Crafting Mid February 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings, and A Few Cards


I’ve still not got broadband or phone connection so am depending on my pay-as-you go mobile phone and a mobile Internet dongle to keep incontact with the outside world.  The dongle doesn’t have a large data allowance so I’m only putting some cards, and not the other crafted items I’ve made lately on this post.  I will keep taking photos of the crafting I do and get them online at some point so please do keep popping back to check whether I’ve made any new blog posts.

There’s a new collection of lovely digital downloads available in the Stamping Dragon Design shop this week.  It’s called the “Home Tweet Home Collection” and it can be found by clicking – Here!  The initial inspiration for this kit came from a pair of curtains that hang on our Design Team leader’s window.



A couple of things have caught my attention when I got back online with the mobile dongle last weekend –

Anybody read “A Stamper’s Poem” as can be seen on this web site – Here? The images that illustrate it are so cute, and the poem, in a witty vein, very nicely gives an important education message to crafters.

It’s a sad fact that if crafters do share and give away artists designs then artists don’t get paid for their work, and if they don’t get paid they have to find another way to put food on the tables of their children, which means that there will be no more good artwork and digi-stamps for crafters to work with.

Another thing that effects an artists income, that I’ve also mentioned before on my blog, is when less tallented “artists” trace or copy bits of their artwork – sometimes combining bits of several pieces of artwork from the same or different artists work.  These copiers sometimes sell their combination creations at a lower cost in competition to the artists who’s original work has been copied. Sometimes these combination works are so much in the same style as an artists work that crafters believe they are by the same artist, but often the quality of the artwork isn’t quite as good as the original artist so crafters might think that the standard is dropping.  And if an artist allows one person to get away with copying their work without permission without challenging them, then it opens the door for more to think it’s an OK thing to do.

It isn’t often the people of the “Stamp Out” group of designers and crafters do it – but this week they’ve put a new company on the “Stamp Out Wall of Shame“!

As usual, various designers and crafters who are members of the “Stamp Out” group, including a designer who believes parts of her work have been directly copied, have tried to communicate with the company concerned repeatedly before taking this “name and shame” route.  You can read a report about the company, including side by side images of some of the digi stamps that are believed to be copies, on the “Stamp Out” blog – Here! – so that you can make up your own mind. The group would welcome relevant comments.

Many people who are approached by the group – both crafters who “share” images they have no rights to share and artists who don’t realise that including even parts of somebody else’s creation within their own work isn’t legal under international copyright law – respond well to the information and explanations provided by the leaders of the Stamp Out group.  So the group believe all avenues of communication have failed before they put anybody on the “Wall of Shame”.  Naturally the person accused of copying, her family and friends, disagree with what the “Stamp Out” group believe, so crafters can only look at the evidence, and what people on both sides of the “argument” (and it has certainly turned into a big argument, some would say it isn’t a sensible discussion but a case of blatent trolling) have said, and make up their own minds about whether to buy digi-stamps from the company in question or not.



(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(I’ve not put in links to as many of the items I’ve used as I usually do this time because I don’t want to waste my data allowance in searching for the links – I hope I’ll be forgiven for this lacking.  If anybody does want specific details on items I’ve used that are not linked please leave a message in a comment at the end and I’ll try and get back to you.)

This first card was made to meet the requirements of more than one different challenge on the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group.

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  1. Piggie Love by Janette Padley and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (For this card I printed several of the sheets from the paper kit, together with digi stamp, onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock. After colouring the digi-stamp with ProMarkers in tones to go with the papers.  The colours I used were Starfish, Blush, Rose Pink, Sandstone, Satin.  After choosing the size I wanted to cut the topper with the digi into, I set about cutting mats of various sizes from the papers to layer up my card.  I also cut out an assortment of flower shapes from the printed out papers and shaped and layered them before adding to the front of my card. To finish off I went around the outside of the pre-cut and scored card that I used using one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the image and added a bow and a loop of ribbon.)
  2. Pretty Watercolour Wash Flowers Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I made a decorative edged mat from part of the sheet and from the other part cut out lots of the flowers.  I also cut a white mat out of the unprinted half of the sheet of paper I’d used.  I took a decorative edge card made of a toneing perleascent cardstock and went round the edge of this and both the mats with a toneing ProMarker before using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the mats to the card and glue gel to attach the flowers after I’d shaped them.  I finished off by using glue gel to add some card candy and wrote “Diolch”, which is Welsh for “Thank You” at the bottom left corner in the same ProMarker as used previously.)

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  1. Lone Wolf Digital Stamp by Lynne Crosskill (I printed the digi stamp onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in simply using three shades of cool grey ProMarkers.  I used: Cool Grey 1, 2 and 3. I then added some white glitter glue to the bark of the tree. I cut the image out to create a topper and made mats from white, black and holographic silver papers and cardstock.  I also cut out a shield and some foliage from the same papers.  I took a pre-cut and scored decorative edged 6″ square base card and stuck everything on, adding some dots of black glitter glue as a final embelishment.  The words written on the shield “Penblwydd Hapus” are Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  This is a stunning image, and I kept the colouring simple in keeping with the image and the monochrome card I wanted to create.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Potting Shed digital stamp and watercoloured digital stamp by Pamela West and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (I printed out the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out several sheets from kit onto the same type of cardstock.  For this card I’ve used the coloured in version of the digital stamp.  I cut it out and rounded the corners and then set about making mats from an embossed gold mirror board and the printed out backgrounds from the kit.  I also cut flower shapes of two different sizes and a paper lace border from the backgrounds.  The base card was made from white, linen textured, cardstock which also had rounded corners.  I went around the base card, layers, flowers, etc., all with a ProMarker before building up the card layers using finger-lift tape, 1mm and 2mm deep, double sided foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach the embelishments and added some toneing glitter glue to finish off the flowers, etc.)
  2. An angled view of the same card to try and show some of the dimension.
  3. Family Photo Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Aubergine, Plum Preserve, Gold, Amber, Summer Sun, Red, Berry Red, Dove Grey.  The digi-stamp was then cut out close to the outline.  For this card I’ve gone for a bit of a mixed look.  I started with a card with a decorative edge from my crafty stash and cut a panel of a suitable size from a sheet of star embossed cardstock.  I went round both of these using a red ProMarker before using wet glue to attach the panel to the card.  The next panel is of red, linen tectured/printed, cardstock which had it’s edge cut with a paper punch.  Then a triangular panel of embossed, gold mirror cardstock before adding the digi-stamp.  I’ve also added a shield shaped panel onto which the age of the child who will receive it will be put.  I’ll also add a greeting on the red background along the edge of the golden panel once I know which language the card will be needed in.)

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  1. Puff the Puffer Fish Stamp by Janette Padley and Turquise Dream Mini theme by Janette Padley (This is a hybrid card where I took this digi-stamp, together with several elements from the mini theme kit into one of my graphics packages.  I created three puffer fishes at different sizes and coloured them in differently, and use elements from the kit to create a background for them.  I put separate copies of the fish to one side on my working area before printing the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored and cut card with a decorative edge from my crafting stash and stuck the card topper I’d created directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I then shaped the puffer fish slightly and attached them using glue gel.  I printed out the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and cut it out as a speech bubble and used glue gel to attach this.  I then used three different colours of glitter glue as embelishment, using a white for the fish’s bubbles and two shades of blue for the wavy paper ribbons and the scallops of the card.)
  2. A different angled view of the previous card.



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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:

  • Friday, 14th February – Here! – £5 GIFT VOUCHER, 10 New Froms, FREE CD Volume 85, CUP News & More
  • Tuesday, 18th February – Here! – LAST CHANCE FREE £5 Voucher, MDF Letters, Crafty Bob’s Cards, Designer Discounts & More
  • Friday, 21st February – Here! – FREE CD Vol 86, Designer Discounts, CUP News & 13 Designer New Froms
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