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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 time for the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Replay, and I have another Purr-Fect Friends card to share. My last one involved mostly cats, so I thought I would play with the bird images from Purr-Fect Friends on this card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Purr-Fect Friends images. I put just a bit of airbrushed BG53 on both the cage die-cut and the area behind it, with no masking needed. I used paper from the Fresh Squeezed Chevron pack for my background, along with a frame cut with the new Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames. On the inside, I continued with the rest of the sentiment from the front, "Makes My Heart Sing." I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find links to all of the other Release Replay posts for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's February Reveal Day for My Favorite Things Stamps: all of the new goodies that you've been seeing online for the past few days are now available. I played with the new Purr-Fect Friends set tonight. I loved the contrast between a plainer cat and one that's "da bomb" because, honestly, one out there cat is about all any friendship can take! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used on the Purr-Fect Friends images. I used a small strip of patterned paper from the Rainbow Stripes paper pack to give a little pizzazz to the bottom of my card, and I airbrushed a little blue atmosphere and some cool gray shadows on the background as well. Again, all of the new February products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team will have projects to share tonight, so please... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! Today I've used the Happy Together stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Happy Together images. I airbrushed the sky with a Copic BG13 using a randomly torn paper towel as a mask. That's my favorite way to airbrush sky! The grassy foreground is also airbrushed with a Copic G43. I used a 0.3 Black Copic Multiliner to sketch a loose treeline to separate the grassy area from the sky. (The treeline is solidly colored with G24--not airbrushed.) Keep in mind that while I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night, 9pm, EST on Tuesday, February 7. (All other links should work now.) I hope you have time to check out the MFT Stamps Blog for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release! I chose the Space Explorer set to use today--you can see why, right? He's cute! I thought I would show you pictures of my airbrushed background, because it was experimental for me. I pulled out some of my Fluorescent Copic colors--probably the first time I have used some of these! I sprayed a splotch of three fluorescent colors first, keeping a light yellow green near the top where I thought I might want my moon image. (All colors are listed toward the bottom of the post on my Copic Colors Map.) Next I used my Copic C6 to airbrush around the fluorescent circles. Finally, I used C10 to deepen all of the in-between spaces. The fluorescent colors were standing out a little more than I wanted them to by this time, so I lightly airbrushed C4 across the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release! The set that I used today was a sentiment set, Lots of Hugs, paired with its coordinating Lots of Hugs Die-namics. (I trimmed the "s" from my die-cut since I needed a singular version of "hug.") Other stamps and papers that I used were older releases: flowers from Mini Modern Blooms, and paper from the Fresh Squeezed Chevron paper pack. I used last month's Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namics to put a sweet little edge on my Smooth White cardstock, and then layered my flowers and words--easy! As always during release week, the new items shown will be available on release evening, Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern, on February 7. Links for new supplies at the bottom of the page will work then; all other links should work now. Thank you for stopping by tonight, and I hope... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Heather! Yes, we all tend to put our best foot forward. :-)
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Oh, Trudie. . . You should really come visit me some time! I just added a picture at the bottom of the post for YOU. You know how you tidy up when you know that company is coming? I had tidied up because I knew that "company was coming" in the form of pictures. But when I read your comment, I went downstairs and took a picture of what I left out last night when I just flat was too tired to CARE what it looked like. I hope that makes you feel better, because I truly don't want to contribute to the frustration level of beautiful crafters everywhere who don't have magazine perfect spaces, and lives. {{{Big hugs, and keep on making beautiful things in your work space!!}}}
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Welcome back to my Copic organizational mini series. Today I wanted to share my Copic Airbrush System area with you. So where is it? That what I like--it's pretty much out of the way, but easily accessible since I use it several times a week! Yes, it's hiding in the cabinet just to the left of my Copic Various Inks and extra markers. When we put the cabinets in, I asked Rick to put a couple of electrical outlets inside my cabinets for tools like my air compressor and under-cabinet low voltage lighting. The cabinet obviously isn't airtight, so I don't worry about the air compressor not getting enough air circulation. Rick also drilled a hole through the back right bottom of that cabinet so that I could run my air compressor hose through the hole, but I haven't used that much since I really just prefer to pull the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I get a LOT of questions about how I store my Copic supplies. This isn't new information, but it evidently bears repeating. Tomorrow I will have a post showing how I store my Copic Airbrush System; I'm not sure that I've shown that before. So buckle up for a picture ride if this is something that might help you! Before I share more pictures, I thought I would tell you about our new Copic Workshops, now that we've had the first exciting run-through in Phoenix: Hand Lettering, Coloring Animals, and Coloring Landscapes went well! We were all able to be there and get on the same page for the next classes, as well as make a few tiny tweaks where a project took maybe a bit longer or shorter than we had expected. I can't wait to teach these, and I'm working on portfolios for them every chance I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Don't let that little airbrush intimidate you, Patti! Remember, it's [usually] only paper anyway. . . ;-)
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You are most welcome, Trudie! You'll have to email me and let me know how it went, okay?
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You're on the right track, Mary! I always start farther back than I *think* I need to be, and press more gently on the trigger than I *think* I need to press! Doing those two things save a lot of re-doing. ;-)
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Thank you, Robin!
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{{{Sweet Becca!}}} I'm just glad that I got to see you at all! Love you, my friend, and hope you feel better soon!
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Blueprints Tag Challenge. I chose the Blueprints Tags 5 Sketches since Blueprints Tags 5 is one of my favorite tag sets. (All MFT Blueprints Sketches are found on THIS PAGE; it's an awesome resource if you have Blueprints Die-namics!) I chose a farm theme for my tags because I had never used my Farm-tastic stamp set and coordinating dies, and I knew that my Dad's birthday was coming up in February. He'll like that tractor. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Farm-tastic images. The smoke coming from the tractor is from the No Place Like Home Kit, but you could substitute little pieces of cotton ball if you don't have a No Place Like Home kit yet. I love these guys--aren't they fun? I hope you get a chance to visit the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yesterday I shared a project featuring Pantone's Color of the Year, Greenery, which is very close to Copic YG25. I took pictures as I worked on the airbrushed background in case anyone asked to see them today, so, Mary and Trudie--this one's for YOU! I started with a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of X-Press It Blending Card, a Copic B23 Sketch marker, X-Press It Mask It, and my Copic Airbrush System. (I was using the sheets of Mask It, but I will probably purchase a roll next time since I don't necessarily need a specific sheet size.) After I peeled the backing off of my X-Press It Mask It, I laid it carefully, sticky side down, onto my paper JUST BENEATH where I wanted my horizon line to be. I knew that I would not need the full quarter sheet of cardstock, but I usually give myself more airbrushed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Did you know that Pantone chooses a color of the year? This year's color happens to be--are you ready for it?--Greenery, or in Copic-speak, that's YG25. I had a darling MFT Stamps Polynesian Paradise stamp set and dies that I'd never used, and that little lizard or gecko was just begging to be 2017's Color of the Year! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers colors that I used to color the Polynesian Paradise images. To give him some texture, I used a colorless blender to add spots on top of my dry green ink. I airbrushed the background, and listed those Copic colors as well. For the background, I used MFT Sour Apple cardstock, stamped in Green Room dye ink. I used X-Press It foam tape to raise my layers and give the images some added dimension. Let me know in the comments section if you'd like to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Tonight is release night for the My Favorite Things Stamps January kit, No Place Like Home. With a TON of sentiments to choose from, you have a lot of options with this kit. I simplified my die-cutting by cutting the house and tree pieces from white cardstock and then coloring them solid with my Copics. It obviously would have been just as simple to cut the pieces from colored cardstock, but it would have taken longer to cut several colors and I would have had more wasted pieces. . . And I was trying to get ready to leave for Creativation in Phoenix! ;-) Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for No Place Like Home inspiration! Thanks for stopping by, No Place Like Home Card Kit Die-namics Blueprints 15 Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges 2 Primitive White Heavyweight Card Stock Sno Cone Card Stock Sour Apple Card Stock... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Yes--you can see the class schedule here: https://imaginationinternationalinc.com/copic/classes/schedule/ Detroit on May 19-20 for the *new* Workshop Package. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Hi, Brodie, If you'll check the post, the only instructions that I ever wrote for this project were in it. I can't really give you sizes to cut your dividers, because that is dependent upon what size box you choose to use. You might look for suitable boxes at places like a Hallmark store. I think I got this one on clearance very inexpensively, and then decorated it with scrapbook papers that I had on hand. I'm a little fuzzy on the details; it's been eight years since I made it! :-) But I know that I made dividers for each month, along with a master page for each month on which I could note birthdates and anniversaries. I might be nice to have a section in the back for unexpected occasions, such as births, graduations, and sympathy cards. Hope that helps, Debbie Olson
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2017 on Birthday Organization Challenge at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Replay Day for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have a BIG hugs card to share. For my background, I stamped the new Floral Fantasy Background in Pure Plum ink on Razzle Berry cardstock. Of course hot pink needs orange, right? (Well I thought so anyway!) For the hugs sentiment, I painted a scrap of watercolor paper with distress inks and let it dry completely before die-cutting. I love those tiny 3mm sequins for dressing things up at the very end! For the bow, I dyed white crochet thread with a Copic re-inker. For a complete list of all participants in today's Release Replay blog hop, be sure to see the MFT Stamps Blog. I know you'll be inspired! Thanks for stopping by today, BG Floral Fantasy Background Pure Plum Premium Dye Ink Pad Die-namics Big Hugs Die-namics Blueprints 25 Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics Stitched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a Power Poppy Instant Garden release to share with you, Sweet Pea Show. I love sweet peas--common and unpretentious, but soft and sweet too! Marcella's illustration captures them beautifully in this January digital release. Sweet Pea Show, including the illustration and sentiments are available HERE. I paired the Power Poppy Sweet Pea Show image with some PTI patterned Papers (Raspberry Fizz Collection) and some MFT dies. The image is colored with Copic Sketch Markers; I didn't get my normal graphic finished tonight, so for now I'll list the colors below. (If I get a chance tomorrow afternoon or evening, I'll try to add a Copic Color Map.) Blossoms: RV0000, RV04, RV55, RV66, RV69 Greenery: G40, G43, G46; YG00 Labels: E40, E43 Background: B0000, 0 I hope you get a chance to visit the Power Poppy Blog, as well as all of the talented ladies below, for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's finally My Favorite Things Stamps Release Day, so all of the fun products that you've been seeing online for the last few days are now available HERE. I saved the I'm Owl Yours stamp set to use tonight as a birthday card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the owl images. Aren't those little guys sweet? (And there are several more owl images that I didn't use too!) After deciding that my owls would work best in an oval frame, I looked for a die that I could use with an oval and saw that the Stitched Basic Edges 2 and Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 would work perfectly! Papers are form the MFT Sweet Celebrations Paper Pack. Again, all of the new January products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team will have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Release! Today I played with the new Die-namics Stitched Heart Grid. It's a two-piece die set with the stitching on one part and the stitched hearts on the other part. That gives you the freedom to use as many or as few hearts as you want. (I thought it might be fun to substitute buttons or flowers or something like that for hearts as well!) I painted a scrap of good watercolor paper with light and medium pinks and an orange (distress inks in the sets listed below), then let the paper dry thoroughly before die-cutting hearts from it. I bent each heart along its stitching line and then glued them onto the stitched base lines, using the negative shape from which the hearts had been cut as my placement guide. The sentiment on the banner is from Love Is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release! Any post-people in your life? If so, you're in luck with today's You've Got Mail stamp set.( Okay, even if you just send mail, it works for that too!) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the You've Got Mail image. I also used just a tiny bit of airbrushed Copic YR31 right behind my mail girl on the white oval background to warm up that area and help her to stand out a bit better. Sometimes people ask about the card inside; it's pretty simple here, with a sentiment stamped in Nightshift Blue, and the same little mail girl stamp in Blue Breeze. I added texture to her mailbag with a scrap of denim spritzed in Colorless Blender, then popped it up with foam tape for added dimension. Keep in mind that while... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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