Here is the link to the full set of texture overlays that go with yesterday's CU freebie:http://divinedigital.com/boutique/product.php?productid=9102&cat=0&page
And here is the new set I put together last night and managed to preview this morning while my kids were in preschool..... "Down & Dirty Texture Overlays Set 3"
And here is another CU freebie
that goes with "Down & Dirty Set 3".....enjoy!
I want to end this blog post with a little note about charity. Charity to me is something that is very personal and very important. Charity can be a kind word to someone who is upset or down, and charity can also be a donation made to an organization, cause or friend in need. Recently I started selling my "Santa's Vintage CU Sack" to help out my friend, Laura. Today I was shocked beyond belief when a fellow designer told me via an invoice comment box that "Operation Save Christmas" was "tacky" and that other designers in the digi design community also felt the same way. So my act of charity, to help a friend who is in financial need with a brand new baby and who lost her job just before her baby was born, has now become "tacky" in the eyes of my designer peers. How sad. How terribly sad. Not for me---believe me, I've been called worse than "tacky" and I can take it. But to leave nasty comments in the checkout process so the designer behind "Operation Save Christmas" can read them, well that is just over the top in my book.
Where has the goodness in the world gone? Don't people realize that if someone is so hard up that they are selling their store and all their designs at a ridiculously low price to try and get through the holidays with a roof over their head and a few gifts under the tree for their three young chhildren they deserve a little compassion and sensitivity? Tacky isn't a word I believe belongs in charity. There is no tackiness in helping others, especially a friend in need. Tacky is an adjective for the fashion industry, furniture, etc. It isn't, in my humble opinion, an adjective that should even be in the same sentence as charity.
Yes, a lot of people are going through tough economic times right now. Some go through them silently without a word to anyone and others need help and let it be known. To do so is not tacky and to help someone is not tacky, either.
So to those designers that are here to download yet another CU freebie from me, I ask that you remember that kindness, compasssion, empathy and sincerity are all words that go in tandem with charity for me. Not tacky. Never tacky. No act of charity can ever be called tacky. And if you don't agree with that, and you are one of the designers on one of those smack blogs or bulletin boards talking about how tacky this is or that is in terms of helping someone via a sale, well that is your opinion and your are entitled to it. But have a little "tact" and don't leave nasty comments on the invoices so the designer in need reads them. What purpose does that serve other than to be cruel? Cruel at Christmas....is that the new theme in the digi world?
And now I am going to step off my soap box and part with some of my favorite quotes on charity and tackiness, to help educate those who need a little lesson:Tacky
I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it's tacky to wear diamonds before you're forty... ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly
I think everybody likes to be remembered. I haven't heard anyone say it's tacky, it's more like, 'Hey, this is now available.' People have welcomed it.
After Elvis died, there were so many licensing deals signed that led to a lot of very tacky stuff.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson
While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Charity sees the need, not the cause. ~German Proverb
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even. ~Daniel Berrigan
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw
Find a need and fill it. ~Ruth Stafford Peale