Saturday, June 25, 2022

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / June 2022

June is here and we are halfway to Christmas. That calls for some blog candy, so comment on this post and you just might be chosen to receive some holiday supplies for your card stash !! I recently shopped online at the Close To My Heart  Stamptacular Sale  and all of my cards this month were made with stamp sets from those purchases. You can shop the sale through June 30 !!

My first 2 cards were made with A Furry Merry Christmas . These are such cute stamps and the cat reminded me of Pixie so I couldn't resist them !! I wanted to do a Clean & Simple design also and these were easily stamped and colored .

  • On a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the Cat with Lights image with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink and the sentiment in a bold blue .
  • The image was colored with my COPICS.
  • I used some Echo Park paper and an older ( vintage -  LOL ) Martha Stewart border punch to make the border and then adhered it to the top of the stamped panel.
  • A piece of thin black glitter washi was placed across the middle of the snowflake border for contrast .
  • The stamped panel was adhered to a white card base .

  • I stamped the Cat in Box image and the ornament on white cardstock with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink and the sentiment with a Rose Bud Dew Drop ink pad.  .  
  • The image was colored with COPICS.
  • I used Echo Park borders at the top of the stamped panel - a woodgrain and a scalloped button pattern.
  • Red and golden rhinestones were alternated between the scallops.
  • The completed panel was adhered to a green card base.

My last 2 cards were made with the Wonderland - Scrapbooking stamp and die set . I used Memento Dew Drop inks for these cards because it is so easy to stamp designs in multiple colors .. I went with traditional colors for one and shades pf blue for the other. 

  • The stamped image was inked with Memento Dew Drop ink pads - Rhubarb Stalk for the sentiment and Bamboo Leaves for the trees .  It was then cut out with the matching die .
  • I adhered a piece of holiday snowflake Spellbinders to a pale green card base .
  • The stamped image was placed on the completed card base with foam tabs.
  • Several small pearls were adhered around the sentiment .

  • I stamped the Cocoa Day image with Paris Dusk ink for the sentiment and Summer Sky for the cup . It was then cut out with the matching die.
  • A piece of blue patterned Spellbinders holiday paper was adhered to a navy card base . It reminded me of a Swedish pattern, maybe a sweater !!
  • The stamped image was adhered with foam tabs to the stamped card base .
  • I think that this is my favorite card this month !!

Have you begun your holiday cards yet ?? Did you know that Hallmark Movie Channel will soon be starting their Countdown to Christmas ?? I've also been addressing my cards to get even a bit more ahead of the holiday rush !! Take a look at Michael's and Lisa's blog posts to see what they've done this month  -- I am sure their cards will be fabulous as always !!

Michael Trent - World of Michael Trent

Lisa Reynolds-Bzibziak - Life of a BZscrapper

Thanks so much for stopping by again as we show you our holiday creations . Be sure to comment here on this blog post for a chance at some fun blog candy - a few holiday goodies to help you make some  cards for your stash !!

Until next time, Stay Creative !!

Debra Davison /  Meticulosity

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Coffee and Cards with Deb & Celeste / June 2022

Celeste and I are getting together again for our blog collaboration and having some coffee while we create . It was a cool 80 degrees here in Virginia Beach, which was 20 degrees cooler than yesterday !! Quick, where's my sweater ?!?!?! Our theme this month is perfect for summery weather, especially if you have a garden. Bees !! This was such a fun theme !!

I used a sweet stamp/die set for my cards today . Yes, I made 2 .. Same design but different papers !! I really loved how they turned out.  The Queen Bee set is from Close To My Heart . They have amazing deals right now during their Stamptacular Sale . My friend Chris Franco is a consultant and she knows how much I love this sale each year during the month of June !! My package of sale items just arrived yesterday and I can't wait to get inky with them all ... I hope that you like my cards for June. 

  • I made mini-slimline cards this time, using a 6x6 paper pad - Basic Grey "Urban Prairie" .This collection was released in 2008 and I have been hoarding 2 of these pads ever since !! I used a green-patterned piece and a shaded yellow for my cards . Folded in half, they make a perfect mini-slimline.
  • The bee and wreath images were stamped with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink on white cardstock ,then cut out with the matching dies .
  • I stamped the curvy line directly on each card base after placing my die-cut images down to see exactly where the line should be.
  • The bees and wreaths were colored with my COPICS.
  • I popped up the stamped die-cuts with foam tabs .
  • I paper-punched 2 crowns from bronze glittery paper and turned my sweet bees into Queen bees !!
  • A strip of  Honeybees Washi from Paper House Productions was placed along the bottom of each card base and also inside each card at the bottom. The set includes a thin black roll with gold dots and a hand-painted honeybees roll.

Don't you think these cards are just the cutest  ?!?! And that washi couldn't be more perfect !! I'm on the Creative Team for Paper House Productions as well as being a Brand Ambassador. You can always use my code  - Debra22 - for a 15% discount. I will earn a commission from any sales ( at no cost to you ). Always remember to do a bit of decorating on the inside of your cards too ... A strip of washi or a sticker or even a stamped design can be a nice surprise when your card is opened, along with whatever you write or stamp  inside ..

Please be sure to take a look at Celeste's bee card over at her blog - Crafting Junky .I know that she has created something to inspire all of us..

I'm having a wonderful cup of Brown Sugar Crumble coffee in a fun new cup. My dear friend , Michelle just returned from a cruise and I watered her outdoor plants while she was gone. She knew she was really trusting me with their lives, since I do NOT have a green thumb !! But all turned out well and on her return, she gave me a few gifts. One was this cute coffee cup . And appropriately enough, the other was a lovely pair of bee earrings !! 

I hope that you are all staying cool and  getting creative. And of course, enjoying your favorite beverage .. I'm already thinking about what new stamp set I will use first from my recent purchase from Close To My Heart .. If you are feeling the need for a new stamp set or stamp/die set at fabulous prices, take a look at the Stamptacular Sale . You won't be sorry !! 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / May 2022

It's been hard to focus on Christmas cards here in Virginia Beach when we have had weather in the 90's !! But we are getting a bit of a break today with 70 degrees as I write this post .. I can't believe that June will be here in a matter of days. Time is flying ..

My first card was made with aa stamp that was sent to me by a lovely friend last year right before the holidays. She said that as soon as she saw it she had to get it for me. I love Laurel Burch AND cats so I was thrilled to receive it !! 

  • I stamped Feline Candle from Stampendous on white cardstock with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink and then fussy-cut it .
  • I also stamped the image on a piece of snowflake patterned paper and cut out the dress .
  • The image was colored with my COPICS .
  • The snowflake dress was adhered to the Feline Candle image .
  • On a navy blue card base, I adhered a piece of patterned paper with gold highlights.
  • A holiday tag from my paper stash was adhered to the left side of the card base with foam tabs.
  • The stamped image was adhered on the right side of the patterned paper .

My next 3 cards were created with Echo Park Paper Co. products. They had a great sale recently and I was able to get a variety of paper, stickers, die-cuts and chipboard . There is no stamping on these cards, which is unusual for me. But I love how they turned out .

  • These 2 cards used products entirely from the Christmas Cheer collection.  I added 3 buttons to the garland card .

  • My fourth card was created with the A Very Merry Christmas Collection Kit. It has a retro feel, which I love !!            

How are you doing with your holiday cards ?? Are you an early starter ?? I know that the holidays will be here before I know it and I will be thrilled to have my stash ready to sign, address and send. Be sure to check out Michael and Lisa's cards for May . I know that they will be fabulous as usual.

Michael Trent - World of Michael Trent

Lisa Bzibziak-Reynolds - Life of a BZScrapper

We hope that the Crafty Elves continue to inspire you throughout the year . We will be back next month at the 6 month mark when we are halfway to Christmas. Until then, Stay crafty !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste / May 2022

May is here and the weather is already summery !! In the 90's this weekend .. We went from winter to summer in the space of a few days, it seems .. I hope we get some cooler temps soon - I am not a fan of sweaty, humid weather. Celeste and I are back with some fun inspiration for you - our theme this month is Gnomes !! I will admit that I have not hopped on the gnome bandwagon .  But I did find this garden gnome for our inspiration photo and would not mind having one of those !!

I do have a very cute gnome stamp/die set that I have used a few times but for today's card I am using the Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp from Impression Obsession Stamps . My first thought was to only color some red highlights, but I did not like how that looked .. So I kept adding more and more colors..  Then I felt like I had overdone it so I stopped .. But now I feel like I have more coloring to do .. So, I am just second-guessing my process .I decided to be happy and post what I've completed and maybe overthink it some more later !!

  • I stamped the Gnome Sweet Gnome image on white cardstock with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink . All individual red rubber stamps were retired at Impression Obsession on 4-30-22 . I am lucky to have an amazing collection and was also able to get a few more before the deadline. So this gnome stamp is no longer available but they are still carrying a variety of other stamps / dies that you can check out HERE .
  • I colored the image with my COPICS.
  • On a yellow card base, I adhered a piece of pale green patterned paper.
  • Gnome Sweet Gnome was then adhered to the patterned paper.
  • Large sequins in a variety of colors were adhered to the bottom right and top left of the stamped image.
I know that Celeste is going to come up with an absolutely amazing gnome card that you can check out at her blog - Crafting Junky .  For my coffee this time , I am drinking Iced Pecan Praline in the sweetest cup I found at Target . It was only $10 so I couldn't resist (of course, when all was said and done, I actually spent a total of $145 that visit ) --- but who's keeping track anyway !!! The little white cat reminds me of our sweet Pixie !!

Thank you for stopping by for some crafty inspiration ... I hope that you are staying busy, staying creative and most of all, staying healthy .. Let me know if you are a gnome fan - I know there are many out there in the creative universe .. Until next time --------

Deb Davison / Meticulosity

Monday, May 2, 2022

Mother's Day 2022

As a member of the PaperHouse Productions Creative Team and also a Brand Ambassador, I received the most beautiful box of their products recently . I wanted to use some to create a few Mother's Day cards and especially  to show you how quick and easy it can be  .  I first chose 2 sheets of 12x12 paper - one with an overall pattern and another with 12 tags .

Using my paper cutter, I cut the 12 tag images first . I then cut 6 card fronts from the gold floral paper - each measuring approx. 4 x 5 1/4 inches. I wanted to leave a bit of my A2 card base showing .

I chose some stickers and die-cuts to use as embellishments. I used foam tabs on a few cards to add some dimension .

I adhered the gold floral paper to A2 card bases - a variety of black, kraft and turquoise. The hardest part was choosing which of the stickers and die-cuts to use since I loved all of them.

The tags were also adhered to  a variety of colors of card bases, I used foam tabs with a few of the die-cuts and also used staples on the Best Grandma tag.  

The gold floral cards were so easy to put together with just a few embellishments on each that really created an elegant card. 

I will be taking some of  these Mother's Day cards to work to offer for free to co-workers for their mothers and grandmothers . My mom has been gone since 1994, but I will send cards to 2 aunts . I hope you were inspired to use your 12x12 papers to make some quick and easy cards . You can find some gorgeous cards and embellishments at PaperHouse Productions to get you started.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

FTC Disclosure - As a Brand Ambassador with PaperHouse Productions , I will receive a small commission for purchases made through my convenient link or for using my Referral Code - Debra22 - at checkout.. You will also receive a 15% discount . This will be at no additional cost to you .

Monday, April 25, 2022

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / April 2022

I am so happy that the weather is finally turning warm - in fact, today here in Virginia Beach, it will be 89 degrees !! I hope that Spring weather has reached you wherever you are .. Have you been starting your holiday cards along with us ?? It's never too late to start !! Michael, Lisa and I are posting each month on the 25th to inspire you and stay ahead of the holiday rush ..

For my first card, I used the stamp set - Whimsy World - Noel - by Colorado Craft Company . This stamp set is actually on sale right now and is a wonderful addition to your holiday stash.

  • In the upper left corner of a piece of patterned paper, I stamped a string of lights from the Busy Sidewalks stamp set from Crate Paper.
  • I stamped the other images to create a scene, using a variety of colors of Memento Dew Drop inks . All are from the Whimsy World - Noel set .
  • The string of lights are colored with glitter pens and the scene with my COPICS.
  • I added a few strips of holiday washi to the bottom left of the stamped panel.
  • Confession time - I stamped a different house image on the patterned paper but was not happy with it .. So I stamped the Colorado Craft image onto the same patterned paper then placed it over the original. 

My next 2 cards are made with the Vicki Boutin - Warm Wishes collection . This collection has the most amazing elements - stamps, ephemera, washi, stickers. All are just beautiful !! It was the one complete collection I could not resist last year ..

  • On a piece of Warm Wishes patterned paper, I stamped JOY and the bird with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink . The other words were stamped with Memento Dew Drop Ink -Lady Bug .
  • I stamped the stars on another piece of Warm Wishes patterned paper and then fussy-cut them.
  • The bird and JOY were colored with my COPICS.
  • I popped up the 3 stars with foam tabs onto the stamped panel.
  • A cream-colored card base was used.

  • On a Kraft card base, I adhered a piece of Warm Wishes  patterned paper.
  • I used ephemera from the collection  - a string of stars along the top, reindeer on the left side and a 25 on the right.
  • This card needed nothing else - no bling or glitter .. I think it is just simply perfect as is !!

My last card was made with the Shine Bright Girls stamp by Angie Blom from Unity Stamp Company . I was so excited when the image fit inside the opening in my new favorite wreath die .

  • I die-cut the  Momenta Holly & Berry Christmas wreath with dark green cardstock.
  • The Shine Bright Girls was stamped onto cream cardstock with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink .
  • I die-cut the wreath again with the stamped image to get the circle. And I now have a cream-colored wreath to use for another card.
  • I adhered the stamped circle and the wreath to a 5x7 Kraft card base near the top .
  • A Happy Holidays sticker from the Vicki Boutin "Warm Wishes" collection was placed under the wreath.
  • Unicorn Stickles Glitter Glue  was used on the hats.
Unicorn Stickles detail

I was happy to use some new stamps and collections for my Crafty Elf cards this time.. I know they were all purchased before the holidays last year but never used. I'm excited to add them to my holiday stash !!  Please take a look at Michael's and Lisa's blogs to see what they have created . I'm sure that they are all fabulous as usual ..

Michael Trent - World of Michael Trent

Lisa Reynolds-Bzibziak - Life of a BZ Scrapper

I will also be posting one or more of these cards in the Christmas 2022 Linky Party sponsored by Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers .  They are a group of papercrafters who are also making their holiday cards all year long . You can learn all about the Linky Party at their website HERE .  #springintochristmas2022byshclp

Thank you for stopping by again to see the Crafty Elves' April inspiration. We hope that you will start to create some holiday cards of your own. Take care, stay safe and until next month, stay creative.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste / April 2022

I'm not quite sure where the time is going but it sure is flying by .. Here it is April already and Celeste and I are back for more Coffee & Cards.  We've decided on a Retro theme this month and my first thought was to do a holiday card . But then I remembered a stamps set I have from Fun Stampers Journey and my card idea was born.. I hope you like it as much as I do ..

This stamp set Pop Art has a Retro vibe to it .. It reminds me of old time comic strips- the ones I used to use Silly Putty on as a child. Does anyone else even know what Silly Putty is ??? I guess I am showing my age.

  • The images were stamped with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink, colored with my  COPICS and then fussy-cut.. 
  • The sentiments were then stamped onto each image .
  • I adhered a scrap piece of vintage telephone paper to a Kraft card base.
  • The completed Retro images were matted with teal Tim Holtz Distress Cardstock - from a paper pad that I have been hoarding for years !!
  • I adhered the completed matted panels to the Vintage phone paper. This card just makes me laugh.

Be sure to check out Celeste's blog - Crafting Junky -  for her take on our Retro theme. This month I am drinking Original Donut Shop Nutty Caramel coffee in my new Life Is Good mug . I am becoming addicted to the LIG tee-shirts and their coffee cups !! And they have the best sales too ..

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter today // I hope that you get to spend some time with your family and also take an hour or two to be creative.. Until next month, take care and stay safe .

Debra Davison / Meticulosity