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Sunday, July 18, 2010

They'll never know if I don't tell them...

...but I can't help it, I'm going to tell you anyway! This is yet another card inspired by - you guessed it - the Tour de France!! No, really! It is!!

Anyone know how this could possibly be inspired by le Tour? Anyone see who won the stage on Saturday? It was none other than Alexander Vinokourov, or Vino as we like to call him (darn, just realized, I could have made a wine card too! hee hee). He's from Kazakhstan, which used to be part of the USSR back in the day - so I am making the assumption that they like these nesting dolls in Kazakstan as much as they do in Russia. I may be completely wrong, who knows. But I was inspired by Vino to break out these stamps nonetheless. The card is also done in Vino's current team colors. Vino used to be one of my favorites. Then he broke my heart (anyone been following my blog since wayyyy back in July 2007? LOL!). He did blood doping, the most popular of all the many ways to cheat at cycling. He served his two year suspension, apologized to the world and now he's back at le Tour. I wasn't sure if I could love him again after the heartache he caused me, but I've given it some thought and, well, I just can't help it. He has more heart and guts than most of the guys out there. He paid for what he did - a two year suspension at the height of his career - and he seems truly sorry. So what the heck. I'm pretty confident he won't be the last cyclist to break my heart. Sigh.

I saw a really great quote on this subject - making mistakes, having regret, starting over:

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." -- Anonymous

So there ya have it. Vino was so emotional & happy about his win on Saturday, it was really great to see. I've read that this may be his last Tour, so if it is, it's nice that he goes out with a stage win.

And now... not that any of you stampers are still reading this... I'm sure I lost you at the first mention of the word Tour... but I will tell you about the card anyway. The stamp set is called Dolls from Hero Arts - love it so much! I played along with Jen's Sketch For You To Try for the layout:

I've also played with one of the Splitcoast Dare to Get Dirty challenges, if you're a fan club member you can view this challenge hosted by Bev HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,

  • Stamps: CL289 Dolls from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Cardstock from Stampin' Up, DP from The Paper Studio
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Black Glaze pen (on eyes), white gel pen
  • Accessories: Spellbinders die, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, machine stitching, Michael's ribbon, embroidery floss, button from My Favorite Things


  1. LOL! You are too funny!!! And sooo creative, love your card and your story behind it. Gorgeous stamps!!! And I'm still amazed you did this!!! LOL!

  2. Libs, I have been lovin your Tour posts!

  3. Girl I LOVEEEEEE reading your posts - from start to finish - even with tour details that make my mind whirl!!! LOVE where you get your inspiration from Libby!!! Seriously - you so rock!! The colors are gorgeous like Vino's outfit (do they call them outfits? yikes! my tour terminology is kinda pathetic!!!) and the texture and layout are beyond fab!!!!
    LOVE it girlie! You rock-ity rock rock!!!
    big hugs,
    Sankari :)

    ps - and no I didn't get to see him on Letterman :(((( but am so glad that you drooled for the both of us!!! yay!!!! Love you!

  4. Love this creative card and story! So much wonderful dotty goodness and great colors, Libby!!

  5. Well I got team colours right but they are really a huddle of Vino fans! Gorgeous card Libby! Love everything about it. Great quote too! Roll on the next Tour card!

  6. You're right, I wouldn't have known! I would've just thought "wow,gorgeous card!". I love the connection that you made to the Tour.:-)
    All of the details make this card so pretty!

  7. Fantastic card, Libby! Lovin' all your tour inspired cards!

  8. I, for one, read every word and smiled the whole time. From your adorable, sunny card, to your Tour stuff (I'm going to write a book called "All I Need to Know About the Tour de France I Learned From Libby's Blog"), to that great quote -- loved it all! :)

  9. what a great card-love where you got your inspiration for it and thanks for sharing that quote, it speaks to me right now *wink*

  10. So super cute! love the colours and the inspiration from where it come from. Gorgeous!

  11. I love this!!!! I love all the beautiful layers and your coloring plain ROCKS!

  12. OOOOMMMMGGG!!!! The tour really DOES inspire you! that is beautiful and so perfect from the inspiration image!!

    You amaze me!

    Thanks for getting dirty with us!!!

  13. Great colors and use of the sketch!

  14. Hey, Libby! I totally read the entire post and think you are nothing short of a genius! Your stories are great fun and your cards are fabulous!

  15. Darling!! Gorgeous (Tour de France;))colors & I love the nesting dolls!! :)

  16. Yeah I stuck with ya... actually we have watched the tour in the past. Hubby and I like to ride our own bikes around the bike trails in Seattle. There are hundreds if not thousands of miles of trails around here. But the most I've ever gone on one ride is only about 35 miles so... I've a ways to go! lol
    Anyway I LOVE your tour inspired card, Libby.


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