Anniversary Sign

Today is a very special day for this Artsy Mama and the hubs…our 11th wedding anniversary!  Where does the time go?!  Usually, we don’t exchange gifts since it’s so close to Christmas; instead we treat ourselves to a little trip, a fancy meal or an overnight somewhere.  But this year, I couldn’t help myself.  Now that Cammie {my beloved Silhouette Cameo} has joined the family, I just had to use her to make a special little something for the Mr…

Here’s what I came up with:

ANNIVERSARY SIGN

Materials:
- adhesive vinyl {more about that later}
- wooden sign {mine came repainted from Michaels}
- Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio
 STEP 1:  Decide on a special phrase.  Back when we were dating, hubby started singing the line from this old song to me all the time, “I love you more today than yesterday {doot doot doo doo doo} but not as much as tomorrow”.  Over time, it became our special little saying.  Several years ago, for Valentine’s Day, I had it engraved on the inside of his wedding band.  So, for me, it was a no brainer to put it on this sign for him.

STEP 2: Type your phrase using whatever font{s} you like in Silhouette Studio.  Size it to your wooden sign and send to your Cameo.

 

STEP 3: Load your machine and let it do all the work for you!


STEP 4: I also cut out this fabulous silhouette of tango dancers doing a rock to corté.


STEP 5: Peel off each letter/image and stick it onto your wood.  I suppose you could measure and draw lines and make sure everything is centered…me, I’m too lazy, impatient, um…I just don’t.  I stuck them on and hoped for the best.  And the good news is, they peel off and can be repositioned if something isn’t quite right.



The first set of dancers I cut were a little too small, so I cut a second set that was a better fit.  Of course, I couldn’t waste my vinyl {or such a fabulous image}, so I decided Cammie needed a little more personalization.  I think she likes it.  She always wanted to learn the tango.

 
 

Ok, so now let’s talk vinyl.  Since I’ve been posting about Cammie and my various projects with her, I’ve gotten questions regarding what kind of adhesive vinyl I’ve been using.  I also saw a whole Facebook thread about what the best kind of vinyl is to use with a Silhouette or Cricut.  I’m no expert, but here’s my two cents.

In my experience, the best quality and most user-friendly vinyl is Oracal.  Originally, I got mine from a great deal day at Pick Your Plum, but since that’s not always available, I needed another supplier.  My favorite is called MyVinylDirect.com.  You can get Craft Vinyl by the Sheetin a variety of sizes or you can “Pick Your Pack” and get 12 sheets of any colors you like for a discounted price. 

Craft Vinyl Sheets for Cricut Silhouette Cutters

You can get all different kinds of  vinyl.  The regular ol’ matte adhesive kind, which is what I typically use, is called Oracal 631 and it’s available in 36 colors.  You can also get it in gloss if you prefer, or specialty types like chalkboard, dry erase, outdoor, iron-on, or metallic.  I cannot wait to get my hands on some of the iron-on kind to make LC some fun t-shirts!!

So, if you’re wondering what to get, that’s my best advice.  It’s easy to use, works great with my machine, and easily peels off and repositions. 

And as far as durability, let me just tell you from my experience that this stuff is made to last.  I put some of the white Oracal 631 {not the outdoor stuff, just the regular matte} on my car to advertise my business.  This was in my pre-Cammie days, so I painstakingly cut all those letters and numbers out by hand.  Yeah.  Craziness.

Anyway, I put it on several months ago, and it’s been through rain, snow, ice, defrosting, windshield wiper-ing, and it still looks as good as the day I applied it.  In fact, it’s held up better than the Ravens fan stick family I bought for an exorbitant price at the sports store and put on the other side.
 


So…that’s my 2 cents on the vinyl issue…hope that helps!  I’ve also heard through the grapevine about a number of you who have Cameos and have yet to actually use them.  {I cry}.  My advice to you, friends, is to take them out of the box, download the software, and just try something!  Anything!  Need help?  Email me and I’ll talk you through it. 

Well, off to celebrate with the Mister!

Hugs & Glitter,


 

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8 comments on Anniversary Sign

  1. Karyn Tripp
    December 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM (1 year ago)

    Happy Anniversary! what a fun idea! I have a new saturday linky party and I would love to have you come by to share your ideas! Thanks!
    http://teachbesideme.com

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  2. Lauras Crafty Life
    December 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM (1 year ago)

    Happy Anniversary! To easily transfer vinyl lettering, use transfer tape! You can find it at the craft store with the rest of the vinyl usually. Basically you stick the transfer tape to your vinyl you cut out before you remove it from the mat. Then you stick the transfer tape (with you vinyl stuck on to your project. Comes out just like you had it cut out in the Cameo or Cricut!!

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  3. Bethany Lee
    December 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM (1 year ago)

    This is a great sign! :)

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  4. Jodi S
    December 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM (1 year ago)

    Happy day and you are just too cute with all of this. thanks for sharing your 2 cents on the vinyl issue. I think next time I have buget money to do so, I will be hopping on and purchasing some. Pinning this post so I can remind myself :)

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  5. Designed Decor
    December 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM (1 year ago)

    OMG, you have my number! I bought one on Black Friday and it is still in the box! Yikes! I have a commissioned project to do, so I better take her out of the box!

    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  6. Eva {Tales of the Scotts}
    December 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM (1 year ago)

    I always LOVE the quality of PYP’s vinyl. Is it always the Oracal brand? Thanks for the info! And congratulations!

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  7. ramsaygrace
    December 31, 2012 at 5:01 AM (1 year ago)

    You don’t know it, but this post was a HUGE life saver for me. I also got a Silhouette for Christmas and have been trying to figure out the difference in all the vinyl I see online. My Cameo came with adhesive sheets and glitter, so I had no clue when it came to choosing a vinyl. Needless to say, I’ll be heading off to My Vinyl Direct immediately. Thanks for the information and advice. Happy Anniversary to you!
    Trinity

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  8. Moody Mom/Kristina
    January 1, 2013 at 2:03 AM (1 year ago)

    Happy Anniversary!
    My Ann is this Saturday and I am sick right now. Hopefully I will be over this cold by then.

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