Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pion Design - A Joyful Birthday

Hello Everyone!

Today I thought I would share with you a birthday card I have put together using the new Pion Design Halloween collection - The Witching Hour. One of the things I love about Pion papers, is that they can be used year round for any occasion and not just the holiday they were designed for! 



The Witching Hour – Spider’s Web – PD8006
The Witching Hour – Midnight Spell PD8004
The Witching Hour – Dark Roses PD8009
The Witching Hour – Borders PD8011
Pion Design Palette – Pion Green I PD6107

The pretty white frame is from Spellbinders, a gift from my lovely hubby! The Spellbinders butterfly cascade, the Tim Holtz sentiment die cut and the Wild Orchid Flowers are all from The Funkie Junkie. The Chloe Stem is Memory Box, the leaves are Cheery Lynn, everything else is from my stash.

I'm so excited to tell you the news that Pion Design is getting ready to release their next collection "Where the Roses Grow", a collection inspired by an untamed flourishing rose garden! This may be one of my favourites to date! I am tickled pink and green and can't wait to create with these gorgeous papers!! 

I'm steering away from landscape photography as I have found I much more enjoy photographing things up close, but I thought I would share this image I captured a few weeks ago in The Shire as the sun came up and started peeking through the trees.

"Found a peee-nut, found a peeeanut, found a peeeanut laaast night!! Laaast night I found a peeeanut, found a peeeanut laaast night! -  Sing it with me!"

"Pwetty Pwetty pwease, may I have a peanut? I'm so tiny and cute and berry berry hungwy"

 I always stop to give my sweet Miss Chrissy a treat on the trail to The Shire. 

Don't forget to say Hello to Bon Jovi if you visit The Shire, he is always hiding in there somewhere!

This is Henry, a white rabbit that lives out in The Shire. Locals say they think he is a domestic rabbit was dumped here as a baby, and incredibly has managed to survive and thrive for several years now. Animals are remarkable, don't you think!! 

My bird photos for today are a sunbathing Sparrow and a sweet female Mallard at the lake.

And at the home front, my dear MR SCRUFF is having a wee treat.

My Macro shot of the day is some rainy day leaves. We are finally getting all the rain that we should have had in the spring. Too late to save the leaves from dying before they got a chance to turn their brilliant autumn hues, I'll still take it though! 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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Frilly and Funkie - Halloween Step by Step

Hello Everyone!

It's time for my Saturday Step by Step over at FRILLY AND FUNKIE! If you were here on Wednesday, you have seen my Halloween card featuring some wonderful products from Linda's shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I do hope you will pop on over and visit me for a step by step tutorial on how I put this together. I have included my Faux Granite background technique, which I also used for my Gothic Wedding card back in May! And don't forget to join us for our current challenge A VERY VINTAGE HALLOWEEN.


So remember way back when, in the days of yore, when I had a giveaway?? Well I send my thank you out to everyone for putting their name in the pot and I apologize to everyone for not doing this before I disappeared into the abyss!!

So further adoo-be-doo-be-doo...

The winner of PRIZE #1 - The Heartfelt Creations prize package

The winner of PRIZE #1 - The Spellbinders prize package

Just a few quick pics today and perhaps a profound thought? OK, maybe not profound... but still!! lol

"I sit alone, I think alone, I am alone, although I am not lonely." 
Pamellia Johnson

That's it for today. Short but sweet, right!! 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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Frilly and Funkie - Vintage Halloween

Hello Everyone!

Long time no see!!! I apologize for being missing for so long, life takes some turns, you know how it goes! Thank you to everyone for your kind emails, messages and comments, it sure was amazing to hear from you!! I'm glad to be back in my craft room at long last, and I will slowly be making my rounds to see everyone, but meanwhile, let's have a look at today's project.

It's time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. This time Zoe the hostess and she has chosen the theme "A VERY VINTAGE HALLOWEEN". She would like you to get your witches hats on and create a project in a vintage style with a Halloween theme. One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Linda's shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

A special thank you to my very sweet and talented friend Sara Barker of sarascloset for sending me some stamped images from the Tim Holtz Mini Halloween stamp set. They fit so perfectly into my design! This stamp set is available at Linda's shop, you will find the link at the bottom of the post.

Be sure to come back on Saturday for my Step by Step on how to create this Halloween card, including my technique on the faux granite background!!

All of the following products that I used can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

The last time I posted, I was sharing my tales of my visits to The Shire. I got to spend quite a lot of time out there this past month, I am really excited about how things are going. The squirrels are getting quite used to me and I have even had some bird and rabbit visitors.

Do you remember last winter I stumbled upon a blonde squirrel and named him MR BON JOVI? Well I have found his territory and I try to visit him as often as I can. Right now he has on his gorgeous summer caramel coat and has just started his molting!

Have you ever seen a photograph of a bug's eyeball and thought, how the heck did they get that close to a bug?? Well a macro lens, that's how, and I have decided to add macrophotography to my list of hobbies. My hubby picked me up the required equipment a couple of weeks ago and I was raring to get started. Now the trick is finding things that are so tiny (and are NOT bugs), that you can still tell what it is when your zoomed in like a billion percent.

So here is my first successful macro. This mushroom was about an inch tall. So freaking cool and I'm only using the lowest settings!

Back on the home front MR SCRUFF is up to old tricks and still making me laugh every single day! It's that time of year and he is busy foraging for the coming winter. Guess I how know that!!! lol

I'm making new friends and feeling pretty darned honoured that these amazing creatures trust me enough to eat out of my hand!

One last thing for today and that is to introduce you to the newest member of the Johnson Family. Everyone say hello to NEMO, my sweet little Siberian Long Haired Hamster, whom I just adore!!

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.