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Start off the year with some giving. A worthy and crafty project I just came across is The Toy Society www.thetoysociety.blogspot.com . The Toy Society is a small project spreading the love throughout the streets. Nothing to it really just a bunch of handmade toys looking for a nice home.
There are two ways you can go about joining in on the fun. Firstly, If you'd like to send in a toy to be dropped somewhere in Australia or even elsewhere in the world (London, Madrid and NYC are coming up) then send it to:
The Toy Society PO Box 1046 Balgowlah NSW
Secondly you can do a toy drop in your own city. Email The Toy Society [firstname.lastname@example.org] to find out he details.
Start the new year off by de-clutter and de-stashing.
"Rubber stamp on it. Collage papers around it. Put on fabric and quilt or add buttons shaped like peas. Adorn with ribbons. Make it into a pendant by transferring it to clay. As long as you don't use it in a commercial product you've got permission to use it freely!
We would love to see what you've done when you create your book mark, journal cover, tote bag, or even the bill payment for the Electric company So please put a link to your creations in the comments area. And most important of all - Enjoy . . and pass it on!
I just love old game boards and pieces. Dominoes, Mah Jong, Scrabble tiles, and other game pieces have become extremely popular for art use. There are lots of old pieces to be had on etsy or other auction sites. Look at these wooden houses from an old "Monopoly" game.
Spinner pointer, heavy cardstock or thin plastic (note - if you puchase a spinner uou do not need the two beads. The spinner comes with gromments to assemble it.
papers, assemblage items, odd letters, and decorative materials, as desired
1. Use desired decorative materials to create wonderful design on the cardstock base. If you use the attached free collage sheet, cut out, glue to cardstock. I like to cover these with beeswax to give it a rich look.
2. Place the ring bead over the center of the spinner fields.
3. Place a pony bead on the ring bead. (Note: The pony bead will rest in the center of the ring bead, but not go into the ring bead hole all the way.)
4. Place the pointer over the pony bead so that it rests on the ring bead.
5. Secure the spinner assembly to the cardstock base with a brass brad. Push the brad through the bead holes, then through the cardstock base. Open the brad tabs under the base to secure spinner into position.
Funny - this person just does not get it - look what she posted on my comments area (Underlines are mine): --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"I purchase ALL of my images from ebay and other online sites, or from public domain websites, and up until now I have had legal use of all images I use. The CDs I purchased did NOT have copyright information of any sort on them and there was no indication that the artist did not want to sell these images for commercial use. As soon as the artist told me which images were hers, I removed them from the site. I do not steal images, I buy them. Perhaps this person should have noted that the images were copyrighted - a simple procedure, yes? It certainly would have saved her all this grief and anger, and she should get over it. Jackie Garbarino"
Purchasing images does not give you rights to resell them UNLESS THE PURCHASE AGREEMENT SPECIFICALLY STATES YOU CAN! You are wrong, wrong, wrong - it is NOT up to the creator to make you take responsibility for your own actions.
Reselling images off CD Roms you buy without purchase of a reselling license IS THEFT! I want to see a list of all the CD Roms where you purchased "legal rights to resell." I know you did not on all of the collage sheets you purchased from me, which you are still reselling on your site. I really believe you actually belive you are in the right, and you are ignorant of copyright laws.
So please, stop selling our images and go read the law. Just in case you do not, it says in a nutshell: By the act of creation, an object (art, image, invention, etc) inherently has copyright which is retained by the creator. An item need not carry the copyright symbol or notice to be copyrighted.
I notice you are not reselling on ebay, etsy or lulu. Perhaps that is beacuse those websites prohibit it and you would be bannned.
I still suggest to anyone who created collage sheets or images ane sells them, check her site and make sure your materials are not there. If you read her comment, you can see she is admitting to doing exactly what I described - but she does not think there is anything wrong with it. However, there is no excuse now...
She seems to take tcollage sheets and scan or copy digital files, make some changes and sell. There are many copyrighted images. She is quite belligerent, saying she bought collage sheets and has every right to resell. Sometimes she changes one picture on a sheet and resells. I explained to her the law says items are copyrighted from creation, even if images are public domain, the collage sheets are created and a slight change does not allow reselling, even if copyright is not written on the item.
I did the work on creating my collage sheets and do not want her selling my work. She told me she bought off ebay and resold them, and other places too like Lulu (she should not have told me, since some are mine and I caught her red handed.) There are original photos I took and are published, and when I pointed them out, she pasted images over them and pretended my photo was not on it. I did this on purpose, and then told her several were mine, and again she was busted. One of the photos is of my grandmother!!
I have an angel policy, but this is not part of it. I am so irritated.