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Community Shout Out

June 30, 2011

Hi folks! Today is normally a newsletter day, but since we’ve got a long holiday weekend hovering on the horizon (I can almost smell the smoke from the Fourth of July barbecues already), I’m putting the newsletter on vacation until next week.

In lieu of that, here’s a couple of things I’d like to bring to your attention…

Several GCU artists have started Facebook fan pages to use for promotion, which is great (including me)! If you’re trying to get those vital 25 “likes”, leave a comment on this post and I’ll beat the drum for you. Β And if you haven’t joined our Facebook roll – for Pete’s sake, give me your link so I can put you on the list.

Our Lightning Round: KITTIES continues until July 5th – write a blog post or Squidoo lens about cats and include links to 3 cards at GCU, and you could win 20 free card credits! Join the furry fun by leaving a comment or sending me your link.

Have you checked the holiday lead-in time over on the right of the page? For the maximum opportunity for exposure, you should be working on Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa related cards right now. Crank up the air conditioner if you need to get in the mood. πŸ™‚

Don’t forget about Friday’s CRITIQUE Β CLINIC: if you have a card that’s getting lots of clicks but no sales, or if you aren’t sure a new design has what it takes, submit it for peer review. ATTENTION – it’s a long weekend special! The clinic will run over 3 days (that’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday) – whee!)Β AND I’m also opening it up to anyone who wants to submit, whether you’ve recently submitted a card or not. ONE card per artist, please. No artist minimum this time; we’ll take everyone who wants to submit HOWEVER I reserve the right to close the clinic if I deem it necessary. I also urge all artists to participate in the discussion.

Photoshop Elements users: I stumbled across a tutorial I thought you might find useful – it’s the Secret to Creating Circular Text. It looks like a fairly easy method for creating a very professional looking effect.

If you missed it, Doreen Erhardt has posted a tip for artists who have a Facebook business page – an app that allows you to set up a cool splash page. Check out her forum post for the details.

Do you photograph people on train tracks? It seems to be a somewhat popular setting for wedding photos, but it may be illegal in your area. Check this forum post for details.

And that’s it for now. Have a great holiday weekend, and stay safe!


25 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2011 5:23 am

    You can like me on my fan page, only one more to go before I get get a good address

  2. June 30, 2011 6:06 am

    Can’t believe I almost missed a “kitty challenge” πŸ™‚ Appreciate all of the great tips here!
    Please add my Facebook fan page:

    And would like to join the artist roll:


  3. June 30, 2011 6:24 am

    wait – that’s her regular page … sorry! That one takes “friends” instead of “fans” …

  4. June 30, 2011 11:37 am

    I’m very close, a few more drum rolls should do the trick for me. THANKS……..

  5. Rycky Creations permalink
    June 30, 2011 12:02 pm

    Now that we’ve got a new FB page and had to start over, I could use five more people to “Like” us so we can get a shorter user name… any takers???


  6. Donna Lorello permalink
    June 30, 2011 2:29 pm

    here’s mine…

    • June 30, 2011 2:37 pm

      I would “like’ your fan page if I could, Donna… but I don’t know how to locate it. Others here probably do. πŸ™‚ And I’ll “like” it then. πŸ˜€ In the meantime, if you want, we can be friends. πŸ™‚


  7. June 30, 2011 2:30 pm

    I hope this is the right link. As of this post, I’m at 23, so I just need 2 more. lol. Hope to change the name of my FB biz/fan page by this evening so it’ll be done before we head out for our 4th of July trip up north. πŸ™‚

  8. June 30, 2011 9:33 pm

    Here’s the link to my ‘Conversational Cats’ blog post.

  9. June 30, 2011 9:34 pm

    Sorry – something weird happened and the link didn’t get posted:

  10. June 30, 2011 9:37 pm

    I’ve ‘liked’ yours, Robin, so just one more to go!

    Here’s mine if anyone wants to ‘like’ it:

    • Rycky Creations permalink
      July 1, 2011 11:04 am

      Thanks Judy πŸ™‚

  11. July 1, 2011 12:03 am

    I’m still working on my 25 fans… Thanks!

  12. July 1, 2011 2:36 am

    “Creating Circulaar Text” in Photoshop Elements worked great. A couple of caveats. Once you have completed a step in the process be sure to click the green check mark (if called for). This, of course, accepts the change you just made. Finally, on the last step I found that I had to click on the Move Tool and then pull the sides, top and bottom of your text box IN to fit the grid. Great idea!!

  13. Rycky Creations permalink
    July 1, 2011 11:07 am

    Great tutorial on circular text, Corrie… in fact, I enjoyed looking at the entire website! Thanks for sharing! Thanks too, Lloyd for the extra instructions πŸ™‚


  14. July 6, 2011 6:09 am

    Hi Corrie!

    Can I please join the Facebook roll?? My name is Rachel and my facebook link is

    Thanks so much!! :o)

    • July 6, 2011 6:35 am

      You’re added, Rachael. Welcome to the community!


  15. July 7, 2011 5:23 pm

    Hi Corrie,

    I need 6 more likes on my FB Fan Page. Maybe someone would like to click on like. My friends say they have but they are not being counted.

    Thanks, Ginger

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