I have an extra special bonus for you again this month! Arlene has graced me with some amazing clusters made from my latest kit, Summer's Splendor, and of course I had to share them with all of you. They are simply darling!
Hi everyone! Hope you are having a splendorous summer. Summer finally came around here in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. Last week we even had two days when it was over 100°. Being from Texas I am used to those sort of temps, but most Minnesotans are not. Everywhere I went that day it was the topic of conversation. These people do not like the heat. I actually had to wait in line to get my daily cola slurpee fix. Suddenly everyone and their Momma wanted a frozen beverage. :-P
In honor of summer finally arriving I decided to do a kit full of birds, flowers, butterflies, and cute little things you might find in your summer garden. The color challenge at DSO had the perfect colors for a splash of summer beauty. Thanks to Kristine for hosting this month's challenge!
One of my followers, Arlene, contacted me to let me know she had created some clusters with my kits and she thought I might like to have them. Like them? I love them! Oh my... they are simply gorgeous! So gorgeous I had to get her permission to package them up and share them with all my readers. There was no way I could do them justice with a single preview so I've grouped them by theme.
First off we have these amazing wedding clusters. Most of the elements are from my Two Hearts, One Love kit.
Next up are some amazing clusters done with my most recent kit, Vintage Verde. These clusters are tagger sized.
Next is some amazing garden themed clusters. Most of these elements are from my kit, Yesterday's Garden.
Next we have some amazing fantasy type clusters from my Unicorn Dreams kit.
Last but not least, my favorite set is some vintage themed clusters with most of the elements coming from my Vintage Grace kit. I am so in love with the cluster she created around the vintage light.
Aren't they all just amazing?
Special, special thank you to Arlene for sharing her gorgeous clusters with me and for allowing me to share them with all of you!
Can you believe it? It is only the 6th of the month and here I am with my DSO Color Challengekit. Just in time for National Scrapbooking Day! Moniaguirre is hosting this month and I promised her I would not be procrastinating this month. With the absolutely stunning color palette she chose it was so easy to get my kit done. This was one of those kits where I neglected the housework, neglected the laundry, and even neglected the hubby. I kept saying I'll take a break after this paper or this element and then I'd get lost in creating and the time just flew.
I am so in love with this kit. It is OK to be in love with your own kit, right? Ha! I can't wait to get started creating some layouts with these gorgeous colors. I hope you feel the same way. I'd love to see what all you talented people can come up with!
Here I am at the last possible moment with my contribution to the DSO Color Challenge hosted by Dhariana. I procrastinated and procrastinated this month because there were just too many colors to choose from and it totally confused my wee little brain.
Look at all those colors! First I thought of something "sunny" with the orange, yellow, and bronze. Nah, not in the mood for sunny. So I put it away for a week or so and then started looking at it again. Finally it dawned on me what the silver, navy, and dark pink reminded me of. Those are the colors in Ms. Jewel's bikini from last summer!
Beach Babe was born!
Isn't she the cutest little Beach Babe you've ever seen? Now I can scrap all of her pictures from last summer with a kit custom designed to match her bikini. I am the best Mimi ever! :-)
First I wanted to thank everyone for their support on the piracy issue with Friendly Scrap. It is beyond frustrating, especially since she continues to post multiple kits daily, refuses to even acknowledge that numerous people are on to her thievery, and is still using my items in her kits. But, I refuse to let the likes of her get me down. I'll continue to enjoy designing and taking joy in seeing all the lovely creations people come up with using my designs. The downright fantastic people in scrap booking far outweigh the scumbags like her.
I'm also sliding in at the last minute here with this month's DSO Color Challenge. Jen chose this gorgeous color palette that simply screamed Spring! I kept hoping it would translate into the outdoors here in Minnesota, but so far no luck. We still have snow on the ground and they are actually predicting snow and rain mix for the next few days. Hey Minnesota... It is Spring!!! Get with the program and warm up already!
I hope you enjoy my Spring Fling... even if it is only in my digital dreams at this time! :-)
Today I've calmed down a good deal so I think I can write this without dropping numerous F Bombs. *lol*
Normally I don't browse the freebie sites since I get more than enough freebie kits each month from the various blogs I follow. Believe me... I have more kits than I could ever possibly use in this lifetime. But... since the 20 or so unfinished projects on my computer aren't enough for me, I decided to create a scrapbook style recipe book for my daughter. So off to the freebie sites I went looking for food themed kits. Think of it as divine intervention or karma come to bite someone in the butt... but on the front page of one of those sites was a kit that stood out to me because I instantly recognized the heart charm they had as a main element of their kit. I recognized it because it hangs on a cork board over my desk. I see it every day. I know it well since I photographed it and extracted it for my Two Hearts, One Love kit and had also used it recently in my Love Letters kit. I told myself to calm down... surely it wasn't "my" heart. So I went to their site, Friendly Scraps, downloaded the kit, My Angel, opened the heart in PSP and compared it to mine. Besides making it larger, which totally compromised the quality, and doing a poor job of recoloring it, they hadn't done a thing to it. They didn't even bother to rotate it or add something to it to disguise the fact they were using another designer's personal use item in their kit. On top of that, I realized of the 19 elements in their kit, 4 of them came from my Love Letters kit and of her 6 papers at least one is from my kit. Plus get this... I posted Love Letters on the 17th and they posted their kit on the 19th. Really? I mean if I was stealing other designer's elements and papers I would at least wait a few months before I repackaged them and passed them off as my own work.
At this point I was so mad. I went back to their "friendly" site and started looking at all of their kits. Apparently they have been a big fan of mine for awhile now! I found a frame from Vintage Grace she had used in 2 of her kits and Vintage Grace came out in February of last year. I only scrolled through 3 pages of her blog and could not believe the amount of my personal use items she was using in her kits. I was beyond mad at that point and simply had to stop looking. She spits out 2 or 3 kits a day and there are numerous comments from her "fans" wondering how she does it. She has her comments on approval (of course) and she never approved any of mine for some reason, so let me tell you here how she does it... When you simply steal elements and papers from other designers and repackage them... it doesn't take long to produce a kit! However, when you come up with a concept, photograph and extract items so that you have unique items in your kits, acquire free use stock photos to extract, alter and design elements with CU products, and put all that together... it takes awhile.
Believe me... at this point I was so far beyond mad. I was livid. Then I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and ask for an explanation as to how so many of my personal use items came to be in her kits. Well surprise, surprise... she couldn't even respond to my email even though she had time to post a few more kits today.
Just in case anyone thinks I might be mistaken... let me show you a couple of examples.
You can click on the images to see them larger. Obviously these are elements I photographed and extracted for my kits. My TOU clearly state "Personal Use Only". Of course I doubt she even reads the TOU. She obviously doesn't even read the entries when she gets the kits or she would know that all of my kits contain unique elements I photograph myself. Seriously... steal some random CU stuff from kits and no one would probably even notice. But start stealing designer's unique items... someone will notice.I am so sick of crap like this. This is worse than those people who load the kits to their own sites and repost them. I am so irritated by all this I am about ready to give up on designing. Who needs this frustration from something that is suppose to be a fun hobby?
I think other designers should be aware of this woman, check out her site, and see if she is stealing any of your items as well. There were quite a few things in her kits I know I've seen before, I just can't place them. You know if she is so blatantly stealing from me, she is stealing from other designers as well. I think scrapbookers should be aware as well. I know I would hate to post a layout to one of my galleries crediting this woman's kit without knowing she had stolen the majority, if not all, of the elements and papers from other designers.
I don't know what you do about someone like this. Is there anything we can do? Probably not... so I'm just going to drive her nuts leaving comments on all of her entries she will have to not approve until she removes every single kit from her site that has my items in it. Childish... perhaps. But maybe someone needs to get it through this woman's head you don't just go out and steal other people's work. Obviously Friendly Scrap is not so friendly.
To tell the whole truth here... I almost didn't do a kit this month. I was just not feeling the colors. Then I decided that is the whole point of a challenge! So I stepped outside my comfort zone and started going through my CU stash to find some inspiration with those colors. When I came across my own Vintage Valentine CU kit I knew what I was doing... Valentines! The paper heart included in this kit is from a Valentine card my Grandpa gave my Grandmother. I'm not sure of the date of the cards but I know my Grandpa passed away in the 40s... so some time before that. In the end... I love how the kit turned out so I'm so glad I forced myself to work with the colors. I hope you love it too!
Hi and welcome to my blog! I'm a 46 year old accountant from Texas, currently living in the frozen hell known as Minnesota. I was just married in May '09 to my soul mate. I can't believe it took me so long to find him, but I'm certainly glad I finally did! I have a beautiful daughter and a gorgeous granddaughter who are usually the stars of my layouts. Besides digital scrapbooking, I also enjoy playing games on Pogo, gardening, photography, reading, swimming, and life in general.
Thanks for stopping by!