Wishful Thinking

I have a doctorate in business administration.  I am a professor at a local state college.  Yet, all I want to do is create and craft.  I went to the University of Florida (go Gators) years ago but quit to get married.  I was in the fine arts college and planned to be a graphic designer.  Art is my passion but only my hobby now.  Have you ever wished you could do what you love as a full-time job?  <sigh>

I had a conversation today with a friend at work. She said that I should promote my FB store and design something that makes me unique.  I’m not sure what that will be but I will not lose sight of the fact that “it all started with a mouse.” ~Walt Disney

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Enjoy today and every day!

karen

This entry was posted on August 11, 2017. 1 Comment

Let’s Get Ship Faced

Hello crafting friends!

As much as I want to color and craft, I am excited to have some orders coming in the store.  These are for friends who are celebrating some birthdays on a cruise.  You know they are going to have fun!

This entry was posted on August 4, 2017. 2 Comments

My Sweet Life

Hello friends.

I was thrilled when my dear friend asked for shirts for her business. If you haven’t had Melita’s cookies or cupcakes, you have not lived. Check out My Sweet Life.

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Wishing you a marvelous Monday.

karen

 

This entry was posted on July 31, 2017. 2 Comments

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.

Karen

This entry was posted on July 24, 2017. 6 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!

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Thank you to our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps.

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

karen1

 

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.

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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!

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