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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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It's release night for the My Favorite Things Stamps X's and O's Card Kit! I kept tonight's card simple--mailable without extra postage even. ;-) I stamped random tic tac toe patterns on my Smooth White cardstock, remembering all of the random scraps of paper that I had filled up with tic tac toe boards during my first dozen years or so. . . Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the X's and O's Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! X's and O's Card Kit Steel Gray Cardstock Dye Ink Pads: Blue Raspberry, Wild Cherry, Cement Gray, Steel Grey Versamark Ink Detail White Embossing Powder Tombow Mono Glue 1/2" foam tape Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps X's and O's Card Kit, which will be available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. Today I have a shaker card to share using die cuts from the X's and O's Card kit, paired with paper from the Party Patterns Paper Pack, and some sweet little Pearlies and sequins as shaker material. I used a Stitched Dome Stax Die-namics--one of my newer favorites--for the pink mat layer. What makes you happier than a shaker card? I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the X's and O's Card Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas! Again, the X's and O's Card Kit will be available tonight (Tuesday night) at 9pm, Eastern time at My Favorite Things Stamps. Thank you for visiting today, X's and O's Card... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's August Kit time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and this month's kit is the X's and O's Card Kit. On today's card, I used hearts and O's rather than X's, but they are both fun! I knew that I wanted to use the "Love Always Wins" sentiment, and the hearts fit in a bit better for that. I used the square shaker and frame Die-namics included in the X's and O's Kit to contain my tic tac toe board, pairing it with Tiny Hearts Brights patterned paper. The X's and O's Card Kit will be available Tuesday night, August 22, at 9pm Eastern time. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a full list of people participating in the X's and O's Card Kit Countdown today! Thank you so much for visiting, X's and O's Card Kit [Square Shaker Frame and Die-namics, Square Shaker Pouches, Tic... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
Heidi, from this page: http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/FAQs_on_Copic_Markers.html FULL Weights of Copic Markers These are not officially Copic-derived numbers. I weighed five new markers, averaged the weights, and then extrapolated from there. Remember that when you refill a Copic Marker, both caps should be OFF to prevent an airlock. You should be able to weigh a marker with caps on to see if it needs Various Ink added. If it is within ONE gram of being full, I don't refill it. If it is more than a gram underweight, I add ink. Occasionally I run across a marker that is TWO grams under full weight. A marker that is two grams underweight with definitely feel scratchy on the paper and will seem dry to use. Copic SKETCH Marker: With BOTH caps on: 14.4 to 14.9 grams With NO caps on: 9.5 to 10 grams Copic CIAO Marker: With BOTH caps on: 10.5-10.7 grams With NO caps on: 7.6-7.8 grams Copic CLASSIC Marker (formerly called Copic Original): With BOTH caps on: 20.3 grams With NO caps on: 14.2 grams Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! It's Release Replay day for the My Favorite Things Stamps August Release, and I'd like to share another card using the Wild About You stamp set. I paired the alligator image with the "So many of my smiles" sentiment, thinking it would make a perfect boy card. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I use to color the Wild About You alligator image and airbrush the background--easy-peasy! I used my Copic Colorless Blender marker to push some of the green ink and get texture on the alligator's skin. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for complete list of the participants in the August Release Replay! Wild About You stamp set Wild About you Die-namics Make Your Mark Background Essential Speech Bubbles Die-namics Spring Scene Builder Die-namics (grass) Smooth White Cardstock Sour Apple Cardstock Green Room Prestige Cardstock Field Day Prestige Cardstock... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Hello, Miss Guillermina, I just emailed you the chart. So glad to hear that you enjoy coloring! Debbie
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Hi, Leslie! I ordered ten packs as well, and I wish I had ordered more, because I hear that they are in short supply already. :-/ Honestly, for detailed coloring, I feel that I can get a finer line by using good hand control with my Super Brush. But when I need a consistently sized line, that's when the fine tips shine for me! Hope you love yours, Debbie
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Pssst--the My Favorite Things August Stamp Release is now live! I've used a Pure Innocence stamp set tonight, A Phone Call Away. I love using a bit of paper-piecing with these little cuties! This one needed polka dotted leggings. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the A Phone Call Away image and airbrush the background. My first airbrushed background used YR31, but I decided that blue/B12 was more suitable since she's presumably blue that she misses hearing a certain someone's voice. For patterned papers, I used the Party Patterns Paper Pack. I used X-Press It Blending card for the focal image, then Sour Apple as a mat layer and Smooth White cardstock as a case base. That new Essential Speech Bubbles Die-namics is pretty fun too! So, are you ready to go see the August Release yet? All of the new August products... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps August Release Countdown--tomorrow's the big day! For today's card I used the Big Birthday Wishes and the In Bloom stamp sets in a different-for-me color combination. (I mean, who knew you could stamp without pink?) I was going for modern and understated. After finishing my card outside, I had an extra flower and some extra leaves sprigs, so I used them inside, along with another sentiment from Big Birthday Wishes. A few little dots of Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel Drops finished my Sno Cone flower centers and the space around the bouquet. I'm warming up to these little dots; they may become an obsession. . . ;-) There are several fabulous new products being showcased today; I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers playing along with today's new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps August Release Countdown! Today I'm sharing a card made with the new Wild About You stamp set. Aren't these little guys sweet? I couldn't decide which one to use. . . so I thought I'd use several of them together and create a scene. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the Wild About You images. You can't see much sky, but it is airbrushed with a Copic B12 and the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil. I layered die cut leaves to make a jungle, then layered my three animals. I wanted to use the new Essential Speech Bubble Die-namics for the sentiment, but I had room for only the short bubble. (That's why it says "Wild About You" instead of "I'm Wild About You.) While I linked all MFT products below, the NEW release product links... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the August My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! I'd like to share a card made with the Fab-BOO-lous Friends stamp set today; I loved coloring these little guys! I wanted to include several of them on my card, so I paired them with the Stitched Triple Pee-a-Boo Window and Edge Die-namics to let them peek out of the windows. I airbrushed a white panel behind the windows with Copic YR31 and V95--darkness on the perimeter with warm light in the center of each window. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Fab-BOO-lous Friends images. My oops moment: I realized after I finished and uploaded my card that I had flip-flopped the traditional colors for Frankenstein. Rather than being green, he's more like a mechanical grape with a strawberry hull for hair! Oh, well--he's cute enough to pull it off.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Countdown Day 5 for the My Favorite Things Stamps August Release, and I have a "Flamazing" stamp set to share with you! I chose cooler-toned pinks rather than the warmer salmon tones for my flamingos, though they are cute no matter what colors you stamp them with. (For the record, yes, I have seen live flamingos before, and, no, they weren't the same pinks that I used here. They were warmer coral-y pinks. Could we call it artistic license and not worry about it? These little guys don't mind. ;-) I airbrushed my sky (Copic B12) and my water (Copic BG72), then stamped the wave lines in the water with Blue Raspberry Premium Dye Ink. I used the Mini Cloud Edges stencil--It's my new background obsession! Also, I used my MISTI stamp positioned to get all of the pieces aligned on the flamingos. It came in super-handy for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! What do you think? Would you believe that two days ago, that pendant was a huge silver-y washer sitting in my husband's tool box? I've got the pictures to prove it, and it's EASY too! Here's my washer--just a basic, albeit huge, washer. I chose four Copic Various Inks that would coordinate. (I probably could have left the G40 out since very light values don't show up well.) Here I have randomly dripped Copic Various Inks (ink refills) onto my washer. See how it's beading up a bit? That's because I didn't clean the washer throughly first. I had to use my Copic Colorless Blender to thoroughly clean my washer before I could get the ink to stick well (paper towel with a bit of colorless blender, and some good rubbing). There--that's better! I dabbed at the ink with a scrunched up paper towel. Use whatever you have. .... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm participating in a new My Favorite Things Stamps challenge called Hits and Highlights, which features different products for each challenge. This week's challenge product is shaker pouches. MFT carries several shapes of shaker pouches, including circle, square, rectangle, heart, balloon, and star. I adore shaker pouches because they make it SO simple to make a shaker card, and who doesn't stand there smiling while you shake a shaker card? I can't even tell you the amount of foam tape that I've gone through over the years to make traditional shaker cards. So using a pouch, a die that fits the pouch, and a bit of glue really simplifies and speeds up the shaker card process! I thought I would use my balloon shaker pouch for a birthday card. I filled my shaker with 4mm sequins and a few die-cut pieces of confetti--easy! Next I airbrushed clouds with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I hope you had a fun and productive weekend! We took a little road trip to go pick up our son who was at an engineering camp last week at Michigan Tech. I think we probably missed him more than he missed us. . . but it was good practice for Fall 2018 when he is in college, I suppose. (He had a great time!) I have been playing with my Copic Various inks for the last few hours, but I need to let some epoxy dry before I can finish and photograph one of my projects to share. It occurred to me that I really haven't mentioned the new Copic Sketch Fine Nibs on my blog yet. So, the big question is--have you ordered fine nibs for your Copic Sketch markers yet? I think people have asked for a fine nib that would fit the Copic Sketch marker... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Thanks, Trudie! I hope you had a good weekend too. :-) Debbie
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Hi, Bunny, I can't even get to the grocery store and remember that I need eggs most days--much less remember which colors I mixed! ;-) Writing things down is the ONLY way to go! Debbie
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Hi, Patricia, Hmmm, that's interesting! While it would totally work to give you matching colors, you would have a water-based marker rather than an alcohol/solvent based marker; so you would have all of the blending issues that normally come with water based markers. Anyway, she is right that it should work. But it won't blend the same as Copic inks, even if it is in a Copic marker body. Debbie
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Hi, Creatingoncolors, Just so I don't mislead you, you really do NOT *have to* have custom colors in order to blend! Sometimes it helps when a gap is a larger one though. I don't mean to imply that blending can't be done successfully with a large gap though. Some people use only the lightest color in a color family and the darkest, and blend ALL of the values in between with palette blending. Hope that makes sense. Let me know if it doesn't! Debbie
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Hi, Deanna, I would be happy to share those! For my BG71, I used 3 parts BG70 to 2 parts BG72. (So you could use 3 cc's of BG70 to every 2cc's of BG72; or if you use a scale, 3 grams of BG70 to 2 grams of BG72. As long as you have more BG70 than BG 72, you should be fine. For my BG91, I used 7cc of BG90 to 5cc of BG93. For my RV61, I used 7cc of Colorless Blender to 5cc RV63. Hope that helps, Debbie
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Welcome! I have an unusual post to share today in that I'm not sharing a finished project. Today is all about the EMPTY Copic Markers and how I use them. Empty COPic markers come in the Classic Markers, Sketch Markers, and Wide Markers. Most often what I use empty Copic Markers for is to fill blending gaps. Up front I want to tell you that this is NOT a necessity. Is it possible to blend a BG 70 to a BG72 smoothly? Yes, it is; BUT you have to admit that the gap is easier and faster to bridge with that added "faux BG71!" Besides, it's a pretty color, and that's all the reason I need most of the time. ;-) Please Note: Any custom color in the pictures in this post is labeled with brackets around the color name. If you see a color name in brackets, that color... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The My Favorite Things Stamps All Smiles Card Kit is now available HERE. I wanted to try a white-on-white card today, popping in those bright colors from the All Smiles Card Kit. It's not easy to see in the pictures, by the background is heat embossed in detail white embossing powder with the Bundles of Blossoms Background stamp. I used glitter glue in the flower centers for a bit of sparkle, and lightly airbrushed a Copic BG01 sky on the cardstock behind the Stitched Rounded Rectangles Frames die cut. The sentiment banner is cut with stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the All Smiles Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Also, check out the MFT retirement sale, because at 50% off, you will find some smokin' deals! Some of my most used stamps and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps All Smiles Card Kit, which will be available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. I pulled out my Sweet Celebrations Paper Pack for color inspiration on this one. (Many of the colors in the Sweet Celebrations Paper Pack are also in the All Smiles Card Kit.) I used my MISTI to stamp the flowers first with dye ink and then with a glue pad so that I could add glitter to the flowers--I love the MISTI for that! I airbrushed the background using a Copic BG01 and Copic Airbrush System, leaving a Stitched Basic Edges die in place as a mask for the scalloped edge. The sentiment strip was die-cut with a die from Blueprints 27. Oh, I almost forgot something GOOD! You will love an innovative feature in the Plentiful Petals Die-namics that makes it easy to align... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's July Card Kit time at My Favorite Things Stamps--how about some summery florals this month with the new All Smiles Card Kit? For today's card, I chose colors that are in the kit for my first card, mostly because orange-y tones are a little out of my wheelhouse and I need to get out of my color rut once in a while! I also used only one non-kit die, Stitched Basic Edges 2, in addition to the floral and word dies that are part of the All Smiles Card Kit. I stamped my smile panel collage-style, starting first with the largest stamps and working smaller ones in to fill the panel before die cutting the word smile. Next I attached the smile layer directly to my Smooth White card base and then cut a Peach Bellini panel, split with a Stitched Basic Edges 2 die, to pop up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Jenn Dove, YOU inspire me!!
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