Monday, April 7, 2014

Last Post

I was at the checkout of the grocery store today when I received two emails back to back from Blogger regarding new comments on one of my posts.  They were both from [Anonymous] and I figured they were spam as 99% of [Anonymous] comments are spam.  But it appears that this time [Anonymous] was a disgruntled reader.  He/she commented that she is disappointed that they purchased a license and I no longer post.  He/she then posted to another commenter to save their money because I don’t care to do anything else about this website.  Welllllllll….. it’s so easy to comment anonymously isn’t it? 

The truth is I do care but have moved on to other ventures.  My Etsy shop has really taken off and any spare time I have is spent creating jewelry.  People actually like my jewelry! I also have a full time job, working midnight shift as a police officer.  I also have a husband and three children.  I have a very busy life.  I no longer have time to sit down at the computer for hours on end creating a digital file that thousands of people will download (for free) and a only a handful of people will appreciate. Honestly [Anonymous] I don’t want your $20.  Email me with your PayPal email address and blog/store name.  I’ll be happy to refund your $20 since you have obviously not been able to use any of my hundreds of downloads over the previous 4 years.  A license purchase has never guaranteed or even implied that there will be future downloads available.  EVERYTHING IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD.  You only pay if you want to make money off MY FREE DESIGNS.  I think that $20 is more than fair for the previous freebies I’ve offered.  If you don’t, then don’t buy a license.  It’s. That. Simple.  I haven’t posted here in over a year.  Not because I don’t care. If you purchased a license recently thinking that I would suddenly start giving you more free stuff, well I am sorry but I’m not sure where you got that idea. 

I know that there are many readers out there who do appreciate what I offered in the past.  I still get a random comment on a post thanking me for the freebie.  I want you to know that I really do appreciate those kind comments.  I had some of the most loyal and kind readers and commenters and I miss the interaction with those sweet designers and readers who would take the time to comment and email me.  If I let you down then I am truly sorry. 

I have debated closing the blog.  Many of the links have inexplicably gone bad, although I pay for hosting most of my files. I just don’t have the time to keep up with fixing them.  Not because I don’t care, [Anonymous].  But I’ve decided to keep it up for a little longer to give people the opportunity to download what’s available.  However, I titled this post so that [Anonymous] would have no misgivings that they are entitled to more free files.  This is the last post.  Please do not purchase a license if you think I will post more freebies. I won’t. I’m done.

Thanks to all the wonderful readers over the years, I do miss you and still visit your blogs to see what you are up to.  I haven’t scrapped a page for myself in 3 years but am looking forward to retirement and having the time to do so.  I hope you are all still around when that time comes and we can pick up where we left off. Smile Until then, take care and goodbye…

53 comments:

makeyesup said...

Have missed you and not sorry that I purchased a CU license. I have never sold my items and only make them for color challenges. Love all the stuff you gave out through the years and understand priorities. Have a wonderful life and don't worry about negative comments from anyone.

MiniCooper452 said...

I am SO sorry that some people are just, plain, old RUDE! I love your stuff. I have been sad that you've been gone, but I completely understand "life". It just hit us FULL FORCE in the last two months! I've used many of your freebies over the years and have enjoyed every one. And perhaps I just never paid attention before so I never realized that you were actually a peace officer. GOD BLESS YOU! Thank you for what you do. Thank you for your service and sacrifice!
I sincerely hope this is not your "last post". I hope that you come back to us when you're able to retire so we can play some more! Like makeyesup said, don't worry about negative comments from anyone. They are not worth your time.
Take care out there.

Sweet Pea Designs said...

It is sad that so much online anonymous bullying occurs. I for one have been a long time holder of your license. I have never regretted my purchase. You have tons of things on your blog and though you don't post any longer I still always come back to look over things I may have missed. Thank you for every one of them. I wish you well and know that many of us have appreciated your blog and still remain a fan. <3

Rarole said...

After all you have given to the scrapping community I cannot believe that anyone would come here and have something negative to say. It makes you sad - really sad. All the best with your Etsy shop and your other endeavors. I for one hope that you have great success. And I thank you for all of the wonderful things in my stash of goodies with your label on it. God bless.

Hummie B said...

I know you are missed, but always appreciated by many! It's so easy to forget to say thanks. It's so easy to take people for granted. People can be mean, but remember all the good you've done for people too!

You'll always be my "digibuddy!"

Angela Green said...

I can't believe how petty some people are in this industry. I don't think they give a flying fig newton for the fact that most all of us in this creative circle have lives that must go on. I love your blog. I am not a kit designer but I do have most of your stuff because I like to play with putting my group of elements together. I want to thank you for all the free things and for keeping it up even though you certainly are under no obligation to anyone. Have a wonderful life and maybe some day you can be back. Bless you and be safe out on the streets as an Officer.

ike said...

That is such a bummer !!! I wouldn't mind if they had the guts enough to use their actual name !!
Anyhoo - I just want to thank you for all the marvelous freebies that I have 'snagged' from you in the past and I hope that we will see you around after you retire :-)
I wish you all the luck and huge success with your Etsy shop and wish you good health :-D
Hugz
IKE in Greece xxxxxxxx

My Digi Corner said...

Hi Deb, I too, miss you. As the saying goes, "you can't please all the people all the time". But it only takes one sour puss to ruin it for you. I really have a problem with posting anonymously, same as I do with people saying mean stuff in an email instead of face to face. It sure is easy to hide behind a computer screen!

I have loved all of your stuff, especially the styles. You had to have spent HOURS on the freebies that you gave away. I would always get giddy when something new was posted! I don't even know how you could keep dreaming up new stuff to do. Know that 99.9% of your fans enjoyed what you did and try not to let one negative person get to you...so not worth it!

Keep doing what you enjoy!

dragonfly60 said...

Anonymous seems to be synonymous with RUDE these days!! Thanks for all your hard work.
Irene

Little Yancey Family said...

I am also a holder of your CU license and have used many of your designs in my kits. I have been more than pleased with what I got for it and can't believe you work so hard on these items for FREE! You are wonderful and I look forward to anything new you ever want to add, but also wish you well with all your other ventures that make you happy and of course having a life and all that. <3 Thank you Thank you a hundred times!

BlueCat said...

Hello!
I loved all your work, and there are so many on your blog. Thank you for all you did and shared with us.
I remember, it was before you created your CU license, i sent you little money by Paypal as I do sometimes for designers who are a Paypal button, and you was the only one who sent me a thank you for that. Just for that thanks to you.
I wish you the best in your real life ;)

Unknown said...

I too hope that you will be back one day and I will still be around to enjoy and appreciate. I've LOVED your digi stuff!!!!! I guess I have not said so enough, so bad on me. Please don't let those rude and ungrateful people bring you down! May you and your family be happy and healthy ...

Sue said...

I have appreciated all of the freebies you have created and posted on this blog. I am one who purchased a license and I don't feel I wasted my money at all. I am happy I paid a little bit back for what you gave away freely. Thanks so much!!!

I am glad you are able to create and successfully market your jewelry. That's great! You are so creative, and that's a wonderful creative and hopefully profitable activity.

I wish you the very best!

Dawn McFadden said...

You have always been fair and you have always treated people as you would want to be treated you deserve better than an anonymous post I use your items and love them and will miss you still I've seen your Etsy goods and they are beautiful so I wish you luck in everything you do I along with others will be around when and if you come back Good Luck to you

Brandi said...

I can't believe how greedy and ungrateful some people are. I bought a license and feel I MORE than got my money's worth! Sure, I'd love to see you do more - I love your work! :)

So, thanks for what you did for the digiscrapping community over the years. And [Anonymous] can stuff it. ;)

Laramie said...

I miss you too but use your designs all the time. I'm also glad to have a license from you and enjoy all the goodies I have. Good luck in your new endeavors. I will keep checking in just in case. Hee! Hee! Thanks for everything.

artgal style

clc said...

I have enjoyed your designs for a LONG time and am not sorry that I purchased a CU license. I used your designs to make contributions to the RAKScraps megakit for years. RAKScraps is gone and I don't design much these days but I appreciate your effort in making so many designs. Hope to catch up with you again when you retire.

Leigh said...

Please don't close down the blog. I would like to purchase a CU license, and hopefully this will offset the $20 that you are refunding anonymous. I will email you with my info and paypal info.

Thanks for taking the time to make these incredible free items. I am a teacher and I know how hard it is to juggle a full-time service career with designing. You are appreciated!

fl_connie said...

Well, shucks - and here I have been thinking that you were just lazing around thinking of new items for us to download (don't throw anything my direction, lol!) I wish you well in ALL your endeavors now and in the future - and look forward to perhaps seeing you back in the digi world one of these days after you retire - although I retired a year ago and STILL don't have time to do everything I want. The time just fills up. Take care! Thanks again for everything you've given out over the years - and especially for the items I just downloaded cause I think I missed them. ((hugs))

MBV said...

Sorry to hear you are closing. Life is that way - something comes and something goes. You suddenly find oterher things that is more important.
Good luck with everything.

I hop you give us litte time to look in blog and download. I' ll start now and look around.

Stacey said...

I'm hoping you'll change your mind and keep your blog open. You have so many wonderful things and as I'm not a creator I haven't purchased your liscence, but always thought I would someday, when I actually have time to finish lesssons. Everytime I think I may have xtra time well something happens. Just as it has for you. I visit once a week just in case you pop in. Thanks for all the excellent freebies!

Brenda Ellison said...

I just want to say Thank you a thousand times for all the Free things you gave so generously that I sometimes missed saying Thank you and I am so sorry. I know sometimes I did and sometimes I missed but really have enjoyed all of it and still do. I know you have not posted for a while and really miss you because I too always got so excited to see you have added something. I continue to check back and have been hoping you would post again just to let us know you were ok. I did see your store on etsy so I figured you had just moved on and I am so glad that it is doing so well. I am so sorry for that comment from anonymous person and hope you realize there are so many of us that appreciate all you have given from your hard work and your heart and are so thankful that you shared with us. God Bless You and Yours and I do hope too that you someday come back and feel like sharing again because you are so talented. Thank you also for being a Real Cop as well as the Scrappin Cop.

Caroline B said...

You make a good job, you make the good choice and those who are not happy may have to go on CU store and compare the prices !!!Thanks for everything !

Celeste Lombas said...

So sorry you had to deal with this negativity. Life changes all the time. Good luck on your Etsy adventure and all of lives adventure.

Mellie said...

I'm sorry people are so rude. I wish/hope that you would change your mind and leave your items up forever! Hopefully your faith in humanity will be restored by all of the nice comments, and you will realize that there is more good, than bad! Good luck in your Etsy adventures, I wish you well. Thank you for everything :)

MJ said...

Mean people "stink", everyone wants free now. Did they even bother to look at all the things that are on your blog. OMG, way more than $20 worth and worth more than that to a true scrapper/crafter. Thank you so much for keeping the blog and for allowing us to benefit from your creativity. Big hugs.

Ellen said...

I have not been here for ages but am shocked at the comments you got from that person. rather like a coward to keep him/herself anonymous.
Luckily we know better ; you are a very generous person always sharing without demanding compensation.
Wishing you lots of luck in your venture at Etsy and make sure you make some me time as well.

Judith said...

You are missed but your absence is completely understandable! I bought a license years ago and have never regretted it and happily use your multitude of goodies whenever I need them.

Best of luck with your lovely jewelry and your family and your job and your real life!! And thanks for keeping the blog up so we can go back and grab what we may have missed. Greatly appreciated.

Sandy said...

Even if you never added another thing, the value I find in your huge assortment is more than enough. It will keep me busy for a long time...Good luck!

Beth Berger said...

Dear Deb,
Please understand that as a paying customer it becomes frustrating when you pay for let's say 10 licences, and 9 out of the 10 designers stop designing. Some designers don't have the integrity you do and quit after several months. I at least had the guts to put my name to any comments I sent you. "Anonymous" can go BLOW!!!!

Pleeeeeaaaase don't close down your blog. What you have on here is more than worth it. In addition to the fact that your stuff is high quality and so creative.

We really do miss you and I for one am so very grateful for all you have posted.

Beth
scrapattack

Timeless said...

I'm one of those that downloaded your free files. I was offline for a while and when I returned, you were offering the CU license to use your stuff. I contemplated buying because you offered so much to download and use. Unfortunately, I have also moved on and I don't do anything digital anymore -- except chat and shop. LOL I just visited your Etsy shop and I love your jewelry, too!! Guess I will catch you on Etsy!! Take care! =)

Frances Mary said...

Sometimes I post anonymous if it requires me to set up an account but I try to remember to leave my name within the post. It is easy to hide behind who you really are on the internet. I too, miss your activity on the blog but people grow and interest grow to. One comment can irk at you but dismiss it and keep in mind the positive ones.

Callaluna said...

I haven't ever regretted purchasing my CU license! It would take me forever to download everything you already have on here! I'd be sad if you took the blog down entirely, though. I don't have the space to store everything, so while I have a lot of it downloaded, I am still regularly coming back to grab something else!

I'm sorry someone had to be so nasty. I thought it was pretty clear we were paying for what you already had available, not some undefined future product... I designed all of my own items from scratch for a long time before I started using CU, so I appreciate the work that goes into it. Maybe anonymous needs to give that a try!

Amberpony Creates said...

I miss the daily visits to see what you had come up with. The Collection of you CU items in my EHD is the go to spot to find something to play with.
Thank You for all you gave! It was my pleasure to purchase your CU License. Thanks Again. ;)

Laura Holmes said...

I want to thank you for all the great things you have made over the years, I have been following you a long time. I bought your license around a year ago and think it was and still is a great value.

kfedolfi said...

I truly hope you get this...
I just wanted to send you a sincere thank you for all the hard work you put into making your digi designs and for continuing to keep up your site so those of us that are "new" to the digi world can still get your awesome creations.

I also wanted to say that in reading your "Last Post" I can sympathize with you. I had a brick and mortar store once and months after I closed people would send me rude emails because they couldn't use gift certificates any longer. Some people are just tools and there's nothing you can do about that.

Good luck in future endeavors and again thank you!

Angela said...

I love all your stuff! I too come back and see things that I missed on your blog. There's so much here that a person can really get a lot for the money they spend on your license. I'm sorry to hear this person being mean and nasty to such a giving person. Thank you for all your freebies!

Sim said...

Hahaha, anonymous has an answer! :)
I'm happy to have news from you anyway,
and that you look to go well.
I posted today a collage with some pieces from you used in it, so, I put a link to your blog under it, and it's why I'm passing by.
You maybe will be visited...?
Hahaha! Your blog is still alive! :D
Best regards and wishes for you and yours sweet heart!

Mags said...

Ah, Deb. So sorry that you had to deal with such rude and disgruntled people. Your blog was instrumental in helping me to learn how to design and what a quality digital item looked like. The $20 I paid a couple of years ago was well worth it. I'm so glad to hear that your jewelry-making venture is (literally) paying off. Best of luck to you!
:) Mags / MagsGraphics

Kiana said...

I love your offerings and thank you for all your hard work. As I venture into designing I'm hoping to make/save enough to be able to buy your CU license (BEFORE ) you close your blog, so don't leave us yet!! Live life and Do You!! We'll be here when you get back HUGS!

Addicted2Scrappin' said...

I'm one who purchased and license and have never sold anything. I feel the $20 was well spent. I appreciate the time you have spent on keeping things up and running for so long. I have noticed it's really easy for people to not understand the amount of time and effort to keep things running smoothly. Thanks for all you do and know that I understand that if you can help feed your family by selling jewelry on Etsy, that's what should take priority. Sending you some cyber hugz...

Jack and Linda said...

You tell, 'em, sister! I, for one of MANY, have appreciated downloading your freebies and felt I'd found a gold mine. So thank you for your generosity and creativity. Best of luck with your Etsy store.

Tami G said...

I've missed you. and please know that you ARE appreciated.. I have LOVED using your designs over the years.. I still scrap weekly and most times I'm pulling one of your files in to use.. Thanks for all your hard work.. continued success to you..

Digi-Scrap said...

{Annonomose] is probably nothing more then an annoyance (a computer Troll: nothing cute abt their attitudes either). I've been to your site every so often, & have been pleased with what I've learned from your site. Just the same you will be missed. It would be awesome if you'd supply a blinkie that holds your etsy link in it, or just a plain direct link, as I too love jewelry & make some of my own as well. Scrapper & Jewelry Connections are always awesome to be linked to. Thx: Cyndi

music for doodling said...

It seems to be that the ones who always complain and find fault with what others do are the ones that don't have enough where with all or gonads (or maybe it is sense)to so the same thing themselves. You have accomplished more than they ever will. Stand tall and be proud.

sandys7118 said...

I am so sorry this has happened to you. On the flip side I am very happy about your etsy shop doing well. You were gracious to allow us to download your items for FREE and anyone who takes issues with you having a life other than in front of the computer simply must not have one or they would understand! I wish you great success in your jewelry and will have to look you up on Etsy!

Dawn Farias said...

So sorry about the negative experience. I have appreciated your work over the last few years. Congratulations on the jewelry shop!

Jen said...

Thank you so much for not deleting your blog! I just love everything you have posted here.

amethystgerry said...

Some people just want their whole life for free i think or cheap as possible anyway, my mum was a big believer in you get what you pay for, in other words if you want up to date and always fresh you just have to fork out. i hate rude comments that are anonymous. To that commenter, your words are worthless if your name is not with them. You obviously knew your attack was wrong or you would not have hidden. I never realised you were so busy Irene, i love your work and i have onyu just got confident enough to start showing my work off. You dont need to go down to that commenters level, you are an artist and a decent person unlike them, you might be very busy and can no longer post to the blog but they will always be nasty. They wont change this. You hold your head high.
Cheers for your lovely work

Pepsigirl said...

dont understand why people can be so rude unless they are jealous of you and what you do.. plz dont let that person give you a reason to give up. i am a new tagger- and i just got some of your Photoshop styles and love them, they are really cute and pretty.. i know there are alot of people that do not have the money to spend on an unlimited license but that is no right for them to be rude like that. would keep doing what u love doing. ty for all of the wonderful freebies that u have given us.. hope we will see more in the future. i will use my styles and patterns to make tags. i can send u an email of a tag if i make it using some of your items but i do not see an email where u can be reached.. i would like to start making kits in the near future so i am wondering what your tous would be if i used your styles in photoshop for free kits how do i credit u. do i put your name and url in the tous under the credit the section- or if i decide to sell any of them- the same thing? please let me know- email is pepsigirl1972@yahoo.com if you like to send me an email to let me know. thank you again for all of the

Els Andrée Wiltens said...

I love your stuff and yes, I would like to see more ;-)
But I do understand you have other things on your mind now. Hope you are doing well, and thanks for all the lovely things I downloaded already and some I used with my License.
Take care!

Sandra said...

I purchased your license and have no regrets about it. You have provided me with so much to create my kits, either for FTU or PTU. And I thank you for that. It is a sad state when people complain about receiving free things but even sadder when they post under Anonymous. It speaks volumes about their character, both online and most definitely offline. Thank you for all you have contributed.

Please be safe out there. Thank you for all you do.

Jody said...

It's so sad that some people have nothing better to do than be mean!!! Like you, I don't design or scrap much anymore but I have never regretted buying your license and still have everything I have downloaded over the years backed up on my EHDs so I have them for those times when I do want to scrap a layout or design something special for the family layouts. I have always loved and appreciated all of your time and talent that you shared with us and always will!! I've been around long enough now to realize that everyone burns out or moves on to other creative endeavors sooner or later. I still proudly display my license on my blog, which I haven't posted to in ages either, but still keep it just in case I ever want to come out of retirement. I wish you great success with your Etsy store, I have been there and your jewelry is wonderful!! God Bless you and your family Deb!!!