Friday, April 22, 2011

I need to edit some posts on my Blog which will give you email updates.....please read.....

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that I need to go back and edit some of my posts over the next few days - I need to add some HTML code but I won't bore you with the details - it is do with preventing my photos from being copied or downloaded.

My understanding about Feedburner is that if you subscribe to my Blog via EMail/Feedburner, when I go back and edit posts, you will then receive an email.  I looked into disabling the Feedburner while I am doing the editing, but you can't do it. 

If you subscribe to my Blog in other ways, you may also find that these older posts that I am editing may appear as the "latest" post when they are in fact, older.

So please accept my apologies in advance if you get a few EMail updates or feed updates that have older dates on them over the Easter break (don't worry - there won't be hundreds) - they are not SPAM and I am not SPAMMING you.  Nothing has gone wrong with your subscription - it is unfortunately in the nature of Feedburner and Blogs in general, that when you edit your posts, people will get the updated post.  Handy for some things - not so for others!!

Update re copyright

If you read my last post (from a few days ago) about Copyright and how someone wanted to use one of my cards in an ad and I had said "no",  well the personal concerned chose another card from my on-line Gallery, cropped it so my personal watermark wasn't visible and then used it in the ad with their rubber stamp at a particular website where you can buy/sell (not Ebay)!  I was positively livid and astounded at the cheek!

So I immediately contacted the website who were fantastic!  They sent me a link to a legal form called DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringment  (DMCA stands for Digital Millenium Copyright Act) with instructions on how to fill it in which took me a few hours and all I had to do was email it back to the website.  The listing was pulled straight away.  Some hours later the stamp was re-listed minus the picture.  I hope the Seller has learned their lesson.

I also contacted the Administrators of my on-line gallery from where the card was copied from (I had made the card before I had this blog) and informed them of what had transpired and they are dealing with it.  It is a breach of their Terms of Service to use someone's work in this manner.  I felt it was no use my contacting the person again as they had not complied with my original wishes anyway - the boss pointing the finger will hopefully have more force!

I would urge you to read about the DMCA at Wikipedia - even if you only read a little bit about it as you may find yourself in the same boat as me and not know what to do about it.  Perhaps even Bookmark it so you can go back there if you need to one day (and I hope you don't have to!!).  I know of another Blogger whose cards were used without permission as samples at an on-line store pertaining to a brand of stamps the store were selling!  I am just dumbfounded that people will do these sorts of things!


Thank you for your patience while I make these little Blog adjustments and I hope they don't cause you too much angst!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I have a new email address - and some Copyright explanation

Hi there!  Just wanted to let you know I have changed my EMail address for any enquiries relating to my Blog or cardmaking only and have updated the relevant parts of my Blog to reflect my new address.

It is:

This only applies to my Blog and is specifically set up for my Blog.  

For family and friends that use my other EMail addresses, please continue to use those other addreses.

Copyright Issues
Did you notice that at the top LHS of my Blog a new little box that says "My own free copyright registered and protected" plus the details underneath about my Creative Commons License?  Read on....I will explain.....

In the section on my blog called "Hello and welcome to my Blog", I have a few lines (which most bloggers put on their blog) about their artwork being copyright to them and is not to be used for personal or monetary gain or used for contest submission etc - which I think is fair and reasonable.

But a little while ago, I was contacted by someone via another on-line forum I am part of, who loved one of my cards that had pink flowers.  They told me that they had the same floral stamp that I had used and was planning to sell that stamp - and wanted to use my card as a sample in the ad.  Whilst it was flattering that they liked my card so much, I replied very politely that I wasn't comfortable with the idea as I had no control over where my image would be used and as they were an accomplished cardmaker, perhaps they could make a card with that same stamp and sell the card with the stamp?

I received a rather upsetting reply as they were rather indignant that I should need some sort of control over where my image would be used and just "forget it - they'll look elsewhere".  
I felt it was important that the person understand my position as they didn't seem to - and I replied that I have a note on my Blog that my cards are copyright to me and are not to be used for personal or monetary gain - which it would if they were using my card as a sample to help sell their stamp.

I also pointed out that the reason I chose the colour pink for my flowers on the particular card in question was because the lady concerned has been battling breast cancer (pink being the colour for breast cancer) and that they will not live to see their next birthday - this is the last card I will ever do for them - and to have someone use that card to sell their stamp would be very upsetting to me; that often my cards have a story behind them - they are not JUST cards to me!

It must have struck a chord with the person and they were very nice to reply and were very polite about it and they seemed to then understand my position.  And, in all fairness to this person, sometimes people just don't realise the implications behind what they might be asking and have little knowledge of copyright.

So, as I have seen others Blogs display their Copyright, I thought it was time I registered my Blog and it's contents via a Creative Commons License so I have some sort of recourse if someone uses my Blog content for their own benefit.  

Thanks for listening and have a great week!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Kaisercraft English Rose textured lady's card with hand-dyed seam binding

Hi and thanks for stopping by :-)

I have seen a few of this style of card in various places on the web and as the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club April theme is 'Oh so shapely', it give me the perfect excuse to have a go at one myself.  Plus I have been wanting to use some seam binding that I dyed myself to match the gorgeous Kaisercraft English Rose designer papers. 

I will post my tutorial on dyeing your own seam binding, lace etc. ready in a few days - I am still editing the instructions. I do not use re-inkers, glimmer mist or sprays like other people do - it is something totally different.

So, back to my is pretty simple.  I ran the brown-burgundy cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the larger Jamara embossing folder then I lightly sanded the embossing to make it stand out more and sprayed on a little pearl Glimmer Mist.

I used my Martha Stewart Doiley Lace punch to punch the borders on the designer paper (note I used the 6" x 6" pad of papers) then ran them through my Cuttlebug using the same Jamara embossing folder which "distressed" them a little.  I then adhered them together with doublesided tape but made sure that I didn't stick down the decorative border.  I bent them up slightly so they would stand out more.

I added 2 different sized Kaiser Blush pearls which have the slightest tinge of pink along the very bottom layer of the dp's.  I punched a butterfly with my Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch, ran it through the Cuttlebug too with the same folder, sprayed on some pearl Glimmer Mist and added some Blush pearls to the centre.  Here is a close-up of the butterfly - you can see the sheen from the Glimmer Mist on the cardstock a little better in this photo:

Did you notice the rose + leaves in the centre of the ribbon bow?  Drum roll.......I made it myself!  Yep, all by myself with a piece of cream ribbon (and olive green for the leaves).  Yay me!!   Here is a wee close-up:

I have wanted to make these roses forever and found a video on You Tube that I could actually understand.  It did take me an evening to practice/play around with it and eventually was able to get to grips with it (even if it isn't perfect).  I sewed the bottom of the rose as I went so it didn't unravel but I imagine in time, you would probably be able to do it right through and only sew it at the end.  The wider the ribbon, the easier it is and if you use wire-edged ribbon, it is heaps easier (mine is just regular ribbon though).    Here is the You Tube video I used and here is a visual  from the Craft Critique blog of how you actually start to fold the ribbon over - scroll down till you see the pink folded ribbon rose - you just keep folding the ribbon in the same way and keep going round and round till you are happy with the size of the rose.

The rose leaves were made by folding a small piece of olive green ribbon into a figure 8 then sewing it to the bottom of the rose so the ribbon ends are hidden in the centre.  I then glued it to the seam binding bow with Fabric glue.   Pretty cool, huh - even if I do say so myself?!!!

I attached the pink seam binding ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  I kept thinking I should add a flourish somewhere on the card or add a sentiment - and actually spent longer trying to figure out if I should add anything extra than it took to make the rest of the card!!  In the end, I drew a blank and left the card as is.


Apart from the SCS Fan Club Challenge, I am entering my card into the following challenges -

Crop Stop Challenge #15 - Vintage Finish - where they want you to show them how you get inspired by "Vintage".  This is my own interpretation of Vintage - maybe not fitting the style that other people have.  One day I will get to grips with the whole torn and ripped edge and uneven stitching thingy..........hard 'cos I'm a neat-freak......!

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge where this week they want you make a card, layout or a project using a homemade/handmade embellishment.  My handmade/homemade embellies are my hand-dyed seam binding ribbon and the folded ribbon rose.

Thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!  In the meantime, here is a sneaky peak of what is coming up on my Blog in a few days.....


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:  None

Designer paper:  Kaisercraft English Rose 6" x 6" paper pad

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Jamara embossing folder, cream seam binding (dyed pink) - 19mm or 9/16" wide, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Kaiser pearls - SB716 Blush, Fabric glue, sandpaper, Cardstock - brown/burgundy, Bow Easy, Folded ribbon rose - cream ribbon 3/8" or 10mm wide + cream sewing thread and sewing needle, olive green ribbon 1/4" or 7mm wide.

Punches:  Martha Stewart Doiley Lace edge, Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Penny Black: Egg hunting Easter card for my daughter

Hi there!  Sorry it's been a while since I posted.  Had alot on my plate last week and now it's school holidays so my posting is likely to be a bit sporadic for the next few weeks.

I always make my DD an Easter Card and of course, being young, she still believes in the Easter Bunny which makes it a fun time for all of us. 

The current Inspiration Challenge IC279 over at Splitcoaststampers is Cox and Cox and I chose this pink elephant as the inspiration behind my card.  I loved the colours so I searched through my stash to find some designer paper with those colours and went from there.

The bunnies were stamped onto Watercolour paper and coloured with watercolour pencils.  I added some Kindyglitz to the easter eggs, the bunny's bow and the butterfly.  The gorgeous lacey pink diecut was made with a die by My Favorite Things which runs through the Cuttlebug using the same sandwich as for Spellbinder Nestabilities.  Oh, I love this die so much!!  Here is a little closeup of the image:

The main image is up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).  The gorgeous sparkly pink ribbon came from my local Kenny's Cardiology store which was having a closing down sale.  I will be sad to see them go as I have been a frequent visitor.

The flowers are from my stash - although the yellow flower was originally white and I coloured it with a yellow Bic Mark-It.  The leaves were handcut and I ran them through my Cuttlebug using the Budding Vine embossing folder just to add some texture.  Here is a little closeup:


I am entering this card into the A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 147 of 'All creatures great and small' - anything to do with animals or pets - as well as the CCEE Stampers Challenge CCEE1114 where they want you to use a doily die or lace on your project (or both).

On a totally different topic, I have been trying my hand at dying my own seam binding ribbons and making my own flowers so I hope to upload some photos and deets very soon.  Watch this space!!

Thanks for stopping by to have a peek at my card!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Egg Hunting' PB-1935-F, Sentiment - Penny Black from 'Tiny Wishes' clear set PB-30-026

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  My Memories 149207 - Riot Art and Craft

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Die-namics Decorative Doily Die, Spellbinder Circle nestabilities, Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder, flowers from stash, pink Bic Mark-It, pink heart gem, ribbon - Kenny's Cardiology, Bow Easy, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), 140lb cold-pressed watercolour paper, Faber Castell watercolour pencils - Riot Art and Craft, paint brush, Kindyglitz crystalina, Cardstock: pink, green

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Clear and Simple "Oh Boy" - high flying fun boy's birthday card

Hi and welcome to my Blog :-)

I made a boy's birthday card for my great-nephew who is turning 6.  It seems so weird saying that he is my "great nephew" when my DD is only 7 - talk about a generation gap!  And I don't like calling myself a "great aunt" because it makes me feel like a dinosaur!  Anyway, I went for a very quick and simple card 'cos I lost a week with my DD being sick and got my dates all mixed up - somehow I was a week behind.  I'm still not sure where March went and it's the end of the 1st school term this Friday already!!

Anyway, there isn't much to explain about my card.  I coloured the paper aeroplane with 2 different blue Bic Mark-It textas.  I pierced a hole for the sparkly red star brad with my paper piercer (including piercing my finger up underneath the nail bed - ouchy ouchy - lots of blood and it's very, very sore - don't try that at home, will you?!!).

I thought I would use my Stars and Swirls embossing folder on the Kraft cardstock as it just seemed to match the image perfectly and then tied on the airmail twine which also seemed to suit the whole "flying" theme.  I love it when a card comes together easily {happy sigh.......} :-)


I'm popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers "Free for All" Challenge F4A52 of Kinder Birthday which is to make a birthday card for a special child in your life.

I'm also popping this card into the Cards for Men Challenge Blog and the current Challenge #7 is "Embossing" where they want to see some embossing on your card - dry embossing, heat embossing or any other sort of embossing.  And of course, it has to be a card for either a boy or a man. 

Thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Clear and Simple Stamps "Oh Boy" clear set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Sizzix Textured Impressions Stars and Swirls embossing folder, Airmail twine, Bic Mark-It Textas: Oceanview blue and Blue Skies, red star brad - Making Memories, paper piercer, Cardstock:  white, blue, red, American Crafts kraft

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner punch

Other accessories:  bandaids!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Penny Black: Purr-fect Message Mother's Day, Birthday, Friendship or Thank you card

Hi friends!  Long time - no post!  My DD was off school sick this past week and then I got sick too with a bit of a cold and a migraine, so not a whole lot happening in my Craft Room - however, I did manage to finish this card yesterday as my DH was home to give me a break.

This super-cute Penny Black image was coloured with watercolour pencils and I added some Kindyglitz to the cat's bow, her cheeks, the mouse's cheek and the heart on the back of the mouse's envelope.  I punched some tiny hearts with my EK Success Arrows border punch (they are the leftover punchies) and glued them to the top RHS of the main image panel and added some Kindyglitz to them too.

The main image panel and the sentiment are up on mounts (dimensionals) - the ribbon was added in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

It's very hard to tell from the photo but I added some rhinestones to the flower centres on the sentiment.  I coloured the rhinestones with a Pink Flamingo Bic Mark-It texta to match the rest of the card.

The gorgeous sparkly designer paper is by Best Creations which I picked up from a scrapbooking store in Bright, Victoria when I was there on holidays last September.   It was so hard to cut into as I love it so much - I think I will have to buy some more just for "looking" at LOL!

The bottom blue cardstock panel was embossed using my Cuttlebug and Caramello embossing folder.  I added a Scor-Pal line just above the border punching which gave me a nice straight line for lining up the embossing folder. 
I think you could use this card for a birthday, Mother's Day, friendship or a thank-you card which is why I chose a sentiment that fits lots of occasions!


I'm popping this card into the Allsorts Challenge Blog Week 97 of "Blooming Blossoms" where they want to see flowers and all things botanical.

I am also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Ways to use it WT316 challenge of "Flower Frenzy".

I tried to add as many flowery things to my card as possible and it was fun to combine all the different elements and search through my stash for anything "flowery" that I could use.  I also found things I forgot I had......LOL!

Thanks for stopping by :-)


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black "Purr-fect Message" PB-40-040 slapstick, Sentiment from Lili of the Valley "For you circular sentiments" S213

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  Best Creations Bella Item #GP466

Accessories:  140lb Watercolour paper, Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, paintbrush, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Caramello embossing folder, Spellbinder Circle and Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, mounts, Scor-Pal, Basic Grey rhinestones, Pink Flamingo Bic Mark-It texta, blue flower button and blue sewing thread, dusty plum grosgrain ribbon, Bow Easy, Kindyglitz Crystalina, Cardstock:  dusty plum, sky blue

Punches:  Martha Stewart Floral Lace edge, EK Success Arrows border

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