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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 headed home from South Carolina today; it was great to get to spend some time with my parents, but Benjamin and I will be glad to get back home as well. How about another clean and fairly simple Christmas card today? What I really need to do is to stop making cards and start addressing them. . . but making them is so much more fun than addressing them! For this card I used Papertrey Ink's Fair Isle Motifs and Love Lives Here: Holiday stamp sets, combined with Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles and Pierced Squares die sets. Ink colors are Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores for the focal square, and Ocean Tides for the sentiment. Cardstock is Aqua Mist and Stampers Select White. Again, I used cotton crochet thread to keep the thickness down for mailing purposes. I may make a few more of these cards; it was easy,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm still in South Carolina for a few more days, but I thought I'd sneak a few minutes to finish up a blog post. I'm sure I've mentioned in the past how much I dislike doing mass production. . . For me, making three cards mostly alike IS mass production! What can I say? Desperate times call for desperate measures--even mass production. ;-) I've been in a traditional colors and Kraft paper mood lately, this time using Papertrey Ink's Fair Isle Motifs (background), 2012 Holiday Tags (wreath), and that sweet little ornament from Love Lives Here: Holiday. Spellbinders dies that I used were Standard Circles Large , Back to Basics Tags, and Pierced Rectangles. Inks were PTI's Pinefeather and Pure Poppy. I used Natural Rustic Twine rather than ribbon, hoping to keep the thickness within regular postal thickness limits; and I used a glue pen and red glitter on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been playing with a new Papertrey Ink stamp set, Pompom Pals--this little guy is the cutest! Before I talk about him, I want to let you know about some upcoming Copic Marker classes in both Anaheim and Phoenix. For more information on Copic Certification Classes, check HERE, and on Copic Color and Ink Workshops, check HERE. By the way, you do NOT have to be attending CHA to attend the Anaheim classes. I will be attending CHA, and if you will be there, and I'd love to meet you. I'm teaching the Phoenix Standard and Intermediate Certification Classes on February 6-7 and hope to meet some of you there as well. On to my little Pompom Pals reindeer card: I love all three of the Pompom Pals images, but the reindeer is my favorite! (Maybe after I have a chance to play with the other two, that will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I had promised that I would post instructions for my second Spellbinders Tudor Rose Card Front card, so that's why you are seeing this card again today. It's really pretty simple! I used my Copic Airbrush System, but if you don't have a Copic Airbrush System, you could get a similar look using something like distress inks and a sponge. Pull out your creative license and use it! :-) I cut one layer of white cardstock with my Tudor Rose Card Front die template, and then I *embossed only* my second layer of white cardstock. The embossed layer is the one that I airbrushed; while embossing isn't essential to the finished look, the embossed lines helped me to see where the colors should go as I was airbrushing. For the background layer, I airbrushed loosely and heavily. Precision is not that important since you just need the darker colors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Well, Mandy, I felt better about buying a couple of stamp sets today after I purchased two cards for my MIL to send today, both of them pretty plain, and both $4. So if I make four cards with this set, I'm past my break even point, and I've made five! Got to love those justification skills, right? :-}
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2014 on From Our House to Yours at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Before I forget, I just wanted to let you know that even though the Spellbinders Winter 2015 CHA Sneak Peek Giveaway is closed on my blog, it's still open on several other blogs: Linda Duke (through midnight EST on Dec. 3) Jennifer Ingle (through midnight EST on Dec. 3) Julia Stainton (through midnight EST on Dec. 4) Latisha Yoast (through midnight EST on Dec. 4) and more blogs coming tonight. . . I hope you get a chance to go sign up at these blogs! I ordered three new Papertrey Ink stamp sets. . . Couldn't help myself. ;-) So far I've pulled out only one of the new ones, Fair Isle Motifs, and I've been mixing and matching it with older PTI stamp sets. Here I stamped a strip from Fair Isle Motifs in Pure Poppy ink on Rustic Cream cardstock. The little Merry Christmas banner is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Thinking Inking
These are both gorgeous, Kittie!
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This giveaway is now closed. Thanks! Welcome to the first day of the Spellbinders Winter Sneak Peek and Giveaway! Die template sets being shown over the next few days are slated for release at the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts Show in Anaheim, California. I am excited to get to introduce a great new Spellbinders die template set today, the Tudor Rose Card Front (SKU S4-502). Christina Griffiths will have a second new die template set to share with you today as well. Now here's the really exciting part! Spellbinders is giving away the die template sets that I have used here today, as well as the die template sets used on other sneak peek blogs this week and a fabulous grand prize! Be sure to look at the end of the post for more details and instructions on how to enter the giveaway. **Please Note: There is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about another easy-to-mail Christmas card today? If you attended a Copic Airbrushing Workshop in 2014, you might remember using the Embossed Resist technique. In a nutshell, you start with a piece of highly embossed cardstock, then gently tap the embossed parts with Versamark ink. Next you heat emboss with clear embossing powder. After the embossed cardstock cools, airbrush with a Copic marker and Copic Airbrush System. When you are happy with the colors that you have used, dampen a cloth or paper towel with Copic Colorless Blender and gently wipe away ink from the embossed spots. For this card, I used Spellbinders Rustic Wreath M-Bossabilities to emboss my cardstock, and then after heat embossing with clear embossing powder, I airbrushd with Copic G28 and YG25 before wiping the high spots with Colorless Blender. I used Christmas Red Stickles to create my holly berries. The tag is stamped with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Oh, my goodness--over the top is right! This would be a gift in itself--never mind putting a gift card inside. ;-) It should be framed and treasured!
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2014 on Over-The-Top Christmas Tree Scene at KittieKraft
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Welcome! I saw the prettiest little Christmas stamp set by Power Poppy the other day and ordered it right away--you know, because I have *so few stamps* here already. . . ;-) I knew that I had to color that little O Holy Night church scene with my Copic markers. I started with the sky, knowing that it would take me the longest since I wanted it to be a dark night sky. I took a couple of pictures as I colored--hope that helps! (Click on any picture for a larger image.) And here I have added the trees and church building. While I love dark evergreens, I thought that not much green would be showing if the trees were well-coated in snow. Having spent a while coloring, I wanted to avoid trimming that sky down very much; so I chose my Spellbinders A-2 Curved Matting Basics A (second from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been working on a big project for the last few days, but I finally finished it and had a chance to play with ink last night, getting one more Christmas card made for my stash. This one qualifies as "easy-to-make, easy-to-mail," I think! I started with glossy cardstock and a Teflon mat, as well as a few of my Copic Various inks/reinkers: BG05, B66, B69, B41, and some Copic colorless blender in a spritzer bottle. I randomly dripped ink on the teflon mat, then placed my glossy cardstock facedown in the ink, repositioning and twisting it until I was basically happy with the coverage. I let it dry for a couple of minutes, then lightly spritzed with colorless blender for added texture. (If you get too much colorless blender, it muddles rather than leaving distinct texture.) By this point, it reminded me of a starry sky; I chose... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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***I have updated my Copic Classes Page. It includes the classes that will be taught in Anaheim in conjunction with CHA, in case you will be there!*** __________________ Welcome! I'm home from my Minneapolis Copic Workshops; I really enjoyed both coloring with and airbrushing with the fun-loving Minneapolis group! Today I have a Christmas card to share. I purchased this litte digi-stamp, A Sign I Give, from A Day for Daisies just a couple of weeks ago, but when I tried to find a link for you today, it wasn't on the temporary site. I think they might be working on a new site, so here's hoping that it will be back up again when their new site is ready, if you are looking for it. I wanted to use an oval shape to contain the image, but I wanted the Baby's swaddling clothes to break the shape of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, I'm playing with pink again--you knew that I couldn't avoid it for long, didn't you? Today I've used a JustRite November release for my focal sentiment, Graceful Sentiments, pairing it with an older background stamp, Lace Oval Cling Background. I used several Spellbinders die templates on my card, including Grand Labels Four for the card front and card base**, Elegant Ovals for the lacey oval layer, Classic Ovals SM for the sentiment layer, and Rose Creations for the flowers. **I just realized when linking dies that Grand Labels Four is retired--oops! I would try to redo my card base, but I'm on the road today, headed to the Minneapolis area for a Copic Workshop. Sorry about that! If you'd like to see more projects made with Graceful Sentiments, be sure to visit the following blogs. Thanks for stopping by! JustRite Inspiration Debbie Olson (you are here) Michele Kovack... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a sympathy card to share--never one of the most fun to make, but hopefully an encouragement to my friend anyway. I used a JustRite Papercraft November Release stamp set, Caring Thoughts Clear Sentiments, paired with an older background stamp, Cascading Ferns Cling Background. I used Copic markers to color the lily of the valley images: G40, G43, and YG21 for the leaves, and C1, C2, and 0 for the blossoms. Around the blossoms I used B000. I used several Spellbinders dies on my card, 5 x 7 Mystical Embrace for the card base and sentiment panel, and 5 x 7 Matting Basics A for the green front panel. I used a Caring Thoughts SVG cut file to cut the lily of the valley sprigs--a first for me. (I've owned a Silhouette SD for four years and finally took it out of the box yesterday. I hope... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a clean and simple birthday card today? I was playing with my Copic Various Inks (reinkers) and glossy cardstock, along with an acrylic block and a spritzer filled with Copic colorless blender. That's where the pinkish-purple color swatch came from. Other that that, all I needed was a stamped sentiment, Papertrey Ink's Sentiment Signs Stamp Set, and a Versamark pad with white embossing powder. (I usually use an embossing buddy over the ink swatch before I sprinkle embossing powder on it, just in case the ink has a sticky patch.) Since I had used a simple sentiment, I wanted to use an equally simple die to cut and emboss my front panel; Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A to the rescue again! I think that's one of my most used dies for adding "a little something" or containing the edges inconspicuously. I used the same Copic Various inks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Colleen, it is adorable--great job!
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2014 on Blog Hop for By DieZyne Dies! at Distinctive Touches
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Welcome! Today I needed a thank you note suitable for a male; I have plenty of thank you notes in my stash, but not so many with no flowers or pink! Since it's still Fall (though most of our trees are now bare), I thought I would pull out my JustRite Oak Leaves cling stamp set. These are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used on my image. After I got the card put together, I added a few touches of R24--can't leave well-enough alone! To cut, emboss, and mask the focal image, I used a Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A die template. The tag is cut with a die from Back to Basics Tags, and the sentiment it from JRP's Doily One cling stamps. Patterned papers are from Bo Bunny's 12 x 12 Autumn Song collection. I thought I might get away with a bow if I used twine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm in Minneapolis, one short flight away from home. I thought I could put my layover to good use and finish a post! I'm definitely more of a "Merry Christmas" girl than a "Happy Holidays" girl, but you have to admit that this Spellbinders Happy Holidays is one gorgeous die-cut! I'll have to turn my studio inside and out see if I have one of these Holiday Sentiments sets--they're probably there, if I look hard enough. I mashed my sentiment into my Versamark pad and heat embossed with Filigree Silver Embossing powder twice. Do any of you have a favorite metallic embossing powder? I'm wondering which metallic ones look the most rich and metallic. The background is a shimmery white cardstock embossed with a Spellbinders Winter Wonders M-Bossabilities folder, with glitter added to some of the snowflakes and stars. It's a 5 x 7 embossing folder, so by cutting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm still in Eugene, Oregon for a couple of days, but I have a couple of cards left to share while I'm away. How about a simple snow scene today? I've had this lovely Spellbinders Picture Perfect die template for a couple of month snow, and I finally had a chance to pull it out and play. I had intended to go with just a shimmery white-on-white card, but then I had a brainstorm. . . What if I cut an extra solid panel and airbrushed some sky to go behind my village and tree? I used Copic B32 and B66 to create my sky. I didn't create a mask, but freehanded the airbrushing; that's why you see a colorless blender in the picture as well. I had one area that I needed to push some stray B32 out of. The airbrushing was a less-than-five-minute process--seriously simple. I used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm on the road again today, headed to Oregon for our yearly Copic team meeting. We get a lot of work done on next year's classes, and we have fun too--can't beat that! I have a couple of posts lined up for later this week that are really simple cards, but I wanted to make sure that I had at least one Copic colored post up. I was browsing the A Day for Daisies site yesterday and found this sweet little gift-wrapped doll image A Doll for Me. As many little girls as I have in my life, I'm sure one of them will like this image! I colored her in the Copic markers shown above. (You can click to see a larger image if you'd like.) Papers are from a Carta Bella Merry and Bright 6 x 6 pad. Usually I find paper first, then coordinate my Copics... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm playing catch-up from my weekend away, but I had a little time yesterday to get a card made for my dear friend who is fighting cancer. I chose a sentiment from JustRite's Sunshine Vintage Labels Eight and Nine clear stamp set. You can't beat a Winnie the Pooh quotation to bring a smile! I used a Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die template to cut my card base and sentiment panel, as well as a 5 x 7 Matting Basics B for the patterned panel, and a 5 x 7 Matting Basics A for the aqua mat panel behind the patterned panel. Patterned paper is from a Melissa Frances 6 x 6 paper pad, and seam binding is dyed to coordinate with a Copic R83 reinker and a few drops of colorless blender. I airbrushed the background of the sentiment panel with the Mystical Embrace die left in place, using... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Thinking Inking
So beautiful, Kittie!
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Cindy, thank you for figuring that out! I'll have to put that one on my wish list and order it next time I order. :-}
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