Aloha from Holiday Lighthouse #10! Keepsake Artist Tracy Larsen was inspired to create his latest ornament while on a trip to see his son in Hawaii. Tracy said the newest ornament in the Holiday Lighthouse collection features tropical details like the “E Komo Mai” sign over the door, which means “Welcome.” Plus, “Don’t miss the holly design on Santa’s board and Santa giving the ‘shaka’ sign to his polar bear friend.”
This year marks #3 in Keepsake Artist Terri Steiger’s Noble Nutcrackers series! Terri was inspired by the magic of winter when designing this year’s Duke of Winter ornament. Terri also found inspiration for this ornament in the Hallmark Archives!
Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.
Dear Local Club Presidents,
Hello from the Keepsake Village and Happy Summer! We hope this update finds you well. It’s been a busy summer here in the Keepsake Village, and we’re looking forward to all the fun yet to come this year! We’re planning another Facebook Live event, along with 150 brand new ornaments releasing at Ornament Debut, a special 6-day virtual event for KOC members only during the Trim the Tree event, and so much more! Not to mention open enrollment for the 2022 Keepsake Ornament Club. We can’t wait to share all the details with you! Keep reading to learn more about upcoming Keepsake events, 2022 KOC, sneak peeks, and more. Enjoy!
Hallmark sat down with Tammy Haddix and Crista Couch to discuss their Sweet Santa ornament – releasing at Ornament Debut in October. Enjoy!
Of her inspiration, Crista recalled, “the Sweet Santa ornament began as an illustration for part of a 2021 Christmas collection group in our Visual Studios. The collection was a colorful group of images with an updated retro Santa and his sidekick reindeer enjoying a variety of fun Christmas activities. In some scenes, I included a few other little friends to join in the fun too. These images were originally painted in gouache and watercolor with a bit of digital work used to finalize them.”
The Santa was chosen to be featured in a variety of products such as greeting cards, gift bags and wrap, gift products (including a techno-plush Santa who plays hide-and-seek) and, of course, the “Sweet” little ornament for Keepsakes.
Enter Keepsake Artist, Tammy Haddix!
The ornament project and collaboration began with a series of drawings by Crista, based on the original Santa. Crista and Tammy eventually landed on one pose that appealed to them the most. From there, Crista handed off her drawings to Tammy for sculpting and hand-painting!
Tammy brought the Sweet Santa to life in 3D form through wax sculpting. The ornament will also have colored strings as attachments for the bows! At various stages during the sculpting and hand-painting process, Tammy would send pictures of progress to Crista to ensure everything was on track for their adorable Sweet Santa.
Tammy recalled of working with Crista, “It was very fun to work with Crista. I have known her for quite a few years, but we never got to work together on a project until now.”
And Crista recalled of working with Tammy, “Tammy was delightful to work with. She did an amazing job … she captured the essence of my original Santa perfectly!”
Did you know? Crista started her Hallmark career more than 17 years ago. During her years as a Hallmark artist, Crista has worked on all kinds of greeting cards and gifts. And, talent runs in Crista’s family! Her daughter is a Hallmark artist, and her other children are creative professionals too. Crista mentioned, “Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I especially love creating fun and magical images for Christmas products.” When she’s not creating at Hallmark, Crista paints at home, where she enjoys spending time with her furry friends – a couple of Turkish Vans and an American Shorthair.
Joanne: “I’ve always loved the vintage/nostalgic style that came out of the 50’s and 60’s, especially at Christmastime. Chad and I received such a great response for our Vintage Santa last year, that I knew my Snowman had to coordinate with him.”
You may remember Joanne and retired Keepsake Artist Robert Chad’s 2020 Nostalgic Santa which released at Ornament Debut last year. Joanne’s Vintage Snowman this year was also inspired by that ornament last year!
Joanne went on to say, “I’ve always turned this idea in, but sometimes the timing isn’t right. I was so happy when the team agreed to go with my Santa concept last year, and now, my Snowman! Not only was this a lot of fun to sculpt and paint, but it was especially fun to research the style, so I was true to the look.”
Joanne: “Because the end product is to be porcelain, I had to sculpt him @ 15% larger than actual size since porcelain shrinks during the firing process. The added bottle brush tree is the same size and shape as the one I used for Santa last year, so that they look good together. I think it really adds the finishing touch to him.” We agree, Joanne!
Joanne also mentioned that she knows how much you loved the Santa last year, and she hopes you’ll love the Snowman just as much this year! “I’m pushing for more characters in this style! We’ll see what happens!”
What do you think? Would you like to see more ornaments in this vintage styling? Let us know in the comments below!
Bundle up and celebrate love and friendship with the set of two Rudolph and Clarice ornaments. Inspired by the classic Christmas TV special, these two love birds are dressed in their cozy winter scarves and come bearing gifts.