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Old 10-31-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default OMG - Someone put me out of my misery!!

Seriously... I need some help with the Happy Hauntings 3D house construction.

I have spent hours trying to get this darn house built. This is my 3rd or 4th try (I've lost count at this point!) and each time I find that my parts are not cutting at the right size and I have to start all over.

I'm new to this cricket stuff and apparently I'm missing something - I think the issue involves the "Real Size"feature. I don't really understand what the manual is trying to tell me the Real Size feature is supposed to do or when I should use it.

I would like to contruct the house as big as possible so I've been using the Fit To Page feature - which means the house is being cut at 7". I then cut all the remaining pieces using the same "fit to page" feature but the parts were too big for the base building. I therefore cut all the pieces again without "fit to page". The pieces were once again still too big. I then cut the pieces using the "fit to page" for the base building and the "real size" feature when cutting the remaining pieces. (I'm now totally out of black paper and am pulling my hair out!)

So I decided to see if I could find a tutorial on You Tube and found a video where someone said to use fit to page when cutting the base building but to NOT use "Fit to Page or the Real Size" when cutting the other pieces. I tried that, but the pieces were now too small.

I am totally confused and am losing all hopes of ever finishing this project.

Can someone please tell me what to do?? I'm about to box up this evil cricket and send it to the dungeon!!

In case it is helpful to know what type machine I am using, it is a Cricut Expression - and do not have a gypsie.

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Old 10-31-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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I think once you get the size of the largest piece - 7, turn off the Fit to Page and cut all the other pieces using the '7' scale. If you leave the Fit to Page feature on, the Cricut will cut all the other pieces to fit to the page on the mat. The machine is doing as instructed, cutting EACH image to the largest scale of the paper it is being cut from. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:22 PM   #3
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Okay.. I'll try that - that's got to be the only combination I haven't tried yet! LOL

Thanks for the help
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Post #2 is telling you correctly. I also use the Expression and find when cutting the inside the building pieces......pieces usually done in yellow, I use a lighter weight paper but the same size as the outside pieces. That way they fit inside easier.

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Okay... thanks for the tip about using lighter weight paper for the inside building pieces.
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LOL! Curiosity is killing me! Did you get the house built?
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grandepuce.....You're Very Welcome!

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LOL! Curiosity is killing me! Did you get the house built?
No, I haven't made it to the craft store to restock my supply of black paper.

I will work on getting it done this weekend. I'm anxious to get it done even though I missed the Halloween deadline I had imposed on myself.

I'll post an update when it is complete.
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Have you peeked over at the Cricut MB: Provo Craft Community. Several of the girls/guys have made the Happy Haunting house. They would have all the trade secrets. Good luck! I don't own Happy Hauntings but I love all the houses I have seen made with that cartridge. Some of the girls have even turned them into fancy castles.
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I have the cartridge and have made several of them. It's no big deal to make, just takes time and a good adhesive to put it all together.

I so no special tricks but to make the inside with a lighter weight paper than the outside.

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Old 11-06-2011, 05:50 AM   #11
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Mission Accomplished - thanks to everyone for the tips. Fritz the Cricket will no be going to the dungeon!
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Have you peeked over at the Cricut MB: Provo Craft Community. Several of the girls/guys have made the Happy Haunting house. They would have all the trade secrets. Good luck! I don't own Happy Hauntings but I love all the houses I have seen made with that cartridge. Some of the girls have even turned them into fancy castles.
Thanks, DeeAnn, for the tip about this website. Looks like there is a lot of helpful information for people just starting to use their cricket.
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Glad to hear you got it sorted out! I was stalking this thread to find out!
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