Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.
I'm very sentimental about my bike. When I met my Tom almost 30 years ago, he was managing a bicycle shop and I was secretary of the town bicycle club. Some friends introduced us at a club-sponsored ride. Somewhere along the ride I got a flat tire, and Tom stopped to help me – ah, my hero! He was (and still is) a much faster rider than me, so he eventually left me in his dust to finish the ride. He was so shy, it took another six weeks of flirting with him before he finally asked me out. In those days, just about everything we did evolved around the next bike ride.
Three years and many wonderful bike rides later, we married and then honeymooned in Vermont, riding our bikes along the crests and valleys of the Green Mountains. And when I was delivering my first child, I got through labor pains by picturing myself bicycling up a big hill – knowing I'd get to the top and be able to coast down.
My bike gave me some of the most fun adventures around the beautiful rolling hills of southern Indiana and eventually Texas with our two children strapped behind. Of course, now they leave me in their dust, too! Although technology has improved dramatically for road bikes, I still hold onto the same Trek bicycle that introduced me to my Tom.
So, it's a huge honor to get to highlight Mo's Digital Image illustration of her Mummu on a Bike. As I colored it I imagined myself as this Mummu some day – the wind in my hair, the sun on my face and a spray of beautiful windflower flowers to take to a dear friend. Now, that's heaven!
First and foremost – I made this as my first guest assignment on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Design Team. I am so freakin' excited to have been chosen among such unbelievable talent. I am incredibly humbled and also a little nervous. I hope I meet everyone's expectations. The challenge this week was to make a card using blue, brown and a neutral color.
In support of Joann B's blogaversity challenge, I used Kraft as my neutral color and incorporated some sewing elements. I love sketches to jump start my design mojo, and this week I used the sketch from The Pink Elephant's challenge #55.
Here are the Copic Markers I used and the rest of the recipe:
- Embellishments – Blue Moon Charms, Stampin' Up! Corduroy Baha Breeze button, white flower from Stampin' Up!'s Pretties kit.
- Fibers – Stampin' Up! Kraft Taffata ribbon, miscellaeous string.
- Ink – Copic Markers (see above).
- Paper – Neenah Solar White Ultrasmooth Classic Crest 80 pound cardstock. Stampin' up! Kraft, Close to Cocoa Cardstock and Parisian Breeze designer paper (retired)
- Stamps – Mo's Digital Image Mummu's Bike
- Tools – Nestabilities Classic Rectangle Large.
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