Pet Buttons

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Petey is a good old dog. He lives with Joe in Boardman, Ohio. We were duplex neighbors when we all lived in Struthers. Joe granted permission for Petey to model “Fun Size” Pet Buttons so you can see that pets are great subjects for photo buttons.

“Fun Size” buttons are 1.25″ dia. Back options include pins, fridge magnets, and flat back tokens. The metal back on tokens is steel color. In the photo, it looks black… I did not want to photo-shop the buttons, but I did white-wash the background and added text.

Tokens are made to be glued onto things. They’re great for craft projects, greeting cards, all sorts of things. For the samples, I used hot glue to attach a token to a badge reel and double-sticky foam tape to make a planter stick. The two unattached to anything have strong ceramic magnets hidden inside.

Something else I like about tokens… I can hide things inside. Of course, the contents must be added while the button is in the press and the only way to get it back out again is to destroy the button. There is enough space inside for a little note, a lucky coin, or whatever is small enough to fit in there.

The larger 2.25″ buttons can also make nice pet photo buttons. Text is optional.

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I think I can post this now as Joe should have received his package in the mail today.

I did not tell him about the token buttons. I also remodeled his badge reel sample, replaced the plastic strap with a detachable mini key ring, as the badge reels purchased online failed my quality control testing. I was thinking of offering badge reels as a product option, but some of those straps only have about a one snap life. So, I just sell the tokens and people can glue them onto whatever they want.

Along with the pet button samples, Joe also got a surprise button because he found one of the misspelled words in Youngstown and commented about it on my Facebook page.

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Steph Buttons

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Hi, this post is for friends and family of my niece, Stephanie Cooper-Montague.

Her mother, my sister Sue, asked if I would make buttons available for those who want buttons to show their support for Steph as she undergoes treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Sue selected the six designs shown in the photo above.

NOTE: this post was edited 9 APR 2016. If anyone is still interested in ordering buttons, please contact me or talk to Sue.

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Photo Frames

Playing with Inkscape today, learning how to make one object (quick drawn heart) repeat along the path of another object (a circle) and then see what it looks like with different filter effects applied and saved each as clipart so I can use them as “photo frames” in different software. Here is what a few look like stacked up in OpenOffice Draw, exported as a jpg and then cropped in whatever this Windows 10 photo thing is called.

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Some come out a little bit fuzzy around the edges after being dragged through several software programs. Maybe I should apply a “clean edge” filter before use?

This next photo used one of the “heart frames” created in Inkscape in a program called GIMP to border a photo of a butterfly snapped at the Southside Community Garden’s 2015 Butterfly Festival in Youngstown, Ohio.

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