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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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Hi, Brodie, If you'll check the post, the only instructions that I ever wrote for this project were in it. I can't really give you sizes to cut your dividers, because that is dependent upon what size box you choose to use. You might look for suitable boxes at places like a Hallmark store. I think I got this one on clearance very inexpensively, and then decorated it with scrapbook papers that I had on hand. I'm a little fuzzy on the details; it's been eight years since I made it! :-) But I know that I made dividers for each month, along with a master page for each month on which I could note birthdates and anniversaries. I might be nice to have a section in the back for unexpected occasions, such as births, graduations, and sympathy cards. Hope that helps, Debbie Olson
Toggle Commented 11 hours ago on Birthday Organization Challenge at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Replay Day for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have a BIG hugs card to share. For my background, I stamped the new Floral Fantasy Background in Pure Plum ink on Razzle Berry cardstock. Of course hot pink needs orange, right? (Well I thought so anyway!) For the hugs sentiment, I painted a scrap of watercolor paper with distress inks and let it dry completely before die-cutting. I love those tiny 3mm sequins for dressing things up at the very end! For the bow, I dyed white crochet thread with a Copic re-inker. For a complete list of all participants in today's Release Replay blog hop, be sure to see the MFT Stamps Blog. I know you'll be inspired! Thanks for stopping by today, BG Floral Fantasy Background Pure Plum Premium Dye Ink Pad Die-namics Big Hugs Die-namics Blueprints 25 Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics Stitched... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a Power Poppy Instant Garden release to share with you, Sweet Pea Show. I love sweet peas--common and unpretentious, but soft and sweet too! Marcella's illustration captures them beautifully in this January digital release. Sweet Pea Show, including the illustration and sentiments are available HERE. I paired the Power Poppy Sweet Pea Show image with some PTI patterned Papers (Raspberry Fizz Collection) and some MFT dies. The image is colored with Copic Sketch Markers; I didn't get my normal graphic finished tonight, so for now I'll list the colors below. (If I get a chance tomorrow afternoon or evening, I'll try to add a Copic Color Map.) Blossoms: RV0000, RV04, RV55, RV66, RV69 Greenery: G40, G43, G46; YG00 Labels: E40, E43 Background: B0000, 0 I hope you get a chance to visit the Power Poppy Blog, as well as all of the talented ladies below, for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's finally My Favorite Things Stamps Release Day, so all of the fun products that you've been seeing online for the last few days are now available HERE. I saved the I'm Owl Yours stamp set to use tonight as a birthday card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the owl images. Aren't those little guys sweet? (And there are several more owl images that I didn't use too!) After deciding that my owls would work best in an oval frame, I looked for a die that I could use with an oval and saw that the Stitched Basic Edges 2 and Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 would work perfectly! Papers are form the MFT Sweet Celebrations Paper Pack. Again, all of the new January products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team will have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Release! Today I played with the new Die-namics Stitched Heart Grid. It's a two-piece die set with the stitching on one part and the stitched hearts on the other part. That gives you the freedom to use as many or as few hearts as you want. (I thought it might be fun to substitute buttons or flowers or something like that for hearts as well!) I painted a scrap of good watercolor paper with light and medium pinks and an orange (distress inks in the sets listed below), then let the paper dry thoroughly before die-cutting hearts from it. I bent each heart along its stitching line and then glued them onto the stitched base lines, using the negative shape from which the hearts had been cut as my placement guide. The sentiment on the banner is from Love Is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release! Any post-people in your life? If so, you're in luck with today's You've Got Mail stamp set.( Okay, even if you just send mail, it works for that too!) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the You've Got Mail image. I also used just a tiny bit of airbrushed Copic YR31 right behind my mail girl on the white oval background to warm up that area and help her to stand out a bit better. Sometimes people ask about the card inside; it's pretty simple here, with a sentiment stamped in Nightshift Blue, and the same little mail girl stamp in Blue Breeze. I added texture to her mailbag with a scrap of denim spritzed in Colorless Blender, then popped it up with foam tape for added dimension. Keep in mind that while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Just popping in to let you know that I have a snowy day gift bag tutorial posted on the Terial Arts Inspire blog today, all stepped out. Images are from the MFT Stamps Cool Day stamp set, colored with Copic markers on a muslin drawstring bag. Next, I'm headed to the Atlanta area (Peachtree City) for my first Copic Certification and Flowers classes on February 10-11--hope to see some of you there! Stay warm, Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the January My Favorite Things Stamps New Release Countdown! I admit that I'm a sucker for cuteness. Make it cute animals holding babies, and I just can't help myself! Today's featured set is Otterly Love You, and it will be available on Tuesday evening, January 10, with the rest of the January release. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Otterly Love You images. I colored the water and sky first; and after my ink was dry, I heat-embossed waves with Versamark and detail white embossing powder. The inside is really simple; I kept the images light so that I could write over them if I needed to. Who wouldn't love those faces? While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night, Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern, on January 10.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Thanks for checking on that, Patricia; I always feel more confident when two people similar numbers!
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Welcome to Day 5 of the January My Favorite Things Stamps New Release Countdown! The set that I used today, Knight in Shining Armor, is adorable, and it has a companion set too, just in case you have more princesses in your life than knights! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Knight in Shining Armor images. I airbrushed the sky with my Copic Airbrush System and a B05 marker. It was really simple too: I just tore a paper towel randomly (and raggedly), then, starting at the top, airbrushed right over the edge of the paper towel, leaving white space between each strip of airbrushing. As always during release week, the new items shown will be available on release evening, Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern, on January 10. Links for new supplies at the bottom of the page will work then; all other links should... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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So glad that it was helpful, Lori!
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Patricia and Debbie, I don't have any brand-new Ciao markers, but I do have a few that I've rarely (if ever) used simply because they are duplicates. I weighed four of them and came up with between 10.45 and 10.72 grams on all four, and that was with both caps on and no extra identifying tape wrapped around the barrel or anything like that. Without caps, the range was 7.61 to 7.82. So, totally guessing here since I have had these few Ciao's for quite a while! Perhaps someone who has more recently purchased them can chime in, but the numbers above are the closest that I can come. To round the numbers for the Ciao, with caps: 10.5-10.7 grams without caps: 7.6-7.8 grams The last problem that I ran into was just getting the Ciaos to STAY on my scale without rolling. . . ;-) Hope this helps, Debbie
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So glad that it was helpful, Debbie!
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Oh, Cindy--I can't tell l you how often I've put something in a safe place, never to find that safe place again! ;-) I'm glad that it was helpful! Debbie
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You're welcome, Leslie!
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Thanks, Niki! :-D
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You're very welcome, Susie!
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Hi, Trudie, Copic says that you can store them absolutely any way you wish. Because of the airtightness of the double-walled cap construction, you should be able to stand them straight up, lay them flat or at an angle--whatever works for you. I won't argue with personal observation, however: if you see a difference, store them in the way that you like best. Hope to see you in Irving/Dallas! Thanks, Debbie
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You're welcome, Robin. Yes, it's very simple!!
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Oh, yes, generally you can rescue a nib unless it has gotten into some contaminating substance, or unless its inner felt has come loose from its outer felt layer (usually either due to being pulled on/tugged at, or simply from wear and tear on a dryer nib.) It's certainly worth a try! Debbie
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Thanks, LauraJ!
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Hi, Jan, [ducking as I say this, because I know I'll probably hear about it!]: the BEST way to clean those nibs is to remove them from the marker with your Nib Tweezer, put them in Colorless Blender, and dissolve those dried ink particles out, then reinsert the nib. I confess that I do (usually when I'm in a hurry) just stick the marker nib (still in my marker) into the corner of a baggie with a few drops of Colorless Blender in it, squeeze for a few seconds (as in maybe three to five seconds), pull it out immediately and squeeze it to get the excess Colorless Blender out, recap, and go one my merry way with a happy marker tip. Is this the BEST or officially recommended way? No, because if you can lighten the ink in your marker by diluting it. But, mea culpa--I have done this many times. . . Hope that helps, Debbie
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Thanks, Kathy! Yes, I forgot about a cracked cap; honestly, I think I've only run into one of those twice in ten years, so it's definitely not on my short list of problems to check! ;-)
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Thank you Rukayla!
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You're welcome, Aileen--I love my Copics too!
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