Happy Holidays!

In 1971, The Mall in Columbia (Maryland) opened.  It was one of our favorite malls to go to and we even considered buying a home in Columbia because we liked “the city within a city” concept.  I’m not sure if they still do this, but one year when we went to do some holiday shopping, I was amazed by the two-story poinsettia tree in the center atrium.  I stood, for what seemed endless minutes, taking in the beauty of this magnificent sight.  My family, of course, said, “Mom, we want to shop!”

As Christmas approaches (too quickly) I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and say I will be back posting regularly after CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show in January.  Life, until then, is hectic and I’m sure you can relate.  May you have a joyous time with your family and friends and most of all a very Happy New Year!  Susan

Festival of Lights

Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 6th, at sundown and is observed by the kindling of lights.  The nine branch menorah has eight lights to represent the 8 days and one additional light, called a shamash (in the center) which will light the other candles.  Other festivities included playing dreidel and making latkes, which is a favorite with my family…especially with homemade apple sauce!

This card, using Els Van de Burgt Studio Candles (#732) sets on top of my Garden Notes Poinsettia (#1090) with White Pine Boughs (#1091).  Both are done in my technique to hand color with Copic Markers and/or shade with PanPastels Set 2/Bright Yellow Green Shade, then emboss using VersaMark and Ranger’s Super Fine Detail embossing powder in clear.

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