Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Withdrawl of Snowman Soup File

I have had an e-mail from a concerned follower and I think I need to take what she has said very seriously.
I have always stated that the art work I have used was not my own and that I had purchased sets of images from a number of digi sites on the internet, however what has pointed out to me is that as I haven't created the artwork myself or have the artists permission to give it away,  what  I’m actually doing is stealing someone else's intellectual property and just like a CD being copied  and given away, it's actually copyright theft.
I don’t have the  artist's permission to “share” the artwork I have used as part of my soup inserts and I feel that though it was done in all innocence,  the right thing is to to withdraw the file completely.
This has been wake up call for me, and I realise now that I need to do some serious research on intellectual property and copyright.  But in the meantime can I point out to you that if you download graphic images they DO NOT become your property, you are not allowed to share them, and they are only intended for your own personal use.  Also always check a download sites “Conditions for Use” very carefully
Can I now ask that you in turn do not pass the file on to anyone else and request that you do not use any part of it for any sort of enterprise.

Snowman Soup Packets And A Word About Food Sealers

I have changed this post slightly and have withdrawn the offer for my snowman soup inserts for reasons that I will explain in my next post …. but for now I thought I would show you how you could package up snowman soup packs.
Snowman Soup
On Sunday I went to buy the bits and pieces to make up my soup packets for this Christmas.
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I found boxes of 6 sachets of Maltesers hot chocolate in B & M Bargains for 99p, the red packet is perfect for the Christmas theme. I also found boxes of 12 peppermint candy canes for 69p.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find any mini marshmallows anywhere, so this year I am going to use mini flumps instead! (99p)
Elitech Bag sealer
Whenever I use unwrapped sweets I always wear my pink disposable gloves and work in a clean area.  Because I want to keep everything as fresh and scrupulously clean as possible when dealing with food stuffs  I invested in a vacuum food sealer a couple of years ago (which has been proved to be one of my best buys ever), this means that I can make my soups and other sweetie bags well in advance.
Elitech bag sealer 1
I tend not to use the vacuum part,  I just put my cello (card) bag across the sealing wires, where the bag is sealed and and excess plastic cut off.
Using a bag sealer
As I precursor to this post I did some research but cannot the particular model sealer  I have, which is an Elitech, however I did find a very similar looking/sounding JML sealer available at Tesco, Asda, Amazon etc. however it’s up to you to research and it’s only a suggestion, I cannot help/advise you further.
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A bag sealer isn’t absolutely necessary, especially for a one off project like this,  it’s just my personal preference to use one. Marshmallows are an option for the soup and can be easily replaced by all manner of other wrapped items including  chocolate snowmen etc.
The cello bag I put the soup inserts etc. in measures 14.5cms x 14.5cms (plus self adhesive flap) and the marshmallow bags measure 12.5cm x 7.5cm
Always check on the sell by/use by date of all items you use.
I can’t advise you on small hand operated battery sealers, I’ve had a couple and have never had any success with them.