SAHM and retired Marine Scrapbooking for the art of it, because I love my family and I enjoy creating art--could there be a more perfect combination? Independent CHA Designer-available for design commissions, kit design, class and project design, teaching events, consultation, product reviews and more!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Shades of Grey WINNERS!

yay! thanks to, the video finally loaded to their site!

Double check to confirm your post on the Shades of Grey giveaway original post

Nicole @ 2:55 pm Basic Grey Stella Ruby pack!

Ellen @ 11:56 pm Basic Grey Stella Ruby Pack!

Vannasmom, DAWN @ 8:24 am Basic Grey Chipboard Elements

Cindy @ 8:50 am Basic Grey Chipboard Elements

rajah1116 @ 6:35 pm Basic Grey Chipboard Elements

Erin @ 236 pm Basic Grey Chipboard Elements

Cheryl @ 10:42 Basic Grey Chipboard Elements

Sheila from Texas @ 11:22 am 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and black mini keys

Sarah M @ 3:40 pm 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and black mini keys

Deidrelm @ 2:06 pm 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and black mini keys

lfalduto @ 10:07 am 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and black mini keys

Debi, windystamper @ 1:31 pm 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and black mini keys

Laura Stewart @ 10:25 pm 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and 2 pks gemstone brads

Stacey Koren @ 10:18 pm 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and 2 pks gemstone brads

Leigh Anne @ 6:22 pm 7 Gypsie ZigZag book

and black mini keys

Celeste B @ 9:03 am Maya Road scroll corners chipboard in tin

DeAnn, sunflowergirl71 @1:59 pm Soufle pens

Christina, ckonecke @ 2:57 pm Pine Cone Press 5x7 album in tin

Nancy Dees @ 9:12 am Imaginisce Black Tie Optional kit

Jerusha, jerushaborden @ 1:15 pm Blank Board Book

Webgirl, Kristen.alcantara @ 1:21 pm Blank Board book

Shelley @ 11:29 AM TAG Blank Board book set2

w/ Basic Grey Magnets

Ami, amigodfrey @ 2:00 pm Maya Road heart chipboard in tin

Cyndi – Dreams Unltf @ 4:13 pm Maya Road Clip chipboard in tin

Scrappinheather @ 7:52 am Making Memories Flourish foam stamps

Marion, Marionew @ 1:37 pm Pine Cone Press Tabbed Pocket Journals

and Basic Grey Magnets

intime0 @ 5:41 Pipe Dream ink Opalettes Warm set

TAC Angel Christina @ 8:35 am USArtQuest Mica, Ghost Snowflakes

by Heidi Swapp, TAC stamp, Magic scraps

Map Baubles and chain

The Selman's, selmanbl @ 1:05 am USArtQuest Mica, Memorabilia pockets,

Magic Scraps glitter pack TAC stamp

Enchanted Cropper @ 1:55 pm Rusty Pickle file folders, Paperabilities

acrylic sentiments, 5 colors of snaps, Magic Scraps

black mesh, 3 pks Frances Meyer Stitchems,

Kristen, kbscraps @ 4:36 pm Chatterbox matchbook Album

and Memorabilia Pockets

Suzanne @ 1:35 pm large assortment of colored snaps

Shannon, stamper2k @ 11:37 Kaleidoscope Kreator 2.0

Jason M. Batchelor @ 2:10 pm 2 sets of clear stamps

(Melissa Frances & Sassafras Lass)


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

UPDATE & CLARIFICATION Orphan Works Act 2008

It doesn't get easier than this. Go here to put your opinion in and/or
send it to a friend.

Very well pre-written letters to choose from and submit to influence
the final bill. It only takes one minute and you don't have to look
up any contact info!

**GET YOUR LETTERS FAXED TO CONGRESS TODAY! As you probably know, last Friday both the Senate and House introduced variations of the same bill: The Shawn Bentley Orphan Acts of 2008 (S. 2913) and The Orphan Works Act of 2008 (H.R. 5889). If these bills pass, they will have devastating consequences for visual artists.

Susan Collins form

Olympia Snow online form

contact your house rep Allen or Michaud here:


1. Write a letter to your congressional House leader and Senators stating your opposition to the bills. Send the letter both by e-mail and fax.

2. Help raise awareness about the potential consequences of this legislation, and ask everyone you know to write and send letters.

A number of groups which oppose this legislation are collaborating on creating a website which will enable you to e-mail your congressional leaders with the push of button. It will also contain sample letters. I will post the link as soon as the site is live.


1. It changes the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act (enacted in 1978), and makes it virtually impossible for artists to protect their work. It basically allows anyone to use a design without the copyright holder’s permission.

Under current law, you receive basic copyright protection even if you don’t register your work. Under Orphan Works law your work could be declared an orphan even if you have registered it. Congress, in enacting the Copyright Act of 1976, provided that copyright exists in the creation of any work that is copyrightable subject matter, regardless of whether or not the owner has performed any legal formalities, such as registration, or copyright notices, or taken any steps to protect or defend the copyright. Since 1978 (when it was enacted) many creators have relied upon the Copyright Act of 1976, and employed business practices based upon the protections it offered. The proposed Orphan Works Act of 2008 would have the effect of depriving certain creators of the ability to enforce their copyrights because they did not take steps that the Copyright Act of 1976 did not require them to take. In essence, it will give infringers the legal means to use a design without the copyright holder’s permission.

2. It requires artists to attempt to protect their work by registering it with a digital data base system (presumably for a fee, in addition to the copyright filing fee)—when no such system exists!

The proposed legislation is predicated on the establishment of private, profit making registries that would establish databases of digital versions of artworks and provide a place for infringers to try to locate the artist, BUT it will be enacted whether or not these data bases ever come into existence. This will relieve the infringer of liability if he simply attempts a search that cannot possibly be performed successfully.

In addition, the legislation places no limit on the number of these registries or the prices they would charge. The burden of paying for digitization and depositing the digitized copy with the private registry would presumably fall entirely on the artist, and even if an image is contained in the registry, as long as the infringer “looks” without finding it, the infringement is allowed. There is no liability imposed for the failure of a database to find an image registered in that database when it is searched, and no requirement that all available databases be searched, thus potentially requiring multiple registrations (and multiple registration fees). Also there are no safeguards to prevent any person or company from fraudulently registering work they do not own.

3. It eliminates statutory damages wherever an infringer can successfully claim an orphan works defense, thus eliminating the only tool the law provides to prevent deliberate infringement.

Current law almost certainly deters rampant infringement because the present remedies – damages of up to $150,000 per infringing article-- make infringement risky. By “limiting remedies,” the Orphan Works amendment will effectively create a no-fault license to infringe.

4. It allows for an infringer to create—and copyright—a derivative work from the original design.

Under current law, the right to create a derivative work is one of an artist’s exclusive rights. Section103(a) says a user can’t copyright a derivative image that he’s infringed. “Protection for a work employing preexisting material in which copyright subsists does not extend to any part of the work in which such material has been used unlawfully.” Under the proposed new bills, since the entirety of an infringed work can be included in a derivative use, then the copyright of the derivative will amount to a copyright of the original. This would be a de facto capture of new exclusive rights by the infringer. In other words, these bills allow infringers to make and copyright derivatives—even if the copyright holder to the original work objects.

If this legislation passes it would mean a return to pre-1976 U.S. Copyright Act when many artists' works fell into the public domain because they could not afford to comply with the formalities of registration as a condition of copyright protection. This violates the trust under which American artists have worked for the last 30 years, and nullifies our U.S. Copyright registrations. Further, it is against the Berne Convention, and invites retaliation from around the world because international artists' works are just as vulnerable to infringement under the U.S. Orphan Works Act.

5. IT VIOLATES international laws that state coerced registration for a fee is illegal. Which is a quagmire of course, you're not forced but if you don't you'll lose all rights to your own work, so that is coercion.

Now let me recap the current situation:

The Senate has only given a few days for comments on the bill to be made; they are due Wednesday, April 30th. The House has not specified a time-frame, and may give as little as 24 hours notice before closing the window for comments. There are several loosely allied groups which are opposing the legislation. These include The Illustrator’s Partnership (illustrators), The Artists’ Rights Society (fine artists), The Advertising Photographers of America (photographers), the Artists Foundation (fine artists), the Textile coalition (4 textile groups) and the Industry Coalition (whose members include the Craft and Hobby Association and George Little Management). During an OW strategy session Friday afternoon, Corrine Kevorkian, counsel for textile giant F. Shumacher, shared that the Textile coalition intends to recommend to the Senate that they adopt the House version. If this happens, the Textile industry will be spared the draconian impact of the Orphan Works Act because the House version exempts useful articles (see #1 below). She also intends to emphasize that the legislation shouldn’t take effect until the electronic data bases actually exist.

Although the bills are similar, there are some important differences to note. Both are devastating to all visual artists, but the House bill is somewhat less objectionable. Here are the three main differences:

1. The House bill includes an exception for useful articles, which (as far as I can determine) means that products (such as textiles and mugs) which are functional whether or not design has been applied to them, will not be impacted by this legislation.

2. The House bill also requires that manufacturers file their intention to use an image before they can use it --although it does not (a) specify a time period or method for doing so, (b) does not require an image to be included, only a verbal description (the Mona Lisa, for example could be described as “a dark-haired woman with an unusual expression” which would supposedly allow Leonardo to identify his work), and (c) does not require the filings to be readily searchable to allow an artist to monitor unauthorized uses of his/her work.

3. The House bill allows for a longer (possible) time period before implementation: January 1, 2013 vs. the Senate bill which uses the date of January 1, 2011. Unfortunately both bills are scheduled to take effect on the earlier of: “the date on which the Copyright Office certifies under section 3 at least 2 separate and independent searchable, comprehensive, electronic databases, that allow for searches of copyrighted works that are pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, and are available to the public through the Internet; or the January 1st, 2011 or 2013 listed by the respective bills. This means that if there is no visually searchable database operable before the date(s) listed, the legislation goes into effect anyway!

If you would like additional information on the potential impact of this legislation, you can learn more by

a. Reviewing the submission to the House by the Illustrator’s Partnership

b. Listening to Brad Holland’s informative webcast:

This is a very serious situation, and will require a concerted effort on all of our parts to stop it. I’m glad to see so much posting going on… and I believe that together we CAN make a difference. I’ll be in touch as soon as I have more information.

This may be forwarded in its entirety to any interested parties.


Monday, April 28, 2008


We MUST stop this bill to protect all creative works. The following information was copied from an email I received from a fellow CHA Designer. It is critical that you contact your local politicians NOW to voice your opposition.

Many of you have heard of the Orphan Works bill that was fought over the past couple years by SCBWI, GAG, the Illustrators Partnership, etc. Well, this past week, the Orphan Works bill was reformatted and is currently being catapulted through both the Senate and House at lightening speed. If passed in their current forms, the repercussions from these bills will adversely affect every single SCBWI member…whether writer, illustrator, manufacturer or publisher. In a nutshell, the bills will create a huge loophole for anyone that chooses to reproduce or use copyrighted materials in any way they choose (including for profit). At the same time, it also removes all current legal punishment for copyright infringement by removing damage and legal fee awards for those whose works are infringed or stolen.

Artists who have registered their work with the U.S. Copyright office will no longer be protected. Manufacturers with in-house staff or who have purchased art as wfh and subsequently registered those images will also no longer be protected. Nor will photographers, publishers, or basically any form of creative expression that can be copyrighted.

In our current economic climate and controversies about politics and war, Congressional leaders have much more to worry about than this “little” bill. And that is exactly why it is being timed like this….to “piggyback” through on the tails of something more important. The timing by the bill’s supporters is impeccable. And that’s why we need to be equally as diligent.

This information below is extremely important and must be followed through immediately. This also needs to be brought to the attention of the leadership (and members) of every single professional organization (from GAG to SCBWI and beyond) that will be affected by this. The urgency to act immediately is real because these bills are being rushed through VERY quickly. If they are passed, every person or company that depends on copyright ownership of intellectual property will lose.

If you want to hear an interview that goes into more depth about the bills as well as more information about the impact they will have on ALL creatives, please go to this link……

Also you can visit any number of other professional organization sites such as Graphic Artists’ Guild or Illustrators Partnership . These are both creative advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting the rights of artists and are experts in this issue.

Visit this specific link for more on the very latest:

Please read below. Please also send this information to every other organization, publisher, manufacturer, etc that you can who either licenses or owns visual intellectual property.

Late last week, both the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate introduced two versions of the orphan works bill. Both the Senate version, S.2913, and the House version, H.R.5889 are very similar in nature and closely mirror the Orphan Works Act of 2006.


If we do not stop BOTH Orphan Works Bills NOW-

It does not matter that you created it.
It does not matter that you
have a copyright mark on it.
It does not matter that it is registered in the Library of Congress.
It does not matter that you signed it.
It does not matter that you put a big fat watermark across it.
It does not matter that you put digital signatures on it.
It does not matter if you get a lawyer- you will get a pittance determined by the
offending company and no reimbursement for legal fees.
It does not matter even if you do as they demand and pay to register it in the new registries that they will form - there is no real punishment for using your work for profit.
It does not matter that you
do not want your image used on a product or to promote an agenda.
They can even sell your prints and make money!

Find your representative:

To get the attention of your representatives, you need to
immediately do ALL FOUR of the following steps:

1. Call the representative and
give the bill numbers and say I oppose this (You'll get someone who works for your representative and they will log your address and your pro/con feedback.)
2. email your representative
3. Overnight or priority mail a snail mail letter
4. Fax a letter
Get as many signatures as possible on the paper copies. Do all 4 steps if you want to be heard!

There is a small window of time to voice your opposition usually the best time to act is in the 48 hours following the release of the bill number!

Here is are sample letters you can edit and send to your local and/orstate representatives and Senators. These letters work best when you make your point clear, do not curse, and make them aware that you live in their district or state and can vote for or against them.

Feel free to make this personal with your story on how the Orphan Works legislation will harm your income. Stories are incredibly powerful.

Faxes work better than e-mails, as e-mails are too easy to delete.

Congresswoman/Senator (their name)
(their contact info)
Fax: (their fax number)

Re: The Orphan Works legislation

ear (their name),

My name is (your name) and I live in (your city, state). After reading about the Orphan Works bill, I am shocked and outraged that this could happen in our country.

This Orphan Works legislation, if passed, will severely impact my income and life as an artist. Not only will it give license for others to legally steal and
use my work for free, it will be virtually impossible for me to afford the time and money to register my creations in all the potential new registries.

(your personal story if you wish. It should show hardship under the new bill)

I strongly urge you to vote AGAINST the Orphan Works bill and protect my rights, my copyrights, to all that I have and will create.

Thank you.


(your name)
(your address)
Dear Senator,

I am writing to voice my opposition to Senate Bill S. 2913, the “Orphan Works” Bill. This bill makes it too easy for companies to use artwork without paying the artist who created it. If caught, they would only be obliged to pay a token fee, rather than damages. This law would encourage companies that use commercial artwork to copy graphic material at will, under the assumption they will not have to pay for it. This is similar to someone shoplifting from a store, but the only penalty if they got caught would be to pay the price of the item. As an artist who supports herself by licensing her artwork onto published products, I feel this bill would endanger my ability to make a living.

In addition, many European companies that I work with are refusing to import China-made products if the copyright cannot be confirmed. This is because China has a reputation for ignoring copyright law. If the U.S. gets a similar reputation due to the passage of this bill, I fear that U.S. exports of illustrated products could be threatened.

Please vote “no” on this bill.

(Your name, address, etc)


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Art Appreciation Event Success!

The Art Appreciation Event was a huge success! Fun was had by all.
Our Guest Speaker, Artist Norman West provided and fabulous presentation on his Color Theory. Here he is talking about the mysteries of color with his artwork displayed on the table to the right. The portrait is his "Self Portrait" of 1994.

Sanford Senior Alex Robinson, leader of the Blue Stream Band provided music throughout the event. THANK YOU ALEX, It was extremely enjoyable. This young man is talented beyond his years, if you are in need of a rock band please contact Alex through his Mother, Susan Norman via the Art Association website:

Lastly, but not least, Patrick Yurick dazzled the crowd with live painting, see below how his work transformed and evolved into a master piece. To follow what Patrick is doing, visit his blog:
The Abstracti
on of Mr Y:

A view of the room and crowd before the festivities started.
Thanks to the Sanford Elks Lodge for donating the facilities for this non-profit event.


Thursday, April 24, 2008


PENTEL artful water products are in the house!
I was able to play with these a little at CHA in Feb, the coverage and color brilliance are FABULOUS. I didn't realize all of my favorites were water related until I opened the package: Aquash, Water Colors, Water Brushes in both metallic and regular! woohoo! I'll share art next week................. check out their site for product overviews and ideas.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Local Art Appreciation Event




Friday, April 18, 2008



Closing news!
In case you haven't heard the news yet, Heart In Hand Scraps is closing.
We have had such a wonderful response this past year to our classes. We have loved bringing them to you. Unfortunately due to several different factors we have decided to close. We have been so grateful of your support and excitement for our classes. We hope that through them we have both inspired and challenged your creativity.
Our final new class has been added to the site. All of our other classes are online and still available through the end of May. If you have had your eye on any of our classes and had planned on purchasing them, now is the time.
Several of our teachers have great things in the works for the future. If you have enjoyed the classes they have offered here, we encourage you to keep an eye on their blogs to find out where they are headed next and what they will be up to in the upcoming months.
Again, we thank you all for your continued support.

New Class Available at HHS!

Specify Papers



Keepsake Box

By Becky Chabot
available online here

Becky has class kits available for this project. See the class description for details.

New CD Service Added!
After many customer requests, we have added a CD service to HHS. If you have a slower internet connection or have had difficulty downloading some of our larger classes, you may find this new service a perfect option for you.

For $2.50 we will place your classes on a CD and mail it to you. To take advantage of this service, simply place the CD service in your cart along with your desired classes. We will place all of the classes you buy in the same transaction on one disk for you and mail it to you. Please be sure when you check out that the address on your shopping account is correct because it will be the address we use to mail your disk to.

Please note, due to high international postage rates, this service is only available to our customers in the United States at this time.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008


I'm a featured artist on the Terra Bella Finishes site!


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Spray Paint ART Video


This artist uses some AMAZING techniques, enjoy!


Monday, April 07, 2008



Remember my talking about starting a grass roots movement to promote crafting? The industry is fading, with all of the greed and mismanagement, there are businesses and magazines failing regularly. We need staying power, the market is saturated with less than quality products and publications.
Since my trip to 2008 Winter CHA, two really fantastic magazines have had to cease publication: Creative TECHniques I will miss the most, there was no other magazine like it! the focus was on "computer assisted" crafts and scrapbooking, instead of all digi and today I found out that "Gift Maker" magazine is finished too. Not to mention that The Rubber Stamper Magazine was sold and closed late last fall.
If you can find the time, please promote your craft and learning of it in your local communities and your online communities.
start hanging out at, we will be planning a very big MAY, lots of activities and prizes, details to follow.
Becky Chabot


Thursday, April 03, 2008

ENDS AT 6 PM Shades of Grey GIVE-AWAY! Updated

Basic Grey that is!


**if you post anonymously, please sign your name and/or email address in your post content so I can identify you for the drawing.

I have 5 prizes of Basic Grey items, two complete collection packs of Stella Ruby papers, punch out tags and alpha stickers (retail value $17.99) and 3 sets of Undressed Chipboard Elements! (adhesive backed-great for covering w/ gold leafing)

What do you have to do? Just leave a comment on this post to be entered into the random drawing!

All prizes will be awarded on Wed April 30, 2008.

Don't you just LOVE Basic Grey?

..........and can you tell I'm loving my new web cam?
look for my classes soon on

I am still cleaning up the studio and I think I just might be adding more prizes to this!!! I am also considering a LIVE WEBCAM DRAWING AT 7 PM EST ON WED APRIL 30, 2008. If I can figure out where to broadcast it! stay tuned for more updates!

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Retired USMC, Mom of 2, Nana to two, living life creatively in Southern Maine. Need an original creation? That's my specialty!

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