Friday, October 11, 2013

"Owl the Same...or Not" BLOG Hop Event

"Owl the Same...or Not"  BLOG Hop

Many of the members of Stamp Out will be participating in a blog hop on Monday and Tuesday, October 14th and 15th, starting at 5:00 am.  The artists will be designing images especially for this hop, using the theme of a small owl and a large owl perched on a fence on a "chilly" day.  It is our hope that we will illustrate to the crafting community how an image can have the same theme, yet show the unique interpretation of the illustrator.  We hope to show the difference between inspiration and imitation in doing so. 

The artists will all reveal their images at the blog hop for the first time.  During this two day event you may purchase each image for $1.00 and all proceeds will benefit Project Cure.

     Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help bridge staggering health resource gaps in the developing world by matching medical supplies and modern equipment with facilities in need to empower doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Project C.U.R.E. operates distribution centers in Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Arizona and collects excess supplies and specialized equipment from hundreds of U.S. hospitals and medical manufacturers, giving them the opportunity to redirect their surplus in an environmentally-friendly way. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers nationwide, two to three cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.'s warehouses every week. Today, Project C.U.R.E. is the world's largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment to healthcare facilities in resource-limited communities in 130 countries.

So stop by this blog on Monday morning and see what all the talented artists have to offer! Donate by purchasing a new image and see how each artist's creation is a totally unique and different from the next while still sharing a theme!

1. Mabelle Ramirez-Ortiz – Whimsy and Stars
2. Faith Skrdla – From The Heart Stamps
3. Lori Boyd – By LORi Designs
4. Mo Manning – Mo’s Digital Pencil
5. Jak Heath – Just Ink Lined
6. Elizabeth Pujalka – Soft Pencil


  1. Thanks for caring and sharing.

  2. What a brilliant idea! There is so much unneeded confusion when talking about stamp theft or inspiration, so glad you did this. Plus, Project Cure is fabulous. Love seeing my native Colorado as one of the centers. :D

  3. I loved them all. Had to buy all of them.

  4. I just had a little hop :-)
    Will do it again to buy some of those beautiful images.
    They are all beautiful and.. very different, so mission accomplished :-)

  5. This was a great idea, and now I have lots of owl images!

  6. Fantastic idea to have a Hop and to help with such a wonderful cause. Happy that i could participate. Thank you.

  7. excellent idea. To support all of its work.

  8. Thanks so much for such fun images and giving me the chance to help such a wonderful cause. Each of the artists participating are incredible artists and I am so glad to add their images to my collection. Blessings to all involved!!

  9. I've loved going around the blogs and reading about the artists as well as seeing their creations. There's a nice variety in the digi-stamps produced to suit lots of different tastes and I've bought a couple for my crafting, knowing that the money is going to a very worthy cause.

    It was a great idea to do a blog hop to show the unique interpretation of different illustrators working to the same theme - the only problem to my mind is that with a theme of "a small owl and a large owl perched on a fence on a "chilly" day" why didn't all the illustrators do this? With every illustrator not following the theme it's obvious that those digi-stamps without two owls, or not being on any sort of fence, are going to be different, but it dosen't prove that illustrators producing digi-stamps on the same theme would produce unique work.

    I've put a link to here on my blog in the hope that more people will come have a look and start to understand the issues that Stamp Out are trying to educate people about.

    1. Excellent question, Gwyneth!

      Mainly, the thing is that even given a particular "assignment" creative people see things differently, and have the deep need to draw their vision even if it may differ a bit from the original task. We could try again and say -- follow the rules EXACTLY!!! :)

      You should have heard my inner voice complaining about the need to draw owls. I was thinking, maybe I could do two kids with owl shirt on . . . or costumes, or toy owls someone left outside, or owl-shaped birdhouses . . . In the end I tried harder to stick to the rules, and my "branch" is intentionally drawn without either side finished off so it "could" be seen as a fence, if you squint and tilt your head!

      There's just soooo little chance of two "identical" images being done by original artists who aren't trying to use someone else's image as reference, there are always going to be those little creative decisions that will make the finished art deviate in some ways from the original THOUGHT.

      Real artists ENJOY the process of drawing. We aren't lazy when we're working on our own ideas and projects and I think it shows in the details that make an image "unique."

      Does that make sense? xoxo

  10. Enjoyed the Hop and the information you shared about copyright and protecting your images. Thank you and I fully enjoyed each image and supporting the charity.