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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. How fun is that?! I love the shirt. If I learned how to do this, I could make a shirt I need for my Halloween costume.
    1. ChristiK76, I've bought heat transfer vinyl from H&H Sign supply. I've got a link on the left hand side near the bottom of the page. I hope that helps! :) ~Joy~
  2. I just love you post. always so informative and I love to see what you have created. Thank you so much for all the time you take to do this for us. Love Ya!!! pattig161@yahoo.com Martha
  3. 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!) Shanyn
  4. I love the shirt, such a cute idea. I just saw the heat transfer vinyl and wanted to get some! Do you have any problems with the tshirt vinyl peeling or crackling after you wash it? The spiders are so cute, everything is better with bling!!
  5. Joy, I didn't even know there was such a thing as heat-transfer vinyl! Now I know! :) Thanks for sharing your fab projects. I'll be back tomorrow! ~Frances
    1. Fvanatta, Oh yeah there's heat transfer vinyl and it's GREAT!! You're going to be heat transferring all over the place, LOL! ~Joy~
  6. I have bought vinyl and still have not used it. I would love to get help on this. I will have to buy this video if I don't win. I like that heat vinyl, that would be a great thing to buy next.
  7. wow really great project. awesome giveaways and fun, thank you so much woohoo!!!!!!!!!!! mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com http://turnedgypsy.blogspot.com
  8. Love the shirt - it is something I should make for my youngest since he always wants his "mummy" Thanks for a chance to win, I keep thinking I should try vinyl, but it is a little intimidating :)
  9. I love the way you decorated your cricut for Halloween too cute and that shirt is also very cute I really need to buy a iron to make a shirt someday soon. Your projects are the best
  10. I absolutely love both projects. I really want to start with vinyl.... maybe someday. mbchoj at aol dot com
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  12. Love the tshirt! It is super adorable. I have been wanting to try out some vinyl projects for my daughters bedrooms the Cricut Vinylology DVD would be perfect for me because I don't have a clue! :) Thanks for the chance to win!
  13. Love all your projects! I need to finish my chores and get up to my cricut! Would love to win this prize and learn vinyl! Thanks for the chance! Stampologist@comcast.net
  14. I never thought of making seasonal shirts yourself. I finally started buying vinyl for shirts, I am going to have to start being in the now. LOL I love your inspirations!!
  15. LOVE the T-shirt!! I have used regular vinyl on projects, but haven't used the heat transfer vinyl. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!
  16. AWESOME!!!! I need this giveaway so bad....You inspire...Thanks so much for your blog. cindy cindybrown.email@gmail.com
  17. I love the Red Cricut- I wish I could have got a Black one. I love this shirt idea, and I am going to HAVE to watch the Freezer paper thing. Sorry for posting late. I just got home from a 3 day Crop.. Love your site.
  18. I really like the Halloween theme of casket and the candies. I am not sure if I could share them though. I love your site and and want to try the freezer paper idea too. Tanaz
  19. Joy, the T-shirt was so cute after you painted it. With the vinyl addition, it is oh so complete and even better. Thanks for the chance to win the Vinyology DVD. I'd love to learn more about vinyl.
  20. Hi Joy, I'm fairly new to you, but I will be forever faithful now. I use my Cricut all the time to decorate everything and NEVER thought for a minute to decorate it. I feel like a bad Mom. I will never neglect my hard working, ready to please Expression for every holiday, season, reason that I can think of. It deserves it! Thanks for the inspiration. :)~
  21. Joy you are a pro with the vinyl. Thanks for making this video. Kathy Katsews at Gmail dot com
  22. This T-shirt is sooo cute! For a little girl you could do it in pink and put a few tiny bow on it using the smallest organdy ribbon! What do you think???
  23. Love how you decorated your Cricut. What a great idea for my lap top. Thanks for the chance to win. motherloves3@hotmail.com
  24. AWESOME shirt! My Grandson would LOVE that! THANK YOU for the opportunity to win the DVD! ~Kathy
  25. A DVD wow!!! I am pretty excited. I just joined your site today and i am loving it. Thanks for a great giveaway!!
  26. Joy, everything you do is so great. I wish I was inspired as you. The t-shirt is adorable. I already own your video. Great purchase! Marilyn mjrick1224 at yahoo dot com
  27. Thanks for the chance to win your video! I have a stock of vinyl and look forward to actually using it! Carla jcaonhat at whidbey dot com
  28. I finally figured how to log in to post a comment ....I am loving all your posts...all your ideas. Thanks! Would love to win a prize. hbadmone@yahoo.com
  29. Your Cricut looks so cute, all decked out for Halloween. It's a great way for us to make our Cricuts festive for any season, simply by adding the appropriate vinyl décor. Neat idea!
  30. Never heard of fusible vinyl. I would love to learn how to use and where to get it. Great Work.

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