My New Design Team

I am so excited to share that I was selected to be on the Magnolia-Iicious design team. Magnolias are my very favorite stamps and this is a dream come true.  Even more, we are introducing the amazing Foamiran. I can’t wait to show you the new products and technique. I love flowers so this is right up my alley.

Enjoy everything you do. Until next time.


This entry was posted on July 24, 2017. 5 Comments

Open-Minded Crafting Challenge for August

Hello crafters!

In an effort to stay ahead of the game, I have done my DT card for the August challenge, Airy In August (weather related).  I had a picture in my mind right away so I wanted to jump on it.  I made a magic card and I love how it turned out.

The technique looks difficult but it is super easy.  There are several good videos about making a magic card but the key is to stamp your image on a piece of acetate and white paper.  Once you color your image, line up the acetate with the colored image and take the two together.  Put a blank white card between the acetate and colored image and voila. slide the card and the image appears to go from black and white to color!

Come join us on a fun challenge for August!


Thank you to our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps.


Be confidence in who you are and what you do.  Until next time!



This entry was posted on July 17, 2017. 2 Comments

On Vacay

Hello friends. I am taking some time off to recharge. I hope you will do the same.


Watermark? That IS the Question.

Hello crafters!!!

I have shared with you that I am on a design team and I post cards monthly as samples for a card challenge.  A couple months ago, I posted my card and someone from the design company commented on my  blog.  “Please ensure you a place a watermark across the center of the XXXXXXXXXXX image as per TOU. This needs to be done EVERY TIME you post online to protect the artist and your hard work.” I have been doing some research on image protection and wanted to share some interesting findings.

First, there is terminology to clear up:

  • A watermark is a word, logo, or name placed on the image of a photograph.  The photograph can be a photographer’s mark, or a mark on a picture of something of which the image can be “stolen.”  It is meant to protect the image or to tell someone where the photograph is from.

These are examples of watermarks.  The one on the left is my watermark I place on photographs of my projects.  The one on the left is a photographer’s mark, meant to prevent anyone from copying the picture without paying for it.

  • A trademark is any design, graphic, logo, word, or other distinguishing item that identifies a company and there are legal rights to prevent unauthorized use of the item or service.  Distinctive examples are Kleenex, Band-Aid, and Chap Stick.  Some trademarks become so common they become “regular words” including aspirin, thermos, and escalator.  The difference in watermark and trademark is trademarks are protected legally.
  • A copyright is a law protecting property.  This property can be in many forms like poetry, movies, and music, but for our purposes, it is a photograph.  It protects the “author” from someone taking their property.

Parents and teens are very excited when their senior year in high school approaches.  There is so much to look forward to including prom, class rings, and senior pictures.  The teens take  hours to get ready for the reverent senior picture…one that will adorn the fireplace mantel for years (my girls are still there!).  Imagine the photographer takes an hour and 100 digital shots for the perfect picture.  Mom logs onto the photographer’s web site, right clicks, and saves the perfect head shot.  The photographer is unlikely to get any compensation for his time and equipment.

If the photographer is smart, they will digitally adorn the photographs with “proof,” “do not copy,” or other word of warning so parents cannot copy without paying.  No one can get a copy of the photograph without purchasing it.  You cannot run up to your local copy shop and have them make copies…the pictures are copyrighted and the copy shop will not copy without written permission from the author.

Regarding my card from the design team.  I was warned to watermark the entire image any time I was putting it on the web site.  This protects the digital creater from someone right clicking and saving the image as their own.  Another reason for the watermark is so the picture of your work tells the viewer where to find the artist.

I plan more research on this topic an you will be the first I share it with. Thanks for stopping by!


This entry was posted on July 14, 2017. 2 Comments

Weekend Road Trip

The Three Cropeteers were at it again!  Jodie, Pam, and I left Friday to go to Violettees Scrapbook Store located in Lakeland, just west of Orlando.  What a store!  Considering we don’t have a store in Jacksonville, we are excited to find one within driving distance.  Our next stop was Kissimmee at the Park Inn Radisson where Stampfest was being held on Saturday.  We stayed over so we could be there when the doors opened.


This was a stamper’s dream.  Stencils, dies, stamps, and tools, all at our finger tips.  That along with thousands (not really, but it felt like it) of ladies.  It was so crowded and then there were those on scooters. No room to move and lines to pay 10 people deep.


By 11 am, we were resting outside when Jodie asked if we wanted to go to another store–in TAMPA!  Yes!!!  Whim So Doodle was amazing!!!  I could have spent hours there but since it was a 4-hour drive home, I scanned the aisles.  I got so many treasures, all I want to do is play.  But I have work to do so it will have to wait until tomorrow.


What a super fun day.  Until we scrap again…


This entry was posted on July 3, 2017. 1 Comment

Welcome Baby

I love this block light. This was for a friend for a baby shower. The baby’s room is decorated in antique toys.

I used Oracle 651 on my silhouette and used a frosted glass block.


Have a fabulous day.