Now then, SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE
have a theme of Olympics or Sporty and for a Professional Flump that really is a challenge, lol, although I am very interested in watching many sports. Regular readers will know about my passion for Formula 1 and Rugby Union.
But it's a third passion that has inspired my card for this challenge - I adore professional road cycling, especially the three Grand Tours, the Giro d'Italia, la Vuelta a Espana, and of course at this time of year, the big one, Le Tour de France - and what a great year us Brits are having in the Tour! So, nervous and excited? Yes, nervous for Bradley ahead of today's individual time trial, excited because if all goes well he could be confirmed as the first EVER British winner of the Tour - and that's since 1903. That is a race with some serious history behind it - 109 years worth! Yeah, I know, there have always been issues with idiots who try to cheat with drugs (Lance Armstrong is innocent by the way - I've said so, so it's got to be true) but 99.99% of the riders are clean, and it makes for an amazing endurance race. It's like watching a three week game of chess on wheels, with all the tactics and clever team work. Simply breathtaking. And of course there is the beautiful French scenery as a wonderful bonus.
Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings, here is my card:
Ingredients for this are:
Stamped Image LOTV Riding My Bike
Medium Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers (Sunflowers) Prima, (Yellow) magazine freebie
Extras Hero Arts Fancy Flags for bunting, alphabet set for sentiment
Shall I explain the bunting? Oh go on, you know you want me to - there are three main competitions within the race and the leaders of those competitions wear the appropriately coloured "jersey".
Green is the points competition (points are awarded at various stages throughout each day of the Tour), Polka Dot is King Of The Mountains (ditto points for the categorised climbs) and
Yellow is the overall leader - the rider who has done the distance in the quickest time.
When you consider that these lads have been riding for three weeks, sometimes up to six or seven hours a day, it is amazing to think that only 2 mins 5 seconds separates first and second at the moment.
It is only half an hour to go before the live tv coverage starts so I'm off to put on my Le Tour t-shirt (oh yes) and start crossing everything ......
Edited to add GO BRADLEY! Stormed the Time Trial today and goes into the last stage to Paris tomorrow with a lead of 3 min 21 seconds!