Rhythm, Blues, and Spelling Challenges

So I figured I would end today’s entries on a humorous note.  Third time’s a charm right?

(See my second music-themed card & post of the day here.)

Evidently so as it pertains to my other music-inspired card, which unfortunately did not make it over to CASology due to some technical difficulties…

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So as many of you know, I am a teacher.  Specifically, I work with special needs kids who are diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD.  I also work with typically developing students in the areas of reading, writing, and study skills.  Additionally, I myself am a writer.  I understand the inner workings of words.

And yet, there are three words in the English language I perpetually spell incorrectly.  Not every now and then.  Always.


(Hmm, these words look like the beginning of a very interesting poem…)

And it is that very last word that I spelled incorrectly not once, but twice on this very card.

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The first time, I caught my mistake.  And it was all the better, since the card itself needed some reworking design-wise.

After playing around with the record image, and deciding to double stamp, die cut, and piece it together, I found the card taking shape.  I embossed the record so it would have the sheen of vinyl.

Then it was time to stamp the sentiment.  The card was coming together!  The photo session was a success!  I uploaded to Flickr and to my other post.

And then, I noticed the extra “y” in rhythym.  And it was back to the drawing board.

How many times can you look at something and not notice the flaw?  I have talked before about my trouble with visualizing; it seems I not only have trouble seeing images in my mind’s eye, but recalling the visual patterns of some words.  They just never stuck.  And all the spelling and phonics knowledge I possess has not altered that fact.

After all the blues this card gave me, it still ended up being one of my favorite “AND” creations.

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I chose this cardstock specifically for the “grooves” in the texture.  Looks like a record, no?

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The square shape of the card is meant to mimic an album or CD cover!

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Here is the inside above and a close-up below.

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So on my way out, I wanted to share with you a bit of history behind the stamp!  Sun Records was born in Memphis in 1952, discovered Elvis in 1954, and recorded greats such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, and Roy Orbison through the years.  It was the quintessential home of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, country, and rockabilly.  Click on the link above if you’d like to learn more about its legacy!

This is a fabulous book and musical journey–a legend of the comics, R. Crumb, drawing on the legends of blues, country, and jazz.

In honor of great R&B and good old Rock and Roll, I will leave you with some tunes–She’s So Scandalous by Black Joe Lewis from the album featured in the photographs above and Spin the Black Circle by Seattle’s own Pearl Jam.

Rock on, dear readers!

7 thoughts on “Rhythm, Blues, and Spelling Challenges

  1. Katie, yet ANOTHER amazing card for the “AND” cue at CASology…I saw it in your Flickr account and had to come check it out! I love the embossed record (I wonder how many young crafters won’t know what that is?!)…great way to use texture. I laughed at your list of frequently misspelled words…I have trouble with spelling “rhythm”as well as the word “eighth.” When I was a junior in college, I was an RA (Resident Assistant) on the 8th floor of a high-rise dorm…I made signs to welcome back the students and spelled “eighth” wrong on every poster! UGH! Had to go back and re-do them all before everyone arrived! We have so much in common! I also work with students with special/specific needs…and love it!

    1. Thank you, Judy!! We should chat sometime about our teaching. I would love to hear more about what you do, curriculum/prof dev. ideas, etc.!! You brought back memories of my living on the EIGHTH floor of the Towers at Ithaca College and my RA friends!! Where did you go to school? Have you always been on the East Coast? Let’s connect via email soon! xo

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