Peanuts pals, it’s a big year of celebrating! Hear Tracy Larsen chat all about the 25th ornament in his Spotlight on Snoopy series AND the 25th Anniversary Special Edition ornament he designed to commemorate this milestone year. Crack a root beer, here’s a toast to 25 more years!
Nina: “He’s engaging in every kid’s most anticipated holiday activity… opening presents on Christmas morning! He’s in his red jammies, which look just like the red flannel footie pajamas my two sisters and I had when we were kids.“
Nina went on to say, “since sweets are an integral part of the series, the tree is a 3-tiered sugary cupcake with red licorice garland, centered on a peppermint taffy rug. I don’t have a photographic memory, so of course needed to buy some licorice while I was sculpting this one for ‘research purposes.’”
Nina: “the cookie cutter is a present with a bow on top, which echoes the shape of one of the colorful gifts under the tree. The 3D shape is created digitally. I gave a sketch to (fellow Keepsake Artist) Rodney Gentry, who created a 3D prototype from the drawing. The scene inside is sculpted by hand. I work in a very firm wax-based clay, which needs to be warmed up first, so it’s pliable enough to rough out the basic forms. Once the clay cools, it holds its shape for even the tiniest details, which I carve into with various tools.” We are still in awe of the talent of Hallmark’s Keepsake Artists, and constantly reminded, it truly does take a (Keepsake) Village to bring these beloved ornaments to life!
The Sweet Lil’ Mouse miniature ornament is the SAME little mouse friend from the series, in miniature form!
Nina: “I love the smaller version, it makes a really cute complement to the larger series. The mini is all about sweets as well, so he’s about to nibble on a yummy star shaped Christmas cookie.”
Nina went on to say, “this is the second time the mouse is making an appearance in miniature form. The first was as a part of 2018 KOC-exclusive collaboration Let’s Build a Snowman! ornament.” This ornament was delivered to 2018 KOC members in their Dream Box and featured characters from the Frosty Friends, Snowball and Tuxedo, Cookie Cutter Christmas, and Snow Buddies series. Nina is super excited as this is the very first time our mouse friend is an ornament all on his own!
What do you think? Will you be adding the Cookie Cutter Christmas #11 or the miniature Sweet Lil’ Mouse ornaments to your collection when they release at Ornament Premiere next month?
Here are pictures of the 2022 Holiday Barbie™ Dolls that inspired this year’s Holiday Barbie™ Ornaments.
This year’s Holiday Barbie® Doll embodies the spirit of the season in a vibrant, red gown inspired by the beautiful poinsettia, a symbol of good will and community spirit. Her ensemble dazzles with a shimmering poinsettia detail at the neckline and a layer of tulle and satiny petals adorning her long, full skirt. Gorgeous, golden chandelier earrings and red lips complete her look.
Calling all puppy lovers! Hear Anita Marra Rogers chat all about her inspiration for the German Shorthaired Pointer, 32nd ornament in the beloved Puppy Love series, which will release at Ornament Premiere in July.
Gnome for Christmas – Haul in some holiday spirit with a little help from Gnaughty and Gnice, two cute gnomes who are happy to decorate your home with festive fun. The second in this series showcases the pair’s antics as Gnaughty has fallen asleep in a box of ornaments, and Gnice decides to start a parade and tow him to the Christmas tree.
Gnome for Christmas (2022) 2nd in the series.
Gnome for Christmas (2021) 1st in the series.
Stocking Stuffers (2022) 2nd in the series.
Stocking Stuffers – The next addition to the series is ready to be hung with care. It features a gingerbread man nestled among a colorful array of baking utensils. A Christmas cookie design on the stocking lends a fun finishing touch.
Stocking Stuffers (2021) 1st in the series.
The Car’s the Star – The 2nd in the series and next iconic “star” vehicle to roll onto the stage is “Greased Lightning,” the 1948 Ford Deluxe Convertible made famous by Grease. The shiny white sports car features iconic lightning bolt accents, zebra-stripe seats, white-wall tires, and a “DJX432” California license plate. This vintage ride will take you back to a time when sock-hops, summer romances, and cruising in sporty style were a way of life.
1948 Ford Deluxe Convertible
“Greased Lighting” (2022) The Car’s the Star 2nd in the series.
1970 Dodge Charger (2021)
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Car’s the Star
1st in the series.