You might want to download and install 'corners2' and 'roses roses' from http://www.fontspace.com
if you intend to follow along exactly.
or just use the fonts already on your computer.
open a new page, I'm using gimp ( a free open source program)
size the page the size you want the graphic to be, in my case its 5'x 5"
on the first layer decide if black or white will be the base or lowest cut your machine makes, and bucket fill that color
I'm doing black as the lowest cut.