Thought for the day -

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hi All!  It has been ages since I posted here but I haven't been away from the craft world just concentrating on my Etsy site which has been a blast!!  I recently wrote an Op-Ed type piece just for my own satisfaction and thought I would post it here.  This is just my opinion, for what it is worth, and many may or may not agree with it but I'm posting anyway. LOL.


Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the Angry Bird game, went after the online sellers community this past week demanding the removal of items that violate their copy right laws.  In an e-mail notice from Paula Tuononen (, Legal Counsel for Rovio Entertainment Ltd., stated the rights of Rovio Entertainment include “the right to restrict the use of copyrighted works and/or trademarks, or a confusingly similar works or trademarks, in association with confusingly similar products or services.”
No one can dispute the fact that Rovio is well within their right to enforce these copyright laws and that the unauthorized use of any licensed image is in fact piracy.  What does come in to question is the total lack of willingness of large corporations to work with the small business owner in granting commercial usage licenses for images of this sort.  Ms. Tuononen, when contacted regarding the availability of small commercial usage licensing responded “ Rovio Entertainment is  incapable of providing wholesale products, except in very large quantities (i.e. 10 000s of products).”  She went on to state that Rovio Entertainment “gives licenses only to large companies with the ability to make a large initial payment.”, thus excluding the small business owner.
There is an increased interest in the retail community, globally, to buy hand-made. This is evidenced by the numerous online sites that allow retailers to list their wares to a global marketplace.   The hand-made market place continues to see a steady increase in their revenues, month after month.  More and more people are turning to hand-crafted wares rather than the mass produced junk that these large corporations cater to in their chase for more money.  It makes one wonder if this decision was based on their reported 2012 IPO on a product that many are calling a “one trick pony.” 
The hand-made market place is being overlooked as a viable means of promoting licensed items.  These sellers should not be seen as detractors to corporations such as Rovio Entertainment, but as valuable resources for creating interest in their image line. Can these companies, publicly or privately held, not see the benefit of the free marketing that generates interest in their products by small business artisans? As quoted in an article by Trevor Dalley “There are many small businesses that design crafts that could never be purchased in a store. These crafts show human pride and quality that could never be mass produced.”

January 12, 2011

Good Morning~ This is a really quick post. I am running late for work so on to today's challenge.
First up we have a color challenge and what a challenge this was for me, hehe.  Not my normal go-to colors. I've also not used any dp which is definitely not me but I am very happy with the outcome.

The color challenge comes from Cath over at Moxie FabWorld.  This is in honor of PaperCrafts new cardmaker mag featuring Color Inspiration!


                   Today's color palette is:

Here is my take:
I just love the sentiment with this image!  My image comes from Lindsey's Stamp Stuff and the black frame is a digital from CupcakeCuties found on Etsy.  I love my etsy!!  I've recently become hooked on digital dp, though, it is starting to break the bank- uses a ton of ink.  My 3 rhinestone embellishments were clear until I put my Stampin Up markers to them- orange, black and pink.  All my cardstock is from Stampin Up.
My sentiment (love this sentiment) is from Waltzing Mouse stamps.

I am also entering this in Mojo Mondays sketch challenge.  I deviated just a little but I think you can still see the sketch here.

Ok I am off- running as usual!  Have a great day!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Good Evening All and Happy New Year!!!  It has been ages since I've posted a thing but I can assure you I have not been idle.  I made lots of crafts, mostly for Christmas, but in my perpetual state of hurry, hurry, hurry I never took the time to take a picture of any of them :(

I am currently working on a 2nd blog- what was I thinking, when I can't keep up with my current blog, haha.  The new blog will coincide with my new etsy shop.  Enough about that- on to todays card.  My card is for 2 challenges.  The sketch has been provided by MOJO Monday and the inspiration is from this weeks Etsy Inspired Challenge.

This week the etsy store being featured is La Pomme.  They offer some very cool vintage articles with a French flair.  My card was inspired by several items-

The crocheted tablecloth is gorgeous!
Here is my take on both Mojo Monday's sketch and my inspiration pieces.

All of the dp used is from Paris Nights by gcd Studios.  I just love all the papers in this pad. So very vintage and French.  My lace ribbon is from Wild Orchid Crafts.  My sentiment stamps are from Waltzing Mouse stamps and my pocket watch stamp is a digital from Lindseys Stamp Stuff.  It's a little difficult to see in the picture but the rosette was made from dp sheet music, also from the Paris Nights pad.
I seldom take pictures of the inside of my cards but the inside sentiment reads: Together, Always.

So there you have it, my take on vintage french.