Saturday, September 6, 2014

Blingity Bling Bling Bling

Y'all will understand. As much fun as I'm having in Madison, I'm feeling sad that I'm not playing with all the goodness I ordered recently from Papertrey. It's just sitting at home, waiting for me on my desk.

Someone should write a country song about craft supplies missin' their lovers crazies owners.

Anyway, here's yet another card with Ombre Builders from Papertrey. It uses the same stamp as my last card but not wonkily. I love how the same stamp can create a very different look and feel depending on how you use it and what colors you use.

It's blinged out the ying-yang, but I love it so very much. The cool colors and softness of it make me happy.

A word or 20 about the sentiment.... When I first received the PTI Keep It Simple: Thinking of You set, I thought, "I'll never use this one. The font's all light and airy-fairy." Yet here I am, using it.

Don't be prejudiced against certain fonts. You just never know how perfect the weird ones will be when used in just the right setting.

Except Comic Sans, of course.


Does it bother anyone else that "8 year old" isn't hyphenated? It bothers me...even more than the fragment, which stylistically can be excused as informal. The hyphens, though, need to be there.

This picture always makes me laugh because I just love irony and sarcasm.

I'm really not a typography snob, but I do understand the antipathy for Comic Sans.

And now I'm off to eat some more food. I feel like that's pretty much all I've done since arriving in

Don't you feel sorry for me?

stamps: Papertrey
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey
accessories: dimensionals, rhinestones


  1. ha love that font!! love the colors too. cool card! enjoy your trip

  2. So glad to have these ideas. Now I can justify buying this set. Love the card.

  3. I like all the bling, Susan! I also agree about the punctuation issues. Have fun eating! ;) Mynn xx

  4. Madison is so close to Twin Lakes, would have love to have you visit me, so I could meet you in person. :( So sad. I was in St. Luke's hospital in Madison for 6 weeks in 2012. Only an hour away from here. Enjoy it, a beautiful city!

  5. Besides stamping isn't eating the next best thing? Well, next to fishing anyway.

  6. What s this hate on of Comic Sans? Am I missing the background story.

    1. Professional graphic designers and typography snobs hate Comic Sans with a hot hate. They also hate Papyrus, and I suspect the rampant overuse and inappropriate use of both fonts is to blame. Comic Sans is childish and highly informal...the letters are pudgy and soft-looking. It's definitely not professional (more appropriate, as the name indicates, for Sunday comics and comic books rather than businesses...and in big blocks of text, it's hard on the eye to read) yet you'll still see it on menus and other professional business publications, websites, and signage.

      The science behind typography is sophisticated and nuanced, and professional graphic designers spend an enormous amount of time matching fonts to their projects. Long before this post, I've blogged about how important it is to pay attention to the font of your sentiment on a card. A Comic Sans "with sympathy" sentiment, for instance, would be deeply, profoundly inappropriate. But as I say above, being a snob about fonts isn't appropriate either. Used appropriately, most of them can serve a legitimate purpose.

      Search Comic Sans on Pinterest and you'll get an eye-full of the hate raining down on this font. I shared because this sort of snobbery over first-world issues amuses me. And for the record, I'm not a fan of Comic Sans, either.

  7. Ha, ha! We use Comic Sans at work in SOPs specifically for changes so that they will stand out from from the rest of the document, which must be in Times New Roman. Can't say I like it, but it certainly serves a purpose.
    I like Papyrus, though, if it's the one I'm picturing in my head.

    1. Yep, I just looked it up, and that's the one we used for the invitations to our island wedding, which was a message in a bottle. I wanted something that looked a little "old school" and handwritten, and Papyrus was perfect. I don't care who hates it!

  8. I like Papyrus, too. It is not very professional, though, for most business purposes, yet it gets used a LOT. I used it on a book project once a long time ago, and it turned out great!

  9. Agreed. I would not use it for business purposes, but clearly the reason it's "overused" is because lots of people find it appealing!


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