Saturday, April 23, 2016

Just For Fun - Do What You Love

Hello Everyone!

I'm here with a just for fun card today. Thought I would slide back into a little mixed media and play with all my inks and paints!! I thought the sentiment was sort of apt considering how I do love to get messy in my craft room!!

I will be taking the week off come Monday, as that's when my Momsie arrives for a week-long visit!! I'm so excited to take her through some of my lovely trails and park areas, and introduce her to my new friends! I will try to check in when I can, but I apologize if I seem missing in action and I promise to visit everyone as soon as I can.





The background was done with DecoArt Americana paints (Melon, Flesh and Saffron) and Mustard Seed distress ink spray. I put down some texture with the Art Is Crafter's Acrylic stencil and then created a shadow with an Inktense pencil. The stamp sentiment is Just Say It from Wendy Vecchi.

Dies used: Poppystamps Chochitlan Wreath, Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly, Prima Leaves and Sizzix Celebration Words.



The flowers were handmade, you can find the video tutorial for that HERE. They were coloured with Distress ink spray Cracked Pistachio and Dylusions ink spray Polished Jade.




It's hard to see, but I hope you can get a glimpse of the lovely shimmer on this wooden flourish. It's covered with DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal Glitter!! So shimmery! The yellow straws were a gift from my lovely friend Sanderijn of Live Laugh Love.





UPDATE:
My card won awards in the following wonderful challenges:

  

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Took another new route for my walk the other day. The weather has been just wonderful this week and there are some bits of green starting to show through all the icky browns and greys!





I would like everyone to meet a very special guest. This is Mr Squirrel Bon Jovi and he lives in the small forest down the lane. He is blonde and very very rare!!! I spent quite a long time with him the other day, coaxing him to come out of the woods and take a peanut. Isn't he the most handsome devil you've ever seen! What a remarkable world this is!!






On a completely separate matter...
"I WAS WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED TO MY LAWNMOWER!!"


My token morning coffee shot, quite vibrant this morning!!


From my bird watching window this week is a Red-Winged Blackbird


FACT - Different populations and subspecies of Red-winged Blackbirds vary markedly in size and proportions. An experiment was conducted that moved nestlings between populations and found that the chicks grew up to resemble their foster parents.

I'm not sure that phenomenon is exclusive to just Red-Winged Blackbirds. Case in point...



Did you have to do a double take?? You can barely tell the difference, right? 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.


79 comments:

  1. The double take photos are soooo funny! Glad things are greening up, and love your blond squirrel. The card is beautiful, really stunning, Have fun with your Mom, and enjoy your week off. Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Oh I love Mr Bon Jovi doesn't he looking beautiful, your pictures are all awesome Pamellia I think I have said this before but you capture the pure essence of God's creations and Nature at it's best.

    Pamellia I love this mixed media project, I am no good at this type of craft but I so enjoy seeing others work, the sentiment is brilliant so is the paper straw, I bought one of these but haven't used it yet, the mix of colours, flowers and embellishments are stupendous, I love it, have a wonderful time with your mum
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  3. Making pieces you love is important to keep the inspiration Pamellia. Yours is delightful with so many mixed media yummy techies and lots of lovely shimmer. Have a fantastic week with your dear Mum..how exciting for you. Mr BJ is Sooo handsome. ..does he play guitar? Hugs xx

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  4. Love your bright card with all the layers of mixed media goodness.

    It sure is nice to see the green finally popping up and banishing the drab that winter brings. Have fun with your Mom.

    Hugs!
    Cec

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  5. Loving the vibrant colours you have chosen for this gorgeous creation Pamellia, so many details again to captivate the eye and each time I look I see another piece I had missed before. I hope you enjoy your week with your mum, it's so precious to spend time with loved ones.
    Lorraine

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  6. Gorgeous card, love the dimension of it, and the colors are so vibrant and fun. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  7. Fabulous photos of nature and some funny parts like the lawn mower in the water...So lovely is this creation, the colours and design are gorgeous… Enjoy your moments with your mum.xx
     {aNNie}

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  8. Oh oh Pamellia. Your card is full of vibraint bright sunshine.flowers are gorgeous and everything else just perfect.
    Must have a go at the flowers I bought myself a lighter I'll probley burn my fingers nowing me.
    Your pics are delightful enjoy a lovely week with your mum and taken in a breath of fresh air...just like your cards.
    Jules xx

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  9. Wow Pamellia, this one's a real show stopper! So bright and beautiful with those amazing colours...and I do love the sentiment! Have a great week and enjoy the time with your Mum!
    Chris
    x

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  10. What a beautifully bright card, Pamellia! I don't think I've ever seen a blond squirrel before. I'll start paying more attention! Enjoy the week with your Mom.

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  11. What a happy and bright card Pamellia! Love that background in bright yellow and the script texture. The floral arrangement is fab as usual and the straw is such a fun touch to this design!
    Have fun next week!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  12. Beautiful card Pamellia, I love the vibrant butterfly and all the gorgeous detail, lovely photo's too
    Kevin xx

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  13. Gorgeous card! Love the bright colors you used and that sentiment is terrific! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

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  14. A beautiful card Pamellia, gorgeous colours and lots of wonderful details as always.
    Enjoy your week with your Mother.
    Pauline
    x

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  15. We all love what you love to do! :) Gorgeous card, amazing layering and elements. It's always a joy to visit you Pamellia! Enjoy your week with your mom. xx

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  16. So nice to see the weather is warming up and the trees are budding Mr. Blondie is beautiful ! Love your card with all the vibrant colors and textures . The flowers are gorgeous .Enjoy your visit with your Mom

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  17. Gorgeous card Pamellia, I love these vibrant colours :) And I love squirrels :)

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  18. Oh wow, what a stunning card, Pamellia!! It's a mixed media masterpiece!! I love the colors!! They're perfect for spring!! The texture, the layers, everything is just gorgeous!! I love the butterfly and the flowers!! This is amazing my friend!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!!

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your Mom!! I bet she will love meeting all of your furry friends!! Shhh...don't tell the others, but Mr. Squirrel Bon Jovi may be my favorite!! Love those beautiful pictures!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  19. A beautiful card Pamellia. A stunning combination of colours and the beads and glamour dust add some lovely sparkle. Sally.x.

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  20. Another masterpiece!! Love the gorgeous colours and the flowers are AWESOME, must reacquaint myself with your tutorial. Have a lovely time with Mum and make sure you take some great shots on your walks xx

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  21. Hi hunny, love your colours, textures and layers on your gorgeous card, must try adding some shading to my stenciling like you do, it looks fab, lovely photo's again hun, enjoy your week hunny, speak soon, hugs Liz xx

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  22. Gorgeous colours Pamellia and your usual exquisite elegance. Enjoy time with you mum xx

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  23. It's so fresh and filled with spring-feeling. Love it, so very gorgeous! Love the artistic background! And thank you for mentioning me :) Just used a straw again myself too on my last layout :) hugs xxx

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  24. Wonderful creation you have made yet again Pamellia, gorgeous layers, texture and colour.
    Fabulous photos you are sharing, gorgeous birds and squirrels.
    Pam x

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  25. Gorgeous project Pamellia..lovely vibrant colours and textures..Have a wonderful time with your Mum.. and as for the photos, I had to look three or four times at the last two as the resemblance is uncanny..lol..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  26. Pamellia, your card is wonderful, beautiful layering, fabulous colours - just exquisite!

    Mr Squirrel Bon Jovi is gorgeous in his blonde coat, I hope you get to see more of him. Yes, I did do a double take, they are amazingly similar - lol.... As always, your photos are a pleasure to look at. Hope you have a lively time with your Mum! Hugs, Anne xx

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  27. Beautiful creation Pamellia & your photos are stunning :o)
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Hugs
    Tracey
    xx

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  28. A gorgeous project and of course awesome photo. Have a lovely time with your mom, she will enjoy being with you and seeing the animal friends you have near by.
    Yvonne xx

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  29. What a fun Caribbean, tropical card, Pamellia! I can hear the dancing music and laughter, and almost hear the flutter of your butterfly's wings! Lovely wreath around your frame - that is something I would never think of - and it is simply stunning and heartwarming in its bird-nesty appearance! Your art is always soul-touching. Thanks for sharing the photos, too. It must be enjoyable to have so many walk-paths to choose from. A shame about the lawn mower - surely someone could find a better place to discard it unless they were attempting to mow the late autumn reeds LOL - Enjoy a wonderful visit with your mom. Please tell her thank you for gifting us with such a lovely daughter - someone I've never met personally, but whose heart and friendship are felt through her photographs, artwork, and written words. love, de

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  30. Happy happy joy joy! This card is gobsmackingly brilliant bright and fun in the sun Bubbles! You know how much I love those leaf dies and to add all the flowers and details ups the anti amazingly dearie. It's like a beautiful sunrise with open arms waiting to warm anyone that walks under its brilliant path. Stunning!

    Your new squirrel Friend is cute as a button! Have fun with your mum. Hugz to you muffin! ~Doc

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  31. Fabulous card, Pamellia!! The colors make me happy, and you've used one of my very favorite stencils to wonderful effect.... no surprise there! Have a fabulous time with your mom...... I am sure will love all of your new friends, including Mr. Bon Jovi - I've never seen anything like that color on a squirrel!! xxx Lynn

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  32. Oh what a wonderful spring creation, I can tell that you have been basking in all that warm sunshine. Lovely sunny colours, I could almost warm my hands on them. I love how you have paired the warm yellows and golds with the beautiful turquoise blues of the Caribbean Ocean.

    Have a wonderful week with your mum.

    Dionne xx

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  33. Wonderful card, Pamellia! The colours are splendid and that lace is just lovely. And it has text on it - yay! (You wouldn't believe the amount of entries that just have the sentiment on them and that's it. Grrr....) Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

    Fab photos too. Mr. SBJ is very handsome!

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  34. I love your attention to detail in everything you do. Awesome mixed media project. So many beautiful elements you add to all your work. Gorgeous colour combination here Pamellia.
    Have fun with your Mum - precious times.

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  35. Haha! I am so enjoying your posts! Your tag is beautiful. I love that sentiment. And yes, that shimmery-sparkly powder is visible... beautiful! Love the layers and colors.

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  36. this is fab, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

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  37. Wonderful vibrant multi layered piece Pamellia, I can see how much fun you had with it, great to do something just for you! Your photos like always are just amazing! Have a super time with your mum, hope the weather will stay fine for you!

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  38. Lovely Piece of Art Pamellia , love the colors and all the adornments,great coffee shot , isnt it such a shame that stupid people have to spoil our countrysides throwing stuff into our rivers ,brooks and streams ? it seems to be getting worse in my area.
    Big Hugs.
    Elaine H X

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  39. As always a super creation Pamellia. Hope you have a good Sunday.

    B x

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  40. Beautiful sunshiny colours. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Marina DT

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  41. LOVE LOVE LOVE the vibrancy of the card, your attention to detail is fabulous. Beautiful dies and your flowers are as ever so very beautiful.

    Wonderful photos and isn't it lovely to see Spring bursting through. Your birds and squirrels are a sight to behold, and so different from ours here in the UK.

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  42. Hi Pamellia.I hope you and your mum have a lovely week together, I'm sure you will have plenty to show here. The card is gorgeous, loving all those bright colours and really must try to brighten my stuff up a bit. Have a great week, Angela x

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  43. Hi Pamellia,

    Wow! Stunning creation, loving the colours, so bright and beautiful, just like your walks lol! Oh I am in love with Mr Bon Jovi lol! What a gorgeous tail he has, thank you for showing him to us. He really is beautiful. So glad you liked my squirrel creation and what an honour to have Rusty in you squirrel art. I have retitled my page now in honour of the name you have given him lol!
    Enjoy your week with your mom, do say Hi from me and don't worry about commenting, you enjoy your week without any pressure, we will all still be here after.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  44. you always make such beautiful, inspiring projects!

    I hope you have a wonderful visit with your mom! :)

    I have a quick question for you - how do you adhere your delicate dies? I have quite a few of them, some similar to the word die you used here. adhering them is always difficult. your seem to just hang in midair, so effortlessly. I think you use fairy dust, personally. ;)

    anyhow, I would appreciate any tips you would be so kind to provide. thank you. :)

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  45. An absolute amazing card project and wonderful photos Pamellia!

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  46. Your wildlife photos are always fantastic! LOVE your card...such gorgeous colors!

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  47. So, pretty just love how you do the layering!
    Hugz, Z

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  48. So, pretty just love how you do the layering!
    Hugz, Z

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  49. Always look forward to your interesting blog posts. You are so clever at putting colours together and this card is a case in point, absolutely beautiful. I had a messy mixed media day today too...aren't they fun? Wow Bon Jovi, you are so lucky to see one so very rare. Love all the facts you mention. Have a lovely time with your Mum x

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  50. One thing I love to do is immerse myself in the beauty that is your blog... oh what a gift you have, my dear friend! This is absolutely gorgeous. The springtime colors shower us with sunshine and your layering will forever leave me stunned. :o) The ultra sparkly flourish is exquisite, as is that breathtakingly beautiful butterfly. The ethereal aura of your creations is one of my favorite aspects of your style, Pamellia. The flowers are stunning, just like every other facet of this masterpiece. :o)
    I am so happy your mum will soon be visiting! What a marvelous week ahead you have, my friend. Enjoy every blessed moment. :o) And oooh you have a new rare squirrel friend! I've never seen a blonde one! I have black ones in my yard mixed in with the typical brown, but never have I seen a blonde. :o) He's gorgeous. I can't wait for your mom to peruse your paths with you. Extra sparkly hugs coming your way!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  51. I know I've said it before but just stunning and I'm not just talking about the blonde squirrel! Love the happiness you've captured in this piece. Enjoy spending time with your Mum, that is so special and definitely worth neglecting the Internet for. Cara x

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  52. Hi Pamellia
    I see your new friend has been to the same hairdresser as Donald Trump lol!
    Your card is radiant on a dull day and beautiful as always.
    Hope you are feeling better and that you enjoy your time with Mum.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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  53. Your textured card is gorgeous and those flowers are stunning. Thankyou for the link to the tutorial for them. You make them look so easy but I'm determined to have a go for myself. Enjoy spending time with your mum. Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge where your card will be entered into the draw twice for the prizes. Hugs Mrs A.

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  54. What a stunning project today - it is so vibrant and absolutely gorgeous Pamellia!!
    Love your photo of the new growth on the branch - it is beautiful, as for your mower, what a pity! ;-).
    Your blond squirrel is a handsome young man - as for the foster parent question - I am still smiling about that.
    Enjoy your week with your mother - treasure her while you can!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  55. Pamellia this is gorgeous!! I love the background you created and the beautiful Floral spray! The butterfly is a stunning addition. I just love all your awesome pics of critters.

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  56. Pamellia, your just for fun card is beautiful, and I can tell you had fun making it! Great to have a project that is truly just for playing with! I love those colors together--they just scream spring! Love the addition of the crystal for the butterfly's body--what a clever touch!

    I have never seen a blonde squirrel before! Did you look around for a box of Clairol? Wow, you sure have diverse squirrels where you live! Love the double-take shots!

    Enjoy your week off visiting with your Mom! It seems you will get some perfect weather to get out and see the sights!

    While I'm here and writing my novel, I will say thank you for joining our Oh,Happy Spring Challenge at Scrapy Land with your beautiful card! Hugs! Sara Emily Guest DT :):)

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  57. Ha! Love the double take and thank-you for all these ornithological nuggets. Fantastic card as always Pamellia - love all the gorgeous elements. I was reading an article today about a new study on memory and read with delight that we humans generate 700 new neurons each day. I thought of you and your chickadees straight away!! So glad they dont have exclusivity on the neuron thing! Have a very lovely week with your Mum. Nicola x

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  58. What a beautiful creation Pamellia! I love the colorful background and all of your gorgeous flowers!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  59. Oooh really yummy colours, Pamellia! That pop of teal is gorgeous! The detailing in your projects is astounding! xxx

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  60. Love love love your mixed media work!! Beautiful colours! Your Mom is going to love her visit and seeing your animal friends... Your squirrels have much thicker coats than ours but I guess they need them! Enjoy your time with your Mum it's so special...

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  61. Gorgeous as always Pamellia. Enjoy your time with your mom. Hugs Veerle

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  62. Beautiful as always, Pamellia! I love your bright colours and all the fabulous layers! It's like a wonderful warm sunny day!
    Enjoy the week with your Mom and it seems that you are going to have a beautiful weather!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  63. This is one of my favs! Fabulous color, shape, and overall design! Hope you're enjoying your week. Hugs, Autumn

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  64. What a beautiful fun piece Pamellia! i love when you get to just do what you love!! Lucky you, that your mom is coming for a visit- enjoy every minute of it sweet girl- I am most envious!! We'll see you when you return!
    ps...Gorgeous hunk of a Bon Jovi squirrel- never have I ever!! xoxo

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  65. Wow, this is so pretty, I am loving the bright, happy colors.

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  66. A great creation - thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky.

    Helen x

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  67. Gorgeous and beautiful card Pamellia thank you for joining us over on
    Crafty Catz
    Dianne xx
    CC DT

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  68. Hi Pamellia,
    another of your superb, and gorgeous creations.
    The colours are so vibrant and beautiful.
    Flowers are so beautiful and superbly made may I add.
    Great photos yet again.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  69. Absolutely stunning Pamellia! The colors are so bright and pair up so well together! The design is just beautiful~love all the fun textures and elements! LOVE!!!!
    Super fun seeing all your fabulous pic and love Mr Bon Jovi~so cute!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

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  70. Wonderful mixed media card, Pamellia - and the zingy colours are so uplifting.

    I'm running out of superlatives for your nature photography... amazing again.
    Alison x

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  71. Wow! I adore this! Such wonderful Spring colours! So many gorgeous details to take in too! Enjoy your time with your Mom, I am sure you'll have some lovely walks - I think your Mom will approve! Your bird (and Squirrel Bon Jovi) photos are amazing - I am so happy for you living in such a lovely area! Hugs Chrisx

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  72. Hope you had a lovely visit with your Mom, Pamellia! I always love your color combos and all the little bits and bobs that make your stunning cards! Love all the nature pics once again...Mr. Squirrel Bon Jovi is so pretty...love his beautiful tail and coat :) Hugs!

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  73. A stunning card Pamellia and such a delightful colourway. Your background looks amazing and the layered floral arrangement is gorgeous with the frame. The beautiful butterfly makes a lovely focal point.
    Have a wonderful week with your mother. I'm sure she will be as delighted with your gorgeous new furry and feathered friends as you are xx

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  74. Gorgeous card! Love the bright colors you used !
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenge blog and good Luck !
    Maryvonne - DT Member

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  75. Another beauty Pamellia your detail is wonderful, beautiful pictures too such gorgeous wildlife and your squirrel is so eautiful and unusual I have never seen one that colour before, we have red squirrels here on the Island.
    Have a lovely time with your mum .
    Hugs Julie xxx

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  76. This one is a super duper double fabulous card! Great pics! :)
    Suchi xx

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  77. Love the pics and fabulous card love the vibrant colours and texture,beautiful butterfly and handmade flowers
    Carol x

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  78. Very nice work! Don't mind me, I am just going backwards and looking at your past work since I've only seen your blog since May! :)

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