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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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Good morning! We're on the road again today, headed to a JV football game in Lower Michigan. Prior to last week, I had attended exactly ONE football game in my entire life, though I've watched football on TV a few times just to be sociable. The irony of driving almost eight hours one way to see football is not lost on me, just in case you wondered! I do grasp the basic concepts; and since I mostly take photos when the action starts, I don't really have to know how to "talk" football--I just cheer when the local team gains yards/makes a touchdown/forces a turnover, etc. In other words, I cheer when everybody else does. :-) That works, right? And just between you and me, this really has been fun. Shhhh! Don't tell! I finished a little card last night and thought I could get it posted while my husband... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
Sorry that I missed your question earlier, Susan. I used just my markers--no airbrushing on this one. To get a really smooth, pale background, realize that it's is much easier with the very light markers, the lighter, the simpler. Second, I usually presoak my paper with colorless blender a little ways out from the image edges, and I work my marker from the image edge out to that damp spot on the paper. It saves me time blending since I don't get a really hard edge that I need to blend away. I hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Grin and Berry It! at Thinking Inking
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Long comments don't bother me, Bernadette! The concession stand was crazy busy, but fun at the same time. We ran out of a lot of items, so I guess it was a good night. Of course, the game win was great too! :-)
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Hi, Gwen, I used brushes. I have enough watercolor media around here that I haven't been too tempted by the watercolor pens. . . yet. . . ;-) Debbie
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Sending You Smiles at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Janice, the Vancouver event will be held here: BEST WESTERN PLUS Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre | 319 North Road | Coquitlam | British Columbia, Canada | V3K 3V8 Hope to see you there! Debbie
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HI, Janice, I'll have to get back on you with this question. I think I know which one we signed a contract with, but I need to double check with Nancy so I don't give out a wrong location. I've emailed her. Thanks! Debbie
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Welcome! I have another guest post to share today, this one using the Hugs and Smiles clear stamps from Joy Clair. As you can see, I haven't used any markers on this card! I've been watching the gorgeous watercolor creations that the fabulously talented Kay Miller makes, and I knew that I had to pull out my little Distress Ink cubes for this image. (She's a wizard with all things die-cut as well.) Thanks for being an inspiration, Kay! These are the ink colors that I used, after heat embossing the floral corner image on watercolor paper with detail white embossing powder, and cutting and embossing it with a Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics B die. I tied a white cotton string around my little watercolored panel and popped it up with fun foam--easy-peasy! Now for the fun part: Joy Clair is giving away a Hugs and Smiles stamp set, BUT... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Shocking, I know--posting two days in a row? I told you that I was trying to get back my head back in the game! :-) This Power Poppy Berry It digital image made me happy! I started by printing my Berry It image in a reddish-brown color, and the sentiment in a reddish-purple color. (If you're still trying to figure out how to print digital images in color, Julie Koerber has an excellent tutorial on that process HERE.) Here I've colored my Copic Marker greens. (You can click on any picture to make it larger, as always.) In case you can't see the colors clearly enough, they are: YG01, YG03, YG17, G29, YG11, E81, E84, and E87. How about those Copic REDS? Delicious! From left to right, I used: RV10, RV23, RV25, RV29, R39, and RV99. For the berries that aren't ripened, I used G40, E81, E84, and E87. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I suppose that before I mention "Hello, Autumn," I should first say, "Hello, readers!" It's been a while. . . Summer tends to disrupt schedules and take on a life of its own at our house, and I'm guessing that it may be that way at your house as well. Since posting last, I spent several days in Texas with my sister's little ones while she recuperated from surgery, and then we've been headed to two-a-day football practices with my fifteen-year-old since then. Perhaps most of you are already accustomed to the trappings that are part of high school life, but we've always home-schooled. . . until this year. I've, ahem, volunteered to work at the concession stand for the opening varsity football game this coming weekend. Pretty soon I'll be traveling again with Copic Workshops (Alexandria/Chantilly Virginia area on September 11-12, and Chicago/Schaumburg area on September 25-26). So,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm headed down to Texas today to spend some Auntie time with my nieces and nephew. But I did get a few things made yesterday to share while I'm gone. Today's card is a Power Poppy digital image and sentiment, Sunflower Power. I took pictures as I colored--hope that helps! The tag sentiment is an acrylic stamp from Power Poppy's Good Thinking: Renewal stamp set. I printed the image in brown ink, following the directions that the fabulous Julie Koerber posted HERE--thanks, Julie! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used for the Sunflower blossoms. Next came the greenery (though I added shadows to all of these areas later). Here are the Copics that I used on the sunflower center. Here I've added some blue-violet Copic colors to deepen and cool shadow areas. (Step not shown here: I used a Copic B000 to add sky. You can see... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Carol, I'm so sorry, but I don't have your email address to respond that way; I appreciate your request, but I just don't have time to make cards as a business venture at this time. Feel free to ask someone else to make them for you using my card as a pattern if you wish though! Thank you, Debbie
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2015 on Are You Cured Yet? at Thinking Inking
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It's been a while, hasn't it? We've been soaking up the sunshine and making the most of our Summer days here. Every time I walk past flowers, I feel the compulsion to pull out my phone and get a few shots for future drawing reference.The echinacea/purple coneflower that modeled for me was on a clearance table outside our local Home Depot a couple of weeks ago. Here was my initial rough pencil sketch--very rough! I used my Copic Warm Gray 0.1 Multiliner and inked over the penciled lines that I wanted to keep, and erased all of the pencil lines... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Sketches in Time
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Welcome! This week I played along as one of the sample makers for a Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty Challenge (DTGD15StampmommaA). I'm not supposed to give away the specific challenge details in my post, but I'll tell you that I sketched my focal image rather than using a stamped image. I took stepped out pictures of the process, AND I'm attaching a .jpg version of my artwork at the end of the post so that you can color it some time, if you'd like. :-) Here was my initial rough pencil sketch--very rough! I had taken a phone picture of some purple coneflowers (echinacea) when we were shopping at Home Depot a couple of weeks ago, and sketching the flowers from that picture seemed like a perfect way to add my own twist to Lori's challenge. Next I used my Copic Warm Gray 0.1 Multiliner and inked over the penciled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Taylor, I actually prefer the super brush nib on the Copic Sketch markers, though both marker types work beautifully. As for bleeding, YES, they will generally bleed though, though bleeding is more a function of paper choice than marker choice. There are marker pads available that are bleed-proof, but you probably won't find those in coloring books. I simply use a thicker sheet of paper or cardstock between pages to catch the bleed through, but that will not save side two of a two-sided page. Copics blend beautifully from one value to the next or even one color to the next, enabling you to get smooth transitions from light to shadow areas. I hope that this helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Are You Cured Yet? at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a cute little get well card today? So, I guess you'd have to make sure that you send it to a friend who has a sense of humor! I loved this little piggy and sentiment from MFT's The Whole Herd stamp set--he has almost a surprised expression on his face. I sketched in some ground so that I could put him in mud. At the last minute, I decided that he needed mud on him as well though! COPIC Markers that I used: Skin: R20, R22. RV21 Ground: E50, E21, E34, E47 Sky: BG000 Cast Shadows: BV00, BV01 I used my new Cross-Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics dies to frame the piggy. For the sentiment, I used Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, and for the pink background, Blueprints 15. Well, that's it for today's card--easy peasy! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Lisa, no, I never saw that movie. But my mind works a little sideways too--I'm sure I've picked it up from something or another that said "____, anyone?" :-D
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on Ranunculus, Anyone? at Thinking Inking
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Thank you ALL for your sweet comments! Images that are this lovely are a pleasure to color! :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on Ranunculus, Anyone? at Thinking Inking
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Barb, I just bought my first non-Prismacolor set of pencils ever, Caran D'Ache, because they were highly recommended. However, for the price difference between them and Prismacolors, I still think that Prismacolors are a great value and really good pencils as well. I have used Prismacolors for 30+ years, and Caran D'Ache for two days, so I'm not seeing a huge difference yet. But I also didn't use the best paper for colored pencils. Next time, if I am mostly *tinting* with Copics and doing the detail work in colored pencii, I will definitely choose a paper that is more toothy. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on Ranunculus, Anyone? at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Power Poppy's digistamp release day today, and I have a card to share using the Ranunculus digital stamp set. Perhaps you are more flower savvy than I am, but I didn't know the name of these lovely flowers until this week. Now that I've Googled them and oohed and ahhhhed over how beautiful they are, I won't forget that name! Since these are digital images, both the ranunculus image and the sentiment (Sending Peace) are ready to download, print, color and create with immediately! I colored the Ranunculus image a bit differently than I usually do, starting with a light base layer with my Copic markers, shown above. This was really quick--maybe a ten-minute process since i did very little shading and blending. (I later added sky with my Copic BG0000 and B00 markers.) Next I pulled out my colored pencils. If I had printed the Ranunculus image... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm sharing an encouragement card for a friend who's had a really rough time lately. In addition to my sentiment set, MFT's Vertical Greetings, I also used a new die template set for the first time, Spellbinders Hydrangea. Isn't it sweet? It wasn't difficult either; here you can see that all of my pieces are cut and the flowers (or florets?) are attached. Here I've started stacking the layers. I have two layers left to add. Seriously, this is manageable. . . ;-) I wanted a simple frame for my sentiment, so I chose to cut and emboss a piece of Kraft cardstock with my Pierced Rectangles die templates, along with A-2 Matting Basics B for the inside of the frame. For the darker pink mat, I used A-2 Matting Basics A, and for the outer rim of the light pink background, I used 5 x 7 Matting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm back in the saddle again--or at least trying to find my "riding legs" again. We've had some really crazy days, but things are settling down into a routine again, which usually includes card-making. Yesterday I pulled out a couple of MFT stamp sets, Green Pastures and The Whole Herd, as well as my Copic markers, and started coloring. It felt pretty good too! Note: I just saw that BOTH of these stamp sets are currently out of stock. You can get an e-mail notification when they are back in stock, however. Hope that helps! These are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the images. The background was airbrushed with my Copic BG05 and Airbrush System. Everything else was colored normally. I did have one little incident. . . I had evidently overfilled one of my markers; and while I was working on the shadows in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Deb! My problem was that the sentiment isn't perceived as words by the computer program when is is a .psd or .jpg document. I know how to change the color of regular fonts, but not a font that is saved as art. That's why I resorted to my little fill tool. Thank you anyway though! I know that there is an easier way--it's just not in my bag of tricks yet. 😉
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2015 on Garden Fireworks at Thinking Inking
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Posting two days in a row--it's a record! :-) I have another guest post up today <<HERE>> on the MFT Stamps blog. They have graciously allowed me to post some pictures here as well, but if you'd like instructions and supply lists, all of those are on the MFT blog. Of course I had to play with The Whole Herd. (I mean, when you can stamp cute animals AND use pink, what's not to like?) Here's the inside of my card--love that cow! True confessions: I’m still trying to decide whom to give this card to—I spent long enough on it that I have to save it for someone who’ll appreciate it! (Do you give your cards away with that criterion too?) Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the image. Here I've used the Flutter of Butterflies – Lace Die-namics for simple, fun-to-make butterfly cards.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, I know it's been several days since I posted. . . We've had some family responsibilities that have been taking extra time for the past few weeks, but I have had evening time here and there to work on a few cards for a guest post on the MFT Stamps blog today and tomorrow. Today I have two cards using MFT's Watercolor Flowers stamp set, and tomorrow I have three more cards to share. using different stamp sets. Thanks to Kim and My Favorite Things for the lovely stamps and dies! Of course you're not surprised to see pink flowers here, right? :-) All details (stamps, dies, ink, cardstock, etc.--are on the MFT Blog HERE. Yep, I do love pink! I tried to avoid pink on this one--honestly, I did! In fact, two of the three colors in those flowers are reds--not pink, But one pink sneaked in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm excited to be able to share a new Power Poppy digital image today, Garden Fireworks. The newest addition to Power Poppy's Instant Garden is an explosion of color that is just in time for the Fourth of July--color this up with a patriotic spin or let the rainbow of colors these flowers come in serve as your inspiration! Allium take center stage with their showy blossoms. When paired with Poppies and Catnip, you have a glimpse of summer in full bloom. This beauty is paired with an elegantly scripted Bible verse that's perfect for cards of encouragement. The good news? Since these are digital images, both are ready to download, print, color and create with immediately! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color my Garden Fireworks image. I also used a couple of Spica Glitter pens (Melon and clear) to add shimmer here and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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