I Could Be a Magician. Pixscan Mat Fixed!

5 12 2017

I have a love/I’m so sad you don’t work relationship with my pixscan mat. And in this relationship, I take comfort in knowing it’s not me. It’s totally the machine. My machine does this annoying little thing where it pulls my pixscan mat in too far while reading the second registration mark. Then it spits the mat out the back. Obviously, this doesn’t work. And the whims of the machine seem tied to updates. It can work well, then after an update, I have this same issue. So I wait.
I know my software is up to date, but yesterday, I remembered my machine had FIRMWARE. I checked to see which version I was on. It was 1.40 I went to the Silhouette America site to see if there might be another version. There was. It was 1.6 – I may have missed firmware update or two.
I updated my machine following the instructions on my screen. It took about 15 minutes and I got to see the screen on my machine change to various pretty colors.
I just tried my pixscan mat and it worked on the first try! I’m so excited πŸ˜€ I haven’t tried again, so I hope it wasn’t a one time thing, but considering it didn’t work at all before, I think my chances are pretty good πŸ˜€
So, if you’re having similar issues with your pixscan mat, this may be a good starting point for you, too πŸ™‚
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xoxo

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The Barcode Scan Feature Failed Me

2 12 2017

And Silhouette American customer service can’t help me.

Let me show you some things.

Here’s how the finished card is supposed to look.

Well, something like that. This is my second one and the coloring is a little different. But you guys are smart. You can keep up πŸ™‚

So my card making process on the Cameo for something like this isn’t hard. I added the striped background. I centered a white square on top then added my focal points.

I then printed it off using the barcode option, because I wasn’t going to cut it right away. I was waiting for marker refills, so I designed 3 different cards, printed them all off in this fashion and saved them for later.

When my marker refills came in, I got to work πŸ™‚

Then I put the paper into my machine and hit the barcode icon. And my machine started cutting out a totally different file, ruining 2 days of work.

It’s done this to me once before. I think it was the same wrong file, too. A file that no longer even resides in my library.

I think there was a glitch and the barcode was somehow misinterpreted, either in printing or scanning.

Silhouette customer service says I messed up the registration marks and my image was in the way.

They’re wrong. I printed and cut out the file again, and this time it cut perfectly. And neither of those two issues would make the machine cut out a completely different file.

Let me show you what happened.

That thick black line around the outside of the image is the cut line – the computer tells the machine this is where the paper needs to be cut. The barcode looking thing in the upper right corner is, you guessed it, the barcode πŸ˜‰ The hash marks and the dark black line in the corner, that’s a registration mark (one of them). As you can see, the image is within all the visible borders.

In this picture, you can see a rectangle was cut, but it’s WAY off. And it cut through my image, making it unusable as is. At this point, if that’s all that had happened, it was possible for me to try and come up with something to play it off, like I meant to do this for some cleaver, creative reason. And it’s even *possible* (a little snowflake in Arizona type possible) that bad registration marks or placement could have caused this particular cut.

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But not these cuts. These cuts aren’t evenΒ part of this project.Β 

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Nor are they part of any of the two other projects designed in this same workspace. I wish I’d let it finish cutting, so I could see which project it was. But I believe it’s from a different card. One that’s already made and for which the file has already been deleted.

But it seems as though Customer Service ignored these miscuts and sadly, they weren’t helpful.

I feel like this feature is still in beta and no one’s said anything. Or it’s something that didn’t work like they wanted, so they just stopped working on it. I don’t know. But the company really isn’t supporting this feature. It doesn’t yet work how they’ve advertised (they say you can cut without even opening up the file/software. I haven’t seen how, yet). There don’t seem to be any tutorials (at least not easy to find, and not last time I checked) for this feature. And customer service all but ignored the barcode part of my issue, instead blaming my registration marks and placement of the image. Even when I mentioned the barcode, it wasn’t addressed or acknowledged.

Sometimes the barcode scanning works really well. Although, on the three images this project was part of, only one cut successfully. The other had a failed barcode scan, and this one, while the scan appeared to be successful, it cut out the wrong images. But other times, it works. I think the key feature in both times it miscut, was the length of time between printing and cutting. Which is unfortunate, because being able to print now and cut later is kind of what this feature seems to be all about.

 

Links to project: elf digi stamp, striped background

 

 

 





Christmas Cards Part the Fourth

1 12 2017

Still working on fun πŸ™‚

This card involved digital elements as well as an actual stamp πŸ™‚ The background and the fairy are digital. I printed them off, colored, and then cut them out. Then I stamped the greeting πŸ™‚

This is a stamp I bought a few months ago because, look at it πŸ˜‰ This card is almost completely old school with no digital πŸ™‚ I stamped and colored the image. Cut out all the papers. Used embossing powders and gel pens. When it was time to cut out the stamped portion, I tried to use my pixscan mat, but my machine and that function still don’t get a long. Which is a shame, because it’s such an awesome feature. Instead, I created and cut out two frames. One is the mat. The other I traced around my stamped image then cut the image out by hand. I got the right size by using the pixscan function, even if my machine wasn’t able to cut it out.

And we have a Christmas box card! I think I’ve shifted into the box card making part of my seasonal cards πŸ™‚

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xoxo

Links to the projects: fairy digi stamp, pattern/digi paper, postcard stamp, snow globe box card





A Very Not Christmas Card

17 11 2017

Months ago, I started this. Then I realized I didn’t have enough ink in one of my grays. Then it took forever for me to order the small village of ink refills I needed for my stash. Then I colored a few Christmas cards.

Today, today I finished the background πŸ™‚

It’s not exactly how I envisioned it, but I’m not sure I know how to make it look the way I saw in my mind, so this will have to do πŸ™‚

I designed the card in my Silhouette program and did a print & cut.

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Xoxo

Here’s a link to the image. The artist is kind enough to allow othersto ink the line art πŸ™‚





Christmas Cards Part the Third – Here’s Another 3

17 11 2017

I’ve been a busy little elf! While I waited for the ink to refill my Copics, I did some designing so I’d be ready πŸ™‚

So, here are the cards πŸ™‚

  1. I used another Stampendous stamp and metal dies to pull this all together. But, I did try something new. This was my first try at no-line coloring. I’m happy with the results of my first try πŸ™‚img_3527

2. The next card features a digital stamp that I LOVE. I used it last year, and I’ll probably use it at least once more this year, in addition to this card. I’m also in love with the saying. The mat is a digital paper I have from an old Craft Artist kit that I imported into the pattern folder in my Silhouette program. I printed the girl separately, colored her, then used the print & cut feature to cut her out and mat her on the front of the card.

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3. This last card also features a digital stamp. TheΒ  backgrounds and mat for this are from the Silhouette Store. It’s all one piece I printed off then cut out. I colored the elf. This one I wasn’t sure about in the beginning. I started this card over at least three timesΒ  because I just wasn’t happy. This time, though, it worked. The little elf came out cuter than I hoped she would πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how I pulled that off πŸ˜‰

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xoxo

Project Links

Card 1: Stampendous stamp

Card 2: One Child saying, Snowflake girl digi stamp

Card 3:Β  Holiday plaid pattern, snowflake pattern, Elf Mim





Christmas Cards Part the Second – Here’s Three More

16 11 2017
  1. This card was super simple but has a wow effect. If you’re pressed for time, this is a good one to try πŸ™‚ And to help keep it simple and quick, I used my Silhouette Sketch pens for the greeting.img_3526

 

2. This card was supposed to be a trifold card, but I could NOT figure out how to make it work. I ended up taking the pieces apart and layering them with foam tape. And I like how it turned out πŸ™‚

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3. This card was old school stamping and card assembly for me πŸ™‚ I used a Stampendous stamp, colored with markers and pencils, and used a few metal dies and put everything together.

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xoxo

Links for projects

Card 1: Flexi card file

Card 2: Silhouette file

Card 3: Stampendous stamp

 





Christmas Card Making Has Begun

14 11 2017

Last year, my husband asked me to make cards for him to use at work. Challenge accepted!

I’m starting early this year πŸ™‚

I don’t have the attention span to make many of the same design, so card making doesn’t go as fast as it might. But I enjoy it more this way πŸ™‚

So here are the first three πŸ™‚

This one wasΒ  quick and simple. I cut out the image and matted it. The “paper” behind it is a pattern from the Silhouette store that I also had my machine print and cut out before layering it all on the card front.

Project links: Blue on Blue dot pattern, deer scene

 

This second one is simple enough, but there’s a tweak. Having the patterns available in the Silhouette Store is great, especially if you’re doing digital work to save a little time (Have I mentioned that I’m a little short on time these days?). But one of the drawbacks is that they’re NOT EDITABLE. For example, you can’t change red and white striped paper to something like the striped paper below…except I did. I figured out how to alter an unalterable item. Maybe some of you already figured out a way to do this, but I’m feeling a little magical right now πŸ˜‰

Project Links: Red and white striped pattern, Deer ornament

 

For this third one, I pulled out some stamps to help finish things off πŸ™‚ I forgot how much little things like that can add to a card.

Project Links: Card

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xoxo