Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hubby & Me...

Today was the first time in 29 years that hubby and I didn't spend my birthday together.  He normally schedules a vacation day for September 11th.  Works on his own birthday but takes mine off.  Did someone say I'm spoiled?  You're right!  And I love every single minute of it.  This year, though, he was obligated to a retreat for the management team of the company he works for.  A camping retreat.  It's currently 92 degrees in central Indiana.  I feel so sorry for him and all of the others who are out there.

So, instead of being treated like a princess today, I decided to finally work on a project I've been wanting to do for quite some time.  Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is holding "Vinyl University" all this week.  Since I'd never cut vinyl with my Cricut, I thought this would be the perfect time to give it a try.  There's a Cricut Crawl (similar to a blog hop) through all of the incredibly talented Design Team members' blogs....and they all have candy along the way.  Fun!  There are some great inspiration projects.  You should go check it out!

I ordered my vinyl about 2 weeks ago from Cricket Vinyl Supplies.com.  Hint: There's a discount code over at Fantabulous!  My order came super fast and I love the colors I got.  They are so vibrant and pretty.  I know that I'll be going back for repeat orders.  Great prices, friendly service, lightning fast shipping....yes, please.

The saying that I used in my project is from a Harry Connick, Jr. song that was in "Sleepless in Seattle."  I love that movie and I'm crazy about this song.  Here's a YouTube video that's compilation of scenes from the movie and the song.  I'll probably listen to it a half dozen times while I work on this post.  It always makes me grin from ear to ear thinking about how lucky I am to be married to my best friend in the entire universe.

A couple of things I learned today while using vinyl the first time:
1.  I followed the recommendations of a couple of the Fantabulous DT members and set my speed, pressure, and blade depth all at 3.  It worked like a charm!  Keep in mind that if you're using Craft Room, you'll need change your settings to "Custom" instead of any type of cardstock weight.
2.  The transfer paper is worth every, single penny!  I had seen a video of a gal using painter's tape instead and it was really successful for her.  Not so much for me.  I'm not sure if it was my inexperience or if I did something wrong but it was a disaster.  Let's just say I made a trip to Michaels today.

Here's my project that I'll be surprising hubby with when he gets home in a few days.....unless, of course, he's able to get signed on the internet out in the woods.  If anyone can, he would be that person!


The frames I used are from Ikea and I've had them for a year without doing anything with them.  Perhaps I was just waiting for the right project?  I love the finished product and can't believe how simple it was!  I have a suspicion there are going to be lots of things that become adorned with vinyl around my house very soon. 

I used the Tall Ball font from Plantan Schoolbook.  I can't tell you what size I cut them at because I sized everything in Craft Room to fit my frames.

I'll be submitting this into the following challenges:



24 comments:

  1. What a great job you did! Perfect frames for this project too!

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  2. I did find an Internet connection out in the middle of nowhere. Love and miss you. See you soon. This is a great project. As you know, I really like that song and the movie. Sounds like we know what to watch when I get home.

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    1. It's a date. Love you too, Daddy-o. xoxoxoxo

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  3. I love your project, it is super cute. I agree that the transfer tape is worth every penny, it makes life so much easier. Thank you for joining us at FCCB for our vinyl university!!!

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  4. This is super Roberta! That's a really great sentiment and I love the frame arrangement with the photo in the center! Thanks for joining FCCB's Vinyl Cricut Crawl this week!

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  5. Roberta, what a wonderful hubby he sounds, my lovely and a fabulous project to celebrate your relationship, happy belated birthday xxx

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  6. Perfect! Love the three frames, different from just the one, the quote is so cute too! I'm sure when your hubby gets back he's gonna love it too :)
    Hey was it your birthday yesterday then?? Happy birthday if so!! :)

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    1. Emmey, It was my birthday....thanks, sweetie! And I'm in love with this project. I'm thinking of what I can do next using the vinyl.
      hugs--
      R.

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  7. I think this beautiful creation has put me over the edge and I'm getting me some vinyl today! TFS not only your work, but your love for your hubby.

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    1. Charlotte,
      Thanks so much for your sweet words! Don't forget to check out the discount code at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge. I'm so pleased with the colors of the vinyl at Cricket Vinyl Supplies and right now they're offering 15% off. (I'm in no way affiliated with either site. Just a fan.)
      hugs--
      Roberta

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  8. Awesome! vinyl project. Your so blessed to have such a thoughtful husband. I also found out the hard way that the transfer paper works best, especially with intricate cuts. Thanks for linking up your project with our vinyl challenges this week at FCCB. Kim Ogden

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  9. Roberta I love this post !!! Wow , my hubby does the same for me as well, maybe it has to do with us being the queens of our homes ??? I love your project , I haven't worked with vinyl either, but I am inspired by you and all the wonderful ladies at Fantabulous Cricut !!! Thank you so very much for continuing to inspire and motivate me !!!

    Hugs
    Mayra
    MayrasDesigns.blogspot.com

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  10. Wonderful vinyl project. The sentiment is so cute. Perfect. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Parade Your Crafts.
    Amy - PYC DT

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  11. Happy Birthday Roberta, you and your hubby seem to be the perfect pair. So sorry you are apart, but I am sure he will love the project you have just made.
    Hi from England JoanP

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  12. LOve this idea. Very sweet. Thanks for playing with FCCB and our vinyl challenge

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  13. Beautiful
    Thanks for joining us at LEJ Designs Challenge and good luck
    Susan DT xx

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  14. This is adorable! Thanks for playing along with the FCCB vinyl challenge this week!

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  15. Wow ... what a great project ... I LOVE it!! Thank you for joining TTCRD this week

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  16. What a lovely project. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this week. Hugs
    Fiona x

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  17. Amazing project! Love the frames! Totally adorable!! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments!
    Jackie W

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  18. Beautiful project Roberta. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe.

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  19. Great creation!! I love the saying and how you arranged the frames on your wall. Great first project with vinyl!! Thanks for joining the vinyl challenge at FCCB this week!

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  20. Gorgeous project...simply Beautiful...Thank you for joining us at Craft my Life...Hugs May x x x

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  21. What a wonderful idea, I love it! Thank you for joining my All Crafts Challenge at Craft My Life, hope you can join our new challenge :-) Elaine-xxx-

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