Wrapped & Ready

Years ago I bought a huge jar of Twinklets Diamond Dust from the craft store. It’s the same stuff that is used to make fake fruit look sugary and sparkly. I love using it on my winter cards for glistening snow and I used it for this card.

The House Mouse image is Wrapped & Ready, one of my favorite Christmas stamps. After I colored the image I used Pebble Chalk to make the sky background. I then stamped little snowflakes (Snowflakes TAC) with Close to My Hearts White Daisy Ink… it’s very similar to Stampin Up’s Craft White, it seems to take a bit longer to dry but it’s a vibrant white. Since I’m extremely impatience and couldn’t wait for the ink to dry, I dumped sparkly embossing powder over it. I then added Glossy Accents to the bows, if you look closely you can probably see my fingerprints on the bows from me touching it to see if it was dried… did I was mention I was impatient?!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Wrapped and Ready (House Mouse / Stampabilities), Snowflakes (TAC)~ Ink: Noir (Palette), White Daisy (CTMH) ~ Paper: Maraschino (Bazzill), Ivy (Bazzill), White, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding ~ Other: White Stardust Embossing Powder, Pebbles Chalk, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Glossy Accents, Red Grosgrain (SU), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

New Helmet and a Ride

For the last couple of months I been searching for a new helmet. I been using a boring gray full faced one since I started riding on the back of Bryan’s bike. When I originally picked out the gray it was for the occasional ride with Bryan. At that time I didn’t need or want a stylish helmet and frankly I didn’t want to spend the money for a helmet that I wasn’t going to wear that often… I just wanted my head protected (just in case). Little did I know that a year later I would be riding my own motorcycle and now I want that trendy helmet!

Here it is, my search is over! I bought a Shoei TZ-R Vogue TC-5. I was fortunate to stop in at Rocky Mountain Cycles on the day they were having a sale on helmets. I been carry around a coupon for RMC that I received when I completed my Motorcycle Safety Course through ABATE and the sales lady was kind enough to take my coupon on a sale item. How exciting is that?! I was able to get a pretty good deal on this pricey helmet. It’s also available in pink, which was my first choice until I saw the black/silver helmet… isn’t it pretty?

I noticed that it’s much lighter than my previous helmet. It also has removable cheek pads and chinstraps. I can’t wait to ride with it on the Interstate to see if I notice a difference in wind noise. Now I’m on the lookout for a trendy half helmet (DOT approved).

I had a chance to ride today, it was a balmy 50 degrees. Even though I only rode for about 45 minutes, it was great. My toes and backside did get a little chilly as I was going 55 mph down Hwy 24. I had to be extra careful while riding today. We still have ice at the end of our driveway and around the neighborhood. The roads here in Colorado Springs are also covered with sand, especially around the corners.

I read that I should fill the tank and add a stabilizer if I’m going to store my motorcycle for extended period during the winter… what is an extended period?! Since I plan on riding throughout the winter on nice days, I just filled up my tank. I’ll have to give more thought into what is considered an extended period for storage before I add stabilizer or disconnect the battery for charging. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Little Snowy a chubby snowman.

I made this card for The Stamp Shack Sketch Challenge #3 (to access the Creative Corner you must have a Shack Plus membership). When it was time to assemble the card I discovered that my lower strip (a sentiment) didn’t fit below the scallop, I left it off the card. I threaded silver floss (yes, I also cross stitch) though the brad button holes. I’ll never do that again… it took too long and I had to take a break after threading, I was seeing double and my fingers felt cramped… I’m big baby!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Little Snowy (Penny Black) ~ Paper: Leapfrog, Ivy, Maraschino (all Bazzill), White, Basic Grey Fruitcake Nutcracker/Pine ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Button Brads, Silver Floss, White Liquid Appliqué, Diamond Stickles, Scalloped Round Punch, Round Punch, Window Word Punch (SU), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Card Size 5.5 x5.5


I have a thing for snowmen, especially the playful chubby kind. When I came across this stamp (The Whole Gang from Inky Antics) I had to giggle that a couple of the snowmen are squished and some have sticks for hair. They remind me of the snowmen that Riley and Austin make.

Stamps: The Whole Gang (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White, Cream, Typhoon (Bazzill), Juneberry (Bazzill), Let it Snow Patterned Paper (Kelly Panacci) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Pebbles Chalk, White Liquid Applique, Diamond Stickles, Outdoor Denim Organdy (CTMH), Markers (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Jake once more...

Riley and I were looking though some pictures of Jake as a puppy and I just had to share this one. He loved to lay under the kitchen chairs, now that he’s 100+ lbs he no longer fits under the chairs but whenever he has a chance to lay under the table he’s there.

Did you happen to notice that his nose is no longer black, how could that be?

Rapture of the Road...

I want to pass along the news that I no longer have a separate motorcycle blog (Rapture of the Road). All my adventures of learning to ride and rides will be maintained here at Inky Impressions.

It was really time consuming to continue with two blogs, especially since I wasn’t very familiar with WordPress. My decisions to remove my MC blog was a “in the moment” decision… I was really frustrated last night trying to add to it, I just had enough and wanted to be done with it. Even though WordPress had some cool features, I was having a hard time trying to customize it like I wanted. I find that Blogger is much more user friendly, at least for me.

Also, I just want to apologize to my readers who subscribe to Inky Impressions through email. I made some label changes last night and added posts. With those changes it sent out an email update of every label post that changed and I didn’t expect that to happen.

Thanks for reading and again I’m sorry about the huge email update. Jovi

Our fur baby is the big 2!

Look at the big two year old! Jake, our spoiled dog had a wonderful birthday. I took him to have his nails done (trimmed). Then we walked around Petco and he picked out his own birthday toy. Jake also enjoyed a little snow play with Riley and Austin. Okay on to stamping…

I challenged myself to make a card without using patterned paper. This is what I came up with… and it was tough. I had to struggle to find something to fill in the background. I punched holes in the Stonewash (Bazzill) cardstock and then I layer that on top of white cardstock, I was trying to give it a snowing look. I then filled each hole with Diamond Stickles and I still wasn’t very happy with it, it still needed more. I then added small snowflakes (TAC Snowflakes set) in-between the falling snow. Yippee I was happy with the background!

For the second card, I gave up on my challenged and pulled out the patterned paper (Basic Grey Figgy Pudding Forest / Glee) and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Close to My Heart’s (CTMH) Twilight and Garden Green matched it perfectly.

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Light Hanging (Stampabilities), Snowflakes (TAC) ~ Paper: Cranberry (CTMH), Stonewash (Bazzill), White ~ Ink: Noir (Palette), White Daisy (CTMH) ~ Other: Diamond Stickles, Red Grosgrain (SU), Scalloped Punch, Round Punch, Small Hole Punch, Paper Snowflake, Chalk, Glossy Accents by Ranger, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Stamps: Light Hanging (Stampabilities) ~ Paper: Garden Green (CTMH), Twilight (CTMH), Crystal Blue (CTMH), White, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding Forest / Glee ~ In ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Twilight Designer Ribbon (CTMH), Pebbles Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol


We finally received snow here in Colorado Springs and it put me in the mood to make some holiday/winter cards.

For both cards the image is Reindeer Kitty from Inky Antics. The first kitty card is colored gray and I used patterned paper from CTMH Everlasting Paper Pack. I would have never thought to use the rose patterned paper for this card or for the previous Christmas Mice card until I saw it used in the CTMH catalog for holiday cards.

The second kitty is colored brown and I used Basic Grey Fruitcake Nutcracker / Vintage Ornaments patterned paper. Basic Grey is becoming one of my favorite paper companies. I have a problem… I can’t leave Archiver’s without having a stack of Basic Grey and matching Bazzill cardstock... ugh!

Did you happen to notice my new snowflake watermark? Dina made it for me. If you’re in need of any watermarks please visit Mama Dini’s Digi-Sig Diner. Dina is wonderful to work with and she has quick service.

Hopefully I’ll have some House Mouse cards to share later this week. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Reindeer Kitty (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: Cream, Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, Everlasting Paper Pack patterned all from CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Round Scalloped Punch, Circle Punch, Red Ribbon (Offray), Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Stamps: Reindeer Kitty (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: Cream, Bluegrass (Bazzill), Basic Grey Fruitcake Nutcracker / Vintage Ornaments ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Yellow Grosgrain (EK Success), Gold Cord (SU), Gold Gelly Pen (Sakura), Round Punch, Scalloped Punch, Pebbles Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Community Blogger Award

I just wanted to say thank you to Liz Frazier from Rippin-Kitten.com for giving Rapture of the Road the Community Blogger Award.

‘The Community Blog Award celebrates people who reach out and makes the blogger community a better one. It also underlines the importance of a blogs readership community, one of the most rewarding parts about blogging. It’s the people that come back to comment, adding to the conversation, making you feel like someone is listening and interested.’

Now I have the pleasure to pass along this award to other biker blogs and I nominate:
Sarch’s Blog
The Ride
Observations of a Biker - Photographer

My Friend Ronnie

A few weeks ago I received this really exciting email from Jackie over at Inky Antics. She asked me if I would be willing to make more display samples using My Friend Ronnie Collection for an upcoming Inky Antics show. Of course I couldn’t pass up the wonderful opportunity and I was so ecstatic that she thought to ask little ole me. Awhile back I also made samples using the same collection for display at CHA.

These are some of the cards I made using My Friend Ronnie Collection. Since they were going to be displayed together all the paper colors had to coordinate… and what coordinates better than Basic Grey?! I used Basic Grey Blush Collection and Bazzill Cardstock… my favorites! I also used Baby Oil to blend the Prismacolor Pencils, these were made before I went back to Gamsol.

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Birthday Girl (Inky Antics), Love Birthday’s (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White, Bluegrass (Bazzill), Pinecone (Bazzill), Basic Grey Blush/Fancy & Be Mine Patterned ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Pomegranate Brads (Bazzill), Brown Sheer Dotted Ribbon, Twill Tape (SU), Bon Bon Sugar Coated Brads (Doodlebug), Stardust Gelly Pen(Sakura), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil

Stamps: All Accessorized (Inky Antics), How Tragic (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White, Pinecone (Bazzill), Bluegrass (Bazzill), Yam (Bazzill), Basic Grey Blush/Fancy Patterned ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Brown Grosgrain (EK Success), Lt Peach Blossoms, White Blossoms, Markers, Bon Bon Sugar Coated Brads (Doodlebug), (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil ~ Card Size 5 x 5

Stamps: Trying to Remember (Inky Antics), Cut that Out (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White, Pinecone (Bazzill), Bluegrass (Bazzill), Basic Grey Blush/Eternity & Fancy Patterned ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Gold Brads, Corner Rounder Punch, Corner Chipboard (TAC), Gold Gel Pen (Sakura), Markers (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil ~ Card Size 5.5 x 5.5

Stamps: Sipping Wine (Inky Antics), Everything Improves (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White, Pinecone (Bazzill), Rosey (Bazzill), Bluegrass (Bazzill), Basic Grey Blush/Tease Patterned ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Corner Rounder Punch, White Gel Pen (Sakura), Gold Gel Pen (Sakura), Sheer Dotted Brown Ribbon, Markers (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil

Baby Oil Problems

Lately I’ve been using baby oil to blend Prismacolor Pencils instead of Gamsol. Well, I’m switching back to Gamsol! When I began to blend the browns on the coffee bag the baby oil didn’t seem to want to spread the color very well and I had to push harder with my stump to get the color to move. I thought it may have been the paper that I was using. When I completed the card I experimented using the same image and paper with Gamsol and it worked great, the colors blended like they should. I think the baby oil works fine for small images, but for the larger areas that need coloring it doesn’t spread as easily.

The image is The Need for Caffeine, it’s one of the newest House Mouse coffee stamps. The patterned paper is from the cardstock bundle that I picked up at Wal-Mart last weekend (the button also came in the bundle). I added a bit of shimmer for the steam, I used Sakura’s Stardust Gelly Pen. The steam looks like it has a bit of gold in it… the Stardust must be reflecting off the browns from the coffee bag.

I probably wouldn’t be posting again before Thanksgiving, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: The Need for Caffeine (House Mouse, Stampabilities) ~ Paper: Cream, Desert Sand (CTMH), Imagine That Cardstock Bundle ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Twill Tape (SU), Waxed Thread, Button, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil

Ride to Pueblo

Yesterday my brother in law and I joined some of the Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) members for a ride to Pueblo. This was my first group ride and I really enjoyed it, it took me some time to get use to riding with hand signals, I’m sure I’ll catch on!

We meet downtown Colorado Springs, made out way to CO-115 which leads to Penrose. We then took US-50E to Pueblo, we then stopped at The Raptor Center of Pueblo. The Raptor Center is a facility that rehabilitates injured birds and they release them back into the wild. The birds that can’t be rehabilitated are used for educational programs.

From there our plan was to ride back to The Springs for dinner. When our tour of the Raptor Center was over most of us were ready to eat, we decided to eat in Pueblo. We took I-25 back to Colorado Springs, I was happy that I was able to ride on the Interstate last weekend. By time we made it back into town the sun was setting behind Pikes Peak and the temperature changed quickly. Even though I was dressed for cooler weather, I was so cold when I made it home. Bryan anticipated that I would be cold when I returned, he turned the heater up for me… he takes great care of me.

Hopefully I can get out and ride today, with 75 degree weather how can I miss that opportunity! Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Christmas Mice

I had a little extra time to play with some new stamps that I bought last week from my local stamp store (Simple Pleasures). I went to SP to pick up some Basic Grey paper… which I needed for another display for Inky Antics (Yippee… I’ll share more about that next week). They didn’t have the pattern I was looking for so I went to Archiver’s. While I was at SP I couldn’t help but look at the stamps. I came across these little Christmas Mice (Great Impressions) and had to buy it (along with others). I’ve always had a weakness for any of the Great Impressions mouse stamps!

It’s been so long since I participated in a SCS Sketch Challenge, I had new stamps to play with… this is the card I made for Sketch Challenge 150. The image is stamped on Cream Cardstock, it looks white in the larger photo. I dipped a waterbrush into Craft White refill to paint the snow and the hat trim white. I also scribbled into the white with a Stardust Gelly Pen and then used the waterbrush to blend it into the white ink. I then added Gemstones to the centers of the larger snowflakes. Aren’t the little mice adorable?

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend ~ Jovi
(click photos to enlarge)

Stamps: Christmas Mice (Great Impressions) ~ Paper: Cream, Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, Everlasting Paper Pack patterned (all from CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette), White Craft (SU) ~ Other: Tan Ribbon (TAC), Gemstones (Hero Arts), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Virtual Swap

This is a card I made using images that Nancy (directmailscrapper) sent me for a Virtual Swap she posted at The Stamp Shack. I was really worried when I saw one of the images was a flower… as much as I love flowers I horrible making cards using flowers.

You can see other Virtual Swap cards using this image here: Virtual Swap Gallery

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamp: The Artful Stamper (SU) ~ (Paper: White, Crystal Blue (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Caprice Paper Pack patterned (CTMH) ~ Other: Bon Bon Sugar Coated Brads (Doodlebug), Brown Sheer Dotted Ribbon, Prismacolor Pencils blend with Gamsol

I-25, Bouncing Helmet & $10,000

I’ve been trying to ride as much as I can before the snow comes along. The weather here in Colorado has been fantastic for November, Thursday it was close to 70 so I went out riding. While I was driving on Powers Blvd (a high traffic road) another rider was coming in the opposite direction and all of a sudden his helmet (which he had on his sissy bar) fell off his bike and bounced down Powers Blvd. I was shocked! Thanks goodness the light behind him was red and he didn’t have many cars following him. I can only image the accident that could have happened with cars going 55 mph on Powers. Hopefully he learned from his mistake… secure his items or better yet why cruise around with a helmet if you not going to wear it?!

Yesterday my brother in law called me to ask if I wanted to go riding. I have to admit I was a little hesitant to ride with him… I’ve seen how he drives a car and like me, he’s a new rider. He’s been riding for a couple months (since he bought Bryan’s Kawasaki in September). I went. We rode out east then made our way into town (Colorado Springs). For the first half I lead the way and then later I followed… followed him right onto I-25! As soon as I saw his turn signal go on, all I could think about was merging onto I-25 into speeding traffic… ugh. Once I was in lane I was okay with going 80 mph. That was the first time I rode on the Interstate. Later, I found that was his first time on I-25 also. He didn’t realize that the exit he took brought us directly onto I-25… next time I’ll make sure to lead the entire way… LOL. I’ll ride with him again.

Saturday was Mountain Shadow Riders monthly meeting and MSR presented a check for $10,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Here are a few pictures I took to share. Thanks for reading.

Gobble Gobble

This past weekend I had to run to Wal-Mart to pick up a new round corner punch. When I was using the punch I had, the guide broke in half... ugh. Which is now perfect for making scalloped borders, but it isn’t that great for actual rounded corners.

While in the craft area I came across this bundle pack of cardstock. I never thought of purchasing patterned cardstock from Wal-Mart, but I could resist the fall colors in the bundle. When I brought it home I was surprised to see the assortment of patterns and sizes. Here’s a pretty quick and simple card I made using two of the patterns. The stamp is Tom from Inky Antics and the inside sentiment reads Wobble til you Gobble, also from Inky Antics.

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Tom (Inky Antics), Gobble Til’ Wobble ((inside) Inky Antics) ~ Paper: Bamboo (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Gold Rush (CTMH), Patterned Paper (Imagine That) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil, Gold Brads, Tan Grosgrain Ribbon ((inside card) TAC)

Mistakes, Changes & Riding

Have you ever sat to make a quick card and ended sitting for a couple hours trying to get it right? I had such a terrible time with this card (Merry Reindeer from Great Impressions)… and yet it looks so simple. I was having major problems getting the layered tags too look decent. I don’t have any large tag punches or dies that nest so I used a Coluzzle Tag template (older tag temp). The Coluzzle tags don’t nest very well together, which led me to do lots of trimming. This card turned out totally different than the original idea I had for it. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post it… since I’m not really happy with it, but its okay to share my mistakes… LOL

Did you notice that I changed my blog… once again? I really liked the last template I was using (burgundy roses), it just wasn’t working for me. I was having problems getting my photos and text to fit together in the allowed area. Hopefully this one will work… we’ll see!

The weather today is going to be warm and sunny… about 71! You know what that means for me? Motorcycle ride… yippee, I ditched cleaning today! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Merry Reindeer (Great Impressions) ~ Paper: Chocolate (CTMH), Twilight (CTMH), Bamboo (CTMH), Cream, Falling Frost & Scarf Stripes Pattern Paper (My Mind’s Eye) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette), Chocolate (CTMH) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil, Stardust and White Gelly Pen (Sakura), CTMH & Tombow Markers, Crystal Glitter, Coluzzle Tag Template, Twilight Grosgrain Ribbon (CTMH), Sahara Sand Eyelets (SU), Lt Brown Organdy Ribbon (TAC), Pop Dots, Glossy Accents by Ranger

Copics, Watercolors & Scallops

I’ve been struggling with the decision if I should jump on the Copic craze. I saw this tutorial No Copics... No Problem that Julie posted on her blog, Paper Pleasing Ideas. Julie demonstrates how to achieve the Copic shading look by using Stampin Up Markers. I have yet to try this, but it looks like a technique I would like.

After seeing the tutorial I was pretty adamant that I wasn’t going to give in until I ventured over to Jeanne’s blog (Inky Paws). I saw all the wonderful cards with Whipper Snapper critters that she’s been making… and of course she colored them in with Copics… ugh, that was it. The next morning I was off to our local art supply store (Meininger) with my list in hand. I was planning to buy them individually like Julie Ebersole suggested on a thread over at Splitcoast.

I had about 25 Copic markers picked out and then I started doing the math in my head. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them. I put them all back and bought Derwent Watercolour Pencils instead. The funny thing is… I rarely use the markers I have now! I have entire sets of Stampin Up, Tombows and Close to My Heart markers that I had to have. I’m okay with my decision, I CAN live without Copics!

This is one of the cards (Fancy Pants) I made using my new Derwent Watercolour Pencils. I still need a lot of practice using them. My blogger friend Dina uses Derwent Pencils and her watercoloring is absolutely beautiful… this is one of her cards.

I used a corner rounder punch to make the scalloped border. Here are a few great tutorials from fellow bloggers to get you started:
Using SU Slit Punch
Scalloped Circle Video Tutorial
Slit Flower Frame

Thanks for reading.

Stamps: Fancy Pants (Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities) ~ Paper: Blush, Garden Green (CTMH), Patterned (CTMH), Watercolor Paper ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Derwent Watercolor Pencils, Spring Moss Grosgrain (SU), White Gelly Pen (Sakura), Waterbrush, Hole Punch, Corner Rounder Punch

Breast Cancer Awareness Ride

Last weekend (6 Oct), Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) sponsored its annual Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Ride and I didn’t have a chance to post photos before I left on vacation. This year’s BCA Ride was a HUGE success, MSR donated $10,000 to Susan G. Komen Foundation! The first three photos are MSR ladies working registration, t-shirt sales and raffle ticket sales.

Uplifting Occasion

This is another one of those stamps that I’ve had for some time. The stamp is Uplifting Occasion by Penny Black, I always liked the little kitty just hanging around relaxing.

I’ve been seeing these really big scalloped borders in the galleries, apparently the scalloped are made with a punch. I’ve been searching all the local craft stores for a scalloped border punch… no luck. Finally I realized that I had a Coluzzle scalloped border that I could use, and I happy with it.

Stamps: Uplifting Occasion (Penny Black) ~ Paper: White, Romance, Rosebud (all Bazzill), White ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: White Daisy Flower (CTMH), Prima Flower, Silver Brad, Coluzzle Scalloped Border, Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Pebble Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil

A little break...

Riley and Austin are on their two week fall break, we spent the last week in Illinois visiting grandparents and family. We usually have a hectic visit trying to see everyone around work and school schedules, this time we took it easy and had a relaxing visit. This coming week we’re taking a trip to Wyoming to visit my parents.

We did have a chance to visit the St. Louis Zoo. It was a perfect zoo day, about 67 outside and no crowds. Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite zoo animals.

I just added some photos of the Breast Cancer Awareness Ride to my other blog, check it out if you have a chance. Tomorrow I’ll have a card to share. Thanks for reading.

I’m tired of being jerked around!

A couple weeks ago I took my bike in for service and they made some adjustments. I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks trying to get use to the adjustments made to the throttle. When I was in first or second the bike felt really jerky when I rolled on and off the throttle. It just didn’t seem right. Bryan took my bike for a spin and he didn’t notice anything different… probably because he rarely drives it. After trying to get comfortable with the throttle for the past two weeks I finally said that was it… I was tired of being jerked around! I did some searching over at HD Forums to see if I was just me or if something was wrong. After reading the posts I was convinced that the throttle cable needed tightening. So I called HD Service this morning and they said “Bring it in and we can have it fixed for you in 5 minutes”. I took it in, they adjusted it and I was out in less than 5 minutes… and the best part I wasn’t being jerked around on the ride home.

The unenviable happened once again.

Ugh… I dropped my bike once AGAIN, that’s twice! Today I was out driving downtown Colorado Springs. I was headed down Cascade (which dead ends), so I went left so I can get on Nevada. I came down a steep hill to turn right onto Nevada. I went to the right of the road… which was my mistake I should have stayed to the left. When I put my foot down at the stop, the left side of the road was higher than the right. When my right foot actually touched the ground, the bike started leaning and my handlebars started pulling right… that was it I knew it was falling. I was able to put my right leg out to avoid the bike falling on me, thank goodness I didn’t fall. Once again I was so mad at myself that I shouted BUCK (except with an F) which is so unlike me!

A truck that was passing on Nevada pulled over and a man came running over to see if I was okay. He picked my bike up for me and checked to make sure nothing was damaged and it was still ride able. He was so kind, friendly and encouraging… “Don’t worry it happens” and “I’m glad to see that you’re not going to let this stop you from riding”. I’m so thankful that Mike (from Colorado Springs Utilities) pulled over to help me out, I would have never be able to lift my bike back up. I was ready to call Bryan at work. As Mike was helping me out, so many cars stopped to make sure I was okay or if I needed any kind of help. I was thankful that they stopped just to check. Another man pulled over and volunteered to go home and get his trailer so he could trailer my bike home if I was too shaken to ride it home. I assured him I was okay.

Now for the damage: I now have deep gouges instead of the previous scratches in the chrome of the right yurn signal and this time the lens cover wasn’t able to be popped back on. The tip of my brake lever was also scratched. All I have to say is thank goodness for engine guards or my tank and pipes would have been totally scratched or dented. Mike was surprised how the engine guards protected my bike… he mentioned that he was now going to add some to his new Victory.

When I got home I called Bryan to let him know what happened and he was supportive and encouraging about my incident today. I already picked up a new lens cover and I’m ready to go riding again! Jovi


I realize that a moose is usually used for a masculine card, and this moose is masculine since his name is Lester (Inky Antics) but I loved the sentiment “It’s moose-rable without you here”! (which is on the inside). I wanted to send this card to my niece Moriah. Moriah is in her first year of collage at Norte Dame. This is the first time that she’s really been away from family and we all miss her. I made sure to use pink and brown to make it a feminine moose card.

This is another image that I blended Prismacolor Pencils with Baby Oil. Now that I’ve been playing around with baby oil and blending I really like it… plus it smells great. I first heard of using baby oil from a really sweet friend Keri. Keri started using baby oil instead of Gamsol when she was pregnant. I just never tried it until recently. I was worried that the oil would drip onto the cardstock leaving a stain, but the stump soaks it up just like with Gamsol, so there are no drips. I don’t dilute the baby oil. I just squirt a small amount into one of those measuring caps that come on the laundry detergent containers and then just blend like I would Gamsol. Give it a try and let me know what you think... oh the card size is 3.5 x 8 ~ Jovi

Stamps: Lester (Inky Antics), Moose-rable (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: Chocolate (CTMH), White, Patterned Paper Jewel Pack (Colorbok) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Matte Bazzill Brads, Cream Ribbon (TAC), Distresser, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Baby Oil

I'm moving...

My blog posts... that is. I’ve decided to start a new blog about my motorcycle journey. I’ve been moving over all the post pertaining to motorcycles… it just bites that I can’t bring all your wonderful and encouraging comments with me.

As soon as I come up with a unique name and get everything ready, I’ll make sure to post the link for those of you that like to read about me learning to ride and such. Since my new blog is over at WordPress I’ve been busy trying to figure out how WordPress widgets and other things work! ~ Jovi

Blending with Baby Oil

When I color my critter images I use Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol. Lately I’ve been noticing that more and more ladies are choosing not to use chemicals or have been using just Baby Oil to blend.

For this image I used Baby Oil to blend the colors together and I’m really pleased with the ease of blending the colors. I’m going to play around with Baby Oil for other images. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Little Punkin (House Mouse/Stampabilites) ~ Paper: Gold Rush (CTMH), Garden Green (CTMH), Black, White, Patterned Paper unknown ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Spring Moss Grosgrain, Chipboard Corner (TAC), Sakura Gold Gelly Pen, Piercing Tool (SU), Scalloped and Round Punches, Black Marker, Prismacolor Pencils Blended with Baby Oil

Filling Up... ugh!

I took my bike in Tuesday for the 5,000 mile service and although it was huge expense I was really impressed with the fantastic customer service from Colorado Springs Harley-Davidson. I can’t believe how much of an improvement my ride is now with some of the adjustment they made. They even fixed my rattle… my jiffy stand was missing the rubber bumper and of course the rattling was enough to really bother me.

Today I went for a bike ride and I drove east of Colorado Springs. Since HD made some adjustments I wanted to get familiar with some of the changes before I rode in high traffic areas. They adjusted my throttle, it’s not as tight as it was before. Now I barely have to roll and it and off it goes. They also moved my gear shifter up bit, I actually have to lift my foot to downshift!

It was a little breezy and it was a great ride… until I stopped for gas. While I was pumping I pulled the nozzle out a little bit and squeezed gently just to make sure my tank was completely filled… ugh, it splashed back and went everywhere, onto my seat, the tank, the instrument, my tank bag, my grips…everywhere! I tried to wipe up what I could using napkins, but I smelled gas the entire way home. As soon as I got home I had to throw my jeans, tank bag, and gloves in the washer. Hopefully the smell will come out and my gloves and tank bag wouldn’t get ruined. I called Bryan at work to complain... he kind laughed and said it wasn’t the pumps fault it was the operators… ugh!

This is one of the pictures that I took on my ride today. It’s a view of Pikes Peak, taken from Curtis Rd. One day soon there'll be snow covering the top! Thanks for reading.

Mom's Butt

I just love the new Ronnie Walter Collection from Inky Antics… I can totally relate to these images! Every time I see this stamp (Glancing Back) I have to giggle. For the month of September, if you order $60 or more from the Ronnie Collection, Inky Antics will include a free Paperboard Purse. The little purses are too cute… check out the one that Keri made here on her blog.

Stamps: Glancing Back (Inky Antics), Mom’s Butt (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: Chocolate (CTMH), Hollyhock (CTMH), Buttercup (CTMH), Cream, Sonata Paper Pack (patterned paper CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Sakura Gold Gelly Pen, Barely Banana Eyelets (SU), Yam Brads (Bazzill), Cream Ribbon (TAC), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Ha'ROAR'ween is coming...

It’s time to pull out the Halloween stamps and this is one of my newer stamps. This little critter is House Mouse Stamp of the Month for September, Dino Treats. The inside message reads Happy Ha’ROAR’ween.

I was going through the gallery at Splitcoast a couple days ago and I came across this card, Mother’s Day Butterfly that Sarah Vrolyk made. I really liked how she tired her ribbon together with a piece of linen thread. I added the same ribbon accent to this card. Did you notice the dent that I added to my card that Sarah didn’t have? When I was making the slits I pushed the punch handle too far in and well it left an impression… ugh!

Stamps: Dino Treats (House Mouse/Stampabilities) ~ Paper: Garden Green (CTMH), Gold Rush (CTMH), Black, White, Patterned Paper unknown ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Black Organdy (CTMH), Mustard Grosgrain (SU), Black Waxed Thread, Pebble Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, Sakura Gelly Pens (Stardust, Gold, White), Slit Punch, Pop Dots

130 Miles Today

Do you believe it… I put 130 miles on my bike today! That is one huge accomplishment for me and I did it alone! The weather was perfect and I was looking forward to it all weekend. I didn’t get to ride yesterday because I spent the day helping Bryan stain our fence and deck.

This morning I left the house not knowing where I was going… part of the excitement of riding. Since it was pretty warm out I headed into the mountains, my first mountain ride. I took Hwy 24 to Woodland Park and then Hwy 67 to Deckers, the ride to Deckers was filled with downhill curves. When I stopped in Deckers for a cup of coffee I was uneasy about pulling into the parking lot… it was gravel. I’ve never drove on gravel before and I’ve been hearing all these terrible things about it. Ugh… then I had to pick a spot to park. Parking… what does she mean by parking? My bike is over 600 lbs and I’m now mindful of scanning the parking lots for a spot that I can use my clutch to get out. After all I didn’t have Bryan with me to push me out… yup that’s happened before.

While in Deckers I met a couple of riders, we chatted about our bikes and directions, and then snapped a couple of pictures. After leaving Deckers I was headed to Hwy 285… then I saw it! A storm cloud that was building over the mountains… I made a u-turn and headed back to Woodland Park. The Denver Broncos game was actually delayed for 25 minutes because of lightening… good thing I didn’t drive into that!

I took my camera along with me… not my Rebel XTi. I still haven’t found a way to transport that safely on my bike without saddle bags. It’s really big and bulky, especially when I have the big lens on it. I took along my Kodak Easy Share, it still takes pretty good pictures, and it fits great in my little tank bag. Here are a few pictures that I took.

The first photo is South Platte River that runs along Hwy 67… it’s an absolutely stunning. Along Hwy 67 you also see some of the Hayman burned area (which I didn’t get a picture of). The Hayman fire happened in 2002 and is the largest fire in Colorado’s history with a total of 137,760 acres burned. The last two photos are of Deckers Coffee Ice Cream shop and a picture of the storm that was building.

It was a great ride… I’m already looking forward to doing it again and actually making it to Denver. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

New Rubber and Pebbles

A few weeks ago Riley and I meet some friends at Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. The Expo had a couple new vendors, one of those vendors had all the new House Mouse and Happy Hoppers stamps on sale (buy three get one free), I couldn’t resist! This is one of the Happy Hopper stamps that I bought, An Apple a Day. I felt a little guilty not buying them from Dick at HM Stamps, he has such great customer service… it was like I was cheating on him (LOL)!

I also picked up two sets of Pebbles Chalk, Pastel and Earth… I can’t wait to play with them. I’ve had my eye on Pebbles Chalk since I was introduced to them when I was a TAC demonstrator… I just never got around to purchasing them since I already had chalk. I also picked up some Chalk Blending Fluid to use with the Pebbles, now I’m not sure if I want to use the Blending Fluid with them… I’ll have to read more about mixing the two.

Stamps: An Apple a Day (Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities) ~ Paper: Cranberry (CTMH), K &Company patterned paper, Cream ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Other: Green Brads, Twill, Green Gingham Ribbon, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol