Thursday, February 22, 2018

February Cookies - Take 2

Spring is definitely in the air and Cookie Challenge #88 pays tribute to that with a bird/birdhouse theme. This month's sponsor at the IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE Challenge Blog is Pattie's Creations Digital Images. I hope that after you check out my project, you will also look at the projects from the other Design Team members. And I'd also like to invite you to link up one of your creations to the post.. You have 2 weeks from Feb. 22 to join us .

I will confess that this Bird Crazy stamp set and the matching dies have been in my possession since 2015. A friend got them for me at a stamp show in California and even had Tim Holtz himself sign the die packaging. I will admit that I had something of a fangirl moment when I held the dies in my hands. It was really fun getting creative with these stamps and I am sure I will be using them again very soon !!

    • On a pnk card base, I mounted a background of pink tree/ branch patterned paper
    • I stamped 3 different birds on a variety of different colored scraps and also a few on some Neenah Stardust White cardstock
    • Using the dies, I cut out the 3 birds and also their wings. 
    • I fussy-cut the eyes and beak from the Stardust White cardstock and adhered them to the birds after coloring some of them with my favorite markers.
    • After coloring the wings, I adhered them to each bird. A Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker added some shimmer to  several of the wings. 
    • The birds were adhered to the background with Tombow MONO Adhesive+ and the saying from a Dylusions Coloring Sheet was popped up using Tombow Foam Tabs.

This was a fun card to make. These birds can be used in so many ways !! I'm sorry I waited so long to get them inky .. They were perfect for this Challenge.  Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and be sure to look at all of the Design Team projects here.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February Cookies - Take 1

Challenge #87 over at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie is all about hearts and love and red and white and Valentines. Our sponsor this time is My Besties . This challenge is open for 2 weeks starting Feb. 8 and I hope you will take a peek at all of the Design Team creations AND maybe even link up something of your own. 

I have had this wonderful AMOR stamp by Hero Arts for quite some time but had never inked it up !! So, the time was right to get creative with it. Along with a red and white Valentine theme, I used a non-traditional color card base.

I hope you like my Frida Amor card !! I am a big fan of Frida and her work  - you can find out more about her here. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of my card. Do you like  more "traditional" Valentines?? I love combining patterned papers & backgrounds with stamped images and this card was no exception. Be sure to check out the Challenge page for all of the team's designs. And if you'd like, you can link up a project -- we would love that !! 

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity.
And thank you again to our sponsor -  My Besties .

Debra Davison

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 1/28

Hard to believe that 2018 is already here and the first month is almost over.. Celeste and I are continuing with our blog collaboration and hope to have guests for you each month. Joining us for January is my friend Paula McLane. We met in 2014 when we were both in a wonderful group of crafty women - Mountain Plains Crafters. Although we have all gone our separate ways, our friendships have continued. Paula can be found getting creative on her blog - Scrap Addict's Attic She is an amazing paper-crafter, painter, mixed-media artist etc.. And we are so happy she is kicking off 2018 with us !!

This month Celeste had the idea for us to use the stamps we sent each other for Christmas. Of course, they each involved coffee so I found this perfect image online to use as inspiration for our guest.  I'm inspired each month by Celeste's projects and grateful for our friendship.

Celeste sent me the stamp Planner Gal - Stay Cozy from Unity Stamp Company. I knew right away I wanted to use her for some planner pages in January. I got a KikkiK planner for 2018 and it's been fun decorating my pages. I hope you like this layout. I am more of a minimalist when it comes to my planner pages. I don't cover the entire page; I leave white space.. But as you can tell, I do love using washi & stamps & stickers on my pages.

My KikkiK Planner

I'm excited to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for this post. Coffee images are some of my favorites and it was fun using them on this planner layout. Celeste's project can be found at Crafting Junky. I hope you will take a look at each of our creations, comment and follow our blogs if you don't already. Paula can be found at Scrap Addict's Attic.

This week's coffee is Pecan Praline and I am drinking it in my new favorite mug !! My friend Dana got it for me when she visited Canada and I will be sending her one from Virginia.  Thank you, Dana for enabling my mug obsession !!

Thank you once again for visiting Meticulosity.

Debra Davison

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January Cookies - Take 2

It's time for Cookie Challenge #86 over at If You Give A Crafter A Cookie and this time we are celebrating birthdays ! Our sponsor for this challenge is Imagine That Digistamp. I hope you will think about joining us in this challenge that is open for 2 weeks beginning Jan. 25. 

Cookie Challenge #86

I couldn't resist using my latest digi-stamps from  Vera Lane Studio. I am a true coffee fanatic and couldn't resist pairing up this fabulous coffee cup with a cute cake image.  I love stamping on patterned paper and realized I can do the same with digi-stamps just by cutting my paper to fit the printer ! Take a look at what I came up with and you can also find my teammate's designs over at the challenge blog.

  • I printed the cake image and sentiment from the Cake Sketches set and the cup from Coffee Cup Collection - both from Vera Lane Studio. The paper was from my patterned-paper scrap drawer. I am trying not to buy so much paper and also to use up what I do have, including scraps !!
  • The card base is from the Lucky Charm Boxed-Card Collection by American Crafts. I love these card bases. They have the best patterns and I can get them at a discount at my local Tuesday Morning. There are 40 envelopes/cards per box. 
  • I fussy-cut the images and also an extra scalloped border & cup bottom. Portions of the images were colored with my favorite Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens
  • Ranger Distress Glitter in Brushed Corduroy was adhered to the top of the cup to make coffee .
  • The cake was popped up with Tombow Foam Tabs. All other images were adhered using Tombow Adhesives - both MONO Aqua Liquid and a MONO Permanent Adhesive runner. 
  • A few colorful sequins were placed around the card base and on the sentiment.  

I'm enjoying being on this team and working more with digi-stamps. It's out of my comfort zone and I like that !! Remember that we have 2 challenges a month over at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie and they are based on the coolest cookie pictures for your inspiration !! Please leave me a comment and let me know how you like my latest card. Are you a fan of digi-stamps ?? I'd love you to link up a birthday project ( digi or regular or anything goes ) on the challenge page.  A big THANK YOU to Imagine That Digistamp for sponsoring this challenge.And once again, I appreciate you visiting me at Meticulosity ..

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Cookies - Take 1

I am so excited to be a new member of the Design Team for If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. They began in 2014 and have 2 challenges each month. Each challenge is based on a picture of cookies, which intrigued me right away !! I hope that some of my creative friends will link a project up to their blog. There are prizes each month from some great sponsors !!  Here is the picture for Cookie Challenge #85, which runs from Jan. 11-24. I hope you like what I've come up with and also take a look at what my team-mates created.

Cookie Challenge #85

We were just in the path of Winter Storm Grayson, so I wanted to make a bright, cheery card. I got out my new Distress Crayons and a fun Unity stamp and this is what I came up with !!

  • I stamped Lauren from Unity Stamp Company twice; once on Neenah Stardust White Cardstock and once on a piece of word-patterned paper with my favorite Memories India Black Ink.
  • The shirt, pants and flower/leaves were then fussy-cut separately from the word-patterned  image.
  • I then colored these fussy-cut flower/leaves and pants with Distress Crayons. The color was applied to each piece, then blended with my finger, adding more color as needed. This was SO much fun to do -- now I need more colors !!
  • The intact stamped image of the girl was colored with a combo of my favorite Distress Markers and Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens and some glitter pens; then adhered to a bright green card base at an angle.
  • Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue was used to adhere the pants, shirt and flower/leaves to the Lauren image, 
  • THANKS was applied with some Prima Marketing canvas letters from my stash. See, it pays to buy those letters at Tuesday Morning even when you don't have a clue what you will be doing with them  !!
  • A strip of grass washi was placed along the bottom of the stamped image.
  • I have to give a shout-out to Echo Noble, an amazing stamper/papercrafter who  inspired ths card . I saw her video using this Distress Crayons technique with this stamp and I was hooked !!

Thank you for  visiting Meticulosity and taking a look at my first Cookie Challenge !!  I hope that some of you will link up a fun THANK YOU project -- each Challenge runs for 2 weeks. The prize for this Challenge will be a ribbon sampler to use in your future creations.  I'm excited to be on this team and can't wait for Challenge # 86.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity,

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