Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October Cookies - Take 1

As I sit here in Virginia Beach and write my first blog post of October, it is 90 degrees here !! Our inspiration photo is a beautiful photo of Autumn leaves & acorns and I am closing my eyes and wishing we had the temperature to match ..  

I remembered a fun Autumn-patterned paper pad that I found recently at Tuesday Morning and chose a wonderful piece with leaves on a text background. Then I saw a beautiful plaid piece in the same pad and decided to combine them. You know how I love mixing patterns !!

Cabin Rules
  • On a pale gray card base, I adhered papers from the Jen Hadfield "Warm & Cozy" paper pad. The plaid design was placed at the bottom and the leaf pattern at the top. I left a small margin around the edge of the card.
  • The girl is a digi stamp from the Vera Lane Studio "Teacher" set. I printed it onto Neenah Stardust White cardstock , fussy-cut it and colored it with a variety of my favorite markers - Akashiya SAI Waterbrush Markers & Zebra Mildliners .
  • I adhered the girl on the left side of the card and the sentiment on the upper right. The sentiment was also in the Warm & Cozy paper pad.
  • Festive Berries Distress Glitter added some bling to the girl's lips.
  • Several coordinating color rhinestones were placed on the plaid paper for some shimmer.
  • All items were adhered with Art Glitter Glue .
This Challenge #127 runs through October 16 and we would love for you to link up a project inspired by our beautiful Autumn photo. And be sure to check out all of the creativity by my fellow Design Team members over at IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE .  Thanks so much for visiting me again at Meticulosity . 

Until next time, Stay Creative !!

 Debra Davison

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Celebrating National Coffee Day with Polka Dot Orchard

Polka Dot Orchard has joined in with several other companies to hop along in honor of National Coffee Day. This fun event is being hosted by the Coffee Loving Paper Crafters Group on Facebook . Not only are we hopping along with so many lovely companies, our Design Team is also having a Hop to show off many amazing projects created from our newest releases. Polka Dot Orchard is doing a few giveaways as well. For more information on the giveaways and the full line up for both hops, head over HERE to the Polka Dot Orchard blog.

For my card, I used the Happiness In A Cup digi set from Polka Dot Orchard . I wanted to paper-piece the cup for this card and used some fun yellow polka-dotted designer paper.  When I was copying it again to make a few more, I accidentally copied it in black & white instead of color. But then I liked how the background looked, so I paper-pieced the yellow-dotted cup on top of the black and white printed image. I think it looks pretty cool.. Another happy crafting accident !! Have you ever had one of those. An " oops " moment that actually turned out to be not-so-bad after all???

  • I printed the cup image on Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper  and also a piece of yellow dotted designer paper .  The sentiment was printed on a pale green woodgrain scrap that I had in my snibble drawer. My mom was a seamstress and called all her bits and pieces of leftover thread, fabric, etc - "snibbles". And that is what I call my scraps of paper that I keep to use another day !!
  • I cut the sentiment and cup images to fit on my dotted Kraft card base. I love Kraft cardstock, especially with Fall themed cards  .
  • The cup and flowers were colored with a variety of Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens, Tombow Dual Brush Markers and Staedtler pens.
  • Autumn-colored plaid washi was placed across the top of the card base and also down the left side .
  • The cup image was centered and adhered to the far right side of the base.
  • The sentiment was adhered on the bottom left of the cup image. All items were adhered with my Tombow MONO Adhesive + runner .
  • Clear Wink of Stella was used to highlight the center of the flowers and a yellow glitter pen was applied to some of the flower petals to add a bit of shimmer.
  • Coffee with a friend IS like capturing happiness in a cup.
Polka Dot Orchard has some fabulous new releases in their Etsy Shop, so be sure to check all of them out.  We hope that you will be inspired by all of our creations today and also the projects from the other wonderful companies participating in today's Hop. It really is wonderful how our love of coffee can bring us together !! Leave me a comment and you just might win a bit of coffee-themed Happy Mail from me ..

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!
Stay Creative until next time !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste / September

It's a special day for us to post because today is National Coffee Day. So, I'm sure you can guess what our theme is !! Celeste and I have a love of coffee AND coffee cards - we really did meet through our love of both ! Today's cards celebrate our friendship, along with our love of all things coffee ..

We love coffee cards so much that we each created 2 cards . My first uses a fun little set from Flora & Fauna  - Mini Hello Autumn . This is such a cute set and so easy to color !!

  • I started off with a dotted embossed Kraft card base. These were pre-made in a pack of 8 that I found at Tuesday Morning .
  • I cut a square of watercolor paper to fit at the top of the card base.
  • The sentiment was stamped in  Memento Dew Drop - Cottage Ivy at the bottom of the watercolor square.
  • The 2 cups were stamped above the sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink .
  • I colored the cups with Tombow Dual Brush Pens .
  • The completed  square was popped up at the top of the card with 3L Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares .
  • A strip of acorn washi was adhered across the card below the stamped image .

My next card combines a few of my favorite supplies - stamps, stickers, embossing folders and sayings.  Those donut stickers were hard to resist and I just had to pair a donut with my coffee for National Coffee Day !!

  • On a piece of dark red cardstock, I embossed the coffee cups using a Tim Holtz - On The Go - embossing folder .
  • The embossed paper was cut to fit my black card base, leaving just a small edge of black showing.
  • I used a coffee cup from my stash that was already stamped, and paper-pieced and fussy-cut. And I can't for the life of me remember who makes that stamp !!
  • I adhered the coffee cup in the lower right corner of the card.
  • The donut sticker was placed next to the coffee cup.
  • Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker was applied to the left upper side of the card.
Now that you have seen my creations, take a look at what Celeste created over at her blog - Crafting Junky  . And if you're a coffee junky like me and Celeste, search for free and discounted coffee offers in your area today for National Coffee Day.  To share my love of all things coffee with you, I will choose one commenter at random from this post to receive an amazing Java Sok . These neoprene cup sleeves keep your drinks cold longer and stop condensation from making a mess. I love mine !! I have a Medium and it fits perfectly on my Venti drinks from Starbucks, but also fits drinks from other places. Today I'm drinking an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte in my Venti reusable cup from Starbucks and have my black Java Sok over the cup. Leave a comment here on this post for a chance to win one for yourself !!

Thank you for joining Celeste and I as we celebrate this day with our fun cards !! We look forward to seeing you again next month . We'd love for you to sign up to follow our blogs if you haven't already,

Until next time, Stay Creative !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Little Bit of Fall with Anthony's Paper Craft

I'm posting a card with a new release from Anthony's Paper Craft. As soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew that I wanted to paper piece with it !! I got out an older Recollections AUTUMN paper pad  found on clearance at Michaels and knew it would be perfect . Gorgeous golds and burnt oranges filled this card with fall splendor !!

Wake Up and Smell the Flowers

  • The floral images from Circle Flowers  were stamped on Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper and also on several colors/patterns from the Autumn Recollections paper pad.  I used Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink to stamp the flowers and the sentiment.
  • I cut the watercolor  paper flowers into circles and then fussy-cut the Autumn colored flowers  around the floral outline.
  • Using my Art Glitter Glue, I adhered the patterned flowers to the corresponding watercolor circles.
  • I colored in a few areas of the flowers with my glitter pens and Faber-Castell markers.
  • The Circle Flowers were adhered to a dotted Kraft card base using my Pink Scotch ATG Gun.
  • The sentiment was also stamped on paper from the Autumn paper pad, cut out with a square punch and then highlighted with golden rhinestones.

You can see all of the new releases from Anthony's Paper Craft here . There is also a Stamp of the Month  and if you add it to your cart, you will get free shipping through September  ( USA only ). The stamp is  Mandala 5  ( aka Broach 5 ).

My fellow Design Team member, Michael Trent is also posting today so be sure to check out his blog - World of Michael Trent . His cards are always fabulous and I can't wait to see what he comes up with this time !! There is a wide variety of stamp designs in Anthony's Paper Craft's latest release - florals, nautical, cupcakes, a church and some cool Zen shapes to play with . Add some to your cart along with the Stamp of the Month for the free shipping !! 
Thank you for visiting Meticulosity .. 
Until next time, stay creative ...

 Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas - September

I don't know about you but I am so very glad that Fall is finally here !! We are still having some temperatures here in the high 80's but there are also cooler days that are amazing .. It's hard to believe that it is September already and there are only 3 more months until Christmas . Lisa and I have been making a Christmas card each week and not missed one yet !! I'm so glad that she is keeping me focused . Have you started on your holiday cards yet ?? 

All of my cards this month are from Flora & Fauna . I fell in love with all of these holiday sets ( and a few more ) and decided to go SIMPLE. And if you know me well, you  know that I like to add things to my cards - washi, glitter, ephemera etc...  This time I stamped and colored . I will admit that it was hard but I was successful and even happy with the final results ! 

  • For each of my cards, I used a pale blue card base.
  • I cut  pieces  of Strathmore Watercolor Cold Press paper  to fit the stamped scenes I was going to make.
  • I stamped the images onto each piece of watercolor paper using a combination of Versafine CLAIR Nocturne ink, Distress ink,, Memento Dew Drops and Archival ink. I will list each stamp set I used under  each photo . 
  • The stamped pieces were popped up on the upper half of the card with 3L Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares.

Brian used Metallic Red Sharpie for the berries.
I told him I would give him credit !!

I used Rose Gold Delicata Ink for the stars.

These stamp sets are so much fun and so easy to create with !! I know that I will be making a few more of these cards for mystash. I even stamped a few extra squares to color at a later date.  My cards are clean and simple this time around. I'm sure that Lisa has created some not-so-simple cards once again - her creations are always intricately detailed AND fabulous !! Take a look over at her blog - Life of a BZScrapper .Let us know what you think of our Crafty Elf Creations !! And be sure to join us again next month as we get even closer to Christmas 2019 !!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September Cookies - Take 2

This latest challenge was fun for me even though I do not have any children going "back to school" . That doesn't mean I don't have an affection for school supplies, especially pens, pencils and markers !! And I was lucky enough to hit the jackpot this past week and score some fabulous items at 75% and 90% off at WalGreens !! Before I go any further, I want to announce the winner of my 5 favorite supplies from my last post to celebrate IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE'S birthday .. Marrianna Dougherty is the lucky commenter  chosen at random. I will send your goodies out soon and hope you have fun with them !!

Isn't this just the cutest cookie photo ?!?!? Those pencils were my inspiration for the card I made . They reminded me of Kawaii-type illustrations. I have paper and washi and stickers etc.. designed like these pencils !!

  • I printed all of my school supply elements from the School Supplies digi set from  the Terevela Design  shop on Etsy on Neenah Stardust White cardstock .
  • A scrap piece of striped designer paper was adhered to a 5x7 Kraft card base using my MONO Adhesive+ Permanent Runner from Tombow.
  • I fussy-cut the supplies and then brightly colored them with my favorite markers - Sharpies, Faber Castell and Akashiya SAI Waterbrush .
  • The notebook page, book and crayon box were also adhered with my MONO+ Adhesive Runner.
  • The pencils were popped up with Tombow Foam tabs to add some dimension.
  • Using my DYMO Pink Label Maker, I made the navy blue "back to school" label for the piece of notebook paper.
  • Of course, I had to take the picture of my card on a piece of pen/pencil paper along with some of my favorite supplies  ( pencils and a mermaid wrap ruler ) .
I can't wait to see the projects from my fellow Design Team members over at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie . Take a look at what they have created and if you feel inspired, we would love for you to link up a project of your own. This challenge is open through October 2 .  Thank you for visiting Meticulosity . I  hope that you will comment and let me know your favorite "school" supply that you create with ..

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Cookies-Take 1

We are having a celebration over at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie for the 5th birthday of this Challenge Blog !! I was tempted by the always gorgeous cookie inspiration photos and have been a member of the Design Team since January 2018 !! Our Challenge runs from Sept. 5 through the 18th  - link up any project you would like  that is inspired by our birthday inspiration photo below . One lucky person will win a gift card for some amazing digi stamps . I will also be giving away some blog candy to 1 lucky commenter on this post. In honor of our 5th anniversary - I will be sending someone 5 of my favorite craft supplies  - can you guess what those are ?!?!?! 

For this challenge, I immediately thought of a beautiful stamp set from Close To My Heart - It's Your Day to Sparkle . It was a Stamp of the Month this year and I had to have it !! It was perfect to help me celebrate 5 years of Cookie Challenges !!

  • I stamped the cake design with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink onto a  white watercolor panel and also stamped the roses from the cake onto  scraps of dark pink and green papers.
  • The roses and leaves were fussy-cut from the paper scraps to paper-piece onto the cake.
  • Above the cake I also stamped the word SPARKLE and the doodle line.
  • The cake stand was colored with a variety of my favorite markers : Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens and Akashiya SAI Waterbrush markers.
  • I adhered a piece of silver candy dot sparkle ribbon from Webster's Pages to the top of the watercolor panel ( this ribbon has long been hoarded in my craft room !!! ) .
  • The roses and leaves were adhered to the cake with Art Glitter Glue .
  • Wink of Stella - Clear was used to add sparkle to every other layer of the cake .
  • A glittery turquoise 5 was placed at the top of the cake.
  • The watercolor panel was adhered to a dark blue card base.

I hope that you will leave me a comment here - you just might receive a bit of blog candy from  me !!  Then take a peek at the other Design Team projects over at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie . Please celebrate with us by linking up  a project before September 19.  Get inspired by our latest Happy Birthday cookie photo !!

Thanks again for visiting Meticulosity !!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas - August

Lisa - aka BZ Scrapper - and I have been making a Christmas card each week since January. Sometimes we have even made more !! We post each month on the 25th and it's time for our August  cards. After a brutal month of crazy hot weather, today it is in the 70's, so I was a little bit more in the holiday spirit !! Hard to believe that there are only 4 months until Christmas . Have you started on your holiday cards ?? We hope you will follow along with us as the Crafty Elves count down to Christmas !!

  • For my first card, I used a beautiful stamp from Stampendous - Snowy Postcard .  I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink . I used my MISTI so I could stamp a few times and get a nice, crisp image.
  • I cut the image to fit on a wood grain card base, leaving a small border around the edge. 
  • The image was colored in a few areas with glitter markers and Faber-Castell PITT Artist  Pens.
  • I adhered the image to the card base with my Pink Scotch ATG Gun.
  • The rooftops were dusted with Sugar Shimmer Fairy-Dust Glitter .

  • Next I have a card using the Spellbinders Merry & Bright Stamp and Die Set . I again stamped the image on watercolor paper using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. 
  • The image was cut out with the matching die. 
  • I colored the image with Sharpies and glitter markers.
  • I cut a piece of snowman patterned paper from the CraftSmith Say Freeze collection. 
  • A piece of holiday twine was wrapped around the patterned paper and tied on the front.
  • After adhering the patterned paper to a bright green card base, I popped up the Merry & Bright  die cut with foam dimensionals.

  • I bought the Pink Fresh Simple Joy stamps and dies because the cat reminded me of our Pixie !! I stamped the images on watercolor paper with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink then die cut them. 
  • The images were colored with Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens. It's hard to see but Santa is wearing a cool pair of red framed glasses !!
  • I adhered a piece of green gingham paper to a bright red card base. 
  • A red scalloped border was added to the top of the green gingham and a piece of black wood-grain washi was placed across the bottom.
  • The Santa and cat images were adhered to the card base with my ATG Gun  and the sentiment was popped up with foam dimensionals.

  • My last card was also shared on the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge blog this week. The cookie  theme included llamas so I created a holiday card with a Fa La La La Llama !! 
  • I cut a piece of Recollections Holiday Bash paper to fit my green card base.
  • The Inkadinkado FaLaLa Llama was stamped in Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink on Neenah Stardust White cardstock, then trimmed to fit on the lower right side of the card.
  • A gold doily was folded over the top left edge of the card to create a corner element.
  • Several pastel candy dots were placed around the llama.
  • I used a border paper punch to make the JOY design, then cut it to place it at the top of the card across the doily.
  • 2 large Teal candy dots were placed on the left side of the JOY design.

Lisa's cards can be found at her blog - Life of a BZ Scrapper . I'm sure her cards are fabulous as always !! We are thrilled that you are joining us as we continue to create our cards and get ahead of the holiday rush !! Have you started yours yet ??  It's never to late to start . We will be back again next month with more Crafty Elf creativity.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Coffee & Cards With Deb & Celeste / August

I'm excited that Celeste is back for our our latest post of Coffee & Cards !! This time I chose a Sketch Challenge because I am not very good with them and wanted to think outside the box and out of my comfort zone.  I chose a fairly simple one  but still struggled with ideas. Then I spotted a piece of hoarded paper and my idea took off from there !! 

  • A piece of double-sided Basic Grey Oxford Study Hall paper was trimmed to fit a pink card base. I cut 2 pieces the exact same size and then cut each of the papers on a diagonal . I cut them so I could have the two patterns of the double-sided paper on the front of the card - the books at the top and the floral at the bottom of this card and the reverse on the next one I make.
  • I printed the image with the books and the sentiment from the Teacher no.2 stamp set by Vera Lane Studio  on Neenah Stardust White cardstock.
  • I fussy-cut the woman and trimmed the sentiment .
  • The images were colored with glitter markers and Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens.
  • I adhered the woman to the right side of the card and the sentiment on the upper left. 
  • Glossy Accents were added to the lenses of the glasses.

Celeste is much better at Sketch Challenges than I am, so I'm excited to see what she came u with !! You can find her post at  Crafting Junky . Brian made my coffee today in our French Press - standard Folger's coffee with a bit of sugar and some Half & Half. It was actually very good !!

Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing what Celeste and I are up to this for our August post We hope that you come back next month to see what we create for September !! It will be Pumpkin Spice Season by then !! Are you a fan ?!?!?! 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

August Cookies - Take 2

The Inspiration picture for today's Challenge at  If You Give a Crafter a Cookie is just the cutest !! The llamas, those sunglasses, the cute flowers, those colors !!! I thought I would use the llama, BUT change it up a bit and do a Christmas card . I found the Christmas Llama stamp after the holidays last year for $1.50 and couldn't resist !! This Challenge runs through September 4 and I hope that you will link up a project of your own !!!

I also found a very cute Recollections Holiday Bash  paper pad post-holidays last season and just had to use that sweet pink candy patterned paper for my card ! Do you make holiday cards with non-traditional colors ?? If so, what are your favorite color combos ??

  • I started by cutting a piece of the Holiday Bash paper to fit my green card base.
  • A gold doily was folded over the top left edge of the card to create a corner element.
  • The Inkadinkado FaLaLa Llama was stamped in Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink on Neenah Stardust White cardstock, then trimmed to fit on the lower right side of the card.
  • Several pastel candy dots were placed around the llama.
  • I used a border paper punch to make the JOY design, then cut it to place it at the top of the card across the doily.
  • 2 large Teal candy dots were placed on the left side of the JOY design.
I'm excited to see what my teammates come up with for this Challenge ! You can see their creations over at the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Blog . Next month's Challenge will celebrate the 5th anniversary of these amazing cookie challenges.  We are very excited and hope you will join us .

Debra Davison/Meticulosity

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

August Cookies - Take 1

You might think this latest challenge from If You Give a Crafter a Cookie is all about Camping... But you would be wrong !! It's also about why you should never get rid of any stamp sets, craft supplies etc. , even if you haven't used them  ( or seen them ) in years !! Okay, okay, I might be exaggerating just a bit, since I have been giving bags and bags of supplies to good homes.  But if something just isn't that easy to part with, well - maybe you should keep it  ( at least for a little longer ) !!

So, when I first saw this challenge inspiration photo, my first thought was - " I don't have any camping stamps !! " I also didn't want to have to buy any - digi or otherwise. I was trying to come up with an idea - maybe use the colors or a camper stamp ( I do have a few of those ) - when I remembered a stamp set I knew I had purchased many, many years ago,  I could picture it - I remembered S'mores and little animals.  But I also thought I had given it away a long time ago.. But, had I really ??  I began searching and after a few hours of frantic digging through box after box, I found it !! S'more Love by Cosmo Cricket - from 2012 and no longer available but still well-loved !! You would have thought I had found the Hope Diamond, or Amelia Earhart's plane or the lost city of Atlantis !!  I know there was a bit of jumping up and down for joy !!!

Sometimes you just need s'more love .....

  • I stamped the marshmallow and the chocolate bar  several times, using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Each was stamped first on a piece of scrap burlap-patterned paper to create a scene. I also stamped the marshmallow on  white cardstock and the chocolate bar on a piece of  light brown cardstock.
  • The background scene was adhered to a Kraft cardstock base - a starry night paper at the top and the burlap at the bottom.
  • I fussy-cut the marshmallow and the chocolate bar and adhered them on top of their images that were already stamped on the card base paper.
  • I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of yellow wood-grain paper, also in Hot Cocoa ink and placed it at the top of the card base image.
  • Several clear rhinestones were placed on the stars in the night sky.
My fellow Design Team members have also put their creative spin on this theme for Challenge  # 123. Please take a look at them over at the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie blog . Thank you for checking out my latest post. I'm sure that some of you can relate to my "destash" story and why it can be so hard to part with certain items !!

This Challenge runs through August 21 - we would love for you to link up a project with our current theme .. I look forward to seeing what you create !! Thank you for once again visiting me at Meticulosity !!

Debra Davison 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Coffee & Cards With Deb & Michael / July

While Celeste is enjoying some time away, my coffee loving, card making friend from Brazil ( by way of New York )  - Michael Trent - will be joining me this month. You can find his paper-crafting genius at his blog World of Michael Trent . Our theme for today's post is Christmas in July .

I recently purchased a stamp because it reminded me of our cat, Pixie. As soon as it arrived, I knew it was the perfect stamp for this post !! Pixie is all white with the most beautiful golden eyes. I hope you like my card featuring the Pixster.

  • I stamped the Meowy Catmas image on watercolor paper with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink  and the sentiment with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide. It is one stamp - I just inked the upper image and the lower sentiment separately.
  • The image was colored with fine Sharpies.
  • I trimmed the image and then cut red and green mats. 
  • I cut a decorative square from a die and adhered it to the upper left side of the green mat.
  • The image was adhered to the red mat, then the red to the green.
  • I adhered the entire matted image to a Fa-la-la card base. 
  • A touch of gold was added to the cat's eyes - just like Pixie.

I also colored a few more images because I loved it so much !!

I can't wait to see what Michael comes up with - his cards are always fabulous. Take a look over at his blog  post-  World of Michael Trent . He also loves coffee as much as I do so I'm curious to see what he is drinking this morning. I'm having a cup of Honey Bun coffee in my new cat mug  ( I really didn't need a new mug, but I couldn't resist this one at a clearance price on ).

Thank you for visiting me here again at Meticulosity !! To celebrate Christmas in July, please comment for a chance to win some Happy Mail from me full of holiday surprises . Until next time, Stay Creative !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Crafty Elves' Countdown to Christmas - July

It's Christmas in July for the Crafty Elves !! Lisa - aka BZScrapper - and I have been making  a Christmas card each week / 4 or more each month and blogging about it on the 25th of each month . It's been a challenge for me to make holiday cards this month. Here in Virginia Beach, we have had temperatures in the high 90's for a few weeks and to tell you the truth, I was not in a Christmas mood. But I actually did play some holiday music and use a Christmas coffee mug while making a few of these cards to help me get in the holiday spirit. This post will combine a few different  Design Team projects for me as you will see in my descriptions. After you see my cards, be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her always  amazing creations !!

For my first card, I used a Hero Arts set - Origami Happy Holidays . I stamped the paper airplane image onto green and red patterned paper and also Neenah Stardust White cardstock. They were then fussy-cut and adhered to an embossed white card. I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set onto a piece of snowflake patterned paper, cut it out with a tag punch, stapled it and then adhered it to the bottom right side of the card. This was made for my Italian penpal and friend, Letizia !! She recently bought a fun custom stamp with her address and a paper airplane on it, so this set immediately made me think of her !!

My next card is made with a fun digi stamp set from Polka Dot Orchard - Magic of Christmas . It was designed by my very talented friend and teammate on the Polka Dot Orchard Design Team, Crystal Minkler. We are having a Christmas in July Instagram Blog Hop with the Polk Dot Orchard Team starting today and we hope that you will join us. You can find my post at @djdavison814 on  IG and follow through from there. For this card, I printed the belt, sentiment and Santa hat. The belt was printed on both white and a gray-brown cardstock. I cut out the belt from the gray paper and the buckle and belt loop from white cardstock.The buckle and loop were then colored and adhered on the belt. The Santa hat was also colored.I adhered the sentiment and belt to a red card base.  I then popped the Santa hat up on the corner  of the sentiment with foam tabs. This was a fun card to make !!


My next card was made with a few favorite stamps from Rubber Moon  -  Merriment by Kae Pea and a house stamp by Joanna Taylor. The house stamp I used is no longer available but the Snowman's House stamp is almost identical. I stamped the Merriment moons on  the top left side of a piece of snowflake patterned paper. The house was stamped on a piece of watercolor paper, colored, cut out into a square and adhered to the lower right of the snowflake paper.  I then stamped the word "merriment" under the house image. I had also stamped the moons on a piece of patterned paper, cut them out and adhered them to the snowflake paper ( I colored one of the moons yellow ). The snowflake paper was adhered to a Kraft cardstock base and a piece of Watercolor Words washi by Rubber Moon was placed down the left side of the card. I love making holiday cards in non-traditional colors !! Do you have a favorite color combo for holiday cards besides red and green ??


Last but not least is a card/tag for my Christmas in July post at Anthony's Paper Craft. The team is also celebrating Christmas in July by using  some fabulous holiday/Christmas stamps . I used the Winter Scene stamp set that has an amazing variety of smaller stamps suitable for  tags and cards !! I stamped a tree and a deer onto a piece of dotted paper , then used a fun paper punch to make a plaid border that I adhered above the tree. A piece of gold glitter washi was then placed on the plaid border. This entire image was adhered to the bottom half of a black tag. On the upper half of the tag, I adhered a few pieces of washi - snowflake and plaid. The word JOY was adhered at an angle next to the deer.  I then stamped "Seasons Greetings" onto a piece of white cardstock, made a banner out of it and hung it from the hole in the tag.I adhered a  piece of ledger paper to the back of the card to write a holiday greeting on. 

Thank you for joining me for this celebration of Christmas in July.  I really am thrilled to be on several fabulous Design Teams and it was fun to combine these 4 projects in this post !! Make sure you go to Lisa's blog  - Life of a BZscrapper to see what she came up with this month !!

Thanks so much for visiting Meticulosity as we try to inspire you into some holiday spirit as we create a Christmas card each week. We hope to see you back here again on August 25 !!

Until then, Stay Creative !!!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity