Font Friday: Ondise

I'm such a huge fan of the talented Jessica McCarty of Magpie Paper Works... Saissant and Vermandois are two of my favorite typefaces ever. So I was really excited when I saw her latest release, Ondise. It's absolutely beautiful!

It comes with great opentype features like six unique ampersands and lots of contextual alternates, giving your project a very unique calligraphed feel. Ondise is perfect for wedding invitations and birth announcements. You can purchase Ondise at

Be sure to check out some of my previous picks in my Font Friday gallery. Also head on over to my friend Jackie's blog... She's joining in on the #fontfriday festivities and her taste is top notch!

Font Friday: Le Havre Layers

Le Havre has been one of my favorite sans serifs for a few years now. It's a perfect blend of modern and art deco. So naturally I was thrilled when I discovered that it is available in a layered font! Soooo many possibilities! And to top it all off it's on sale right now at MyFonts.Com... only $19 for 21 fonts!

And check out some of my previous picks in my Font Friday gallery.

Minted Holiday 2013: Modish Merry

This is Modish Merry... I just love how it's bold and modern but has a retro 1960's kinda vibe (or at least I think so). And like my other holiday designs, it's available in three colorways and three alternate greetings. There is literally something for everyone at Minted this year!

You can purchase Modish Merry at

Minted Holiday 2013 - Snow Flurries

Please meet Snow Flurries, a whimsical and colorful design! I had a lot of fun designing this one! It is available in three greetings of your choice (Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, or Happy New Year) and the three colorways (Navy, Rose, or Pine) shown below.

Now available at Also there is a "sneak peek" discount if you order by 9/23...Just use the code PREVIEW2013.

Minted Holiday 2013 - Modern Peace

I'm very excited to share my holiday designs that will be available exclusively at It's been many months in the making... and as I've said before, so weird to be designing for winter holidays in the Spring and Summer! But here it is... and I am equally excited that Minted has recently begun offering gold and silver foil pressed options! What the heck is it about gold and silver foil that has me weak in the knees? I don't know but I love it.

This week I will be debuting a new design each day! Today I am pleased to introduce "Modern Peace".  It's available in gold and silver foil in addition to white, red, aqua and yellow. The foil pressed cards available here and standard colors here.

Tomorrow is a new day and new design!

Font Friday: Top 10 Favorite Scripts

Doing things a little differently this week... I thought it would be fun to do a Top Ten list of my favorite script typefaces! Keep in mind there so are many more I could have added but I wanted to stick to a small list. I tend to gravitate towards scripts that have plenty of personality and are not too formal, but of course I have loads of formal scripts too (maybe another list!).

So without further ado here is my top ten favorite script fonts:

Where to buy (top to bottom):

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

The Photo Man

I've been an admirer of found photos for a long time, often using them in my personal artwork. For me there is something very compelling about found photos that I can't really put into words other than to say I'm fascinated by them... so when I came across this short film, "The Photo Man" by Ben Kitnick, I immediately understood the connection the subject, Mark Kologi, has with the photos and the people in them.

Take a look at the film, it's pretty wonderful...

And if you're interested in found photos you need to visit the Look At Me, a treasure trove of found photos. Here a few of my favorites...

Personal note: I used a found photo from this site as our holiday card seven years ago (see above). I photoshopped our faces onto the people in the photo. And added our dog in the background.  Everyone loved the card but some people wondered when I had bleached my hair, LOL.


Art Work: Busymockingbird

I'm really enjoying the work of illustrator and graphic artist, Mica Angela Hendricks (aka Busymockingbird). She collaborated with her 4 year old daughter on these wonderful illustrations. So quirky and fun, and kinda creepy too!

Here's what she says about the work:
These are collaborative paintings by my 4-year old daughter and me. I start by quietly drawing a vintage, retro head (which I love doing). Next step: My daughter (who LOVES to draw) hastily snatches my sketchbook from me and draws a body and sometimes additional characters. Later, I go back and add highlights and details in acrylic paint, colored ballpoint pen, and marker. Together, they create a beautiful well as an exercise in patience (on both our parts).
You can purchase her work on Society6... check it out!

images via Society6

Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every now and then I like to set aside a bit of fun time to do some baking with my daughter after school. We have movie night(s) on the weekends and what better treat for movies (other than buttered popcorn) than cookies and milk. Seriously YUM. We watched Epic, btw. 

I found this recipe via Sweet and Savory Tooth and made a few tweaks of my own. Personally I love my chocolate with a little spice so I added cinnamon - if you prefer, you can leave it out and they will still be delicious.  I also add a bit more chocolate chips because more is better, right? Melting the chocolate chips makes these cookies gooey and chocolatey and so yummy! They are really decadent... you will want to have a glass of milk handy. So here it is...

Mexican Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes approximately 24 medium or 12 jumbo cookies

1 1/2 bags (approx. 22 oz) semisweet or dark chocolate chips
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened (for about 30 minutes)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cold egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Put approximately 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler and place it over, but not touching, a saucepan of barely simmering water (or the bottom of a double boiler). Stir the chips until melted and smooth. Remove from the water and set aside. Or you can just melt the chips in the microwave on low for approximately 2 minutes, stirring half way through... which is what I did and it turned out fine.
Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a medium bowl, stir it together and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smoothly blended, about 1 minute. On low speed, mix in the melted chocolate until blended. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing until blended, about 1 minute. Add the flour mixture, mixing just until it is incorporated. Stir in the remaining 2 cups chocolate chips.
Scoop tablespoon size mounds of dough onto ungreased baking sheets, with larger scoops for jumbo cookies. Bake one sheet at a time until the cookies crack slightly on top, about 11 minutes depending on your oven. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. 
Cookies will be soft and chewy and soooo good!!

Font Friday: Four Seasons

Wow, it feels like it's been forever since I wrote a blog post! I've had a busy summer doing some freelance work and hanging out my daughter. I can't believe how quickly the time has gone by... school starts next week! Not sure how I feel about that, lol.

Anywho... I have a lovely new font for your Font Friday! It's called Four Seasons and it's by LatinoType.

I had a lot of fun playing around with the different swashes and ornaments as you can see below...

It's perfect for when you need something whimsical but still casual. But what's also cool about Four Seasons is that you can turn off the swashes in your OpenType panel and get great text as well. It comes in pro (regular), pro italic, bold, and bold italic weights, plus ornaments, words, and dingbats. You can get all seven fonts for $45 until August 23rd at!

Check out some of my previous picks in my Font Friday gallery.

Happy fourth!

I just love vintage packaging and graphics! Here are a few fun vintage fireworks labels...

Hope you all have an amazing Fourth of July holiday! Stay safe...

images from If It's Hip, It's Here via Eight Hour Day's Pinterest

No More Google Reader...

And hello Blog Lovin'! In case you haven't heard, maybe you've been living under a rock somewhere, Google Reader will be no more come Monday, July 1st. You can still import everything you were following on it to Blog Lovin. There are other blog reader options but this just happens to be the one I use...

Of course you can always stay up to date with Super Swoon postings on Facebook and Twitter (although sometimes I forget to post there - oops!).

Font Friday: Dear Joe Hannes

While working on Minted holiday designs I discovered a new calligraphy font that I absolutely adore! I used it in several of my submissions... It's called dearJoeHannes and it comes from JOEBOB graphics foundry. I just love all the great opentype features which give it very unique brush script look.

You can purchase it at MyFonts.Com and while you're there you can check out some of my previous picks in my Font Friday gallery.

Font Friday: Mr. Lucky

This week's Font Friday pick is a super fun hand-drawn style font called Mr Lucky. It's got a lot of font variation to give that unique hand-drawn look that is so popular right now. Check it out...

Mr Lucky is Mr Happy's slab brother and a hand-drawn narrow typeface.
You can layer different styles over the background style to achieve lots of colorful effects. Use just one style to get a single color letter or set Fill over Background or Stripped Background to get a two color mode.
Mr Lucky has upper and lowercase characters with up to three alternate glyphs and special alternate uppercase diacritics. Built in OpenType Contextual Alternates feature will automatically set alternate glyphs depending on frequency of appearance of the same character (even in web font but only in HTML5 browsers). The script doesn’t throw random glyphs. For example in the word “HIPPOPOTAMUS” you will automatically get three different “P” glyphs and two “O” glyphs. It really works great but of course you can always fine tune it by hand.

You can purchase Mr. Lucky at and it's 50% off until June 30th!

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