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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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I'm in South Carolina visiting family and friends this week, but I wanted to pop in and tell you that registration for the 2018 Copic Certifications and Workshops in Phoenix is now open, including the NEW Flowers Workshop, with updated flower images! 2018 Copic Phoenix Classes Copic Standard Certification: : January 17, 2018, Jenn Dove Copic Coloring Flowers Workshop: January 17, 2018, Jenn Dove Copic Intermediate Certification: : January 18, 2018, Jenn Dove Copic Coloring Animals Workshop: January 19, 2018, Cindy Lawrence Copic Coloring Landscapes Workshop: January 19, 2018, Cindy Lawrence Copic Hand Lettering Workshop: January 20, 2018, Debbie Olson Here is a link to the Copic classes page; if you scroll to Phoenix, you will see all of the choices. Hope that helps! Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm sharing a card from Reverse Confetti's September Release. This one's pretty clean and simple, but that sweet wreath from Fall for You doesn't need a lot of accessorizing to look Fall-ish! Besides the basic wreath, Fall for You has several smaller pieces that can be layered to change the look of the wreath. I stamped my wreath in Cocoa Memento ink and colored it with Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card. Then when I finished coloring and die-cut my image, I lightly airbrushed the image with a Copic YR31 so that the paper would have a cream background. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. You can see all of the new products from Reverse Confetti's September Release HERE. Have fun! Stamps and coordinating dies: Fall for You (Reverse Confetti) Copic Sketch markers used on Falling for You wreath:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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The September My Favorite Things Stamps Release is now live! Tonight I've used a sweet Pure Innocence image from Love You to the Core. She's mostly colored with Copics, but I paper-pieced her jacket with red paper from the Bundles of Blossoms Brights Paper Pack. I airbrushed the background and then lightly sketched in some grass at the base of the bench and at her feet. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Love You to the Core image. Again, 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 tonight, 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, and thanks for visiting! Love You to the Core... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The September My Favorite Things Stamps Release is almost here: at 9pm Eastern time tonight (Tuesday, September 5), all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. For today's card, I paired Plentiful Petals with a sentiment from All Smiles. I stamped the flowers and leaves in late Summer colors, and framed them with a Tropical Teal Dome die cut. I lightly airbrushed the background with Copic Y32 and placed a few dots of Key Lime Nuvo Jewel Drops as an accent. 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release Countdown! Today I'm sharing a card made with the new Rustic Wildflowers stamp set and coordinating Die-namics, along with the new Blessed & Blessings Die-namics. I airbrushed some Copic BG53 into the background, keeping it darkest in the lower left corner. Here's my card inside. I tried out my platinum embossing powder for the flower centers as well. (You can see the platinum only at an angle; it's fairly dark--like the graphite in a soft pencil.) From this angle, you can see a little better than in the top picture that I coated my "blessed" die-cut in Versamark ink and heat embossed clear embossing powder over it. I also used some of the Sea Breeze Nuvo Drops; I have about four colors of these now, and I think I might need a couple more! They're really easy to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Sharon, I've been thinking of you--so glad that you are okay. Praying for your fellow Texans. . .
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2017 on Thankful, Grateful, Blessed at PaperFections
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Welcome to Day 4 of the September My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! Today I have used the Thank You Circle Frame to frame a tree from the new Modern Trees stamp set. I masked the scene area so that I could airbrush a couple of rolling hills (YG17) and a sky (BG01), but you could do the same thing with a sponge and ink if you don't airbrush. I used three of the clear droplets to accessorize, and foam type to put the layers together. Easy! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a full list of participants in today's release posts, as well as some great prizes! Just a reminder that while I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links (noted with an asterisk) will not be live links until release night, 9pm Eastern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release Countdown! Today I have a thank you card to share using the new Animal Farm stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. I really wanted to make him a shaker card, but I wasn't sure exactly what might be floating in the air on a farm! ;-) I used Die-namics 31 as a little frame for my farm animals, coloring a simple background with my Copic markers (YG13, BG00, and BG01). The stamped background is Make Your Mark, stamped with Kraft die ink. Easy-peasy! 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, 9pm Eastern Time, Tuesday, September 5. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more July Release inspiration! Thank you for visiting,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Teddra, that would make a nice gift! And your garland idea? A TON of work, but it would be awesome!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Hi, Mary, Beads would look great! I was trying to avoid choking hazards, but if they were sewed well, it shouldn't be a problem, I don't think. I tie a knot, then hide my knot tail inside a layer, loop through the first hole a couple of times, and move on to the second stitch. If it doesn't lay exactly right, I fix it when I come back around with my last stitch. I try to finish my knot between layers, then pull the thread tail through the cookie to keep loose ends from showing. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Sandy, I saw some macarons on Pinterest too, and they were darling--so colorful!
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Thank you ALL for your kind comments! I really do love the thickness and smoothness of Papertrey's wool felt--it's awesome to work with!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Lock stitch may not be a proper name, but it's what my grandmother did to everything she hemmed so that if I managed to break a stitch, the whole hem wouldn't come out. It reminds me a lot of a blanket stitch, with just an extra loop of thread to knot after each stitch. :-)
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Thanks, Becca--I love Mason jars too! And coasters? Clever!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Thanks, Colleen! No calories or crumbs either. . . ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
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Good morning! I'm excited to share a couple of pictures from my guest post HERE on Nichole's blog for Papertrey Ink's tenth anniversary celebration, Stamp-a-faire 2017! My chosen anniversary material was wool, mostly because I love the thick, smooth, clean-cutting PTI 100% Wool felt. I included a ten-minute video on Nichole's blog showing exactly how I used PTI dies to make my wool felt cookies, which were inspired by a picture that I saw on Pinterest from Sweet Emma Jean's Etsy shop. (Sweet Emma Jean sells marvelous felt patterns, including several doll patterns that I don't see on her site right now, but that I bought a while back and need to find time to actually use. . .) I'm planning on dropping in for a visit at the PTI Stamp-a-faire forum later today after I get home. Maybe I'll "see you" there! Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Just a quick note to let you know that I had the opportunity to participate in Papertrey Ink's Tenth Anniversary Celebration--Stamp-a-faire 2017! My post and video (yes, I ventured into video for the occasion)--go live HERE on Nichole's blog on Sunday, August 27, at 10:00am, Eastern time. I'll also share a picture here after the post there goes live. I will stop by the PTI Stamp-a-faire forum Sunday after church. :-) Hope to see you there! Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a starry card and a fun stepped out background to share. I started with glossy cardstock and three colors of Copic Various Inks (reinkers)--B23, B28, and G07. I randomly dripped reinkers on my glossy cardstock, moving the ink around and dabbing it with a scrap of bubble wrap. Next I spritzed with Copic colorless blender to get more texture. (Also, any time I'm not in love with a reinker-on-glossy-cardstock background, spritzing colorless blender is usually the solution! I usually buy it in the large bottles since the large bottles are much more economical than the smaller bottles.) While I still had some wet ink, I lightly sprinkled a few bits of Nuvo Silver Bullion Gilding Flakes, thinking that they would probably stick to a few areas, and they did! It's looking a little like deep space to me now. Finally, I die-cut the word "Stars" from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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It's release night for the My Favorite Things Stamps X's and O's Card Kit! I kept tonight's card simple--mailable without extra postage even. ;-) I stamped random tic tac toe patterns on my Smooth White cardstock, remembering all of the random scraps of paper that I had filled up with tic tac toe boards during my first dozen years or so. . . Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the X's and O's Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! X's and O's Card Kit Steel Gray Cardstock Dye Ink Pads: Blue Raspberry, Wild Cherry, Cement Gray, Steel Grey Versamark Ink Detail White Embossing Powder Tombow Mono Glue 1/2" foam tape Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps X's and O's Card Kit, which will be available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. Today I have a shaker card to share using die cuts from the X's and O's Card kit, paired with paper from the Party Patterns Paper Pack, and some sweet little Pearlies and sequins as shaker material. I used a Stitched Dome Stax Die-namics--one of my newer favorites--for the pink mat layer. What makes you happier than a shaker card? I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the X's and O's Card Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas! Again, the X's and O's Card Kit will be available tonight (Tuesday night) at 9pm, Eastern time at My Favorite Things Stamps. Thank you for visiting today, X's and O's Card... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's August Kit time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and this month's kit is the X's and O's Card Kit. On today's card, I used hearts and O's rather than X's, but they are both fun! I knew that I wanted to use the "Love Always Wins" sentiment, and the hearts fit in a bit better for that. I used the square shaker and frame Die-namics included in the X's and O's Kit to contain my tic tac toe board, pairing it with Tiny Hearts Brights patterned paper. The X's and O's Card Kit will be available Tuesday night, August 22, at 9pm Eastern time. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a full list of people participating in the X's and O's Card Kit Countdown today! Thank you so much for visiting, X's and O's Card Kit [Square Shaker Frame and Die-namics, Square Shaker Pouches, Tic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Heidi, from this page: http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/FAQs_on_Copic_Markers.html FULL Weights of Copic Markers These are not officially Copic-derived numbers. I weighed five new markers, averaged the weights, and then extrapolated from there. Remember that when you refill a Copic Marker, both caps should be OFF to prevent an airlock. You should be able to weigh a marker with caps on to see if it needs Various Ink added. If it is within ONE gram of being full, I don't refill it. If it is more than a gram underweight, I add ink. Occasionally I run across a marker that is TWO grams under full weight. A marker that is two grams underweight with definitely feel scratchy on the paper and will seem dry to use. Copic SKETCH Marker: With BOTH caps on: 14.4 to 14.9 grams With NO caps on: 9.5 to 10 grams Copic CIAO Marker: With BOTH caps on: 10.5-10.7 grams With NO caps on: 7.6-7.8 grams Copic CLASSIC Marker (formerly called Copic Original): With BOTH caps on: 20.3 grams With NO caps on: 14.2 grams Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! It's Release Replay day for the My Favorite Things Stamps August Release, and I'd like to share another card using the Wild About You stamp set. I paired the alligator image with the "So many of my smiles" sentiment, thinking it would make a perfect boy card. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I use to color the Wild About You alligator image and airbrush the background--easy-peasy! I used my Copic Colorless Blender marker to push some of the green ink and get texture on the alligator's skin. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for complete list of the participants in the August Release Replay! Wild About You stamp set Wild About you Die-namics Make Your Mark Background Essential Speech Bubbles Die-namics Spring Scene Builder Die-namics (grass) Smooth White Cardstock Sour Apple Cardstock Green Room Prestige Cardstock Field Day Prestige Cardstock... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Hello, Miss Guillermina, I just emailed you the chart. So glad to hear that you enjoy coloring! Debbie
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Hi, Leslie! I ordered ten packs as well, and I wish I had ordered more, because I hear that they are in short supply already. :-/ Honestly, for detailed coloring, I feel that I can get a finer line by using good hand control with my Super Brush. But when I need a consistently sized line, that's when the fine tips shine for me! Hope you love yours, Debbie
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