Wednesday, April 28, 2010

the banana birdie

Happy Tuesday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog. Tuesdays are the day I look forward to because its the day I meet my grandsons school bus.

I got caught in some traffic on my way over and was about 3 minutes late getting there.
Ethan (our youngest) always gets concerned if I 'm not there when they get home. When I give him my story he is always okay.
I forgot my cell phone so I couldn't call and let them know I was on my way.
So we did homework and had some snacks then the boys went outside to play hockey.

Aidin was supposed to have a baseball game at 6:00 but it was changed to 8:00. Well we are supposed to have frost tonight so I decided not to stay for the game.
I like watching them play but not in the cold with winter coats and gloves on.

Little league baseball, to me, should be played when its warm and you are sitting in the bleachers with shorts and sandals on. You know what I mean??

They are going to Boston on Sunday for a few days to watch the RedSox play. Every year they take a mini-trip to a city with a major league baseball team. The boys love it. Somehow, I think  they like staying in a hotel with a swimming pool more but they talk about the game afterwards.

Now onto my card for today.  When I came home I put together a card that covered 3 challenges:

1.  The color challenge on splitcoaststampers today was one of those out of the box challenges for me. I like that Betty Wright pushes me like she does. Our colors today were ballet blue, barely banana and old olive. I struggled with the ballet blue but in the end I used it on the wing of my bird.

2.  The challenge on the StampinB blog was a color challenge as well. They asked for blue, yellow and white. So my card qualified for this one as well.

3.  My layout came from Mercy Kerins's Tuesday sketch challenge. This was a fun layout and one that I found easy to work with.

My card uses the designer paper from stampin-up's tall tales pack.  My banana panel was run through my big shot with a cuttlebug embossing folder-"just my type".
I used the bird punch from stampin-up. I tried to sponge in some cloud in the background.
I added a little ribbon tab above my sentiment.  I was thinking I might be able to use this for a Mother's Day card. I'm not sure my husband wasn't really wild about this card.

Oh well, it's late and I am tired so its time to dim the lights in charmed life land for today.
Until next time-God bless.

card recipe:
stamps: all year cheer
paper: old olive, barely banana, tall tales dsp, ballet blue
ink: old olive, ballet blue
accessories: circle punches, 2 step bird punch, olive ribbon


  1. Love that BG, great to posfor your birdie up in the clouds... great look and feel to this card!

  2. Mary, what a wonderful job you did combining these challenges! I love the bird punch, and I see I'm not alone!! Great sky!!

  3. Pretty card Mary! Wow, Way to use all those challenges!

  4. What a beautiful way to work the colors and combine the challenges. So very lovely!!

  5. This is beautiful, Mary! Love the cute birdie!!

  6. Great card Mary... love the bird and the clouds... very pretty card.

  7. Don't you just love that bird makes such a great card accent! I can remember many a freezing game as my 3 kids were growing up and playing ball - starting with T-ball. They're calling for possible frost again tonight here in VA - brrr.

  8. Mary, this is too cute and fabulous! LOVE the colors ;) and the tab sentiment is fantastic! Adorable birdy card!

  9. Mary - your clouds are perfect with the cute bird! Wonderful creation!

  10. What a sweet card Mary, Love the bird image!

  11. Mary what a wonderful card. I love the background dp with that cool bird and that perfect textured paper to go with it!

  12. How SWEET Mary.....and I have to go peek at yesterdays - it rocks TOO!

  13. Love the great colors and DP on this pretty spring card Mary! I bet your GS have a ball when they come to Boston to see the Sox!!

  14. This is sooo pretty, combined the challenge colors beautifully with the other challenges...I just love the little bird!!!

  15. Absolutely adorable spring card! Great challenge card!



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