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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 1/22

Welcome back to our first blog collaboration of 2017. Celeste and I look forward to bringing you cards to inspire you and selections of coffee to tempt you. We will have a guest blogger with us each month and to kick off our year, we have Terri Albro Burson. Terri is an amazing papercrafter and coffee lover so she fits right in with us !! Celeste chose the theme for this month and she selected a Mood Board for us with the colors Black, White, Pink and Gold :

I was inspired by a calendar I bought on clearance this week. It is all things Paris and had several pictures with our chosen colors. I cut out  the images that included our Mood Board colors and used several on my card.


  •  I adhered a piece of white patterned paper with gold accents from the MAMBI paper pad "Joyful" to a Kraft card base.
  • The Metro and window images were cut from the calendar and adhered with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
  • The Paris and Eiffel Tower images were stamped with Memories Black India Ink on Neenah Stardust White paper and then die cut.  They are from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Collection - French Flight.
  • The word "PARIS" and the Eiffel Tower were  popped up on the card using dimensionals. I colored the word PARIS using a Faber Castell Pink Madder Pitt Artist Pen.
  • Several white and black sequins were adhered to the Right side of the card as a finishing touch.
Today's card was brought to you by a fabulous cup of Caramel Coffee in my other Cat Lady mug.  I suppose the fact that 2 friends gave me "crazy" Cat Lady cups just about makes it a done deal that that is a true description of me ! But in my defense, I only have one cat.  The picture was altered using my Rhonna Farrar app on the iPhone and that cute banner is from one of  its Susan K Weckesser packs.  It is really a fabulous app for working with your pictures. That yummy muffin in the picture was made by my awesome guy, Brian. They are made with Fiber One cereal and he made them from scratch without a recipe !! He added chocolate chunks and they were absolutely delicious !! He was trying to re-create a recipe that his dad used to make for their family when Brian was growing up. He said that his came pretty close !!

Please take a look at Celeste's  card using the Mood Board colors at her blog -  Crafting Junky . And give Terri a warm welcome as our guest this month by visiting her at  Waving My Wand and leaving her a comment. Terri is an Adornit IT Girl, a member of the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's Team, and designs for So Suzy Stamps and Two Paper Divas. And that is just a short list of her creative accomplishments !! We are thrilled to have her with us this month. Be sure to sign up to follow our blogs if you haven't already done so.

Thank you for starting off your year with us. We will see you next month.
February is one of my favorite months -- full of hearts and love ...

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Friday, December 30, 2016

Houses to Share

This month we are sharing our creativity as members of the Susan K Weckesser Creative Team by giving away something that we have made . As we head into 2017, I am getting my new planner ready and also notebooks to carry with me. I am always jotting things down at the bookstore or craft store, haven't gone totally digital yet. I still love my handwritten To Do lists !!

I decided to share a few notebooks that I embellished with the cute house that has been a favorite of mine these past few months. The stamp set Heart-Full Homes has many cute stamps including the house I used. I will be wrapping these notebooks and leaving them  at my local coffee shop and bookstore. There is an Art Abandonment Group on Facebook that I have been following and I will be including a note created by them. The recipient can look up the Facebook page and post about their find or e-mail me if they would like.

Notes 2017

My Thoughts 2017

  • The 3 notebooks that I used were all clearance items at Barnes & Noble many years ago. I did not pay more than a few dollars for any of them. 
  • The paint samples that I used reminded me of a house,which was perfect ! I adhered everything with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Adhesive.
  • The house image was stamped with Susan's Clearsnap Colorbox Color Pop Archival Dye Ink and then colored using a combination of my favorite markers - Stabilo, Faber Castell and Distress. I also added a glittery heart to each of the roofs.
  • My Dymo Label Maker created the cute labels on each notebook. And I added a cute paper-punched cloud to finish the piece.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing what I am going to be abandoning this week. I'd like to send a notebook to 2 of my followers who leave comments on this post. I will choose 2 people at random. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Have any of you ever done any art abandonment projects ?? I'd love to hear about it if you have..

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!

Art Abandonment Note

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team