Silhouette

Free Mason Jar Image File

Great for Sketch Pens or Print and Cut

 

Free mason jar svg photo

 

Welcome back to Say It With Simplicity!

Today is a great day for creating and I’m so excited to share this little Mason Jar SVG file with my readers today.

Of course I had to try it out on my own Cameo right away and you can see how they turned out.

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Quick and Easy Birthday Banner

How to Make a Quick and Easy Birthday Banner

No cut file needed!

Birthday Banner

 

 

 

Hope you’re having a fun and fabulous Friday! This weekend we’re celebrating our grandson’s birthday, and I wanted to share this cute birthday banner, made in Silhouette Cameo.

Back in the day, when my own kids were…well kids…and when I finally had a computer, I used to print out a birthday banner. Remember those greeting card software programs? Seems like a crazy long time ago when we still had a tall tower computer and a big clunky monitor. It was fun messing around with those programs…right?

For birthdays I made my kids their favorite meal and cake so that they would feel special on their birthdays.

I love using my Silhouette Cameo and today I decided to pull out that idea of a birthday banner, but use my Cameo to create it.

I like easy,  and I didn’t want to shop around for a file to make it, so I started with a simple idea, and made up my own.

  • First of all, I drew a rectangle. Not too difficult… If you’re familiar with the cameo, you’re doing this already. rectangle
    You can make this into your own shape by clicking on it twice, and now you have point editing open.
point editing
  • You can see that there’s no point in the mid bottom of the rectangle, but if you just move your cursor on it, and click that center, you create one.

  • Now that you’ve created your point, you can drag that down into your banner shape.

  • If you want this kind of banner, lift up your point with the cursor instead of pulling it down.

  • Resize your banner to further customize the shape. This is just one example. I decided to go with the first shape as you’ll see here in a bit.

 

  • This may not be an absolutely necessary step, but I decided that I wanted to do an offset, so that I could layer my banner and give it some dimension.

  • Here are the two layers, and I just changed them to blue and white so that I could see what I was working with. The offset piece has been moved from behind and they are now separate pieces.

  • Hit CTRL and the d, and make multiple copies of the shapes. Here I was able to get several of these on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, and cut out enough for my banner. I did the same thing with my white layer. If you really wanted to have some fun and make a more colorful banner, you could make your pieces in different colors. In the end I chose green for my background pieces.

This COLORBOK cardstock has been in my drawer for a long time, and I decided to use some of it to cut the pieces. This is another one of those places you could use up scraps or even patterned paper. I’m sure you’re not as boring as I am!

bright and primary cardstock

 

Ready to move onto the lettering?

Keep in mind, I’m not showing every single step here, but I wanted to give you a general idea how I made my banner. I’m sure there are other ways of doing things.

  • I typed out the “Happy” and “Birthday” with the text tool and changed them to the Dissentio font. This is a fun and simple font, and I didn’t have to worry about the “middles” of letters. I thought it would make it much easier to glue them all down when assembling the banner. You could use any font. Each letter as a different font would look really cute!

 

  • Next, I resized and measured against my banner to check my fit.  When I was happy with it, I ungrouped my letters and gave each one a color with the fill tool. I’m off the paper here, but I’m just sizing up my letters. I’ll be moving things around soon!

I just played around until I got what I wanted, and then moved my banners out-of-the-way so I could start cutting letters. Now that didn’t mean I was totally committed to those colors, but I could cut by color when I sent them to the Cameo. I have another grandchild with a birthday coming up, so I cut two of each set using a blade setting of “3”.

 

Assembly

  • Once cut, I laid out my pieces, and I decided that despite the bright colors, it was missing something. I ran each white piece through the Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday folder. Texture makes everything so much better!

embossed with Cuttlebug

  • Everything was glued together with Aleen’s Fast Grab tacky glue. It’s what I had and I knew it would stay glued. I punched holes in the top with a paper punch and they’re not perfectly straight, but oh well!

  • I decided that our little guy was a star, and added these little felt stars to some of the banner panels.

felt stars

The finished banner

I’m not certain I’m going to keep the purple ribbon, but for now you get an idea of the finished product. It turned out really cute, and I can’t wait to put it up at his birthday party.

 

This is a really simple project. If you have questions feel free to drop me a comment! I would love to hear from you!

 

DIY Christmas Wine Bag

Sew a Holiday Wine Bag for Gift Giving

Wine Gift Bag

Christmas is right around the corner and I’m working on holiday gifts. Today I’ve combined my love of sewing with this awesome wine bag.

We all know that the best crafting projects start with great tutorials. I used a tutorial from Craftsy for making this “fat quarter friendly” project. (more…)

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Holly Tags with Free Cut File

 

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

I love to study historical traditions, so I’ve been reading today about holly and its role in the Christmas season.

Here are just a few links to articles about its use in Christmas tradition, in case you’re interested:

Holly, Ivy and Christmas Plants

Christmas: eight things you didn’t know about holly

Why do we decorate with holly at Christmas? 

 

Since I’ve been busy creating gift tags, I wanted to share with you these simple gift tags that I created using my new “holly” SVG file.  In case you missed my first free SVG, you can find it HERE.

Holly Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

My basic oval tag was created with my Silhouette Cameo 2. I drew an oval 2″ x 3″ and then did an internal offset to make the white part of the tag. (more…)

Creating Gift Tags from Scraps and Free SVG File

Tag set and cutting files.
Christmas Tag Set
Gift Tags are a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces and they make gifts look so special. These turned out so cute that nobody will know they came from scrap bits in your stash.

I’ve cut these little tags in Silhouette Studio from a file I created myself in Inkscape. With the cut file below you can make tags like these as well as something that is the right size for your gift.

I was able to cut out 4 tags, the white layer and these cute little trees from small pieces that I grabbed from my overflowing file drawer. Each tag is only 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and is the perfect size for gifting those smaller items on your Christmas list. 

This tiny sentiment comes from  “A Little Love”, stamp set from Close to My Heart. It’s the smallest stamp that I had available and fit perfectly in the amount of white space on the tag. For the hole at the top of the tag, I simply used a paper punch. This is something that could be added to the cut file, but this way you can use your own punch to make it larger for ribbon or smaller for baker’s twine or other string. Of course some bling, like these enamel embellishments, provide some extra dimension.

This is my first time trying to make my own cut file and it’s been an enjoyable challenge to learn this process. Today I’m sharing it as a free file in Zip format. There are formats in PNG, SVG, DXF, and JPEG. You can download the entire file by clicking on the link below.

 

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Layers of tag cut file.

These files have been tested on my personal Silhouette Cameo 2. Files are for personal use only.  Say It With Simplicity assumes that you are familiar with the downloading and use of these files. You may share these files on social media by linking directly to this page, not the files themselves. Please be sure to credit Say It With Simplicity as the source of these files. Thank you!

 

Congrats Grad Card

Last Summer I pick up a Paper Crafts Magazine “Stamp It!” issue for 20 cents at a thrift store. While it’s from 2007, it turned out to be the inspiration for this graduation card for my son’s girl friend. The stamps are from CTMH. The flower is from the Silhouette Store and “grad” was cut on Silhouette. Very simple.

The inside is stamped “YOU are worth celebrating” from the CTMH Blossom Card Making Workshop set of stamps.

Have a great week!

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