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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 just got back home from Atlanta this afternoon. Colleen Schaan and I had a great time at the Atlanta AME Show. We were crazy-busy the entire show; we had a chance to share Copics with many art teachers, art students, parents, and even a few paper crafters. Just before I left home, I finished this card using Power Poppy Peonies Digital Stamp. Would you believe that after I purchased the digital image, I discovered that I'd already bought the same image in an acrylic stamp set a while back? (Anybody want to come help me organize?) I guess I must have really liked this image to buy it twice! These are the Copic Markers that I used to color the peonies image. While I normally work light to dark with my Copic markers, I colored the blossoms on this image from dark to light, because I knew that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Kathy, thank you! If you mean the texture in the background, it's freehand with the super brush tip of the Copic Sketch marker. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2015 on Love You! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been coloring a lot lately--mostly flowers, so I thought I'd stop and take time to make a cute card for some sweet little people. :-) Before I forget, I want to let you know that I've updated my Copic Classes page, and I'm hoping to see some of you in Detroit Workshops or Dallas Certifications! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Love Is in the Air image by My Favorite Things stamps. I used my colorless blender on the background to add some extra texture. I used several Spellbinders die sets on my card front, including Pierced Rectangles, A-2 Matting Basics A, and A-2 Bracket Borders One. Patterned papers are from Carta Bella's True Friends 6 x 6 paper pad. I've used most of my favorite pieces form that pad--time to shop again pretty soon. ;-) I'm headed down to Atlanta for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a lovely image to share, Power Poppy's February digital stamp set, French Lilac. I'm pretending that Spring will eventually come, even though it's below zero here today! One advantage of a digital image is that you can change image sizes for different looks. Two articles that I found super helpful on using digital images were I Bought a Digital Stamp--Now What? by Julie Koerber and Digital Images: Part 2 by Allison Cope. Hope those help you too. :-) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the French Lilac image--yes. a LOT of them! I also used a Lavender Spica Glitter pen as well as a white gel pen (after I finished with my Copics). I love that little ladybug! After digging through several of my die sets, I ended up choosing my Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five to cut and emboss the focal image... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to the Colorful Copic and Art Squares Blog Hop! Today Copic is pairing with Inchie Arts for a blog hop. I've used Inchie Art Squares before, but it's been a while, and I really enjoyed playing with them again yesterday as I was preparing for today's hop. What's special about Art Squares? Well, I'm glad you asked! Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art. They come in six sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC). Art Squares come in seven colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white). They are perfect for wet or dry media; they won't buckle because they are heavy weight. Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares! Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface. Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Cindy, you're more than welcome to do so--I hope that your snow melts soon too!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2015 on Clean and Simple Birthday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! My first order of business is to share the winner of my gray Copic t-shirt, and that would be commenter number 22, Lynn Gauthier: Congratulations, Lynn! I have emailed you for your address. Thank you to everyone who offered class suggestions and welcome Jenn as well! I needed a few guy-appropriate birthday cards and thought that relatively clean and simple was probably the way to go. First I used several Copic Various Inks "smooshed" on glossy cardstock and sprayed randomly with Copic Colorless Blender to spread and blend the ink. I cut that inked panel into strips, and then heat-embossed a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set. I kept the backgrounds simple as well--Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores cardstock, embossed with either a Linen and Canvas impression plate, or the one that you see on the card that is standing up, which I can't find when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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It’s our pleasure to welcome Jennifer Dove to the Copic Fine Art Teacher Team! What exactly is the Fine Art Teaching Team and what will Jennifer be doing with Copic? Well, the Fine Art Teaching Team is made up of a number of professional artists and instructors who travel across the country demoing and teaching at fine art stores and art schools. Jennifer has already been busy booking demos and classes in her area! Jennifer has been using Copics since 2010, and her passion and enthusiasm are apparent to everyone she works with. As an artist by nature, Jennifer is currently busy teaching Copic Boot Camp retreats, working on her own DoveArt Designs stamp line, and designing in mixed media, jewelry making, card making and altered arts. She also has a number of excellent video classes available with Annie’s Publishing. She is very excited to be adding this new teaching... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a non-pink card today? (Can I help it if I'm drawn to pink?) I was emulating some of my clean and simple friends on today's card, which is simply residing in my stash at the moment instead of being earmarked for a certain occasion. What do you think--encouragement, or maybe graduation? I heat-embossed two of the Whisper of Wings feathers in a detail white embossing powder, and then watercolored over the top of the embossed feathers with Distress Inks. The feathers and sentiment are both from JustRite's new Whisper of Wings clear stamp set, shown above. I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to frame my top layer of cardstock, and a Fancy Framed Tags One (oops--might be retired!) for the oval with the sentiment inside. Ribbon is 1/4" white silk ribbon. If you'd like to see more projects using JustRite's Whisper of Wings clear stamp... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a pink, floral card to share--who is surprised? (Okay, no one!) I grew up with blue morning glories winding around pasture fences, but I have to confess that they weren't really considered flowers in South Carolina; they were considered noxious weeds. I still remember the first time my grandfather saw a package of morning glory seeds in a seed display: "Why on earth would anybody plant weeds?" he asked. . . Hmmmm, in spite of my early indoctrination, I still think they are pretty! Shown above are both JustRite stamp sets that I used on my card, Morning Glory Cling Stamps and Upcycled Woodgrain Cling Background Stamp. Aren't they pretty? I used the Morning Glory SVG digital cutting file to cut the morning glories shape before stamping it. I colored the morning glories image with these Copic markers: R30, R32, and R35 for the blossoms, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have another wall hanging to share; it's 5" x 7", but I think I may look for an 8" x 10" frame so that I can put that piece of Royal Velvet polka-dotted patterned paper in as a mat layer. While I was at CHA earlier this month, I met Suzanne Cannon from Quietfire Design. I used one of her lovely calligraphic stamps, Have a Heart That Never Hardens, for the sentiment on my wall hanging. The Spellbinders die template sets that I used were Nobel Rectangle and 5 x 7 Matting Basics A for the sentiment panel. I used an old Kaleidecolor Vineyard ink pad to stamp the sentiment, and I dyed white seam binding with Copic Various Inks to coordinate with my ink and cardstock. That little button has a mother-of-pearl finish, Grandmother's Buttons--love it! Well, that's it for today. I hope you have a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been happily playing in my studio during free moments for the last few days, and I finally finished a couple of little wall hanging projects. When I was in Anaheim last month, one of the products that intrigued me was Cosmo Cricket's new Just Add Watercolor line--watercolor paper pre-embossed with either clear or gold resist so that all you have to do is add watercolor. It comes in both an 8" x 8" and a 12" x 12" pad; I used a sheet from the 8" x 8" pad above. (I'm not sure where this product is selling yet--may still be in the process of shipping.) This was FUN! I simply rubbed some Distress Inks onto a plastic palette, then randomly painted them onto my Just Add Watercolor sheet. You can see that it was pretty wet; it eventually dried a bit warped, so I put the dry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Caralyn, If you really haven't worked with your set of markers much, I would advise that the Standard Certification would probably be best for you. It doesn't involve as much actual coloring time as a Workshop, for example, BUT it teaches you some really important ideas for beginners, such as how to pick appropriate papers and inks to use with your Copics. It also introduces you to the four basic blending techniques, some great uses for the colorless blender, and has a smattering of airbrushing with Copics as well. You can't take the Intermediate Certification without first having had the Standard Certification; so while it's a great class, I wouldn't recommend it to you until you get a Standard Certification under your belt. The Workshops are basically color-along classes. They involve a lot of good coloring information, but it's given as you color. When someone has already experimented with Copics and feels comfortable with basic blending techniques, a Workshop class is great for honing specific skill areas. But if you truly are a totally newbie, a Standard Certification (Like the one in Hanover) is probably your best fit. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Looking forward to that, Jenn!
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Welcome! We're having pretty decent weather for the U.P.--it's above zero for the foreseeable future. However, it's definitely still snowman weather here for many weeks to come! That means that I can use snowmen on thank you cards, right? Today I have another thank you card to share, this one using Papertrey Ink's PomPom Pals stamp set for the focal image, and Inside and Outside Thank You for the sentiment on the card front. I thought I'd show you again how to leave part of an image extending past a die-cut shape. I generally use about three layers of cardstock between the die blade and the piece of cardstock on which my image is stamped, in just the area that I want to avoid cutting. I then send the image and die sandwich through my machine as normal. When I remove the die, the scrap pieces of cardstock have shielded... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Aileen, I think that we have online classes in the works, but I'm not sure how far off that will be. You have an excellent resource in Australia at the Kit and Clowder site. I'm not associated with them in any capacity, but I certainly do admire Aussie Alyce Keegan's mad coloring skills! Hope that helps, Debbie
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Hi, Pat, Here is the information on the Hanover class: https://imaginationinternationalinc.com/copic/store/products/standard-certification-class-hanover-md/ It looks like it is being held at the Residence Inn Dallas Arundel Mills/BWI 7035 Arundel Mills Blvd. Hanover, MD 21076 Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! I arrived home from warm Anaheim a week ago last Tuesday night, managing to bring a nasty bug home as a flight souvenir. Thankfully, I'm past the sleep-all-day stage, but still moving a bit slowly here, hence the lack of blogging lately. I'm trying to get back in the saddle this week, as well as look after my husband, who has also managed to catch the aforementioned bug. Oops. . . On topic, I've recently updated my Copic Classes blog page and wanted to be sure to let you know what we have coming up in the near future. Upcoming Copic Standard and Intermediate Certification Classes are in these areas: Phoenix, Arizona: February 6-7: Debbie Olson (Jenn Dove will be there too--Yay!!!) Houston, Texas: Feb. 20-21: Lori Craig Orlando, Florida: Feb. 20-21: Cindy Lawrence Dallas, Texas: March 13-14: Debbie Olson Chicago, Illinois: March 13-14: Lori Craig Hanover, Maryland: March... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a special post today--my first for Power Poppy's Instant Garden team! On the 15th of each month, I'll plan to post a card created with a Power Poppy digital stamp image, this month's being La Vie en Rose. I've always loved Marcella Hawley's illustrations; they are fabulous to color. Here's a peek at the full digital stamp set. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the La Vie en Rose image. (As always, click to enlarge.) I used a Brother Laser Printer to print my digital image, printing on Copic's X-Press It Blending Card. I used several Spellbinders dies on my card: a Grand Ovals (to cut the focal image), a Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight for the mat layer under the oval (split in the middle to make it a bit wider), and a Pierced Ovals on the red background (hard to see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Elizabeth, for letting me know! I'm flying home today, but I found a wifi hotspot, got it edited, credited, and linked to the Kit and Clowder blog. Alyce is totally amazing! :-D Debbie
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on A Few Tidbits from CHA at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Linea, that gel pen is one of the new Kirarina line that Imagination International (Copic in North Anerica) is carrying. I don't have one yet, but I am hoping to get one soon. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on A Few Tidbits from CHA at Thinking Inking
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Cindy, that's a GREAT question! That was the thing that I totally meant to explain in my post and forgot to! I stamped the strings and bow on the patterned paper first; and then after stamping and die-cutting the tag, I laid a piece of clear acetate (like the clear stamp carrier plastic pieces that we all have so many of) on TOP of the stamped patterned paper, put my tag where I wanted it in relationship to the staring on the patterned paper, then lined up with the bow string below and stamped it again. Easy-Peasy!! Thanks for asking. :-) Debbie
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on Simple Thank You Notes at Thinking Inking
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Welcome from party-sunny Anaheim! Would you believe that it rained both Saturday and Sunday? I thought Anaheim was supposed to be like Camelot--raining only at night time, of course! I've been in Copic classes for the last few days and finally had a chance to buzz through the CHA show yesterday afternoon, stopping nowhere, really, but just running quickly through to see if anything caught my eye. This morning I went back and took time to really look around me, and I found a few things to share. I thought I'd better share what I have now since late afternoons and evenings tend to fill quickly. By the way, the picture above is created with the Waterlogue iPhone/iPad App, one of my favorites. First, a couple of shout-outs: I heard that Hazel and Ruby won Best in Show for their washi tape that comes up to two feet wide. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Kate's lovely, and so is your bag! You're a wise a special Mama, Julie!
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Welcome! I'm in Anaheim for Copic classes and CHA, though I probably won't have a c chance to go see the trade show until tomorrow. The weather is is definitely a nice change of pace! Right before I left home, I was working on a stack of thank you notes, some suitable for me to send, and some suitable for my teenage son to send. I had ordered Papertrey's No Strings Attached stamp set several weeks ago but hadn't had a chance to use it much. I thought it would be perfect for some simple thank you notes--the non-lumpy kind since the new guy at the Quinnesec post office loves to charge me extra for any lump he can feel through the envelope--even a tiny little string! (This probably won't pass either, since I have a thin piece of foam tape underneath my tag, but a girl can always hope.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Thinking Inking