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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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Carol, I'm so sorry, but I don't have your email address to respond that way; I appreciate your request, but I just don't have time to make cards as a business venture at this time. Feel free to ask someone else to make them for you using my card as a pattern if you wish though! Thank you, Debbie
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Are You Cured Yet? at Thinking Inking
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It's been a while, hasn't it? We've been soaking up the sunshine and making the most of our Summer days here. Every time I walk past flowers, I feel the compulsion to pull out my phone and get a few shots for future drawing reference.The echinacea/purple coneflower that modeled for me was on a clearance table outside our local Home Depot a couple of weeks ago. Here was my initial rough pencil sketch--very rough! I used my Copic Warm Gray 0.1 Multiliner and inked over the penciled lines that I wanted to keep, and erased all of the pencil lines... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sketches in Time
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Welcome! This week I played along as one of the sample makers for a Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty Challenge (DTGD15StampmommaA). I'm not supposed to give away the specific challenge details in my post, but I'll tell you that I sketched my focal image rather than using a stamped image. I took stepped out pictures of the process, AND I'm attaching a .jpg version of my artwork at the end of the post so that you can color it some time, if you'd like. :-) Here was my initial rough pencil sketch--very rough! I had taken a phone picture of some purple coneflowers (echinacea) when we were shopping at Home Depot a couple of weeks ago, and sketching the flowers from that picture seemed like a perfect way to add my own twist to Lori's challenge. Next I used my Copic Warm Gray 0.1 Multiliner and inked over the penciled... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Taylor, I actually prefer the super brush nib on the Copic Sketch markers, though both marker types work beautifully. As for bleeding, YES, they will generally bleed though, though bleeding is more a function of paper choice than marker choice. There are marker pads available that are bleed-proof, but you probably won't find those in coloring books. I simply use a thicker sheet of paper or cardstock between pages to catch the bleed through, but that will not save side two of a two-sided page. Copics blend beautifully from one value to the next or even one color to the next, enabling you to get smooth transitions from light to shadow areas. I hope that this helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Are You Cured Yet? at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a cute little get well card today? So, I guess you'd have to make sure that you send it to a friend who has a sense of humor! I loved this little piggy and sentiment from MFT's The Whole Herd stamp set--he has almost a surprised expression on his face. I sketched in some ground so that I could put him in mud. At the last minute, I decided that he needed mud on him as well though! COPIC Markers that I used: Skin: R20, R22. RV21 Ground: E50, E21, E34, E47 Sky: BG000 Cast Shadows: BV00, BV01 I used my new Cross-Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics dies to frame the piggy. For the sentiment, I used Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, and for the pink background, Blueprints 15. Well, that's it for today's card--easy peasy! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Lisa, no, I never saw that movie. But my mind works a little sideways too--I'm sure I've picked it up from something or another that said "____, anyone?" :-D
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on Ranunculus, Anyone? at Thinking Inking
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Thank you ALL for your sweet comments! Images that are this lovely are a pleasure to color! :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on Ranunculus, Anyone? at Thinking Inking
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Barb, I just bought my first non-Prismacolor set of pencils ever, Caran D'Ache, because they were highly recommended. However, for the price difference between them and Prismacolors, I still think that Prismacolors are a great value and really good pencils as well. I have used Prismacolors for 30+ years, and Caran D'Ache for two days, so I'm not seeing a huge difference yet. But I also didn't use the best paper for colored pencils. Next time, if I am mostly *tinting* with Copics and doing the detail work in colored pencii, I will definitely choose a paper that is more toothy. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on Ranunculus, Anyone? at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Power Poppy's digistamp release day today, and I have a card to share using the Ranunculus digital stamp set. Perhaps you are more flower savvy than I am, but I didn't know the name of these lovely flowers until this week. Now that I've Googled them and oohed and ahhhhed over how beautiful they are, I won't forget that name! Since these are digital images, both the ranunculus image and the sentiment (Sending Peace) are ready to download, print, color and create with immediately! I colored the Ranunculus image a bit differently than I usually do, starting with a light base layer with my Copic markers, shown above. This was really quick--maybe a ten-minute process since i did very little shading and blending. (I later added sky with my Copic BG0000 and B00 markers.) Next I pulled out my colored pencils. If I had printed the Ranunculus image... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm sharing an encouragement card for a friend who's had a really rough time lately. In addition to my sentiment set, MFT's Vertical Greetings, I also used a new die template set for the first time, Spellbinders Hydrangea. Isn't it sweet? It wasn't difficult either; here you can see that all of my pieces are cut and the flowers (or florets?) are attached. Here I've started stacking the layers. I have two layers left to add. Seriously, this is manageable. . . ;-) I wanted a simple frame for my sentiment, so I chose to cut and emboss a piece of Kraft cardstock with my Pierced Rectangles die templates, along with A-2 Matting Basics B for the inside of the frame. For the darker pink mat, I used A-2 Matting Basics A, and for the outer rim of the light pink background, I used 5 x 7 Matting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm back in the saddle again--or at least trying to find my "riding legs" again. We've had some really crazy days, but things are settling down into a routine again, which usually includes card-making. Yesterday I pulled out a couple of MFT stamp sets, Green Pastures and The Whole Herd, as well as my Copic markers, and started coloring. It felt pretty good too! Note: I just saw that BOTH of these stamp sets are currently out of stock. You can get an e-mail notification when they are back in stock, however. Hope that helps! These are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the images. The background was airbrushed with my Copic BG05 and Airbrush System. Everything else was colored normally. I did have one little incident. . . I had evidently overfilled one of my markers; and while I was working on the shadows in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Deb! My problem was that the sentiment isn't perceived as words by the computer program when is is a .psd or .jpg document. I know how to change the color of regular fonts, but not a font that is saved as art. That's why I resorted to my little fill tool. Thank you anyway though! I know that there is an easier way--it's just not in my bag of tricks yet. 😉
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2015 on Garden Fireworks at Thinking Inking
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Posting two days in a row--it's a record! :-) I have another guest post up today <<HERE>> on the MFT Stamps blog. They have graciously allowed me to post some pictures here as well, but if you'd like instructions and supply lists, all of those are on the MFT blog. Of course I had to play with The Whole Herd. (I mean, when you can stamp cute animals AND use pink, what's not to like?) Here's the inside of my card--love that cow! True confessions: I’m still trying to decide whom to give this card to—I spent long enough on it that I have to save it for someone who’ll appreciate it! (Do you give your cards away with that criterion too?) Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the image. Here I've used the Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics for simple, fun-to-make butterfly cards.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, I know it's been several days since I posted. . . We've had some family responsibilities that have been taking extra time for the past few weeks, but I have had evening time here and there to work on a few cards for a guest post on the MFT Stamps blog today and tomorrow. Today I have two cards using MFT's Watercolor Flowers stamp set, and tomorrow I have three more cards to share. using different stamp sets. Thanks to Kim and My Favorite Things for the lovely stamps and dies! Of course you're not surprised to see pink flowers here, right? :-) All details (stamps, dies, ink, cardstock, etc.--are on the MFT Blog HERE. Yep, I do love pink! I tried to avoid pink on this one--honestly, I did! In fact, two of the three colors in those flowers are reds--not pink, But one pink sneaked in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm excited to be able to share a new Power Poppy digital image today, Garden Fireworks. The newest addition to Power Poppy's Instant Garden is an explosion of color that is just in time for the Fourth of July--color this up with a patriotic spin or let the rainbow of colors these flowers come in serve as your inspiration! Allium take center stage with their showy blossoms. When paired with Poppies and Catnip, you have a glimpse of summer in full bloom. This beauty is paired with an elegantly scripted Bible verse that's perfect for cards of encouragement. The good news? Since these are digital images, both are ready to download, print, color and create with immediately! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color my Garden Fireworks image. I also used a couple of Spica Glitter pens (Melon and clear) to add shimmer here and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Can you handle another MFT You Make My Tail Wag card? I do love those dogs! I used the dog bed and the dog head stamp on this one, and then I lightly pencilled in a wood floor. When I was happy with my floor sketch, I used a Copic 0.3 Black Multiliner to draw my floor lines in before I colored them with the markers shown below. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color little Fido. For the background I stamped the On the Diagonal Background in Paver Red ink on Red Hot cardstock. I used the Hybrid Red Hot Ink to stamp the sentiment on 3/4" twill tape. I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to create my pierced edge on the red background, and I used a Standard Circles SM die template to create the window for my focal image.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
So sorry about the Petal Roller Tool link--MFT did have them earlier, I promise! That's where I ordered mine. I checked Ellen Hutson and didn't see them there. I DID find one on Amazon in case you want to see what it looks like--basically it resembles and embossing stylus with a slit on the end rather than a ball, so that you can grasp the end of the petal and start twisting that middle tightly. Works like a charm. Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Imaginisce-003683-Hybrid-Petal-Roller/dp/B005TUUHVI/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433810162&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=petal+roller+tool+Imaginesce
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2015 on June Weddings! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! June always seems to be a big wedding month. This past weekend I needed two wedding cards--one for a lovely wedding that we attended here in Upper Michigan, and one for a wedding that I wish I could have attended in South Carolina. I felt like rolling a few roses, as you can tell! The front sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Inside and Out: Love stamp set. For the roses, I used Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die templates to cut 80 lb. white cardstock, which I then rolled, using a handy-dandy little Petal Roller tool, before airbrushing the roses with my Copic Airbrush System and Copic RV63 and RV66 (centers). Leaves are cut and embossed (also white cardstock) with a Foliage die template, then airbrushed with Copic G43 and G24. Other dies that I used were Oval Bliss, Pierced Ovals, and Grand Labels Four and Elegant Labels Four (both retired--I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Kay Miller, YOU are the one who made me order this set! 😀
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2015 on Hope Today Tickles You Pink! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've got a fun little encouragement card to share today. After seeing some really pretty cards made with MFT's Flamingos Die-namics, I ordered that die set, along with the sentiment set Tickled Pink. I cut both the flamingos and the background out of MFT's Insulation Pink cardstock, and then I used several Copic markers to shade the flamingoes: R00, R20, R21, and R22 for their bodies; W5 for their legs, W9 for the dark tip of their beaks and eyes; B02, B01, and B00 for water; and R27, R24, R22, and YR23 for the setting sun. I used a Cross-Stitch Circle Die-namic to cut my sun shape, and Making Waves Die-namics to cut the water. To cut the card front, I used a stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 15 Die-namic set. I added a touch of glitter to the flamingo wings, because pink is always happier with glitter. :-)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I hope you've had a great weekend. I'm counting down the days until my son is finished with school (nine days now) so that we can all spend time taking family bike rides and long walks. As far as I know, we are sticking close to home this Summer, and I'm planning to make every day count! One need that early Summer always brings is the need for graduation cards. I know that this card doesn't look like a typical graduation card, but it was for a sweet Mom of two teens who just finished her college degree, and I thought she'd like flowers better than something formal and black and gray. I used a sentiment from JustRite's Sentimental Damask Vintage Labels Eight clear stamp set and hand-cut my banner so that it would be the right length for the sentiment. Most of my time was spent on those... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Thank you, Cindy and Kathy! Cindy, I used a white pigment ink pad to wipe lightly across the background after I embossed it. I wanted to make those flowers stand out more to tie in with her dress. Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented May 30, 2015 on Tropical Mae Friends Card at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a cute little friendship card today? Meet Tropical Mae by Some Odd Girl stamps: I was looking for an image that I could draw a clothing pattern on--yes, more Copic Workshop portfolio coloring--and Mae filled the bill. (Her dress is plain on the digi-stamp; I added the hibiscus blossoms with a Copic 0.3 black Multiliner, then colored them.) These are the Copic markers that I used to color Tropical Mae. She's a cutie! I used a Spellbinders Standard Circles Small die template to create my sentiment tag, and then a Reverence Embossing Folder for the background. (Unfortunately, I just saw that this embossing folder is a retired one--sorry!) Cardstock that I used was X-Press It for my image panel, PTI Blueberry Sky for the mat layer, and PTI Hibiscus Burst for the background layer. _____________ I'm finished teaching Copic classes until this Fall, but several of the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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I've needed two sympathy cards in the last week--not the most enjoyable cards to make, granted, but at least people know that you are thinking of them and that you care. This one's pretty simple; I used a JustRite Sentimental Damask Vintage Labels Eight clear stamp set, stamped with both a light gray and a darker gray ink, and cut out with a Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance die template. In addition to the Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance die, I also used a 5 x 7 Matting Basics B die template to cut and emboss my pale gray cardstock. I dyed white seam binding with Copic T2 Various Inks/reinker. Quick Tip: when I want a dyed color to look solid, I keep squeezing/scrunching the ribbon until it dries completely. When I want some variegation, I pull my wet ribbon out of my plastic bag and leave it sitting on top to... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! We've recently returned from spending several days with my family in South Carolina. I've got some card-making to catch up on! A couple of weeks ago I purchased the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set from MFT Stamps; I knew that I'd get several uses from it, and it was so stinkin' cute to boot! I wanted to use this an an encouragement card, and since this dog had such a dolorous look on his face, I thought he would make the perfect focal image. I fussy-cut around him because I didn't order the coordinating dies at the same time, but they DO have them--just letting you know about that. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the images. For the background, I used MFT's Die-namics Pegboard Cover-Up. I used a banner from Die-namics Blueprints 20 for the sentiment. Well, that's pretty much... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Thinking Inking