Sunday, December 17, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 12/17

It's hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. I can't tell you how much fun I've had with this Blog Collaboration !! Celeste and I have both invited friends to be our guests and this month is NO exception. Michael Trent lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is an amazing artist . You can follow him at his blog - World of Michael Trent . We met through our love of coffee and coffee cards and have been friends since August 2016. We have the same snarky sense of humor and I'm thrilled he's joining us. He is an amazing papercrafter, works wonders with Sharpies, works with several Design Teams and I'm sure he's created something wonderful for our collaboration. As our guest, he picked the theme for us and he chose LOVE... 

I immediately thought of my guy, Brian but he hates glitter, so that idea was out. Then I thought of coffee and books and cats and snail mail and hearts nd Christmas. Christmas -- that gave me another idea. What do I love at this time of year ?? They make me smile and I had a stamp set that had never been inked up sooooooooooooooo -- my card was born !! I love Ugly Christmas Sweaters !! It helped that Michel and I had a hilarious conversation about that very topic this past week.. I hope you like my take on the theme of LOVE ....

  • On a Prima tag, I used Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle with a Stampers Anonymous "Festive" stencil to highlight the top of the card. I had trimmed the tag to fit on a light brown card base.
  • I stamped the sweaters and sentiment from Mommy Lhey "Doodled Sweater" with Memories India Black Ink onto Neenah Stardust White cardstock . I also stamped the tree sweater onto a scrap piece of blue paper. 
  • The sweaters & sentiment garland were colored with a variety of my favorite Distress markers, Glitter pens, PITT Artist pens and a watercolor brush using my Distress markers brushed on an acrylic block. I also drew stars on the treetops. 
  • Fairy Dust Glitter was sprinkled onto the whipped spackle when it was first applied.
  • A piece of Christmas twine was wrapped around the tag several times then tied in a knot. I am bow-challenged, so you will rarely see me tie a bow for my projects !!
  • Tombow MONO Adhesive/Permanent was used to adhere the card front to the base card.
  • I popped the sweaters and sentiment up on the card front with Tombow Foam Tabs .

Celeste will be showing you her take on LOVE over at her blog Crafting Junky and you can find Michael's at World of Michael Trent.  I hope that you will leave us comments on our projects and also sign up to follow our blogs if you haven't already done so. 

I am drinking an amazing  coffee today - a Brazilian blend sent to me by Michael - from my latest Starbucks cup. I had posted a photo of this mitten cup on my Facebook page, stating that I did NOT need another cup. But so many of my friends "enabled" me with positive comments that I just had to have it. I did clean my cupboard of 4 old  ( and I mean very old ) coffee cups, so I didn't feel so guilty. Plus, I need fun cups for these monthly blog posts !!

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity.And since we are on the subjects of LOVE and Ugly Christmas sweaters, here's a pic of my guy Brian.  

Santa's sleigh being pulled by cats 
AND it lights up..
Gotta love this !!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Coffee Christmas

My last card for the Winter 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop showcases some of my favorite stamps from Rubber Moon. I've always loved Christmas stamps as much as I love coffee stamps, so it wasn't hard to combine the two. The stencil and berry stamp that I used were exclusives for members of their Moon Mail Club and they are  just the cutest.  Each month I get an exclusive stamp and other artsy supplies -- you can find out more here . 

  • I adhered a piece of plaid paper from The Paper Studio to a navy cardstock card base.
  • The leaf/berry stencil was applied using Stampin' Up ink pads Mellow Moss & Primrose Petals onto Neenah Stardust White cardstock
  • I stamped the Xmas Flowers stamp in between the 2 stenciled images and colored them with my favorite Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens. The berries were stamped with an exclusive Rubber Moon cube of 4 stamps, including that cute berry. 
  • The Tree Cup was also stamped on Stardust White cardstock , colored, fussy-cut and then adhered to the center stem of the  Xmas Flowers design with a foam dimensional. 
  • A touch of brown glitter was placed in the top of the coffee cup and a bit of stardust glitter was applied to the cup itself.
  • I debated on whether or not to put a sentiment at the bottom and in the end, decided not to. But you never know - I could change my mind !!

I also used this stencil and stamp for my November Moon Mail Swap. Here are 2 cards that I sent to my partner. 

Thank you for stopping by to see my last card for the 2017 Winter Hop. I know that there are over 800 projects linked up already. How amazing is that !! My next project will be finishing and addressing all of my holiday cards. They are traveling near and far - to many of the 50 states, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Austria ( to name a few ).

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with many fun-filled days of creativity. 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fa La Llama Latte

Not quite sure how I got into the Llama obsession, but then again -- who could resist this fun paper pad by Craft Smith  at Michaels. Excited to be posting a third card today for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, especially since a busy work week is starting . I will barely have time to check out the new link-ups, let alone make more cards. Today's card is a fun take on a favorite Christmas carol plus a favorite drink !! Hope you like it ..


  • On a navy blue card base, I adhered a piece of patterned  paper from the Craft Smith Falalallama paper pad. 
  • A journal card from the same paper pad was then cut and adhered to the patterned paper. 
  • I stamped the coffee cups on Neenah Stardust White cardstock with Memories India Black ink. They were then fussy-cut and colored with my Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens. Foam dimensionals were used to adhere the cups to the back of the llama. 
  • The sentiment was printed on my computer on Stardust White cardstock , then paper-punched into a square. 
  • My fun Fa la la  stamp from Rubber Moon Stamps was stamped on the square using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Festive Berries and Evergreen Biough.
  • A strip of rhinestones was placed at the top of the Llama Latte square and then the square was adhered to the card.
  • My Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive Runner was used to adhere all the above-mentioned items.
  • Brown glitter was used to highlight the coffee in the cup. Gotta have some glitter !!!

Be sure to check out the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop . There are already over 350 projects !! Hoping to post some more cards to the Hop towards the end of the week. Enjoy some of your favorite coffee today and listen to some holiday music. I'm also finishing up some Christmas cards - this cute little Llama just might be decking the halls in a faraway land this holiday season .

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity

Debra Davison 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cocoa Girl

Day 2 of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and it's a dreary, rainy day here in Virginia Beach. But a good day for a Salted Caramel Mocha Cocoa right from my Keurig Coffee machine. I know that the official National Cocoa Day isn't until 12/13, but I just couldn't wait to ink up this stamp !!

oh baby, it's cold outside

  • I stamped the Cocoa Girl image from Deep Red Stamps on my favorite Neenah Stardust White cardstock with Memories India Black Ink
  • This is such a detailed stamp that I felt it needed just a hint of color. I water-colored the cup, using my Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi stamp pad and a water brush. The hints of red were from a Stampin' Up  Real Red marker and the face/hands were colored with an Antique Linen Distress Marker.
  • I adhered a small white doily from Art-C to a plaid card base by The Paper Studio @ Hobby Lobby. 
  • A piece of red plaid washi was placed down the left side of the stamped image. 
  • The sentiment is from Small Talk Occasions by Tim Holtz/Idea-ology .
  • All items were adhered with Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive runner
I hope you've been taking a look at all of the links at the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I'll be posting a few more cards before it ends on December 15. 


Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Winter Celebration

Welcome to the first Day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop !! The team from Skipping Stones Design will be bringing you some coffee inspiration with projects of our own and I hope you will take a look at all of them here. For my project, I decided to use some hoarded paper, non-traditional colors and a few of my favorite things. So make your favorite cup of coffee, tea or cocoa and relax with some fun inspiration from the Skipping Stones Design Team.

  • I placed a silver doily on the left side of a Recollections snow-flake card base and a strip of turquoise glitter washi down the left edge of the card.
  • The coffee cups from the Funny Coffee stamp set were stamped on several patterns of paper from my hoarded Dear Lizzy Christmas collection from American Crafts, using Memories India Black Ink. The cup handles were also stamped on some plain white card stock, in order to fussy-cut the area inside the handle and then color them to match the card base color.
  • I fussy-cut the coffee cups and added brown glitter to the coffee area. The cups were then stacked along the right side of the card.
  • Using a matching piece of music paper, I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Song stamp set and adhered it at the top of the card with foam dimensionals. All other elements were adhered with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.
  • A piece of rustic twine was wrapped several times along the inner edge of the washi to complete the card.
Doilies, washi, and twine are a few of my favorite elements to use on cards. I love the non-traditional colors of this one !! After the card was completed, I realized that the words on the tag at the top of the card - " Oh, what fun it is to ride in a "  - matched up perfectly with the words on the middle coffee cup - " open sleigh ". Not planned, never even thought of that while stamping or cutting. Just a happy accident, but I love when things like that happen !!

I hope you will also take a look at all of the amazing link-ups at the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop . Thank you for visiting Meticulosity. Please sign up to follow my blog if you haven't already.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity