Everything is Eggcellant

Yesterday it was a beautiful First Day of Spring here I Colorado… I took advantage of the great weather and went for a ride on my motorcycle. Didn’t really go far, just a quick trip downtown and then made my way home. Sorry no pictures to share… maybe next time.

Today I stayed home and took it easy… no cleaning house or no workouts. Why? My quadriceps are really sore and it’s very comical watching me walk down the steps. The last couple times I went the gym I decided to add to my workout using the Eliptical… once I got the hang of the movement I really liked it, I never thought I was that coordinated to use one (wink). I’ve been sore since yesterday but I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready to get back on the Eliptical for tomorrow’s am workout.

Here is an Easter cards that I made, this one is for my parents. My mom really enjoys the House Mouse cards I send them… I’m sure she will enjoy this Happy Hoppers card as well. This Happy Hopper image is Eggcellant and I’ve had it for quite a while, I’ve just been patiently waiting for Easter to come. I recently purchased Hollyhock cardstock (CTMH) and I was pleasantly surprised to see how wonderful it coordinated with Blush cardstock (CTMH). I will definitely pair those two colors together again. For this card each egg was outlined using Stardust Gelly Pen… it gives it that wonderful shimmer when the card is tilted. Thanks for reading ~

Stamps: Eggcellant (Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Blush (CTMH), Hollyhock (CTMH), Pocket Full of Posies (DCWV) ~ Other: Pink Offray Ribbon, White Photo Hanger (CTMH), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

One More to Share

Today I went to the doctor, I’ve been having a little discomfort under my rib cage for the past three months, nothing really painful… just enough to know that something isn’t right. The doctor suspects that it’s my gall bladder and he scheduled me for an abdominal sonogram to have my gall bladder, pancreas, liver, both kidney’s and spleen checked before he runs other tests. The crazy thing is I think I had my gall bladder removed about 16 years ago when I had my appendix removed… I’ll have to call my mom and ask her because moms remember everything about their children. Maybe they removed something else instead of my gall bladder LOL. My grandma, mom and sister all had gall bladder problems and had theirs removed. The doc was a little disappointment that he couldn’t check my records, they started keeping the latest appointments/information on computer and today my paper records were MIA (ugh), I’m sure they’ll turn up!

Enough about my gall bladder (wink)… I made another Helping Hand card using the same layout as the first. I really like the Helping Hand card that I posted yesterday… this one is okay, but it’s not my favorite. For this card I inked up Dots & Daisies background stamp with CTMH’s White Daisy Ink, it’s very similar to SU’s Craft but a much more vibrant white. The White Daisy takes awhile to dry and I’m extremely impatience… so I dumped White Diamond Embossing Powder over it! Thanks for reading

Stamps: Helping Hand (House Mouse), Dots & Daisies (SU) ~ Ink: Noir Palette, White Daisy (CTMH) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Lovely Lilac (SU), Heavenly Blue (CTMH), Pocket Full of Posies (DCWV) ~ Other: White Diamond Embossing Powder, Pansy Purple Organdy Ribbon (CTMH), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Scalloped Cutter, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Helping Hand

I went to My Live Signature and made a signature to add to my blog posts. I’m able to add it with no problem, but do you notice the little box around it? I’m not sure how to get rid of that. I’ve seen a lot of other people using them on their blogs and they don’t have the box. A friend suggested that it might be the template I’m using… bummer because I don’t want to change my template just to use my signature, so chances are I’ll be adding my signature with a box around it or I may just quit using the signature!

Moving onto stamping stuff… This is the newest House Mouse image, Helping Hand and it is April’s Design of the Month. I had a little problem getting a useable stamped image, you can still see where it’s a little darker (on the flower petal tip and end of the stem)… I think I may have been pushing too hard in those areas. Once I was able to get a few usable images I loved coloring it. Since I’m a little behind on my Mouse A Round (MAR) swap I made a few extra of these cards to send to the MAR ladies.

For this card I used designer paper from the Pocket Full of Posies (DCWV) pack… this pattern is one of my favorites from the collection and I absolutely love all the glittery paper that comes in the pack. I also used Barley Banana and Bashful Blue cardstock from Stampin Up. The image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol and I outlined the hummingbirds’ wings and a bit of the flower using Stardust Gelly Pen (click for larger view).

Stamps: Helping Hand (House Mouse) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Barely Banana (SU), Bashful Blue (SU), Pocket Full of Posies (DCWV) ~ Other: Paper Piercer, Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Blue Ribbon (Offray), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Another Huggin' Bunny

Another Huggin’ Bunny card to share and for this one I colored the bunny brown. I think he looks great either brown or grey… (click here to see the grey bunny) I have some critters that I tend to use the same color each time (I’m picky that way)!

I used Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol to color the image. I also used Close to My Heart cardstock and when I used the Cuttlebug Bloom Dots folder some of the white core showed through. I then went over the embossed area with a sanding block to allow more of the white core to show. I added Diamond Stickles to the bunny’s nose and carrot. Oh and Huggin’ Bunny image is from Inky Antics. Thanks for reading ~

Stamps: Huggin Bunny (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White, Gold Rush (CTMH), Caprice Designer Paper Pack (CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Cuttlebug Bloom Dots Folder, Autumn Terracotta Spiral Clips, Sandpaper, Dotted Brown Ribbon (Offray), Diamond Stickles, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol.

Spring Time

Today it felt like Spring. It was such a beautiful day here in Colorado Springs, although I didn’t get any riding in… I grocery shopped instead, for some reason my family insists on eating and me cooking for them (wink). Here’s a card I made to hurry Spring along! The image Mouse & Daisy is from Great Impressions. All the cardstock and patterned paper is from Close to My Heart’s (CTMH) Paper Garden pack. I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol and I also used CTMH Markers for the smaller detailed flowers. Thanks for reading – Jovi

Stamps: Mouse & Daisy (Great Impressions) ~ Paper: White, Buttercup (CTMH), Petal (CTMH), Paper Garden Designer Paper (CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Other: Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Various Markers (CTMH), Pearls (Hero Arts), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Motorcycle Maintenance 101

Saturday I rode to the Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) Chapter meeting and when I left home it was about 32 degrees out. I knew it was going to be a cold morning so the day before I went and bought some winter riding gloves that have a Thinsulate lining. My fingertips did get chilly but not as bad as if I would have wore my regular riding gloves.

After our chapter meeting, MSR had a scheduled Motorcycle Maintenance 101 meeting that was open to anyone who wanted to work on their motorcycles (see photos below and click for larger view). Stations were set up for members to change their oil, change spark plugs and how to load your bike onto a trail… by yourself. One of our members Karla was kind enough to host the group at her house. I didn’t do any maintenance on my bike, it wasn’t long ago that I had my 5000 mile service done.

Before the Maintenance meeting a group of us rode over to Subway to pick up lunch. When we left the parking lot my bike stalled. I kept trying to start it and I could figure out what the heck was wrong with it. Then Jack (a MSR Support Member) pulled up along the side of me and asked if I had my fuel on... it was off! I was certain I had turned the fuel on when we left… because I had turned the knob. Well, when I turned the knob I actually turned the fuel off! I felt like such a goof ball and I had to laugh at myself. Thanks for reading - Jovi

Beary Full of Truffles

It took awhile to make this card! I couldn’t decide what color I wanted my bear, on the stamp image the bear is Grey. Once I decide he’ll be Brown... I wasn’t sure on what shade of Brown… Dark Brown, Chocolate, Burnt Ochre, Dark Umber, Sandbar Brown, Sienna Brown… So many to pick from, finally I went with Light Umber and Beige. On my next bear I’m going to go with a lighter shade of Grey for his claws and pads. Then, after rethinking my paper choice twice I finally finished my first Gruffies card.

The Gruffies image is Beary Full of Truffles. I used sandpaper to sand off some of the Chocolate color on the base cardstock, which has a white core and is from Close to My Heart (CTMH). The patterned paper is from Life Delights paper pack, also from CTMH. I not all that thrilled with the white eyelets I used. They’re from Stampin Up and whenever I use them with my Crop a Dile the painted color seems to chip off. I have a bunch of SU eyelets and I would hate to get rid of them. What can I do to keep the paint from chipping off? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks for reading – Jovi

Stamps: Beary Full of Truffles (Gruffies/Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Bashful Blue (SU), Chocolate (CTMH), Life Delights Paper Pack (CTMH) ~ Other: White Eyelets (SU), Blue Ribbon (Offray), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

I'm lovin Papertrey Ink!

I have a Gruffies card almost ready to share. I don’t have it assembled yet, I’m rethinking my paper choice. The more I look at it I’m not that happy with the big pink flowers. Hopefully this evening I’ll get it finished.

For now I’ll share this card I made for one of my stamping friends, Lisa. Since Lisa received the card, its okay for me to post it now… I didn’t want her to see it before it arrived. Last month Lisa sent me a few House Mouse images that were stamped on Papertrey Ink’s (PT) white cardstock. I’ve only heard wonderful things about PT’s cardstock, but I have never purchased any. As soon as I colored this image I knew I had to have some and I was hooked! I placed my order with Papertrey Ink last Friday and my order arrived Monday… that is quick shipping! I’m totally impressed with their Stamper’s Select White Cardstock and now I’m going to have to order their Perfect Match Cardstock! Thanks Lisa for helping me see the cardstock light! My husband also thanks you for encouraging me to spend more money… LOL!

For Lisa’s card I used one of the images that she sent me, Ready to Burst Balloon. Which I have found out that this image is no longer available... too bad since it’s really cute. The designer paper is from CTMH’s Paper Garden pack and the image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol.

Don’t be surprised if you see a new look on my blog. I’m getting a little bored with my colors and layout… I’ve been thinking about changing it AGAIN! Sometimes change is a good thing. Jovi
Stamps: Ready to Burst Balloon (House Mouse) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Blush (CTMH), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Paper Garden designer (CTMH) ~ Other: Pink Eyelet (SU), Cream Grosgrain (SU), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Matchbox Twenty Tonight

Yup tonight I’ll be at Matchbox Twenty’s concert here in Colorado Springs… yippee for me. I’ve been a huge fan of MB2O for a really long time and Rob Thomas isn’t all that bad to look at either. We made sure to get tickets the day they went on sale. I’m so excited. Here are a few of my favorite Matchbox Twenty songs/videos. Enjoy!

Crazy Weather & Gruffies

Saturday we had record highs in the 70’s, yesterday (Sunday) it was in the 20’s and we got snow. This morning Riley and Austin have a two hour school delay and then I have to rush over to Peterson AFB for my brother in laws retirement ceremony. Hopefully sometime this afternoon (after my workout and between laundry) I’ll have a chance to make a card using my new Gruffies that arrived Saturday from HM Stamps… ugh those little bears are just waiting to be inked!

It hurts to sit.

Ugh… my tailbone is so sore it hurts to sit down. Bryan and I rode 205 miles today! That is the farthest I’ve rode on my motorcycle and it was wonderful. Although I’m thinking if I go any further I need a new seat! It’s always something I need for my bike (wink). Bryan has this awesome Sundowner seat and I’ve been thinking of getting one for my bike. The only thing I have to worry about it is my seat adding width/height. If it adds too much width/height I wouldn’t be able to flat foot at stops. I’ll have to do more research before I go out and buy one.

The temperatures reached into the 70s today, 78 in Ordway… awesome riding weather. For our ride we headed East on Hwy 94, through Yoder and Rush. We then headed South on CO 71 to Ordway, then Hwy 50 into Pueblo, onto I-25 to Fountain and then we took the back roads home. I included a picture of Bryan and his bike that I took today. It was wonderful to have my riding partner back again!

Last Sunday I met up with a few MSR riding buddies and we headed north to Denver for lunch. When I left home that morning it was a bit chilly, about 32. It warmed up fairly quickly and was a beautiful ride (going that is). We took Hwy 83 from Colorado Springs to Franktown, Parker and then to Cheery Creek to Whole Foods. On our way home we decided to take I-25. By then a front came in and the wind gusts had picked up. It was a horrible ride home and later that night my shoulders and upper back was sore from fighting the wind. In spite of the wind, it was wonderful day and I rode 135 miles.

Thanks for reading - Jovi