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Saturday, April 3, 2010
So I promised you guys a big announcement and now I must deliver. Unfortunately, what I have to say probably isn't going to be what you're expecting, but please bare with me, there are some things I need to address. I'd like to start by saying that first and foremost I appreciate all of you guys. Without you, SSD wouldn't be what it is today and I appreciate that you come back week after week to see what we have to offer. I started this company because I wanted to create fun digital images like no others for you to use and I feel like I've done that. However, recently it was brought to my attention that similar versions of a few of my images were found on the internet. Now, I've never tried to hide the fact that I use other images for inspiration. Looking at various designers and learning from them is part of the design process, but rest assured it was never my intention to create "knock-offs" Unfortunately, after taking a long hard look at some of these images, I have to agree they are a little too close to the originals. So, after much thought and consideration, I have decided that it would be best to remove these stamps from the website. I have tried to contact the original artist to see how we could resolve this issue, but unfortunately, I haven't heard from him so I have decided that the only way to make ammends for the mistake is to revamp the images and offer them as freebies throughout the SSD Spring Break. After Spring Break they will find themselves back in the store...but never for sale always only as freebies. I would like to apologize to anyone who may feel offended or mislead, that was certainly not my intention. I can assure you all future SSD images will be unique and one of a kind. In fact, I'd like to start showing my sketches again on the blog. I really enjoy sharing my creative process and I know it will put everyone at ease. Please do not worry about selling cards/projects made with SSD images, none of them are in violation of copyright laws. If you have further questions about this, I'd be happy to discuss it with you one-on-one. Just send me an email. Again, I appreciate all of you guys and I want you to know I am willing to do whatever it takes to make this right.
Now, with that being said, I'm sure you've noticed that there are a few design team members missing from the list. Sadly, we have had a few members resign for various reasons. We will miss each and everyone of them and we wish them nothing but the best. Each of them was a great designer and I count myself lucky to have worked with them. For now we have decided to continue on with only a few members: Sara, Larisa, and Cassie. However, after we get things back to normal around here, we will be adding more members to the list, so if you're interested in becoming an SSD Designer...start getting your projects ready! Because we now have a much smaller DT, we will be temporarily changing a few things. Studio Sundays will now be held on the first Sunday of each month instead of every weekend. Releases will now be once a month on the 1st of each month and Sassy Thursdays and Saturdays will remain the same. If any other changes occur, I will let you know as soon as possible.
So I know this post took place of what would normally be our Sassy Saturday but it will be back this afternoon. Sara has a wonderful crafter featured this afternoon around 3 so be sure to check back.
And because of these changes, tomorrow though it's the 1st Sunday of the month will not have a Studio Sunday but rather it will host a Freebie.
And lastly, as mentioned those images are being redone and we will feature a new one redone and free to you on the blog every few days over this 2 week spring break we are having so I hope you will come back and see what we have in store
Thank you for being patient with us during this difficult time, I appreciate you guys more than you know!