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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! I have a couple of cards to share today for the My Favorite Things October MFT and Friends Challenge. I was having too much fun making Christmas cards to stop during release week! ;-) My first card uses the the Ho Ho Ho Die-namics, paired with a couple of pieces from the Filled with Joy Die-namics--the ornament string, bow, and top pieces that I cut from Silver Shine cardstock. I added glitter to the letter pieces as well and popped up the inset layer above the striped background. For my second card, I chose the snowman in the Filled with Joy Die-namics. He and his accompanying letters are coated with microfine glitter, and he's dressed in Candy Land paper. (Yes, I do love the Candy Land paper!) Would you like to play along with us? Then check out the blog post here. Thanks for stopping by! (First card) (Second... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
It is slightly lighter and smoother than traditional kraft: “Please note that I used 100 lb. Neenah Desert Storm cardstock on which to color the image, and then a white Prismacolor pencil to add all highlights.” Hope that helps, Debbie
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Welcome! It's October Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps! I paired the new Pure Innocence Holiday Cheer stamp set and Christmas Background stamp with the Snow Flurry stencil for tonight's card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Holiday Cheer image. Please note that I used 100 lb. Neenah Desert Storm cardstock on which to color the image, and then a white Prismacolor pencil to add all highlights. All of the new October products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team members will have projects to share today, so please check out the MFT Stamps Blog for many more cool projects and products, as well as a chance to win fabulous prizes. Good luck on the giveaway, and thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release countdown! Today I chose the Filled with Joy Die-namics to play with, creating a shaker card. I think I've made three cards with this die set in the last couple of days--it's a fun one! And I'm still playing with the Candy Land Paper Pack as well. . . Almost all of the dies that I used were from Filled with Joy, but the leaves at the top of the ornament are from an older Die-namics set, Fab Foliage. I thought that they might pass as mistletoe leaves (unless you grew up with mistletoe in your oak tree and know that mistletoe leaves have rounded tips). ;-) 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... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, October 9, the October release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Hand-Lettered Holiday Greetings and Christmas Background stamp sets, combined with the Perfect Poinsettia Die-namics for my card. I also played with the Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock. 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 Tuesday morning (Tuesday, October 9) at 10am Eastern... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown! I chose the Tweet Holidays set to play with today, making a little snow shaker behind my birds. I'm enjoying the Candy Land Paper Pack--just ordered two more packs. . . Yes, I might have a little paper problem. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Tweet Holidays images. While I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, October 9. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more October Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown. This is my favorite time of year to make cards, because I really enjoy making Christmas cards! Today I'm sharing a card using the Deck the Howls stamp set combined with the new Candy Land Paper Pack. [Oh, man--those are MY colors!!] I colored this sweet pooch with the Copic Sketch markers shown above, paper-pieced his coat, and airbrushed the background with Copic BG02 and E43. While I have linked the products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, October 9. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more October Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Lauri, I would check YouTube if I were you. Using Copic Classics is really not that different from using Copic Sketch or Copic Ciao markers, except that the nibs are different. Classics come with a bullet nib and a chisel nib rather than a Super Brush and a chisel/medium broad nib. I personally find the Super Brush easier to color with since it is softer and covers more area with a single stroke. But Classics have the advantage of having the most replacement nibs, including one smaller than but similar to the Super Brush nib if you want to switch out nibs. Hope that helps. Again, check YouTube since you can find almost anything there. Thanks, Debbie
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC405. Today's sketch is a really simple one, so maybe YOU will have time to play along with us too! I chose a little cowgirl from MFT's Saddle Up & Celebrate stamp set, pairing it with the Whimsical Woodgrain and the Floral Fantasy backgrounds--hoping that the Floral Fantasy background looked a little like a red bandana. My Copic colors are listed on THIS POST if you'd like to know which ones I used for her. Here's one more WSC405 card, using an older MFT stamp set, Geometric Greenery, paired with an older patterned paper pad, Fun & Frolic. So, would you like to play along with us? Be sure to check out the MFT Stamps Challenges Blog for details on the challenge and for more inspiration! Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's been a while, hasn't it? Cindy and I had classes in Dallas a couple of weekends ago, and then I went straight to my sister's house in Abilene to visit with my nephew and nieces for a few days. We're headed to Toronto for our last CCC classes of 2018 today. But in between there, I carved out a bit of time to play in the My Favorite Things Stamps Color Challenge 102! I actually have two cards to share today, so keep scrolling, okay? Today's challenge colors are shown above. I used the Captivating Mandala stencil and airbrushed my CC102 colors on my background, as well as using them in felt or cardstock. For my bonus card, I used the September FREEBIE with purchase set, thinking that it would work perfectly with the Color Challenge 102 colors. Since this set did not have a coordinating Die-namics set,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things MFT and Friends challenge. I had colored the Sending Blessings images last week, but I hadn't had time to finish the card yet. Isn't she a sweetie? It's starting to feel like Fall here, and I'm peeling apples and putting them up for Winter. So Fall really is right around the corner! Shown above are all of my Copic colors on the Sending Blessings images. I left the Stitched Dome Die-namics in place while I airbrushed a background. The grass is YG63, but I colored on top of it by hand to give some grassy texture. The sky is (from the bottom up) BG23, B12, and B63. I love cooling the sky colors off for Fall cards! The background is super-simple--just leaves stamped randomly with Kraft ink on Kraft cardstock. Would you like to play along with us? Then check... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to a two-post day--I don't have many of those! I chose the new My Favorite Things Stamps Sending Blessings Pure Innocence girl for today's Just Add Color challenge. Usually a Pure Innocence image works its way into my release week cards, but this one's card is still a work in progress. I'll show a finished card for her in the next few days. All of the Copic markers that I used to color her are shown below. Would you like more MFT color inspiration? If so, check out the September Just Add Color blog post here! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Along with almost forty other designers, I am thrilled to participate in a very special birthday party today for Taylored Expressions--celebrating TEN years of business! I remember using the very first TE stamps, and you may have used them too too--remember Cuppie, the cupcake? Shown below are some of my earliest TE cards, dating back as far as September 30, 2008. . . a blast from the past! Card styles and image styles have changed over the years, but I can tell you for sure that my friend Taylor hasn't. She still has a heart for people and is an absolutely lovely person inside and out. While I'm on that topic, I want to make sure that you know about the TE Share Joy Campaign and how to spread some joy to those who often need it most with your handmade cards: At the heart of Taylored Expressions is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's September Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps! I paired the new Mod Birds stamp set with Sassy Pants Best friends for tonight's card. I used an oldie-but-goodie stamp set in the background, Distressed Patterns. Mod Birds is really simple to use--it's easy to register the colored shapes with the line part, and quick to pull together! All of the new September products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team members will have projects to share today, so please check out the MFT Stamps Blog for many more cool projects and products, as well as a chance to win fabulous prizes. Good luck on the giveaway, and thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, September 3, the September release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Wildflowers stamp set and coordinating Die-namics for my card. If you've come here often, you know that I'm a flower girl! I watercolored my flowers with Distress inks (listed below) before die-cutting them. I airbrushed the background with three Copic markers; I'm definitely more comfortable with airbrushing than I am loose watercoloring! Maybe one day I'll conquer that though. ;-) 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Thinking Inking
HI, Mimim01, These kits are available each month at www.mftstamps.com. Unfortunately, the kits generally sell out within a few days, BUT you can still purchase the die set (and cardstock) individually. Here is a link to the die set: https://www.mftstamps.com/die-namics-stitched-blooms Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release Countdown! Today I chose the Birdie Brown Fall Friends set to showcase--I loved coloring these images, as well as airbrushing a Fall sky background. (And we've had a few nippy mornings here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan already--Fall's coming!) Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the Fall Friends images and to airbrush the background. For the background, I stamped random leaf images on my cardstock, and then stamped the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Background in a lighter green ink. After that, I colored the leaves with Copic YG91--just enough to slightly darken them and make them stand out a bit. While I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release night, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, September 4.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release Countdown. Today I'm sharing a sentiment from the new Sassy Pants Best Friends stamp set, paired with two older sets, Monster Sized and the Whimsical Woodgrain background. The new stamp sets showcased over the next few days will be available on Tuesday, September 4, at 10am Eastern time. When I read through the sentiments in the Sassy Pants Best Friends stamp set and got to the "You are not Normal" sentiment, I immediately thought that it would be fun to pull out my Monster Sized stamp set--I loved that little monster with his claws over his head! I also used some of the Sunset Glitter cardstock for my circle frame. 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, 10am Eastern Time,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The My Favorite Things Stamps Beautiful Bloom Kit is now available. I told you on my first post that all three of my Beautiful Bloom cards were really different from one another, and now you can see what I mean! On today's card, I colored the bloom with my Copic Markers (all listed in the supply list at the bottom of my post). As long as I spent coloring it, I wanted to let the bloom take center stage! So I chose an airbrushed mandala (MFT stencil linked below), and a mandala die, along with a couple of tag dies to accessorize my bloom. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of all of the designers participating in today's kit reveal! Again, the Beautiful Bloom Kit is now available at MFT Stamps. Thank for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Beautiful Bloom Card Kit Countdown; this kit will be available Tuesday night at 8pm Eastern time. For today's card, I played with watercolor--my Distress Reinkers--on watercolor paper. (All colors are listed below in my Supply List area.) I stamped my Beautiful Bloom images in Versamark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder before watercoloring--easy and relatively quick too! Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in today's kit preview. Again, the Beautiful Bloom Card Kit will be available Tuesday night, August 21, at 8pm Eastern time. Thank you for stopping by today! Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's August kit time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and this month we have a floral kit--my favorite kind! I'll have three kit cards over the next three days, and all of them are very different. For tonight's card, I kept it simple--gold embossing on shimmery gold metallic cardstock. Instead of using the Hello, Beautiful sentiment set that comes with the Beautiful Bloom kit, however, I chose a sentiment from an older sentiment set, Brushstroke Expressions. The gold cord is some that's been in my stash for years, from May Arts. I purchased a 300-yard roll of both gold and silver several years ago, and I should have enough to do for the rest of my life! ;-) Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in today's kit preview. The Beautiful Bloom Card Kit will be available Tuesday night, August 21, at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Creative Color Café classes will be coming to Dallas/Irving, Texas Toronto/Stouffville, Ontario, CANADA, and Minneapolis/Eden Prairie, Minnesota in September and October on the dates shown above. Here's what we'll be covering in class: Concepts in Coloring is a two-day event. You may register for either or both days. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at Creative Color Café
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Creative Color Café classes will be coming to Dallas/Irving, Texas; Toronto/Stouffville, Ontario, CANADA; and Minneapolis/Eden Prairie, Minnesota in September and October on the dates shown above. Cindy Lawrence and I would love to have you come color along with us! We have some fabulous sponsors and images, as well as plenty of hands-on Copic instruction. More information can be found HERE, and the class registration page is HERE. Hope to see some of you there! Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Dorene, I have emailed you twice in the last two days to explain how to unsubscribe; would it be possible to check your spam folder for those emails? When you have subscribed through Feedblitz as you did, you can very easily unsubscribe by simply clicking "Manage My Preferences" or "Safely Unsubscribe" at the bottom of each emailed post. I have removed you from my end of the list, but it would be awesome if you could **click the link ONCE that is at the bottom of every email that you have ever received from Feedblitz, to unsubscribe yourself.** This is the best and fastest way to be removed from a third party email list. Hope this helps! Debbie
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things MFT and Friends challenge. I hadn't played with the Birdie Brown Frightfully Sweet stamp set during the release, and I knew that I wanted to try this one for sure! Yes, it's a Halloween set, but I have another use for my card: my son is home for about two more weeks before he goes eight hours away to college. He's already spent six weeks there this Summer, so I've already had a trial run of the empty nester thing. . . You know--that time in life when you check your phone every five minutes for a glimpse into your missing son or daughter's world--a simple text message! And, yes, I confess that I even have a special message tone for him that Rick and I both listen for. Anyway, I made this card for him, because we realize that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Thinking Inking