'Twas the night before

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the garages

Not a motorcycle was rumbling, except for Santa Claus's;

The leather was hung in the closet with care

In hopes that nice weather, soon would be there.

Our bikes were all nestled snug in their covers

With visions of blacktop and burning up rubber.

With momma in her bandana and I in my skull cap

We had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn, arose such a rumble

I sprang from the bed as I started to grumble,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear

But, a pack of motorcycles, with riders and gear,

With one old driver so lively and quick

I knew in a moment it must be Biker Nick,

He was dressed all in Leather, from his head to his foot

And his clothes were all tarnished with bugs and road soot,

A bundle of chrome he had flung on his back

Down the chimney he came, carrying a big red sack,

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work

As he filled all the riding boots, then turned with a jerk,

And laying a finger aside of his nose

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose,

He sprang to his motorcycle, to his team gave a sign

As they all cracked their throttles and got into a line,

Now Honda, Now Harley, Now Triumph and Indian,

On Kawi, On Suzuki, On Yamaha and Victory,

But I heard him exclaim as he roared out of sight

"Keep the rubber side down and have a good ride.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night."

Ride to Pueblo

Here it is December and we had another gorgeous day to get out and ride.

Today I didn’t ride my motorcycle, instead I rode along with Bryan on the back of his. It was just one of those days that I wanted to sit back, relax and take in all the scenery, plus we have a lot of sand on our roads from previous snow storms and I just didn’t want to worry about taking those sanded corners.

We rode south to Pueblo, which was a balmy 69 degrees. We made our way to downtown and strolled along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk (aka Pueblo Riverwalk). Here are a few pictures I took from today… sorry none with motorcycles (wink)!

Harvest Mouse

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year we spent Thanksgiving in Wyoming with my parents and had a great time. I ate way too much… and must have gained over 5lb, it’s back to the gym Monday!

Here’s a card I made last week and I didn’t have a chance to post it before leaving to Wyoming. The image is Harvest Mouse from Great Impressions. I added Stickles to the mouse and pumpkin, it’s so sparkly. The image is colored using Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Harvest Mouse (Great Impressions), Give Thanks (inside sentiment – TAC) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Garden Green, Desert Sand, Cream (all from CTMH), K&Company Designer Paper ~ Other: Paper Piercer, Crystal Stickles, Ribbon Twill (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

No stamping today…

No stamping today… I had every intention to make a few cards but once I starting rearranging some stamps I decided to reorganize all my stamps, shelves and papers. After everything was nicely put away and organized I addressed some cards for RAKs. Once I was finished with that my hands were hurting I couldn’t stamp a thing. For the past few days I’ve been having joint pain in my hands and it’s usually worst in the morning. If this keeps up I’ll have to make a doctor’s appointment.

Here are two cards that I finished a couple days ago. For both cards I used one of the newer Reflection Kits from Close to My Heart, Aspen. This is my redo of my mousey card and for this card I used the image Sleigh Ride from Great Impressions. I was so delighted when I found this Snowflake Cuttlebug Folder in with my other embossing folders. I bought it last Spring and kind of forgot that I had it... that happens a lot here. I used a sanding block over the snowflakes which exposed the white core of the cardstock.

For the second card I used the image Sittin’ Petey from Inky Antics. I used sandpaper to distress the Bamboo cardstock, which also has a white core. I added Glossy Accents to the ice cube and Fun Flock to the pompom on Petey’s hat. I don’t particularly care for penguins but I couldn’t pass up getting the Petey stamps from Inky Antics. You’ll see more of Petey in upcoming months. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamp: Sleigh Ride (Great Impressions) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Twilight, Garden Green (all CTMH), Aspen Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Pebbles Chalk, Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Scalloped Oval and Oval Dies (Nestabilities), Apricot (SU), Sanding Block, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Stamps: Sittin’ Petey (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Black Pigment (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Bamboo (CTMH), Twilight (CTMH), Aspen Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), Snow White Fun Flock, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Crystal Stickles (Ranger), Twilight Grosgrain (CTMH), Sandpaper, Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Makers, Tombow Colorless Blender

Ladies Day Out

Today in Colorado Springs we had some unbelievably warm weather for November, record highs in the upper 70’s and further south it was even warmer… in the 80’s! Even though I had about nine loads of laundry to wash I couldn’t miss the opportunity to ride… I’m finally finishing up my last load now!

Sandra, Cat and I headed south on CO115 to Florence for a short ride (118 miles round trip). Along the way we stopped in Penrose at Coyote’s Coffee Den for lunch and it was yummy. Sandra and I have never eaten there before, Cat and Diane would stop in at Coyote’s on their rides. Over lunch we reminisced about our friend and enjoyed each other’s company.

Sorry I don’t have more pictures to share, I took along my Nikon Coolpix and not very many of them turned out that great. I don’t use it very often and when I do it seems like I have to relearn the settings all over again … ugh. I just love my Canon!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Sleigh Ride

The layout for this card is from this week’s Splitcoast Sketch Challenge, Challenge 202. Since it was a really easy sketch it took no time to make. Even though it was an easy sketch I'm disappointed with all the mistakes I made. Last night was not a good night for me to stamp!

When I added the brads to the corners, I pushed the tabs a little too far back and now you can see them through the front of the card… I hate when that happens.

I normally color Great Impression mice gray and House Mouse mice brown, but I thought by coloring them brown they would coordinate with the designer paper. I'm not happy with the way they look because the browns now looked all washed together.

I started another card using this image, Sleigh Ride with gray mice. I had my image colored and glittered, embossed the scalloped oval border and everything was ready to assemble. Then I got this bright idea to emboss a border around the oval, yup the oval with the image. HUGE mistake, I while I was singing along to John Hiatt’s Feels Like Rain, I forgot to add one of the plates in my Big Shot and the embossing mat slipped and well… this is what happened to the image. Hopefully this evening I’ll try to get another one made.

A few days ago Martha (Raining Rubber) passed along this blog award to me. Thank you Martha, you’re so sweet and I enjoy your blog as well. I would love to pass this along, but there are too many wonderful blogs for me to choose from and there is no way I could pick just a few!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamp: Sleigh Ride (Great Impressions) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Twilight, Bamboo, Outdoor Denim (all CTMH), Aspen Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Outdoor Denim Brads (CTMH), Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender

A Saturday to Remember

Wow what a day I had yesterday! I had a close call while riding, thank goodness someone from above was watching out for me and the other riders.

Things started out pretty normal, when I left to our monthly MSR Chapter Meeting it was a chilly 41 degrees. I dressed in layers and stayed pretty warm, except for my fingers. I refused to wear my winter riding gloves because they are so bulky, when I shift or brake the tips of the gloves hit my levers… I just hate that.

I made it to the meeting, pulled into the parking lot and it was packed. There wasn’t anywhere to park so I pulled my bike into the same spot that Carolee had… I knew she wouldn’t mind sharing. As I pulled in I realized I should have backed my bike in… Thanks Don and Bill for pushing me out of my parking space after the meeting!

After the MSR meeting we presented a check for $10,000 to our local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Remember the Breast Cancer Awareness Ride from last month? We brought in $10,000 from the ride and once again it was a huge success.

After the check presentation… that’s when things started to happen.

A group of us were going to take a short ride up Ute Pass to Crystola for lunch. While we were gearing up Carolee had an impromptu “Oops I dropped it” training in the Perkins parking lot. She had minor damage, a few scratches on her tank and her floorboard broke off. Since our meeting is held next door to Rocky Mountain Cycle Plaza (RMCP), where she purchased her Victory, we all made our way over there and waited while she had her floorboard replaced with a spare. While waiting the group decided not to ride up the pass and just have lunch in town. It was decided that we were going to have lunch at East Coast Delicatessen… yummy! Carrie (aka Tiny) stayed behind at RMCP to wait for a friend, they joined us later at East Coast.

This is where my incident happened. We head out as a group and everything is going great, we’re riding staggered… Kelly is leading, Sandra is her wing, and I’m behind Sandra, Cathy (Cat) is on my left and Carolee is riding sweep… Paula, Don and Orvella are riding in a cage behind the group. We ride down Hwy 24 and then onto Powers Blvd (heavy traffic road here in Colorado Springs)… going about 50 mph and coming up on to an intersection the light changes to yellow. Kelly and Sandra stop… Cat and I are braking hard trying to stop and our bikes are fishtailing … Cat finally stops. I can’t stop! I knew if I tried braking again I was going to ram into Sandra, so I ended up “threading the needle”. I rolled down on the throttle hard… I squeezed my motorcycle between Kelly and Sandra and my mirror clipped Sandra’s mirror. I had to get through the intersection before the light turned green for the passing traffic. Apparently smoke was coming off my tires while I was braking, Sandra and Cat heard my brakes squealing, Carolee was yelling “JOVI” behind me…. it was crazy. When I crossed the intersection I pulled over and waited for the group. Once we arrived at East Coast and made sure everyone was okay…. We laughed our butts off. I feel horrible about hitting Sandra’s mirror… the mirror itself didn’t break it just popped out of the housing. She assured me that Tom would be able to fix it and it was no problem. I now have a rider’s nickname “Squealer”… Carolee said she’s getting me a patch made that reads Squealer and Paula is ordering me a new MSR nametag with my new rider name… oh those crazy gals!

While we were laughing about everything that happened to us so far Tiny and her friend show up at East Coast. They also had a brake burning incident with a car, also on Powers Blvd. The car in front of them decided to go from 50 mph to 20 mph in a couple seconds. Thank goodness Tiny and her friend didn’t go down or get hurt. After lunch we took a group photo.

It was definitely an exciting riding day and I’m grateful no one was hurt. Carolee posted a comical summary to our MSR Yahoo group about our incidents and she also posted the following… it made me feel better about everything.

And for the record - Jovi - that was one of the most amazing "moves" I have ever seen done on a motorcycle. There is no way I could've fit through that little space as well as you did.

We are all VERY proud of you!!!
You did good girlfriend.


So what did I learn from this… make sure while riding in a group stay a safe distance from the driver in front of you. Carolee suggested that we stage and then leave 5 minutes apart, she’s so funny! For braking… avoid braking hard using my rear brakes, use more of my front brakes. Oh and one more thing… a yellow light means slow down and not make it if you can!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

CTMH "My Reflections"

Another card using the Caprice designer paper from Close to My Heart, this is probably the last card that I’ll post for awhile using this Reflection Kit. Only because my monthly order from Close to My Heart arrived this evening and I have new Reflections Kits to play with. This time around I ordered Perfect Day and Aspen… I love the colors from each pack.

If you’ve never ordered from Close to My Heart I highly recommend ordering a “My Reflections” I always order a Level 2 Kit… a Level 2 Kit contains 12 – 12 x 12 duo designer paper (patterns on front and back) and 10 – 12 x 12 coordinating cardstock... all for only $12.95! Having the coordinating cardstock and designer paper makes putting things together so much easier for me. The kits come in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3… there’s a little something for everyone! Gee I kind of sound like a Close to My Heart advertisement… but I just LOVE their products and I often thought about becoming a CTMH Consultant, but then I would miss all the fun from our monthly club gatherings. Do you believe I’ve been attending a monthly CTMH gathering for the last six or seven years with the same demo and a lot of the same ladies?

Okay back to the card… the image for this card is Gifts for You by Penny Black and it’s probably from one of the older catalogs. I’ve been ordering the older stamps just in case those images retire soon… See, there is reason behind my spending madness! The image is stamped on watercolor paper using black pigment ink and then embossed using Stamping Up’s Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, which leaves it sparkly.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend ~ Jovi

Stamps: Gifts for You (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Honey (CTMH), Crystal Blue (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Caprice (CTMH – Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Iridescent Embossing Powder (SU), Chocolate Big Brads (CTMH), Tombow Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender, Close to My Heart Markers

Precious Moments

Yippee I was finally able to participate in one of the Stamp with Stampavie Challenges, this card was made for Challenge 17. So I’m about a week late since Challenge 18 is already posted for today!

I’m just lovin my new Sarah Kay stamps and for this card I used the image Precious Moments. Instead of using Prismacolor Pencils to color the image, this time around I used markers. I stamped the image using Black Pigment Ink and then embossed the image using Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Blending the markers with a colorless blender allowed me to shade the smaller areas. From Sketch 17 I didn’t add the “text” to the upper left corner… I just couldn’t come up with anything that was small enough to fit in that area. Once again all the designer paper is from the Caprice Reflection Kit from Close to My Heart… I did mention that I was using that paper a lot!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Precious Moments (Sarah Kay) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Honey (CTMH), Crystal Blue (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Caprice (CTMH – Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Detail Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Chocolate Big Brads (CTMH), Sizzlit Swirly Die, Tombow Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender, Close to My Heart Markers

Oops I Dropped It!

No I didn’t drop my motorcycle… thank goodness!

On Sunday a group of us from Mountain Shadow Riders met at Sandra and Tom’s house to learn the proper technique of picking up a dropped motorcycle. After watching a short video and watching Tom perform the technique it was our turn. Tom was gracious enough to let us practice picking up his Honda dirt bike. After picking that up with no problems, we’ve discovered that it didn’t weigh anywhere close what a street bike would weigh. That’s when Roxanna (an MSR member) volunteered the use of her 1100 Honda Shadow and we all took turns picking up Roxanna’s bike while on the grass.

Eventually I would like to pick up my own motorcycle, it weighs about 650 pounds… I just hope that I don’t drop it again by accident to give the technique a try. Here I am picking up both Honda’s, a big thanks to Taunya for taking pictures of me doing it! As you can see in the photo Roxanna’s carries a lot of extra’s on her bike…it probably weighed about 500+ pounds or so.

Here are a couple links and a video showing how to pick up a motorcycle.
Pink Ribbon Rides
Bike Lift Technique

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Perfect November Riding Weather

For the past week the weather here in Colorado Springs was unusually warm for this time of year. Yesterday was the first Halloween that Riley and Austin were able to do the trick or treat thing without having to wear jackets/coats under their costumes.

Today it was in the 70’s once again… Bryan and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get out and ride. We made our way though Elbert and Elizabeth and then stopped in Castle Rock for a picnic. We then headed back home down CO-105, it was beautiful.

Even though I haven’t blogged much about riding… I have been out and about. Most of the rides have been pretty short, about 100 miles or so and they are routes that I have previously blogged about. Last week Bryan and I rode to Cripple Creek and then onto Canyon City, it was once again a lot of fun riding those twisty curves.

Sorry I don’t have any great pictures to share… just a picture I took of my scuffed boots while picnicking!

Compulsive Stamp Shopper

Peek Over (Inky Antics) is another stamp that I’ve had for sometime but never used. I know I’ve mentioned this before and probably sound like a broken record, I have a bunch of stamps that have never been inked.

Currently I have a stack of never used Inky Antics sitting on top of Jakes dog crate and another stack of Penny Black, Great Impressions, and Sarah Kay on my desk. Oh my gosh, my cabinets… in my cabinets, I have acrylic trays with more Inky Antics, Happy Hoppers, House Mouse, Gruffies, Great Impressions and other wood mounts that haven’t been used. And if that’s not enough, I have drawers with remounted Stampin’ Up, The Angel Company and Close to My Heart stamps.

One snowy day I’m going to go through all my stamps, pull out the never inked ones, put those in a special place and make myself use those. I’m going to have to set some kind of goal/challenge for myself to quit buying. I’m sure Bryan will be thrilled… ugh! Am I the only with this problem?!

Okay, back to the card. The layout for this card came from Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 196. I made my card 4.5 x 4.5, so I could use this image since it’s a bit smaller. All the cardstock and designer paper is from the Caprice Reflection Kit (Close to My Heart), Caprice is easily turning into my favorite designer paper. I better get stamping using those unused stamps (wink), thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Peek Over (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Crystal Blue (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Caprice (CTMH - Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Iridescent Embossing Powder (SU), Crystal Blue Brads (CTMH), Brown Dotted Organdy (Offray), Tombow Markers, Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender

Sarah Kay

Here she is… my first card made using a Sarah Kay stamp, the image is My Sweet Lili and isn’t she just precious?

The layout for this card started off as Stamp with Stampavie challenge, previous Stamp with Sarah Kay. They changed the name of the challenge blog to include all the other wonderful stamps from Stampavie and they post a new challenge every Wednesday. I started using the layout for Challenge 14, once I had my image cut and colored the bottom scallop section wouldn’t fit on the card… in the end I was only able to do half the sketch. Oh well, maybe next time.

I colored the image using Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, I had to make sure my pencils and stumps were sharpened to fit in the smaller areas of the image. Next time I use the image I going emboss the image and then use markers and a blender to color it, hopefully that will help get the color spread in the smaller areas. All the cardstock and patterned paper is from Close to My Hearts Reflection Kit, Everlasting.

Sarah Kay stamps are a bit pricey for one acrylic stamp (at least I think so), they do leave a clean crisp image, come easily clean and are very durable for an acrylic.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: My Sweet Lili (Sarah Kay) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: Cream, Cranberry (CTMH), Ponderosa Pine (CTMH), Desert Sand (CTMH), Everlasting (CTMH – Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Sahara Sand Brads (SU), Cranberry Grosgrain (CTMH), Scallop Edge Punch (SU), Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Penny Black 20

Today’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Challenge 20 – Bump in the Night! Since Halloween is coming up we would like to see your Spooky creations, just remember to use at least one Penny Black image.

For this challenge I used the image Dressed to Scare. It is one of my newer PB stamps and I’ve been patiently waiting to use it for this challenge. I embossed the image using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder from Stampin Up… it’s really sparkly. The ribbon is tied using Black and Pansy Purple Organdy Ribbon, the photo doesn’t show the Pansy Purple very well.

I just wanted to let you all know that this Penny Black Challenge is going to be my last challenge as a Design Team member. A couple months ago I decided that I was going to start cutting back on some of my commitments to spend more time with family and to enjoy doing the things that I love. I have since stopped moderating at Splitcoast, stopped moderating at The Shack and I’ve also quit doing design work. I did stay on with the PBSC Design Team because I enjoy stamping and thought I could manage that. Well, my kiddos have been keeping me busy with their activity schedules and I have since volunteered to be on a couple committees… now it’s time to leave the PBSC design team. I’m going to try to play along in the challenges whenever I can and I’m so thankful that Tracy and Tracie gave me this wonderful opportunity… I’ve totally enjoyed it.

Would you like to join the gang of designers over at The Penny Black Saturday Challenge? Here’s your chance, they are looking to add to their Design Team. If you’re interested in joining the team all you have to do is leave a comment along with a link to your work on today’s challenge post, at the end of the comment type in “DT”. You have until 11pm next Thursday (30 October).

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your weekend ~ Jovi

Stamps: Dressed to Scare (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Black, Pansy Purple (CTMH), Hallowhimsy Designer Paper (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Iridescent Embossing Powder (SU), Eye of Newton Brads (Imaginisce), Ticket Corner Punch (SU), Black Organdy (CTMH), Pansy Purple Organdy (CTMH), Pop Dots, Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender

Make a Wish

Good thing Austin doesn’t mind getting a House Mouse card made by his mother on his birthday. One day he’ll no longer want those little mice, hedgies or bunny cards… I’m just glad he likes enjoys them now (so he says)!

I added Liquid Appliqué (LA) to the cupcake for frosting. I’ve discovered that if I heat the LA from the backside it doesn’t puff up as crazy… I also had my cardstock smokin’ so don’t leave your heat gun in one spot very long. Before heating the LA I added gold micro beads to the LA… I think they look like little candy sprinkles. After heating the LA I pushed the beads down into the LA to keep them in place.

The image is Make a Wish 02, it’s the smaller version of the original Make a Wish which I think is no longer available. The designer paper is from Close to My Hearts Reflection Kit Good Times… I just love those colors, Buttercup, Chocolate, and Twilight. Instead of using the Chocolate cardstock from CTMH, I used Walnut from Bazzill.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Make a Wish 02 (House Mouse – Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Buttercup (CTMH), Walnut (Bazzill), Good Times (CTMH – Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Ticket Corner Punch (SU), Gold Micro Beads, White Liquid Appliqué, Pebbles Chalk, Paper Piercer, Gold Bitty Brads (CTMH), Twill Ribbon (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Penny Black 19

Today’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Challenge 19 – Artist Trading Card(ATC)… the rules for this challenge are to use ATC measurements 2.5 x 3.5 inches, can be made Portrait or Landscape, and must contain at least one Penny Black image.

When I first saw this challenge listed I wasn’t all that sure about making an Artist Trading Card. Since I have never made one I was clueless about them… I didn’t know the size, if they had a fold, or if they could have layers. To be honest, whenever an ATC swap would come about I would avoid them because I just didn’t understand what the big deal was with them. I knew that ATC’s are very popular to trade but I just didn’t get the whole craze of collecting these little 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards.

I have to give a big thank you to the ladies of the Stampers Unite Yahoo Group for helping me see the light about ATCs and for providing the measurements and templates for getting the most ATCs out of a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Now that I made my first ATC, I can understand why these little beauties are so fun to make and collect. I will longer avoid ATC swaps.

Since the images in the Penny Black Transparent sets are smaller than the original wood mount images most of them are the perfect size for ATCs. I used the image Marching Mouse from the Critter Party Transparent set. I did discover that the smaller images are a bit tougher to color using Prismacolor Pencils (blended with Gamsol). I had difficulties blending the small areas because my blending stump wasn’t very pointy. I’m glad I gave ATCs a try and I’m looking forward to making more.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend ~ Jovi

Stamps: Marching Mouse from Critter Party (Transparent – Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Taffy (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Petal Patch (SU) ~ Other: Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Bitty Brads (CTMH), Paper Flowers (CTMH), Nestabilities Oval & Scallop Dies, Fiskars Scallop Blade, Sandpaper, Gamsol, Prismacolor Pencils


I’m not much of pumpkin pie eater, sure every so often I’ll have a slice… but I’m more of an apple pie kind of gal. The image is Pumpkin Pie and it's the Stamp of the Month for October, it was too cute not to get.

The background paper is from Imagine That, I picked it up last autumn… do you believe I found it at WalMart? That pattern is one of five or so that all coordinated and came in a pack with matching ribbon and buttons. Next time I use this image, I’m going to color the pie a little deeper with less white showing, in the photo it doesn’t look very pumpkin-ish.

Stamps: Pumpkin Pie (House Mouse – Stampabilities), The Good Life (TAC) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Sunflower (CTMH), Pumpkin Pie (SU), Designer Paper – Imagine That ~ Other: Antique Bitty Brads (CTMH), Ribbon Twill (CTMH), Scalloped Edge Punch (SU), Ticket Corner Punch (SU), Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Fun Video

Bryan sent this to me in an email and I had such a great laugh I just had to pass it along… make sure you have your computer volume turned on. Oh and let me know if you get a big laugh as I did… Enjoy ~ Jovi

Oh yes and you might want to keep the small children away... sorry about that. Since my kiddos are older I forgot about the little one's.

Penny Black 18

It’s Saturday… and this week’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Challenge 18 – Thanks a Bunch. For those of you that take part in the challenge, it’s entirely up to you what to make… card, atc, altered item, etc. as long as you use one Penny Black image. This week our sponsor, Tinker & Co has generously donated a download to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment over at PBSC Blog with the link to your work and your name will be added to the draw. The winner will be announced next Saturday on the PBSC Blog.

The image I used for this challenge is Hedgehog Joy and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Love Ya Bunches set. I just knew I had a “thanks a bunch” stamp that I wanted to use but I couldn’t remember which stamp set it was in… finally I found it! I used a distresser tool around all the Petal cardstock, which has a white center core. You can’t tell from the photo but I added light green Pebbles Chalk around the image and across the sentiment… it softens the white cardstock.

I’m looking forward to seeing the fabulous “thanks a bunch” cards… after visiting all the great blogs my Penny Black wish list has grown. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend creating ~ Jovi

Stamps: Hedgehog Joy (Penny Black), Love Ya Bunches (SU) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Petal (CTMH), Buttercup (CTMH), Paper Garden Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Celery Grosgrain (SU), Whisper White Eyelets (SU), Pebbles Chalk, Edge Distresser, Crystal Stickles, Prismacolor Pencil, Gamsol

Oh So Scary!

What a scary little kitty… must be those vicious teeth on the bag! The image is Brown Bag Monster from Penny Black and I colored it using Prismacolor Pencil blended with Gamsol. I also used my new Ticket Corner punch from Stampin Up… so I’m a little behind in buying the latest and greatest accessories that come available! Again the Halloween patterned paper is from Imaginisce, Hallowhimsy Collection.

Yippee I have Sarah Kay stamps coming my way… I just received my “has been shipped” notice from Sweet n Sassy Stamps and I had just placed my order yesterday am. I was originally planning on ordering though 7 Kids, when I finally narrowed down my list the stamps I wanted they were “out of stock”… and then I checked 7 Kids this afternoon and she had them “in stock”…ugh! Guess what? I just place an order through 7 Kids for more Sarah Kay stamps. Those two orders of Sarah Kay should hold me over for awhile.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Brown Bag Monster (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Black, Pansy Purple (CTMH), Hallowhimsy (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Eye of Newton Brads (Imaginisce), Ticket Corner Punch (SU), Black Organdy (CTMH), Purple Pansy Organdy (CTMH), Silver Cord (SU), Pebbles Chalk, Pop Dots, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

08 MSR BCA Ride

Yesterday, Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) sponsored its 8th annual Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Ride and once again it was a huge success with a great turnout. In 2007 MSR donated $10,000 to the Colorado Springs Affiliate of the Susan G. Koman Foundation, this year… I’ll keep you posted on the amount raised! The ride ended at Indigo Joes for a BBQ buffet, raffle drawings and bidding on auction items that were generous donated.

It was a wonderful day filled with a lot of laughs and smiles ~ Jovi
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Penny Black 17

This week’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is a sketch, (yippee)… Challenge 17 ~ Sketch #3. This week the PBSC team has another fabulous stamp to give away, generously donated by our sponsor Sir Stampalot. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment over at PBSC Blog with the link to your work and your name will be added to the draw. The winner will be announced next Saturday on the PBSC Blog.

Do you have designer paper in your collection that you hoard? The designer paper that I used for this card, Petal Patch, from Stampin Up is one that I try not to use very often. It just bothers me to use it because I only have a few sheets of it left and it hasn’t been available through Stampin Up for a few years. I had to convince myself that it coordinated so well with the dusty blue blossoms it had to be use for this card!

The hedgie image is Buzz in the Air and the round Thank You is from Close to My Hearts “T” Solo set. I added White Fun Flock to the center of the flower and then added another layer of flock to give the flower center a bit more dimension. (click on image for a larger view).

If you have a chance, come and join in the fun this week and I’ll be looking forward to seeing all the wonderful Penny Black creations. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend. ~ Jovi

Stamps: Buzz in the Air (Penny Black), “T” Solo (CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Bashful Blue (SU), Petal Patch Designer Paper (SU) ~ Other: Various Circle Punches (SU, EK Success, Marvy), Sizzlits Swirly Die, Dusty Blue Small Blossoms, White Fun Flock, Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), White Eyelets (CTMH)


I came across this blog (Stamp with Sarah Kay) that is dedicated to Sarah Kay stamps and every Wednesday a new sketch challenge is posted. Since I don’t have any Sarah Kay stamps I haven’t been able to “officially” play along with them.

After going through all the gorgeous cards made using Sarah Kay stamps… I have to get me some and I found that 7 Kids College Fund has a great selection. I’ve also heard wonderful things about 7 Kids and once I narrow down my list... yes, I have to budget myself because Bryan would freak if I ordered every Sarah Kay that I have picked out... I'll be ordering from 7 Kids.

For this card I borrowed one of the Stamp with Sarah Kay sketches, I used Challenge #12. The image is Pup-o-latern from Penny Black stamps. If you have a chance or you're looking for inspiration hop on over and check out the other challenges posted, you wouldn't be disappointed!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Pup-o-latern (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: Cream, Walnut (Bazzill), Hallowhimsy (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Prima Flowers, Word Window Punch (SU), Photo Corner Punch (SU), Scalloped Edge Punch (SU), Nestabilities Scallop & Oval Dies, Cream Brads, Brown Brads, Pebbles Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol