Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pion Design - A Joyful Birthday

Hello Everyone!

Today I thought I would share with you a birthday card I have put together using the new Pion Design Halloween collection - The Witching Hour. One of the things I love about Pion papers, is that they can be used year round for any occasion and not just the holiday they were designed for! 



The Witching Hour – Spider’s Web – PD8006
The Witching Hour – Midnight Spell PD8004
The Witching Hour – Dark Roses PD8009
The Witching Hour – Borders PD8011
Pion Design Palette – Pion Green I PD6107

The pretty white frame is from Spellbinders, a gift from my lovely hubby! The Spellbinders butterfly cascade, the Tim Holtz sentiment die cut and the Wild Orchid Flowers are all from The Funkie Junkie. The Chloe Stem is Memory Box, the leaves are Cheery Lynn, everything else is from my stash.

I'm so excited to tell you the news that Pion Design is getting ready to release their next collection "Where the Roses Grow", a collection inspired by an untamed flourishing rose garden! This may be one of my favourites to date! I am tickled pink and green and can't wait to create with these gorgeous papers!! 

I'm steering away from landscape photography as I have found I much more enjoy photographing things up close, but I thought I would share this image I captured a few weeks ago in The Shire as the sun came up and started peeking through the trees.

"Found a peee-nut, found a peeeanut, found a peeeanut laaast night!! Laaast night I found a peeeanut, found a peeeanut laaast night! -  Sing it with me!"

"Pwetty Pwetty pwease, may I have a peanut? I'm so tiny and cute and berry berry hungwy"

 I always stop to give my sweet Miss Chrissy a treat on the trail to The Shire. 

Don't forget to say Hello to Bon Jovi if you visit The Shire, he is always hiding in there somewhere!

This is Henry, a white rabbit that lives out in The Shire. Locals say they think he is a domestic rabbit was dumped here as a baby, and incredibly has managed to survive and thrive for several years now. Animals are remarkable, don't you think!! 

My bird photos for today are a sunbathing Sparrow and a sweet female Mallard at the lake.

And at the home front, my dear MR SCRUFF is having a wee treat.

My Macro shot of the day is some rainy day leaves. We are finally getting all the rain that we should have had in the spring. Too late to save the leaves from dying before they got a chance to turn their brilliant autumn hues, I'll still take it though! lol

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. You would never realise those papers were Halloween inspired Pamellia, you card is full off floral beauty,the butterfly frame is so pretty..what a kind Hb ;0) Your close up photos are brilliant....I'm the complete reverse with my photography and it's landscapes for me every time! Your squirrel family are getting so tame. I'm glad the rain has finally arrived to save your poor trees. Hugs xx

  2. Gorgeous card Pamellia - you really are a maestro at layering!!
    Love your photographs of the shire and it's occupants, and the rain on the leaves is fabulous.

  3. Beautiful card, as always, and the photos are fab, the sun through the trees is a great shot. Hugs, Valerie

  4. Hi Pamella so happy to have you back hun, missed you. Fabulous card to day, love it, those new papers look fab so cant wait to see what you make with those. Loving all the images the light through the trees wow! Mr Bon Jovi looks fabulous as always lol! How is our Junior getting along?
    Have a great day and speak soon.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  5. such a beautiful birthday card Pamellia x fantastic layers and stunning embellishments.............love the gorgeous frame and the depth created x a real treasure.
    your photographs are so sweet too

    tfs Annie xx

  6. The card is amazing and it is wonderful to see how you made it--thank you for that.

    What terrific close-ups of your wonderful friends and also of the very beautiful leaves.

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Oh wow! I would never have guessed they were Hallowe'en papers. So beautiful.
    Your photos are lovely as usual too. The sparrow one is a real stunner! x

  8. Beautiful papers and beautiful card Pamellia..fabulous design and dimension..really lovely..Your nature shots are awesome and love how Chrissy hops right onto your hand..a wonderful shot of Bon Jovi the detail on his fur is just THERE!..perfect photo..and I'm glad the bunny is doing well for himself...you might have to start taking carrots in your camera bag..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  9. Card looks very beautiful! You have done a very good job! Bunny looks very cute!

  10. Absolutely stunning card Pamellia and how wonderful to see Mr Scruff again too ;)
    Donna xx

  11. These papers are so gorgeous and your card designs blow me away each time. I love the pretty butterfly outline die cuts, they are so delicate and work beautifully with the rest of the card.
    Your photography skills are also amazing, could so easily be shown in a gallery of your works I think.

  12. Magnificent card, full of wonderful detail and so very pretty. Fabulous photos of the cute and wonderful animals/friends x Loving your close up photography and yes animals are so resilient and I am amazed at the rabbit x

  13. Fantastic birthday card Pamellia, would make anyone feel special! Superb design and layering, the papers are gorgeous as are the flowers and the pretty frame.
    I love the shot of the sun through the trees...magical! Your wildlife photos are always a treat. It is amazing that a white rabbit has survived so well in the wild...he stands out like a sore thumb, no camouflaging him!

  14. Wow what a beauty! Such awesome photos too...a professional photography career beckons methinks! :) xxx

  15. Such a beautiful card. The wonderful colors, layers & layers of beautiful papers and fun. You work magic with your designs. And a beautiful nature post. I'm always amazed at how close you can come to those sweet little animals. Your photos are so captivating. We don't have the black squirrels in our area, but they are beautiful. While visiting DC I saw a white one in the park. Thanks for sharing Have a great week.

  16. Absolutely beautiful card, Pamellia! Love the new frame. Always makes me happy to see your furry friends. Wonderful photos!

  17. Oh, I love your card Pamellia .. so very pretty .. one would never know it was made with a collection designed for halloween! So beautifully assembled with all those yummy layers and diecuts and pretty flowers .. love it!! Your nature photos always amaze me .. they are just stunning! That morning shot, with the sun coming through the trees .. awesome!! You capture all those delightful little creatures so beautifully too .. thank you so much for sharing them with us!! hugs xx

  18. Beautiful colors on your card Pamellia - the layers are so thick - love the butterflies poking out of the edges! Great shots of your friends in the Shire!

  19. Fabulous card and so nice that you showcased the versatility of the papers for those of us who don't always think outside the box :) Love the colour palette and all the wonderfully frilly elements you added along with your signature layers and paint splatters to make this beauty.

  20. Gorgeous card with lovely layers !

  21. Gorgeous card you always amaze me on all the layers and detail you have on your cards . Great photos of the shire and your furry friends

  22. Fabulous card, such pretty colours and beautiful papers. Your new frame is gorgeous, you are a lucky girl. As you know, I love all of the layers you put into your designs and the pretty flowers. Gorgeous.

    The photograph of the sun coming through the trees looks like a competition winner, it is very artistic. Your close-up shots seem that little more up close here and they look amazing, is this your new lense? Another great macro shot!

    Have a wonderful day.

    Dionne xx

  23. I love how you redeemed this paper for a beautiful occasion card! Stunning design! The clocks and hints of lavender are so pretty. Hugs, Autumn

  24. Hi Pamellia,
    what a gorgeous and very stunning creation.
    Love all your wonderful and beautiful elements included in this very lovely creation.
    Hope you had a great break.
    Super photos as usual.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  25. I would never have guessed those were Halloween type papers, they are gorgeous with that hint of colour and wonderful design! The frame that hubby bought you is fabulous, you will get loads of use from that one.

    What can I say about the photographs? The close-ups are truly fit to be published in a high end nature magazine for sure... I just adore Mr Scruff and Henry and that shot of the leaf with water drops is incredible. Wow!! Hugs, Anne xx

  26. Wow! Who would have thought that such a beautiful card as this had been made with Halloween papers! You have excelled yourself! Your photos as ever are fabulous - love the 'white' rabbit! Your macro shot is fantastic! Hugs, Chrisx

  27. Only you could make Halloween papers elegant and gorgeous, Pamellia!! Wow!! What an absolutely stunning card!! I love the layers and the pretty frame from your hubs!! The flowers are so beautiful!! Love, love, love it!!

    Just when I think your photography couldn't be more beautiful, you post more amazing shots!! Seriously, these should all be in magazines!! The sunrise shot is spectacular!! Your animal friends are all so sweet!! I love how trusting they are of you!! And the macro shot is incredible!! All are stunning my friend and I just love looking at them!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  28. Stunning card Pamellia, gorgeous papers and wonderful design, all those pretty embellishments too, love it.
    Fantastic photos, the close up shots of the squirrels are amazing, Kate x

  29. Gorgeous Pamellia, love that black and white portion at the bottom.
    Hugs, Veerle

  30. What a fantastic use of those marvellous papers Pamellia, so pretty. Amazing photographs today xx

  31. Adorable card, these papers look wonderfuly also for a birthday card! Love the clocks and the gorgous frame, and all your fabulous layers!! The butterflies give a touch of lightness to the whole card! Another true beauty!!
    You have made me laught with your interpretation of the first squirrel's song and those words!! So hilarious!:D These wild animals are really so cute and it's a fab thing that they wait for your yummy gifts! I'm so impressed by the white bunny! Really strange found a domestic bunny in the forest! And Miss Chrissy and Mr Scruff are sooooo swet while they eat in your hands! The nose of Mr Scruff makes me smile! :) Fabulous all your shots, Lucky Fairy of the wood! :)

  32. Hi Pamellia
    You just wouldn't think this paper was anything to do with Halloween as its so pretty.
    Beautiful card and wildlife shots as always.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  33. Your macro shots are simply breathtaking, Pamellia! I am in love with the landscape portrait on top - this morning, as I walked in the dusky morning air, I turned around and saw the most radiant sunrise in a long time! Our morning was crisp and clear with low humidity, and I could see what appeared to be a "fire line" through the trees! So gorgeous! Brilliant flaming orange hues broadcast solidly across the sky! I grabbed Jack and spun him around! LOOK! LOOK! It is the Universe greeting us! Past - Present - All of the Tomorrows - all at once - gifting us with this incredible opaque water-color-rich hue! Your magical photography skills would have captured it beautifully. But I have it hidden in my heart, none-the-less, because it is, after all, a Gift! LOL

    thanks for bringing all your characters to us. they are gentle and sweet, and so trusting. How I wish we would be kinder to Nature. If we were, we would be kinder to ourselves as well, correct?

    Oh! Only Miss Pamellia could take "the witching hour" and convert it to pure beauty. The witching hour of butterflies coming to life, a birthday being celebrated, flowers coming to fruition! If that's not a witching hour, I don't know what is! I especially like that the papers were black-and-white-ish to accommodate your style of using those essences frequently in your designs. BEAUTIFUL!

    Oh! And happy belated birthday, as long as we are talking birthdays! Will you email me the exact date so I have it on hand please? LOVE, de

  34. Stunning card! using stunning papers Pamellia, love these colours and pretty embellishment used on your card creation.
    Fabulous close up shots you have shared as always..
    Hugs Pam x

  35. You would never think that beautiful card was made with Halloween papers! It's so feminine.
    Fabulous photos from the Shire, wonderful close shots.
    Avril xx

  36. So lovely! Gorgeous colours too!

  37. Fabulous card!! Beautiful details and lovely papers. Your photos are stunning!! I think you could have a career in photographing wildlife... Thanks so much for sharing them!

  38. What clever use of Halloween papers, a truly stunning layered birthday card, and your wildlife photos are just breath taking!!

  39. Hi Pamelia! Only you could take halloween papers and make them look so sweet and feminine! I love the fussy cut pocket watches and those amazing flowers! Well, as always I love everything about your beautiful design. Someone is going to be very happy when they receive this birthday card! I still look at the one you made me every day!

    Give your hubby a big hug from me for enabling you with yet another die--this one's a beauty!

    Great photography; that woodsy landscape shot is a real stunner and definitely publication worthy! I would love to have that blown up into a larger size and hanging on my wall! Just a thought, but I think you would make an awesome living selling your photography! big hugs, my friend! So great to see you crafting again!

  40. I can't believe he lets you feed him...that's awesome, and what great pics! Your card is beyond beautiful...that would be the present...no need for anything else!

  41. As always lovely Pamelia with all the layers and gorgeous paper line!
    xx Gerie

  42. Pamellia, I have missed your fabulous creations and amazing nature shots! Your card is gorgeous with the wonderful layers, colors and embellies! Your nature shots are always amazing and I love the rabbit. Animals are such adaptable and wonderful creatures! Have a fabulous day :)

  43. Well I am tickled pink and green that you showed a way to use those papers in a new way. Gorgeous little frame, I can why you would want it. May need to go on my wish list now. Your photos are incredible and that pic of the Shire is exactly what I keep picturing in my head. Awwwwee! Loves it and all the furry critters are fantasmic! Hugz to you muffin! ~Doc

  44. Pamellia, I can only echo what others said, this card is brilliant! Another genius and a super creative idea from you how to use papers in a completely new way! That Spellbinders die is fabulous! What a beautiful gift from your wonderful hubby!
    Ooooooooh, what a fantastic set of photos, my friend! My favourite is the macro one, off course :)
    Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  45. Another stunning card Pemallia - I would not have thought to use Halloween papers in such a way! Can't wait to see the new Pion papers - they sound adorable. Jennie x

    1. Permallia - where did that come from !!! Oops sorry!

  46. I am so taken by all of your work- love all of the details and your wonderful photography skills- enjoy seeing all of the details and layers from different angles. Oh my, love your pictures as well- I am always trying to get pics like that with the sun thru the trees- I need to figure out the settings on my camera.... Love your macro pics as well- wonderful post!!!

  47. I declareth you Queen of layers!! Stunning card! Fab photos! Nicola x

  48. Love the way you have created such a beautiful birthday card from seasonal papers, brilliantly conceived and designed. Love your photos as always, they are a joy to go through xxx

  49. An outstandingly beautiful creation Pamellia, the papers and embellishments are stunning your design talent is awesome, I have loved seeing your photos they bring so much joy, thank you for sharing
    lorraine x

  50. Beautiful and elegant card Pamellia, I never would of guessed that was Halloween paper if you hadn't said! Wonderful photos of the Shire and it's inhabitants, your photography skills are as amazing as your crafting! Deb xo

  51. Gorgeous Shabby Chic card Pamellia! Love that Spellbinders frame die! Very pretty! I love the way you arranged the flowers and those two antique pocket watches are such a nice touch.
    Paper Talk with Samra