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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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Kittie, this scene is breathtaking--fabulous job!
Toggle Commented 4 hours ago on Build A Home Sweet Home Scene at the CLASSroom
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Welcome to the 2014 Copic “Earth Day” Blog Hop! Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Over forty years later, Earth Day has become a global event with over 200 million people in over 141 countries getting involved in the effort to promote a clean environment. Did you know that Copic markers and inks are environmentally friendly? • Copic Various Inks are non-toxic, so there’s no worry about harmful chemicals getting into the environment. • Because you can refill your Copic markers when needed, you never have to throw them away! • Copic Various Ink bottles are recycle-able. All that refilling and recycling means less garbage in landfills and less negative impact on the environment. In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the Copic Education Team and Design Team has gotten together for a hop. Visit each person’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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A blessed Easter morning to you: He is Risen! _____________ Supplies: Sentiment Stamp: Easter Blessings Clear Stamps (Just Rite Papercrafts) Dies: Lily Die-namics (My Favorite Things); oval from A-2 Filigree Delight, and A-2 Matting Basics B (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Double Ended Banners (Papertrey Ink) Copic Markers: YG03, YG17, C1, 0 Ink: PTI Hawaiian Shore Cardstock: Neenah Solar White and MFT Sno Cone Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to the fourth Design-abilities Blog Hop! The Spellbinders® Blog Team has a blog hop on the sixteenth of every other month. This blog hop is just for creative inspiration; we are not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts®. Sometimes we are not all be able to participate, but we would still encourage you to visit all of the Blog Team Members and check out their blogs. You will find a variety of ideas for die cutting, papercrafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor,and lots of tutorials and techniques. My project for today is double-duty. . . of necessity. :-} I got home from my Chicago Copic Certification classes Sunday [waving to my friends!] and still needed to get together a project for our MOPS moms for today. I initially meant to have them make an Easter card today, but then I decided that it would be better if I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm headed out to Chicago early this morning, but before I go, I have another My Favorite Things card to share. This one uses the MFT Blue Skies Ahead stamp set, along with several new release dies, including Layered Umbrella Die-namics, Cloud Cover-Up Die-namics, and Blueprints 14 Die-namics for the sentiment panel. Cardstock is MFT's Pink Lemonade, paired with patterned paper from Echo Park's Splendid Sunshine 6" x 6" pad. I loved the panels part of the umbrella die since it made mixing up the patterns so quick and easy. Here's wishing you a sunny day! Thanks for stopping by, Debbie Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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It's release day for My Favorite Things--the day that you can finally GET all of the goodies that you've been seeing on the MFT blog this week! :-) I have another card to share with you, this one using the Pure Innocence I Pick You stamp set, along with Bokeh Builder for the background. This card is for a little girl who likes yellow, so of course I had to start there! I also used the scalloped trim piece and small rectangle dies for the Blueprints 14 Die-namics. These are the Copic markers that I used to color the focal image. I added a bit of glitter to the flower centers with a glue pen, as well as a tiny tag--everything can use a word of encouragement, right? I hope you get a chance to check out all of the NEW products over at My Favorite Things; I have really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The sun is shining, and while we still have over a foot of snow in most places, we are starting see melted rings around the trees and around the house. That's progress, folks! Of course, I'm still "growing" paper and ink flowers inside. Today's card is made with the Taylored Expressions Rose Bouquet stamp focal image, with the tag sentiment taken from a TE Daisy Bouquet set. Here are the COPIC markers that I used on the Rose Bouquet image.(CS stands for "cast shadow" here in case you are wondering.) I used several Spellbinders dies, including Labels 18 for the Rose Bouquet focal image, A-2 Bracket Borders 1 for the polka dotted piece of patterned paper, and Back to Basics Tags for the sentiment tag. Patterned paper is Basic Grey's Fresh Cut 6" x 6" pad. Card base is PTI's Ocean Tides cardstock, and focal image is stamped on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Love, love her, Cindy! Beautiful job! Hope that Workshop is going well today. :-)
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Welcome! First, I apologize for my scheduling mistake; I had my card ready, but I *clearly* didn't look at the calendar yesterday. Today's My Favorite Things card is made with the new Precious Innocence Sunny Thoughts stamp set. Isn't she a sweetie? Besides Sunny Thoughts, I also used MFT's Raindrops stencil and the Blueprints Number 14 Die-namics. Since I used so many Copic markers on this image, I thought it might be simper to make a list of where I used each marker--hope that helps! The only colors not listed above are the ones used in my puddle; it was an afterthought. On the Blueprints 14 Die-namics, I cut my card front slight larger than the square Die-namics die, and then I used the die just to impress its outline and stitching so that I had a wider border around my square card. I sketched a puddle in pencil, then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Would you believe that we are supposed to get between six and thirteen inches of fresh snow today? Migrating south sounds better every day. . . SO, another SPRING card, anyone? :-} Today's card uses JustRite's new Garden Tools clear stamps along with the Quilted Circles cling background stamp, both pictured below. These are the COPIC Sketch markers that I used to color both the focal image and the back of the vellum. I used a heavy vellum and heat-embossed the Quilted Circles cling background stamp in detail white embossing powder, then colored *the back side* of the vellum. It's a quick and easy technique and gives a soft color, even though you don't have to color super-carefully on the bask of the vellum. I used a Spellbinders Classic Rectangles Small die template to cut, emboss, and then mask the rectangle while I airbrushed the sky with a Copic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm playing double-duty posting this week; this is my JustRite post, and my MFT post is just below this one. . . . . . . It's day two of JustRite's April release, and today's featured stamps sets were some of my favorites from this month's release, Home Tweet Home clear stamps and the Stitched Circles Cling Background Stamp. I had some messy fun with the background, heat-embossing the background stamp image on white cardstock with detail white embossing powder, and then painting it with my Faber-Castell Gelatos, kind of a creamy, soft watercolor crayon. I started with a large watercolor brush, but it didn't take me long to starting smearing and mixing with my fingers like a first grader in finger paints. . . I taped down the four edges before I got the cardstock wet, and that helped keep it from curling too badly. (Enabler alert--Gelatos are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 6 of the My Favorite things countdown week, and I'm happy to be playing along with the fabulous MFT designers this month. When I saw the sweet little Birdie Brown You're Super stamp set, I knew that I wanted to color this girl. She reminds me of my nieces--fabulous little pretenders and full of attitude! These are the Copic Sketch markers that I used on my Supergirl. (Click to enlarge if you need to see the numbers better.) For the background I used an MFT On the Diagonal stencil and airbrushed a pattern with my Copic B26 and Copic Airbrush System. I stamped the cityscape in pale gray ink, then airbrushed with a Copic C3 from the bottom up and a B24 from the top down. That helped the girl and "POW!" sentiment to stand out more. Both of those pieces are cut with the You're Super... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Kelly, This is actually pretty simple, if you enjoy coloring! Yes, some marker skills are required, but it is definitely something that you can learn, if you have a desire to. :-) So, some details: have you heard about Copic's new Tracing Memories class that Marianne Walker has been teaching? She converts strong photos to line art, prints them out, and has the class participants just COLOR the picture with Copic markers. I was playing with one of my iPad apps called Waterlougue and saw that when I was converting my good photos to "watercolors," there was a time span in which only very simple lines appeared. I quickly saved a screen shot, cropped it, deleted the time-clock icon from the center, printed it on my X-Press It blending card, and started coloring. I really do enjoy drawing, but this is definitely a faster way to be able to play with my markers. ;-) Give it a try! Hope that helps, Debbie
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HI, Margie, It is even simpler than that! Have you heard about Copic's new Tracing Memories class that Marianne has been teaching? She converts strong photos to line art, prints them out, and has the class participants just COLOR the picture with Copic markers. I was playing with one of my iPad apps called Waterlougue and saw that when I was converting my good photos to "watercolors," there was a time span in which only very simple lines appeared. I quickly saved a screen shot, cropped it, deleted the time-clock icon from the center, printed it on my X-Press It blending card, and started coloring. I really do enjoy drawing, but this is definitely a fast way to be able to play with markers. ;-) Give it a try! Hope that helps, Debbie
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2014 on Copic Classes Page Updated! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to my second post of the day--this is going to be a full week! (Look just below this post for my MFT Guest post for today.) While it still doesn't look like Spring outside my house, the calendar say that Spring is here. (I wish the calendar would tell that to the weatherman who just said that we'll probably have our biggest snow of the year this weekend!) Anyway, I'm glad that I can stamp, cut, and color my own Spring with this JustRite Appliqué Flowers and Vintage Tags clear stamp set. Pictured here are the two stamp sets that I used: Appliqué Flowers and Vintage Sentiment Tags clear stamps and the Burlap Cling Background stamp. These are the COPIC Sketch markers that I used to color the tulip and tag. (Click to enlarge pictures, as always.) Of course I wanted a PINK tulip! The tulip stem stamp is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm delighted to be a guest designer for My Favorite Things for April's release. I really appreciate Kim letting me play along with her fabulous team--thanks, Kim! Today's featured preview stamp set is a Lisa Johnson Designs Beautiful Baby set, which I paired with the MFT Starry Night stencil for a sweet baby boy card. Here is the inside of my card. I airbrushed the stars with the Starry Night stencil, a Copic Y32 marker, and my Copic Airbrush System, leaving it lighter toward the bottom so that I had space to write a congratulatory note to the proud parents. To cut the elephants, I used MFT's coordinating LJD Beautiful Baby Die-namics. I used the Blueprints 14 Die-namics to cut that scalloped trim piece. I loved its little stitching holes, so I dyed a length of cotton string with a Copic BG11 marker to lace through the holes. Please... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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You're most welcome, Cindy--it's certainly been helpful to me as well!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on Copic Classes Page Updated. . . at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! My teenager recently needed a couple of thank you notes for birthday gifts. (That "Mama says that you can't spend the money until after a note is sent" rule is a great motivator!) He wanted thank you notes that were youthful but sufficiently masculine that he wouldn't be embarrassed to send--at least I think that's what I think "cool" means. And trust me, fourteen-year-olds are easy to inadvertently embarrass. . . I thought that if I started with Kraft cardstock (and scrupulously avoided PINK), I'd be headed in the right direction. I had a little Spellbinders Typewriter die template that I hadn't used yet and thought that it would be great to pair with a sheet of paper stamped with a sentiment. The thank you sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Sentiment Signs stamp set worked perfectly. Besides the Kraft cardstock base, I used PTI's Classic Kraft Pattern Pack for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Absolutely adorable--perfection!
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Welcome! Today I have another thank you card to share. I had fun playing with the background on this one, using a Spellbinders Roman Romance M-Bossabilities folder. I used a background technique similar to the one that Lori Craig used on her Dry Emboss Alcohol Resist Splitcoaststampers Tutorial. The background is embossed on white cardstock, then heat-embossed with clear EP, before being airbrushed with Copic R32 and Copic Airbrush System. I love the richness and depth that you get with this particular embossing folder and technique! The thank you sentiment as well as the inside sentiment are from a Waltzingmouse Stamps Rescue Remedies Additions stamp set. I used a Spellbinders A-2 Filigree Delights die template for the sentiment, airbrushing some Copic R32 lightly into the open center before removing the die template from the cardstock. I dyed the seam binding with my Copic reinkers (R22 and R32). The mat layer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Thinking Inking
So pretty, Dawn!
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on Dry Embossed Frames at My Favorite Things
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Good afternoon! I've been working on taxes for the last couple of days. Ugh. I'd sooooo much rather be coloring, but for some reason my husband thinks that I've procrastinated for long enough. Hmmm, maybe because the tax deadline is less than three weeks away? I'm almost finished with my part, so I'm hoping to get back down to my studio tonight. Anyway, I just thought I would let you know that I have updated my COPIC Classes page today. I did get a bit more done on my Benjamin fishing piece that I had posted an earlier stage of HERE. Still working on that tree line and then I have to tackle the B. himself. . . Thanks for visiting today, Debbie Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Absolutely darling, Heather!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on easter tags at pine is here.
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Welcome! Still doing my part to entice Spring to come--at least that's what I'm hoping for! I usually start a card with the focal image; but on this card, I had played with my Spellbinders Diamond Effects die template set a few days ago, loving the simplicity of white on white. I laid it aside because I wasn't sure what I wanted to use for a focal image. Then I got a little Taylored Expressions box in the mail, and I found my focal image--the TE Mixed Blooms image. These are the Copic markers that I used for the leaves and the spiky purple flowers. . . No, I'm not going to embarrass myself by trying to assign a name to all of these flowers. So, I'm venturing a guess that these are roses. I chose a cool pink (Copic R80's) for them. The BG90's were for the vase/can, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about another thank you card today? Still hoping for Spring here, but the snow that is drifting down outside isn't encouraging. . . Maybe if I keep making floral cards, Spring will come! Today I used a Waltzingmouse Stamps set, Funky Flowers, along with its coordinating dies. (There is also an SVG cut file for the Funky Flowers set, if you use an electronic cutting machine.) The sentiment is a PTI stamp from Inside and Out Thank You. How about that fun airbrushed pattern in the background? I used my Copic Airbrush System and a B32 Copic marker, along with an MFT Stamps stencil, On the Diagonal. I used mostly Versamagic inks, including Mango Madness, Key Line, Pink Petunia, and Malted Mauve. The darker yellow flower centers are PTI Summer Sunrise ink, and pink cardstock is PTI's Sweet Blush. I hand cut the little sentiment banner. Even though... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Thinking Inking