“Blessed is he who comes ….

In the name of the Lord”

It’s new release time at Cute As A Button again…. and  this month my DT project is a super simple card for the boys. I colored this one up with my Chameleon markers and die cut it with  one of my new Gina Marie Designs dies, ” Loopy Rectangles” …and then attached it to one of the colored A2 size cards that I have from my  value packs form Michaels.  I love these cards, they come in so many great colors and designs and if you catch the sales you can pick them up at $5 a pack… great deal for 80 cards and envelopes.

“Flash Sale from April 10th thru March 15th.  Use coupon code RESURRECTION30 to receive a 30% discount on all new releases. ”

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Bible Bookmarks for Kids

I have a retiring bundle from Bugaboostamps to share with you all today. As you know the lil guy and I do Abanandoned Art and bookmarks are one of the things we like to abandon, so this bundle was perfect for that. I went in search of some Bible verse to correspond with each image and found these at Ministry to Children


I added the text to each Image and a border then printed them on Canson Mix Media Paper. I gave them a very subtle wash of color using my Gansia Tambi watercolor paints  and then mounted them on Kraft card and laminated them.  This is my Project for the  April Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, I hope you will go visit and check out the other DT projects using similar bundles and hopefully we shall see your projects too.

You can find the AKV God Set Bundle  over at the new Bugaboostamps.com Store.


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Guest Designer – Lil’ Man D ( 4yrs old ) laminated bookmarks

We had to go get new tires the other day and my lil guy.. much as he loves the dealership and checking out all of the cars and trucks..specially the trucks ( he is just like his daddy when it comes to trucks lol ) .. he gets bored after a while.  So this time I decided to take along my portable easel box I showed you in a previous post earlier this week and watercolors  in case they came in handy… plus it was a great way to test it out and see how well it worked out.

They have a seating area with comfy chairs, but also a large eating area with vending machines and coffee etc and part of that is a long bar area with bar stools…and lots of natural light from the big windows.  So we sat down  with some snacks and drinks and I started to color.. lol.. 2 seconds later as predicted “I want to color please mommy”

So here we go, these are 4 of the bookmarks he painted while we were waiting for our new tires.  I had already stamped everything out  on precut  strips of Canson Mix Media Paper and they were in the easel box ready to go with the H2o pen.  The easel box and the Gansai Tambi box are about the same size so easy to grab and go even without a bag.
I love this first Giraffe because he told me he was painting a rainbow on it too ..  I love his imagination, but I am sure glad he explains what some of it is sometimes haha.  Some of these will go to friends and relatives and others will go in the Abandoned Art box.  The Giraffe is a stamp we picked up at Michaels last month.  The father and daughter image is a Unity Stamp co stamp  that I stamped up for me to color, but he hijacked it haha

The finished pieces were mounted on some plain Recollections 65lb card stock and then laminated and a hole punched for them.  A little bit of ribbon and some beads and they will be all ready to go 🙂


This portable easel with storage is great .. he loved it so much he asked for one of his own so he could bring his pens along next time too.  These boxes are small enough and light enough for a kid to easily carry around and if required .. you could easy pop on a carry handle or strap. Once his is finished,  he will be able to decorate it as he wishes. He loves to paint wooden blanks and boxes,  so I know whatever it is…. it will be UNIQUE  haha

 

Supplies:






Unity Stamp co. First Love, First Hero

Stampendous “PenPattern Giraffe”








H2o brush






Gansai Tambi Watercolor set




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Abandoned Art Project – Readers Series

I had a fun idea for a new Bookmark Series to combine my CUP ( CraftsUPrint)  digital stamps by Gordon Fraser, with my Abandoned Art Projects.. doing something fun, and hopefully Inspiring people to read some of the classic literature that may not have crossed their path.
I was trying to decide on how to make my bookmarks when it hit me.. I could  pick classic tales  inspired by the images and add a short Synopsis to the back of each bookmark .. maybe inspire someone to hit the local library, or bookstore and check it out.

Now i am no literary  genius, so some of my book choices may be a bit obscure, based on books I have personally read.  Others will be pulled from the depths of Google based on search queries like “Pirate story book”  “traveler tales books” etc, ..and once I find a title I like.. I am going to see if I can pull up some fun info to go with it and  of course ..a Synopsis.  Wikipedia is such a fab place to get info on authors, artists, entertainers and  details on so many subjects… so Thank you Wikipedia for helping me further  the  cause of educating people on some great literature.

So here is the first bookmark in the series… Inspired by Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

































FRONT:

Image “Pirate Dude” by Gordon Fraser

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Colored with Crayola Color Escapes and blended with Isopropyl using a paper stump

Distressed with Tim Holtz distress Ink Pads in Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain & fossilized Amber

Back:

Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia

Printed on Canson Mix Media

Stamped Image “Sailboat of Dreams” from LDRS

Distressed with Inks listed above

Both Layers were attached to a piece of raft Card using Zig Photo Tape, then Laminated using a Scotch TL901 lamintor and Scotch laminating Pouches.  A hemp Rope/twine will be added to the hole punched with a Fiskars 1/4 hole punch.

This will be added to our abandoned Art bucket  to be abandoned  in the coming months, and hopefully found and enjoyed by a book lover.

Stay tuned for the next in this series….

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Guest Designer – Lil ‘ Man D – Thank You card and Bookmark

You may have seen  my posts on Facebook last week about my lil man and his first watercolor project…. well he was at it again tonight  🙂

My little man was given an early birthday present last weekend by a lady who works with hubby, so this is her Thank You card and a little book mark for her to use in her Bible, or other reading matter.  Now it goes without saying, since he is only 4 …. that he had a little help …SURPRISE !! lol.  But the painting is all him.

He may be a crafty wee soul, but  this mommy isn’t ready to let him lose  with a laminator and glue all by himself .. my sanity is questionable at the best of times .. but not THAT bad haha.  Unlike someone we won’t mention by name who’s grandson glued himself up trying to apply “lotion” to his legs whilst visiting her craft room last week lol…. sorry.. I am still giggling over that one .. my bad.

The images he colored are :

Image #13 – Heart Ants – by Sasayaki Glitter & a section cropped from Pure Prairie Bouquet by Power Poppy.

The card and bookmark were colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and a Zig Kuretake H2o brush.

The card  is a hot pink 5×6.5″ from a multicolor pack at Michaels
A background layer of rough cut 65lb black Recollections card from the value packs
The image is printed on Canson Mix Media Paper on my Epson Eco Tank and also had a rough cut edging. I added the sentiment “There is beauty in creation” and a border to the image before printing.  This was also foam popped on a Darice adhesive foam sheet and attached using a double side tape. The card layers were  attached with Zig Photo Tape and the Sentiment which was a cheapie import die was attached with Tombow Aqua.

The Book mark is backed with a light tan 65lb card  with a hint of a border showing behind the image cut from the front, and I attached a tassle from a value pack at Michaels. I added a cute little bead  that I got  in a happy mail package from Francesca at Cute As A Button when she very kindly shared her destash items with the DT team 🙂  It says “Always” on one side and “Believe” on the other… pretty appropriate for a Bible Bookmark.

I hope you like it

🙂 One Proud Mommy

Laminated Bookmark for Abandonment

We ran out to the store last night to pick up a few things for the little guy and right next to it is a Panera Bread. We’ve never been in one before; but Grandma gave hubby some Gift cards at Christmas, so we figured we would give it a  try. The Broccoli Cheddar  soup was awesome, sandwiches were great … hubby loved the Cinnamon Rolls and lil man gave the Fudge Brownie a BIG thumbs up.

It kind of reminded me of the restaurants and coffee shops we would frequent back in Silicon Valley….very relaxed and a place people come to hang out, read, chat and do homework. So, that inspired this next project…I am going to abandon some pieces here next time we go as part of our Abandoned Art missions.

Here is my January Inspiration for the Cute As A button Inspiration Show case, featuring “IMG00284 Nothing Like A Good Book”  I used my own Sentiment for this project.

She is colored with Chameleon Pens, I added the black digital borders before printing her out. I added a blue panel behind  and then ran it through my laminator and trimmed it up. I punched  a hole and threaded some cute ribbon through it.  Very quick project  for the book lovers.

If you don’t have a laminator, they also sell self sealing laminating pouches.

Inspiration Showcase

CAAB Blog

CAAB Facebook Group

CAAB Digi Stamp Store

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CraftsUPrint Freebie Friday – 1 for the Journal Makers?

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The Crafty Jaguar 8×8 Ultimate Organiser/Journal for Crafters by Janice McFarlane  is the new Freebie Friday at CraftsUPrint. WOWSER..what a kit huh…it’s HUGE.

“This is a massive kit, and not everything (extra embellishments, bookmarks etc) is included in the preview photo. I’ve tried to include pages in this kit that I think would be useful to crafter’s especially those who have a client list and attend craft fairs etc. There is lots of room for ideas, inspiration, and hand little pockets on the dividers, as well as some cheeky little crafty quotes on some of the pages. What you include is up to you, and how many pages you print out is also up to you. I am sure this will be invaluable to the serious crafter as well as making a fantastic gift for someone.

The Crafty Jaguar Organiser has a lovely faux leather and fur texture with stitched edges.

Contents –

Front/Back Covers

Front/Back Cover Inserts

Dividers

Pages –

Monthly Planner

Journal

Notes

To Do/Reminders

Crafty Contacts

Sketches & Doodles

Ideas and Inspiration

Craft Fair Contacts

Customer Order Form with detachable Receipt

My Wish List

Making Memories Quick Page

Bits ‘n’ Bobs Folder

Embellishments

Stickers

Stick it Notes

Journal Cards

Bookmarks”

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Quick little tag/bookmark project

This was a super simple and quick project something I have been wanting to do for ages. I have a journaling bible project that I wanted to do for a friend and this would be the perfect bookmark to go with it.  It features one of the Cute As A Button New Releases which came out today.  I was lucky enough to get sent some tags which were perfect for this project too.

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This image was colored with pencil and alcohol blender for a soft wash look, foam strips cut with a wavy blade for  texture and depth.. protects the image without  damaging the book. A tassel from a pack I got at Michaels, with a couple of pony beads attached for weight  and all attached to the tag using Zig Photo Tape.

Fun, quick and easy project you can do for yourself, or with the kids.  Would make a fun project for bible study groups, or retreats/camps etc too.

 

 

Cute As A Button Stamps

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Mixing it up a bit – Digital Tweaking!

Some of you already know that I was so Hand-coloring phobic last year and my coloring was all done digitally. Here’s a mixed piece I did in the wee hours of this morning.

The Original Image was colored by hand and then I imported it into my computer to watermark it ….and got a bit carried away lol. Now if you are going to do this, I recommend Scanning your image in. I wasn’t planning to do this… so mine was just from a photograph, but you get the idea.

One of the things I love about my new Epson Eco Tank printer, is not having to worry about printing out large full color images… and running out of ink LOL.

It’s very quick and easy to go from this:
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To THIS ……cutebuttonwmd_frmd

Just a wave of the magic wand,  drop shadow,  and some of the presets like add borders and texture effects… and Bingo!!…  your image is now framed and ready to print.

  • Image –  Cute as a Button “Moving Day”  colored with Chameleon Pens, Ranger Distress Pens and  Zig Memory System writers. Printed on 110lb card stock
  • Digital Addons – I worked in my trusty old Jasc Paint Shop Pro7, it’s a great program for beginners and you can still pick up a copy on Ebay at a decent price now and then.

Don’t be afraid to mix your techniques and ideas when crafting… it’s a lot of fun and handy when you don’t have the physical papers, or embellishments at hand.

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Cricut Explore – Loose pen housing and registration mark issues.. FIXED !!!

OMG I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am right now..and it’s all thanks to my message board lady Ms NanaDonna.

A few months back I had mentioned having problems with my Cricut Explore not cutting fine cuts at all and that I had a problem with my Explore, in that it suddenly wouldn’t read registration marks.  NanaDonna bless her heart, mentioned that she had  had a problem with her cuts too and had found help on the old Cricut Forum. The ladies on there cut the exact same file as her and theirs were perfect, so she had contacted support and they told her that they had a problem with some of the blade housings being loose, so they sent her
a new one.  Admittedly her machine had other issues and was actually replaced altogether.

crciut_housingWell I contacted them, explained the problem and I too got a new housing and carbide blade in the mail. For whatever reason, I was not expecting that the replacement “housing” was the same thing you can pick up in stores…. I was expecting the main housing mechanism that held the “blade housing” DOH.
Now I have to be fair here and mention; that before it arrived, I actually resolved my own cutting issue simply by accident.  I decided to try out an old legacy blade that I had from my original Cricut Expression and threw that in my deep blade housing….and it worked.  But I did switch it out for the new set when they arrived and they too, worked perfectly.

I have never been able to cut such fine detail  until I switched out my blade housing…fine_cutCUP files bear arches_trellis_wm footie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem solved… NEXT

Ok so  by this point I had also noticed an issue with my Explore reading registration marks…. suddenly it couldn’t seem to read a dang thing.   After trying all of the usual suggestions you find around the web…. too much light, not enough light, shiny paper etc. none of which helped.  I discovered that my machine could read the registration marks perfectly,  ONLY if I wasn’t printing at the maximum allowed height and width.  My machine could handle a max of 5×7 and that was it….  so I learnt to live with slightly smaller print and cuts.  The Lady at Cricut email support who fixed my cutting problem, told me to call it in…. Heh….I got busy, what can I say, it worked…. it wasn’t a huge priority for me.  I now had a machine that cut fine cuts like a dream and could print and cut…. on a slightly smaller scale.  Callibration….yeah well that had to be done manually…. but I could live with that  LOL

Ok….so we move on a week or two and suddenly, my Cricut can’t read registration marks worth a damned again…. it would start reading in totally the wrong place…. offset in from the left and top anywhere from a 1/4 inch, to about 1 inch.  So I learnt to run it through and watch to see where it started, and when it failed….I removed the material and re positioned it to match.
So… frustrating, but once again…. problem solved. Fast forward to about a week ago and my print and cut is  now reading from the correct start position every time.  I am pretty sure this machine is not possessed… but anything is possible.

Ok….so last night I am working on a card…. the scoring tool is in and it’s all working perfectly.  I go to bed, wake up this am and do a write and cut…. nothing fancy, just a speech bubble.

And ….NO…. not happening.  It looks like a 95 year old lady tried to write this…. ( no offense to you ladies of advanced years with great handwriting and no shakes… ) something is seriously not right here.

HousingSo I  check my pen and pen adapter (…. Yes as you can see by the  pictures, I do not use the standard Cricut Adapter, this is an Amy Chomas Pen Adapter) and notice that the actual housing ….NOT the pen holder, but the actual mechanism pen housing is moving left to right …. not just up and down.  It’s  shaking around so much, you could make a martini on this thing.

 

So.. I do my usual google thing…. nothing there, just posts about changing out the pen holder if broken….which is not my problem.  So I go to my email and email back the lady at email support and tell her I have a new problem.  In the meantime, I hopped on over to our message board and posted a message to my ladies asking if anyone had any ideas.

NanaDonna,  who originally told me about the blade housing problem…. damned if she didn’t chirp up with an answer within minutes.  She emailed me a PDF which by the way was given to her as a link by Cricut themselves….with instructions on how to tighten up the  pen housing unit.  This PDF was originally from CricutLoversGuide by Jan Krummrey.  THANK YOU JAN !!!!  The link on Cricut’s site didn’t work for me so here it is..and be sure to say thanks to Cricut LoversGuide and Jan if you go visit.

UPDATE: Cricut Support sent me this PDF via email this am….so I guess they have their own documentation now.

There is a small brass ring that slips out sometimes and that is the reason the housing moves around too much.  The hardest part of this process for me was …. finding a dang screw driver to fit in behind the unit to remove the cover  and the two screws top and bottom of the housing.  My toddler loves Handy Manny and so I have to hide all my micro drivers etc.,  or he will disassemble the whole house one day LOL

Ok so I followed the PDF instructions…. and voila…. no more wobbily pen holder.  Ran a test write and it was great,  EXCEPT my cut was now off *rolleyes.

Now bear in mind for months my registration marks won’t read at full size…. and of course that means the calibration sheet won’t read either….so I see another fun manual calibration in my future.  But I decide to run a calibration sheet through my printer anyway so I can mark down my manual settings for reference in case I need them again later.
I figured what the hell…. might as well see if it will read them while I am tinkering around.. and Damned if my Explore didn’t read those dang marks like a pro….and cut the calibration sheet perfectly too.

So now I am running a test on the original image I was trying to write and cut … fingers crossed !!!!

BINGO !!!  as of this point … all of my issues are now resolved simply with a new blade housing and tightening up the pen holder housing.

One extremely happy Cricut Explore owner here  🙂