Thursday, July 11, 2013

A full heart


     Ahhh love is in the air this week at Mo's Digital Pencil.  My super sweet DT sistah Anja has chosen a theme of "Celebrate Love" and I chose to use "Full Heart".  Isn't she so sweet with her garden of heart flowers.
     I've been trying to behave myself even though I have birthday moolah burning a hole in my pocket--no new paper until I use up at least most of the three tubs of 6 x 6 pads I already own.  Found a couple of full sheets and lots of scraps from MME Union Square for this card and chose yellow for her dress (1) because I needed something to pop on the card and (2) I love using this combination of pens.  Probably should have went a tad darker for her hair, but I like it just the same.  Added a bit of hand stitching with some DMC embroidery thread on the side panel.
     Hope you can find some time to play along with the challenge this week.  There's a gift certificate up for grabs for Mo's amazing store.
     I'm not one to step up on the soapbox or become embroiled in controversy of any kind, but there are a couple of rather disturbing and frankly dishonest practices going on in our crafty world that  i feel the need to mention.  First there seems to be an ever increasing number of people on Pinterest who are sharing un-watermarked images from both digital and rubber stamp artists on their boards.  This is a copyright violation and I urge you not to download these images.  It is in essence receiving stolen property.  Nuff said on that one.  :-)
     Secondly, one of the Ning sites recently discovered that someone who has been joining in their challenges has been copying and pasting other peoples work as their own entries.  PLEASE watermark your work so this doesn't happen to you.  Our wonderful DT leader Pat at Mo's has been urging us to do this for several weeks now and hearing about this incident just proves the need to take such measures.  I know that some people may feel that having a watermark plastered across the image on your card is distracting, but unfortunately the deceit of some has called for some form of protection.  It's very easy to make a watermark in Photoshop or there are several digital artist who can make you one.
     It's really sad to see dishonest practices invading and degrading our beloved hobby.  I hope that NONE of it touches you.
     I'm done now.  :-)
     I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Oldie But a Goodie--in the garden (my DP, edge punch, and sentiment die cut are all over six months old--especially the paper)
Our Daily Bread Designs--love, wedding, anniversary
Make It Monday--anything goes
MarkerPop--anything goes

     Happy Thursday!

Supplies:
Paper--My Mind's Eye "Union Square:, Recollections, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Mo's Digital Pencil "Full Heart", There She Goes Clear Stamps "Nutmeg"
Ink--Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Sakura white gel pen, Copics (skin E000, E00, E11, E13, R20, R22) (hair ) (clothes Y11, Y21, YR21, YR23, N5) (flowers R35, R37, R39, R43, YG93, YG95, YG97) (basket E31, E33, E35, E39, E51) (grounding E40, E42, E43)
Tools--Martha Stewart Lace Heart edge punch, MFT Die-namics Mini Tabs Quartet, Lil' Inker Designs Of the Heart dies, sewing machine
Miscellaneous--Paper Studio pearls, DMC embroidery thread, Wright's pearl trim

46 comments:

  1. Gorgeous image Tracy and I love the combination of colours you have used. x

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous Tracy, love the cute image and wonderful colouring and love the fabulous papers and design..
    There are some bad apples out there Tracy, and they will ruin everything for others who are honest..putting my comment politely.."May the ink of many cartridges stain their fingers forever!!!

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  3. Another fabulous card, Tracy - I love Union Square papers and they work so well with the yellow in the sweet image. Will have to look at adding a watermark to my photos! Have a lovely day. Hugs, Tracey xx

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  4. Love your beautiful card Tracy!!
    XXX Heidy

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  5. Oooooh, Tracey. That's just beautiful. Stunning papers.

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  6. Ooooo Tracy, what I'd give to be able to colour like you. Its a fabulous card and I can't stop looking at it. Hugs Rita xx

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  7. Tracy, hun, your card is simply stunning! I really love everything about it and esp. how you implemented my challenge theme! Your used paper scraps are perfect and your resolution concerning new papers is remarkable - have to try this, too! ;-)

    Hugs, Anja

    PS: Great statement on the dishonest practices of some "crafters"!

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  8. Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!

    Hugs
    Debbie

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  9. Tracy, I just love how you fill up the uncolored spaces of your cards with pretty goodies such as the hearts and borders and stitching! Nice card.
    I didn't know about those things you described and I have been procrastinating adding watermarks to my cards. I guess I make myself learn now!

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  10. Stunning!!! Tracy, you have a way of colouring up your images that brings them to life, as well as an eye for detail - just beautiful! Hugs,

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful card, my friend! Your coloring is incredible! I love the stitching and the pretty heart border! It's hard to understand the thoughts and behaviors of some people! I'm thankful there are more good then bad! :o)

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  12. Stunning card Tracy. I love the image, your colouring is wonderful and the papers and details are just fabulous.
    It's such a shame that there are such dishonest people out there, I just don't understand how they think it can be right to do such things.
    hugs Sue xx

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  13. Absolutely GORGEOUS Tracy, she's adorable.
    Wendy xx

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  14. Stunning card Tracy. You can't go wrong with a Mo image and you've coloured her beautifully. Love all the pretty pearls.
    Hugs, Janine xx

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  15. A fantastic card Tracy! I love the colour combi, design and the cute image. The little hearts with the arrow go so well with it all. A gorgeous creation! hugs, Marlies

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  16. Such a lovely card, Tracy! I love every single inch of it! You are just so talented, my friend! As for the issues you're mentioning, I'm sad to say that I've noticed those disturbing things as well. I guess there will always be people who will choose the "easy" way to steal an image rather than to buy it, but I hope that we can limit those people together by reporting if we see them.

    Happy Thursday! :)

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  17. Such a beautiful card. The image is adorable and the rich colors are magnificent! xxx Ann Marie

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  18. She's awfully sweet, Tracy...and so are those delicious looking hearts! Your details are gorgeous...love the stitching and the rich colors! Loved the little lion on the previous post! The crown paper is so perfect for him, and I love the layout. Your coloring on...well, I'll just call him 'the old guy'...was fantastic...really amazing, my dear! And those little 'happy day' fairies...too stinking adorable!!! The flowers and embellishments...BEAUTIFUL...I really love that one!!! Amazing work, as always, my dear! Sorry to catch up this way...I'm just having a really hard time keeping up!

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  19. There's my sewing and layers gal...This image is adorable but even more so with your coloring. Beautiful...I love all your wonderful colors and the sewing...The hearts are beautiful...Lovely card Tracy...Hugz, joann

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  20. Love it Tracy! The papers are gorgeous and set-off your beautiful colouring perfectly :) Hmmmm THREE tubs of 6" pads...now I don't feel quite so bad lol I thought my collection was large but not as large as yours it seems :)
    Well said on the dishonest people out there...I refuse to call them "crafters" because they don't belong in our wonderful community!!! It's both sad & frustrating that there always seems to be someone who has to try and ruin things for everyone else. I know a couple of artists have stopped doing digital images for this reason, which means the rest of us miss out because of a few dishonest people...grrrrrr
    Hugs xx

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  21. Fabulous, adorable card.
    luv
    Debby

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  22. This is so adorable Tracy. Gorgeous image and colouring and the layout is awesome. I spotted you over on MIM and came for a closer look and I am so glad that I did.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  23. I always love visiting your blog. It makes me smile. LOVE this card. So darn cute.

    Hugs~

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  24. Oh, my, this is just sweetness and beauty! I love how you've colored this darling, and it will surely bring love to a very special person! So glad you joined in the Our Daily Bread Shining the Light challenge this week! Hugs!

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  25. Awww, this is just too, too adorable! Great job on the coloring, and of course your design is once again amazing! Love the layered hearts and heart/pearl border, and love your bit of hand-stitching!

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  26. What a wonderful way to enhance the lovely image even more by adding all these extra different hearts Tracy, combined with the fine stitching you´ve created yet another beauty here my friend! Hugs, Ira
    irascreacorner.blogspot.nl

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  27. This is purely adorable! Love this sweetie and the little heart boarder with the pearls!

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  28. It's a beautiful card - I like the stamp a lot! Papers that you've used are perfect and the coloring... :)
    Have a nice day, Tracy!

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  29. I love the highlighting with the white pen, the stitches and all of the small details that add such depth to this fantastic card Tracy. Another winner in my book. :)

    Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday!

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  30. HaHa Tracy, I hope your promise to be good about buying lasts longer than mine usually does, I wish you the best of luck, it is who we are and what we do :) YOur card is gorgeous of course, I love all of the beautiful touches you added to your beautifully colored image. The arrow through the hearts, the X's down the side. The machine stitching. Love it all :)

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  31. Wow, what a beautiful creation Tracy! Such great combinations of DPs. And I love how you've colored the image: perfect folds, the grounding of the image and the light details on the hearts...lovely card!

    Hugs,
    Kathya

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  32. So beautifully coloured, Tracy - just love that layout too!

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  33. Absolutely precious, Tracy! Your coloring truly amazes me, and I just love all the blacks and reds here! So striking! I've never watermarked my pics unless DTs require it of me, but I also haven't seen people stealing stuff. Is it more common with digital images?

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  34. Such a beautiful and cute girl, Tracy! I really love those MME papers and your card layout is gorgeous!
    And I totally agree that it's very sad that there are some dishonest people out there disturbing our wonderful hobby by stealing and violating copyright. Well spoken, my friend!
    Hugs, Anja

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  35. This is a terrific card ... beautiful image and perfectly done as always ...
    It really saddens me to know how people can be so deceitful ... Thanks for the warnings ...

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  36. FANTASTIC coloring work!! Your choice of patterned papers and embellishments are PERFECT! FABULOUS work!!

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  37. Absolutely stunning!
    Such a cute image:)
    Beautiful design and your colouring is fantatic.
    Hugs, Heidi:)

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  38. Totally and completely fabulous work! Just so gorgeous to look at - all of it, love it :)
    Don't like what's going on out there at the minute from some people - leaves a nasty taste!

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  39. Totally cute. Very colorful and makes you smile just looking at her.

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  40. What a stunning card Tracy!! I just love your image and your coloring!! Your layout and design just makes it that much more beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at ODBD Shining the Light challenge!!
    Blessings,
    Chris

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  41. Beautifully said, my friend!! Weird world we live in, huh?! Hopefully the Stamp Out "movement" will help raise awareness...and decrease the practices you mentioned! And your card, hunny bunny, is absolutely adorable! I love the coloring and papers and colors and design elements...that hand stitching is brilliant! What fun!! Hugs. Pat

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  42. Tracy, This is so sweet! I love the colors you've used, and, as usual, your embellishments are perfect!

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  43. GF!!
    Just love your card!! Just stunning as always.

    Hugz
    Kim

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  44. Great pattern combining. I love the pop of her pretty yellow dress with the background colours. The stitching and pearls add lovely texture and detail. Even the angles are cute...you really do amaze me, Tracy. Look at those sweet hearts and arrow.

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  45. Popped over from the Marker Pop challenge. Just stunning! Love your work!

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