Beautiful Ride

Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.
~ Gary Allan

Bicycle Ride

Sometimes life isn’t beautiful . . . I know everyone feels that way occasionally. Mr. Catered Crop and I were sure feeling it , and we know our limits. Sometimes we just have to get out of Dodge – or at least dodge the Texas heat. So, we packed up the car for a Road Trip!

Beautiful Ride

In less than 48 hours we’ve savored decadent dark pecan toffee bars at Wiseman Chocolate in Hico, Texas, chilled to live music at Santa Fe’s Bandstand in The Plaza, gobbled up amazing cheese blintzes at the all-organic Cafe Pasqual, visited the gallery of pick-up artist Barbara Bowles, and been pampered by The Inn of the Five Graces.

It feels good to put up our feet and prove to ourselves that life really is a beautiful ride – especially with my favorite riding buddy.

Feet Up


Tips & Techniques

I didn’t have time to snap pictures of this card before I left, so I brought it along and took these pictures in the courtyard of our hotel. It’s for our Map It! challenge – have you played yet?

I love that, even with MapQuest on our phones and GPS in the car, my husband still likes to map out our trips with an old-fashioned Atlas. I snagged some pages from an old Atlas to embellish the card – and clipped the streets from my neighborhood to personalize it.

HOT Neighborhood

I used Karen Giron’s fun Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #191 (SSSC191). Here are the other ingredients.

Finished Size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Also included: Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana Classic Ink and Cardstock (retired); Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral Classic Ink (retired).


We’re planning more adventures tomorrow. Until next time, I’ll leave you a with part of my favorite Gaelic blessing: “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.”

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Sweet Comments

  1. So glad to hear you are taking a much needed, rejuvenating vacation. Mr. & Mrs. Catered Crop deserve the very best and it looks like it just might turn out to be a special time for such special people, Road trips are awesome even in the form of a Catered Crop Card!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful road trip, I think I could use one of those myself!! Love your pretty cards, the green bicycle is fabulous!!
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  3. This is so adroable, I love it.
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