Sunday, August 13, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 8/13

I'm so excited for our blog collaboration this month because we do have a guest joining us and it is Hetty Sanders. We met through our love of coffee AND papercrafting in the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Facebook group. How appropriate is that !?!? This month we were challenged by Celeste to use this mood board for inspiration to make a coffee card. I love these colors and had fun with this theme.

  • I started with a colorful Molly & Rex card base from Michaels. The mood board is "pastels and colors" and this was a perfect base even though much of it was covered.
  •  Using Gansai Tambi #34 Dark Pink watercolor and a wide brush, I created my background on Strathmore Mixed-media paper .
  • The Penny Black "Espresso Break" image was stamped using Memories India Black ink . I highlighted several areas using my Distress markers and Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens.
  • The coffee sentiment is from the Recollections "C'est La Vie" paper pad . I adhered it to the top of the card using a Tombow MONO Adhesive Runner .
  • The stamped image was placed at an angle and popped up with foam dimensionals.
  • For some shimmer, I used 10mm faceted rhinestones by Love Nicole from AC Moore and placed  2 ( a pink and a blue ) next to the upper left side and the bottom right side of the stamped image.

Coffee is the Best Idea

Celeste's card can be seen at Crafting Junky . You will love what she created !! I know that I do .. Hetty's card comes to us all the way from The Netherlands. She lives in Amsterdam and you can find her card at Craft Chaos . We all hope that you will comment and let us know what you think and also sign up to follow our blogs. 

Today's coffee was brought to you by this coffee cup given to me by my BFF Sue.  It sits on my desk holding an assortment of go-to markers . I'm not even sure I have ever put a drop of coffee in it !! But it seemed perfect for today's post. ( And P.S. I am drinking a bottle of Starbucks Vanilla Iced Coffee. )

Thank you so much for visiting Meticulosity.
I look forward to seeing you next month.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 7/30

Celeste & I are back for our collaboration and our theme this month is summery / nautical. It's been crazy hot here in Virginia Beach lately and now that it is finally cooling off, it's been raining non-stop !! We don't have a guest this month  ( taking a summer hiatus ) but will be inviting fellow bloggers to join us again in September.

I have posted every day this week as the Growing in Unity girl with Unity Stamp Company, so I have been on creative overload. My card this week uses stamps from a British magazine - Creative Stamping. I searched bookstores near me and finally ordered the magazine from a shop in Britain. I wasn't disappointed - these stamps are incredible. I also used my new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to do the stamping for this card and really loved it .. This pirate caught my eye and I had to make today's card with it !!

Sea View Collection by Sheena Douglass

My coffee today is being served in a small Starbucks cup that I found on clearance after the holidays last year. I've been making iced coffee and keeping it in my fridge lately. I'm drinking Iced Caramel Custard coffee with Sweet Cream creamer . I sometimes waste more coffee than I drink so this small cup is perfect for me !!

Please check out Celeste's card at Crafting Junky to see what she came up with this month. We hope you will sign up to follow our blogs. Have a great Sunday and Happy Stamping !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Friday, July 28, 2017

Christmas in July - GIU Day 5

For those of you who know me well, my love of ALL things Christmas is no secret. Patterned paper, stamps, washi, embellishments. You name it and I love it !! So I couldn't let my last GIU day pass by without a holiday card. And because I can be a bit quirky at times, it's not a traditional red & green card.  

Ever since I saw the Imagine Only stamp by Angie Blom, I have thought of making a holiday card with it.  This has been a fabulous GIU week for me and all of you are the reason why !! I could never thank you enough for all of your visits to Meticulosity and also your comments. They made me excited for each of my 5 posts !!

  • Once again, I stamped on patterned paper - this time, I used Crate Paper's Peppermint collection. I cut the paper  to include the pretty scalloped border. I also stamped the image again on a doily-patterned piece of Peppermint collection paper and fussy-cut the headband and dress . All images were stamped with Memories India Black ink.
  • The image was colored with my favorite Distress markers and Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens . A Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush pen added a bit of shimmer. A silver glitter pen by Kaiser gave her eyelashes a little "pop"..
  • A bit of fine glitter was added to the areas around the girl. To me, Christmas + card-making = glitter  ( to the horror of my guy, who ends up wearing it most days !! )  
  • I placed a variety of washi across the bottom of the of the card. The teal washi strip under the girl is from My Mind's Eye, the snowflake washi with a hint of red is by Docrafts and the last 2 snowflake washi are from Recollections @ Michaels.
  • I just couldn't find  the perfect saying for this card so I decided to use a die-cut from the Graphic 45 "Christmas Past" collection. I adhered it to a piece of slightly larger silver glitter paper.
  • I adhered paper and elements with Tombow adhesive - the permanent adhesive runner for larger areas and the MONO Aqua Liquid adhesive for smaller areas. 
  • AND because it is a holiday card especially, I could not say enough was enough. Soooooooo, I added a few Basic Grey Opaline half-pearls along the top scalloped border. 

It's hard to believe my week is at an end. Please comment on each post this week for a chance for 2 lucky winners to receive a grab bag of 25 Unity stamps. Winners will be chosen at random.  Comment by midnight EST on Sunday, July 30. I hope you will continue to support all of the GIU girls. There will be 2 more next week who will share their creativity with us. And again, a big thank-you to Unity Stamp Company for allowing me to be a GIU gal !! I hope all of you were inspired and  I would love to see what you create with your fabulous Unity stamps. 

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity.

Debra Davison

Thursday, July 27, 2017

My Planner Gals - GIU Day 4

Thank you all so much for visiting my blog for my first 3 GIU posts. For Day 4, I decided to let you all take a peek into my Happy Planner for this week.  I sometimes think that my planner is way more organized than I am, but I do have fun decorating the pages !! Does anyone else feel that way ?? 

I absolutely fell in love with the new Planner Gals by Angie Blom. Now that I have purchased these, they have also come out with short-haired Gals . ( There might be another Unity purchase in my future !! )

  • Planner gals and their sentiments were stamped with Memories Black India ink. I used two of the gals - Be a Beauty & Don't Be Perfect. I stamped the images on blank planner pages from previous months, the cut them and adhered them to the pages for this week.
  • I colored in the images with Distress Markers and Faber - Castell PITT Artist pens  and drew stripes on the be-you-tiful gal's shirt 
  • Some of the flowers were highlighted using a Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen. This has to be one of my very favorite pens for adding shimmer to a project !! I also used some "Rock Candy" Distress Stickles Glitter Glue .
  • I added some Craftsmith washi tape from their French word /black stripe set, purchased at Michaels. I am not a "fill in every bit of white space" planner girl, Unlike my need to add more and more to cards that I make, I am more of a minimalist when it comes to decorating my planner.
  • A "hoarded" banner sticker and some enamel dots by Basic Grey also were added to the pages. I used a variety of stickers and embellishments to highlight weekly activities.  I like to leave space for spur-of-the-moment fill-ins.

My $5.99 Blitsy Happy Planner

Hard to believe that Day 4 is here . I'll be back again tomorrow with my final project and hope you will stop by to see it. I want to thank everyone at Unity Stamp Company for giving us all this chance to show our creative side to everyone.  Their stamps are amazing and their designers are phenomenal !!  I'll see you back here at Meticulosity tomorrow. Please comment on each post this week for your chance to win a grab bag of 25 Unity stamps.

Happy Stamping !!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Create - GIU Day 3

I love making tags. I love embossing paste and glitter. And I absolutely LOVE Susan K Weckesser and her stamp sets for Unity. So I combined all of those and came up with a project that showcases all of these.  Remember to comment on all of my posts this week for a chance to win a grab bag of 25 Unity stamps. There will be 2 winners chosen at random. This tag will hang in my craft studio and remind me that I am in there to CREATE - it feeds my spirit, tends to my soul and makes me happy. When I take care of ME, I am better able to take care of others !!

  • I started with a Prima tag and applied Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle over a Tim Holtz Doily Layering Stencil down the Left side of the tag. I then sprinkled "Pralines and Cream" Fairy Dust Glitter over the spackle
  • The house from Heart-Full Homes was stamped with Colorbox Color Pop Archival Dye ink by Susan K Weckesser - the color is Mystery. I stamped it on a scrap of paper with a word-patterned background, then fussy cut it . I also like to stamp on book pages. 
  • The house was colored  with a combination of Distress Markers and Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens. I also adhered a glitter heart to the roof. 
  • On a scrap of Live in Color paper  also by Susan K Weckesser, I stamped the word CREATE from the Painted Sentiments stamp set . The ink color was  Kiss. I placed a strip of double-sided tape on the bottom of the paper and sprinkled it with Tumbled Glass Distress Glitter .
  • The fun in making these scenes with the houses is that you can use all of your scraps, favorite washi, punches and anything else on hand . I placed a piece of grass washi across the tag bottom, then built a flower with another piece of green washi, a paper-punched circle and a colored glass center . Several paper-punched clouds were placed above the house on the tag.
  • I adhered the CREATE image and all of the other elements to the tag, using a combination of Tombow Adhesives - Xtreme Adhesive  Runner and MONO Aqua Liquid .
  • Scraps of several favorite ribbons were tied at the top of the tag to add some more color.

I will see you again tomorrow for my 4th project this week as a GIU girl. It's been fun inking up old favorite Unity stamps, as well as some new favorites, like the Planner Gals. I hope you will sign up to follow my blog and continue with me on my creative journey.  Looking forward to sharing a few more posts with you !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Succulent Salutations - GIU Day 2

For my Growing in Unity Day 2, I am using the sentiment kit Succulent Salutations . This is a fabulous kit that includes 18 stamps. I am not a gardener so this set is as close as I will be getting to having a plant. I love to fussy cut and paper-piece - this card is perfect for that.

" just take it one day at a time "

  • I started with a Molly & Rex card base,  A pink doily was placed in the upper left corner of the card and trimmed to fit.  
  • The succulents, sentiment and bird were stamped with Memories Black India ink -  I stamped the succulents several times on both Neenah Stardust White cardstock and patterned paper . The patterned paper was from 2 Prima pads - Hello Pastel and Life Time. 
  • I fussy cut the planters and 2 of the succulents, then adhered them to the image stamped on the cardstock.
  • Distress Markers were used to color  several sections of the succulents.
  • The sentiment was paper-punched then stapled to another paper-punched square of patterned paper.
  • A strip of glitter washi was placed along the bottom of the succulent image, then this mage was adhered to the bottom right corner of the card. 
  • A fussy cut bird was adhered to the top of the sentiment. 

Please comment on this post. I will randomly choose 2 winners to win 25 Unity stamps at the end of my GIU week. Thank you for taking the time to visit Meticulosity. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kitchen Logic - GIU Day 1

I am thrilled to be back as a Growing in Unity Girl this week for Unity Stamp Company. It is my third year and there will be another person this week who is joining us as a first-time GIU girl. Welcome to Kim Gray - I can't wait to see all of your projects !! I will be posting a new project using Unity stamps on my blog Monday through Friday. Please comment each day for a chance to win a grab bag of 25 Unity stamps. There will be 2 lucky winners.

For my first project, I used an older Unity kit called Kitchen Logic. Everything about this set reminds me of my mom - the stove with the kitchen towel hanging on it, the lovely apron and the sentiments that are included.

" if you can't take the Heat, get out of the Kitchen "

  • I started with a turquoise card base and adhered a pink doily in the center. 
  • I stamped the 3 images on patterned paper from the Echo Park "Happy Days" collection .This is a fun, retro paper pad. All stamping was done with Memories India black ink.
  • The stove and apron were fussy-cut and adhered to the doily. I used foam dimensionals to pop up the apron. 
  • The sentiment was paper-punched out then stapled to a same-sized square of turquoise paper. 
  • 3 retro banners were adhered to the upper Left corner of the card base. A strip of pink glitter washi gave the card a pop of color .  It reminds me of kitchen curtains !!
  • And don't you love that small cake stand that I found at TJ Maxx - how perfect is that !?!? I think that maybe I made that card to match the stand !!

I used turquoise on this card because my mom used to write recipes in her recipe book with a turquoise ink pen. To this day, when I see that color ink, I have great memories of my mom in the kitchen with me. She was an amazing cook and baker. Miss her every day.. This card is for you, Mom !!

I hope that you like my first GIU project. Be sure to leave a comment and at the end of the week, I will choose 2 winners at random to win 25 Unity stamps. Thank you so much for visiting Meticulosity.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gratitude & Coffee

I just had to make a card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with the newly released Girl Squad line of supplies by Pebbles. It has the cutest papers, stickers, embellishments and washi !! I am having such fun making cards for this Hop.

  • I placed a strip of scalloped washi down the Left side of a Painted Garden card base by Paperlove. 
  • I cut the Gratitude card from a 12x12 piece of Girl Squad scrapbook paper.
  • The "and coffee too" label was printed with my Pink DYMO Caption Maker and adhered to the bottom of the Gratitude card. 
  • 2 strips of Girl Squad washi were placed across the  upper Right side of the Gratitude card.
  • The Gratitude card was adhered with my Tombow MONO Adhesive Runner.
  • A wooden die-cut coffee cup was placed in the Upper Right corner of the card over the  card. Astrip of washi made a cute sleeve !!
This card was so much fun to make and surprisingly enough for me, it has absolutely NO stamping on it !! The colors and different supplies are fantastic to work with. I hope you like my 4th card for the Hop. There just might be another one on Friday.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Monday, June 26, 2017

Coffee - It Saves Lives

Today I'm using a cute digi from Bugaboo Stamps to make this card. This will be the third card of mine for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and it's always fun seeing what everyone makes !! I changed the word "children" on this image to "friend". But how true is that sentiment,especially first thing in the morning. My shift at work starts at 0600 and getting up at 0430 is brutal. So, my morning coffee is of utmost importance !! Just ask my co-workers !

  • I printed the Bugaboo digi - Frame It JJ Coffee - and colored it with my Distress Markers.
  • The image was adhered to a fun geometric-patterned card base.Isn't that fun ?!?!?!
  • A piece of Doodlebug "Coffee Break" washi was placed on a cute wooden coffee cup die cut  and then placed on  the lower R corner of the card.
There are almost 500 projects linked up to the Hop already and it's not over until Friday, June 30. Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance at some blog candy at the end of the Hop.. And thank you once again for visiting Meticulosity and fueling my creative spirit !!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 6/25

And here we are again in the middle of another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop !! So of course, this month, our theme is coffee.  One of my favorite ways to pass the time is having coffee with a friend so this card celebrates that. Our guest is Renee Moran, who I actually met through our love of Unity Stamp Company. She is an amazing person who reaches out and sends her cards to those who are having a tough time. I am lucky to call her a friend. The cards she makes are amazing and I hope you will check out her blog - Because of Delaney Jane.

What could be more fun on a summery day than coffee with a friend ?!?!?! That is what inspired this card and I had the perfect stamp for it. I have had this Paper Salon stamp for years and the company is no longer around but I am still getting so much enjoyment from this image.

  • I adhered a piece of summery floral paper from the Project Life "Desktop Edition" paper pad to a light green card base.
  • Using Memories India Black Ink, I stamped the coffee girls image onto a "Lovely Edition" Project Life journal card. A piece of striped washi was placed along the lower edge of the stamped image.
  • 2 paper-punched clouds were stapled to the journal card above the stamped image.
  • I adhered the journal card to a scrap piece of blue paper and then adhered that to the floral background paper at an angle.
  • A piece of grass washi was placed under the striped washi up to the edge of the floral background paper.
  • A pink, turquoise and silver sequin were randomly placed on the journaling card to complete my project.
Please take a moment to comment on this post for a chance to win some blog candy. And don't forget to head over to Celeste's blog Crafting Junky and Renee's blog Because of Delaney Jane . I am sure you will be inspired by their cards. We would love for you to comment on our posts and also to follow our blogs ..

Today's card is brought to you courtesy of me finally cleaning the kitchen pantry .. I found a Starbucks mug that I had purchased which was still in the bag wrapped in tissue. I am drinking a Colombian coffee with Coconut Cream creamer this morning. What are you enjoying in your mug today ?? And don't you just LOVE this travel mug !?!?!?

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and indulging my love of coffee and coffee cards. And of course, the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ...

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Friday, June 23, 2017

Drink, Read & Be Happy

Another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is here and of course, I had to post something on the first day. I combined my love of books and coffee for this card that is being sent to a friend of mine in Munich, Germany. I think that Gina loves books and coffee as much as I do !!


  • I started with an apple green card base and placed a piece of my hoarded Public Library  paper by October Afternoon on top of that as a background. I have had this paper for a LONG time and just couldn't bring myself to use it until I was working on this card for Gina & the Blog Hop. 
  • The stamped image is Chapter One from Unity Stamps that I colored with my favorite markers - a combination of Distress markers, PITT Artist pens & Stabilos. The image and sentiment were stamped with Memories India Black Ink. The books were stamped on Neenah Stardust White Cardstock and the sentiment was stamped on Kraft cardstock.
  • I adhered  everything using my Bazzill Permanent Adhesive Runner. A bit of glitter was used on the steam rising out of the coffee cups.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of the projects linked up to this Hop. They are always amazing and inspire me to make more and more coffee/tea/cocoa cards !! Thank you for visiting Meticulosity... I'll be offering some blog candy to someone who comments on my posts throughout the Hop. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 5/28

Another collaboration from me & Celeste for May. This month,our challenge was to make a children's card. I do not have any young children or very many kid-themed stamps, so I had to put my thinking cap on for this one... I remembered that I had several stamps that had sayings by children on them and finally chose the one I used today. Our guest this month is Sybrina King, who is involved in the Send a Smile 4 Kids campaign, that collects and distributes handmade cards to patients at Children's Hospitals.  We are thrilled to have her join us !!

  • For this card, I started with a Molly & Rex watercolor card base . I placed a few different washi tapes at the top and bottom of the front of the card.  The Llama washi and striped washi are both made by Recollections for Michaels.
  • On a journaling card from the Project Life "Charming" Edition Core Kit , I stamped the fun Inkadinkado image using Memories India Black Ink.
  • A butterfly was punched from a piece of scrap patterned paper that I had in my stash and then stapled to the top left corner of the stamped image,
  • The journaling card was adhered at an angle using my Bazzill Marathon Tape Runner. Kids often do say the darndest things and I think this advice is perfect.
  • If you're feeling blue, try painting yourself a different color !!

And now on to our Llama -----

Funny story about the Llama. I bought the tube of washi for the unicorn design that was included and wondered what I would EVER do with Llama washi tape. I am involved in a fabulous postcard swap group called the Love Notes Postcard Project and this Round, I was lucky enough to be paired randomly with a friend, Anne Ryan. Well, she outdid herself by sending me this wooden Llama postcard that she bought and embellished on the back with a lovely mantra. So, immediately, my Llama washi came to mind and I used it on this card to send to her.. So if she sees  this blog post before the card arrives in Washington state, the cat is out of the bag, so to speak... But I wanted her to know how much she means to me and also how thrilled I was to get to use my Llama washi !! Coincidence, I think not ?!?!

Please check out Celeste's card at her blog -  Crafting Junky. I have a feeling that it is going to be Dino-Mite !! And you will be inspired by Sybrina's project at her blog - Taking Life One Page at a Time . We would love for you to leave us comments and also to follow our blogs. 

This month's coffee is brought to you by a wonderful Iced Coffee - Hazelnut Cinnamon Roll from Guy Fieri ( yep, he makes coffee too. )  I am using one of my Starbucks Reusable cups that I bought for $2 . This is a design from last year and I still love it. Bright and springy !! I hope you have enjoyed our collaboration for the month of May. If you would like to be our guest sometime, please contact me or leave a comment here with your contact info. I look forward to seeing you back here next month and hope we have inspired you. 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rubber Moon Mail Swap 5/2017

I am in an absolutely fabulous club on Facebook  -- The Rubber Moon Mail Club. Rubber Moon makes the best stamps - they have unique designs and amazing artists ! Owned by Kristen Peters and her hubby - we call him Mr. Moon - Rubber Moon is one of my favorite companies EVER !! As a member of the Mail Club, I get exclusive stamps and artsy surprises every other month. On the Facebook page dedicated to the Mail Club, you can choose to swap with other members each time you get your stamp shipment. This group is drama-free and full of kind members who share ideas and their love of Rubber Moon. Many are now my friends !! Kae Pea ( Kristen Powers ) is not only our fearless leader; she also designs stamps and is an amazing artist !! Today I am showing you what I sent to my assigned person. In a later post, I will show you some of the amazing goodies that I have received ..

Card and tag using Sunny Carvalho stamps, Notebook using Jane Cather  

 I AM MY ART by Kae Pea

Pixie Dust by Sunny Carvalho

Tend to Your Soul tags // Frida by Kae Pea

Card detail // the window stamp was our exclusive stamp

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and checking out my latest swap creations.. I hope you will stop by the Rubber Moon Facebook page and their web-site . You will find one-of-a-kind rubber stamps along with other great supplies. And who knows -- you just might be swapping with me one day if you decide you decide to join in the fun !!

Debra Davison // Meticulosity