Monday, October 30, 2017

Eight Tiny Reindeer

Hello Everyone!

I think I am becoming addicted to the ornament shaped Christmas cards! They are a little more difficult to put together, but it's just such a festive shape, it's worth it! I can't help myself! This one was made with papers from My Mind's Eye and Recollections. I just love these reindeer images!

The sentiment banner is from Canvas Corp, the poinsettia die is from Sizzix and I used Pion Design Palette paper White I, the leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The little styrofoam balls are actually from one of the dogs toys that busted open! Gotta recycle!

The frame is made from hot glue and a Martha Stewart mold, the doily layers are Cheery Lynn, Prima, and Spellbinders, the 3D pine branches are made using a fringe die from Cheery Lynn, the wee reindeer is actually a button from DeSerres and everything else is from my stash.

As I was skimming through Instagram yesterday morning, I saw so many people posting photographs of the snow they got this weekend. OK, I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but I live in Canada and there is no snow here! Don't get me wrong, I love autumn, it's so pretty! But let's face it people, I'm a snow addict so I say bring it on already! lol

This photo was taken early in the morning before the sun came up, on the edge of the lake.

Enjoy the sun little one - soon the cold will have begun.
(or perhaps that's just wishful thinking on my part)
Sweet sweet Sparrow.

🎵"I'm a hunka hunka burnin' love! A hunka hunka burnin' love!"🎵
~Elvis Presley and Mr Cardinal~

Flashback to when Taylor was just a baby.
She's almost fully grown now, but I haven't been able to get any good shots of her.

So remember the landscapers and their habit of scooping up leaves faster than they fall? Well I figured if I want some autumn squirrel pics that I better do it myself, so I walked out to woods, filled up a bag with leaves, then walked back to the park and dumped them on the grass! HELLLOOO!

"So what if I'm a squirrel, who says I have to stand while I eat!" 
~a trail friend~

"Oh Hello. My name is Tingle. I'm a very curious little squirrel. I love to watch the human and make her giggle by popping up from behind the tree! Hope to see you again!"

"OK, that crap in the food bowl tastes like feet! Now stop joking around and gimme a cookie!"
~Crazy Karen~
(Karen's response to fresh pumpkin. Lol)

UPDATE: Karen has been doing much better the last week or so. She still limps a bit and is still a bit wobbly, but she's keeping very busy foraging for winter and putting on her winter weight. 

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. Lovely card, very festive. Great, new header, too. Love the photos of your little friends. I don't much like snow, perhaps we could have any of that white stuff meant for here sent over to your place? Hugs, Valerie

  2. Wow what a wonderful card Pamellia, every bit of it is amazing. Loving all the details and the frostiness, love all the reindeers too.
    Gorgeous photos, Kate x

  3. Karen reminds us of how resilient we can be - how truly strong we are - no matter what happens, isn't she, Pamellia? Yippee for your snow! Would you believe this morning we have frost? Sheesh! Is there no normal Florida Fall? I'm not going to complain - it's a nice break from that horrid humidity (do you appreciate my alliteration?)

    Your Christmas ornament is fantastic! I especially love that you've put DOG TOY SPILLAGE on your card - it shows that you can make ANYTHING look magnificent with ANY stuff you find. That comes under the heading of marvelously magical (more alliteration). I also am in awe at the molds you make using hot glue. I've not tried it yet.

    Wishing you a lovely week, my special friend - I mean SPECIAL in the true case (exceptionally good or precious). I love seeing Life through your eyes - will write back soon. Love, de

  4. Your ornament shaped card is gorgeous Pamellia, would make a wonderful hanging decoration too. Love the red/white combo and all the reindeer, those papers are beautiful. Stunning combination of elements as always. I was a little concerned when I looked at the first photo of your card...Fight Tiny reindeer??? Not what I expected from an animal lover LOL! Then I scrolled down....all is well!!
    Beautiful nature photos as always, love that cardinal strutting his stuff!
    Have a great week.

  5. Beautiful card, Pamellia! I'm amazed by the fringe die made to look like pine needles. Great way to recycle with the styrofoam balls! I can't wait for some snow--I'm a snow addict, too. I can just picture you dumping leaves for the squirrels! Very enterprising!

  6. Faboulas Pamellia gorgeous shape and exquisite design lovely Poinsettia
    Great pics
    Julie’s xx

  7. Ack! You shut your mouth, girl! Snow? In October? You better be wishing that's a darn localized snowfall, coz I don't want any of it here! :-) :-)

    Absolutely gorgeous card! I'm loving all the layers and that sweet sentiment. And using styrofoam balls from a dog toy - ha, brilliant!

  8. Beautiful creation and art with the card, well done. The photos are stunning, squirrels sure know how to pose. Warm greetings to you.

  9. OMG Pamellia this is beyond beautiful it is magnificent, stunning and full of festive delight, I have spoilt myself today and spent some extra time drooling over this wonderful creation as well as the fabulous pictures of your little friends, I am happy
    lorraine x

  10. Oh my gosh, stunning!! I love, love your ornament-shaped cards!! You add the perfect details!! The layers are amazing and I love the pom-pom trim!! My favorite part...the recycled dog toy innards!! How fun!! Me, I would've just tossed them, not even thinking to reuse them. Now you'll have me looking at all trash differently :) They are so perfect on the card!! And what a gorgeous poinsettia, too!! So absolutely adore this card!!

    I laughed out loud that you gathered the leaves and dumped them on the grass!! They do make for gorgeous shots :) Elvis Cardinal is too darn cute!! And Tingle - adorbs!! Oh, and sweet Karen!! I'm so glad she's doing better. She's too precious for words :) I hope you have a wonderful week, dear friend!! Sending big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Outstanding and gorgeous as ever Pamelia..beautiful.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  12. Love the cluster of the elements on your outstanding project. So yummy, so beautiful and so textural...amazing! x Yey to crazy Karen and your always.... are amazing, the detail is magnificent x Had a chuckle at your post and the funny anecdotes x

  13. That is such a gorgeous card Pamellia, the bauble shape really adds to the beauty of it. Great re cycling of those balls! Lots of lovely layers and sweet details in there too. Your winters have been so mild..I agree in Canada you usually get REAL snow....I too LOVE snow and I hope to see some photos soon! Hugs xxx

  14. Fabulous shaped creation hun, loving the layers and beautiful details, the snow balls are fab and awesome recycling!!!! lol, we've not had reall snow for years, a few flakes to say it's snowing then it disappears, hugs Li xx

  15. Its a gorgeous shaped card and I had to smile at the recycling of the foam balls, its a great idea.
    Lovely photos, it was good to read that Karen is getting on okay.
    They seem part of the family when they have such nice names.
    Yvonne xx

  16. Stunning shaped card Pamellia, gorgeous decoration with those beautiful deer, great recycling! I had to buy mine E-bay last year, cause most were to large! hard to judge the size lol.
    Lovely photo shots of these beautiful animals.
    Hugs Pam x

  17. Oh my, this Christmas ornament is just DELICIOUS!!! Such amazing work of art!! These papers arr fabulous! Love so much the sweet reindeers and that big poinsettia with the tiny rose in the center! And such a surprise, you recycled those styrofoam tiny balls to make fabulous embellishments and textures! Brilliant work!
    Elvis/cardinal makes me laugh, such funny hairs! :D So glad for Crazy Karen!! And all the lovely friends are so cute and sweet! I wish all them a lovely warm sleeping into their houses!

  18. WOW absolutely stunning bauble card and gorgeous embellishments love the snowy effect you always get and I have just saved some of those little balls from the dogs toy lol love the cardinal pic
    Carol x

  19. Amazing card Pamellia, your attention to detail always amazes me. So happy to see the squirrels are still close to your kind heart :)
    Donna xx

  20. Oh yes, please do continue to use these shapes, your cards are stunning! I love the little deer images too and the button is just adorable. Great recycling of those little balls, they are a great touch!

    The Cardinal is gorgeous and I am so pleased to hear that Crazy Karen is doing better, long may it continue! Well, aren't you the little rebel... I can just imagine you scattering those leaves - lol! The clocks went back here at the weekend, now mornings and evenings are just dark... time to break out the winter woolies! Hugs, Anne xx

  21. Gorgeous ornament card Pamellia! Love the sprinkles of "snow", that is such a great touch.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  22. Hi Pamellia,
    what a very stunning creation, and that shape is wonderful.
    Love the beautiful papers used and all your wonderful elements that make this card such a stunning one.
    Beautiful poinssettia and such super layers.
    As always your photos are amazing and so wonderfully captured.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  23. Oh yes!!! Please do keep making these ornament shaped cards Pamellia!! They are stunning!! One day, I will case one but, in the meantime, I will simply admire yours. I love the papers .. so gorgeous .. and I adore the recycled foam balls! Looks just like prills!! LOL!!
    So good to hear that Karen is slowly improving and I had a little laugh at you gathering the leaves and dumping them on the grass to attract your squirrels!! Such fun! The cardinal is stunning and Tingles is absolutely adorable! But then, all of your little friends are adorable. So love that you share them with us. Have a fabulous day my dear friend. hugs xx

  24. OH WOW this ornament card is GORGEOUS! Love the traditional colors and your layering is amazing! Fantastic! Keep 'em coming!

  25. Oh so gorgeous, every bit! You really should make a book out of all these nature capture them so well!

  26. Another card to jump out on me and say "Hi! I'm Beautiful" :) it is another WOWZER of a card and I did laugh at you using the burst toy of the dog to add to your card. Your glue mould finish is wonderful too as are the fringes and the flowers, FABULOUS is an understatement. Your little animals are such a joy to see. I hope you have snow soon LOL.

  27. Wonderful as always Pamellia. Pamellia, could you link me to the doily's that you used on this ornament? What is the diameter measurement of the ornament?

  28. At first I thought it said Fight tiny reindeer! DUH! LOVE this and love your Styrofoam ball story! Gorgeous pics as always!

  29. Love your card ornament, or is that an ornament card?? The story about the styrofoam balls is priceless! I do things like that too.
    i never realised just how fat the squirrels get before winter!! They are amausing when they are portly!

  30. Love your ornament card with its gorgeous details. Lovely to see that Crazy Karen is still putting on weight even if she wasn't impressed with pumpkin x

  31. This is absolutely stunning Pamellia, so much depth and the faces on those deer...gorgeous xx

  32. I love your gorgeous festive ornament, Pamellia - stunning work as always. And it's always a joy to see your fabulous photos too.
    Alison x

  33. Wow Pamellia, your ornament card is stunning! All the layers are just gorgeous!! I love the mix of colors and fabulous details. The use of the styrofoam balls from recycled dog toys, total genius! Love everything about your creations Pamellia!
    Your pics are amazing...thanks for sharing! Oh by the way, I wish I could send you some snow. We got 8 inches last week and another 5 today~ I guess I would rather have this than the cold :)
    have a great evening,
    Sherrie K
    Sherrie k

  34. Drop dead GORGEOUS Christmas card--oh I love those shaped cards, but have never made one! Thank you for your inspiration! I adore those contrasting doily layers and sweet reindeer! Your poinsettias are just stunning with the rosebud center and dog toy balls. I saw them in a package at Hobby Lobby the other day, and I thought to myself, I'm not going there this year! Those things are a mess and end up sticking to everything! They are looking great on your card, though!

    Love the photos! A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, and if that means bagging up leaves and using them for a photo shoot, then so be it. Give those landscapers something to do. I'm sure you will be getting snow soon! We had some cooler days, but now back to hot and humid. Sorry for my absence. October is a very busy month to start with, but add into that a new job and back to working at a previous part time job, I'm so busy my head is spinning! Taking a few extra minutes this morning for myself. Sending big, big hugs, and hopefully I'll be back to check out all these amazing posts I've missed!

  35. Holy Moly this is stunning! Love the details and the design... Fab photos too!

  36. Aha! I can see here on the computer that you are not really fighting tiny reindeer! This card is wonderful and it's so good to see them on a large screen! Take care as the weather gets colder when you are out and about! Hugs, Chrisx

  37. I always adore this shaped card, you really excel at them, and this is no exception. Fabulous design and wonderful embellishments, it is so Christmassy. I love it.

    You have so many gorgeous photos of happy wildlife, just look at all of those shinning eyes as they tuck into your welcome treats.

    Dionne xx

  38. Stunning Christmas creation Pamellia! Far too long since I've popped in. I miss your gorgeous creations if it's too long between visits. It's been a busy year with the kiddos. Loving seeing your stunning creations and your wildlife photography always leaves me feeling serene and joyful. You take AMAZING images of your lovely local wildlife. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  39. I love love love!! Eight tiny reindeer!!!How wonderfully festive and oh so gorgeous!! xpxp

    question about Crazy Karen, is it because she is aging for her poor health? I don't seem to remember why?

    1. Hi Jackie, thanks for all your sweet comments today! Karen has been getting injured, but I don't know why. I have a feeling that when the tree trimmers came, they cut off some branches somewhere that is making her jumps from tree to tree very difficult. Her injuries have seemed sort of like tumble and fall type injuries. To the best of of my guessing ability, I believe she is only 2 or 3 years old, that's a drop in the hat for a squirrel since they could live up to 20 years if it weren't for predators.