It’s not often that a card makes its way out of my craft room with no stamping but this was a special occasion for a very special crafty bike-loving friend! 🙂
I have a confession to make…I don’t know how to ride a bike. Seriously. The person who invented the phrase “…it’s like riding a bicycle” never met me. I did know how to ride a bike…when I was like seven. And then we moved to Japan for a few years sans bike. And when we moved back when I was in 5th grade I was all gung ho about riding bikes again. But then my mom, who’s always been big into safety for some reason, 😉 laid down the law that I was not allowed to ride my bike without a helmet, knee guards, and various other safety equipment. And I don’t know about you but I was not about to go riding around the neighborhood with my helmet-only friends while I looked like a walking advertisement for every piece of safety gear known to man. So I decided I didn’t need to ride my bike anymore.
I tried a few more times…once in high school and more recently when my husband and parents bought me a gorgeous bike for my birthday a few years ago. And I’m AWFUL. I don’t know if it’s a combination of being older, out of shape, and more aware of how dangerous it is for me to fall while riding a bike (broken bones and all) but I’m such a chicken! Literally my husband loaded up me and the bike in my car and we drove to a local park and I practiced in the parking lot and it was hilariously awkward. But I’m not giving up yet…someday I’ll be brave again! 😉
Anyway, all that to say…while I am no bike expert I have a crafty boss lady who is a bike lover so I created this interactive card for her! I die-cut the Classic Bicycle with audrey blue and silver glitter cardstock. Then I die-cut the wheels for the bike with slate cardstock. I adhered the silver glitter elements over the teal cardstock and tied teal thread over the handles to mimic streamers. Then I poked holes through the center of the bike wheels and poked a brad through the holes. I inserted the brad through the wheel, too, and folded the edges back to allow the wheels to spin.
Next I die-cut the Drifting Stitches die with fog grey cardstock to create a hill for my bike. I adhered the bike with foam mounting tape making sure to allow the bike wheels to spin freely. Then I die-cut my sentiment using silver glitter and audrey blue cardstock and adhered it to the card. Finally I added a pop of color using a few doodlebug heart stickers and a coating of spectrum noir clear sparkle to the teal bike!
I hope my friend will like it! 😉 Thanks so much for visiting and have an amazing day!
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Sandy Mcallister says
Very clever card Love the turning wheels and streamers.. Balance is usually the problem with cycling., why not try doing some balancing exercise for awhile before trying the bike again. Good luck
Such a cute card, I love it and the colors you used. I know your friend will love the card. Will have to get the die for the bike.
Have to say, I’m not a bike lover either. It’s been years (maybe decades) since I pedaled but I do know you’re a brave person so I’m sure you’ll be getting on that seat in the future. After all, you put yourself out there with your crafting and music all the time…yep, that’s brave.
In the meantime, no stamping required on this lovely creation. I’m positive your pal will love it.
Kristine Boydstun says
This is such a cute card! I love the flowing ribbons from the handle bars!
Karen @ MisplacedMojo.com says
You are not alone! I was totally able to ride a bike as a child but stopped by age 8ish maybe. Then my husband surprised me with a nice bike at age 28 and it was like I was somehow handicapped and physically incapable. After falling repeatedly, and looking like a fool, I gave up. I had hinted for a stationary bike, not a real one. Guess he was thinking we could ride together, but I was thinking I would “ride” in the air conditioning!!! LOL I love all the sparkle on your bike! If I were to try to ride again, it would have to be a sparkly bike!!! Good luck! You seem determined so I’m sure you’ll get it!
Angellica May says
Beautiful design and I really did the colours suit this design completely. X
Barbara Smith says
That is such a fun card! I used to love riding my bike, but sadly when we get older and realize how breakable our bodies become, we let caution take away adventure.
Terrie D. says
What a beautiful card! The colors are perfect and I love the streamers! Good luck with the bike riding; it really is fun once you get the hang of it 🙂
Joanne Hoffmann says
SO CREATIVE! Would never have thought to “not stamp”! LOL
Tara Prince says
Super fun card! I love the bike!!
Celeste Goff says
Jess, this card is amazing! So many beautiful details with the scene and all of the great texture and shimmer you added!