Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Music Washes Away From the Soul the Dust of Everyday Life

 Happy spring to you all!

I do hope you all had a great weekend!  The weather here was wonderful.  I spent time in a garden clearing out some remnants of last year's memories.  It was nice to get my fingers in the soil again and clear the way for this year's show.  Sometimes I garden with my iPod and sometimes I just let nature play its melody.  On Sunday nature played a sweet spring symphony and I realized one of the many things I love about spring: the birds singing.  They inspired me to make this card in spring celebration. 

The card was made with an ivory base using the large Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle die.  The front is a gate fold also made of the ivory Timeless Rectangle.  Pink vellum was dry embossed and placed on the front and inside of the card.  Spellbinders Labels Twenty, Memory Box's Quinn Flourish, JustRite's stamp sets Fleur De Lis and Musical Notes were used as shown.  A magnet set was hid under the front label and under the inside label to close the card.
I usually do not use pink or ivory in cards so this was an interesting change for me.  For example, the ivory paper I have had since last summer and the pink paper from last spring!  In the end, I have realized that pastels should enter my card designs more often...and I should start using more of my paper I have stored in iris boxes waiting to be used.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

This card is entered in:

JustRite's Challenge #93 http://justritestampers.typepad.com/justrite-inspiration/2013/03/justrite-friday-challenge-093-suddenly-spring.html

Crafty Creations, Flowers: http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/04/challenge-216-flowers-or-fairies_3.html

Simon Says Stamp, Anything Goes http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.ca/2013/03/simon-says-anything-goes.html

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #148, Shaped cards http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.ca/2013/03/challenge-148-shaped-cards.html

Use It Tuesday Challenge, Spring

Paper Crafts Connection, Pastels

V's Sweet Ideas, Anything Goes Challenge

Card Makin Mamas, No Patterned Paper

Simon Says Stamp and Show, A Very Strict Challenge

D.L. Art, Challenge 106, Spring

Sunday Funday Link Party 8

Through The Craftroom Door, Anything Goes

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #7: http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.ca/2013/04/ch-7-dew-drops.html


  1. OH, I know just what you mean! I love sitting on our front porch listening to bird song...nothing else is like it. Your card is lovely and I have never seen that die used as a gatefold...absolutely stunning!

    1. Thanks, Katie!

      Love your photo, BTW. Your dog is adorable! :)

  2. That's so beautiful ! I love the pink, and I just have to make a gatefold card like this one. LOVE that idea!!
    I haven't gotten into the dirt yet, but River sure has! She looks like she's wearing black boots all the time, now that the snow's gone!

  3. I am so happy to come here and visit and see your masterpiece what a stunning piece of art your card is. I love the ribbon the bird the flower your card is music to my eyes!!
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday #106 Spring challenge,
    DIANA L.

    1. Hi DL!

      Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet comments! :)

      I am a follower of your blog and yesterday your whale card was on my feed. I popped over and had to laugh...too funny!

      Thanks again and have a wonderful day!

  4. Kathy...your card is absolutely exquisite! I love it. The sweet and delicate die cuts that you have used to create the gatefold opening of the card are so lovely. I love the soft pink and white together. Your front of you card is gorgeous! I love the stamped bird. Such a pretty image. I also love the sentiment and how you have made it the focal point. The interior of your card is also so beautifully done. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

    1. Thanks for stopping by and all the sweet comments, Candy!

      Have a great day!

  5. So stunning! This is one of my favorite JustRite sets and you have worked magic with it! I totally have a thing for birds and love to hear them singing. Glad to hear that you've been able to get out and enjoy spring,I love this time of year!

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love, love the beautiful design and the pretty pink!! The fold is fabulous!! What a stunning card!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Kathy Jo, This is stunning. I love, the embossing, the design and the colors.

  8. Ohhh, I agree you need to use those pastels and ivory more often -- this is a STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS card, Kathy! Now I KNOW I need those Timeless Rectangles -- love how you used them for the gate fold here -- simply AWESOME!!!

  9. The texture and layers are beautiful - as well as that fabulous fold! Thanks for sharing with us at JustRite Inspiration ;-)

  10. A lovely card and wonderful design. Such pretty colours and delicate details. The die cut shape and lacework look fabulous. Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp &Show. Sarah.

    1. Hi Sarah!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comments. :)

      SSS&S has some amazing cards...and the number of people that participate is incredible!

      Have a great weekend.

  11. WooHoo!! You Won !! I knew you would, this card is SO JustRite ! Congrats!

  12. Congrats Darlin' I love this card,you so deserve it!!

  13. Words are failing me right now. I don't know how to describe the way your card appeals to me. But I love every single bit of it--it is so beautifully designed and embellished! You are quite the artist! Thank you for sharing this gem with us at TTCRD. Hope to see you again soon! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

    1. Penny-

      You comments were so sweet. I read it twice then read it to my husband. I really appreciate the time you took to stop by my blog and comment! :)

      Looking forward to participating in more TTCRD challenges. What a great blog...and I visited your other great blog, too!

      Have a wonderful weekend.
      Kathy Jo

  14. This card is beautiful! I just love JustRite Stamps! Thank you for joining us at Use It Tuesday this week :)

    1. Hi Nicole!

      Thank you for the kind comment. :)

      Looking forward to participating in the Use It Tuesday Challenges...such a wonderful idea to use the neglected crafty items!

      Have a great weekend!

  15. What a stunning card, and I absolutely love the saying! Thanks for playing along at Use It Tuesday!
    Tracy DT

    1. Thanks for the nice comment and for stopping by!

      So happy I found your blog...what a great idea for blog challenges. It will be fun to use some of my unused crafitng goodies.

      Have a great weekend! :)

  16. CONGRADS!!!!! You won. Your card is defiantly stunning :) So so happy for you

  17. So elegant and beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at UIT!

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment!

      Many non-used supplies in my crafty area...looking forward to using them in your challenges. Such a great idea for challenges!

      Thanks again.
      Kathy Jo

      PS- Love the picture! The kids look so cute. :)

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the embellishments and the card base is so elegant! Beautiful:) Stopped by from the Sunday {Fun}day linky party!
    Sherrie K

  19. Gorgeous Card! I love the shape and all of the details. Thank you for sharing with TTCRD this week.

  20. What an amazing card! The amount of details on this card are like....WOW! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations. I hope you get to join us again real soon.

  21. Another fabulous, elegant Wow kind of card!! I am so happy I found your website. I am your newest follower on both Bloglovin and the other one as well. I would love to have you follow my blog too.

    Please join me for a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. Have a wonderful week! Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria


  22. Kathy what a stunner of a card..such clever use of the dies and such a beautiful coordination of colors. I dropped over to your blog seeing a comment you left on another blog. I confess your little Ella's photo enticed me!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts School Projects


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