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

What's in your Favorite's Folder?

I was in a stamping slump and I had to get a House Mouse card made today and in the mail to this week’s Mouse A Round (MAR) participant. I sat and stared at the stamp (House Mouse Brain Freeze) nothing came to me… After cleaning and organizing my stamps I had this bright idea to check out my Favorites Folder over at The Shack. In my folder was this really adorable card of Noah’s Ark that Pam Speidel made (smileycollector). I had my layout… and this is the card I made.

Pam’s blog (Stamping with Serendipity) is one to see, it’s filled with fun, beautiful and whimsical cards. Thanks Pam for the inspiration and for the smiles.

Stamps: Brain Freeze (House Mouse-Stampabilities), Canvas (SU), Kindred Spirits (CTMH) ~ Paper: Twilight (CTMH), Aloe Vera (Bazzill), Patterned Paper is from Colorbok Jewel Pack ~ Ink: Noir Palette, Certainly Celery (SU) ~ Other: Peach Puff Brads (Bazzill), Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, Coluzzle File Template.

Again with a new look...

So I’ve been busy changing the look of things here on my blog and over at my Stamping Gallery and I still have some tweaking to do before I’m completely happy. I just want to give a big shout out to Nicole Seitler (webseitler over at SCS). Nicole has been wonderful in helping me with the HTML thing, and she is has been extremely patience with me.

Nicole also has a lens over at Squidoo called Customize Your Blogger Template. She provides all the information for you to install a new banner, share images, change the width of our blog or find a new template (like I did) and more.

Nicole is also a talented artist… make sure to check out her blog The Inkblog to see some of her gorgeous cards and read some of her stamping tutorials. Thanks Nicole I really appreciate all your help.

Motorcycle Safety

Yesterday we had our monthly Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) meeting. I was assigned to do this month’s Motorcycle Safety Tip, which I did on riding alone. I was so nervous… getting up and speaking in front of a group isn’t my kind of thing. I was probably even more nervous since I’m still a newbie to MRS.

One of our members passed around a magazine article about Brittany Morrow (above photo) who nearly died from her extreme road rash injuries. She is an amazing survivor who has returned to riding. You can check out Brittany’s testimony at Extreme Road Rash: Cause Effect and Lesson Learned. If you’re squeamish… the pictures of her injuries are pretty graphic.

Also, if you ride a sport bike or know someone who rides a sport bike… you have to read about this DJ in Denver. He has actually been suggesting that people take violent action against anyone they see riding a sport bike. The Colorado Sportbike Club has an open call for a BOYCOTT of Alice 105.9 Radio and their Advertisers. You can read more about it and find out about their advertisers here: NO Alice 105.9 Send a Clear Message.

After my MSR meeting I met up with Bryan and Austin for a bike ride. We took Hwy 83 to Franktown, Hwy 86 to Castle Rock… made a stop at Harley Davidson in Castle Rock, then 105 to Palmer Lake and back to Hwy 83. Basically it was a big loop! Colorado scenery is so beautiful and the weather was perfect for riding. I wish I would have brought my camera along to take some pictures. If I did bring my camera I probably would have toted along the big backpack case to store it in… ugh I really need bags! When we made it home about 4 pm, I was exhausted. I just need to get out and ride more! Thanks for reading and remember… Ride Safe.

Girly Flames

Bryan and I went riding yesterday. We rode out east (of Colorado Springs) and then we made our way downtown. That was pretty exciting for me, I’ve never been west of Powers. Our ride didn’t last as long as we would have liked (only about 3 hours), storm clouds moved in earlier than were expected. Bryan went riding again later in the afternoon packed with his rain gear… not me, if it looks like rain I stay home!

We’ll soon have another Harley Davidson parked in our garage. Bryan is going to buy a new 08 Harley Davidson (HD), the hardest part is to decide which to get. So far he’s narrowed it down to either a Heritage Classic or a Road King… although that may change since he just showed me a different Harley bike he would like to have. He actually rented both of them from HD for the day. He wanted to get it out on the road and really ride it, instead of doing a scheduled test drive through HD. He already has a buyer for his Kawasaki Vulcan. My brother-in-law wants it and maybe my sister will decide that she would like to learn to ride also.

On my last couple of rides the rubber grip thingy on my peg kept rotating. After my rides I would have to rotate it back to its original position…ugh it was driving me nuts! When I was at HD I asked about replacing it, I was ready to order a new rubber replacement… until Riley said “mom, look at these pegs, they have a floral design”, the design was actually flames! The parts guy said they don’t sell many of them because the men think the rubber looks like flowers and not flames. Riley and I laughed because we knew they were perfect for me. Now I’m going to get flame (girly flames) replacement pegs for my highway pegs, passenger pegs and get this… for my shift peg. Yup, they actually have one to match the shift peg!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

More Hedgehogs

Here it is… one of the hedgie images that Nancy sent me, So Glad to Catch You by Penny Black. The patterned paper is Stampin Up's Petal Patch. I’ve been hoarding my Petal Patch stash since its no longer available… I should have bought a bunch of Petal Patch before it went away! Blush and Sweet Leaf cardstock is from Close to My Heart. It has the white core which looks incredible when you sand, tear, or use a distressing tool along the edges.

Bryan took the day off tomorrow and the kiddos are back in school… What does that mean? Motorcycle Ride! I’m not quite sure of our route yet, I’m sure I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow… LOL

Stamps: So Glad to Catch You (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Black, Heavenly Blue (CTMH) ~ Paper: White, Blush (CTMH), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Petal Patch paper pack (SU) ~ Other: Sandpaper and Scissors for Distressing, Taupe Ribbon (SU), Woven Ombre Ribbon (Martha Stewart), Brown Brads (CTMH), Cloud Template


I made this thank you card for a really amazing and generous Shackie member, Nancy. I was totally surprised when I found some Penny Black Hedgehog images in my mailbox from Nancy.

I’ve always had a thing for little hedgehog stamps, especially Penny Black hedgies. Do you believe that my first stamp set from Stampin Up was Hedgehog Happiness? I then collected all of SU Hedgehog sets. I was so disappointed when they retired (in 2005) and even more disappointed that Stampin Up didn’t come out with any new hedgehog sets… maybe one day!

Tomorrow I’ll try to post a card I made using one of the images that Nancy sent me. For this card I used the stamp Companion from Penny Black. Did you know that Penny Black stamps can now be purchased from HM Stamps? Ugh… between House Mouse, Happy Hoppers and now Penny Black stamps… I’m going to go broke! Thanks for visiting.

Stamps: Companion (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: Twilight, Hollyhock, Garden Green, Best Friends paper pack (all CTMH), Cream ~ Other: Mustard Grosgrain (SU), Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol, Paper Piercer, Markers (SU)