Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Tomte


One more sleep till the big guy in red arrives!  Are you excited?  My boys haven't slept in days and to be frank I'm looking forward to Boxing Day when there's nothing for them to get up early for (other than putting together the million pieces of Lego that are soon to arrive)!

All the Christmas prep has put me behind in my blog posts.  I have been spending countless nights in my card room but all that crafting just hasn't made it to the computer yet!  My biggest goal in 2016 is to get back to blogging more regularly - we'll see how that goes!  In the meantime, I thought I'd quickly share this little guy with you.  Isn't he the cutest??

Our new neighbours moved in just down the road from us a little over a month ago and they collect Tomte's or Swedish gnomes.  I've always loved them but didn't know what they were called until they told me a bit about them. Folklore says that they protect your home and family from evil and misfortune.  If treated well, they will deliver gifts at the door; similar to our Santa Claus.  It is customary to leave behind a bowl of porridge with butter in gratitude.  But be sure to not insult them, as they will usually play tricks and steal items from the home!

Because of their love for collecting Tomte's I thought I would try create a punch art card featuring one for their Christmas card.  Many of the pieces are hand cut, but I plan to share the pattern in an upcoming post. The trees were cut using my Silhouette but could easily be re-created with punch art pieces as well.

And probably my favorite part of the whole card?  I got a chance to use the new Wink of Stella available in the new Occasions Catalog!  It adds the most wonderful glitter and sparkle with virtually no work or mess!!  It's a definite MUST from the new catty! 

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That's all for now!  I have a few more odds and ends to finish up before tonight so I best get on it! They'll be 15 people here tomorrow for a HUGE feast - I can't wait to be in a pleasant food coma! I hope you have a wonderful, festive holiday and are surrounded by those near and dear to you.  From our family to yours, have a Merry Christmas!  I'll see you all back here next week! 

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Peg Klitch said...

Simply adorable! Would love to have a pattern.

CarlavdM said...

What a cute tomte you made.
We call this a 'Kabouter' in the Netherlands and Santa Claus is called 'Kerstman'
Have a wonderfull Christmas time Melissa.

Michelle said...

oooo, this is soooo ADORABLE!!! I love these little guys too! Is there any way you can share how you made him? Thanks so much!

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Unknown said...

where can I find the pattern of the tomte, please ?

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