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Add a festive touch to your celebration with these glittery New Year's buttons! 

2014 New year's magnets and buttons

 

The sparkly buttons are made by printing the text directly on a sheet of mylar, being see-through, you can use any shiny paper you'd like underneath.  Another great option to recycle wrapping paper. 

Don't want to pin on to your clothing?  Use a rare earth magnet back and a flat back on your button, and no holes in your fancy clothes! 

 New Year's buttons

 

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word Goran Persson

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Have a button maker?  Why not start a new tradition and make some fancy button ornaments over the holidays? A great way to recycle some pretty wrapping paper and easy to make. 

These ornaments pictured are made using a 1.75" button maker with a keychain back, chain tabs (without the chain), some metallic wrapping paper and a light mesh wrapping paper.   The image is printed on Dura-lar (available through our store) instead of paper.  

 

 Christmas button ornament with Duralar

 

Christmas button ornament with Duralar

What you need:

 

Shell and keychain backs

Chain tabs

Your design, or paper

Ornament hook

 

The other way to make Christmas ornaments is covered here

 

Santa Christmas ornament with button maker

This weekend we're super excited to have a booth at Comicon Toronto where we will have a photo booth for portraits, and be creating custom buttons for you, on the spot. 

Comicon is at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building) on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 from 11am to 5pm.  It's a special holiday edition of Toronto Comicon / AnimCon. Admission is only $10 at the door and that gets you into BOTH events! Two Show for the price of one! Kids 12 and under are FREE with paying adult.

Our team will have various sizes of custom buttons for you to make, as large as 6" buttons for photos.  We will also have our gumball vending machines for buttons, and button makers of all sizes.   (If you are behind on your Christmas shopping, pick up a button maker for someone you love!)

Here we were this past summer at Fan Expo, and if that was any indication, this weekend should be a blast.    We'll have a similar set up, and a photo booth! Event photos of Comicon to follow...

Fan Expo

 Button making at Fan Expo

 

 Come by and say hi, get a photo taken, and get your art on!

Our friends at Community Bicycle Network are celebrating their 20th year!   Congratulations on your awesome, award winning service!!! 

Their vision is:

  • bicycles are used to experience everyday life
  • bicycles, parts & accessories can be purchased affordably without sales tax, encouraging sustainable mobility
  • used bicycles can be repaired, resold and re-used or striped for parts and recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner

Come help them celebrate 20 years on Friday, December 6th at 8:00pm at 761 Queen Street West in Toronto!

 

Community Bicycle Network 20th anniversaryPreview blog post

 Or you can support CBN by donating online.

 

Here's to another 20 years!  And if you're at their anniversary party, you can get one these snazzy buttons! 

Community Bicycle Network 20th anniversary

I want to ride my bicycle!

Graphic punches are used for circle cutting.  A question we get over and over is why does my graphic punch get stuck, or not work as cleanly as it should, and what can I do about it? 

Usually this is caused by cutting stickers.  This can can cause the punch to get sticky or gummy.    There is an easy and low maintenance fix for this.  You do NOT need to take it apart to clean it. 

 

Take a piece of of tin/metal which you can buy at any hardware store, or use the shell part for a rectangle or square button if you have one. (also known as a shim.)

 

Just slide it in the punch where you would normally put the paper.

 

 

 

...and quickly insert it a few times to get rid of the gum.

 

 

This should clear off any of the stickiness and start cutting properly again.   You should do this periodically to ensure the sharp cutting of your graphic punch. 

 Happy Punching!!

We have some friends in the band Cauldron who are currently finishing up a Brazilian tour.  Check out the custom band buttons that they made! 

These buttons are METAL!!! :-)

 

If you want to check out their music you can go to their Myspace.   And like them on Facebook!   While you're at it, you can follow there shenanigans on Twitter!

 

 

Their 6 city tour details are:

Nov. 26 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Matriz
Nov. 27 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Teatro Odisseia
Nov. 28 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Manifesto
Nov. 29 - Curitiba, Brazil - Hangar Music Hall
Nov. 30 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Beco 203
Dec. 01 - Hortolandia, Brazil - Barka-Mada

So if you're in Hortolandia, get yourself to Barka-Mada to see the awesomeness in person!

Our super talented button designer Mariel was recently married to Patrick and she designed these fantastic custom buttons for her wedding. 

Mariel said that her personalized wedding buttons were a huge success with her guests and we can understand why, they look amazing! She's a skilled illustrator and the button design really captures the essence of the happy couple.   For more of Mariel's work check out her Love story comics

Custom wedding buttons

Personalized wedding buttons

The wedding was in Ottawa, and the lovely wedding photos are courtesy of Mondays with Mac Photography

We wish her all the best and hope she is enjoying her honeymoon!

 

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