Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Piano playing...

Sometimes life can be rough.. then we are graced with an act of love and kindness that warms your very soul!!  We were given a piano yesterday.  Not only that, friends dropped everything at 9:30pm to unload it from a tall truck.  I may not be able to sing.. but this card (hopefully) shows what my heart is singing.. pure joy and love!!
 
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Taking an artist liberty on these keys I couldn't resist playing with this idea of a Piano card.  Did I hit all the right 'keys'?? (te, he, he, he)  Using the Natural Composition Specialty Paper to resemble our new-t0-us piano.
A dear friend connected me to another of our friends for a FREE Piano!!  Yes!  We'd been praying for a piano and one was delivered right to our door, for FREE!!  Not only that, friends surprised me when they showed and helped unload the baby!!  (Sniff, Sniff... this is my soul being warmed!!)
My 7 yr old informed us that the piano was herrrr piano (geesh) and she promised her baby sisters that she'd teach them twinkle twinkle little star.. she figures if she can sing it, she can play it (ummmm... lol).  I've always wanted to own a piano... I used to plan when I'd own my Nanna's Organ (it now resides with one of my cousins in Indiana.. sigh).
Crisp Cantaloupe card stock (#131298) makes for a very feminine card here.  Taking my Sponge Dauber and the Crisp Cantaloupe (#131176) ink to the edges of these 'keys' and the edges of the flower, and card.
 
Taking the Pansy punch (#130698) and Daubing the edges for this soft flower.  Our Antique Brads (#117273) for a soft, vintage and natural look.
Adding a fun whimsical nature accent with our Elegant Butterfly punch (#127526) and Bitty Butterfly Punch (#129406) with the Pistachio  Pudding (#131294) card stock (these colors are paired together with the help of my Color Coach #130118 - aka Color Hero - lol). 
 
Accented with the adhesive backed Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) for a luminescent accent.
1/2" keys cut from the Modern Medley (#126926) Designer Series Paper, softened with the daubed edges for a pretty look.  Basic Black card stock (#121045) hits the right note with the help of Word Window punch (#119857) cut in 1/2.
 
Tied together with these uber vintage and feminine ribbons.  The coordinating colors make me look sooo good - with little effort - lol.  The new and stretchy 3/8 Ruffle Trim in Crisp Cantaloupe (#130021) lay under the Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481) for a lacy look.
Isn't she just the cutest?!?!  She's a mite bit obsessed - tried to eat her meals there all day - believes she's the next Mozart.  Who knows.. I think these kids can do anything they set their mind to...  
I try to post daily... I hope that this card sings to you.  Come by and visit often... bring your friends along for the tunes. (Had enough puns?! lol)
 
The kids were pounding the keys this evening (not tuned yet - lol).  My heart is just filled to overflowing with this generous gift.  What a blessing to us!  Having friends come, support us after a long day.. I feel like my soul is singing.  I hope this card captures this.  What a blessing... right when life was going pretty rough... His grace and mercy, showering us with love.
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