Monday, December 19, 2016

Candy Cane Joy

Hello Everyone!

I can't believe it, less than a week until Christmas, so fun!! Another Christmas card today, this one was put together using products from Michael's Craft Store and Recollections.

Michael's Craft Store supplies: Recollections JOY wood embellishment, wedding flowers, My Mind's Eye Christmas paper pad, Candy Cane baker's twine, Recollections Kaleidoscope embossing powder and iridescent sheer organza ribbon.


The snow continues to fall here at Lake Aquitaine and I couldn't be happier, although some rain yesterday melted quite a bit, but that's ok. For my landscape shot today, two seasons collide with some snow covered berries.

As the seasons change, so does the wildlife. These gorgeous Starlings have started to visit and I am thrilled! They have iridescent feathers, so sometimes they look blue, brown or even green!

"Kindness can reach the deepest call of the heart and soul,
and lead to a different kind of world and self" 
~ Jean Maalouf ~

My token Cardinal shot... coming in for a landing!

A graceful Seagull trying to find a safe place on the lake to land...

The squirrels are having a hard time out there. Yesterday I watched as Crystal fell off of a slippery branch, headfirst into a snowbank. She wasn't moving! I dropped the camera and ran outside! Thankfully she wasn't hurt, but I realized in that moment... it's going to be a long winter!

"I'm so annoyed! Do I look annoyed? I'm pretty frickin' annoyed!"

"I think if I run really fast, I can outrun the cold!!"

"Omg, is there snow on my face! Get it off! Get it off!"

Last but not least, my macro for the day is a chunk of ice in the morning sun!
Hey Sara Emily, how about this for rock candy!! lol

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. Be kind to your birds and squirrels, leave out a few peanuts for them please. 

Patty, thank you for taking care of your backyard visitors, you made me smile!!


  1. your card is stunning!
    and photos are gorgeous!
    Happy Holidays!

  2. What a pretty card, Pamellia! And the photos are just perfection! As I type this, I have a pile of bread crumbs sitting in front of me ready to sprinkle outside for my furry visitors.

    1. You are awesome Patty! I included a little public thank you because I love that you are taking care of your backyard visitors!! sending hugs to you

  3. Gorgeous Shabby Chic card Pamellia!
    Happy Holidays,
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. Wonderful, wintry card and gorgeous photos. I was out feeding the ducks at the Rhine today, and they were very eager to be first to get the food, it was fun watching them- Hugs, Valerie

  5. Totally gorgeous hun, stunning design,...... omg you did make me laugh with your squirrel tale of the snow on her face, loving your bird photo's again, we put out bird feed in winter too, don't get beautiful coloured birds like you get though, a Robins about our most colourful in winter, lol Enjoy your Christmas and Happy New Year hunny xx

  6. Beautiful card, love the candy cane colour combo and the sweet little striped elements! Lovely.
    We always feed the winter birds, we have a resident robin who is fun to watch, don't encourage squirrels into the garden though as worried my large and bouncy dog might get them!!!

  7. Oh my goodness, what an absolutely stunning card, Pamellia!! The layers are so amazing!! I see something different in each picture!! The lace, the flowers, the papers, everything is perfection!! Wow!! It truly is a work of Christmas art!! I love, love it my friend!!

    Those snow-covered berries look like a painting!! Wow!! The bird shots are absolutely amazing!! I love when the starlings visit, too except they can be loud and they eat all of my outdoor kitties cat food!! The blue jays do that too :/ The birds in flight are all so stunning!! And oh, the snow-covered squirrels are too darn cute!! I laughed at the picture with the closed eyes and snow on the face!! And what a stunning macro, too!! Love them all my sweet friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Oh I just love this snowy wooden cut! How wonderful and I love the way you layered these flowers with berries, organza and twine! Delightful details. Christmas hugs, Autumn

  9. Oooooh, this is beyond stunning, Pamellia! A pure perfection with spectacular layering, as usual! So many amazing elements to look at! Love, love, love it!
    You put a big smile on my face with that brilliant 'squirrel with the closed eyes' shot! I absolutely adore your photography, my sweet friend! The macro shot is spectacular, as always!
    Big Christmas hugs! Branka xx

  10. Once again your photography has blown me away, wonderful shots of your friends.
    What a stunning card Pamellia, lovely layers and embellishments, absolutely love it, Kate x

  11. Red and white...snow and dimension..a perfect Christmas card Pamellia..just beautiful..Being in Summer our birds are well stocked with flying insects and crawlng bugs..but I do line up snails from the garen and watch and all the Thrushes come out of hiding and get them..then leave the sharp shells along the path for me to stand on...but that's okay, I just have to remember to put shoes

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  12. Such a stunning card and the red and white are a winning combo

    Amazing photographs as alway with the ice closeup taking the prize for me today

    Love Chrissie xx

  13. Stunning card Pamellia, love the colour and fabulous embellishments.
    Fabulous photos you have shared again..
    Hugs Pam x

  14. Amazing white and red card, full of wonderful details!! How many bits and bobs to look at!! Just how I love to see! :D Great macro on your glitter and love the wooden sentiment! Another awesome piece of art!! You always rock! :)
    Snow is so beautiful and magic, but very difficult for animals... :( Hope that they all have a warm home for the winter!
    Your photos are really fabulous, they could stay on a professional magazine!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas, my friend! Hugs and love from Italy!

  15. A beautiful card Pamellia, love the deep red with the lovely layers.
    The photos are fabulous. It will be a long winter I think for the animals. I know the birds here rely on our bird tables as a way to top up with food when it get too cold.
    Yvonne xx

  16. Another super gorgeous card Pamellia!! The red and white combo is stunning and I just adore how you stack so much onto such a small space and yer it never looks overloaded .. brilliant!! LOVE the macro glitter shot .. awesome!!! I am in awe once again!!
    The same with your wildlife shots. Your photography is amazing. The shot of the little bird on your fingers with its wings spread out is totally awesome!! You really should see about getting your photos published .. they are absolutely
    brilliant!!! I would be one of the first in line to buy one, that's for sure!!
    Wonderful, wonderful post!! hugs xx

  17. Oh Pamellia you leave me stunned again with your beautiful multi-layered creation - it's stunning!
    The shot of the berries is fabulous, as is the macro for the day!!
    Your squirrel photos made me smile, and I am sure they appreciate you care of them

  18. Your candy cane Joy card is spectacular! I love the beautiful layers and amazing elements! The berries, flowers, organza and twine look awesome! I must put the macro glitter on my wish list! So cool! Nice job!
    Awesome pics of your special critters!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

  19. Another amazing card Pamellia! Love those layers and every delicious detail!!
    I just wonder how do all your critters stay warm? IM cold just looking at the pics! They are blessed to have such a caring lady looking out after them :) Cool macro shot too!!

  20. Hi Pamellia,

    Fabulous cards and stunning images, especially of the squirrels, funny captions just brilliant. I hate to say it but I look forward to seeing your images now as much as your cards! Poor Crystal, I am sure they are used to weather like this but its so good that you keep feeding then hun. keep up the good work.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  21. Another real beauty and stunning photos! xxx

  22. Nothing says Christmas to me quite like red and white - your card is heart achingly beautiful Pamellia - to me you are the Master (or Mistress should I say) of cardmaking, the elements you add are always perfection, your layers are always perfect and the design always stunning!

    The berries in the snow look truly beautiful, I love the gently falling snow in the background. I am so glad to hear that Crystal was OK, it just shows how slippery it was if her amazing claws could not hold on! The Starling shot is a delight, as is your wonderful macro shot! Big hugs, Anne xxx

  23. Love the pops of red in your beautiful card and the berries ... noticing nature and its wonders are a delight to me. Of course the wings ready for flight or landing made me smile too. I am wondering on the last photo what this tree is called. My aunt game me a some rounded cones. I've never known what they were from. Have the last few days before the big event be Merry, Merry.

    1. Thanks so much Sylvia. The last image isn't a tree, it's a very annoying burr weed that sticks to everything!! lol. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! hugs :)

  24. Ahhhh - so "Christmas" to me - the red and white and glitz! Love the micro glitter shot and how perfectly it matches the colors in the ribbon. What a beautiful card - wow.

    And that 'rock candy' micro is the most incredible photo EVER - I am just awed that you captured something like that Pamellia. All the photos are just a completely wonderful treat. Your posts always make my day.

    Thank you for touching my life in so many ways this year sweet girl. I hope you have a marvelous Christmas. Much love, j.

  25. Fabulous card Pamellia and I LOVE your shots!! The starling one is fantastic, but they all are. You really have mastered nature photography! I would love to have that snow here!! Nicola x

  26. Beautiful card Pamellia, we do not have Michael's here and I get so jealous of the lovely things people buy from there but, on the other hand, perhaps it is just as well because I think I would be very broke after every visit. The wood embellishments are gorgeous and I love your hat pins, so pretty. Beautiful roses and berries too.

    Talking of beautiful, your photos of your woodland friends are just stunning today and I adore the shot of the snow on the berries - it looks as if it should be on a calendar.

    Dionne xx

  27. A beautiful post Pamellia, the card is incredible in those wonderful candy cane colours. Fabulous photography xx

  28. Your card is outstanding, your photos are amazing! I hope you have them copyrighted, I Love the berry and the snow, as Dee has said it should be on a calendar. Your birds are just amazing. CONGRATULATIONS on GREAT work.
    PS Have a WONDERFUL Christmas.

  29. Yep! that's rock candy, all right! Or it could be! Your macro is amazing but so is your landscape shot and every single darn photo in between! I love seeing your squirrel photos and those silly words you put in their mouths. Perfect captions!

    Speaking of perfect...what amazing things you are doing for Michaels and their Recollections line! They were so smart to scoop you up to demo their products, because I'd never think of these creations in a zillion years! Love the layers of papers, laces, shabby bow, SNOW!, and that Joy chippie! I haven't seen that one! I have a pile of these I picked up at oh-so-low-prices, and now you have given me plenty of inspiration! Gorgeous card! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your photography! Sending big hugs and wishes for a peaceful and Merry Christmas!

  30. Pamellia! Your card reminds me of the bowl of peppermint puffs I have sitting behind me!! Yummy!!

    I really don't know if you take my comments about your photography seriously, But Pammie girl...You absolutely have it down! That berry shot is fantastic and out of this world! What a lovely greeting card it would be if not totally framed and hanging in my house!
    Your squirrels, birds and the "rock candy", well, I hope you know how I feel about this now!
    huge hugs,Jackie xx

  31. Another gorgeous card pamellia.pretty flowers and berries love those candy colours.
    Fab photos of all expecially the berries and you have snow as well, not that cold here.
    Have a lovely happy holidays keep warm in that snow.
    Best wishes
    Jules xx

  32. Hi Pamellia
    Another frosty beauty. Your Christmas cards always capture the essence of Winter.
    No snow here yet but were supposed to be getting Storm Barbara for Christmas ..... deep joy lol!
    Ang x

  33. Sorry I've not been around much, just been a bit busy but had to pop over to see what you've been up to. Gorgeous Christmas cards Pamellia, love them to bits. Happy crafting, Angela xXx