Monday, September 29, 2014

Gingerbread Latte

This is not a holiday card but it is probably my favorite of the coffee cards I have made for the Bloghop so I am naming it after my all-time favorite -- Gingerbread Latte.. I don't count the days until Pumpkin Spice Lattes return each year.. I am waiting patiently for the lovely aroma of gingerbread to return to my local coffee shops..The only thing that could make it better would be if they used Sugar-Free syrup.. Just the thought of it makes me wish it were time for them..

For this Coffee card, I used a great stamp by Unity Stamp Company - "Coffee Side By Side", amazing paper and cork cup icon from the Prima "Coffee Break" collection and some Stampin' Up Lace Doily adhesive ribbon.... Colored with Tim Holtz Distress markers....


Thank you all so much for visiting my blog and especially those of you who commented... It's been so much fun... It's nice to know that there are many kindred spirits out there who LOVE coffee and cardmaking as much as I do....

Sugar-Free Vanilla Soy Latte

I know, I know...Sounds kind of blah--but it really is a yummy drink.. I always get mine extra-hot because it takes me forever to drink a cup of coffee.... I am usually too busy reading, crafting or talking to drink it fast.. I also try to be good and get half-decaf.. So when I saw this pic, I had to post it here...

This card for National Coffee Day was made using Taylored Expressions "Joe To Go" stamp & die set..The circle is from Prima's Coffee Break collection and the adhesive cork is from DCWV..


Skinny Caramel Macchiato

It was probably one of my first favorites at Starbucks... Skinny Caramel Macchiato.. And I usually get it in a mug, tastes better to me !! I feel like a grown-up or one of the cast of FRIENDS... Sitting on the couch at Central Perk...

This card uses some of my favorite supplies: buttons, sequins, washi.. I paper-pieced the cup and gave it a cute turquoise handle.. I used an Inkadinkado stamp, Stampin' Up buttons & a Project Life journal card...
What's your favorite drink ??


Coffee & Friends: The Perfect Blend

Today is National Coffee Day !! I will be joining in the Coffee Lovers Bloghop at Cuts, Crops & Creativity. My coffee-themed cards will also be posted here throughout the day and each card will be named after one of my favorite coffee drinks !! Thanks to Amy Tsuruta & Chaitali Narla for your amazing Coffee Lovers Bloghop idea turned into a wonderful reality...

For those of you who comment on one of my coffee posts today, I will randomly choose a winner to receive some crafty coffee goodies..... Answer one of these questions if you would like. Here is some coffee trivia about me !!

1. When did you start drinking coffee?  I started about 30 years ago, as a new RN !!
2. What is your favorite brand (you can name up to three). Starbucks, Eight O'Clock, Dunkin Donuts
3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?  A Creme Brulee Latte from Cure Coffeehouse in Norfolk, VA a few months ago
4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will... get a Killer headache !!


Supplies: Prima Coffee Break journaling card,  Stampin' Up Perfect Blend, glitter paper, 
My Mind's Eye base card

Monday, September 22, 2014

Surrender the Booty.....

Thank you to everyone who joined us in the Pirate fun over at the Mountain Plains Crafters blog and here at Meticulosity as well.. It's time for us to surrender the booty. The winner of my Pirate Gold is Angi Rankin. Her comment was : " This is really great Debra! I don't make many comments but I always think you have the cutest creations! "...  

Thank you to those who commented.. I always appreciate the visits you make to my blog and your comments are always welcome. Check out the MPC Blog for other winners. And last but not least, I couldn't resist sharing a pic of a great hot sauce. Seemed appropriate !!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Work Like a Captain, Play Like a Pirate

Ahoy there !! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day !! The gang at Mountain Plains Crafters is joining in the fun with some Pirate creativity !! Check them out at the MPC Blog .. I will be giving away some Gold to one lucky pirate who comments on my post here. Then you can partake in some of the fun Pirate happenings today.... There are Pirate doughnuts at Krispy Kreme and  Etsy is all about the pirate booty. Have a great day & like my card say- Work Like a Captain, Play Like a Pirate"...
 Arrrgh, Matey !!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Take on "The Shake"..

I have a confession to make..... I absolutely LOVE shaker cards... I watch how-to videos, collect pictures of them, find them on Pinterest etc.... I have everything I need to make them.. Just bought the foam mounting tape last week. Sat down to make one this morning and somehow got distracted by these cute little envelopes I have had for awhile...Does this happen to any of you ?? I call it my Creative ADD...  I sit down to make 1 thing that is all settled in my mind and end up with something completely different... Like today's Shaker card... I had some of my Project Life  journal cards on my desk and put it in the clear envelope..Perfect fit--even had enough room to fold the end back... Then I spotted the literally thousands of sequins I have and VOILA !! My card was born..  The supplies were meant to go together.. It was like peanut butter & jelly, Barnes & Noble, Ben & Jerry's ..... I am already thinking ahead to more of these cards... I have some fabulous metallic sequins. They would be great for beachy cards... I can envision autumn colors, Christmas -- the possibilities are endless.... I still want to try a traditional shaker card but I am thrilled with MY take on the "shake"....Now if only I could remember where I got those little envelopes... Google, here I come !!


Friday, September 12, 2014

My 1st Friends with Flair.....

Every Friday, Unity Stamp Company invites everyone to create something using their stamps and post it on their blog with a link to the crafter's blog as well.. I got started on some early Christmas cards using the stamp that began my addiction to their Stamp of the Month - Holiday Joy Christmas Tree.. So, this is my 1st Friends with Flair card...Check out everyone's FWF for some amazing inspiration this week..

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You Belong in a Zoo !!

"Let's all make an animal card", she said ..... "Just for fun"..... And that's how it started.. One of my fellow Design Team members at Mountain Plains Crafters threw it out there and we ran with it... We got a squirrel, a wolf, some kitties, an owl and some hedgehogs. The MPC blog now has its own zoo of cuddly critters -  plus one wolf, thanks to DT member MariLynn !! I always love seeing the variety of cards we come up with. I feel blessed everyday to have met such an amazing group of women.. Check out all of our critters here.

I got out a new stamp, my colored pencils, some blender pens, ribbon and twine and my Critter creation was born.. You gotta love this stamp-- I had fun doing some paper-piecing and then even added some rhinestones to the polka-dots on the card as a finishing touch. What are some of your favorite critters to stamp ?? I hope this inspires you to pull those stamps out and get creative.. 

Supplies : Stampin' Up " A Little Smile" stamp 2Berry Creative Baker's twine,
rhinestones, My Mind's Eye card base, Derwent Inktense watercolor  & Metallic colored pencils, Stampin' Up Blender pen, Offray Hedgehog ribbon  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let's FALL into a Challenge .....

Without any school-age children at my house, back-to-school doesn't have the same meaning it used to.. No frenzy of shopping for supplies or choosing first day clothes.. But the arrival of FALL in all its glory is a much welcomed time of year. Here in  Virginia Beach this summer, we have had many weeks of 90+ degree weather. It is humid, sticky and downright uncomfortable.. I am not a beach or pool person; cooling off in the water is not an option. So each year, I look forward to FALL and all it brings.. Sweater weather.. Salted Caramel Lattes.. Bonfires.. Multi-colored leaves.. And many options for cards during this Year of Creativity for me !! I have a whole drawer of Fall themed supplies, just waiting to inspire me..

Everyone over at Mountain Plains Crafters has also been inspired and we have another challenge for you. The theme is Leaves/Autumn. Go with leafy, autumn or combine them. Create a new project, link it to the blog post and you will have a chance to win an amazing prize from our sponsor, Pan Pastel - a Donna Downey Mixed Media Kit (colors may vary)...

Check out what I created below and then stop by the MPC Blog to see all of the creations by our Design Team members. The Challenge lasts until September 24.. Hope to see your new creations !!

Supplies :  Inkadinkado Pumpkin Girl stamp, Stampin' Up sentiment, Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper ( pleated into a border ), Martha Stewart Fire Opal Glitter

After stamping the Pumpkin Girl design on a dotted background paper, I stamped it a second time on Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper. I cut out the pumpkins and paper-pieced them onto the original design. I cut a strip of contrasting paper from the same collection and folded it back and forth onto itself to make pleats. You can do this either free-hand or by using a scoring tool. I used Mini Glue-Dots to adhere each section. A Stampin' Up sentiment completed the card.. I absolutely love the rich colors on this card and was especially happy to find that glitter in my stash. It was perfectly pumpkin !! 

Also, anyone who comments on this blog post of mine during this challenge will be entered in a drawing to win an Autumn themed card from me in addition to a few other goodies... So comment and tell me what you like most about Autumn..