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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Alps.

I'm back for more of my Tour de France ramblings! This week the cyclists have been making their way through the Alps. Oh how I love the Alps!!! I love the hard-fought battles up the mountains, and the crazy, hold-my-breath-while-I-watch-on-tv descents back down. How these guys manage their nerves going so incredibly fast down these roads, with very little or no guardrails, and drop-offs that look ridiculously scary, I will never know. But I'm sure glad they are able to manage it, because I sure do love watching it!!

One of the battles of the Tour de France is for the King of the Mountains title, and the fabulous polka dot jersey! Which is the inspiration for today's card...

My red polka dots are glittery. I really don't understand why the guys in the Tour don't wear glitter and sequins. I mean seriously. Who doesn't need a little sparkle as they are climbing mountains? If I were in charge of le Tour, there'd be way more glitter. ;-) I used this fun little Hero Arts "this makes me happy" message, because obviously, this does make me happy!

I have had these double-sided circle stickers in my stash FOREVER. I thought it was about time I bust them out for something (I'm trying to destash my messy craft room!!). I dug out some polka dot patterned paper, and used it as a template on my light box to place the dots. Then I just added red glitter!

Today is the final mountain stage of this year's Tour, and it's my very favorite Alp - Alpe d'Huez. It's a total Tour de France icon. Yes, I have a favorite Alp. You don't?? I even follow my favorite Alp on Twitter. :-) But even though Alpe d'Huez is my favorite, this one sure made for STUNNING photos a couple days ago. WOW!

I love how the bikes look as they make their way along the switchbacks!

And before I go... sorry I've slacked off on my Tour de Craft posting the past few days! I've had some guest shuffling, and life in general has been getting in the way. It's been a busy, crazy, unusual summer in my house. My hubs has been out of work the past couple months, I'm heading back to work full-time after being away for about nine years, kids have crazy summer schedules... so yes, I just make cards and blog when I can. That's all blogging has ever been to me - fun when I can manage it! So now you, my wonderful blog readers, know where I've been. All three of you. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Fabulous card! Love the polka dots. :) We went into the Alps in 2011 and my husband rode the Stage 19 that happened that year. He rode over Telegraph, Galibier and did Alpe d'Huez a few times. We stayed on top of Alpe d'Huez in a beautiful ski resort. I'll never forget it.

  2. I need to rest just looking at those switch-backs! How do they do it!?!?

  3. Very fun card Libby!! I have a glittered polka dots CS and I didn't know what to do with it, but your card gave me some ideas! Thanks for posting the wonderful pics of the Tour de France. I don't follow it, but I am amazed to see the course they must go thru!!!

  4. Four! There's at least 4 of us!! I've loved all your TDF cards and the wonderful guest posts too.

  5. Oh Libby, those switchbacks make me cringe just looking at them!!! Wonderful card with those glittered dots, and all the best heading back to work.... hope we still see you reasonably regularly, as I enjoy your work, and your humour :-)


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