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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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Please Note: The May MFT Stamps Flashy Florals kit is now SOLD OUT. The Flashy Florals stamp set will be available in a future release, however. Thanks! Welcome! Just popping in to share one more Flashy Florals card and to let you know that the MFT Stamps Flashy Florals Kit is now available! I chose non-kit colors for this card, all linked at the bottom of my post. I love layering flowers. Can you tell? :-) Here is the inside of my card, same color scheme as the front of my card and with the same Copic B32 Airbrushed background. I used Die-namics 27 on this card front--love that scalloped, stitched border! I wanted my flowers to show through the sentiment, so I used some vellum to heat emboss my sentiment on, and then attached it underneath the flowers on the left. For more inspiration, be sure to check the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Today I have a floral card to share using the lovely My Favorite Things Stamps May Flashy Florals Kit. We actually had snow flurries here on Saturday, so these big flowers are just about all I have of Spring right now! (Not enough snow to stick, thankfully--just in case you wondered.) The May Flashy Florals kit will be available on Tuesday evening, May 17, at 10pm EST. Here is the inside of my card. I haven't used a sentiment inside yet, because I'm not sure what I want to use my card for; but I knew that I wanted to carry the same flower theme and colors to the inside my card. My card uses only ink, stamps, and cardstock available in the May Flashy Florals Kit. I added only one non-kit die to cut the oval window on my card front. I also used my Copic Airbrush System... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I am unofficially playing along on today's My Favorite Things Stamps WSC280 sketch challenge. . . because I, well, forgot to actually sign up for this challenge! Anyway, I still wanted to share my card that I'd made for the challenge with the MFT Stamps Pure Innocence Straight to the Point stamp set. Here's this week's MFT Sketch WSC280--a pretty simple one, right? So you'd like to play along too, right? :-) Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the Straight to the Point image. I also used a scrap of denim, spritzed with Colorless Blender to create the denim pattern on her dress. Would you like to play along with this sketch challenge? You can find more information HERE on the MFT Challenge Blog. Thanks for stopping by today, Pure Innocence Straight to the Point Die-namics PI Straight to the Point Die-namics Blueprints 14... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! It's finally Release Night at My Favorite Things Stamps; that means that all of the new stamp sets and products that you've seen over the past five days are now available. (The links should all work now.) Today I'm sharing a card made with the Pretty Posies stamp set, and using a sentiment from Because You. I stamped the flowers and leaves on watercolor paper and then loosely watercolored them before die-cutting them. I kept the layout simple, toying first with the idea of a largely colored background; but I liked it better with a plain whip cream background. Of course, my Blueprints Die-namics made it simple to layer background pieces! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for the full scoop on the May Release. Again, all new products are now available at the MFT Stamps Store. Have fun! Pretty Posies Because You... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! It's Day Two of the My Favorite Things Stamps Countdown Release--almost release day! Today I'm sharing a card using the Snuggle Bunnies stamp set, combined with a few elements (clouds and sun) from Magical Unicorns. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Snuggle Bunnies and Magical Unicorns images. I used a black 0.1 Copic Multiliner to draw hills. Here is my card inside. In retrospect, I might have switched the outside and inside sentiments, so that the bunny with his head back would be on the same side as the "laughing with you" sentiment. chalk it up as "things to do differently next time!" ;-) I colored the bunny on X-Press It cardstock, then die-cut him. For background, I drew a hill with my black 0.1 Copic Multiliner and then airbrushed the grass and sky so that the marker wouldn't bleed through the back... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! You don't see many book review posts from me, but I think this one is worth sharing. I spent some time looking through Marianne Walker's recently released Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers foundations book this weekend. As I flipped through it, I kept seeing topic after topic that people have asked me about in classes. "Hmmmm," I thought, "might be a useful book for review of concepts! Basic marker techniques? Check--in there. Understanding how light hits a basic shape? Yes, also in there. Blank pictures that you can print and color along with Marianne's stepped out explanations? Also in there. Blending colors from different families, using the Colorless Blender, creating texture? ALL in there, and much more as well. Even if YOU have these concepts down clearly, you might still find the book useful if you ever teach others basic art or basic Copic lessons. Check it out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Release! Today I have a Magical Unicorns card to share. When I first saw the stamp set name, I have to confess that part of me was thinking, "What on earth will I do with a unicorn set?" But I have to tell you that as soon as I saw the set, I was smitten. Yes, yes I did I totally enjoy coloring pink unicorns with glitter! Before you ask, I did color a wing for my flying unicorn, but I didn't want to cover the dark pink mane. So I made an executive decision that my unicorn could fly without wings. I mean, he's magical, right? Here is the inside of my card. I don't always have to time to finish them nicely enough to show you, but I splurged with time on this one. The unicorn set was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Thinking Inking
HI, Sara, Thank you! It is a 6 x 6 pad. Debbie
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Welcome! Today begins the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release--Day 5--and I'm sharing a card made with the Make Yourself at Home stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. I loved this little chair image and knew that I wanted to do some paper-piecing, enhanced with Copic markers. I used the linen print from MFT's Tranquil Textures Paper pack, stamping the chair image on both X-Press It Blending card and on the patterned paper, then trimming the patterned paper exactly on the stamped line and gluing it in place. I used Copics to color the feet of the chair, to add some shadows to the chair, and to create the background. The rug is paper-pieced from a sheet of the pale yellow MFT Watercolor Wash Paper Pack, with shadows for the chair sitting on it added with Copic warm grays. I used the same pale yellow watercolor paper for the afghan, then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Today I'm playing along with an MFT Stamps Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge: Tags, Strips, and Flags, Oh My! Essentially, this challenge involved using any MFT Blueprints Die-namics that have tags, strips, or flags, to place a sentiment. I don't make many cards without a sentiment on front, even if it's just one word. So I've always loved anything that can give me a great way to frame a sentiment! Above I've used a little banner from Blueprints Die-namics 27 to hold my sentiment. I wanted to share the inside as well--mostly because I love this set, and I'm happy with how it turned out. I used a mixture of watercolor washes and Copic markers for backgrounds. You can probably tell which is which, with the front panel background being watercolor, and the inside having an airbrushed Copic background. The dinosaurs were colored with Copics as well, and then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Good morning! It's a Power Poppy Digi's on-the-Fives Release day today, and I had the opportunity to color Marcy's lovely Created to Create digital image. I printed this one out on the small side--my card is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", so the image rectangle is only about 3-1/4" x 4-1/2". I'm thinking that I'd print it a smidgen larger next time I color it though! I printed the image in light gray, and the sentiment in a mid-tone gray. (The sentiment is from an earlier Power Poppy digital set, Peonies.) The Created to Create digital image comes in two versions--with and without a sentiment on the page. I chose to use the one without a sentiment so I could get a thank you card made. Yes, I'm unapologetically multi-tasking! :-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color this image--a LOT of them! Of course, I needed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Hey, Copic friends--just a reminder that I'm Milwaukee-bound on May 6 and 7 for Copic Workshop Classes! I realized after the fact that it is Mother's Day weekend. But getting to color all day Friday and Saturday would be a nice gift, right? The Milwaukee classes include: More Whimsical Faces and Hair, Vintage Values and Mono Tones, and Dress for Success: Clothing and Accessories. These will be held at: Country Inn and Suites Brookfield 1250 S. Moorland Road Brookfield, WI 53005 (262) 782-1400 My next Copic Workshops will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 3-4. They will be held at: Springhill Suites 450 Center Drive Grand Rapids, MI Hope to see some of you there! Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Good morning! Yes, I know that I've been AWOL lately; I was in Portland last weekend for Copic classes, and things have been hopping here at home since I returned. This morning I wanted to share a couple of cards using both My Favorite Things Stamps and Xyron products. I've had a Xyron Create-A-Sticker for years, and and it's still going strong! On my butterfly card I used the disposable/recyclable 3" wide Sticker Maker, shown below. I chose three different butterfly images from the MFT Stamps I'm Tweet on You stamp set and colored them all with my Copic markers. Next I die-cut them with the Die-namics I'm Tweet on You, and then ran them through the Sticker Maker with the front side facing the adhesive since I wanted adhesive on the front of the butterfly images. In the picture above, you can see that I have attached about half... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Martha, I appreciate it, but, truly, no apology is necessary! I'm glad that you were able to come all day Friday and for part of Saturday as well. You should be able to sign up for the Intermediate class next time as a re-take at half price if you ever get a chance to take it again in the future. It was good to meet you! Debbie
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Welcome! This morning I'm playing along on the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge WSC275. I loved the large bee image from Fly-By Friends, and I wanted to incorporate "a buzz-illion" of them--give or take a few hundred thousand. . . Here's the inside: I airbrushed the background, then used some thin foam tape to slightly raise my bee image. Did I mention that my son's nickname when he was younger was "the B"? That's why I wanted to play with the bee image from Fly-By Friends! I colored the bees with Copic Toner Grays and Yellows, and then added BG000 in between the bees. Finally, I added glitter to the bee wings for a little bit of pizzazz. Shown above is this week's sketch. Please be sure to visit the MFT Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has created for this challenge and to play along with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Thinking Inking
It's that time--April Release Day at My Favorite Things Stamps--and I saved my favorite card to share with you today! All of the new products that we've shown this week are now available at the MFT Stamps store. I used a variety of products and techniques on this card. For the front, I used the new Cascading Scallop stencil and airbrushed with Copic G16 and YG06 and my Cpic Airbrush System. I also airbrushed the inside of the card's background, creating rolling hills and a sky. (I made my cardstock stencil with and MFT Stitched Snowdrifts die.) Copic markers used above were YG21, YG25, BG13, and BG05. I wanted to create a forest inside my card, but I didn't want it to compete with the animals for the spotlight. So I stamped the trees in MFT Cement Gray Hybrid ink, masking so that I could stack and overlap the trees.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! It's My Favorite Things Stamps Countdown Day 1--sooooo close to the April Release now! The set that I'm featuring today is called Buildable Bouquet. I love florals, and I love sets in which I can arrange and rearrange the pieces: this set fits my criteria! I played with my Peerless Watercolors for both the images and the background, and I stamped with MFT's Hybrid Black Licorice ink. Here is my card inside. Rather than watercoloring the background on the inside, I airbrushed the background with a couple of Copic Sketch markers, Y02 and YG13 I used my Die-namics Blueprints 27 scalloped, stitched die as my airbrushing mask, leaving the die in place after I cut the shape for the inside of my card. (I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol after I finished.) Next, I wanted to pass on a simple tip, learned from my personal mistake, ahem, experience: when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome to Day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps April New Release Countdown! Today I'm sharing from the Cool Cat stamp set. And I think I have a perfect use for this card; my parents just had a stray cat adopt them--a very expectant cat at that. So, what do you think? Could I use it for a Kitten Congrats card? :-) I used Copic Sketch markers to color the image before die-cutting it with its coordinating Cool Cat Die-namics; then I sketched the background flooring in with a brown multiliner and airbrushed the back wall with BG93 and some BG96. I know that I usually have a Copic Color Map for you when I color images like this, but I'm not at home right now to be able to see the container of markers that I used--sorry about that. Don't forget to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome to Day 5 of the April My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! The set that I'm featuring today is Fly-By Friends, and it's a pretty fun set! (I couldn't stop with one card on this set, so I'll have another one to share in a few days.) I kept this one pretty simple, water-coloring the bee and flowers images, as well as the background. On the inside, I masked my edges and used a Copic B02 marker to airbrush a hint of sky on the top right. (I airbrushed that part because I was trying to avoid the buckling that a watercolor wash can cause on my card base.) I used last month's sweet Die-namics Blueprints 27 for the scalloped, stitched frame, and the Inside and Outside Stitched Die-namics for the window. For watercolors, I used my Distress Inks. I have the refills and sometimes use a dropper full... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Thank you all! My husband has had a few rough days, but we're hoping that the right combination of antibiotics will soon be dialed in. Having cycled though five different IV antibiotics, and currently on three of them at the same time, he was beginning to think that nothing would work. He *thinks* he's starting to get a little better this afternoon though, so I'm cautiously optimistic that maybe we're headed in the right direction now!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2016 on Just a Quick Note. . . at Thinking Inking
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Just a quick note to let you know that I haven't dropped off the face of the blog-o-verse. We've had some family illness involving multiple trips to the ER, and then an admission; so that obviously takes priority over paper, no matter how lovely the paper. If you've been waiting for email answers from me, email has also been on the back burner. I will have some MFT Stamps release posts starting late tomorrow night. My MFT projects were already made and photographed ahead of time, so I'm still planning to get them posted on schedule. Thanks for your patience, and for your prayers too, if you're a praying person! Debbie Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Cindy, if it worries you that you might mess up a Wide Colorless Blender, I just edited to add this note: If you are hesitant for fear of ruining a Copic Wide Colorless Blender, keep in mind that you can do the same thing without inserting the trimmed nib back into the barrel of the Colorless Blender. Scroll down tow pictures and see how long that nib is. You can TOTALLY hold it by the end that goes into the barrel and not risk contaminating your Colorless Blender at all. I had no problem with mine, BUT I wanted to point out an alternative way if this makes you nervous! That way, you're risking only a nib! :-) Debbie
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Welcome! Today I wanted to share how I made my patterned paper for yesterday's tulips card. After I finished coloring the Power Poppy Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher image, I started looking for patterned paper that coordinated it; and I just wasn't finding anything in my stash that worked. Rather than go back and tweak marker colors that I was pleased with, I thought I would experiment with making my own Spring-y plaid with a Copic Wide marker and assorted Various Inks. This project started with the sacrifice of a Copic Wide Colorless Blender nib--good thing I have a pack of replacement nibs! I had read Jackson Root's Customize Copic Wide Markers article on the Copic Blog a few weeks ago, and I have often demonstrated adding a second color tip-to-tip to a Copic Wide marker in Standard Certification Classes. Hmmmm, I wonder what would happen if these two ideas played... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! It's a Power Poppy Digi's on-the-Fives Release day today, and I had a chance to color Marcy's beautiful Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher digital image for today's release. I took pictures in stages as I worked--hope that helps! The Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher digital set also includes two sentiments. (The "Hello, Friend" sentiment that I used is from Power Poppy's Simply Camellias stamp set.) Since this is a digital file, you can purchase the files online, print, and color immediately. If you need help figuring out exactly how to print and edit a digital file, check out THIS POST by Julie Koerber; it's the one that I refer to every time I get stuck. :-) I started by opening my image in Photoshop Elements and changing the line color to a brown tone; I knew that this would give me a softer look than black lines. If I had printed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I've had some JustRite cards ready to share for several weeks, but I was waiting for these stamp sets to be back in stock before I shared. Today I saw that the Sweet Flower and Vines clear stamp set is in stock, so I'm posting while I can! For the swirly green vines, I used the JustRite Stitched Ovals and Vine Dies to cut PTI Spring Moss cardstock. Here's my inside sentiment, from the Morning Splendor clear stamps set, along with a rose from Sweet Flowers and Vines. I wanted to use the small rose stamp in a grid pattern for my card front, so I lightly pencilled in some guidelines for stamping the roses. Here I have stamped the roses where lines intersect. And here I've added the leaves to each rose. I will erase my guidelines for a finished patterned card front. From here on out, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Thinking Inking