Monday, July 11, 2011

another summer hummer

Happy Monday and thanks for taking the time to visit the charmed life blog.
Wow - it was so humid today. A perfect day to relax in a pool and that's we did.

Ethan my youngest grandson spent the night because he was at a basketball camp at a school near our home.

It was easier to have him stay here and drive 15 minutes from my home rather than 50 minutes from his home.

I thought the camp was over at 3:00 and the real end time was over at 12:00. He called me at 1:00 to ask me where I was.
He waited outside in the heat and didn't have a way to call me. Someone came out of the gym and asked him if everything was ok and then gave him a cell phone to call me.

My stomach was in a knot. I felt terrible and left immediately to go and pick him up. He was just a little tired and hungry but after a nice lunch and a cool drink all was well.  I apologized to him for the mistake and he is so quick to forgive.

We went over my neighbors to swim and cool down. Then while we were in the pool a raccoon came walking up her driveway. He was walking & acting really weird. So we called the police. He was walking up on people's front porches and then finally went to a backyard and into someones shed. They had the door open.

Turns out he was rabid so the police had to shoot him. Sad but better than having him bite one of the kids in the neighborhood. Or even my hubby who is always out working in the yard.

Then a big storm blew in and Ethan's little league game was rained out. He was playing a championship game and was disappointed but he gets to stay over with us again. His basketball camp is all week. So we have him for at least 3 nights. He loves staying and we love having him.

We are playing scrabble on the I-Pad right now. My hubby takes so long to make a word that I am typing this blog post up as we play. Ethan is very good at this game for a 10 year old.

Whew quite a day for sure!! But, let's move on to the card I made and the reason you are visiting.

My hummer is from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps- "joyful hearts set". It has this hummingbird image and 5 sentiments.
I paper pieced it with patterned paper and then added some shading with daffodil delight ink on his chest. The flowers are paper pieced with a tangerine patterned paper, and I colored the flower tips in daffodil ink.
My sentiment is from another Sweet 'n Sassy set -"your friendship".

I added a button and some honeydew bakers twine that is also available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
My background paper is from Stampin-Up's "greenhouse gala" collection.

The layout for my card is the sketch challenge #340 on Splitcoaststampers.

Here are the challenges I am entering:
1Craft your passion blog has a "just for you" challenge.
2.  The crazy challenge blog has a "summertime" challenge. Hummingbirds are only here in the summer time.
3.  Creative Stamp Friends has a "summer challenge.
4.  The Make it Monday blog is always anything goes.

Well, it's that time again-to close the post and dim the lights in charmed life land for another day. So until next time.......


  1. Mary, what a delightful post. Love your card .Beautiful background paper, Love the paperpiecing .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  2. Sweet card, Mary!! I love those summery, citrusy colors. Sounds like you are having fun with your grandson!

  3. Sounds like you have a busy week ahead! Love the hummingbird on your card. Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Hugs Pam

  4. Your grandson sounds like a great kid. What a scary thing about the poor raccoon. Just the fact that it was roaming around during the day was odd. They are usually nocturnal. Good thing you called the police. Your card is beautiful With your image, that background paper was an absolutely perfect choice! Best, Curt

  5. Mary - beautiful job with this card! Perfect bg paper for my favorite bird~

  6. This is terrific, Mary! I bet you were freaking out about your grandson having to wait! It happens! At least all was well!

  7. oh what a sweet summer card ~ gorgeous paper you have used too!
    vanessa xx

  8. Lovely summertime card! Your summer is sounding eventful and fun! :-)

  9. Your card is so beautiful Mary!!! Your grandson sounds so sweet and kind!!! Hugs,

  10. Gorgeous card! I love the colors.

    Stop by my blog to check out my blog candy!

  11. Lovely card Mary, What a day I bet you are glad it is over, thank goodness for the cell phone.
    Saw your card on MIM.

  12. Sounds like you are enjoying your time with Ethan and he with you. Hope his team does really well in the championship. Lol to the scrabble game. Bill is really slow too when we play! Your card is so pretty! The stamped image is perfect against that beautiful DP!

  13. So sweet and very summery! Thank you for playing along at The Crazy Challenges this week.

  14. what gorgeous bright cheerful colours
    Thanks for linking up to Make it Monday
    Lisa X

  15. Love the bright colours.:)
    Thanks for joining us this time. ~darling Ho~CCH-DT

  16. Mary, you always make the prettiest paper pieced cards! The hummingbird is beautiful! Glad things worked out well with your grandson (and the raccoon)!



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