Friday, November 27, 2009

Holiday Deadlines

Our holiday elves are hard at work, ready to add your silhouette, or that of a loved one, to any of our wide array of products. Place your order today.In order to ensure delivery in time for holiday gift giving, our deadline is Monday, December 7th, for all personalized products.

Black Friday-Cyber Monday Special: Give 1 & Get 1

As our special holiday gift to you, now through midnight on November 30th, get one FREE copy of each Paper Print (either 5x7 or 8x10) that you buy.
Give a keepsake to someone special this holiday season and keep one for yourself. Just mention "Buy One/Get One" when you send us your photos.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Card Trends

Stroller Traffic just reported on the season's hottest trends in cards. According to Mariam Naficy of Minted.com, one of the season's hottest trends is Happy New Year's Cards. Here's our take on them:
New Years Cards

Order yours here. Prices start at $60 for 20 cards.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Our Christmas Elves have been busy

Won't these look great hung by your chimney with care?


Create a set for the whole family or give one as a gift. Perfect for baby's first Christmas, newlyweds starting their own traditions together or a favorite pet. These stockings are sure to become family heirlooms.


All stockings are made with a new environmentally friendly felt, called Ecospun, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

You can purchase them here in our Etsy Shop

And now you can make them yourself. Here's a tutorial on how to make your own Silhouette Christmas Stocking. It can be sewn, but you can also just glue it.  This is my first sewing tutorial, so if you encounter any problems, feel free to contact me with any questions.

You will need:
Two pieces of 12" x 19" pieces of felt for stocking
9" x 12" piece of coordinating felt for cuff and background circle 
Freezer Paper
X-acto Knife
Scissors
Thread or Fabric Glue
Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread (you can also glue)
Stocking Template (found here)


First, we're going to start off by creating a silhouette.

Step 1: Take a good profile shot of your subject. Ideally they should be standing against a light colored wall. Shoot the photo from their eye level. Make sure that their entire head and hair are in the photo. If a girl has long hair, it often works better to have their hair up in a bun or ponytail.

Step 2: Using your photo editing software, size the photo to your desired size. For this stocking, I made the profile 3" x 3".


Step 3: Print out your photo onto Freezer Paper (this can be found at any grocery store)  Make sure that you are printing on the dull side of the paper. If you prefer, you can print the photo onto regular paper and just tape it over a piece of freezer paper.

Step 4: Tape your photo onto your cutting mat. I drew a nice, curvy neckline onto the paper and then, using an X-acto knife, carefully cut out the image.



Step 5: Place the freezer paper, matte side up, and iron the freezer paper onto the felt that you've chosen for your silhouette. (The heat will slightly melt the freezer paper's waxy coating so it adheres to the felt for easier cutting.) Use the appropriate setting for the type of felt you are using (synthetic, wool, etc.) It should only take a few seconds for the freezer paper to adhere to the felt.



Step 6: Using a good pair of scissors and the freezer paper as your pattern, cut out the silhouette, then peel off the freezer paper.


Now we will  move onto the stocking.

Step 7: Using our template (provided here) or a favorite stocking you have at home, create a pattern. If you are using our pattern, you will need to enlarge the pattern (225%) and print out the template onto several sheets of paper and then tape the pieces together.

Step 8: Cut out two pieces of felt from this pattern.


Step 9: If you would like to add a circle background behind the silhouette, cut out a circle from another piece of felt, slightly larger than the silhouette itself. I used a 4" circle with this stocking.
 

Step 10: Position this circle onto the felt stocking and attach it. You can use your sewing machine, hand stitch it or just glue it. 


Step 11: Now attach your silhouette to the circle. Again, you can machine or hand stitch it or just glue it.

Step 12: If you would like to add a cuff to the top, cut out two pieces of felt, using the template provided.  Line up your cuff with the top of the wrong side of each stocking and machine stitch across the top of each side of the stocking.

Step 13: Now line up the pieces of your stocking, and pin them together. If you've added a cuff at the top, extend the pieces straight up over the stocking and pin those edges together as well.

Step 14: Now you can machine stitch (using a 1/4" seam allowance), hand stitch or just glue the pieces together.  Cut any excess from the side of the cuff so that it will fold over neatly.



Step 15: Now just flip the cuff to the outside and you've got a stocking. If you desire, you can cut a piece of felt approx. 1/4" x 4" and stitch it to the inside of the top corner of the stocking for hanging.



Variations:

You can add a scalloped edge to the cuff.

You could add personalization to the cuff by cutting out a name, initials or date in felt and adding them to the cuff. You could also use embroidery for this.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll reply as quickly as possible.

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For Your Holiday Tabletop

We're so excited about our new holiday tabletop designs. This year you can design a unique plate for each member of your family or create a set for everyone with the same design. Imagine a plate with the whole family in their Santa hats. You can even make a cookie plate just for Santa. And our new trays are just perfect for holiday entertaining.
These uniquely personalized, melamine plates and trays are beautiful, unbreakable, BPA free and made in the USA. We offer an assortment of designs and you have the option of adding the name or text of your choice. Plates are 10" for $35 and trays are 10" x 14" for $40. .

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving DIY

With just a week to go, here's a great way to
incorporate silhouettes into your Thanksgiving
table. Just leave it to Martha.
You can download the templates here.
I'm thinking of trying it by putting Pilgrim
hats and Indian headdresses on our family's silhouettes.

No Sleep Til January


The holidays are rapidly approaching, but there is still time to get your custom silhouettes made in time for gift giving. We get lots of questions this time of year about deadlines, given that most people are just starting to do their holiday shopping, but we do our best to allow for a shorter turnarounds this time of year. Like matsutake says "No sleep til January."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Bright Side Project

Have your heard about the Bright Side Project?


Their mission is to scour the world for the best in fashion, design, and d├ęcor. Then, one by one and everyday, they give it all away to some very lucky people. We're so happy to be featured this week in their Give One - Get One Promotion and we will be giving one lucky winner two $50 gift certificates to Simply Silhouettes. One to give as a gift and one to keep for yourself. Just head over here and let us know what memory you would like to capture in a silhouette. Good luck!