I’ve been horrible about sending RAK’s to ladies of the Yahoo group that I belong to, hopefully one of the ladies will enjoy this card. I’ve been having so much fun using my Penny Black stamps that I’ve kind of put my House Mouse, Happy Hoppers and Gruffies to the side… gasp!

For this card I used the Gruffies image Bear-ied in Paperwork and Sitting & Thinking from Inky Antics. In the photo the ribbon looks very dark, it’s really not… it is Cocoa from CTMH. The image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Bear-ied In Paperwork (Stampabilities – Gruffies), Sitting & Thinking (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette), Burnt Umber (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Desert Sand, Barn Red, New England Ivy (all from CTMH), It’s a Guy Thing Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Larger Copper Brads (CTMH), Copper Photo Hanger (CTMH), Cocoa Grosgrain (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Hawgs for Hounds

Yesterday we participate in the annual Hawgs for Hounds Poker Run, which is sponsored by the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS). The TCRAS is a no-kill shelter that cares for and finds suitable homes for pets. At each stop we were welcomed by furry friends that were available for adoption through the shelter.

At our last stop in Crystola we enjoyed a live band and a BBQ buffet and waited out the rain to pass. Our group was some of the first riders in and had only a few sprinkles along the way, unlike some of the other riders behind us… they rode through downpours.

We didn’t get as lucky when we left, half way down Ute Pass we ran into heavy rain. I had to pull over because my glasses had fogged up I couldn’t see a thing… once I fixed that problem and got going again I could feel the water swish between my toes when I shifted… yup my boots were filled with water! Almost out of the rain and all the traffic came to a stop because four deer weren’t sure which direction they wanted to run. It was a crazy ride back home.. but it was worth it. It was a wonderful day, a great ride and we supported the TCRAS! From door to door our ride was about 105 miles.

Starting Point: Mill Hill Saloon, Colorado Springs.
Bryan, Riley, my sister and brother in law are going over our route.

Second Stop: Historic Ute Inn, Woodland Park.
Ugh… I didn’t get a picture of the Inn, just the parking lot!

Third Stop: Sally’s Tavern, Victor.

Fourth Stop: Thunderbird Inn, Florissant.

Last Stop: Crystola Bar & Grill, Crystola.

This picture was taken as we were getting ready to leave.
I should have taken the time to put on my rain gear…

I didn’t realize that my Nikon Coolpix camera has a setting that I can turn the digital zoom off… some of the pictures I took yesterday came out a little blurry. I have since turned off the digital zoom… and I’m going to be lazy with this little compact and just set everything to Auto! Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Penny Black 7

Saturday again… that could only mean it’s time for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. This week’s challenge is “Down on the Farm”. Create a card, ATC (artist trading card) or an altered art item using at least one Penny Black image of something you would find on a farm.

The image I used this week is Skip & Romp. Although we wouldn’t be finding a cow playing carefree in a pasture with chickens… the image was too cute not to use (wink)! All the paper and cardstock is from Close to My Heart Route 66 Reflection Kit… Cranberry is easily becoming one of my preferred CTMH colors.

Thanks to everyone who has been participating in the weekly PBS Challenges, your cards have been fabulous and I have enjoyed visiting all the incredible blogs. Have a great weekend ~ Jovi

Stamps: Skip & Romp (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Colorbox Black Pigment Ink ~ Paper: Watercolor, Cranberry (CTMH), Sunflower (CTMH), Route 66 Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), Tombow Markers, CTMH Markers, Sunflower Organdy Ribbon (CTMH), White Matte Brads (Bazzill), Yellow Stickles, Crystal Stickles, Corner Punches (SU)… sorry can’t remember the name of each punch.

Wrong turn...

In the past few weeks Bryan and I have both rode through Deckers (CO67 & CO126) and once we reach US285 we always turn to go towards Bailey. Since neither one of us has gone the opposite direction... we went right and headed towards Conifer. We followed 285 to Morrison and stopped at Red Rocks Park for a picnic lunch. It was HOT there… it must have been in the upper 90’s or at least 100 degrees… it was miserable and I absolutely hate the heat, I get cranky and short tempered… Bryan noticed!

After leaving Red Rocks we had planned to head towards CO470 and make our way home through Castle Rock. We made a wrong turn… which turned out to be one of the best routes of our ride! Our wrong turn lead us onto Bear Creek Rd (CO74), a scenic route and a very twisty road with some blind corners. The scenery was gorgeous. We passed through a couple small towns, Kittredge and Evergreen, which had an overflow of parked motorcycles along the main street. After leaving Evergreen we made our way back to 285 (near Conifer), we basically went in a big loop! We rode about 223 miles, total.

Again I didn’t get many photos because it was hard to find a place to pull over, especially on the twisty roads. I did happen to get a couple of picture while we were at Red Rocks Park. I’m going to make it a point for our next ride to take more pictures.

One more thing… Since I started riding Bryan has been telling me that I should tuck my shirt in while I ride… something about the wind catching it. I would usually respond by saying “yah… whatever”. I never tuck because I don’t like having my muffin top more visible with a tucked shirt (wink)! Well, yesterday on our way home the wind caught my shirt and whoosh… up it went… giving oncoming traffic a view of my brassiere! I started laughing so hard I could feel my face turning red from embarrassment. I was struggling to get my shirt back down so I could at least tuck the front of it into my pants… doing all this while watching the rode and tearing up from laughing. When I pulled up along the side of Bryan at the traffic light I was laughing and had to tell him what happened. Gee… I guess I should listen to Bryan’s advice more often (wink)!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Penny Black 6

This week’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is "Snow Much Fun" a card featuring snow in some way!

It was kind of weird for me to make a wintery card, especially when it was so warm here in Colorado Springs and I was in stamping with the air conditioner on. I have so many wonderful winter theme Penny Black stamps, it was hard for me to decide which once I wanted to use for this challenge. Once I laid them out it was easy to decide… snowman!

For this card I used the image Skiing Snowman. I stamped the image onto Watercolor Paper using Colorbox Black Pigment Ink and then I use Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder… and it’s really sparkly. I added a Gemstone onto each of the scallops…I was able to use my new Nestabilities. I finished the card using a snowflake charm tied with silver cord.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Skiing Snowman (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Colorbox Black Pigment Ink ~ Paper: Watercolor, Amethyst (CTMH), Crystal Blue (CTMH), Winter Background & Texture Paper (CTMH) ~ Other: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), Wisteria Brads (Bazzill), Swiss Dot Blue (Offray), Gemstones (Mark Richards), Snowflake Charm (Making Memories), Silver Cord (SU), Pop Dots, Tombow Markers, Tombow Blending Pen, CTMH Markers

I can blend...

This is my first attempt at using Tombow and Close to My Heart Markers along with a Tombow Colorless Blender to color in an image. I think I like this new (new for me) way of coloring. I’ve had these Colorless Blenders for over a year and have never attempted to try to use them… I actually forgot that I had them until I was going through my marker container. The Colorless Blender came with each set of Tombow Makers I purchased.

I’ve been admiring Jennifer’s (Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper & Ink) and Michelle’s (Mommy Time) coloring techniques for awhile now. Jennifer uses water to blend her Tombows and Michelle uses a blender pen with her markers. I have tried using a waterbrush and I couldn’t get it to work that great… I made a huge mess!

I’m keeping this post short. Riley got her braces put on today and I have to help her with her first flossing… I have a feeling it’s going to take a while! Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Stamps: Springy Mousey (Great Impressions) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Amethyst (CTMH), Baby Pink (CTMH), Amethyst Background and Texture Paper (CTMH) ~ Other: VersaMark, Black Embossing Powder, Light Pink Grosgrain (SU), Pearls (Mark Richards), Tombow Markers, CTMH Markers, Tombow Blender Pen, White Gel Pen (Sakura), Crystal Stickles

I Have Nestabilities!

I finally purchased my first set of Nestabilities. I was at Simple Pleasures (my local rubber stamp store) this week browsing at some of their new products when I happen to notice a set of Oval Nestabilities… it was the last set they had in stock. Simple Pleasures only sells the complete sets and they weren’t expecting more in for another 30 days. I’ve seen so many beautiful cards made with the scallops that I couldn’t resist.

Once I brought them home I had no idea had to use them. I did a quick search at Splitcoast for tutorials on how to sandwich using Nestabilities and my Big Shot and found a wonderful video tutorial. After playing around and making a few cuts I had to find a way to store them, I couldn’t leave them in the big bulky four pack they came in. I happened to have small magnetic sheets, a few empty jewel cases and a label marker. I now store my Nesties with my Cuttlebug Folders, once my collection of Nestabilites grow I’ll have a separate container for just those.

I came across some of these other storage ideas… take a look:
Just Give Me Stamps ~ storage on cabinet doors
Butingting and Everything ~ Binder Organizer
Nancy (directmailscrapper) ~ According Book

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

444 Miles

444 miles is what I rode Saturday for the 5 in 1 (the most miles I've rode at once to date). I left my house about 6:30 am rode a couple blocks, turned around and came back home to get my chaps. I’m thankful I came back for those because it was a bit chilly that early and I ended up wearing them the entire day since it was also cooler in the mountains as well. I met up with the ladies at Pikes Peak Harley Davidson (PPHD) to register and get our route map. We headed to Woodland Park and met up with another rider that joined us.

Unfortunately we didn’t make a stop at Vail Pass due to a Bicycle Event, we did make stops at Kenosha, Tennessee, Loveland and Hoosier Passes. I think Tennessee was the most beautiful of all the Passes, on the Eagle County side a bridge crosses over Piney Gulch and offers some of the most stunning views of Colorado. I plan on riding there again to take more pictures. Loveland and Hoosier Pass freaked me out with their steep steady grade along with the numerous switchbacks… I didn’t want ride back down Loveland Pass, but I did it! Loveland Pass is the highest mountain pass in the state that regularly stays open during the winter months.

I finally returned home about 7:30 that evening, a little tired, dirty and hungry but it was great to be home. To my surprise I wasn’t a bit sore the next day. I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing about my seat… but… Mustang seats are the best!

I’ll definitely try to do the 5 in 1 in 2009… after all I have to get another rocker patch! Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Gas stop: Riding Friends

Kenosha Pass

Tennessee Pass

Loveland Pass

Hoosier Pass

5 in 1 Route and Route Back to Colorado Springs

Penny Black 5

This week’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is a Sketch Challenge… my favorite kind of challenge! I have a terrible time trying to come up with a layout. There are times that I sit and rearrange my layout over and over until I think I have it, only to rearrange it once again.

For this challenge I use the image Message from Above. All the patterned paper and cardstock is from Close to My Hearts Reflection Kit Let’s Get Together… which I’ll have to order again. It is my favorite Reflection Kits and I only have a few sheets of the designer paper left. The image was colored using Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol. I added a touch of Yellow Stickles to the flower centers… I rarely use the colored Stickles and I think that may change because I like the way the Yellow Stickles made the flowers sparkle compared to using Diamond or Crystal Stickles like I would have normally used.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the wonderful cards of those who participated in this week’s challenge. Thanks for visiting. ~ Jovi

Stamps: Message from Above (Penny Black), Solo’s “T” (CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Cranberry, Buttercup, Breeze, Garden Green (all from CTMH), Let’s Get Together Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Prima Flower, Red Brads, Round Punches, Yellow Stickles, Pop Dots, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

5 in 1

Tomorrow I’m going to ride the 5 in 1 that is sponsored by Pikes Peak Harley Davidson (PPHD). What is the 5 in 1? Five mountain passes in one day! We will be leaving from PPHD riding to Kenosha Pass, Tennessee Pass, Vail Pass, Loveland Pass and end at Hoosier Pass. There will be an overnight party in Breckenridge and we’ve decided not stay for that. We will return home after leaving Hoosier Pass.

This will be my first year doing it and I’m pretty excited about it. Unfortunately Bryan wouldn’t be able to ride along with me, I'll miss him. I am riding with a wonderful group of ladies… Karla, Lorrie and Sandra. What a great way to spend my birthday.

I’ll try to get a plenty of photos to share. Speaking of photos, I took my camera (Rebel XTi) in for cleaning since I discover a lot of my outdoor photos had floaters. One camera tech thought I may have a blown pixel… then she called over the more experienced tech… after viewing the pictures on a large screen he discovered that I just had dust under on my mirror and he showed me how to clean it myself. While there I priced some of the compact cameras and thought about getting one just like Bryans (Canon PowerShot SD750) to carry around while riding. I did end up purchasing compact camera, it was an early birthday present from Bryan and the kiddos… gotta love picking out my own gifts! I bought a Nikon Coolpix S210, the pretty plum color and so far I’m really happy with it. The menu is very user friendly and it takes great shots.

I’ve already fueled up for tomorrow. I still have to check my oil, tire pressure and then wash my bike… it still has dead bugs from Wyoming mixed with dirty water spots from the rain shower I rode through last weekend. I think this is the dirtiest my motorcycle has ever been!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Last of the Chef cards... for now!

The last of my Chef cards to share. I made all these and the previous Chef Choice cards for an Inky Antics display. I actually made duplicates of each card which will be used for two displays. Since they will be displayed together I used the same color scheme and designer paper collection, Cloud 9, Vanilla Sorbet Collection along with Bazzill cardstock.

You’re probably asking yourself… why in the world did she use orange on the Ketchup card, it doesn’t coordinate with any of the other Chef cards? I also made other cards using another of Ronnie Walter’s collection, Cute Chicks. Those cards had a touch of orange added to them and I liked the orange with the Ketchup. For this card I used the stamp Condiment Chef and Let’s Ketchup.

For the first card, I used the stamps Soup Pot Chef and What’s Cookin. The third card is made using Pickle Chef and Dill Get Better stamps. The Dill Get Better stamp is actually one stamp, I separated the words “In a Pickle” because I liked the layout of having it above the Chef.

I hope you enjoyed all the Chef cards and maybe I gave you a little nudge into ordering at least one from Inky Antics. If you happen to place an order of $45 or more, Inky Antics will include a FREE set of Pearlescent Watercolors… you need to hurry because this special is only available in July.

Thanks for taking time to visit ~ Jovi

Stamps: Soup Pot Chef (Inky Antics), What’s Cookin’ (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Stonewash (Bazzill), Aloe Vera (Bazzill), Sparkle Pear-alicious Sorbet (Cloud 9), Luster Pear Rosemary Sorbet (Cloud 9) ~ Other: White Organdy Ribbon (Sheer Creations), Stardust Gelly Pen (Sakura), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Stamps: Condiment Chef (Inky Antics), Let’s Ketchup (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Clementine (Bazzill), Sprout (Bazzill), Luster Pear Rosemary Sorbet (Cloud 9) ~ Other: Orange Gingham Ribbon (Offray), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Stamps: Pickle Chef (Inky Antics), Dill Get Better (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Stonewash (Bazzill), Sprout (Bazzill), Fawn (Bazzill), Sparkle Pear-alicious Sorbet (Cloud 9) ~ Other: White Grosgrain Ribbon (SU), Spots & Dots (Cuttlebug Embossing), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Your Own Romaine

Another Chef card to share and for this one I used the stamps Salad Chef and Your Own Romaine from Inky Antics. Again the designer paper is from Cloud 9, Sorbet Vanilla Collection and the cardstock is from Bazzill. I used Doodlebug's Sugar Coated Brads for the flower centers… I can’t get enough of these brads, I only wish they came in more colors.

I’m keeping this post on the short side today… my Great Impressions order from HM Stamps arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to get them inked! Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Salad Chef (Inky Antics), Your Own Romaine (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Stonewash (Bazzill), Sparkle Pear Punch Sorbet (Cloud 9), Pear Ginger Sorbet (Cloud 9) ~ Other: Light Blue Ribbon (Dashes, Dots & Checks), Prima Flowers, Blue Jean Sugar Coated Brads (Doodlebug), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Hello Cupcake

Chef’s Choice is one of my favorite stamp collections by Ronnie Walters from Inky Antics. For this card I used the stamps Cupcake Chef and Hello Cupcake. I’ll share more cards from the Chef’s Choice collection in upcoming posts. The images are really easy to color and the sentiments that go along with the Chef’s are humorous.

I made two scalloped borders using a corner rounder punch, I usually have a hard time matching up the scallops when using the corner rounder. I can’t wait until I can order from the new Stampin Up catalog, a new scalloped edge punch will be released and it’s only $15.95…it’ll be the first thing on my list. Linda Heller a Stampin Up Demonstrator has a short video posted on her blog showing how the scalloped edge punch works. Check it out: New Scalloped Edge Punch.

The designer paper is from Cloud 9, Sorbet Vanilla Collection (Sparkle Pear Punch Sorbet) and the cardstock is Bazzill. I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol. I added a touch of Crystal Stickles to each of the frosted cupcakes and added Pearls along the scalloped border. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Cupcake Chef (Inky Antics), Hello Cupcake (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Stonewash (Bazzill), Blossom (Bazzill ), Aloe Vera (Bazzill), Sparkle Pear Punch Sorbet (Cloud 9) ~ Other: Pearl (Mark Richards), Crystal Stickles, Corner Rounder Punch, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Blog Clean Up

For those of you that subscribe to Inky Impressions by email, you may be getting a larger than normal update tomorrow, unless I can find a way to avoid it.

I’m going to change around some of my labels, mainly my motorcycle posts. I’m going to add a “Motorcycle Entries” tab on my blog navigation bar. This will help my fellow motorcycle bloggers and riding friends from having to weed through my craft posts. Cause ya know… not every motorcyclist is into crafts! My motorcycle posts will still show on the main page as I post them, the “Motorcycle Entries” tab will just make it a click easier to see only motorcycle related entries.

~ Jovi

Rain Showers

Last night I didn’t get to sleep until 2:30 am. I had a terrible time trying to fall asleep. It must have been the four cups of coffee I had around midnight! Anyway the phone rings early this morning and it’s my friend Cathy, she asks me to go riding with her and Sandra. I didn’t want to get out of bed, but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to ride with friends.

We considered taking a trip into the mountains to escape the heat… 95 degrees in Colorado Springs. We had to be back fairly early so we decided on a shorter ride, 110 miles. We made our way North on Hwy 105, made a stop at O’Malley’s in Palmer Lake for ice tea and sodas. Back onto 105 we ran into a light rain shower, we then cut through Castle Rock to get to Hwy 83. While on 83 we ran into another shower, this one was a little heavier. By time we made it back to the Springs we were soaked from the knee’s down. It was quite an experience riding in the rain! Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

Cathy & Sandra

Penny Black 4

Your card must feature one or preferably both.

Squeeze til’ I Squeak is one of my newer Penny Black stamps that I received last week from HM Stamps, you can find it in the Penny Black Collection 2000 catalog. Do you believe that this is my first Penny Black mouse stamp? As much as I like House Mouse you would think I would have a bunch of Penny Black mice. Yikes… I may have just started another mouse addiction!

All the designer paper and cardstock is from CTMH’s Paper Garden Reflection Kit, it contains some of my favorite colors (Petal, Blush and Sweet Leaf). I can’t sew a straight line… so I cheated. I used a piercer to poke holes and then used a white gel pen to connect the dots! I also added Frosted Lace Stickles to the flower center… it’s so sparkly.

Thanks for visiting and to all who will participate in this week’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing your creations! ~ Jovi

Stamps: Squeeze til’ I Squeak ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Petal, Buttercup, Blush, Sweet Leaf (all from CTMH), Paper Garden Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: White Button Brads (Making Memories), White Waxed Thead, Spring Buttons (Key Lime, Amethyst, Baby Pink ~ CTMH), Piercer, White Gelly Pen (Sakura), Pop Dots, Frosted Lace Stickles, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol


Happy Independence Day!

I don’t particularly like bugs, but I can make an exception for caterpillars and ladybugs! The image is Caterpillar Cottage from Inky Antics. The designer paper is from Cloud 9, Sorbet Villa Collection and the cardstock is from Bazzill. I ran a piece of Bazzill through my Big Shot using D’Vine Swirl Cuttlebug Folder, the embossed swirl goes well with the swirls on the designer paper. The image is colored using Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol.

Stamps: Caterpillar Cottage (Inky Antics) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Blossom (Bazzill), Aloe Vera (Bazzill), Pear (Bazzill), Luster Pear Rosemary Sorbet (Cloud 9) ~ Other: White Gelly Pen (Sakura), Stardust Gelly Pen (Stardust), Round Punch, Round Scalloped Punch, D’Vine Swirl (Cuttlebug Embossing), White Organdy Ribbon (CTMH), Silver Cord (SU), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Road Trip to Cheyenne

Monday I decided that I wanted to ride my motorcycle to Cheyenne for an overnighter at my parent’s house. I had a full day to talk my sister into coming along with me. She was hesitant because it would be the longest of her rides and her Sportster doesn’t have saddlebags to carry her clothing and other items. I solved her storage issue… that day I went shopping for T-bags. When I originally bought my detachable sissy bar and rack, I had planned to get T-bags… just never got around to shopping for them. Bryan and I decided that I should get the larger bags so he would be able to make full use of those instead of the smaller T-bags. Colorado Springs Harley Davidson just happened to have the T-bags that I wanted.

We left Tuesday morning about 8 am. As soon as I pulled out my garage I noticed that extra weight on my motorcycle that the packed T-bag, rack and sissy bar added. It took a couple of turns and stops to get use to the extra weight. We headed North on Hwy 83 to Parker and then we turned onto 470. Since 470 is a toll road, we made sure a head of time that our money was easily accessible… we didn’t want to be fumbling around trying to find it. After exiting 470, we headed North on Hwy 85 and by then the temperature was in the upper 90’s… it was hot! We continued North and the wind picked up, that’s when we knew we were close to Wyoming’s border… it’s a surprise when it's not windy there! We made it to my parent’s house with our motorcycles covered with bugs, my face a little sunburned, my sister grouchy and tired with a hurting behind. Boy… I’m glad I bought that Mustang seat… no hurting bottom for me! My sister bought the Sundowner!

Yesterday when it was time to make our way back home, I couldn’t talk my sister into taking the longer scenic route (through Laramie, WY to Fort Collins, CO). We ended up going the same route home as we came. It was a much nicer ride then the day before, no wind through Wyoming… which was very surprising! The temperature was also about 10 degrees cooler.

Now that we’re home my sister wants to get a new bike with a bigger gas tank! I guess she didn’t like stopping every 125 miles for gas… especially since I didn’t have to fill up! I didn’t get many pictures from the road, but I did get this one taken from my parent’s porch, they have a great view. I also took this one of my motorcycle with my T-bag on. I didn’t have to use the roll bag that came with it. My round trip mileage was 406 miles and it was great spending time with my parents and a road trip with my sister.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi