Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Blessing

       Happy Monday! Just wanted to post an Easter commission project I just finished for a friend of my Mom.  She asked if I could create an Easter image for her, but encase it in a frame. I had been playing with the idea of shadowboxes ever since I made the engagement gift for the granddaughter of another friend of my Mom, and so when asked, I knew I would use a shadowbox again. Part of the reason is that the flowers and other embellies would get crushed in a standard picture frame, so the depth of these boxes work out perfectly. The other reason is that they are such fun to work with and are a nice alternative to a card!
The shadowbox is 8x8. I made my standard 6 inch square design, and then mounted it on another coordinating piece of 8x8 design paper.  The image is a digital image by Sara Burrier called "Dusk" which is sold at Crafts and Me. While I have colored her several times before and for different reasons, I knew this angel with her bunnies would be perfect for Easter!
     Here is another view outside of the frame as it is difficult to get a clear photo through the frame glass...
       The floral design papers behind the image are from Whimsy's "Purple Cottage Charms". I mounted them on DCWV Pastel cardstock(light green) and Tim Holtz Coredinations cardstock (lilac). The large 8x8 piece is from LOTV's "Timeless Victorian" 8x8 paper pad.  Both of these paper pads are among my favorites!  All papers were distressed using Brushed Corduroy distress ink. Last but not least, the die cut is from Marianne Creatable, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, gorgeous lace and lilac Shabby Seam Binding from Live and Love Crafts and sentiment from Create with TLC. 
     A close up...
      I added an angel charm which was silver, but I embossed it with white pigment ink and Stampendous Shabby White Frantage.
Have a great day and Happy Passover to those celebrating tonight.  If I do not get to post again before Easter, I wish everyone a blessed day next Sunday.  xxx

I will be entering this project in the following challenges:
Dream Valley- Easter
Sentimental Sundays- Embossing
Crafty Calendar- Things with Wings
Sugar Creek Hollow- Easter
 Cute Card Thursday- Easter

Monday, April 7, 2014

Izzy's Stroll- Little Darlings Inspiration

 Happy Monday.. is there such a thing? Well with the lovely weather we have had the past two days, I say yes, as long as there is no snow, it is a happy Monday!
Today it is my pleasure to post a card for the Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Inspiration blog.  Seems like my image, "Izzy's Stroll" is a popular one among my design teammates. It is fun to see the different interpretations of the same image.

 I colored my image with copic markers and colored pencils.   She is mounted on Bazzill cardstock (pink and black layers) and the design paper is Prima's Optimist. I am a lover of black and these papers do not disappoint. While the background is dark, the papers feature such vibrant and beautiful pink/red flowers.

 The sentiment is also from Little Darlings Warm Fuzzies "Garden" Sentiment stamp set.

Such a great sentiment set for this time of year especially! I can't wait to get back into my garden, too!

  I embellished my image with Black Soot Distress Ink, Chalk and Shabby White Frantage. Last, I added pink velvet lace from The Ribbon Girl and two-tone pink and white roses from Wild Orchid Crafts

  Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember Little Darlings is having a fabulous giveaway of all their new Designer Dies. Hop over to the store blog HERE to enter in our Inlinkz for a chance to win. Inlinkz will close at midnight tonight so good luck to all.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Second Little Darlings Designer Dies Giveaway!

   We are thrilled to announce that our brand new line of Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Designer Dies are ready to ship!  We're so excited about this new line that we want to give one lucky winner a second chance to win the ENTIRE COLLECTION of the LDRS Designer Dies!  

All you need to do to for a chance to win is:

 Become a follower of our new Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Facebook page HERE.

Link up with our Inlinkz at the Little Darlings Inspiration blog HERE. 

(The winner will be chosen on April 7th and announced here and our new Facebook page on April 8th!)


 If you have not seen them yet, here is our first collection of Designer Dies. This collection is styled with a Vintage Victorian flare.  The dies have soft curves and detailed cuts presenting a beautiful lacy appearance.


Darlings Square Die Set
     Our Darling Square Die Set includes 6 individual designer dies. This die set has been carefully designed to offer you a completely coordinated set of dies to use to embellish your craft projects. The largest is a detailed frame that measures approx. a 6" x 6" square finished cut. It is versatile and elegant in its square shape and has delicate rounded corners and intricate cut detail. You can stack and layer with the smaller frame and coordinating accessory dies, which include a beautiful floral flourish die and layering individual flowers.

Fluttered Tulip Bodice
Our Fluttered Tulip Bodice die is an elegant, whimsical spin on the old fashioned seamstress dress form. We have added lacy butterfly wings and a delicate cut flourish to the center. It is the perfect combination of both age and beauty. It measures approximately 3.96 x 3.23 inches. You will find that it will add a touch of elegance to your crafting projects.

Lovely View
Our Lovely View die is an elegant, feminine spin on the old fashioned view finder that we played with as children. We have added a lace-like appeal to the outer edge, with beautiful and intricate detailed cuts in the interior. The center offers a delicate embossing detail to further enhance the elegant Victorian look of this Lovely View die. Measures 3.5 inches in diameter. It is the perfect combination of both age and beauty. You will find that it will add a touch of elegance to your crafting projects. 
All of our dies are manufactured in cooperation with Spellbinders and offer the very same versatility and standard of excellence.

 And now, here are some dt inspiration projects using these LDRS Designer Dies and LDRS rubber stamps .  In addition to the dies, all of the rubber stamp images featured on the projects below are available at the Little Darlings store 
or your favorite Little Darlings Rubber Stamps retailer.

Alyce Keegan using "Lovely View" die and "Party Hardy" rubber stamp by Saturated Canary

by Jenny Hodges using "Lovely View" and  "Yuki" rubber stamp by Saturated Canary

by Astrid Broer using "Lovely View" and CandiBean's "Penny's Dandelion Shower"

 by Tammy Louise Cunliffe using "Lovely View" and flowers from "Darlings 6x6 Square Die set"
and "Spring is Here" Lisbeth rubber stamp

by Angie Hunt using "Lovely View" and "Darlings 6x6 Square Die set"
and "Izzys' Stroll" rubber stamp by CandiBean

 by Sheri Wilshire using "Lovely View" and "Gardening Jesse" by CandiBean

by Eulanda Silvey using "Lovely View" die and "Penny's Cupcake Wagon" by CandiBean

and some detailed views..
by Tammy Louise Cunliffe using 'Fluttered Tulip Bodice' die

Have a great day and don't forget to head over to the LDRS Inspiration blog and "link up" for a chance to win all three LDRS Designer Dies!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

7 Kids Challenge Fund- "Anything Goes" Challenge

    It's time for another great challenge at 7 Kids College Fund! It is always "Anything Goes" for all who participate but the design team likes to add a twist for themselves, so the design team played with"Die Cuts"!  Remember, to be eligible to win the $20 gift certificate or Top 3 badge, you must use a stamped image from the store.
     For my card, I decided to make a "Welcome Baby Girl" 6x6 inch card.   Is there anything more precious than welcoming a new little life to the world!   It gave me the chance to play with several "die cuts"- Spellbinder Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities and a new Memory Box die, Precious Mobile. 
        The design paper is an oldie but goodie, "Noah's Ark" 8x8 inch paper pad by Debbie Mumm. I don't think it is available any more. Thought I might have seen it at Michaels- such a perfect paper pad for baby; boy and girl!  Debbie Mumm is also one of my favorite quilt fabric & pattern designers.. there is some baby flannel underneath the card by the way!  LOVE this paper pad and hate to use it up!!
    (Excuse the difference in lighting in the two pics.. once again, still waiting on my photo lights which should be here tomorrow I am told?) To begin, I cut nine squares of white Gemstone Core'dinations Cardstock (hence the shine).  Then I cut nine scallop squares - three each of three different coordinating papers from the paper pad, and pop dotted them on another piece of coordinating cardstock. That unit was mounted onto pink cardstock distressed with Tattered Rose distress ink.
           The "Double Frame" die is from Marianne Designs. On it I mounted the Memory Box Precious Mobile that I glittered with Deco Art Glamour Dust. I added pearls wherever I could, Wild Orchid Crafts two tones roses and small pink roses, a bow and a pearl over a round rhinestone slider. The "welcome" sentiment is one of my favs from Stampin Up.  That's it! This card is available at my ETSY store.

            Please visit 7Kids College Fund to see what Tab has just stocked in the store- some new items sure to please you!  Also hop over to the Design Team blog for some inspiration.  We hope to see your "Anything Goes" creations there!
           Thank you for your kind comments. They always make my day!  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
 Card Mania- Something New
 Challenges 4 Everybody- Anything Goes
 Emerald Fairies- Pretty in Pink
Card a Day Blog- Baby
 Dynamic Duos- Color Challenge #93
Papertake Weekly- Bingo (Die Cuts, Free, Glitter)

Friday, February 28, 2014

It's a Bingo Challenge at A Creative Romance

       Happy Friday!  Today begins another challenge at A Creative Romance. The Chic Crafters are following Jen's "Bingo" Game and we hope you will play along!   Before we get started, we want to welcome Sheri to our great team. Woo Hoo!

    For my card, I selected a Mo Manning image, "Little Mermaid Kailani".  I have been soooo done with winter that I wanted to play with an image that reminded me of the beach, the sun and the ocean!  (Just heard that we are getting another 10-12 inches of snow on Monday, and I can tell you I am not happy about it!)
       I colored this mermaid with copics and polychromos pencils.  The design paper is from LOTV, 8x8 paper pad, "Beach Bliss"I was taken with Mindy's mermaid on her card here, and thought to try doing something similar... think I need more practice!  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearl trim and burlap are from my stash.  The die cuts are from Marianne Designs- Decorative Elegance Die.

     I coated the rocks and water with glossy accents and Diamond Dust glitter. The background is done with Chalks and TH Walnut Stain distress ink. The sentiment is from LOTV.  I stamped it, crumbled it up and then distressed with Walnut stain ink. I bought the metal floral embellishment online and added a pearl to  the center of the flower and in different sizes around my image.

       Remember to head on over to A Creative Romance and check out the divine inspiration from my teammates.  In addition to being selected as one of our Top 3, one lucky winner will win a voucher for one of my favorite stores, Live and Love Crafts!
 Well, that's all for today. I have sadly been bitten by the "flu" bug so the past two days have not been the greatest.  Again, forgive the pics if they are dark, my photo tent lights still have not arrived! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your kind comments.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts4Eternity- Texture
Sister Act Card Challenge-  Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend- Sparkle and Shine
Inspired by Stamping- Flowers
Ruby's Rainbow- Texture
Shopping our Stash- Heavy Metal


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"I can't go back to yesterday..." 7 Kids College Fund Challenge

    Good Morning. So happy to share my design team post for another great "Anything Goes" challenge at 7 Kids College Fund.

     Before I share my card, I wanted to also share that I attended my niece's wedding on Saturday and it was just so much fun!  You know we have been hammered with snow, ice and sleet for weeks here in New York, and there was a lot of anxiety about the wedding and weather. Well, we were so lucky as last weekend was as close to Springtime as we have had in months and Mother Nature gave us a beautifully sunny, warm and snow-free weekend to celebrate... before plunging down to the 20 degree mark as I write this! 
    I did leave my only camera on the table at the reception, so you must forgive my pics here as I took them with my iphone.  I had to then email them to my desktop and then open them up to edit!  They are a bit dark but I think the iphone did a decent job!  Well on to my card...
    I selected Saturated Canary "Alice" by Krista Smith. Tab carries all the new Saturated Canary rubber stamps at the store!  She was so much fun to color!  Now, this is my first real public showing of my efforts with Copics and Polychromos Pencils.  I have been wanting to play with them for weeks and after working on this image with copics (B97,95,93,91 and B39), I finally broke out the pencils and had a try by laying down color over the copics (Pencils ALWAYS OVER copics).  I really like the Polychromos...Thank you Delphine for answering my many questions before I bought them!  If you think these aren't as vibrant as you see below, check out Delphine's blog and you will be blown away by her work and how incredible these pencils can be to work with!  I can't wait to practice some more! Besides being so vibrant, they are smooth as butter to lay down.  I used Light and Dark Phthalo Blue and Dark Indigo for some shading on her dress, shoes and bow.
     "Alice" is colored on Make it Colour cardstock. I cut out the image with Spellbinder Ovals and Decorative Ovals. The design paper is from Lili of the Valley- 8x8 "Petal Fresh". The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I cannot tell you where I got the lace as I store all lace in a special box and do not label each piece. The sentiment is computer generated after searching for an apt quote from Alice in Wonderland. I just love this quote, so true!  Last, her bow apron and sash got a dose of Deco Art Glamour Dust. (I can't believe how I missed that little white heart stuck to her apron... it must have gotten on there from some die cut heart"debris" on my craft table left over from Valentine's Day projects! I never saw it till I took the pics...Anyway, it is stuck on there now!
       Thanks so much for stopping by. Please pop over to the 7 Kids Challenge Fund Design Team blog to get some  inspiration from my teammates' fabulous creations. We would love to see your projects!
      Remember, to be eligible to win the $20 gift certificate or Top 3 badge, you must use a stamped image from the store.  Good Luck!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
 Deep Ocean Challenges- Just for a Girl
 Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes/Use Flowers
Marker Pop Challenge - Anything Goes
 Through the Purple Haze Challenge- Use Pencils Drawing or Coloring
Glitter and Sparkle- Bright Funky Colors
Fantasy Stampers- Bingo- Blue, Flowers, Pearls
Inkspirational Challenge- Bingo- Pearls, Lace, Flowers
Sparkles Forum- Ribbon/Lace, Hearts and Pearls

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Steal

   Not a card today but a post on the Stamp Out Stamp Theft Wall of Shame that I felt compelled to share with my followers. I know this is a controversial issue but education is often a sure way to gain understanding so I am sharing the SOST post below.
   For those unaware, the Stamp Out Stamp Theft Facebook group is a closed group. Anyone can request to join and you can do so HERE.   The group is over 600 strong and is "dedicated to crafters and artists that are serious about combating the intellectual property rights violations that are so rampant in our field." The group makes sure any possible infringements discussed are backed up with screenshots, links, or side by side images!  This group confronts those who not only copy the work of other artists and claim it as their own, but also deals with "pinners" on Pinterest and Facebook sites that illegally "share" digital images that are not "free" to share.
Stamp Out  The artists are very disgusted and sad. It is a wonder to me that they continue to produce such beautiful images for us!  I don't know that I would want to continue if day after day I saw my hard work pinned and shared and copied all over the internet!  I am sure that is not what they had in mind when they sat down at the drawing table!
   Sadly a Wall of Shame was created as an outgrowth of Stamp Out Stamp Theft to expose those who after being shown side by side evidence of the copyrighted images against their images, and after being respectfully asked to remove the images in violation, continue to sell and/or misrepresent these images as their own original ideas and illustrations. Please read the entire post and view the side by side images. I urge you to share this link with other crafters.

(Posted 2-21-14)

"Thou Shalt Not Steal"(posted on the Stamp Out Stamp Theft Wall of Shame)

We all know how easy it is to be an artist, right? You just find something you like, copy it as best you can (maybe change a couple of details) and there you go. Um no.  WAIT!! Stop right there. Copying even parts of an image is copyright theft.

So . . . yet ANOTHER so called artist is ripping off Saturated Canary illustrator/owner Krista Smith, whose original work you can see in her shop.  ANOTHER "wanna-be" who fancies herself an artist has tried to jump into the business of selling art without taking care of two very important prerequisites FIRST:

1. Understanding copyright law

2. Knowing how to draw her own ORIGINAL work

  This time it’s a woman named Francesca Lopez. Stamp Out has been communicating with her and her husband for several days, wanting to get this taken care of quickly and civilly by explaining why it is illegal -- a federal crime in fact -- to copy another artist’s work. We have attempted to educate both Lopez's on the facts, by showing them these side by side samples which should be instant proof for anyone one with eyes that Francesca is COPYING, and by directing them to some of the important info on copyright law and "substantial similarity" you can find by simply searching.


We also encouraged them to talk to some IP lawyers THEMSELVES so they could be informed by a neutral third party, since they refuse to listen to us. Instead the absurdly irrelevant clippings they have posted on Francesca's blog about copyright indicate they don't have even the simplest understanding of how original artwork is protected by the law. (Scroll down past the Bible quotes.)

Here’s another example of a highly questionable drawing that is very like a well known Precious Moments illustration.  It this one, it appears the angel's head has been put on the bed boy's body -- then the bed flipped and small details changed. 

From "The illustrated Story of Copyright" by Edward Samuels, copyright 2000:

"The issue in these cases is whether the second work is “substantially similar” to the first. It doesn’t have to be an exact duplicate to be an infringement, but it does have to take enough of the copyrighted work that it can be said that the second work was not “independently created.” Drawing the line between noninfringement and infringement, between independent creation and substantial similarity, can be frustratingly difficult. The courts have pretty well refused to adopt a simple numerical test to resolve this issue, instead relying upon general statements of policy, and sensitivity to the facts of particular cases. What is clear, however, is that taking even a small portion of a copyrighted work can constitute copyright infringement."

(Search "Striking Similarity" or Substantial Similarity" to find more information about this online)

And another taking legs, feet and theme and pose directly from a Magnolia image.  While it is PERFECTLY FINE to draw using the same theme (ideas are not copyrightable), and poses may be really similar just by coincidence, this particular image is obviously NOT coincidence as the legs, pants and feet are nearly traced they are so exact.

Of course, besides this being illegal, it’s also immoral. Besides theft, it’s cheating and lies -- things that good people try to avoid.  Francesca and her husband, self-appointed “Senior Pastor” Art Lopez have their own Shekinah Fellowship Church in southern California.  Seeing that, we tried to appeal to their morality by encouraging them to be honest, accept responsibility and suggested Art to counsel his wife to do what is right on this LEGAL matter.

Obviously, communication has failed with this pair. They have closed or disallowed all private talk with them -- so here we go. Wall of Shame.

Please BEWARE of “Cute as a Button/Buttin” owners Francesca and Art Lopez in all their iffy endeavors. (They are particularly marketing toward Christians as you can see.) 

Any questions about about this aspect of copyright, please ask in the comments and I can bring your concerns to the group or please join the facebook group discussion.

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