Community Blogger Award

I just wanted to say thank you to Liz Frazier from 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