Friday, December 9, 2016

Anything But Cute - Secret Santa

Hello Everyone!

This has been a wonderful year at Anything But Cute, and I am so thankful for the amazing and talented team mates and friends that I have there. For Christmas this year we decided to do a Secret Santa and I was lucky enough to draw the name of my good friend Lisa of A Mermaids Crafts.

Here is the card that I sent to her

Sending out a special thank you to two of my other talented teamies. Anne of Redanne for the lovely Prima mould I used to make the clock, and Sara Emily of sarascloset for the delicate snowflake die cuts! Thank you so much ladies for my sweet gifts!

The Night Before Christmas - Dear Santa PD7802
The Night Before Christmas - Christmas in the Air PD7808
The Night Before Christmas - Tags PD7812

For Lisa's gift I made her a tree ornament. The base is wood which I painted with three different colours of gold paint. I added a bit of texture using some sand and decorated with lots of bling from my stash. 

Sending out a big Merry Christmas to all of my teamies and a special thank you to Anne, who pulled my name for Secret Santa. You should see the amazing card and gift that she sent me. You really must stop in and check it out (there's a squirrel involved)!! Here is a sneak peek...

This is a pretty photo heavy post already, so just a couple of photos today. These shots are from a lovely spot I have found out by the lake. I am so excited to be making new friends there.

"The kindness one does for an animal may not change the world...
but, it will change the world for that one animal."
author unknown

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. Don't forget to feed a squirrel or a bird this weekend, it's a tough time of year for them outside, while we are cozy and warm.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Joyful Day Ornament Card

Hello Everyone!

I had such great feedback regarding my last couple of ornament cards that I thought I would try and make a few more in that style.  This one ended up a little too wide to fit in my 6x6 envelopes, so it will have to be hand delivered. Oops, I do get carried away. lol

The papers are from My Minds Eye, the snowflake is Cheery Lynn, the pine sprigs were done with a Cheery Lynn die, the doily die underneath is also Cheery Lynn. The snowflake flourish is from Memory Box, the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The wood reindeer is from DeSerres and I covered it with styrofoam balls that I pulled out of an old stuffed animal, and chunky crystal glitter is dusted on top (although it's hard to see). 

Exciting news, Sunday night we got a wee bit of snow, so Monday morning I finally walked back out to The Shire. I went and visited Bon Jovi, spent a few minutes being sad and then I turned my camera to happier things. I stayed out for four hours, until every last bit of snow had melted away!!!

My posts for this week are already written, so for now, more autumn photos. Next week I will be excited to share more recent pics. For my landscape photo, a shot of the sun rising from behind the tall reeds.

For my bird photos today, I have this sweet little Chickadee.

and this very wet Grackle. The Grackles have since moved on to their winter homes, so I guess this will be the last shot until spring time.

HENRY poses nice for the camera. I think he knows he will get a fresh treat once I'm done! lol

"OK, enough with the leaves. I'm very tiny you know, and I can't see where I'm going!"

"OMG, that did NOT just happen! He took my peanut and ran up the tree!"

"Is it necessary that you watch me while I'm eating, seriously!"

"Aww shucks, thanks Ma'am. Oh, it's all natural beauty, I swear!"

Last but not least, my macro for the day. We had a wee frost, not much, but I took full advantage!

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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Pion Design - Father Time

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing a card that combines three Pion Design collections. I love that you can use the papers from these collections long after you have purchased them, for any occasion that comes up. I have used collections "The Night Before Christmas", "Scent of Lavender" and "Where the Roses Grow".

click on any thumbnail to view the entire Pion Design collection:


The Night Before Christmas - Dear Santa PD7802
The Night Before Christmas - Dear Santa 6x6" PD7902
The Night Before Christmas - Christmas is in the Air PD7808
The Night Before Christmas - Borders PD7810
Scent of Lavender - Preserving the Scent PD7208
Scent of Lavender - The Song of a Bird PD7202
Where the Roses Grow - Time to Smell the Roses PD8210

The lamp die is Kaisercraft, the sentiment die is Tim Holtz, the poinsettia die is Tim Holtz, the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, the wooed flourish is Recollections from Michael's Craft Store. the clock was made with a Prima mould, a gift from my talented and sweet friend Anne of Redanne. Everything else is from my stash.

I had a lot of comments regarding the man with the slingshot and how I should report him. I fully intend to do that if I ever run across him again. Unfortunately, there's nothing the authorities can do without knowing who the man is, or where he lives. So on one hand, I would love the chance to run into him again, on the other hand, I hope he never comes back!

My landscape photo for the day. I'm still using older photos, so I hope you're not too sick of autumn.

A Mourning Dove. I'm seeing more of these now. Not sure if they are a seasonal bird or if it's just because there's no leaves on the trees. lol

"Humanity's true moral test, it's fundamental test... consists of its attitude towards those who are at it's mercy: animals." Milan Kundera

HENRY scours the forest floor in search of something green to eat. No worries, I always make sure he gets something fresh.

I love when they size me up from the safety of the tree before coming down. Sometimes they'll watch and see how the others react to me, before they make a decision! So cute!

"OK so maybe I've put on a bit of extra weight, but these cookies are killer on the waist and I plan to lose it all in the spring!" 

"Yes, I get it lady, you have peanuts. I think I'll stay up here just the same!"

🎵🎵 "Keep on smilin', cause when you're smilin' the whole world smiles with you." 🎵🎵

Last but not least, my macro for the day. I believe this was a dandelion at one time. lol

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.