Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen

Years ago, when I worked for a major international corporation in the marketing communications department, an incredibly talented graphic design artist brought a booklet cover she was working on for my opinion.

I looked at it, and my English-major mind, which sees Christ figures and phallic symbols everywhere, burst out laughing. It wasn't Christ I was seeing on that cover. Some arrow-shaped designs are, shall we say, unfortunate. The artist blushed bright red and said, "Obviously, you see it."

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

She completely redesigned the cover.

This memory came to mind last weekend as I was trying to grab a little inspiration from this picture on Pinterest.


Perhaps you see the issue? I didn't, until I made my card, and immediately, I saw a breast...a breast with a heart-shaped pasty. All that's missing is the tassel.

Perhaps it's the pink. Perhaps it's the English-major mind that can't look at pears without giggling. But truly, how can I send this card to anyone now? Seriously. "Here I am, sending you a loving boob card! Enjoy!"

Hey! Another thought just popped into my head. Perhaps the card shows a breast pressed in the mammography machine, with one of those little nipple stickers made fun by light-hearted mammography techs. Maybe I could send it to my sister to remind her to get her girls squished! Love your ta-tas!

Or not.


stamps: My Favorite Things Party Patterns, Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey white, unknown pink (maybe StampinUp pomegranate), StampinUp black
accessories: large circle punch, heart punch, dimensional 


  1. Which boob designed that? lol! Love where you went with your own take on the inspiration


  2. Hmmm, not sure I would have noticed if you hadn't told us. Then again, I might have, just as I spot lots of spelling errors in English and Dutch texts (really hate it when I spot typos in my own texts). I suppose it comes with the territory of being a professional translator with a sound linguistic background.

  3. Please PLEASE tell me you pulled out some fibers to see if you could add a tassel!! BWHAHAAAA!!

  4. Since it says, "Sending you love," perhaps you should give it to your husband after date night?

  5. Mmm I didnt see the boob till you said it now I cant undo that thought and the reminder Im off to have mine manhandled and squished beyond belief. Ahhh the joys

  6. You KNOW who needs that card... your friend who is a 15-year breast cancer survivor and rejoices when she gets to go have her mammograms...

  7. Oh I do remember your issue with the pear images, from years past! Thanks for the memory!

  8. Saw it immediately..! Enjoyed your commentary and your vision...amazing what one sees.

  9. Heh. Heh. Heh. Boob.
    Heh heh.
    That is all.

  10. First it was pears, then butterfly farts, and now breasts. You always provide comic relief and I can't look at certain objects the same ever again. Thank you for the fun!!

  11. Hahaha! You had me laughing out loud for real!
    You are right in that it looks like a breast with a heart shaped nipple, but I LOVE your idea about sending it to a female sister/friend to remind them to get a mammogram! Clever.

  12. Hysterical post and comments. :-) Love the card.

  13. Didn't read other comments but my thought. A thank you card for the mammography lady. They would love it.

  14. I don't get around to commenting much anymore, but MY first thought was tidy whitey undies with the fly not quite closed. Hhhmmmmm; not sure what that says about me, but it doesn't appear anyone else thought that. I do see the boob, but I would definitely send it to a friend who was going for a mammogram or needed to go, or someone who'd been diagnosed with breast cancer and needed a little "lift." Perhaps adding "...and support" on the inside would work. Some of us who are breast cancer survivors contend our senses of humor helped get us through all the not-so-fun parts. Yes, ladies--get your mammograms. They do save lives.

  15. There is definitely a place for this card... just not where you intended! I'm with the ladies above; perfect for someone either in the middle of, or blessedly fully recovered from breast cancer. Of course, you could always tweak the design by adding a symmetrical half circle to the other side covering the sentiment, and re-stamp the sentiment in the middle or on a vertical to make the card landscape. Or something along those lines to alter the imagery our brains are trying to put in there :-)

  16. Well now you've mentioned it all I can see is a breast. How about adding some pink ribbon like the breast cancer logo?

  17. I see the boobie - thanks for the laugh! It's an excellent reminder for a mammogram.

  18. I haven't been a great social blogger this year, but I wanted to see what you've been up to. Susan, you literally made me laugh out loud today. :) If you do send this card, I'd recommend adding a print up of this post~it's hilarious!


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