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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back to School Tandem Bicycle Card

Was inspired by a picture of a bicycle in the newspaper that you can see below of a bicycle with Watermelon wheels.

I cannot ride a regular bicycle. Never learned how to ride & not going to learn now. Hubby & I ride a Tandem Bicycle; thus the fondness for Tandem Bicycle images. Our tandem bicycle is black.

Made the background using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. For sky I used 3 shades of blue: faded jeans, salty ocean & tumbled glass. For grass I used TH mowed lawn.

Used memory box die to make the Tandem Bicycle.

Recycled some cardboard from a Kellogg's pkg to make the Bicycle more sturdy.

To give the wheels a Watermelon look I came up with something that I think is quite clever. I cut the wheels out of green & red cardstock. When I cut the wheels out of red cardstock I took a piece of vellum that I had put Scotch ATG adhesive on and placed it onto the memory box Bicycle die and then poked thru the holes of the die to get the red pieces to attach to the vellum with adhesive and it worked. Then I cut the wheels in green and placed the outer part of the wheel in green on top of the red. Used a black Sharpie to give the wheels watermelon seed look.

Bicycle basket has Kraft brown cardstock for front & recycled cardboard for back for depth. To give the Bicycle basket more of a basket look I used an embossing folder on Kraft cardstock. Used foam adhesive in between the Kraft & cardboard to give it depth.

Used foam adhesive to pop up the Bicycle onto the inked background.

Used Cricut cartridge Disney Classics for apples. Apples are cut at 1". Base of apple is black. Used a glue dot to attach apple to the apple black base. Used a poker to push out the tiny piece of the green for the leaf. Used tweezers to pick up the leaf to place on the apple black base. Used tweezers to pick up the stem which is made from Kraft cardstock to place on the apple black base.  Stacked the apples in the bicycle basket.

Stamped TPC Studio school sign on Recollections chalkboard cardstock using Colorbox Frost White ink. Used Spellbinder die to cut out sentiment tag sign. Recycled an Outshine wood popsicle stick for sign. Used Tim Holtx Distress Ink on the popsicle stick.

Supplies List 

adhesive: foam, glue dots, Scotch ATG
buttons: 2 mini green - on the Bicycle wheels
Cricut cartridge: Disney Classics  1" Apples
embossing: Lifestyle Crafts GooseBumpz Chain basket weave emb folder - bike basket
ink: ColorBox Frost White
marker: Spectrum Noir DR1 Red  - on bike horn
memory box: die - Bicycle Built for Two
paper: vellum  cardstock - Kraft brown (apple stems, base, bike basket)    
   Recollections chalkboard
   black, green, reds, white
recycle: cardboard from Kellogg's pkg
Spellbinder: Nest Large Labels
stamp:  TPC Studio Teacher - sentiment
Tim Holtz: Distress Inks - faded jeans, salty ocean, tumbled glass, mowed lawn

Entering this into the following challenges:    

9/2 C.R.A.F.T. Ch326 Back to School   5E(#2)  8/27

9/3 Sweet Stampin Ch School Days  2E(#1) 8/29

9/4 Allsorts Ch Wk326 Recycle/Upcycle  3E(#1) 8/29  Recycle - Outshine wood popsicle stick for sign
9/4 Glitter N Sparkle Ch152 Add Buttons  3E(#2) 8/30
9/4 Suzy Bee's Ch#89 Anything Goes w/ Twist ... Create your own background  UE 8/29

9/5 Craft Your Passion Ch277 Always Anything Goes  3E(#3) 8/31

9/6 Bitten by the Bug 2 Back to School Ch  UE 8/31

9/6 Kraft Journal Ch239 Color - Watermelon  2E(#1) 8/31  

9/6 Simon Says Stamp Mon Ch:  Trio of Colors    5E(#1)  8/30  
   Trio of Colors - 3 blue shades TH Distress Inks - see Supplies List for details

9/7 Fan-tastic Tues Ch101: AnythingGoes w/Twist ... Make it Cute   4E(#2)  Must be SquareorRectangle  9/1
9/7 Scrappy Moms Stamps Terr Tues Ch - Back to School   UE 9/1

9/8 Simon Says Stamp Wed Ch:  Make It Colorful   5E(#1) 9/2

9/12 Dies R Us Ch32 Back to School  3E(#1)  9/1

9/13 Craftin Desert Diva Craft it Up & Link It Up Linky Party Ch#63 "Just for Kids"  UE 8/31
9/13 Fantabulous Cricut Ch#259 Back to School   3E(#1)  8/31

9/14 {PIN}spirational Ch#148   5E(#2) 9/1

9/30 DL.ART Sept Linky Ch 1Eperday/no stack 9/1

9/30 Paper Sweeties Insp Ch #35 Sept 2015  UE 9/1



  1. What a cute tandem bike, Melissa! I love the apples spilling out of the basket!! Thanks for sharing this darling card with us for the Paper Sweeties September challenge :)

  2. This is so sweet, Melissa. I have never tried a tandem bicycle before. Sounds like fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Melissa - the other honeybee. ;)

  3. Love your bicycle with its watermelon wheels! And the apples in the basket are so adorable! Such a fun card!! Thanks for joining us at this month's Paper Sweeties Challenge! And for the sweet comment on my blog!!! :) Jill

  4. Fabulous card, Thank you for entering the Glitter N Sparkle Blog challenge x DT Lisa x

  5. Brilliant card and so pleased you joined us at CRAFT this week hope to see you in the new challenge starting tomorrow

  6. Oh wow, Melissa, this is fabulous!! I love how you made the wheels into watermelons!! So creative!! I love that tandem bike die!! Thanks so much for playing along with the DL.ART September Linky!! Have a great evening :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts
    DL.ART DT Member

  7. Love the watermelon wheels and basketful of apples. So cute. Thanks for joining the Scrapping Moms Stamps "Back to School" Terrific Tuesday Challenge.
    TTFN~DT Debby

  8. Loving your bike Melissa! The colors you used are wonderful. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Back to School Challenge' at BBTB2!!!! :)

  9. Great inspiration, lovely creation, cute bike die cut.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  10. Great inspiration for a lovely card

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  11. Cute tandem bike with those watermelon wheels. My boys used to love riding their bikes to school. I love all of those apples and the pretty background. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  12. Cute tandem bike with those watermelon wheels. My boys used to love riding their bikes to school. I love all of those apples and the pretty background. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  13. Cute tandem bike with those watermelon wheels. My boys used to love riding their bikes to school. I love all of those apples and the pretty background. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  14. What a super darling card!!! I LOVE the fun bike--it's fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sweeties! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  15. Great card - must remember your idea of using the cereal box to make things more sturdy!

    Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin'.


  16. Super card. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

  17. Very nice card--so many details and techniques--love it! Thank you for sharing on BBTB2!

  18. Fantastic card, great layers added and I really like the bicycle die cut.
    Hugs, Lori m

  19. LOVE IT! Really cute! Thanks for playing with us at FCCB :)

  20. Very cute. What a great take on the photo inspiration. Thanks so much for entering the Kraft Journal challenge.

  21. Fab card! Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  22. great card. Love the apples i the basket!

  23. Love this bike - this is a super fab idea. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  24. Sweet bicycle! Love the red wheels and great inspiration! What a lovely back to school card! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  25. The bicycle is awesome. Gorgeous back to school card. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

  26. you are right, life is too short to be anything but happy.

    thanks for joining in our challenge at BBTB2 this week.

    Love your take on the subject, adding the stack of apples on the bike - very nice. put a smile on my face.


  27. Great card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL. challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  28. I've never actually seen a tandem bike before-looks like fun! Thanks for joining our BBTB2 challenge last week!

  29. Oh, what a fun bicycle! Love the basket filled with apples...too CUTE! Thanks so much for joining us at DRU this month for the 'Back to School' Challenge! Please come back soon!:-)

  30. OMG how creative and cute! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  31. How clever! Love the bike so much! Thanks for linking up at Craftin Desert Divas!

  32. Such a cute back to school card - so creative! Thanks so much for joining us a Paper Sweeties!

  33. Very cool! Love what you did with the tires....and I never thought to cut images out of cardboard like that! I will definitely use that sometime soon!

  34. What a cute card. I love the tandem bicycle die cut! Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge this month!