Friday, August 19, 2016

Live & Love Crafts - Christmas Elves with Video

Hello  Everyone!

I'm so excited to be here today to announce that the new Pion Design Christmas collection 'GREETINGS FROM THE NORTH POLE' is now available at Live & Love Crafts! I have put together this lovely card of elves for my Guest Designer spot and I have also tossed together a video so you can see just how beautiful these papers are. There's lots of other goodies from Sandra's shop too, so stay tuned.

Greetings From the North Pole now available at Live & Love Crafts!
click on the thumbnails to view the corresponding 12x12 and 6x6 collections.



Greetings From the North Pole - Snowflakes PD7604
Greetings From the North Pole - Midwinter Night PD7601
Greetings From the North Pole - Snowfall PD7607
Greetings From the North Pole - Tags PD7612
Greetings From the North Pole - Borders PD7610
Greetings From the North Pole - Memory Notes PD7611
Images From the Past - PD1617

All of the following products that I used can be purchased at Live & Love Crafts

My entire adult life I've been making the trip up north to visit my parents. Every time I have, I've passed by this road that seems to be floating on the top of a lake. I've never checked it out before, because it's almost always been flooded or looked like it was going to be flooded any minute. Well I finally found the silver lining in this drought we've been having... the road finally looked safe enough to drive on!! lol

So on one side of the road is this beautiful clear blue lake...

and on the other side... an icky smelly marsh! What's up with that!!

I stuck to taking photos on the 'lake' side of the road. tee hee.

Oh no, Mr Bee, stay away from that spider's web!! It's a trap I tell you, a TRAP!!

For a second I thought the road the slanted and my heart skipped a beat, but alas, it's just the sign. lol

Well of course I'm going to check out what's on the other side of the bridge! Silly question!

A gorgeous lake where you can walk right in from the sandy area and get your feet wet. Behind where I'm standing is a stunning little picnic area and we will be stopping here for lunch on our next trip for sure!

One last little discovery before we head back on the road. MR & MRS HALLOWEEN PENNANT DRAGONFLY are making kissy kissy!! Fun Fact: Did you know that a female dragonfly is actually called a Damselfly! How cool is that!

And back on the home front, I've been practising with the zoom lens on my bird shots. I still get mostly blurry photos, but I've had a few successes so far. Here is my little Chickadee shot.

And a stunning Grackle up in the tree. Take note of the missing feathers on his face. I'm starting to see a lot of featherless heads in the bird kingdom, as they prepare to grow their winter plumage. EEK

SKITTLES says hello from the railing. Kids... they're always eating on the run! lol

and PRECIOUS says hello from the tree where she likes to hang out.

My dear MR SCRUFF has gotten quite picky about his menu recently. He has figured out that I carry a variety of munchies at all times, so if he doesn't find what he wants in the food bowl, he comes and knocks on the door... LITERALLY... then stands on his hinds and patiently waits! What a hilarious little dude!

And JUNIOR you ask? Well he's not as picky as Mr Scruff. He's a good kid and will eat whatever is in the bowl, but his favourites, hands down, are avocados and carrots, so I always make sure he has them when he comes.

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. What a beautiful creation Pamellia - love your little elves and all the texture and layers..
    The lake photos are beautiful - you really live in a beautiful corner of the earth.
    As for Junior and Mr Scruff - you really do have your hands full with them! :-)
    We are seeing signs of spring - tulips and daffs coming up, the Daphne smelling sweetly and some SUNSHINE, for several days in a row too! Oh and the Starlings tidying up the nesting box.

  2. What a delightful Christmas card Pamellia...your video is many clever layers with those delicious papers. Glad you got to drive on your floating road...very cool. Your little pets are all looking great...not surprising with all that delish food you give them. Hugs xx

  3. Good Morning Pamellia, your card is a feast for the eyes, the papers are gorgeous and I love the little elve with his fiddle. Wonderful embellishments and design.
    What fabulous countryside you have around you, the lake looks gogeous and the colour of the water is amazing.
    Once again your birds are fabulous, I love the chicadee,the dragonfly photo is stunning, and your litle family of squirrles are wonderful, love visiting your blog, always fantastic things to see, Kate x

  4. What a wonderful card Pamellia and I nearly broke my finger on the mouse scrolling so fast to get to your video which I just love to make the layers look so easy and all the details just fit into does not happen like that here..a gorgeous project and your little Squirrel buddies look in fine form..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Love your wintry card with the frost and elves, just gorgeous. Lovely photos, too, must be exciting to drive along that lake-side road. Great bird shots, too. Have a fun weekend, hugs, Valerie

  6. Amazing photographs today with so many wonders to look at.

    The little project is stunning and to see how it was made on your wonderful video is terrific. Amazes me how easy it all looks. Must say it is the first time I have sung Angels from the Realms of Glory in August. Great version of the carol as a backing to your video.

    Thank you for all the wonders in your post

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. You are so talented. I just love you cards and photos.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Valerija xx

  8. Wonderful card full of snowy delight, Pamellia! Great photos again! Have a lovely weekend! xxx

  9. Thanks for your amazing video! It's a lovely christmas card again Pammelia!!!
    Visit your blog, makes me happy! Have a nice weekend!
    xx Gerie

  10. your card is amazing!
    super nice photos!

  11. Gorgeous card and I love that pop of blue! So pretty! Fabulous photos once again TFS!!

  12. Utterly gorgeous card as always, and thanks for including the video! Loved seeing how you made it and learning all your secrets ;-)
    Beautiful photos too. You sure live in a stunning part of the world! x

  13. A wonderful Christmas card with so many beautiful details, great to watch how you make it too!
    Fab photos...particularly love the dragonflies...amazing...and as for that Mr Scruff, knocking on the door and asking for a different do spoil those squirrels!!!

  14. Your card is so sweet and i love that bauble!
    Your photos have been wonderful,but my favs are of your lil friends, so happy they pose for you!! Mrs. Doolittle! heehee

  15. What a beauty your card is Pamelia with all the gorgeous yummy layers and such a lovely lovely photos
    Dr Sonia

  16. Another stunner of a card, Pamellia, and I am so glad to see a video attached to it! Yay! Your photos are fantastic--always love seeing your furry friends. The photo of the dragonflies is amazing!

  17. Your Christmas cards are always so stunning. I love how,you add so many wonderful snowy layers. Everything works so beautifully together . They look so tactile. Anyone who recieves one of your card will treasure it. Truly stunning. Love today's photos too. Tracy x

  18. So enjoyed your card and the new release. You are the master of layering and putting the whole image's, layout together in the most amazing and glorious way x Say hello back to the cute squirrels and had to laugh at Mr Scruff knocking on the door x Glad you got the opportunity to travel on that road and thank you for all the fabulous photos today, marvellous of the birds and Mr bee x

  19. How sweet are these Elves!! You really shown them in a dreamy scene!! Fabulous details and papers!! Any little embellishment is a joy for the eyes! The big snowflake near the Elf in the top is just amazing and LOVE all the snow and the ice all over!! I'm always very impressed by your amazing distressed layers, they look so well toghether! Thanks for the video, I love seeing you at work, you make all things so easy to do :)
    Awesome places in your photos, love the lake and the nature there!
    Once again your little friends has made me smile, and I laught very much for Mr Scruff that comes and knocks on the door to ask his launch! You have make the most fabulous shot to show this fact! Sooooo cute and fun!! He is really a domestic squirrel! :D Love your squirrels, and I love see their photos!
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog, you are so talented and it's a honour for me and for my niece read them!

  20. Hi Pamellia,
    my this is so gorgeous and stunning.
    I love those very fab design papers as they are so very vintage and lovely.
    Wonderfully crafted as always, and such a very super array of products used to a very high standard.
    Thank you so much for the video tutorial I really enjoy watching your lovely work.
    Grat photos as always, and that road does look like it floats in the lake.
    Sorry to hear you are having droughts, but it was to your advantage this time.
    Where I live it doesn't very often rain, and we are always having drought warnings and not to use too much water.
    Have a super weekend.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  21. What an adorable holiday card Pamellia! Great choice of embellishments and such wonderful arrangement.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  22. Ohmygoshwow, your card is absolutely stunning, Pamellia!! The layers are amazing!! I wouldn't have had any idea how to use the papers with the elves and you've done a perfect job!! I love the fiddler cute!! I see a different detail every time I look at the pictures!! I just really have no words to describe how spectacular your card is!! Love, love it!! And so excited there's a video!! Yay!!

    What a gorgeous lake that is!! It's a perfect place for a picnic (if you can get far enough away from the icky smelly marsh ;) The Halloween Pennant Dragonflies (what a cool name) are so beautiful!! What a score to catch them playing kissy-face!! You need to submit that to a photo contest somewhere!! And gah - that grackle is spooky!! He looks like he's straight out of a Halloween nightmare!! But he's beautiful nonetheless :) Your squirrel babies make me smile...especially sweet Junior!! I'm off to watch the video!! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  23. Coffee and Pamellia video and pictures what a perfect way to start my day. Gorgeous as always and fun to watch you create.

  24. I cannot find the words to tell you what I think about this fantastic creation so A-MAY-ZING will have to do!! Beautiful photographs of the floating road and associated watercourses and, of course, your squirrels. Thank you so much for your kind words about my Suzy, they were much appreciated xx

  25. Wow - who ever receives this sure is a lucky duck Pamellia!! Watching your wonderful video pulled at my heartstrings each time you had to cover up some fab element but then at the end it all looks soooo gorgeous. Just love your style! The dragonfly shot is particularly wonderful!! Happy Weekend! Nicola x

  26. I really don't know what I enjoy more when I visit your blog Pamellia, the gorgeous eye candy cards or the gorgeous super cute squirrels!! I think Mr Scruff is becoming my new favourite :)
    Donna xx

  27. Another of your stunning creations Pamellia, gorgeous papers and layering with embellishment and lace.
    What a beautiful place you manage to see, on your trip to your Parents..wonderful photos of this and your birds and squirrels.
    Off to peek at your video now.
    Pam x

  28. The elves look absolutely beautiful in with all those awesome layers on your super card. It must be a pleasure to drive by that lovely lake, especially on a sunny day. You do spoil the furry visitors to your home, but who wouldn't when they have such adorable faces.
    Yvonne xx

  29. Hi Pamellia
    You have captured the essence of Christmas in every tiny frosty detail. A truly wonderful card and beautiful papers.
    I'm guessing avocados are cheaper in Canada than they are here lol!
    Lovely snap of the chickadee.
    Have a great weekend.
    Ang x

  30. A stunning card and a great tutorial - thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents x

  31. Oh my, that card is just heavenly. I am always amazed at how you can put so many layers and elements on your cards and yet they never appear bulky or top heavy .. awesome. I do love Pion papers and you use them to perfection .. I would never have thought of cutting out two different images and joining them into one panel .. so simple and so totally brilliant. The photos of the lake, the birds and your gorgeous little critters are always a delight and the morning coffee shot is just beautiful. Another fabulous post and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video. Thank you for sharing. hugs xx

  32. Very pretty Pamellia Hugs Veerle

  33. Oh my your post is full of so much joyful things to see Pamellia, your festive card is full of wonder, the layers, the embellishments and papers all are extremely beautiful, I have actually treated myself to some of these papers not sure that I will get around to make anything with them but I do love beautiful things, lol. Your photos are amazing as always, love the scenic ones you have taken of the lake also the glorious flowers and insects, I am so glad that your Squirrel family are keeping themselves full on the lovely yummy food you give them it makes me want to be one of that family, lol, take care
    lorraine x

  34. I have just viewed your wonderful video and your card is a sensation, I just want to reach out and touch all those textures you added and see all the layers, it is a real stunner and those papers are gorgeous.... I feel a purchase coming on!!

    Love the shots of the lake, it looks so beautiful there and definitely a lovely spot for a picnic. How cheeky is Mr Scruff?? Love the animal shots today, Junior is just adorable! Hugs, Anne xx

  35. Hi Pameellia,

    Stunning creation hun and stunning photographs, you do have some wonderful places to walk and view, so beautiful. Love all the squirrel piccies as always lol!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  36. Oh! AGAIN just STUNNING, I love all the details you put into your cards, those elves are just so great.
    Love your photos, I think you have the cleverest squirrels around you. Beautiful birds.
    PS off to see the video :)

  37. Your work is ALWAYS so amazing and so beautifully done! I just love looking at all the details you add...stunning!

  38. A beautiful card. You make my A.M. coffee break so fun. Thanks for the great photos. Have a lovely weekend.

  39. Gorgeous card Pamellia, love those vintage elves! Glad to see the squirrel mob is doing well and great shots of the birds, love the pic of the chickadee. Deb xo

  40. Wow, just watched the video for this one and it's gorgeous! Love those little Christmas elves, they look very mischievous.

  41. Oh, how come that I missed this amazing post full of pure beauty! I just want to touch your spectacular layered card! Thank you so much for your amazing video tutorial! I am always so inspired and I could watch your videos again and again!
    Your animal shots are glorious! Always love to see how Junior is doing!
    Big hugs! Branka xx

  42. Some days I get so engrossed in what your squirrel friends have been up to and your latest trip down a nature trail that I totally forget why I actually dropped by. A quick trip back to the top of the page to remind myself...

    Beautiful card Pamellia, the little elves are really cute and I love the large circular embellishment. Of course, the floral arrangement and all of the layers steal the show as always.

    Dionne xx

  43. My dear friend, at last I am here to leave you love on this dreamy masterpiece! It is pure radiance. You have used these papers to perfection. You layer like none other and I am completely enamored with the ribbon and flowers, as always... you embellish everything so beautifully. Of course the Wycinanka chippie caught my heart immediately. Isn't it darling and beautiful, all at the same time? Stunning Christmas creation, Pamellia. You will warm every heart this Christmas that receives one of your mesmerizing creations. :o)

    And your photographs have left me speechless! What a gift you have, my friend. The nature photographs are spectacular and your zoom lens work is inspiring. Your days truly are filled with endless beauty. :o) Have a lovely night, sweet friend.

    Hugs and blessings,

  44. Stunning Christmassy creationfabulous layering and gorgeous embellishments-love the little bells-you really do live in a beautiful scenic place
    Carol x

  45. Yippee! Another video! Whoot Whoot! Love it when you make your movies. I may even eat some popcorn. Such a wonderland full of Christmas cheer and the elves are fanfreakintastic! The little bells and the small tag are perfect and awesome sauce! Hehe! I adore this card! That road looks like fun and of course your pics are totes fantasmic! Hugz to you muffin! ~Doc

  46. a very nice card for Christmas !

  47. I'm completely head-over-heels in love with your elf card. I think it may be one of my favourite Christmas cards ever... gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I'm bookmarking the video to come back to when I have some more time.

    As ever, the squirrels delight me, and it's great to travel with you through these fabulous photos.
    Alison x

  48. Love this card, the image is gorgeous.
    That picture of Mr Scruff knocking at the door is priceless!
    Avril xx

  49. What a fabulous card! The road to your Mum's looks interesting - glad you got to drive on it! LoVery those squirrels! Hugs, Chrisx