I now have a new laptop… I’ve always told myself that I would never get one because I just never really liked the feel (hand position) of using a laptop. Riley and Austin’s PC quit working a while ago and with school starting I decided it was time to give them my desktop PC and get me a new one. Lately I’ve been really envious of Bryan with his laptop… since we’re wireless he surfs all over the house and I was stuck in the home office! Now I can take my laptop with me to my stamping area… whoo hoo! Bryan has been really busy getting all my files and software transferred over (he takes such good care of me). However I am a bit disappointed that I can’t get my Rebel XTi software to work with Windows Vista… hopefully Canon will have an update soon. Bryan set up my laptop so I can access my files upstairs… that’s how I’ll be getting my photos… a little extra click here and there and it works great.

I went for a motorcycle ride this evening after dinner. I didn’t stay out to long, about 45 minutes. It started cooling down some and I didn’t take a jacket with me, (I have nowhere to store a jacket). I’ve been looking into getting saddle bags for my bike. I’m really picky and I’m looking for some that are “girly”… I’m having a hard time finding those. If anyone has some great links for kind of "girly" saddle bags, please send me the link! I would really appreciate it.

Now onto stamping: A while back a friend sent me a couple of pre-folded cards from DCWV. I’ve been saving them until I found the ideal image to go along with the circles… I think I found those images, Spot Light and Wagon Ride (both Happy Hopper, Stampabilites). I used both card fronts to make the following cards. I layered the circle background (DCWV pre-fold) onto a solid cardstock base. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Wagon Ride
Stamps: Wagon Ride (Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities), Kindred Spirits (CTMH) ~ Paper: White, Blue & Circle Patterned (DCVW) ~ Other: Whisper White Eyelets (SU), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol

Spot Light
Stamps: The Spot Light ((Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities) ~ Paper: Amber (Bazzill), White, Blue & Patterned Paper (DCWV) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Yellow Spiral Clip (TAC), Dashes, Dots & Checks Ribbon (Michaels), Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol

Oil Change

I changed the oil in my bike! Bryan talked me through it and helped here and there, but basically I did it all! I was pretty happy with myself and I didn’t get too messy. I was really looking forward to taking a Basic Motorcycle Maintenance course last weekend that was going to be held in Denver, because of scheduling (Bryan’s birthday & our anniversary) that didn’t work out. I’m going to turn my bike into HD for the 5,000 mile service when I get a couple hundred more miles on it (that shouldn’t take too long). I’m just not looking forward to the $350+ cost involved with that! I can only image how many stamps I could buy with $350. I’m seriously considering purchasing a motorcycle lift for our garage. That would make oil changes much easier for our motorcycles. Bryan had to raise my bike up onto boards in order to get the oil pan underneath the bike.

Here’s my great oil change tip: Use dog training pads under your bike instead of newspapers, paper towels or rags! You can pick up oil pads in any automotive aisle, but you only get a few in a pack. With the dog training pads you get more for less. When we brought Jake home I picked up some training pads… turned out we never needed them because Jake was the easiest dog to potty train. I had a new pack of pads in the garage ready to give to away… and then a light bulb when on, use them under the bike to catch any oil that drips or spills.

My Friend Ronnie

Last month I mentioned that I had the opportunity to do some designs for Inky Antics. The cards I made were displayed at CHA introducing their new line "My Friend Ronnie" stamps. Here are a couple of the cards that I sent to Jackie. A HUGE thank you to Jackie and my good friend Keri for giving me this awesome opportunity.

Sorry the images are so dark, it was a cloudy day when I took these pictures and I forgot to change my camera settings…ugh! All the cardstock and patterned paper is from the Lets Get Together paper pack from Close to My Heart (currently my favorite). The cardstock colors I used where Breeze, Buttercup, Cranberry and Garden Green.


I’ll probably be posting quite a few House Mouse cards in the next couple of weeks. Our Best of House Mouse Yahoo Group (BHM) has a Mouse A Round (MAR) swap happening at this time and I’ve been busy stamping to finish up the last of the MAR’s. Each week our list mom (Lori) picks a name from the swap participants and everyone who joined sends that person a House Mouse card, patterned paper and a couple of images of House Mouse or Happy Hoppers stamps. It’s one of my favorite swaps.

This stamp Fortune Tellers is the House Mouse Stamp of the Month for August. I’m very “Fortune-ate” that it arrived before it was Lori’s turn for MAR. House Mouse and Asian theme cards are some of Lori’s favorite images and this is the card I sent her.

I’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful Colorado mornings with a bike ride. A couple mornings this week I’ve been getting on my bike and riding out east and through Black Forest and it’s been great. I ready to get going again this morning!

Stamps: Fortune Tellers (House Mouse/Stampabilities), Canvas (SU) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette), Brown Bag (CTMH) ~ Paper: Coral Red (DCWV), Cream, White, Old World Stack (DCWV) ~ Other: Chalk, Tombow Markers, Antique Spiral Clips, Taupe Grosgrain Ribbon (SU), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol

Stamps for a Cause

I made these two cards using GinaK Designs newest Stamp for a Cause set Make A Wish. For every set purchased Gina will donate $7.00 to Make A Wish Foundation. Please help make a child’s wish come true.

Stamps: Make A Wish (GinaK Designs) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Aloe Vera, Peach, Casa (all Bazzill), White, Pocket Full of Posies Stack (DCWV) ~ Other: Diamond Stickles, Metallic Ribbon, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol

Stamps: Make A Wish (GinaK Designs) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Pinecone, Walnut, Fawn (all Bazzill), Cream, Patterned Paper from The Paper Studio ~ Other: Designer Cocoa Ribbon (CTMH), Green Brads (JoAnns), Pop Dots

Out and about...

When I bought my motorcycle I also joined Women on Wheels local Colorado Springs Chapter, Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR). Since I’m so new to motorcycling I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet other women riders and get involved in community biker activities. Saturday morning I attend my first MSR meeting, I rode my bike into town to attend. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

Every year (first Saturday in October (6 October this year) ), MSR sponsors a Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. All proceeds go directly to the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year MSR raised over $5000 and had over 200 riders! I’m so thrilled that I’m going to be able to help out for this year’s ride. If you would like more information on the ride or about donating please Email Me!

Sunday we took a drive to Red Rocks, just west of Denver. Red Rocks is a geologically formed open air Amphitheatre. Because of the acoustic sound, Red Rocks has attracted some of the best performers. U2 performed live at Red Rocks their Sunday Bloody Sunday music video. Red Rocks also had hiking trails that take you through spectacular rock formations (click on images for a larger view). It was a busy non-stop weekend!

Guest Designer

It was an honor when Gina of GinaK Designs asked me if I would consider being one of her guest designers... of course I said yes! Gina is one of the sweetest ladies and I’m grateful that I’ve gotten the pleasure of knowing her. Thank you Gina for giving me the opportunity to be your August Guest Designer.

Here’s another card I made using GinaK stamps, Sheep & Wool Be Friends Forever. I’ve seen some wonderful cards made with this stamp, I just knew I had to have him.

Stamps: Wool Be Friends Forever (GinaK Designs), Sheep (GinaK Designs), Running Stitches (TAC) ~ Ink: Burnt Umber (Palette), Chocolate (CTMH) ~ Paper: White, Chocolate (CTMH), Lilac Mist (CTMH), Sonata Paper Pack (CTMH) ~ Other: Twill, Pink Gingham, Cuttlebug Friend Folder, Sanding Block, Haley Brads (Bazzill), Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol, Square Punch, Scalloped Punch, Pop Dots

My day of motorcycle firsts…

Yesterday I went on my first ride, without Bryan!

After Jake and I walked Riley and Austin to school, the weather was perfect. It was a beautiful morning, no clouds to be seen and I knew I wanted to go riding before it heated up.

I stated off going around my neighborhood and near the school. I stopped by my sister’s house for a little bit, I had to show off my clean spotless bike. I spent the night before in the garage washing it and then shining all the chrome (boy, it has a lot of chrome). I’m still trying to talk my sister into getting a bike (no luck yet). I did get her to sit on a really sweet Victory over at Rocky Mountain Plaza Cycle . Maybe one day!

Bryan took me riding awhile back on this really nice country road that lead into Hwy 24. I wanted to find that road. I thought I found it, until I saw a sign that read “End of Pavement”… I made sure to make a u-turn before I went that way. I went back to Meridian, down to Woodmen (high traffic area) and then east on Hwy 24. I took Hwy 24 all the way out to Peyton and then turned around. It was a great ride! In some areas on Hwy 24 the speed goes up to 65… my first time going that fast. I felt really comfortable going that speed, until a truck passed by me and some small rocks flew up and hit my legs… ouch!

I probably would have kept driving onto Limon if I had enough gas. On my way home I stopped at the gas station and filled up… yup, the same gas station that had my stomach in knots last week when I was there with Bryan. I put gas in my bike for the first time. I also did the motorcycle wave… the first time I waved, I put my arm out to far and the wind caught it (it was pretty funny)! Yesterday was my day of motorcycle firsts… I just had to share my excitement.

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

First Day of School... already!

Riley and Austin went back to school today. It seems like their summer vacation went by so fast. Both of them were really excited to see some of their classmates again. It was really quiet at home and for the first couple of hours I was kind of lonesome without them. But… I was able to finish up on a couple projects today.

Here’s one card to share. Isn’t the corner accent cute? The Close to My Heart catalogs always have some great tips and techniques to share and this was one of them “Creating Cute Corner Accents”.

Step 1: Fold a 2x2 piece of paper/cardstock in half twice, creating quarters. Unfold the paper.

Step 2: Fold the corners in toward the middle of the fold. This creates the corner that will show.

Step 3: Attach a concho to the two corner folds. Thread ribbon through the concho holes and tie for a finished look.

Instead of conchos I used red eyelets. You can also use a smaller piece of paper/cardstock for smaller corners. Don’t be surprised to see more of these corner accents on my cards… I really like the look of them and it's a quick and easy embellishment! Thanks for visiting.

Stamps: Garden Gossip (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: Buttercup, Cranberry, Garden Green (all CTMH), White, Let’s Get Together patterned paper (CTMH) ~ Other: Real Red Eyelets (SU), Grosgrain Ribbon (SU), Chalk, Glossy Accent’s, Pop Dots, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol, Sand Paper