Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer, Summer, Summertime!

Hello Everyone!

Do you ever find that your inspiration has come from the strangest thing? Well I just picked up a jar of peach coloured seed beads from Michaels, and I was itching to use some, so my whole card design started from one little container of beads! FUN!

Lots of layers of pretty papers and lots of lace, yummy! The stickpins are handmade, the leaf flourish is Cheery Lynn, the doily is Whimsy Circle from Memory Box. I used some Hero Arts ink to colour the seam binding, and I used Shabby Shutters ink spray to colour the leaves. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, everything else is from my stash.

It's hard to tell because I got carried away with the flowers, but the image is a bicycle with a basket full of peach roses. So pretty.


My card won an award in the following wonderful challenge:

A special thank you to Kathy Gnj for identifying my Pterodactyl-Darth Vader-alien bird as a Northern Ground Hornbill. Not sure where you pulled that from Kathy, but we all thank you!! lol

Sticking with the summer theme, I thought I would share some of my flower photography. These are my favourite kind of shots. If I could just photograph flowers and animals all day long, I would be a happy camper!

These first 3 images are all varying types of Crabapple Trees as far as I can figure.


Flowering Plum Tree

White Lilac Bush

The Columbine Flower

Did I finally find a Flowering Cherry Tree??

The next 3 images are also of what I figure must be Crabapple Trees.

Yellow Water Iris

Horse Chestnut Tree

At first I thought this was a Hawthorn, but's a Bridal Wreath Spirea Shrub

Lilac Bush

Snow in Summer Plant

I gave up trying to find a match for these next two! - ??????????

Update: Thank you to CdeBaca Crafts Gallery for identifying this flower as a Virginia Waterleaf!

Black Locust tree

Pine Tree Flowers (baby pine cones) - possibly an Eastern White Pine

Thought I would share a sunset shot over the lake today instead of a coffee shot. I shall call this my after dinner shot.

Guess who has made it to the balcony and figured out how to get to the food bowl! JUNIOR!!! And it seems a little rain won't stop him from his newest adventure! Don't ya just want to hug him!!

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. A very quick peek at your latest creation and gorgeous blossom photos Pamellia as trying to get ahead of the workmen and no internet today.

    B x

  2. Lovely card! Amazing colors and embellishments. For the plant underneath the Snow in Summerplant, I have no clue what it is! But, for the one underneath that, they are called Waterleafs. There are different lineages to this flower which is similar to the Borage flower, and location usually plays a role in which type of flower it is specifically. Nice photos!

  3. Oh another stunner Pamellia! And I adore the seed beads. I used to make bead flowers and things when I was younger, and still have a huge fondness for them now. So great for adding a bit of texture. x

  4. Stunning Creation! It is dreamy with so many beautiful things to look at.

    Terrific pictures of the blossoms and the bedraggled squirrel. Always a joy to visit your blog

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Faboulas card Pamellia love all those gorgeous sherbet colours. And the yummy lace and binding ribbon.
    So fresh looking. I love it. Such pretty flowers and Good photography.
    Best wishes
    Jules xx

  6. Oh Gosh Pamellia!! Your card is wonderful...doesn't peach color look just stunning! One of your best the laces and torn layers...beautifully decorated! Crafters can definitely find inspirations anywhere....! :) Love all the gorgeous fav shot is the one above yellow iris..what a cool angle there! Oh yes- and Junior looks funny and cute! :)
    Suchi xx

  7. Beautiful card !
    love your photos!
    and Junior is sooooo cute!

    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

  8. A real lacy beauty Pamellia, gorgeous layers and beads...yummy! Great flower photos today too. Hugs xx

  9. Stunning card, love the lace edged panels and your tags peeking out from them. How on earth did you get those seed beads stuck down, I can't see the glue? they look so pretty though.

  10. Beautiful and very feminine card, love it. Great photos, too. The bosoms on the trees are all long gone here. Poor little wet squirrel! Did you try making the bird food? Hugs, Valerie

  11. Hi Pamellia! Your card is amazing!!! I love all shaby details. You are a great artist!
    I always enjoy a lot stopping by your cozy blog and found tons of inspiration here.

  12. Oh my ... all this beauty because of one jar of beads? It's GORGEOUS!!!
    Love the photos and just look at that soaking wet squirrel!

  13. Stunning design and the added beads, you certainly were inspired. Beautiful floral photography and the bedraggled squirrel is so cute!
    PS So glad someone knew that the big black scary bird was a hornbill, hope I don't meet one!

  14. Lovely card, Pamellia, with so many layers of beauty! You certainly have a wide variety of flowering trees/bushes where you live. Junior is so adorable with his wet fur!

  15. Not only is your card a classic "Pamelia brand" which means sheer gorgeous and fabulous but I soooo loved your photos
    Dr Sonia

  16. Oh my goodness this is do full of beauty. The layers are amazing. Love the tag just peeking out from one of them. Colours are gorgeous. Hugs Mrs A.

  17. Very pretty card Pamellia! Fun spring colors give it such a warm feeling and tucked in tags are such a nice touch.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  18. Oh seeing him all wet does make me want to hug him! CUUUUUTE! And gorgeous flower photos - oh my! This card is screaming with goodness, all the extra bling and layers are amazing. Love this style of yours of layers of tucked tags. The seed beads are so cool! Happy summer summer summertime to you! <3

  19. Simply gorgeous!!! I love this one! I wish you would do a video on how you did it. I so enjoy your photos, the flowers are beautiful. Most of what you showed today are done and gone awhile ago here in the Midwest. We had such an early, warm Spring. Thank you for trying to put names with everything, too. Poor little squirrel.

  20. Just a stunning make. Love it when a tiny element inspires you! Love, love, love the flower photos. Poor little Junior, could he look any more bedraggled?! Cara x

  21. Oh my, so many luscious layers of loveliness on this pretty card! All that lace is just yummy - put me in mind of a little girl with a frilly dress off to a summer party. Those layers are fabulous, and love the bike basket filled with these flowers. You layer so many splendid items and it all works beautifully. Also enjoyed these magnificent photos...what marvelous screen savers each one would make. I'm so impressed that you know the names of all these plants. Cute little wet guy at the end too. That must have been a hard photo to capture with him scampering along the rail. TFS & for a fun, lovely post.

  22. Inspiration comes in the strangest forms and the seed beads certainly started something!! This is scrummy, yummy!! Lovely colours. Gorgeous botanical photography Pamellia and that little baby is absolutely gorgeous!! xx

  23. Love how you used the seed beads for inspiration and in the composition, they give wonderful shabby texture and fit perfectly with the layers you have created. Fab photos of the natural world and little squirrel looks so cute xxx

  24. Ho Pamellia,
    such a very beautiful design, and such a stunning creation.
    I love everything you have done to create this masterpiece.
    The yummy peachy theme is superb and so dreamy.
    I would not have thought of putting those seed beads dotted around like that.
    Your photos of the wonderful foliage is superb.
    Isn't it just glorious when everything is in wonderful bloom.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  25. My gosh, this is summer on a card!! Wow, Pamellia, I absolutely love, love it!! The layers and colors are so dreamy and gorgeous!! The bicycle with a basket full of roses is such a gorgeous feature!! The beads look amazing!! Just absolutely stunning my friend!! Of course I pinned!!

    My gosh, the flowers are all so beautiful!! What a variety!! You've captured each one so perfectly!! And I don't think Junior could be any cuter!! So sweet!! I do just want to hug him!! Have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  26. Yes inspiration can come form anywhere and loving this beautiful project. The prettiest of colours with fabulous texture. Stunning photos today and yes I could quite easily cuddle 'junior' he looks as if he could do with one x Glad he's found his way to the peanuts. Loving the angles of your photo shots and the flower with the rain on it..sensational x Thanks for sharing x

  27. Beautiful creation, love all the layers and your choice of colours.
    Thank you for joining our Great Outdoors challenge this week at Allsorts.


  28. Pamellia, this is gorgeous! The color pallet is so pretty together and of course all the amazing details are outstanding! I love all the beautiful tags and pretty lace, ribbon and beads! Another spectacular card!!!!
    Your pics are awesome~your such a natural with the camera! Beautiful flower shots! Hehe, junior looks so funny!!!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

  29. A gorgeous layered card, as always fabulous details.
    The photos of the flowers are beautiful, but I have to say Junior made me smile, he does look so wet, but he knows where to seek a few treats.
    Yvonne xx

  30. Oh poor Junior he is soaked bless. Love the pictures of,the flowers/trees and plants. Your card is a wow splash of summer on a card. Love,the torn layers and the added pearls and clay pieces. Beautiful. Tracy x

  31. Gorgeous card creation again Pamellia, love all the pretty layers decorated with seed beads, amazing colours & textures.
    Fabulous photos, love the flowers and a soaked squirrel lol.
    Pam x

  32. Scrumptious colors and textures, Pamellia! Makes me yearn for an Italian Ice (but we are back into chilly weather, so not tonight, lol!) Little Junior needs a bath towel, baby squirrel size! Glad he at least endured all that for treats! Gorgeous flower shots as well, and always love your skyline shots! xxx Lynn

  33. Oh, MY, Pamellia! What a treat to visit your blog this evening! So many things to smile about, starting with that amazing card that caused me to squeal when I first opened your blog! Could you hear it? Speechless, but let's just say, I love, love, LOVE the colors and those seed beads--oh, I can tell why you were inspired! And boy! Were you ever inspired! Perfect yummy color combination, and so much fluff and lace, I just want to shrink down to 3 inches and fall into it! Lovely--I'd like to put my order in for a birthday card just like this! Wink, wink!

    Your flower shots are equally amazing; you really should march yourself to a flower supplier and do catalog photos for them, or sign up as a photographer for a garden magazine. You take the most incredible close ups and capture the beauty of these flowers and trees so perfectly. You do have it goin' on, Pamellia!

    Poor Junior, bless his heart! I don't want to hug him, but I want to fluff him up with a tiny towel and then cuddle him. So sweet! I took a video of a squirrel doing some crazy flips and rolling around on the ground right outside my window the other day. At first I thought he may be rabid, but my friend assures me this is normal squirrel behavior. She's somewhat of an expert on wildlife. Your thoughts? Have you seen this? I would love to share the video with you, but don't know how to send it except by text message. Sending hugs your way!

  34. Oh how I do love what that little jar of beads started : ) Just scrumptious- loving all of the feminine touches- all of the lace and flowers and beads. Also, just love your pictures- including that soaking black squirrel who is finding his way to the food : )

  35. Junior is so cute, they must love you. Your flower pics are a sheer delight and your card, well WOW just adore these colours and you put your heart and soul into your creations...xxcxc {aNNie}

  36. So pretty! I love all the layers. (Oh, we've got a tag challenge on at LRW this should link this up!)

    Gorgeous photos too! I have never seen baby pine cones before so thanks for that!!

  37. Wow, it looks like you had the greatest time creating this card Pamellia, just look at all of those layers and all of that lace ... and of course the seed beads. Your card is a stunning, girly, frothy cornucopia.

    Amazing collection of nature pics, I could almost smell the lilac and the pine and all of the blossom is just so pretty. Poor drenched Junior, I wonder that you could resist towelling him down.

    Dionne xx

  38. Opulent is the word that springs to my mind when looking at this summery card, I am always amazed at how many layers you manage to incorporate in your creations. Great work with those beads! Stunning flower shots and junior is so cute!

  39. What a fabulous creation Pamellia - love the peach tones and the lace...
    Your flowers are beautiful, and Junior - I just want to hug him, though I doubt that he would appreciate it!

  40. Oooh this is sooooo yummy Pamellia, the colours are super scrummy ;)
    Donna xx

  41. Hi Pamellia what an awesome, outstandingly beautiful creation I am so glad you found the peach sea beads they are lush and add another wonder to your amazing art work, the detail of your design work, the embellishments are all precious and so pleasurable to see, I also love the fabulous vibrancy of the flowers in the pictures as well as the Squirrel he is so sweet.
    lorraine x

  42. Oh what shabby goodness - love all of the layers! The flowers coming out of the bicycle basket looks amazing! Your flower photos are incredible - I could look at them all day. Poor little Junior so soak and wet. Just makes you want to dry him off with a little terry towel.

  43. Woooow, Pamellia, I can't tell you how much I love your yummy and drop dead gorgeous card! There is so many details to love! I am completely in awe! You have always managed to incorporate so many layers in a breathtakingly beautiful design and you have outdone yourself with this stunning card!
    There is nothing new I could say about your photographs, they are simply works of ART! When I need a portion of beauty I visit your blog! Big hugs to you, my friend! Branka xx

  44. This card is drop dead GORGEOUS so many beautiful layers and beads and flowers and lace and everything else scrumptious, fills it so beautifully.

    Your flower photos are gorgeous and well done for identifying them. The last couple I didn't know. Love your little squirrel, he looks so bedraggled. LOL.

  45. Forgot to say thank you for fluttering by my butterfly challenge. Those layers really are incredible. Hugs Mrs A.

  46. Ooooh... there is an explosion of summer before my eyes! Pamellia, this is spectacular! And I love that it all started with your sweet peach seed beads! Inspiration truly is all around us, isn't it? The colors are so sprightly and I love how they look combined with your trademark elegance. The lacy layers are breathtakingly beautifully. The abundance of flowers surrounding the darling bicycle basket are gorgeous. And the airiness! Oh my. I am completely enamored with this, my sweet and talented friend. The sprinkling of seed beads throughout is definitely one of my favorite parts. It is one thing I have longed to play with, but am largely afraid. ;) Thank you for the exquisite inspiration, Pammelia.

    Your pictures are extraordinary as ever. Photographing flowers speaks to the heart and your results are beautiful as ever. So many varieties, each so perfectly captured. You were blessed with a stunning sunset, of which I'm grateful you shared. And oh precious Junior... he needs a smooshy hug! Thank you for bringing so much joy to our days. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  47. What a gorgeous card love the peach and blues together so pretty with all the beads and lace . Beautiful photos of your flowering trees /shrubs I love this time of year . I have lilac, flowering crab apple , apple tree pear and plum tree but they are not in full bloom yet --need a few days of sun rather than all the rain we are having here in the Maritimes.

  48. This is so beautiful and colorful Pamellia! I love all of the flowers and your stunning details! Fabulous photos too!
    Hugs, Tammy

  49. Beautiful card! Love the tags and all the pretty layers! Thanks for sharing with us at My Sheri Crafts!

    Glenda's Cards

  50. absolutely gorgeous card..... the bicycle and flowers ah so lovely. its getting colder here by the day and your photos warmed me up. hugs.

  51. Oh wow Pamellia another stunning creation, gorgeous layer of lovelyness. The colours are so delicate.
    Beautiful photos all those gorgeous flowers .
    Hugs Julie xxx

  52. stunning creation,love all the lacy textured layers full of gorgeous embellishments and love the delicate colour.Fabulous pics my son has a beauiful bank of snow in Summer in his garden and how cute is junior
    Carol x

  53. Amazing card! Perfect colours and all details! I love it :)
    Hugs :)

  54. OMGosh, what wonderful photos Pamellia, it's a delight to visit your blog to see all this beautiful funa and florals, I love the baby squirrel, so sweet and wet!!

    Gorgeous card, all those layers are amazing and lots of beautiful embellishments, Kate x

  55. Just absolutely gorgeous. A real summery card Pamellia, love it. Happy crafty weekend, Angela xXx

  56. Simply heavenly! From the peachy card - so pretty with the touches of blue, like blossom against a spring sky - full of seed beads and other delights, to the incredible flower photography - wow! And then to finish with, scraggly Junior making his way to the food bowl. Happy sigh!!
    Alison x

  57. Pamellia, what a gorgeous card! It is so ornate - so many little details! I like the way you used the tags on your card - a little surprise tucked in. Thank you for joining us this week at LRW Tag, You're It challenge.

  58. Sigh and double sigh! Very ingenious use of your ribbon layers! So gorgeous, and then I come to the photos of your flowers! More gorgeousness! Thanks for sharing so much beauty today! Hugs, de

  59. Beautiful card and beautiful use of all those wonderful embellishments. So many details! I love the hidden tags

    Thanks for sharing with My Sheri Crafts

  60. Wow! What a wonderful card! Love your photos - especially poor Junior! Hugs, Chrisx