Friday, January 6, 2012

~~Love Bug Banners~~ ~~Blog Hop~~

~~Love Bug Banners~~     ~~Blog Hop~~

I apologise but this was my work in progress picture..... My computer will not read my camera card (I upload from my camera almost daily, so I know I am doing it right). Now, my computer will not even read the SD drive. who knows why. I have a new computer, but it does not have Microsoft work or Photoshop. So I find myself still using the old computer. Sorry...
I already packed my banner up to ship, so I cannot take another picture of my banner, I will keep trying to get the pictures off of the disk and I will update it with the finished pretty banner. The finished banner has ribbons and sparkles and is ADORABLE... I will keep trying to get it uploaded.
I made these banners using the Cricut Craft Room and Art Philosophy and I edited the monogram feature from A Child's Year. I seem to find more and more ways to use that cartridge.
I have the files I have created and would be more than happy to share them, except I don't know how to add a file here for you to download. So if you would like the two files, please email me and but in the subject line- Bee Happy Banner Files and I will get them emailed out to you.

It was an oval but I wanted a circle so I just expanded the width in CraftRoom and I got exactly what I wanted.  Also I made a Bee using Sesame Street Seasons. It was an Icon with only one layer, but I wanted two layers... here are the before and after pictures of how I did that. Please scroll down for that....

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In Cricut Craft Room I added two of the same BEE, I got is from Sesame Street Seasons. I loved it but it did not have a layer feature and I wanted a yellow bee with a black behind it.... so I had to make it myself....

I made one of them Yellow just so you can see it better and it will make it clear which bee I am talking about. The yellow bee is on the left and I will refer to the bee on the right as the 'black bee" In this step all I did was add color for the tutorial.

When I clicked on the black Bee a square goes around it and there is a box below it that says HIDE CONTOUR. Click the little green box on the bottom left.

Then when you hover over a line it turns red, if you want to make that line disappear when it turns red, click your mouse. It will no longer cut that line. I used this process to get rid of all of the inside lines so it would just cut a bee outline.

Here you can now see that I clicked on all of the red lines, they are now a very light grey. If I clicked on one that I didn't mean to I can always hover over it and it will turn red again and if I click it will return to my image and it will cut as normal.

On the top left of craft room I clicked EXIT on the top left of the mat. I have now returned to my main screen and it now shows me what it WILL cut.... My yellow bee and my black bee outline.

Here you can see that I flooded it with black.... just to show you when you put your paper in how it will cut.

Here I put them on top of each other to show you how it will look when you cut it with paper and then add your one bee to the top of another.
You can use this process for most images that don't have a shadow or second layer, but you want to make it into a second layer. I also used this process for the Monogram feature. The font only had one layer, but I needed two, so I just added two of them to my cutting mat and used the same process to take out the inside cuts and I made two layers.  This is a great way to really get what you want out of the bonus features on cartridges and another way to make EXACTLY what you want.
Cricut says "create what you want, where you want."
That is exactly what I did! I LOVE Cricut Craft Room!

Here is how I made my letters which were from the monogram feature key on A Child's Year.
The basic monogram feature makes and oval, but I wanted a circle, if I were to push SHIFT and the MONOGRAM key, it gives me balloons, so again I must make my own base so you do not see the patterns behind where the letter will cut out.

Here is the B oval monogram as it is on the cartridge. 

Here is the shift monogram feature... obviously this will not work as the base for my scalloped one, so I deleted it. I just added it to show you that this cartridge does NOT have a layer feature for the scallop B

Here it is as an oval.

If you touch the button I have circled, that will expand this image's width and nothing else.
After it was properly expanded and it used the little squares on the cutting mat to make sure it was a perfect circle. I then selected COPY from the toolbar at the top and then paste. If you know short hand or quick keys. Hold down CRTL and C at the same time and it will copy the image, provided it has the above grey box around it so it know what you want to copy. Then hold down CTRL and V at the same time to paste and you can see below I now have two (If you are a MAC user use the COMMAND key instead of CTRL)

now on one of them I select the HIDE CONTOUR that I have circled

I went through the process of clicking on the lines that make the letter B as I did before....

I have circled the EXIT button to push when you are done editing it.

Now once I exit, it will then show me what my cricut will actually cut.

I added color just to show you when you put colored paper on your mat this is what it will look like.

Another tip if you want to move a shape UP-DOWN, or LEFT-RIGHT Use the buttons I have circled. If you want to expand it LONGER or WIDER use the other two arrows.

I hope you enjoyed this. As a part of 2012. I will be showing you a tutorial like this EVERY Tuesday all year long.  Please leave a me a comment so I know if you like this tutorial or not.
I will also do Gypsy and other Cricut tutorials, not just CCR (Cricut Craft Room) on Tuesdays, this is just an example of one.



Ellen S. Jarvis said...

Hi Erica .... I'd love to see your banner, but sure understand about computer issues. THANK YOU for posting about the hop in the meantime! And again, thank you so much for participating in making banners for special needs children. They adore them!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Lori Comeau said...

Can't wait to see your banner, computer issues are such a drag.

Angel-23 said...

Looking forward to see your banner, Hope you manage to fix your computer problem soon.
Hugs Rachael xx

Deirdre said...

Hi Erica, will pop back... I know how frustrating computers can be!!!

JaniceA said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with Erica!

Cathie w said...

great hop with the hearts of wonderful crafters to boot...


jessica said...

Be back later!!....hope your computer gets working again :(

Jessica said...

Hi Erica, so sorry to hear you are having pc trouble. I will pop back to see you later!!!

Hi...I'm Cindy said...

oh that's ok, there's a few blogs along the way that must be having PC issues to, will check back later....hmmmm I should have wrote those ones down so I didn't have to start all over again...oh well, will be much faster the second time around right LOL gorgeous banners along the way, so glad I was here for the hop ty :)

Ellen S. Jarvis said...


Thank you for participating in this special needs hop where the banners will be hung in the rooms of children who are critically ill with long-term care needs.

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Beckie said...

Very sweet banner. Great paper choice.

Be blessed, Beckie

Laurie said...

Love the tutorial! If you haven't already tried it take your camera card out of computer and put it back in camera and take and photo and then try uploading. My disks do this sometimes too and I freak out thinking I lost all my photos and then it works fine the next time. I think I have also tried using the safely remove hardware feature to try to fix it.

Jeana said...

Looks like a beautiful banner! I hope you can get your computer problems figured out. I know it drives me batty when something is not working right!

Shawnee said...

Beautiful banner. I love using CCR. Great job!

Edwina said...

Thank you for the information for CCR. I am so lost there. I would like to know if you can hide lines on the gypsy? Your banner is very pretty of what I can see. I would love to see the finished banner. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Linda said...

Lovely banner and computers and camera SD's have a mind of their own. When they play they play nicely and boy when they don't you know about it. Thank you for the tutorial it is brilliant.

Linda xxxx

Debbie said...

love the banner, and love the tutorial thanks for all the inspiration and ideas. Going through the blog hop loving it
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Suzys Crafts said...

Hope you get your pictures, because I really want to see more of this banner! It looks beautiful. And thanks for the short tutorial... I always seem to forget to use that hide contour feature...not sure why. But it is an awesome feature! Thanks for reminding us.

Jessica said...

It is cute...even if those are bad pics, it looks wonderful!!!!

Doris P. said...

love your banner so far.. can't wait to see it complete. love the paper being used!! So.. the tutorials - who knew but hiding the features I could create my own shadow/blackout.. TFS :) can't wait to see more! :) DT member Doris

Gaylynn said...

Thanks for this tutorial of this fun design using the CCR.

Nancie said...

What a great tutorial,love the papers you used for you banner!

truckmaniii said...

Thanks for the ideas and information.

Lori Apgar said...

Love your CCR tutorial as I am a gypsy girl and am a little scared to learn something new!!!

So honored to be in this blog hop with you!!

Pam said...

Love the banner & the way you switched up hte shapes.

Pam said...

Love the banner & the way you switched up hte shapes.

Vicki said...

Love the tutorial. Cute banner. Hope you get your SD problem resolved.

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Janet said...

Love your color pallete Your banner is looking great. Thanks for the cricut craft room tutorial. Lots of great info. Nice to be hopping with you!
Big Blog Hugs! Janet

JaniceA said...

Great job! Erica

lauralee53 said...

Love your banner.

Thanks so much for showing us how to do those things in the craft room. I'm glad your gonna be doing more tutorials on it.

Jennifer said...

great banner - even with bad photo you can tell its great. great instructions too!
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