Saturday, May 25, 2024

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / May 2024

It's hard to believe we are almost halfway through the year !! This month Lisa and I are being joined by our former Crafty Elf teammate, Michael Trent !! We are happy to have him back for May and can't wait to see what he's come up with ..



For my cards this month, I used 2 stamp sets by Julie Nutting for Prima Marketing Inc. - Merry Nice and Warm Wishes . These are older stamp sets from 2014 but can still be found on Etsy and eBay. 




  • I stamped the Warm Wishes Prima girl on  2  pieces of white cardstock and then stamped the holly leaf next to each girl , using Memento Tuxedo Black ink .
  • The girls and holly were colored with my COPICS.
  • Using Memento Lady Bug and Cottage Ivy inks ,I stamped the sentiments.
  • Naughty or Nice was stamped on a piece of white cardstock and then die-cut with a Pierced Chain Round Die.
  • Happy Winter was stamped on a piece of tan patterned paper and then die-cut with a Stitched Rectangle Die.
  • The scallop borders were die-cut from a Basic  Grey 25th and Pine paper pad that I have been hoarding since 2013. I used a Tim Holtz Alterations  Scallops  die from Sizzix .
  • I adhered a scalloped border to the top of each stamped panel . The die  makes 2 borders - 1 with holes punched across the border and 1 without .
  •  I adhered the sentiments to each panel with foam tabs.
  • Naughty or Nice was adhered to a Kraft card base and Happy Winter to a white card base.

I have many of these Prima girls and will be inking more of them up soon !! I hope they inspire you to get started on a few holiday cards .. For more creativity, take a look at Michael's and Lisa's cards at these links -




Thanks so much for stopping by . And a BIG thank-you to Michael for joining us, We will see you next month as we reach the halfway mark to Christmas 2024 !! 
Until then, stay creative ..


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Coffee and Cards with Deb & Celeste / May 2024

Spring is finally here and what better theme for my May collaboration with Celeste !! It is a bit rainy here today but Brian just planted some items in the garden and is happy for the wet weather today ..  Our Spring inspiration photo is beautiful and I hope it inspires you too ..


You do not just wake up and become the butterfly -
Growth is a process

I loved this stamp from the minute I saw it !! This beautiful image is  Sapling Tales from Aall & Create .. A stack of books with some lovely flowers - perfect for my post today !!


  • I stamped the image on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 
  • It was colored with my COPICS and Flair pens.
  • I die cut the image with a Double Stitched Rectangle Die.
  • A piece of vintage-looking floral paper from  the Pretty Things collection by My Mind's Eye was adhered to a Kraft card base.
  • I matted the completed stamped panel with a pale pink cardstock.
  • The panel was adhered to the floral paper with foam tabs.

I love the message on this card - Choose Joy .Sometimes in the midst of turmoil in your life, it's hard to remember to be grateful and happy. Today I am  grateful for my friendship with Celeste and our mutual love of coffee and cards . We are both choosing JOY today. Check out her card over at her blog - Crafting Junky . I know it will be as beautiful as all her other cards ..

My coffee today is Vanilla Skyline from Brooklyn Bean Roastery . I made iced coffee and have it in my new cold cup from Starbucks. I had enough points on my Starbucks card to get this cup for free and couldn't resist it . It obviously has our sweet cat Pixie on it !! The design is by Chinese artist Monyee Chau . Don't you love it ?!?!?!





Thank you for stopping by my post today . Please check out Celeste's also. We will be back next month with more coffee, cards and inspiration for you !!
  

Until next time -
Stay Creative


Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Monday, May 13, 2024

Cancer Sucks !!

No one can dispute that Cancer Sucks . I certainly wouldn't . I had thyroid cancer in 2015 and went through treatments and surgery . Now I am considered cancer-free. One of the new release stamp sets from Technique Junkies  includes 9 stamps for you to use to support someone you know who is dealing with cancer.  People often don't know what to say to someone who has a serious illness . I know that I appreciated every card and note that I received  ... I made 2 cards to mail to friends to brighten their day with the Cancer Sucks set .


  • I stamped 2 of the sentiments on pieces of white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink .
  • Angel Pink Memento ink was used to stamp the Cancer Sucks sentiment next to the Tuxedo Black sentiments .
  • The sentiments were die cut with Stitched Square dies.
  • I have been hoarding an amazing paper pad by Me & My Big Ideas that is all Breast Cancer Awareness themed . I adhered a piece of glitter ribbon paper to a Kraft card base and a large pink ribbon piece to a white card basee.
  • The Fighting Cancer panel was adhered to the glitter ribbon paper with foam tabs. Small white and pink glitter paper punched banners were stapled to the upper left side of this card 
  • The PICC Line panel was adhered with foam tabs next to the large pink support ribbon on the other card .

This stamp set is just one of the 13 stamps/sets in Technique Junkies latest release. Check  them all out HERE . You can always save 10% on your order when you use my code - TJ10Deb. I'll be posting more projects throughout the month along with my talented teammates. I hope you will take some time to get creative too !!

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Coffee and Cards with Deb & Celeste / April 2024

Celeste and I are back with our Coffee & Cards blog collaboration for April . Every month  we choose a theme and make a card . We both love coffee so we also talk about what coffee we are drinking or cute new cup we are using !!  This month we chose to create with stamps from one of our favorite companies - Unity Stamp Company . I have so many of their wonderful stamps and this gave me the chance to finally ink up a set  that I have had for awhile.



Remember Me is a fabulous stamp set !! The woman with the suitcase is easily colored and fussy-cut and there are also 5 sentiments included. The sentiments are appropriate for a variety of cards - travel, encouragement, thinking of you .



  • I stamped the woman with the suitcase on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink .
  • The sentiment was stamped next to the woman with Memento Teal Zeal ink .
  • I colored the woman with my COPIC markers .
  • The DCWV Postcards paper pad was perfect for this stamp set . I adhered a piece of postal paper to a Kraft card base and also cut out and paper-punched some of the stamp images for this card . I used a fun postage stamp punch .
  • The stamped panel was adhered to a piece of turquoise cardstock and then adhered to the Kraft card base.
  • I placed the 4 "postage stamps" on the stamped panel with foam tabs .

I loved this stamp set so much that I made 2 cards for this post. For my second card, I fussy-cut the woman and used a Tim Holtz Chipboard Quote .



I can't wait to see what Celeste has made. And especially which Unity stamp she has chosen to create with !! Take a look at her card over at her blog at this link - Crafting Junky . This month I am drinking Iced Pecan Praline coffee  - and I'm using a new Java Sox "Coffee Break" coffee sleeve . These sleeves keep your drinks cold and your hand and table dry .  I have a few of these and also like to give them as gifts !!


Thank you for visiting and looking at our latest creations !! We love coming up with new themes to challenge us and it's always fun to see how different or similar our cards are !! I already have several ideas for the next few months . Until then, Stay Creative.


Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / April 2024

Lisa and I are bringing you our holiday cards for April so we can stay ahead of the Christmas rush this year .. Each month on the 25th, we have new inspiration for everyone. I also try to start addressing my envelopes, placing address labels etc .. Have you started on your holiday cards yet ???



My card  was made with the DEC 25 Bird by Stampendous . I bought this stamp with a few other Stampendous holiday images last year and forgot I had them .. Sound familiar ?!?!



  • I stamped most of the Dec 25 Bird image on white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink . The sentiment was stamped with Catherine Pooler Skylight ink .
  • The image was colored with my COPICS.
  • I used a Clear Wink of Stella marker to highlight the 25, hat and red breast.
  • The completed stamped image was trimmed with the Tim Holtz Tonic Deckle Torn Edge Trimmer.
  • Rhinestones were placed on the hat pom-pom and the bird's eye.
  • I adhered the panel to a black card base.



You can see what Lisa made over at her blog - 
Thank you for stopping by to see our latest holiday creations . 
We will see you next month .



Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Monday, April 15, 2024

Technique Junkies Stamp Release / April 2024

So excited that today we are bringing you the latest release from Technique Junkies . There are 13 new stamps/stamp sets for you to create with .  Releases will now be every 45 days  and for this one, you will get 15% off all the new images through April 25th . As always, there is a special price if you just have to  have them all !! 




I had lots of fun with this release and it was a difficult decision to decide which images to use first . But I finally settled on these 2 - Advice From a Wildflower and Wild Poppies . I had the idea in my head to stamp on vellum and luckily, it translated well to paper !!


  • I stamped the Advice From a Wildflower image on a piece of vellum with StazOn Forest Green ink .
  • I cut it with a Stitched Square die . 
  • The Wild Poppies image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock .
  • I colored the poppies with my COPICS .
  • The completed stamped panel was adhered to a red card base.
  • I placed clear fairy dots at the corners of the stamped vellum.
  • I used Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere the vellum to the stamped image .  I placed the glue exactly where the fairy dots were so you couldn't see it .

I really love how this card turned out . Do you do much stamping on vellum ?? I will have to try it more often !! There are 11 additional images available with this Technique Junkies release and these links below will show you more creations from my fellow Design Team members .

Deb - You are here
AJ


Please remember to use my code - TJ10Deb - for 10% off everything except for the 13 new releases . The new stamps are 15% off with no code required through April 25 . I hope you've enjoyed seeing my latest Technique Junkies card . Do you have a favorite new release ?? I'll have some Technique Junkies blog candy for one lucky person who comments on this blog post with their favorite new stamp .  Thank you for stopping by  to check out this latest release. We will be back with the nextone at the beginning of July .

Until next time -
Stay Creative



Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Monday, March 25, 2024

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / March 2024

Spring is in the air and the Crafty Elves are back with their March cards. We create holiday cards every month and post them on the 25th - giving you some inspiration to start on your  own stash . This month, Michael  Trent is back for a visit . He joined us as a Crafty Elf in January 2020 but recently stepped away . Luckily for us though, he's back as our Guest Elf for March. 

For my card this month, I used a sweet set from Art Impressions - Sledding Window Set . These stamps can also be used with their Shadowbox Window Die  I have many of their Window stamps and absolutely love them !! Several of these sets now also come with a matching accent stamp/die.



  • I stamped the window & snowman images on white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink .
  • The window image was die cut with a Stitched Square die and the snowman was cut with the matching die that came with the stamp set .
  • I colored the images with COPICS.
  • I cut a piece of Sizzix "Winter Greetings" paper and adhered it to a Kraft card base.
  • The completed window was adhered to the patterned paper with foam tabs.
  • I used 2 foam tabs to adhere the Sledding Snowman to the window for some extra dimension .

I hope you will take a look at the cards from Lisa and Michael .



Thanks to Michael for joining us this month . It's just like old times !! I hope you are having some Spring temperatures where you are and if not, stay warm, grab a cup of coffee and do some stamping  !!   We will be back next month with more inspiration. I'd love to know if you've started your holiday stash yet .. Until next time.



Debra Davison / Meticulosity