Sunday, April 11, 2021

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste /April 2021

Celeste and I are back for our April Coffee & Cards posts !! It is National Letter Writing Month so we decided to do a Snail Mail / Happy Mail post .. I send many letters and postcards every month to friends all over the world . But in April, I am in a group that assigns a penpal for the month, so I am sending even more snail mail than usual..  And this past year when we have all been spending much of our time at home and away from friends and loved ones, it's even more important to stay connected . It's always nice to see a letter from a friend in my mailbox. So, pick up a pen and some paper and write a note to someone.. You will make their brighter !!


I love all things snail mail - postage stamps, rubber stamps, paper, washi etc.. It was hard to choose a stamp set to use but I finally decided on Mr. Snailman from Trinity Stamps . The set includes a cute snail, sentiments and also stamps suitable for decorating your envelopes !!


Snail Mail - paper hug enclosed


Envelope Art


  • On a pink-pattered card base, I adhered a piece of envelope patterned paper from the sweet Lucky Charm paper pad from Dear Lizzy by American Crafts .
  • I stamped the snailman image on a piece of Solar White  cardstock and also on an April calendar panel from Graphic 45.
  • Snail Mail was stamped with Ladybug Memento ink.  The snail and sentiment were stamped with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink .
  • I fussy-cut the snail shell from the Neenah cardstock.
  • The images were colored with my COPICS.
  • I  created a border with a Martha Stewart border punch and a piece of vintage white ledger paper also from the Lucky Charm paper pad.
  • A strip of thin pink confetti washi was placed down the vintage white border.
  • I adhered the border down the left side of the card.
  • I popped up the Neenah cardstock snail shell on top of the snail with a foam tab.
  • The calendar panel was also popped up on the front of the card with foam tabs.
I also used several images from the Mr. Snailman stamp set to decorate the front of the envelope for this card . I always like to at least add some stickers or a stamped image to the front and back of my envelopes. Some of the envelopes I have received from friends are true works of art !!

I am sure that Celeste has created a fabulous Happy Mail card .. You can check out her post over at her blog - Stamping Junky ..Today I am drinking Twinkie coffee from a Mikasa cup. The pattern - Garden Gallery - is perfect for a gorgeous Spring day !!




I hope that you all are doing well and staying safe. Take care of yourself .. Thank you for visiting me once again  at  Meticulosity.. Until next time, Stay Creative !! And don't forget to let someone you know that you are thinking of them -  write a letter and send it off soon !!


Debra Davison / Meticulosity


Sunday, March 28, 2021

A Creative Bibliophile - March 2021

I read the most interesting book this month for my post . I actually read it on my phone using the Libby app which makes it so easy for me to have something to read at all times, wherever I have my phone .. It allows you to check books out of your library directly to your phone which is so convenient for bookworms like me !!



For my bookmark this month, I used the cutest digital stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas PaperArts - Bliss . I printed the image and sentiment on Neenah cardstock, fussy-cut the rabbit design and trimmed around the sentiment.  The sentiment was matted on a pale pink paper and adhered to a piece of floral designer paper above the fussy cut rabbit image.  I adhered that panel to a piece of Toned Grey Mixed Media paper. On the back of the bookmark is a piece of dotted green paper  where you can write a book list or book review etc. I also added some Glossy Accents to the eyeglass lenses.


Bliss : a good book, good coffee, great company

I'm actually only reviewing one book this month - Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks. I've started several but this is the only one I've completely finished .It's hard when I find so many that I like at one time, but that beats the alternative, which is not liking many that I have been excited to read !! And once I saw the cover, I was really drawn to this book ..


I also was intrigued even before I opened it because I had read that it was entirely written in lists. I am a bit of an OCD person and love lists. But I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy a whole book of lists - sounded rather boring to me but I was very wrong .. And pleasantly surprised !!

In this book, Daniel Mayrock owns a struggling bookstore, worries that his wife might still love her dead first husband and has issues with his father. It drew me in from the first page and I even laughed out loud many times. I really liked the character of Daniel and felt bad that he was struggling with so  much. He even makes some pretty stupid decisions and I still liked him !! The lists are written chronologically, telling a story over time. 
 
Some of his lists are -
  • Proof that I am stupid
  • Dan's Laws of the Universe
  • Facts about my marriage
  • 5 Problems with Lying
  • Days Without  ( Gum, Crying, Flossing ,  Little Debbie Snack Cakes etc.. )
For a novel written entirely in lists, I think the author really did a great job developing the characters. I felt like I knew them. I wanted things to work out for them. They got to me. It was an easy read and I'm interested to read his other books . I highly recommend this book . I hope that you will let me know if you have read this one and if so, what you thought about it. Do you think that a book of lists would be interesting to read ??

Leave me a comment on this post and I will choose 1 person randomly and send them the bookmark that I made this month. Are there any books that you would like to recommend to me to read and review ?? I'm always excited to add more books to my TBR list..

Until next time, Read a Book & Stay Creative !!


Debra Davison / Meticulosity
 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / March 2021

March is here and it's feeling like Spring but that doesn't mean you can't be getting ready for the holidays !! Michael, Lisa and I are back with our cards as the Crafty Elves Countdown to Christmas As always, I'm excited to see what they make because it always inspires me. I hope that we all inspire you too !!


I've been working full-time during this past year of COVID and creativity is my bliss.. I enjoy looking through all of my holiday stamps and choosing  what I'll be using for my cards. This is the first month that I wasn't sure if I've used a stamp before or not.. I guess I should have kept a list !! Maybe that will be a project for the coming week..

 

  • This Paula Best "Cat Christmas Tree" stamp is a favorite. I'm not sure if I've used it before  in these posts!! Her stamps are no longer available except on Etsy or eBay etc.. I feel lucky that I have quite a few of them.
  • It was stamped on Strathmore Watercolor paper with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink and colored with my COPICS. 



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    • I made a mini-slimline card with a piece of fun tree paper. I took a 6x6 piece and folded it in half. I am challenged filling all the space of a traditional slimline card so this mini size is perfect !!
    • I used a hexagon paper punch and punched out 7, using coordinating Christmas design paper. I adhered them to the left side of the mini-slimline  in a wreath pattern - using the landscape positioning. 
    • The snowman is from the Snowman Trio 2 set from Anthony's Paper Craft . It was stamped with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink next to the hexagon
    • I cut apart a Tim Holtz Idea-ology sentiment and adhered it next to the snowman on the right side of the card. 
    • Red and green rhinestones were placed above and below the sentiment. 




    • This stamp was designed by mu friend, Lindsay Ostrom ! She is a Hallmark movie lover and I absolutely love this stamp - Hallmark Season from Impression Obsession.
    • It was also stamped with Gina K ink on watercolor paper and colored with my COPICS.
    • I used some strips of washi above and below the stamped image. 
    • A Tim Holtz Idea-ology sticker sentiment was placed beneath the stamped image. 
    • Th cute border - stamped and die cut - at the top of the card is from Close To My Heart.



    • This Starry Forest Die Cut Set caught my eye as soon as I saw it !! I was lucky that it was during a Spellbinders sale . I never pay more than $10 for an item during these sales and sometimes find very detailed die sets for $5 or less. 
    • I cut the images out of different colored cardstock and also from a gold metallic paper. 
    • I used several scrap papers to create a background scene and adhered them to a Kraft card base.
    • The images from cardstock were adhered to the  metallic images, leaving a small golden edge showing .
    • The images were adhered to the card base. I used the example on the Spellbinders packaging .. 
    • A Paper House Productions Merry and Bright 3D sticker was placed on the upper left of the finished panel. 
    These were fun cards to make and are a nice addition to my holiday stash !!  Take a look over at Michael's and Lisa's blogs to see what they have created for March. In the upcoming months we will have some Guest Elves joining us and are so excited to see what they create !!


    Comment on this post and I will choose someone at random and send them some fun holiday supplies to make a few holiday cards of their own !! Until next time, stay creative and above all,  STAY SAFE !!


    Debra Davison / Meticulosity

    Monday, March 22, 2021

    Spring/Summer Coffee Lover Blog Hop


    It's time once again for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop !! I couldn't miss the chance to link up one of my favorite types of cards - Coffee themed !! You can find all the details HERE at their website . There are many amazing sponsors who donate fabulous prizes . All you need to do is link up a card during the Hop for a chance to win.. Next month is National Letter-Writing Month and I am in a group that assigns pen-pals for the month . So I spend lots of time writing letters to mine ( and a few others ) .. These digi stamps from Twistoon were  perfect for creating my card .. Me with my address book, coffee and letters to write !!


    • I first printed the digi stamps on Strathmore Marker Paper  - both by Twistoon - Window Letter and Home School Teacher Books .
    • The book/coffee cup was fussy-cut and colored. The Window image was trimmed, then colored. Both were colored with my COPICS. 
    • I also printed the Window image on a piece of floral paper, fussy-cut the curtains and adhered them to the Window image.
    • The book and coffee cup were popped up on the windowsill with foam tabs.
    • I adhered the entire completed digi to a piece of green polka-dotted paper.
    • A Tim Holtz Idea-ology sticker sentiment was placed at the lower right of the digi image.
    • The completed panel was adhered to a Kraft card base.
    • Pralines & Cream glitter was added to the coffee steam.

    This card has to be one of my favorites !! You know how sometimes it all seems to come together when you are making a card and you are pleased with the finished product ?? That is how this one made me feel. No second-guessing or agonizing over what to add next .. Everything in the universe aligned and I was totally happy !! You will have to head over to Twistoon - they have some great Coffee stamps ( check out that link ) .. And even a few Tea stamps. Thanks so much for visiting Meticulosity - I always look forward to these Coffee Lovers Blog Hops and have to give a shout out to Amy Tsuruta and her team for all of their hard work during these Hops.


    Debra Davison/ Meticulosity



    Sunday, March 14, 2021

    Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste / March 2021

    I know that I'm not the only one who is ready for cold weather to be over and a new season to begin !! Celeste and I are so thrilled for Spring to get here  and that is our theme for our blog posts this month. My guy is anxious to get outside and work in the raised beds that he built last year. And I look forward to spending time on the deck with my planner or a good book !


    I had this stamp in mind from Rubber Moon as soon as I found out the March theme. Designed by Dave Brethauer, Whistle While You Work is a whimsical take on Spring. 


    A New Beginning

    • On a white card base, I layered a thin strip of pink gingham paper over a floral-patterned piece, creating a border at the top ..
    • I stamped the Whistle While You Work image on a lined journal card with Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink .
    • The stamped image was colored with my COPIC markers.
    • I stapled a thin strip of pale blue paper to the upper left side of the journal card, using 2 staples.
    • The journal card was popped up at an angle on the floral paper with foam tabs.
    • Fine glitter was placed on the water sprinkles coming from the watering can.
    • A Tim Holtz Idea-ology sticker sentiment was placed at the lower right corner of the journal card. 
    • Rhinestones were placed along the gingham strip at the top of the card .

    Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and checking out my March card .. Now head on over to Celeste's blog - Crafting Junky - for a look at her take on our Spring theme !! Has Spring arrived where you live ?? We have a few daffodils blooming near our mailbox and they are an absolutely beautiful sight !! I'm looking forward to our COVID lockdown lessening and maybe having coffee with  a friend soon .. For my coffee with this post, I am using a colorful cup from the Philippines that a friend brought me back from her visit with her family . I'm drinking Blueberry Coffee-cake coffee and it is delicious !!


    Until next time, Stay Creative
    and Stay safe !!!


    Debra Davison / Meticulosity


    Friday, February 26, 2021

    A Creative Bibliophile - February 2021

    I loved the wonderful response to my first Creative Bibliophile post !! I've learned that there are many lovers of books AND bookmarks out there . Thank you to those who have come here to share my creativity with me .. I hope that you are inspired to get creative and maybe to also pick up one of the books I've reviewed. You also just might become the recipient of one of my bookmarks .. For my first Creative Bibliophile post, I used a Mini Stampin Bug made by my friend Robin Hill of the Etsy Store - Creations By Coco . The winner of the bookmark and Mini Stamping Bug from that  post is Brianna J for her comment  -- "  These are awesome!! I like to make bookmarks, too. Thank you for sharing! I'm always looking for something new to read and looking forward to seeing your reading journey this year!! " 


    The bookmarks I've created this month  were fun to stamp and color.. They are also from a Unity Stamp Company stamp set - I love BIG books .I stamped the images on watercolor paper, colored with my COPICS, then trimmed them to make the bookmark. I then cut a slightly larger piece of Toned Mixed Media paper to back the bookmark. A piece of lined ledger paper was adhered to the back of the Mixed Media paper in order for you to write your book list or To-Read list etc..

    I like BIG books and I cannot lie


    The books I am reviewing today are in the true-crime genre. I am a pretty normal person, love to read and create with paper, but I am also a lover of true crime. I think in the back of my mind, I had an idea once of becoming an FBI agent . Instead I became an RN, mainly working in Critical Care. But the interest in true crime never went away. I always remember that at the heart of the stories I read, there  are many victims and their families. They are looking for justice for their loved ones.. The books I am reviewing are amazing stories, amazingly written and tell the stories of 2 cases solved and 1 still hoping to be solved many years later.


    The ultimate book about serial-killer Ted Bundy is this book by Ann Rule. His murders in the 1970's have been written about many times and there has even been a movie starring Zac Efron. But this book is a chilling account of his life and crimes and was written by someone who knew him, was a friend of his. She was covering the story as a local crime reporter and also worked with Bundy at a suicide hotline. I have reread this book many times since it was written in 1980, as recently as last year. I highly recommend it to all readers, not just those interested in true crime. On a personal note, I corresponded with Ann Rule for a few years, sending notes and holiday cards - she responded after I reached out to her after reading this book. 


    When I first started reading about this book, I felt like the Golden State Killer was Michelle McNamara's Ted Bundy. She researched him for many years and hoped to assist investigators in identifying him. She lived and breathed this story, these cases, these victims .. And the sad part is that she did not live to see the book published or the arrest a few years later of the Golden State Killer himself !! I hung on every word in this book and could not put it down - but will admit that it scared me so much sometimes that I couldn't read it before bed. All those interested in true crime should read this book and see how modern technology was finally able to crack this case after many long years .


    In the late 1980s, there were 8 murders in the Tidewater region of Virginia ( where I live ), 2 of which occurred on the Colonial Parkway. They have been unsolved since then and this book attempts to figure out who could have been responsible and why these murders stopped. Since living here in Virginia Beach since 1987, I have always been interested in these cases and had hoped that one day there would be a resolution for the families. Lately, there has been renewed interest in the cases. with the airing of The Lover's Lane Murders on Oxygen. These father -daughter true crime authors interview many key players and provide a very complete look at these murders. 

    I hope that you like today's bookmarks and reviews. I know that this genre is not for everyone, but would love if you would comment on this post. I will randomly choose 1 person to get one of my handmade bookmarks. Thank you for stopping by .. What are your latest reads ?? I have an entire TBR list and it keeps growing !! Let me know your latest favorite and I just might read and review it !!  See you next month .. 


    Debra Davison/Meticulosity

    A Creative Bibliophile

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas / February 2021

    It's so hard to believe that February is almost over -- time seems to be dragging and flying by all at the same time.. We just heard that our COVID-19 restrictions will be eased as of March 1, which is good news.. Still have to wear masks, but some restrictions have been modified. Work at the hospital has still been busy and some days I am in a crafty mood, others not so much . For this month's Crafty Elf cards, I  chose a fun 12x12 paper pad I got on clearance after the holidays .. It has soft, pastel shades that are just beautiful !! My first order of business, though, is to name the commenter from my January post, who will get some Christmas supplies to help with her holiday card-making. Vannessa Osbourn - you are the lucky one and I have e-mailed you !!


    For my first 2 cards, I used images from Rubber Moon . These stamps were part of their Stamp-of-the-Month offerings and I absolutely adore them. You can have access to all of the fabulous Rubber Moon stamps  and products by joining Kae Pea on Patreon.  You can get all of the details HERE .. 


    • I stamped the Holiday Moon image on watercolor paper with Gina K Amalgam Jet Black Ink .
    • The image was colored with a variety of my favorite markers and pens - COPICS, Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens & TUL pens.
    • I trimmed the stamped image and adhered it in a Polaroid-style snowflake frame.
    • Several shiny gold stars were scattered around the noon.
    • I placed some green snowflake paper on a Kraft card base and then adhered the Polaroid frame to that paper near the top .
    • Tim Holtz Idea-ology sticker sentiment was placed at the bottom right corner of the Polaroid frame.


    • I stamped the Tweet Santa image on Marker paper with Gina K Amalgam Jet Black ink .
    • COPICS & Flair pens were used to color the image.
    • I trimmed the Marker paper and placed a piece of Whipped Cream glitter washi at the bottom ..
    • The Santa image was matted on a dark rose designer paper.
    • A green snowflake-patterned paper was adhered to a pale green card base .
    • The Santa panel was then adhered on top of the snowflake paper.
    • A JOY ephemera circle was placed at the top right of the Santa .


    • The stack of cups from the Brutus Monroe "Tea Time" stamp set was stamped on  Watercolor paper with Gina K Amalgam Jet Black ink .
    • I colored the cups with my COPICS.
    • The image was trimmed and then 3 rhinestones were adhered - a red, green and clear .
    • I adhered the stamped panel to a piece of the green snowflake paper 
    • A dark pink card base completed the card .


    • On a Kraft card base, I adhered a piece of green snowflake paper.
    • The Stampendous Whisper Friends Reindeer was stamped on Marker paper with Gina K Amalgam Jet Black ink .
    • I trimmed the Marker paper and colored the image with my COPICS.
    • The stamped panel was adhered to the snowflake paper and a Greetings banner was placed at the top left corner.

    I hope that you are inspired by my cards for February !! Now it's time to check out the projects of the other Crafty Elves - Michael and Lisa. 



    Are you making your holiday cards yet ?? I'm even addressing envelopes already, which will greatly help my stress levels in December !! I had addressed a few last year but plan to have almost all addressed early for those who sent me a card in 2020.  Until next time, stay creative and warm and we will see you next month !!

     

    Debra Davison / Meticulosity