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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! Does it feel like Spring yet where you are? Yesterday felt enough like Spring here for us to take two walks, but I think we may have snow again soon. Still, I'm definitely being bitten by the Spring-cleaning bug, so Spring must be on the way! In expectation of warmer days, I played with some brighter colors today, using JustRite's Burlap Chevron Background Cling Stamp. I kept both of my cards really simple. Somehow burlap seems to need simplicity, though the chevron twist adds a trendy factor to the Burlap Chevron Background Cling Stamp. I used two different sentiments from the Grand Handwritten Sentiments clear stamp set. So, the back story. . . I had made the "Miss You" card first, and I wasn't sure that I liked it. Instead of re-inking the Burlap Chevron Background stamp, I just spritzed my still-somewhat-inky stamp with water and re-stamped it on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
Hi, Elizabeth, I'm pretty sure that all of the Certification classes that will take place this year ave already been announced, but I will certainly pass your request on to Nancy Zenke, who schedules classes and chooses cities. Thank you for your interest, and if you'd like to write Nancy as well, I can get her email address to you. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Hi, Yuki, I used my Pierced Rectangles dies first, and then I just "eyeballed it" to get the Pierced Circles die in the center of the Pierced Rectangles shape. Sometimes I used a really low-tack tape, like washi tape, to hold a die in place if i really need for it to stay in one spot while I run it through my die-cutting machine. If I've misunderstood your question, please let me know, and I'll try again. Thanks! Debbie
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2015 on Snowman Thank You at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm home from Texas, and today I have a birthday card to share. Lately I've been working on adding examples of colored metals to my Copic Workshops portfolio;. When I saw this Power Poppy bucket of Lavender image, I knew that it was a perfect little image to experiment with in practicing coloring metallic surfaces. These are the Copic markers that I used to color the Lavender image. For the bucket, I started just to the left of center with a clean-edged stripe of W7, then added a small stripe of W5 to the left of that one. Next I came in from the right and worked a quick gradation, running from W7 on the far right, to W5 to W3 to W1 to 0 as I proceeded toward the center of the bucket, leaving a strip of white paper at the edge of the W1/0 area so that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm headed home to Michigan from Texas this weekend, and it's a good thing--I'm almost out of cards that I have ready to blog! When I needed a simple encouragement card for a friend a couple of weeks ago, I returned to my Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blessings stamp set--it's a hard one to beat. After using Distress Inks to watercolor a background, I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to cut and emboss my focal image panel. Next I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat-embossed it with detail white embossing powder. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch two equidistant holes from either side and ran a length of Copic-dyed seam binding through the holes before tying a bow. Finally, I used foam tape to attach the focal panel to a card base, and I was finished--easy! Hope you're having a great week, Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! I'm still in Texas visiting my sister's family, but I finished a few cards before I left so that I could post from here. (And I can tell you that it's a LOT warmer in Abilene than it is in the U.P. of Michigan!) I've been enjoying playing, cuddling, rocking, and coloring with the three-year old and the six-year old; and the toddler is starting to warm up to auntie too. :-) Today's card used the Power Poppy Lavender clear stamp set, colored with the Copic markers shown below and some lovely Spellbinders Marvelous Squares dies. It's a small image, so I didn't use a ton of my Copic markers today! In addition to cutting the center panel's frame piece with Marvelous Squares and embossing the Kraft piece with Marvelous Squares, I cut the focal image panel and the top kraft panel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Calling all flower lovers out there--today is the release day for a new Power Poppy digital image, Dancing with Daffodils. I love Daffodils, and my favorite ones are the old timey ones that used to grow wild near my childhood home. They weren't as flashy as the beautiful hybrids of today are, but they smelled absolutely heavenly. Nothing could make a kid happier than walking down the road to pick daffodils at an abandoned homestead and bringing them back to a sweet Mama or Grandmother. . . I printed my Dancing with Daffodils image on X-Press It Blending Card using my Canon inkjet printer, then proceeded to color it with the Copic markers shown below. (All laser printers should be Copic-compatible, but you have to test inkjet printers to see if they are Copic compatible. Mine is, as long as I don't buy the really cheap generic ink cartridges.)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Cindy! I was challenged by the black hair, but the boots were my favorite part! :-)
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2015 on Have a SUPER Day! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been trying to get a few cards made before I leave tomorrow morning for my Dallas Copic Certification classes. And since I'm already going to be in Texas, I'm planning to visit my sister's family in Abilene; I have two nieces there, ages 6 and 3, and a nephew, age 1. We'll have a good old time! :-) Thinking of the littles made me want to pull out a whimsical stamp set again. I chose one of my MFT Birdie Brown stamp sets, You're Super. And since black hair is my Copic hair nemesis, I decided to try her with black hair! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color Supergirl. I loved how her boots turned out! I finally figured out a good way to make them shine: One strong line of C9 on one side, then from the opposite direction a quickly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Thank you all! I'm happy to be doing some work for Power Poppy now. Since I've always loved Marcella Hawley's illustration style, and since flowers are my favorite thing to color, I think it was meant to be. :-D
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2015 on Never More Than a Thought Away at Thinking Inking
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Gorgeous, Sharon! I love the stamps and the technique--great job. :-D
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Welcome! How about a guy card today? I rarely have these made ahead of time, for some reason, so I'm always glad when I have a stamp set that works well for Father's Day or masculine birthday cards. I used two sets from JustRite's March release, Stacking Sentiments clear stamps and A2 Woodgrain Upcycled Frame Background cling stamp, both shown below. Stacking Sentiments can be combined and stacked two sentiments deep to fill the A2 Woodgrain Upcycled Frame's opening. I stamped my frame in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on PTI Kraft cardstock, then colored random squares with Copic B93, B95, or E44 Sketch Markers. I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die to create a border for my closely trimmed frame stamp. For the inside sentiments, I used PTI Enchanted Evening and Dark Chocolate inks. Keeping it simple, I finished my card with a wooden button and a length of rustic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm home from my Detroit Copic classes and trying to find my routine again--at least for the next ten days until I leave for my Dallas Copic Certification classes. I generally take some images to be colored in case I have down time on trips, and the Power Poppy French Lilac digital image that I used on the card above is one of those that was colored here an little and there a little. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used on the French Lilac image. I love that little ladybug! I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to create the edge on the MFT Grapesicle cardstock card front. Ribbon is white seam binding dyed with Copic YG95 Various Inks, combined with a few drops of Colorless Blender (which helps the ink to spread a saturate the seam binding a bit better). The card sentiment is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I just got back home from Atlanta this afternoon. Colleen Schaan and I had a great time at the Atlanta AME Show. We were crazy-busy the entire show; we had a chance to share Copics with many art teachers, art students, parents, and even a few paper crafters. Just before I left home, I finished this card using Power Poppy Peonies Digital Stamp. Would you believe that after I purchased the digital image, I discovered that I'd already bought the same image in an acrylic stamp set a while back? (Anybody want to come help me organize?) I guess I must have really liked this image to buy it twice! These are the Copic Markers that I used to color the peonies image. While I normally work light to dark with my Copic markers, I colored the blossoms on this image from dark to light, because I knew that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Kathy, thank you! If you mean the texture in the background, it's freehand with the super brush tip of the Copic Sketch marker. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2015 on Love You! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been coloring a lot lately--mostly flowers, so I thought I'd stop and take time to make a cute card for some sweet little people. :-) Before I forget, I want to let you know that I've updated my Copic Classes page, and I'm hoping to see some of you in Detroit Workshops or Dallas Certifications! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Love Is in the Air image by My Favorite Things stamps. I used my colorless blender on the background to add some extra texture. I used several Spellbinders die sets on my card front, including Pierced Rectangles, A-2 Matting Basics A, and A-2 Bracket Borders One. Patterned papers are from Carta Bella's True Friends 6 x 6 paper pad. I've used most of my favorite pieces form that pad--time to shop again pretty soon. ;-) I'm headed down to Atlanta for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a lovely image to share, Power Poppy's February digital stamp set, French Lilac. I'm pretending that Spring will eventually come, even though it's below zero here today! One advantage of a digital image is that you can change image sizes for different looks. Two articles that I found super helpful on using digital images were I Bought a Digital Stamp--Now What? by Julie Koerber and Digital Images: Part 2 by Allison Cope. Hope those help you too. :-) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the French Lilac image--yes. a LOT of them! I also used a Lavender Spica Glitter pen as well as a white gel pen (after I finished with my Copics). I love that little ladybug! After digging through several of my die sets, I ended up choosing my Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five to cut and emboss the focal image... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to the Colorful Copic and Art Squares Blog Hop! Today Copic is pairing with Inchie Arts for a blog hop. I've used Inchie Art Squares before, but it's been a while, and I really enjoyed playing with them again yesterday as I was preparing for today's hop. What's special about Art Squares? Well, I'm glad you asked! Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art. They come in six sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC). Art Squares come in seven colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white). They are perfect for wet or dry media; they won't buckle because they are heavy weight. Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares! Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface. Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Cindy, you're more than welcome to do so--I hope that your snow melts soon too!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2015 on Clean and Simple Birthday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! My first order of business is to share the winner of my gray Copic t-shirt, and that would be commenter number 22, Lynn Gauthier: Congratulations, Lynn! I have emailed you for your address. Thank you to everyone who offered class suggestions and welcome Jenn as well! I needed a few guy-appropriate birthday cards and thought that relatively clean and simple was probably the way to go. First I used several Copic Various Inks "smooshed" on glossy cardstock and sprayed randomly with Copic Colorless Blender to spread and blend the ink. I cut that inked panel into strips, and then heat-embossed a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set. I kept the backgrounds simple as well--Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores cardstock, embossed with either a Linen and Canvas impression plate, or the one that you see on the card that is standing up, which I can't find when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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It’s our pleasure to welcome Jennifer Dove to the Copic Fine Art Teacher Team! What exactly is the Fine Art Teaching Team and what will Jennifer be doing with Copic? Well, the Fine Art Teaching Team is made up of a number of professional artists and instructors who travel across the country demoing and teaching at fine art stores and art schools. Jennifer has already been busy booking demos and classes in her area! Jennifer has been using Copics since 2010, and her passion and enthusiasm are apparent to everyone she works with. As an artist by nature, Jennifer is currently busy teaching Copic Boot Camp retreats, working on her own DoveArt Designs stamp line, and designing in mixed media, jewelry making, card making and altered arts. She also has a number of excellent video classes available with Annie’s Publishing. She is very excited to be adding this new teaching... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a non-pink card today? (Can I help it if I'm drawn to pink?) I was emulating some of my clean and simple friends on today's card, which is simply residing in my stash at the moment instead of being earmarked for a certain occasion. What do you think--encouragement, or maybe graduation? I heat-embossed two of the Whisper of Wings feathers in a detail white embossing powder, and then watercolored over the top of the embossed feathers with Distress Inks. The feathers and sentiment are both from JustRite's new Whisper of Wings clear stamp set, shown above. I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to frame my top layer of cardstock, and a Fancy Framed Tags One (oops--might be retired!) for the oval with the sentiment inside. Ribbon is 1/4" white silk ribbon. If you'd like to see more projects using JustRite's Whisper of Wings clear stamp... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a pink, floral card to share--who is surprised? (Okay, no one!) I grew up with blue morning glories winding around pasture fences, but I have to confess that they weren't really considered flowers in South Carolina; they were considered noxious weeds. I still remember the first time my grandfather saw a package of morning glory seeds in a seed display: "Why on earth would anybody plant weeds?" he asked. . . Hmmmm, in spite of my early indoctrination, I still think they are pretty! Shown above are both JustRite stamp sets that I used on my card, Morning Glory Cling Stamps and Upcycled Woodgrain Cling Background Stamp. Aren't they pretty? I used the Morning Glory SVG digital cutting file to cut the morning glories shape before stamping it. I colored the morning glories image with these Copic markers: R30, R32, and R35 for the blossoms, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have another wall hanging to share; it's 5" x 7", but I think I may look for an 8" x 10" frame so that I can put that piece of Royal Velvet polka-dotted patterned paper in as a mat layer. While I was at CHA earlier this month, I met Suzanne Cannon from Quietfire Design. I used one of her lovely calligraphic stamps, Have a Heart That Never Hardens, for the sentiment on my wall hanging. The Spellbinders die template sets that I used were Nobel Rectangle and 5 x 7 Matting Basics A for the sentiment panel. I used an old Kaleidecolor Vineyard ink pad to stamp the sentiment, and I dyed white seam binding with Copic Various Inks to coordinate with my ink and cardstock. That little button has a mother-of-pearl finish, Grandmother's Buttons--love it! Well, that's it for today. I hope you have a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been happily playing in my studio during free moments for the last few days, and I finally finished a couple of little wall hanging projects. When I was in Anaheim last month, one of the products that intrigued me was Cosmo Cricket's new Just Add Watercolor line--watercolor paper pre-embossed with either clear or gold resist so that all you have to do is add watercolor. It comes in both an 8" x 8" and a 12" x 12" pad; I used a sheet from the 8" x 8" pad above. (I'm not sure where this product is selling yet--may still be in the process of shipping.) This was FUN! I simply rubbed some Distress Inks onto a plastic palette, then randomly painted them onto my Just Add Watercolor sheet. You can see that it was pretty wet; it eventually dried a bit warped, so I put the dry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Thinking Inking