New Accessories

I have new accessories for my motorcycle. Riley and Austin gave me this butterfly engraved horn cover for Mother’s Day… it’s so pretty. They bought it from an eBay engraving store called Chrome Fusion. Besides horn covers you can also get matching derby covers, gas caps and they do engraving of gas tanks and fenders (chrome fusion)… I would love to have that done! They have wonderful customer service and kept Bryan updated on his order.

Look what the UPS guy brought me… my new Mustang seat. I wasn’t expecting it for another week or so. When I place my order I received an email that it was on back order and wouldn’t ship until four weeks. It feels so cushiony, I can hardly wait to try it out.

Later today I’m going to do an oil change and get my new accessories installed… I’ll make sure to take a picture of them on my motorcycle. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Back to the gym...

I’m working on my second week back to the gym… yippee! Unfortunately I lost some of my cardio conditioning during those three weeks off. Before I had my surgery I had to work my butt off to get my heart rate into the aerobic zone… last Monday when I started my heart rate was in the aerobic zone very quickly. Bryan suggested I start out easy (20 minutes) and work my way back into my routine. Then he laughed because he knew I wasn’t going to do only 20 minutes (he knows me so well). I did start out a little easy… only 50 minutes instead of the normal 80 minutes of working out. My muscles were a little sore the first few days but this week I feel great. Hopefully by next week I’ll be back up to 80 minutes. Since Riley and Austin are on summer vacation from school (their last day was Friday) they are able to swim while I worked out… everything is working out wonderfully.

Here’s a card to share that I made while I was recuperating… I just forgot that I made it! The Gruffies image is Lavender Bouquet and all the patterned paper and cardstock is from Close to My Hearts' Paper Garden Reflection Kit. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Lavender Bouquet (Gruffies) ~Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Petal (CTMH), Buttercup (CTMH), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Paper Garden Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Twill Tape (CTMH), Yellow Brads, Yellow Ribbon (Offray), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol


This year for our 20 year anniversary Bryan and I are going to do a 1,000+ mile ride through the mountains of Colorado. It will be a four day trip, about 250 miles a day… give or take, but I’ll post more about that ride in upcoming months. So why did I mention it?! I need to get more experience driving through the twist-ies in the mountains and going longer riding distances. This past Sunday we (me, Bryan, my sister and brother-in-law) took a trip into the mountains. I was really surprised that my brother in law brought my sister along… by time we made it to Canon City she was in tears. She got really scared going around some of the curves. I wasn’t sure if she was going to get back on her bike… about a half an hour later she felt that she was ready to leave.

That morning when we left Falcon it was a beautiful 73 degrees. We made our way west into the mountains which lead us to Woodland Park and then into Cripple Creek. We stopped in Cripple Creek for lunch and then when we drove into Canon City… it was 95 degrees there! I was dressed for cooler mountain weather, on the way home I had to take off my leather jacket because I was so darn hot. Now I’m looking into getting a lighter weight Joe Rocket jacket (more about that later).

I used this Ride Planner from the Harley Davidson site to map our trip. If you click on this link it will take you to my Shared Ride Plan, once there click on “View or Edit Ride Plan” you’ll then be able to see my ride along with the “Ariel” (click on) view. It’s really cool that you can zoom in and see the road with some of the twist-ies. From Colorado Springs it’s 139 miles, from our house in Falcon it was a total of 170 miles.

Here are a few pictures from Sunday. The first two are taken from CO-67: looking down into Cripple Creek, check out the mountains in the distance. The last photo is a group of sport bike riders that were driving through Cripple Creek when we stopped for lunch. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi


Today I was able to participate in the Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast (SC176) and this is the card I made. I’ve had this Inky Antics stamp Milo sitting out on my table for months… I didn’t want to put it away until I made a card with him, he’s just too cute.

Thanks of visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Milo (Inky Antics), Hang Out (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Twilight (CTMH), Buttercup (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Good Times Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Twilight Grosgrain (CTMH), Brown Square Matte Brads (Bazzill), Tiny Mosaic Cuttlebug Folder, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Garden of the Gods

Today I was on a mission to find some of the newer Cuttlebug embossing folders… no luck. Looks like I’ll have to order them online. Since it was such a gorgeous day (upper 70’s) I decided to ride my motorcycle to run errands and shop. Shopping didn’t take as long as I expected and I had a couple free hours before Riley and Austin came home from school… so I rode! I made my way to the west side of Colorado Springs and stopped over at Garden of the Gods, these are the pictures from this afternoon. I’m glad I decided to ride today because a cold front moved in this evening and tomorrow it’s only going to be in the 40’s!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Old Colorado City and a Mustang

Yesterday my sister called to ask if I wanted to go riding for a bit, she felt that she was ready to get out of the neighborhood and go riding in traffic. Of course I said yes! We took a short ride to Old Colorado City and had lunch. When it was time to park she had a little difficulty. For some reason she always parks her bike in Neutral, I mentioned that she should park in First gear to keep her bike from rolling back. If she rolled any further back she would have scratched her pipes on the curb. I remember how patience Bryan was with me when I was learning and I try to be that way with my sister as well, I don’t want to discourage her.

Once we finished lunch we walked around a bit and I snapped a couple of pictures (click on photos for larger view). My allergies started acting up from all the blossoming trees. Riley and Austin always enjoy eating at Meadow Muffins, so I made sure to snap a photo for them. Whenever we go to Meadow Muffins I point out the “Lofts for Sale” sign to Bryan and mention that we should move, I think it would be great to live in a loft downtown or in Old Colorado City… he just laughs!

Today I bought a new seat for my motorcycle and hopefully it should be delivered this week. A while back I was so sore after a 200 mile ride with Bryan… I knew I needed a new seat (I currently ride with a HD Badlander). I wanted to make sure I made the right choice and I’m pretty confident that I’m going to be extremely happy with my new seat. After talking with ladies from MSR, reading threads on the Harley Forum, and sitting on different seats I decided to go with a Mustang seat. I’ve heard wonderful things about Mustang seats and I’m looking forward to going on a long ride with it. I’ll keep you posted!

Thanks for reading and I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow ~ Jovi

Clear / Acrylic Stamps

I wasn’t really a big fan of clear/acrylic stamp and when Close to My Heart switched a few years ago from rubber to clear I was so disappointed. After not purchasing any CTMH stamps for many many months I reluctantly started purchasing CTMH stamps again… I still wasn’t all that excited about them but since I had a monthly club commitment I decided to give them a try. Once I figured out the proper way to use the CTMH clear with the spongy thing I found myself liking the clear stamps.

When Penny Black came out with the new Transparent Stamps I was so thrilled I had to have them because Penny Black Hedgehogs and Kitties have always been my favorite images… I bet you all thought it was House Mouse! I’ve had my new Transparent stamps for a few weeks now and I’m so mad at myself for not trying them as soon as they arrived. The ink (Noir Palette) cleans off them beautifully and the images are perfectly crisp on the cardstock. I don’t particularly care for the packaging that the Transparent come in… I took care of that. I ordered some 6.5 x 6.5 stamp storage sleeves from CTMH to store them in. The images in the Penny Black Transparent sets are much smaller than the original wood mounted images, but you can’t beat the price of the Transparent Sets.

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Bon Voyage (Penny Black Bubbly Transparent Set), Celebrate (Happy Birthday Set CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Black (CTMH), Blush (CTMH), Heavenly Blue (CTMH) ~ Other: Black Ribbon (Dashes. Dots & Checks), Diamond Stickles, Big Shot / Big Impressions Weave 2, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Inspiration & Post Surgery Appointment

I try weekly to peek into some of my favorite fellow stampers galleries over at Splitcoast and The Shack. One day while I was going through Patty’s (imastamper SCS) gallery to see her latest and greatest Penny Black & House Mouse cards, I came across this Gruffies card (This Bear Likes Tea) that she made using SU’s River Rock along with Black and White cardstock. I really liked her simple colors and the layout. I knew that Close to My Heart had a Reflections Kit (Silhouette) that contained similar colors: Bamboo, Black and White. That same day I placed an order with CTMH to purchase Silhouette just so I can make a card like Patty’s!

Here is my version of Patty’s card. I tried to make the same card, I made a few turns here and there! I didn’t use the same Gruffies image as Patty, I used the Gruffies image Finding Friendship. I added a chipboard corner covered with designer paper from the Silhouette pack along with Prima Flowers and a Black Button Brad. Thanks to Patty for the inspiration!

Yesterday I had my appointment with my surgeon and everything looks great. I can’t return to the gym or lift anything over 10 pounds for another two weeks… ugh! That means I better be mindful of what I’m eating so I don’t pack the weight back on. I can leisurely walk Jake and ride my motorcycle… whoo hooo! As soon as I made it home I geared up and went for a ride, it was beautiful! I did learn that I’m allergic to the “surgical super glue” that was used along with my sutures. Having that glue on me was horrible, I had rash and hives until it wore off (which I helped along). I had to take daily doses of Benadryl just to keep from scratching. I also learned that I popped one of my sutures in one of my incisions… even though it was healing great, that incision will probably have a larger scar than the others… darn… there goes my swimsuit modeling (LOL). I’m feeling great!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Finding Friendship (Gruffies), Hello Friend (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Bamboo (CTMH), Black (CTMH), Silhouette Paper Pack (CTMH) ~ Other: Chipboard Corner (TAC), Black Ribbon (Dashes, Dots & Checks), Prima Flowers, Black Button Brad (Making Memories), Paper Piercer, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

I went riding today!

I actually didn’t get to ride my bike. I rode with Bryan on the back of his. Bryan didn’t think it was such a great idea for me to ride my own until I have my follow up appointment with my surgeon… which is tomorrow. I keep telling everyone that I’ll be riding tomorrow afternoon (wink), hopefully my doc will agree with me!

My sister and brother-in-law came along with us and since I wasn’t riding my bike, my sister decided to ride on the back of her husband’s bike as well. Here are a few pictures from today (click photos for larger view). The first picture is when we made a stop at Starbucks for a drink in Castle Rock. Second photo is a shot I took from the back of Bryan’s bike. The third is the mountains looking northwest (towards Denver) you can see what a cloudy day it was. The last photo is my sister and her husband!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi