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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings, A Couple Of Cards and Some Bits
I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.
I’m sorry if there are any spelling or gramatical errors in this post – the spell checker in my blog editor is most definately not working as it is finding no errors, when I know that I’ve put Welsh words in that it couldn’t possibly know.
Since I over-did things last week my M.E. symptoms have been much worse, though I did manage to go up to the chapel for an hour on Sunday. I’ve been trying to do a small bit of crafting. I’ve printed a few things out that I’m slowly cutting out or colouring in while I’m sat in bed watching T.V. I’ve put a small number of these items into finished projects, but I’ve got several more I’m working on. Hopefully I’ll have more finished to show you over the weekend.
My niece has been back to help me sort out a few more bits that are still dumped in the sitting room – but I used a bit of sense on Monday and only did a couple of hours sorting, instead of trying to attack the lot. On Wednesday I had delivery of the little storage units I’d ordered to hold the A4 plastic trays (to replace the cardboard ones that are disintigrating), and my niece put them together. These are now in place, but all the stuff that was dumped out of the old cardboard storage isn’t back in place yet. I fear that things will take several days to get into their proper place, or maybe even weeks if I continue to feel so rough and exhausted.
Tuesday I had to travel to the clinic to see the dental surgeon to have the tooth that had an abusus around a month ago extracted. Thankfully a friend drove me there as it was around a 2 hour journey in one direction and I was rather tired by the time I got there, and completely exhausted by the time I got home. By that evening my cheakbone felt as if somebody had thumped me, but the hole itself appears to be slowly closing with no problems, and it certainly isn’t as painful as the absuss itself was. I still have to go back again to get the tooth they were originally suppose to be extracting removed. They wouldn’t do both the same time because they are on opposite sides of my mouth.
Today my musings once again return to the issue of people assuming that just because they are shown someting anywhere on the Internet that they are free to use or copy it however they like. What’s got me back to this theme is because lately I’ve been made aware of a person who’s been taking pictures of Design Team cards from a certain site, printing them out, then cutting out an image off the printout and using this as a topper on her own cards. More often than not the main image was a digi-stamp that the original card maker had coloured in. Therefore not only using an image copyrighted to the original digi-designer without paying for the digis, but the card it was on, and the card photo would have been copyrighted to the card makers and was being used without their consent – so a double copyright infringement. In one instance the copier had cut not only the digi-stamp topper out but, had made her own topper from this and a die-cut that went to the side of it – leaving the original card’s background showing in the gaps of the die-cut.
As a crafter who puts pictures of my creations online for others to see, and hopefully be inspired by, and also to have feedback, I pride myself on always trying to get the best photo I can at that particular time of any card I make. And I think that years of experience of my camera, the light coming in, angles, etc., means that my photos are slowly improving. But this instance has got me wondering whether crafters who take the time to put the best quality photos of their work online are doing themselves any favours. Are these the very crafters who are most likely to have their work stollen? Does uploading good photos actually make it easier for thieves to take coloured in digi-stamps, or whatever, from our creations to use themselves, rather than doing the honest thing and buy the digi-stamp for themselves and then colour it in themselves?
Since becoming aware of the lack of basic knowledge of copyright law amongst some people (and the fact that some have a knowledge but still go ahead and digitally take what isn’t theirs) I’ve been putting some sort of details as a mark on all my photos. But I like people to be able to see what I’ve made so tend to put my details in a location on the photo that will have minimal impact on people’s enjoyment of viewing the card. But of course this means that there isn’t anything written over the actual topper area in most cases. So, should I start putting the details slap bang in the middle of the topper area of my cards? I know that my cards haven’t been copied like this so far (at least they haven’t been as far as I’m aware) but am I just putting temptation in the way of the dishonest in marking my photos like I am and making the best that I can?
(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 made this card for a challenge on the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook group. When the group grew to 200 members a challenge was run to create something, anything at all but it had to include something SDD and the number 200. In view of the fact that cakes and drinks are often a topic of discussion on the group, in addition to the lovely dragon’s that Stamping Dragon Design is famous for, I thought I’d use one of the dragon digis and an assortment of chipboard toppers I’d found while starting the tidying.
- Rupert Banner by Janette Padley and School Daze Mini by Janette Padley (I took a background from the School Daze kit into one of my graphics packages, put on a digital mat with shaddow and put the digi stamp on top of that with the outline changed to a brown shade. This was then printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. After cutting out the square I coloured the digi in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Sandstone, Cinnamon, Blossom. This was attached to the front of an 8″ square card, and the cakes, drinks and the number 200 were added using glue gel.)
- A different angle angle of the same card to try and better show the items that had shined out in the first picture.
- For the “September Colouring Challenge” on the “Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group” we were supplied with the digi-stamp “Babies Cot/Crib“. I took two A4 sheets of cream Hammered Cardstock and used these to make a square card with a 1cm deep central recessed area. I took a sheet of square background from a “Family Ties” 6″ square paper pad and cut out a central square the size the same as the recess on the card base. As the paper was double sided I attached the framing element with one version of the pattern showing (light flowers on darker background) and the square inside the recess with the other side of the recess showing (darker flowers on a lighter background). I printed the digi-stamp out at a suitable size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Rose Pink, Pink Mittens, Buttercup. The cot was attached inside the recess, using 2 layers of 2mm deep foam tape to attach the foot of the cot and attaching the headboard, left, end directly to the background to give dimension. I used the same wet glue I’d used for constructing the recessed card to attach the chipboard embelishments.
DECORATED PROJECT BOOK AND OTHER ITEMS:
I bought a Project Book and a plastic box of little gel pens from Tesco to give to my niece, but decorated them up first before presenting them to her.
- School Daze Mini by Janette Padley (I took elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and put them together digitally to create a cover for a project book. I didn’t want to create a dimentional, physical, layer on layer for the project book because it’s for my niece to use when in uni and it will be in and out of her bag, so all the look of dimension had to be created digitally. I also added the text “Gwaith, Gwaith, a Rhagor o Waith”, which is Welsh for “Work, Work, and More Work”. I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed the edge and attached it to the front of a project book I’d bought using super strong tape. I then added some little stick-it indexing notes which are easily removed when the book is going to be used.)
- I also printed out a complete A4 sheet of the background and used it to cover the front and back of a little plastic box I’d bought that containes little gel pens.
- The last bit of the extra sheet was used to create a simple bookmark.
This cake is a bit of a colaborative effort: Tesco cake that was already covered in butter icing, the flowers were made from different coloured icing by my two youngest nephews using silicone molds, and I did the leaves using cutters and the little animals such as the hedgehog that were placed around the base of the cake. The idea was to make the cake look like one giant bunch of flowers. One of the nephews was in charge of taking the photos – unfortunately a lot were out of focus and he forgot to remove his juice from in front of the cake before taking the pictures, but I’m sure it gives you an idea of what it looked like.
MAKING THINGS EASIER!
They may cost more than packs of loose faux gems, but I’ve found that sheets of sticky back gems are easier to work with. I just use my “pokey tool” to pick up the gems (the one I’ve got in my “use it every time I craft” tote is the Tim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft Pick). With this I can put the point under the edge of the gem on its backing and lift it off and it remains on the point until I place it down where I want. Of course, like most crafting consumables I buy, I keep an eye out for special offers on these before I buy and, although I do buy coloured faux gems and faux pearls if they are a good price, I do like to buy clear or white ones. Buying clear or white gems or pearls means that I can use my ProMarkers to colour over them so that they become a colour tone to match any project I’m working on. Doing it like this means I don’t need to keep lots of different coloured gems in my crafting tote, just a few different sized ones in clear or white.
(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)
In my last post I told you I’d added sections 19 and 20 to the “Colouring In Digi Stamps” section, but at the point I hadn’t finished writing up the information. You can now find the write up on for these two sections at the bottom of this page – here.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.
CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- Friday, 6th September – Here! – 7″ Craft Scissors just 1p – HOT SELLERS & 11 New Froms
- Monday, 9th September – Here! – CUP SPECIAL OFFERS, Best Selling Designers & Crafters
- Wednesday, 11th September – Here! – NEW Blank Christmas Cards & Envelopes & CUP’s Community News
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.
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)