Sunday, May 28, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 5/28

Another collaboration from me & Celeste for May. This month,our challenge was to make a children's card. I do not have any young children or very many kid-themed stamps, so I had to put my thinking cap on for this one... I remembered that I had several stamps that had sayings by children on them and finally chose the one I used today. Our guest this month is Sybrina King, who is involved in the Send a Smile 4 Kids campaign, that collects and distributes handmade cards to patients at Children's Hospitals.  We are thrilled to have her join us !!

  • For this card, I started with a Molly & Rex watercolor card base . I placed a few different washi tapes at the top and bottom of the front of the card.  The Llama washi and striped washi are both made by Recollections for Michaels.
  • On a journaling card from the Project Life "Charming" Edition Core Kit , I stamped the fun Inkadinkado image using Memories India Black Ink.
  • A butterfly was punched from a piece of scrap patterned paper that I had in my stash and then stapled to the top left corner of the stamped image,
  • The journaling card was adhered at an angle using my Bazzill Marathon Tape Runner. Kids often do say the darndest things and I think this advice is perfect.
  • If you're feeling blue, try painting yourself a different color !!

And now on to our Llama -----

Funny story about the Llama. I bought the tube of washi for the unicorn design that was included and wondered what I would EVER do with Llama washi tape. I am involved in a fabulous postcard swap group called the Love Notes Postcard Project and this Round, I was lucky enough to be paired randomly with a friend, Anne Ryan. Well, she outdid herself by sending me this wooden Llama postcard that she bought and embellished on the back with a lovely mantra. So, immediately, my Llama washi came to mind and I used it on this card to send to her.. So if she sees  this blog post before the card arrives in Washington state, the cat is out of the bag, so to speak... But I wanted her to know how much she means to me and also how thrilled I was to get to use my Llama washi !! Coincidence, I think not ?!?!

Please check out Celeste's card at her blog -  Crafting Junky. I have a feeling that it is going to be Dino-Mite !! And you will be inspired by Sybrina's project at her blog - Taking Life One Page at a Time . We would love for you to leave us comments and also to follow our blogs. 

This month's coffee is brought to you by a wonderful Iced Coffee - Hazelnut Cinnamon Roll from Guy Fieri ( yep, he makes coffee too. )  I am using one of my Starbucks Reusable cups that I bought for $2 . This is a design from last year and I still love it. Bright and springy !! I hope you have enjoyed our collaboration for the month of May. If you would like to be our guest sometime, please contact me or leave a comment here with your contact info. I look forward to seeing you back here next month and hope we have inspired you. 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rubber Moon Mail Swap 5/2017

I am in an absolutely fabulous club on Facebook  -- The Rubber Moon Mail Club. Rubber Moon makes the best stamps - they have unique designs and amazing artists ! Owned by Kristen Peters and her hubby - we call him Mr. Moon - Rubber Moon is one of my favorite companies EVER !! As a member of the Mail Club, I get exclusive stamps and artsy surprises every other month. On the Facebook page dedicated to the Mail Club, you can choose to swap with other members each time you get your stamp shipment. This group is drama-free and full of kind members who share ideas and their love of Rubber Moon. Many are now my friends !! Kae Pea ( Kristen Powers ) is not only our fearless leader; she also designs stamps and is an amazing artist !! Today I am showing you what I sent to my assigned person. In a later post, I will show you some of the amazing goodies that I have received ..

Card and tag using Sunny Carvalho stamps, Notebook using Jane Cather  

 I AM MY ART by Kae Pea

Pixie Dust by Sunny Carvalho

Tend to Your Soul tags // Frida by Kae Pea

Card detail // the window stamp was our exclusive stamp

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and checking out my latest swap creations.. I hope you will stop by the Rubber Moon Facebook page and their web-site . You will find one-of-a-kind rubber stamps along with other great supplies. And who knows -- you just might be swapping with me one day if you decide you decide to join in the fun !!

Debra Davison // Meticulosity

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 4/23

Another month has gone by and it's time for my blog collaboration with Celeste. We have been inviting our blogging friends to join us and this month, I am thrilled that my creative friend, Jennifer Scull has joined us. Jennifer is an amazing paper-crafter and has been on many design teams. She is also passionate about the environment and the important role science plays in our everyday lives. She challenged us to " Geek It For The World " and create a project with the environment/our world in mind. This coincides with Earth Day, which we celebrated yesterday, April 22 and also the March For Science. The main goals of the March are to call for science that upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public's best interest. I attended the March here in Norfolk with Brian and it was really an amazing experience. To learn more about it, you can check out their website here. I created a journal page that highlights a few things we can do each and every day to help us save the earth. After all, it's the only one we've got. Or as one of the signs at the March so aptly put it "There is NO Planet B."

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle, Repurpose

  • I started with a piece of 6x6 paper from the Studio Calico "Lemon Lush" collection. The tree image from Unity Stamp Company "Grow Yourself Extraordinary" was stamped on the bottom center using Memento "Rich Cocoa" Ink
  • From a scrap of American Crafts "Exploration" paper, I punched out a globe and adhered it to the globe area of the tree image. 
  • K& Co. SMASH Trees Sticky Notes were lined up across the bottom of the 6x6 page. The words Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle, & Repurpose were made with my DYMO Caption Maker and adhered to the sticky notes.
  • The LOVE the Earth image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a scrap of pink paper. The image is from the Unity Stamp Company set " Eco Chic ". It was then adhered at the top of the page and a few sequins were added for highlight.
  • LOVE the Earth was colored  with Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens.

I hope that you like my project for this month.It started out as a card but, then had a mind of its own!! I'm reminded to recycle more in order to save this wonderful planet of ours. And as far as science goes, I am a nurse and Brian is a firefighter. We use science every day. Science saved my life when I was treated for Thyroid Cancer. I can't emphasize its importance in just about every aspect of our daily lives. So my message for the current administration in the White House is to think seriously about further budget cuts and what you are doing that has impact on the environment. And that is where my coffee cup comes in this month. A "vintage" Mary Engelbreit mug that sends my message to President Trump.......

Please head over to Celeste's post at Crafting Junky. I'm sure her project is beautiful as always. And please check out Jennifer's card on her blog Just Coffee Please...& Stamps, & Ribbons, & Paper.  She makes amazing cards using gorgeous ribbons and other fun elements. We hope you enjoy all of our projects and will sign up to follow our blogs. 
Thank you again for visiting Meticulosity  !!

Debra Davison

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Miss Polly Prissy-Paws

On Sunday, April 9 we said a heartbreaking goodbye to our beloved cat, Anna... Her full name was Andromeda Cassini but we called her many other names ( which I am sure she hated, but tolerated ). Anna Banana, Boo-boo, Pooh-bear, Peanut Butter.. Really no rhyme or reason to most of these  nicknames. But Brian called her Miss Polly Prissy-Paws after a South Park reference and ot seemed to suit her. She could be sitting right near you, yet when you called her name, she would look around  very slowly as if  to say  " Why, I am sure that you could NOT be talking to me?!?! " Our day to day life is so much emptier without her, but are hearts are full of 13 years of wonderful memories . For that we are grateful. 

  • I mounted a scrap piece of pink-hued paper onto a Mollie & Rex watercolor card base from Michaels.
  • Using Memories Black India Ink, I stamped a cat image from Waffle Flower "Flora Cat" onto the right lower corner of the pink base and the Thank You sentiment from Stampin' Up onto another scrap piece of pink paper.
  • I cut out the Thank You image and mounted it onto a scrap of gold glitter paper, then adhered it yo the upper left corner of the pink base. 
  • The cat image was highlighted with some Distress marker  & PITT Artist pen coloring.
  • For a finishing touch, I placed a small piece of a paper doily in the upper right corner.

I took this card to Bay Beach Veterinary Hospital for Dr. Karen Smithwick and the team who tool care of Anna. Along with the card, I tool some homemade Kitchen Sink brownies. We were so grateful for the care that Anna  received and also how they treated me and Brian.

I know that not everyone understands how much we could love a pet but Anna was a part of our family for 13 years and she will be greatly missed. I still "feel" her presence everywhere in the house and especially miss her waiting for me in the window when I arrive home from work.. Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you. I appreciate that you took the time to read this ..

Friday, March 31, 2017

Signs of Spring

I made a card for my Skipping Stones Design Team March post and loved it so much that I decided to make a set. I do not like to make the same card over and over with the exact same papers etc., so this is a variation on that initial theme. For me, Spring days are full of birds chirping, flowers blooming and of course, coffee drinking. Lately I have been enjoying the lovely pastel cups at Starbucks. 

Today is also the last day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I will be linking this card there. If you are in need of some inspiration and love coffee ( or tea or hot cocoa ) , please check out the Blog Hop. There are over 1000 link-ups this time -- an amazing record !! Shout-out to Amy Tsuruta and Chaitali Narla for coming up with the idea for this fabulous Hop back in Sept.2014.

I hope you've been inspired by my card. It's a dreary.rainy day here in Virginia Beach,VA, but any day off work is lovely to me !!  Stay creative and have a wonderful weekend !!

Debra Davison/ Meticulosity

Heartsong 2

Best of Birds

Coffee 2

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Let Your Dreams Bloom

Another installment of our blog collaboration is here and I guess you could say that we have gone International. Our March guest is my friend, Liz McGuire from Glasgow,Scotland. She is amazingly talented and has been on many Design Teams as well as being published in numerous paper-crafting magazines. We wanted Liz to choose our theme for this month's posts and she came up with this Inspiration Board. Don't you just love these colors, especially with Spring right around the corner ?!?!

As soon as I saw this, I immediately thought of a stamp set that I have had for awhile but have not gotten inky yet. I'm sure you have some of those in your stash,don't you ? I had fun paper-piecing on this card - one of the techniques that I love using, It allows me to combine 2 of my loves - stamps & patterned paper !!

  • I started off with a patterned card base by My Mind's Eye that was a perfect color for this challenge. I kind of have a "thing" for boxes of patterned cards. 
  • I stamped the succulents and sentiment from the Unity Stamp Company stamp kit Succulent Salutations, which was their June 2016 sentiment kit. It is an amazing kit with the main image, 14 sentiments, a flower and 2 cute birds. My ink pad was  Memories Black India Ink.
  • The images/sentiment were stamped on Stardust cardstock and several pieces of scrap patterned paper that were luckily in the colors from this month's Inspiration Board. See, it helps to keep those scraps !! At least, that is what I have been telling myself all these years ...
  • A yellow doily was folded and placed in the upper L corner. The sentiment was stamped, then punched out with my ever-faithful square paper-punch. I then stapled it to a contrasting square of patterned paper and attached it to the doily with a Pop-Up Glue Dot.
  • On the main image of succulents, I paper-pieced the R and L vases and the middle succulent. I then colored the remaining areas with my Tim Holtz Distres Markers. For some shimmer, I used a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
  • A strip of glitter washi was placed at the bottom of the image as a shelf for the succulents. Tombow Adhesive was used to adhere the stamped images, paper-pieces and doily onto the card.

This month's card has been brought to you by an amazing cup of Jamaica Me Crazy coffee in my wonderfully colorful mag. I hope that you are inspired by our Inspiration Board chosen by Liz and that you liked the card I created. Now it's time for you to head over to  Crafting Junky to see what Celeste came up with. I hope you will also take a look at Liz's blog  Buttons for Brains - I am sure that she has outdone herself !! We welcome your comments on each of our blogs and also invite you to follow each of us. Thank you SO much to Liz for helping us broaden our horizons and taking this collaboration to another level !!

This is where I blog ....

Debra Davison

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 2/12

Back again for our February Blog Collaboration -- just in time for Valentine's Day.  Red, hearts, flowers, Cupid with arrows.. There are so many fun images and designs that are perfect for Feb. 14. So, what did I do ?? Of course, I decided to be different and come up with something completely non-traditional. Not much red, no big hearts and strangely enough, NO stamping !! I was talking to a friend who has young children and she was wondering what she could make without a ton of  "artsy" supplies. So I put my thinking cap on and noticed my new band-aids from Target $ Spot. And then this idea came to mind. This would be a cute card to make with your children. You could write the sentiment or stamp one. I just happened to use my DYMO Caption Maker.

  • I used a striped card base and placed a strip of green glitter washi down the R side / portrait position. 
  • On a MAMBI Pocket card, I placed 3 band-aids vertically, side by side. 
  • The "Stuck on You" caption was made  with my DYMO caption maker. My guy and I love the Sugarland song "Stuck Like Glue" and this card is based on that. I sent the card off to him in the mail this morning.
This month, Becky Ledbetter is joining us. Becky makes cards, she sews, she knits and crochets, she scraps. I hope you will check out her project on her new blog This Chick's Challenge.  And 0nce again, Celeste has another amazing card to show you this month. Check it out at Crafting Junky. As always, we hope that you will sign up to follow our blogs as we create our way through 2017. 

This month's blog post was brought to you by one of my favorite Starbucks cups - and it is perfect for Valentine's Day. I have had it since 2010.  I am drinking Caramel Apple Bread Pudding coffee and it is absolutely yummy !! Who comes up with these coffee ideas ??? And just because I love Valentine's Day so much and hearts, hearts, hearts, I also made a tag and an ATC with the cutest stamp set by Lisa Arana with Unity Stamp Company - Aw Shucks, Lulu. I paper punched a heart out of a sheet of cardstock to use as a stencil.  Victorian Velvet Distress Ink was used to create the hearts. A bit of washi, some twine and several Tim Holtz Ideology words completed both projects.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Meticulosity. I very much appreciate it. I hope we have inspired you to get creative. Who knows ?? You just might pull out that box of colorful band-aids and come up with something !! See you next month !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity