Crafting Into The 2nd Half Of April 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Some Crafted Items


He is risen!

I wish you all a happy and blessed Easter.

I’ve come back after a lovely service at our chapel, had an Easter Egg treasure hunt with the two youngest nephews, and now I’m back in bed with my laptop, relaxing and finishing off this blog post.

Rather than searching for the eggs becoming a fight between the brothers as to who’s found the most and who saw it first – I do the hunt as a clue based treasure hunt, and I hide eggs with two different coloured foil wrappings and give them a colour each to look for.  Only if they work together to decifer the clues and find all the eggs – 5 small ones each in today’s hunt – do they get their larger eggs – which this year were ones in mugs.

With it being a Sunday, and especially Easter Sunday, with the extra things going on, I’ve not got a lot of new crafting to show you – though I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise that Easter eggs have found their way in.  I hope you like the small number of items in this post today.

You’ll find my makes after my musings.



I’m back musing on a similar theme to my last post, though not as long or as deep I hope.

Although I’d watched some craft on TV while I was still working, I’ve watched a lot over the last few years since I had to give up work due to ill health.  Sometimes a presenter asks a question regarding whether purchesers are allowed to sell things they make using items bought, be these paper kits, digital material on CD-ROMs, physical crafting stamps, or other crafting item – and quite often the answer will be – “Oh yes!  We have an Angel Policy”.  Sometimes they will go on to elaborate, but quite often it’s just left there – as if the words “Angel Policy” explains everything.  But of course it doesn’t.  Every company could have slightly different wordings in their “Angel Policy” depending on what they are selling, sometimes different terms for different items sold by the same company depending on whether they licenced artwork with specific terms or created artwork used in-house.  Yes, an “Angel Policy” usually allow some form of selling of finished hand crafting items for charities or for small scale personal profit – but some have a limit on numbers – it isn’t a “do whatever you like” policy across the board of all companies.

So what is an “Angel Policy”.

I’ve been having a read around some policies and this is the best description of what an “Angel Policy” is that I can come up with, using wording from more than one source as a basis:

“An Angel Policy is a form of limited license that specifies how an image can be used and any specific requirements of the artist. Basically, it describes under what circumstances you can make and sell items created using a company’s artwork, in whatever format you purchase that artwork.  If an Angel Policy doesn’t specifically say that something isn’t allowed this doesn’t mean that you should assume it is allowed.

As a customer, you usually buy the right to USE the image purchased, but you do NOT own the copyright to the image. The copyright of an image generally remains with the artist or company.”

So what sorts of things appear in various companies “Angel Policies”?

I’ve looked more at the “Angel Policy” or “Terms of Use” of physical crafting stamp companies and those that sell digi-stamps, but of course other items used in crafting usually have ToU, even if you can’t see them on the item itself (it is an unfortunate fact that some companies only have their ToUs on their websites – not something I’m happy about as it doesn’t give purchesers of physical, rubber or clear, crafting stamps in shops the chance to agree or disagree before purchasing – or on wrapping that becomes detached from products, but it doesn’t change the fact that ToUs exist, and it doesn’t change the fact the these items are copyrighted to the creator or company, and Copyright means the right of the creator to decide who can copy their creation – it doesn’t mean that everybody has the right to copy).

These are just a random assortment of things I’ve found in various companies’ policies, from the list of companies provided – here – so be aware that you do need to check ToUs for things you use if you intend to sell:

“Images are intended for your personal use only”
“Only the single, original purchaser has the right to use the product. Please do not share with friends and family (this is stealing).”
“This is offered only for personal use—it may NOT be used for commercial reproduction. You may sell handmade cards, but not the images themselves.”
“The image may be colored digitally or traditionally.”
“You may make HANDCRAFTED cards, scrapbook pages or home decor”
“NO electronic file sharing – please refer others to our website”
“You may not post any uncoloured, unwatermarked images on your website or blog”
“By purchasing you are entering into a license agreement.”
“When you purchase you agree with all these terms”
“Each craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually hand-stamped by the seller and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying”
“The selling/swapping of pre-stamped images is strictly prohibited”
“PLEASE DO NOT post my un-watermarked digital stamp images in Pinterest. Card samples and Pins from my Etsy store are OK.”
“All hand made creations must be full projects or cards, not just stamped images.”
“A maximum of 100 hand-stamped items (and NOT 100 hand-stamped items per stamp design) in the form of handmade cards is permitted for sales purposes by the artist individual.”
“Credit for the stamped images and © ??? must appear on the back of your items. Credit for the stamping company from which the stamp is licensed may also be made.  You may hand-write my name and copyright on the back of your card/item in a visible area.”
“This credit info/link MUST BE placed where ever the art is sold, used or displayed. If you do not wish to do this you MUST purchase a commercial (no credit) license”
“Give credit to us and our artists whenever possible. Your efforts are appreciated, but not required.”
“By downloading our digital stamps or buying our clear polymer stamps, you are accepting that the files/stamps are only for personal use by the purchaser in small scale craft projects.”
“Digi stamps may be flipped, rotated, scaled and cropped to suit your requirements.”
“Graphics can not be altered or added to and be claimed as your own”

So you see – some digi-stamp companies allow for flipping or cropping of their images while another say their images may not be altered; some say that you may sell handmade cards while others give a wider scope of handcrafted items; some say that you can colour in a digi-stamp either digitally or traditionally, whereas others I’ve seen say that their digi-stamps must be printed out first before colouring; some say you must clearly mark on your projects stating who’s the copyright owner of the image, whereas others say it’s nice but not a nececity, and others I’ve seen say it’s only needed if photos of the creation are put online; some allow small scale selling for the crafter’s gain, some allow small scale selling up to a certain number for either an artist, theme, or individual stamp, some may only allow selling for charities.

So please be aware that there are differences in Angel Policies and as a crafting customer you are buying a limited licence to use crafting consumables and equipment in specific ways that depend on the artist and company concerned.



(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(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. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

A quite simple card where the detail all comes from a cutting file.  I’ve been liking cutting layers out of patterned papers, rather than plain cardstock lately.  Fine printed patterns give a nice effect and cutting flowers out for a floral embelishment at the same time will give co-ordination to the card.

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  1. SVG Filigree Frames & Mats by Angela Burke, Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley and I think the two lighter papers may be Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley, only printed when the ink was running out so a lighter colour than they should be (I printed some of the required backgrounds onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut the layers of my chosen frame and mat out using my digital cutting machine from the printed backgrounds.  I also cut out some little flowers from the same backgrounds at the same time.  I used quick grab wet glue to stick the top layer to the next layer, and then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick the frame to the back mat.  This was then attached to the front of my card using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I used glue gel to double up the flower layers and attach them to the card, which is a 6″ square, scalloped edge, card, and finished off by putting small faux sticky back pearls in the centre of each flower.  The greeting is “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You”.)
  2. An angled view of the card showing some of the dimension.



As my father is a diabetic he can’t have ordinary Easter eggs, and although there are ones available in diabetic chocolate these are usually very expensive.  Therefore, so that we could give him something during out Easter Egg Treasure Hunt this afternoon, I bought some sugar free sweets that he can have (Werther’s Sugar Free) and made a special box to put them in.  This is what it looked like.

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  1. Little Chicks Backing Paper on Blue by Sheila Rodgers (I printed this background pattern out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and used it to make a gift box.  After printing I just used my Hougie Board to score where needed, cut where required, folded all the score lines and then used quick grab wet glue to attach the corners.  I tied a spotty ribbon around and put put on a little gift tag made from the left over cardstock onto which I’d decoupaged one of the chicks using glue gel for dimension.)
  2. The same box from another angle.

I bought a box full of “egg hunt” eggs for the Egg Tressure hunt.  Some of these I used as little gift eggs for family and friends as there were far too many for the nephews to have them all in their treassure hunt.  I boxed and decorated the ones I gave like this –

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  1. Easter Chickens with Daisies and Eggs Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the backing paper 4 to a page onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock several times.  I printed them 4 to a page because I wanted the pattern to be smaller as I was making quite small finished objects.  I used the sheets to make little boxes which are 7cm high and 4.5cm square base.  I just used my Hougie Board to score the sizes needed, folded and cut where required and stuck them together using red-backed tape.  I used my pokey tool to put a hole in the top, threaded some jute cord and attached a little gift card made from the left over background.  For the larger egg I just cut a strip of the background and wrapped around, using the same tape to attach, cut a small chick out as embelishment and used a piece of spotty ribbon to attach the greeting tag.  A Simple but effective way to jaz up Easter eggs.)
  2. The two boxes for the smaller eggs.
  3. Close-up of one of the boxes with its simple tag.
  4. Close-up of the larger egg with its simple tag.



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