Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / November 2020

I think that every year we ask ourselves where the time has gone. In the blink of an eye, it's November and holiday season is here. We are down to the wire with holiday cards. I just received my first Christmas card from England yesterday !! Plus we are all still living with COVID-19 and that has changed how our holidays are looking this year. I know that I am so ready for 2020 to be over and hope that 2021 is a better  - and healthier - year for everyone !!

I used a variety of stamps this month - both old and new favorites !! My first card uses a fun new stamp from Anthony's Paper Craft Snowball Stand - and also a new sentiment set  - Christmas Greetings 3 . This stamp will be sent to you for free if you spend  $30 or more from Black Friday through Cyber Monday at. Anthony's Paper Craft.  All stamps will be 25% off and US customers will get free shipping if you spend $50 or more. 

  • I stamped the  Snowball Stand on a piece of Strathmore Marker paper and also on a piece of wood-grain paper.
  • The stand was cut out of the wood-grain paper  and adhered on top of the marker paper image. 
  • The snowman and snow outlines were colored with my COPIC markers. 
  • I stamped the sentiment in ColorBox Scuba Distress ink  onto a piece of pale wood-grain paper and adhered it to the top of the stamped panel .
  • I had also stamped an extra sign on marker paper and popped that up on top of the snowball stand.
  • I placed some glitter highlights on the snow and on several snowballs.
  • The completed panel was adhered to a blue card base. 

  • The Christmas Clothesline  and sentiment were stamped on a piece of Strathmore Marker paper and then  colored with my COPICS.
  • I cut the paper to fit on the front of a pale green card base .
  • A piece of thin silver metallic washi was placed between the clothesline and sentiment.
  • I love the simplicity of this card.

  • I stamped the Xmas Mitten onto a piece of Marker paper and also on a piece of watercolor paper.
  • I cut the mitten out of the watercolor paper and colored it with my COPICS.
  • The contents of the stocking on the Marker paper were colored with my COPICS .
  • The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper and then trimmed .
  • I adhered the sentiment next to the Mitten and the watercolor Mitten over the matching stamped image. They were popped up with foam tabs.
  • The stamped panel was adhered to a pale green card base.
  • Sequins were adhered around the Xmas Mitten.

  • I stamped the Koko Girl and sentiment from the Erin Lee Creative Koko Girl Cocoa Stamp & Die Set on watercolor paper.
  • The girl was cut out with the matching die .
  • I colored the girl with my COPICS .
  • I cut the sentiment to fit at the top left of the card.
  • The sentiment was matted with a piece of dark green scrap paper.
  • A piece of glittery snow scene paper was adhered to a pink card base.
  • The girl was popped up with foam tabs towards the lower right side of the card.
  • The sentiment was popped up with foam tabs at the top left.

I'm sure that the other Crafty Elves  - Michael and Lisa -  have created some fabulous cards for November !! You can check out their blogs here  -

Michael Trent - World of Michael Trent
Lisa Reynolds Bzibziak - Life of a BZScrapper

Have you started your holiday cards yet ? Are you even sending cards this year ?? What a crazy year it has been !! I will be happy to put this year behind me and get on with 2021. It just has to be a better year .. Thank you for visiting Meticulosity once again .. We will be back on Christmas Day for our 2020 wrap-up  and hope that you will join us.  Until then, stay safe and creative !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste / November 2020

November is here and with it there will be another Thanksgiving  .. Different than in the past with COVID still around -- but there is still much to be thankful for. AND that is the theme this month - Thanksgiving !! Celeste and I have been collaborating on these blog posts since October 2016 and I am forever grateful for our continued friendship .. I'm also thankful for everyone who has been following us as we get creative each month. 

For my card this month, I paired stamps from 2 of my favorite companies -  Gather Together  from Fun Stampers Journey and Love To Go from Unity Stamp Company . I think that they go together perfectly !!

  • I stamped the sentiment and the coffee cup image with Espresso Ink from Close To My Heart on a piece of Kraft cardstock. I used my MISTI  to get the images lined up for my card panel . 
  • I also stamped the coffee cup on a variety of Autumn patterned papers and then cut out the coffee lid, sleeve and heart images and paper-pieced them on the cup . 
  • The stamped panel was adhered to an orange patterned card base with my Pink Scotch ATG gun. 
  • A piece of fun Autumn  red truck washi tape was placed at the bottom of the card. 

This was such a fun and easy card to make . And I love that  at the bottom of the sentiment is the instruction to "eat pie"  ..  Because what is Thanksgiving without at least a small piece of pie.. This year I think that mine just might be some Chocolate Pecan Pie from Cracker Barrel !!

Celeste has created her own Thanksgiving card and you can see it over at her blog -  Crafting Junky . Have you been making any Thanksgiving cards ?? Have your plans changed at all  this year ?? I'm so glad that you took some time to visit Meticulosity again to see our latest collaboration..

I cannot quite believe it is so close to Christmas . Time to get out a holiday cup for my coffee this month !! I bought this last year long after the holiday for only 90 cents !! And it is from a a favorite movie of mine  - ELF - so I really could not resist !! There is some Maple Pecan coffee in my cup with Sweet Cream creamer.  What are you drinking this time of year ??

Thanks again for visiting Meticulosity to see what Celeste and I are up to this month .. 

Until next time, stay happy, healthy and creative !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity



Friday, November 13, 2020

Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop - Take 2

Finally posting my second ( and probably last ) card for the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ..  The last time to link a project is 11:55 pm Pacific Time tonight . All of the info re the Hop can be found HERE . There are almost 1000 link-ups already !!  

For today's card, I pulled out an older stamp set from the Prima Marketing Inc. Coffee Break collection. It is from 2014 but some of the pieces can still be found online. You can see a fun post about it here .

  • I began with a black chalkboard card base.. These bases have designs on the front that I sometimes cover up with patterned paper.  
  • I cut a piece of Coffee Cups paper from the Echo Park Paper Co. Coffee Collection Kit  and adhered it to the front of the csrd base.,
  • I stamped all of the images in this set on watercolor paper with Gina K Amalgam Ink - Jet Black .I used my MISTI to line up all of the stamps so I could stamp them all together quickly !!
  • The image was colored with my COPIC markers. 
  • Clear Wink of Stella was used on the tea cup and muffin paper  ( see picture below ).
  • I cut a piece of scrap dark pink patterned paper to mat the stamped image and adhered that panel to the front of the card at an angle .

Thanks for stopping by again to see my second card ( might be a third later today if I get a move on ). I'm drinking a wonderful cup of Blueberry Cobbler coffee as I write this post . Leave a comment for a chance to get a coffee care package from me with some delicious samples of my latest favorite coffee ( these samples are single K-cups ). 

Until next time, stay safe & creative !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Fall / Winter Coffee Lovers Hop - Take 1


It's one of my favorite times of the year !! The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop .. There are fantastic sponsors and hundreds of amazing projects AND a chance to win some fabulous prizes just for linking up a project of your own !! You can find all of the information HERE .

I haven't been getting too creative lately .. Lots going on between home and work, BUT I could never miss a chance to make a coffee card .. They are some of my favorite images to use when stamping .. And this stamp I used today from Viva Las VegaStamps  is no exception - Ladies Drinking Tea/Coffee .

The coffee shown in my picture is my latest favorite from Bones Coffee Company - From Dusk to Donuts .  This is their description -- "Take a trip to The Donut Hole and grab a cup of hot, delicious Jelly Donut coffee that tastes just like sinking your fangs into a sweet, jelly filled piece of pastry goodness." It really is delicious !!

I hope that you like tha card I have created  I'd love to hear what your favorite coffee is -- leave a comment and you just might get a care package from me with a sample of this From Dusk to Donuts coffee !! Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !! Until next time, stay creative ...

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste / October 2020

Celeste and I enjoyed getting creative this month with an Inspiration photo AND a sketch for our cards !! Halloween will probably look different this year as we still maneuver our way through COVID, but we had fun with these cards ..  I hope that you like them as much as we do ..

We haven't done very many sketch cards at all so it was time to choose one for our October projects.  And here it is  ---

I found this cool little stamp set by Inkadinkado in my stash and just had to use it for some cards !!  It is vintage - - from 2012 !! And I have had that cool floral paper that just seemed perfect for the card ..

  • On a piece of white cardstock, I stamped The Tattooed Woman image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the sentiment from the same set in Tangelo Memento ink. 
  • I placed a piece of gold glitter washi across the white cardstock in between the image and the sentiment .
  • A piece of Floral Halloween paper was adhered to a dark gray card base.
  • The stamped panel was adhered to the Floral paper.

I am working all weekend so the coffee I am having with Celeste is in one of my fun work cups. I found this Cheers Dears cup with glitter confetti on clearance last year.   I'm drinking "hospital" coffee with Sugar Free Vanilla creamer & a splash of Caramel Macchiato creamer.  The straw makes it easier to drink my coffee at my desk without taking my mask completely off !! Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and head on over to Crafting Junky  to see what Celeste has created 

Thank you for once again joining us for Coffee & Cards !! We will see you again in November. Until then, stay safe and healthy. Wear your masks and social distance ( the nurse in me says ) ... 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / October 2020

The Crafty Elves only have a few more months until the holiday is here !! I can't believe that it is almost the end of October AND we are still in the midst of COVID. I hope that you all are staying safe and healthy .. 

Spellbinders had an amazing clearance sale recently and I got some holidays dies for $2 and $3 !! I couldn't resist making several of my cards this month with those dies.  I'm also going to be giving away a bit of blog candy again this month so keep on reading and see how you can possibly be the winner.

  • I used the Spellbinders Hanging Stockings die to cut out the image on a piece of black cardstock.
  • A piece of scrap glittered holly paper was adhered to a green card base,
  • The die-cut image was adhered to a piece of bright red cardstock with Art Glitter Glue . The fine tip makes placing the glue in the intricate cuts much easier !!
  • The red panel was adhered to the holly paper.
  • An Idea-ology Small Talk - Occasions sentiment was adhered on the bottom right of the holly paper.

  • The Spellbinders For You  die was cut out using while glitter cardstock.  It's hard to see in the picture but it has a nice sparkle.
  • The cookie paper, music paper and sentiment are all from the Sugar Cookie Christmas collection from Prima Marketing Inc.. This is an absolutely beautiful collection !!
  • I adhered transparent pink and turquoise sequins to the sugar cookie background paper.
  • I love how changing the background paper with these dies can create a totally different look .. 
  • I will be sending 1 of these For You dies to someone who comments on this blog post . I will choose 1 person randomly.

  • On a pink chalkboard card base, I adhered a piece of foiled birch paper .
  • I stamped the  image from Own Wing from Unity Stamp Company , colored it with my Copics and then fussy-cut it.World
  • The bird was popped up on the background paper using foam tabs.
  • A sentiment from Idea-ology Small Talk - Occasions was adhered in the lower right corner.

  • This might just be my favorite card this month, but I did love them all !! I used the Better Not Pout  stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas PaperArts .
  • I adhered a piece of  Christmas text paper to a navy card base.
  • The cat in stocking image was stamped on white cardstock, colored with my Copics and then fussy-cut. 
  • The stocking was then popped up in the right corner with foam tabs.
  • Transparent sequins were placed around the stocking.

I know that the other Crafty Elves have been busy making their cards for October. Lisa and I get together on ZOOM sometimes on Sundays with her crafty group. And Michael and I have plans to get creative together sometime soon also.  Take a look at their creations on their blogs ---

Michael Trent - World of Michael Trent
Lisa Reynolds Bzibziak - Life of a BZScrapper

Thanks to all of you for visiting Meticulosity and especially for your wonderful comments !! It means alot to me that you take the time to stop by my creative space.. Until next time, stay safe, healthy and creative !! And don't forget to comment here on this post for a chance to be selected to get that cute For You die to make some cards of your own..

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October Cookies / Take 2

Our latest Challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie  is perfect for this time of year and might be the most fun I have this Halloween, since COVID seems to be putting a damper on trick or treating !! And the colors would also be a fun combination for a project !!

I had such a good time making this card ..  I used supplies from a few of my favorite companies - Rubber Moon , Paper House Productions and Recollections at Michaels . It was a quick card to put together with minimal coloring.. I hope you like it as much as I do ..

Things That Go Bump In The Night

  • On a gray card base, I adhered a piece of  orange paper from the Paper House pad - Color Washed. This is a gorgeous paper pad and even though the pad is sold out, you can still find some gorgeous single sheets over at Paper House .
  • I stamped the String o' Jacks from Rubber Moon on watercolor paper with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink . This stamp was designed by Marylinn Kelly - take a look at all of her designs for Rubber Moon HERE .
  • The image was colored with my Copics .
  • I adhered a strip of pumpkin washi along the top of the pumpkin image.
  • I popped the pumpkin image up on the orange paper with foam tabs .
  • 2 strips of narrow Halloween washi from Recollections were placed above and below the popped up pumpkins.
  • A sentiment from Idea-ology Small Talk was adhered on the bottom right corner of the orange paper.
This Challenge will be the last one for 2020. We've had a fabulous year bringing you some amazing Inspiration photos and have had wonderful projects linked up by our followers.  But we will be taking a break to regroup and hope to be back next year .. 2021 can only be better -- am I right ?!?!?! We would still love for you to link up a project with us this time !!

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity ..
Stay Creative...

Debra Davison