Gee, Thanks Mojo Monday

Today’s card is inspired by two very different things:  the layout is inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, and the colors are inspired by my high school alma mater.  Odd, right?  Why am I thinking about high school?  Well, let me tell you.  My coworker was telling me about her daughter’s upcoming high school graduation – I’ll be making a special card, so we discussed her high school’s colors.  That got me to thinking about MY high school colors, and they (somehow) made their way into my card today.

Here’s my card:

Really Good Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MOJO339 And here’s Julee Tilman’s sketch for this week’s Mojo Monday that inspired my card:

And here’s the mascot that inspired my colors today  🙂 :

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Tall and Skinny.  As part of this week’s Mojo Monday challenge, the cards are supposed to be tall and skinny.  I made my card 5″ x 3-3/4″ (the paper is cut to 10″ x 3-3/4″ and scored at 5″).  While it’s a bit smaller than a standard card, it will still fit in a standard envelope.  I like a card with a different shape – long and skinny, tall and skinny, short and fat.  All good stuff.
  • Colors.  I really wanted to add a little Strawberry Slush into this card – I wanted the card to have a third color, and I thought this bright pink would compliment the others well.  In the end, I decided to stick with these two – Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie.
  • Build-a-chevron.  It’s subtle and undefined, but I created a bit of a chevron with the two panels of Pacific Point striped paper.  I cut one strip along one side of the 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper and another strip along the other side.  Woo hoo for a little visual interest.  I didn’t want to cover up the chevrons, so the oval base to the greeting is vellum.
  • Freebie.  I always give three “points” but have an extra comment today.  This is your freebie.  Perhaps it’s a regional thing (or perhaps it’s because I’m a such a sarcastic person), but I’ve always felt like “gee, thanks” was a bit snarky.  If someone handed you a dry, half-eaten donut, you might respond, “gee, thanks”.  Am I wrong about that?  Do you see this sentiment the same way I do?  🙂

Really Good Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MOJO339Stamp Sets:  Really Good Greetings  Papers:  Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, High Tide Designer Series Paper, Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper, Vellum card stock  Inks:  Pacific Point  Accessories:  Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Ovals Collection Framelits, Brights Candy Dots (Pumpkin Pie), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. I totally agree, Gee Thanks, is snarky. I have yet to use this sentiment. Love the chevron creation. Great imagination Brian.

  2. I never heard of the word snarky. Ha. Ha. I’m actually sitting here saying “Gee Thanks”. Great card, love the chevrons and the oval velum. 🙂

  3. Maria Rodriguez

    Hmm.. I’ve never heard that word before either, LOL!! But “Gee Thanks” I’ve heard.
    This expression can go either way, it all depends on the tone of the voice maybe?? or the reason you are saying it??? If someone gives me a dry, half eaten doughnut I might say “Gee No, Thanks” with a look of disgust in my face but, if someone hands me a pair of tickets to go see the Dallas Cowboys play at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. I would definitely say “Gee Thanks!!!!!” accompanied by lots of hugs and kisses. But your card is great, love the Chevron and the colors and the Vellum behind the sentiment, really make it pop. There is always something fun and new to learn here Brian…..a new word, a new technique, lots of tips plus your fabulous sense of humor. Got to love it!!!!! 🙂

    • I’m with you Maria – it all depends on the tone of voice. I never heard of snarky either but Brian has been kind enough to enlighten us. LOL

    • I definitely use the word “snarky” and have heard it used by others. I come from the mid East coast (military born and married military) so maybe southern thing?

      I love the way Maria describes the “Gee, thanks”. I will look at this now in another way. I also looked at this sentiment as snarky. Gee, thanks for the different view point! 🙂 (I mean that in the best way! Lol)

      • Whoops Brian, really like your card today! I love the chevrons that you created from the stripes on the dsp. Also like that you didn’t take away from them by using a bulky sentiment.

    • Or if they handed me a pair of Philadelphia Eagles tickets at “the Linc” I’d say “Gee Thanks!!!!!” Perhaps if the Maria and I paired up for an Eagles/Cowboys game we’d both say “Gee Thanks!!!!” with lots of enthusiasm… Brian, can you make that happen? 🙂

  4. “Snarky” is another way of saying “snide and sarcastic.” I think of “gee, thanks” as an over-the-top way of saying “no thank you” because I have a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor. I’ll try to embrace it for the way it’s intended. 🙂

  5. What a great card. Love the colors. GoooooOOOOO HAWKS!

  6. I love the word “snarky” — it’s so descriptive, and sometimes, no other word will do. I have to say that the “Gee, thanks” had struck me as an “Andy Griffith” or “Happy Days” sort of phrase. But now I see it another way… perspectives, perspectives.

    Love the colors, the chevrons and the vellum. I’m actually making high school grad party invites myself, so have high school colors on the brain, too!

  7. Cute card Brian, it’s a fun layout and sentiment. LOVE the colors…Go Gators!

  8. “gee, thanks” is snarky depending on the intonation. It can be nice if someone is truly happy and grateful.

  9. Jennifer Spiller

    Brian- Great card… Love all the little things that makes this card perfect. Being a very dry and “Snarky” person myself, I totally agree with you about the sentiment “Gee Thanks” Exactly how I would use it if someone shared a day old dried up 1/2 eaten donut. I think I will have to take a survay today about this situation!!! I’ll let you know my results. In all seriousness I do see Maria’s point and need to open myself up to seeing this sentiment in a new light…

  10. I agree this sentiment could be snarky but since I tend to visit Snarkyville quite often, it fits right in!

  11. Wow Brian – your high school colors really POP out at you. I think I would have liked to see those cheerleaders uniforms. LOL Great job with this card and making the chevron, you have THE knack! Enjoy your day and thanks for a terrific card.

  12. Love the word snarky but gee thanks – not so much. You realize that you can’t send this card to anyone who reads your blog cuz they will equate it with a dry, half eaten donut!

  13. When I first saw that sentiment, I also thought it was snarky. And it can be — when spoken in a monotone manner. But when said with pleasantly surprised enthusiasm — Gee… THANKS! (inflection on “thanks”), it’s absolutely sweet. Guess it ultimately depends who is on the receiving end of the sentiment 🙂
    Another great card Brian! Blue and Orange — specifically navy blue and tangerine orange — is one of favorite color combos!

  14. i don’t think Shelli would endorse a snarky sentiment, do you? 😀 that said, i think you can flesh out the tone of the sentiment by the personal message you script inside.

    this card is fantastic, and i’m glad you pointed out the subtle chevron, or i would’ve missed it! i was also just thinking as i tried to make a masculine card for my dad’s 72nd birthday that you would be a very good person to coach me/us on masculine card elements. i realize you did that whole thing for convention, though, so i’ll revisit that. still, if you’re looking for inspiration, there you go!

    my school colors were red, white, and pale blue–so patriotic! my college colors were deep purple and gold. just sayin’.

  15. My oh my! Quite a post today. You’ve created a whirlwind with ‘snarky’. Your card is interesting in a very good way. Liking your chevron trick. Liked your comment on Justin’s blog today.

  16. like your card and I like that High Tide DSP …..I agree with the Gee,thanks from your standpoint ,but I agree with Jenn in regard to Shelli `s version . Maybe it is in fact where you come from ! If you put Golly in front of it ….you sound like Gomer Pyle ….

  17. Gee thanks ( not snarky)-I love your card and all it’s components! Brian your great ideas never end 🙂

  18. You got me interested Brian, since I totally agree with your definition of snarky. I knew immediately what you were getting at as it is spoken out West. So, I looked it up in the huge Webster’s Dictionary I have (yes, I still have a hands-on volume!).

    Snark is a word coined by Lewis Carroll meshing “snail” and “shark”. So then, what is the definition of “shark”? “A certain species large, ferocious, dangerous and destructive…sometimes to man. Something or someone who preys greedily on others, as by cheating or usury, trickery or fraud…or by stealing.” Through colloquialism, it has sometimes come to be spoken sarcastically, snidely (or in a pissy tone, if you will) OR the phrase can be spoken in just the opposite tone of voice…gushing effusive thankfulness and praise. Take your pick! 😉 Could it not be a little like the “oh, bless your heart”….;).

    And why wouldn’t there be a phrase like this? Hallmark even makes cards for Happy Divorce and derogative cards for many unpleasant occasions.

    Must say I love the colors of your card…gives this muddy Spring a good kick in the right direction!! As for my own taste, the jury is still out on all the vellum I’m seeing used around the net. (That’s another snarky thing…suppose to be soft and filmy but in reality is hard as a charge card’s plastic!!).

    Have a great day yall!

  19. That’s too funny! I love the word “snarky”. It’s used on the Atlantic coast of Canada where I am. Your school colours are the same as mine, represented by a sun setting on the Atlantic. 🙂 I don’t mind the sentiment at all but it would take the right card and meaning behind it. It might be funny to use it in a snarky way too. Snark away!

  20. Gee, thanks for the extra tip! Yes, I always thought it was a little snarky – and I DO know that word – but probably Maria is on the mark, the meaning of the expression can go either way. Anyhow, nice card.

  21. I love “snarky” and love the card. You do wonderful and fun cards, Thank you!

  22. What an education wrapped up into one post! I never thought of the “Gee, Thanks” greeting in a derogatory sense, until this post, but I see your point. And, now I have full understanding on the history and meaning of the word “snarky” 🙂 Thanks everyone 🙂

  23. Love all the diversity in the remarks today. I was surprised to learn that several had never heard the word snarky. I’m a Texas gal, born and raised, and have often heard it.
    Anyway I agree that gee,thanks can say a mouth full, depending on how it is said.
    Like this card and use of colors very much.

  24. I think the “gee, thanks” on your card doesn’t look a bit snarky! The fun colors and cool chevron makes the sentiment light & fun. 🙂

  25. Great card!! Love the chevrons and yes, snarky to me, too!!! Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!

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