Independence Pass

It's been awhile since I posted anything motorcycle related, today I'm going to share a ride that Bryan, my daughter and I took Saturday to Independence Pass.

Since I received my motorcycle endorsement many of my experienced riding friends told me that riding Independence Pass is a must because it's absolutely beautiful, and they were right. They also mentioned to make it an overnight trip, we rode there and back the same day, 450 miles, it was a long day but well worth it.

The pass is at the summit of the ridge of the Sawatch Range between Aspen and Leadville (Colorado State Highway 82). The scenery at the pass and all along the 44 mile route is some of the most spectacular in all Colorado and the road runs right beneath many great mountains including the highest in the state (14,433 ft) Mount Elbert. I can't forget to mention that the road is very twisty, often narrow, with only one lane in some places and a few switchbacks thrown in there. The summit reaches a high point of 12,095 ft. and it is the second-highest paved mountain pass in Colorado after Cottonwood Pass. Because of the higher elevation, weather only allows the pass to be open for several months of the year. I would like to visit again in the autumn and before the snow falls, I'm sure it's just as beautiful with the changing fall colors.

Independence, Colorado is a ghost town located just west of Independence Pass and served as a mining town in the 1880′s. Because of the harsh and long winters and the bust of good mining opportunities, the town was eventually abandoned, with many seeking better mining opportunities in Aspen and elsewhere.

I only wish I had more pictures to share, once again I had camera problems and had to resort to using my cell, which actually takes great photos. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Tulip Mice

I took some time to color more with Tombow Markers and for this card I used the Great Impressions image Mice Carrying Tulip. Now that I have the card completed I'm not quite sure if I like it... the tulip is a little too red, maybe pink would have been better and the background rose paper seems too much for such a small image... what do you think?!

Mice Carrying Tulip

Riley and Austin go back to school on Tuesday so hopefully I'll find more time to be creative and maybe pick up playing the piano some more... I can't believe how much I've forgotten from not playing every day. Maybe I can convince Bryan that I should go back to weekly lessons!

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day ~ Jovi

Stamps: Mice Carrying Tulip (Great Impressions) ~ Ink: Black (ColorBox) ~ Paper: Watercolor (Canson 90lb), White (Neenah), Smoothie (CTMH), Uncommon (Authentique) ~ Other: Tombow Markers, White Gel Pen (Sakura), Gray Ribbon ~ Card Size: 4.75 x 4.75

Inky/Tombow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Antics & Tombow Blog Hop! My talented Inky colleagues and I have teamed up with the nice folks at Tombow, and we’re all featuring projects made with Inky Antics stamps and Tombow products.

It’s likely that you’ve come from Michelle's blog, Inspiration Blooms, if not, you’ll want to go there in order to have another chance of winning.

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, July 24th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their project and leave feedback. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win (limit one comment per blog, please). One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a fun Inky/Tombow prize pack, similar to what each of our designers received to make their projects! The lucky winner’s name will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back there and see if you’ve won.

Today I'm sharing a card I made using Inky Antics clear stamp set, Delightful Dogs #2 (10978MC). I stamped the image onto 90lb watercolor paper using black pigment ink and then embossed it using clear detail embossing powder.

Delightful Dogs

I then used Tombow Markers to color in the edges of the image and used a waterbrush to spread out the color. I have been a fan of Tombow Markers for years and especially enjoy using them with watercolor paper to give that watercolored look.

I used both Tombow's Mono Multi and Mono Aqua liquid glue to adhere all my papers together. Why both glues? I LOVE the Mono Multi (it's another Tombow product that I've been using for years) and my package included Mono Aqua of course I had to give it a try... now I love that too!

I also used Tombow's 3D Foam Tabs to pop my puppy image up from the card. In the package you get both a large and small sheet of foam tabs.

inside Delightful Dogs
This is the inside of the card.

Now that you’ve probably visited all of the stops along the hop, be sure to visit the Inky Antics blog for the final details on your possibility for winning your own Inky/Tombow prize pack! To check out what the Tombow designers have made and get another chance to win prizes, please visit the Tombow Blog.

Also, Inky Antics is still running our HoneyPOP Summer Challenge (until 23 July). To play along, you can make a card, a 3-D item, or whatever else you dream up using a HoneyPOP creation. We'll be giving away THREE $25 gift certificates for Inky stamps. Prizes will be awarded to (1) our designers' favorite project, (2) the project that receives the most votes during the last week of July, and (3) a participant's project that is chosen randomly from a drawing at the end of July.

Best Wishes to each of you and thank you for visiting!

Stamps: Delightful Dogs #2 (10978MC/Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Black (ColorBox) ~ Paper: Watercolor 90lb (Canson), White (Neenah), Walnut (Bazzill), Sweet Threads Paper Pad (Basic Grey) ~ Other: Clear Detail Embossing Powder, Tombow Markers, Watercolor Brush, White Brads (CTMH), Foam Tabs (Tombow) ~ Card Size: 5.25 x 5.25

WOYWW #110

It's Wednesday, time for What's On Your Work-desk Wednesday (WOYWW). Once again time has gotten away from me and I haven't did much crafting. This past weekend I decided it was time to paint two of our bathrooms, one took much longer because of the many coats of primer I had to use to cover up the red. Now that the bathrooms are done I still need to paint the trim and doors, of course that will lead to more painting. In between all the painting I'm running from store to store to find a dress to wear to my nieces wedding next week, I even took a trip to Denver today... no luck.

So here's what is on my work desk today:

WOYWW 13 July 2011

Almost everyone has a wonderful color chart for Copic markers, but today I thought I would share the chart that I use for Tombow Markers. Since I've kindly received another set of markers it was time to add those colors to the chart. Too keep me from purchasing duplicates, which I've done, I keep a printed chart (using copy paper) in my purse for when I'm out shopping and keep a printed cardstock chart next to my work desk to help me pick that perfect color.

You can download the chart here at Stamper's Dream (thank you Michelle) and hopefully if you have a collection of Tombow Markers you will find it as useful as I do. Eventually I would like to purchase another Marker Tower from CTMH to store my Tombow's, you can barely see the tower on the right of the picture.

Gardening Bear

I finally did get the Gardening Bear card completed, I was working on this card for last week's WOYWW and I think Juniper is easily turning into one of my favorite colors. That's it for me, make sure to pop in over at Julie's blog, Stamping Ground, to visit other WOYWW participants work-desks and hopefully I will get a chance to visit and comment on more blogs this week. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Gardening Bear (old PSX stamp G2051) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Sky (CTMH) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Juniper (CTMH), Hopscotch Paper Pad (Basic Grey) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Daisy Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Sage Shadow Grosgrain (SU), Pop Dots ~ Card Size: 5.5 x 5.5


Today I actually have something on my work desk... now I can play along in What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW), it's been awhile since I last posted a WOYWW.

I have a teddy bear card that I'm working on, it's an older stamp from PSX called Gardening Bear (G2051) and it's one of my first rubber stamps that I purchased way back when. I also have a Happy Hoppers image that needs to be colored, that will be used for the House Mouse & Friends challenge.

WOYWW 06 July 2011

I have some new goodies, yesterday my TAC (The Angel Company) order came in along with the new catalog, my demo included a little goody bag with buttons, die cuts and such and I've already mounted those stamps. Yesterday I made a quick trip to Archiver's and ended up coming home with four paper pads from Basic Grey, Authentique and My Mind's Eye. I also picked up some twine "lime twist" from My Mind's Eye and I'm looking forward to playing with that.

WOYWW 06 July 2011

That's it for me, make sure to pop in over at Julie's blog, Stamping Ground, to visit other WOYWW participants work-desks. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Independence Day

Patriotic Wrap

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.

Happy 4th of July and thanks for stopping by ~ Jovi

Patriotic Wrap (House Mouse/Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Outdoor Denim (CTMH), Cranberry (CTMH) ~ Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Copic Sketch Markers, Big Gold Brads (CTMH), Yellow Stickles (Ranger) ~ Card Size: 5.5 x 5.5

Bunny Cruise

Bunny Cruise

Summer is the theme for the House Mouse & Friends Challenge, Challenge #98, which ends this evening... and here I am posting at the last minute, hopefully I'll get an early start on the next challenge.

For this card I used the Happy Hoppers image Bunny Cruise, which I colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Copic's. I added a touch of Glossy Accents to the water ripples and to the refreshing glass of pink lemonade.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Jovi

Stamps: Bunny Cruise (Happy Hoppers/Stampabililties) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Juniper (CTMH), Smoothie (CTMH), Pocket Full of Posies Stack (DCWV) ~ Other: White Grosgrain (SU), Sage Shadow Grosgrain (SU), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Sanding Block ~ Card Size: 5.5 x 5.5