Practicing Creativity

Holly Hobbie Christmas cards and IBSIC #36

This time of year I just don't know what to make first. Do you have that problem? There are so many things I want to be working on—cards, gifts, albums, baking, decorating. And then all these goodies that have arrived with my magazine subscriptions' Christmas issues—oh me oh my! I want to play with them all. This Holly Hobbie paper and stamps are from Cardmaking and Papercrafting, one of my favorites. 

I already had the oval cut done on these Holly Hobbie stamped images when I saw this week's IBSIC #36 challenge. Perfect, I thought. 

I admit to having a soft spot for Holly Hobbie. I'm going to date myself here, but I had one of the original rag dolls when I was a girl. Oh how I loved that doll!!! I'm so glad a new generation can appreciate her too.

There are two stamps. I went with a pastel, pink theme with one.

And traditional red with the other.

Holly is blonde, but her friend Amy is a brunette. I think this one is Amy. 

I was pleased with how these poinsettias turned out. They're Verve stamps that I cut and layered for a 3D effect.

Let's see . . . what do I want to make next?


Cardmaking and Papercrafting—Holly Hobbie paper, image and sentiment stamps.
Paper—Papermania Festive Frolics, card stock. Dies—Die-namics oval and photo corners, Artemio scalloped oval. Stamps—Verve poinsettia. Embellishments—ribbon, buttons, twine, pink Toga pearls, red Artoz pearls.


  1. Beautiful card, love the colors you used for each of them!! Thanks for joining us at IBSIC!

  2. This are absolutely beautiful! I love your images! You colored them beautifully! Wow! Thank you for taking time to join us this week! Hugs, Joanna

  3. Absolutely stunning !!!! I love the colours and the image is so sweet. Thank you for joining us at IBSIC. Deb x

  4. Very pretty cards. I had a much loved Holly Hobby dressing gown. It must have been a extravagant expence for my frugal mother as she would rarely let me wear it in case it got dirty and needed a wash, lol. Your colouring of the images is bright and cheerful (not sure what you used) with great attention to detail.

  5. I remember Holly Hobbie! Pretty sure she came out in the 70s, but i never had one of these dolls. These images are so nostalgic, and help make really pretty cards in your hands. :) Those little layered poinsettias are GORGEOUS!

    So glad you played along with us at IBS this week. :)

  6. OH these are sooo adorable, just love the cute little girls and I love both of the colour schemes.

    Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at IBSIC.


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