This is Debbie (aka debbiedesigns)'s Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Debbie (aka debbiedesigns)'s activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Debbie (aka debbiedesigns)
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA
I am a wife and mother who loves to make beautiful things.
Interests: music, drawing, rubber stamping, stained glass, cooking, reading, graphic design, mothering!
Recent Activity
Image
Good morning! I have a guest tutorial posted on the CLASSroom blog today for creating three textures with Copic markers. The first is a really quick and easy one, polished marble. The other two are a little more challenging--not so much hard as time consuming: detail of a wooden fencepost, and a rock retaining wall. Also included in the post toward the bottom are printable for my photo references, two pieces of line art, and a chart for you to fill in with textures if you'd like. Ellen Hutson has generously offered a $50 gift certificate to her store, www.ellenhutson.com, to a commenter here on my blog. To enter, leave a comment in the comments section BEFORE June 29. If you can't think of something to say, take a look around Ellen's store and tell me what YOU would buy with a $50 GC! Please be sure to see the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
53
Image
Welcome! The My Favorite Things Stamps Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit is now available! I used the little envelope die for my focal images on this one again, repeating different colors from the Tiny Hearts Brights paper pack. I thought I would add in one birthday balloon, as if it had come out of the green envelope when it was opened. The string on the balloon is part of the balloon die set, but the little bow is a tied cotton string. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Thanks for visiting, Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit Die-namics Big Birthday Balloons Die-namics Blueprints 27 Tiny Hearts Brights Paper Pack Smooth White Card Stock Sno Cone Card Stock Sour Apple Premium Dye Ink Pad Foam Mounting Tape 1/2" Mini Glossy Accents... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
45
Image
Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit, which will be available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. I have another birthday card to share tonight; my birthday card stash has been growing this past week! For this card I used the Distressed Patterns background stamps to add a splash of color behind my little kit die-cut envelope and notecard, and then used the scalloped edge rectangle die from Blueprints 27 to cut my front panel. The white heart seal on the envelope is coated with iridescent glitter for a bit of sparkle--easy and quick! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the Sending Birthday Wishes Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas! Again, the Sending Birthday Wishes Kit will be available tonight (Tuesday night) at 9pm, Eastern... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome! It's time for the My Favorite Things Stamps June Kit Countdown, and I'm happy to be sharing a card using the Sending Birthday Wishes Kit today! Other than basic dies, I used pretty much kit contents for my card. The little envelope, envelope liner, and notecard dies in the kit are darling; I cut my envelope from a scrap of translucent vellum so that the patterned liner would show through the envelope. (That little scrap of patterned paper is not the same one that is in the kit. I still need to order my Party Patterns paper pad!) I added a dollop of Glossy Accents to the tiny Heart seal on the envelope, and I airbrushed just a hint of pale yellow (Copic YR31) on the card base behind the envelope. The Sending Birthday Wishes Kit will be available Tuesday night, June 20, at 9pm Eastern time. Be sure... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome! It's Release Replay day for the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release. I wanted to use the Stitched Star Grid Die-namics to make a thank you card that would be appropriate for a military person. I thought a simple, homespun kraft card would work well, paired with bright blue and red accents. What do you think? The thank you sentiment is from MFT's Love Is in the Mail stamp set. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for complete list of the participants in the June Release Replay! Die-namics Stitched Star Grid Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX Die-namics Blueprints 29 Love Is in the Mail Kraft Card Stock Red Hot Card Stock Cornflower Prestige Card Stock Red Hot Premium Dye Ink Pad Foam Mounting Tape 1/2" Mono Multi Liquid Glue InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome! It's that time--My Favorite Things Stamps June Release time, that is! Today I have a For Owl You Do card to share. I decided to put my owl inside the card and create a window for him--owls are a bit shy, you know. . . I stamped the owl in MFT Chocolate Brown Hybrid ink onto Kraft paper and colored him with the Copic Markers shown above. I used a white Prismacolor pencil only for the whites of his eyes. Next I airbrushed a hint of sky on the inside of the card base and added a tree with branches on which he could sit. I chose a banner die from Tag Builder Blueprints 5 to go with my sentiment, and I split the sentiment into a two-liner so that I could continue it on the inside of my card. There are several more owls in the set--plenty to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Thinking Inking
74
Image
Thank you for you sweet comments on my Copic Lettering piece and Green Copic Doodle Pack giveaway from last week! I ran the random number generator, using 1-29, and number 5, Xyne, is the winner. Xyne, I have emailed you, Thank you ALL for playing along! Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! I chose to feature the Stitched Star Grid Die-namics today, pairing it with a sentiment from an older MFT Stamp set, Stars Above. I chose several different MFT cardstock colors (all listed below) to get a dipped dye look simply, and then used one of the negative shapes of star cut-outs for aligning and gluing my stars in place. I folded over a piece of cardstock on top of my banner to turn it into a large tag, and a little tag topper from Blueprints 6 finished the tag look for me. There are several fabulous new products being showcased today; I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers playing along with today's new products! Remember that while all MFT products are linked below, the NEW product links... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome to Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! How about a Pure Innocence image today? I chose the new Bed Rest set to show today, because my Get Well card stash needs some replenishment. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Bed Rest image. I paper-pieced the quilt and floor, and airbrushed the background behind the bed. While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release product links will not work until Release Night, Tuesday June 6, at 9pm Eastern time. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog to enter for today's prize, and to see a full list of links for the DT members showcasing today's release sets! Thanks for stopping by today, Pure Innocence Bed Rest Die-namics PI Bed Rest Die-namics Blueprints 14 Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Smooth White Card... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
16
Image
Welcome to Day 4 of the June My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! I chose the Party Like a Pirate set to show you today because I love the images in this set, and they are fun to color too. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color my little pirate. I used the Stitched Dome Die-namics to create a scene background, airbrushed with my Copic markers and accented with glitter glue, then mounted my scene and pirate on a nautically striped background. After I finished everything, I took another look and decide that probably what I treated as the fitted bottom of his pants was probably the cuff of his boots. . . Oops. Either way, he's a cutie for sure! The new items shown will be available on release evening, Tuesday June 6 at 9pm, Eastern. Links for new supplies at the bottom... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
20
Thank you for letting me know, Lynn! I sent a note to a couple of the girls at MFT to see if someone could look into it.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2017 on Big Thanks: MFT Release Day 5 at Thinking Inking
1 reply
Image
Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! Today I have a clean, graphic card for you, using the Big Thanks Die-namics. I left the "S" off of thanks and used the you from Twice the Thanks Die-namics for a contrasting font and color, layering four of them for a substantial thickness. (But if you happened to purchase last month's Sketchy Flowers card kit, the you from that kit looks great with the thanks here too!) The black patterned paper is from Black nd White Basics Paper Pack, and the envelope is from Assortment 3--I love that Persimmon colored envelope! I used 3 - 4mm droplets on the left top to help balance my die cut words on the bottom right. There are several fabulous new products being showcased today; I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
21
Enjoy collecting! In order to get that much variation in two colors that are only three value steps apart (a 1 in value and a 4 in value), it took some layering of that darker value. Most of the time you can get 1-2 shades darker just by going over your initial color a couple of times. Hope that helps!
1 reply
Image
Welcome! In addition to today's hand lettering post, I have a couple of small gifts to share--one piece of free downloadable line art (at the bottom of my post), and a chance to win a Green Copic Doodle Pack as shown above. I have a favorite little idea notebook that usually goes with me anywhere that I might have a few minutes to sketch ideas. Lately I've been using it mostly for hand lettering rough drafts. When I see a quotation that "speaks to me," I jot it down at the top of a page. Then when I have time to work on it, I have several to pick from and can work on any of them that I wish. I usually use pencil in my senseBook, so when I am ready to start adding color and firming up my designs, I photocopy the page from my senseBook and use... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Thinking Inking
30
Image
Welcome! I have a different kind of project to share tonight. Do you ever lose your keys? On occasion I'm both a key loser AND a glasses loser! I ran across a little wooden keys sign at a big box store several years ago and relegated it to the "someday I'll paint this" stash. Today was finally the day. . . I painted this thing twice today--seriously! My first idea was to paint it that beautiful Tommy Paints Pale Blue that you see in the jar above. Tommy Chalk Colors are a lovely chalk-based mineral paint with great coverage on a TON of surfaces--wood, paper, glass, and metal, to name a few. So my first coat went on without incident and covered fully. But after it dried, I stamped cute flowers all over it, and immediately knew that it was way too cute and girly to hang in a public... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome! I'm working on cards for the next MFT Stamp release right now, so I can't show those just yet; but I do have a couple of "this and that" items to share! With one more set of New Copic Workshops to teach in Dallas (June 9-10) before Summer vacation, I'm still adding projects to my class notebooks. Today's project is an illuminated letter for my Hand Lettering portfolio. I had searched for "Floral Illuminated Letters" and Floral Monograms" on Pinterest and found so many pretty inspirational pieces that I knew I wanted to try a floral illuminated letter. (Want some Inspiration? Check out Megan Wells on Instagram!) Before I show you my process, I wanted to tell you that Sherry is the winner of the Copic Sketch Pad and Doodle Pack Giveaway--you can find Michelle's post and contact information HERE if you are Sherry. :-} After finalizing my artwork... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome! Today I have some Copic teaching team news to share, along with a small giveaway to announce. Our Copic teaching team has always been a closely-knit group. We've shared work, laughter, goals, dreams, joys--okay, and occasionally stress too! :-) It's been overwhelmingly good though, truly. One of the constancies in life, however, is change. Today we have a couple of changes to share. First, Lori Craig has accepted a new position with the Tommy Paints division of Imagination International, Inc., one for which she is beautifully suited; so while we will miss having her on our teaching team, we know that she is still part of the III team and never more than a text, an email, or a phone call away. Lori has been a voice of wisdom and and kindness over the years. One thing that especially stands out me in Lori is her genuine love for... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Thinking Inking
57
You are most welcome, Maree!
1 reply
Image
Welcome! [Drumroll Here] The My Favorite Things Stamps Sketchy Flowers Card Kit is now available! I thought that this might make a good card for a beautiful lady whose birthday is coming up next week. (Hope it gets there in time, Mama!) I chose colors from the kit for tonight's card. They aren't colors that I would have thought to use together on my own, but now that I've seen them, I really love them, and I'm sure I'll be using this color combination again. The clean, graphic look of the Sketchy Flowers set--whether colored or simply stamped with the inside solid shapes, combined with the usefulness of the All About You set, make this a great kit. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the Sketchy Flowers Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Thanks for visiting, http://www.mftstamps.com/sketchy-flowers-card-kit Die-namics Blueprints... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Thinking Inking
46
Image
Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps Sketchy Flowers Card Kit, which is available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. For tonight's card, I stuck with kit colors, adding only some Die-namics that I already had, and a spritz of airbrushing with my Copic BG02 and Airbrush System. (But you could use sponged inks if you don't have an airbrush!) I added just a touch of glitter glue to my round flower centers, as well as some foam tape to add dimension--easy-peasy, and no coloring involved! ;-) I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the Sketchy Flowers Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas! Again, the Sketchy Flowers Kit will be available tonight (Tuesday night) at 9pm, Eastern time. Thank you for visiting today, http://www.mftstamps.com/sketchy-flowers-card-kit Die-namics Blueprints 27 White Detail Embossing Powder... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Thinking Inking
10
Image
Welcome! It's time for the My Favorite Things Stamps May Kit Countdown, and I'm happy to be sharing a card using the Sketchy Flowers Kit today! This kit also includes a fabulous word set, All About You. I used it on my next two countdown cards, but not on this one. For this one, I chose a sentiment from the Lots of Hugs set. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color my Sketchy Flowers. (Each flower has solid stamp shapes with which to fill in the colored part, so you wouldn't have to color them if you didn't want to.) I used dies from a couple of my Blueprints sets (15 and 29), as well as a Square Peek-a-Boo Window die to frame my Sketchy Flowers. Again, my Tuesday cards use both kit stamps sets, as well as kit colors--this card is my most out-of-the-box one.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Thinking Inking
16
Dawn, you just made my day! :-D Honestly, I am happy to come anywhere Nancy sends--Orlando included, so talk to the boss. I just checked the schedule, and I don't see ANY Florida classes this year--that's unusual! I know that MFT recently hosted Jane Allen, and I would have LOVED to have watched Jane color!
1 reply
Image
Welcome! It's Release Replay time for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have a beach-y keen card to share today. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Beach Day images and to airbrush the background pieces from the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics, also cut with the Stitched Dome Stax. I also really liked the nautical feel that the new Bold Stripes Cover-Up gave! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find links to all of the other Release Replay posts for May! Thank you for visiting today, Pure Innocence Beach Day Die-namics PI Beach Day Die-namics Bold Stripes Cover-Up Die-namics Stitched Dome STAX Die-namics Beach Scene Builder Smooth White Card Stock Sno Cone Card Stock Foam Mounting Tape 1/2" Hybrid Ink Pad Black Licorice Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue Quickie Glue Pen 4 mm Summer Mix InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Image
Welcome! I've been continuing to prepare for my new Copic Workshop classes coming up soon in Detroit and Dallas. Sample books evolve, obviously, but I wanted to add another sample to my Animals class book. I also wanted to introduce you to Imagination International's Tracing Memories Application. This app is for those of you who say, "But I can't draw!" (I really think that drawing is a teachable skill, just like handwriting, but I won't argue that point right now.) Even if you do not currently draw, you can still use your Copic markers to color images that are important to YOU. Finally, just a little plug here for Marianne Walker's Coloring Dogs and Cats Copic Foundations Book. If you're not sure where to start, this book will help! Back to the fox story: we have fox kits in the woods behind our house. I've never gotten close enough to... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
10
Image
Welcome! The My Favorite Things Stamps May release is now available! I saved my Seaside Seagulls card to share tonight because I had so much fun making this one. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Seaside Seagulls images; I paper pieced the sky and water with papers from the Watercolor Wash paper pack and dotted the shoreline with white gloss and Glitter White Blizzard Nuvo Drops. All of the new May products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team members will have projects to share tonight, so please check out the MFT Stamps Blog for many more cool projects and products, as well as a chance to win fabulous prizes. Good luck, and thanks for visiting! Seaside Seagulls Die-namics Seaside Seagulls Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics Blueprints 25 Die-namics Stitched Sentiments... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
79