Monday, January 2, 2012

Welcome to Simple Creations where I love to inspire others to craft and cherish memories through scrapbooking, cards, and home decor.

I found a great company to order vinyl from. It is Expressions Vinyl. They have so many types of vinyl to choose from. Indoor, Outdoor, Chalk Board, T-shirt, & Printable Vinyl. Not to mention they have the best prices and quick shipping. But don't take my word for it. Check out all the great deals for yourself at If you decide to order from them, click on their button on the left of my blog and I will receive a percentage of it just for sending you their and being an affiliate with Expressions Vinyl.

Now I want to show you how I made a project using their Dark Red Vinyl. I cut out the vinyl on my Cricut Expression, using a "Kiss Cut." That means it will only cut through the vinyl and not the white backing. For the Circut the settings are Blade Depth 3, Pressure 3, and Speed 3. It is also important to have a sharp blade in the machine to get the best cut.

I used the 12" x 24" Mat to cut on
and the Gypsy to design with.

 To design it I used:
Opposites Attract Cricut Cartridge for the Words
Use the Opposite Function Key - Cut at 2.75"
Simply Sweet Cricut Cartridge for the Heart
Use Button #40 - Shift Blocked Feature - Cut 1.5"
I tilted the heart to get it to look like that.

 After cutting it, I cut off the extra vinyl to save for late using an exacto knife while it is still on the mat.

Carefully remove all the negative vinyl, including the centers of the letters.

Then place transfer tape over it & burnish. Burnishing means to rub with a firm surface, such as a flat scraper, a large popsicle stick, or a plastic card. I like to put my transfer tape on it while it is still on the mat to help keep everything flat.

 Remove the backing.

 Use a level and mark on the wall with a pencil to help place the vinyl on the wall level. After placing on the wall, burnish again to transfer it to the wall.

 Carefully remove the transfer tape. I like to pull it off slowly at an angle. If part of the vinyl comes off, then burnish again and then try to remove transfer tape again.

Here is what my finished project looked like. It is in our bathroom above the towel holder.

I love Expressions Vinyls for their great prices, quick shipping, and great customer service. If you have any question about their products, email them and they can assist you with it. They also have Vinyl Instructional Videos on their web site.

I am so excited to share this company with you and giveaway a $25 Gift Certificate donated by Expressions Vinyls. Leave just one comment for a chance to win. Please include an email address to contact you with, if you win. I will randomly pick a winner using on Monday, January 9th.


  1. I love the saying and the color vinyl you used! Great project!

    owlbecraftin at gmail dot com

  2. Beautiful home decor project! Love the wording. TFS and how-to

  3. What a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing.

    sweetone62406 at

  4. Great project. I would love to win a GC for vinyl. I made 3 Christmas projects (2 frames and a cupcake/cake holder) with vinyl this year and am almost out. Thanks for the chance to win.

    hmcwhirt at gmail dot com

  5. fabulous project! I could definitely see vinyl becoming an addiction!

    girlabroad at gmail dot com

  6. I am so excited to find this website! I have a cricut but do not use it to its full capabilities! Thank you for the video too! I would love to win a GC for the vinyl. Will be back soon.

    Thank you!
    evojax at yahoo dot com

  7. This is one of my favorite sayings and it looks fab on your wall! I would love to try this out with Expressions Vinyl! Thank you so much for the chance!

    ngj9600 at yahoo dot com

  8. I don't have a blogger account but I do like crafts!
    I think we should make one of me...the penguin!

    I like the vinyl project.

    penguin at adventurepenguin dot com

  9. Thanks for the tutorial, you wall art looks fabulous!!

  10. Great project! I like the wording you chose, too!!! ;)

  11. Cute project. I love working with vinyl. Thank you for a chance to win!

  12. Great project. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    cburki1111 at gmail dot com

  13. Wow - what a fantastic idea. Thank you for sharing, and for the chance to win!

  14. Love your tutorial on this. Fun idea matching the vinyl color to your towel.

    Smiles Sher

  15. Your word art looks fantastic. I just ordered a bunch of new vinyl colors this weekend...I can't wait to start cutting and smacking them down on the wall.

    Sew Sweet N Crafty

  16. i just used vinyl for the first time and it was really fun . i would love to try tshirt vinyl.

  17. already order from ev and need some vinyl....hope i win!
    hgrossman at cableone dot net

  18. You are so creative!!! I just got a Cricut Expressions for Christmas from my WONDERFUL husband! I am looking forward to trying out some vinyl projects--so excited. I love your website and your great ideas! Thanks for sharing with us.


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