Thursday, October 27, 2016

Very, Very, Merry Banner

I'm seeing Christmas everywhere I go and Halloween hasn't even gotten here yet ! Carols being played in stores, Red & Green everywhere in the craft aisles, holiday flyers in the mail.. And I guess it rubbed off on me because I got out my favorite holiday Susan K. Weckesser stamp sets and created this banner. I started out by thinking I would be making tags, then figured I could use them for cards and finally when I had them all finished ---- I decided they would make a fun banner !! I have it hanging on the shelf in my studio but for Christmas, I will probably hang it across the mirror in my foyer.

I had several graph-patterned journal cards that I cut in half to use for the bases. The stamp sets I used are Very,Very Merry , World of Christmas and Journal Doodles With a Heart. All images were stamped using the fabulous Clearsnap Colorbox Color Pop Mini ink pads by Susan K Weckesser. The colors I used were Kiss, Ice, Mystery and Shimmer. This is a great project for using those bits and pieces of twine, rhinestones, washi and other embellishments that you either have been hoarding or that you have left over from other projects. I used some candy dots from American Crafts and pink glitter dots from Queen & Co. that I just absolutely adore. And who doesn't have some of those little clothespins around your craft space. They were perfect for this banner !! I colored the images with my Stabilo pens and my glittery Kaisercraft Gel Pens.

 washi, twine, rhinestones, banners, candy dots

 hemp cord, glitter pens, washi

 washi, glitter dots, banners

This was a fun project to put together !! I liked looking through all of my bits and pieces and choosing different embellishments for each one.. I am not a fan of making the same card, banner, item over and over again.. I like every card to be just a bit different. 

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 10/23

Hard to believe it's Week 4 of my collaboration with Celeste !! And I'm glad that October has 5 Sundays so we can do it again next week !! The theme for this week is CREEPY, SPOOKY.. Thanks to my friend Terri for suggesting "creepy" -- great minds think alike and I already had a concept in mind.. I have had this stamp for awhile... Another clearance buy at Tuesday Morning and I was just waiting for the right time to ink it up !!

I think I am a pretty normal person... I've worked at the same hospital for 30 years, I'm a bookworm, I love to hang out at Starbucks, I'm rubber-stamp obsessed.  See, fairly normal. I guess.. However, I do have a sarcastic sense of humor, love Sugar Skull / Dia de los Muertos designs, love scary movies ( usually watch them in the daylight - LOL ) and I am a HUGE, did I say HUGE Walking Dead  fan !! When I saw this Roadhouse stamp, I immediately thought it looked like it could have been part of the show.. Who wouldn't want to stop here if you were running for your life from a herd of Walkers ?? But just when you think you are safe -------- there you have all of those nasty blood splatters !! I am really looking forward to the Season 7 premiere tonight !!

  • The card base is by DCWV, an older collection called Immortal Love. I stamped the Roadhouse image by Hampton Art on watercolor paper, then used my bright red Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor ( #35 Carmine Red ) to make splatters on the Roadhouse image.
  • To make the splatters, I wet a brush with water & the Carmine Red watercolor, held the brush over the image and tapped it. You can hold it closer to the paper or farther away or use multiple   brushes to get different sized drops..
  • I wet my index finger, dipped it into the Red and made a fingerprint on the image in the lower left had corner. I then used one of my all-time favorite tools - my Pink DYMO Caption Maker - to create the #THEWALKINGDEADAMC label for the lower right side of the card. 
  • I adhered a scrap piece of Red paper to the card base at an angle with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue, then applied the completed Roadhouse image on top of that, using foam tabs for some dimension. Creepy enough for you ?? It's amazing how much fun I had practicing making blood splatters !! I know that this card might not be everyone's favorite but it was so much fun to make and celebrates my quirky side !!

Today's post is brought to you by a wonderful cup of Chestnut Praline coffee in my new Walking Dead mug, Make yourself a cup of your favorite coffee or tea or cocoa and head on over to Celeste's blog Crafting Junky to see what kind of  spooky mischief she has been up to this week.  We will be back next Sunday to share our posts with you again !! We hope that you will join us and also sign up to follow our blogs if you haven't already.

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Join The Fight For A Cure

I am posting my third and last Think Pink card today in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I absolutely love this stamp set and in the process of buying it, I also made a new friend. I saw a card online that was made with this set - Awareness Ribbon Set #2 . The company is A Creative Journey With Melissa. You can read all about this wonderful company and my new friend Melissa Langford Mueller  HERE. 

Cancer has touched me personally many times - my mother passed away of lung cancer in 1996 5 months after her diagnosis/surgery, my brother at 42 years old of colon cancer in 1996 only 1 year post-diagnosis and I had Thyroid Cancer surgery a little over a year ago.  There have also been many other family members and friends who were faced with this diagnosis. In my 30+ years as an RN - 27 of those in Critical Care - I also dealt with what cancer does to those patients diagnosed and also their support systems. But I also have never met a stronger, braver, resourceful group of people in my life. I support those I know who are faced with this diagnosis as a way to give back to those who cared for my loved ones. And  to those who cared for me. 

I hope that you like this card.... It's a nice way to send some Love, Encouragement, Support and Hugs to someone who needs their day brightened.  Thank you for visiting Meticulosity.  I am always grateful for your time and your comments.

A Creative Journey With Melissa

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Think Pink Winner

The random winner of the "Fight Like a Girl" stamp set from Amuse Studio  is :
I would love the chance to win this perfect set....

Thank you to everyone for commenting and for supporting my creative side by visiting Meticulosity.. I appreciate it more than words can ever express !! Brooke, please contact me to make sure I have your address...I can't wait to see what you do with that amazing set.. Also , a great BIG shout-out to Chris Franco for donating the stamp set... That was so so kind of you !!

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 10/16

It's week 3 of my creative fun with Celeste and this time,  our theme is Fall colors ...  I absolutely love this crafty stack that I got for $5 at Michaels. It is a 12 x 12 stack from Craft Smith aptly named "Pumpkin Spice". I have been using it on quite a few projects these days. 

  • I stamped the Pumpkin image from Unity Stamp Company's  Pumpkin Greetings 3 times - once on plain paper and then again on 2 different patterned papers. I then cut out the patterned pumpkins and adhered them to the plain image. This image was then adhered to a burnt orange card base on the Right side. The ink I used was Memories Black India Ink.
  • I cut the journal card from the Pumpkin Spice paper stack by Craft Smith. The '"Autumn is Calling" image was cut from another page. The journal card was adhered to the Left side of the card base and the Autumn image was popped up at the top of that image using Dimensionals.
  • Several sequins in both Fall & contrasting colors were placed around the pumpkins. I also scattered some fun glitter around the bottom of the pumpkins. 

Fun sequins and Glitter

This blog post has been brought to you by a Gevalia Mocha Latte made in my Keurig coffee maker and served in my Starbucks re-usable travel cup.  That fun cozy on the cup was made by my creatively talented friend, Hetty Sanders who I met through our mutual love of coffee and papercrafting. I had forwarded her a pic of a cool foxy cozy I had seen and she actually made a few of them herself AND sent me one !! Thanks, Hetty -- I absolutely love it !!

Thank you once again for visiting Meticulosity !! I'm sure Celeste has a fun creation over at her blog, Crafting Junky so head on over there, check it out and leave her a comment.. We hope that you will follow our blogs if you aren't already. It's my turn to pick a theme for next week's card --- any suggestions from my commenters will be welcomed and considered. Have a wonderful week and do something creative !!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Think Pink 10/11

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a few years ago, I got this wonderful "Fight Like a Girl" stamp set from Amuse Studios. Most of the images can be used for any type of Cancer Awareness and it is one of my Go-To stamp sets. I received so much support this past year when I went through my Thyroid Cancer diagnosis and treatment. It meant the world to me and I love paying it forward by supporting others who are fighting their own battles. 

I decided I wanted to have a giveaway this month and offer the set to one of my blog commenters/followers.When I contacted my friend, Chris Franco to see if the stamp set was still available, she was kind enough to offer the set to my winner. Amuse Studio offers this stamp set for only a $3 shipping fee and also has free printables and a calendar. There is also a ribbon die available to purchase that matches the ribbon stamp in the set. They are all available here. I have no affiliation with Amuse Studio at all.Just wanted to offer you a chance to have this fabulous set for your own. Thank you so much to Chris for her kindness. And to Amuse Studio for such a fantastic stamp set.

  • I started out with my favorite Kraft cardstock card base and placed some pink floral washi along the top edge and a strip of pink glitter washi down the left side. They are both from the Recollections Tea Party collection.
  • I covered a chipboard tag with a piece of Hello Love patterned paper by Crate Paper. After stamping HOPE with Memories Black India ink, I placed several pink and silver sequins on the tag.
  • THINK PINK was stamped using Pixie Pink ink by Stampin' Up  and punched out with a square punch. I adhered it to the edge of the tag then stamped the cutest pushpin stamp on the tag/edge of the THINK PINK image.
  • The HOPE image was adhered to the Kraft card base using Scotch Pop-up Foam squares.
I will choose 1 random winner on Sunday, October 16. So please comment on this post and sign-up to follow my blog. You will love this stamp set as much as I do. I appreciate you taking the time to visit Meticulosity. There will be another Think Pink card later this week using another amazing stamp set. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Coffee & Cards with Deb and Celeste 10/9

Welcome to Week 2 of my crafty collaboration with my friend, Celeste !! I'm sure you all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My card today is made with that in mind as our theme for this week is THINK PINK..I guess I still must be on a high from the Fall Coffee ( and Tea and Cocoa )  Lovers Blog Hop because the card also has a tea theme. I wanted to use a stamped image that didn't require lots of coloring but that I could use a variety of pink shades on. This one seemed perfect and I love it !

  • On a piece of white cardstock, I stamped a Tea Love image from Unity Stamp Company with Memories Black India Ink. I colored the image using my favorite pinks from StabiloStampin' Up and Distress Markers .And those  2 little prints near the word "tea" were colored with my fingerprint after pressing it onto a pink ink pad.. Below the image I placed a piece of Pastel Welcome Words Washi from Recollections. 
  • The Awareness Ribbon stamp ( and die ) are by Amuse Studio. I stamped the ribbon once then die-cut the image and also die-cut a piece of DCWV Watercolor Stack cardstock. That stack is gorgeous with many sheets having a touch of gold foil.They were both placed above the stamped image.
  • Pink sequins were scattered throughout the stamped image. A hint of green was used on a tea cup to signify growth because having been through a cancer diagnosis ( mine is Thyroid ), I can tell you that the process includes growth as a person, as a patient, as a survivor.. 
  • A piece of contrasting pink paper with sweet little hearts from the Hello Love collection by Crate Paper was placed on the pink card base at an angle. The completed stamped  image was then popped up  ( using Dimensionals ) on top of that paper, also at an angle. I am very OCD about getting images, cardstock etc. straight on a project so I place many images, cardstock etc.  at an angle to allow me to create with just a bit less stress !!
Today's card is brought to you by a wonderful cup of Starbucks Caramel coffee in my fabulous new mug from my friend, Rae. Are we starting to see a theme here with these mugs ?? 

Thank you  for visiting Meticulosity again. Now head on over to see Celeste at her fabulous blog Crafting Junky. Leave her a comment and/or sign up to follow her blog. We hope you are being inspired by our posts. We will see you back here next Sunday !! Make yourself a nice cup of coffee -- or tea -- and create something today !!