We delivered our trucks in Wilmer, Texas yesterday. These past couple of weeks have been fraught with so many opportunities. You know, problems in the making to opportunities.
I should be posting this to my “Foolishness and Mayhem” blog but I’m going to do it here. Only because I have photos and a video in the works…that is if I can have more than 10 minutes to do them at a time.
After delivering our trucks we got a call from our neighbor. The managers of our mobile home park are coming down on all of the residents to clean up their lots. Joe had left a couple of tire carcasses near our porch that needed to be taken to the tire shop we deal with to be disposed of and some pieces of equipment of Joe’s has been neatly stacked and out of the way but has incurred the wrath of the park management. The note said to move it NOW or they would do it for us. So we came straight home from Wilmer to take care of these items.
Plus, the water pump Joe had replaced in our pickup two weeks ago has been leaking a little so back to the original shop that fixed it in the first place. Which is also near home. Turns out a hose clamp was faulty when it was installed and the culprit for the leaks. Our porch is cleared off, tires taken to the shop, equipment stored away and we have spiffed up our end.
The consensus is the park is up for sale and they want to do curb appeal fixes to put on a good face. Now they spruce the place up – go figure.
Okay, enough of that and on to the real stuff I’m wanting to write about.
I had mentioned in my “Because I can’t read – Challenge” post using macaroni as a stamp or a mask. I tried it and the results are promising. Needs a little bit of polish and a do over or two but I think this might be something worth looking into later when I have several days to putter around.
Spaghetti noodles as masks, and elbow macaroni as flowers. A bit hit and miss but it does work.
I laid the spaghetti noodles on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock then spritzed with my brew. This worked until the paper curled from the wet then the noodles rolled all over the place. Even after I dried the paper with my heat tool.
Spaghetti noodles vs. repositionable adhesive. Noodles 1 – repositionable adhesive 0.
I then took an Elbow Macaroni, pounced it on a Cameo Coral ink pad to make the “pink” flowers. Then Brilliant Blue for the other flower.
One thing I feared was the moisture in the ink would soak into the noodle and then make it mushy. No, that does not happen. The noodle stays dry and firm while the ink does not penetrate into the noodle.
NOTE: Cameo Coral, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White are Stampin’ Up! products. The inks may be discontinued – I don’t know. The Whisper White card stock is still available – at least I think it still is.
Next experiment in progress got interrupted by an untimely knock on my window with exclamations of needing help outside to get things cleaned up. Which meant that Joe was finally ready to get cracking on the task of cleaning, purging, and putting away his stuff from outside.
I have a piece of vellum from Club Scrap that I used in a plastic Stampin’ Up! stamp box. Repositionable tape to hold the paper inside the lid. I put several elbow macaroni pieces in the larger bottom of the box and several drops of Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) in with the macaroni. Give the box a good shake and bouncing racket and the results are….
Six hours later and the ink is still wet on the Vellum. I’m going to leave it over night then see how it turns out tomorrow morning. Vellum is not as porous as card stock is. It is notorious for ink smears, smudges, and all ill manner of whimper inducing bad stuff when not handled properly.
Any type of ink application to Vellum REQUIRES administering hot air via the heat tool to set the inks.
Liquid ink from the reinker DOES soak into the macaroni. Discolors it to be exact. I’m leaving these bits to dry to hopefully play with them once again tomorrow.
We still have to go back to Nashville for the final set of trucks to be delivered to Wilmer, Texas. However the dealership in Wilmer is not open on the weekend for delivery so we have to plan our driving over the weekend to be able to deliver on Monday. Then it will be back toward home to get trucks from the Port of Catoosa, near Tulsa, Oklahoma to be taken to Las Vegas, Nevada. That is all for next week.
I’m only focusing on tomorrow and getting to play before I have to go back to work.