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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 think I've been posting pretty much non-stop this week--sometimes it just works out that way. Today I'm playing along with a collaboration between the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Team and MFT Stamps. It's a good fit--I'm always trying new adhesives to keep my layers firmly attached. My first card is a layered up little number using MFT's Birds of Paradise and its coordinating Die-namics set, a couple of sets of oval STAX dies, and the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner Permanent Micro Strips Adhesive and 3/8" Black Foam Tape on my card. One thing that a layer-lover always needs is good foam tape. I have several different white foam tapes, but this is the only black foam tape in my collection. It is very high tack, and I'm quite sure that it will hold well. While black foam tape was not essential on this card, I can... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's finally kit release night for the My Favorite Things Stamps Twice the Wishes card kit! As you can see, I opted to stay much closer to the kit tonight that I did on my last post. ;-) Above is my tab-closed card. And here is my card with its tab pulled open! I almost went with a wedding cake, but I wanted to use the candles and birthday sentiments. (I don't know about you, but I need more birthday cards in my stash than wedding cards!) I used the Bundles of Blossoms background to stamp both of my cake layers with Versamark ink before heat embossing with detail white embossing powder and then sponging with Cotton Candy Dye Ink. While I really, really love my Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX, I was cutting it close on size for this card. You can see that there isn't... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today's My Favorite Things Stamps Twice the Wishes Kit post is supposed to be an "Out of the Box" use--one in which we are given free reign to combine other MFT products with the Twice the Wishes kit components. I have to warn you before you try to figure out where the Twice the Wishes Kit comes in on today's card that I took the "Out of the Box" concept very seriously. . . In fact, I followed a rabbit trail of creative thoughts so far out of the box that I might have gone out of the warehouse instead! I hope that's okay with you. My Tuesday evening post will be much closer to "in the box," and you'll have no problem seeing the kit in that one! So, before I show you my stepped out shots, I thought I'd show you the closed tab (top picture in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm excited to share an interactive pull-tab card using the new My Favorite Things Stamps July Card Kit, Twice the Wishes. The Twice the Wishes card kit will be available at MFT Stamps on July 19 at 10pm. Today is the "in the box" day, meaning that we use only components found in the card kit, with a couple of exceptions like basic shapes Die-namics and neutral inks. I have to admit that I feel like I'm creating with one hand tied behind my back when I can't use ALL of my Die-namics (especially the Blueprints), and no ribbons, string, buttons, or glitter. So "in the box" is a challenging concept for me! All of that to say that the blueprints die that you see out on my desk is just to help me visually frame the paper and position the cake layers--I didn't use it to cut... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a guest post up HERE on the Sunny Studio Stamps blog; a special thanks to Mendi Yoshikawa and Sunny Studio Stamps for the invitation and stamp sets! I thought I would post my Copic Color Maps here, but I have several more pictures as well as explanations on the Sunny Studio Blog. First is a clean and simple card made with the Sweet Shoppe stamp set and its coordinating Sweet Shoppe dies. The cards above and below are both created using the Sock Hop stamp set and its coordinating Sock Hop dies. Yes, a guy card for sure--I had fun with the shine on the hood! There's no airbrushing, just blending. I hope you get a chance to visit Sunny Studio Stamps to look around and Mendi's delightful products, and to see my Sunny Studio guest blog post, which has more process details and photos. Thank... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's been another crazy week here, though you can't tell it by how much I've posted lately. Suffice to say that I'll have plenty of posts over the next week--when it rains, it pours! Today's card is from Power Poppy's Instant Garden, a digital stamp homage to Van Gogh's sunflower series, called Sunshine of my Life. I cropped, flipped, and enlarged the image, but the original is shown below. It's a truly lovely image to color! I Googled "Sunflower Images" and was surprised by the enormous variety of colors in sunflowers--you'd be amazed! Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the Sunshine of my Life sunflowers. I've already mentioned this, but I did enlarge, crop, and flip the image vertically; that's why it looks a bit different from the picture above. I thought I would take pictures as I colored, stepping out the process. You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Madeleine, Thank you! Yes, I did. I used a very similar technique a few years back on a PaperTrey Ink card that had a pair of flip-flops on a shore, so if you've seen one that looked a lot like this one before, it's possible that you saw a pin of that card. Debbie
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Thank you, Miss Mary!
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Welcome! I have a couple of July MFT Stamps Release Replay cards to share today. First up is Birthday Speech Bubbles, which I hadn't used earlier for the July MFT Release. I readily confess to being a multiple-layer-er most of the time, but occasionally I see a set that I just know I need to play it clean and simple with. Birthday Speech Bubbles was one of those! The only tricky part was die-cutting the background paper so that the inlayed words would be straight. (I know all about that--I had to redo it once. :-}) So, here's what worked best for me: Stamp the speech bubbles. Decide on the positioning of your bubbles, and then lay them out on the cardstock or patterned paper that you plan to use, making sure that the words are straight. Place one die at a time on top of its coordinating speech bubble,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Kim, I just posted a tutorial that I hope will help! Check for it here: http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/2016/07/my-favorite-friendosaurus-copic-background-airbrushing.html Thanks! Debbie
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Good morning! I had a couple of questions about my airbrushed background on the inside of THIS MFT Stamps You're Rawr-Some card, so I thought I'd share some outtakes that might help with both the airbrushing part and the use of the new MFT Pop-up Die-namics. My mask is simply a torn piece of scrap paper. I try to tear it so that I have a random hills-and-valleys edge rather than a straight edge, though I often still end up using both halves of my stencil (as you can see above) to get curvy clouds. The patterned paper that you see in the background is covering a magnetic board (Essentials by Ellen Craft Assistant, linked at the bottom of the post), so I can use strong magnets to hold my masks and my cardstock in place rather than needing to use the low-tack masking that some projects need. I used... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! This morning I'm playing along with an MFT Stamps sketch challenge, MFTWSC288. I had gotten the Get Down to Business stamp set a while back, but I hadn't ordered its coordinating Die-namics set until recently. When my son needed a Father's Day card in June, I thought that this would be the perfect set (and a fitting sketch) to use! Here is what Sketch 288 looks like, and remember that you can change orientation, flop direction, etc., to make the sketch work for you. Have fun with it! These are the Copic markers that I used to color the Get Down to Business images and airbrushed background. Would you like to play along with this sketch challenge? You can find more information HERE on the MFT Stamps Challenge and Inspiration blog, as well as plenty of visual inspiration! Thanks for visiting today, InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Night at My Favorite Things Stamps--all of the new goodies that you've been seeing are now available. I saved my favorite card from this month's batch to share tonight. While I love interactive cards, I'm interactive-challenged. Seriously. But I gave it a whirl as soon as I figured out what the Pop-Up dies did, and it worked--woohoo! Tonight's card uses the You're Rawr-Some stamp set and its coordinating Die-namics, along with Die-namics Pop-Up Elements Narrow, and my Copic markers. (A supply list is at the bottom.) What do you think? I love the You're Rawr-some set, and I love it popped up even more! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the images. I airbrushed the background and listed those markers as well. (I think I have some editable pictures of the airbrushing before I added the images, if it would help... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's July 5--time for Power Poppy's Digis on the 5's again. I loved this old-fashioned beehive, surrounded by foxglove and cosmos in Sweet, Simple Things; and after this last week of colliding deadlines, I have to admit that I love that it didn't take long to color too! ;-} Along with the image file, there are also two lovely sentiment files, shown above. Listed above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Sweet, Simple Things image. In addition to my Copic Sketch markers, I also used a 0.3 Wine Copic Multiliner because I needed to get those tiny markings on the inside of the foxglove blossoms, and Multiliners worked better for such a tiny space than my Sketch markers would have. Before the 0.3. Wine Multiliner in the Foxglove throats After the 0.3. Wine Multiliner in the Foxglove throats Here's a comparison. See the difference?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Thank you, Lisa!
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Thank you, Rose! :-D
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Welcome! It's almost time for the July My Favorite Things Stamps release; I have a really simple thank you card to share today using the Thanks and Hello Die-namics. In just a few hours (July 5, 10pm EST), I'll have my favorite card that I made from the July release to share. I die-cut four layers of persimmon cardstock with the Thanks Die-namics, glued them together, and the coated the top layer with Glossy accents for that shiny look. The June Sweet Sunshine Paper Pack gave me a fun color combo that is suitable for either gender--that's handy! I hope you have a chance to check out the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration with this Die-namics set and several other fabulous new products! Don't forget about the fabulous prizes available for MFT's tenth birthday celebration! As always, while both new and formerly released products are linked below, the links... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps July Release Countdown, and I cheated just a little bit on today's "birthday" card. I knew that I wasn't posting on July 4, so I wanted my Cupcake Day Card to do double duty for the Fourth of July. So, just picture her in other patterned papers and without the stars if that doesn't work for you, okay? :-} Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Cupcake Day images. I airbrushed the background with my Copic Airbrush System, leaving my Dynamics Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle die in place as a mask. I used my trusty Blueprints 15 for the outer border, along with Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX for the dark blue band. Patterned papers are from last month's Sweet Sunshine 6 x 6 Paper Pack. Be sure to go check the MFT Stamps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Thanks, Nora--I hope that you do!
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Thank you, Marie!
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Susie, I'm so happy to hear that! Thumbnail-sized color sketches are a perfect challenge piece, because you can almost always crowd a tiny thing into your day. Happy Journaling!
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Thank you for your encouraging words, MOI!
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Thank you, Cindy! I think that the second step, deciding which lines you'd like to keep and reinforcing only those with ink, is pretty important. Sometimes we feel that we've finished the "thinking" part when we finish the pencil sketch, and that we can put our brains in neutral and just trace over all of the same lines with marker. But doing that can lead to too many lines, or clutter and confusion. If I'm thinking as much in the second step, the inking of the RIGHT lines, I'll usually have fewer lines to contend with as I color later and allow myself room to see things a bit differently as I add color. I hope that makes sense! I think the main thing is to just keep sketching. . . :-)
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Welcome! It's Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps July Release Countdown, and today I have a sweet little guy birthday card to share, created with the MFT Stamps Beary Special Birthday stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. My nephew will be three in October. He was born on his Mom's birthday: now that's SOME gift! Sometimes we jokingly call him "Red Chief" in allusion to the O. Henry short story "The Ransom of Red Chief." Oh boy. . . He's a busy one to keep up with! All of that to say that if I can still find this card in October, it's for him. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the bear images (including the ones on the card front). Here is the inside of my card; I airbrushed a little patch of Copic B04 in the bottom left corner before attaching... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been working (among other projects) on Copic class prep over the past few days, and it's been really enjoyable. Sometimes I get so busy with the business-y parts of my jobs that I forget how much I really like the fun parts! So I thought I'd share some ideas with any of you who might think that you'd like to sketch--even if you are pretty sure that you either (a) don't have time, or (b) don't have the ability. You see, there' s Big Secret: Sketching is really not rocket science! I'm hoping that if I share some quick sketches, you'll be inspired to pull out your pencils, Copic Multiliners, and Copic markers, and just give it a TRY. . . And to cut down on both the time needed and the blank page intimidation factor, we're going to make these sketches "thumbnail-sized"--small and quick to finish. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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