Just been reading grrl+ dog where she has been venting her spleen regarding second hand art.
Good for her for sticking her neck out. If you can't do it on your own blog then where can you do it?
Myself, I am sick of seeing the same old stuff...
1. Grab some fake relatives
2. Stick some wings on
3. Glue on dunce cap
4. Cut out the word 'believe', dream', or 'create'
Wake up! You are asleep to the process of creating. Sure, you can borrow a technique, mimic another pallette, be inspired by another layout but perpetuating the same style over and over is just boring and not creating.