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Heat Transfer Vinyl Shirt & Cricut Vinyl Decorated Expression + a GIVE AWAY

This font is from the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge.

WOO HOO!!  It’s the 1st Day of October!  Friends, that means that we’re embarking on a little journey…31 days of Fall and/or Halloween posts brought to you by…yours truly. To celebrate the beginning of our Fall crafting journey there’s a GIVE AWAY at the end of this post!  It’s for my Cricut Vinylology DVD!  😀

The spiders & web are from the Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge.

I had the BEST TIME getting my red Cricut Expression all ready for Halloween.  I used vinyl for everything except the rhinestone blingy eyes.  They had adhesive on the back so I just stuck them on by hand.

Here’s where the FLIP button comes in handy.

Ahhh the flip button.  It serves many purposes.  Wait.  No.  Actually, it just flips things. 😉  Using the Flip button made it possible to put this same image on either side of my Expression and have them mirror each other.  I cut these out at 4″ and they fit just right.  I used my Exacto knife to weed the vinyl because it was handy.  In my Cricut Vinylology DVD I use a pick to weed, but when I worked in a sign shop I usually used an Exacto knife.  You should use whatever you’re most comfortable with.

Later, I can just peel this vinyl off and it won’t hurt a thing.  YAY!

I often use transfer tape to move vinyl from its backing to another surface.  Here one creepy spider is hanging out in his web without eyes or a mouth.  Hard to eat flies without a mouth.  Hard to see flies coming without eyes.

Using Real Dial Size

Now the spider has eyes a mouth AND a friend!  YAY!  I also used a function that I don’t often use: the Real Dial size.  It was soooo PERFECT for this occasion.  The Happy Hauntings font cuts the letters out in several different sizes.  They were just too varied for my needs in this project so I pressed the Real Dial Size button and had the size dial set to 1″.  That made all of the letters cut at 1″.  See the 1st photo for my finished Cricut. 😀

NOW…Back to a Previous Project…which I will IMPROVE using Vinyl!!

I used Mini Monsters for the “I want my Mummy” sentiment.

Remember when I painted this shirt for my nephew using Freezer Paper?  Well, it doesn’t end there!  Next I cut out some heat transfer vinyl and ironed it onto the shirt.

I’m using a teflon sheet here but sometimes I use a shirt or other fabric between the vinyl and the iron.

Drumroll please.  And… TA DA!!!

You’ll be happy to know my nephew LOVES this shirt.  YAY!!  I’m so glad. 🙂

In my Cricut Vinylology DVD you’ll learn how to use many different kinds of vinyl including regular Cricut vinyl as well as heat transfer vinyl.  Once you learn some of the techniques in the DVD you can make tons of things!!

Leave a comment to be entered to win a Cricut Vinylology DVD! 😀  If you’d like to go ahead and buy one and then you’re the winner, don’t worry…I’ll refund your money. 😉  So, leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner on Friday, October 8th.  Good luck and Happy Fall Y’all!

Congratulations Shanyn!!

2010/10/02 at 10:48 AM
I don’t know what I would do without your blog! The possibilities with the Cricut are amazing! I have the mini monsters cart….I went and got it when you posted the project with the freezer paper! Can’t wait to post a picture of the final product…..eh hem….when I complete it, that is…..LOL
I love you! (but not in the creepy stalker weirdo way!)

Don’t forget to Come Back Tomorrow for a New Crafty Post!!

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  1. I love your ideas. I am beginning to play with vinyl more & more.

  2. Great idea to decorate your cricut, leave it to you!!! I’d love to win your dvd. Thanks again for the opportunity.

  3. Your expression looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Your Expression looks great! Thanks for the chance to win your dvd. 🙂

  5. I love your examples of how versatile vinyl is!

  6. mom2molly says:

    The shirt turned out SO cute!! One lucky little boy!! And how cute is your Cricut, all dresed up for Halloween!! Love it! 🙂

  7. I Love your decorated Expression!! Halloween is so Fun! I really love the shirt and your saying that you ironed on!

  8. flipflopdiva says:

    You always ROCK everything you do!!! Love the Cricut decorations!!! Love ya, Sis!! Rox

  9. cute decorations on your expression! i have a couple florishes on mine (left over from an etching project) but maybe i will change them out to some holiday ones!
    love that shirt! getting ready to place my first order for HTV! and i can’t wait!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  10. WVWhitehouse says:

    I never even thought of decorating my cricut. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the idea. Renee

  11. dgutierez1 says:

    I want to try vinyl so bad – I am so hoping that I win your DVD, if not, I will have to set the money aside and buy and get my vinyl grove on!!

    Deanne G

  12. JenniferE says:

    Love your spider-rific rec Cricut!! I’ve never cut vinyl before…and it looks great on the Cricut! love the t-shirt now even more!

  13. What you going to do to your purple cricut for halloween
    Love your red one… and the t-shirt is adorable
    The Scrapbooking Queen

  14. Lemondrops says:

    Thanks for sharing your clever ideas! You are an inspiration.

  15. Very cool. I love decorating my expression also. I haven’t tried the iron on vinyl yet. Maybe its time. Keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway since you’re giving it away on my birthday. Oct 8th is a great day. Seriously though, I love your blog and all your ideas. TFS

  16. I think decorating my E might be they best way to try out vinyl for the first time… but of course, it sure would be better after watching your video! looking forward to the month of posts!!

  17. julie0527 says:

    Love the spiders!!! Thanks for another awesome giveaway 🙂

  18. I love the spiders!…especially with the googly eyes

  19. Joy you are so darned creative! Honestly, it’s very unfair to the rest of us :). Anyway, this is one give-a-way that I NEED. Crossing my fingers :D. Have a great day!

  20. Too Cute! Love your ideas!!!

  21. nicolette2803 says:

    How cute!!! You have just motivated me to decorate my cricut with vinyl! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration!

  22. Very Cute! I really enjoy your blog

  23. tooo cute!! I love hallloween time..

  24. SharonKay says:

    What a clever idea! My plain old white Expression is just sitting here waiting for a spider to crawl upon it! LOVE it! THanks!

  25. jenleisen says:

    LOVE that shirt! So cute! You are just so clever, Joy! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us this month!

  26. I love, love, love your blog! Since I’ve discovered you, you have quickly become the first blog I check each day! You make us feel like you are our best friend and that you are talking just directly to each of us. And as if that isn’t all, you share your great creative knowledge with us. And, and, and. . . .you have such great giveaways, too. Wahoooooo! Thank you bunches.
    MCF’s Mimi

  27. ksully4597 says:

    These are great projects. I haven’t tried the vinyl yet although I do have some. I wasn’t sure if I needed to get the transfer tape also. I am definitely going to make these t-shirts with my niece and nephew!

    Thanks so much for posting!

  28. I never heard of the heat transfer vinyl! Now I must have some!!!Too cool!

  29. That is just the cutest darn thing ever!! I haven’t been able to find the freezer paper at WM or Target and always forget when I am at the grocery store. 🙁 I am definately going to have to try this heat transfer vinyl too. What a great project… thanks for sharing with us Joy!
    tahoe_luvr at yahoo dotcom

  30. Mary K Schmidt says:

    Too Cute! Love the T shirt.. You should go into business selling them.
    mdot kdot schmidt athotmail dotcom

  31. bbcairlets says:

    Awesome shirt! I wanted to re-decorate my Cricut but I never thot of doing it just for a season. That is too cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Hi Joy, Love the T-Shirt….so very cute.

  33. I like your Cricut!! I haven’t gotten the courage to try vinyl. This would be a good thing to start with. Thanks.

  34. You are so creative! I never knew you could do so much with vinyl….I may have to get some!

    Thanks! slainger@csus.edu

  35. Ok Joy…it seems to be working for me now! Good thing…since I just had a large margarita and I don’t know if I could do anything else!
    I would love to win your DVD since I need help with vinyl…and your t shrit is just TOO CUTE! But I love everything you do!
    Thank you Joy!!
    happiqueen at aol dot com

  36. karinavela says:

    Great projects Joy, what brand heat vinyl do you recommend using, I’ve never used it before but I think I could make some very cool shirts.

  37. cgellhaus says:

    I would have never thought about do this, thanks for teaching me. Where do you get heat vinyl and what brand to you use? I would love to try this. I would have to get your DVD to see what else you have to teach us. Thanks for sharing your talents. Cindy

  38. Oh my gosh that shirt is so cute!!

  39. beadgal29 says:

    A-DOR-A-BLE!!!! I absolutely LOVE that shirt! And you know I don’t usually like cutesy stuff….. that is just too darn cute.

  40. micraftygal says:

    Joy, I so ENJOY, (get it?) watching for your Cricut creations that are beyond the card and scrapbook pages, great fun, thanks!!!

  41. finecrafter says:

    That shirt is so darn cute! I would love to get some of that heat transfer vinyl, it looks awesome! I would also LOVE to win your DVD since I’m on a shopping ban I haven’t been able to buy anything!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. I think this is something that I would like to do, now that I know where the Iron is and the ironing board. Hehe…….that would really make some cute shirts for all time.

  43. I’m so glad I found your blog. Maybe now I’ll learn to use the vinyl I bought last year! 🙂

  44. I just bought some heat transfer vinyl and your DVD would be a big plus! I hope my project turns out as cute as your t-shirt. Thabks for the chance.

  45. Too cute! I didn’t even know there was heat transfer vinyl! Does the cuteness ever end?

  46. Very cute Cricut! I love changing the decorations with the seasons. And the shirt is adorable, as well. Cute, cute, cute!

  47. Joy,
    I totally love your cricut and your nephew’s shirt is adorable.
    Ya did a great job
    lovethatbug1733 at yahoo.com

  48. So stinking cute! I love the little sparkle eyes!

  49. Very cute! Thanks for sharing.. I know, I found this LATE, I am so mad at myself, but I will be visiting every day from here out!
    And you have a red cricut too? how cool! I saw your video when you painted one purple! how cool was that!

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