Friday, February 18, 2011

Dare's Designz " Ole Irish Charm" Kit and Freebie

Just released  " OLE IRISH CHARM"
and a Freebie Add On!
This Mega kit will be sure to delight.
Contains 47 Elements in 300 DPI PNG Format
 5 Tags
3 Stickers
2 Word Art
5 Bows/Ribbon
3 Borders
3 Lace
2 Keyholes
2 Keys
3 Charms
4 Bling Elements for pizazz
1 Mat
6 Flowers
5 buttons
3 Frames
1 butterfly
16 Backgrounds: 300 DPI Jpeg Format
12 pattern Papers and 4 Plain Coordinating Cardstock Papers

Click on the Preview above to go to my Store, at The Creativity Box to Purchase, scroll down for add on Freebie.

 Download the freebie here:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Featuring Mrs. Dawn Campbell- A long time customer of Dare's Designz

 Mrs. Campbell has been with me since I started designing; I have enjoyed seeing what she comes up with using my kits, and continue to enjoy seeing her work. Mrs Campbell is also one of the first members of my group on CafeMom, Digi Scrap N Moms. She's always ready to contribute to the many challenges and encourage everyone else in their Art. So Thank You Ms Dawn For being such a wonderful person and Cyber Friend.

Because of this,  I would like to offer Ms. Campbell  a creative team pass, for my designs which means, Ms Campbell should you accept the position, will get one of my kits per month free to use for her personal use, in exchange for two layouts a month to feature on my blog with the corresponding kit, this is open for as long as she wishes to participate. 
The following are a few examples of Dawns work... 

 From Dare's Designz "Simply Shabby" Kit
 From Dares Designz "Apple Blossoms Past Freebie
 From Dare's Designz "The Rose" Freebie.

Thank you so much Dawn for being there since the beginning.. 

"The Rose" Mini Page Kit Freebie

Here's is another freebie for you..
I hope you enjoy..

2 Papers
4 Elements;
    1 Tag
    1 Brad
    1 Rose
     1 Tab
Download Here:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Beautiful Printable Kit- Made in Part from my "Oh My Valentine"

From time to time, I may grant special permission to use my kit's for commercial use. I would like to introduce you to Valerie Dawes; a designer of beautiful printable cards and other printables, with step by step instructions on how to create some beautiful pieces of art with ease.

Like this card.
 "Garden Bouquet"
click the link below to purchase the printable kit by Ms Dawes



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What is Public Domain?

As a Designer of Vintage Digital Kits, I use a lot of Public Domain Images, in my art work.
I try very hard to be diligent in researching each image I choose to use. Not only that, but I don't just take an image and use it "as is" in my kits, I alter it in someway shape or form; as part of another embellishment or part of a background image on a "paper". With that said, I've had a lot of questions about my work and the use of the vintage images you see.

I am hoping that this post will answer those questions for you and give you more resources for finding out about public domain images, and how to use them, when to use them and how to be sure they are indeed copywrite free. As diligent as I try to be I make mistakes too, and may have information wrong, or find the wrong information on an image, if this happens and I am informed I am using an image that is not public domain or violates any copywrite laws I will remove the image and correct the problem as soon as I am aware of it.

The Basics:

Generally anything published in the USA before Jan 1 1923; is considered public domain.
 There are some gray areas, so you still need to be diligent about researching any image you choose to use in your artwork. It is up to you as a designer to keep up with the various copywrite rules and to research every image you use. Unless it was taken by yourself with your own camera. 

Everything published in the U.S. between 1923 – 1963 is in the Public Domain only if it’s copyright protection was NOT renewed in the 28th year after publication. For example Walt Disney's Work is Copywrite Protected and always will be.

I am not going to go into a whole lot here and list every rule; but if you wish to find out more information please visit the links below..

The Right to Display Public Domain Images

 Copywrite Laws and Public Domain

Extension of Copywrite Terms: United States PDF

Article "What exactly is in the Public Domain Datewise" 

Video: Debra Conrad: That Public Domain Diva

There is a lot of information out there, about public domain and using public domain images, if your in doubt check it out, google is just a couple of key strokes away.. .. I could go on an on, adding links, but instead I chose to give you the basics. I hope that this helps you with your search for public domain images and how to use them..

Thanks for Reading

"Apple Blossom's Past" Freebie

Here's a little freebie for you, done as part of a collaboration, For Hummies World

Hummies World is a Instructional Based Website, that teaches digital scrap booking using photoshop Elements software. It's a subscription based website but very inexpensive, and a great way to learn a lot of wonderful techniques.

To get the rest of the collab  titled "Apple Blossom Time" you will need to be a member of Hummies World.

But for my little Mini Kit, you can download right here  just click on the link below the preview.  I would love to see what you create, and hear comments.. 

 Enjoy and Happy ScrappN

Down Load Here:
6 Papers
2 Tags
1 Frame
1 Journal Box
1 Boarder
1 Bow
1 Wreath which could be used as a frame
1 Robin
1 Charm
1 Apple Blossoms Flower