Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TAKE A STAND

I have had a rude awakening, yet I knew this was happening, and have ignored it, until now. 

I received an email earlier this morning about just how bad it is getting with the piracy by foreign companies of designs by USA and Canadian designers and manufacturers of craft dies/stamps, then selling them on websites for mere pennies as compared to USA and Canadian sites. 
This saddens me, as this will affect each and every person who loves this craft. Eventually these companies will stop designing and manufacturing, as it will not be worth their while any longer.

Some will say, well, they should lower their price, they charge too much. I am struck at how uninformed this statement is. That same person will be the one saying "I/we should be paid for our job" and "I/we" deserve benefits where we work. They are "owed" a decent living. So are the designers and manufacturers of these products that we all love. AND, most important, these products are manufactured for the most part in the USA. So, when you buy from these Chinese sites, you are taking jobs from workers in your community and instead, supporting the people who steel these designs. You need to think about this before you support these companies.

As a card maker, I was aghast when I saw cards of mine on these sites promoting their products. It is an onerous task to have them removed. It is also of the utmost importance, if you are a card maker, you watermark your cards on the card front. You can easily make a watermark using a program such as Lunapic. This will make it much more difficult for these companies to use your cards to support their products. 

Before you buy from these companies, I hope you will think about this post and instead chose to support your own community.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Framed Fall Leaf

 I spent some time playing with my alcohol inks on Sunday, and this is one of the backgrounds that I did. I knew I wanted to use this leaf die for a card, so I made the background to suit it, which I think it does.

I used Yupo paper, Tim Holtz Alcohol inks, Blending Solution and my distress marker spritzer, which makes moving the ink much easier. I die cut the frame from the white cardstock, and cut the leaf from metallic green cardstock, attaching both with foam squares.
To finish I added a few glossy sequins. 
Thank you for visiting my blog today. 



Witching You

 I am up with Scrap'n Stamp today sharing this card I made using My Favorite Things Frightfully Sweet stamp set. How cute is this?
 I used Chameleon Markers to colour the cute little critters. I changed the foxes face fur to a mask and added Wink of Stella for some sparkle, and added white gel pen to the cape, hats and pumpkins for highlighting.

The background on the card base is done using distress oxide inks in wilted violet and ripe persimmon, then die cut with My Favorite Things Inside and Out Diagonal Stitch Dies. The background on the top panel is done using carved pumpkin and the framing in the wilted violet and attached using foam tape.
Splashes of water and a few Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting.
 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

One of a Kind

 I participated today in the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and was delighted to see we were headed to a Canadian Etsy site called QiQi Gallery, which is full of beautiful art and loads of inspiration.

I was inspired by this piece of art, and as I had acrylic paints I decided I would use them for my background. 
I first applied gesso to my card stock to give the paint something to hold on to, then used a small palette knife to add my colour, adding greens, turquoise, yellows and dark blue. I would have loved to do bubbles, but do not have the products needed for that process. In any event, I enjoyed this change of pace.

Once my background was dry, I die cut the piece using Penny Black's Antique Frame die, then flicked on some gold paint and attached it to my card base. I then drizzled the gold paint on the panel. I did it this way only because I did not want to wait for it to dry before taking my pics. 😉

I then stamped the circle sentiment and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, then die cut with the coordinating circle die.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and wish to thank you for visting my blog.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Peeking In

 I think this image from So Suzy Stamps is just too adorable, and very befitting for my Veterinarian. As most of you know, I have a bird named Cinnie C, CC for short, whose picture is on my sidebar. I regularly take her to my Vet to have her wings clipped and a check up. There is nothing cuter than a stethoscope on a birds chest. And, of course I take this opportunity to send a card to the Veterinarian, which is what this card is. 
I am new to Copic colouring, and only have a few of them. They are not my passion, watercolour is, but I would like to learn to use them properly, and practise makes perfect. 
I coloured the bird using Copics, making the colour on her head deeper as I figured all her blood was rushing there. 😉
I did the stencil work using distress inks in spiced marmalade, using a lighter hand as I went towards the edges. 
The sentiment is stamped in black ink and the panel is attached to the matted card base using fun foam. To finish I added a few gumdrops.
I hope you have a chuckle with this card and thank you for visiting today, I appreciate your support.
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