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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! It's April Kit Release night at My Favorite Things Stamps! I have one more Stitched Blooms card to share with you tonight, this one with felt flowers. I have a sweet young friend who is getting married soon, and I wanted to make my flowers out of something a little more substantial than cardstock. These felt flowers should mail easily without being damaged, even if I can't be there for her big day. The Stitched Blooms Die-namics cut the felt easily. I did find that I had to be gentle with the thinner stems though; you should be fine if you cut cleanly and take your time getting the stems out of the die. I used my Copic Airbrush System on the background, along with BG02, for a bit of color. Blueprints Die-namics 27 is the one with that lovely scalloped layer--one of my favorites for a fancy occasion!... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Marlene! I don't think that MFT Stamps carries the Copic Airbrush System--but they do carry all of the markers! I will give you a link to the website of the American Distributor of Copic products so that you can read about the airbrush system. (I use the air compressor and ABS 3.) But I would price shop for a good deal on it, personally! https://www.copicmarker.com/collections/airbrush Hope that helps, Debbie
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Welcome! We're still in the Stitched Blooms Card Kit Countdown, but tomorrow night is the big release (Tuesday, April 24 at 9pm Eastern time, My Favorite Things Stamps). Today I went with a much more muted color scheme. I'm not even a fan of orange tones, but I remembered a Cosmo Cricket patterned paper from years ago that I loved, and it was in grays and oranges. That was my jumping off point! I used Peach Bellini and Coral Crush cardstock for my blooms, and Steel Gray for my leaves. Just a hint of Copic YR82 airbrushed in the background behind the sentiment tied the peach tones into the card base. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of designers playing with this awesome new kit, which will be available on Tuesday night, April 24, at 9pm Eastern Time. Commenting on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's April Kit Release time at My Favorite Things Stamps! Today I have a Stitched Blooms card to share with you--even if we still have snow outside. Sometimes you need to make your own Spring. ;-) The Stitched Blooms Die-namics make it easy to create a bouquet of flowers! I used my Copic Airbrush System in the back, along with BG53 and a YG05 for just a bit of background color. Honestly, the part that gave me the hardest time was just figuring out what sentiment I wanted to use and where to put it! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of designers playing with this awesome new kit, which will be available on Tuesday night, April 24, at 9pm Eastern Time. Commenting on the MFT Blog Post can earn you a $25 gift--GO FOR IT! Thank you so... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps WSC381 Sketch Challenge. I had been asked to bring a couple of congratulations cards on my recent trip to Japan, to be given to two of the grand prize winners of the Copic 30th Anniversary coloring contest. Having seen the amazing entries, I thought I would play it safe and make graphic cards! (Okay, besides the fear factor, I had some time constraints too. ;-}) It's hard to go wrong with a shaker card, and it's easy to make a shaker card with the MFT Shaker Window and Frame Die-namics and coordinating plastic window pouches! I chose the Star Shaker Window and Frame, paired with this past month's "free with a $60 purchase" Congrats die-namics. For the "Congrats," I cut three cardstock pieces and glued them together as my base, then cut one layer from Silver Foil Cardstock as... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps WSC380 Sketch Challenge. I needed a graduation card for upcoming events and thought that this sketch would work well with the MFT congratulations dies and stamps that I already had. I used the frame star from the Star Shaker Die-namics, and intertwined it with the Congratulations Shaker Frame Die-namics to get both of the school colors in. For the background, I used the new Cross Stitch Background Die-namics; I liked its texture as well as that it let the school color stripes show through. I hope you get a chance to go see the other WSC380 Sketch Challenge pieces and play along with us--remember that there is a chance win awesome MFT products, but only if you play along! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--April My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! If you've been around my blog for a while, you might remember that I love working with felt. So for today's post, I used the same Bold Blossoms Die-namics that I had used on yesterday's post, but cut some luscious, new FELT instead of stamped images! I did a bit of hand stitching because my card was for someone special, but you could just as easily glue the layers together. I used French knots in the centers of my felt roses. The background was airbrushed with Copic BG13 and G21. I used the Distressed Patterns stamp set to add a random spatter pattern to the background and finished it with a few of the clear round droplets. All of the new April products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day One of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! I combined the new Bold Blossoms and All About Mom stamp sets and coordinating Die-namics to introduce today. The stamp sets used today will be available on Tuesday, April 3, at 9pm Eastern time. I had cut a few extra flowers so that I could finish the inside as well. I lightly airbrushed some Copic YG01 on the card base before adding the stamped flower. (I could have stamped the flower directly on the inside of the card, but then I would have to have colored carefully around the flower and leaves. So I took a short cut.) Again, while I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW products will not be live links until tomorrow night--release night--9pm Eastern Time, Tuesday, April 3. All of the other links should work now.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time on Tuesday, April 3, the April release will be live and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. I chose to use the new Aim for the Clouds sentiment set, paired with the Cloud Pouch and Cloud Shaker and Frame Die-namics. I used Rain or Shine for the ducks and puddle. I needed a Get Well card for sweet little guy, and I thought that this might make him smile. Plus he can probably drive his older siblings nuts by shaking it, right? :-D Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to both color the Rain or Shine images and airbrush the background. I used the new Mini Raindrops stencil to airbrush the raindrops. Shaker material is three different sizes of Sparkling Clear... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! I chose to use the new Pure Innocence Birthday Piñata stamp set, pairing it with patterned paper from the Bundles of Blossoms Bold paper pack, and tying in that piñata fringed tissue paper theme with the Fringed Scallop Borders Die-namics. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Birthday Piñata image. I airbrushed the background with Copic BG02 and YG17; it's a little darker than my airbrushed backgrounds usually are, but since the little girl and piñata are in darker value, the background worked better darker too. In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are several fabulous new products being showcased today; I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers using today's new products AND to enter for prizes!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! I chose to use the sweet little Birdie Brown Rain or Shine set for today's release post--she's cute as button, and there's a coordinating boy set too! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Rain or Shine images. I used Copic B04 and YG13 to airbrush a simple background, leaving the Stitched Dome Die-namics in place too mask the edges of the shape. I chose patterned paper from the Party Patterns Paper Pack for both the background and her rain slicker--everybody needs a cheerful coat on a rainy day! I divided the sentiment, putting half of it on the inside of the card: it was a two-liner, and I didn't have room for all of it on the card front. While I have linked all products that I used below, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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I am tickled pink to be announcing along with Cindy Lawrence that our first Creative Color Café Concepts in Coloring classes are finally open! Cindy and I have been working diligently behind the scenes for a few months now to develop new curriculum and find fabulous images from stamp companies to incorporate into that curriculum. Our first classes will be in the Peachtree City area of Atlanta on May 4-5, and our second set of classes will be in Boston on June 1-2. More details can be found HERE. We would love to have you join us if you can make it! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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After almost 15 years of combined Copic teaching experience with Imagination International, the North American importer of Copic Markers, Creative Color Café is officially opening our first coloring classes! We've been working hard behind the scenes to develop brand new curriculum and color new images to create the best possible... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Creative Color Café
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Welcome! Today I played along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge 377 (WSC377). My first inclination was to use flowers, of course. . . but I restrained myself and decided to go with these adorable chicks from Birthday Chicks instead. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Birthday Chicks images. I airbrushed a simple background with a couple of Copic markers and the Copic Airbrush System--no masking needed, except for the leaving the die in place while I airbrushed to protect the stitched edges of the rectangle. I hope you check out the MFT Stamps Card Challenge blog for details--you really should play along with us! Somebody's going to win a $50 gift voucher--and it could it be YOU! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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The Bundle of Balloons Card Kit from My Favorite Things Stamps is now available! In tonight's card, I paired the Bundle of Balloons kit with an older stamp set, Birthday Bears. This card is for a crazy little man who will be five in a few weeks! Five balloons have been added to boxes in the Bundle of Balloons kits for five lucky winners. I hope that YOU are one of them! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Birthday Bears images. I used the Mini Clouds stencil to airbrush a sky in the background with a Copic B04 marker, and grass with G43. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for more information, more inspiration, and prizes! Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm sharing a second peek of the new My Favorite Things Stamps March card kit, Bundle of Balloons! For today's card, I die-cut my balloons from white cardstock and colored them with my Copic markers (listed in the supply list at the bottom) rather than cutting them from colored cardstock. I paired the Bundle of Balloons set with a previously released sentiment stamp set, All About You, spelling out the "You" in balloons. Five balloons have been added to boxes in the Bundle of Balloons kits for five lucky winners. I hope that YOU are one of them! I lightly airbrushed a Copic B01 background to give my balloons a subtle color field on which to float. (You know that if you are a distress ink lover, you can do similar thing with your sponge, right? I just feel more confident with my airbrushing abilities than my sponging abilities!)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm excited to get to share a peek of the new My Favorite Things Stamps March card kit, Bundle of Balloons! The other thing I'm excited about is the giveaway below--check it out! It looks like FIVE balloons will be added to the Bundle of Balloons Card Kit this month, each containing a gift certificate as shown above! So, good luck if you order the card kit. :-} I kept my card fairly simple and graphic to go with the style of the balloons. The only tricky part was getting my little cotton strings to lay exactly how I wanted them too. (And you could save yourself that extra step if you simply use the die-cut strings that come with the balloon kit. But you know me. I like to complicate things. . .) I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for more information,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's March Release Replay time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and I pulled out my Pressed Flowers and Anything-but-Basic Friendship sets. Hey, when you still have snow on the ground, you need to create your own Spring! I chose shades of pinks, purples, and greens (all listed below), for my stamped and die-cut flowers, and then added some simple airbrushing with a BG01 Copic Sketch marker. Easy! Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of the participants in the March Release Replay! Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I played along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge 375 (WSC375). It was a simple sketch. The repeating circle motif reminded me of flower blossoms, so I pulled out the Sketchy Flowers set and went from there. I chose several coordinating purples in MFT inks and cardstock, stamped and die-cut my flowers, and then airbrushed a rectangular shape for my flowers to sit on (Copic YG05, BG01). I chose a sentiment from the recently release Beautiful Day set and cut it with a tag strip die from Blueprints 13. I used a Wink of Stell clear brush to shade every other section in my tulip-like flowers, and I added a dollop of glue and glitter to the center of the rounded flower before attaching my flowers with foam tape. I hope you check out the MFT Stamps Card Challenge blog for details--you really should play along... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--March My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! I chose the So Many Yays Die-namics and Yay for You stamp set to create a card that I thought would work well for a graduation card. I used blue and green distress inks to watercolor a sheet of watercolor paper and die-cut my "Yay" from that sheet. I used a loaded brush to flick a spatter pattern on my background and then added one spritz of water to soften the spatter a bit. Finally, I added a few little 3 and 4 mm clear round drops--love those tiny ones! My son just told me that he needs ten thank you notes for robotics club to send out. I think I'll be casing this same design, but using the MFT Die-namics You Trio and All About You for his card set! All of the new March products are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps March Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time on Tuesday, March 6, the March release will be live and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. For today's post, I chose the Puppy Kisses stamp set--loved that sentiment! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Puppy Kisses images--simple and sweet! In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are several fabulous new products being showcased today; I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers playing along with today's new products AND to enter for prizes! Remember that while all MFT products that I used are linked below, the NEW product links won't be live until Release time--that's late tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 6) at 9pm Eastern time.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps March Release Countdown! For today, I chose the new Pure Innocence Somebunny Sweet stamp set, pairing it with the Proper Pinstripes patterned paper for a sweet little Easter card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Somebunny Sweet girl and bunny. (I colored on MFT's No Lines Cardstock, mostly because I wanted to try it out.) In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are several fabulous new products being showcased today; I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers using today's new products AND to enter for prizes! Remember that while all MFT products that I used are linked below, the NEW product links won't be live until release time--that's late Tuesday evening (March 6) at 9pm Eastern time. All other links... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps March Release Countdown! I chose the new Bubble over with Joy stamp set to feature today because these sweet bunnies made me smile. I colored the Bubble Over with Joy bunny images with my Copic markers on Natural cardstock (lighter than most Kraft). Since I was planning to use colored pencils to both lighten and darken, I kept the marker layer pretty simple, using the markers pictured above.. (For the bubbles, I used only colored pencils, coating them with glitter glue when I finished coloring them.) I used white Prismacolor pencil to add highlights on the Natural cardstock. I used a black and a cool blue pencil as well to deepen my shadows a bit. (I could have gone darker with my markers just as easily, except that after I'd already added some colored pencil, I didn't want to switch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Five of the My Favorite Things Stamps March Release Countdown! I combined the new Anything-but-Basic Friendship and Pressed Flowers stamp sets and coordinating Pressed Flowers Die-namics to introduce today. The stamp sets showcased over the next few days will be available on Tuesday, March 6, at 9pm Eastern time. I always love floral sets; they make it seem like Spring is near, even though we still have plenty of snow where I live! I also loved this sentiment in the Anything-but-Basic Friendship. I've said that same thing to a couple of friends through the years. :-) Again, while I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW products will not be live links until release night, 9pm Eastern Time, Tuesday, March 6. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more March Release... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps WSC374 Sketch Challenge. It was a simple layout with a framed focal image and a sentiment strip, so I chose a stamp from New Best Friend. (After all, what's better than puppy kisses?) Shown above are the Copic markers, colored pencils, and cardstock that I used to color the New Best Friend image. I colored the image on MFT's Natural cardstock, which is lighter than Kraft cardstock, but darker than any cream cardstock would be. After I colored her with my Copic markers, I used a White Prismacolor pencil and a Black Caron D'Ache Pablo pencil to punch in some highlights and to deepen some of my light brown lines in detail areas. (I had stamped the images twice using my MISTI in MFT's Kraft Hybrid ink.) If you already have Prismacolor pencils, you can easily use the black... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Thinking Inking