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Monday, July 6, 2015

Gorilla in Green

Today's post is my little ode to Andre Greipel, the big German cyclists also known as The Gorilla. He's one of the top sprinters at the Tour de France, and was the winner of Stage 2 yesterday. At the Tour, the leader of the points competition (aka sprint competition!) gets to wear the green jersey. While Greipel has won plenty of sprints over the years, yesterday was the first time The Gorilla has ever put on TDF green!

I really wanted a cool gorilla image to use for this card, but alas, I own exactly zero gorilla stamps. I did a little internet search and found this super cool image by Ant Creations. I didn't want a cutesy gorilla, I needed a FIERCE gorilla for Greipel! So I emailed Nathan over at Ant Creations, and he kindly let me use his image for this card. (Go give them lots of Facebook likes for being so nice!!) I printed out the gorilla and colored him in with my Copics. The little Hero Arts bicycle was a necessary addition to his shirt. And the "life is good" message is an old A Muse woodblock stamp from my stash.

Doesn't the actual Gorilla look awesome in green?

So just before the Tour I learned interesting... about Andre Greipel. He likes to rap. “Pain is the weakness leaving the body. Pain in the legs is something you don’t know, because you’re just setting up the big show." I swear, these cyclists - never a dull moment...

I don't know what's happened yet in today's stage, I'm watching it on delay. Is Greipel still in green? I'll find out soon enough. Either way I know he'll continue to add excitement to this year's Tour.

And Sonya, this post is for you. :-)

Take care,

Thinking of Tulips

After coloring my little Dutch girl yesterday, I couldn't resist pulling out this gorgeous tulip stamp. Oh how I wish the tulips were blooming in The Netherlands right now! Some of my favorite images from the Tour de France include the peloton making it's way past sunflowers or lavender. Riding through fields of colorful tulips would be stunning! But alas, tulips bloom in the spring, not July. But I love them any time of year!

The stamp is from Texana Designs, and I stamped it in light Antique Linen distress ink then painted it with my Koi water colors. The message is also Texana Design, stamped on vellum. I like that vellum is showing up on cards a lot lately, I've always loved it. Yay for still having a huge stash of it from years ago!

My friend Jimmye Sue, owner of Texana Designs, went on vacation to The Netherlands this past spring, and the photos she shared of the tulips were absolutely incredible. One day I *will* see them in person! I will I will I will!!!

Today the Tour has left The Netherlands and it riding through another one of my dream vacation destinations - Belgium. Another country that loves bikes! And lucky me, I have one of my favorite Belgian designers joining me on my blog tomorrow - stay tuned!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Biking in The Netherlands

Hello! Or hallo as they say in Dutch. This year the Tour de France has started the long journey in The Netherlands. And I am loving it! I've heard there are about four times as many bicycles as there are people in Holland. I don't know if it's true, but I really do believe it! They certainly love their bikes! And I think I've figured out my own bike obsession - genetics! I'm Dutch on my mom's side, and it's the heritage I most identify with for sure. So today I had to stamp a sweet little Dutch girl.

I've had this stamp in my stash for a while now, but I've never used it. What a crime!! She's called Anika from Holland, and she's from Your Next Stamp. It looks like she's been retired, but if you'd like to make her your next stamp, she seems to be half-off on their site, nice! I had to color her in a blue dress and hat, because one of the many things I love about Holland is Delft blue. My grandma collects Delft pottery, and I own a couple small pieces myself. I love it. I added a little Wink of Stella shimmer to this blue outfit, because this girl may be traditional, but she still loves a bit of bling. :)

I played along with my friend Leslie's The Crooked Stamper sketch challenge. I went through the trouble of drawing diagonal lines in pencil on the bottom of the card to follow the sketch and try to line my stamping all up nicely, and added bikes and words in those stripes, but then, because one of my biggest stamping flaws is that I can never leave well enough alone, I felt the need to go in and add yellow hearts at random and botch is all up. Hope this still counts, Leslie!

I don't have any Dutch sentiment stamps, so this little Dutch girl is speaking French today. She's saying both Bonjour and Bon Voyage as the cyclists make their way through her beautiful country!

Yesterday's stage got off to an exciting start with the individual time trial. Rohan Dennis from Team BMC won the day. Just look at this happy smile - I'm not necessarily a Rohan Dennis fan but his massive smile sure made me smile. And he completely kicked butt in the TT!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July at the Tour

Today is a great day x 2! It marks the start of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France. And of course, it's Independence Day here in the USA. Happy Birthday, America!

I pulled out some of my favorite older Hero Arts stamps for my first card inspired by this year's Tour de France. The Skyline stamp has been one of my favorites since it came out, and it's especially fun combined with fireworks from Happy 4th. It's hard to tell in the photos, but I trimmed all of the buildings and popped them up, so the card has quite a bit of dimension. I added a little wood veneer bicycle which I tried to make red with a marker. The road is a fun roll of washi tape from my stash.

There are only three Americans starting at the Tour today - the fewest amount of Americans since 1996! Boo! (Read a VeloNews article about it HERE!) One of them is Tyler Farrar, a sprinter. He's riding for MTN-Qhubeka, the first African-based team to ever ride at the tour. "Qhubeka projects aim to help rural communities move forward and progress by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community." I absolutely love this. The Qhubeka project site says that since 2005, they've distributed 40,000 bikes to African villagers, and reduced commute time to school by 75%. I'm not a huge Tyler Farrar fan, but I absolutely love what this team stands for, and I'll be rooting for them! Follow the hashtag #BicyclesChangeLives on Twitter for more information about this project.

Another American rider is Andrew Talansky. He's the current US Time Trial Champion, and he'll be riding a pretty sweet stars & stripes painted bike at today's stage, which happens to be a time trial.

But my favorite American at the Tour this year is Tejay van Garderen!! Some of you have seen me tweet it during races - GOOOOOOO TEEEEEEEEEEEJAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!! And that's what I'll be yelling at my TV this summer, too. Tejay is one of the overall contenders. He's not a favorite by any stretch, but I'm crossing my fingers and toes that maybe this is the summer he surprises everyone. GO TEJAY!! Here's a cool article that he recently wrote, explaining this year's race. And how cool is this t-shirt? I think I need one.

Proceeds from this t-shirt benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. Davis Phinney is a great American cyclist from years past, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons at age 40. His foundation supports those living with Parkinsons. So, a cool shirt to support Tejay, for a good cause.

Alrighty then! Now you know about the Americans at this year's Tour. Yay America! Yay France! Yay bikes!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Coming Tomorrow - TOUR DE CRAFT!!

Hello!! I'm back and ready to blog. It's my favorite time of year! July! Tour de France! Bikes!! CARDS INSPIRED BY BIKES!!!! I find by best card inspiration while watching this amazing bike race through the beautiful French countryside. For the past few years, I've been inviting some like-minded crafters to join me on this journey, and this year is no different. I am super excited to watch le Tour, and I'm super duper excited to share bike-themed projects during the Tour de Craft!

All of the fun begins tomorrow, but I wanted to pop in today to get you all ready to watch le Tour with me! I've shared this in the past, but it's my favorite video for explaining this race.

Click to watch on YouTube HERE.

If you're curious to learn a little about the contenders in this year's race, here's a good video from Cyclingnews.

Click to watch on YouTube HERE.

I also like this photo guide from VeloNews - Tour de France 101: A Beginner's Guide.

And last but not least, if you'd like to see some of my bike cards from years past, check out my Bike Theme cards Pinterest board! :-)

I'll be back tomorrow, and cannot wait!! Vive le Tour!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bear Hugs

Hello! I thought I'd pop in and share a card I have over on the Hero Arts blog today! I am so in love with all of the new products that have come out of the partnership between Hero Arts and the awesome Lia Griffith! I am a big fan of her blog, I love her style, and I especially love her fondness for cute critters!! I played with Oscar Cut-Outs by Lia for this sweet card for my kids' daddy (otherwise known as my husband, LOL!).

The message was spelled out with Vaulted Letters by Lia, and the background has both the Polka Dot Bold Prints by Lia and well as the "father's day" message from the Happy Stamp & Cut set.

You can find full instructions for this card HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Coffee makes me so... HAPPY!

Well hello there! It's me, the person who used to blog here. Long, long ago. Wow it's been a long time!! But I couldn't resist making and sharing a card today, for several good reasons. First, I have a ton (yes literally*, A TON!!) of awesome new Hero Arts stamps I need to play with! Second, it's time for another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!! And third, one of my favorite people in all of Blog Land, someone I've been a fan of since wayyyy back when I very first started blogging - Julee Tilman - is celebrating her 400th Mojo Monday Challenge!!! Can you even believe that? 400!?! Wow. Julee is one amazing woman!

To play along with the coffee theme, I pulled out my new Discover by Lia set to use the cute little coffee mug. (I *adore* this set! It has coffee. It has the Eiffel Tower. It has a bike. HELLO!! This set was made for me!) The "happy" in the background is from the Happy Stamp & Cut set. And those little bitty hearts are from my favorite new die - the Sun Showers Frame Cuts. Love love loooooove how tiny they are!

The sketch, as I mentioned above, is from the 400th Mojo Monday Challenge. Which also happens to be the very first sketch Julee shared on her blog back in 2007 (which is also the same year I started blogging!).

And yes, I'm hopping with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!
I am hoping to start making cards and blogging regularly once again. I have missed it so much!

Thanks for stopping by,

* ok ok, no, not really literally. :-)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seasons Givings - WINNER!

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog during the Seasons Givings Blog Hop, and for leaving so many wonderful comments!! It was very exciting having so much traffic on my little ol' blog for a few days!!

I've selected my winner via, and I got lucky #159!

Shella TravarcaJanuary 4, 2015 at 12:32 PM "Holy cow! 11 stamp sets? Pinch me! Thank you for the chance to win! Happy New Year!"
Shella, please send me an email at with your mailing address, and I'll get these out to you! I hope you enjoy them!!

I'm off to California to work the Hero Arts booth at CHA this weekend, I hope I'll see some of you there! And once I'm back, I hope to get inky and start sharing lots of projects here. All of your lovely comments about last year's cards have inspired me to share more!

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seasons Givings Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! You should have made your way here by way of Laurel Seabrook's blog. If not, head back to the very beginning at the Scrapbook Adhesives blog. This is my second year participating in this awesome hop, organized by the sweet & generous Latisha Yoast. Her intention is to get designers with way too much extra, unused product on their hands to give it away to someone who will give it some love. And, as a way to say a big THANK YOU to our awesome blog readers. I mean really, if you visit my neglected blog regularly, you are pretty darn awesome! I always start each new year hopeful that this will be the year, when I am actively stamping once again - and 2015 starts no differently. Will it happen? We shall see! In the mean time, as I've worked with Hero Arts for over five years now, my stamp room is overflowing with awesome Hero product (yes, LUCKY ME!). Today I want to give away ELEVEN fabulous stamp sets to one lucky commenter. These are sets that Hero made for teachers to use during classes - they are a sampling of the best stamps from a few different sets all on one sheet. And I have ELEVEN of them, so it covers quite a wide range of previous Hero Arts stamp sets!! You can't see it all in the photo, but trust me, there are A LOT of really fabulous stamps here, nearly all that have never been inked.

Just leave me a comment by midnight EST on January 6, and you'll be in the running. I'll post the winner on January 7.

One thing I have liked to do in the past on January 1st is post my favorite cards from the past year. 2014 wasn't exactly an active year on my blog, so there wasn't a whole lot to choose from. But these are some that I really did love - I loved making them and I love how they turned out. I hope you liked them, too!

I was having fun playing with watercolors when I created this one. Details HERE.

March was all about watercolors for me. I was playing with them again HERE too, with my Texana Designs sand dollar.

This sweet card made me happy - and I had discovered a not new, but new to me stamp shop, RubberMoon. Details HERE.

July is always a good month for me & stamping. I go a little crazy with the bike-themed cards. This pretty girl from Stamping Bella was one of my favorites. Details HERE.

Another bike card I loved - I was inspired by a man who was painting scenes from the Tour de France every day as he watched, which eventually he turned into a book, that I now have sitting on my coffee table (yay!). For my watercolored card, I cheated with a printed photo and a light box! Details HERE.

One more bike-inspired card. I had fun with this one because I got all mixed media-y, with the stencil and the embossing paste and the inking with bubble wrap. Found HERE.

This one was for Hero Arts' holiday release, and was inspired by a photograph of bottle brush trees. I loved the unusual color combo. Details HERE.

And finally, a card I made when I was featured on Paper Crafter's Library. An honor, and a very true sentiment on the card. :-) Found HERE.

So... remember to leave me a comment to enter my drawing. And to continue the hop, head to Yvonne Van de Grijp's blog! Here's the entire list of stampers and stamp shops participating today. EVERYONE on this list has something to give away! Be sure to make the rounds!!

Libby Hickson --- you are here!

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy New Year! And happy stamping in 2015!


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