Harvest Mouse

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year we spent Thanksgiving in Wyoming with my parents and had a great time. I ate way too much… and must have gained over 5lb, it’s back to the gym Monday!

Here’s a card I made last week and I didn’t have a chance to post it before leaving to Wyoming. The image is Harvest Mouse from Great Impressions. I added Stickles to the mouse and pumpkin, it’s so sparkly. The image is colored using Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Harvest Mouse (Great Impressions), Give Thanks (inside sentiment – TAC) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Garden Green, Desert Sand, Cream (all from CTMH), K&Company Designer Paper ~ Other: Paper Piercer, Crystal Stickles, Ribbon Twill (CTMH), Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

No stamping today…

No stamping today… I had every intention to make a few cards but once I starting rearranging some stamps I decided to reorganize all my stamps, shelves and papers. After everything was nicely put away and organized I addressed some cards for RAKs. Once I was finished with that my hands were hurting I couldn’t stamp a thing. For the past few days I’ve been having joint pain in my hands and it’s usually worst in the morning. If this keeps up I’ll have to make a doctor’s appointment.

Here are two cards that I finished a couple days ago. For both cards I used one of the newer Reflection Kits from Close to My Heart, Aspen. This is my redo of my mousey card and for this card I used the image Sleigh Ride from Great Impressions. I was so delighted when I found this Snowflake Cuttlebug Folder in with my other embossing folders. I bought it last Spring and kind of forgot that I had it... that happens a lot here. I used a sanding block over the snowflakes which exposed the white core of the cardstock.

For the second card I used the image Sittin’ Petey from Inky Antics. I used sandpaper to distress the Bamboo cardstock, which also has a white core. I added Glossy Accents to the ice cube and Fun Flock to the pompom on Petey’s hat. I don’t particularly care for penguins but I couldn’t pass up getting the Petey stamps from Inky Antics. You’ll see more of Petey in upcoming months. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamp: Sleigh Ride (Great Impressions) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: White (Papertrey), Twilight, Garden Green (all CTMH), Aspen Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Pebbles Chalk, Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Scalloped Oval and Oval Dies (Nestabilities), Apricot (SU), Sanding Block, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Stamps: Sittin’ Petey (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Black Pigment (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Bamboo (CTMH), Twilight (CTMH), Aspen Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU), Snow White Fun Flock, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Crystal Stickles (Ranger), Twilight Grosgrain (CTMH), Sandpaper, Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Makers, Tombow Colorless Blender

Ladies Day Out

Today in Colorado Springs we had some unbelievably warm weather for November, record highs in the upper 70’s and further south it was even warmer… in the 80’s! Even though I had about nine loads of laundry to wash I couldn’t miss the opportunity to ride… I’m finally finishing up my last load now!

Sandra, Cat and I headed south on CO115 to Florence for a short ride (118 miles round trip). Along the way we stopped in Penrose at Coyote’s Coffee Den for lunch and it was yummy. Sandra and I have never eaten there before, Cat and Diane would stop in at Coyote’s on their rides. Over lunch we reminisced about our friend and enjoyed each other’s company.

Sorry I don’t have more pictures to share, I took along my Nikon Coolpix and not very many of them turned out that great. I don’t use it very often and when I do it seems like I have to relearn the settings all over again … ugh. I just love my Canon!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Sleigh Ride

The layout for this card is from this week’s Splitcoast Sketch Challenge, Challenge 202. Since it was a really easy sketch it took no time to make. Even though it was an easy sketch I'm disappointed with all the mistakes I made. Last night was not a good night for me to stamp!

When I added the brads to the corners, I pushed the tabs a little too far back and now you can see them through the front of the card… I hate when that happens.

I normally color Great Impression mice gray and House Mouse mice brown, but I thought by coloring them brown they would coordinate with the designer paper. I'm not happy with the way they look because the browns now looked all washed together.

I started another card using this image, Sleigh Ride with gray mice. I had my image colored and glittered, embossed the scalloped oval border and everything was ready to assemble. Then I got this bright idea to emboss a border around the oval, yup the oval with the image. HUGE mistake, I while I was singing along to John Hiatt’s Feels Like Rain, I forgot to add one of the plates in my Big Shot and the embossing mat slipped and well… this is what happened to the image. Hopefully this evening I’ll try to get another one made.

A few days ago Martha (Raining Rubber) passed along this blog award to me. Thank you Martha, you’re so sweet and I enjoy your blog as well. I would love to pass this along, but there are too many wonderful blogs for me to choose from and there is no way I could pick just a few!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamp: Sleigh Ride (Great Impressions) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Twilight, Bamboo, Outdoor Denim (all CTMH), Aspen Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Outdoor Denim Brads (CTMH), Close to My Heart Markers, Tombow Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender

A Saturday to Remember

Wow what a day I had yesterday! I had a close call while riding, thank goodness someone from above was watching out for me and the other riders.

Things started out pretty normal, when I left to our monthly MSR Chapter Meeting it was a chilly 41 degrees. I dressed in layers and stayed pretty warm, except for my fingers. I refused to wear my winter riding gloves because they are so bulky, when I shift or brake the tips of the gloves hit my levers… I just hate that.

I made it to the meeting, pulled into the parking lot and it was packed. There wasn’t anywhere to park so I pulled my bike into the same spot that Carolee had… I knew she wouldn’t mind sharing. As I pulled in I realized I should have backed my bike in… Thanks Don and Bill for pushing me out of my parking space after the meeting!

After the MSR meeting we presented a check for $10,000 to our local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Remember the Breast Cancer Awareness Ride from last month? We brought in $10,000 from the ride and once again it was a huge success.

After the check presentation… that’s when things started to happen.

A group of us were going to take a short ride up Ute Pass to Crystola for lunch. While we were gearing up Carolee had an impromptu “Oops I dropped it” training in the Perkins parking lot. She had minor damage, a few scratches on her tank and her floorboard broke off. Since our meeting is held next door to Rocky Mountain Cycle Plaza (RMCP), where she purchased her Victory, we all made our way over there and waited while she had her floorboard replaced with a spare. While waiting the group decided not to ride up the pass and just have lunch in town. It was decided that we were going to have lunch at East Coast Delicatessen… yummy! Carrie (aka Tiny) stayed behind at RMCP to wait for a friend, they joined us later at East Coast.

This is where my incident happened. We head out as a group and everything is going great, we’re riding staggered… Kelly is leading, Sandra is her wing, and I’m behind Sandra, Cathy (Cat) is on my left and Carolee is riding sweep… Paula, Don and Orvella are riding in a cage behind the group. We ride down Hwy 24 and then onto Powers Blvd (heavy traffic road here in Colorado Springs)… going about 50 mph and coming up on to an intersection the light changes to yellow. Kelly and Sandra stop… Cat and I are braking hard trying to stop and our bikes are fishtailing … Cat finally stops. I can’t stop! I knew if I tried braking again I was going to ram into Sandra, so I ended up “threading the needle”. I rolled down on the throttle hard… I squeezed my motorcycle between Kelly and Sandra and my mirror clipped Sandra’s mirror. I had to get through the intersection before the light turned green for the passing traffic. Apparently smoke was coming off my tires while I was braking, Sandra and Cat heard my brakes squealing, Carolee was yelling “JOVI” behind me…. it was crazy. When I crossed the intersection I pulled over and waited for the group. Once we arrived at East Coast and made sure everyone was okay…. We laughed our butts off. I feel horrible about hitting Sandra’s mirror… the mirror itself didn’t break it just popped out of the housing. She assured me that Tom would be able to fix it and it was no problem. I now have a rider’s nickname “Squealer”… Carolee said she’s getting me a patch made that reads Squealer and Paula is ordering me a new MSR nametag with my new rider name… oh those crazy gals!

While we were laughing about everything that happened to us so far Tiny and her friend show up at East Coast. They also had a brake burning incident with a car, also on Powers Blvd. The car in front of them decided to go from 50 mph to 20 mph in a couple seconds. Thank goodness Tiny and her friend didn’t go down or get hurt. After lunch we took a group photo.

It was definitely an exciting riding day and I’m grateful no one was hurt. Carolee posted a comical summary to our MSR Yahoo group about our incidents and she also posted the following… it made me feel better about everything.

And for the record - Jovi - that was one of the most amazing "moves" I have ever seen done on a motorcycle. There is no way I could've fit through that little space as well as you did.

We are all VERY proud of you!!!
You did good girlfriend.


So what did I learn from this… make sure while riding in a group stay a safe distance from the driver in front of you. Carolee suggested that we stage and then leave 5 minutes apart, she’s so funny! For braking… avoid braking hard using my rear brakes, use more of my front brakes. Oh and one more thing… a yellow light means slow down and not make it if you can!

Thanks for reading ~ Jovi

CTMH "My Reflections"

Another card using the Caprice designer paper from Close to My Heart, this is probably the last card that I’ll post for awhile using this Reflection Kit. Only because my monthly order from Close to My Heart arrived this evening and I have new Reflections Kits to play with. This time around I ordered Perfect Day and Aspen… I love the colors from each pack.

If you’ve never ordered from Close to My Heart I highly recommend ordering a “My Reflections” I always order a Level 2 Kit… a Level 2 Kit contains 12 – 12 x 12 duo designer paper (patterns on front and back) and 10 – 12 x 12 coordinating cardstock... all for only $12.95! Having the coordinating cardstock and designer paper makes putting things together so much easier for me. The kits come in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3… there’s a little something for everyone! Gee I kind of sound like a Close to My Heart advertisement… but I just LOVE their products and I often thought about becoming a CTMH Consultant, but then I would miss all the fun from our monthly club gatherings. Do you believe I’ve been attending a monthly CTMH gathering for the last six or seven years with the same demo and a lot of the same ladies?

Okay back to the card… the image for this card is Gifts for You by Penny Black and it’s probably from one of the older catalogs. I’ve been ordering the older stamps just in case those images retire soon… See, there is reason behind my spending madness! The image is stamped on watercolor paper using black pigment ink and then embossed using Stamping Up’s Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, which leaves it sparkly.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend ~ Jovi

Stamps: Gifts for You (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Honey (CTMH), Crystal Blue (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Caprice (CTMH – Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Iridescent Embossing Powder (SU), Chocolate Big Brads (CTMH), Tombow Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender, Close to My Heart Markers

Precious Moments

Yippee I was finally able to participate in one of the Stamp with Stampavie Challenges, this card was made for Challenge 17. So I’m about a week late since Challenge 18 is already posted for today!

I’m just lovin my new Sarah Kay stamps and for this card I used the image Precious Moments. Instead of using Prismacolor Pencils to color the image, this time around I used markers. I stamped the image using Black Pigment Ink and then embossed the image using Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Blending the markers with a colorless blender allowed me to shade the smaller areas. From Sketch 17 I didn’t add the “text” to the upper left corner… I just couldn’t come up with anything that was small enough to fit in that area. Once again all the designer paper is from the Caprice Reflection Kit from Close to My Heart… I did mention that I was using that paper a lot!

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Precious Moments (Sarah Kay) ~ Ink: Black Pigment Ink (Colorbox) ~ Paper: Watercolor, Honey (CTMH), Crystal Blue (CTMH), Chocolate (CTMH), Caprice (CTMH – Reflection Kit) ~ Other: Detail Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Chocolate Big Brads (CTMH), Sizzlit Swirly Die, Tombow Markers, Tombow Colorless Blender, Close to My Heart Markers

Oops I Dropped It!

No I didn’t drop my motorcycle… thank goodness!

On Sunday a group of us from Mountain Shadow Riders met at Sandra and Tom’s house to learn the proper technique of picking up a dropped motorcycle. After watching a short video and watching Tom perform the technique it was our turn. Tom was gracious enough to let us practice picking up his Honda dirt bike. After picking that up with no problems, we’ve discovered that it didn’t weigh anywhere close what a street bike would weigh. That’s when Roxanna (an MSR member) volunteered the use of her 1100 Honda Shadow and we all took turns picking up Roxanna’s bike while on the grass.

Eventually I would like to pick up my own motorcycle, it weighs about 650 pounds… I just hope that I don’t drop it again by accident to give the technique a try. Here I am picking up both Honda’s, a big thanks to Taunya for taking pictures of me doing it! As you can see in the photo Roxanna’s carries a lot of extra’s on her bike…it probably weighed about 500+ pounds or so.

Here are a couple links and a video showing how to pick up a motorcycle.
Pink Ribbon Rides
Bike Lift Technique

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Perfect November Riding Weather

For the past week the weather here in Colorado Springs was unusually warm for this time of year. Yesterday was the first Halloween that Riley and Austin were able to do the trick or treat thing without having to wear jackets/coats under their costumes.

Today it was in the 70’s once again… Bryan and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get out and ride. We made our way though Elbert and Elizabeth and then stopped in Castle Rock for a picnic. We then headed back home down CO-105, it was beautiful.

Even though I haven’t blogged much about riding… I have been out and about. Most of the rides have been pretty short, about 100 miles or so and they are routes that I have previously blogged about. Last week Bryan and I rode to Cripple Creek and then onto Canyon City, it was once again a lot of fun riding those twisty curves.

Sorry I don’t have any great pictures to share… just a picture I took of my scuffed boots while picnicking!