Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cooking With Cricut Challenge: Gifts, Cards & Tags

Welcome to Day 14 of the 25 Days of Christmas Crafting Showcase and Cooking With Cricut's weekly challenge!  Today Melin challenged the Design Team to come up with some quick and easy gifts, cards or tags for the holidays.  You know . . . something you can whip together at the last minute!

Dee and I have lost count (seriously) of the number of nieces and nephews we have between our two families.  However, we do have FIVE that were born this year!!  Two in January (on the same day, in the same hospital, four hours apart from two different sets of parents and here's the kicker -- they were both early!), one on Valentine's Day, one in August and one this past Saturday!  That's right!  My sister, Elizabeth and her hubby, Matt, welcomed their son to the family on December 10 at 12:33 a.m.  Everett James weighed in at 7 lbs. 13 ozs. and is 20 1/2 inches long and is perfect in every way!

So there are lots of presents to be made and wrapped at our house!  All of the little bitties are getting these super easy to make onesies.  This one is for the two girl babies . . .

I used the Joys of the Season cartridge to cut the tree out of fabric.  It measures 4" wide by 5" tall.  I used three different fat quarters -- so I cut each of my trees into three pieces so I could switch it up.  A star button and different size/shape red buttons decorate this cute little tree.  I am on the hunt for some gift-wrapped package buttons to finish this off.  I cut the tree trunk by hand.  They are attached to the onesie with Heat 'n Bond and then zig-zag stitched.  The buttons are very firmly attached -- but their mommies and daddies will all be warned of the choking hazard.

The three baby boys are receiving this onesie . . .

Yes, we're Gator fans (if you didn't already know that)!  Win or lose, we love our team and wear our colors proudly!  These were made just like the girl's onesies.  The ties are cut from Everyday Paper Dolls and measure approximately 6 1/2" long.  The suspenders are 1" wide orange grosgrain ribbon. 

Our 18 month old grandson, Dylan, is receiving a Gator onesie and this one to wear for Christmas day . . .

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch . . . but you sure do make a cute tie!  The suspenders are cut by hand out of red cotton fabric.  The tie was cut using the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.  They were attached to the onesies in the same fashion as the girl's appliques.  This tie measures approximately 8" long.

Now here is what makes this gift so quick and easy . . . these can all be cut by hand using a "stencil" if you aren't sure about cutting fabric on your Cricut.  You can also use the heavy duty Heat 'n Bond and skip the sewing step or use dimensional fabric paint to seal the edges.  Or if you don't want to even use fabric you could use freezer paper to make your stencil; iron it on and simply paint the shirt using fabric paints.  Easy-peasy, quick and easy . . . and oh!  So cute!
We recently took our 7 year old daughter and our grandson to see the Santa at the Mall.  Demi did great -- this was the first year that we didn't have to bribe her or take several trips to finally make it to Santa's lap.  Dylan was a different story . . .

Nope.  Not having any part of the Santa thing at all.  Demi was laughing -- I don't know why.  She did the same thing from her second Christmas until year before last!

I did manage to get a pretty good picture of the two kiddos prior to the Santa trauma/drama!

That is Dylan's "Gramma grin!"  Every time he sees me that is the grin I am greeted with.  I just love it -- it makes my day!  (And, no, I don't spoil him one little bit . . . it's a lot of little bits!  After all, that is my right and duty as a Grandma!)

Now, head on over to Cooking With Cricut and check out the rest of the Team's projects.  And don't forget to link up your quick and easy card, tag or gift.  You just might be our next Top Chef! 

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~ Jen


Michelle said...

Just ADORABLE Jen!!!! I LOVE the playful feel of the,. Your daughter is getting so big....they grow so so pretty!


Dalis said...

girl, I love these! I just can't make my cricut to cut the fabric...

-- dalis

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful fabric Cricut creations. Like the photo opps also. My daughter was not wanting to sit on Santa's lap 1st yr so I held her. Hard to believe she will be 20 at end of this yr.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Judy said...

Cute pictures of your daughter,nephew and grandson. They are so adorable. Love all your projects you made.

Larelyn said...

These are just the cutest ever! You've become the onesie queen!

Jill said...

Jen, SUPER CUTE! AWESOME job! I love your grandson's little grin! How fun that he has a special grin just for you! Awh, so sweet! Great idea to use ribbon for the suspenders! FYI, I'm hosting a link party for fun and would love for you to link up any projects! Hope you're able to relax a little with all the crazy holiday stuff going on! Take care, ♥, Jill