I have to tell you about flitter.

on July 24, 2014 in (in)courage with 18 comments by

After writing for (in)courage for the last five years, I finally saw the mothership. Over the weekend, I got to travel with some friends to northwest Arkansas to the home of (in)courageDayspring.Β (Hence my bloggy silence all weekend. Apologies.)

Dayspring makes really beautiful faith-based products and cards and such. We got to attend their devotionals that happen each Monday and then get a full tour of the office.

It. Was. Fascinating.

Besides 500 Days of Summer and Holley Gerth, I don’t know very much about making greeting cards…. except, of course, I love them. So we got to hear the marketing side and the seasonal side and the word side and the design side.

SO. Here was my favorite part.

The design gal is teaching us all about how a card goes from words to a beautiful thing you see in the store- the layers of design and pictures and fonts and then she talks about the extra accouterments. Like glitter.

Well, you know me well enough to know that my ears perked up at the reminder that cards often have glitter on them. Because, as you know, glitter is my favorite color.




I’m standing there, discussing and drooling overΒ a drawer of glitter, and the designer says, “oh, it’s not glitter. It flitter. Glitter, but finer.”



It’s like I was born all over again into a happy place full of very very very small pieces of sparkle.

Just look how fine it is!


I literally was starstruck with all this beauty of flitter. Particularly this “sand” shade. It made me really happy and I wanted to put it on my nails and in my hair and on my friends.

AND there are TWO FULL DRAWERS of it.


I got lost in those drawers for a while, you know- the available flitter, the ones that can be used in future cards, and the discontinued flitter. (It took all the self-control my life has ever known to walk away from that discontinued flitter drawer without pocketing a few containers. Oh, I thought about it. But then I knew Jesus would see, especially at Dayspring.)

But here is the discontinued flitter.


Also beautiful. Hello pink flamingo, I want to be your friend.

So there’s today’s takeaway, friends. There is glitter, and there is



Happy Thursday.

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  1. GinaG
    posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 7:27 AM  |  reply

    Ha! I feel like I need some Flitter in my life!! πŸ™‚ I love your writing and so often encouraged by your posts (I’m currently devouring Let’s All Be Brave and will write a review over at Amazon soon). But some days…your posts just flat out make me smile! Thanks!!!

    (By the way, I used to live in Nashville and we have some mutual friends and I also love baseball. I kinda feel like we should be friends already!)

    • posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM  |  reply

      Thanks for your kind words! And yes, you need flitter. πŸ™‚

  2. Heather
    posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM  |  reply

    Thanks for making me smile this morning Annie. I know you only in the online world and through your books but I could picture you there in all your giddiness πŸ™‚

    • posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Heather! πŸ™‚

  3. posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM  |  reply

    My heart’s aflutter over the flitter!

    • posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM  |  reply

      Amen, sister.

  4. posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM  |  reply

    Thank you for not flittering me. And this wins as my favorite thing on the interwebs today πŸ™‚

    • posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM  |  reply

      Looking back on it, I should have. And thanks!!! πŸ™‚

  5. posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM  |  reply

    Jesus would TOTALLY have seen you swipe that flitter. πŸ˜‰

    • posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM  |  reply

      RIGHT?!? My thoughts exactly.

  6. Pam Sledd
    posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM  |  reply

    It was so much fun having you here! This is great! I am fighting the urge to mail you an envelope full of flitter!

  7. Katie
    posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM  |  reply

    I might know someone who could hook you up with some flitter. πŸ˜‰

  8. posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM  |  reply

    It made me really happy and I wanted to put it on my nails and in my hair and on my friends. ~~ Yes, that line riiiiiight there might have made my day. Don’t ask me why. πŸ™‚

  9. Lindsey Givens Futo
    posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:03 PM  |  reply

    OMG, Annie Downs, you are just as funny in writing as you are in person! Now I want to experience flitter too.

  10. posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM  |  reply

    haha! Annie! I used to have a line of Dayspring cards (CR lyric inspired)…but I don’t recall any of them having Flitter on them. πŸ™‚ Guess my songs didn’t sparkle as much as they needed to!

  11. Emily
    posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM  |  reply

    Flitter is so much more fun that Glitter. Enough said

  12. posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM  |  reply

    oh! oh! oh! i want some flitter, too!


    do you remember the Target back to school commercial with the cutie pie teacher listing all the necessary supplies, and at the end she says, “so much glitter”. ?

    that is stuck in my head again, thank you very much! now her little voice is chirping, SO MUCH fLiTtEr!
    and now i’m gonna have to go to youtube and see if i can find it… thanks for a pinch of happiness/flitter in my afternoon!

  13. posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM  |  reply

    so much GLITTER!

    YOUTUBE, target 2011 commercial, 2nd grade teacher

    insert fLiTtEr πŸ™‚

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