Wednesday, May 5, 2010

OLW3: Punctuation

You know all those little punctuation marks that come with alphabets? The bracket included in your sentiment set? The ampersand? The at symbol? Exclamation points? Question marks? Asterisks? The number sign? A caret?

This week's ONE-LAYER WEDNESDAY challenge is to use those crazy typographical symbols. (Yes, I have two alphabets that includes carets.) Are you excited yet? I sure am, as only a geeky former professional proofreader could ever be.

Not feeling the joy? Prefer to ignore those random stamps that seem to serve precious little purpose in the card-making world?

Then take a look at this asterisk card:



I liked it so much I made a whole set!


I have a clear set from Hero Arts that has TWO different brackets in it. Here's one:


And here's the other:


And if you're wondering what a caret is, it's a proofreader's mark meaning "insert here." It comes in handy for correcting grammar errors in sentiments like this one:



Oh, this was so much fun! I challenge you to use your punctuation and be prepared to experience giddy delight at using your unused, unloved, previously ignored stamps.

OLW3 Rules:

1. ONE LAYER CARD means a single piece of cardstock folded to form a card.

2. Try to use only ink on this challenge...no embellishments at all. If you absolutely must use an embellishment, well, then you must, but keep your design simple and clean.

3. Use the InLinkz box below to link to your card so we can all see it!



Supplies
stamps: All are from Hero Arts except the heart, which is from Papertrey
ink: Memento (colors), Palette noir
paper: PTI white
accessories: not a one!

31 comments:

  1. very clever Susan!!
    I particularly love the bracket ones.
    And I can't believe you have 2 stamp sets with carets!!!

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  2. jaki, I KNOW! Two carets! The one I used is from a Hero Arts set, but the other is a tiny one in a small StampinUp alphabet with lots of extra punctuation marks.

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  3. Gorgeous! I've got to see what I have and can't wait to create!

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  4. OMG, I LOVE the caret! I, too, am a stickler for punctuation, and sentiments like that one make me itch. :-)

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  5. yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    who knew an asterisk could be so much fun!!
    marty

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  6. These are absolutely darling and so clever!

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  7. Oh my - what fun! Love all of your cards!

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  8. Simply so smart! I never use those stamps but now you have inspired me to ink them up!!

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  9. These are all fabulous! The only problem with seeing them is that I can't think beyond! I hope I can dream up something while I'm at work...beats working LOL!

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  10. I love all of these but especially that asterisk set of cards! I can't wait to play later today - need to check out what I have.

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  11. Be still my grammar-loving heart...uou own a caret stamp?! You are my hero!

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  12. This is a super cool challenge and your cards are so inspiring - thanks Susan!

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  13. I especially like your asterisk set! The caret works for that stamp, but I saw one the other day that started "Mother's are..." Argggghhhh! Even if you selectively inked, you'd have a weirdo space! (Have you read Lynne Truss's book?)

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  14. I love the asterisks card set! Off to see if I have any punctuation stamps...

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  15. Just wanted to let you know that I bragged about you, and linked you up in my blog today...hope you don't mind!

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  16. ..this was another fun challenge, one that I hope to revisit in the near future. Love the 'hello, friend' card.

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  17. These are awesome! I DO especially love the last one. You were right. ;-)

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  18. Susan,
    I love the cards.
    My question for you: What is the purpose of the bracket? I see it being used a lot in sentiments, but I don't understand it. Could you help a girl out here?

    Diane M

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  19. Who but you Susan would think to use punctuation stamps to make beautiful cards?
    Your asterisk set are so fun looking and the 'happy heart' is really cute.

    Well I don't own any alphabets sets so I really did have a deprived childhood LOL.

    Maybe now is the time to go look and see what's out there because I so want to CASE yours.
    TFS

    PS I feel now is also the time to apologise for my bad punctuation etc (past and future!) .... English was never my subject - now give me a maths problem and I am away ;);)

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  20. I love the caret, but what I really need is a stamp of the little "take this out" squiggle -- it'd be perfect for apostrophe abuse! What is the name of that mark, anyway?

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  21. OMGosh these are adorable! Now I have to rethink the alpha sets I was going to get rid of!

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  22. @Angela, I don't think the delete mark has a special name. I always called it a delete mark. And it's probably the most used proofreading mark, at least by me, LOL!

    @Christine M, only grammar nazis with no sense of perspective care about proper punctuation in online casual writing (like comments on blogs or in forums). I'm no nazi and just really appreciate your comments. I don't put on my proofreader's cap and judge. Ever.

    @Diane M, grammatically, the brackets serve no real purpose on these cards, but ever since I started commenting on forums and saw ((((hugs)))) indicated by parentheses or brackets, I've thought of them as typographical hugs. I'm really a huggy person so the idea appeals to me.

    And no, I don't think anyone will find huggy in the dictionary, but it should be.

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  23. Terri (blindstamper)May 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Jeepers! Another challenge...maybe I'll get one accomplished this week to post...but I just bought my flock and am itching to use it! BTW, do we get to see the bright cards behind your first one shown? Hope so... (yeah, I'm sure I misuse those periods of e...but I don't care!) :)

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  24. Susan,
    Thanks for the response. I like hugs too. If I look at it this way, I feel more comfortable using the bracket. Perhaps, I'll take on the challenge. {{{hugs}}}

    Diane M

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  25. Fun idea to use the punctuation stamps. I especially like the colorful asterik ones. And you finally have a way to add the comma between hello and friend. I remember reading another post where that bothered you from a gramatical standpoint.

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  26. GASP!!! I don't have ANY alpha stamps! What is a girl to do? Guess I'll have to skip this go around. Beautiful cards though!

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  27. Thanks for a fun challenge! "Add your link" doesn´t work..here´s my card;
    http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1697541?&limit=last1

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  28. Biggan,

    I fixed it. Apparently you can't have two buttons at one time. The one in the sidebar works now.

    Sorry about that!
    Susan

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  29. Hi Susan! I heard about this challenge from Agata and I decided to play along. Great challenge!

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Thank you so much for taking time to comment!