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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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Sorry I missed your question earlier, Janet! Honestly, I just kind of guessed at it. I know that a shadow is usually flattened, distorted shape of the object casting the shadow. Length of shadow depends up the angle of the light. For instance, mid-day sun might cast only a very small puddle of shadow at one's feet, but late afternoon sun would cast a much longer shadow. I just picked something and went with it. . . ;-) Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! It's finally release time at MFT Stamps: all newly released products that have been shown in the past five days are now available. I have one more card to share from the February release--another Large Desert Bouquet card. I really had fun with this set! I wanted to try a wave-shaped edge with the flowers forming the wave. I started by cutting my card front and card base edges with Die-namics Stitched Snow Drifts and then figuring out a flower layout that would work with my curve. I die-cut the greenery with Die-namics Leafy Greenery. The background is stamped with Distressed Patterns and cut with Blueprints Die-namics 15. I chose the Birthday Greetings stamp set for both my card front sentiment and the inside sentiment. As always, you can visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a linked list of fabulous eye candy with this month's sets. ALL links for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Good morning! Today I'm playing along on a sketch challenge, MFT WSC266. Would you like to play along? By now you might recognize this stamp set--I've used it three times in the last week! It's Large Desert Bouquet, one of my favorites from the February release last night. Clearly I turned the MFT WSC266 sketch horizontally, but it was simple enough that it was not a problem to use in either orientation. I first stamped the flowers and leaves, and then airbrushed the background with a Copic B05 marker and Airbrush System, leaving the Die-namics Wonky Rectangle in place to act as a mask. Next I stamped and die-cut a few more flowers as well as a sentiment banner in order to fit the WSC266 Sketch. I added Glossy Accents to most of my flower centers, and glitter to the larger daisies. Easy-peasy! If you play along be sure to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to the final day of the MFT Stamps February Release Countdown! Tonight is the big night--10pm EST. I have two cards to share today, the first made with Large Desert Bouquet and Whimsical Greetings. (You knew I'd play with a floral set, right?) Here is the inside of my card, again using the same two sets, Large Desert Bouquet and Whimsical Greetings. I used the Leafy Greenery Die-namics to cut some leaves to go along with my stamped ones, and the Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Die-namics to cu the opening for the sentiment on front. How about a Rainbow of Happiness card next? I went with a square card base on this one, using Die-namics Blueprints 14 main outside layer. The Sunny Skies die and Stitched Cloud Edges were perfect paired with this set! My fifteen year old took one look and said, "Mom, it needs glitter. If you put glitter,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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"Take me to your leader, Earthlings!" Welcome to my Day 2 Preview of the MFT Stamps February release. I knew that I needed to play with the MFT Out of This World stamp set as soon as I saw it--it was too cute not to color! Since I had a vertical starry skies die as well, I thought I would make this a shaker card, with stars as my shaker material. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Out of This World images. I stamped, colored, and masked off the spaceship before airbrushing the sky around the spacecraft. Then I used my Copic colorless blender to push a bit of ink and add stars to my sky. You can just barely see a moon or planet of some sort in the background of the window; I used my Die-namics Cross-Stitch Oval STAX to cut that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Nothing yet, BajaLizzy--that's why I didn't show it! :-) If I have completed the inside, and if it isn't already personalized (with a handwritten message, or something like that), I usually show it. Hope that helps!
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Welcome! It's Day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps Countdown, and I'm here to share a fun card made with the Birdie Brown Recipe for Happiness stamp set. I love this little chef! He's perfect for a variety of occasions, and he's quick and easy to color as well. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the little chef. I used mostly the same ones on the inside image and the outside image, except for backlighting the chef on the inside with YR30. Here is the inside of my card. I had fun playing with his shadow! I'm thinking that it might need to be a little thicker though. . . I mean, he really likes to cook! ;-) I used the Distressed Patterns stamp set for the background, along with Grout Gray ink and cardstock cut with Die-namics Blueprints 15. That patterned paper is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm in Orlando today, but the sunshine is definitely not, unless it's in liquid form. That's okay--I have work to do anyway! I wanted to share one of the cards that I made with a new JustRite CHA release, Multi-Step Butterflies and Flowers. (Products are linked at the bottom of the post.) I love making shaker cards--there is something special about sound being a part of an experience that is usually just visual. I wish I could tell you the ink colors that I used, but alas, I can't. . . It was probably a mixture of MFT and PTI though. :-) I think I have linked everything else below in the Supply List section. Sprinkles are from a very old variety jar in my stash. Not all of the colors worked, so I sorted through them and kept the ones that did for my shaker. I fussy-cut my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Marcia, Is it Lovely Lavender, or Lavender Lace? I might have some Lavender Lace left in my stash at home so that I could look at the color and compare to my markers, but I am in Orlando right now and won't be home until late Sunday. If it is Lovely Lavender, I don't know what that color looks like. If you can email me a link or colored swatch, I will do my best to compare to my marker colors. (debbie dot olson at gmail dot com). Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2016 on Love Spoken Here: Home Decor at Thinking Inking
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Woohoo--I got crafty this weekend! Okay, crafty in a home decor sort of way. :-) When I was at CHA, I loved watching Susan Luke of Second Chances by Susan create beautiful art with Hot Ribbon and her HUGE CQ--creativity quotient. She made a monogram framed wall hanging that I loved, and it was so simple. So I came home feeling totally inspired to pull the Hot Ribbon out and play. First I made a pattern using a couple of fonts that I'd recently purchased, and I put it under tempered glass so that I could do all of the actual work directly on the glass, then peel it up when I was finished and iron it onto my white muslin background. I will attach a pattern here, BUT I have changed a couple of things on it that did not work well for me. That "L" looping through the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I am playing along with a Blueprints Creative Construction Challenge on the MFT Blog today. It was a tag challenge--a little out of my wheelhouse, but since I had dies that did most of the work for me, I though I could tackle it! Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the images from MFT's All Heart stamp set. Because somebody will wonder about this, the B02 was the marker that I used to airbrush backgrounds. I have a B02 Classic instead of Sketch marker only because when I ordered my B02 a few years ago, they were out of the B02 Sketch markers--yes, it's that simple. :-) Mostly I used cool pinks and cool grays on all of the images. My tags are pretty straightforward; the only thing that I did that is different from normal stamping was to curve the stamp on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Good morning! Today I have a simple card to share: I needed one for a wedding reception and couldn't make it fit into any of my current assignments, so the time crunch necessitated clean and simple! I stamped my MFT Rose background in Versamark ink onto heavy white cardstock, then heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. Next I used a sponge to ink the white surface of the paper. When it was as dark as I wanted it, I used an MFT Die-namics 15 to cut the stitched perimeter. My sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Love and Marriage stamp set, cut with an MFT Stitched Fishtail Flags Die-namics, and ribbon is white seam binding. That should have been it. . . but then I thought I'd try to create some cool lettering on an envelope. Three tries later. . . First I penciled the names and date on a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Good morning! I wanted to put a quick post out there to let people know where I will be teaching Copic Certification or Workshop classes in the next few weeks, because I almost always hear from someone after a class who says, "I wish I had known about the class--I would have been there!" Copic Standard and Intermediate Certification Classes and an evening Copic Flowers Workshop January 29-30: Orlando, Florida March 11-12: Chicago/Elk Grove Village area April 15-16: Portland, Oregon Copic Workshops (More Whimsical Faces and Hair/Vintage Values and Mono Tones/Dress for Success Clothing and Accessories) May 6-7: Milwaukee/Brookfield area, Wisconsin June 3-4: Grand Rapids, Michigan Locations coming up in the near future with other Copic instructors include: Dallas, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Hanover, Maryland; and Buffalo, New York, with Cindy Lawrence St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington, with Lori Craig Atlanta, Georgia, and San Diego, California, with Michelle Houghton... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a card to share today made with the JustRite Multi-Step Don't Forget Bouquet clear stamps. I was clearly in a clean and simple mode with this stamp set, trying it in a few different ways, but settling on the one above as my favorite. I used watercolor paper, stamped my image with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder before watercoloring with several Distress Inks, all listed below in the products section. (I have the small cubes of distress inks, along with reinkers for most of them. Honestly, I find it simpler to dab the ink cube on plastic and use that plastic as a palette, than to get out my reinkers and have leftover ink on a palette--no good reason for this--it's just habit!) A couple of tips for watercoloring: first, if you want soft edges, it helps to wet the watercolor paper... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with an MFT Sketch Challenge, WSC264. If you'd like to play too, details are HERE on the MFT Blog. I had purchased the Adorable Elephants stamp set several weeks ago and hadn't had time to pull it out yet, so I knew what set I wanted to try to work into the sketch. I turned the sketch up on its end and enlarged my circle element enough to hold the elephant image--but it's close enough to count anyway! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color this adorable elephant. I used a gray and a black 0.3 Copic Multiliner to sketch some loose shrubbery behind him, just to add some depth to my little scene. I stacked the two balloons after coloring them, and then I decided that the back balloon would probably show through the front one and added some pink... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Woohoo, Michele F--can't wait to meet you in Grand Rapids! I have soon many sets sitting on my to-color-list right now that I honestly don't know when I'd get that piglet colored. . . (And instead of coloring, I've spent all morning trying to figure out why my Pinterest hover feature has disappeared and my Pinterest browser buttons aren't working. Ugh--technology gone awry!)
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2016 on Glittery Ballerina at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm happy to get to share a lovely new Power Poppy Instant Garden release today, Everything's Rosy. Hand me a beautiful floral image and something to color with, and I'm a happy girl! I printed this digital image in a mid-tone gray, except for the sentiment, which I printed in black. Some of you have asked what card stock works well for printing digital images, and that's not the simplest question to answer. My printer, a Canon MG7500, is really not very particular about what card stock I run through it; so anything that I want to color on generally goes through my printer with no problem. If your printer is more finicky, you may have to use a thinner, or lighter weight, card stock. X-Press It Blending card is lighter than some of my white card stock, and for lighter weight card stock than X-Press It, I've had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm still playing catch-up from eight days in Anaheim. . . where it was MUCH warmer than it is here! Today I have a sweet little Saturated Canary digital image to share, Haley and Harley. (Okay, I cropped Harley, because I wasn't sure that the glitter-loving lady whom I was making the card for would love a tutu-wearing piglet!) These were the Copic markers that I used to color Haley. I also used four Spica Glitter pens: clear, pink, lilac, and mint. I had to get the light just right so that you'd see the glitter; this girl is seriously shining! I love my Spicas because they are understated--they whisper instead of shouting. ;-) Patterned paper is from MFT Stamps' Painted Prints Smitten 6 x 6 pad. I used the large rectangle die from Die-namics Blueprints 15 to cut the patterned front, but I cut the ballerina rectangle by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Thank you ALL for the sweet comments! I will do my best to get something more posted on the sheep wool texture, since several people asked about that. I'm in Anaheim working this week, but I'll be home the middle of next week and try to get something done then. Thank you again!
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2016 on Happy Birthday to Ewe! at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Mendi! I'm enjoying these sweet stamp sets and dies. :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2016 on Happy Birthday to Ewe! at Thinking Inking
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Colette, your sweet comment just made my day!
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2016 on Happy Birthday to Ewe! at Thinking Inking
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You're right, Colleen--Sweet Safari and Cheeky Monkey do play well together!
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Thanks, Jan--it was either camo, or "Say ya to da U.P., eh?" ;-)
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Thank you, Lynn--I'm happy to be here too!
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I salute you back! ;-) It's comfortable in Anaheim, but for some reason, the natives think that it's cold here. I could show them cold next week!
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