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Valentine’s Day Floral Hearts

SVG Floral Hearts Freebies

Tomorrow is February – time for floral hearts! Can you believe that the first month of 2020 has already come and gone? Time always flies, and yet I am still always surprised by it.

In a new twist, I am actually ahead of the holidays in my crafting adventures. I have been working on more Valentine’s day files because they are just so much fun. Of course, there must be hearts and flowers and floral hearts. So, why not hearts with flowers made with a heart?

However, I need inspiration from you! Once I design and cut a file, I don’t always know the best ways to use it. If you use these files, show me please! They could make adorable cards by themselves, but there has got to be something else more creative to do with them. I just don’t know!

Well, I am not totally out of inspiration. They would look good as decals on things. I know, because I made some mock ups on some nifty little mock up freebies I found. Definitely not because I made cups with floral heart decals on them. That would be waaaay tooo ambitious. Maybe tomorrow. Probably not.

Now, I ought to go and make a good pinterest image. Did y’all know that this blogging thing is way too complicated? Can’t I just drop a free file here and call it a day. Apparently not. That wouldn’t be cool. Social media would never find me. I would be in the internet void forever. Yep. Technology is awesome. Technology is lame.

Well, did anyone catch my ‘y’all’? I am living in Texas after all now. However, it definitely does not roll right off the tongue yet and it makes me feel a bit like an impostor.

Anyhow, here is the file. Please enjoy. Hopefully you didn’t read all my text prelude, because I am sure it is lacking in wit and sophistication.

Make sure to check out my other Valentine’s Day files!

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Fireworks 4th of July Free SVG Download

Fireworks for the Fourth of July!

What do you do on the fourth of July? Growing up we often went to a park with a blanket to watch the fireworks. Or, sometimes, went to see the Rockies play and watch the fireworks afterwards. More recently, we have done nothing. Yep. Nothing.

To be fair, we have three young children (ages 5, 4, and 0). Whenever I feel like we never do anything, I have to remind myself that the time will come where things will be easier, maybe?

If, unlike me, you throw a grand party, I have some great files for you. The one below is one I made last year. They would be great place cards for a more formal gathering, or labels for your buffet!

Fireworks SVG File Download

Additionally, I have a new 4th of July svg file for you to download.

Now, if I had one of the laser cutting machines that look so amazing, I would be making myself some cute little lanterns with this file. Can you blame me, doesn’t it look amazing?!

I mean, wouldn’t it look great on the side of a little lantern with an LED candle inside? I suppose I could make it into a paper lantern… 

What machine or machines do you use? I currently use the Silhouette Cameo 3. It has served me well and handles everything I have needed thus far.

However, I have heard that the Cricut Maker is amazing! Anyone have it? If I upgrade though, it may be in the fall when the new Silhouette 4 is set to come out. It is supposed to match or surpass the Maker and be cheaper!

As a side note, the singular of ‘fireworks’ does not roll off the tongue easily. I looked it up. It is ‘firework’ but was noted as ‘rarely used’ in the singular. Languages were my thing in college. And math.  I like words and I suppose that make me a nerd. I am okay with that.

Well, anyway, I have a beautiful fireworks SVG for you today.

Happy Summer and Happy Fourth of July!

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Easter Place Cards Cutting File

Crosses, Eggs, and Bunnies!

Easter Egg
Get these Easter Eggs HERE

Is it just me, or is 2019 flying by? My baby girl is already 5 months old and Easter is almost here. I was just getting used to it being March, but now March is gone and Spring is coming. While I love watching my girls grow up, it just passes too quickly.

My girls know that Easter is coming. They are excited about it and are anticipating it. I think this is the first year that they have been aware enough to really look forward to something. It will be a good year I think. Since we moved here to San Antonio, we have met a lot of friendly people and our new neighborhood has loads of young families like us. Frankly, it has been wonderful and we are loving the sunshine here too.


Check out My Etsy Shop!

While I know many of you are here for this wonderful freebie, I would like to let you know that I have started adding a few of my SVG files up for sale on Etsy. I have begun listing the files that take me several days or more to design and perfect up on Etsy, but I don’t plan on neglecting the freebie selection I offer here on my website.

Above is a link to my latest Etsy file. I am super excited about it as I created it from my own sketch and am very pleased with how it turned out. If you need a quick and easy Mother’s Day Card, Wedding Card, or Birthday Card I really recommend it. I used it for my Mother’s birthday card and it turned out wonderful! I love cards that are beautiful but the machine does the bulk of the work. Just cut it out, weed it, and attach it to some card stock!

Easter Place Card Cutting Files

Anyhow, you probably didn’t stop by just for me to reflect on the quickly passing moments. In fact, you probably would like a free Easter file! Well, I have a treat for you. I have created some really fun, cute Easter place cards. I don’t know how many people throw fancy dinner parties or Easter brunches anymore, but if you do, these would look fantastic for your event. Even if you are just having a casual potluck, these would look adorable as labels on the serving table. Whatever you use them for, I hope you enjoy!

Also, while you are here, make sure you stop by and get my other Easter SVG freebies. I have the eggs shown above and some beautiful Easter crosses, both of which I have incorporated into these cute Easter Place Cards.

Note, these SVG files are not your typical outline cutting files. They each have what is called an “open path” – a path that doesn’t form a closed shape. This allows the top of each design to pop up when you fold the card down the middle.

As usual, I made these files quickly in Adobe Illustrator, and highly recommend their Creative Cloud program if you can afford it. If you are a teacher or homeschooling parent you can get it at a great discount too!

Let me know if you run into any trouble with the files. I was able to fit 6 on a standard printer sized sheet of cardstock. My test cuts came out well and I hope your do too! I cut the rectangles out at 4 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide to give a final place card size of 2 inches by 3.5 inches.

Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy some Spring sunshine!

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Four Leaf Clover and SVG Tip

Four Leaf Clovers

How rare is a four leaf clover? Apparently, there is one four leaf clover for every 10,000 three leaf clovers. That is, according to my random Better Homes & Gardens source. So, that is a 0.01% chance of any given clover having four leaves. Better odds than winning the lottery, but really pretty rare.

seamróg
 means simply “little plant” or “young plant”


– Wikipedia

Also of note, apparently the word shamrock only refers to clovers with three leaves. I did not know this until today. You are welcome for that very important tidbit. The word comes from an Irish word that means “little plant”. Now you know.


Saint Patrick’s Day Traditions

What clover related St. Patrick’s day traditions do you have?

Growing up, we didn’t do much. We wore green to avoid getting pinched and would sometimes visit an Irish restaurant for lunch. Other than that, it isn’t a holiday I get overly involved with.

However, the clovers are cute and green is a great color. So, what are you waiting for? Download this cute clover file and get crafting!

Paper Four Leaf Clover

And let me leave you with a quick tip for your paper crafting adventures. When I went to cut this clover out from my original post, I really wanted to pep it up a bit with a quick background clover.

So how do you quickly make a nice little background? It is easy with the offset tool. I know that Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, and Silhouette studio have this handy tool, so I assume that Cricut users must too or they would be missing out on the party.

Simply click the shape (the clover in my case), and hit offset.

The default leaves a pretty wide border, so I typically make it a lot smaller. Then, if you have any bits inside the offset, you can simply ungroup and delete those extra bits. This will depend on whether your shape is a compound shape and what editing program you are using. In Silhouette Studio, it was one step with no extra bits. In Adobe Illustrator I had to delete some things. Sometimes you will need to “release the compound path” and then delete the extra bits. Often, I move the outline that I want out of the way to make deleting the extra bits easier. Lastly, put your offset under your original shape and voila – a nice layered shape! See, I knew you could do it!

clover with background four leaf

If that didn’t do it for you, I made it even simpler. Here is the clover background shape to go with the clover in my original post. Now you have no excuses left. So, go forth and make a wonderful card.

This file is also available in my original four leaf clover post.

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How to shape your SVG files with confidence.

Can I change an SVG? How!?

YOU definitely can manipulate an SVG shape. It may look complicated, but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. If you want an introduction to the SVG file format and why it is so fantastic, check out the first part of this series: SVG file format for Crafters.

When you first try to edit an SVG, it may seem like a very strange object. Unlike your typical image editor on the computer, the svg files are not all about pixels but about points and angles. Each point and the way it is connected to the other points is recorded in the definition of the file. Each of these points is called a node and each node has one or more handles.

What is a NODE?

So, what is a node? I am so glad you asked. I was just dying to explain it!

Wink, wink…

A node is a point on the plane that contains your SVG shape. Many nodes make up each shape. The way these nodes connect to each other defines the path that creates your SVG shape. Each node can have two “handles” on it extending to their own points in the plane. These handles define the slope of the curve of the path for the mathematical equation that generates the lines of the shapes.

This way, instead of storing the pixels of a line, the data is stored in a discrete number of points which your computer can use to compute the lines and structure of the shape.  We could go into more math here if you would like (I do have a mathematics degree after all) but I have a feeling the majority of my readers would prefer some practical information for editing the SVG files they have. But, if I am wrong just let me know, I would be happy to let my inner nerd shine out.

This manner of storing information is what makes the SVG file format stand out. It doesn’t matter how big you make it. It will always look sharp.

If you do like the math behind it, I found this little article here which delves into the math a bit. https://people.gnome.org/~federico/news-2016-11.html

Also, I borrowed his handy diagrams:

First, we see the SVG path without any markup. Second, if you go in to edit the SVG path, you will see the nodes. Lastly, if you click to edit the nodes, you should see little “handles” with “control points” on the end pop up. These will move the path without moving the nodes. If you like, you can think of the nodes as anchor points for the shape. Here is another illustration for you.

Well, I suppose that may be enough on the terminology of the SVG format.

You are probably asking me how can I actually DO anything to edit these SVG paths?

Shaping and Editing SVG shapes?

Would you like to edit a design? Do you have a path or a file that you got that just needs a little tweak? Would you like to make and edit your own shapes? You can do it!

Here are 7 operations you may need to use to accomplish your designing goals. Usually, I use Adobe Illustrator and then import my files into Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. I resisted the Designer Edition of Silhouette studio for a long time, but I finally did upgrade. Checkout why in this article:

Why I finally bought the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio » Kabram Krafts

Why I finally bought the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio » Kabram Krafts

However, if you would like to edit your SVGs in Silhouette Studio or in Inkscape (a free SVG editor) I have included little GIFs of what that looks like as well.

  1. Move an Individual Node (this looks the same in almost any program)
  2. Change the curve of the path between Nodes (this also looks the same in almost any program)
  3. Make a Node either a point or a curve
  4. Add a new Node
  5. Delete a Node
  6. Break a path at a Node
  7. Join a path at two Nodes

Apply it!

Now you know the basics. Congratulations. You can now edit your own files with confidence. Let’s look at an example.

In this example, my 5 year old had choosen a ballerina she wanted for the shirts we were making with heat transfer vinyl. Well, in my humble opinion, the body shape of the ballerina wasn’t quite appropriate for my 5 year old daughter. A couple of node deletions and moves, and all was fixed. Everyone was happy and no unrealistic body images had been memorialized.

What SVG files have you tried to change? Is there a file you are thinking of right now? Go do it! I know you can. Show me the results!

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Dolphin SVG Time. Plus, be sure to grab your animal alphabet file!

Dolphins and a Heart for Valentine’s Day

Dolphin Love

Welcome and happy February! Do you love dolphins? I had a friend growing up who loved all sea animals. We were landlocked in Colorado, but she loved them. She was a good artist too and drew lots of beautiful images of the sea and its residents. Dolphins are such graceful and intelligent creatures that it is easy to see why people love them.

Having just moved to San Antonio, I am looking forward to visiting Sea World sometime soon too. I think our three little girls will love it.

Someone stopped by earlier this month and asked for a dolphin image. Well, here you go! The idea was a good one so I thought I would whip something up.

Now, if only I were good at coming up with catchy little phrases for a card. Any ideas? There has got to be something about dolphins and Valentine’s Day cards somewhere.

Download your Dolphin Heart SVG Files Now!

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Animal Alphabet SVG

While you are here, you ought to check out this awesome animal alphabet file. Due to my lack of good images in its original post, I don’t think it got the attention it deserved. So, I am providing those better images now!

Well, I sincerely hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day. If you make a dolphin card, I would love to see it! Also, let me know what you think of the animal alphabet!

Dolphin Heart Files for Valentine’s Day
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Heart Border SVG Files for Valentine’s Day

Love is Patient, Love is Kind.

Valentine’s Day is nearly here!

Do you need some SVG heart borders? Because it is already February!

If you recall, I was hoping to be back at my blog and Etsy shop in November after a short break. We had a baby and moved from Colorado into our new house in Texas in early November. Ambitiously, I thought I would be back at things in no time. As you can see, that was definitely overestimating myself. One baby later and a somewhat moved into new house and I am finally back. Our new baby girl is dearly loved by her sisters and doing very well at three months old already. Can you believe it? Three months goes by in quite a hurry. The new house is amazing and we are enjoying the temperatures here in Texas as the rest of the country felt the polar vortex.

However, I am sure that while you are probably a caring person, you didn’t stop by my lovely blog to check on me and my baby. So, let us turn to the Valentine’s Day heart border file at hand. It has a few little heart borders for all your Valentine’s Day crafting needs.

Heart Border SVG Files

Valentine’s Day is coming and I have some very cute heart borders for you. Hearts in a line, hearts in a curved line, hearts upon hearts upon hearts. And, just because it struck my fancy, a design crafted from, you guessed it, hearts!

Do you have any fun Valentine’s traditions? Do you craft all your Valentines cards by hand? My mother always got her children a small something to open on Valentine’s Day morning. I think I will continue that tradition.

Whatever your traditions are, thank you for stopping by. I hope you can use these cute heart files in your Valentine’s Day crafting adventures. Don’t forget to check out some of my other free Valentine’s Day files while you are here!

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Pumpkin Stack SVG – Fall Freebie!

Pumpkin Stack SVG – Fall Freebie!

It is fall! It is mid-October and a pumpkin stack svg is just what you need. Halloween is coming quickly. What does your October typically look like? For me, Halloween is a chance for the kids to play dress up and have fun going trick-or-treating. I don’t get too into the ghoulish and ghastly side of the holiday. I do, however, enjoy the fall leaves, crisp air and fun fall traditions. So, pumpkins are always fun!

So, I present you with a stack of pumpkins. A cute, free svg pumpkin stack file. I think they would make a great little picture on the wall for the season. Or perhaps a little card or a temporary window decal! Whatever you use them for, I hope you enjoy.

Meanwhile, Life Goes On

By the way, I don’t know if anyone has missed me or noticed that my posts have been a bit on the few and far between side. If you have, I will tell you that life has been more hectic than normal for us. After just completing a move into a new house here in Denver in the Spring, my husband unexpectedly changed jobs.

The new job is great, the new area is great, but the timing was not! In fact, as I am writing this I am one day past my due date with our third child. We just got some moving containers delivered to our driveway. And, the furniture is being literally moved out from under me! On the bright side, we should hopefully be getting all settled into a nice new house in San Antonio in less than a month. God willing, we will be settling in to a nice new life with a brand new baby girl.

In the meantime, however, my posts are going to stay very few and far between and I have put my Etsy shop on vacation mode. While I wanted to keep it open, the fact that I will have a brand new baby and that my supplies are already packed up meant that reality trumped my desire to keep it open.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy this cutting file. I haven’t (perhaps obviously) had time to test it, but this mock up makes it look really cute.


 

If you happen to make something adorable with any of my files, I would love to see it!

Free Pumpkin Stack SVG Cutting File – A cute little pumpkin stack for you

Without further to do, here is the free pumpkin stack SVG file.

Check out my other SVG Files Too!

 

Free Pumpkin SVG File – Fall is Here!

 

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My First Day SVG Freebie File Download for Back to School Pictures

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My First Day SVG File Freebie – Just in time for back to school pictures!

Tomorrow is August. Yes, AUGUST! For many that means summer is almost gone and school is starting up. We just launched our first year of homeschooling with our oldest. It is Kindergarten time! So far, it has been a lot of fun. Still, it doesn’t seem like summer is over. Weather here has been very hot and then very stormy. This is strange weather for Colorado!

 

 

At any rate, Iam looking ahead to August. I love new school supplies. Did you know that the fat crayola markers make an excellent tool for hand-lettering? AND they don’t cost a fortune. Especially if you shop the school supply sales this coming month. The sale can be really good, so be sure to shop around. If you are like me, you may already have a good stockpile of supplies, but the sales are sooooo tempting, who can stay away?

 

The My First Day SVG freebie I am bringing you today is perfect for those first day of school pictures. I only went from 1st to 6th grade with the apples, because I can’t really imagine a junior high or high schooler cooperating for custom shirt school photos. However, if you have an exceptional child who will cooperate, the font is Segoe Print if you need to add other numbers or customize the text in any way.

If, like me, you would like a simplified project that mitigates the need for layering, I have you covered. Included with this download are the following welded apples with the numbers inside for a more silhouetted version. The key here is that you only need one layer of vinyl and should look adorable all the same!

 

 

So, will I do first day of Kindergarten photos? I want to, but that doesn’t mean I will. Life gets in the way. Hopefully, however, I will get on the ball with photos. We need some. Do you do professional photo shoots or just take your own? Either way, this “My First Day SVG” would be a great photo prop or t-shirt.

Free SVG Cutting File

Without further to do, here is the file. It includes each grade text and apples for you to swap in as needed. I think it would look great cut out in glitter heat transfer vinyl on a shirt. As you see above, it looks very cute on the shirt of this adorable girl I found searching for free stock photos. I wish you and your kids a happy August and hope they enjoy their first day of School!

 

Check out my other SVG Files Too!

 

Awesome Animal Alphabet Cutting File Download

 

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SVG file format for Crafters

What is an SVG?

The SVG file format stands for “Scalable Vector Graphic”. Let’s break that down.

First, “scalable” means that making the image larger or smaller does not change the image. Imagine you have a photo and would like to make it much larger. Chances are that your image will come out grainy and lose much of the detail you can see in the original. This is not the case for the SVG file. No matter how big or small you make it, an svg file will maintain its original detail. This is fantastic because we can take the same file and make it exactly the size we want for our crafting project and it won’t change how the image looks.

 

Second, the word “vector” indicates how this scalability is achieved. Allow me a moment of indulgence as I was a mathematics major. A vector is simply a term to indicate a line of a certain length and direction. A vector is usually situated within the Cartesian plane (you know, the grid with x and y). To achieve scalability, the SVG file is saved in terms of a bunch of vectors at certain points going certain directions at certain lengths. Therefore, if you want to make your SVG image bigger, the computer just has to multiply all of these vectors by the correct scale which is a simple task for the computer.

Lastly, the ‘G’ in SVG stands for “Graphic”. That is, the image or object in the SVG file. I don’t feel like this warrants much more elaboration.

 

Why should I care about the SVG file format?

the SVG file format for CRAFTERS by Kabram Krfats

Well, why do we care? You can probably be a wonderful crafter without ever delving deeply into this subject. However, if you ever have an image that would be better with a tweak or an extra spike, then knowing a little bit about the SVG file could come in very handy. The SVG file is a natural choice for the hobby and professional level cutting machines precisely because of its natural scalability.

 

What cutting machines use the SVG file format?

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

As far as I know, all of the current generation of common hobby cutting machines can process the SVG file format. The only hiccup you may run into is that some companies will make you upgrade to their paid software in order to open the SVG file format rather than their own proprietary file format. For example, I upgraded to the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio precisely for this reason. Check out my reasons in this post.

Other Programs for editing SVG files

In addition to Cricut design Space and the DE and up of Silhouette Studio, there are a few other programs that can open and edit the SVG file. My favorite of these programs is definitely Adobe Illustrator. Once I started Adobe’s subscription based Creative Cloud program, I loved it and don’t wish to go back. If you have the budget for it I would highly recommend looking into it. Not only do you get the ability to edit your SVG files in Adobe Illustrator, you also get access to Photoshop, Lightroom, and a slew of other top of the line programs. Seriously, it is super awesome and even comes with companion apps for your phone. The graphic above was made using one of Adobe’s apps. It is addicting and productive at the same time!

If you do decide it is right for you, make my day and purchase it through my affiliate link. 😉 I earn a small (pretty small sadly) commission for the referral at no cost to you.

If your budget is not up for the Adobe software package, have no fear. I used Inkscape for years and it is definitely a great option as well. Plus, it is freely available!

I found it useful to make, edit, and save SVG files though either AI or Inkscape rather than through the cutting machine’s software itself. First, the software that accompanies your machine often can’t save in the SVG file format even if it can open it. Second, I like having the ability to catalog and backup my files separately from the machine software itself in case I change machines or lose access to it for any other reason.

 

Are there other formats I can use?

There are other formats that are scalable. One that I have used is the DXF file format which stands for “Drawing Exchange Format”. It was developed for use with the AutoCAD program. I have used it in the past before I purchased the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio as it is a format that can be read by the basic (free) edition of Silhouette Studio. However, it is not as widely used and it isn’t as reliable in my experience. If you want to read more about my experience with DXF, read my post on why I purchased the Designer Edition of the software.

Another format that is used is the EPS file format. This stands for “Encapsulated PostScript” and is also scalable and vector based. It is the standard format for vector images created by Adobe Illustrator. You probably will have no reason to use the EPS format.

What is next?

Learning more about the SVG file is important if you want to have more control over your designs.

 

Please be on the look out for the second article in this series. I plan to cover the details of actually editing an SVG file in various programs. Also, I will go over what a node is, what the handles are and how to add and delete nodes. These are very useful skills!