Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Birthday Snowman

I can't believe I've found time to make a card. I've really missed it. What has it been? Three or four weeks, I'm thinking. An update on the renovations...It's mostly finished but I don't have the backsplash tiles installed yet and that is not a pretty sight. You can imagine how it looks after the cabinets were
removed. It just won't get finished before Christmas. I have worked very hard this week getting everything back into bathroom and kitchen cabinets so I thought I would treat myself to making a card.

I need a birthday card for January and thought this snowman would be good for that very cold month.
Hopefully, with fingers crossed, we'll have some snow in my southern state. Not likely, but it does happen. You can imagine how excited we get when that happens. :-) This card is going to my sister
and she also lives in AL.  I'm sure she would like some snow, too.

I have a recipe to share, also. I think my blogging pal, Emily, at My Little Slice of Bliss really wants it. Emily had a wonderful recipe for peanut clusters on her blog last year...so yummy and also an easy recipe.  Some of you may have my recipe. If not, it is good and easy peasy to make. Don't worry about the calories until after Christmas. LOL

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

1 bag Zachary’s Old Fashioned Chocolate

Covered Crème Drops

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tbsp butter or margarine

Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe

bowl.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Stir until

all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Pour into an 8x8 pan.  Let set 5 minutes and

cut into squares.

Use less peanut butter if it isn’t chocolate-y

enough for you.

Use a different bowl to put in

microwave than the one you let it ‘set’ in.
You may want to add pecans after removing from microwave..or not.

Back to edit:
I made some peanut butter fudge this morning and it turned out grainy, kind of hard and crumbly.

I think it was my new microwave. When I took it out after 2 minutes, it was bubbling and was

setting up before I could put it in my pan. Yikes! Hope your microwave doesn't do that. Maybe

I shouldn't have done it on high this time.  It has never done that before.

Thanks for being patient with me during this time. I'll be around to visit all of you very soon.

Stamps-Flourishes/Warm Winter Wishes, Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps/Fabulous Dogs (sentiment)
Paper-PTI white cardstock
Ink-VersaMagic Aegean Blue and Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Post It Note for masking, Copics, Martha Stewart glue pen, Stampin'Up! Dazzling Diamonds


Carol L said...

Aha! I opened my reader and there was your card! It's so good to see you stamping again, and I'm sure it felt good for you to get a little crafting time in after all the work!
The snowman is so cute, and I love the layered "snow" on the ground!
TFS that yummy recipe too! It sounds delish!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Brenda! I love that snowman and tyou've colored him beautifully! So glad to see you getting a little crafting time in! Hope your remodel gets finished soon after the holidays and you can get everything back in place! Now don't you be wishing any snow on AL! Some of us are happy not to see it in real life!

Marisa said...

Great image and love the snow drifts you created and the touches of sparkle :) Glad to hear renos are nearing the end - hang in there ((hugs))!! Will be worth it in the end. Glad you treated yourself to some card making time :)

Emily Keaton said...

Benzi, that Flourishes snowman is one of my favorite snowmen stamps! Your coloring job is delightful--I just love your snow drifts!

Now about that recipe . . . it looks dangerously good!! And easy, too. I think you can guess what's going to end up on *my* hips ;)! Now I just need to track down some Zachary's Creme Drops. I know I've seen them somewhere--I just need to figure out where. Oh, I can taste that fudge already . . . Thanks for the recipe, Benz!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

BenziThank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog. I really missed your visits.
Loved the way you made the snow. You are a pro with that particular effect. I tried the clouds as you demonstrated but mine looked atrocious!!
Have a wonderful day,
Dr Sonia

JD/ Jill said...

Your snowman card is adorable! I'm glad your remodeling is coming along and almost finished. What a relief that is when it is done...I know...smile. We still have a little bit more to do with ours, but are you every really completely finished? LOL

Beebeebabs said...

Glad to see you back - such a great card as always and thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

Hussena said...

Its so good to see you back Benzi ...and thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving me some love ...i myself had been on a short break and still trying to catch up :)...I love your snowman card ..its beautiful!! what a fab idea to create this into a B'day card ..i am sure your sister will love this:)

Carmen S. said...

Oh Benzi , eine coole Geburtstagskarte. Der Schneeman ist so süß und toll coloriert. Den Schnee hast Du auch Super gemalt.

Ja, ganz ohne Karten basteln geht es nicht, auch wenn man am renovieren ist lach....

Danke Dir ganz herzlich das Du doch noch die Zeit gefunden hast mir einen lieben Kommentar zu hinterlassen.

Ich wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie ein wunderschönes Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr 2013.

Liebe Grüße aus Germany sendet Dir Carmen

Basslady said...

i love your little snowman-card...especially how you created the snow-background! wonderful, dearie!

hugs and kisses from germany,

silvi xoxo

nwilliams6 said...

Missed ya! Great Birthday card - fun image and super coloring and shading. I never thought to use my snowmen for a birthday but it is a great idea. Glad the reno work is coming to an end and you will be back crafting soon. Great recipe too. Hugz!!!!

pam124 said...

Oh, Benz, what a surprise. A new card. Is this for Sprinkz? She'll love that cute snowman. I'm sorry things won't be ready by Christmas, but you will enjoy it next year - I know that's not much help. Thanks for your easy recipe. You got it goin'!

Stef H said...

oooooo i like snowmen too. as a matter of fact i have several OUTSIDE for my holiday decor and lots of them indoors - LOL.

you are a very big inspiration to me and i look forward to 2013 and your awesome creations.

i'll bet your house will be gorgeous once the reno is done.

wishing you a truly blessed christmas and a spectacular new year.

hugs :)

NanaConnie said...

Love the card, Benzi, but even more I adore that recipe. Must try that! Maybe I can get DIL to make a grocery store run for the ingredients and I'll test it out on the family tonight. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the snowman, and yu did a fantastic job with the coloring :-)

Bonnie said...

So glad to see you back! Love your snowman! I would love to see some snow!

Davi said...

Beautiful card Brenda, I love your snowman and the snow drifts. Im know your sis will be delighted with it! Thanks for the recipe...Im making it for Dr he is a peanut butter chocolate lover ;)

stampingbowd said...

Benzi, Gorgeous!!!! Beautiful coloring and snow drifts for this lovely snowman birthday card!!!! Sweet!

Lynne in NI said...

Gorgeous card Brenda, I always love that snowman and your snowy hills are fab too. I'm sure it felt strange to be back in your craft room! Glad to hear your builders are nearly finished, bet you've done nothing but clean for the past few weeks!! In case I don't get a chance to pop by again, have a wonderful Christmas!
PS your fudge sounds delish!!

Audrey Hiltke said...

Ha - too funny about the new microwave!! No worries - you'll get the hang of it. Meanwhile - LOVE your card :)!!

Hugs and blessings,

Colleen Dietrich said...

I know this snowman! I have that set, too. I love that you are using this as a winter birthday card. The snowy hills are pretty!