Sweet Find

I made a couple quick and easy House Mouse cards that basically have the same layout. I added scallops to one of the cards. I just had to use my new SU Scallop Edge Punch that I received last week. The punch is awesome, although it did have a little difficulty punching through Bazzill cardstock, I had to use a little muscle power. Hopefully I didn’t get a bad punch and it just may be because of Bazzills cardstock thickness, it punches through all other brands just fine.

The image is Sweet Find and is the Stamp of the Month for September. For both cards I used Hallowhimsy designer paper, from Imaginisce. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Stamps: Sweet Find (House Mouse – Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Walnut (Bazzill), Hallowhimsy (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Chocolate Grosgrain (CTMH), Paper Piercer, Tombow Markers, Scalloped Edge Punch (CTMH), Nestabilities Oval & Oval Scalloped Dies, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Stamps: Sweet Find (House Mouse – Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Autumn Terracotta Textured (CTMH), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Black, Hallowhimsy – Pixie Sticks (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Black Grosgrain Ribbon (SU), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol


On Saturday, my sister, brother in law and I rode to Breckenridge to have lunch at Bubba Gumps… they have the best coconut shrimp and it was worth the 321 round trip ride and it was a memorable ride.

We enjoyed the beautiful smells and colors of autumn as the aspens have begun changing colors. The further west we went the leaves on the aspens were more orange and reddish, compared to the golden leaves we saw near Woodland Park. When we left Breckenridge we headed back over Hoosier pass and was met with snow… it was chilly. I’m thankful I had dressed in layers.

On the way home we took US-285 which leads us over Kenosha Pass. When we reached the summit of Kenosha Pass there was so many cars parked along the side and people were walking across the highway to take pictures of the gorgeous standing aspens.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of the aspens near Kenosha. As we left Fairplay, my sister took off and rode ahead of me and my brother in law… we spent the ride home trying to catch up with her until she pulled over.

Taken from Wilkerson Pass, CO

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge, CO

Our route to Breckenridge from Falcon, CO

Our route back to Falcon from Breckenridge, CO

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Penny Black 16

This week’s Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Challenge 16 ~ Seasons, you can choose summer, autumn, winter or spring.

As you can see I picked winter and the image I used is What a Snow! I added white fun flock to the fluffy parts of the snowman’s hat. I also added a touch of glitter to the snow to make it glisten. All the designer paper is from one of BasicGrey’s collection, I think it may be from Dasher and Figgy Pudding. The layout for this card is from a Splitcoast Sketch Challenge (SC194). When I have a hard time coming up with a layout I can always find inspiration in the many sketch challenges that are posted on SCS or I go blog hopping.

This week the PBSC team is giving away some fabulous stickers. 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.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: What A Snow! (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, Olive (all CTMH), BasicGrey Designer Paper ~ Other: Big Green Brads, Sizzlits Swirly Die, Crystal Glitter, White Fun Flock, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

I was tagged!

This week I was tagged by Michelle and Lindsay. Thanks Michelle and Lindsay!

Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I drink about 72+ ounces of water every day and I don’t like water! How do I do it? I mix flavored water in with it to make it more tolerable.

2. I don’t like to have my neck touched and I don’t like tight things around my neck. When I first started riding and wearing a helmet I hated the chin strap… the tightness was too close to my neck.

3. I smile alot!

3. I enjoy reading True Crime books. Ann Rule is my favorite author and I’ve read all of her books at least twice.

4. I grew up in a Spanish speaking house… and now I can’t speak Spanish as good as I would like or as I should!

5. I prefer dogs over cats. Not that I don’t like cats, we had them growing up. It’s just now I’m allergic to cats.

6. I’m very picky about where things are in my house… everything has a place.

7. I like to clean! Even more weird… I get excited when I buy new cleaning products and I can’t wait to try them out.

Now I need to tag 7 people, here’s my list:
Lori ~ Stamp n Ink Lady
Diane ~ ddnjoys2stamp
Debbie ~ Welcome to the Shoe Closet
Jennifer ~ Thimble, Bobbin, Paper & Ink
Tracy ~ Tracy's Happy Place
Betty ~ Biker Betty
Sue ~ Sue’s Stamping Stuff

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Blog Awards

I’ve been horrible about passing along and posting blog awards that I’ve received from my fellow bloggers, but I’ve made sure to thank everyone who awarded me.

Last week Jennifer awarded me a little blog award and couple days ago I received another one from Charly. Thank you Jennifer and Charly, you both are so sweet and I enjoy both your blogs as well. I would love to pass these along but there are too many wonderful blogs to for me to choose from and there is no way I could pick just a few!

Is change really that good?

I had a couple free hours yesterday and instead of stamping I decided to change my blog template. It’s taken me a little longer than expected to get it right, as you can see it’s still not finished. I picked out a few templates that I really liked and for some strange reason I wasn’t able to open any downloaded zip files… ugh. I had to add them to a flash drive, unzip them on another computer then add the files back to my computer, what a pain. Now that I have the template loaded I’m not sure if I like the three columns that’s why I haven’t added any widgets. I found this awesome two column template, but it doesn’t allow me to add tabs (for my motorcycle posts). If anyone has ideas how I can direct my MC readers to just those posts… please pass your suggestions along. My blog look may change once again.

I had to share this picture of my cousin’s adorable puppy. He has a Spanish name that I had a heck of a time pronouncing, so while in New Mexico I just called him Bucket-o. While there I taught him to lie down and stay. I thought about dognapping him, he would have been a great playmate for Jake.

Penny Black 15

Here it is… my Penny Black Saturday Challenge. I’m a couple day’s late posting it. I just made it home from a quick four day trip to New Mexico to visit my grandma. It was wonderful spending time with her again but it’s always sad when I leave.

PBS Challenge 15 was to Decorate the Inside of Your Card. For this challenge I used the Penny Black image Delights, one of my newer stamps. The flower border image is from the set Friendship Blessing from Close to My Heart. I used the Splitcoast instructions for a Criss Cross Card, instead of taping down the flaps I opted to leave them as is so I could decorate the inside. Did you happen to notice all the bitty brads that I used as flower centers? Those are also from Close to My Heart, I just wish they came in the season colors like the big brads.

This week one of the PBSC sponsors, Craft Krafts has donated the beautiful stamp “I Love Shopping” from the talented designer Rachelle Anne Miller. 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.

Thanks for taking the time to visit ~ Jovi

Stamps: Delights (PB), Friendship Blessing (CTMH) ~ Ink: Burnt Umber (Palette) ~ Paper: Cream, Chocolate, Honey, Crystal Blue (all from CTMH), Caprice (Reflection Kit – CTMH) ~ Other: Gold Bitty Brads (CTMH), Gold Big Brad (CTMH), Big Blooms (CTMH), Prima flowers, Close to My Heart Markers, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Penny Black 14

This weeks Penny Black Challenge… Challenge 14 ~ Mans Card No Blue.

I bought this stamp (Fish Are Jumping) a couple years and have never used it to make a card so I was pretty excited when I saw this challenge. Since the challenge was to use No Blue I wasn’t quite sure what color I should use for the water. After giving the water more thought I decided to add a little light gray, pale purple and pale green… hopefully it doesn’t look murky. I then added glossy accents around the water rings.

For this week PBSC our sponsor, Sir Stampalot is generously providing a wonderful stamp 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.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend ~ Jovi

Stamps: Fish Are Jumping (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Barn Red (CTMH), New England Ivy (CTMH), It’s a Guy Thing (CTMH Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Antique Brads (CTMH), Ribbon Twill (CTMH), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Diamond Stickles, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol


When my Great Impression order arrived and I was so excited to make a card using this image, Pumpkin Patch Patty. Isn’t she the cutest? I’ll definitely be posting more cards using this image… right now she’s my favorite autumn stamp.

This is the first card I made and this one is Riley’s favorite, she likes the bright colors and the swirly strip. Lately I’ve noticed cards that use a swirly die cut behind the image or in corners and I really liked how it gives the card that little extra embellishment. While at Archivers last week I came across this Sizzlits Die and I was so thrilled I had to buy right then… Now that I think of it I should have waited so I could have used an Archivers coupon this week… but in all honesty… waiting is something that I’m not very good at. The Sunflower textured cardstock is from Close to My Heart and the opposite side is a lighter shade of Sunflower… how cool is that? It also has a white core just like the regular CMTH cardstock. For this card I embossed the image on to watercolor paper and then used Tombow & CTMH Markers to color the image.

The second card I made is my favorite of the two… I like them both but I think it’s more my style, simple with muted colors. I added Diamond Stickles to the leaves to give it a little sparkle. This image was colored using Prismacolor Pencil which was then blended with Gamsol.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Pumpkin Patch Patty (Great Impressions) ~ Ink: Black Colorbox Pigment Ink ~ Paper: Watercolor, Sunflower Textured (CTMH), Sunflower (CTMH), Autumn Terracotta (CTMH), Boom-di-ada (CTMH) ~ Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Tombow Colorless Blender, Tombow Markers, Close to My Heart Markers, Just Blooms – Autumn (CTMH), Big Sunflower Brads (CTMH), Swirly Strip (Sizzlits Die)

Stamps: Pumpkin Patch Patty (Great Impressions) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Cranberry (CTMH), Garden Green (CTMH), K&Company Designer Paper ~ Other: Spring Moss Grosgrain (SU), Cajun Brads (Bazzill), Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

HM Stamps Announcement

Dick sent this email to his customers earlier this week about changes to HM Stamps. Instead of me typing the short version I’m just going to copy it here:

A little history for those of you who are relatively new to HM Stamps: I started HM Stamps as a hobby three years ago. Thanks to all of you it has grown and grown and grown and grown.

It has grown too big for one little boy to handle and I simply have run out of room to stock the new stamps when the come out. I no longer have the time necessary for the website work that needs to be done in addition to all of the "yes dear" things a hubby has to do. I have not missed a single day in these three years and I still enjoy this very much. I am working 12 to 14 hours a day - every day.

I feel like I know each of you personally and I busted my behind to give you the bestest service possible... 'cause that's what I like doing.

Nuff of all of that stuff.... Here's the juicy part:::

I have a young couple who is going to take over 1/2 of my business. Their operation will be a mirror of mine with the same emphasis on good inventory levels and service so you won't have to wait any longer than necessary to get your red rubbah so you can sniff it and get that "high" you crave so much.

They will be taking over the Stampabilities (House Mouse / Snoopy / Sesame St. / Gruffies / Born to Shop / Aliens and general line stamps) , Great Impressions , Northwoods. and Shimmerz. This leaves me with Penny Black which they will almost certainly take over when I am ready to "retire again".

The name of their company is RK Stamps. Their names are Allyson (Ally) & Gannon Smith. Gannon is a fireman and Ally is a stay-at-home mom (with "almost" a masters degree in Child Psychology). She home schools her children and loves scrapping.

One of their long-term goals is to build this business into a successful enterprise that hopefully one/some of their children (one boy - two girls) will take over. Unlike me, they want to grow larger, take on more lines, as well as other items for the stamper/scrapper.

You can get to their site by going to
http://www.rkstamps.com - there will be a link to their site if you are visiting my site and vice-versa. For a while the only difference you will see is the name RK Stamps instead of HM Stamps. We both want to "spruce" up our sites to make finding and viewing stamps much easier. I simply have not had the time to keep it up. You will see MANY more House Mouse stamps that have fallen between the cracks and "hidden" on my site.

They will honor any commitments I might have made as well as finishing out the year on the Stamp of the Month programs for both House Mouse and Great Impressions. All I can ask is that you give them the opportunity to let them get to know you as well as I do. Remember, I am not going anywhere. I will still have a deep interest in their business and will do my best to make this transition as smooth as a baby's butt!

I also hope you will share this info on your blogs, etc. as I am sure there will be many people, for whatever reason, that will not see this newsletter. I am sure many of you will have comments/questions that you want to email to me. If so, please send those emails to:
PL223@hmstamps.com If you want to share any feelings/questions or just want to wish the Smith's well you can email them at info@rkstamps.com

Ally & Gannon will be sending you monthly newsletters. Ally is purdier than me but not as funny so I will continue to send mine as well. For the first 2-3 months they will be using my mailing lists then they will create their own. They will have access to all of my records ( your past orders, etc).

Any outstanding orders (other than future SOTMs) that you already have with me will be handled by me.

I am very sad in a way but out-of-my-mind happy at the same time. I am also sure that you can understand now why I have to do this. Had I not found these wonderful people I might have had to give up the whole ship and simply go out of business. You are all special to me so those of you who are not Penny Black fans I'll miss you so drop me a line every now & then.

This change takes effect immediately. We will be moving the inventory and setting up their computer system on Monday afternoon (9/8) so there will be a period where we cannot respond immediately but rest assured your orders/emails will be dealt with promptly.

Thank you sincerely,


House Mouse Challenge

The last few weeks I’ve been busy doing other stamping projects that I haven’t had a chance to participate in any of the House Mouse & Friends Challenges. Today I was able play and I made this Halloween card for Challenge 3, which is a sketch challenge. Tomorrow a new challenge will be posted and hopefully I can join in that one as well.

The image for this card is Little Punkin and it was colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol. I found this wonderful Halloween design paper at Archivers last week, it’s from Imaginisce Hallowhimsy Collection. Chances are you’ll see it used again in upcoming posts for other Halloween cards!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Little Punkin (House Mouse - Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Black, Autumn Terracotta (CTMH), Wicket Whimsy, Pixie Sticks, Eeks & Shrieks (all Hallowhimsy – Imaginisce) ~ Other: Black Sparkly Brads (Imaginisce), Black Grosgrain (SU), Pop Dots, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Penny Black 13

This weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge is… Challenge 13 ~ One for the Girls!

PBSC has a fabulous new sponsor this week, Poppicrafts. Michelle (of Poppicrafs) has generously given the PBSC Team some Poppicrafts goodies to use this week on our creations. She has also donated a voucher to one lucky winner. If you haven’t visited Poppicrafts you wouldn’t be disappointed… Michelle has a fabulous assortment of crafting goodies ~ ribbons, brads, flowers, buttons, etc. 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.

Mostly all (except one) of my Penny Black stamps are critters and this is the closest to a "girly" image that I have, the stamp is Uplifting Occasion. I’m a little disappointed with the photo, because IRL (in real life) the pink ribbon and the pink patterned paper match wonderfully. All the embellishment goodies (Patterned Ribbon, Crochet Flower, and Metal Flower Brad) are from Poppicrafts. The image was colored using Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Uplifting Occasion (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Designer Paper / Glitter Stack (DCWV) ~ Other: Ribbon, Flower Brad, Crochet Flower (all from PoppiCraft), Edge Distresser, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

It's all about the chrome!

I’ve been putting off making a card using this image, Honey on the Run. It’s a great image but I didn’t want to spend the extra time coloring it… the motorcycle has a lot of little details. I colored the “chrome” a light gray and then went over the gray with Sakura’s Stardust Gelly Pen to give it that extra shimmer. When the card is tilted it’s very sparkly… it’s all about the chrome… right? I just had to color the motorcycle blue… but not any blue… Chopper Blue! (LOL)

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Honey on the Run (Gruffies – Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir (Palette) ~ Paper: Cream, Bamboo (CTMH), Indian Corn Blue (CTMH), Route 66 Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Buttercup Brads (CTMH), Twill Ribbon (CTMH), Stardust & White Gelly Pens (Sakura), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol

Coney Island… in Colorado!

Earlier this year while attending a MSR Chapter meeting a few of the ladies were talking about another local riding group that they belong to, the Zebulon Cruisers. They had just ridden with them the previous weekend and talked about the great time they had. I decided to check them out on the web and after lurking and reading about their riding meets ups I decided to join their group… that was in June. Over the past couple of months I haven’t had the opportunity to attend any of the scheduled rides, although I did meet a few of the Zeb members at a couple of poker runs, they seemed like a great group.

Sunday I went on my first ride with the Zebulon Cruisers and it was really fun. They are a wonderful group and everyone was very welcoming. Where did we go? We rode to Coney Island, a hot dog stand located in Bailey, CO. Coney Island is shaped like a giant hotdog with toppings! The giant hot dog is so popular it’s been featured on Roadside America.com, the Travel Channel and the Food Network. We waited in line for about 30 minutes to order… my brat was yummy!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Jovi