Candy Cane Bookmarks

A Candy Maker’s Witness

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A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the 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 the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down into the ditches of
the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as Candy Cane, a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.” I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness To The Wonder of Jesus and His Great Love that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today.

The Candy Cane Legend

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me

White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!

Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Here’s a few Stampin’ Up! sets that have a candy cane in them…

  • 109469 Wishing You Cheer (has a snowman with a candy cane!) (Retiring)
  • 109353 Holiday Blitz (has a candy cane stamp!)

Also don’t forget to use our wonderful designer papers to make really cute candy canes…

  • 112162 Rose Red Striped Designer Paper
  • 112155 Riding Hood Striped Red Designer Paper
  • 112149 Parisian Summer Striped Designer Paper
  • 112469 Holiday Treasures Striped Designer Paper

Project Idea: Candy Cane Poem Bookmark

  1. Print the one of the Candy Cane poems above on very vanilla or whisper white cardstock 5″ x 2.5″ inches.  Make sure you leave room for a 1/4″ hole punch and Jumbo Eyelet at the top.
  2. Cut a 7 small candy canes from one of the striped designer papers listed above and fasten them to the back of the bookmark using snail adhesive.
  3. Laminate the Bookmark you just made.
  4. Using the 1/4″ paper punch, punch a 1/4″ hole at the top of the laminated bookmark in the middle.
  5. Fasten the 108432 Pewter Jumbo Eyelet to the 1/4″ hole at the top of the laminated bookmark using the 108362 Crop-A-Dile tool.
  6. Cut one 8″ strip of 1/4″ Grossgrain Ribbon using one of the following colors:
    • 109034 Real Red Grossgrain Ribbon
    • 111366 Rose Red Grossgrain Ribbon
  7. Cut one 8″ strip of 1/4″ Grossgrain Ribbon using one of the following colors:
    • 109025 Whisper White Grossgrain Ribbon (if your bookmark is printed on Whisper White Cardstock)
    • 109026 Very Vanilla Grossgrain Ribbon (if your bookmark is printed on Very Vanilla Cardstock)
  8. Fasten the Grossgrain ribbons to the bookmark by threading it through the Pewter Jumbo Eyelet.

Now you have a beautiful bookmark to use in your favorite scripture book that reminds you of the beauty of Jesus!

Merry Christmas!

Marie

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wow – looking back 16 years to when I became a mother is an amazing walk through the past.  Such beautiful and wonderful memories and a whole lot of tears, prayer and hard work!  And I am blessed to say I loved watching how God molded and shaped me into the mom I am today… God sure did have his work cutout for him!

Thought I would share some wisdom and then a thought to make this Mother’s Day special:

Wisdom:

Your teachings have great importance! What you teach guides your children when they walk and watches over them while they sleep.  Your instructions are lights for their lives and speak to them even when you aren’t there.  – Proverbs 6:20-23

Gosh do not be afraid to be different and teach your children the core values at a young age.  Remember this verse so that you can enjoy the teen years.  If you guide your children when they are young, they will remember and walk in the same light as yours.  Be gentle, be kind and loving and they will follow…

My children are 16 and 14 and I am enjoying the fruits of this verse… when things do not go well, and with children they do have their moments… just remember that if David could slay a giant with a slingshot – I can certainly slay whatever it is I am facing… It’s important to know that God is with us always – even when things look bleak and we just have to guide our slingshot (prayer) towards the giant we are facing…

Thought:

Each day brings a new set of challenges to each mother.  Whether you have a beautiful child who is obedient or a prodigal, they too have a purpose in life and God will get them there… trust me I was a prodigal growing up (so hopefully this will give you hope!) When times are tough, faith is what we have to draw closer to God and faith is not something you get by giving up, but faith is something you get by remembering all the times when God blessed you.  Draw on those times during the tough times and your attitude will change for the better – you will be stronger and more peaceful – simply because you chose to remember the beautiful blessings of God instead of life’s disappointments.

Remember, yesterday’s God Moments are stones in the sling of faith for tomorrow’s giants. How you remember yesterday determines how you will live tomorrow.

I got this concept on Faith in the book God Moments by Aland D. Wright – it is a wonderful wonderful read and helps me remember how important attitude is and also how important capturing God’s blessings through scrapbooking are!

Enjoy your Mother’s Day and rejoice… Happy Stampin’…

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Bloom Where You are Planted

Gosh… as human beings we are always trying to find the perfect job, perfect marriage, perfect family, perfect house, etc… but what if God planted you in the situation you are in to mold and shape you more into his image and to infact help another person get closer to Him?  This is a great prayer that reminded me that we are not here because of us, we are here because of Him and His needs…

Master Gardener, help me be
Content with where You’ve planted me;
You carefully place each seed you sow,
And choose the soil to make it grow,
A shady nook or sunlit plot,
A wooded glen or garden spot;
And when you send the storm and shower,
You give me strength and inner power;
All things come that You might be
Glorified, my God, in me;
And so I’ll lift my flowers high,
To cheer and bless each passerby;
And may they see within my face
The beauty of Your love and grace;
So help me, Lord, to ever be
Blooming where You planted me.

—Wm. Claire Greiner

This poem would be a very thoughtful and beautiful gift for someone struggling through a trial, make a bookmark or a magnet using Stampin’ Up! papers and a flower stamp…

Happy Stampin’…

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Happy Easter!

Gosh how great is our God!  It just gives me chills thinking about how many times God has blessed me.  I wanted to stop and thank God for giving us the gift of creativity and the gift of fellowship and laughter.

 May God’s blessings be part of your life…

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Happy Stampin’…

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Palm Sunday – A new twist…

Happy Palm Sunday…

Did you know that there is a bible character that isn’t highlighted and remains literally unknown – kinda like us – secret admirers of Christ, but if you look beyond a bit, you’ll find a really important lesson –

The character – the owner of the donkey that Jesus rode on Palm Sunday. 

Simply enough the owner of the donkey gave up the donkey for Jesus.  A donkey was a very big thing in those days. The donkey was the equivalent of a car, a truck and a tractor all in one. It was a car because people used it to move around and do their shopping, a truck because it was used to carry load, and a tractor because it was used in cultivating the land. Add to this the fact that the donkey had never been ridden, that means it was brand new and had a very high market value. You can see that giving up the donkey just because the Lord needed it was a very big sacrifice. It was a generous and heroic act of faith. So the question is what donkey’s do we have that we are not willing to give up for Jesus?  Neat twist on the Palm Sunday story… Max Lucado again pointed this one out… that guy is so gifted… here’s a passage from his book And the Angels Were Silent…

Max Lucado reminds us that each of us has got a donkey that the Lord needs. Here is his reflection on using our donkey for the service of the Lord:

Sometimes I get the impression that God wants me to give him something and sometimes I don’t give it because I don’t know for sure, and then I feel bad because I’ve missed my chance. Other times I know he wants something but I don’t give it because I’m too selfish. And other times, too few times, I hear him and I obey him and feel honored that a gift of mine would be used to carry Jesus to another place. And still other times I wonder if my little deeds today will make a difference in the long haul.
Maybe you have those questions, too. All of us have a donkey. You and I each have something in our lives, which, if given back to God, could, like the donkey, move Jesus and his story further down the road. Maybe you can sing or hug or program a computer or speak Swahili or write a check.
Whichever, that’s your donkey.
Whichever, your donkey belongs to him. It really does belong to him. Your gifts are his and the donkey was his . The original wording of the instructions Jesus gave to his disciples is proof: “If anyone asks you why you are taking the donkeys, you are to say, ‘Its Lord is in need.'”

So, what is the name of your donkey? The Lord has need of it.

Happy Stampin’…

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