Friday, 5 December 2014

Traditional Christmas Holly Leaves

Hi there another Christmas card from me today

The theme at CASology this week is 'old' and I decided to go with 
holly as it's long been a traditional image at Christmas time.

I even 'googled' it ... this little snippet made me smile 
and looks like I'll be dashing out for the ivy this year!!!

"In pagan times, Holly was thought to be a male plant and Ivy a female plant. 
An old tradition from the Midlands of England says that whatever one was 
brought into the house first over winter, tells you whether the man
 or woman of the house would rule that year! 
But it was unlucky to bring either into a house before Christmas Eve."

I've used the sketch from this week's CAS(e) This Sketch challenge
and I'm also heading over to:

Addicted to Stamps & More: Clean & Simple

    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Card Recipe:
Clearly Besotted: Little Pudding & Christmas Sparkle stamps
MFT Die-namics: pierced rectangle dies
Wink of Stella & Glossy Accents

Ok that's all from me today, thanks for stopping by and I'll
be back tomorrow with my Less is More post.

Have fun in whatever you are doing today.



  1. Dear Sarah, thank you for the story and this wonderful card. :-)
    Hugs, Sonja

  2. Love this, Sarah. So traditional, lovely with just the traditional colours against the white. Thanks for the extract, get some ivy quick! lol xx

  3. Gorgeous!! I love how the images "flow" throughout the frame...just lovely! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Christmas/Holidays” Challenge!

  4. Very pretty card, Sarah! I love how you stamped the holly and berries and your sentiment is lovely!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATSM this week!

  5. Beautiful stamping and a fabulous way to use the sketch!
    So glad our sketch inspired you to play along at CTS!

  6. Fabulous stamping and love how you framed the sentiment. Great use of the sketch too! Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

  7. Love the history lesson! I didn't know that about Holly and Ivy! I also love the popped up frame - a great way to add interest without detracting from the CAS feel! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

  8. Sarah woooowwww love that tiny leafs and the design you have choosen from CASE this sketch, great sentiment choice ...Love your christmas card soo adorable Sarah...and clever used the OLD cue card...maybe you like to see my OLD card..and maybe you can smile looking at my Interpretation..would be glad to see you there on my blog...hugs, Monika

  9. LOVE this Sarah! I like the way that holly, just spills out of the frame! Hazel x

  10. Great card Sarah and I love ur take on the cue card. Never heard that saying before about holly and ivy. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology

  11. Oh, this is lovely! Wonderful take on the sketch

  12. Great story, and the card you've shared: gorgeous! So crisp, fresh and lovely! Thank you for sharing this gem in the ATSM gallery!

  13. Gorgeous!! Great take on the sketch, and love your leaves! Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

  14. Hmmm which will I bring in this Christmas? LOve that bit of lore, Sarah - and your darling card!

  15. Sarah, what a festive card! Love the white space and the frame, the way you stamped leaves over the frame! Thanks for telling this story, interesting to know :)

  16. So pretty ! Love the hollies


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