Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pion Design - Christmas Notes

Hello Everyone!

Today I've put together this vintage Christmas card using all sorts of beautiful Pion Design collections. These papers are so versatile, any collection can be used for any occasion! I've used "To My Valentine", "The Witching Hour", "The Night Before Christmas", "Long Ago in Bethlehem", and "Christmas Wishes". It's like these papers were meant to be used together!

The striped ribbon is Canvas Corp Brands, the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, the wood leaf flourish is Southern Ridge Trading Company, and everything else is from my stash.

Pion products:

To My Valentine - Love Song PD6808
The Witching Hour - Beyond the Grave PD8003
The Night Before Christmas - Christmas Branches PD7804
The Night Before Christmas - Snowflake Magic PD7807
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Angels Singing PD9404
Long Ago in Bethlehem - Mary and Joseph PD9401
Christmas Wishes - Borders PD9811

So my house is all decorated for Christmas! YAY!! We finally found a Christmas tree that fits our dining room space. We got 7 foot tall, slim, flocked tree and it is so beautiful! We've decorated in white, crystal and white gold. I couldn't get a shot of the whole tree, so I'm just going to share some close ups of a few of the decorations.

I couldn't possibly sleep tonight if I left this post wildlife-less, so here's a cutie patootie photo of my best bud Crazy Karen showing us that winning smile that I fell in love with!! OMG, how cute is she!

So as you can see, I decorate fairly early in the year. When do you put up your tree?

I think I made some of you nervous with my wildlife food list last post. Just want to clarify about squirrels and peanuts. By all means, throw some peanuts out to the squirrels. They love them so much, and as long as they are getting proper food from other sources, then they'll be fine. Many people have backyard squirrels that rely on the food set out for them as as their main food source, this is when it becomes a health issue for them. Just like kids and a bag of chips or a chocolate bar, it's ok for them have a some now and again, as long as it's not the only thing they eat. If your worried, toss in a few mixed nuts the odd time, they love those too!

Thank you to everyone who takes the time and money to feed the animals, you make my heart soar!


  1. Gorgeous card, love all the layers. Your decorations look great. I don't put up a tree, I have a winter wreath for my door, and that' it! Karen is looking great! Hugs, Valerie

  2. That card is so gorgeous and what a lovely colour combination! Your decorations are gorgeous! Your house must look so pretty!

  3. Beautiful card, you're right Pamellia...those papers belong together!
    Your decorations are gorgeous, the whole tree must look amazing! Haven't even thought about a tree yet, we like to have a fairly large real tree so it takes up a lot of space and we have a very large dog who takes up a lot of space...and wags her tail...need I say more!
    Lovely photo of Karen and her beautiful smile!

  4. Oooohhh!!! Wow!! I really, really love this one Pamellia!! Super, duper gorgeous!! Love the layers .. those papers go so well together .. and loooovee the layers of lace and fibres and that gorgeous bow too. The design is stunning and, I hope you won't mind but, I am definitely going to lift this one .. he! he!! Absolutely drooling here!!!
    Your tree must look awesome. The decorations are so beautiful! We usually don't put our trees (we have two small ones in different parts of the house) up until December, but they don't look anywhere near as spectacular as yours. Still, we do love them and can't wait to see them up again.
    Love, love, love the photo of your sweet Crazy Karen .. she is gorgeous!!! Have a wonderful day! hugs xx

  5. What a marvelous combination of papers, embellies, and textures, Pamellia. What fascinates me is the manner in which you bring Nature into all of your creations. This one reveals both the "waiting period" and "snowy purity" of Old Man Winter. It reminds me of the Wintry season in our own heart's growth as well - and those times our bodies seem to "die" a bit from the summers of our lives. Interesting that Crazy Karen color coordinates with your Christmas tree! I love that you even have seashells in yours! I imagine we have a similar trees these days - as we donated our huge tree for one that is slim and 7' tall. We'll be decorating next week. Or should I say, this week as today is Sunday. Have a lovely season of celebrations, Pamellia. xx

  6. Such a lovely wintery look to your card. I so much enjoy the change of seasons. Your so magical with your designs, kind of a whimsical flair to the creations. I've started with some Christmas decor. After Thanksgiving all of fall will be put away, I do something in every room, now in a smaller house so it's a tricky thing.Your tree is luscious. I love what you 've done with decorating it. Very rich looking. Have fun with finishing up and then ENJOY it all. Don't you wish sometimes the little animals could come in for a visit? They have a personality all their own and the more attention they get, the more they respond. Enjoy a wonderful Sunday.

  7. What a gorgeous card Pamellia,love the dimensions and beautiful details. And what a stunning Christmas decorations you have. We usually have our Christmas tree beginning of December, my boys and my niece love to decorate the tree is so exiting. I have squirrels in my garden and this afternoon one of the squirrel was running around with an acorn, she tried to find a place to hide the acorn in the grass for later. Your photo of the squirrel is wonderful, love it. xx

  8. Ooh just gorgeous Pamellia - love the neutral tones and your card looks fabulous photographed against the darker background. Yes I love how Pion papers can be mixed and matched. I have a small collection and sometimes just can't bring myself to use them! Jennie x

  9. Awww... Your creation is so classy!!! Very elegant and full of amazing details to see!!! Love, love it! Fabulous use of neutral tones, the most difficult to use for me! :D And all the embellishments and layers look really gorgeous!
    Your Christmas tree is another delight for the eyes! And I smiled seeing the little cute faux birdies :) They gives a very sweet touch to the whole composition!
    Crazy Karen is really the most cute and lovely squirrel I have never seen. Blessings to her and to you!
    Big hugs, I'm again in hurry (sigh)

  10. no... you make my heart soar! You are the best friend to those animals that I have ever known!!
    I love making special suets for my birds in the winter, and we feed everyone, all year long!

    This card is amazing, can't believe it has so many different holiday papers included,looks like it was made for Christmas alone!
    And your tree photos...looking forward to a whole shot!
    Hope to decorate soon as well!

  11. What an amazing gorgeous card Pamellia, beautifully designed and coloured, the papers and embellishments are so pretty and I love the frosting.
    Wonderful photo of Crazy Karen, she is indeed cute.
    Your decorations are beautiful, I love your colour theme, and I put our decorations up around two weeks before the big day, Kate x

  12. GOOOOORGEOUS!!!!! What an amazing rustic Christmas card Pamellia! Love all those fancy layers and lace!
    Your tree closeups look amazing!
    I'll start on my tree next Friday:)
    Have a great day!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  13. Ohhh I love this card Pamellia. Very elegant design and colours, Lots of lovers layers and embellies. I like the idea of the rolled up paper, I must remember that. Fantastic. I want your Christmas tree, it look absolutely gorgeous!! hugs, Marlies

  14. Gorgeous card and the papers really do complement each other and fabulous distressed layers -your tree looks amazing-ours goes up 1st Dec
    Carol x

  15. Can I come to your house? Oh my gosh, your tree looks fabulous! I can imagine sitting there at night with just the tree lights on. I am planning on putting up our tree this Friday. Thanksgiving is Thursday here in the States so that usually signals the decorating time for me. Let me not forget your card! I do wish blogging had the capability of letting us reach in and touch these cards or at least view them in 3D. I so love looking at all the incredible little touches of detail you put into your creations. Love this card! Crazy Karen is adorable--I was just sharing your photos of her and the other furry friends from your last post with my mother. I always look forward so much to your posts. Hugs.

  16. Gosh, this card is stunning Pamellia..I love the colours and the straws always fascinate me as you make them look so good..mine look like I lost them from my paper cup and they fell onto my put together, love everydetail..
    I'm sure your whole tree looks amazing with so many fluffy,sparkly,feathery and snowy things..gorgeous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  17. Oh wow, what an absolutely stunning card, Pamellia!! You mix and match papers together so perfectly!! I love all of the rustic touches and the spectacular layers!! Every one of your cards is a work of art!! The details you added are so gorgeous!! I love the bow and the pom poms!! Love, love this!! So beautiful!!

    Oh wow, I love your tree!! It's shabby chic!! I want it!! Mine is a boring regular tree with multi-colored lights and I put it up three days ago :) I love sitting in a dark room with the only lights coming from the tree :) Never too early to put one up, in my opinion!! However, I have to take it down right after's too depressing to leave it up longer since the holiday is over ;) That is the most adorable picture of Crazy Karen!! Her smile is priceless!! I hope you have a wonderful week, dear friend!! It was in the 60's yesterday and down to the 20's today so the hugs I'm sending your way are chilly ones :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  18. Gorgeous card Pamellia, love the beautiful layers and colours.
    Your tease of your Christmas tree looks stunning! would love a full tree shot (Please) lol.
    Hugs Pam x

  19. Its a gorgeous Christmas card.
    Your Christmas tree must look awesome, the photos look beautiful.
    I'm always late to put up mine about two weeks before the 25th and no sooner.
    Yvonne xx

  20. Beautifull Christmas card Pamellia...I love all the layers and shabby look!
    In Nederland we have first Sinterklaas on 5 dec. and after that I put up the christmas tree
    also shabby with cream and roze. Your tree is so lovely...enjoy it!!!
    xx Gerie

  21. Totally gorgeous hunny, loving the colours and sooooooooooo shabby!!! hmmm my tree goes up two weeks before Xmas so it's a while yet, lol hugs Liz xx

  22. A lovely rectangle shape to your card Pamellia! your beautiful layers and snow and threads of cheesecloth add such texture and dimension - I can just imagine how glorious your tree is in full view - since each snippet here is a wonder! Kent and I feed our neighborhood birds and squirrels all year round - we get such enjoyment in watching them - we also heat our bird bath so they can have water year round!

  23. Truly beautiful card, adore the distressed layers and those berries are perfect. Love the little embellishment. My tree usually goes up on 1st December. As always beautiful photography. Tracy x

  24. Beautiful card Pamellia, once again your level of details is awe inspiring! Sadly I can’t put my tree up since last year, I now have a year old cat that would just wreck it!!
    Donna xx

  25. You really have turned those beautiful papers into such a stunning card Pamellia, I love how you layered up the elements and those paper rolls are fabulous! A true masterpiece!

    With all those gorgeous decorations, your tree must look incredible! We usually put our tree up the week before Christmas and then leave it up for as long as possible after Christmas... I do so love Christmas!! Big hugs, Anne xxx

  26. Great pastel and neutral colours on your amazing card. Love the orientation of it too. Now you sure do embrace Christmas...The snippets of shots from your tree look amazing and absolutely sensational x Yey to Crazy Karen x About 7 to 10 days before Christmas before our tree will go up x

  27. Beautiful Pamellia! The layers are gorgeous and the details are spectacular as always! I love the colors and elegant!
    Your tree decorations are beautiful! I haven't had the time yet to get our tree up :(I am hoping for this weekend...fingers crossed! I usually have it all ready by Thanksgiving but I am a bit behind as all my time has been helping my son and DIL move into their new home. Busy, busy!
    Sherrie K

  28. Hi Pamellia I am missing your cards lately they don’t seem to come to my blog somehow.
    This I am loving don’t know where to start so I’ll say WOW WOW WOW hope that says it all. Got to have a go
    Just so busy with my eBay shop just carn’t get time to sit a craft it’s not good.
    Have fun
    Jules xx

  29. Wow, your card is amazing. I love how you created it without using a focal image, just stunning. I did smile at your gorgeous Christmas tree, it's like a blown up version of your cards (by that I mean bigger, not exploded!). Of course Crazy Karen looks just adorable, so glad that she is doing well x

  30. Amazingly beautiful card dear Pamellia! I love the shots of your tree! I think hubby would divorce me if i suggested putting up our tree in November! I like to have mine up before my Birthday though, so it's not long now!! Crazy Karen is just so cute!! Hugs, Chrisx

  31. Oh my goodness Pamellia, I think this is my favourite CC so far this year, if not of all times, I LOVE it so much!!!! The format, the shabby colours, those rolled paper bits, just absolutely STUNNING!!!!

  32. Another beauty Pamellia, I particularly love the little straws, they look fabulous. I also love the white on white design, so classy.

    Talking of classy, your Christmas tree must look amazing, you have got some gorgeous charms.


    PS Apolgies for typos/mistakes today. I have a really bad head cold at the moment and there seems to be a lack of communication between my mind and fingers!