Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blog Hop 13

Its the final day of our blog hop and I want to say thanks to all my EDT who participated for their hard work and to all the fans who dropped by for their support.
Have a wonderful holiday and we'll see you after DEC 25---don't forget we have a challenge starting on the 21st-Last Minute shopping-this is my Stitchy Bear Image for that challenge-I think its cute and appropriate for the season.





Enjoy the hop today!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Preview 2013

Heres a brief preview of another image that will be launching in Late Jan 2013 along with several other OUT OF THIS WORLD images.





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Monday, December 10, 2012

Looking forward to next year

Wow tomorrow is 12 -12 -12 Decmeber 12, 2012 can you imagine? i remember vividly when we were all waiting sround for the year 2,000.


I will be doing MANY blog sponsorings next year and even some GDT spots since I am now colouring and creating with my own images.


Jan 1, 2013 I will be doing the Desert Island Crafts Challenge and alsothe Altered ALice Blog during january.


Here is a preview of an image I will be using for DICC as a project:





One of my Randi Dandi images she is called NINA NOUVEAU and will not be available until the first week of January.


Many of next years new image roll outs will take place as part of sponsoring challenge blogs and our team doing GDTs so watch my blog for info on where I am sponsoring and what may be seen there as far as new designs.


Almost the end of the hop-kinda sad but with the holidays comingwe all have busy schedules.


Hope you enjoy todays image on Airless Chambers...

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blog Hop day 10

Part 2 of my EDT retrospective:





Miranda's Tree Monster Tag





Sharon's Decoratin to do and also:



This winter wonderland using Frosty Jr and three chimeny cottage





Aletha's Making snow friends



Lady B's Prezzies and Chreepmas Toys





Pauline's Blustery Day





and finally Suzi's Clwn Troupe


It will be exciting to see what is produced during 2013
Hope you've enjoyed another look at some of our fall/winter projects.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Blog Hop Day 9

Only a couple weeks till Christmas-wher has the year gone-I guess busy people don't have time to get bored and we certainly have been busy this fall.

I have added a new set of BOOKMARKS with boys, girls. heart and a bookworm which I really like all with zentangle backgrounds you can find them HERE. The arealso 4 to a sheet for a set price.




Monique's zombie Alice.



Donna takes on Randi Dandi





Gloria's Remembrance Lady



Nataliya;s Snow Queen


Helen's Autumn Goddess



Hazel's Santa with Pipe





Elaine's Pumpkin Head Witch





Helene's elegant Hexology


Stay tuned for part 2 of my EDT retrospective...


Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 8 of the blog hop

There are some fabulous images coming in the next few days all sliding in to our grand finale on Dec 13.


I doin't think Ive poste this by EDT member Helene who is our talented member from Sweden was recently at a show in Stolkholm-apparently one of the largest scrapbooking/papercrafting shows in Europe/Scadenavia.


Like most atendess she was collecting free stuff and she picked up a copy of this magazine:





Inzpira is (i assume) like INSPIRE in English and is a popular magazine that has a monthly feature on a designer with a couple sample pictures.


Helene said she was leafing through the magazine when she made a most unladylike noise
when she found this page:





Normally the designers chosen use artists and stamps from Sweden but this talented young woman used ME and also an image from MO (which I didnt get a copy of) still its pretty exciting thatTWO AMerican designers were used.


I was very excitedand was able to exchange a couple of emails with the person that had used my image-Its Verushka Valentine BTW and did such a good job that I got a fill page picture of my digi in her finishd project so how exciting is that????


We shard this on the Facebook fan page but I don't believe I had blogged it so here it is as todays item.


Now check THIS out----Monique our mad Dutch Woman-sent in these pictures of her snowy garden and look whoshowed up...recognize this sad fellow???








Yup---looks like SAD FROSTY to me as well!





This is Karen C's version of it-one of my loyal fans and friends on our Facebook Fan site-she works with Paulette who creates word art-I have mentioned her before-they came up with the winning combo for the NOEL OUTHOUSE 2012...via Paulette;s newletter and she gave away the sentiment to anyone who bought my Image.


A little business-it was brought to my attention by Monique---that there was a nasty speck on the Prince of Chrismas Image near Santa's belly-I have fixed iot but if you bought the image and would like the cleaned up version email me at rickstdennis@yahoo.com and let me know-Iwill look up your order and send it out...Thanks again to MO for letting me know about that.


Guess thats it for today-Caroline and Donna tied for the daily prize someone must stop this Juggernaut of prize snatching-is there not one super hero than can beatthese women to the punch? LOL....Have fun y'all....

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 7 creepmas blog Hop

I was told today that it is politacally incorrect to Remember Pearl Harbor day and if we have a day honoring THAT event-the Japanese should have a Nagasaki/Hiroshima day---well, they DO---complete with somber bell ringing and lots of ceremony-I think we lay a wreath on the Arizona in Pearl Harbor and thats about it.


Today in Newhall, a little community north of me the managemnt removed the Chrsitmas Tree from the rec room of a Seniors home-they took away their Christmas tree!!!!! Why, because it was politically incorrect...after huge outcry from the southern California community they put it back.


I grew up at a time when the Jewish kid in my school played a wiseman in the Christmas Pageant-no Christmas Pageants anymore, no mangers or Trees in the public Parks---I remember when the streets were festooned with lights and good will---no longer-its all changed.


It doesn't matter what you celebrate at this festive time of year-doesnt have to be religious-why not just celebrate the joy of friends, family and fellowship without any dogma?


So today I am reminding you that we have anew challenge called winter in white-be sure to stop by Sparkle and Glitter and check out the samples by the EDT-I even did a sample project using our sponsors image-can you name the sponsor?




This is a virtual project-I hand coloured the image with my Spectrum Noirs and then scanneed at 600 dpi-I used some elements from ITKUPILLI who does super digital collage elements and put the whole thing together in Adobe CS5.



Here's a close up of the image so you can see the bruise I put on his little noggin.
And below is a 2nd version with a differant colour way.







For my EDT image today I would like to share this one:





This is CATHAY as done by Aletha Jane---one of my politically incorrect images since she is Asian inspired abd is holding a fortune cookie and the fortune out of it.


While there are things I would never do there are other things that just escape me as to WHY they are bad or wrong----usually my art is about things that I find pretty or interesting but fortune cookies and pagodas and chinoiserrie in general are a part of American culture and to me have nothing to do with stereotypes.


SO enjoy the hop-I think Caroline and Donna are neck in neck on daily prizes so some of you need to get in there and challenge these two.


Do smething frosty and Sparkly and enter the challenge you have two weeks to get your entry in.


Have fun and go do something politically incorrect on purpose...


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Here comes day 6

I have heard lots of nice comments about our first annual CREEPMAS blog hop-glad that everyone is enjoying the strange and creepy ride.


Let me give all credit to my wonderful deisgn team which stretches from here in California way south to Austrailia across the states and into Canada and finally to the UK, Scotland, Holland and Sweden.


This diverse and carefully selected group of women are all talented, creative and wonderfully caring people and without them much of what we do would not be possible.


If you havn't visited the challenge blog at Sparkle and Glitter I hope you will do so-there are handy links in the sidebars-the twice montly challenges are all judged by the EDT members and we have 3 prizes for winning designs and one randomly selected "entry prize" usually provided by a sponsor company.


The design team also hosts my fan page on facebook "RICK ST DENNIS DIGI FANS AND FRIENDS" as well as other interest groups.


I have been featuring a project from an EDT member on this blog during the hop and today I will give you a preview of our upcoming WINTER IN WHITE CHALLENGE starting December 7, 2012 at Sparkle and Glitter>


This card is done by Elaine Lienhart the very first EDT member who has stayed around all these years using my SANTA WITH PIPE digi-I think its lovely and there are many other spectacular samples which will be on view come Friday at the challenge blog.





My project for this blog is the one I wanted to post yesterday and got waylayed by an uncooperative camera-so I had to scan my projects.


My sister had sent me a note and commented that she doesn't have any nice notecards anymore and never thinks to buy any-that's the sort of comment that immediatly goes in my gift ideas folder in my brain.


My sister is of somewhat conservative tastes so I decided to make her some notecards using images I thought she would like-she loves kids especially-and I did them with simple folds of white vellum cardstock a quick black and white frame and my hand coloured digis on Nennah Solar White linen 80lb card-coloured of course with Spectrim Noir pens.


It also has a cute window box to hold the set which I can't show you because you can't scan 3D items very well...yet.




The first sets include Randi Dandi BERNADETTE and
COLLETTE as well as a selection of EURO KIDS.


I used the entire FS (flesh) range most of the GB (gold Brown) and TN (tans), many CR (coral). TB (True Blue) and LG (light Greens).


I also used the Dark Reds, Oranges, Citrus Yellows. Light Yellows and some Turquoise and Pinks (both Light and Bright).


Like many artists I tend to have favorite colours and for me its the neutrals like the Ice greys NS eArth Browns.



I think the little euro girl with the duck (PAULINE) is one of my favorites-you may not know that the original EURO GIRLS digis were named for the design team members.


Now each time a new design team member joins the "club" they recieve a EURO GIRL of their own-the most popular of the designs has been GLORIA'S but the most popular of the EURO design group is the Clown Troupe by far.





The version above was done by Suzi McKenzie-Hazel also did a version for her Spectrim Noir Tutorial.





You get the idea and I suspect my Sis will never use any of the cards she will probably frame a couple so they are all signed just like "art prints" should be.


Enjoy your hopping today and look for the mystery image somewhere in EDT land-have fun!





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

art for art's sake

I thought I would get away from Digis and colouring for a day and share some of my art works that I have entered in various contest on the internet and specifically have won public favorite awards.


There are pen and ink drawing colouredwith Prismacolour and enhanced in Photoshop.


Le Cirque





For many years Clowns were the center of my work and the most popular of my pieces at art shows---this is funny because when it was obvious that I wouldpursue a career in the arts my Mother said, "Whatever you do don't paint clowns or bowls of fruit!"


The still lifes were never a big deal but clowns paid the rent many times and I have sold them to some famous clown collectors like Red Skelton and Frank Sinatra.


This particular little clown with his cat has won about 5 times in various contests-I think the colours are what sell it.



This DRAGON is very typical of the fantasy art I have done and still do-mermaids, wizards and dragons also have been some of my most common subjects.


The fantasy digis I now sell have been steady sellers akthough people seem to like the more traditionl images and not the cutsey dragons so much...





A Pierrot with a rose was my trademark for most of my career-it's only recently that I have let that go---pierrots are very specific french clowns and shouldn't be confused with Mimes.


Finally there is this very intense Medusa:





I had won the popular choice award three or four times in a row on a particular site and this piece broke that camels back and I was banned for a year from entering the contests so someone else would have a chance---that seems only fair and frankly since these were blind contests with no names connected to the art it was only good for the ego boost and the free art supplies.


All that is appropro of nothing and is mostly tredding water since I didnt have a project ready for out here tonight>





From the EDT here is NATTI done by Aletha Jane-Aletha handle most of the social media stuff and satallite groups on various NING sites like Paper Craft Planet---I think she does MARVELOUS COLOURING...


Donna won again yesterday and took home the digis-we'll see who wins today
Have fun and enjoy the hop-Smeared and Smudged is hoppingtoday so lots to look at!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Creepmas Blog Day 4 - Tuesday

My how fast the days fly by...


I loved the card Elaine made so much I decided to do a companion piece called THE CHRISTMAS BONNET 1898 and its in my Etsy shoppe HERE.


This is my sample project with the image:





I tried to stay with red, greens and golden tones as much as possible-this is all Spectrum Noir and I used pretty much the entire LG, GB and DR range as well as the flesh tones.


For my EDT project I though this Victorian insoired card byHazel would be a nice partner for the hat card-this uses my Remembrance Angel and I love theway she has coloured the image and the papers she has used.





I'm keeping it short and simple for today-don't forget the contest-I've uploaded several new images in the Etsy shoppe and I know we have some great projects today so enjoy your journey and see you all tomorrow.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Monday-Blog hop,day 3

Caroline was the winner of yesterdays daily prize-she won the 2 Randi Dandi images and the Snowman greetings digi-congrads!


Today here in no creepmas land I have some semi creepmas bookmarks for you.


I actually LIKE bookmarks-I get so tired of sticking the gas bill or some sales recipt in my books-I once actually lost a check and found it about 10 years later holding my place in a book which I, obviously, never finished.


I am such a dim wit some times-I drew up the images but did I scan them-NO, I went directly to colouring so I won't be sellling this particular set of creepy bo0okmarks but with Christmas upon us its always good to have a few little gifties around.
By popular request I had redrawn the set of bookmarks and added an elf design-I am offering it as a sheet with the whole set at one price-you can find the set HERE.

What tickled my brain was Santa caught in the doors of an elevator-I don't know why that image assailed me but there it was so I also did a reindeer and finally a snowman to finish the original set.


Again I used my Spectrum Noir pens-mostly the warm greyss and Golden Browns, deep reds and lots of blues on the snowman-some turquise and teal shades and corals for accents here and there.


I was really pleased at how the colours came out on the crazy Reindeer. That backgroun is the 3 orange pens glazed with yellow.




These images are really long and narrow about 9 inches tall and less than 2 inches wide-i fussy cut them after colouring and glued them to blank card stock-pin dots on the face and big white polka dots on black for the backing-ofcourse the seam binding and some mood tickets for accents and rhinestones-I do love sparkle. The digi set has image print ready at less than 8 inches tall but of course they can be sized to your needs using whatever program you like for manipulating digis.


I have a couple more bookmarks later in the hop on Airless Chambers.


I have also been sharing an EDT image out here and luckily ELAINE LIENHART sent me a Christmas Card she just made called Christmas Style made with the new 1935 hat digi-I love the expression she got with her colouring and using the image for a holiday card-I always like it when we show versetility.



Thanks Elaine for this lovely card!


Hope you're emjoying the hops and all the fun projects? There were some interesting ones yesterday on both Smeared and Smudged AND the official Creepmas hop-I managed to look at all 3 paths-great fun!


Don't forget to check out Hazel's blog-she has a drawing for all 13 of the wonderful ATC cards she is doing for our hop-That wouold be a great prize to win!
Hazel, like many of the EDT members makes and sells her cards and has an ETSY shoppe.


Theres a new roll out image on one of the EDT blogs so find it and rush back and post the what and where on MY blog so you can be todays winner.


I have to go now and decide which of my many remaining projects to post today.


Creep along now and get some fabulicious inspirations...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Blog Hop Day 2

Yesterday was a great first day and we appreciate the many great comments and visitors.


The daily prize was almost won by "Bonnie" but for some reason she removed her correct answer and never posted on MY blog so the winner turns out to be VICKY F.


The new images were the Alice and my 2013 so VICKY F will recv the ALICE image AND The Prince of Christmas which was featured on this blog since my daily image was a freebie.


Remember you must be the first person to post on both the EDT members blog and My blog AIRLESS CHAMBERS with the information about what the roll out image is and where you found it.


The facebook image contest for the newsletter members was won by Elenor S. it was very hard to decide since we had only a few entries and all were good in their own right so I picked a name out of a hat-literally and Elenor was the winner so she will also get the two images from yesterday (Alice and Prince).


Thanks to all who played and there are still 12 daily prizes so keep your eyes peeled for the new image.


For my post today here on my blog I decided to colour up and make a card out of TURTLE TREE a very popular little design that almost got tossed in the bin.


Several fans had asked for more "Cute animals" while I was still in deepHalloween mode but I kept having 2 images run across the drawing board in my skull-one was an angel pig and the other a silly turtle with a Christmas tree tied to his back;





I purposely coloured this according to the suggestions at Spectrum Noir-I worked from Dark to Light for the most part and besides getting sculpting into the drawing I wanted a sense of a stronger light force from the front of the turtle and a cooler reflected light from the rear which is tricky since you have to plan for both way in advance.


I used a wide range of light greens, warm and cool greys, tans and Golden Browns, some corals and deep Reds and random accent colours-I also decided to augment the drawn ornamnts with swarovski rhinestones on the Christmas tree-sorry they dont show better.
(spectrum Noir LG 1 thru 5,BT 6 and 7,DR 2 thru 6,IG 1, IG 3,CR6,IB1,BG 1 and 2,CT3EB2 and probably a few more I grabbed and forgot-I have a full set plus some extras)


I have entered this project in the SPECTRUM NOIR Animal Challenge.




I also decided since the colours were so striking I would go for a black and white selection fo papers and keep the card less teaditional-I'm pretty pleased with it all in all.


Another design that almost didnt't make it to the shop is North Pole HoeDown-here is a sample done by Hazel Thomson.





I thought it might be too limiting a design due to expectations of traditional Christmas Colours but having since seen a number of versions I find that its only MY mind that is limited and most designers allow themsleves a lot of latitude when colouring images-so we have had Mrs Santa in springy, autumnal and designer colour ways-even tis one has bright green drawers so there you have it!


Have a great hop today...and prize winners contact me as usual for your prizes
rickstdennis@yahoo.com.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Not so creepy Creepmas

My blog posts over hereb will not be so creepy and I am starting with anew image to share with you-THE PRINCE OF CHRISTMAS...


I don't know where this came from but I had this vision of a sort of Renaissance Vegasy Santa with fur and feathers and lavish fabrics and this is what came out.


This is my version coloured with Spectrum Noir pens-I used the pinks, flesh, tans, Turquoises and some corals-I wasn't totally happy so I beefed it up in Photoshop just a bit.




This image is now available in my ETSY shoppe-hopefully in the next few days I will be having some other samples from my EDT ladies.


Here is a version from Monique-loving her colours:








Now start the 13 days of Creepmas Blog Hope day one HERE!

Welcome to the Creepmas Blog Hop 2012

The Big Blog Hop starts Saturday Dec 1, 2012 on my blog at AIRLESS CHAMBERS (the other Rick St dennis Blog).
Let me just tell you there are 3 blog hops going on at once:
First there is my hop with my EDT ladies for 13 days from DEC 1 thru 13 and we have 13 blogs with projects for you to visit-we will also be doing a roll out of new images one each day on MY blog and one somewhere along the blog trail.
Secondly there is Smeared and Smudged 12 days of Creepmas every other day from Dec 1 thru the 23rd and some of my ladies are participating in that blog hop as well so you might want to follow our path then hop over there and do their path-you can skip the ones you’ve already seen.
Finally the official Creepmas Blog Hop and again some of us are doing that hop as well-the official hop has all sorts of participants not just crafters so again you might want to visit their site and hop their path as well-they also run from Dec 1 thru 13.
We hope you’ll enjoy the many fun and creepy projects that we have planned for you, the new images which will be available daily in my ETSY shoppe and all the other craziness of Creepmas.
Remember Creepmas was a little back lash at retailers that insisted that Halloween started in July and didn’t even wait for Halloween to be over before they added the Christmas merchandise so you had bats and vampires amidst the holly and reindeer and thus was CREEPMAS born.
It’s all meant in fun and is not to be taken as a backlash against any religious holidays…
Please be sure to leave comments so we know you have visited our various blogs-there may be a prize for the person who makes the most comments or leaves the funniest comment-never know…
Start the Rick St dennis and EDT hop HERE…and have a scary little Creepmas…

Sunday, November 25, 2012

CYBER MONDAY

In honor of Cyber Monday the sale will continue with a new code:

CYBMON12RSD

This code will get you a slightly higher 30% off at My ETSY shoppe>

Code expires Pacific Time MONDAY Nov 26, 2012 9 pm ST
Thanks

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Code

Here is your coupon code for my ETSY SHOPPE:


LEFTOVERGRAVY2012BFS


When you cut and paste be sure you do not add spaces before or after the code-it will make the code not work.


Thanks


This code is good through Sunday Nov.25, 2012.





New ALICE and CO image now available in my ETSY SHOPPE under EURO section-only $1.50 with the discount code!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Friday morning I will have a 25% off discount code on my Blog that will be good all weekend-you can even use it more than once-I must get some of the extra stock out of the shoppe to make way for the 26 new images we are rolling out starting DEC 1 on our Blog Hop---also I will be starting to add Valentines Day and Spring Images very soon!

This is a great Chance to get some of the images on you wish list-I am retiring about 100 images at the end of the year mostly 2009, 2010 and 2011.

As Images sell out I also will NOT be renewing them so don't be surprised-with almost 400 images its getting a little daunting to find and ship orders and as I said gotta have NEW stuff-still am planning an archive disk sometime soon with the collected images of thr good old days so watch for that!

Have a great day tomorrow if you are celebrating a Holiday and happy shopping this weekend.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My Friendly Neighbors

Karen C a member of the design team over at Create With TLC had posted on my facebook group that she had used my NOEL outhouse for a project-shown here:


Her post and project got LOTS of comments but moreover I started selling Noel Outhouses from my ETSY shoppe.


Come tofind out that PAULETTE the owner of Creating With TLC Does word art and Karen had aske her for a sentiment to go with the outhouse card project-Paulette liked the whole package so much she put it on her club newsletter and boosted sales for me---isn't that the definition of GOOD NEIGHBOR???


Seems Karen and Paulette are at it again---Karen did a card which is currently posted at Creating with TLC featurng my Christmas Couple-You can see the sample image HERE.


Apparently if you buy the image and email Paulette she will send you the word art sentiment FREE----so I think y'all should wander over and see whats going on at Create With TLC---seems like they are pretty nice folks over there!!!


MERRY CHRISTMAS and a big THANK YOU shout out to Paulette and Karen for their kindness and also the kind words about my art from both of them and in honor of PAULETTE'S generosity if you will email me telling me what the sentiment says that she sent YOU
(email me at RICKSTDENNIS@YAHOO.COM) I will semd YOU back a free surprise-hows that for Christmas Cheer?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Email mailing list

I am starting an email mailing list-this list will have exclusive information for fans of my digis, exclsuive offers and FREEBIES only available via the fan email list.


I will be having a Black Friday sale but the highest discount code will only be for the mailing list members.


If you care to be on this mailing list PLEASE email me a REQUEST to be added at rickstdennis@yahoo.com---because of spam laws I can ONLY add people who ASK to join.


Be sure to let your friends know as well---Thanks


This mailing list will not be sold or shared and is exclusivly fro Rick St dennis fans and friends-about one email per month.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stamp Out Theft NOW

I don't know what it is-have we jusr become so greedy and unfeeling that it's OK to steal from each other and Robin Hood our way thru life?


Most stamp artists, like myself. are low income sometimes retired people who are in the stamp or digi business to make enough extra money a month to make sure the bills are paid.


I give away a great deal of merchandies every month either in sponsorships, freebies or charity-somehow there are some folks that think because they won an image or got it without paying for it that image has no worth and they can do whatever they want with it.


The copyright on an artists work is their signature-this has been fought and won in the courts ofthe United States and in many international courts as well.


While I might be unlikely to pursue litigation against another person who somehow misused my images I have every right to tell them to stop-it doesnt make me a bad person.


I have had to go after companies in my career who just appropraited and adapted a design thinking I would never see it and they would mak some money off the image-because they traced and slightly changed the design they thought they now owned it.


A couple calls to their lawyers let them know I was serious about protecting my interests and they cease to sell the item-at least in California-and I don't have the money to chase them across the United States.


If you look in my blog archives at the 2009 posting from Sept 13 I tell a great deal about licensing your artwork-I made a fair amount of money by contractually agreeing to allow companies to use my artwork for a percentage of the sale price.


In that case you are protected by TWO copyrights-the one on your art and the one on the licensed product-much more clout and usually a corporate lawyer because the company wants to protect themselves and you (especially if you are making them money).


I learned a great deal about contracts during this period and have always insisted on a contract when ever I have negotiated to allow someone to use my artwork-especially as a pattern (as in tole painting) or stamp (as in rubber stamps).


It's important for artists to know about business, contracts and how art can be lost under the "work for hire" rules that do NOT protect artists.


I won't go deeply into this subject there is a great deal of information on the internet-if you're interested you can read for days and learn a great deal.


My experiance has been that people in the crafts industry are nicer to each other than in many other businesses and they work to protect each other-when I decided to do my Creepmas Blig hop this year I contacted Terra at Smeared and Smudged so she would know what I was planning and how it might affect her (since we do share some design team members).


I could have predicted her reaction-she was very supportive and we discussed how we could cross advertise and benefit each other.


In everyday life I sponsor her blog events and SNS sponsors my challenge blog-its a friendly mutually beneficil relationship-why would i endanger that by lifting images from her or her artists and selling them?


Simply put I would not-it's beyond me and not my style-I am very prolific, work in several styles and have lots of ideas-while I might appreciate a design from another company I would not conciously copy it or in some way compromise myself by adapting it for my purposes-I have told younger artists for years "Do NOT chase the market" find what you do best and capitolize on that not on what you THINK people want.


Over the years we always knew what popular artist was doing well because everyone starts copying their style-It happened with Nagel and many others and continues to this day.


Emulating is one thing but actually taking art from an artist in any form and reusing, swapping, selling or otherwise abusing the intentions of that art is simply stealing.


I was horrified when I found out that people actually bought rubber stamps and scanned the impressions and turned them into digis-moreover they then swapped, traded and even sold those images as if they owned the rights to do so. NOTE: I am specifically referring here to those who stamp a black impression on white card stock-scan it and then sell that scan as a digi stamp-There is nothing wrong with digitally colouring an image and then using it within your own projects or selling a card that you have made that includes such an image-IT IS however wrong to colour images, make them into decoupage sheets and sell the sheets unless you have explicit permission from the owner of the images. My angel policies are pretty clear on what a designer can and cannot do with my images-using them in their projects is fine making tghem into mass produced T-shirts to sell at the swp meet is not.


On the Stamp out sight-there is a link from their badge above on the left you can see examples of companies that are allegedly selling stolen stamps or which have adapted portions of designs for their use as if no one would recognize what they had done.


It's very important to also understand (whether you agree with it or not) your legal rights to how you can use an image you have purchased (or recieved as a freebie or prize)-You own the right to use the image as the artist has dictated-I have been really impressed with how many designers have convoed me when they were concerned about not overstepping those rights and privledges.


On the other hand I have actually heard a papercrafter say "They can write down whatever they want to I will do as I want-I paid for it"...you paid for the right to use the image not for the image itsself-if you buy a psotcard of a picasso don't expect the actual painting to come with it.


The subject has become clouded because of public domain, clip art and other types of free art that you buy a license to use when you join a webite or purchase a program-much of that art comes from huge design house that crank it out of their art departments and have been doing so for decades-some clip art has been around for over 100 years and is still being sold despite the fact that the image is in public domain.


Digi stamps are sometimes made from Clip Art-I think thats a little fringy but I myself filled in digi sheets with public domain images-not for the profit they brought me but because the sheet looked better with some decorative images-I always priced my sheets based on the number of MY digis that were on them (ignoring the fill).
AND when asked I always gave a truthful answer and directed the person to where they could get the clip art without buying my digi sheet.


I could ramble on for another few thousand words but I think you get my drift-don't do it, don't participate in doing it and don't look the other way when you see others doing it...it hurts all of us,,,nor only in the wallet and YES a couple bucks are important to me-I have been an artist most of my life and while I have had a nice career it makes for very little income when it comes to social security-it hurts us when our society erodes a little more each day, we get a little ruder and a little more stressed, money is tight and its easy to want things we can't afford...it isn't worth it and we need to remember that wrong is wrong-shades of grey aside (not the book).


This isn't preaching its ranting-as I said I have been pretty lucky and have always defended myself but there are many who are hesitant or just won't stand up for their rights and its all those folks we must also watch out for.


I am a big believer in "what goes around comes around" and "do unto others..."
My Mother raised me right and I would never want her to be ashamed of me.

Hazel Thomson on Striped Fabric

Be sure to drop by the tutorial done by HAZEL THOMSON of my EDT at the Spectrum Noir pen site HERE?


Hazel use my design EURO CLOWN TROUPE as the subject of a carefully thought out demo of how to do shading with the SN pens which I also use and like very much.


The Spectrum Noir pens are less expensive than some of the other brands have a good feel in the hand, well balanced and caps that click on tightly to avoid evaporation. In other words high quality at a bargain price.


I also find the alcohol ink to be well pigmented and vivid with a nice even cover.


Like many designers I was surprised at how much I like the fine point versus the broad and so far am impressed with their durability-they also sell replacement nibs and refill ink.


Congrads HAZEL on doing such a great job with the online tutorial!
Here is one of Hazels colouring projects:

This card uses EEK A MOUSE.