Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tulip Frame Delight

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing this all occasions card featuring  some beautiful tulip wood embellishments from Scrapiniec and the Pion Design collection "The Songbird's Secret".



Pion products:

The Songbird’s Secret - Apple Blossom PD8409
The Songbird’s Secret - Apple Orchard PD8406
The Songbird’s Secret - Dreamcatchers PD8403







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This winter has been quite magical with all the snow, ice and sun we've been having. I've taken thousands of photographs and I haven't even looked through most of them! How gorgeous is the world when it's covered in winter!! Yeah, I know, you think I'm nuts! lol


In the late autumn I decided to defy my neighbours' wishes and hang my suet feeder back up. It has paid off, I've seen at least three Woodpeckers this winter! This isn't the best shot, but I'm excited to even have a shot at all!


A beautiful Sparrow in the falling snow.


"We gave rights to man, slaves and women, but what about the animals? Let's hold up our duties to all life forms." 
~Dada Vaswani~


"Excuse me Miss, will you be done with that camera soon? I'm sort of freezing my feet off down here!"
~a trail friend~


"Dear Santa, when I said I wanted a white Christmas, this is NOT what I meant!"
~The Cute Twin~


"Tee hee, you think I'm a snowman don't you? Fooled you!" 
~Neddie~


That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments.

Just out of curiosity, has anyone noticed a problem with the 'publish' button on comment boxes? I'm finding that it takes a long time for the comment to actually publish after I hit the button.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chiffon and Chantilly

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing this shabby pink card featuring some beautiful papers from Lemoncraft and tons of soft chiffon, laces and a beautiful butterfly applique. Super feminine, don't you think! You can purchase these fantastic papers at Lisa's Etsy shop.




The white embellishment was actually silver. I embossed it with white embossing powder and then sanded the top of it to give it an antique look. The pink gemstone and pink decorative pin were clear, and I coloured them with my new Copic marker, so fun! Be prepared for tons of pink embellishments in the future! lol






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We had quite the warm spell this week and after three days of rain, all of the snow was gone. Just when I was about to start complaining about the dull grey world, the temperatures dropped, the rain froze and the snow started falling! What a beautiful sight!


"Just sitting in the snow having lunch, like my arse isn't frozen solid! " 
~Mrs Cardinal~


Early morning Blue Jay catching a rare moment of sun.


I thought you would all like to see what a beautiful woman Baby Kate is growing up to be! Tell me she isn't the spitting image of her Mom (Crazy Karen)! I just wanna pinch her cheeks and hug her all the time!


Continuing my promise to photograph all my patio friends...Everyone meet Baby Chuckles. Another little guy from the autumn baby batch this year that I've never posted a photo of. He is super shy and hides behind the tree trunk until he thinks I'm not looking. If I look directly at him, he turns his away, as if that means I can't see him. So hilarious!


"Any chance you toss a peanut up here Miss? Pretty please...it's super cold on the ground."
~Perfect Patti~


"Did you just call me Frosty? Oh that's hilarious human. FRIGGING hilarious!" 
~Mr Chubb~


I have some cool news to share with you today. An online magazine "intoBirds" published a short article about my bird photography and my Instagram gallery. I was pretty darned honoured and thrilled!! It's a really short read if anyone is interested in checking it out... 


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That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Black is the New Black

Hello Everyone!

I don't usually use black on my cards, but I had such a good response to the black and beige Christmas card I made, and it was the first card I sold on Etsy, so I thought I would use the combination again. This card could be used for a wedding or anniversary or for that romantic holiday coming up in February.



Featuring the following papers from Pion Design:

To My Valentine - Valentine's Roses PD6806
To My Valentine - Forever Yours PD6809
To My Valentine - Tags PD6812




The roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the filigree hearts are Scrapiniec, the heart die is from a local store, and everything else is from my delicious birthday stash of goodies from Mom!



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Continuing with some lovely wintery shots today, although we actually had a big melt this week and lost most of the snow. Hopefully it will get cold again and refresh the world with a whole new blanket of white!


"Well that's odd, the rain is all white and fluffy!" 
~Mr Starling~


How much do I love a Cardinal in any season! 
So gorgeous with all his red and his 'give-it-up-lady' head turn! Lol


The Nuthatches seem to be far and few between this winter, must be the cold temps.


My New Year's resolution is to take more photos of the squirrels that visit every day. I sometimes take for granted those sweet faces because I see them so often, but I don't ever want to overlook one of these precious animals again, they are all my darling friends! 

This is how Baby Charlie is looking nowadays, so cute!!


"I don't think this what my tail was meant for! I'm not an umbrella!" 
~Bernie~

In keeping with my New Year's resolution, I realized I've never posted a photo of Bernie. You all know Busty Bertha, well this is her brother. What a handsome little dude!


OK, so you already know my best bud Crazy Karen, but it's still worth mentioning what a complete dollface she is with her winter coat on, plus, I will never tire of posting her photos!!


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.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Making Music

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing this all occasions card with a musical theme. The papers are from Die Cuts With a View, purchased at Michael's Craft Store.




The music notes die is Memory Box, the flower petals are Wild Orchid Crafts, the violin charm is from Emerald Creek, the floral wood flourish is Scrapiniec, the bow is made from silk Sari ribbon, the crystal pins are from Michael's and everything else is from my stash. Still playing with new laces!! lol







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Today I want to update you on the status of the two baby squirrels that took up residence on my patio back in September. They were orphaned and forced to leave their nest a few weeks earlier than they should have. The boy Zippy, although small, seemed to be in fairly good health. The girl Dolly P was a different story.


Dolly was malnourished and much too tiny for her age, weighing 30% less than Zippy. I worked very hard to get her a high fat diet with nutrients and supplements. For three months I fed her every single day and by the end of November she was starting to look plump and healthy. This was Dolly just before she started to show symptoms.


Around that time, the two babies ventured off on their own to find permanent homes. Wherever they ended up, they picked up some sort of bug. It was either Mange or Mites and Dolly was very sick! I won't show you all of the graphic images, but this is how she looked when she first got sick. By the time I was able to get the medication, this was covering most of the right side of her body and spreading to to her head and left side.


I spent the month of December nursing her back to health and trying to keep her weigh up. She isn't completely out of danger, she has lost almost half her fur on one side making her defenseless against the cold and she's lost weight again. I'm still working hard every day to help her survive the winter, but look how great she looks now!


Zippy has also gotten well and is just as cute as a button!


I realize that Zippy and Dolly are just two squirrels in a world of many, but this is my first successful rehabilitation since I started trying to care for the wild squirrels in my area. I don't often mention the losses in public, but I sure am happy to share a win with you!!

What a great way to start 2018!! Hugs to you all ❤❤