Sunday, August 11, 2013


It is with deepest regrets that I have to tell you I am suspending freebies on my blogs due to PINTEREST and those who use it to steal and share images.
Literally every freebie I have shared along with other images stolen from I BRAKE FOR STAMPS and other locations has found its way to Pinterest where it becomes virtually impossible to track down ALL the pinners.
Pinterest will remove the images at the site your report but not the various offshoot pins even though they track these pins and know who is on the pin string. I will continue to send freebies to my email fan list and the monthly challenges on my blogs will be based on those images.
In order to enter challenges you will have to be an email list subscriber-the challenges will still be help on Airless Chambers and Sparkle and Glitter.
Again, I am sorry to have to take this step; I’m sure many of you know that I love to share my images and have sent out MANY images free but this does not mean they are free to just anyone or that because they were free they can be shared.
I am not in great health and live, like many, on social security income-I have to supplement my income via my artwork-luckily I can still create, so income from my digis is VERY important to me.
People just don’t understand that pinning and sharing free images the way they do becomes stealing.
A very good example is this: My freebies tend to attract about 1,000 hits on my blog-I have never SOLD a thousand copies of any image but I have given away that many as people will grab anything that is free.
THREE CHIMENY COTTAGE was a free image on my blog then it was removed and went to my ETSY shoppe where it has been a very steady seller over the time it has been for sale-but how many sales have I LOST because the image was pinned and then REPINNED many times-like hundreds… This is just MY story there are many popular digi artists whose work is pinned ALL the time and as I said samples from IBFS of my images which were not watermarked were stolen and pinned as freebies again HUNDREDS of times.
When we confront the people who do this pinning they are usually cooperative but often just ignore any contact or worse are nasty and uncooperative and even spiteful and publish nasty comments on other social media sites or even their own blogs.
Thanks for your understanding and hopefully at some point I can go back to the monthly freebie on my blog.
PLEASE join the fight against image theft and let your friends know that sharing free images hurts the artist who shared that image in the first place.


Suze said...

This just makes me so angry that people can do this and when caught are even nasty about it. You have a quite clear and colourful No Pinning sign on the blog too. I'm pleased that you are still going to continue with the challenges as I have been enjoying those. I filled in a "Follow by E-mail" a few weeks back but haven't received anything so far - hope it worked okay.

Rick St. Dennis said...


Did you sign up for the email list? You need to email me at and ask specifically to be on the email list at your email address-the email address MUST be in the text of the message-that way I cannot be accused of spamming you-I don't know exactly what the follow by email does on blogger

Suze said...

I sent it on the 25th July. I just checked and I did have the e-mail address in the text of the message. Do you want me to re-send it?

Ali said...

Oh that just sucks. I am so angry for you and for all the other digi artists out there whose work gets stolen like this. I've seen whole boards full of stolen images from Mo Manning, Saturated Canary, Magnolia etc on Pinterest and nothing seems to get done about it. :/

It's such a shame that all the rest of us lose out on your generosity because of the selfish actions of a few.


Aunty Sue said...

This is so unfair why people do this I am already on your email list and totally understand your postion .The check of some people

PashaCou said...

I am so sorry this has happened to you but I totally understand how you feel, I too am on a fixed income. I do enjoy your images and I have purchased quite a few which I will keep doing in the future.
Please keep me on your email list though at both sites so I can keep up to date. I don't feel that I do well enough to enter one of your challenges but hopefully one day I will be able to.

Wendy said...

This is becoming a real problem. I am a member of a facebook group that is trying to stamp out theft and Pinterest is the biggest problem! Once it gets posted it can spread like rapid fire.

I am already receiving your newsletter so I will look forward to receiving your freebies that way in the future. I also participate in the challenges you sponsor in hopes of winning some of your digital stamps.

I hope that something will be done to stop this "stealing" because that is what it is!

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