TracyLH Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 12:47am
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Okay, please excuse the enthusiasm, but I am not of the computer generation, but my dear CC friend, JenWhitlock, is and after noticing that I had no clue how to resize a photo do an avatar, kindly offered to help me. Quickly and astutely realizing I was still clueless icon_confused.gif , she then offered to resize it for me. I then enlisted the help of my 13 year old to load it (as the way I tried failed miserably) and viola, I now have an avatar! icon_biggrin.gif

I realize I should not bother you all by posting this, but this is a perfect example of how we all help one another. Be it with tips on how to get smooth icing, drawing inspiration from one another or reaching out to someone who had no clue what she was doing as Jen did.

Thankyou, Jen icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif and thanks to every single one of us who readily and kindly help another! This is what makes CC a community. One where we offer support and develop friendships with people we actually never even met, but know that we would immediately feel at home were we ever fortunate to ever be able to meet them face-to-face.

Thanks again, Jen! icon_biggrin.gif I bow not only to your cookie and cake decorating skills, but also to your computer saavy-ness! And thanks to everyone else who takes the time to keep CC a positive and supportive community!

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grams Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 12:58am
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What an uplifting post! It gave me a lift just reading about you two working together. Thanks

riSHEL Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 1:04am
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You said it so perfectly. Thank you for putting into words what so many of us feel. Recently there have been some threads that got pretty rough. I didn't participate in them, as I feel about CC, the same as you, and those threads disappointed me. What you said is what CC is all about. And who knows, maybe CC will one day have a convention and we will all meet face-to-face. Wouldn't that be cool?

p.s. Don't feel bad. I don't know how to resize photos for an Avatar either icon_redface.gif

JaLa90016 Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 1:16am
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You said it so perfectly. Thank you for putting into words what so many of us feel. Recently there have been some threads that got pretty rough. I didn't participate in them, as I feel about CC, the same as you, and those threads disappointed me. What you said is what CC is all about. And who knows, maybe CC will one day have a convention and we will all meet face-to-face. Wouldn't that be cool?

p.s. Don't feel bad. I don't know how to resize photos for an Avatar either icon_redface.gif




OMG!!! A convention for all of us to meet would be AWESOME!!! That would be too cool. You guys have been such a huge inspiration to me. I have learned soo much from you guys.

Ladies, thanks so much ffor all the kind words and just being willing to help others such as myself.

Many thanks
Jala

shiney Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 1:57am
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Well Said Tracy!! As well, you are so uplifting to so many of us. You and so many other CC'ers are so humble, so inspirational and are the reason so many of us keep plugging along as cookie-ators
I never figured out how to resize a pic for an avitar, after many attempts to do so, I just found one on the web. But you are not one to give up, are you, Tracy? icon_wink.gif

IcedTea4Me2 Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 2:11am
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Hmmm... what was the name of that site that shrinks photos? Was it something like www.shrinkphoto.com? I can't remember exactly, but there is a FREE website out there that all you do is put in the size you need and it shrinks your photo for you. You save it on your computer and then upload it to your profile.

Anyone know the name? The one above may be correct. Then again, it may not be.


Lisa

Uniqueask Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 2:13am
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Tracy I looked at your photo's of you cookies and they are great, do you mind sharing where you get your cutters from, and I do the the site for you to resize your photo is batchphoto.com. that is what I used.

McMama Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 2:17am
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You say it so well Tracy. I love cc and all the great artists here. It's nice to connect with everyone any given time or day. Plus I sometimes just laugh so hard at the comments and threads. CC just makes me feel good! I love your new avatar. It is so perfect.

TracyLH Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 2:25am
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Thanks, McMama! You know I love your cookies!

IcedTea4me - it was recommended to me to try www.shrinkpictures.com. Apparently, a lot have great success with it. I opened it and realized that for me it was a big project on a day when I was just exhausted and that is when Jen kindly stepped in and saved my day. But, I guess it works as many have used it! It looks like Uniqueask knows of one too! icon_biggrin.gif

Uniqueask - I make my own cutters based on my designs or I make templates out of plastic templating material you can get in the quilting section at Joanne's (use the lighter of the two weights and use an fine tip Exact-O blade to cut your chilled dough). KHalstead has a great tutorial here on CC called "How to Make Cookie Cutters", if you need ideas on how to make cutters. After much research on foodsafe metal, I decided on using 26 guage stainless steel that I get from Joe at Speedy Metals (866-938-6061). Here is a link to a posting I did about it with more info, if you are interested:

www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=607066&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=0

Thanks for the info on the other shrinking site!

TracyLH Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 2:27am

Oops! I accidentally did a double-post when I tried to edit and I don't know how to delete this one completely! icon_redface.gif See, I told you computers aren't my thing! icon_lol.gif

fiddlesticks Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 2:44am

What a great thread! Oh and Tracy, what a beautiful avatar it is to!

debster Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 3:15am

Tracy..................I still want to know how you did that cookie in your Avatar? It looks PERFECT, it amazes me how some of you do this stuff. I work with cookies some but mine sure don't look like that. Thanks for any tips, who's icing recipe do you use?

shiney Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 3:38am

Yes, Tracy, I am in awe of how you manage to flood in an outline so perfectly where it looks as though it would run over or outside the outline, but it doesn't. I know antonia's RI helps, but there's skill involved that some of us just don't have

TracyLH Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 3:41am

Debster - I use Antonia74's RI and I swear by it! As for tips, I usually put little notes on the different cookies when I post them if I try something new and I found it worked. Offhand, I would recommend trying tip #45 for your flooding of large areas as that speeded things up for me. Let icing sit overnight to deepen. Lots of practice. Not sure that helps much, but the #45 is a good thing! Oh, and for small tips (like a PME 0 or 00) run your icing through a new, clean kneehigh stocking to get all of the little clumps out that clog fine tips. That idea was passed on to me and it has been just the greatest! icon_biggrin.gif

Shiney - I have been at it a while! Time and practice is all it is. Oh, and my Type A tendencies don't hurt! icon_lol.gif

Pebbles13 Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 4:44am

Tracy,
I love your avatar, as that is probably my favorite "Tracy cookie" so far. But then again, I say that about each and every cookie you crank out icon_biggrin.gif I saw the post where Jen mentioned shrinkpictures.com and thought I'd give it a whirl. Well, as you can see - IT WORKED party.gif Thanks, Jen thumbs_up.gif It was relatively easy, and if anyone is going to give it a try, the only advice I have is that in step 2, when you select new maximum image dimension choose "custom" and put 110 pixels since that is the maximum size that will work. I'm not computer savvy enough to give any other advice, but I hope that little tip helps someone trying to get an avatar.
I appreciate all of the information, positive comments, and company of everyone here on this forum. It's a nice place to visit icon_smile.gif Happy Valentine's Day!
Tricia (Pebbles13)

ladij153 Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 5:16am

Tracy, I second what everyone else has said about your eloquent words.....Your cookies are fabulous....I have yet to try cookies...they look so complicated.....like your avatar cookie......did you use a stencil for the letters?

Anyway, I am so grateful to all the members who selflessly share their tips and tricks with the rest of us. We're a big happy family and I for one love that!!!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!
LuAnn

cookiemookie Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 1:21pm

I agree.

I have learned so much here, and am always learning something new.

I also got that website from someone on here. I'm not very computer savy either.

Tracy, what can I say, you rock! I love all your cookie designs! They are, works of art!!! Did you take any classes or are you self taught.

I "LOVE" your avatar!

TracyLH Posted 15 Feb 2009 , 11:40pm

Ladij - Thanks! Nope, no stencil, but the design was inspired by a stencil Cookiemookie used on one of her cookies. I just changed it around a bit to come up with my version.

Cookiemookie - Self taught, like all of my buddies here! icon_biggrin.gif I just play around and experiment a lot. Trying to find my little niche, as it were. I will say, I love your cookies! I still smile when I think of your baby faces. Just the cutest I have ever seen! icon_biggrin.gif You have also inspired me to give stencils a whirl as you do such an amazing job with them!

cuteums Posted 19 Feb 2009 , 5:17am

Tracy, your cookies are gorgeous. Will you share with us what cookie recipe you use? Thanks. I am looking for a sturdy cookie for decorating that doesn't taste like cardboard. Oh and thanks for the avatar info. If I have time this week I may try to shrink some pictures to post for an avatar and to fill up my cake gallery.

GayeG Posted 19 Feb 2009 , 5:43pm

Awww - Tracy, I always wondered why your beautiful creations wasnt on your Avatar! Well, good for you now! And its AWESOME!

Yes Tracy - its ppl like YOURSELF who make me come back day after day - I could have just kept stalking the forums and galleries, but seeing the helpfulness and encouraging words ya'll had for each other made me want to be a part - to bring just another, however small piece, I can contribute - to add to this community .. So I thank you and the so many others who've always had some encouraging or helpful advice to share with each other .. I feel blessed to be a part!

NOW - if "I" could just figure out HOW to resize my uploaded photos, then "I" will have joined you in the computer savvy-ness you have achieved!! icon_rolleyes.gif

debster Posted 19 Feb 2009 , 11:44pm

Gaye...............go to www.shrinkpictures.com and it walks you through shrinking pictures and making avatars. I haven't made an avatar yet , but resizing pictures is easy at that site. Have fun!!!!!!!

GayeG Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 1:01am
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Gaye...............go to www.shrinkpictures.com and it walks you through shrinking pictures and making avatars. I haven't made an avatar yet , but resizing pictures is easy at that site. Have fun!!!!!!!




Thats where I've been trying to do it .. it did resize them (to 1500x1500) I "think" but when I try to upload it here, it tells me the pic is wrong size - either too big or too small .. and if you look at my pics you'll see - this is the size it turns out ... icon_cry.gif So I havent even tried to upload ALL my V Day ones I have - their too small to even see! Ive been trying since Dec. to resize the ones in my pics here ... I will NOT give up!! thumbs_up.gif

But I do Thank you Debster .. I do apprieciate you trying to help out this poor chicky!

debster Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 1:52am

Hmmmmmm Gaye, I go there and click the 600 pixel thing then resize then do you save the new size and try to upload that? You have to save the new size. Then when you uplaod to CC click the one that's been resized. HTH

That's all I do and it works. icon_lol.gif

GayeG Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 1:39pm

Yep - thats what I do - and on MY pc it shows the correct size when I bring it up in my pic editor - but just wont upload correctly here icon_sad.gif thanks anyways debster! I WILL have success ... eventually! icon_wink.gif

GeminiRJ Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 7:03pm

shrinkpictures.com has a special site just for making avatars. (I think it's www.shrinkpictures.com/create-avatar).

Tracy, I was thrilled to see your gorgeous avatar!

TracyLH Posted 24 Feb 2009 , 9:19pm

Thanks, Gemini! It's all thanks to Jen! (Ah, those young, computer savvy kiddos!) Glad to see you back! I've been thinking of you!

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