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..


  • 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