Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist

Tammy Haddix, Jan. 2015 Keepsake Ornament Artist

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Tammy Haddix has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her mother was the first to discover young Tammy's talent. Unfortunately, her mom found it on countertops and in closets. The kitchen projects were washed away, but the closet creations were another story. Her mom, an artist herself, loved them so much that the artwork stayed up for decades.

When Tammy was 5 years old, her mother took her along to a Hallmark store. Tammy was so impressed by all the beautiful artwork that she declared her intention to work for Hallmark right then.

Though she's realized her career goal, Tammy's work can still be found in closets, but only because her Keepsake Ornament are in storage until next Christmas.


Marshmallow World

This one has Dean Martin singing "It’s a Marshmallow World," which I’m not sure a lot of people have heard of. It became a favorite of my family’s when my sister, my mom and I were Christmas shopping, and that song was playing. We all fell in love with it. So when I had the opportunity to do this Magic ornament, I thought to do an ornament with a cake design using that song. On the ornament itself, there’s a snowball fight with lights tracing back-and-forth, and there’s a light on top that makes the snowman light up.

"Marshmallow World" Keepsake Ornament by Tammy Haddix
"Mommy to Be" Keepsake Ornament by Tammy Haddix

Mommy To Be

I was sculpting this when my niece, Hannah, was pregnant. So I was thinking of her and what would be cool as a mommy-to-be. Snowmen are already round, and so I decided to have her cradling her belly like many pregnant women do. It kind of coordinates with my Making Memories series. You could place this ornament with the Making Memories' ornaments if you wanted to.

Family Cupcakes

All of these ornaments are inspired by my family. My mom was the cake decorator of the family. She decorated cakes for us using cake pans, and now she does all of these sculpted cakes. Now she and my sister have a cake decorating business together. My family actually competed on the ‘Ultimate Cake Off’ on TLC…twice.

(When creating these ornaments), my sculpting abilities came in handy. I just had to adjust to using icing and fondant. I didn’t let the other team know they were up against a professional.

Family Cupcakes Keepsake Ornament by Tammy Haddix
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