Sunday, March 12, 2017

Let Your Dreams Bloom

Another installment of our blog collaboration is here and I guess you could say that we have gone International. Our March guest is my friend, Liz McGuire from Glasgow,Scotland. She is amazingly talented and has been on many Design Teams as well as being published in numerous paper-crafting magazines. We wanted Liz to choose our theme for this month's posts and she came up with this Inspiration Board. Don't you just love these colors, especially with Spring right around the corner ?!?!



As soon as I saw this, I immediately thought of a stamp set that I have had for awhile but have not gotten inky yet. I'm sure you have some of those in your stash,don't you ? I had fun paper-piecing on this card - one of the techniques that I love using, It allows me to combine 2 of my loves - stamps & patterned paper !!


  • I started off with a patterned card base by My Mind's Eye that was a perfect color for this challenge. I kind of have a "thing" for boxes of patterned cards. 
  • I stamped the succulents and sentiment from the Unity Stamp Company stamp kit Succulent Salutations, which was their June 2016 sentiment kit. It is an amazing kit with the main image, 14 sentiments, a flower and 2 cute birds. My ink pad was  Memories Black India Ink.
  • The images/sentiment were stamped on Stardust cardstock and several pieces of scrap patterned paper that were luckily in the colors from this month's Inspiration Board. See, it helps to keep those scraps !! At least, that is what I have been telling myself all these years ...
  • A yellow doily was folded and placed in the upper L corner. The sentiment was stamped, then punched out with my ever-faithful square paper-punch. I then stapled it to a contrasting square of patterned paper and attached it to the doily with a Pop-Up Glue Dot.
  • On the main image of succulents, I paper-pieced the R and L vases and the middle succulent. I then colored the remaining areas with my Tim Holtz Distres Markers. For some shimmer, I used a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
  • A strip of glitter washi was placed at the bottom of the image as a shelf for the succulents. Tombow Adhesive was used to adhere the stamped images, paper-pieces and doily onto the card.

This month's card has been brought to you by an amazing cup of Jamaica Me Crazy coffee in my wonderfully colorful mag. I hope that you are inspired by our Inspiration Board chosen by Liz and that you liked the card I created. Now it's time for you to head over to  Crafting Junky to see what Celeste came up with. I hope you will also take a look at Liz's blog  Buttons for Brains - I am sure that she has outdone herself !! We welcome your comments on each of our blogs and also invite you to follow each of us. Thank you SO much to Liz for helping us broaden our horizons and taking this collaboration to another level !!


This is where I blog ....




Debra Davison
Meticulosity.blogspot.com



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 2/12

Back again for our February Blog Collaboration -- just in time for Valentine's Day.  Red, hearts, flowers, Cupid with arrows.. There are so many fun images and designs that are perfect for Feb. 14. So, what did I do ?? Of course, I decided to be different and come up with something completely non-traditional. Not much red, no big hearts and strangely enough, NO stamping !! I was talking to a friend who has young children and she was wondering what she could make without a ton of  "artsy" supplies. So I put my thinking cap on and noticed my new band-aids from Target $ Spot. And then this idea came to mind. This would be a cute card to make with your children. You could write the sentiment or stamp one. I just happened to use my DYMO Caption Maker.



  • I used a striped card base and placed a strip of green glitter washi down the R side / portrait position. 
  • On a MAMBI Pocket card, I placed 3 band-aids vertically, side by side. 
  • The "Stuck on You" caption was made  with my DYMO caption maker. My guy and I love the Sugarland song "Stuck Like Glue" and this card is based on that. I sent the card off to him in the mail this morning.
This month, Becky Ledbetter is joining us. Becky makes cards, she sews, she knits and crochets, she scraps. I hope you will check out her project on her new blog This Chick's Challenge.  And 0nce again, Celeste has another amazing card to show you this month. Check it out at Crafting Junky. As always, we hope that you will sign up to follow our blogs as we create our way through 2017. 

This month's blog post was brought to you by one of my favorite Starbucks cups - and it is perfect for Valentine's Day. I have had it since 2010.  I am drinking Caramel Apple Bread Pudding coffee and it is absolutely yummy !! Who comes up with these coffee ideas ??? And just because I love Valentine's Day so much and hearts, hearts, hearts, I also made a tag and an ATC with the cutest stamp set by Lisa Arana with Unity Stamp Company - Aw Shucks, Lulu. I paper punched a heart out of a sheet of cardstock to use as a stencil.  Victorian Velvet Distress Ink was used to create the hearts. A bit of washi, some twine and several Tim Holtz Ideology words completed both projects.


Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Meticulosity. I very much appreciate it. I hope we have inspired you to get creative. Who knows ?? You just might pull out that box of colorful band-aids and come up with something !! See you next month !!


Debra Davison / Meticulosity



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 1/22

Welcome back to our first blog collaboration of 2017. Celeste and I look forward to bringing you cards to inspire you and selections of coffee to tempt you. We will have a guest blogger with us each month and to kick off our year, we have Terri Albro Burson. Terri is an amazing papercrafter and coffee lover so she fits right in with us !! Celeste chose the theme for this month and she selected a Mood Board for us with the colors Black, White, Pink and Gold :


I was inspired by a calendar I bought on clearance this week. It is all things Paris and had several pictures with our chosen colors. I cut out  the images that included our Mood Board colors and used several on my card.

Tombow

  •  I adhered a piece of white patterned paper with gold accents from the MAMBI paper pad "Joyful" to a Kraft card base.
  • The Metro and window images were cut from the calendar and adhered with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
  • The Paris and Eiffel Tower images were stamped with Memories Black India Ink on Neenah Stardust White paper and then die cut.  They are from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Collection - French Flight.
  • The word "PARIS" and the Eiffel Tower were  popped up on the card using dimensionals. I colored the word PARIS using a Faber Castell Pink Madder Pitt Artist Pen.
  • Several white and black sequins were adhered to the Right side of the card as a finishing touch.
Today's card was brought to you by a fabulous cup of Caramel Coffee in my other Cat Lady mug.  I suppose the fact that 2 friends gave me "crazy" Cat Lady cups just about makes it a done deal that that is a true description of me ! But in my defense, I only have one cat.  The picture was altered using my Rhonna Farrar app on the iPhone and that cute banner is from one of  its Susan K Weckesser packs.  It is really a fabulous app for working with your pictures. That yummy muffin in the picture was made by my awesome guy, Brian. They are made with Fiber One cereal and he made them from scratch without a recipe !! He added chocolate chunks and they were absolutely delicious !! He was trying to re-create a recipe that his dad used to make for their family when Brian was growing up. He said that his came pretty close !!



Please take a look at Celeste's  card using the Mood Board colors at her blog -  Crafting Junky . And give Terri a warm welcome as our guest this month by visiting her at  Waving My Wand and leaving her a comment. Terri is an Adornit IT Girl, a member of the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's Team, and designs for So Suzy Stamps and Two Paper Divas. And that is just a short list of her creative accomplishments !! We are thrilled to have her with us this month. Be sure to sign up to follow our blogs if you haven't already done so.

Thank you for starting off your year with us. We will see you next month.
February is one of my favorite months -- full of hearts and love ...

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Friday, December 30, 2016

Houses to Share

This month we are sharing our creativity as members of the Susan K Weckesser Creative Team by giving away something that we have made . As we head into 2017, I am getting my new planner ready and also notebooks to carry with me. I am always jotting things down at the bookstore or craft store, haven't gone totally digital yet. I still love my handwritten To Do lists !!

I decided to share a few notebooks that I embellished with the cute house that has been a favorite of mine these past few months. The stamp set Heart-Full Homes has many cute stamps including the house I used. I will be wrapping these notebooks and leaving them  at my local coffee shop and bookstore. There is an Art Abandonment Group on Facebook that I have been following and I will be including a note created by them. The recipient can look up the Facebook page and post about their find or e-mail me if they would like.


Notes 2017


My Thoughts 2017

  • The 3 notebooks that I used were all clearance items at Barnes & Noble many years ago. I did not pay more than a few dollars for any of them. 
  • The paint samples that I used reminded me of a house,which was perfect ! I adhered everything with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Adhesive.
  • The house image was stamped with Susan's Clearsnap Colorbox Color Pop Archival Dye Ink and then colored using a combination of my favorite markers - Stabilo, Faber Castell and Distress. I also added a glittery heart to each of the roofs.
  • My Dymo Label Maker created the cute labels on each notebook. And I added a cute paper-punched cloud to finish the piece.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing what I am going to be abandoning this week. I'd like to send a notebook to 2 of my followers who leave comments on this post. I will choose 2 people at random. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Have any of you ever done any art abandonment projects ?? I'd love to hear about it if you have..

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!




Art Abandonment Note



Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 12/11

Welcome to our December Collaboration !! We've timed this one exactly right because it coincides with the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. So, of course there had to be a coffee tie-in. Carly Pool is our guest this month and she suggested a wreath theme; the catch was that we couldn't use leaves. That was a fabulous idea, Carly !! I really had to put on my thinking cap.. I wanted a twig wreath but didn't have any stamps I could use. And something else you may not know about me is that I cannot draw or doodle one little bit. The perfectionist in me comes out and I erase more than I doodle/draw.. So I enlisted the help of my guy, Brian, who is a whiz at graphic design. He drew the twig wreath that I used on my card, using 2 colors of Distress markers. I think that I may owe him dinner for this favor !!



  • I used Sketchy Coffee Cups from Stamplorations and stamped the smallest cup on white cardstock  5 times and also on different holiday patterned papers 5 times. In addition, I also stamped the cup 5 times on kraft cardstock. I fussy-cut the plain white cups, the cup itself from patterned paper ( excluding the handle, which I colored ) and also the coffee from the kraft paper. 
  • The sentiment by Waffle Flower was stamped on a favorite cardstock of mine - Neenah Astrobrights Stardust White. This cardstock has flecks of color it it and is one that is a go-to supply for me for many of my cards. I then paper-punched that image into a circle that fit into the inside of the wreath.
  • I placed a portion of a kraft doily at the bottom of my wreath design and then added a strip of snowman washi by Scotch Brand. 
  • Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue was used to adhere the sentiment and also the main image to the pink card base. I popped up the coffee cups on the wreath with foam dimensionals.
  • Chocolate Pixie Stix Glitter from Pink Paislee was used on the small kraft fussy-cut coffee pieces. I love all of those cute glittery coffee cups !!


Today's card was brought to you by a lovely cup of Lipton Matcha Green Tea. I found a fun Retro tea cup and couldn't resist it. And with temperatures down in the 30's tonight, tea is perfect !! Please take a look at Carly's wreath over at her blog - By Gods Grace Card Designs. She is amazingly talented and uses a variety of techniques to create her fabulous projects. We are so happy that she joined us this month. And don't forget my partner in crime, Celeste and her post at  Crafting Junky. Take a minute to sign up and follow our blogs if you haven't already done so.

"Do I Look Like I Care"

I will also be linking my card to the Winter 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is from December 9 - 16 this year. I absolutely LOVE coffee cards, coffee stamps and of course, Coffee. But they don't discriminate -- tea and cocoa cards are also welcome.. There are hundreds of cards linked up to that blog hop already and they are all marvelous !! Thank you so much for visiting Meticulosity. Celeste and I will be back again next month with another guest blogger.



Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Heart-Full Homes

I have had SO much fun creating these postcards for an amazing group that I have joined recently - The Global Postcard Art Swap / heART Exchange  .  The cute little houses are in a stamp set designed by Susan K Weckesser -  Heart-Full Homes. These houses are so fun to create with. I have stamped them on patterned paper for this swap and then colored in different elements of each image. They were then cut out and adhered to the postcards with my favorite adhesive - Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue.


I used Strathmore Watercolor paper / 400 series from a 6 x 12'' pad. I can get 3 postcards from each sheet and there are 12 sheets in a pad. I buy them when I have coupons to my local craft stores and can get them for under $5. The watercolors are from a $5 set I purchased at Michaels. I made vertical stripes on each card in several colors and widths using different sized brushes and amounts of water. The theme of this swap was PEACE so I also used a Peace, Love, Joy stamp by Paper Source and a Peace On Earth stamp from Wordsworth / Ampersand Press. The clouds were punched out with a paper-punch from the same paper that was used on the houses. Grass washi by Scotch was a fun addition to the bottom edge of the card.




The Global Postcard Art Swap is a group that "creates art from the heart in the form of a postcard to send and receive around the world". You can check out the Facebook Group or go to this link and sign up to be a part of the swaps that occur several times each year.The connections that are made through these swaps/groups are priceless !! At this time of Thanksgiving, I am so very grateful for all of the wonderful people that I have in my life. And it is through the joy of letter-writing /snail mail, that I have made some of my strongest friendships.

 
Postcards that I have received


Having fun with the Rhonna Designs App on my phone
I added some Susan K Weckesser images to my postcard photo.


Susan K Weckesser's "Heart-Full Homes" stamp set

Wishing you and yours an amazing Thanksgiving..
Thank you for visiting Meticulosity !!






Sunday, November 13, 2016

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 11/13

Welcome back to the blog collaboration of  Deb and Celeste. We had so much fun every week in the month of October that we decided to continue this once a month. Also my friend, Lynne had asked if she could play along with us and that gave us the idea to have a monthly guest. So for the month of November, our guest is the wonderful artist, Lynne Mizera.. We hope that you will visit all three of our blogs and leave us some comments. Lynne got to choose the theme for this month and she picked SNOW.. I hope that you like my card -- the weather is finally getting chilly here, so I put on some holiday music and created this for you.


  •  On a Kraft card base, I first stamped the Hello Flags banner from Hero Arts on the left upper side of the card.  The Sassy Snow stamp set from Skipping Stones Design had the perfect snowperson and sentiment for my card. Both images were stamped using Memories Black India Ink
  • I then cut a piece of white glitter paper to make a hill for my snowperson and the trees and adhered it with my Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
  • The  banner was stamped on Merry Little Christmas paper from My Mind's Eye. I adhered several different patterns to the banner and also used some of the banners at the bottom of the card as trees !! 
  • Two red candy dots were used as tree-toppers and several snowflakes from my stash were also placed around the snowman. I used glitter markers to highlight the scarf, mittens and nose.
  • I also used the Sassy Snow stamp set for the Skipping Stones Blog Hop this weekend.

Today's card -- in the spirit of SNOW -- was brought to you by a cup of Santa's White Christmas Coffee  ( by Barnie's Coffee Kitchen ) and my 2011 Starbucks Holiday Fa-La-La-La ceramic tumbler. I rarely use this tumbler but this was a great opportunity to get it down off the shelf and enjoy my coffee in it !! Head on over to  Crafting Junky to see what Celeste did with our SNOWY theme. And be sure to see what Lynne Mizera did with the theme she chose -- you can find her post here at Lynne's Art World. Lynne is an amazing mixed-media artist and her blog is full of fun from her studio, garden and kitchen, We are thrilled that she asked to join us as our guest this month !!! Take a moment to sign up to follow our blogs when you are checking out our cards. Celeste and I will be back next month with another guest .. And who knows, it could be YOU !!


Thank you once again for visiting Meticulosity !!