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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 release night at My Favorite Things Stamps; everything that you've seen on the MFT Blog is now available. I've used the Our Story set here again--couldn't put this one down! Remember when I said that I had to use the "To my favorite bookworm" sentiment twice, even at the expense of logic? (Favorite is superlative; so techinically you can have only ONE favorite.) Anyway, I have five-year old and eight-year old nieces who are crazy about reading. Sorry, but they both need favorite status in birthday cards! ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Our Story images and to and airbrush the background. I thought I'd show you the plain colored chair, compared to the chair after it was texturized. The chair on the left has been colored smoothly. The chairs in the middle and on the right have texture added.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's almost that time--release time, that is, for the December MFT Stamps release! Tonight, Tuesday at 9pm Eastern time, I'll have one more post to share. But right now I'd like to share a mostly die-cut card featuring the Winter Trees Die-namics. This would be a pretty simple card to mass-produce, but you might want to cut down a bit on the foam tape layers unless you can hand-deliver your cards. ;-) I've always loved the Vertical Snowfall and the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics, so I combined them with the Winter Trees and used some of my favorite soft colors to create my snow card. I topped the trees with small (4mm) sequins as stars and just tucked the trees in between the snow drifts. The "Joy from Me to You" sentiment is from the the Merry Everything stamp set, but you could easily substitute and sentiment of your... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Countdown, and I have another super-cute set to show you today, Bookworm. I love that little worm with the scholarly glasses! Now, I have to confess that I borrowed a sentiment from the Our Story set that I showed you yesterday, mainly because I wanted to send this card and one that you haven't seen yet to two sweet little sisters. . . and it really wouldn't do for me to say that only ONE sister was my favorite, even if it isn't logical to have two "favorites." I'm sure that made sense to some of you anyway! ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Bookworm images. (The sentiment is from MFT's Our Story stamp set.) I paper-pieced the little reader's shirt to coordinate with the background patterned paper from last month's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day Four of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Countdown, and I'm loving the Our Story stamp set that I've used here. In fact, I've already made another card with it too--it had too many possibilities to stop with one! Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used on the Our Story images. I used one of the Oval Shadows Die-namics to ground him with an area rug. Any Broncos fans out there? That's what the colors reminded me of when I finished. For the texture on the little reader's sweater, I used an old cotton sweater scrap spritzed with Copic Colorless Blender, laying that damp sweater scrap on top of dry Copic ink to push the ink and lighten certain areas to create a simple pattern. While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Five of the December My Favorite Things Stamps Countdown! Today I played with the Stars Above stamp set and Die-namics. I was feeling all watercolor-y, so I pull out my Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers, and hoped for the best. [Loose watercolor challenges me, to say the least.] I mixed the colors a little too much so that you really can't see three colors, but they're there--trust me! For the stars, I embossed in detail silver embossing powder and then painted random parts of the insides. On other parts I used a glue pen and added glitter. I mean, stars NEED glitter, right? (Well, glitter, or Chibi Lights. . .) As always during release week, the new items shown will be available on release evening, Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern, on December 6. (That is a new, earlier time.) Links for new supplies... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, BA Vella, Machines! I actually already have a Silhouette, which isn't as simple to fussy cut with as the Scan and Cut, but can definitely do it. . .if I just MAKE time to get past the learning curve! I hate to purchase another machine, given my propensity for ordering a new toy because everybody else thinks it's cool, and then not making time or space to use it. . . That's just one of my many flaws. ;-) Anyway, I think I am going to try to figure out how to use the Silhouette anyway. My friend Nancy said is writing up a tutorial! I'll keep the Scan and Cut in mind though, if I even master what I've already got. You're the second person who has mentioned that the SandC is really simple to do this job with. Thanks! Debbie
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Welcome! I've been busy with projects for the upcoming MFT Release, but I wanted to finish another Power Poppy wreath that I'd started a few days ago; those wreaths were SO pretty! The one that I used here was the Boxwood and Cranberry Wreath. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Boxwood and Cranberries image. I don't usually leave highlights in the middle of leaves, but when I researched boxwood leaves, they were quite shiny, and they seemed to bow up slightly in the center too. So I bumped the shiny, stark highlights to the centers of most of the leaves. For the cranberries, I left a few unripened ones, knowing that every bag I've ever bought has a few with really pale green-to-white ends. That worked for me since I wanted to add more contrast anyway! I used a really dark green cardstock... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Have you survived Thanksgiving weekend so far? We walked into one local store Friday afternoon and saw a line of customers snaking over fifty feet long, waiting for checkout. I told my husband that I really couldn't think of a single thing that I needed to stand in that line for, so we left. . . Some shoppers we are! I decided to come home and finish another card to send to a sweet friend. This one uses the MFT Stamps Polar Bear Pals set, along with several other goodies, listed at the bottom. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the Polar Bear Pals images. Since you can see his glitter only with the right angle of light, I thought I'd put one more shot here; I used my Red and Turquoise Spica Glitter Pens to draw vertical and horizontal lines on his scarf--like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm sharing just one little part of the Power Poppy November Instant Garden Release--it's a "Salesgiving" for sure! I've used the Birch and Evergreen Wreath Above, but there are three other wreath sets as well. Each wreath comes three ways: with the image alone, the image with a sentiment inside, or the image as a gift tag. Just so you know, I did a little bit of digital mixing and matching. I took the sentiment from the Boxwood and Cranberry wreath and put it in the center of the Birch and Evergreens wreath. Sneaky, eh? ;-) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used, along with a couple of Spica Glitter Pens. I thought I'd share a tip for getting clean corners with my X-Press It Foil Deco Tape. I ran a length of foil tape down all four sides, letting them cross past the ends, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Thanksgiving Eve. My turkey is brining, and my pumpkin pie is in the oven. Tomorrow is a small dinner--just the three of us this year. One of the things that I'd like to get done after my guys are stuffed is to spend some time writing thank you notes. I am embarrassingly far behind--as in probably ten cards. . . So one of the cards that I finished today is the little My Favorite Things Ice Skater above. (She has a thank you sentiment inside.) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the ice skater image. I also used a couple of Spica Glitter pens (linked at the bottom) on many of my outlines as well as on her scarf, sweater, and skates. Skaters need sparkle, right? I also tried some of the new 25mm X-Press It Deco Tape Glitter Silver: I placed two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Thinking Inking
So sorry, Laura Ann--perhaps Amanda is no longer maintaining a blog. This post was written so long ago that I don't remember how to make it anyway. :-/
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Welcome! It's release night for MFT's Kitschy Kitchen Card Kit, and I have two projects to share with you tonight. For the first one, I used the bright kit ink colors, along with a couple of other previously released Die-namics sets (all listed at the bottom). Speaking of lemons, do you love lemons as much as I do? I have three words for you: Homemade Lemon Curd. Oh, My! (And don't even think about using bottled lemon juice.) For my second card and tag set, however, I used much softer colors, which I thought gave the Kitschy Kitchen Kit an entirely different look. I used the Stitched Rounded Square frames Die-namics for my bordered tablecloth, and then I stamped the Diagonal Chevron Background on Insulation Pink cardstock for the inside of the tablecloth. The "for you" sentiment is from Cookie Crumbs, linked at the bottom. A tiny bit of airbrushing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm back again today with a second MFT Stamps Kitschy Kitchen Card Kit card, this one being an "out of the box" version. For this card I used images from the Kitschy Kitchen Kit, paired with a sentiment from an earlier release, the Cup of Tea stamp set. I stamped the images in hybrid black ink and then colored the negative spaces with Copic markers. I wanted a white subway tile background behind my wooden shelf, so I used the Die-namics Brick Wall Cover Up to cut glossy white cardstock for my tiles. I put the grout part of the cover up in place to use as a stencil to place my tiles in the right place, and then removed it after my tiles were glued down. I hope you get a chance to see what the other girls have done with their out-of-the-box version of this month's card... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's KIT TIME again at My Favorite Things Stamps, and I'm having fun with this month's Kitschy Kitchen Card Kit! Shown above is my "In the Box" version, meaning that we were supposed to stick with materials found in the kit, other than very basic supplies such as a coloring medium of choice, paper cutter, or basic shape dies. Here is the inside of my horizontal card; I left the sentiment space blank so that I would have room to write a note to a friend. Love those little utensils! I couldn't stop playing with Kitschy Kitchen after In the Box card number 1, so here's a bonus card. Still using just kit ink colors (other than the airbrushed pale yellow behind my dish stack), I made a little focal image from stacked dishes--not that my kitchen counters ever look this way. . . (Riiiiiiiggghhhttt!) I hope that you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Replay Day for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have another Sweet Sloths card to share! Show above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Sweet Sloths images. I loved the Stitched Rounded Square Frames Die-namics--I think that I will use the Squares and Rectangles often. Patterned papers are from the Fun and Frolic paper pad. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a list of participants in today's Release Replay post--I know you'll be inspired! Thanks for stopping by today, Sweet Sloths Die-namics Sweet Sloths Blending Card by X-Press It Sweet Tooth Card Stock Fun & Frolic Paper Pack Orange Fizz Heavyweight Card Stock Hybrid Ink Pad Black Licorice InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Night at My Favorite Things Stamps: all of the new products that you've seen over the past few days are now available, and all links should be live. I chose to share another Polar Bear Pals card tonight--love those sweet bears! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the bears. The background die is the new Horizontal Snow Drift Cover Up. I airbrushed the background behind the cover-up die, and then added glitter to the bottom three panels, leaving the insert out of the top three panels so that my sky would show. I finished up with some iridescent string that's been in my stash for a few years, and some sparkly sequins--that's probably enough since the the bears steal the show anyway! Again, all of the new November products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'll be back Tuesday night with my November MFT Release post, so if you are looking for the MFT Countdown posts, just scroll on down. :-) Tonight I wanted to share one little news tidbit. First, almost every time I use purples or lavenders, or violets, I have people comment that purple is their favorite color. If you're one of the Purple People, you'll be happy to know that we have a new color of Copic Multiliner. The new Lavender Multiliner is waterproof and Copic-proof, just like the rest of the Multiliners. I recently received a couple of the Lavender Multiliners and thought that I would play with them and share tonight. Isn't that a pretty color? The Lavender Multiliner comes in five sizes: 0.03. 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5. (I used the 0.3 below.) I started with a light pencil sketch of a lake scene at sunset. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! We're down to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown--Tuesday is release night! I have ideas just buzzing in my head for the Cookie Crumbs sentiment set, paired with the You're the Milk to My Cookie Die-namics set. Today's version I kept simple and sweet--I wanted to try out as many of the cookie die elements as possible. ;-) So, we have a chocolate chip cookie, a pink frosted sugar cookie, and a peanut butter cookie. With that cookie trio, any day would be bound to get better, wouldn't it? Keep in mind that while I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night, 10pm, EST on Tuesday, November 1. (All other links should work now.) I hope you have time to check out the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of participants in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! No cute little critters here today, BUT I still have a really useful stamp set to share for Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Countdown, Deepest Sympathy. Honestly, I have a TON of birthday stamp sets, but I'm always in short supply for certain types of stamps, one of which is sympathy stamps or even stamps appropriate for someone with a serious illness. For the flower spray beside the sentiment, I used the flower and leaves from the new Roses in Bloom Die-namic, but I substituted hearts for the flowers to help it coordinate with my sentiment. Keep in mind that while I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night, 10pm, EST on Tuesday, November 1. (All other links should work now.) I hope you have time to check out the MFT Stamps Blog for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! There's more over-the-top cuteness in store today for Day Four of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown: it's Polar Bear Pals, and for those of us who like to mix stamp sets, it coordinates beautifully with last year's Cool Day stamp set! Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used on the Polar Bear Pals image. I ran both my ice sheet (a partial die-cut circle) and my icebergs through my Xyron so that I could get the glitter stuck well to both of those parts. But since it all started looking like one visual plane, I pulled out my Copic Airbrush System and gave the ice sheet that the bear is sitting on a spray of B63 toward the back. That was quick and easy, and it solved my visual problem. :-) Keep in mind that while I linked all MFT products below, the links... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Countdown. Can you handle some serious cuteness? I hope so, because that's what we have with the Sweet Sloths stamp set! As always during release week, the new items shown will be available on release evening, Tuesday at 10pm, Eastern, on November 1. Links for new supplies at the bottom of the page will work then; all other links should work now. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Sweet Sloths images. Besides Sweet Sloths, other new products that I used here were the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frames Die-namics and the Kraft Collection Solid Stripes paper. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of participants in today's release blog hop, as well as for information on how to enter the prize drawing on the MFT... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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You're very welcome, Darcy!
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Thank you, Cindy!
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You're very welcome, Donna!
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Connie, that totally makes sense! I'm not fond of having to jump through hoops to leave a comment ether. :-/ Sorry about that!
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