Start by uploading the cut file into Design Space. You can find an easy tutorial here. It’s relatively easy and it’ll be saved to your Design Space files forever!When cutting the luster finish of Expressions Vinyl, it can be a little thick. Use the iron-on + setting on your Smart Dial and cut once. While your vinyl is still adhered to the mat, weed your image. The thinner the letters, the harder the removal is but if you go slowly, it can be done. Lay your transfer tape over your weeded image and press firmly with your scraper tool.Once the image is transferred, lay it on to your tumbler and voila, you’re finished. You can pretend your Shelley Long doing the Freddy on your front lawn. 😉
Create this DIY Pineapple shirt, perfect for the Polynesian Princess in your life!I have been able to post with Expressions Vinyl on their blog for the past few months and I’m excited to share this post on my blog now. Leila had her Moana birthday party a few weeks ago so for the party we had to make her a DIY Pineapple Shirt using our Cricut Explore. Supplies:
Use the cut file that I’ve already created for you and cut each layer with the desired color. When I apply my iron-on, I like to use this technique. It ensures I get a good stick and I’m able to layer effectively. Just remember that you cannot layer over glitter. I’ve tried layering flocked iron-on and it wasn’t the best result but it did work. You’ll want to do what is called a kiss-cut on your HTV. It will not cut through the plastic, just the actual vinyl. You will then peel away the part of the image that you do not want. Use a weeding tool, it makes life a whole lot easier but you can definitely use a safety pin. Again, be sure to mirror your image and keep whatever design you want to go on your shirt stays on the plastic. Place the bottom image on the shirt and press. Peel off the clear plastic and then layer the next image. Work from larger to smaller. Be sure that your iron doesn’t directly touch the iron-on. That will cause wrinkling and it’ll feel like all your hard work was wasted. Turn your shirt inside out once all your images have been pressed. Give it a good secure iron on the opposite of the image to be sure it’ll stick. Wash your shirt inside out and on gentle and the image will last a long time.
*This post does contain affiliate links. If you love it and buy it, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support.Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time because it speaks to just about any situation we’ve ever been in or known someone to be in. Cricut has amazing Disney images and a few Dory images. I’ve included the link to the cut file below but you will need to purchase the Disney images if you do not have any of the cartridges linked to your Cricut. There is a bubbles image and a font that is included in theirsubscription(which is totally worth it, btw). I’m really excited to see Finding Dory because it’ll just add to the nostalgia that the original movie had for me. So for this post I’m going to show you how to effectively layer iron-on vinyl and how to really get that image to stick to your fabric.
First – turn your iron on to about medium-high and the steam off. You want it hot enough but you don’t want it too hot or else it’ll melt the plastic.
Second – Get your t-shirt warmed up before you place your first piece of iron-on vinyl down. This will help warm the glue and ensure a good stick.
Third – Place your first color down. It is important to note that you cannot place any additional vinyl over glitter iron-on vinyl, it will not stick. For me this was the black. Place heavy pressure on your iron and hold the iron in place for around 10 seconds. Between each step, turn the shirt over and iron again using pressure. Don’t try to remove the plastic and iron on top, it will melt. After you’ve ironed it, remove the plastic coating. This will come off fairly easily and it’ll let you know which parts weren’t ironed.
Fourth – Add your second image which is the navy blue for Dory. Be sure to follow the guided cut lines that the image gives you. It’ll help line it up perfectly. (I had to use two pieces because I was running low so your image will not have a space between it.). Iron the front and then turn your shirt over and iron again using pressure. Remove the plastic. **Save the smaller eyelids for later
Fifth – Add your light blue image. Repeat ironing the front and back using pressure and remove the plastic.
Sixth – Add your white eyes, bubbles and then add the smaller navy blue eyelids. Repeat the ironing process.
Seventh – Add the yellow using the guidelines and repeat the same ironing technique.
The most important part of layering your Iron-on Vinyl and getting it to stick is making sure your shirt is warmed up, you’re using pressure and you’re heating the glue from the front and back. I had a really hard time getting my vinyl to stick once I washed my shirts but this method has helped a lot.
I’m totally wearing this to the Finding Dory premiere and I can’t wait for you all to see the other Finding Dory blog posts sharing everything from crafts to where you can spot her at Walt Disney World. Check that out here.
For the file, click here for the Design Space cut file. I hope you enjoy!
What’s better than saving a good $40 on a shirt that you can do yourself and still make your kids’ dreams come true? Using Vinyl Heat Transfer from Expressions Vinyl is some of my favorite product ever. It cuts so smooth, irons on with ease and while sometimes you may get some peeling after washing, it can always be remedied and you won’t have that spot be a concern again.
When we were first assigned this topic of NFL, I asked my son what teams he wanted. He literally named 10 teams. I’m not going to DIY 10 NFL shirts. It hit me that my nephews in Phoenix are getting into their first year of football and they are loving it. I called my sister to find out their teams and she told me the 49ers and Steelers.
My nephews have always been solid boys so I grabbed some XL shirts at Michael’s and Expressions Vinyl sent me the VHT in the colors that I had requested. I found some .svg files online of both teams and was able to upload it to my Cricut software so easily. If you’d like to see the process of cutting an ironing, click here. I layered the colors just as they would be on each logo. It really looks professional.
All told, these shirts cost me $35. I got the shirts on sale for $2.50 a piece and the VHT was a total of $30 for everything I needed and I still have some leftover. I used the 24″ sheets of white, black and red and then used the 12″ sheets of gold, blue and yellow.
Thanks so much to Expressions Vinyl for providing the VHT for these shirts. I know my nephews are going to love them! If you guys haven’t used them before, I highly recommend them. They have great customer service, sassy shipping and just about every color under the rainbow. I’ve also contributed to their blog last month and I love the outcome. Make sure you check it out!
Be sure to enter the awesome giveaway below, if only I could! Good luck!
I had the opportunity to guest post on Expressions Vinyl blog a few weeks ago and I wanted to share with my blog too. I’ve worked with them before for my daughters party to update some really fun clothes we found at Target for her birthday. I really love their vinyl and their Vinyl Heat Transfer, it’s really some of the best I’ve worked with!
For this project I decided to use Gold Chrome (Brushed) Metalized Vinyl. I had the intention of cutting out the girls’ names but each font I used was just not cutting well regardless of what setting I had my blade on. I had a hard time getting a deep enough cut on this vinyl. It was cutting but when it came time to separate it, it would stick a lot. It is beautiful though so if I was going to use it again, which I am sure I will, I will just plan on maybe using a mat and cutting a 10. I ended up just using the feather graphic that was in the Silhouette store and then I paired it with the awesome Market Street line by My Minds Eye. It matched perfect and it looks lovely.
In comparison of my Silhouette and the Cricut Explore, I have to give the cutting to the Explore. The software goes to Silhouette at the moment but I know Cricut is not too far behind. I gave this journal to our Young Woman President, she really deserved it. I couldn’t have done any of this without any of the presidency, but she really guided me. She basically planned the whole camp without knowing it!
Disclosure: I did receive the Vinyl in exchange from Expressions Vinyl to do this post. All opinions are 100% mine.
You may have been seeing, floating around the internet a contest for Cricut called the Design Space Star Challenge. Guess what, I am now apart of that challenge and I have joined up with 9 additional blogs to create our team, Team #16, to participate in the next four months of challenges. We get to this month, show you our theme which is Military and make accessories and clothing that we know you will love but you will be able to create with your own Cricut Explore.
During these challenges we can submit up to 10 projects each month. I’m here to show you my four that I created. Maybe if I get really ambitious I’ll make 10…I don’t know about that. I will tell you that using the Cricut Explore is really easy. You’re able to use the fonts you have on your own computer, you can sync your own cartridges and never have to worry about using those pads again! They are in the works of creating their print and cut feature as well as to be able to manipulate the shapes. This is my favorite new tool and I couldn’t be happier that they provided me one so that I could participate in this challenge.
My first project I decided to do was this super simple DIY Leather Pocket Tee. I cut the leather using a rectangle shape the size I needed my pocket. In this case it was 2.5 inches by 2 inches and I created this fun plus pattern in Design Space and cut it using Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. I ironed my design onto the leather patch and then I simple sewed it to where I wanted the pocket to be on this tee using a leather needle and matching thread. Probably the easiest of all the projects.
My second project I completed was a Passport/Itinerary Book. This was really easy also. I just used 11.5X9 rectangles and sewed them together with some fusing. The inner pockets, I took a quarter-inch off the ends and an inch off the insides then just folded them in half with some thicker fusing on the inside and sewed around all the edges. I ended up sewing this just like a pillow would be sewn and turned it the right way out with all my pockets and outside in the right spot. I whip stitched the leather and fabric closed and I added some more details from the Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. I used a font I had already downloaded on my computer and mirrored it first of all then cut it. It ironed on with such a breeze. I used some larger pieces to cover the inside and outer edges. I’m for sure going to be using this on our upcoming trip to Florida for Family Forward!
My third project was these pants. I used the same plus sign embellishments that I used on the leather pocket and mimicked them on the inner cuff of the pant. For these particular pants the pattern was 3 inches high. Again, I used the same Expressions Vinyl Gold Vinyl Heat Transfer. The seams on the pants were the trickiest and the most time-consuming. I was able to cut some single symbols and place them one by one on them if I did make a mistake.
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**Due to my exclusive agreement with Freshly Picked, I cannot at this time share my tutorial for my Moccasins that I made with my Cricut Explore. I will keep you all posted when this is available. However much I love the mocassins I made with my Explore, I can’t express that they for sure will never compare to the quality of Freshly Picked’s. If you want to learn about what I really think about their Mocc’s just read my review here. Also, be waiting for a giveaway too!
I especially love these shoes and how they turned out. I love my Cricut Explore and I really can’t be more thankful to Cricut for the opportunity that I get to participate in this contest and have the opportunity to win some of these prizes, some of which are completely life changing. I hope you’ll check out what the rest of our team is making, some are sitting out for this round but I love what we’ve all been able to come up with for this theme and this round.
Disclosure | I am a member of the Cricut Blogger Network. I may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not being directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own. This post does contain affiliate links.
My Daughter, Leila turned 4 a month ago. We didn’t celebrate a month late, I’m just a month late posting. I have a problem with filling my plate all at once. I had 4 different things going on in at 4 week time period so I’ve been super MIA. This was probably the most windy day I could have chosen. It was sunny the day before and after but this was the only day I could work it in. Wasn’t good for my GIANT balloons cause if you think regular balloons don’t like wind, try the big boys.
I wanted her birthday party to be something fabulous. I found this candle topper from Gnome Sweet Gnome and knew that was what I wanted to go off of. The only problem was is that that I let her play with the candles beforehand and she broke them all so for the party, no candle! I chose to get this tablecloth online from an Etsy shop. I just searched for gold sequence fabric. It cost around $11 a yard. I love how it just shined off the sun and gave some extra sparkle. I just put a dollar store gold plastic cloth underneath it and it worked out fine.
I chose the colors Gold, Pink and Mint. My friend Jen Allyson aka, The Project Girl, had just released her newest line from My Minds Eye called Market Street. It has the perfect tones that I was looking for. I worked on this scrapbook flip frame using the papers and her accessories from the line and an IKEA Tolsby frame. The papers are 3×4″ and I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put C rings to attach and hang from the frame. I cut my dream letters from the same line of paper except the straight gold R. I got that paper from Michaels and it was $1.99 but worth every penny!
I love this dream catcher that I won from Hushbound. She is so talented, I wish she was takin orders but I know there are a lot of shops online doing similar dreamcatchers and I may just try taking a stab at it.
For the actual birthday cake, it’s a FRAUD, a fake, a lie, it’s styrofoam! I got this cake round from JoAnns. FloraCraft makes it. I also used their Smooth Finish and separated it into 2 bowls and left quite a bit still in the container. I put one drop of pink gel food coloring in one bowl of the Smooth Finish and about 3 drops in the other. I started at the top and over the sides with the white and then with the less pink and finished with the darkest pink. Ombré cakes look easy but no way. I let the Smooth Finish dry completely and with a sanding block, made it as smooth as possible. I made my icing pretty sloppy cause I didn’t want a perfect cake. If you’re looking for that, then press pretty firm and get it in the grooves. Make sure you do a small layer before you the actual icing layers too.
I wanted some fun candy on the table so I contacted Lollipics. Look for more on those in another post. I love how they look and they just tied everything together.
I just had some more smaller decorations from IKEA, Michaels and online. Leila had this little outfit from Target that I spiffed up with some Expressions Vinyl vinyl heat transfer.
I’m digging how this came together and loving seeing how these girls are growing older. I could have done some more treats but they are kids and I don’t need them filing up on sweets. We just had some pizza and a good time. I’m loving my birthday girl and I can’t believe it’s been four years since she came in this world so tiny and fierce.
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I love using my Silhouette Cameo. I’ve been looking into the new Cricut Explore and I’ve been really tempted. I’ve seen it in action and the smoothness, quietness, all the bells and whistles can’t compare but for now I really do love my Cameo and until I can save my money, I’ll be using that. When I do get my Cricut, you’ll be the first to know! Don’t forget that you can get a free weekly shape in their Design Space too.
I have used Vinyl Heat Transfer before and let me tell you, I have not been impressed. I have always used the Silhouette America brand. When I was at SNAP! I had the opportunity to meet up with Expressions Vinyl. I asked Megan a lot of questions. I had seen their brand before but never used it because I thought that all VHT was treated the same. Boy was I wrong! Expressions Vinyl was so kind to send me some of their Vegas Gold VHT to transform Leila’s outfit and my niece Penny’s outfit for our Poodle Party. I really wish I got better pictures of Leila’s bum but a. it’s a little creepy and b. they couldn’t keep still. They just love each other. Don’t they look just alike? lol!
I started with designing my cut files in my program and then I mirror imaged them so that when I ironed them on they will show the correct way. I just used a font called Katie Rose that I purchased for my website and business for $16 and the shape I got in the Silhouette store for $.99 and I just searched for poodle. I do have a subscription and it’s $8 a month and I get $25 worth of shapes a month. Totally worth it!
Once it was mirrored, it was time to load it into my machine. I don’t use the craft mat when I do vinyl of any kind, that is my preference. You’ll want to adjust your bar as well so that it’ll be 12 inches rather than the 13 inches for the mat. I’ve attached some pictures below on what that should look like.
Once you’ve done that it’ll be time to load it, press the load media button. When you load it there will be a shiny side of the VHT and a matte side. Load it in with the shiny side on the bottom. You’ll want your ratchet blade to be on setting 3 though they recommend setting 2. When it got down to the details it was hard to remove the VHT. If your design isn’t super detailed like the poodle, you can get away with a 2 but for my letters I had to use a 3. Adjust the settings on the computer to make sure it matches the machine and press start. I’m still getting used to the new system but so far I think I like it.
Once it is cut, you’ll want to cut away the excess. I use my paper trimmer and cut straight across so that I’ll have a straight line to use the rest at a later time and not a wonky piece. Use your weeding tool and remove the portion that you do not want ironed on. Be very careful because it will come up and it doesn’t just go back down. It’s not like regular vinyl and it does stretch. Once it’s weeded you’ll want to lay your design where you want it and preheat your iron. Do not have the steam setting on and have it between your cotton and poly setting. You’ll want to place the iron on top of the design and keep the iron moving but be careful to not actually move the plastic because the design may actually move. If it’s hot enough you can peel the design up but it will leave a bit of residue on the clothes. This is a hot/cool peel VHT so you can take it off right away or wait a while to do so.
I really have to say that my mind has been changed about VHT. Expressions Vinyl did this for me. They are a fabulous company with so many options to take care of you. If you are looking for a craft cutting machine, they’ve got you covered too. This Vegas Gold was perfect for our party too. It’s not overly gold and just the right amount of sheen. They shipped this so fast and you get free shipping for orders over $75! If you’re looking to do a wall treatment or even fabric treatment, you can’t beat their prices for their quality. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache. Believe me, I have learned. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated over thinking why something isn’t working for me when knowing there was a better company out there and I didn’t try it due to my own ignorance. You have to give Expressions Vinyl a try! Stay tuned as well, I just may have a giveaway too!
Expressions Vinyl did provide me with the materials to recreate this clothing. All opinions are 100% my own.