Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Create - GIU Day 3

I love making tags. I love embossing paste and glitter. And I absolutely LOVE Susan K Weckesser and her stamp sets for Unity. So I combined all of those and came up with a project that showcases all of these.  Remember to comment on all of my posts this week for a chance to win a grab bag of 25 Unity stamps. There will be 2 winners chosen at random. This tag will hang in my craft studio and remind me that I am in there to CREATE - it feeds my spirit, tends to my soul and makes me happy. When I take care of ME, I am better able to take care of others !!

  • I started with a Prima tag and applied Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle over a Tim Holtz Doily Layering Stencil down the Left side of the tag. I then sprinkled "Pralines and Cream" Fairy Dust Glitter over the spackle
  • The house from Heart-Full Homes was stamped with Colorbox Color Pop Archival Dye ink by Susan K Weckesser - the color is Mystery. I stamped it on a scrap of paper with a word-patterned background, then fussy cut it . I also like to stamp on book pages. 
  • The house was colored  with a combination of Distress Markers and Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens. I also adhered a glitter heart to the roof. 
  • On a scrap of Live in Color paper  also by Susan K Weckesser, I stamped the word CREATE from the Painted Sentiments stamp set . The ink color was  Kiss. I placed a strip of double-sided tape on the bottom of the paper and sprinkled it with Tumbled Glass Distress Glitter .
  • The fun in making these scenes with the houses is that you can use all of your scraps, favorite washi, punches and anything else on hand . I placed a piece of grass washi across the tag bottom, then built a flower with another piece of green washi, a paper-punched circle and a colored glass center . Several paper-punched clouds were placed above the house on the tag.
  • I adhered the CREATE image and all of the other elements to the tag, using a combination of Tombow Adhesives - Xtreme Adhesive  Runner and MONO Aqua Liquid .
  • Scraps of several favorite ribbons were tied at the top of the tag to add some more color.

I will see you again tomorrow for my 4th project this week as a GIU girl. It's been fun inking up old favorite Unity stamps, as well as some new favorites, like the Planner Gals. I hope you will sign up to follow my blog and continue with me on my creative journey.  Looking forward to sharing a few more posts with you !!

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Succulent Salutations - GIU Day 2

For my Growing in Unity Day 2, I am using the sentiment kit Succulent Salutations . This is a fabulous kit that includes 18 stamps. I am not a gardener so this set is as close as I will be getting to having a plant. I love to fussy cut and paper-piece - this card is perfect for that.

" just take it one day at a time "

  • I started with a Molly & Rex card base,  A pink doily was placed in the upper left corner of the card and trimmed to fit.  
  • The succulents, sentiment and bird were stamped with Memories Black India ink -  I stamped the succulents several times on both Neenah Stardust White cardstock and patterned paper . The patterned paper was from 2 Prima pads - Hello Pastel and Life Time. 
  • I fussy cut the planters and 2 of the succulents, then adhered them to the image stamped on the cardstock.
  • Distress Markers were used to color  several sections of the succulents.
  • The sentiment was paper-punched then stapled to another paper-punched square of patterned paper.
  • A strip of glitter washi was placed along the bottom of the succulent image, then this mage was adhered to the bottom right corner of the card. 
  • A fussy cut bird was adhered to the top of the sentiment. 

Please comment on this post. I will randomly choose 2 winners to win 25 Unity stamps at the end of my GIU week. Thank you for taking the time to visit Meticulosity. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kitchen Logic - GIU Day 1

I am thrilled to be back as a Growing in Unity Girl this week for Unity Stamp Company. It is my third year and there will be another person this week who is joining us as a first-time GIU girl. Welcome to Kim Gray - I can't wait to see all of your projects !! I will be posting a new project using Unity stamps on my blog Monday through Friday. Please comment each day for a chance to win a grab bag of 25 Unity stamps. There will be 2 lucky winners.

For my first project, I used an older Unity kit called Kitchen Logic. Everything about this set reminds me of my mom - the stove with the kitchen towel hanging on it, the lovely apron and the sentiments that are included.

" if you can't take the Heat, get out of the Kitchen "

  • I started with a turquoise card base and adhered a pink doily in the center. 
  • I stamped the 3 images on patterned paper from the Echo Park "Happy Days" collection .This is a fun, retro paper pad. All stamping was done with Memories India black ink.
  • The stove and apron were fussy-cut and adhered to the doily. I used foam dimensionals to pop up the apron. 
  • The sentiment was paper-punched out then stapled to a same-sized square of turquoise paper. 
  • 3 retro banners were adhered to the upper Left corner of the card base. A strip of pink glitter washi gave the card a pop of color .  It reminds me of kitchen curtains !!
  • And don't you love that small cake stand that I found at TJ Maxx - how perfect is that !?!? I think that maybe I made that card to match the stand !!

I used turquoise on this card because my mom used to write recipes in her recipe book with a turquoise ink pen. To this day, when I see that color ink, I have great memories of my mom in the kitchen with me. She was an amazing cook and baker. Miss her every day.. This card is for you, Mom !!

I hope that you like my first GIU project. Be sure to leave a comment and at the end of the week, I will choose 2 winners at random to win 25 Unity stamps. Thank you so much for visiting Meticulosity.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gratitude & Coffee

I just had to make a card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with the newly released Girl Squad line of supplies by Pebbles. It has the cutest papers, stickers, embellishments and washi !! I am having such fun making cards for this Hop.

  • I placed a strip of scalloped washi down the Left side of a Painted Garden card base by Paperlove. 
  • I cut the Gratitude card from a 12x12 piece of Girl Squad scrapbook paper.
  • The "and coffee too" label was printed with my Pink DYMO Caption Maker and adhered to the bottom of the Gratitude card. 
  • 2 strips of Girl Squad washi were placed across the  upper Right side of the Gratitude card.
  • The Gratitude card was adhered with my Tombow MONO Adhesive Runner.
  • A wooden die-cut coffee cup was placed in the Upper Right corner of the card over the  card. Astrip of washi made a cute sleeve !!
This card was so much fun to make and surprisingly enough for me, it has absolutely NO stamping on it !! The colors and different supplies are fantastic to work with. I hope you like my 4th card for the Hop. There just might be another one on Friday.

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Monday, June 26, 2017

Coffee - It Saves Lives

Today I'm using a cute digi from Bugaboo Stamps to make this card. This will be the third card of mine for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and it's always fun seeing what everyone makes !! I changed the word "children" on this image to "friend". But how true is that sentiment,especially first thing in the morning. My shift at work starts at 0600 and getting up at 0430 is brutal. So, my morning coffee is of utmost importance !! Just ask my co-workers !

  • I printed the Bugaboo digi - Frame It JJ Coffee - and colored it with my Distress Markers.
  • The image was adhered to a fun geometric-patterned card base.Isn't that fun ?!?!?!
  • A piece of Doodlebug "Coffee Break" washi was placed on a cute wooden coffee cup die cut  and then placed on  the lower R corner of the card.
There are almost 500 projects linked up to the Hop already and it's not over until Friday, June 30. Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance at some blog candy at the end of the Hop.. And thank you once again for visiting Meticulosity and fueling my creative spirit !!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 6/25

And here we are again in the middle of another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop !! So of course, this month, our theme is coffee.  One of my favorite ways to pass the time is having coffee with a friend so this card celebrates that. Our guest is Renee Moran, who I actually met through our love of Unity Stamp Company. She is an amazing person who reaches out and sends her cards to those who are having a tough time. I am lucky to call her a friend. The cards she makes are amazing and I hope you will check out her blog - Because of Delaney Jane.

What could be more fun on a summery day than coffee with a friend ?!?!?! That is what inspired this card and I had the perfect stamp for it. I have had this Paper Salon stamp for years and the company is no longer around but I am still getting so much enjoyment from this image.

  • I adhered a piece of summery floral paper from the Project Life "Desktop Edition" paper pad to a light green card base.
  • Using Memories India Black Ink, I stamped the coffee girls image onto a "Lovely Edition" Project Life journal card. A piece of striped washi was placed along the lower edge of the stamped image.
  • 2 paper-punched clouds were stapled to the journal card above the stamped image.
  • I adhered the journal card to a scrap piece of blue paper and then adhered that to the floral background paper at an angle.
  • A piece of grass washi was placed under the striped washi up to the edge of the floral background paper.
  • A pink, turquoise and silver sequin were randomly placed on the journaling card to complete my project.
Please take a moment to comment on this post for a chance to win some blog candy. And don't forget to head over to Celeste's blog Crafting Junky and Renee's blog Because of Delaney Jane . I am sure you will be inspired by their cards. We would love for you to comment on our posts and also to follow our blogs ..

Today's card is brought to you courtesy of me finally cleaning the kitchen pantry .. I found a Starbucks mug that I had purchased which was still in the bag wrapped in tissue. I am drinking a Colombian coffee with Coconut Cream creamer this morning. What are you enjoying in your mug today ?? And don't you just LOVE this travel mug !?!?!?

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and indulging my love of coffee and coffee cards. And of course, the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ...

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Friday, June 23, 2017

Drink, Read & Be Happy

Another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is here and of course, I had to post something on the first day. I combined my love of books and coffee for this card that is being sent to a friend of mine in Munich, Germany. I think that Gina loves books and coffee as much as I do !!


  • I started with an apple green card base and placed a piece of my hoarded Public Library  paper by October Afternoon on top of that as a background. I have had this paper for a LONG time and just couldn't bring myself to use it until I was working on this card for Gina & the Blog Hop. 
  • The stamped image is Chapter One from Unity Stamps that I colored with my favorite markers - a combination of Distress markers, PITT Artist pens & Stabilos. The image and sentiment were stamped with Memories India Black Ink. The books were stamped on Neenah Stardust White Cardstock and the sentiment was stamped on Kraft cardstock.
  • I adhered  everything using my Bazzill Permanent Adhesive Runner. A bit of glitter was used on the steam rising out of the coffee cups.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of the projects linked up to this Hop. They are always amazing and inspire me to make more and more coffee/tea/cocoa cards !! Thank you for visiting Meticulosity... I'll be offering some blog candy to someone who comments on my posts throughout the Hop. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 5/28

Another collaboration from me & Celeste for May. This month,our challenge was to make a children's card. I do not have any young children or very many kid-themed stamps, so I had to put my thinking cap on for this one... I remembered that I had several stamps that had sayings by children on them and finally chose the one I used today. Our guest this month is Sybrina King, who is involved in the Send a Smile 4 Kids campaign, that collects and distributes handmade cards to patients at Children's Hospitals.  We are thrilled to have her join us !!

  • For this card, I started with a Molly & Rex watercolor card base . I placed a few different washi tapes at the top and bottom of the front of the card.  The Llama washi and striped washi are both made by Recollections for Michaels.
  • On a journaling card from the Project Life "Charming" Edition Core Kit , I stamped the fun Inkadinkado image using Memories India Black Ink.
  • A butterfly was punched from a piece of scrap patterned paper that I had in my stash and then stapled to the top left corner of the stamped image,
  • The journaling card was adhered at an angle using my Bazzill Marathon Tape Runner. Kids often do say the darndest things and I think this advice is perfect.
  • If you're feeling blue, try painting yourself a different color !!

And now on to our Llama -----

Funny story about the Llama. I bought the tube of washi for the unicorn design that was included and wondered what I would EVER do with Llama washi tape. I am involved in a fabulous postcard swap group called the Love Notes Postcard Project and this Round, I was lucky enough to be paired randomly with a friend, Anne Ryan. Well, she outdid herself by sending me this wooden Llama postcard that she bought and embellished on the back with a lovely mantra. So, immediately, my Llama washi came to mind and I used it on this card to send to her.. So if she sees  this blog post before the card arrives in Washington state, the cat is out of the bag, so to speak... But I wanted her to know how much she means to me and also how thrilled I was to get to use my Llama washi !! Coincidence, I think not ?!?!

Please check out Celeste's card at her blog -  Crafting Junky. I have a feeling that it is going to be Dino-Mite !! And you will be inspired by Sybrina's project at her blog - Taking Life One Page at a Time . We would love for you to leave us comments and also to follow our blogs. 

This month's coffee is brought to you by a wonderful Iced Coffee - Hazelnut Cinnamon Roll from Guy Fieri ( yep, he makes coffee too. )  I am using one of my Starbucks Reusable cups that I bought for $2 . This is a design from last year and I still love it. Bright and springy !! I hope you have enjoyed our collaboration for the month of May. If you would like to be our guest sometime, please contact me or leave a comment here with your contact info. I look forward to seeing you back here next month and hope we have inspired you. 

Debra Davison / Meticulosity

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rubber Moon Mail Swap 5/2017

I am in an absolutely fabulous club on Facebook  -- The Rubber Moon Mail Club. Rubber Moon makes the best stamps - they have unique designs and amazing artists ! Owned by Kristen Peters and her hubby - we call him Mr. Moon - Rubber Moon is one of my favorite companies EVER !! As a member of the Mail Club, I get exclusive stamps and artsy surprises every other month. On the Facebook page dedicated to the Mail Club, you can choose to swap with other members each time you get your stamp shipment. This group is drama-free and full of kind members who share ideas and their love of Rubber Moon. Many are now my friends !! Kae Pea ( Kristen Powers ) is not only our fearless leader; she also designs stamps and is an amazing artist !! Today I am showing you what I sent to my assigned person. In a later post, I will show you some of the amazing goodies that I have received ..

Card and tag using Sunny Carvalho stamps, Notebook using Jane Cather  

 I AM MY ART by Kae Pea

Pixie Dust by Sunny Carvalho

Tend to Your Soul tags // Frida by Kae Pea

Card detail // the window stamp was our exclusive stamp

Thank you for visiting Meticulosity and checking out my latest swap creations.. I hope you will stop by the Rubber Moon Facebook page and their web-site . You will find one-of-a-kind rubber stamps along with other great supplies. And who knows -- you just might be swapping with me one day if you decide you decide to join in the fun !!

Debra Davison // Meticulosity

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coffee & Cards with Deb & Celeste 4/23

Another month has gone by and it's time for my blog collaboration with Celeste. We have been inviting our blogging friends to join us and this month, I am thrilled that my creative friend, Jennifer Scull has joined us. Jennifer is an amazing paper-crafter and has been on many design teams. She is also passionate about the environment and the important role science plays in our everyday lives. She challenged us to " Geek It For The World " and create a project with the environment/our world in mind. This coincides with Earth Day, which we celebrated yesterday, April 22 and also the March For Science. The main goals of the March are to call for science that upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based policy in the public's best interest. I attended the March here in Norfolk with Brian and it was really an amazing experience. To learn more about it, you can check out their website here. I created a journal page that highlights a few things we can do each and every day to help us save the earth. After all, it's the only one we've got. Or as one of the signs at the March so aptly put it "There is NO Planet B."

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle, Repurpose

  • I started with a piece of 6x6 paper from the Studio Calico "Lemon Lush" collection. The tree image from Unity Stamp Company "Grow Yourself Extraordinary" was stamped on the bottom center using Memento "Rich Cocoa" Ink
  • From a scrap of American Crafts "Exploration" paper, I punched out a globe and adhered it to the globe area of the tree image. 
  • K& Co. SMASH Trees Sticky Notes were lined up across the bottom of the 6x6 page. The words Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle, & Repurpose were made with my DYMO Caption Maker and adhered to the sticky notes.
  • The LOVE the Earth image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a scrap of pink paper. The image is from the Unity Stamp Company set " Eco Chic ". It was then adhered at the top of the page and a few sequins were added for highlight.
  • LOVE the Earth was colored  with Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens.

I hope that you like my project for this month.It started out as a card but, then had a mind of its own!! I'm reminded to recycle more in order to save this wonderful planet of ours. And as far as science goes, I am a nurse and Brian is a firefighter. We use science every day. Science saved my life when I was treated for Thyroid Cancer. I can't emphasize its importance in just about every aspect of our daily lives. So my message for the current administration in the White House is to think seriously about further budget cuts and what you are doing that has impact on the environment. And that is where my coffee cup comes in this month. A "vintage" Mary Engelbreit mug that sends my message to President Trump.......

Please head over to Celeste's post at Crafting Junky. I'm sure her project is beautiful as always. And please check out Jennifer's card on her blog Just Coffee Please...& Stamps, & Ribbons, & Paper.  She makes amazing cards using gorgeous ribbons and other fun elements. We hope you enjoy all of our projects and will sign up to follow our blogs. 
Thank you again for visiting Meticulosity  !!

Debra Davison

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Miss Polly Prissy-Paws

On Sunday, April 9 we said a heartbreaking goodbye to our beloved cat, Anna... Her full name was Andromeda Cassini but we called her many other names ( which I am sure she hated, but tolerated ). Anna Banana, Boo-boo, Pooh-bear, Peanut Butter.. Really no rhyme or reason to most of these  nicknames. But Brian called her Miss Polly Prissy-Paws after a South Park reference and ot seemed to suit her. She could be sitting right near you, yet when you called her name, she would look around  very slowly as if  to say  " Why, I am sure that you could NOT be talking to me?!?! " Our day to day life is so much emptier without her, but are hearts are full of 13 years of wonderful memories . For that we are grateful. 

  • I mounted a scrap piece of pink-hued paper onto a Mollie & Rex watercolor card base from Michaels.
  • Using Memories Black India Ink, I stamped a cat image from Waffle Flower "Flora Cat" onto the right lower corner of the pink base and the Thank You sentiment from Stampin' Up onto another scrap piece of pink paper.
  • I cut out the Thank You image and mounted it onto a scrap of gold glitter paper, then adhered it yo the upper left corner of the pink base. 
  • The cat image was highlighted with some Distress marker  & PITT Artist pen coloring.
  • For a finishing touch, I placed a small piece of a paper doily in the upper right corner.

I took this card to Bay Beach Veterinary Hospital for Dr. Karen Smithwick and the team who tool care of Anna. Along with the card, I tool some homemade Kitchen Sink brownies. We were so grateful for the care that Anna  received and also how they treated me and Brian.

I know that not everyone understands how much we could love a pet but Anna was a part of our family for 13 years and she will be greatly missed. I still "feel" her presence everywhere in the house and especially miss her waiting for me in the window when I arrive home from work.. Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you. I appreciate that you took the time to read this ..

Friday, March 31, 2017

Signs of Spring

I made a card for my Skipping Stones Design Team March post and loved it so much that I decided to make a set. I do not like to make the same card over and over with the exact same papers etc., so this is a variation on that initial theme. For me, Spring days are full of birds chirping, flowers blooming and of course, coffee drinking. Lately I have been enjoying the lovely pastel cups at Starbucks. 

Today is also the last day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I will be linking this card there. If you are in need of some inspiration and love coffee ( or tea or hot cocoa ) , please check out the Blog Hop. There are over 1000 link-ups this time -- an amazing record !! Shout-out to Amy Tsuruta and Chaitali Narla for coming up with the idea for this fabulous Hop back in Sept.2014.

I hope you've been inspired by my card. It's a dreary.rainy day here in Virginia Beach,VA, but any day off work is lovely to me !!  Stay creative and have a wonderful weekend !!

Debra Davison/ Meticulosity

Heartsong 2

Best of Birds

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