Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 5: Pepperminty Goodness!

Good morning crafty friends and welcome to Day 5 of our Christmas Crafting Fun Showcase. We hope you have enjoyed the projects, inspiration and freebies so far! Today’s theme is all about . . .

That's right!  Our Design Team is saluting everyone's favorite red and white striped sweet treat . . . the CANDY CANE!  Have you ever heard the legend of the candy cane?  It is just that, a legend - a story, but a wonderful one!
A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would help us remember who Christmas is really about. So he made a Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus. Hard candy to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.  The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the name of Jesus. It also represented the staff of the "Good Shepherd". The candy maker then included red stripes. He used three small stripes and a large red stripe to represent the suffering Christ endured at the end of his life. The candy became known as a Candy Cane - a decoration seen at Christmas time. The meaning has faded, but still gives joy to children young and old, whom Jesus loves and treasures.

Madison used her Cricut to create this super cute card!
 Make sure you visit her blog for all of the details.  DIRECT BLOG LINK

Larelyn created this adorable easel card using the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge
and a digi stamp from  Check out all the wonderful
details at her blog.  DIRECT BLOG LINK

Debbie used her Cricut Art Philosophy and Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridges
as well as the new Cricut Craft Room and today's FREE digi stamp
to create this cute lollipop holder.  Head over to her blog for all of the details.

Evelyn created this fun bulletin board using a cutting file.
Check out her blog for all the details.  DIRECT BLOG LINK

Michelle created this shaped card using the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge.
Make sure you stop by her blog for all the details.  DIRECT BLOG LINK
Card front

Card inside

Celeste created this sweet card using a cutting file.
Check out her blog for more details!  DIRECT BLOG LINK
Here is another absolutely adorable card Celeste created using a Digital Stamp from PCW. Get all the super sweet details on her blog. DIRECT BLOG LINK

Yolie created this yummy card using parts from two different cutting files -- Bear Holding Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread House 2010.
Check out her blog for all the details.  DIRECT BLOG LINK

Here is another card Yolie created using a digital stamp from PCW. Look how she used the baker's twine from our sponsor: to tie her little Peppermint! Get the details on her blog: DIRECT BLOG LINK

Jenny created this super sweet hanging tag ornament using today's FREE digital stamp
and the Mini Monograms Cartridge. Please visit her blog for complete details!

 Melin created this card using today's FREE Vintage Graphic.  She also used her
Joys of The Season Cricut Cartridge and some Maraschino Twine
from THETWINERY.COM to decorate.

Close up of Copic Coloring and Stickles Dabbed on Snowflakes. She used
the Color Wash Version of the graphic and then used some Copics to give it
just a soft water-colored washed look.

Close up of twine threaded through border punch.

Project Resources:
*Maraschino Twine from
*Copics, Stickles and Cardstock available from
Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge
Border Punch
Glittered Paper from MME 54th Street Collection
White, Black, Light Blue-Green and Green Cardstock 
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Layout From Melin

This is the second year I have shared this layout. It is truly special to me. I created this way back when my daughter was still in Children's Sunday School. She came home with this note about the story (see above) and a very sticky, gooey, half-eaten, mostly on the face and everywhere else......Candy Cane. I had forgotten about the story from even further back when my boys were little Children's Sunday School tykes. After cleaning her up and almost throwing the sticky fingered note away. I was deeply inspired to create this layout. This was back when the ONLY machine I had was the Cricut, the original 6" one. So parts of this are Cricut cuts but most of it was hand drawn and hand cut pieces. Back in the day of "original paper piecing", punches and if you were fortunate enough....some Sizzix dies. I have promised myself  to bring this photo up every Christmas Season the Lord gives me, so that I never forget what it's really all about. Aren't we crafters much like my little Geppetto looking Candy Maker. Spending hours creating for the love of the craft and the desire to express ourselves through our creativity....God given creativity? My prayer is that as you spend your hours creating, may your joy of life and the blessed hope of eternal salvation in Jesus be your strength, peace and guidance . . . Melin

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DAY 5 Freebies

Candy Cane Digital Stamp

Please click the "ADD TO CART" button. It will not cost anything to download.

Candy Cane Cutting File

Please click the "ADD TO CART" button. It will not cost anything to download.
Available in : AI, DXF, EPS, GSD, KNK, MTC, SCAL2, SVG and WPC formats.

Vintage Christmas Boy Graphics

Grey Scale Version

Color Wash Version

Colored Version

Please click the "ADD TO CART" button. 
This link contains the non-watermarked printable versions. 
It will not cost anything to download.

for a chance to win all those great prizes!!!
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your crafting time with us!


Chantel said...

super sweet

Tammy said...

What fun and festive pieces to share today! Thank you!

Sheena said...

I love all the projects! Great job DT! now I want a candy cane..hehe

Hugs, Sheena

Trisha said...

Thanks so much for this posting. I am so glad you continue to share your candy cane layout and the story behind it.Thanks, too, for the free files and images. They're so helpful for scrapping and cardmaking for the Christmas season. P.S. I'd love to win all these goodies!

Jill said...

Wow, everyone! Awesome job! Jill♥

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Crafty creativeness has inspired me. Thought you may want to know I could not get to Larelyn's blog (no link on direct link).
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Marla said...

Love these projects and the candy canes are so cute!! thanks for being so generous and sharing wonderful files with your readers!!

jenn said...

Great card ideas as a new crafter.....a little intimidating!

Janie said...

Super cute projects !!!!! And oh that Layout is my favorite !!!! I really am wanting to get busy on scrapbook layouts !!! TFS !

Anne said...

Very inspiring projects from all the DT.. thanks for sharing. and thanks for the freebies..

Tammy said...

Oh Melin---this layout is anointed:) <3 thank you so very much for sharing and inspiring us :) Huge hugs and blessings
Beyond Measure

Katie said...

Thank you so much for the great candy cane cut file. I have read the meaning of the candy cane in several versions, but I like this one best. Also, I like what you shared about your layout---inspiring.

Else49 said...

Such creative ideas with the 'red and white' stripe. Thank you all for your creativity.

Lana said...

Thanks for the freebies and I love the layout.

Bonnie said...

Thank you for the wonderful files...but I especially love see the creativity each of you have...Great job..

Vicki and Don said...

Loved the story behind the candy cane...and the projects that were created using them! TFS!

Maria Matter said...

FAbulous!!! love the Jesus candy cane inspiraton!!
thank you for sharing all this fun!

Becky Dunham said...

oh my goodness! So many great projects and fun freebies! Thanks so much for sharing! Off to check out the other blogs :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Rae Ann said...

Great cards, beautifully done. Thanks again to all for your great inspiration.
Rae Ann

pharney said...

Melin, I am so excited to see the "Little Old Man" again!! I have begged for him since..forever! Thanks..Now, how do I buy this layout??

Jamie said...

great projects again I love the layout that you're selling. thanks for sharing and the chance to win im a follower

Lisa Ritchie said...

That candy maker (little old man) is absolutely awesome!!!! You are so talented!!!


Heidi said...

I love love love this layout. The little man is absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing the candy cane files and your talent!

Chriss America Real said...

That layout is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I wish I could win that!



Nanette said...

More outstanding work from everyone! Thanks for the reminder of the story of the candy cane.

littlen said...

more great creations by all. i especially like yolie's shaped card. tfs. i'm a follower.
littlen44 at gmail dot com

LadybugCarrie said...

Yummy! Love candy canes and all the great projects! :-)

mylittlecraftblog said...

The detail in your scrapbook layout is amazing! If I had something that pretty, I'd bring it out every year and look at it, too! Just breathtaking!

Dawn said...

Melin, What an awesome layout and story. I also enjoyed reading the meaning of the candy cane. I have seen before but didn't realize the parts about the stripes. AWESOME projects by all today and the past 4 days.

Anonymous said...

luv them all! You guys are great.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the sharing the story of the candy cane. It is always a great reminder. The projects are beautiful.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Michelle C

Debbie said...

thanks so much for the freebies. Great inspiration too!

Anna said...

Thank you again for the darling projects and files. Just wonderful.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Sandy said...

thank you - awesome cut files!

scoobie81 said...

Each day has been a veritable basket of goodies! Thank you sooooo much for the files AND all of the wonderful ideas!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is awesome! Thank you so very much for everything!!!

Moments by Marla said...

Today's theme is so sweet!!! The DT again did an awesome job and I just may have to purchase a couple of the files. Melin, you vintage card is beautiful!!!! Your layout is amazing. I keep looking and hoping I will win one of the the giveaways. You have some very generous sponsors! Thank you for the wonderful cut files and the vintage image!!!

cal8007 said...

Oh how I remember the Pre-C days!! Then my fingers became numb because of chemo and then I discovered the C. My new love - the Silhouette is waiting for me to do some creating. Love your "old" LO!


Carmen L

cal8007 at aol dot com

Sarah said...

I just love your layout! It's like looking in the window of an old fashioned candy store! You just keep looking for all the details. Love it!!

Laurie Hickey said...

Love all the great ideas! Thanks for sharing! said...

Melin, you do know that this is my all time favorite layout of yours!!! ...maybe one day you can replicate it, sell it so I can buy it!!

lilred said...

I just love your layout. I love all the projects with the candy cane theme. Thanks for the freebies.

Wifey Cookie said...

Yummy cards! And that LO is just fab! :)


Anonymous said...

The layout is fabulous!! I just love coming back everyday to see what the team will do next. The freebies are great also.

Glenda said...

Lovely work design team! Melin, Thanks for sharing the beautiful layout and the story of the Christmas Cane! Many thanks for the pretty freebies!

Jun Bug House said...

Love this.
I am late but had to say thanks anyway.
Love the "Jesus" card, and Yolie girl,

Gramjak said...

I love your "Gepetto-like" LO, and the story of the Candy Cane is always a wonderful way to celebrate our Savior's birth, especially as it impacts the little children. They identify with it, sticky fingers and all, and it helps them remember what we are celebrating!

Love the designs, especially the Jesus card.

I'm a follower who loves the creativity!

kastenc at sbcglobal dot net

Rita said...

Love all the peppermintty treats. The LO and story is so awesome, so glad you shared it again this year.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these ideas! They are great Gail

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Wow I love all the candy cane creations. TFS!

Betsey in SC said...

Great Projects. Thanks for the freebies!

Jennifer said...

What beautiful, fun creations!!! :)

Thank you so much for sharing,

partridgelu at yahoo dot com

marg0006 said...

Am loing these 25 days. Thanks.

Wandeezy said...

Woop Woop!! Thanks for sharing!!!!