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Advent Calendar Blog Hop – Cookie Tray Gift

Advent Calendar Cookie Tray

My advent calendar doubles as a gift. You can remove everything and have a usable cookie tray. Woo hoo! Wouldn’t it be great to give this away and get REAL gingerbread cookies in return? I knew you’d agree.

I used my Gypsy to help me save space and paper. I was able to fit 25 gingerbread men in a small area. I made 5 rows of 5 and each row was 5 inches long. That’s a lot of 5’s. I opened another tab so I could create all of the layers for the cookies.

This paper is by American Crafts.  It has a slight texture to it.

I used white vinyl to create the frosting layer to my gingerbread.  The gingerbread men are from the seasonal Cricut Gingerbread cartridge.  If you’d like to see all the cuts from that cartridge, I made them all HERE.

Say What?  I forgot what I was doing!

It wasn’t until I finished that I realized I’d cut out mittens when I’d meant to cut out kitchen gloves.  LOL!  Oh well, we’ll just pretend they are heavy duty kitchen mittens.  I used the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge for these “kitchen mittens”.  I ran the mittens through my Cuttlebug using the Houndstooth embossing folder.  The coolest thing I used was Marvy Liquid Applique. It’s so much fun to use.  First you draw with it, then you use a heat tool/gun on it and it puffs up.  I thought it would be perfect to create those little stitches.  CUTE!

That “Happy Holidays” stamp is from my All Around Sentiments stamps.  I stamped it into a glue pad and then poured the Zing embossing powder on it.  I used my heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  Next, I used that 1-1/2″ punch to punch out the stamp.  I stuck the finished product to a magnet.  Now it will work perfectly as a date marker on the calendar!

See?  Now all we have to do is move the magnet with my stamp on it to the correct day!  YAY!  Then we can treat ourselves with a piece of candy from around the sides of the cookie sheet.  YUM!  After we’ve eaten our whole project, we can use the cookie sheet to make more goodies.  LOL!  Oh, I used the Designer Calendar Cricut cartridge and red vinyl to create all the numbers on the gingerbread men.

Want to know more about using vinyl?  You know what I’m going to say don’t you?  Yep.  Check out my Cricut Vinylology DVD. It will teach you everything you need to know about using vinyl.

Need vinyl?  I like to buy mine from Expressions Vinyl.

Happy Holidays!



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  1. I love your unique and creative take on the advent calendar! You did an awesome job! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  2. That is soooo ADORABLE!!!!! I think I may have to make something similar! Thanks for the idea!!


  3. Great gift idea. If I were receiving this I would not want to take it apart. I would just save it to cheer up the kitchen year after year. So Cute.

  4. Your Advent project turned out so cute. The vinyl trim is very nice. Thank you for being in the hop and for chances to win great prizes.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

  5. Wow Joy this is so cute. I am going to try this as I love making home projects for the house; especially Christmas home projects! Love it.

  6. WOW I love your site! I found it by accident this week when doing a search for vinyl ideas and am I so glad I did! I will keep coming back to see what you are up to in the craft department!

  7. Well – too cute – i have today and tomorrow to make an advent – too much to do – just not gonna happen – maybe i’ll try to get one done for next year – love the idea!

  8. The cookie sheet is such a cute idea! I was just telling my future son-in-law yesterday, that he could make magnets and put on his old cookie sheet…recycle – not throw away! I’ll show him this post and ask if he wants me to renovate his old cookie sheet!
    Thanks, Joy! for all your great ideas!
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  9. O MY goodness It is FANTASTIC… IT is nice to know U do a FEW GOOFS. HAHAHAHHA But U sure can turn it around.. I Love the MITS>..:O)
    IF I WIN Pick some one else please cause I got some ..Thank UUUU for sharing..
    I WIN any way I LOVE these HOPS!!???

  10. That is a really cute calendar. The idea that you can give it away as a gift and then they can can have a usable cookie sheet after they calendar is no longer needed.

  11. Joy,

    What a great idea!!! 🙂 Those gingerbread look so cute on the cookie sheet!

    And I was thinking how wonderful it is that you’re so comfortable working with vinyl…I better check out your DVD (now’s the time to order with the great deal you have: $1 shipping!)!

    Thank you so much for sharing,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  12. LOL, Joy! I would never have given those “mittens” a second thought if you hadn’t said something! I thought “oven mitts” right away! This would be a fun gift to give my girls teachers/classes along with a recipe for real gingerbread cookies that they could make right before they break for Christmas. Fun idea!!!

  13. I love this idea! And what a neat idea to give it as a gift to use before/after the holiday!!! TFS!!!

  14. What a GREAT idea! I just love the idea of having it so compact like that on the cookie sheet. One question…how did you stick the “cookie” to the sheet? If you said I must have missed it.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win…I will have to remove the markers from my Christmas wish list if I win! 🙂

  15. What a clever project! I am going to become a fan of your blog because I just got a gypsy (and I’m in the dark!)

  16. That was too cute! Such a cool way to count down too! I also love where you get your super powers! Who doesn’t love a good cookie, a cup of coffee and a good craft!

  17. OK, your advent calendar may be my favorite project yet. Well, until the next one … LOL! 🙂

  18. I know I’m late, but I love this idea!!!!! (The mints around the edges are one of my favs) Such a cute idea!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!! 🙂

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