Monday, August 22, 2016

I { HEART } Books ( and bookmarks )

Yes, that is exactly what it says -- I { HEART } Books !!  Apart from my absolute love of card-making, I am also quite fond of books. From the time I was a child and would walk to the library with my dad, I have had a fascination with books. Growing up in a very small town, we knew everyone, and the town librarian was a friend of our family. After I had read all of the children's books in the library, my father wrote out a permission slip for me to be able to take out any book that I wanted. Miss Faust kept it in my file so I never had a problem. I remember going through the card catalog alphabetically and just finding topics of interest, then taking many books home on that 1 subject. That was in the days before computers when we relied on the Dewey Decimal system  ( now I am really showing my age ).. More info on that at the end of my post of you are interested.

So where am I going with this, you might ask ?? Well, with a love of books comes a love of bookmarks. I have used the occasional slip of paper to mark a page  ( have never been one to dog-ear a book !! ). In the past, I have even cross-stitched bookmarks for myself and as gifts. But lately I have been seeing these cute ones made from envelopes and just had to give it a try.



Any book-lover MUST get this amazing book that is an alphabetized reading list that I refer to often. Nancy Pearl is an American librarian and author who shares her love and knowledge of books with all of us. And isn't my cute owl just perfect in that corner !!



I used the Going Wild stamp set by Susan K Weckesser co-branded with Unity Stamp Company. After stamping the images with Susan K Weckesser's  Clearsnap Colorbox Color POP Dye ink in Mystery , I colored them with a variety of markers ( Distress, Stabilo and Stampin' Up ). I fussy-cut them and applied Ranger Glossy Accents ( if you don't own this, you need to run right out with a coupon and buy some ).. On the owl, I applied the Glossy Accents to the glasses. There are also a few strips of feather washi on the back of this bookmark.



The fox image also came from the Going Wild stamp set. I added a strip of grass washi to the bottom of this bookmark, then gave this cute little fox a cup of coffee cut from a fabulous roll of Paper Studio washi. A few cups were also placed on the back of this bookmark along with a favorite stamp of mine from Paper Angel. Glossy Accents were applied to the ears, paws and polka-dots on the bow tie. The fox and owl were adhered using my TOMBOW Mono Aqua Liquid Glue -- my bookmarks get lots of wear and tear and TOMBOW is my go-to adhesive !!



For those of you as OCD as I am, and who could not just cut a corner off of an envelope to make these bookmarks -- this is how I made mine. I used a 5 x 7 Kraft envelope because the Kraft paper is sturdier. On the bottom corners of the envelope, on each side I measured 3 inches in, made a dot with a pencil, then drew a straight line connecting the 2 dots. I then cut across the line and erased any pencil marks that remained. Use your imagination to create any kind of bookmark that you want !!

I hope that you enjoyed hearing about my other LOVE- Books !! I love all kinds of books and finally did get a nook which now has about 1000 books and samples on it. I still love the feel of a "real" book in my hands but also love the ability to have so many choices with me at one time.

My current reading list includes :
1. The Fireman - Stephen King
2. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - Katarina Bivald
3. Packing for Mars - Mary Roach
4. Collage Playground - Kimberly Santiago
5. The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

And who says you can't use a bookmark with an e-reader ?!?!?!?!


And for those of you who have never seen how I used to find my way around a library, here are a few pics. Now I wish I had a card catalog like that for my craft supplies !!



Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Color Me a Rainbow

How do you create your own rainbow ?? Can you turn around a rainy day by creating something, by coloring your own rainbow ?? It would be easy to do with some great ink pads, especially the new Susan K Weckesser Inc. Color POP Mini inks by Clearsnap . Comment on this post and you could win all 8 of these new ink pads. Susan is also giving a set away on  { My Sweet Earth } and all of the other members of our Creative Team are having contests too.. These inks are dreamy -- great to use directly on a stamp or by placing the ink on an acrylic block or your craft sheet and watercoloring with them.


I used a page from a journal as my background on a Kraft card base. It had rainbow colors across the bottom which were perfect !! I stamped images from Heart-Full Homes & Unicorns and Rainbows  using the Color POP inks. My Distress Markers were used to color the images and Hazel & Ruby Scallop Grid washi was placed across the top of the card. One of my favorite tools - the Dymo Caption Maker - was used to add the label at the bottom of the card ..

I hope you like the rainbow that I created and that you will comment for a chance to win some of these great inks. I am sure you will love them all as much as I do !!The contest ends Minday, August 15 at midnight. I would also love it if you would follow my blog by signing up to the Right on the sidebar. Links to my other teammate's blogs are below. The more blogs you check, the better your chances of winning some fabulous inks .

Deb Davison -- You are Here



Thank you for visiting Meticulosity

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Monday, August 1, 2016

Christmas in July Blog Candy Winner

Thank you to all who viewed and commented on my Christmas in July post .. The lucky winner of some of my favorite things  is Rebecca Yahrling. I love how you make cards for everyone and that your mom displays her Christmas card until June, replacing it only with her June birthday card also made by you ..

Send me your snail mail address and I will mail out your goodies.. I hope that maybe some of it can make its way to your holiday cards !! Or maybe even your mom's birthday card !!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I'm Planning on Christmas in July

Have you ever had your project all mapped out in your head and then it takes off in an entirely different direction ?? Well, that is what happened with this one. My plan was to make planner clips for my Happy Planner using my Susan K Weckesser Christmas stamps that I have. And I did make a few; but then I  saw the Christmas tag that I had cut the face out of and my mind went in a completely different direction and I was quickly in CARD mode !!



I used the Very, Very Merry and World of Christmas and  An {Artful} Ornament stamp sets by Susan K Weckesser Inc.. The images were stamped using Colorbox Color Pop Archival Ink in Mystery.All images were colored with an assortment of  Tim Holtz Distress markers and Faber Castell PITT Artist pens. I cut strips from scraps of patterned Christmas paper and wrapped them around the bottom of some new pretty green paper clips ( found these at Office Maxx ). Using Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. I attached the stamped image to the strip of paper and placed a square of patterned paper on the back to hide the paper strip. A few rhinestones finished the clip. For the round clips, I punched circles out of the An {Artful} Ornament image and glued 2 images together back to back with the paperclip in between.


Clip process


       
I love this angel face from the World of Christmas stamp set and punched her out with a square punch. That's when my mind started going off in a different direction. I didn't just want to waste the rest of the tag so I made a card using it.



 I found a picture of an ornament in an old Christmas book that I have and punched out the image that I wanted to show in the window in the tag. I then found exactly where I wanted the tag to be placed and adhered the square picture down first. I then mounted Tombow Foam Tabs on the back of the tag around the square opening to create a window effect. I used a card base with bold gold stripes and added some red holiday tissue tape by Tim Holtz and a strip of pink glitter washi . I finished off the card with  3 large pink pearls on the left side and a piece of twine  at the top of the tag.



Close-up of the window in the tag



Planner clips -- December 2016

And because I love the holidays, I am having a little Christmas in July Blog Candy giveaway !! Leave a comment on this post and let me know what your favorite holiday project is and ONE lucky person ( USA Only ) will win a few of my favorite supplies... Remember that watercolor washi that everyone was looking for --- Yes, I'm including that along with a coloring book and a few other items  like my favorite grass washi !!


Christmas in July Blog Candy

Thank you so much for visiting Meticulosity and checking out my latest project for Susan K Weckesser's Creative Team. I can't believe my first month is almost over as a teammate with this amazing group of women.. Stay tuned for some August fun from all of us !! You can check out the team blog at { My Sweet Earth }


Stamp sets used :



Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Home Is Where the Crazy Cake Is

Baking was a big part of "Home" for me while growing up in a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania. My father's parents were of Russian descent and my Baba (grandmother) had many family recipes. My Grammy (mother's mom) seemed to always be in the kitchen with a floury apron on when we would visit. This card was inspired by my mom who always worked in a factory sewing clothes, mainly dresses. She also loved to sew at home. There was also always something going on in the kitchen and this cake was a favorite. I used a copy of the well-worn recipe on this card which is filled with many of my favorite elements - washi, flowers, sequins, one of Susan's stamps, a doily and a few vintage buttons. Also had to use my go-to adhesive , Mono Aqua Liquid Glue by Tombow. To see more details of the process of making this card, please check out my post on My Sweet Earth, the blog for Susan and her Creative Team.



This Crazy Cake recipe was handwritten by my mom  about 50 years ago. I keep it in a Recipe box of hers along with many other recipes. It was written on a notepad from Kaier's Brewery, which was in my hometown of Mahanoy City. It is very easy and I remember helping her with it. One of the moistest cakes I've ever made. I will be sharing this one with some co-workers. A little whipped cream and some strawberries go perfectly with a slice of this cake.. And of course, an ice-cold glass of milk (or cup of coffee)... The Crazy Cake picture is of the actual cake I made this morning..


CRAZY CAKE

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups cold water
  • Powdered sugar ( optional )
  • PREHEAT oven to 350° F. 

  • COMBINE cake flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Make 3 holes in mixture. Into the first hole, pour the vanilla extract, into the second hole, the vinegar and into the third hole, the vegetable oil. Pour cold water over all. Mix with fork or wire whisk until well blended; do not overbeat. Mixture may contain some small lumps. 
    BAKE for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar ( optional ).
Thank you for visiting Meticulosity.. I hope you will comment with a special memory of home, maybe even a favorite recipe. 

Stamp Used :
Motherhood is a Verb

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Today is my first "official" post with the Susan K. Weckesser Creative Team and we are celebrating  Home Sweet Home. My first idea was to make a card but I wanted to try something different.  On a larger scale. I had a chalkboard vinyl bulletin board that I have not used yet, so what better time than now as I plan on keeping track of my new responsibilities. Susan's new team already feels like family - another Home Sweet Home for me. 

On the board,which is on the closet door of my creative space, I have our upcoming blog themes along with a calendar with my dates marked. Susan has so many great house stamps for me to work with -- I chose 4 of my favorites .


I started out by using many of my paper scraps and stamping the houses on different papers so that I could paper-piece some of them. The yellow floral and  green scribbly roofs are made with some scraps of adhesive-backed fabric. I used Susan's line of Colorbox Color Pop Archival Dye Ink in Mystery to stamp all of the images. 


I punched out circles of Susan's Color Burst paper and placed Doubleclick Skittles in their centers for added dimension. A few other creative touches are a sequin for a doorknob and white polka-dots on the roof scallops using my favorite Uni-Ball Signo Angelic White Gel pen


For more details on a watercolor technique I used and other creative touches, please check out a more detailed description of all supplies used ( and more pictures )  on our blog -  My Sweet Earth . I'd love for you to leave a comment there on my post and continue to follow us. Thank you for being a part of my creative journey-- I feel so at home with this fabulous team !!


Stamps Used :

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Paint Your Own Rainbows

Imagine my excitement when I submitted an application to work with Susan K. Weckesser's Creative Team and was asked to join her for a 6 month term starting in July. I have been a fan of Susan's work and absolutely love  her co-branded stamp line with Unity Stamp Company!!

Tonight Unity is releasing 2 new sets of Susan's designs for their 4th of July Sale and I couldn't wait to create something with the Unicorn & Rainbows stamps. There is also a cute set  with an owl and a fox called Going Wild.

I used a piece of an older Stampin' Up paper pad, cut out the elements of Unicorns & Rainbows and mounted them on the background paper. I colored the images with Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens and Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I traced the sentiment onto a piece of confetti vellum and attached it with some bronze staples. My favorite Grass washi by Scotch was placed at the bottom edge of my card and enamel hearts by Chickaniddy Crafts were placed on the tree.




I plan on painting my own rainbow as a member of Susan's Creative Team by creating what I love, exploring new techniques and learning from the many talented members of the team.Thanks for joining me on my creative journey!!