Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Do Not Conform

DO NOT CONFORM to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 
(Romans 12:2)


Gotta say, I am getting reeeeally sick of the trash that the world is piling on us and expecting us to "tolerate"!  Have you seen the latest  Tylenol Campaign?  What the heck?!  Here is a letter I got from the AFA, if anyone wants to respond and send a letter to Johnson and Johnson.  It is so easy, just click on the "TAKE ACTION NOW" link at the end of the letter and there will be a letter available, all you need to do is add a subject and sign it...then send.

Yes, we are called to love ... the person, but NOT THE SIN!  I so wish that we Christians would ban together like some groups do so well.


Tylenol's homosexual campaign
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dear Nancy,
Gay and lesbian couples are featured prominently in Tylenol's new #HowWeFamily campaign, which aims to change the face of the American family.
A same sex prom couple and two gay dads with a baby are among those featured in the campaign's first TV ad. A voiceover declares, "Family isn't defined by who you love, but how."
Tylenol depicts a variety of modern family types by stating a family is based on love, not traditional marriage, and then showing gay couples with their children.
Plus, Tylenol recently used a lesbian couple shown nose to nose in a printed magazine ad. It was included in Good Housekeeping June 2015 issue on page 21, to name one example. At the bottom of the ad it states that Tylenol is a national corporate partner with the Human Rights Campaign.
Companies should advertise the quality of their products, or in this case, how and when to take a medication and why it works. They should not be highlighting who is attracted to whom or who sleeps with whom. This is a marketing decision Tylenol will regret.
This gay-inclusive commercial is attempting to desensitize viewers. There is concern about the way this ad is pushing the LGBT agenda, but an even greater concern is the way that they are attempting to redefine "family."
TAKE ACTION
Please contact Tylenol (owned by Johnson & Johnson) through our website urging them to pull this inappropriate commercial immediately and remain neutral in the culture war.
Also, let Tylenol know that continuing to air this ad and other offensive advertisements in the future will force your family to make the decision to no longer purchase Tylenol or Johnson & Johnson products.



Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Putting Maps Anywhere I Want Them In My Bible! Thanks to Osmo

If you have been around for very long you know that I am VERY VISUAL!  As soon as I start to read about a location in the Bible I am off to find a map of the location.  I have to see it.  I wish that there was a picture right there inside the text... but, alas it isn't.  BUT!  I now have my answer!!!

I can draw it there with my Osmo!  Best yet, NO drawing skills necessary!




Now I can quickly draw a map (or anything else) anywhere I want it!  
I will say that I have resisted drawing on top of the text before now but I knew that I was going to keep it "transparent" enough that I will still be able to read through the drawing.


If you missed yesterday's post I am using my OSMO, available for an iPad?  

1- Did a Google search for "Bible Maps" and found the one I needed showing the territory divided among the 12 tribes of Judah. 
2- I did a "print screen" to save the map onto my iPad

3- I open the "Masterpiece" app (free on iTunes store) 
4- then load the above picture
5- put the reflector onto my iPad 
6- resized the reflection to fit the place I wanted it in my Bible 
7- and started "tracing" the lines that the software creates over the above picture...  (the reflection of the Bible is on the iPad screen, not vice versa).  AWESOME!!!  

I used the same picture for both maps, just resized it to fit where I wanted to draw it.

I colored it with colored pencils.

This is SOOOO much better than a light box (even though I do have one that I LOVE) because you can resize the photo, it takes much more work and time to get the right size for the light box.

UPDATE:
I just posted this to a group on FaceBook where I got several questions.  In an attempt to answer those question I quickly did the following...

They wanted to know about the set up so I took a picture of how I do it in my lap!  I use my laptop as a desk and set the Osmo/iPad on the far end and my Bible closest to me. (sorry for the bad picture)


Traced the card on the left:



The whole process took about 5 minutes because I already had the heart picture that I did a few years ago.

You can watch the video that sold me on it at the Amazon link below:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

OSMO ... My New Toy!

  OK, for all you folks that don't think you can draw there is a new "gotta have" available now!!! 


 Have you seen the new OSMO available for an iPad?  I just got mine yesterday and started playing right away.  



First I found a picture that I wanted to add to my Bible on Pinterest:

 (had to delete the original photo for fear of breaking copy-rite laws ...and I'm not sure of the original artist is to ask permission... my copy is SO FAR for the original, and in my Bible, not for resale...so I think I'm safe there)


- I open the "Masterpiece" app (free on iTunes store) 
- then load the above picture
- put the reflector onto my iPad 
- resized the reflection to fit the place I wanted it in my Bible 
- and started "tracing" the lines that the software creates over the above picture...  (the reflection of the Bible is on the iPad screen, not vice versa).  AWESOME!!!  

OH! and another cool thing that is does is create this video! 


and then I colored.





You can watch the video that sold me on it at the Amazon link below:


Monday, June 1, 2015

One Click Changes!

And today's playtime is with some new font styles I purchased this morning from John Forsythe.  Very, very cool!  If you have Photoshop you too can just click a button to change regular text or vector icons or shapes into some cool looks!






It can also be done to images!  From this:



To this: 

... or any of about 1500 different choices.  This one is wood on marble.





Saturday, May 23, 2015

You've Got This Box

I made this girl several posts back... Today I made a box to house her.  I plan on making lots of different boxes to sell at Christmas...This is my first:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More Play With Toon Characters


Well, it seems that the only playing I have time for these days is putting my toon parts together.  But I am loving doing that!  The other night I decided to try and take a character through different stages of life.  I used the same hair, just played with color and style and used parts from three different characters for the bodies....

I realized, after making all of them that, while that could be a single person, it could also be a family.... now what do I do with them?

After I was done with that I remembered that I need a Graduation card for a friend's daughter...but I didn't have a darker skinned female character yet...so, of course I was off to buy one! (nothing like spending $32 for a PORTION of a card!  Pitiful!  I hate to admit it but I think I'm a little bit obsessed with these characters!  found here: www.tooncharacters.com.  And of course the 10 you can find over at www.mightydeal.com ... at an AMAZING PRICE!



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More Toon Character Play.

I have been playing again.  I couldn't help myself, I bought the 10 Toon Characters on MightyDeal.com ... The main reason I decided to add these 10 characters to my other two is so I can mix and match the pieces.  As you may be able to tell, I used a female head with a man's body...but, I don't think you can tell that in the final picture.


The girl below is another where I pull different pieces to create the final..."WAIT!"  Her hair is actually from this little girl, I just deleted the pigtails...and the long part behind her back is the same as the front just flipped upside down and stretched.... A whole new character!
 And again, I used the same hair for this guy, just changed the color a bit.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Samantha" Font Play

I am so excited to have a new font ... "Samantha" ... LOVING IT!

Here is a quick example that I did and shared on my friends and family Facebook page.  
Then, when people started "liking" it I started adding their names to it and sharing with them...here are a few:





I was able to get it on sale for only $17 !!!  HERE ... It is normally $75.  According to the site the sale is over  in 26 hours so if you want it HURRY!!!

Warning though, it is an Opentype font so you can only add the swirly bits if you have software that can handle it.  Like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, the latest version of Coreldraw and such.  It is still a pretty "upright" font without all the extras but you know, I like me some swirly bits!  I have actually wanted to use Opentype fonts for YEARS but couldn't because I didn't have the right software.  Feeling very blessed now!  :-)

Friday, May 1, 2015

A FANTASTIC Site for Fonts! (that aren't free)

Just had to share...

I have discovered a new (to me) place to buy fonts and other graphics, brushes and such ...CHEAP!!!  If you have been around long you know that I AM A FONT FREAK!!!  and today I went shopping... normally that is a very bad thing, but today it was a deal!  I got a package of ten fonts for $27 that would have been over $400 if I had purchased each individually from other sites.  I know this to be a fact because I plan to get this set of characters in a few days that cost $64 for ten different characters.  If you don't want to customize each character you can get lots of poses of each character for only $24 for all characters and their poses.  SUCH A DEAL!!!  I hate to admit it but I just bought two of the characters a couple weeks ago and paid $64 for the two!  The font site is HERE


the $24 version of one of the characters looks like this:

The more expensive version would have different, eyebrows, eyes, mouths, poses, arms and such that you can put together yourself if you use Art Illustrator. 


an example of something I put together with the set I purchased a few weeks ago (and paid $32 just for one character!)





AND, THERE IS A 10% off coupon HERE

OH! and according to the site these deals are for only a few days so if you are interested you need to hurry!



Monday, April 13, 2015

SVG Files Used to Make Baby Cards....

For the last two weeks I have been in brain OVERLOAD!!!  I have been learning five different software packages all at once! 

It all started with my PC crashing, then the very next day a friend called to offer to buy me a Macbook and a large monitor if I would do some video editing for her!  Thank you Father God for answering prayers before they are even offered up!

That happened just after I had ordered a Cricut  Explore Air....OH MY GOODNESS!  So much to buy, and learn, and buy, and buy, and buy!

Yesterday I made three "card in a box" cards for a friend to give with some baby gifts she needed cards for.... (she was THRILLED with the results :-)



Cute?  Yes!

I got the crib pattern  from SGVCUTS HERE...CUTE!!  And for only $6.99!  That includes svg files for five different finished products!  AWESOME PRICE!

I made the names using a really cool FREE font, made by Kay Hall, that was made to stand up from a card.  You can get that HERE.

The babies are cricut files on this cartridge...


The bear is from this cartridge:


The Giraffe is from this cartridge:


The little elephant is a Martha Stewart punch:


No, I didn't have to buy all those cartridges...yet... the items I used on these are included with the Cricut subscription.  You get two free weeks of subscription when you register a new Cricut machine.  The only thing I had to buy was the crib box from SVGCUTS   Soooo many cute choices there!  Yes, I did buy several of those.

OH! and I already had the elephant punch.


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