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!