My Sincerest Apologies

Hello, folks!  I guess you have noticed by now that I am late with my part of this month’s collaboration kit with Miss Edna’s Place.  I had literally slapped some things together to finish it in time and decided against it.  I can’t do that just to make a deadline.  It isn’t fair to you.  As it is, this isn’t easy for Miss Edna, either, I’m sure.   I’m nearly done and will post it, if not this afternoon, then tomorrow.  I appreciate your understanding so much!  Ya’ll are the best!

I’ve had to re-think my priorities in lieu of the way things have panned out with my grandchildren.  In my last post, I think it was, I mentioned, too, that Digital Whisper is back up and running.  I have always been so inspired there.  The support is awesome and, while I am one who handles two ‘technique’ groups writing tutorials, I always learn something.  Because of my exposure, once again, to the digi-art community, my creativity is making a transformation to a more ‘artsy’ style.  I am trying to work that in to scrapbooking.  It is working wonderfully, too!  You will see!  LOL

In between nursing my g-daughter’s toothache and watching as my g-son impresses me with his game-playing expertise, I have been doing some experimenting with new concepts.  I have even been making more of my own ‘tools’ – brushes, patterns, overlays, blends, etc.  I have become quite a fan of art-journaling because of the hand-worked style and the propensity for a more original design outcome.  So, this will all be for the best – I hope.

In the meantime, though, all of this is wreaking havoc with my usual routine.  I am really a creature of habit, but, once I get my routine better established, I will be fine.  The children are my first priority.  Period!  They have been put on the back burner for so long, I am working hard to make them feel better and to let them know that they are important.  My god and goddess!  The response is awesome!  My granddaughter is doing 90% better at school already!  My grandson is also turning in to quite the young man.  After them, my art and my scrapping is next.  I will always love digi-scrapping, but, I have to flex my artistic muscles with my art, too.  If I don’t take time for myself, all of this will have been in vain.

I promise to keep you all in my loop.  You mean so much to me.  Without your wonderful responses and kind comments, I would never had made it this far.  Besides, it has been you and this community that have given me what I needed to become involved in design and I want to give back.  I have a good handle on the Photoshop program after 5-6 years of learning and practicing daily.  From here, all I can do is spread my wings and soar!  I want you all to come along.

Once I get this installation of parts for the monthly kit to you, I have a really good tutorial for ya’ll.  Not only that, but, I will start sharing my creations of the brushes and other resources I have made.  I think you’ll be pleased.

So, let me get going and I will return later with my ‘parts’.  Again, I really do appreciate everyone’s patience with me as I make this transition.  Well, both transitions, actually.  One, from granny to ‘mom’ again, and, two, to a more artistic style.  Whee!  It’s all good!

Until then,

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Smile!

Hugs,

Su

Final Parts CU 001 Freebie

Greetings!  This morning there was just the slightest tinge of fall in the air when I awoke.  I love it when it is cool out.  When it’s hot, it is so hard to cool off.  But, when it’s cold, you can bundle up and keep warm by a fire or under lots of blankets.  My favorite thing – cozy!  LOL

Last week was definitely not up there among stellar weeks!  LOL  I’m behind again, or should I say, ‘still’!  Both time-wise and financially!  LOL  Quite frankly, my nerves are just plain shot!  Things are real crazy!  So, if ya’ll don’t mind, I’m just gonna post the final parts to this month’s freebie, CU 001.  I hope you have enjoyed this one and can use the goodies we’ve made!

Part 5

http://www.suruha.com/download/su_cu_sept/su CU Sept 12 Pt 5.zip

Part 6

http://www.suruha.com/download/su_cu_sept/su CU Sept 12 Pt 6.zip

Here is the Preview of what you will be getting:

Then, if you haven’t been to Miss Edna’s blog for her final parts, click on her preview to go there:

Thank you for all of your kind comments!  You really are a great bunch of folks!  I’m so pleased you visit!

Until next time,

Smile for me!

Hugs,

Su

More Freebie Parts: CU 001

Good Monday, All!  It’s a little later that I am posting today.  I had a hard time getting going this morning!  My grandchildren cam and got in bed with me at 5:00 this morning. The older one, laid down and snoozed.  Not the little girl!  If that child is awake – everyone is!  LOL  So, after they left for school, granny went back and laid down for a bit!

Let’s get straight down to the freebie!  This week you get another two parts to our first CU(Commercial Use) freebies.  We have decided to do the CU every 3 months or so.  We both enjoyed the creative process and had fun with making this month’s goodies.

As usual, click on my links below for Parts 3 and 4, then, click on Miss Edna’s preview to go to her blog to download her two parts.  Miss Edna is an early poster, so, hers is always up before mine, but, if you haven’t been there yet, be sure to go!

Last week, we gave out two parts each, which are still available.  This week, two more, then, next week, the final two parts.  That’s two parts each so, you end up with twelve(12) parts by the time you collect them all!

My Preview

Check it out!  These files are NOW direct linked!!  Woo-Hoo!

Part 3 – http://www.suruha.com/download/su_cu_sept/su CU Sept 12 Pt 3.zip

Part 4 – http://www.suruha.com/download/su_cu_sept/su CU Sept 12 Pt 4.zip

Miss Edna’s Preview

That is gonna do it for today!  Be sure to come again next Monday for the final parts.  Until then…

SMILE!

Hugs,

Su

New Freebie – CU 001 and a Gripe

Good Monday to All.  I hope everyone is well and in good spirits.  Wish I was.  Sheesh!  I am so flippin’ depressed, I hope I can get through it.  Everything is gone wrong.  I can’t go into it all, but, suffice to say, I don’t know what I am going to do!  Oh, well!  LOL

Have any of you received an e-mail from any of the file-hosting services, lately, claiming some part of your digi-files are infringing on a copyright?  A few weeks ago I got an e-mail stating that 2 of my files on MediaFire were in violation of Copyright infringement.  The letter, which included a bunch of legal mumbo-jumbo, included a lengthy list of all the files they were claiming as infringed.  The letter open with:

Hello, My Name is Hervé Lemaire , CEO of LeakID, I am legal representative of lemaire which does business under the name Metropolitan, Authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. You are hereby given notice valid under the DMCA copyright infringement notification requirements, 17 U.S.C.512. I am the designated agent of the owner of the copyrights of the images and audio/visual works listed below. I believe that the images and audio/visual works listed at the times cited below are being copied and distributed in a manner that has been not authorized by the owner of the copyrights, its agent or the law. All link below containing pirated versions of lemaire copyrighted works. The information in the notice is accurate, under penalty of perjury. Please remove all linksAs soon as possible, we will check them everyday. Thanks to inform us about y our actions. We appreciate your efforts toward this common goal. Very truly yours, Hervé

The files in question are part of a set of downloads for a kit I made, so, there are multiple images in the two files in question.  I requested in a response that they inform me of the exact images, but, I haven’t heard back from them.  I made all of the parts to the kit!  That, or what I used, I knew where it came from and there were not any stipulations.  I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before!

I mentioned it to an online friend and she said the same thing had happened to her!  Then, this morning, while perusing a site of another scrapbooking lady in France, I saw a post about infringement and read it.  The very same thing is happening to her, only she claims it is 4-Shared that sent her the e-mail.

I decided to do a little research.  Apparently, this act of alerting people that their files are infringement of someone else’s rights is a cancer!  I realize that copyright theft is rampant!  Over at DeviantArt, it is an almost daily occurrence.  Artists are closing their accounts in droves due to the outright theft of their art!  One artist, with a rather unusual name, had someone open an Etsy shop, by the very same name, selling all of the artists goods for theirself!  When the artist addressed the thief, the thief stated that the pieces were ‘out there’, so, what did it matter’.  I guess since people post things on an open internet, it makes the things fair game in the thief’s eyes.  But, to use the artist’s own name was ridiculous!  The artist began removing all of her art from DA and, finally, Etsy closed the thief down.

So, I get it about the infringement.  But, what if the files aren’t an infringement, as in my case and the case of the others I mention.  This doesn’t even include all the rest of the files listed in the e-mail, belonging to other ‘infringers’.  There were 563 infringed files on the list!

The action taken by the hosting services is to suspend the files in question.  Needless to say, I am moving all of my files elsewhere.  In my researching the topic online, I found several incidents of false claims that were quite scandalous.  Those were big claims and one, in particular, that caught a lot of attention, proved to be a mistake.  This is looking like a new way of stealing to me!  What is stopping me from claiming your files as my own and alerting MediaFire or 4-Shared, providing the files are hosted on their sites?  Either from lack of knowledge as to how to handle a bogus claim or from not knowing of the claim at all, you don’t do anything.  Wallah!  I claim them as my own and you look like a thief!  That’s what is happening!

In looking over the list of files included, there are a lot of music files and games, as well as anime.  Some things are obvious. like music and games.  I mean, if I am hosting a hot, new artist’s music, I’m asking for trouble.  It’s pretty obvious it isn’t mine!  But, what about the files that are mine?  I just wonder how many of this 563 files really are infringing!  Somebody isn’t playing nice!  I don’t have money to pay for legal fees to fight this, but, I can remove my files from MediaFire and 4-Shared.  What a pain!  That means I have to change all the links in my posts, too!  But, that’s okay!  The two sites are becoming impossible, anyway, with all the damn pop-ups!  Even with my pop-up-blocker, for every download at MediaFire, I get two pop-ups.

Alrighty, then!  LOL  Having gotten that off my chest, let’s move on to what we are really here for – the new Freebie from Miss Edna and I!  This month, we did something totally new.  We made CU Okay goodies!  Following a colour palette, somewhat, we have made overlays and patterns and stock images and all kinds of goodies, just for you, that may be used for Commercial Use and any other use, PU, S4H, etc.  We both enjoyed creating and plan on releasing a new CU freebie once every 3 months, 4 times a year!  So, do watch for those.  This one is “CU001”.

We usually post QP’s for our first two(2) parts, but, not this time.  Starting with Part 1, all of the offerings are free digi-elements!  We will give you two(2) parts today, two(2) parts next Monday, then, the last two(2) on the following Monday.  That means you’ll have a total of twelve(12) parts of new CU goodies!  So, without further adieu, here are the links for the first two(2) parts.

CU001 – Part 1 –  http://www.suruha.com/download/su CU Sept 12 Pt 1.zip 

CU001 – Part 2 –  http://www.suruha.com/download/su CU Sept 12 Pt 2.zip 

Here is a preview of my offerings:

And, here is Miss Edna’s previews!  She did a different preview for each part.

(Click on image to go to her blog for these two parts)

There ya go!  Let us know what you think of our new kind of freebie, please.   We really hope you enjoy!

Until next time…

I hope you are smiling!!

Hugs,

Su

Final Parts – ‘Vintage Garden’ and Texture Panel for PS

A good morning to you!  I hope everyone is well and in good spirits.  Me, I’m so lost!  LOL  That’s really nothing new, tho!  Seriously!  Lately, there have been changes in my life.  Big changes.  I feel like I am struggling to stay sane!  Ah, well!  “Life goes on!”  “This, too, shall pass!”  And, finally, “What doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger!”  I have been reminding myself of these ‘catch-phrases’ over and over.  It is helping – somewhat.  LOL

So!  I have been looking at Adobe Exchange and some of the new features of CS6.  Wow!  Did you know you can download an ‘Adobe Exchange Portal’ that would enable you to visit the Exchange while inside Photoshop?  I am finding things to do with PS that will help in design and my art.  There are all types of things you can add on to PS!  I wanted to tell ya’ll about one ‘Extension’ that I have used since CS5 that I love!

Textures appeal to me!  I don’t know what it is, but, there is something about adding a texture and tweeking the ‘Blending Modes’ that just thrills me.  You can come up with some awesome designs/effects!  I am a sucker, too, for downloading about every ‘texture freebie’ I see.  When I first started playing with PS, I looked for the panel that had the textures.  LOL  You can add a style, a pattern, even create a ribbon with an action, but, there was not a panel/feature that would bring up and apply textures.  There’s the ‘Texturizer Filter’, but, I am speaking of something that would give the artist complete control as to what kind of texture we want.

Then, I read something about an extension that brings textures in to PS.  I went on a search and found it!  It’s called ‘Texture Panel’ and it works in conjunction with ‘FlyPaperTextures.com’.  I know it works in CS5 and CS6, but, any other versions, I do not know.  You can find the script on Dr. Brown’s Script page.  Russel Brown is such an awesome guy!  He’s funny and smart!  I am fuzzy on who came up with the idea and all that, but, I know it is a gem!

When you download it, which I do through the Extension Manager that comes with CS, and open PS, you will find it under ‘Windows’>’Extensions’.  It will open as a panel.  You’ll see something like this:

The textures that come installed are from FlyPaperTextures.com.  The assortment is very nice!  I use them a lot!  For a while they were the only textures you could use in this extension.  Now, though, they have added the capability, with Texture Panel open, to navigate to your hard drive, so, now, you can use all of your own textures!  Talk about easy-peasy!  LOL  On Dr. Brown’s Scripts page, he warns you about size.  I guess larger textures take a really long time to open.  It’s best to go with smaller size textures.  As with anything, you’ll have to experiment.

What is cool is, when you want to use a texture, you open the Texture Panel window/palette.  Either select one of the FlyPpaperTextures that comes installed, or navigate to your own with the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the palette.  Once you decide on a texture, and bring it into Texture Panel, just double click on the desired texture’s thumbnail.  Wallah!  The texture not only opens up, but, it goes on top of the stack of layers you currently have open.  What ever layer you have selected, it goes on top of it in the Layers Palette.  (I have not tried to open a texture as a stand-alone document, yet.) Then, it applies a Blending Mode; ‘Multiply’ is default, but, you can always change the mode.  Then, once the texture is applied, it closes.  You are left with your creation plus a texture!  You really must see it!  It is awesome!  While I have interspersed this article with links, I repeat them here:

Texture Panel (download is second in the list) – http://russellbrown.com/scripts.html

Fly Paper Textures –  http://flypapertextures.com/

Adobe Exchange Panel – http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/exchange/

Now, the final two parts to ‘Vintage Garden’.  This wraps up the kit.  Next month, we have something neat!  So, do plan on coming back the second week of September!  My previews are linked to the downloads.  The first preview, the ‘elements’ lead to Part 5, and the second preview, the papers, lead to Part 6.  Then, if you haven’t already been to Miss Edna’s Place, click on her preview to go to her blog to download her two parts.  If you missed it, I made a layout using Miss Edna’s goodies for the photos we took of the children’s first day of school.  I shared it a few posts back or click on this link.

Part 5

Part 6

Miss Edna’s Preview and Link (click on image)

There ya go!  You’ve learned something and been able to download a freebie!  So, kick back and enjoy!  It has been raining here in sunny Florida for weeks!  So,

until next time…

Hugs,

Su