Saturday, June 22, 2013

DIGI COUPON and some CLARIFICATION


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There are armfuls of lovely people in the craft world.  Some of the sweetest people I've ever met, I have come across through drawing stamps.  But even though there is a huge majority of crafters/stampers who make this community something special, there is always a handful that can turn that upside down.

I want to explain my DT requirements.  
My list of rules is super short.  I only have one:).
I will not allow my team members to work with the stamps of artists who are infamous in Stamp Out. 
I do not feel like that decision needs to be defended; however, twice in two weeks my name has been dragged through the mud either on Facebook or in card forums because of that choice.  Most artists who actually value their art and care about their reputation have that same DT requirement.  

Today I woke up to a forum post that makes my stomach turn.  

"Patches the Fairy" was given to a popular Dutch card club to be distributed by the leader of the club for a week to the members there~ for FREE.  I have worked with this stamper for two years, giving her 4 different digital stamps to distribute to her members as described above.  I drew the characters she asked for, and I even redrew one because she did not like the original.  She also received over 40 free digital stamps while on a Dutch SC design team (which is now shut down). 

Recently, she began to use and promote the work of an artist who I have had major issues with since September of 2011.  This artist continues to sell artwork that is, at the very least, overly inspired by the artwork of someone else and therefore, questionably "original".  I do not wish to be associated with people who promote the work of someone like that, so I made this very clear to her before giving her "Patches" to give freely to her club members.  

This week, while giving away my free digi, she posted two different projects using this woman's artwork.  

I understand that giving her this digi to distribute does not fall under the definition of a "Design Team" member...However, I believe that the way we worked together over the last two years warrants that she adhere to my DT requirements.  I take a huge hit in sales, while she gains members.  That is the nature of our work together, but I have known her for so long that I was happy to do this for her.  I did not think it was too much to ask to refrain from any artist who has a spotty history in this business.

The card club forum's post today is both untrue and hurtful (as are the running list of mean-hearted comments): 

"I found it necessary to remove .. everything that has to do with Krista and her digi's, the club I will spare you the details but I can not and will not continue to work with someone who thinks they can put everything into her hand and can tell me what I can and can not colorize and what I can put on my club ... and then another will threaten me .... me too while I have done everything to its rules and wishes..."
(It is a little difficult to read due to translation into English)

It is disgusting to even have to approach this.  For the second time this month I have dealt with this sort of thing.  

~I did not threaten.  However, I did require that the background she was using for the card club (my Shannon stamp) be immediately removed.  She never had my permission to use my artwork that way; so if left up, would be viewed as an illegal use of my artwork for her site promotion without license to do so. 
~I have one rule.  Which she blatantly broke while handing out my artwork for free.  I am pretty sure, actually, that I was the one adhering to her rules and wishes while she chose to take advantage of both the popularity of my stamps and the increase in traffic to her site because of them.
~Finally, many of these members (including the club leader) are still choosing to use my free digi but withholding the link to my shop and blog.

There seems to be a growing trend where stampers willingly choose to turn a blind eye to the artists they know have issues with originality.  I am not on a crusade to fix that; however, I will not work with those crafters who do so.  Period. 

I choose not to run my business from a money-making standpoint.  Granted, I am hugely thankful for my customers and followers and each order received.  But my focus is business longevity and future goals that are completely outside the world of stamping.  I will not risk my brand and business on people who have no moral compass or who falsify a situation without discretion.  I am not here to boost numbers artificially or work with every stamper in hopes of gaining popularity.   I care more about the authenticity of my product then I do about how widespread it is being used.  So, if it means closing down a whole SC blog or never being promoted on a popular card club, I am totally fine with that.  It really has no effect on my life.  

My intent is not to be cavalier with my followers or sales, but I choose to strive for things outside of popularity and money.  I have made bad business choices because of it, sure:).  I am not very business- minded.  But I do know where I want to go and my road getting there does not involve compromising on my standards.  

I am going to put out a guest DT call mid July. 
Please understand my requirements if you choose to enter the call.
Also, please be aware that the artists you choose to promote have a significant impact on your own reputation.  Stamp artists have the right to deny anyone the privilege of serving on their DT in light of that.  It is not something we should be put in the position of defending.  

And since you made it through all that crap:), I have Patches the Fairy in shop with a coupon code. 
You can get her for half price using FAIRYLOVE at checkout (enter AFTER all the Paypal screens:)...


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Thank you for reading.
Enjoy your weekend, friends.
xx

197 comments:

  1. Oh how sad, I agree with your points completely and I believe many other crafters will x

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  2. Just sending you a big hug and am so sorry this has happened. It is getting harder and harder as a digi stamp consumer to know who is real or not. I try my best to only support original artists...once I find out otherwise I cease using the other artists work immediately.
    Anyway, more hugs to you and I hope that more people wake up and realize the right thing to do. Thanks for the code, will be using it later today!

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  3. So sorry you've had to face this. As you say and know most crafters are genuine nice people who are amazingly grateful for you sharing your talent. It's such a shame when a few bad apples can leave a sour taste in everyone's mouths.

    Sending you giant hugs.

    Lucy x

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  4. Oh dear.
    I can totally understand were you are coming from.
    Your images are lovely and are all your own work so of course people should follow your rules while using them.
    Try not to let the actions of a few bring you down.
    x

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  5. Good for you!! We all have come to know you as an artist with strong moral values and I for one can respect that! Love your work!

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  6. So sorry there are people out there like that....best wishes. Chin up

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  7. standing by and understanding you 100% hunny. All our love and hugs xxxxxxx

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  8. WOW so sorry that you and others (artists)have to go through this.... I enjoy your designs and hope all this negativity does not keep you from creating/drawing beautiful pieces. Still waiting for the chef (without a baby) hint hint wink. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Krista, I adore your work and feel terrible that you have had to endure the crap you have. I'm glad you realize not every stamper out there is like this! I have over 45 of your digital images ( told you I adore your work) and would never do anything to knowingly hurt you! Thank you for being so generous with your freebies and discounts! Your real fans appreciate it!

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  10. This kind of thing is getting crazy and they try to cover up their guilt by making you out to be the bad guy. It's very sad. I totally think you have the right to ask them to refrain from using that art work while promoting yours.

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  11. I think your rule is fair and square. Keep up the good work.

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  12. How awful! It is common knowledge that you do not redistribute an artist's work. That is sad that there are people like this among a wonderful group of crafters and artists.

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  13. I don't think you have said/done anything wrong & totally understand how you must be feeling.Every artist has a unique style & people shouldn't try copy their style!
    You keep up your fantastic drawings & chin up :) x

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  14. Love your work so sorry about all this!

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  15. It is sad to see this in the digital stamping world. Lots of ppl will continue to do it and they won't stop. You are right, you have to do what's best for you. I feel sorry for that person who blamed you! She should apologize and give you all the rights that you, as the true artist, should receive. Thank you for still being sweet to us with your awesome coupon. Big hugs to you Krista!

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  16. I am very sorry you are going through this. It seems so completely unfair. =0( I hope that someday these kinds of things will come to an end. I have to wonder why people believe that just because its digital means it is a free for all? ((hugs))

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  17. Krista you and your integrity are amazing. I support you 100%. Thank you for being who you are. It makes me feel good to follow someone with the standards that you have. Sorry that you have been racked through the mud. Happy Saturday. Jennifer Molenaar

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  18. It's really sad that this happened to you. You are an amazing artist and a lovely person, regardless of what other say. WIshing you all the best! xx

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  19. unbelievable that someone has done this. your rules are very fair.

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  20. Its so sad how petty people can be and feel the need to act like a child. We are grown women and should act according. Your drawings are amazing and I personally have a great time creating wuth them!!! I will be looking for your dt call in july! Hugsss. Kim

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  21. Love all of your work and am sorry you have to go through this just because of your talent.
    (:(:Smiles:):)

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  22. This is so sad and so unfair to you. I really love your work and I think I know which club this is and because of this, I no longer wil be a member of them. I don't like such an attitude to an artist. And especially an artist like you. Your work is fantastic and I think it is normal to have some rules in your DT.
    Thanks for this awesome coupon. I think I will purchase her, she is so cute.

    Big hugs to you.
    Mariska

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  23. I'm sorry that you felt the need to address this issue, however I applaud your stance. Stick to your guns, regardless - that is what makes for a stronger person. Thank you so much for your lovely images and your strong attitude. :)

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  24. This is so so sad that something like this has happened to you Krista, but you couldn't have said it better and are within your rights to do so - it seems she has been taking advantage of you throughout this process without even giving any thought to your rules. You are an inspiration and will pull through this and send you lots of hugs. Claire xx

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  25. So sad to read about this...
    I love your images ♥
    -Helle from Norway-

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  26. Sorry you have to deal with things like that! You mentioned Stamp out, is that a list or something where I/we can see who is a "copycat"?

    I really love your wonderful drawings and hope this will not stop you. <3
    xox Rosa

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  27. So sorry to hear this - I am behind you 100% because you have high morals and your actions show this. Good for you for speaking out publically - sometimes there is a need to vent and we hear you.
    Love and blessings\jen leeflang

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  28. That's awfull sending crafty hugs

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  29. Good luck getting things sorted. Such a shame when things go wrong. X

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  30. It must be so demotivating sometimes when you have this constant battle in what you believe. Stay strong - at the end of the day you know you can sleep well as you are not the one doing anything wrong xx

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  31. I am sorry you have to go through this. Your work is beautiful and so original. We are blessed that you share it with us. I think you are doing the right thing! Sending big hugs!

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  32. Oh, this si so unfortunate. Your images are so beautiful,you're the bestest for long hair! I totally agree with you and support you. Hugs, Brigitte

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  33. I am sorry you have to go through this. Your work is beautiful and so original. We are blessed that you share it with us. I think you are doing the right thing. Sending big hugs!

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  34. Hi sweetie,
    I'm sorry you have to go through all this. I did get your awesome digi from the club(before I knew about all this) and made a schoolcalender with it. When I posted it on my blog I did leave a link to your blog and your shop as I always do (http://kimmieskaartjes.blogspot.nl/2013/06/patchest-fairy.html). I have always loved your artwork (and will always keep loving your artwork ;) )and I think you are an amazing person at heart. Big big hugs <3
    Kim

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  35. Krista, I know what you're talking about! I'm Dutch, I know the club, I stopped being a member 5 years ago, because I didn't like the owner of that club, if you know what I mean!

    It was everywhere on Facebook that those ladies stopped with the SC Dutch Challenge blog a few weeks ago, and the very next day they were so enthusiastic about the work of another ''artist'' and I thought: How dare you???

    I'm sure you can read a lot ''between the lines'', so I won't say more than I said, except that I understand you so well! hugs from Holland!
    Alina

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    1. Idd, precies hetzelfde wat ik dacht. Ik vind dat dan z├│ gemeen. Kan er echt niet tegen.
      Blij dat ik niet de enige was die dat dacht. ;)

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  36. I hate that this has happened to you :( You have such a caring, generous spirit and it saddens me to think of anyone taking advantage of that. Sending good energy and lots of love your way xxx

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  37. Sorry to hear this Krista I really love your images you are a very talented girl
    jacqui xxx

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  38. Oh how awful for you - I cannot draw very well and because of that, I can completely understand that, if I created something beautiful, I would not want it to be abused. People really do take advantage sometimes and then act like they are the victims. Crafting is meant to be fun at the end of the day and I completely understand that you also have business to run and need to make a living. Continue to protect your work and maintain your artistic integrity. Your real fans are right behind you all the way.
    Sharon x

    Sharon x

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  39. Soory to heat this Krista!!I'm sure people will keep buying your images, one blog less or not.
    Your images are unique!
    And I won't ever use images of that other person, as I've heard too much about her.
    Hugs,Sandra

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  40. oh dear this is not good. I have heard all the previous issues and am sure I know some of the artists involved. It is very sad that this lady chose to break your rules and then turned it on you. Your artwork is wonderful and I too think it is disgusting that people try to copy it and pass it off as original.
    hugs
    x

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  41. Behind you all the way, lovely lady! I've sent you a pm on FB (hopefully you'll read it)....DON'T LET THE BUGGERS GET YOU DOWN!!. You have a heart of gold, no-one can take that away.
    Big hugs
    Fiona xxxx

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  42. So sorry this has happened to you. I feel a great amount of jealousy from the other party, so don't let them get you down! Your work is amazing and your rules are clear and precise.

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  43. Big hug for you Krista! Sad it happened twice. Love your art. xoxoxo Kitty

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  44. So so sorry to hear that you are having to put up with such nonsense and crap. It's hard to understand anyone who would want to be so blatantly deceitful. You are quite right in the actions you have taken against this or any individial.

    Do they not realise what damage they are doing - what gives them the right to behave in this manner. Nothing. Nothing gives them the right. They are dishonest individuals.

    I hope that this is the end of it and you don't have to put up with any crap - carry on fighting - please don't give in.

    Good luck, i'm sure everyone is behind you more than you imagine.
    xx

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  45. oh my,
    I`ve read the (dutch)message this morning as I am/was a member of that club and I suspected there was more to the story.
    I love your stamps and I support you and your integrity. And as you can read in all the comments you are supported by a lot of lovely people, don`t ever forget that.

    Hugs, Anastasia xxx

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  46. I have no problem with your DT requirement--I support it fully! However, it would be good to know which "artists" are infamous in Stamp Out, so that I do not use them in the future--just from a personal standpoint.
    There is one that I bought from, until I heard that she had copied the basic image from another artist, so I deleted the images I had purchased. I had made one card with one of her images, which I never published, due to my own standards.
    Would you please send me a list of these artists, so that I know not to use their images? I would really appreciate it.
    I admire your work greatly. Thank you for the free and reduced-price images you do offer! This new one is another darling one.
    Big hugs, Penny

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    1. I was wondering that also. Where can we find out who is on the list?

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    2. Hi I would love to know who to avoid also, is there a list somewhere?

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    3. Yes would love to get a list sometimes wonder Aboutt images

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    4. Me too! I have no idea what u r all talking about...but it doesn't sound good or like people I want to associate with!

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    5. I too would love to know what artists should be avoided!!

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    6. Me too as I would not like to think I am associated with someone so dishonest.

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  47. I love your artwork! I'm sorry you have to deal with garbage like that. Some people just don't think rules apply to them. I hope this will all be behind you soon. Sending hugs!

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  48. Krista, hugs to you. I was a member of this club untill 5 minutes ago...
    It's so unfair how she is adressing this issue. There are rules to be followed and when you don't than there are consequenses, even in her own group. I read her post and thought.. this isn't the Krista "I know".
    Please keep on drawing and seeing all the good things. It's always hard when you're popular I think. I absolutely LOVE your images.
    xxx Rovianne

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  49. Krista wrapping u up in Big Hugs. My hart was wavy as I read this!! I think what hurt most of all is because it comes from someone that u have had a long standing relationship with . As stampede and crafters it is up to us to respect the work if the Artist and their craft. It's the same reason why we " water mark" our own cards and projects because we don't want any one else taken credit for the hard work we put into it!!

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  50. Standing with you 100% Krista, I know this club but gladly I am no longer member there :). I think it is normal doing DT work that you should use as much products from the designer as you can and respect the DT rules one artist has. Although I haven't found much time to colour your SC, I love your work and stamps and been a fan of you since your fab Simply Sassy stamps. I am sad that this happens to you whilst being so genorous. Sending lots of hugs from Holland, Marion

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  51. I am SO sorry to heat that people would & have so blantly use you & abuse you & your work. I LUV your work & can't get enough of It - but like you - ONLY in the right way! Stand your ground! BIG HUGS, Brenda

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  52. Krista I am so sorry :( xxx

    You know, over the time I have been working with digi stamps, it has got to a point now where I am so confused as to who is a "Good Egg" and who I should steer clear off, I havent been scooting around peoples blogs as much as I used too so I miss out on reading a lot.

    I respect you artists that create for us, and I make sure I always buy my images direct from your sites.

    In fact there is a company I like the look of, but I am unsure as to whether they are good or bad so have not brought anything.

    Krista you have always come across to me as a fun loving, genuine kind hearted person, I do hate to see you go through this

    Joey x

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  53. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this, Krista! It's so upsetting and sad that there are people out there who take things for granted and have no morals. I love you artwork and am standing by you
    Loads of love
    Silvie xx

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  54. Krista, sending you HUGE hugs! I'm so sorry you are going through this. I love your images so much and am so grateful for your work. Your work is really inspiring to want to be artists such as myself :) Keeping you in my prayers and sending warm hugs :)
    Hugs, Christine

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  55. I support you 100% and completely understand.

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  56. So unless a digi company is listed as a Participating Company on the Stamp Out Stamp Theft blog (a blog that has not been updated since November 2011), you will deny anyone using their "non-approved images" from joining your DT? This is not a very large list of digi companies. I think if this is the case, this list of companies needs to be current. And when a situation arises, Company names and website should be used instead of all this secrecy. How is a crafter supposed to know if they are promoting a company that is not respecting copyrights? Not all of us follow the drama that goes on in the crafting world.

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  57. i adore u krista, and there is nothing wrong with defending what u believe in!

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  58. This is disgraceful and i'm really sorry this has happened to you, sending big ((hugs)) your way.
    I'm new to the digi world and haven't ventured further than SC and don't think I will now x

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  59. So sorry you're having to go through all this Krista, it's such a shame other people don't have the same morals & standards as you! Keep up the fab work you do....we're right behind you!
    Hugs Jo x

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  60. Krista, I'm so sorry that you have to deal with this nonsense! You addressed it with your usual spunk, grace, and poise! You know we've got your back and support you 100%! As for those less than nice crafters, well, what's it they say about Karma...? ;-) Sending you big hugs!
    {hugs}
    Regan

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  61. Krista, so sorry you have to go through this yet again. You are totally right in defending yourself, your values & your work. Sending (((Hugs))) your way!

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  62. So very well said Krista. Sadly there will always be people who want something for nothing or who will abuse other people's talents. You truly are a gifted artist and I love your images. onwards and upwards my friend. Talent will always outshine greed and nastiness.
    hugs
    xxxx

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  63. so sorry you have had to deal with this sort of crap Krista - i for one support you 100%

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  64. well done for your integrity its a sad fact that some people on this world are deceitful and dishonest, dont let it dishearten you ,your work is amazing and its sad you had to do this post but I admire you for doing so as will so many others .crafty hugs Andrea

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  65. Love your work, Krista. Thanks for continuing to make the world beautiful with your art and your morals. I try not to use dig is from questionable people. Does stamp out have a list of people to avoid?

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  66. {more hugs} Krista don't bother getting angry with nasty people like that...will always support you! <3 <3 <3

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  67. So sorry to hear about this one! You have a a right to defend your livelihood against someone who blantantly copies you and others. We got your back.

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  68. Krista, I am so sorry to hear you are having these issues. I have heard of this on another's site. I SUPPORT you and LOVE your work and know you must do what it takes to keep up your wonderful standards. Hugs & prayers coming your way.

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  69. So sorry this has happened to you. You are an amazing talent. Sending great big cyber hugs.

    I am glad that you are standing up for yourself.

    Mari

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  70. I never thought of that for my DT requirements. That is a great idea! I will have to find this list and try and stick with it too. Thanks. Great stamp by the way.
    Come join us over at Craft Lovin Challenge Blog!
    Great priced, fun digi paper and stamps
    Tabitha's Designs

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  71. Such a shame, I'm so sorry you have to deal with crap like this. You are such a giving person and don't deserve it. I'm behind you 100%.
    Big hugs
    Gabbi

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  72. So sorry Krista that you are having to deal with this. I feel for you. I can't stand that people out there are stealing images or altering them very little and calling them their own. I was on a DT for a rubber company a while back and her images were be questioned. I did a little research and from what I could tell she was copying images for her own company. She also wanted the DT to sign a very specific contract that would have put us in jeopardy of being sued. I very quickly resigned as I didn't want to be part of any company with that type of business practice. I wish you the best.
    Hugs,
    Brenda

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  73. So sorry Krista that you are having to deal with this. I feel for you. I can't stand that people out there are stealing images or altering them very little and calling them their own. I was on a DT for a rubber company a while back and her images were be questioned. I did a little research and from what I could tell she was copying images for her own company. She also wanted the DT to sign a very specific contract that would have put us in jeopardy of being sued. I very quickly resigned as I didn't want to be part of any company with that type of business practice. I wish you the best.
    Hugs,
    Brenda

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  74. Dear sweet Krista.......you have always been so loving & giving with your beautiful creations & it's such a shame that there are those in the crafting world who would take advantage of someone as talented as you. I am so very sorry that you've had to deal with this & even have to write a post about it. But believe this.........there are hundreds of crafters who stand beside you & agree with your moral compass. Good for you for taking the high ground. You will be blessed for being such a good example to others.
    Huggies & Sweet Sweet Blessings coming your way ~
    Sharron♥

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  75. Oh my, I am so sorry to read that you have to endure this again! I agree whole-heartedly, so important to live our lives with respect and value for others, in all parts of our life, craft/ online included. Its so sad that this kind of activity seems to be more and more prevalent. Your designs are so beautiful, it always makes me sad to see these cheap copies of your amazing work. Thank you for sharing another of your gorgeous images with us <3. Sending you much love and support. Jen xx

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  76. Krista so sorry you have to through all of that twice!! I love your stamps and almost all of the cards I make for my blog and enter into challenges have been made with your gorgeous and fab stamps. It is so sad that there are always people out their who don't want you to succeed in life but for every one of them there are a million other genuine fans and followers who want to help you reach your goals.

    Hugs Mandy xxx

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  77. So sad that you have to keep going through this! I hope you know that you have tons of people that are standing by you 100% and are fully aware that you are not being hateful or vengeful. 2 Chron. 15:7 and many virtual hugs coming your way :)

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  78. I am so sorry you have to go through this. I support you 100%. You, unlike others, have a moral compass you adhere too. I'm so proud of you. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Have faith things will turn around. Hugs.

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  79. lots of hugs and I HATE that the meanies and dishonest people make it difficult for those that are kind and honest. I guess that not caring goes with being mean and dishonest....

    Hold your head high.

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  80. Fab post! Amazing how some people can be so ungrateful- if you're being given something for free then stick to the rules- it's not complicated. I agree that it would be good to have some kind of idea as to who the less scrupulous people are so we know not to use them. I love SC- keep up the great work!

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  81. Totally understand and support your stance, it's incredible that people can think any different! Hugs, Juliexx

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  82. So sorry you are going through this. I love your work and totally support you. I admire the fact that you are standing up and fighting for what is Right! Don't let those with less values than yourself bring you down. You have a lot of love and support!

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  83. l'm sorry to hear of this and to think of all the kindness you have given through your free images some people are so dishonest and do not respecting or care how they go about using them, your such an inspiring person and l only hope you know that there are good people out there too take care and thank you for sharing this xx

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  84. So sorry to hear about all your troubles, Krista. I don't know who you're talking about and I have never heard of the site you mentioned but I think most of us try very hard not to knowingly support fraudulent artists. There are only a handful of artists that I do support regularly and if any of them lend or give their work to the unscrupulous site you speak of, I am not aware of it. I believe the work of those whose digi designs I use to be original as I have not seen any proof to the contrary. I wish you continued success and your family all the best. Hopefully, this situation will right itself in the long run.

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  85. You said it well. It is sad that these things happen.

    I totally enjoy your images (guess I have started a collection having 26 now....). I wish you success in all you do and thank you for the wonderful inspiration through your art.

    Now I am off to color "Ugly Christmas Sweater" because it is never to early to start planning for the holidays.
    :)
    Melissa T.

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  86. I'm so sorry you have o go through this! I support you 100%!

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  87. Krista you are the master my love, others can only hope to be half as good. And as for the nasty comment - sour grapes!! So pathetic, take it from whence it comes. We all love you millions xxxx

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  88. Hi Krista. I'm so sorry to hear about all this nastiness you've experienced. Please be assured that there are so many of us who love your designs and would never wish to hurt you. You have a wonderful gift and we all appreciate your marvellous work. With big hugs and love, Val xx

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  89. wow, I'm gutted for you Krista - I know only too well how cut-throat this industry is, and still I am amazed at how low some folk can go. sending you bosies from Aberdeenshire
    Debz
    x

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  90. The cheek of some crafters, there are rules for a reason and I support you all the way I love your work and talent, hugs xx

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  91. Hi Krista, Wow anyone who reads your blogs and sees your talent knows that you are an amazing warm and generous to a fault person as well as a talented artist! So sorry this has happened to you, please is there somewhere we can find out who the offending artists are as I would definitely not use their images, I am worried that I may have some and not know it!!!
    Warmest hugs to you
    Jacqui xxx

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  92. Krista, I agree with you 100% and as a business stand point I would suggest taking the time and money to copyright your work or trademark it, I know that seems so awful to have to do that but it is the only way to STAMP IT OUT and then people will have to think twice about using your work when they are not to as this will have legal implications............ It would be awful if the whole community has to suffer because of a few...........

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  93. Like some of the others, I would also like to know who to steer clear of. I understand that it wouldn't be good for you to just *say* "so and so is a cheat", but can we assume that if they don't have the Stamp Out logo displayed that there are questionable practices?
    No matter what, I support your stance! It makes perfect sense to me - why should your gorgeous art carry them??
    Hugs & love!

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  94. Krista, I am behind you, and your work 100%. You are clearly the superior artist, all of the nasty words aside, at school we were told that imitation is the highest form of flattery. I know that what others says hurt, and I can appreciate the shop side of the situation too, but I've said it before and I'll say it again, the truth will out.
    Big hugs,
    Becky xxx

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  95. Krista , I am so very sorry to hear that you are going through this! I back you 100 % and tho I just recently joined THAT group, I am now in joining it in support of all this.....I did wonder why she was using your Shannon image in her background ...had a feeling it was wrong...
    Krista, you are a beautiful talented woman, inside and out! You are generous and kind to others such as myself who can't draw a straight line lol without artists such as you I would be coloring stick people. You share your beautiful art with all of us and I am a true fan and follower....just bought four more of your digis....I thank you for sharing
    And please please never stop drawing and sharing ! Never ever close your site as you have many people who love you 100% and will completely support you, cyber Hugz dear Krista..CJ

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  96. I am sorry to hear that you have been dealing with such a mess! It is sad when people feel the need to take advantage of others generousity, instead of appreciating the gift they were given! Big hugs and you have my total support! Now I am off to buy that CUTE fairy :)

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  97. wow... that is horrible... to be an artist is an amazing thing... and to share your art work is a joy, but for the people who receive your artwork, and for free, to behave in such a way is just awful... i create for fun, and it freaks me out when i encounter people like that... thanks for sharing... and i totally agree with you... your art, your rules... so simple to understand... good luck...

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  98. Oh Krista...So very sorry you are having to deal with all this. Its so sad. You are such an amazing artist.
    Sending you hugs xx
    Debbie xx

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  99. so sorry x your artwork is beautiful and so are your morals it is a breath of fresh air to see someone stand by what they believe in x kepp going and take no notice of jealous people x x thankyou so much for the coupon x x x

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  100. It's funny how when someone get's caught doing something wrong they think they are the victim. When they are in fact the person in error of wronging someone and then to bad mouth the person after to try and hide the blame they did it's is totally shameless and karma will come back and bite them in the butt for this, I'm sure of it. So don't let it get you down your so in the right to expect good from people it's a shame that there are always a few rotten apples in the bunch. x Nikki

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  101. Good for you Krista!! You are a beautiful person that creates amazing artwork. It all comes down to the green eyed monster. Sending huge hugs and a whole heap of support.
    Clare
    xx

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  102. Krista, I am not a particular fan of this genre of digi-art but even I can say that your execution of your art is top quality. Moreover, I agree with every word you have written in your piece and if I were at all into this genre would be begging for a place on your DT purely to be associated with a person of such high moral standards.
    There will always be thieves, whether of physical or intellectual property but there are few more badly affected and damaged than the digi-artist. We're considered fair game as 'it's only a drawing' - well, I'm sorry, if you take a free copy of a digital image, that STILL makes YOU a thief!
    Good luck Krista.
    Hugs
    Eiglas
    x

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  103. When did society become so immoral? not only fraudulent artists but individuals who go out of their way to cause distress, hurt and mischief because it's the only defence they know to being caught out! Krista, you have every right to stand by your rule and i'm so sorry to hear about all this anguish a second time in so few days, you're in my payers. Continue to hold your head high and try to continue that most of us are 100% behind you and all genuine stamp artists.

    It had been voiced, and here I add my own, that it would be good to have access to a list of known 'bad eggs'. Whilst I only buy from 4 digi companies myself, I would happily spread the need on my blog and try to help educate and eradicate this issue.

    Sending warmest thoughts and prayers to you at this time xx

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  104. I am not familiar with your work, but I am familiar with integrity.
    That said, I hope and pray you continue to stand your ground.
    I applaud you.
    Blessings,
    Emily

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  105. Totally agree , while I believe inspiration can come in many forms and from many places , basing one's work on another's solely , is no longer flattery ,but , an ethical and legal issue , I will continue to love your work for its originality

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  106. You have my support Krista. Sorry to hear you have to put up with this sort of thing. Hang in there!

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  107. I have to tell you this situation is why I so rarely use digitals and prefer to buy rubber or acrylic stamps. I maybe have 10 digis all purchased across the internet. But I have yet to use them because I don't know if putting them on my blog will violate anything even as a finished card. I hate the theft going on webwide. The ethics behind these sort of thefts leave me shaking my head and wondering if this sort of thing (almost petty why people steal them) is just the drop in the bucket of why people steal or whatever. I hope things get better for you Krista. I would love to slap at the very least those who do this to artists.

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  108. Oh dear, so sorry Krista that you have to go through that and I support you. I have just started my own challenge blog, and one of my DT rules are that we do not promote any images that are suspect, and I have list of companies I will not support.....
    It's hard sometimes to keep up because the list is growing....shame..
    Hang in there Krista, you have heaps of supporters and people like myself who just love your images....blessings Hilde

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    1. That sounds fabulous Hilde. Yours would be a challenge blog I and I'm sure many other crafters would love to support. So do tell us the name! It's tricky when some of the challenge blogs seem to have great artists supporting them and then occasionally those that are questionable. So knowing you will only allow 'true' artists to support the challenge is reassuring. Good luck with that! Wends x

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  109. As I said before... it's SO unfair how they treat you. And they don't even tell the story right. Only how it suits them best, because they're flawless and they're "free people" who are really mean and sneaky posting and later deleting messages and threaten you.
    I was so angry, but I'm ignoring them now.
    You have my support. <3

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  110. Sorry you are going through this, it stinks! You have always been honest and forthright. Your images are amazing, I have a huge file of them that I just couldn't resist.

    Like some of the other ladies, it is sometimes hard to know at this point which images are the original. Can we somehow see which artists are a part of Stamp Out? That way we would know who the "good guys" are? Just don't want to offend a great artist by unknowingly using a rip off image.

    Stay strong!

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  111. Sorry to hear all of this ... it is sad that people have to behave this way. I stand behind you 100%! Love your images, you are a fantastic artist!!

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  112. Oh no im so sorry this is happening to you and am 100% with you....I know who you mean and her work is a very pale copy of yours....hugs
    Mina xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  113. Krista, I too, wish to convey my sympathy and sadness for all you are having to endure. I'm so aorry you have been taken advantage of so badly. And then for that person to sad such horrible things about you-such a loving, sweet and beautiful soul. You are the last person to deserve such poor treatment. Keep your chin up sweet girl. Know you're loved and supported by many. Sending lots of hugs your way. And thank you for brightening our lives with your words and wonderful talent. Everytime I see and/or color one of your stamps my heart smiles.

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  114. Krista---I applaud you in every way. You are one of the most talented artists out there. I love every single one of your images. (YOUR being the operative word) I have even asked your permission to cut out part of an image (country mama) before I posted a card creation. I had a photography business for a while and still freelance from time to time. I am always amazed when 'friends' post my pictures without first asking or acknowledging me as the photographer. Stay true to yourself!! You are special!

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  115. You are so talented, so sorry you are going through all of this.

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  116. Krista, so sorry you had to go thru this, the fact u have taken advantage of is discusting and so so wrong i think your a brilliant artist and have always loved your work and have felt very grateful when you have let us have your free art work. sending you very big ((hugs)) sweetpea
    nicke xxxxxxxxxxx

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  117. I am sorry to hear of all the garbage other people are putting you through. I have even greater respect for you now knowing how ethical you are aside from your talent. There needs to be a way to track copying images illegally. I hope that things get better for you soon, and your future DT's learn much more from you than just art.
    A possible DT in about 2-3years(lol),
    T

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  118. She is a beautiful image and I support your point of view 100%. It is just wrong the abuse some people do in stealing other people's work. I hope things get better. I have just 'liked' the FB stamp out page you have created.

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  119. I love ur stuff
    please don't let others wreck ur sweet character
    u r awesome
    thanks for that

    I do need a list of the cheats
    In case I think "oh I like that stamp" and buy from a copycat!

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  120. So sorry you have to go through this. When amazing artists such as Mo and yourself offer your art to us at such low cost or to DT members for free, it should be easy, not to mention the right thing to do, that we follow a few simple and respectful rules.

    I hate getting in the middle of things as well, but we all need to stand up for what's right sometimes. I've sent a few P Pinners to Stamp Out myself. No one should steal anyone's livelihood and art.

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  121. So sorry you have to go through this. When amazing artists such as Mo and yourself offer your art to us at such low cost or to DT members for free, it should be easy, not to mention the right thing to do, that we follow a few simple and respectful rules.

    I hate getting in the middle of things as well, but we all need to stand up for what's right sometimes. I've sent a few P Pinners to Stamp Out myself. No one should steal anyone's livelihood and art.

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  122. I just HAD to leave a comment and let you know how sorry I am for you and any artist who has to defend their work in this way. There is tooo much of this going on. Most crafters admire and respect you artists and appreciate you letting us play with your amazing work - it certainly make my day when I even purchase one of your images - and then to colour them up - WOW - it brings me such joy! Lots of hugs Krista - you have so much support - it's a shame so few can do so much harm! xXx

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  123. Krista, this seems to happen a lot in this wonderful world of craft, sadly you are just one of them dragged into the mud. You do not deserve this sort of crap and going by the amount of comments, hey, who's the best girl??? YOU.. I love your stamps and images and will continue to promote them when I do my challenges and enter on many blogs, you are one of the best, kindest and most talentd artist I know...Just remember, I always have said 'those that speak badly of you are only jealous of you and your success'..

    Keep smiling and hey, going by all of these comments who is the best?? You. Sending lots of love and hugs and smiles from Australia..xxxx
    love annie xxxxx


    http://annieforeva.blogspot.com.au

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  124. You are clearly very hurt by this and Im so sorry for you because of that. Ive a family business (not my craft business) with my mum and we too have made these mistakes and more than once. I think it didn't even occur to us that other people didn't think like we did. These people give all the appearance of thinking as you do and being good honest honourable people while all the time are actually just taking advantage. We spent some time thinking did this make us stupid, or not business enough or should we change our giving natures, esp as it happened more than once, but came to the conclusion after some real soul searching that, although obviously we have to be more sensible in the future, (ie whoever it is, however nice etc, have a written agreement for example),
    that we didn't want these few to spoil who we were to the majority and actually even ourselves. I think for us it was less about the loss of any money or anything business that was so upsetting but it was this realisation that not everybody is nice and we are not all playing this game by the same rules as it were. But I truly believe that what goes around comes around. So please don't allow her and her 'lemmings' to change you or bring you down, let your good nature be the light in her darkness. I guess this might be one of those situations when The Lord is getting you to try out this 'loving your enemy' thing! And lastly i just want to say you only have look at all these comments to see how many people care about YOU, not your product not your brand but you, yourself. You give not only your art but of yourself and that is precious and something no one can take from you. God bless :-)

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  125. Krista, I know how difficult it must have been to write this post as I know you don't enjoy having to make these types of issues public. And I'm enraged for you that your character is being defamed on these sites.

    Having meet you personally and knowing how important your illustrations are to your heart, it breaks my heart that there are people out there greedy enough to profit off of poor quality "copies" of not just your work, but of other fine artists too.

    As for the list that everyone wants you to make... I for one appreciate you taking the high road and not calling out names. Let an organization like Stamp Out do that with your backing.

    And anyone wanting to "know" what images are copies... if you are out there looking and you say, "Wow... that reminds me of a SC" or "There is a SC image that is so similar." (or other company's images)... then it's a poor imitation and you should steer clear. And if in doubt, check with the artist (who you think might be copied.)

    Last point, this is YOUR DT... and you can make any darn rules you want and you should NEVER have to justify them. Anyone having issues with your requirements aren't the type of person you want on your team anyway.

    Hugs to you and know you have the support and love of your family, friends and a HUGE number of stampers!

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  126. I so agree with the comments here. I support your stand and am so sorry you've been treated such disrespect! I appreciate your integrity!!

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  127. It's sad to hear that Krista, I don't know which "artist" you are referring to so whose images I shouldn't use. Is there somewhere online that tells us who has been "stamped out"? XOX Lucy

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  128. Krista,so sorry you have to have this continuous thorn in your life.Huge hugs!You know you're already Victorious in this situation. (: Thanks for the code! I

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  129. Krista, First and foremost might say that you NEVER have to explain why you do what you do but the fact that you did, I respect you for that. I have asked many times about who these artist are as I will not support anyone that is stealing images. I bought some images from someone that I suspected but asked a very respected person in the business and she defended this person so I bought some of her images. I am still on shaky ground with them but I would love to have a list of these people. Somewhere I did have a very short list of people a few years ago but I think they should be exposed so that all of us can make up our own minds if we want to be a part of there ethics or not. I am so sorry that you have to go through this mess and I know so many of you talented ladies have to go through this but it is good to know that MOST of us follow the rules and respect the work put into these images that you do for US and do not want to disrespect you in any way. If there is a way to collect the names of these people, please put it out there for all of us to see.. We will always stand with the honest illustrators/artists so no one has to worry about losing any of their true followers.

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  130. You are awesome! Boo to those people! You stand by your morals - which is so rare these days! I love your work!!! Hugs!

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  131. Krista. I had no clue this type of thing happened. I fully support you not only because I love your stamps and creativity, but because of your genuine heart and love of God.

    I think a list of offenders would help us (who really & innocently) don't know, to be mindful and keep away from associating with them. Especially if we want to someday be accepted into your DT.

    Thanks for this post and thanks for the code. I will be getting her asap!

    Be blessed.
    x0, D

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  132. The most positive thing that comes from this, I hope, is that you realize how respected and loved you are in the art world!! And even though it may not have been YOUR image that was stolen, you stand up for all legitimate artists everywhere!!! Good for you for standing your ground and hopefully we will all be able to buy from honest people!
    Many hugs!
    Teri

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  133. Kudos to you!!!!!! Your art is very original! I wouldn't want my name or product associated with anybody like that either! Stick to your guns!!!! I admire your integrity!


    Big hugs for you!

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  134. I am new to digi stamps but even being new I know there are things that are right and things that are wrong. You have been treated badly. Your art work is yours and should only be used by those who purchase it (according to your policies) and those you allow to use under YOUR guidelines. Anyone using your art with permission should always follow your rules and you should always be given credit. I am truly sorry you have had to go through this. I will never use artwork that I have not purchased. New to digi or not, this is not difficult to understand. Sending best wishes to you. Thank you for the coupon.

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  135. People can be just STUPID and small sometimes. It's disappointing, but it happens. For you to have to go through this after such a long relationship is very depressing and hurtful. Take some time away, breath, and come back with a new outlook. Not everyone is that selfish and small minded.

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  136. I meet your work in Sugar Nellie and while I didn't get much stamps from your collections there, I totally fall in love with your digis. I guess everybody has its own reasons and I admire you for stand on your own. I'll definitevely keep collecting your stamps cos' they are lovely and we know who is true artist and who not. As you know there are many people in this world, you only need to turn the page and keep on. Hugs!

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  137. How very frustrating! I pray for truth and justice to prevail!!! May our God fight in the heavenlies on your behalf, Krista. May He fill you with His peace as He has filled you with your great talent :)
    ♥♥♥

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  138. Well said and at the end of the day they are your digis and you are entitled to say how they are used x

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  139. OMGosh!! The nerve of some people!!! I'm sorry for you having to deal with this... So sad that some people bring us all down :-(

    Big hugs
    Linda

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  140. I am sooo soory to hear that someone is behaving like that. It is not fair to all of the artists!

    As I am not sure which "artists" sell not-original work, I hope I don't use any of them...

    Sending you a big hug from Germany,
    Melanie

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  141. How awful that you have been vilified for conducting your business in such an ethical manner. Unfortunately it goes goes to show the lack of morals & respect some others have. Luckily there are many, many others who appreciate all that you do, thank you

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  142. I'm sending you my hugs from the Netherlands. As soon as I read about a big club and giving free digi's I knew exactly who you were talking about. You are totally right with your story and I wish you all the best. Keep up the good work!
    Hugs Lotte

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  143. I totally agree with you Krista. I display the badge on my blog for STAMP OUT. You are a very lovely thoughtful and giving person who's generosity should not be put on. Your talent should be natured and you enrich everyone's lives.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  144. Krista, here here, well done girl.

    You have every right to stand up for your beliefs and your work, it is after all, YOUR WORK!!! I am so sorry you have been treated this way by someone you thought was your friend, that is disgusting.

    Much love, and keep on drawing :) x

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  145. Oh Krista, I am so sorry that you are having to face this...keep strong, you have my support and as you can see the support of lots and lots of others. I adore your images and get withdrawal symptoms if I haven't coloured one for two or three days :) I hope this all calms down very quickly and you can carry on with what you love to do, peacefully. Hugs, Teresa x

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  146. Krista, I'm so sorry to hear all the trouble you are going through. Just know that you have a LOT of followers and fans and we are all behind you every step of the way xxx

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  147. Hi Krista, I am so sorry to read what is going on. I know well how it feels like when someone is copying you... someone did to my coloured images and it made me so angry. I so love your images and am behind you. Your characters are unique and they will always be!! Keep on drawing them and spread fun and happiness with them. Never let yourself putting down through such bad peoples!!!
    Hugs, Karina

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  148. Krista, I am really upset for you that you have another issue with a crafter not respecting your work. Those of us who love and cherish your creations and enjoy buying them and using them for our own creations, are 100% behind you. You speak your truth and continue to do so. Your business will NOT suffer because of this. Those of us who love and respect your work will continue to do so and I have deep respect for you and your stand to protect your work from dishonourable people. I know Mo Manning has already come to your aid, and so will others in the field. We got your back hunny. You and you're work are loved and respected. May the Angels surround you and give you a sense of peace through all this. Love and hugs, Wends xxx

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  149. Oh Krista, I'm so sorry you have to go through all this trouble. I really appreciate your unique artwork and I know you have a very kind, honest and generous heart.
    Sending you my biggest hugs, Anja

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  150. Hi Krista,

    As in all things there is some good and some not so good. It always hurts the sensitive soul when we see injustice but as you see here you are loved and respected. We are all thankful and blessed to have such a sweet, talented artist, share your insperations with us. Keep up the good work and have a great weekend.xx

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  151. How very sad! Krista dear, you are 100% right on this one, it's so sad that there are a few out there who feel they are somehow above the rules and therefore abuse them to the point that others suffer. Sending prayers and support your way Krista - stay strong girl :)
    Blessings, Cheryl

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  152. I am really proud of you that you stand up for what you believe in- even at the possible risk you MAY loose a few customers. I have to say, I know of the issue- and I am afraid I may not even have a clue if I am using digi's that are not 'original'........ Bless You and glad you stick to your ethics and do not let it get to you- you have tomes of support!!!

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  153. Oh Krista, I'm so sorry you've had to go through this again. Yes I love your stamps, and always will, but you are a constant inspiration beyond your art. The life you share with us through your blogging is one of laughter, love and grace and these are the things that are a true measure of a person. Hold your head high and know that we stand with you in your fight for what is right :). Thank you for the coupon code! Sending super big hugs your way, Katie

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  154. everyone else has made comments that echo what I am feeling. just know that I love you and your beautiful heart. your art is a reflection of that....

    I have not supported this other artist, nor do I support the stores that sell her stamps or the challenge blogs that give away her prizes. I can not with good conscious do that. more importantly, God wouldn't let me. truth always prevails. stand firm upon that rock. you do not stand upon it alone. :)

    sending you great big hugs! :)

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  155. <3 to you Krista.
    Stay strong, you have lots of lovely supporters rooting for you! xxx

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  156. Hi Krista,

    You are absolutely right!!! Stick to your guns and don't let other people bad mouth you for not letting them copy or use your images in an unauthorised manner. Your images are gorgeous, your talent is fabulous and you always have been very generous in sending your images to any DT of challenges you have sponsored. Thank you so much for sponsoring us at CRAFT Challenge over the years, it has always been very much appreciated. I for one agree, that any images supplied by any artists should not be shared without prior permission to do so.

    Love,

    Jo.

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  157. I love your images. So sad the way some people
    behave.

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  158. Sorry to hear this, hope you all the best, love your originel style of drawings;-))m

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  159. I 100% agree with your stance. The sooner people realise the amount of hard work each piece of art takes the sooner I hope they'll stop stealing images. Unfortunately I don't think that will happen. I support the Stamp it out blog and facebook page and completely understand your DT requirement. I look forward to hearing about the new ideas for the stamp it out blog.

    Thank you for the coupon. I, of course, couldn't resist! :)

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  160. I am so sad to read the troubles you are having! I posted a response to another going up above and will repeat here. You are the sites and artists to avoid? I don't want to use anything that is bad or stolen!!

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  161. Hi Krista, I am a huge fan of your artwork, I love your digis and u have my support, sorry to hear that you're having problems with people taking advantage of you. Lots of hugs my crafty friend!!!

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  162. So sorry to hear about this. It just isn't fair and there has to be a way of stopping this. Chin up and continue making stunning artwork which we all love.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  163. Oh my dear friend, I am so saddened and distressed to read this and see what this is doing to you, and the fact that you are still having to deal with this all this time. As you know I also know about this struggle and past struggles with this so called 'artist' and she is nothing but a copycat and despicable in my book. You are one of the sweetest, easy going people I know and a pleasure to work with, which is what I have been doing for over a year now. I cannot call you a boss as you are far more like a best friend, best buddy, and this is nothing other than theft and scandalous slander of a lovely lady, whom does not deserve any of this, please know that you are not alone and if you need anything from me, do not hesitate to contact me Krista hun. Love to you and chat soon xxx

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  164. Woah, that's tough to deal with! Good luck getting it all sorted and thank you soooooo much for the beautiful art work you create and for your generosity to your fans. Susie x

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  165. Oh dear Krista, sorry to hear this is happening to you. Will be great to have a list of artists who aren't using original artwork so I can avoid them. Hugs
    Gretchen

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  166. Sending you lots of love and hugs! You deserve better than the treatment from this person. I believe you are one amazing lady who has been blessed from the man upstairs with an awesome artistic talent. Thank you for sharing it with all of us and the discounts and freebies.

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  167. Krista,
    I think from the email comments that you can see that you are very highly thought of. Your artwork is incredible and I hope that you continue to share with all of us: your true fans and supporters. It's a shame that a few rotten people can have such an enormous effect on the really lovely people; like yourself! Please know that you are cared for by many and that you bless us each time you share from your heart!

    Karen

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  168. KRista....I sent you a note on facebook today to report a pinner on pinterest who has over 150 of your stamps posted on her site. Please contact me at sharding123@gmail.com to get the info. Blessings in Christ, Sherrie Clark I do not know how to reach you via email or phone.

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  169. You go Girl! Fight for what is right! It is sad we run into this type of people in the world and they manage to inflict pain into our corner. But don't let them push you into a corner and/or make you feel bad about who/what you are and what you believe in!

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  170. I am so sorry that you had to deal with all that. You sound like you have wonderful morals and values in dealing with these types of issues and I totally agree with your actions, hugz and can't wait to apply for the guest dt

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  171. Hugs from me to you Krista! This is so much to deal with! Wish you all the best! And I just love your stamps!
    I have tried to send you an email about sponsoring It's all about the Vintage and Beauty on next month but haven't hear anything from you. Please, email me to vintage.challenge@gmail.com.
    Hugs, Sande xxxoooxxx

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  172. Hi my sweetieyou have my support 110% of it hun. You are honest, caring & EXTREMELY TALENTED....you have a talent that clearly is envious of a lot of people, unfortunately some of those people have no morales, they have no back-bone. Those that lie hun will trip themselves up & the truth will out, you have patience hun. I truly believe that what goes around comes around & already its been proved to me a few times this year, so you stand your ground hun.......you are soooooooo utterly respected in the crafting community & you always will be. I work on your DT & I am damn proud to hun......I know what a fabulous, generous & most importantly kind-hearted woman you are, dont let the liars & the down-right immorale few of this crafting world bring you down sweetie.
    Sending you the biggest heart healing hugs hun.

    Squishy hugs Vicky mmwah xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  173. Way to stick to your guns! You have to defend your own conscious! I would hope that if I should ever use anyone's images that is not an honest crafter; someone would let me know so I could remove the images from my files. Theft is theft regardless of the situation!

    Thank you for the discounts and freebies you generously share with all of us! I love your work and will continue to support your art whenever possible!

    Hugs,
    Karen C -busybusyhoneybee

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  174. Oh hun, sending you hugs, hope your ok,the cheek of some people is astonishing!!!!!

    thanks for all your digi's, stamps and awesome creativeness, so love your designs,
    hugs Liz xx

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  175. I haven't read all these many comments but I hope they are all as positive as the ones I have read.

    I admire your work and enjoy using your images. I have purchased a few but have also received a few on the DT for Stampin' for the Weekend. I greatly appreciate that you sponsor us and that you gift the DT an image of our choice = very generous of you - thank you.

    I am sorry that you've had a bad experience with that group. I hope that all you do from here on out works out the way you expect.

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  176. So sorry to hear about what happened Krista, hope you stay strong and keep the SC blog and challenge blog going. When I first saw the "other" artist's work, I thought they look much like your work. I will definitely boycut all websites using her work.
    So stay calm and carry on. God bless you Krista.
    Hugs,
    Katie

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  177. Oh Krista, I am really so sorry to read this. You are an artist with an amazing talent and thank God, you are willing to share this with us all.
    I admire your work and I admire the way you are as a person. Wonderful, rich, kind and giving.
    Sending you a BIG, warm and friendly hug
    With Love
    Jill

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  178. Sorry you are dealing with this. I too feel that people turn a blind eye to things and it's just not right.
    Your images are darling and I know it can be quite frustrating when you see other artist "inspired" by your work. I've had it done to me MANY times. Keep your chin up. Hugs!!

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  179. Granny said stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. How untrue. Sorry, Granny. Sending out prayers to you Krista. Also, how in the world can I contact you? I've tried a few times but can never get through. It always says your e-mail has a problem.

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  180. Hi Krista,
    Sending you a big hug after reading all that. Hope the venting to us all helped.
    Chin up and know that you are an amazing person
    Hugs
    tracey
    xx

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  181. This is so sad. Do these people not realize that killing business talented artists? I have seen those images on Pinterestand have repported a lot of them, to you, to Krista and other artists, and .I have left comments on a number of sites telling them they are illegally offering images that don't belong to them...... Is it possible that they don't know it's ilegal? I doubt...sometimes I think it's very difficult to know which artist are a copycat or a "orginal" one? I'll do anything to support you, Mo, Magnolia ..Big hugs from Ellen..and take good care, sweet Krista♥

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  182. sending you huge superpower hugs .... maybe one day people will see the light and under stand !!
    i'm sorry that you have to keep going through this .. i for one will always support you
    hugs Erin

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  183. So horrible girl! Some people just have no morals or ethics. I see an ever increasing trend of people thinking they can do whatever they want without adhering to the artist's rules. People say mean and hateful things in the beginning but when that other person turns on them their real character and motive come to light! Stand firm in your beliefs. There will always be people who do wrong but you know you can raise your head high because you stood firm on what's right! These are your stamps and your images. You are allowed to make rules that protect you and your work. If they don't want to follow them then don't take the images. Simple as that! They don't have to go around saying mean and hateful things because they didn't get their way. Hopefully one day they grow up and start acting like responsible and respectful adults instead of selfish little children.

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  184. Sorry you are having problems. I love your images and have thirty seven of the digital stamps. I also have some of your rubber stamps which I bought from stamp stores in Australia. I have just ordered Patches the Fairy from you, I was too late for the discount but she is so lovely I don't mind.
    Hugs to you
    Best wishes
    Margaret

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  185. Dearest Krista, I'm so saddened to read what's happened to you, but I'm thrilled to see this outpouring of love and support given by all these posts before me. I applaud you for all you've said and done and I think you know I stand with you. You have always been such a sweet, caring and generous person, so please don't let this knock you down. God is always faithful and you are one of His!! xo <3

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