Runs With Scissors… and MORE trouble with liquids!
Hello, my Penny Black friends. I was able to tip toe through the tulips today and hope spring is making its appearance in your part of the world. For my friends “down under” you must be anticipating autumn. It’s been a busy morning for me here at the Penny Black studio. I am working on using every stamp and die in the So Special release. Here are the cards I finished today:
I used my ink blender and Memento Luxe inks to apply color to watercolor paper and then placed the Gentle Whisper II die on the paper so that the colors landed where they were supposed to. I then added a little detail using watercolor paints. I created that background with more Luxe inks by sparsely inking the Letter Background stamp, spritzing it with water and then stamping lightly onto watercolor paper. Don’t you love the detail the Edger die adds? The sentiment dies in the So Special release come in a variety of fonts. Use the whole sentiment or single words.
I am working on improving my watercoloring. I painted Butterfly Charmer using a brush loaded with water and paint and then lightly blotting the image afterwards. I find this gives me more control over the depth of color. The sentiment from the transparent set Sentiment Collection was stamped on vellum and then stitched into place.
The Medallion die has a permanent place next to my die cutting machine. Perhaps “versatile” should be part of the name of this set. For those of us who struggle with masculine cards, this die will help solve that problem. I’ve added a little butterfly from the Flights of Fancy set and the sentiment is from the Special Thoughts transparent set.
You aren’t going to believe this:
We have had “trouble with liquids” again. One would think the universe would realize we have paid our “liquid trouble” dues and would have mercy. Sadly, the past week has been very moist!
A week ago, thankfully after I was showered and dressed, the doorbell rang and an elderly gentleman introduced himself as a neighbor from up the street. He felt compelled to point out to me that there was water pouring from the water meter in our yard and from the water main across the street. I thanked him kindly and assured him I would be calling the Water Utility people.
Note: Some of you may remember the story of our “Crying Driveway” that I wrote about last October 17th. After several months of “it’s your problem”, “No, it’s your problem”, a neighbor who is a management type at the Water Utility sent new people to check out our problem. Indeed, it was the city’s problem and it involved the water main across the street. It took a backhoe and at least five men who dug up a sidewalk and part of the road to solve the leaky driveway issue. They just removed the orange cones last week.
Well, the Water Utility men stopped by the afternoon my neighbor pointed out the leaky meter and diagnosed the problem as being a split hose in the underground sprinkler system. I asked how that was connected to the leaking water main across the street and he assured me it was coincidental. I was a bit skeptical but when Mr. RWS came home from his morning on the golf course he shut off the water to the sprinkler system and said he would see to the repair as soon as we needed to start watering the lawn again.
A day or so later we discovered a small puddle of water in the garage leading from the water heater. I checked the serial number on the heater and discovered that it had earned its retirement and we needed to think about buying a new one. The leak dried up in a day and we blissfully put the leak out of our minds.
Fast forward to last Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. RWS were cleaned up for church and went into the garage only to discover a waterfall type leak coming from the top of the water heater. This was not subtle. Think volcano with water instead of lava. What to do? Church or no church? Call a plumber on Sunday? Thankfully Mr. RWS has many tools and he used a variety of them attempting to slow down the pouring water. He used only Sunday language. We discovered water was even pouring out of a vent pipe on the side of the garage. It was water, water everywhere.
We decided to let it just pour its little heart out and left for church. Four blocks later we realized that soon the water would be pouring out of the garage and down the driveway and the neighbors would be rightly concerned. So back we went to see if we could stop the flow entirely. This time Mr. RWS opened the little valve at the bottom of the heater and let the water pour out faster and finally the water tank was empty.
Back we went, into the car and made it to church only five minutes late. There was no sneaking in, however, as we always sit in the front pew. The pastor was still greeting the congregation so our late entry was very much noted. I almost started to explain why we were late and a little damp around the edges.
The first item on the agenda when we arrived home from church was a call to the Water Utility. It seemed to me that when they fixed the leak in the driveway, they blocked off the escape route the water had from the main across the street. The next obstacle was our sprinkler system hose and when Mr. RWS cut that avenue off, that high pressure water found its way to our hot water heater and blew its little head off.
The Water Utility person agreed that the problem was too much water pressure to our house and I suggested to him that it sounded like that would be their problem. “No, no, no”, says he. “You need a pressure regulator on your water line. Normal pressure is 50psi or so and your home is at 80psi.” We have too many psi’s! Who knew? Why has this never been a problem in the ten years we’ve lived here? Why did no one mention “water regulator” after our driveway water disaster?
After a trip to the home improvement store and hundreds of dollars letter, we are now at the mercy of the hot water heater installer to give us a call (they have two business days) to make an appointment to come to the house to see what he needs to install a new heater, and then set a time and date for the install. Oh, and he does not install the regulators; that requires a separate contractor. I am hoping the company that repairs the sprinkler system knows how to install regulators.
It was all so much easier when we could just jack up the front of the trailer and let the water run out the back. I never thought I would say that.
I’ve combined the Your Day, Layered Flower and Edger dies to assemble this card and added a touch of green from the Leaves die set. I cut two of the flowers, one from the same blue print from the Wintertime paper pad as the sentiment and one from white. I then alternated colors when assembling.
How cute are these pillow boxes? I used the Pillow Box die set including the tiny button die that comes with it. I can’t wait to use that ice cream cone on a birthday card. I decorated the striped box using the Bow Set and the Circle Tags set. Love that little button decorating the center of the bow. My head is tossing around ideas for Easter themed decorations and filling the boxes with jelly beans.
This cutie is from the Easter Parade transparent set and is only one of several adorable, fun-to-color images. I found coloring with light colors very relaxing and didn’t worry about shading or lighting or any technical issue. The Love is Growing diecut makes the card even sweeter and adds texture.
He hates this collar and tie as much as it shows in this photo. Guess we will let Cooper go casual for Easter. I don’t understand how some dogs love dressing up but Cooper prefers his birthday suit.
Mr. RWS and I have decided we need to invest in some rubber boots. We have great concerns about where the next surge of water pressure will attack. I have visions of one of us being blown out of the shower some day. Or the dishwasher exploding. Or the washing machine flying through the kitchen window. I sure hope those regulators work; we bought the expensive ones.
I only have time for a quick good bye and a hearty thank you for all your enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive comments over the course of the RV saga. I was certain I had no more “trouble with liquid” stories to tell, but isn’t that the way life happens? Please share your lovely work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. In between fix-it chores at home, I love to browse the Gallery.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 40-442 Butterfly Charmer, 30-350 Sentiment Collection, 30-338 Special Thoughts, 30-334 Easter Parade
- Dies: 51-197 Gentle Whisper II, 51-218 Heartfelt Thanks, 51-209 Edger, 51-132 Flights of Fancy, 51-211 Medallion, 51-002 Leaves, 51-202 Your Day, 51-207 Layered Flower, 51-210 Pillow Box, 51-212 Bow Set, 51-204 Circle Tags, 51-181 Love is Growing, 51-027 Triple Banner
- Paper: 80-012 Wintertime