Sweet Treats & Old West

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Cricut

{photo from TodaysMama.com}

Cricut and Todays Mama have been working together for a while now, and their latest project is the Mama’s Holiday Wishlist Giveaway. The grand prize is a Madsen bike filled with all the best from Provo Craft including a Yudu, Cuttlebug, Cricut Expressions, Your Story, and more with prizes from other sponsors as well. The whole thing is worth $3800 – that’s one happy Christmas for the lucky winner! Read more about the contest here.


And I get to participate in the upcoming “Review Roundup” on Today’sMama with these 2 fabulous new cartridges that Cricut sent me – Sweet Treats and Old West. Cartridges just keep getting better and better, and I can’t wait to see what will be new next year!

The Sweet Treats cartridge is perfect for handmade Christmas gifts this year. Here are some things I made with a  “Handmade Holidays” theme in mind:

sweet treats magnets

Cupcake magnets

sweet treats treat jar

Treat Jars


And handmade hot pads made from old jeans and khakis.

I got the idea for the treat jars from last year’s holiday issue of Simply Handmade, a great magazine for handmade gift ideas. There are handfuls of other ideas I can’t wait to try with this cartridge – cupcake toppers, gift boxes, gift tags, felt cupcake ornaments, and lots more.

29-1557-SweetTreats_samplesheetIf you haven’t had a chance to look at the Sweet Treats cartridge, you get 6 different cupcakes, 7 ice cream cone creations, 5 cakes, 9 birthday themed images, 5 flowers, 8 birthday/celebration sayings, and numbers. With each image you also get a tag, card, and cupcake holder, and party favor.


This cartridge is so great for quick and beautiful birthday cards also.

Old West is another great cartridge, and perfect for boys and outdoors lovers in general. I planned on making little puppets out of the great images from this cartridge but discovered I didn’t have any popsicle sticks. So a flannel board was born instead!

old west cricut cartridge

I made an “Old West” flannel board for Elliot, and he loved it way more than I expected. We spent the evening making up stories to go along with our cowboy characters and had a great time being creative together.

A handmade flannel board is so easy and inexpensive to make, and not only do kids love them, but they are sooo good for encouraging imaginative play and storytelling also. Money is tight for a lot of people this year and handmade gifts are the perfect solution. A flannel board can be really simple and very inexpensive, and will make a wonderful gift!

I just stapled a piece of scrap flannel to a piece of cardboard and hot glued little squares of flannel to the back of each die cut. It took me about 15 minutes and I can’t wait to make more paper dolls out of every single cartridge I own!

What kinds of handmade holiday gifts are you making this year?

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1 Jessica Fry December 4, 2009 at 8:02 am

I always make all my holiday cards! My mother is going to get me a Cricut for Xmas, so that’ll be even better!

2 Colleen December 4, 2009 at 8:34 am

I love that Wild West cart that is just so awesome. Thanks for the tease. :)

3 dana j December 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

I love my Big bug! I’m making journals, handmade cards, and hopefully some things with the sewing machine! I’ve got to get movin’!

4 Cami Hutton December 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

I want all of this. Crafting is something that I love to do. It is something that I dream about. Love this package. You rock!!!

5 Julie B December 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm

You always show me more and more reasons why I should have a Cricut. For this year, I purchased clear glass ornaments. I’m having my children color and then inserting their artwork inside the ornament. Each child is making an ornament for someone at a cost of 0.50 each. Its a cute keepsake and their artwork is protected inside the glass :)

6 Angie Spendlove December 5, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Oh it has been so much fun to find your blog! I love the cricut, and I really love the peeks you’ve shared. Love, love, love both cartridges but really love how the The Wild west cartridge says “Cowgirl Up” Oh it would be a dream to win this little package thanks for sharing

7 charna December 6, 2009 at 6:03 am

OMG I love my cricut, and I bought the Sweet Treat cartridge. You are making me want to get the Old West one for my son. Did you cut the images out directly on the flannel??

Also, how did you make the hot pads out of jeans?

Come on share, you can’t leave us in suspense.

Oh and the ladies that dont have a cricut yet, it’s the best investment you will ever make! Omg I love it ! I use it for pratically everything, and thanks to this blog, I am doing things with it, that I never thought was possible.


8 Lindzie H December 6, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Just bought sweet treats! So excited to use it! I might steal your treat jar idea…

9 Sherry December 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I sure wish I had this cartridge…love what you have done with it

10 Dana December 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

This is such a terrific idea! I pimped it on my blog ;)

11 Susan April 1, 2015 at 7:24 am

How did you make the Old West characters for your flannel board? Can you cut felt out with your Cricut Machine or did you put something (ie: velcro) on the back of each of your characters? Such a wonderful idea and a great gift idea for a little boy.

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