Sunday, December 16, 2018

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 12/16

Hard to believe we will be celebrating Christmas in less than 2 weeks !! Are you finished your cards ?? How about your holiday shopping ?? I told myself that I wasn't going to get stressed this year and so far,so good. Cards will be finished tomorrow and some might be late. Presents are mostly bought . I even bought some for ME !! Our new kitty Pixie seems to be the big winner so far when it comes to presents !!

Because coffee is such a big part of this blog and it is the holiday season, we decided that our theme this time would be Holiday Coffee. Our guest for this last collaboration of 2018 is Shanna Slater. We met through our love of coffee and paper-crafting -- I think it was on the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Facebook page. You can find her blog at Caffeinated Craftiness  -- see, she's the perfect guest for us !!!

For my card today, I used the cutest little elf stamp and made sure she had a nice BIG cup of Gingerbread coffee to energize her while she finishes those last-minute Christmas cards !!

  • I placed a strip of Little B red-foiled plaid washi tape down the left edge of a Kraft card base.
  • I stamped Crafty Little Elf from Unity Stamp Company onto Neenah Stardust White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The elf image was colored with a variety of my favorite markers - Brea Reese, Faber-Castell, Sharpies & BIC Flair. My favorite yellow Cutter Bee scissors are in her apron pocket !!
  • I adhered the stamped image to the bottom of the Kraft card and then placed the red cup next to it, popping that up with Tombow Foam Tabs. I do not remember where that red digi cup came from . If anyone knows, please tell me so I can give them credit.
  • The sentiment and red checkered paper are both from the Merry Merry paper pad from Pebbles Inc.

I'm sure that Celeste will have a fabulous project over at Crafting Junky . And Shanna has  undoubtedly come up with something fantastic that you can see at Caffeinated Craftiness. We are so glad that she joined us for our holiday collaboration !! 

My coffee for this post is Sugar Cookie and I am drinking it from my new Starbucks mug. I recently cleaned out some kitchen cabinets and that included some of my vast mug collection. But I really could not resist this one that I found at the Starbucks inside our local Target. Isn't it the sweetest ?!?!?!

Thank you once again for visiting Meticulosity and following along each month with us. Celeste and I have had such fun and hope that you have too !! I hope that you will be back for some more inspiration and creativity in 2019. Merry Christmas to all of you from me, Brian & Pixie. And a happy, healthy 2019 to all of you ..

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December Cookies - Take 1

I absolutely loved the Inspiration picture for this Challenge because it reminded me of some fabulous new supplies I recently bought - the Carta Bella "Christmas" collection . This 2 week challenge from If You Give a Crafter a Cookie  will be the last until March. The blog will be taking a short break but will definitely be back with more fantastic cookie inspiration in the New Year ! So I was really excited to get to use my new products for this simple, but beautiful card.

These cookies reminded me of Kraft paper and I was especially drawn to the candle images.I rarely make cards without any stamping on them, but this  was a fun exception. Out sponsor for this challenge is The Cutting Cafe . If you link up a project in the next 2 weeks, you just might win a prize from them !! So get inspired by our fun cookie picture and create a holiday project. I did !!!

  • I started out with a Kraft card base. It really did remind me of the cookies from our Inspiration picture.
  • From the Carta Bella Collection  "Christmas',  I adhered a large tag from the Ephemera pack to the right side of the card.
  • At the bottom left of the card, I placed a lantern with candle from the Chipboard Accents pack .
  • I paper-punched the banner flags from scrap glitter cardstock and adhered 4 in Christmas colors to the top left of the Kraft cardbase. 
  • All items were adhered using my Scotch ATG Gun .

I love the simplicity of this card. I know I will be making several more with this collection and will probably incorporate some stamping into the designs as well.  I would love to see what you come up with using our Inspiration picture.. Take a look at the Challenge Blog to see what the team has created. As I said earlier in this post, we will be taking a break for a few months. I will keep you up to date on our return so you can join us again in some fun Cookie Challenges !!

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!
Stay Creative !!
Have a Happy Holiday !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Polka Dot & Peppermint - Coffee Hop # 2

I just had to make a card with this Freebie set from Polka Dot Orchard . It is being offered free  HERE for the Hop and as soon as I saw it I thought - Peppermint Mocha !! Jessica Pickeral Burnham is the owner and she's also a Super Sponsor for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop . Check out her blog post and see the rest of her digi stamp sets !!

  • I started with a Kraft card base . I always love Kraft, but at Christmas time especially, I think it give a great vintage feel to a card .
  • The background image and  coffee cup digis were printed on Neenah Stardust White cardstock . I fussy-cut the cup and trimmed the background to fit the base .
  • I also printed the cup on a Holly-patterned paper from The Paper Studio. It was then cut out and adhered to the cup.
  • The images were colored with my favorite variety of markers - Brea Reese Markers, Sharpies and Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens.
  • I placed a strip of Little B Red-foil Striped washi  across the upper part of the background digi.
  • A gold tinsel bow by American Crafts added more shine to the middle of the washi strip.
  • I adhered the background to the Kraft with my Pink Scotch ATG Runner and popped up the Coffee Cup with Tombow Foam Tabs
  • A few red rhinestones were added to the holly paper on the cup and Fine White glitter was used on the whipped cream. 

There are already over 350 projects linked up at the 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and it is only Day 3 !!  Be sure to go there and check out all of the inspiration and think about linking up a Fall/Winter themed Coffee, Tea or Cocoa project of your own !!

Thank  you again for visiting Meticulosity. Please comment for a chance to win some Blog Candy from me  -- I will choose 1 person at random at the end of the Hop from those who comment.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Friday, November 30, 2018

2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop #1

This is absolutely one of my favorite times of year and this Blog Hop has so much to do with that !! There are always hundreds of amazing projects linked up and I am always inspired !! And this year there are 86 Super Sponsors with some amazing prizes !! I have been playing with some long hoarded paper lately and came up with this cute design for a Coffee ATC Swap that I am participating in .. It is red and sparkly - 2 of my all-time favorite things !!! I hope you like it  as much as I do . 

  • I covered an ATC card with the red sparkly checked pattern from Mrs. Claus's Kitchen Stack by DCWV. I have long hoarded this 12x12 paper stack but it was perfect for this ATC !!
  • I placed a strip of Simple Stories "Merry & Bright" washi down the left side of the ATC.
  • I printed the Coffee Cup digis onto Neenah Stardust White cardstock, fussy-cut them and then colored them.
  • I used Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens,Akashiya SAI Waterbrush markers, Sharpies & BIC Flair Pens to color the images.
  • The cups and sentiment were adhered with Tombow Mono Adhesive + Permanent Runner .
  • The sentiment is from the Vera Lane Studio Barista set. Also printed on Neenah Stardust White cardstock.
  • I used my "dirt" stamp to make the sentiment a bit vintagy -- with Juniper Ranger Adirondack ink.
  • Simple Stories "Merry & Bright" sticker was placed at the bottom right side of the sentiment.
  •  A Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker was used to create some shimmer on the cups .

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my first Blog Hop project !! I'd also love for you to follow my blog if you don't already/. At the end of the Hop, I will be choosing a winner at random for a bit of holiday blog candy, from those who leave comments!!

Thank you so much for visiting Meticulosity and a great big shout-out to Amy Tsuruta from the Coffee Loving Papercraters Facebook Page for again hosting another of these fabulous Blog Hops !!     

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November Cookies - Take 3

Our third inspiration photo for If You Give a Crafter a Cookie is all about red, white and yummy candy canes !! Just in time to get us all in the holiday spirit. My favorite color is RED , so this was perfect for me !! Our sponsor for this Challenge is Cute As A Button and if you link up a project before December 13, you could win a prize from them !!


As soon as I saw this inspiration photo, I knew what paper I wanted to use. I have been hoarding it for a long time, but just had to get it out for this challenge !!  I loved mixing patterns for this card ..

  • I printed the image of DeDe Christmas Candy Canes from Bugaboo Digi Stamps on Neenah Stardust White cardstock and cut the image to fit a card.
  • Using Kraft cardstock, I cut a card base. 
  • The red checked paper is from the DCWV paper stack "The Mrs. Claus's Kitchen Stack". I have been hoarding this paper for years and have used it on a few projects this week. Success !!
  • I colored the digi image using Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens, Akashiya SAI Waterbrush pens, Sharpies and BIC Flair pens.
  • The checkered paper was adhered to the Kraft base and then the digi image was placed on the right side and also adhered - both using Tombow Adhesives ( MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and also a MONO + Permanent Adhesive Runner ).
  • A strip of Holly washi from Simply Vintage Christmas by Simple Stories was placed down the middle of the card between the patterned paper and the digi image.
  • I placed an American Crafts Tinsel Bow in the middle of the checkered paper.
  • Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen was used on the digi  image for some added shimmer. 

I can't wait to see what the rest of the team made for this month's Challenge. You can check them out HERE and while you are there, think about linking up a project of your own. You have 2 weeks to be inspired !!

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity. What inspires you this time of year ?? Are your Christmas cards all ready to be sent !! Remember to take a minute and do something for YOU in all the rush of the holiday season. Until next time, always stay creative !!

Debra Davion /Meticulosity

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Vera Lane Studio - Take 4

It's hard to believe that this is my last week as Guest Designer with Vera Lane Studio !! I've had so much fun creating with their new releases and this week is no exception. Ragamuffin is a sweet set that includes 2 images and a sentiment. It spoke to my heart and I immediately thought of my sweet kitty, Anna, who has been gone almost 2 years. I made this ATC with her on my mind.

  • I covered an ATC card with patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers "Hello Darling" paper pad. 
  • The images from Ragamuffin were printed on Neenah Stardust White cardstock and fussy-cut.
  • I also printed the girl image onto the same patterned paper as the ATC, cut out the dress and adhered it to the girl image.
  • The girl and cat images were colored with  a variety of markers - Brea Reese, Sharpies, Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens and Akashiya SAI  water brush markers. 
  • I placed a strip of grass washi along the bottom of the ATC.
  • The girl and cat were adhered to the ATC with Tombow Adhesives. 
  • I paper-punched several clouds from scrap ledger paper and adhered those to the ATC, along with the sentiment. 
  • I placed a red button on the cat's eye and a blue button on one of the clouds.
  • Several candy dots were placed down the front of her dress.
Thank you so much to Janet Klein, the owner of Vera Lane Studio and also to Stephanie Eaton, a member of the VLS Design Team.They have both been so helpful and answered all of my many questions. I was so excited to be able to join them for a month of creativity !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Deb & Celeste - Gratitude & a Giveaway 11/2018

Celeste and I have been  doing our blog collaboration since October 2016 !! Can you believe that !?!?  What started out as a plan to blog together each week for a month has turned into a monthly event.  We have had amazing guests along the way and I'm grateful that Celeste and I have been able to continue this.  Our theme this month is Gratitude, so what better time to have a Giveaway !! Everyone that comments on this blog post of mine will have a chance to win 3 beautiful 6x6 paper pads - a Fall pad, a metallic Fall pad and a glitter pad. I will also add some extra goodies.  It will be my way of saying Thank You for joining me on this creative journey.

The cards I made for today are thank- you cards for 2 friends who do an annual review of Pumpkin Spice products online in October called "30 Days of Basic White Girl".  Allie and Becca are sisters who have cracked me up with their fun videos and crazy sister banter !! I even told them that I wanted to be their sister too .. This October, I won a contest that they had for a Pumpkin Spice t-shirt , and these cards are to say thank-you to them !! I'm not a big Spice Girls fan but these rubber stamps cracked me up and I thought they were perfect for my cards !!  

Today I Am Grateful

  • For each card, I used a Kraft card base. I chose papers from the giveaway prize as the first layer on each card. 
  • The stamp set for these cards is PSL from The Ink Road .
  • Using my MISTI, I stamped the words and the basic heart onto a piece of Neenah Stardust White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I left room between those images for the sweater to be placed.
  • I stamped the sweaters onto fall leaf scraps of paper and then fussy-cut them. They were also stamped with Tuxedo Black ink. 
  • After adhering the sweaters to the center of my stamped images, I placed that layer onto a piece of Orange Glitter paper from the giveaway prize.
  • The glitter layer was adhered to the patterned paper - all using Tombow Adhesives.
  • On one card, I wrapped orange/black twine around the upper area of the card. On the other, I wrapped some long-hoarded Fall-colored fibers. 
  • I also placed several orange rhinestones on each sweater.

Gratitude Changes Everything

This month, I am having Pecan Pie coffee in this cup from Target  that I was lucky enough to get 50% off. It's perfect for this post, don't you think ?!?!?! I really love it when things just fall into place like that. I can't wait to see what Celeste has created for this collaboration. Take a look at her  Gratitude post over at Crafting Junky  I want to also tell Celeste how grateful I am that we are still continuing this collaboration. She is dear to my heart and I am grateful for our friendship. And who knows, one of these days we just might be lucky enough to meet in person !!

Please remember to comment on this post for a chance to win some fun paper.  The glitter paper alone is so beautiful !! I will choose someone at random December 1. I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving and are staying warm as winter weather approaches. We will be back next month with a fun holiday blog post .

Blog Candy 

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity