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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, Deb! My problem was that the sentiment isn't perceived as words by the computer program when is is a .psd or .jpg document. I know how to change the color of regular fonts, but not a font that is saved as art. That's why I resorted to my little fill tool. Thank you anyway though! I know that there is an easier way--it's just not in my bag of tricks yet. 😉
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2015 on Garden Fireworks at Thinking Inking
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Posting two days in a row--it's a record! :-) I have another guest post up today <<HERE>> on the MFT Stamps blog. They have graciously allowed me to post some pictures here as well, but if you'd like instructions and supply lists, all of those are on the MFT blog. Of course I had to play with The Whole Herd. (I mean, when you can stamp cute animals AND use pink, what's not to like?) Here's the inside of my card--love that cow! True confessions: I’m still trying to decide whom to give this card to—I spent long enough on it that I have to save it for someone who’ll appreciate it! (Do you give your cards away with that criterion too?) Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the image. Here I've used the Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics for simple, fun-to-make butterfly cards.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Yes, I know it's been several days since I posted. . . We've had some family responsibilities that have been taking extra time for the past few weeks, but I have had evening time here and there to work on a few cards for a guest post on the MFT Stamps blog today and tomorrow. Today I have two cards using MFT's Watercolor Flowers stamp set, and tomorrow I have three more cards to share. using different stamp sets. Thanks to Kim and My Favorite Things for the lovely stamps and dies! Of course you're not surprised to see pink flowers here, right? :-) All details (stamps, dies, ink, cardstock, etc.--are on the MFT Blog HERE. Yep, I do love pink! I tried to avoid pink on this one--honestly, I did! In fact, two of the three colors in those flowers are reds--not pink, But one pink sneaked in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I'm excited to be able to share a new Power Poppy digital image today, Garden Fireworks. The newest addition to Power Poppy's Instant Garden is an explosion of color that is just in time for the Fourth of July--color this up with a patriotic spin or let the rainbow of colors these flowers come in serve as your inspiration! Allium take center stage with their showy blossoms. When paired with Poppies and Catnip, you have a glimpse of summer in full bloom. This beauty is paired with an elegantly scripted Bible verse that's perfect for cards of encouragement. The good news? Since these are digital images, both are ready to download, print, color and create with immediately! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color my Garden Fireworks image. I also used a couple of Spica Glitter pens (Melon and clear) to add shimmer here and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Can you handle another MFT You Make My Tail Wag card? I do love those dogs! I used the dog bed and the dog head stamp on this one, and then I lightly pencilled in a wood floor. When I was happy with my floor sketch, I used a Copic 0.3 Black Multiliner to draw my floor lines in before I colored them with the markers shown below. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color little Fido. For the background I stamped the On the Diagonal Background in Paver Red ink on Red Hot cardstock. I used the Hybrid Red Hot Ink to stamp the sentiment on 3/4" twill tape. I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to create my pierced edge on the red background, and I used a Standard Circles SM die template to create the window for my focal image.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
So sorry about the Petal Roller Tool link--MFT did have them earlier, I promise! That's where I ordered mine. I checked Ellen Hutson and didn't see them there. I DID find one on Amazon in case you want to see what it looks like--basically it resembles and embossing stylus with a slit on the end rather than a ball, so that you can grasp the end of the petal and start twisting that middle tightly. Works like a charm. Here it is on Amazon:
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2015 on June Weddings! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! June always seems to be a big wedding month. This past weekend I needed two wedding cards--one for a lovely wedding that we attended here in Upper Michigan, and one for a wedding that I wish I could have attended in South Carolina. I felt like rolling a few roses, as you can tell! The front sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Inside and Out: Love stamp set. For the roses, I used Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die templates to cut 80 lb. white cardstock, which I then rolled, using a handy-dandy little Petal Roller tool, before airbrushing the roses with my Copic Airbrush System and Copic RV63 and RV66 (centers). Leaves are cut and embossed (also white cardstock) with a Foliage die template, then airbrushed with Copic G43 and G24. Other dies that I used were Oval Bliss, Pierced Ovals, and Grand Labels Four and Elegant Labels Four (both retired--I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Kay Miller, YOU are the one who made me order this set! 😀
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2015 on Hope Today Tickles You Pink! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've got a fun little encouragement card to share today. After seeing some really pretty cards made with MFT's Flamingos Die-namics, I ordered that die set, along with the sentiment set Tickled Pink. I cut both the flamingos and the background out of MFT's Insulation Pink cardstock, and then I used several Copic markers to shade the flamingoes: R00, R20, R21, and R22 for their bodies; W5 for their legs, W9 for the dark tip of their beaks and eyes; B02, B01, and B00 for water; and R27, R24, R22, and YR23 for the setting sun. I used a Cross-Stitch Circle Die-namic to cut my sun shape, and Making Waves Die-namics to cut the water. To cut the card front, I used a stitched rectangle from the Blueprints 15 Die-namic set. I added a touch of glitter to the flamingo wings, because pink is always happier with glitter. :-)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I hope you've had a great weekend. I'm counting down the days until my son is finished with school (nine days now) so that we can all spend time taking family bike rides and long walks. As far as I know, we are sticking close to home this Summer, and I'm planning to make every day count! One need that early Summer always brings is the need for graduation cards. I know that this card doesn't look like a typical graduation card, but it was for a sweet Mom of two teens who just finished her college degree, and I thought she'd like flowers better than something formal and black and gray. I used a sentiment from JustRite's Sentimental Damask Vintage Labels Eight clear stamp set and hand-cut my banner so that it would be the right length for the sentiment. Most of my time was spent on those... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Thank you, Cindy and Kathy! Cindy, I used a white pigment ink pad to wipe lightly across the background after I embossed it. I wanted to make those flowers stand out more to tie in with her dress. Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented May 30, 2015 on Tropical Mae Friends Card at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a cute little friendship card today? Meet Tropical Mae by Some Odd Girl stamps: I was looking for an image that I could draw a clothing pattern on--yes, more Copic Workshop portfolio coloring--and Mae filled the bill. (Her dress is plain on the digi-stamp; I added the hibiscus blossoms with a Copic 0.3 black Multiliner, then colored them.) These are the Copic markers that I used to color Tropical Mae. She's a cutie! I used a Spellbinders Standard Circles Small die template to create my sentiment tag, and then a Reverence Embossing Folder for the background. (Unfortunately, I just saw that this embossing folder is a retired one--sorry!) Cardstock that I used was X-Press It for my image panel, PTI Blueberry Sky for the mat layer, and PTI Hibiscus Burst for the background layer. _____________ I'm finished teaching Copic classes until this Fall, but several of the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Thinking Inking
I've needed two sympathy cards in the last week--not the most enjoyable cards to make, granted, but at least people know that you are thinking of them and that you care. This one's pretty simple; I used a JustRite Sentimental Damask Vintage Labels Eight clear stamp set, stamped with both a light gray and a darker gray ink, and cut out with a Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance die template. In addition to the Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance die, I also used a 5 x 7 Matting Basics B die template to cut and emboss my pale gray cardstock. I dyed white seam binding with Copic T2 Various Inks/reinker. Quick Tip: when I want a dyed color to look solid, I keep squeezing/scrunching the ribbon until it dries completely. When I want some variegation, I pull my wet ribbon out of my plastic bag and leave it sitting on top to... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! We've recently returned from spending several days with my family in South Carolina. I've got some card-making to catch up on! A couple of weeks ago I purchased the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set from MFT Stamps; I knew that I'd get several uses from it, and it was so stinkin' cute to boot! I wanted to use this an an encouragement card, and since this dog had such a dolorous look on his face, I thought he would make the perfect focal image. I fussy-cut around him because I didn't order the coordinating dies at the same time, but they DO have them--just letting you know about that. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the images. For the background, I used MFT's Die-namics Pegboard Cover-Up. I used a banner from Die-namics Blueprints 20 for the sentiment. Well, that's pretty much... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Lissa, I'm glad that that little trick worked well for you--it usually solves my sticky problems!
Toggle Commented May 26, 2015 on Vintage Violet Birthday Card at Thinking Inking
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Cindy, I love, LOVE your rich, deep colors--so beautiful!
Welcome! How about a sweet little Saturated Canary card today? I had colored this Vintage Violet digital image as an extra sample for one of my Copic Workshop portfolios, and I thought that she needed to be made into a card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color Violet. Here's a close-up of little Vintage Violet. I love her! I used a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A to cut and emboss my focal image, Pierced Rectangles to add the pierced edge to the patterned card front, and a partial Fleur De Elegance cut for the little decorative shape on the lower portion of the card. Patterned papers are from Papertrey Ink's Lavender Moon Pattern Pack. I dyed white seam binding with my Copic V12 and R81 reinkers to coordinate with Violet, and that button is a PTI Plum Pudding Vintage Button. Well, that's it... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I'm spending time with family right now, so this will be a quick post; but I had an anniversary card to share using Papertrey Ink's Half & Half stamp set, a couple of my Spellbinders dies, and some pretty patterned paper from an older Authentique Renew 6 x 6 paper pad. I stamped the Half & Half sentiment in PTI Ocean Tides ink on Stampers Select White cardstock, then cut and embossed the sentiment panel with a Spellbinders Baby Buntings die template. I wanted a little lacy edge and couldn't find just the right die in my edgers collection, so I used just the edge of my 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops die. I did a tiny bit of hand-trimming on both ends to make the lace edge end just past the striped panel, then stitched a decorative edge with my sewing machine. Buttons are PTI Aqua Mist and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Thank you, Tory! No, I'm sorry, but I don't have a video. Making videos is on my "need to get around to" list. . .
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on Like Gnome One Else at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! You know how much I love flowers, and flowers that can be pink? That's icing on the cake! Today I have a card to share using Power Poppy's beautiful May digital stamp release, Bees in Foxglove. As you can see if you compare it to the full image below, I cropped the Foxglove a bit to fit on my card front, but still keep it large enough to be able to color it easily. Here is the full image, with three stems of foxglove and three chubby bumblebees--aren't they sweet? You can find all of the Power Poppy digital stamp HERE. Here is my Copic Color Map for you; as always, just click on it for a larger version. To enhance my Bees in Foxglove image, I used a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A die template. That little decorative piece at the bottom is cut with Fleur... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Today I have another gnome card to share, made with MFT's You Gnome Me stamp set. I love this set! That boot was just begging to be colored. . . Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the boot image. In addition to the You Gnome Me stamp set, I also used a BG Grid Background stamp. To cut and emboss my focal image, I used a Spellbinders Standard Circles SM die template, as well as an A-2 Matting Basics A to cut and emboss my red background layer. I cut out a strip for my sentiment to show through from the background rather than putting the sentiment on a banner--mostly because I didn't have a banner die that was quite the right size. ;-) Well, that's it for today's card! Thanks so much for visiting, Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Good morning! Today I have a sweet little stamp set--or two--to share with you, JustRite's Choose Joy and the A-2 Garden View Cling Background. (I used a sentiment from Choose Joy on yesterday's Lilacs card as well.) Shown above is Choose Joy, and the A-2 Garden View Cling Background is linked here. I had to do a little finagling to make an A-2 background stamp fill a 5-1/4" square card background! First I stamped the background image in the center of my 5-1/4" square piece of cardstock. Next I lightly marked pencil lines on the edges of the cardstock where the stamped images stopped; I then re-inked the stamp (which was lying face up), and carefully laid my cardstock on the stamp using those pencilled lines for placement so that I could stamp the parts that I hadn't been able to stamp originally. Those little flowers are die-cut with one... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Today I have a floral card to share--no coloring involved! (Okay, so I did use my markers to airbrush just a hint of sky, but everything else is just stamped.) I used two of JustRite's May Release stamp sets, Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet clear stamps and a sentiment from a set I'll be using in tomorrow's post, Choose Joy clear stamps. Shown above is the Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet clear stamps. It has a LOT of potential for variety. I'm not the best multi-step stamp aligner, but I didn't have a problem with this one (and I didn't even have to pull of my MISTI tool! :-}) I'll include my supply list below. By the way, you can download a PDF of Amy's Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet Stamping Tip Sheet here. Supply List Stamps: Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet clear stamps and Choose Joy clear stamps (JustRite PaperCraft) Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Royal Velvet... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! So, I've needed TWO guy cards in the last week--it's a record! I don't know about you, but I generally don't have an abundance of guy cards in my stash. It seems like 90% of my stash has flowers, cute images, or is pink. So any time I need a guy-appropriate card, I need to make one. For this one, I used a Papertrey Ink stamp set, Through the Trees, for both the focal image and sentiment. I stamped the trees image in dark gray ink, then used four Post-It notes to mask the focal image square so that I could airbrush a sky behind the trees. To do that, I used my Copic Airbrush System and Copic Sketch markers B63, B02, YR15 (from the top down). I used two of my Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die templates to set off my focal image--love all of the Pierced dies! I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Did you see this You Gnome Me stamp set from MFT Stamps? Oh, my--it was so cute that I *needed* to order it! I wanted to color him. I kept the background simple with some tone on tone stamping using the On the Diagonal background stamp. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the gnome image. Granted, my shovel looks like it's never actually been used before. . . but I've been having fun with creating shiny surfaces with my Copics! By the way, I forgot to list on my Copic Color Map that I used some BG000 and Colorless Blender to slightly tint the sky around my gnome. I used three Spellbinders die sets: Pierced Rectangles for the red background layer, A-2 Matting Basics A to cut and emboss the gnome image, and Nested Lacey Pennants for the sentiment piece. I have another card... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Thinking Inking