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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!
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Welcome! I'm back again tonight with one more card using the My Favorite Things Stamps Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit, which is now available for purchase--linked at the bottom of my post. I love the stitched flower dies in this kit, whether they are plain white or colored in any paper or medium! Tonight I wanted to use mostly plain flowers cut from watercolor paper, with only one flower in bright colors, paired with a sentiment from the previously release Rainbow Greetings stamp set. I watercolored a soft sky patch on my stitched rectangle layer and let it dry completely before attaching my layered flowers and leaves. I used my Tim Holtz Distress inks to watercolor the one flower before assembling it. (It was funny: my sixteen year old walked in and said, "I think you should have used more saturated marker colors on that flower!" I replied, "Well, since... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today's My Favorite Things Stamps Sensational Stitched Flowers Kit post is an "out of the box" project, or one that uses elements from the monthly kit along with other MFT stamp sets and dies too. I had cut a whole stack of white flowers from watercolor paper (for tomorrow's post), and I kept thinking that this pile of flowers reminded me of waterlilies floating lazily near the shore of a lake. . . Hmmmm--there was my out-of-the-box idea! First I needed a lake. I started with a quarter sheet of MFT's Blu Raspberry cardstock and simply airbrushed some random streaks on it, like ripples on a lake when the wind is blowing gently. Here is what my background looked like after I airbrushed it with BG78 and BG15.This was perhaps a five-minute job: I didn't need perfection--just something that resembled water after the lily pads and waterlilies were sitting... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! This morning I'm happy to be hopping along with Hero Arts in their Winter 2016 Release Blog Hop! If you're following the hop in order, you have arrived here from Cheiron Brandon's blog, and you will be headed next to Laura Bassen's blog. A complete link list is at the bottom of the post, and additional information on this release will be on the Hero Arts Blog. I have a couple of cards to share, the first one in a vintage style using stamps from both the Hero Arts Happy Holly Days stamp set and the Vintage Christmas Post stamp set. I colored the cardinal and holly with the following Copic markers: Reds: R11, R32, R35, R37, R39 Greens: G20, G46 Browns: E33, E57, and Yellows: Y23, YR24 I hand-trimmed the holly and cardinal because I didn't have access to the die set, BUT I 'm telling you that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's KIT time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and if you're a flower lover like me, the Sensational Stitched Flowers card kit this month will be a real hit for you! If you're familiar with the monthly kit releases from MFT, you'll probably remember that the first round of samples is the "in the box" day, meaning that we use only components found in the card kit, with a couple of exceptions like basic shapes Die-namics and neutral inks. The Sensational Stitched Flowers Kit will be available at 10pm Eastern time on Tuesday, August 23. At that time, the link for the kit at the bottom of my post should work. My "in the box" card is pretty straightforward; I die-cut and stacked flower parts, attaching them with either foam tape or glue depending upon how high I wanted a particular layer to stand. The little curlycues are really... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a first-of-its-kind-card--at least for me. I've never before made a card that. . . LIGHTS UP! :-} How cool is that? My Favorite Things Stamps and Chibi Lights are playing together this Thursday and Friday and again next Thursday and Friday. I've loved the MFT-Chibitronics projects that I've seen so far, and I can't wait to see the rest of them! (Should I confess that I have already put a refill pack of lights in my MFT cart?) Here is the magic--copper tape, led lights, and a small battery--all kitted for you in the Chibitronics Starter Kit, linked at the bottom of the post. This layer of pumpkins is the base layer behind my stamped pumpkins on the card front, from which I die-cut the jack-o-lantern faces. The only thing that I wasn't planning on but had to do was to cover the mouth of the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the MFT Stamps current Sketch Challenge, WSC294. I chose the You Gnome Me stamp set, mostly because I needed a birthday card for a relative who likes suspenders and has a white beard. :-) I hope he liked it! Here's the sketch; remember that you can always change the orientation, flop the elements, enlarge or reduce them--whatever works for you! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the You Gnome Me image and background. How about playing along with the MFT WSC 295 sketch challenge? You can find more information HERE on the MFT Stamps Challenge and Inspiration blog, as well as plenty of visual inspiration! Thank you for visiting today, BB You Gnome Me Die-namics BB You Gnome Me Die-namics Blueprints 15 Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Do I hear a drum roll? I had 112 commenters by the Monday night deadline for entering the Sunny Studio giveaway. Mendi will have a complete list of winners from all participating bloggers posted on the Sunny Studio Blog some time Thursday, so be sure you check to see if you won! Without further ado, the winner from this blog, chosen by Random.org, is Larissa Heskett! Congratulations, Larissa; Mendi will be in touch with you very soon. Thank you ALL for entering, and best wishes to you for winning somewhere! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's the 15th of the month--time for another Power Poppy Stamps digital release. This month's digistamp set is called Pure Prairie Bouquet, and it's a wildflower beauty! As you can see from the full image, I've cropped the image for my card. But there's plenty more to color! I took pictures as I colored with my Copic Markers yesterday; you should be able to click on the picture to get a larger image. I began with the Echinacea, or Purple Coneflower. Next I moved to the Monarch butterfly--pretty simple since Marcy did all of the "heavy lifting" with her illustration! The Indian Paintbrush has been added in here. Here I've colored the Asters and much of the greenery. (I colored part of it wrong, actually. There is a plant called "Little Bluestem" in the bouquet, and I made it yellow-green. I caught this later and tweaked it to be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm happy to be playing along with Sunny Studio today in a blog hop celebrating both a their newest release AND first birthday! Mendi has graciously provided a prize at each blog in the hop, so I hope you'll get a chance to visit all of them! If you are following the blog hop in order, you have come here from Eloise Blue's blog, and you will be going to Anni Lerche's blog next. (More about both a prize AND a sale code in the last paragraph.) I've made a card with images from the Halloween Cuties stamp set--but it has a LOT more images that I didn't get around to using too! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Sunny Studio Halloween Cuties image. I also lightly airbrushed some Copic B12 in the background. I used the coordinating Halloween Cuties dies to cut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Oh, you DO live in a great place for berries, Leslie! Are thimbleberries similar to blackberries? If so, I may have had them. If not, I'm just plain old deluded. . . ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on What's on My Desk: July 31 at Thinking Inking
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Oh, you DO live in a great place for berries, Leslie! Are thimbleberries similar to blackberries? If so, I may have had them. If not, I'm just plain old deluded. . . ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on What's on My Desk: July 31 at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, TK! I love sketching--just need to remind myself to DO it!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on What's on My Desk: July 31 at Thinking Inking
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Oh, Cindy, you really should try a FRESH fig--truly, it's a burst of Summer in your mouth, straight off of a tree! I just took a blueberry pie out of the oven--went berry picking by myself yesterday morning. It's more fun with Benjamin, but he has two-a-day football practices now, so I'm on my own for the duration of berry-picking season.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on What's on My Desk: July 31 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the MFT Stamps Release Replay--it's always good to get an extra chance to use the ideas that you didn't have time to finish for the regular release! I used the Monster Love stamp set, which is actually pretty versatile--birthdays, just because, and maybe even Valentine's, with the right colors! (And who doesn't have some cute little monsters in her life?) In addition to Monster Love, I used the new Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dynamics for the little monsters to crawl out of, airbrushing a hint of blue behind them with my Copic B32. I applied Glossy Accents to the stamped eyes for shine and dimension--trust me, it's there! ;-) I hope you get a chance to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for a full list of today's Release Replay participants; I'm sure you'll be inspired! Thank you for visiting today, Monster Love Die-namics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Helen, It's a play on words for "Heard you were [dragging]," as in tired, weary, sick--something along that line. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! Today I have a lovely Power Poppy Instant Garden (digital) image to share called Apples in Season. When I colored my apples, I was thinking of the apple trees in our front yard; one has thinner-skinned apples only slightly redder than green, and with pink streaks in the white apple flesh. I thought it was called a Transparent, but when I looked up Transparent Apples tonight, I was wrong--transparent apples are usually green or greenish gold. (We have a tree of those too.) So I really don't know what kind of apple I colored--feel free to enlighten me if you live near Zone 3 and have any idea what I'm describing! (It's fairly tart and crunchy, if that helps--probably considered a pie apple, though I think it's a perfect eating sweetness, and it makes great dried apples. It looks like pictures of Jonamacs or Cortlands, perhaps.) Hmmm, I'm rambling.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome--it's finally August Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps! All of the new goodies that you've been seeing are now available. I have one card left to share tonight: I used Frightful Friends to create a thank you card for a friend. We're not really big on Halloween here; in fact, we live so far out in the sticks that we've had ONE trick-or-treater in 17 years. . . but I loved this set anyway! Shown here are the Copic Markers that I used to color Dracula. I airbrushed the background with Copic colors that coordinated with Lavender Fields and Green-Eyed Envy. I got a little carried away with the inside of the card; I meant to do just a *little bit* of airbrushing, but it kept getting darker and darker. . . Anyway, I think I like it--it grew on me. ;-) Each of the MFT Design Team... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm happy to be playing along with the Hero Arts August My Monthly Hero kit launch blog hop! The August MMH Kit , inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is available starting TODAY. Be sure to comment on the Hero Arts Blog Post for a chance to win one of these kits too! Here's what the main kit looks like, but there are four optional add-ons to increase versatility. You can check the Hero Arts site at the links below for more details on the optional add-ons. Floral Border with Fancy Frame Die Dreamy Nights Stencil Dreams Are Made (4 x 6 clear stamp set) Shakespearean Poetry (4 x 6 clear stamp set) I wanted a soft background to go under the lovely oval-shaped woods die cut (frame Fancy Die), so I airbrushed a gradation with my Copic Sketch Markers and Airbrush System. Starting at the top... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Can you handle a random bits of this-and-that post tonight? It's been a busy week, both for paper crafting and for life! I'll have another My Favorite Things Stamps post going up on Release Night, Tuesday, August 2, at 10pm EST/9pm my time (Central). If you are looking for my prior MFT Countdown posts: Day 5 is HERE, Day 4 is HERE, and Day 3 is HERE. Tomorrow around noon, I have a Hero Arts August Monthly Kit post going up. Still working on that one. :-) So, what's been on my desk this weekend? I've been sketching from a picture that I took of a fig that was so ripe, it had burst open. By the way, if you have never tasted a fresh fig right off the tree, they are a totally different form of life from the filling in a Fig Newton--trust me on that one!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! We're on the Day Three Countdown for My Favorite Things Stamps August release now, and I have a sweet little Pure Innocence Hula Hoop card to share today. Isn't she a cutie? I've been loving soft colors lately, so I kept this one soft and clean, using several of my stitched Die-namics to pull in a bit of texture. The hill that she's hula hooping on is cut with a snow drifts die, and the bushes behind her are cut with a stitched clouds die. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the Hula Hoop image and to airbrush the background. I lightly airbrushed pale yellow right behind her and pale green down toward the green hill. (You don't see much of the green.) I used the Tiny Check paper pack for her shirt and textured her Copic-colored pants with a scrap of denim spritzed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 4 of the August My Favorite Things Stamps Release, and I LOVE the stamp set that I used today--Magical Dragons! Today's card is a get well card, though it could also work for other situations. I have more ideas in my head for this set, but they'll have to stay there for a bit while I try to get more projects marked off of my To Do List. New products will be available on release night, Tuesday, August 2, at 10pm EST. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the Magical Dragons image and background. I added texture to my dragon with both my colorless blender, and, after that dried, a darker green marker (YG17). The background is airbrushed with a randomly torn cardstock edge used as my cloud stencil. I used the new Whimsical Waves Background, turned vertically, because it reminded me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 5 on our countdown toward the MFT Stamps August Release. You may be looking at my card and thinking, "I'm pretty sure that Die-namics Jungle Friends has already been released," and you'd be right! But the "Welcome Little One" sentiment is from a new release, and it comes in a set that I'm pretty excited about--Essential Sentiments. Do you have words for every occasion? I was lacking a few, but I'm much better covered now, thanks to Essential Sentiments! If I don't have words on the front of my card, it seems almost unfinished to me; so I'm glad to have a set with not only a lot of words, but also words small enough that I should be able to fit them on the front of cards and still have plenty of room for a focal image. I needed a baby card for a friend's daughter,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Thanks! It was fun. ;-)
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2016 on On My Desk This Weekend. . . at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Leslie! I bet you could--truly! IMO, drawing is mostly about tricking your brain into using its right hemisphere that actually sees curves and angles and doesn't try to name everything. . . It's that same creative mode that you are in when you've worked frenetically on a project that is going just how you envisioned it, and all of a sudden you realize that it's dinner time and you haven't even started dinner. ;-) You are SO CREATIVE--I KNOW that you could draw! Debbie
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2016 on On My Desk This Weekend. . . at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Bernie! On printers, mine is older, so I'm not sure if it is available any more. I have two printers, an inexpensive Brother laser printer, which prints copies cheaply but does NOT have as good a resolution as I had hoped for, and a fairly inexpensive inkjet that happens to work fine with my Copics. *Not all inkjet ink is Copic compatible.* You have to test it, just the way you would an ink pen or stamping ink. But mine works fine. It is a Canon MG7520. If you have a substantial budget, laser printers are always Copic compatible. But I probably would not purchase a really low-end laser printer again (as in about $100), given my lack of satisfaction with its resolution. Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2016 on On My Desk This Weekend. . . at Thinking Inking
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