Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pion Design - Blue Birthday Birdie

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing a birthday card created using two Pion Design collections with contrasting palettes. I love how all of the collections just blend so well together! I’ve used Mister Tom’s Treasures and The Songbird’s Secret.


Pion products:

The Songbird's Secret - Nesting Birds PD8401
The Songbird's Secret - Apple Blossom PD8409
The Songbird's Secret - Borders PD8410
Mister Tom's Treasures - Morning Glory PD7404
Mister Tom's Treasures - Borders PD7410
Pion Design Palette - Pion Green II - PD6108

The weather here is breaking all kinds of records and has put me in the mood for springtime. I've started making my plans for the new balcony design but unfortunately it will be three months before the stores here start selling outdoor items. Until then I'm working on the house and using older photos, taken when we had some snow.

"If man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." 
~Albert Einstein~

Blue Jay

Female Cardinal

"OMG, I think I'm allergic to snow! It itches! It itches!"

"Is there any way I can get this snow off my face without betraying my confident demeanour!" 
~The Cute Twin~

"OK, I know there's another peanut down there somewhere, I can smell it!"
~name unknown ~

For my macro today, a berry or bud of some kind covered in ice...

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. Hello Pamellia, your card is amazing stunning, what gorgeous paper and all your layers and embellishments are wonderful. Always a feast for the eyes.
    Loving your wildlife photos too, I never cease to be amazed at how close ou get to your little friends, Kate x

  2. Another beautiful card, Pamellia! The papers work so well together. I love the shabby look of it! Your winter and animal photos are always so lovely to see. Thanks for sharing. Our weather is the same here--breaking records.

  3. Stunning card Pamellia, d the birds really come and feed off your hand. amazing, xxx

  4. Beautiful card! I love all the flowers and the colours. Wonderful photos too!

  5. Hi hunny, gorgeous card again, the detail is gorgeous and love the layers, fabby photo's again, it's cold and wet here this week, yuk!!! still had no snow!!! hope your ok,
    hugs Liz xx

  6. Stunning make my dear!!! Love the die cuts and a wonderful floral arrangement. Simply breathtaking card.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  7. Hi dear Pamellia, how great to see your post in my reader and so good to see you over at mine. What a gorgeous card, that little blue bird tops it perfectly. You showcase these papers so well. Stunning work! I'm glad that spring time is on its way for you, our weather has been quite mixed bag but the extra daylight is wonderful. Take care and sending huge hugs xxx

  8. Your card is out of this world gorgeous, and love the photos, it's always fun to see other corners of the world and their inhabitants! Hugs, Valerie

  9. Such an elegant card, your flowers are stunning. I love the delicate colour palette and the bird is beautiful. Tracy x

  10. Looking forward to Spring myself and this beautiful card certainly depicts all that I associate with that time of year. A beautiful creation as always with so much love and thought gone in to the design.

  11. I love this elongated card and the gorgeous bundle of interest at the top! Exquisite! Hugs, Autumn

  12. Hi Pamellia! Lovely design for this birthday card, and I'm in love with this Songbird's Secret paper.... such sweet bird and delicate colours! The butterflies and the lace look amazing and love your layers. As always a fab shabby card!
    Fabulous photos of birds and expecially love that squirrel eating the peanuts! :D Such a fun and cute image! Great macro, too!
    Hugs and love, I'm still sick, but I'm going a bit well

  13. Stunning card in your own special style. Like wise with the photographs that are always such a joy to see

    Love Chrissie xx

  14. Beautiful card the papers go so well together ,love the soft pastel colors. Just wish it was easier to get those papers here in Canada. Adorable photos of the birds and of course the squirrels are so cute .

  15. Hi Pamellia,
    another beautifully stunning creation today.
    I love everything you have done to create this wonderful card.
    Those papers are so gorgeous, and lovely, and I love your design.
    My those photos are as usual excellent.
    Lovely birds, and such cutie furry friends.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  16. Amazing card Pamellia gorgeous detail.
    Lovely photos I love to see snow, we haven't had any this year.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  17. Hello lovely lady and what a stunning creation of the card variety we have today. Love those pretty blue tones and the usual amazing layers. Fab Snowy shots xx

  18. The gorgeous Pion papers never fail to impress, in your hands! Your card is so beautiful, I love the gorgeous bird and butterfly and your layers, as always, are so impressive!

    The blue jay is looking lovely, so plump! The squirrels all look so adorable in their winter coats. The macro bud is a great shot too. Hugs, Anne xx

  19. Oh wow, this is absolutely stunning, Pamellia!! You always showcase the papers perfectly!! I love the layers and the beautiful bird!! Each detail is spectacular!! I love how you tucked in the birdhouse!! Truly gorgeous and as always, incredibly inspiring!!

    Your pictures are so beautiful!! The snowy shots are gorgeous...I love how the red berries just pop!! Your bird shots are am amazing, as always!! And the squirrels are so sweet!! I hope you are doing well, my dear friend!! Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  20. Gorgeous card design Pamellia, love these beautiful papers you have used and your details are fantastic.
    Beautiful wild life pictures you have shared.
    Pam x

  21. Pretty as a picture Pamellia. Always love your Pion makes. Nicola x

  22. It is such a pretty bird image on your fabulous card Pamellia. As always the details are perfection.
    I loved today's photos, especially the birds, the feathers look so vibrant.
    Yvonne xx

  23. Beautiful card and stunning photos!

  24. Pamellia, I was just starting to get beautiful Pion paper made into those fabulous little delights you create withdrawal. Thank goodness you saved the day with this beautiful treasure of a card! I love the bird layered on that handmade frame and the flourish. The tiny bird house and those stick pins are just the kind of details that make your work so extra special! Gorgeous, my friend!

    Love the photos, especially the bird in hand shot and unnamed squirrel stealing a peanut! What a shot! Do you use raw peanuts or roasted? I was in the store the other day and saw some, thinking of you. Sending hugs your way!

    1. Awwww, thanks so much Sara. I use roasted nuts because they stay fresh longer, but unsalted. I use peanuts for the photo shoots because they have the strongest smell and will attract the animals, but they're actually not good for them. Best are walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, etc. No almonds either.

  25. That macro shot is intriguing, Pamellia! Such fabulous texture encapsulated so beautifully! Lovely blue bird card in an interesting size, and wonderful Elements to keep the pretty feathered song maker company. Your loving touch always cause me to appreciate nature as depicted in your artwork. Hugs and lots of good thoughts... xoxo

  26. What a gorgeous card Pamellia - love the soft colour palette and the gorgeous accents and dimension you have there.
    Thanks too for sharing your photos - they always give me a smile.

  27. Breathtaking!!! Love, love, love this card Pamellia!! The soft colours, the wonderful layers, the lace, the little bird image on top of the resin frame .. it all goes together so beautifully, and the little bird house is a delightful finishing touch. Soooo inspiring!!
    Fabulous photos as always. Love the snowy scenes .. just beautiful .. and your little friends are always delightful. Loooveee visiting your blog .. so much here to enjoy! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

  28. Stunning card and stunning photos!

  29. Thanks Cynthia. Yes I made the little white frame using some crafter's air dry clay and a silicone mold.

  30. Such a gorgeous card - I love the tall elegant format, enhanced by the composition of the elements towards the top. Brilliant nature photos as always... when's the book coming out?!
    Alison x

  31. Absolutely stunning card, Pamellia! I too love the tall slender format. And your fussy cutting is! When I saw the bluebird it took my breath away. Your pics of the birds and squirrels brighten my day. Thank you for sharing!

  32. Pamellia, Your card breathes Spring to me! How beautiful it is! Love the blue bird with the other touches of blue- you have me in the springtime spirit! heehee
    Your wonderful photos continue to amaze me and make me smile- I love them!!
    huge hugs,Jackie

  33. What an awesome card, and I always love cards that have birds as an embellishment. I really like the soft creams & blues in the palette on this card, plus all the wonderfully lush layers & laces & ribbons that you've put together. Thoroughly enjoyed all the photos, and of course I'm partial to the gorgeous lady cardinal. We normally get the brilliant red males, with the more brown shades of the females, but we do occasionally get a couple of these golden & red creatures who swoop in to the feeders. TFS & Hugs

  34. OH! SO VERY BEAUTIFUL, so feminine and with such delicate colours and embellishments, Absolutely GORGEOUS.

    LOVE the snow and bird photos, you are just so clever to get them eating out of your hand AND photograph them at the same time. Another fabulous post

  35. You never cease to amaze me with your cards and photos - fantastic Pamellia!

  36. Gorgeous Pamellia, love the juxtaposition of the dark and light papers, really lovely! Wonderful pics of your furred and feathered friends as always, thanks so much for sharing them, Deb xo

  37. I always feel so happy when visit your blog, Pamellia! Your card is fantastic and that soft blue bird is simply breathtaking! This is not just a card, this is a masterpiece of art and I would frame it and treasure it forever! I could almost feel the Spring in the air! It's spectacular, my friend!

    Oooooh, what a stunning macro! A feast for the eyes! You have the best friends I could imagine! They are all so cute and so unique! Your photography hypnotizes me!

    Thinking of you and sending all my hugs to you! Branka xx

  38. What a beautiful baby card Pamellia! I love the sweet bird, light green ribbon and all your gorgeous layers - and your photos are lovely - I love all the different color squirrels you have there - we have just gray and black in our neighborhood - and one all white that I see near my church!

  39. Sorry - I meant B'day card above! I got so distracted by your photos at the end!

  40. what a stunner ...and a gorgeous bird too!!
    Dr Sonia

  41. I love that this card has everything at the top because it makes me think that your lovely birdie is sitting up in a flowering tree that is in front of a frufru houses window...looking down on all the goings on beneath. Lovely colors - makes me think of the transition between winter's cold and springs new growth. BEAUTIFUL. Xj.

    P.S. Nothing to share yet but one of these days... when you least expect it!!!!

  42. Beautiful card and photos!! Love the color of the ribbon especially.

  43. Oh my gosh, I can't believe it...squirrel ribbon!! Isn't it adorable!! What a hoot, thanks Cynthia, that put a smile on my face for sure!! hugs :)

  44. Just do you know, you could teach a class about how to fussy cut! I can't believe you do all of this with those huge scissors! Wowzers and Wowzers! This is a beautiful elegant design full of birds chirping and the wind blowing in the trees. Lovely shapes and layers. Hot diggity dearie! Fantabulous pics and everything else. Hugz to you muffin! ~Doc

  45. Well, that was a little odd, I had definatly read this post before but, as far as I can tell, I did not leave a comment. How odd, it is a good job I checked before deleting the email. Otherwise you would never know how much I love this fabulous card. I adore the eggshell blue colour and the lovely die cut frame - and all of the pretty little butterflies are so sweeet.

    Wonderful snowy views and all of the fab little birds in their winter plumage, they are just so cute. Love all of the great squirrel shots, you just have to love these guys.

    Have a great week.

    Dionne xx

  46. It's such a treat to visit your blog Pamellia. Your cards are beautiful but photography and animals are both passions of mine so an added bonus :o)

    Anne xx

  47. Hi Pamellia
    A beautiful and delicate card. The papers are divine.
    Daffodils in flower here so Spring has definitely sprung. Hope you have warmer days, if only for the squirrels sake lol!
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  48. Stunning card Pamellia! Love the papers and texture and added embellishments! :)
    All the pics are fab! :)
    Suchi xx

  49. What a wonderful post! The card is, as ever, fantastic and the photos ……..well you know I will look through these for ever! Chrisx