“M” Endorsement & More Big News

Its official I now have an “M” endorsement on my license (I went to DMV this morning)! I spent this last weekend taking my Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course and I passed the riding skills evaluation and the test covering course material.

The first night of class we all introduced ourselves (my class had 6 females and 6 males) and then teamed up into groups to work on questions from our course book. Saturday morning it was time meet on the range early in the morning with our RiderCoachs (Brian & James) and the motorcycles we would be using. We used little Honda 250’s, very small compared to my Harley that has a 1450. My bike was the only one that read “Rebel” across the tank and by the second day of class some of the guys joked about that. All day Saturday I had a terrible time getting my bike into second gear… it was so hard to shift I didn’t think I was doing good at all. I was really disappointed that evening and I was extremely exhausted, we had spent about 5 ½ to 6 hours driving and/or waiting on our motorcycles in close to 90 degree heat (Sunday it was actually 92). We had to make sure to keep ourselves hydrated. Saturday we had one lady drop from the course, she said it was too difficult for her.

We met again Sunday morning on the range and worked on more maneuvers. I was so nervous the entire morning that I could even eat breakfast, lunch or snacks. Our RiderCoaches were very supportive and encouraging the entire time. After lunch we came back to the range and practiced some of the things that we were going to be tested on… braking, swerving, cornering, and limited space maneuvering (the infamous figure-eight). It was time to test and I was so worried because the first thing up was the figure eight… ugh. I totally sucked at that, I had to put my foot down twice and I went outside the boundaries! I knew I had to pull myself together and think of all the things that Bryan helped me with in the school parking lot… once I relaxed I got perfect scores on braking, swerving, and cornering! We had three classmates that didn’t pass the riding skills test.

After my test James told me that I was coming so fast in second gear he thought I was going to fly over the gas tank when I did brake, but I was able to handle the bike with no problem… he said he was proud of me. Brian my other RiderCoach said he should have put pressure on me the entire time during class because I was really struggling the first day on the range and then once he put pressure on me I preformed remarkably… I blame that on my bike not wanting to cooperate! Even though the class was physically and mentally draining I learned a lot and I really enjoyed it. My Bryan was so excited for me when I came home… he now has a riding partner!

More BIG news: I was asked last week to do some design work for Inky Antics (toot-toot). The cards that I made will be used at CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) for a display to showcase a new line of stamps that Inky Antics will carry. For those of you that don’t know what CHA is… it’s a huge craft trade show that is geared to retailers, instructors and others that are active in the craft industry. CHA has a Winter and Summer show, and the this year’s Summer show is in Chicago, July 20-22. Sorry I can’t share any of the cards I made until after CHA… but the new line is wonderful!

Okay so I couldn’t end this forever long post without sharing a card. I made this “Peek a Boo” for one of my blog readers, I hope she liked it! I used one of SCS Sketch Challenges for the layout, SC126. SCS Challenge Forums is a great place to visit for inspiration. For this card I used the stamp Peek a Boo! from Penny Black. For those of you that enjoy Penny Black Stamps, you need to check out HM Stamps. Dick has started adding Penny Black to his inventory and I received my first order of Penny Black stamps from him today! All the cardstock and patterned paper is from the Let’s Get Together paper pack from CTMH.

Thanks for reading and letting me share my excitement with you. I’m off for some much needed sleep! Jovi

Stamps: Peek a Boo! (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir ~ Paper: White, Garden Green, Cranberry, Lets Get Together Paper Pack (all from CTMH) ~ Other: Buttercup Spiral Clip (CTMH), White Grosgrain (SU), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Sandpaper, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol, Pop Dots


  1. Congratualtions on your success! You are an inspiration - but I'm still envious! Ride On!

  2. Congrats on the IA gig!!! A little birdy had mentioned something about that!! You are perfect for thier images!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

  3. congrats Jovi, what an exciting and exhausing time for you. I am so proud of you for getting your test passed! Wow, congrats on the stuff for CHA as well, what an honor to get to do stuff for IA. Love the little Penny Black hedgies, I got to get me some of those too, they are just too cute for words..lol..but not as cute as the HM stamps! LOL
    Relax and enjoy yourself for a time, you deserve it!

  4. Yay! Congratulations on passing your test and for your design work for CHA. How exciting!

  5. Well many congrats on all your news!! Can't wait to see your new cards!!

  6. What a fun life you have Jovi. Congrats on your "M" endorsement and your designs....I'm sure they're marvelous.

    Mary (toao)

  7. You ROCK! it takes guts to get on a motorcycle.... enjoy and be safe wear a helmet all the time... good luck and have fun

  8. What a cute card. I need to get my little guys out and play with them more often.


  9. Congrats Jovi!!!How exciting to have your cards displayed at CHA

  10. Way to go! Congrats on your accomplishments!

  11. I am so proud of you I can remember my motorcycle safety class and how nervous I was. I am still Jealous of your bike though and I am working on Hubby to get me another. Just remember LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES!!!!!!!

  12. Congrats Jovi!!

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  13. Congrats on getting your license!!
    I also love your card...So Cute!!

  14. Hi Jovi!
    How exciting! You deserve it, your work rocks. Please email me-
    Gina K.http

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  16. Congrats on passing the class! I'm waiting until spring to take my class because it's too darned hot here to do in the summer. Happy Trails!


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