Penny Black 3

Today's Penny Black Saturday Challenge is a color challenge…Challenge 3 - Pink, Brown and Green. For this card I used the image Hedgehog Visit. I paper pieced the flower pots with designer paper from Close to My Hearts More to Adore Reflection Kit. I then added Glossy Accents to the ladybugs and Gemstones to all the flower centers.

This is my first challenge as a design team member… I’m so honored that little ole me was asked to join. I’ve been a huge fan of Penny Black images since I began stamping many years ago. I was completely ecstatic a few weeks ago when I heard about the challenge blog that Tracy and Tracie started… and now I get to share my creations with the challenge participants.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the amazing cards/projects that everyone who participates creates. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Hedgehog Visit (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Chocolate (CTMH), Blush (CTMH), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), More to Adore Reflection Kit (CTMH), Boom-di-ada Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Just Blooms (Big Pinks CTMH), Pink Ribbon (Dashes, Dots & Checks), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Gemstones (Hero Arts), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Pebbles Chalk, Princess Brads (TAC), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Tejon Street Bike Fest

After leaving Wilkerson Pass we rode back down Hwy 24 into Colorado Springs. We decide to have lunch downtown at East Coast Delicatessen… it was so yummy!

While there the Tejon Street Bike Fest was in full swing and we met up with a handful of MSR members. Downtown Colorado Springs was taken over by bikers… it was quite a site and pretty cool. There was live music, a bike show, motorcycle rodeo and vendors. It was great to walk around a see all the unique bikes… the pretty pink bike is my favorite. Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Michelle & Flowers

I’ve been accumulating a collection of Prima’s, Big Bloom and others… as of lately I’ve been trying to add more flowers to my creations. Why? I’ve been inspired by one of my favorite stampers, Michelle (SCS MilwaukeeMommy). I get so many ideas from her, her coloring, layouts and designer paper choices are WOW! I study every element she adds, I can’t say enough about how talented she is. Michelle is such an inspiration and her cards are gorgeous. If you have a chance please take a peek into Michelle’s SCS Gallery… I promise you wouldn’t be disappointed. Maybe we can encourage her to start a blog!

For this card I used the image Turtle Girl from Inky Antics. I added Diamond Stickles to her headband and flower pendant. She was colored using Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Turtle Girl (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Fawn (Bazzill), Stonewash (Bazzill), Sprout (Bazzill), Pear Ginger Sorbet (Cloud 9) ~ Other: Bluebird Grosgrain (SU), Paper Flowers (Primas), Blue Brads (Making Memories), Fiskars Scalloped Blade, Diamond Stickles, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Collegiate Peaks / Wilkerson Pass

Sunday I met a couple MSR members for a quick trip up Hwy 24 to Wilkerson Pass. I was a little saddened to see that only three of us showed for the ride… I thought for sure more would come along since it was a beautiful day to escape to the mountains. Even though it was only the three of us we had an enjoyable ride.

From Wilkerson Pass you can look west and see a spectacular mountain range which contains some of the Collegiate Peaks. The Collegiate Peaks are some of the highest mountains in the Rockies. My roundtrip mileage was 135 miles. These are some of the pictures I took from Wilkerson Pass.

Penny Black 2

Challenge 2 - Friendship
I think its fair to say we have all made some wonderful friends through blogging so
this week we would like you to create something you would give to a friend.
It's that easy !

I have so many great Penny Black friendship theme stamps that it was hard to pick one. Good News is one of my favorites and that is the image I used for this card.

These Penny Black Saturday Challenges have enabled me to purchase more Penny Black stamps from HM Stamps. With this order I picked out stamps from the older 2000 catalog… I had to have them just in case they retire sometime soon and I figured the newer stamps will be around for awhile yet… I’ll have plenty of time to purchase those.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Good News (Penny Black), Friends Forever (Hero Arts) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette)~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Garden Green (CTMH), Hollyhock (CTMH), Twilight (CTMH), Best Friends Forever Reflections Kit (Designer Paper -CTMH) ~ Other: Scalloped Blade (Fiskars), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Prima Flowers, Green Brads, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Death of a Friend

I received a call early Sunday morning that Diane, a riding friend and MSR member passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening. She was only 45. It was hard for me to believe what I was hearing, I had just talked to Diane the week before. Diane was a lovely lady who was kindhearted and enjoyed life. She will be missed by many.

Today was Diane’s Memorial Service and a group of Mountain Shadow Riders rode their motorcycle to her service. During her service the priest mentioned that Diane is probably zipping around the Harley Highway in Heaven. Her family is taking her back to Kansas for burial which will be Thursday. May God comfort her family in their time of loss.

Rest in peace my friend.

It's all about the ride...

Today we took a ride heading west to Woodland Park (Hwy 24) and then onto Deckers (CO-67). We really didn’t have any plans on which route to take back home… we came home the long way and it was wonderful! We rode through Pike National Forest and went over Kenosha Pass (CO-285), the scenery was absolutely gorgeous and I’m grateful that we have such beauty in our backyard. I wish I could have taken more pictures along the way, by time I found a safe place to pull over something was blocking my view of the snow top mountains. We then turned onto (CO-9) and I think every bug in the area flew into my windshield and new helmet! We then headed to Wilkerson Pass (Hwy 24), which I’ll ride again tomorrow with some of the ladies from Mountain Shadow Riders. We made it home with 230 miles added on our bikes.

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 can see the “Aerial” view of our route today.
Here are some pictures that Bryan and I took. I noticed that my pictures have floaters on them, I’ll have to take my camera in for cleaning. Lately I’ve been disappointed with my camera, Bryan’s camera (Canon PowerShot SD750) takes awesome pictures and his camera was $800 less than mine (Canon Rebel XTi)… what’s up with that?! Okay I’ll quit complaining… I have to go wash my bike and get it ready for tomorrow’s ride! Thanks for visiting.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

If you love Penny Black stamps/images you have to check out this new blog, Penny Black Saturday Challenge that Tracy (ella bella) & Tracie (Pink Angel) created. Each Saturday they will post a new challenge and the only thing they ask is that you use at least one Penny Black image on your creation.

Last Saturday they posted their first challenge… and here it is already Thursday and I’m barley getting my card posted. Challenge 1 – First Penny Black Stamp! I had a terrible time trying to remember which stamp I bought first… Butterfly Kitty or Hedgehog Joy. Chance are I bought them both at the same time, because I could never buy just one Penny Black stamp! For this card I used the image Hedgehog Joy. Hopefully I’ll be able to participate in more of the challenges posted. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamp: Hedgehog Joy (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Barn Red (CTMH), Hollyhock (CTMH), Boom-di-ada Reflections Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Yellow Brads (Making Memories), Bright Pink Brad (Making Memories), Spring Moss Grosgrain (SU), Crystal Stickers (Ranger), Corner Punch, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Turtles Flowers

I’m happy to report that I’ve been a very busy little stamper. Once again I had the wonderful opportunity to create cards for Inky Antics. I’ll share those cards in upcoming posts. Until then, I’ll share this card using Inky Antics image Turtles Flowers.

I made this card last week and I’ve been waiting to post it until the recipient received it… I didn’t want to spoil it for her just in case she happened to visit my blog.

Stamps: Turtles Flowers (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: Paper: White (Papertrey), Buttercup (CTMH), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Good Times Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Just Blooms (CTMH), Spring Harmony Sassy Stands (CTMH), Key Lime Button (CTMH), Bon Bon Sugar Coated Brads (Doodlebug), Spots & Dots Cuttlebug Folder, Crystal Glitter (Stampendous), Frosted Lace Stickles, Markers (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

MSR Second Open House

Mountain Shadow Riders recently had our second Open House / Membership Drive at Rocky Mountain Cycle. We sold a bunch of Hot Dogs and Burgers, raised over $400 that will go towards funding MSR’s 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride.

Here are a few pictures to share from the Rocky Mountain Cycle Open House. We had a wonderful time.

Little Nibbler

This is the last House Mouse card that I made for the Mouse A Round (MAR) swap that I participated in. I’m a bit thankful that the MAR swap has ended because I did get a little behind on making House Mouse cards… it was an 18 week swap!

The image I used is Little Nibbler and it is the House Mouse Design of the Month for June. It also has a coordinating sentiment stamp that reads “Don’t Ask! It’s been one of those days”. My HM Design of the Month for July arrived today… yippee! Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Little Nibbler (House Mouse) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Desert Sand (CTMH), Barn Red (CTMH), New England Ivy (CTMH), It’s a Guy Thing Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Spots & Dots (Cuttlebug Embossing), Mustard Grosgrain (SU), Sanding Block, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Bishop's Castle Ride Plan

In my previous post I tried to insert a Google map of our Bishop’s Castle ride plan… it didn’t work! I went back to the Harley Davidson site and used their Ride Planner to map it.

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 can see the “Aerial” view of the road we took to Bishop’s Castle.

Photos from our ride... CLICK HERE ;)

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Bishop's Castle

Sunday we took a ride to Bishop’s Castle which is surrounded by San Isabel National Forest. In 1969 Jim Bishop began building his castle in the woods. He has single-handedly gathered and set over 1000 tons of rock that is used for the castle. Bishop’s Castle is a very popular place to visit and the ride though San Isabel National Forest is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately I didn’t get many pictures of the scenery that we enjoyed while in route… maybe next time. These are a few of the castle and one that Bryan took of me… I came out a little blurry!

Our ride was just a little over 200 miles. While on CO-96 (before turning onto CO-165) I became a little concerned when I saw a road sign that read “Motorcyclist Use Extreme Caution”. I did great… because I went the recommend speed of 25 mph around those curves! It was a great ride and we’re looking forwarded to doing it again. (Ride Plan).

I did get my Mustang seat and horn cover installed and I LOVE them. I can’t believe how comfortable the seat is and I’m so thankful that I made the right choice in buying a Mustang seat. It really changed the look of my Lowrider (I’ll get a photo posted soon). Since it is wider and thicker than my previous seat I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to touch the ground. Once I put my riding boots I had no problem flat footing.

Hopefully I’ll have a couple of cards to share soon even though I haven’t done much stamping. It’s just that time of year that I rather be outside enjoying the weather instead of stuck in the basement! Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi