Monday, May 26, 2014

Merry Monday Sweets

It's Merry Monday time again.

What a beautiful gallery of Christmas flowers you brought last week.

This week the amazing Debbie chose our challenge.

I consider candy canes Christmas food.

And I had this stamp from the dollar bin at Michaels
that had been languishing on the Christmas shelf.

I don't think I'd used this sentiment before either.

2 NBUS in one card!

Here's another card....

so I can join in Sarn's Rudolph Challenge.

She requires 2 Christmas cards.

And snow was a favorite Christmas food when I was a kid.

Snow you  may ask?

My brother and I would go out on Christmas Eve and collect fresh, clean snow.
My Mom would boil maple syrup (the real stuff) to soft ball stage.

We would spoon the hot syrup over the snow.

 The syrup would thicken and become chewy
and so sweet.

Mmmm! That was such a treat!

And since both of these have texture with the embossing, I'll go to
Where the code word is

And since I used snippets on both cards, I'm off to
where it's always fun to play.

I hope you'll come join us at 
It's fun to play there too.

Can't wait to see all the wonderful Christmas food you bring.

The Merry Makers have a buffet of delights so do check them out.

Thanks for the visit.

If you're in the US, I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day.
Give thanks for those who've served to make this world a better place.

Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Candy Canes (Michaels), All Holidays (retired)
Ink:  Real Red, Garden Green
Paper:  White 110# (Neena), Whisper White, Origami Paper (gift)
Other:  Kars Snowfall EF (retired Cuttlebug), Simple Scored, Sequin

I stamped the image in red 3 times and green twice on the origami paper and cut everything out.  I stacked 3 candy canes atop each other and added 2 layers of the bow.

I did the split embossing by placing painters tape on the embossing folder and running just to the tape. Turned it around and did the bottom the same way.  I used the Simply Scored to score a line at the edge of the embossing.

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Fanciful Christmas and Scripted Greetings (Amy R.)
Ink:  Island Indigo
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer
Other:  Kars Snowfall EF (retired Cuttlebug), Snowflake Dies (Impression Obsession) and Snow Flurry Bigz Die (retired), Large Rhinestone

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Bonnie and a Happy Memorial Day to you and yours.
I absolutely love both of this cards, they are so beautiful, even if the Holidays are still a long way off, it's so sweet to see Christmas cards like these any time of the year.
I saw the recipe for this cards and the only thing I've never seen is that gorgeous Snow Fall embossing folder. I immediately went to look for it but no one seems to know about it or have it. There was one on Ebay but it was sold last July. Do you know if it's still available somewhere? I love it, looks like real snow flakes are falling, oh so pretty.
I hope you see this comment and you can give me some direction about this embossing folder.
Do you have an extra one? do you know of anyone who might have one and maybe sell it to me? I know it's to much to ask but I had to, I'm simply blown away by it.
Anyway, have a wonderful Holiday.
Maria Rodriguez, from Crown Point, IN.

Beth said...

These are gorgeous! I love this embossing folder - one of my faves :-)

Beth xx

Lesley said...

Both cards are pretty! I always love the white backgrounds you use!

Anonymous said...

Love your cards and your snow story! : )

karen h said...

Both cards are wonderful! I love the how you did the embossing on the first card to leave an area un-embossed (so less layers - I'm always looking for ways to do that). On the second card, the colors are gorgeous - love that layered snowflake!

Kristie Goulet said...

So beautiful, Bonnie! I love the snowflake texture on both! Have a great week! xo

Marybeth said...

Love the texture on the snowflake! Your candy cane card with snow is gorgeous too! Beautiful work again Bonnie!

Brenda said...

Both cards are so beautiful Bonnie! I love the candy cane card, it is so fresh, crisp and cleaning looking! I also love, love the snowflake card, oh yes, so many people would love to eat snow with maple syrup!! I think lots of things were made with snow! lol although I'm not sure in today's day and age if I'd want to eat what is in the snow since they "seed" the clouds. But it sure does bring back some nostalgic memories! Hugs, Brenda

LeAnne said...

Delicious cards, both of them! And your maple syrup snow sounds yummy! We made snow ice cream this winter...what fun!

Patti said...

Wow Bonnie. Both cards are beautiful. Yes, candy canes ARE food!! But I would love to taste your "snow candy". Sounds interesting.

Tracey McNeely said...

Fabulous Bonnie, I love that EF.

jimlynn said...

Two gorgeous cards for Christmas that just scream PERFECTION!! Love both of these.

Karren said...

Fabulous card, Bonnie! I love the CAS-ness. And for the record, candy canes are definitely food :)

Bonnie said...

Maria, this embossing folder is a retired folder. Tim Holtz has one that is similar. Email me and if I see one, I'll let you know.

Notes by Nina said...

Both cards are fantatic Bonnie, I love your cute candy canes and your stunning snowflake.

Sue said...

Ohhh gorgeous cards Bonnie I'm lucky to have that embossing folder lots of huggles Sue xxx

Susan said...

Two beautiful cards! I especially love the snowflake one (and the great story that goes with it - your maple syrup with snow sounds delicious!).

Katie Melhus said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love that snowy background.

Hettie said...

Beautiful cards there Bonnie. Love that background.
As you know I do like the design of the second card...I pinched the idea for a few of mine. Thanks.
Now I love your snow recipe!
xx said...

I love your snow story - how adorable! Your cards are gorgeous - beautiful!!!

Deanne :)

Wendy said...

Both cards are so pretty, Bonnie! Just love the candy canes and your embossed background! The snowflake card is beautiful with this same background & pretty snowflakes! Fabulous job! Have a great week! :)

Greta said...

I do love your style, Bonnie! These are both wonderful & inspiring--which I need right now as my mojo seems to be hiding!

Sarn said...

Happy Memorial Day to you!

I am loving these 2 snowy embossed cards. I am edging (by a smidge) to the second card as my fave, but they are both gorgeous.

Thanks for joining in with Rudolph Day.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Kathleen said...

Wow, two stunning cards, love the classy simplicity of the first card and the fabulous snowflake and colour of the second card.

Kath x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful cards, both of them! Love the subtle snowflake texture - Thanks for joining in with ATCAS!

Deepti said...

Your Christmas cards are always a treat to watch, Monday gets merrier with u cards :)

Darnell said...

Awesome art and post, Bonnie! Both your cards are crisp and perfect in every way! Way to go using two NBUS on one card, too! And thank you for playing in the texture challenge at ATCAS!! Hugs, Darnell

Irene said...

Beautiful Christmas cards Bonnie, simple in design but beautiful.

Debs Willis said...

Hi Bonnie, gorgeous cards. Absolutely love the snowflakes one, eagerly read your recipe only to find the die retired (sigh)
Debs x

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello again, Bonnie: I've tried to send you an email but for some weird reason, I can't access your email address when I click on the link. I'm hopping against hope you see this note and get back to me through my email address.
I know how hard it is to find retired or discontinued products so I'd really appreciate any information about this fantastic embossing folder.
Thank you so much for replying to my inquiry.
Have a wonderful day.

Bonnie said...

Hello again, Maria. The embossing folder is called Kars Snowflake Embossing Folder. It was made by Cuttlebug. It is almost impossible to find now. Sorry!

sandie said...

That EF is fabulous and it gives such great texture. I do love your story of snow and maple syrup..never heard of that before! Thanks for joining us at ATCAS

Colleen Dietrich said...

The snowy embossing looks wonderful on both cards! Love how you inked up the SU 'Merry Christmas' sentiment on the first, in two different colors.

Debbie Henderson Debbie's Designs said...

Love the white space on both cards and the embossing too! Great job with all of the challenges!

Di said...

Two fabulous cards Bonnie! As always, CAS at its best.

Love the candy canes, boy that was a tricky MM challenge this week but my card is ready to go tomorrow.

And so funny about the flavoured snow - when I lived in Singapore as a kid we used to buy crushed ice snowballs covered in sugary neon coloured syrup from street traders (when our Mum's weren't aware as there were no real hygiene rules). I think snow would have been much more safe to be honest :))

Hugs, Di xx

Di said...

I'm not sure if MARIA will come back to check Bonnie, I can't reach her as her profile isn't public. If she does return - Maria, email me please here about a snowflakes falling embossing folder.

Hope you don't mind being a middle woman Bonnie :)

Hugs, Di xx

Loll said...

Two beautiful cards Bonnie - love the texture on both ... especially that embossed background - one of my favorites that you have and I'm still hoarding the pieces you sent me :)

Love the story about the maple syrup "snow cones" - sounds really yummy and a lovely childhood memory. Ah, those were the good ole days! :)

Sorry I've been MIA for a while ... somehow I always seem to manage to fall behind on visiting, but so glad I popped by tonight to see these two beauties. Hope all is well. Loll xx

Joni Andaya said...

Gorgeous :)

Lori Turner said...

Gorgeous cards, Bonnie! That snowflake card is amazing....

Julene Matthews said...

A fantastic set of cards. I love your candy cane one.Enjoying my participation in mErry MOnday

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards! The snow falling is amazing and the crisp look of your cards is wonderful!

KimCreate said...

Love your candy cane card and the story about the snow and maple syrup!