Monday, July 18, 2016

Ornamental Christmas

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Back with another Christmas in July card featuring products from Recollections that are available at Michael's Craft StoresFor those of you who follow my Facebook timeline, you have already heard my amazing news about being asked to work with some of the products that Michaels carries. I just love the wide range of products they have, so watch out for lots more projects starring Recollections products and much much more.

For this card I have used papers from the Fashionably Chic paper collection as well as a Recollections wooden Christmas Ornament embellishment and some bits of lace.

The holly flourish is from Cheery Lynn, the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the twine is from May Arts. I used the DecoArt Snow Writer and then covered it with Flower Soft in white to create the look of soft fluffy snow.

A bit of exciting news before I show you a few photos. I have been asked to join the Design Team over at the Craft Heaven Shop Inspirational Blog

If  you haven't checked out the Craft Heaven Shop, I highly recommend you do. Tina carries all the best shabby products and brands. Maja Design, Pion Design, Magnolia, Wild Orchid Crafts and much much more!! Worldwide Shipping too!! I am really excited about this new crafty adventure, as I've never been on a shabby chic design team before. I am so grateful to Tina for this opportunity and can't wait to get started!!

Just a few shots from around the lake. I'm having a hard time finding areas to aim my camera now without having shots of all the dead grass. Lots of closeups of ducks and flowers instead. If anyone has time to do a rain dance for me, I sure would appreciate it! lol

One of my favourite things to do, is sit with my bag of food and watch as the geese and ducks make their way across the lake to get their treats!

and then off they go, back to the open water...

Still the odd Swamp Rose here and there.

Not sure what this is...

Here is what I know about these Burrs...
1. They stick to everything, and I mean EVERYTHING!!
2. They're ugly all year round!
3. When the world comes to an end, the only things left alive will be the cockroaches and THESE BURRS!

Back on the home front we have a Black-Capped Chickadee out my bird watching window.

And another NOT-Hummingbird eyeballing the Hummingbird feeder!! This is a young Red-Winged Blackbird.

I would like to introduce you to a couple of newbies on the patio. This is MR. BAGGINS. I called him that because he has these brown bags around his eyes that make him look a little bit like a Hobbit. He makes the funniest faces, so hilarious to watch!

This is PATRICIA. She is very camera shy, so most of my shots of her are taken through the window. Her name doesn't hold any meaning except that my hubby felt left out that he never gets to name them. lol

SKITTLES says hello from the carpet, where he is eyeballing me to make sure I stay a safe distance away.

Last but not least. JUNIOR has decided he doesn't even have the energy to sit up while he eats!
OH for crying out load JUNIOR!!!

My token morning coffee shot...

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. Amazing card. Love all the layers and details. Wonderful photos. Grat job!
    Valerija xx

  2. Beautiful card, love the embellishments, and the photos are wonderful. Sorry, I don't want to do a rain dance, it might come own here again! Have a fun week, hugs, Valerie

  3. Amazing card as always Pamellia fabulous textures and elements.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  4. Two fantastic bits of news, Pamellia - how exciting to be invited to work with Michaels, and the Craftheaven gig sounds right up your street! A gorgeous card to kick us off, simple (for you!) and elegant, and showcasing that lovely wooden ornament perfectly.
    Alison x

  5. Congratulations on your new appointments-well deserved for sure.

    Love the beautiful card with the wonderful layers and cool colour choices.

    What amazing photographs as well. The burs are my favourite today

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Congrats Pamellia ! Loved the layered wintry ,snowy card with neutrals ! I can never imagine neutrals look look these amazing ..

  7. Your Christmas card is stunning Pamellia and such fantastic news too xx how wonderful to be designing for Michaels. They are my favourite place to visit when I am in the USA. Craft Haven sounds perfect for you too xx
    Enjoy !!

    Hugs Annie x

  8. Thanks for the fabulous comments about your squirrels - that junior really takes the cake!!
    Congratulations on your work being recognised and getting to work for Michael's Craft Stores and Craft Heaven.

  9. Beautiful, beautiful card Pamellia..and I love little squirrel..
    Congratulations on your 2 new ventures..fantastic.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  10. Wow Pamellia, you are in great demand, which is totally unsurprising as your creations are always so stunning!This fabulous frosty card is no exception, lovely to look at on a hot day like this one (I'm not complaining we've waited too long for some sun!)
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos too...those squirrels are so entertaining!

  11. Just a gorgeous card and congrats on the Michaels gig too!! xx

  12. Many congratulations on being asked to design with products from Michael's store, I know you'll do them proud. I spent much of last night watching your videos on YouTube, and they are soooo addictive. I couldn't take my eyes of then and it was just amazing to see how your wonderful cards progress from start to finish. Another gorgeous card today and you can't beat a bit of Christmas in July. Crafty hugs, Sandra X

  13. Lots of good news from you today, so congratulations! The card is so pretty. Can't wait to see more with Recollections. Yes, unfortunately, it's that time of year when everything turns brown and spindly from the heat. Same thing here. Always glad to see the animals and birds.

  14. Congratulations on your Michaels and Craft Heaven gigs!!! That is quite an accomplishment knowing that Michaels is quite a big corporation and you get to represent them.
    Your Christmas card is gorgeous!
    Thank you for joining us at Scrapy Land challenge with this beauty.
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  15. Congratulations on your new DT Pamelia and oooh such a cutie Squirrel

  16. Congrats lovely lady and wow what an awesome post, gorgeous card and amazing pics {aNNie}

  17. Fantastic card! I love the muted colours. Congrats on your new DT jobs!

  18. Congratulations on both of your amazing opportunities, Pamellia!! How exciting to represent Michaels!! Wow!! And the Craft Heaven blog sounds so awesome!! I'm headed over to check it out next!! They are both lucky to have you!!

    Your Christmas card is absolutely stunning!! The layers are amazing!! I love the beautiful papers and the perfect details!! The ornament is gorgeous!! The flower soft snow is fabulous!! Love this my friend!!

    Your pictures are gorgeous as always!! LOL the burrs ;) I honestly don't know how you're able to tell the squirrels apart!! But they are all so darn adorable, especially Junior :) Have a great day my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  19. Congratulations, such fabulous news and...they are lucky to have you x Love the muted colours on your project today, gorgeous textures always! I feed the ducks too so I know how fun and satisfying that can be. Chuckled at Junior..he's one happy squirrel and glad that husband got to name one x

  20. Oooh, here is already Christmas LOL 😀
    Gorgeous card as always, Pamellia.
    Your furly friend has still fun and Nice to see again!
    Have a great Time ♥

  21. First of all, BIG Congrats for your new DT, very well deserved!! Your card is wonderful and I'm stunned by the snow, it seems true!! Your design is amazing, with great textures and dimensions! There is a lot to look in it! Love all the details and the little bells are delightful!
    Great photos, and your squirrels make me smile, MR. Baggins is really fun with his face, and Patricia is adorable, as Skitless. But Junior... :D oh, he is just a cutie in this photo and made me laught very much!! I think he is the more domestic of the family, perhaps this winter you will found him in your kitchen :D
    Beautiful photos of the lake with these ducks, and love the cute little birds out of your house,in Italy I have never seen them.

  22. Hi Pamellia,

    Firstly what a fabulous card, just gorgeous hun. Secondly BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your new DT, well deserved, I shall look forward to seeing your creation for those and thirdly, last but not least ...oh how I adore Junior, he is so comical and very laid back! Loving the new arrivals too in Mr Baggins & Patricia! Hope you are having a great summer too Pamellia, its very hot here at the moment and they forecast 35 degrees tomorrow HELP!

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  23. Wow and Wow!! what a gorgeous card Pamellia, I love absolutely everything about it. The frosty, misty colours are gorgeous and all the layers and detail are amazing, love it all.
    More wonderful photos, I love the little chicadee bird, he is gorgeous, and those little squirrels are os cute, thanks for sharing them, Kate x

  24. Wow Pamellia, two lots of good news today! Congratulations on both counts, you certainly deserve the accolades with all the hard work and effort you put into your project.

    The card is gorgeous, the ornament looks so beautiful nestled in those beautiful layers. Great shots today too, I just love how Junior has positioned himself to eat!

    We have had our first full day of sunshine and warmth today - yay! Hopefully our rain is on its way to you now!! Hugs, Anne xx

  25. Lots and lots of congratulations today. We do not have Michael's here but from the blogs I read I get the impression that they are a really big deal over there. I am amazed to read that you have not been snapped up by every shabby chic team going, some one's not reading their emails about how fabulous you are!

    Beautiful card, wonderful Christmas themes, I love all of the jingly bits and gorgeous ornament nestling in the centre of your design.

    Summer seems to have found us today and it is just too hot to do anything, I guess sleeping tonight will out of the question.

    Dionne xx

  26. Wow hun major congrats on your news,Michael's wow, heard they are a fab shop and of course you know where very happy to have you with us over at craft heaven, loving your card hun, beautiful layering and love the soft snow effect, on another note yeah it's been sun shining today!!!!! sooooooooo hot and hotter still tomorrow, then they say we will lose it so maybe summer is then over but at least we have seen that yellow thing in the sky again, thought it had gone on vacation and left Britain altogether, he he xx

  27. Wow, beautiful Christmas card! The wooden ornament is gorgeous and I just love all the fun details. The background is fabulous also! I am so thrilled for, a lot of news for you! You will be a huge asset to your new DT! Congrats to you and how fun to be selected to work with Michaels and some of their will be amazing! Can't wait to see all your creations. I am sure I will be off to Michaels a whole lot more after seeing all the things you will be creating. You will easily enable me, lol!
    Have a super day!
    Sherrie K

  28. Congratulations on your fabulous news Pamellia, both are lucky to have you.
    Wonderful layered card with gorgeous layers and textures.. more wonderful photos too.
    Pam x

  29. Gorgeous layers & interesting to see that your F/Soft stuck well to the snow writer (I'll have to try that with my failing F/Soft techiques! Also got a suggestion to try the clear PVC glue as well). Your technique really did resemble snow so nicely, and looks great with the wooden ornament. We have Mike's locally, so I do have quite a stash of Recollection supplies. COngrats on being on the new DT's. Always enjoy your splendid photos. It still looks lovely with the cool green by the pond. Had to smile over the cockroach comment. I think they were prehistoric too! Have a wonderful week,& TFS. (we have the Carolina Chickadee, which looks a bit less white than this little fella does).

  30. Congratulations on your fantastic news, both teams are lucky to have you with them. A gorgeous card today and super photos. Junior does make me smile, what a way to eat, he must feel very safe on your balcony.
    Yvonne xx

  31. very nice !
    great photos!
    have a nice day

  32. Congrats on your exciting news Pamellia although I'm not surprised as you're the Queen of shabby chic in my eyes ;). Such a gorgeous card too filled with all your attention to details. I swear I'm coming over there to adopt Junior!
    Donna xx

  33. Always a joy to see your creations Pamellia. I LOVE how you've added flower soft to the snow writer ... I have both of those, so will be trying it. Thank you! Congrats on your exciting news. Tina and her team are lucky to have you join them. xx

  34. Congratulations on all your news and your card is beautiful, you are gonna be busy, busy, busy and I'm looking forward to seeing what you make. Love your lake shots and how lovely to have new visitors joining the fold. Junior is just soooooo hilarious xxxx

  35. Congratulation Pamellia!! So well deserved! Your card is so the texture and white over the ornament! And helloooo little squirrels!!! YOU are all soooo cuteee!! Wihs i could squeeze them.. :P Hope you have a great week ahead ! :)
    Suchi xx

  36. I'm lost for words AGAIN, the card is so VERY beautiful. love the effect of the flower soft. CONGRATULATIONS on your Micheal's post and at the Craft Haven. They know what they have in you. Sorry didn't see the FB page, I don't often go there.

    Love your photos,we have high temperatures AT LAST! perhaps we will have Summer after all.
    Have a lovely week

  37. Another stunning addition to your Christmas card collection, love those muted clours!! And of course big congrats on your news, they are lucky to have you, - you are going to be one busy lady!!

    Stunning photos like always, - I think you are a "squirrel whisperer", they are all just delightful little characters!

  38. Absolutely divine, Pamellia! Many congrats on your new DT! Brilliant photos as always! xxx

  39. Congratulations, two amazing opportunities. Another gorgeous Christmas card, love the wooden bauble and tiny bells.

  40. That card is utterly beautiful !
    Amazing photos dear Pamellia and
    CONGRATS on the new DT!

  41. Oh my goodness Pamellia!!! What a load of exciting news all in one post! Biggest congrats on your new DT and WOW - working for Michael's/Recollections is HUGE! I actually have this wooden piece, love these! I could never make it as lovely and romantic looking, though. Great work! Hugs, Autumn

  42. I just don't know where the days go, the weeks are just flying by lol. Love your Christmas in July card. The wooden bauble adds a wonderful natural, dimensional element and I love the little bells, tucked in behind all the fabulous layers . Gorgeous. Congratulations on your wonderful news. Tracy x

  43. Gorgeous Christmas card but still not started mine Lol! Angela x

  44. Love this frosty Christmas card. Congrats on your newest DT.

  45. Congrats Pamellia, what cool opportunities! Of course no surprise considering your fabulous cards! You do layers like no other :) Love your beautiful Christmas card!! Your pics make me smile especially love that character Junior :)

  46. Congratulations, very well deserved. Still loving the squirrels! Cara x

  47. Golly!!! Well done you!! Isn't Michaels huge?!?! Martha Stewart branding types should look out for Pamellia! I've visited Craft Heaven before online and their pretty stock also sounds right up your alley (and mine!). Major congrats. Love your card too! Nicola x

  48. Double congrats Pamellia and so well deserved. Your card is so pretty.
    Julie x

  49. Gorgeous card Pamellia, it's no wonder everyone wants you, congratulations! Deb xo

  50. BIG, big congrats, Pamellia! They are both super lucky to have you, my friend! What wonderful news! Your card is simply breathtaking! So vintage, so frosty and so awesome! Only you can create such beautiful layers and dimension! I am in awe, as always!
    You made my day again with your artistic photos! Those squirrels shots are melted my heart! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  51. WOWWWW! I don't follow on FB and just read your terrific news! Congratulations Pamellia on both additions to Micheal's as well as Craft Haven!Fabulous!!
    I love that Junior-teeheehee

  52. Another beautiful card, you're really doing very well on the Christmas pile.
    Congratulations on the Design news, thrilled for you.
    Great photos and what can I say about Junior - really laughed out loud at that one.
    Avril xx

  53. Congrats on your new DT really well deserved-fabulous card and love all the gorgeous layers-loving all the nature pics
    Carol x

  54. Hi Pamellia
    Mega congrats on the Michaels and DT gigs! Bravo and well deserved!
    Superb card and embellished beautifully as always.
    Flower looks a bit like Cow Parsley and does Junior actually leave your balcony lol
    Now, speaking as a Duck, bread is not good for our digestion Mrs J. It also causes problems with water quality (causes algae growth and bacteria) so in the UK, were told not to use bread. Defrosted frozen peas and or sweet corn, porridge oats and would you believe lettuce are the recommended treats for our floating feathered friends.
    Sorry if that sounded like a lecture......wasn't meant to be but I know you like to do right by your wildlife chums.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

    1. Hey Ang. Thanks for the info. I actually don't feed the ducks just bread, it's just easier to write that in the post, than to say "my bag of bread, bird seed, grapes, oats, carrots, cabbage and whatever leftover vegetables there were from last night". lol I do add a little bread into the bag but I think the good stuff outweighs the carbs. If I only someone would regulate my junk food intake, I'd be a happy camper! lol

    2. Hi Pamellia
      Sorry, I shouldn't have just assumed. I should have known you would have been doing right by the birdies.
      I use shelled nuts too for the squirrels and meant you'd be peeling the thin skins off the nuts for Master Junior.......sort of the squirrel equivalent of peeling a grape lol!
      Sorry again.
      Ang x

  55. How exciting! I just knew something was up with Michaels quite a while back--not just from what I've caught up with today, and I couldn't be more thrilled for you on that bit of good news or for your new DT position. I will need to get over and check them out! Well done and well deserved, and couldn't have happened to a sweeter young lady!

    This is my favorite card of the Christmas one's I've seen today. Love the neutral color palette with the unexpected pops of silver and pearl! Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS! You better save this one for me! Ha! Ha!

    Junior slays me! I thought of you on one of my many trips up the hill (steep; makes your heart feel like it's coming out of it's God appointed position) on our trip to Capon. three chipmunks ran across the lane, one up a bank and two down the bank. Something made them both come running out of their cover and back across the road at the same time, and they ran smack dab face to face into one another, and three chipmunks caught some serious air! Hysterical, but probably didn't feel good to them! Your coffee shot is lovely! Many big hugs to you!