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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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Cindy, this is delightful! You're pretty amazing. :-)
Hi, Mary Ann, I die cut the card front, and I die cut the sentiment. I hand trimmed (X-acto knife and Perfect Layers tool) the red mat under the sentiment because I wanted it to be narrow (since my reds didn't *exactly* match). . . But I could have used the A-2 Matting Basics for the mat as well if I hadn't been trying to hide that not-quite-match with a narrow mat! ;-) Thanks for asking, Debbie
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Joy to the World at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, it's about that time--time to start making Christmas cards, of course! I have to confess that I mailed fewer than I made last year. Sometimes I get carried away with the making part, but don't get around to the more mundane part of addressing and mailing them in time. I'm hoping to do better this year. . . We'll see! One of the things that I have tried to do in the past is to post some "easy to make, easy to mail" cards, and this one certainly falls in to that category. I used my new Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday stamp set for the front sentiments, and Keep It Simple: Christmas for the inside (not pictured). Since my card was pretty plain, I thought I would use a couple of dies to give it a bit more oomph--is that really a word? I used my Spellbinders... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
Hi, Bernadette, Good question! I colored only the blue part. The black part was part of the original printout. These are *very* simple eyes to color. Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on The Princess and the Queen at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I just finished a card for two of my young friends and thought I'd share it tonight. I started with a printout of the Saturated Canary digital image, Queenie and Princess; it was perfect for them! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the image, which was printed on X-Press It Blending cardstock with a Canon MG5220 inkjet printer. (As always, just click to enlarge.) I used three die template sets on my card: Spellbinders Classic Squares Large for the opening in the middle, Grand Squares (oops--I think this one is retired) for the outer edge of the patterned card front, and Framed Tags 1 for the sentiment (stamp from Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink). Finished size of the card is about 5-1/8" square. Now to get it in the mail for the Queen and the Princess! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Before I tell you about today's card, I wanted to mention several upcoming Copic Workshop Classes; I am teaching Copic Workshops in Kalamazoo, Michigan (October 11) and Minneapolis/Eden Prairie, Minnesota (November 8). Cindy Lawrence is teaching Boston, Orlando, and Houston; and Sherrie Siemens is teaching in Calgary in the near future. We would LOVE to have you join us at one of these locations! For today's card, I used another A Day for Daisies digital image, Curvy Purse. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Curvy Purse image. Additionally, I used Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A and Back to Basics Tags to cut and emboss the focal image and tag. Tag sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages stamp set, and papers are from the Echo Park 6 x 6 Sweet Girl paper pad. I think that the string is from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I've been coloring like a madwoman lately, but most of it has been for next year's Copic Workshop class samples. Tonight I needed a couple of thank you notes and thought I'd go the clean and simple route. I used some pretty papers and my Papertrey Ink Banner Sentiments stamp set--such a useful set! To cut the banners, I used my PTI Double Ended Banners die. Papers are both Echo Park 6 x 6 pads: Baby Mine (boy version), and Sweet Girl. What did we card makers do before there were 6 x 6 pads? Oh, that's right. . . We stamped. ;-} I do like my little patterned paper pads! That's it for tonight. I'll get a Copic-colored card posted in the near future. My next-to-last batch of class projects goes in the mail tomorrow morning. Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Thinking Inking
This is absolutely lovely, Julia!
Good morning! Today I have a birthday card to share. For the focal image I used an MFT Birdie Brown Sweet Birthday Wishes stamp set--isn't she a cutie? These are the Copic markers that I used to color the image. **Please note that after I took this photo, I went back and added pleats to the skirt and darkened the cupcake a bit as well. I forgot to take a second photo after I reworked her.** The the background I used a Spellbinders Celebra'tions Rosette Wall embossing folder, as well as a Pierced Circles die cut for my cupcake girl to stand inside. (I hand-cut the cupcake girl, but there is an MFT die available that will do this for you.) The circle background is airbrushed with Copic B02 and C1 inks, and white seam binding was dyed with Copic RV21, RV23, and 0 Various inks. I used a little... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Today I have a simple, potentially masculine card to share using JustRite's new Extra Grand Sentiments clear stamps (shown below), paired with the Modern Lattice Cling Background. For the sentiment's background, I played with Ranger Distress Inks (Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean) and a spritzer bottle of water. I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the sentiment after the watercolored background dried. If you're in need of large sentiments, most of the bases are covered with this set! Cardstock colors are Rustic White (PTI), Tropical Teal (PTI), and Sno Cone (MFT). I stamped a white envelope with Snow Cone ink to finish my little ensemble. That's it--simple, and (hopefully) not too frilly, since I'm always needing more guy cards! If you'd like to see some inspiration with the Extra Grand Sentiments clear stamps, be sure to check out the blogs below, okay? Thanks for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Oh, Blue Rose, my sewing ignorance is going to show here! I'm still using the needle that came in my sewing machine, and I have no clue what size it is. I go one or two steps longer on stitching than my sewing machine defaults too, because if they are close together like you'd want them on a garment, it makes the sewn edge more like perforated paper. I know that I haven't given you anything concrete to work with, but it's about the best I can do! Experiment on a scrap. Cardstock is MUCH more forgiving than a garment. ;-)
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Welcome! Today I have a floral sentiment card to share with you using one of Becca Feeken's new JustRite stamp sets, A Flower for Your Thoughts clear stamps (pictured below). I used it with the Garden Trellis Cling Background stamp, stamped on PTI's Spring Moss cardstock with Spring Moss ink. Becca has put together a really helpful TIP SHEET for using this set. (Clink on the blue link for the downloadable tip sheet.) I wanted a little variety in the sentiment colors, so I started by inking the stamp with PTI Berry Sorbet, then added some Pure Poppy, and at the very bottom some Scarlet Jewel for an hombre effect. For the stems and leaves, I used Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse inks. For the poppy, I used Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy inks, then colored a hint of sky around the blossom with my Copic BG10 and Colorless Blender.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Can you handle another pink card today? JustRite's September release is here, and the Sunshine Vintage Labels Eight and Nine clear stamp set (shown below) was perfect for a card that I needed for a friend undergoing chemo. I stamped the frame image on PTI's Vintage Cream cardstock in Lavender Moon ink. I used Autumn Rose ink to stamp the sentiment. The background is stamped with the Framed Vintage Labels Eight cling stamp on Lavender Moon cardstock. (More about the rose later.) One of my favorite sentiments in this stamp set is the Winnie the Pooh quotation: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!" So. . . true confessions: I'm not the best flower maker, even with a great collection of dies. I'm usually not patient enough to do all of the requisite cutting, scrunching, twisting, rolling, and distressing that convincing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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 Aug 31, 2014 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 Aug 28, 2014 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 Aug 27, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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
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
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
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
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
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