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Copyright Gretchen Little 2010

I helped with the decorating of my friends’ Christmas cookies.  They thought it was funny that I’d use so many silver dragees and figured people would break teeth on them.  I argued that they were both stylish and safe as the dragees would take up some of the moisture of the icing and become soft.  So I ended up with the cookies with the most dragees.  I think they are very pretty!  And I ate the little gingerbread man after taking the photo and the dragees basically melted in my mouth.  It was nice they gave me the cookies in a heart shaped tin so I could use the picture on the blog. 😉

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Snowflake heArts Doodle Pattern

Snowflake heArts Doodle Pattern

This started out as a page of snowflakes I doodled one Saturday morning I spent with some creative friends.  Originally I used ink and colored pencil but with the magic of  Photoshop I could cut out each individual snowflake and remix it.  I also made a Photoshop brush with one of the snowflakes that I used in the background.

Snowflakes are my favorite design element of winter.  I found some gorgeous snowflake cookies (with recipe) to add to my Sugar Cookie Recipes Squidoo lens.

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Admittedly, the hearts are hard to find in this one, but they’re there masquerading as snowflakes. I made this in Photoshop with the freely downloadable brushes from BSilvia at Graphics-Illustrations. Her “snow scenes” tutorial was my inspiration. I used the Snowy Sky, Swirls (around the tree’s star), Christmas Trees Grunge, and Grunge Heart brushes.

heArt #99 Holiday Tree Snow Scene

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heArt #98 Snow Queen of Hearts

Painted in Photoshop using brushes from my friend BSilvia at Graphics-Illustrations, including her new “grunge heart” set inspired by heArt-a-Day! Thanks Silvia! I’m in a bit of a hurry today and didn’t show them off to their best advantage, but I’ll be using them in future pieces. 🙂

Update:  I entered the Snow Queen at the weekly Artella Creativity Challenge and got first place.  Woo hoo!

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heArt #97 Mystical Santa Claus

Digital collage using vintage images from the Jack and Cat Curio blog. This is a slight variation on my entry in the Creativity Challenge #4 for Jack and Cat. I used some Photoshop brushes from
Obsidian Dawn.

You may have noticed the mystical looking symbols. Those are norse runes representing strength and joy, basically. I love to think of Santa is an archetype for the ancient shamans who lived from the arctic circle area of Scandinavia to Russia and Siberia. The word “shaman” comes from the native tribal groups of Siberia who are still running herds of reindeer today, despite Russia’s methods of oil retrieval that has destroyed much of the tundra food supply for the reindeer. To me Santa Claus is a powerful archetype on many levels, representing the primal power of good Father Nature in his winter aspect.

A couple of books have been written about this idea. See the links below for more:

When Santa Was a Shaman

Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men

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Christmas Angel Collage

I created this collage in Photoshop with clipart from Jack and Cat Curio’s blog, as well as photoshop brushes from Obsidian Dawn (Snow & Snowflakes) and BSilvia at Graphics-Illustrations (Grunge Stars, Magic Circles, Grunge Snowflakes, and Beads).


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