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Snowy Hamlet and blog candy

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.

I hope you are having a great start to your week.  Me?  I am on "vacation", so am getting some free time during the day and that has allowed me to go and do something that is more meaningful at Christmas than the rubbish that is going on at my office at the moment.

It means that I got to spend the afternoon my cards for "Cards for Hospitalized Kids".  It felt good to make some bright and cheery cards today and I plan to make many more of the Christmas holiday.  I will also be making some cards for "Card Care Connection".  I will be sharing those cards with you over the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I thought you might want to see another card that made my Christmas card collection this year.   I love the Penny Black "Snowy Hamlet" stamp.  I did share a watercolor version of the card with you on this post.  For this set of cards, I used my Copic Markers.

Here's my card:

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For the inside, I kept it very simple and just concentrated on the fabulous sentiment.

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For the inside of all of my Christmas cards I used a sentiment set from Altenew called "Holiday Wishes".  It has some beautiful sentiments in it - but I did cut off the attribution at the bottom of them - as I thought it was a little odd to add an attribution in a Christmas card :-)

So... how about a little fun - and blog candy?

As it is Christmas - and the season for giving - I have a little blog candy up for offer..... a brand new die from Memory Box - it's a beautiful die that has a snowflake in the JOY.

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What do you have to do to be eligible for the die?  Just leave a message and tell me what you think this is peaking out from the snow?  Actually, I am REALLY surprised it has survived the snowfall.... but it is still hanging in there :-)

You don't even have to be right.... any guess will do... but... a little something extra will be in the envelope if you are the winning draw - and you got the guess right :-)

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have fun guessing!   I'll be back with another card tomorrow - and some more photographs.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Snowy Hamlet - Penny Black
  • Inside sentiment:  Holiday Wishes - Altenew
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White.  Soft Stone - Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Copic Markers


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Jeanne H

My guess is some type of ornamental grass that is all covered with snow. Anyway, it is pretty. I love the snow...not so much fun driving in it, though. Merry Christmas to you and Lou.


Such a vibrant, beautiful card along with such a lovely sentiment.
My guess; looks like rosemary to me.
Love the 'Joy' die. Thank U 4 this giveaway opportunity
Wishing you and Lou a Very Merry Christmas. Do stay warm and safe.
Hope you have a cozy and relaxing day and a great evening

Linda Rodgers

Rosemary? Doesn't really fit with your native plants theme, but it's the best I can come up with.

I'm glad to hear you're on vacation and can spend more time doing what you love to do.

Peggy M

Could it be rosemary? Love your card! Looks like sunrise over the snow. Merry Christmas to you!


It's Rosemary! Happy vacation to you!

Sabrina Radican

You always take the best pictures!! It looks like Rosemary or even maybe Lavender.

Doris D.

I think it is rosemary too. Mine survives any weather and keeps on growing. Lovely card. Merry Christmas.

Evelyn B

I was thinking an herb like thyme. Sure do like this rendition of the snowy hamlet. Such a pretty card!! Love your blog and always enjoy reading what you've been up to and seeing your pictures. Thanks much!


Tooo baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!! My guess also goes for Rosemary . . . is one of the plants I have in my garden and the picture looks exactly like it . . . mine are a little more bushy . . .probably because there is no snow here -- ho!ho!ho!

Shirley Bock

It looks like a plant I call asparagus fern. You let us look into your backyard with such wonderful pictures. And your card are always beautiful and inspires me. Thanks.


Happy Holidays!!! I love the Christmas card and the coloring are so peaceful. Which stamp set is that, please share.
Wishing you and Lou a joyous and peaceful holidays. I have no idea what's peaking out of the snow other besides what looks like a rosemary plant, and a bug (?) near the top right corner?

Diane Durbin

Looks like Rosemary to me, too.

Vicky Blackwell

What a beautiful picture showing some things can actually survive a good snowfall! My guess is Rosemary, although the tips seem more fragile and thin than most plants I've seen. Love the JOY die and would LOVE to win!

Karen Lang

I think it is rosemary........it is a pretty hearty herb but, I am surprised it looks so nice & green! We have had some pretty cold temps here in MN. Have a great Holiday Season & enjoy your time away from the office. You spend way too many hours working!!!!!!!!!!

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