Monday, November 13, 2017

Tis the Season

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing this festive Christmas card in my favourite colour palette for the holidays, red and green, poinsettias and holly! I've used papers from Graphic 45, Recollections and My Mind's Eye.

So this background is the flip side of the wood I purchased. It's Red Oak, stained with Walnut on one side, but left natural on this side. It's lighter so I can use it for darker toned papers, but still capture the details of the white accents.

The doily is from Prima, the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the sentiment was cut using a Sizzix die, the frame was made with hot glue and a custom mold, the ribbon is from May Arts and everything else is from my stash.

We didn't get the snowfall that I hoped for, but there were some light flurries blowing around under the street lamps. As I watched the snowflakes reflecting the lamplight, I realized how magical I find winter to be. My hope for winter continues, but until then I'll share some more autumn photos.

I don't take photos of our lake here very often any more, but I couldn't resist the orange glow coming off the lake on this morning. Straight out of the camera, no edits,

A female Sparrow

A male Red Winged Blackbird

Probably the last rabbit I'll see for this year. Although they don't hibernate, these sweet animals sure do disappear for the winter months. What I wouldn't give for a rabbit in the snow shot!

"Sure I can smile for the camera, but I don't have to stop eating, right?" 
~Sweet Cheeks~

UPDATE: Karen seems to be back to her regular old self recently. She's not as solid on the branches as she used to be, but she's putting on her winter weight and started growing her winter fur. I'm so happy to see her smiling again!

"It looks like corn, but I think the human is playing a trick on me!" ~Crazy Karen~

"Bwahaha, I'm so clever! I found a peanut hiding under a leaf! Autumn is no match for me!" 
~Mary Jane~

For my macro today, some morning condensation on this stunning leaf! I'm looking forward to some frost so I can whip out my big macro ring and get in super close!

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. Fabulous festive card Pamellia! Beautiful papers and wonderful design. love the rich reds and greens and that gorgeous gingham bow! Hope you're not too disappointed about the lack of least you have the glorious autumnal colours to compensate...that first photo is stunning!

  2. Gorgeous card and wonderful photos of your little friends. The autumn scene at the lake is beautiful - I am sad that autumn is coming to an end, I am not a snow fan! Hugs, Valerie

  3. I always get a bit excited when I see there is a new post from you--you never disappoint! I love this card--cozy, warm colors. Love the fraying on the ribbon. What a wonderful photo of the lake as well as the photos of the animals. No snow here either but I am always hopeful!

  4. If I ever need an all-around pick-me-up, I just come to your blog! Awesome xmas project-- you just amaze me! The snow is the perfect touch... well done. And your wildlife: LOL, I love the squirrel with the nut where the eyes are closed... so many things I can imagine in the thought bubble! Cheers.

  5. Wow, what a stunning Christmas card, Pamellia!! The layers are amazing!! I love the gorgeous gingham bow and the perfect details you added!! The colors are so warm and beautiful!! Love it, my friend!!

    Wow, that first shot is amazing!! The colors are so pretty!! I love the shot of the can see the veins in his ears!! Sweet Cheeks and Mary Jane are absolutely adorable!! And I'm so happy Crazy Karen is doing better and gaining weight!! Your macro is spectacular!! I hope you have a wonderful week, dear friend!! It's so cold here, I know snow is just around the corner (boohoo!!) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Its gorgeous card and wonderful photos!

  7. Hi there Pamellia, what a wonderful card, love your colours and design, the papers are gorgeous, again loads of detail to look at and some brilliant frostiness.
    What a beautiful shot of the lake, the colours are wonderful, good to see your wee friends again, Kate x

  8. I am a suckered for the traditional Christmas colours Pamellia and this card makes me very happy indeed. The shot of your lake is gorgeous xx

  9. Such fabulous Christmas feel has your card, Pamellia! Great combo of papers, they really are outstanding, but with your design these pieces of papers become a work of Art!! Love, love this card! All matches perfectly! Amazing flowers, frame and bow, and all the details all around, but I'm really stunned by the way you made the snow...!! :O Oh my, it's just wonderful!!! Have you used white paint for that effect on the edges and the corners? It seems real snow!!
    Such fabulous shoot of the lake with these autumnal colors! And LOVE that photo of the rabbit, I enlarged and seen any little hair, you are soooo talented! :) Sweet Cheeks is really sweet and her smile makes smiling me too! :D As well Mary Jane !
    So happy for Crazy Karen, yay!! :D
    Today here there is a strong cold wind, winter seems already arrived. The mountains that I can see, away from the city, are covered of snow...

  10. Pamellia, you are so talented. I follow your blog for a long time and you inspire me a lot. Your videos are so wonderful, too bad that there are not so many of them. Your photos are great, I would like to take your walks with you. All the best, take care, Sabine

  11. A truly stunning card Pamellia, I really love those G45 papers and the lighter background you have used for your photography really shows the card off beautifully. Your shot of the lake is gorgeous, I love the autumnal colours and the reflections... As always, your critter shots are always a delight - loving Sweet Cheeks! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. It is a gorgeous card Pamellia, I love the traditional coloured Christmas papers you added among the layers.
    The photos were once again lovely to see.
    Yvonne xx

  13. A true beauty of a Christmas card Pamellia, has a really lovely vintage vibe to it. Loving your wildlife photos too especially the smiling squirrel, so funny :)
    Donna xx

  14. What a stunning Christmas card, Pamellia!! The layers are amazing!! gorgeous layers of wonderful papers and embellishments.
    Lovely wildlife photos you have shared today! But wow the icing on the cake has to be that shot of your gorgeous lake.
    Hugs Pam x

  15. Fabulous Christmas card and gorgeous papers,layers and embellishments-I love how your splatters look so natural I cannot for the life of mu chieve the natural splatter look.Great nature pics but the lake has the wow factor
    Carol x

  16. Hi Pamellia
    Very festive and traditional but in your unique way.
    Mr D was in Manchester today and it was snowing! None here in the Midlands yet, thank goodness but it was very cold today.
    Take care.
    Ang x

  17. I look forward to seeing your amazing frosty macros - and I like them to be frosty in your neck of the woods rather than mine. Besides, you’re the artist who takes spectacularly gorgeous photos, not me! LOL today’s Nature shares are lovely in their autumnal splendor. I have thoroughly enjoyed scrutinizing your beautiful, traditionally colored masterpiece today! It’s a bit different from your usual pretty pastel colors. The vintage gingham checkered bow is delightful with the breathtaking poinsettia Papers and lovely layers, Pamellia. It’s a beautiful creation that combines whimsy and vintage style elements in a contemporary fashion. I love your artwork! xx

  18. Ooohhh!! I am in love!! Stunning card in traditional Christmas colours .. LOVE it!!! The papers are just beautiful Pamellia, and you have a flair for mixing, matching and layering them up perfectly!! I love the little bits of lace, the doily and the snow and that gorgeous gingham ribbon tops it all off beautifully!!
    That shot of the lake is stunning .. so beautiful with the rich autumn colours. Always look forward to seeing your wonderful wildlife shots and am so pleased Karen is starting to get back to her old self. Have a wonderful day! hugs xx

  19. What a stunning card the red and green,gingham ribbon and the texture of the snow..those papers are gorgeous as well..beautiful card.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  20. Love this gorgeous card with the traditional colours Pamelia, and those darker backgrounds really, really work!! So glad you made that change!! Your wild life photos always take my breath away, that autumnal lake looks amazing (you live in such a beautiful part of the world), and your bird and furry friends always bring a smile to my face!

  21. I love your fabulous work of art, and your homemade frame is genius. That bunny picture is just too adorable, but I'm so relieved to hear that Crazy Karen is doing well x

  22. Sorry I have not been about much-I am in Wa visiting my son till tomorrow "( sad to be leaving him
    Your card is just glorious Pamellia! So elegant-it should be framed!

    And as always, I just adore your furry friends and the funny comments they make at their photo shoots! wink wink
    sending hugs, and wishes for snow...for you! heehee
    Jackie xx

  23. I LOVE your card, the traditional colours and the frayed ribbon and ALL the wonderful details you always add to make it so very special. The lake photo is FABULOUS, sometimes there is no need to touch a photo and this shows why. The animals with your comments? are always so much fun.
    Have a good week Pamelia.

  24. Your card is stunning. The detailing and layering is fantastic and the photography fabulous. Sorry about no yet x The cute photos and captions make me smile and so glad Karen is well on the mend. Great macro shot and the one of the trees silhouetting on the lake is tremendous x

  25. Stunning Pamellia. I love the gingham and snowy touches. Beautifully crafted hun. Gorgeous images of your sweet local fauna too. Love seeing those. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  26. Wowww, what a beautiful Christmas card. Gorgeous design, wonderful traditional elements and colours. That is a lovely doily and your gingham bow is a real winner.

    Your lakeside photo is a real stunner, the autumnal colours look amazing and I adore the reflections in the lake.

    Dionne xx

    PS Great news about Crazy Karen.

  27. Lovely rich traditional colours on your card and another fabulous nature gallery. The macro condensation looks amazing, and I love the squirrel and the corn!

    I got my sari ribbon on ebay, though that particular seller doesn't seem to have any at them moment - but if you search sari ribbon on ebay or on etsy I'm sure you'll find something similar.
    Alison x

  28. Ooooh, two beautiful cards for me to feast on today, Pamellia! I love the traditional colors and your red gingham bow is so pretty with the white flowers and poinsettias! I can almost hear the Christmas carols!

    Your natural photos are a delight as always and really show the beauty of the season! We are getting some cooler days, mixed in with warm days, and color is at a minimum. Looks like we'll be skipping fall this year! Sending more hugs!