“Pedal, pedal, pedal!” That’s what the guys used to yell when someone was climbing a hill on a bike. It was supposed to encourage the rider. I just wanted to say, “Seriously? What do you think I’m doing?”
I loved riding bikes as a kid. We went everywhere – and if it got tough, we got off and pushed. It was just a fun activity. I rode through the orchards, on the road, through the fields. It was a way to relax, to get from one point to another. And then I started riding with my husband.
I love my husband dearly. However, I do not enjoy doing “sporty” things with him. Riding bikes, paddling a kayak or canoe, taking a hike – these are things I like to do to relax and have fun. To Mike, they’re a competition to see if he can do it faster than the last time. This isn’t fun for me. Fortunately, I gave birth to two children who are adrenaline junkies, so they can do these things with their dad. I’ll find girl or guy friends who want to relax and have fun, and I’ll ride with them.
This is probably the reason Mike will never buy a tandem bike. He knows if he gets into his “pedal, Pedal, PEDAL!” mode, I’ll just stop, and he can pedal for both of us. Even though I’ve lost about 15 pounds since Christmas (feel free to comment if you notice; I won’t be offended!), no one wants to drag our combined total up a mountain alone.
When I saw the Pedal Pusher set, I knew I had to have it. Plus it was free, so – hey, “win/win!”
I used the World Map (stamped on Sahara Sand in Early Espresso) for a background, because I think it would be fun to tour different countries on a bike. Like Italy. Of course, if I was in Italy, I’d be stopping to listen to music and eat pasta and drink wine – so I’d need to be on the back of a tandem bike. Or in the sag wagon.
The Pedal Pusher stamp set is one of the Sale-a-bration sets you can get FREE with a $50 order. I stamped it in Early Espresso, and carefully colored it with Stampin’ Write Markers. Early Espresso is a water based ink, but if you’re careful, you can color without having the ink bleed. I added the basket and flowers to the front of the bike. Don’t you love photopolymer stamps that you can place perfectly?
The flower embellishment is one of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack punches. I punched one from Perfect Plum (to pull out the color from the flowers) and one from Elegant Eggplant, then added an It’s My Party Enamel Dot to the center.
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