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Cricut Vinyl Beach Scene from the Formal Occasions Cartridge

How crazy is it that this beach scene came from the Formal Occasions Cricut cartridge?

Guess who’s ready to bake in the hot sun?  Me!!  It’s still cold outside, but this beach scene surely makes me look forward to the heat.  I love the heat.  I’m like a snake on a rock when it’s hot outside.  I’ll go outside and sit in a chair and tell DH that I’m going out to bake.  I’m not into tanning, but I do love to bake until toasty.  LOL!

This whole scene is made out of vinyl!  Vinyl is so much fun to work with.  It is a crafting true love of mine.

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

When I think Formal Occasions, I think beach scene!  LOL!  Not really.  This cartridge amuses me.  I’ve found a lot to love about it though!

Here I’m weeding the vinyl.  Weeding is where you remove the vinyl you don’t want to use from the vinyl you do want to use.  You can use many different tools to weed the vinyl.  When I worked in a vinyl sign shop we did everything with an Exacto knife.  I’ve started using it almost exclusively again.  I don’t suggest it unless you’re very comfortable using an Exacto knife, because they are extremely sharp.  However, you can also use scissors and the Cricut pick tool (which I use a lot in my Cricut Vinylology DVD) or tweezers.  You can find the pick tool in the Cricut Tool Kit and sometimes you can find it sold individually.

The backing kept trying to roll up while I was layering the different pieces, so I taped it to the table with Scotch tape.  In the background, you can see an umbrella piece covered with clear transfer tape.  I’m a big believer in using transfer tape.  It makes layering much easier than doing it without.  You can use clear Contact paper as a transfer medium, but I do not prefer it.  I also use a squeegee to adhere my vinyl.  You can use a credit or gift card if you don’t have a squeegee.  (I use my drivers license to scrape ice off my windshield when I don’t have my ice scraper, so I’m big into multipurpose cards.  LOL!)

In my Cricut Vinylology DVD, I teach you how to layer vinyl, all about the tools to use AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!  If you have any interest in using vinyl my Cricut Vinylology DVD will be PERFECT for you! ;D

Here’s a short commercial about my Cricut Vinylology DVD. 🙂

TA DA!! I try to give my Cricut a new look every few months.  Vinyl is the perfect way to do that.  Next, I’ll put something on the middle of my Cricut like I did HERE.  It’s past time to remove that Christmas adorned little gnome, but I like him!!  I kind of hate to see him go.  Maybe I’ll just pretend he’s the Travelocity gnome and he’ll soon be jetting off to that tropical paradise on the right.  That is if he can unstick himself.  LOL! 😉

Happy Crafting!

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17 Comments

  1. I just got an expression and it is green with swirly things on it (from WalMart) so there isn’t much room to decorate it…but my Imagine sure could us a dress-up!
    Thank-you for all the great projects and inspiration!

    1. Lisastuf,
      Those decorated Expressions from WalMart are SO PRETTY!! I agree with you about the Imagine. That baby could use some bling! 😉
      Thank you!
      ~Joy~

  2. I love that your cricut is decorated!!! I want to dig out my vinyl now and cut out something fun to stick on my cricut 🙂

  3. That is sooo pretty, Joy! Where do you get your vinyl? I love the colors that you used. I think I might have to decorate my expression with some cuts from the Storybook cartridge. I just got it in the mail yesterday. Can’t wait to play with it! Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. This is perfect for my mood! I’m planning a beach trip for April and CAN NOT WAIT! I am so ready for some warm weather, sunshine, sand and a good book! 🙂

  5. My after Prom t-shirts had something really similar to this beach scene so I get the formal occasions cart association. Getting a shipment of vinyl this week and DH is afraid for the walls…lol.

  6. Love how you dress up your E….very nice! I know whose website I’m zipping to when I’m brave enough to tackle vinyl….thanks! Speaking of zipping, where’s Zippy? Hibernating??

  7. I live in landlocked Missouri but love anything beachy. I love it when I do get to see a beach. Very cute

  8. I so look forward to your post because you crack me up. Awesome project for sure. I love using vinyl but not comfortable with layering. You make it look so easy. Love the idea of the travelocity gnome. Hahaha

  9. I love how you decorate your Cricut! It inspires me to do that also. Thanks Joy.

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