First Crafting Of July 2013

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Some More Musings and Then Some Assorted Cards, A Bag, And Some More Of The Garden

(As usual – If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just go to the pictures, click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and go to the next picture.)

I’ve not done a lot of crafting so far this month, I’ve been trying to do a bit more in the garden when I’ve had my niece with me to help a couple of days.  Mostly me sitting and pointing and telling her what needs doing rather than actually doing much other than pulling a few weeds I can reach from my chair, but I’ve still been too exhausted to do more than collapse into bed afterwords.  However I have tried to keep up with the goings on online, even if I’ve been a bit remiss in not commenting a lot as I’ve made way around Craftforums, blogland and Facebook.


(– skip if you’re after my challenge entry card)

It’s because of this browsing around the crafting world online that my musings today have turned in the direction it has.  What I’ve noticed mentioned more and more over the last few days is designers worry over theft and mis-use of their designs in various ways.  And when many of them make their whole living from their designs it’s no surprise that they would be worried.

When I was in full time work (before my health deteriorated to the point that I had to work from home a lot and then deteriorated further so that I had to retire early because of my health and disability issues) I worked as the Helpdesk and Web Technician as part of a team supporting all the schools IT in a whole county.  There was a statement in my job description that basically meant that I had to keep up with an awareness of the technologies and anything else that would affect my work.  So this meant an awareness of copyright.  It didn’t mean I needed to know all things legal to do with copyright, but I did need to have an awareness of how something like copyright would affect what we as a support centre, and what the schools we supported, could and couldn’t put up on our websites.  A lot of times this simply meant telling somebody or another “No!  You Can’t!  Just because you found it on the Internet, or got it off a clip-art CD-ROM whether you got it for free or paid for it, it does not mean that you can slap it all over your website.” or “No! Just because you bought that one 10″ x 8″ photo of your school from the air it doesn’t not mean that you’ve bought the right to scan it into your computer and put it on your website” – although one teacher had been foresighted enough to ask about buying the image and rights, not just the single photo.

The reason I’m telling you this is to show that I was already aware of copyright, and referring to the “terms of use” for something you’ve bought or received, and that you couldn’t just slap anything you felt like up on the Internet, long before I got more involved in the crafting world online and putting pictures of my work on my blog and Facebook – even if I don’t know the ins and outs of the copyright law all over the world, and could just as easily get caught out by being given wrong information as anybody else.

What is obvious to me now is that, while there are a minority of crafters who have the same knowledge and knowingly break Terms of Use and copyright (some to the extent of actually removing a watermark notification from a digi-stamp before sharing it with all and sundry), there are a whole lot of crafters out there who don’t have a clue.

At least I do hope that it’s a case of not having a clue for the majority of those who are merrily sharing copyrighted material without having the right to do so (thankfully I haven’t come across this amongst the group of crafters who’s blogs I follow).  If they have actually read the Terms of Use of the original artist and still think it’s OK to put up hundreds of un-watermarked digi-stamps onto Pintrest so that anybody can take a copy, print and use; or ask a friend to stamp out and scan every physical stamp they own to E-mail to them; or whatever other method of illegal sharing they’ve come up with, – then there are far fewer law abiding crafters out there than I thought, and that would sadden me greatly.

So basicly, if anybody were to ever ask me – I’d say now what I use to say when I was working – “Just because you find it on the Internet it doesn’t mean that you are allowed to download it to use yourself or share it with others in any way and just because you’ve bought something on a CD-ROM or as an online download it doesn’t mean that you’ve got the right to do whatever you want with that cutting file or other type of digi file – you need to refer to the Terms of Use (which may be in the form of an Angel Policy) to see exactly what you are allowed to do.”

Then, in addition to those who share for free digital media they’ve got no right to share, there are those who appear to be taking far more than a little inspiration from the designs of others – be they digi-stamps, cutting files, etc. – and either copy and sell the designs practically as is, or copy/create and sell designs with so little change, or in the style of others, that it’s obvious to anybody who knows the work of the original creator that the designs are not actually completely original creation, brought about by the sweat and tears and hard work, of the designer. Of course, as crafters we can support the original creators by buying from them – but sometimes it’s difficult for a hobby crafter, who doesn’t spend all their time viewing other’s work, to know who’s the original and who’s the copycat.

Some designers of digital media for crafting are close to giving up because of all this miss-use and sharing of their work.  And then where will us crafters be?  Without the designs of the best in the business to buy and work with – and left with copies of old work that are still floating around being shared or less inspired “new” work from the copycats – which I’m sure would dry up without any new work from the really talented and inovative designers who’ve given up to inspire them – unless the copycats start developing their own work from scratch.

 Well – there ends my musings for today.

I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that I have had a morning resting in bed and managed to do a bit of crafting today and therefore have something nice to show you – well I think that they are something nice – from something very clean and simple, to another which is more glittery and has gems.  I’d even go as far as saying that most would be suitable for men.

Let me know what you think in a comment at the end if you’ve got the time.  Thanks.



(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Family Photo – Dragons Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided ont 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and used a couple of different Wink of Stella pens to give a glitter shimmer to the wings.  The ProMarker colours I used were: Apricot, Amber, Lilac, Purple, Poppy, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Bluebell, Cool Grey 2 and Vanilla. I trimmed the image and matted it onto gold mirror cardstock, trimming it to an eighth of an inch border using PerfectLayers ruler.  I also matted a panel of cream hammered card-stock and matted and trimmed it in the same way.  I took an ivory 8″ square Crafty Bob card and stuck a narrow strip of the same gold mirror card around an inch from the top going to just over half way across the card.  I wrapped a gold glitter ribbon around this second panel before sticking it towards the left hand side of my card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used 1mm deep foam tape under the left hand side of the digi-stamp panel and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape under the right side and put it on my card front.  I took some peel-offs off a gold glitter flourish peel-off sheet and put them in various locations on my card.  I attached a greeting panel which said “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” using foam tape to the mirror board strip near the top and finished off with some gold coloured gems at the right of the card and a small blue sticky back gem on the dragon’s handbag.)

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  1. The Three Wise Monkeys by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the card front and additional monkeys to decoupage.  I added some dash and dot lines round the corners of the card front and around the edges of the paper I’d got as the insert.  I didn’t want the card with the English titles and sentiments provided, so I measured the oval and the little square panels and created equivalent sized panels in one of my graphics packages and then added the greetings I wanted to these before printing this sheet out onto the same type of cardstock.  These panels were also cut out.  I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock, scored it using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to make my base card.  The card front was attached directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I used glue gel to attach two of the added monkeys after shaping them a bit, and again used finger-lift tape to attach the Welsh panels over the English ones and the central monkey.  The second layer of the middle monkey has been put on the insert inside the card.  The greeting, roughly translated, says – “I won’t tell anybody how old you are only wish you Happy Birthday”.  But in big red numbers at the bottom it says “aged 60”, and the other side “Wps, too late”. )
  2. Stained Glass Mother and Child by Barbara Alderson (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I created a DL base card fron an A4 sheet of 300gsm Hammered Cream Cardstock, scoring with my Hougie Board.  I attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape and attached the other layers in order using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I wanted to keep this without any embellishment as a Christmas Card, so the greeting has been placed inside.)
  3. west Highland White Terrier 3 Portrait pyramid by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I’ve been asked for some Clean and Simple cards so I decided to only use the outer and inner layer for this card and keep the other layers for another card.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm, white, hammered cardstock using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make an A5 base card.  I stuck the base layer towards the top of this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and then used the same tape to add the central panel of the dog on top.  I added a simple greetings panel that says “Penblwydd Hapus”.  Whether for an ornate card with embellishments, or a simple card like this, this series of framed dog pyramage toppers work well.)
  4. Lovely Tripych card scene of a lake by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I scored and folded in half an A4 sheeto of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock to create an A5 base card.  The base image layer of the design was stuck directly to this using finger-lift tape and the other layers were attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by attaching a greetings panel that says “Penblwydd Hapus”.  A good card for a man I think.)



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  1. Garden hedgehog gift bag by Stephen Poore (I printed the sheet out twice onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I used this weight as I wanted quite a firm bag because I intend to put some jewellery and some other small gifts in it, but if you are giving a lighter gift then a lighter weight cardstock/paper could be used.  I used my Hougie Board to score along the required lines and cut out both pieces.  I used a quick grab glue on the indicate panel and stuck the bag together using a ruler to press down on the seams and bottom until the glue had set.)
  2. Angled look to show the depth of the bag – it is very spacious.



In a previous post I showed you the plants growing in my greenhouse, and also my raise be with a cloche over it.  Things are starting to grow quite well there now.

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  1. Pepper and tomato plants in grow bags on the left hand side with rocket seedlings for picking as baby leaves already germinated at the side of the bed.
  2. Cucumber and tomato plants down the right hand side, with seedlings of melons and mixed salad in pots and two types of herbs in front of the grow-bags.
  3. The radish and the beetroot are up in the raised bed, although the beetroot seedlings don’t show up so well in this photo as they are more reddish than the green radish seedlings.

What I didn’t show you last time was the state of some of the other areas in the garden which I can’t tackle myself, but is slowly getting done with the help of my niece.  Normally things will be under much better control, but the long period of very wet and windy weather we had up to a month ago meant that I couldn’t get out to keep things under control.

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  1. The overgrown bed down one side of the path by the house.
  2. Further along the same path.
  3. My niece has now liberated the small berberis and rose bush and cleared all the brambles from around them.  Around four foot near the middle of the bed.  She should be back for a couple of days this week again to remove the nettles from the top end and more brambles from teh bottom end.

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  1. There’s a plumb tree growing out of this big patch of nettles and weeds – something to be tackled this week I think.
  2. This is a loganberry plant growing up a metal post and across a netting wire panel.  There’s rather a lot of nettles around this that will need to be cleared before picking time.  Last year the loganberries were reddening well before the end of June and around half had ripened by the second week of July – but this year – not a single red loganberry yet.
  3. The black mulch area in the front of this picture is over an area completely smothered with rotted down compost at the start of last year.  We usually find that we get two or three good years of growth of courgettes and pumpkins from one thick application of compost by planting one year in between the holes made for the previous year’s planting.  My niece has completely cleared this area of weeds that had decided to grow in the holes made last year, so it’s ready for this year’s plants to go out as soon as they are hardened off – they come out of the greenhouse onto the raised bed every day now and should be planted out the end of this week, which is later than I’d usually be doing so, but everything is behind with us this year.  The potato growing bag has Jerusalem artichokes in it – I had a good crop of these in the bag last year.   I had a row of bags last year, with four types of potatoes which produced a tasty but small crop, and some sweet potatoes – which didn’t produce anything edible because of the very bad weather.  As I couldn’t start potatoes early this year I’ve sterilized all the bags in Jays fluid and am going to start the potatoes later to hopefully have new potatoes much later in the year when no locals are available.  The bags will go by the bag already in situe until late summer.  By which time the tomatoes will be finishing in the greenhouse and the potato sacks can be taken in for shelter until they are ready – hopefully. The over-run area behind the bag is where the blackcurrant and gooseberries are growing – another area that’s badly in need of weeding – mind you, it didn’t get weeded last year until the time I went out to sit there in my chair to pick the fruit, and we had a bumper crop.  I think, with all the cover, the birds flying over were not spotting the ripening fruit so they didn’t start attacking the crop until the area was cleared a bush at a time with me sitting there with a pot for the fruit on one side of my chair, and a pair of gloves and some loppers for the brambles on the other side of my chair.  One bush a day was about all I could manage, moving my chair on to the next bush the next day to work.



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CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 1st July – Here! – Monday Community Selections from CUP’s Crafter & Design Team
  • Wednesday, 3rd July – Here! – Crafty Bob’s Cards & Envelopes & all the latest CUP Community News
  • Friday, 5th July – Here! – HOT Friday Designs from CUP’s Designers, FREE Volume 53 CD Rom & 7 New Froms!

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.


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