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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, and Happy [almost] Labor Day! Today I have a birthday card to share. I was told to check out the digital images at the A Day for Daisies site--oh, my! There were some really fun images there, so I left with a couple in my shopping cart. This one is called Curvy Balloons. I printed it out on X-Press It Blending card with my inkjet. (Not all inkjets inks are Copic-compatible, but mine works pretty well, so far. Printed ink is tested the same way that stamped ink is tested, in case you're wondering.) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the image. Spellbinders dies that I used were some of my standbys, A-2 Matting Basics A for the Berry Sorbet background, and 5 x 7 Matting Basics A to die-cut and emboss the focal image. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Banner Sentiments stamp... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
Great post, Heidi! These are some techniques that I love to play with as well. :-)
Ann, I used X-Press It Blending cardstock , stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the wreath image, then colored with Copic markers. I almost always use X-Press It blending card for my Copic coloring. The other cardstock odors are Papertrey Ink's Kraft and Pinefeather on a Vintage Cream base. Even though the X-Press It CS that I used for the focal image is white, I used PTI's Chamomile Distress cube to age the edges so that I could use a light cream base with it. I hope that this helps, Debbie
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Christmas Wreath at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been a little busy here lately with life, but finally had a chance to get downstairs to work last night. How about a floral card today? I stamped and colored this chrysanthemum from my Papertrey Ink Year of Flowers: Mums stamp set. The sentiment is from the Keep It Simple Mini Thinking of You stamp set. I had put my card together already before I remembered that I usually take a picture of the image for a Copic Color Map--oops. . . The Copic Sketch markers that I used on the blossom were: R20, R22, and R24, with some BV00, BV01, and BV04 for cast shadows. For the leaves, I used YG61, YG63, and YG67, along with BV02 and BV04 for cast shadows. I used a Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die template to cut my oval, then left it in place while I airbrushed with a Copic B02 marker... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have different kind of card project to share with you today. A couple of weeks ago, a sweet friend from childhood mentioned that she would like to have some notecards featuring a photo taken by my sister of my little dreamer-dancer niece. I've made a set of eight, but I thought that five would probably be enough to give you the idea. ;-) After editing the photo and adding a watercolor filter to it, I printed off photos with my Canon Selphy printer, two to a 4" x 6" print. I had some beautiful Spellbinders Celebra'tions embossing folders that I thought I would use for backgrounds, not wanting anything really busy that would detract from the photo. The card standing up uses the Doily Art folder. Other folders that I used were the Fabric Weave folder (looks like crumpled paper--really cool!); the Framed Canvas folder (dainty and sweet);... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Is the end of Summer crazy for you too? Besides the normal things, I've been on a cleaning and organizing streak. My studio was getting too disorganized to work in. Clutter saps my creativity--makes me want to just go back upstairs and read a book. But after several days of sorting, culling, labeling, and and reworking my storage, I'm starting to see the light. . . and the countertops. Yay! Tonight I wanted to share a birthday card that I made with the To You stamp set by Fun Stampers Journey. (Sorry, but I can't direct link to FSJ stamp sets yet; the set has three great, whimsical birthday cake images, but if you want to see it, you'll have to search the online catalog.) These are the Copic markers that I used to color the image. (As always, feel free to pin the image if it's helpful.) I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Good question, Sam! It says, "Sometimes they go by before you get to make a wish. Sorry I missed your birthday." HTH. :-) Thank you, Marilyn and Joan!
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Welcome! Today I needed a belated birthday card for a sweet friend whom I keep missing lately (hence the need for a belated card). When I saw this Shooting Stars stamp set by Taylored Expressions, I knew that it would be perfect for my friend. These are the Copic markers that I used on the image. The sky and grass are airbrushed with my Copic Airbrush System. (Click to see a larger image.) To frame the image, I used a Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large die template and an A-2 Matting Basics B. I stamped the sheep and star images twice, then cut out the star and sheep's body to mount with foam tape--much simpler than masking. It still needed something, so I used my Copic Colorless Blender to push stars into the night sky. I'll miss my birthday friend again tomorrow--guess this will have to go to her husband to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm popping in with a bright, youthful birthday card this afternoon--perfect for a teen or anyone else who's young at heart. I started with some glossy cardstock and four Copic Various Inks (reinkers): YG03, YG17, BG02, and BG24. I dripped a drop of ink onto the glossy cardstock and then sprayed it immediately with my air compressor grip (with no marker in it). You can do the same thing with a small cocktail-sized straw, but your splats might have fewer little radiating lines. Just keep adding and blowing ink drops around until you are satisfied--easy! I used my Papertrey Ink Text Block: Birthday die to cut the front sentiment panel, three die-cuts glued together for depth. I've gotten my money's worth out of this die, for sure! Matting cardstock is PTI Tropical Teal, and card base is Stampers Select White. That's it for today--thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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I just got back from a Chicago Copic Color and Ink Workshop weekend late last night; it was great to see my Chicago Copic friends again! I'm headed to Milwaukee on August 23 and hope to see more of you there. Today's card is made with a beautiful Taylored Expressions stamp set, Teacup Bouquet. I love this image; it makes me think of my great Grandma, for some reason, and I wanted this little stamp set from the first time I saw it. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used. (Click on any image for a larger version, as always.) I decided to keep the card very simple, not wanting to have any busy patterned papers to compete with my simply colored image; so I looked through my Spellbinders dies until I ran across an old favorite, Labels One, which I paired with some dies that I don't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have another, you guessed it, PINK card! Seriously, it wasn't planned. . . On today's card I used JustRite's Sympathy Vintage Labels Eight and Nine clear stamps, though I'm using it for an encouragement/recuperation card here. As you can see from the sentiments above, this set covers more bases than a sympathy set normally does. It's about choices. . . ;-) Since the floral wreath is solid rather than outlined, I thought that the simplest way to color the wreath would be to use my Tim Holtz Distress markers, coloring directly to the stamp--Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Forest Moss for the wreath, and Scattered Straw for watercoloring around the wreath. For that top pink layer, I used my Spellbinders 5 x 7 Heirloom Legacy die template; and for its base layer, I used a 5 x 7 Matting Basics A die template. That small sentiment panel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! So, pink again. . . but this time I was responding to a Fun Stampers Journey pink and black challenge that was posted last week on Facebook. (Thanks, Rose Curtis, for another excuse reason to use pink!) Anyway, when I looked through the FSJ stamp sets that I have, I decided that the Beauty Wings set would probably work best with pink. I had a Damask Print stamp that seemed like a good possibility for a background as well. My pink background cardstock is FSJ Watermelon Fusion, but I didn't have its coordinating ink. Trial and error stamping showed me that my PTI Hibiscus Burst was close enough to work. so I inked up my stamp, spritzed it with water, and stamped on white cardstock. It was one of those happy accidents that I liked the first attempt. ;-) I used three Spellbinders dies here: two from A-2 Matting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a wedding card to share. It was one of those that I had a hard time getting a good picture of because of its white-on-white elements, but I'm hoping that you can see it decently here. I started with shimmery white and silver cardstock, then stamped my front panel with JustRite's Stitched Frame Cling Background and Versamark ink, heat-embossing in detail white embossing powder. I used a Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A die template to cut and emboss this panel, then set it aside to work on the focal image. For the focal image, I used a sentiment from JustRite's Elegant Fan Elements clear stamps, heat-embossed in detail silver embossing powder, then die-cut with the oval die from JustRite's Vintage Labels Six die set. For the flourishes, I used JustRite's Heirloom Flourish Two die. If you want a simple way to cut the flourishes that are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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My weekend seemed awfully short--I hope yours seemed longer! This morning I have a card to share that I made for a special friend who is recovering from cancer surgery. It's made with a couple of JustRte Papercraft stamp sets, Hope and Love Vintage Labels Eight and Nine clear stamps and the Ironworks Vintage Labels Eight Cling Background. As soon as I read the sentiment on the large label image, I knew that it would be perfect for my friend, and incidentally also just right for a blackboard technique. ;-) I heat-embossed the label image on black cardstock with detail white embossing powder before cutting and embossing it with one of the Vintage Labels Eight dies. I stamped a second label image on light pink cardstock, then hand-trimmed it closely so that I could mount it on top of the black banner. I wanted to tint my white words with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been in my happy place tonight--coloring flowers. . . My PTI Botanical Blocks II stamp set arrived last week, but this is the first day that I've had a chance to break it out. I stamped the floral image on watercolor paper in Versamark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. Next I watercolored the flower with Ranger Distress inks: Scattered Straw for the background, Worn Lipstick and a touch of Picked Raspberry for the flower, and Crushed Olive with Forest Moss for the leaves. Background stamp sets used were Background Basics: Twinkle and Polka Dot Basics II. I used a couple of Spellbinders die sets as well: A-2 Matting Basics A and A-2 Matting Basics B. To get that two-toned mat, I simply cut both Hibiscus Burst and Simply Chartreuse cardstock with my A-2 Matting Basics A die temple, that stacked them together and cut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Giovana, he's fourteen now, but he's 6'5" and looks older than he is for sure. Yes, I'm missing those "holding-Mom's-hand days" and have unwillingly traded them in for the "walk-ten-feet-in front-of-Mom days!" They grow up fast, as I'm sure you know too!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on Chevron Border Scrapbook Page at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Sarah, I created my journaling in Microsoft Word, printed it out and laid the die over it, then adjusted point size and leading/linespacing to make it fit. If there is a shorter way to do it, I am unaware of it. For me, it's trial and error. Hope that helps, Debbie
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on Chevron Border Scrapbook Page at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I wanted let you know where the next three Spellbinders Summer Sneak Peek and Giveaway blogs are, as well as to share a few details of the scrapbook page that I had created using the new Spellbinders Chevron Border (SKU S4-455) and Conversation Bubble 3 (SKU S2-137; both sets will be available this Fall at a store near you.) Day 2: Tuesday, July 29 Linda Lucas Beck Beattie Day 3: Wednesday, July 30 Darsie Bruno Marielle Le Blanc Day 4: Thursday, July 31 Tina McDonald Janice Whiting My main chevron element used a dark gray cardstock for the frame piece, filled in with dark blue and dark green cardstock for the chevron pieces. I wanted some random chevron pieces on the page the add some interest to the page, and I wanted them to align correctly with the main strip of chevron pattern. I used an extra frame scrap... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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This giveaway is now closed. Thanks! 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.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Beautiful, Leese!
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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 Jul 24, 2014 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 Jul 23, 2014 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 Jul 22, 2014 on More Beautiful Each Day at Thinking Inking
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