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Monday, December 12, 2011

Vinyl–First Project!

Good Monday morning! I woke up at 4 am today, so after getting some work done I thought I'd get blog posts ready for this week. I was busy in the craft room yesterday!

I finally decided to jump in and cut some vinyl with my Cricut. This is ironic because my husband and I own a sign business, so I have lots of vinyl at my disposal. Strange that it took me 2 years to cut vinyl with the Cricut! Anyhoo……

If you’re gonna be a dog, be a big dog, right? So not only did I decide to cut vinyl for the first time, but I decided to use Cricut Craft Room to design my project and then connect to my Expression and cut. "Hopefully it’s going to work" is all I could think!

GREAT news….Using the CCR was really easy. I have used graphic design software before, so some of those shortcuts work in CCR which I love. I wanted to personalize some things for gifts. I decided to try a few tumblers first. I got everything designed in CCR and then decided it was time to take the laptop to the craft room and let ‘er rip!

The first thing that slowed me down was that once I connected the computer to my “E” the computer said the "E" needed to be updated. I have read the horror stories on the Cricut forum, so I was nervous. I followed all instructions and the update went very smoothly. Things were looking good! Then it was time for the first cut. Again, worked like a CHARM! Phew! I had my pressure and speed set at medium and put my blade depth at 3.

Here is what I made!


I am really happy with how they turned out. I made 3 of these for my son’s basketball coaches. The school colors are royal blue and white. I picked these tumblers up at Wal-Mart for $3 or $4 each. Between my kids’ teachers and coaches and school staff I have a lot of gifts to give, so I wanted to do something nice, yet economical. I am really happy with how this turned out.


You can see in this photo that I have “Coach” and “Giants” on each tumbler. Not too shabby for my first run with CCR and vinyl! Right now I am pleased as punch that I have easy access to vinyl in all colors!

**Again, I apologize for the crummy photos. I am still using my cell phone. "Get the camera working and light box ready" are on my "To-Do" list for this week!

Have a great day…go and do something creative!



Carolyn/MamaC said...

Congrats on cutting vinyl on the Cricut for the first time! Great work!

L.B. said...

Once you use vinyl it becomes addictive..great tumblers...