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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 to the first day of the Spellbinders Summer 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 Atlanta, Georgia. I am excited to get to introduce a couple of great new Spellbinders die template sets today, the Chevron Border (SKU S4-455) and the Conversation Bubble 3 (SKU S2-137). Not only do I get to show them to you, but (here's the really exciting part) Spellbinders is also giving away the two new die template sets that I have used here today, as well as the new 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 a clickable... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Beautiful, Leese!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Sweet Thank You! at Poppy Paperie
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Love these, Heather--fabulous tutorial!
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Welcome! I'm playing along in Reverse Confetti's Quirky Cuties Blog Hop today. You may have arrived here from Tami McBeain's blog, and after this, I hope you're heading to Amber Hight's blog. The stamp set that I used was Quirky Cuties Rocky Raccoon--isn't he a handsome dude? I had fun coloring him! These are the Copic markers that I used on the Rocky Raccoon image. I don't think I've ever colored a raccoon before, so I looked up Google images for raccoon, and then I started experimenting with texture. Here's my inside sentiment. I used the same partial circle layout that I had used on the card front to tie the inside and outside together. I used several of my Spellbinders die template sets: Standard Circles Large, A-2 Matting Basics A (outside) and B (inside), and A-2 Valiant Honor (for the bandana edge). I used a Copic Y32 and C2... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've got a quick post for you this morning, a simple birthday card today using Papertrey Ink's Wet Paint III stamp set, along with my Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A die template set. I had another watercolor background in my "unfinished/to be used" basket (Ranger distress inks on an acrylic block, misted with water and stamped on PTI Rustic White cardstock), and I had a great little freestyle cursive stamp for a sentiment. It seemed like a perfect match! For more on the acrylic block watercoloring, see Laura Bassen's post here: Laura Bassen's acrylic block technique. That's all for today--thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
Hi, Linda, Yes, that's exactly what I did! Laura Bassen uses this technique, and I love it, so I tried it with both watercolors and with my Copic reinkers. Here is a link to Laura's post: http://laurafadora.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/paper-smoochesjune-blog-hop/#comment-31960 Hope that helps, Debbie
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on More Beautiful Each Day at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a sweet little MFT Birdie Brown card to share today using the Every Day is a Picnic stamp set--isn't she a cutie? These are the Copic markers that I used to color the image. Yes, THAT many. I changed my mind a few times, then at the last minute I added the sun image for a balanced layout. When I was ready to take a picture, it occurred to me that I had to change the shading and shadows because of adding the sun. So, I colored for quite a while on this image! I used a "Dukes Mixture" of dies here--is that only a Southern term? I started with an MFT Every Day Is a Picnic Die-namics for the picnic basket, sun, and girl. Next I used a Blueprints Number 15 Die-namics for the pink patterned background. The little blue side strip was cut with a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a watercolored sunflower today? I've certainly gotten some mileage out of my Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks stamp set, so I think I can justify ordering the second set soon. :-) After stamping my sunflower image with Versamark ink, heat-embossing it with detail white embossing powder, and watercoloring it, I used a Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A die template to cut out my image and both of its mat layers; then I distressed all edges with Chamomile Distress ink. For the background, I used a Spellbinders Dainty Dots M-Bossabilities folder, again inking with Chamomile Distress ink before using my scissors edge to scrape and further distress the edges. A length of rustic twine tied around the image finishes it--bright and easy! That's it for today. Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I was asked for some simple anniversary cards the other day, and I had none on hand. I did have some watercolored panels though, and paired with my Papertrey Ink Inside and Out: Love stamp set and some Spellbinders dies, the random watercolored backgrounds turned into simple and easy-to-mail anniversary cards. For the watercolor backgrounds, I used Ranger Distress inks on Stamper's Select White cardstock. Spellbinders dies that I used were A-2 Matting Basics A, Diamond Effects, and A-2 Valiant Honor. I wasn't sure about putting a ribbon on that pink card, but my fourteen year old insisted that it was essential. . . ;-) Have a great day, Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a fun little birthday card to share with you today. I'm using the new Spellbinders Celebra'tions line created by the fabulously talented Richard Garay. This card is made with the Your Day stamp set. While I hand-cut the elephant and gifts image, I used the Pierced Rectangles dies to cut, emboss, and mask so that I could airbrush a sky with my Copic BG02 and Copic Airbrush System. Here are the Copic markers that I used on the elephant image. I picked my Copics to coordinate with the colors in the Celebra'tions Prints patterned paper pack. I used the second line of the sentiment on the inside of the card, along with a strip of patterned paper to tie the inside and outside together. The green twine is Celebra'tions Linen Thread. That's it--simple and fun! Thanks for visiting today, Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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I've been having fun with my Papertrey Ink Text Block: Birthday die--in fact, you may get tired of it before I'm finished playing with it! I needed a bright, cheery birthday card and had some randomly watercolored scraps to use up. After die-cutting the watercolored birthday panel, I cut another plain sheet of cardstock to layer with the top panel for extra thickness. Then I thought I'd run it through my Xyron machine instead of using a glue pen to add glitter--you know, to save time. . . Let's just say that it may well have been the fact that my permanent adhesive roll is several years old, but I ended up with a LOT of extra adhesive between all of the letters. And I had rubbed it well against the transfer sheet to try to avoid that. (Again, probably just old adhesive.) It took me well over an hour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, I know that it's still July. . . but we are supposed to have a high temperature of 55 here tomorrow--does that help justify my posting a Christmas card? :-) Today I want to share a card using JustRite's Christmas Wreath Cling Stamps and Ribbons of Holly Cling Background, both shown below. These are the Copic Markers that I used to color the wreath Christmas Wreath image. I used two Spellbinders dies on my card front, a 5 x 7 Matting Basics B and a Standard Circles Large. My finished card size is 5" x 7". How about some more Christmas projects--think of it as brainstorming ahead of time! Thanks for visiting, Debbie JustRite Inspiration Becca Feeken Debbie Olson (here) Michele Kovack Sheri Holt Darsie Bruno Eva Dobilas Angela Barkhouse Kazan Clark Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Ack--guessing? Okay. . . Well, I'm guessing YG61, YG63, YG67 for the leaves, and maybe YR31, YR24, and Y26 for the sunflowers. I'm guessing the E30's, like E30, E33 and E37 for the sunflower centers. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on Filled with Sunshine at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have another late Summer or early Fall card to share with you today, this one using JustRite's Stitched Sunflowers Vintage Labels Eight clear stamps and Basket Weave cling background stamp. For that little multicolored burlap strip, I pulled out one of my old Kaleidecolor (multicolored) ink pads and inked the Burlap Cling Background Stamp for a swath of autumn color. I colored the sunflower and label images, as well as the shadows on the basket-weave background with my Copic markers, but I accidentally put away my markers before I took a picture of the ones that I used--that will teach me to put things away. . . So sorry! Sunflowers are such a happy flower! While I cut mine out by hand, there is a Sunflower SVG file available to do the fussy-cutting for you if you have an electronic cutting tool. To cut and emboss the little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Cool evenings, changing leaves, a nip of frost in the air. . . Wait, not yet! We still haven't had our requisite two weeks of summer in the U.P. of Michigan yet! Only the zucchini squash has started producing in my garden, and I'm making Fall cards already. Aren't these stitched pumpkins sweet? They are from JustRite's Fall Appliqué clear stamps set, and the background is the Stitched Vines Cling Background Stamp. I chose the large and medium pumpkins for my card front. Since I knew that I intended to stamp a second medium pumpkin and pop it up with foam tape, I didn't bother with any masking, though I did stamp both pumpkins on the base layer for placement purposes. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the pumpkins. For the background, I colored the leaves with a Copic YG03 for a subtle tone-on-tone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a masculine birthday card to share--we can't forget about those guys, can we? Featured JustRite stamp sets, Just Typed and Typewriter Sentiments clear stamp sets, are both shown below. While I love the antique typewriter image in the JustRite stamp set below, I also had a Typewriter die in my stash that I thought I would use with the Just Typed and Typewriter Sentiments clear stamp sets. For the inside of the card I used the Typewriter Sentiments clear stamps, along with a Spellbinders A-2 Bracket Borders One die template. (I used the negative shape of the piece that I had cut for the card front.) For the card front, in addition to the Typewriter die/Typewriter die cut, I used a Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A die template die cut for the piece of "paper" in the typewriter. Patterned papers are from the Carta Bella Well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a lovely floral stamp set to share with you, though you certainly wouldn't guess it from my card, would you? I'm usually all about coloring the flowers, but I've been having fun with those random backgrounds this past week, and I surprised myself when I finished this card and then realized that it didn't have a flower on it! You can see those flowers below, by the way, where the JustRite Birthday Floral Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps is shown. Aren't these pretty? Yes, I am going to be coloring one of them soon, I'm sure. . . To get my watercolor rectangle, I used Laura Bassen's acrylic block technique. The ink colors that I tapped on my acrylic block before spritzing it with water and stamping my cardstock were Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather, and Mowed Lawn Ranger Distress Inks. After my ink dried,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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And the winner of the July 2 Copic seven-piece Doodle kit and t-shirt giveaway on my blog is. . . #55, Kelly Flaherty! Kelly, I have sent an email to you. Thank you ALL for playing along! Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Thinking Inking
This is darling, Leese--love it!
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This giveaway has now ended; the winner will be posted shortly. Thank you! ______________________ The Copic Papercrafting Instructor and Design Teams would like to give a colorful WELCOME to the newest instructor joining us--the fabulous and sweet Michelle Houghton! Michelle has done a number of special events and demos for Copic over the years, and we are all thrilled to finally have her on our teaching team. Michelle has a B.S. in Fine Arts and an M.A. in Teaching with years of experience teaching high school art, live workshops, and online crafting classes. She likes to work with a variety of media and styles, often experimenting with them and looking for unique and interesting ways to use them. We look forward to working with her and can’t wait to see her in action! Of course we can’t have a celebration without gifts, so we are giving away some great Copic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Thanks, Mendi! Susie, I'm glad that you're coming to the Madison classes!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Loads of Fun! at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Bernie, I spent almost 1-1/2 hours coloring this card, including the inside image. I was listening to TV in the background and occasionally checking email, so that added some time. But the images are small and not complex. *I am not fast--I'll be the first to admit that!* But I'm not in a race anyway--just enjoying myself and making others smile as well, I hope. By the time I put the card together, photograph it, edit photos, make my COPIC Color Maps picture, and write and link a post, I easily have 3-4 hours involved in most posts The paper that I use most often is X-Press It Blending card. Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Loads of Fun! at Thinking Inking
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Tonight I have a fun little birthday card to share, made with the Wash, Dry, Repeat stamp set from Taylored Expressions. There are some super-cute images in this set! These are the Copic markers that I used on the focal images. I stamped the lady first, then masked her with Post It Tape while I stamped the washing machine. I paper-pieced only the apron, mostly to tie it in with the background papers that I had chose from an Echo Park Summer Bliss 6 x 6 paper pad. Since I had put a birthday greeting on the outside, I thought I would leave room to write on the inside; I wanted to use that laundry basket image though--same Copic colors as I used on the card front. To cut and emboss the focal image and its mat layer, I used a Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A die template. I dyed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's my second day of guest-posting for My Favorite Things, and today I chose one of the sweet new Birdie Brown stamp sets, Let's Hang Out, for my card. Isn't she a cutie? I have a soft spot for tomboys! In addition to the Let's Hang Out Die-Namics that I used to cut my focal image, I also used the largest die from Die-Namics Blueprints 15--love that stitched edge look. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Let's Hang Out focal image. I started by coloring the denim overalls, knowing that I wanted to add texture to them. To add the denim texture, I squeezed some Copic Colorless Blender onto a scrap of denim, then placed the dampened denim on top of the already-colored overalls and tapped lightly with my fingers to ensure that the denim came into good contact with the image. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Thinking Inking