Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Heart-Full Homes

I have had SO much fun creating these postcards for an amazing group that I have joined recently - The Global Postcard Art Swap / heART Exchange  .  The cute little houses are in a stamp set designed by Susan K Weckesser -  Heart-Full Homes. These houses are so fun to create with. I have stamped them on patterned paper for this swap and then colored in different elements of each image. They were then cut out and adhered to the postcards with my favorite adhesive - Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.

I used Strathmore Watercolor paper / 400 series from a 6 x 12'' pad. I can get 3 postcards from each sheet and there are 12 sheets in a pad. I buy them when I have coupons to my local craft stores and can get them for under $5. The watercolors are from a $5 set I purchased at Michaels. I made vertical stripes on each card in several colors and widths using different sized brushes and amounts of water. The theme of this swap was PEACE so I also used a Peace, Love, Joy stamp by Paper Source and a Peace On Earth stamp from Wordsworth / Ampersand Press. The clouds were punched out with a paper-punch from the same paper that was used on the houses. Grass washi by Scotch was a fun addition to the bottom edge of the card.

The Global Postcard Art Swap is a group that "creates art from the heart in the form of a postcard to send and receive around the world". You can check out the Facebook Group or go to this link and sign up to be a part of the swaps that occur several times each year.The connections that are made through these swaps/groups are priceless !! At this time of Thanksgiving, I am so very grateful for all of the wonderful people that I have in my life. And it is through the joy of letter-writing /snail mail, that I have made some of my strongest friendships.

Postcards that I have received

Having fun with the Rhonna Designs App on my phone
I added some Susan K Weckesser images to my postcard photo.

Susan K Weckesser's "Heart-Full Homes" stamp set

Wishing you and yours an amazing Thanksgiving..
Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 11/13

Welcome back to the blog collaboration of  Deb and Celeste. We had so much fun every week in the month of October that we decided to continue this once a month. Also my friend, Lynne had asked if she could play along with us and that gave us the idea to have a monthly guest. So for the month of November, our guest is the wonderful artist, Lynne Mizera.. We hope that you will visit all three of our blogs and leave us some comments. Lynne got to choose the theme for this month and she picked SNOW.. I hope that you like my card -- the weather is finally getting chilly here, so I put on some holiday music and created this for you.

  •  On a Kraft card base, I first stamped the Hello Flags banner from Hero Arts on the left upper side of the card.  The Sassy Snow stamp set from Skipping Stones Design had the perfect snowperson and sentiment for my card. Both images were stamped using Memories Black India Ink
  • I then cut a piece of white glitter paper to make a hill for my snowperson and the trees and adhered it with my Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
  • The  banner was stamped on Merry Little Christmas paper from My Mind's Eye. I adhered several different patterns to the banner and also used some of the banners at the bottom of the card as trees !! 
  • Two red candy dots were used as tree-toppers and several snowflakes from my stash were also placed around the snowman. I used glitter markers to highlight the scarf, mittens and nose.
  • I also used the Sassy Snow stamp set for the Skipping Stones Blog Hop this weekend.

Today's card -- in the spirit of SNOW -- was brought to you by a cup of Santa's White Christmas Coffee  ( by Barnie's Coffee Kitchen ) and my 2011 Starbucks Holiday Fa-La-La-La ceramic tumbler. I rarely use this tumbler but this was a great opportunity to get it down off the shelf and enjoy my coffee in it !! Head on over to  Crafting Junky to see what Celeste did with our SNOWY theme. And be sure to see what Lynne Mizera did with the theme she chose -- you can find her post here at Lynne's Art World. Lynne is an amazing mixed-media artist and her blog is full of fun from her studio, garden and kitchen, We are thrilled that she asked to join us as our guest this month !!! Take a moment to sign up to follow our blogs when you are checking out our cards. Celeste and I will be back next month with another guest .. And who knows, it could be YOU !!

Thank you once again for visiting Meticulosity !!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

November Hop with Skipping Stones

We are heading into the holiday season and there is so  much to be thankful for. But I am mostly thankful that the elections are over. Whatever the outcome, we all have to make the best of it.. And after having a bad case of the ? flu/strep throat, I am ready to be creative again. You should have arrived here from Jessie's blog. She has a fabulous card with the cutest holiday image !! Here's a hint -- Meow !!

If you would like to win a SSD stamp set of your choice, please check out all of our projects and leave a comment on each, like our Facebook page, and subscribe to the Skipping Stones Design blog. There are some amazing stamp sets for the holiday season !! Take a look at all the fantastic stamps in the Skipping Stones store  HERE.

For the Hop today, I wanted to get into the holiday spirit and Think Snow... Not that I want any, but it is beautiful and does make for a great card. Any reason to use glittery paper !!

  • I started with a Kraft card base and cut some silver and white glitter paper into hills. Before adhering them, I stamped one of the cute snowmen ( or snow-women ) from the Sassy Snow stamp set onto the card base in the exact spot I had chosen to match with the hills. I used Memories Black India Ink.
  • Using a square of paper from my Merry Little Christmas paper pad by My Mind's Eye, I placed 3 cute little trees on the left side of the card behind the hills.
  • A strip of paper - also from Merry Little Christmas- was adhered to the top of the card and I placed turquoise, pink and green rhinestones across the  scallop border. Gold rhinestones were also used at the top of the trees.
  • Copic atyou Spica Glitter markers added some shimmer to the scarf, mittens and nose. Several snowflakes from my embellishment stash completed the card.
Your next stop is the amazing Martha Lucia whose creation reminds me of the colors in a crayon box !! Enjoy as we all share our creativity with you during this Blog Hop...

The order of our hop is

Skipping Stones Blog
Debra  -- YOU ARE HERE

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and also for hopping with the Stamp Tramps from the fabulous Skipping Stones Design Team. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 10/30

I'm so glad that there are 5 Sundays in October so that Celeste and I can have another Sunday together. It was Celeste's turn to choose a theme and she chose a sketch challenge. I have only done 1 or 2 of these so this was fun for me !!

  • I found some Craft Smith emoji washi tape today at Michaels for 80% off  and that was the starting point for this card. I used a large graph paper journal card and made the rows across the card with 3 different patterns of washi. 
  • The stamped image is an older one by Inkadinkado and I love it. I have used it many times to make cards for friends at work who were having a rough day. Memories Black India Ink was my ink of choice. I stamped onto a piece of white cardstock then cut it to fit onto a Sherwin-Williams paint sample.
  • The paint sample was adhered to the card base and then 3 Neon Enamel Dew Drops by Lawn Fawn were placed on the Right side of the card above each of the washi strips.
  • An Amy Tangerine Decorative Roller Stamp by American Crafts was used to make the date on the bottom, stamped onto a pink flag banner.
  • Here is the sketch that Celeste chose for us to use :

I freakin' LOVE this stamp !!

Today's card has been brought to you by Mom's Diner Cinnamon Roll Coffee in a fun Retro cup that I bought for $1.99 at Tuesday Morning. Celeste and I have had so much fun doing these blog collaborations that we have decided to continue with them once a month. We hope that you will continue to visit our blogs and follow us. Head on over to Crafting Junky now and see what Celeste has come up with for this week's challenge..

Thank you so much to Celeste for suggesting we do a blog collaboration. It has been so much fun to see what we come up with from each of the weekly themes. Celeste, you are a dear friend and I value our friendship immensely !! I hope that one day we will be able to get together in person and have some creative fun as we sip our coffee - you will have your French Roast and I will have some wonderfully flavored brew !! Looking forward to that day ...

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity ..

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Into A Good Time

I love this time of year with all of the gorgeous colors and awareness of all that we have to be thankful for.  Our Skipping Stones Design Challenge for October is running a bit behind but I wanted to share my card and will update this post if we get the challenge / link-up completed.

Earlier this week, I used this stamp set - I'd Pick You - by stamping the larger floral design and then cutting out banners, This time, I have used the entire smaller floral stamp for this card 

  • I stamped the floral design from "I'd Pick You" onto a piece of off-white cardstock and also stamped the floral petals 3 more times on 3 different autumn-colored patterned papers. I then fussy-cut the 3 floral petal images.
  • The leaves of the image were colored using different shades of Green Stampin' Up markers.  I then placed the 3 floral images onto the cardstock, centering the middle one on top of the stamped image and arranging the other 2 on the right and left side.
  • I had cut the off-white cardstock to fit on a very dark brown card base. At the top of that piece with the stamped floral image, I placed a piece of Tim Holtz Ideology "Materialize" Design Tape. I then adhered that entire image to the card base with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.
  • The Pumpkin Spice paper pad by Craft Smith has to be one of my favorite paper collections. They are available at Michaels and I will admit that I bought 7 different pads when I went there about 6 weeks ago !! YES, a bit paper-obsessed here !! All of the Autumn sayings were cut from a piece of the Pumpkin Spice paper. I arranged ( and arranged and re-arranged ) the sayings around the stamped image until I had them exactly how I wanted them on the cardstock. They were adhered with a Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive Runner.
  • To finish the card, I placed 2 wooden buttons on the card. I have been hoarding these buttons by Stampin' Up forever !! I tied a piece of twine through the larger button.

Thank you so much for visiting Meticulosity. Please leave me a comment and also follow me if you aren't already. I hope this blog post inspires you to  create a project that shows why you are grateful.

Debra Davison /  SSD Stamp Tramp

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 !!