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


"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

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.

"Your Love Makes Me Dance"- 7 Kids College Fund Challenge

       It's time for another great challenge (and another not-so-great snowstorm) at 7 Kids Challenge Fund. As you know, the challenges are always "Anything Goes."
      For my card, I wanted soooo much to play with the Action Wobble Springs HERE that I purchased at the store. As Valentines Day is a few days away, I also wanted to create a card with a "love" theme. First I selected an adorable and versatile Mo Manning stamped image, "Tutu Sweet", which is included in an 8 stamp acrylic set that you can find HERE in the store. (For digi stamp lovers, she is called "Odette" in Mo's online store).
      My little ballerina is colored with copic markers.  Her tutu is colored with one of Jen Dove's fun "Crimson Poppy" color combos HERE on my Pinterest board. (It features RV21, R35, RV 29, R59 and YR20 and R02.)  While I colored her tutu pretty heavily, the YR's added a cool touch to the reds and I like the peachy -red effect.  The design papers are from an older K&Company Valentines Day Kelly Panaci 12x12 paper pad. 
     After coloring her up with copic markers, I mounted the image onto a Spellbinder Floral Doily Motif die cut and attached to the card with an Action Wobble, which Tab also sells in different size packages. So, this little ballerina rocks and rolls every time you move the card!


         The heart die cut is "La Rue Heart" from Memory Box. I computer generated the sentiment and added heart shaped pearls from Wild Orchid Crafts. This is a "clean and simple" as it gets for me! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you can hop on over to the 7 Kids College Fund Design Team blog to see what my talented teammates created to inspire you. This card is available at my ETSY store.

 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:
Papertake Weekly- With a Heart
Creative Card Crew- Keep it Simple and Sweet
Pinspirational Challenge- Valentines Day
The Color Throwdown- CTD 279
 Craftin Desert Divas- Color Challenge
The Pink Elephant Challenge- Happy Valentines Day
Crafting By Designs- Anything for Love
Divas by Design- Love
Mos DP2 Challenge - Love

Saturated Canary Eva

     Good morning.  Today I am sharing another card with you that I made   This lovely rubber stamp is called "Eva" by Saturated Canary.   I love all of Krista Smith's images!
      "Eva" is colored with copic markers.  I sprinkled some Shabby White Frantage around her and distressed the edges of the image and other design paper pieces with the Zutter distress tool and Vintage Photo distress ink.  I also use Pebbles Iridescent chalks to add shadow around my image.  I love the ease and versatility of all the different color chalks this Iridescent collection offers.  The gorgeous design papers are from Maja.  I used Spellbinders "Resplendent Rectangles" to die cut the dp behind the image and stamped script with Vintage Photo distress ink.
Last, I added lace, flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts) and shabby seam binding (Live and Love Crafts)  and a paper doily to embellish the card.
   Of course it would not be my card without some "deco art Glamour Dust"...   Thanks so much for stopping by. 

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
 Craft Room Challenge- Ribbons and Lace
Creative Card Crew- 1 Ribbon, 2 Papers and 3 Pearls
 Make it Monday- Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenge- New Stash (Rubber Stamp, Maja Paper and Spellbinder Die)
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