I typically lurk as well. I don't follow the industry "socialites" much because I scrap because I LOVE it. It just gets irritating to see that the published and already famous in this industry are submitting to contests that should be used for normal everyday scrappers that do this as their passion and their joy...not their financial security.
Her response was flippant and rude at best and she did exactly what I would expect from my 12 year old. She blamed everyone and everything except herself. She is a reasonably well educated woman with the ability to read and write...obviously from her long winded blog. Would one sign a contract to purchase a car or a home without reading the contract in its completeness? Of course not. So why would one sign an afidavit that states they have not and will not use SOMEONE ELSE'S WORK. She did so because she believed she was beyond reproach and that because she is who she is, she was too important to be scrutinized.
She is setting a brilliant example for the rest of the scrapping world but worse, in my opinion, what example does she set for her children? It's okay to lie and cheat as long as we get permission first? Her responsibility as a mother is to set an example to her children. Integrity is doing the right thing when NOBODY is looking and Honor is taking responsibility for YOUR OWN actions.
Just my opinion. And if you want to burn me at the stake, email me and I will give you my address!