Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August Cookies / Take 1

Well here I go with the new Blogger !! If you ever end up reading this post, it will really be something of  a miracle.. The latest If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge is a beautiful photo of white/off-white flowers . I really do love the card I made and hope that you do too ..

I got this Close To My Heart stamp /die set  Love Your Story  last year and immediately saw it in my mind when I first looked at the latest Challenge picture. It is just so dainty and was really fun to create with .. 

  • I stamped the image on Strathmore Marker paper with Gina K Obsidian Amalgam ink  and used the die to cut it out.
  • I cut a piece of vintage-patterned paper to fit a black card base and stamped the sentiment at the bottom, also in Obsidian ink.
  • The image was colored with my Copic markers.
  • After I adhered the patterned paper to the card base, I popped up the die-cut image with Foam Tabs.
One observation about the new Blogger is the ability to size your photos.  In the older version, you had to choose a size. I found that the large often wasn't large enough but extra-large went over into the images along the right side.  Now you can use a plus or minus sign that allows you to increase or decrease the size in a much more user-friendly manner.

This Challenge runs through August 19 so please link up a project of your own . Think flowers or doilies or pearls or baskets .. I'd love to see what you create !! Take a look at my team member's projects HERE .. Thank you again for visiting Meticulosity .. I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy ..

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Coffee and Cards with Deb and Celeste / July 2020

Here we are another month into our COVID-19 world and I was happy to be blogging with Celeste this weekend.  It gives me something to focus on besides what design mask I will wear next or should I really really venture out to the grocery store again !! This month we decided to do a Christmas in July post .. Many companies are having Christmas in July sales, there is a blog hop going on and even a few Facebook pages are focused on holiday card-making ..

For my card this time, I used an Inked Girl stamp "Becky" from Ink Road Stamps . It was their December 2019 Inked Girl .They are limited edition and there is a new one released each month. I thought that this one was perfect for the times we are in .... Normal anxiety, COVID anxiety, holiday anxiety. And then there is always hurricane anxiety !!  I will admit I am a bit of a worrier. 

It's time to switch 
from my regular anxiety
To my fancy
holiday anxiety

  • I stamped Becky and the sentiment onto Strathmore Marker paper with Gina K Amalgam Ink.
  • The image was colored with Copics.
  • I cut banners from multiple patterns of holiday paper and stapled them to the left side of the stamped image.
  • I adhered the image to a piece of red dotted paper and  then that piece to a pink card base.
  • The sentiment was popped up with foam tabs.
Celeste has created a fun card over at her blog - Stamping Junky . Please take a look and leave her a comment. We would love for you to sign up to follow us each month.  This month I will be sending some holiday mail to one lucky commenter on this blog post .. I'll choose 1 person at random on August 1. So be sure to comment here !!

This month I'm drinking some  Hostess SnoBall Coffee in a beautiful holiday cup I got last year from Rifle Paper Company.  The coffee is chocolate, vanilla and coconut flavored.. Tastes just like a cupcake !!

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity once again . I hope that you are ALL staying safe and healthy.  I'm looking forward to the day when I can take my coffee picture at my local coffee shop while I hang out !! Until next time, stay creative !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas - July 2020

Here we are in July --- we are still staying home  for the most part here in Virginia and also wearing mandated masks when we go out.. It has also been near 100 degrees for most of the week AND we just had a power outage while I was starting to work on this post !!  But I am not complaining . I have much to be grateful for .. And that includes all of the holiday cards that I have been making each week along with the other Crafty Elves - Michael, Lisa and Jessica !! 

No big descriptions again this month - just a quick list of supplies .. I did have fun with some favorite Rubber Moon stamps !! And my last card used some cute chipboard die-cuts that I have been hoarding .  If you have any questions about any of my cards for this month, just ask ..

Strathmore Toned Tan Mixed Media paper
Small Talk sentiment - Tim Holtz Ideaology
Tumbled Glass Distress Glitter
Copic Markers

Bird with Star and Tree - Rubber Moon
Moonlighting - Rubber Moon
Small Talk sentiment - Tim Holtz Ideaology

Give Me Paper  - Rubber Moon
Lots of patterned paper !!
Merry Everything paper pad - Recollections
Christmas paper pad - Carta Bella
Small Talk sentiment - Tim Holtz Ideaology
Copic Markers
I changed the words from " my next birthday" to Christmas !!
I loved this so much that I had to make 2 !!

Chipboard Die Cuts
To My Bestie stamp set - Close To My Heart
Copic Marker

The other Crafty Elves have been busy all month too and I can't wait to see what they have created !! You can check them out on their blogs here :

Lisa Reynolds Bzibziak - Life of a BZ Scrapper
Michael Trent - World of Michael Trent
Jessica Pickeral -  Polka Dot Orchard Blog

Thanks so much for following us all these past 7 months as we create our holiday cards each week for our monthly post !! I've already started addressing envelopes so I will be even more ready when Christmas season arrives ..

There is a also fun holiday blog hop right now - hosted by my crafty friend, Crystal Minkler and her team.  She has a Facebook page - Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers . Check out their Hop HERE for all of the info . I will be linking up these 5 cards of  mine throughout today.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July Cookies / Take 1

Challenge #147 at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie has the cutest inspiration picture !! And I had a perfect stamp  set to use for it.  It's been a crazy day here. It's 100 degrees and our power has been out for about 4 hours. There was a traffic accident listed as the cause and we also had a crazy storm blow through here about the same time.  So this post will be short and sweet.. The power just came back on so I want to finish this before something else happens !!

The Inspiration

My card 

  • I used Fun Stampers Journey "Button Bliss". The pincushion and buttons were stamped on a variety of papers. 
  • Images were colored with my Copics and Tombows.
  • I fussy-cut or paper-punched all of the buttons.
  • 2 sewing pins were pierced through the paper "into" the pincushion.
  • On a pink-patterned card base, I adhered a piece of vintage-patterned paper.
  • The pinusion image was adhered in the center of the vintage paper.
  • I used foam dots to adhere several of the buttons for some added depth.
This was a fun card to make. I'm sure the other Design Team members have created some amazing projects.. Please take a look at them all HERE .  We would love for you to link up a creation of your own before August 6. Thank you for visiting Meticulosity .. I am tired of staying at home and of wearing a mask everywhere I go, but we need to be safe and get through this !! And now, I am excruciatingly hot and want a nice , tall, cool drink !! Everyone please stay safe..

Debra Davison/ Meticulosity

Friday, July 17, 2020

Fairy Orbs & Fairy Hugs

I've been busy with work and on my days off, I'm not feeling very creative. But Lavinia World is now carrying a new line of stamps - Fairy Hugs . They are not part of the Lavinia Stamps line - they are their own fantastic collection !! I was lucky enough to be sent several to create with and I decided to make a few bookmarks. I used the  Fairy Orbs stamps by Lavinia World along with several of the new Fairy Hugs stamps listed below .


I stamped the net twice on watercolor paper and then cut them into 4 bookmarks.  The Mini Fairy Hugs stamps were also stamped on watercolor paper, then fussy-cut. The Fairy Orbs were stamped on various scraps of Lavinia World papers and then cut out or paper-punched .  I adhered nautical-themed washi to the left edge of each bookmark.  The shells, turtle and fairy orbs were adhered to the bookmarks with thin foam tabs. They add a bit of dimension to the bookmarks but aren't too thick when you close a book on them .. On the backs of the bookmarks, I adhered lined paper and more nautical washi . I like to keep track of books I've read or sometimes characters in books  and I can easily do this on the backs of these bookmarks ..

I had such fun making these bookmarks !! Thanks again to Lavinia World for allowing me to work with these new Fairy Hugs stamps. Take a look at these and all of the wonderful products here . I was Guest Designer for Lavinia World in June and will be back for their first challenge in August.

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity .
Until next time, stay creative !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July Cookies - Take 1

Do you think of Lemonade when you think of Summer ??  Well, If You Give a Crafter a Cookie does and that is the theme of their latest challenge.. I knew the exact stamp I wanted to use - it was perfect !!

My friend Nola Chandler designs for Impression Obsession and her fun stamp Lilly Lemonade was the first thought that popped into my head when I saw this challenge's theme ..

  • I cut 2 coordinating pieces of patterned paper from the Recollections "Mint To Be"  paper pad to fit on the front of an ombre' yellow card base.
  • I colored the Lilly Lemonade image with my Copic markers, trimmed the image ( leaving only a small margin ) and adhered it toward the top of the patterned paper with foam dots.
  • A Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker was placed at the bottom right of the stamped image. 
  • The glass of lemonade is a sticker from the Drinks sticker pad by Me & My Big Ideas.

I can't wait to see what yummy creations my teammates have come up with for this summery challenge !! Head over to the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie BLOG to check them all out. We're all into month 4 of social-distancing and mask-wearing.. How are you all doing ?? Are you being more creative or finding yourself in a crafty funk ??  We would love for you to link up a project of your own by August 5 . Please take care of yourselves and I will see you in a few weeks for the next challenge. 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Day 1 - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Today starts the 30 Day Coloring Challenge from Kathy Racoosin and you all know how much I love to color, so I decided to play along !! My friend Michael Trent  - World of Michael Trent  is his fantastic blog - colors brilliantly and we have agreed to try to post every day . It doesn't have to be anything elaborate - you can color just a flower or a coffee cup or whatever - the point is to have fun, relax and not stress about it !! I will be posting every day on IG ( fingers crossed ) and maybe a few times during the month here on my blog. You can find me on IG  -  @djdavison814 . Michael is @worldofmichaeltrent . For my first project, I got out a vintage Paula Best  Knowledge Cube  .. She has always been one of my favorite artists !! I colored these images with my new Copic Ciao markers. They will be made into a birthday card for a dear friend ..

Thanks for stopping by !! I hope you will drop by my IG page and follow me so you can see my 30 Days of Coloring .. By the end of the month, I hope to have 30 cards/card fronts finished ..  Pull out your markers and some stamped images or a coloring book and relax. It's going to be a fun month !! You can also check out Kathy Racoosin at her blog - The Daily Marker . She has amazing tutorials and videos !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity