Runs with Autumn Scissors
Happy Saturday, happy Fall, happy October and happy to be back! If Penny Black had a truant officer I certainly would be in trouble. Although once I explained my disappearance (as in where have I been) I am sure my absence would be marked “excused”. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will let these photos tell you why I wasn’t here lately:
Gulf Shores, Alabama is a six hour drive from our home in Huntsville. Sadly, it has taken us ten years to get there. I don’t think there will be another ten year gap between visits. This photo was taken from the balcony of our lovely rented condo. The heron visited our section of the beach on the first day we were there. We had perfect weather, a perfect condo and a perfectly wonderful vacation. I did learn something about sand, however. Mainly, it has no manners and invites itself into parts of your body that should remain yours and yours alone.
While I was gone I was able to enjoy the incredible Product Spotlight week with Birgit and the amazing Tag Time posts by the Penny Black designers, thanks to WiFi and my tablet. I have especially enjoyed this past week featuring Autumn–themed cards. While I enjoy the bright floral and sunshine tones of summer, once the weather turns cooler I am ready for the golden and earth tones of fall. Once I have made the first meat loaf dinner of the season, I know it is time to think of Halloween and Thanksgiving as well as fall birthdays.
This little witch is too sweet to be scary! This is a slapstick stamp titled Little Witchy and comes with the Happy Halloween sentiment along with the sentiment “Sorry I’ve been a little witchy”. For sure, this set will NOT be stored away with the Halloween stamps. I will keep it on hand in case of a bad mood emergency.
A sure cure for feeling “witchy” is focusing on gratitude. I’ve used four different dies and the woodblock stamp Letter Background to put this card together. I found the sparkly gold organza ribbon among my stash and instead of hoarding it any longer, I used the entire piece for a very generous bow. This card with a different sentiment would be a great masculine birthday card.
Penny Black has included some amazing nature-themed stamps in the new release. Here I’ve used the slapstick stamp Tall Timbers to provide a background for the deer and leaves. Again, a great Thanksgiving card that could easily be changed to a masculine birthday card.
Last month when I was sharing stories of “how I spent my summer vacation” I mentioned an adventure involving a “crying driveway” and a “big bad bulldozer”. Well, the driveway that cried is attached to my home and the bulldozer eventually came to visit.
One early Sunday morning as we left for church, I noticed there was a little water leaking from the seam between sections of our concrete driveway. Mr. RWS and I talked about it briefly but went on our way and by the time we returned home there was no more leaking water and so we thought no more problem.
Interestingly, the water began showing up each morning by 7:00 am and drying up by 11:00 am. After a couple of weeks of this, I became concerned enough to call the Utility company and request someone to check it out. It was almost like our leak had “high tides” and “low tides”.
The technician came out rather quickly and just as quickly asserted that “it’s your problem, not ours. The water main is across the street.” All I could think of was a very expensive repair of a leaking pipe that could only be reached by digging up our driveway! However, before he left he took a sample of the water with him for testing.
Surprisingly, the tests showed that the water coming down our driveway was NOT treated City water, which meant we were dealing with some force of nature involving groundwater or worse and not simply a leaking pipe.
Well, since we had lived here for almost ten years with no such phenomenon, it was hard to accept that we were dealing with Mother Mature gone mad with our driveway the only one being affected. And as the weeks went by, the leak became worse and became constant, causing a little rivulet of water to run all along the curb. There were several more visits by the water technicians who would get out of their truck, observe the flowing water, shake their heads, mutter something like, “sure doesn’t look good” and then leave.
By now, we were feeling a little panicky. Friends would not drive their car onto our driveway; I zoomed out of the garage in order to get to the street before the driveway collapsed; and I worried we were living above a sink hole. We talked about the impossibility of ever selling our house with the now very obvious “crying driveway”.
Well, a happy coincidence brought the episode to a conclusion. While Mr. RWS was walking Cooper one morning, a neighbor happened to be out for his morning walk and he just so happened to be a manager at the Water Department. He had been observing our situation for a while and had meant to discuss it with us earlier. Mr. RWS related the history and the diagnosis that it was not city water. Well, Mr. Water Department Manager said he would look into the matter and get back to us.
Within hours there was a different technician at our home who retested the water then and there and declared that it, indeed, was City water. Furthermore, it was not going through our water meter which meant it was the City’s problem and not ours.
My first instinct was to hug him, but I knew that would not be appropriate. After at least two months of stress and worry the problem would be fixed.
In another happy coincidence, the most recent technician had been involved with the development of our neighborhood and knew that originally the water meter from this house had been located where the driveway is now. When the driveway was poured, the water meter was relocated by extending a pipe across the driveway. It was this pipe that was leaking.
While my driveway was not dug up to repair the pipe, our water meter and a section of the sidewalk and road across from us was. And this is the big bad bulldozer that dug up everything. Somehow the leaky pipe was snaked out and new pipe snaked in. And the driveway has not cried since (and neither have I).
The Autumn Jewel die set is indispensable for making Autumn themed cards. The diecuts are fun to color using distress inks and a blender tool. I just used a little of this and a little of that, mounted them on some patterned paper along with the Thanksgiving sentiment from the Fall Flutters slapstick set that I stitched down.
Oh, how I love this Pumpkin Patch slapstick stamp! I love the watercolor look, the large size of the stamp, and how easy it is to make a uniquely beautiful card. I inked the stamp with Luxe ink and Delicata gold ink which gives the pumpkins a lovely sparkle. Since one can never have enough gold, I added the Diamond Border diecut to balance out the sentiment. I don’t think pumpkins are limited to Thanksgiving or Halloween; they are great on a fall “just because” card, too.
Those nature-themed slapstick stamps make awesome backgrounds for the cute Penny Black Halloween images from the transparent set Bewitched. These three little mice are going to be covering a lot of ground on Halloween by flying instead of walking.
Cooper had his 6th birthday last week. It is hard to believe he’s been part of our family for four years. There is no number large enough to describe how much joy and fun he’s added to our lives. He lives to please us and is generous with his tail wags, face licks and unconditional love. Happy Birthday, Cooper! I will bring you up to date on Cooper’s surgery the next time I Run With Scissors.
And here it is again: clean up time. I love working in the Penny Black studio, using their fabulous collection of stamps and dies. And now that I straightened things out with the Truant Officer I can count on being allowed to return. He did caution, however, that while he has no enforcement authority over the rules for scissors, he would not hesitate to refer me to those who do. Ooops!
I can’t wait to see your fall creations posted in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. You are an amazingly talented group of people!
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-355 Fall Flutters, 40-421 Tall Timbers, 40-398 Pumpkin Patch, 40-418 Snowy Grove, 30-318 Bewitched, 40-402 Little Witchy
- Dies: 51-071 Words of Gratitude, 51-001 In a Row, 51-161 Into the Woods, 51-007 Tagged, 51-072 Autumn Jewels, 51-069 Together, 51-140 Diamond Border, 51-128 Doodles, 51-076 Spiders’ Internet
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