Thursday, April 4, 2013

You're the Best and I'm Not Lion Card

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I have wanted to cut this lion forever!  He's from the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge and was cut at 2-3/4".

There's an easy way to cut the animals out in the proper colors on Create A Critter using the Cricut Craft Room.

Here's a photo tutorial on it:

First, you select the Cricut Imagine as your machine.
Now all the animals will show up properly on your mat in their colored form.  All the animals from Create A Critter, Team Spirit and some from Cindy Loo are divided out like this.

Select Create A Critter-34 for the lion (he's key 34) - see images below.  Drag him to the mat.

After sizing the lion as you liked, then click on the "edit group" button as shown below:
 Next, in the upper right hand of the mat, click the button that says "separate" as shown below:
 Then, this will happen (see below):
Now, you can grab the pieces separately and move them around on the mat for best paper placement (see below):
 When you get that arranged as you like, click "Exit" shown below:
Now, layout out your papers on your mat according to color.  Then go back and change the machine setting to "Cricut Expression" or whatever machine you are using, if not the Imagine.  

When you do this, all the pieces will turn one color as shown below so it's important to get the papers on the mat laid out BEFORE you switch the machine setting.  If you forget which papers went where, just switch it back to "Imagine" and the different colors will show up again.
This speeds up figuring out which papers go with which layers.

Have you tried doing this in the Craft Room before?  Let me know if this was helpful!
The stamp on the card is from a Scrappy Moms set called "Little Critters".  Take a look how cute this is:
Don't forget that Scrappy Moms is sponsoring my giveaway this week - you could win a set of your choice!  Enter by clicking HERE (and then scroll to see the entry form at the bottom).
The card base is from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge.  I love that cartridge for it's great card shapes and word art.  I cut it at 5".

One more thing:
There are only 50 more spots left in the Layout A Day class for May.  I've signed up, hoping to get more layouts done to show you guys!

Lain explains the fun we'll be having in May in this video (click HERE if you can't see the video):

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  1. Love that card base! Create a Critter always delivers the cutest card images! Thanks for the info. Love Scrappy Moms!

  2. Nice idea, as CAC is one of my most used cartridges. It seems that many times I need something, CAC has it!

  3. Super cute card, love that sentiment, it is just perfect for your card!

  4. So very cute - that is one of my favorite sentiments on that set. Your lion is adorable! :)

    - Mel

  5. Thanks for sharing this great information! It will be a big help in choosing what colors go where. Your card is so adorable. :)

  6. Cute cute card love your paper and colors. I still haven't used the CCR but thanks for the cool cutting tips one day I'll get brave and use the CCR and my Gypsy. Your card really brought a big 'ol smile to my face and the sentiment is really cute too. Great job and glad you are having so much fun creating and then sharing the "JOY" with us!! Makes my day~~

  7. What a cute card! Thanks for the tip. I have your not used the image in the craft room! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I have not tried this strategy before. TFS.
    I'll have to give it atry. I love that cart.
    D- (email follower)

  9. Love the card and the saying is so perfect.

  10. So sweet! Your spotted lion is adorable!

  11. What a great tip!! Thanks! I love Scrappy Moms stamps!!!

  12. This awesome, I've been putting off switching from design studio to craftroom, but am doing more and more, now with these great instructions i see the possibilities are endless in craftroom! Thanks so much for cluing me in!

  13. Adorable, as usual! Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a great tip for the CCR. Thanks for sharing. Cute card.

  15. I adore this little lion card. What an amazing tip you have shared with us today! I would have never thought of doing CCR that way but it is just awesome!!!

  16. Super Cute!
    Miranda :)

  17. Thank you for the great Tutorial on CCR. Your instructions are so complete and the pictures are a great help.
    Have a great Day.

  18. Tanks for a chance at the cool giveaway. Love Scrappy Moms stamps.

  19. Thanks for the tip. I was wondering-will this work for any cartridge?? I love the craft room and this will make it so much easier to get those layers the right size.

  20. This is AWESOME! I love this idea - you are so smart and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you have shared this... BRAVO!

  21. I love the card and the punny stamps!

  22. Joy, I too love that card shape! I think it's because it is symmetrical and not the typical square. Although, I love square cards too! Rectangle is so old school. LOL.

    I wanted to comment and let you know that you couldn't have picked more perfect papers for this little guy than you did. I love the lion's mane!


  23. Fabulous card and awesome tip on getting the colors right. What a cool way to do it!

  24. Awesome tips on the Cricut Craft room. I have not played too much around with it as I didn't realize how much it had to offer. I had always reverted to my Gypsy. Love the lion card. Nice feature

  25. Really helpful!! Thank you so much. I use CCR all the time. Wow what a time saver.

  26. Cute cute card and thank you for showing us how to cut on our own machines. Thanks for sharing God Bless.

  27. Such an adorable card!!! Wonderful video too, thanks for sharing!


  28. What a cute Lion!! Thanks for the tutorial too, you are so helpful and kind!!

  29. OK. That card is too cute for words. I don't have this cartridge but I wish I did!
    Thanks for all you do.

  30. Joy, Thank you for sharing this! I will certainly try this the next time I use CR, however, since I purchased my new laptop with Windows 8, CR crashes every time I try to use it. Have you or anyone else experienced this?
    MCF's Mimi

  31. Love the lion and I'm not liein

  32. Thanks for the great instructions on using CCR. Super helpful.


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