Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Blog Hop: Day One!

Welcome to Day One of and’s first Blog Hop of 2012!  Our theme is:  “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!” 

If you have arrived here from visiting Larelyn at Handmade from My Heart, you’re in the right place!  If you've just popped in . . .  head on over to see Melin at and start at the beginning so you don’t miss any of the wonderful projects the Designers have created -- 'cause I'm the caboose on this train! 

Our Designers had to use something old from their craft stash, something new (a recent purchase or new technique), something borrowed (an element from a Cricut cut or from a cutting file or digi stamp) and of course, something blue.

I recently completed a number of items for a little boy's first birthday.  His Mommy and Daddy selected a gator theme using pastel blue, a light lime green and white.  Here is what I came up with . . .

Every birthday boy needs a special shirt!  I used my Cricut and the Create-A-Critter and Cindy Loo cartridges. 

The gator is cut at 6 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" tall is from the Create-A-Critter
cartridge the number one is cut from Cindy Loo at 2 1/4" tall.

This is the birthday boy sporting his new shirt-- isn't he a cutie pie!

And here is how I fulfilled the hop requirements:
  • Something old ~ Create-A-Critter cartridge
  • Something new ~ White polo shirt
  • Something borrowed ~ one layer from the multi-layered gator
  • Something blue ~ the number one

I also created a banner and some clothespins to hang pictures from his first year.

Here's the recipe for the banner:
  • Pastel blue circles cut from Accent Essentials at 5 1/2".
  • White "gear" cut from Accent Essentials at 5".
  • Gators cut from Create-A-Critter at 4 1/2" wide.
  • Text cut from Mickey Font at 3" tall.
Some pen doodling, eyelets and narrow white ribbon complete this super cute banner.

Aren't these clothespins cute -- almost as cute as those baby pictures!  These gators are also from Create-A-Critter and are cut at 1" high by 2 3/4" wide.  The larger gator measures 11" wide by 3 7/8" high.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing several more items from this party  -- here's a hint . . . there's cake involved!  So don't miss out!

And it certainly wouldn't be a Blog Hop without some Blog Candy, now would it!  I have four sets of clear stamps by Inkadinkado that I'm giving away -- two sets today and two sets tomorrow.  To be eligible you must leave a comment on each day's post with your e-mail address.  I'd love it if you'd like to become a follower of my blog, but it is not a requirement.

Here is today's giveaway:

The stamp on the left is 2 1/4" square and the four small stamps are each 1" square.

Make sure you check in tomorrow at and see what the Day Two Designers have cooked up!  Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us!

~ Jen


Jill said...

Jen, super cute! Great projects! I especially like the idea to cover clothes pins with a character! I've painted them before but never used the cricut to decorate them! Good idea! ♥ Jill

Jill said...

Oh and I love the shirt SUPER cute!

Glitter Panda said...

That little shirt is so adorable! Looks like a wonderful party to celebrate your little one!

Glitter Panda
mrsrattien at gmaildotcom

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

OMGosh....what a wonderful, creative idea....and those little clothes pins are precious....saving this idea...thank you!

Heather P said...

What great projects, Jen! I simply LOVE those gator clothespins that tie the whole theme together- so clever! p.s. I fixed my line-up and added you back in- so sorry!! Not sure how I missed that, guess I wasn't copying and pasting well that day, lol :)

Michelle said...

Jen your fabric works ceases to amaze me! That alligator and number one is so precious and he is SUCH a cutie!! Looking forward to seeing what you have tomorrow!!


Larelyn said...

I think you should start your own custom baby clothes line. You've done some amazing things for that little guy. I love the banner - I want to make one for my almost 34 year old daughter's bday LOL!
Wonderful, as always, Jen. And thanks for getting us up and running on this hop.

Anonymous said...

"Caboose!" funny!!
You did a great job on that cute shirt and the adorable clothespins! So cool!


Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Cute/adorable projects. I need to try fabric cutting on my Cricut. Thanks for giveaway chance. I like Inkiadinkado stamps. My email address is:
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Court said...

Aww that is so cute! I really got to try cutting fabric with my cricut!

Angie said...

omg!!!! love everything you've created ..

Adrian said...

Jen, being a Seminole it is hard to say nice poject!

Krafty Hugzz Kenzi x said...

Aww how cute is he!!!
And that t-shirt is a really fun idea, its given me a gr8 idea for my daughters birthday craft party, i never thought about using my cricut for that, but looks lotsa fun, thank u so much for sharing this idea, i love your work..
love Kenzixx

JustYolie said...

How super CUTE!!! I love the lil' shirt and the banner turned out FANTASTIC!!!

Anonymous said...

Great projects. soooo cute.

CREATIVE M said...

OH! This is SUPER CUTE! Love it!
new Follower!

Anonymous said...

What a neat birthday idea. I love your take on it also. Your banner is so creative. Can hardly wait for tomorrow to see the rest of the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn C. (

craftsbyreva said...

Wow!Love your ideas with the shirt! I am still new to the cricut and just don't realize all that you can do with it. Look forward to trying something like this.

Moments by Marla said...

Wow!!! What a lucky little guy to have these birthday decorations and a oh so cute shirt!!! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!!

Charlotte said...

You really rocked it for this lkittle guy! The banner is wonderful. I love the gator clips used to hang the photos. But the little shirt, it takes the cake!!!
Jen, you are so talentd and creative! I just know this little guy and his parents were blown away with what you created for his birthday.

Anna said...

What a clever idea. Just amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.
I am a follower.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Becca said...

That is just so adorable!! He looks so cute in his new shirt. I am sure they loved it! Great project. Thanks for sharing.

by Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

Wow! What a Super Cool Shirt. I'm definitely going to have to scrap lift this idea. Smooches... Sous Chef Feli'

Debbie said...

I love the shirt! The entire theme is just too too cute! I think I need you to give me sewing lessons too! TFS.

Debbie B.

Karen L said...

LOVE this super cute alligator image and your son is the cutest! I'm a follower!