Friday, March 4

to CASE or not to CASE

That is the question!!!
Recently I have gotten some feedback about leaving comments on blogs saying how beautiful a card is and that it is surely worthy of CASing. So, it gave me pause to throw this question out there. To CASE or not to CASE what do you feel about that, and should you ever leave a comment about CASEing on someone's blog?

Personally I am rocked over, happy as can be when someone CASEs my cards or says they want to CASE my card! I have never had an experience that when one of my cards is CASEd I am not linked in the appropriate post. So, to me I am grateful for the spreading of the word you might say. However, I am sympathetic to the fact that many of you do not want their creations CASEd. I have CASEd a few cards myself the most recent being in October 2010 from Michelle Zindorf and Andrea Lowcock. I always send a note first and ask the creator of the card if I can CASE thier card and then leave a link for them in my post. One thing I didn't do was censor my comments when I say things like "this is CASE worthy", and I think those comments may step over the line considering the feed back I am receiving. SO, what do you think. Leave me some insight and tell me if you CASE, if you mind if others CASE you, and if you mind comments on your blog that say your card is CASing material!
I am feeling much better today and my fever is gone! Thank you for all your kind well wishes for my speedy recovery :)

~Donna

39 comments:

Bonnie said...

I thought the reason people post their cards on their blogs and in galleries was to share them. I have CASEd cards and left a link to the card I CASEd and so far no negative feedback. When someone says they are going to CASE my cards, I take it as a tremendous compliment. In all my card making gatherings, people are always CASEing my cards, sometimes much better than I did. They inspire me! I wouldn't want someone to CASE a card and enter it in a contest. I think that would be very poor manners. Most of the stampers that I have come in contact with are the nicest, sharing people. Unfortunately, there is "one" in every crowd who will rock the boat.

Anonymous said...

Imitation (ie - CASed) sincerest form of flattery

Cgra said...

It seems almost silly to post your artwork on a public forum and then get upset if someone CASes it. I would be flattered and over the moon with delight!

Also, I suspect that making it clear you don't want your cards CASed is an invitation to have your stuff CASed without any credit given.

Debbie Pamment said...

Personally Donna I feel like you - I'm just blown away if someone thinks my card is worth CAS'ing! And it's never exactly the same anyway - usually just "inspired" by! And we all like to think our work is inspiring other! As long as people link back to the original artist I think it's incredibly flattering!
xXx

Diane said...

I would think that most would want their cards cased and expect it when giving full detail of supplies used....I would think it was a big compliment to be cased....but I think its when some do and call it their own that is the problem! I have to admit I have cased a few cards and haven't a clue where I saw them at, but I always mention that it was not my idea, but now try to do a better job of recording the original blog of where I saw it....blogs are interesting thats for sure...I have met mostly wonderful "blog friends" ...anywho..thats my input.....hope ya feel better soon!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

CASing, scrap-lifting, Kopykating.... lol. Of course I feel it's okay to Case a card and add a link back to where the original idea came from. And I agree with the above, if you don't want it KopyKat'd, then don't post it.

you were one of the first people I noticed when I started on SCS, and I loved how much information and knowledge you shared. It really helped me figure things out, finally make something and encouraged me to on. so thank you.

When I am making something, even if it is a Kopykat, it is a form of spirituality for me. Some part of me goes into my project and I am able to meditate and think while I am making my card. I can't even begin to list the number of people I would have to thank for all those moments that left me feeling better.

Thanks for bringing this up.

Marisa said...

I am flattered if someone CASEs my card. Only time I would get upset is if they use one of my cards to enter a contest or magazine. A link back or mention is always a polite nod, but not necessary.

Anonymous said...

Donna

I love your work and look at your blog everyday from Linda H's blog..I am not the creative type at all. I do case and always tell my stampers that the idea is inspired or copied from "fill in the name" I really do not understand why someone would be bothered by this - better not to post than to be worried :)

Anonymous said...

A person should not copy work and then send it to some competition or for publication. However, I see nothing wrong with copying to send or give someone a card or project.

If a person doesn't want their cards copied then they should not post them in a public forum. Sue

Patti J said...

Hi Donna, Great question. I think there is a huge difference in someone CASEing work because they love it, or want to try the technique, and in CASEing it to enter in a contest or submit to a magazine. As far as I know, I've never been CASEd, and would consider it an honor if someone loved my work enough to want to make something just like it. I would, however be upset to see it in a magazine, or an on-line contest. Hope this makes sense! I think if someone truly does NOT want to be cased for any reason, then they should not be posting their work on-line for all to see! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

I, too, think CASing is a form of flattery. Many people have stamping blogs for the purpose of sharing their ideas and showing people how to create similar work. The Divas need to get over themselves, really!

Joyce said...

wow, i wish i had time to get upset over something like this. if you put it out there for the world to see, guess what? the world sees. sharing. it's what makes life grand:)

Tracey Prieskorn said...

I honestly don't know what it is liked to be "CASED" because I am just starting out. But when I case someone I do my best to identify who I have cased or I mention that I got the idea from someone but can't remember who it was. Usually, I don't make it identical to the person I've cased it from anyway. I just get ideas from a lot of different people and put it together. If someone CASED me I would be completely flattered!!

Becky said...

I also think CAsing is a form of flattery. Give credit and if you can not remember-just say "I can not remember". :)

Jamie Adcock said...

It is my opinion that if you put it out there, it's fair game! If you don't want people to copy your work, don't share it. I always do my best to give proper credit when I CASE a card or project and if I can't remember where it came from, I let my blog readers know that it is NOT my original design. I also let people know in blog comments that their card is worth CASEing and I don't feel like I'm crossing any lines by doing so. As far as I know, no one has ever CASEd anything I've created, but for me it would be the ULTIMATE compliment if they did! Just my 2 cents!

Judy said...

I think to case is a compliment. If using the card when all the public will see it, then I think a link to/or name of etc, should be included.

Ms said...

I get so excited when someone thinks enough of my work to want to CASE it. I agree, don't CASE to try to win a competition but for just making a card, like anonymous said, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Don't want them CAS'd, don't post them online.

theCook said...

I think that CASing is a way to say to someone that his/her work is great. Of course you need to give credit and tell the person you're CASing about it. But I do understand that if some people get their cards paid (either by selling their work or by being published) they can be affraid to get competition. That's why the first thing to do is contact the person before CASing... As to saying a card is CAS-worthy, why not, but if you're not going to do it, why say it?

Kards by Kadie said...

I too am with most of your blog-followers. If I'm CASE'd I look at it as flattery - but not if there isn't a link back to me...that's somewhat rude to not link back. I too link back to those I CASE-It's just being RESPECTLY. Great question Donna and I think the majority of bloggers look at it like....You don't want your work CASE'd...Don't post it! Hope your fever is gone and you are ready to OUTRUN this bug!

Pat S said...

I am one of those who believes that if you put it out there, and it's CAS-worthy, and should be considered CAS-able......(I always give credit where it's due)...Is that not what we're about? "Do what you love and Share what you do?

Jeanne Nielsen said...

I also think the CAS'ing is one of the greatest compliments someone can pay me. I often leave in my comments to someone that I absolutely "love their creation and may need to 'case'". I agree that, especially in cardmaking, it's extremely hard to draw the line as to where "original" actually is, and feel that our best work is probably a spin-off/case from someplace else. What I do say, if I am using a card/idea for one of my stamping classes, is that I also ask permission of the creator if I copy the card exactly. Good conversation though -- I think your customer should truly be flattered!

Shelia said...

Donna,your post reveals what a nice peron you are, never wanting to offend anyone. Like others said, if you dont want someone to use your ideals and techniques don't put it on the internet. I would be absolutely flattered, if someone picked up on an ideal I had. Don't change a thing you are doing Donna.

Tammie E said...

We post to blogs/galleries to share our work and ideas. I draw inspiration from everywhere! I rarely CASE someone to the point of making my project exactly like the original but if I borrow an idea or template, I try to always link back. If I see tons of versions in the galleries, I mention I'm just throwing mine into the mix.

I just recently participated in a Sneak Peek/Blog Hop where I posted a 3-card project. One was "thrown in the mix", one was CASED from a friend's store-bought card then I put my own spin on it and the last was from a template (I linked the original) then tweaked to make it what I wanted. I should have counted how many people said they wanted to CASE my project. I say go for it! That's why I posted the details.

Christine K said...

I thank you for your thought provoking conversation, Donna! Glad you are feeling better.
I, too, feel that CAS-ing is definately flattery ... We all tend to put our own 'touch' on our work anyway and I feel that this lovely cyber-crafting world is out there for us to share our ideas and I would be tremendously happy for someone to CASE my work! I certainly think you should (and I do) say it is not your original idea and provide the name of the orignator if posting in a public forum. I also agree that submission for contests is not okay, but just a card for your aunt/neighbour is fine. My 2 cents ...

Sharon said...

If you don't want your work CAS'd/copied/changed a bit, etc. then keep it hidden in a closet.
Seriously, though, if it's put on the internet then, of course, you should be given credit. I do see many times, though, where people post a card that looks just like, or VERY like one of mine!!! I know they didn't get it from me though, because I DON'T have a blog to post it to. So, what they THINK is "their" idea may have been thought of by someone else too!

HandySandy41 said...

I would be thrilled if someone thought so much of my work that they wanted to copy it. I started a blog over a year ago and not one single person has even looked at it, let alone copied anything. If some does not want their work copied - don't Blog - write a book and get a copyright!!!

Penny Silva in Vegas said...

Donna, I wouldn't be in the SU business if I didn case. I go on all the sites and get my encouragement to make cards. When I go to make something my mind goes blank, Just like when I was in school to take a test. I love all the beautiful things out there. I hope they never take things away or I wouldn't be doing this art.

Anonymous said...

I would be absolutely thrilled if someone ever cased a card of mine. I am forever casing because I don't have a creative bone in my body. I don't know how to link but always give credit where credit is due. Sometimes however I have forgotten where I got the idea from but always say that it was cased.

Marla

Kath said...

CASEing IMO is why people blog, if they don't want people to take their ideas and run with them they should hid them in box and never let anyone see them. I try to credit where I see an idea, sometime I fail at this but over all I think I do OK. I believe a year or so ago I CASEd one of your cards (I'd have to go back and look)

CASE-Copy and Share Everything
CAS- Clean and Simple

Karen said...

Hi Donna. I concur with your thoughts about CASed cards. To me it's a real form of flattery that some one would use my design for inspiration. There is always something slightly different in the card that you have made as everyone is unique and it is unlikely that every piece of the card is exactly like the one that has been CASed.

Thank you for you thoughts on this.

Kath said...

CASE Copy And Share Everything
Thak is what it is all about, why blog if that isn't you intent.

Theresa said...

Let's face it. There are only so many ways you can glue paper together, and there are thousands and thousands of stampers. I would bet that no matter what great idea I come up with, someone, somewhere has already done it. I have many, many ideas saved to my computer and I always save a name when I save a card. If I post a cased card to my blog, I give credit and I am happy if someone wants to case one of my cards.
I make hundreds of cards a year, mostly to sell, locally, to raise money for our Relay for Life campainge. Without the great ideas from other stampers, this would get a little hard, to keep coming up with new ideas. I am extremely grateful to the so many people who graciously share their ideas and instructions.

Crafty Crystal's Corner said...

here are my thoughts....don't post your cards or share them if yodo not want anyone to even think about casing them.

Even when it comes to casing one of mine I am first of all flatered and really who is to say that they cased me and did not come up with it themselves.

Interesting question though...

-Susan- said...

Casing....that is the beauty of the internet! We have a place to SHARE our creative talents with the world! I get so much inspiration from others and would be flattered if I could do the same for someone else! Ü

Jan Hoyt said...

wow, it's hard for me to imagine how I would ever be able to stamp if not for having the inspiration of CASE-worthy cards. Like you, I do try to give credit where credit is due and a link is even better! What always amazes me is when I get a swap card at an SU event and there is no name on the back of it! Geez, that is bizarre...how's a gal to give credit when the creator doesn't even identify his/herself.

So, I totally agree with you and btw, the card card you created in response to the Martha Stewart card? DARLING! Never would have thought to use the Full Heart punch to make a flower...thanks for the inspiration.

Also wanted to let you know that I have shared your video on how to alter the Framed Tulips embossing folder on my blog as well as on LNS (demo only yahoo group) and everyone is always so appreciative of seeing how to do it.

Jan Hoyt O'Fallon, IL
www.inkerzaway.blogspot.com

Lyndall said...

Ditto to all above.

June K. said...

If you don't want your cards CASEd you can't give any of your cards away nor post it on the web. Not being given credit for your creations is just a risk you have to take. Yes, I know it is not nice but .....

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Great topic Donna! I get all my ideas from SU Connection, SCS, and other blogs, and either use them as a starting point, or CASE the card altogether. I believe that's what those postings are all about. I always say who the original designer is. I don't post too much on my blog (something I'm trying to change), and the link back to where I got the original idea is something I'll make a point of doing. I've had my work CASE'd, and I LOVE it when they do! Who wouldn't?

Fiona Harrison said...

If I love a card and think t would be perfect to make for a friend I always commented saying the card was CASEable. Always meant it as a compliment, never dreamed it could be taken badly. Someone said it too me once and I was, initially amazed, and absolutely chuffed :-)