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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! 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 yesterday 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 5 days ago 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!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2014 on Sweet Thank You! at Poppy Paperie
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Love these, Heather--fabulous tutorial!
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2014 on make your own epoxy embellishments at pine is here.
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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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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 Jul 22, 2014 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