely work, Pamellia!

    I love your area, sweet friend! I'm thankful God has you there because you never take His beauty for granted. From exquisite sunrises to the sweetest furry friends, you are surrounded by all things lovely. I love the picture of your mom. :o) I'm delighted you both enjoyed nature's beauty together. Sending tons of light and hugs your way! Happy happy Monday, Pamellia. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  41. A stunning card Pamellia, so many beautiful details and such pretty colours - another fabulous creation.

  42. A gorgeous card, love the shades of lavender you added. Glad you had a lovely week with your Mom, the photos you took are awesome. Gorgeous colours of sunrise.
    Yvonne xx

  43. Beautiful spring pictures Pamellia combined with an equally beautiful spring card. The lilac colour is so pretty as are the papers and I love the frame you made. Tracy x

  44. Stunning card creation using those amazing papers Pamellia, beautiful layers of loveliness, glad you had a wonderful time with your Mom, see you have been answered, that your flower head is a teazel, stunning photos..TFS.
    Pam x

  45. So lovely! Gorgeous papers too! Happy to hear you had a nice visit with your mom.

  46. The first plant pic is a teasel-glad your enjoyed your Mums visit-Fabulous card -fabulous layering gorgeous flowers and papers and love the little frame
    Carol x

  47. Wow, fantastic card!!! I continue to marvel at all of your detail, framing, layering, frilly elements and texture.... one of these year I might actually try some of this! How about a Pamellia 101 series? Sort of kidding, but not really!

    And absolutely love all your photos - I see that Valerie already answered about the teasle and insect gaul re your unknown plants. In most places in the US, teasel is considered a weed, but it is also frequently used as a showpiece in floral arrangements, so go figure, lol! I love it, personally, but always as a dry piece, as apparently it is a bit invasive. LOVE your sunset photos, and your little critters showing off for your mom..... so glad you got to spend some time with her! xxx Lynn

  48. Love what you did with these Pion papers! The colors are delicious and the frame and image look great! The layers and textures work to make a gorgeous Card!! I see you have identified the plants. Nice to hear you had a great visit with your mom :) The sunrise is beautiful, here in the southwest we have Very colorful sunrise and sunsets! You sweet critters are always a joy to see :)

  49. I am so glad you had a wonderful week with your mom, Pamellia! I can see she loves nature as much as you do! Awesome photos, as always and those sunset ones are fantastic!
    Your spring inspired card is absolutely beautiful! What a delicate and exquisite design with so many elements to look at! Pion is so lucky to have you!
    Big hugs and lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  50. So glad to hear you had a wonderful week with your Mum pamellia - those photos are fabulous, especially the sunrise!
    Love lavender - both the colour and the herb, and your card is beautiful

  51. omgosh- I could see the little tongue on that first lil squirrel how freakin cute is that!! and I love those baby goslings- adorable!!
    I am so happy you had a wonderful visit with your Mom~she looks lovely,just like you! xoxo

  52. Hi Pamellia,
    another of your very superb creations today.
    Love the papers used, and everything you have used to create such a wonderful creation.
    That lovely purple and green is so very refreshing.
    Wonderful photos yet again of your walks.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  53. Love your card of lavender and green so pretty together . Glad you had a great visit with your Mom and you were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings . Awesome photos .

  54. Oh! Pamellia, you get betterere and betterere, (who said there is no such word?) this is so VERY beautiful, love the colours and the frame.

    So glad you and your Mum had a good break together, such lovely walks for you to have together, it all looks so peaceful as you said and for her to enjoy the company of the squirrels too, something to talk about when she returns home. WOW what a beautiful sunrise. You must be a an early riser LOL.
    Thanks for all your lovely comments on my work.

  55. Such a gorgeous paper collection which you have transformed in to one of your beautiful, original creations once again. I love all the sweet details and embellishments you have managed to include here, just wonderful.
    Glad you had a fabulous time with your Mom, family are so important.

  56. Hello my friend, I'm so glad that you had a wonderful week with your darling Mum. Those are the best times and I'm glad you were able to enjoy a picnic. Your lavender card is sublime....I can't get enough of those gorgeous papers you work your magic with. Hugs xx

  57. What a dream of a post! Your fabulous card (oh you are loving those papers aren't you?)Great to see that you enjoyed your time with your Mum and that she was introduced to your furry friends! The sunrise is incredible! Hugs, Chrisx

  58. Oh my gosh, what a GREAT post and I love your creation and all the wonderful photo's! How fun to have your Mom for a visit!
    Your card is amazing! I am totally loving the purple and all the beautiful layers! You rocked this~all the elements are fantastic!! I really enjoy visiting your blog! I can't wait to find some time to craft! We have been so distracted with helping my daughter, son inlaw annd family move. It's been a lot of work but they are finally in. Yay!
    Sherrie K

  59. I don't know how I missed this one Pamellia but it is beautiful with the pretty green and lavender colours and love the sweet frame and design...gorgeous...

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  60. Wow, look at those amazing sunrise photographs!

    Your card is so fabulous, I cannot think of the words to express how lovely I think it is, great lavender images, love the frame and your beautiful flowers. Great colour palette and stunning layout. Truly amazing.

    Lovely to see a pic of your mum, I am so pleased you had such a great time with her.

    Dionne xx

  61. Yummy! What a lovely card and the purples are beautiful. You do these papers justice and enhance em so very much. Awesome sauce details and that mold is fantabulous! So glad to hear you had a blast with your mum and she got to meet your furry friends. Hugz to you muffin! ~Doc

  62. So LOVELY Pamellia! I can almost smell the flowers on your card. Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept:)

  63. Gorgeous card Pamellia, those papers are gorgeous and you showcase them beautifully! Sounds like you had a great visit with your Mom,thanks for sharing your pictures! Deb xo

  64. Wonderful photos, and your card is just gorgeous. I don't know where to look first, there are so many amazing elements! Thanks for joining us this week at The Card Concept :)

  65. Wow, this is fabulous!! Love all of the gorgeous flowers and other elements- thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept :-)

  66. Hunny, I love love love this card, is it for me? you've reminded me to dig out my moulds, glad you had fun with your mum or should I say mom, hugs Liz xx

  67. Another feast of a post. Love your moulded frame around the gorgeous lavender image - the whole card is delightful. And the sunset is completely jaw-dropping!
    Alison x