Joy Ride

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle,
I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. Wells

Pure Innocence Wheelie Like You

I met my happily ever after on my bicycle.

I was the secretary of Bloomington, Indiana's bicycle club. He managed a bicycle shop.

We were at a club sponsored picnic when some friends introduced us. He was sitting under a tree with a paper plate of food, shy and unimpressed with me. So, it was a brief and forgetful encounter.

After the hot dogs, we jumped on our bikes and he disappeared in a crowd of riders.

Pure Innocence Wheelie Like You Card

That afternoon, at the top of a hill on old Highway 37, I had a flat tire. I had the tools and a spare and was pulling off the old tire when that quiet, shy guy stopped and fixed my tire for me faster than a sneeze.

He was so sweet and unassuming and cute, even in those hideous bicycle shorts! Every pump of air he put into my tire made me want him more. We rode together for a few miles and then he left me in his dust at the next hill. My heart followed him, but my legs couldn't keep up.

Bicycle Die-namic

I visited his shop under the guise of soliciting advertising for our club newsletter for weeks. I even resorted to high heels and tight slit-up-to-here skirts for attention. I wasn't used to spike heels, so I tripped a few times walking into the store. He smelled like bicycle oil and rubber tires – which I thought was crazy sexy – and he never laughed at my high-heel, wonky walk.

Our newsletter got lots of advertising money from the Bike Rack that Fall, but more importantly, after six weeks of flirting, he finally asked me for a date. 

Wheelie Like You Duo

Bicycles make a great matchmaker.

Taos Truck Tom and Linda


Tips & Tricks

I had some help from some fellow My Favorite Things designers for this card.

  • I used Inga Groot's tutorial: Coloring on Kraft with Prismacolor Premier Pencils (part of the My Favorite Things Academy series) to color the skin and hair. I've been wanting to try this for ages, and Inga's instructions made it so easy. I love the way it turned out. The rest of the little doll is paper pieced and fussy cut.
  • Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch 181 (SSSC181) gave me a great canvas to work with.




Today and tomorrow the designers are giving you another peak at all the new stamps and dies being released on April 9. I'm featuring the new Pure Innocence stamp set, I Wheelie Like You, which, of course, I Love. And, how cool is it that there's a bicycle Die-namic being released this month, too. So many wonderful things happened to me on a bicycle – so, of course, I demanded asked to be able to feature this set. I hope I did it justice.

But, still, there's so much more to see.

You can get all the details for some insanely huge prizes and see what the other designers have created (amazing!) at the My Favorite Things blog.

Here are the goodies I used.

The links below for the newest items will work after the release on April 9.

Joy Ride Finished size 5" by 7". I Wheelie Like You finished size 4-1/4" by 5-1/2". Other ingredients: October Afternoon Midway 8" x 8" paper pad; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Prismacolor Premier Pencils, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, Copic 0.3 Multiiner. You can go to the Inga's tutorial here to see exactly which pencils I used.

Wheelie Like You

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Sweet Comments

  1. Such fun and bright colors! Adorable cards!!

  2. Great love story!!!!! So sweet and so are the cards!
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  3. OMGosh these are so fabulous!
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  4. You two are the best!

  5. Christine Dearinger says:

    What a way to impress a boy!Loved your story Linda.Great cards and good to see you trying new techniques.
    Congratulations.I am sure you had a smile on your face when you saw that bikes would feature this release.

  6. I always enjoy your stories – and your work too. Thanks for taking the time to share

  7. What a great story, thanks for sharing, cute cute cards as well.

  8. I love how you left the bike uncolored! So cool!
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  9. Love love love your cards!! Gorgeous!!
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  10. What a great love story! My hubs is a biker, I’d certainly slow him down if I biked with him. The cards are awesome, & I love the bicycle theme!

  11. fun card= beautiful love story

  12. your posts are always entertaining. what a sweet, sweet story. I love your cards, they are fantastic!
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  13. Beautiful cards and even more beautiful story! I was about to cry when you wrote he left you behind in the dust lol.
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  14. Oh Linda, I love both your cards. I have got to try Inge’s tutorial for coloring on Kraft CS. I especially enjoyed your story of how you mest your hubby.
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  15. Sweet Cards! I love the girl being more 3d.
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  16. I can not wait to have this set of stamps! Perfect for me!

  17. Super cute!!! Love the wonderful colors with the Kraft! Love your story! So sweet!!! TFS the photo of the two of you!
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  18. Liz scahefer says:

    Beautiful colors and great card.

  19. I really like that bicycle die and that image. They make a great pair together for many creative possibilities. Great Job!
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  20. I am sorry I gave up the wrong blog address in my last post… Oops, how stupid of me. Now I have the right one ;o)
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  21. Beautiful card, what a sweet story, may u enjoy many more happy years

  22. Utterly adorable cards, Linda! LOVE the bright colors on both!
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  23. Tammy Hasnon says:

    Ok stories like yours give ME hope for mankind. Your cards are wonderful and the memories behind them are even better. I really must make time to revisit Inge’s tutorial on how to color on kraft…you have certainly mastered it. Very nice work. Thanks for sharing the story and your gifted artwork.

  24. Love them both!!!
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  25. Your cards are adorable! And I love the prisma coloring!! But best of all….I really enjoyed your love story!!
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  26. These are FANTASTIC Linda!!! LOVE her pants and the color combos!!! LOVE the pic of you and your hubby too!!!
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  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE your story, Linda!! I had no idea that bicycles brought you together, how wonderful. :-) Love your gorgeous cards, too. I need the stamp & the die, ack!!! Placing an order as soon as I get home…!!
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  28. Sweet dreams are made of this :) Nice story there. The cards are just so adorable

  29. Gorgeous cards Linda – great colouring!
    This PI cutie was just made for you, with a wonderful love story like that… Makes me want to get out on a bike in the sunshine, with my dearest 😉
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  30. Sweet card! Sweeter love story!

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