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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! Today and tomorrow the My Favorite Things Stamps team is sharing some FUN projects using Chibitronics! I mulled over my stamp set choices quite a bit before deciding that I wanted to use the little reader from MFT's Our Story stamp set, lighting the scene by using a Chibi-tronics light under her pendant light. Here's a quick video showing the lighting of the pendant when I push the pink tab. I had to have the room underlit in order to show the light well--sorry for the resulting graininess! If you haven't played with Chibitronics before, it's not that difficult, BUT you do need to follow directions. If you have a starter kit, the manual is super helpful. If not, follow that directions link in the line above for the Chibitronics "How To" page. My battery is hidden directly under that die-cut circle and is raised by two layers of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I played along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge 372 (WSC372). It was a really simple sketch, and I thought that it would be perfect for a sympathy card that I needed. I've always loved the Roses All Over background stamp, but I've never used it in solid black ink lines before; I thought it worked pretty well, and it was definitely different looking from when I've watercolored the petals. The sentiment is from Deepest Sympathy I hope you check out the MFT Stamps Card Challenge blog for details--you really should play along with us! Somebody's going to win a $50 gift voucher--could it be YOU? Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
Hi, Laurie, The Phoenix Certification classes took place in January, and they were the *last* official Copic Certification classes. Jenn Dove, Michelle Houghton, Cindy Lawrence, and I will continue to teach Copic classes, but not the same Certification classes that we have been teaching for Imagination International, Inc. for the past few years. I'm not aware of any classes planned for Canada currently, but we definitely saw interest expressed in Canada classes at Creativation in January!
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Welcome! The Gift Card Window and Frame Die-namics was a fabulous My Favorite Things February release product that I hadn't had a chance to play with yet, so I thought I would pull that one out for today's Release Replay. I paired the Gift Card Window and Frame Die-namics with the previously released Coffee Break and Coffee Date sets to tie into a fun pink and orange Dunkin' Donuts gift card. The photo above is the inside of my card. I constructed a flap piece on the back of my gift card window so that I could use a rip strip where the card would need to be removed. (I used Die-namics Blueprints 30 for the inside scored card part.) Finally, I stamped and die-cut one extra coffee cup to pop up with foam tape on the gift card window--love that little cup image! Thanks for visiting, and be sure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--February My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! When I saw the sentiment "You're the big dog today," I knew that I needed to choose the smallest dog in the stamp set to use as my focal point. (We've all met them--little dogs with BIG attitudes!) I kept it simple, stamping other random dogs from the Canine Companions on kraft cardstock as my background, and then die-cutting a single window for THE BIG DOG, complete with a bit of airbrushed spotlighting. I sketched a simple wooden floor in the background as well. All of the new February 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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time on Tuesday, February 6, the February release will be live and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. I chose to use the new Critter Condolences stamp set paired with the Collage Coverup Die-namics. One of my relatives lost a dear pet of any years recently, and I thought that Critter Condolences had sentiments that were perfect to send in a sympathy card. 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 links... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! I chose to use the new Pure Innocence Birthday Girl stamp set, pairing it with the new Sheet Music Background. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Birthday Girl image. I colored the skin, hair, and shopping bags as I typically do, on X-Press it Blending Card. Next I used a scrap of old cotton sweater spritzed with Copic colorless blender to add some texture to the shopping bags. Then I stamped the image again on two different pinks from the Tiny Hearts Pastels patterned paper and trimmed them closely (right on the stamped line). I shaded them, colored the shoes, and then glued those pieces down onto the cardstock before die-cutting the girl. In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are several fabulous new products being showcased... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! I chose the new Birthday Chicks stamp set to work with today because the chicks are so stinkin' cute! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Birthday Chicks images. The background on the white piece is lightly airbrushed with a hint of blue to tie in with the balloon and birthday hat. 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, February 6. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more February Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Five of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! I chose the new Party Animals stamp set and Die-namics to introduce today. The stamp sets showcased over the next few days will be available on Tuesday, February 6, at 9pm Eastern time. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Party Animals images. I sketched the background lightly with a warm gray Copic 0.3 multiliner before coloring it with the Copics listed above as well. Again, while I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW products will not be live links until release night, 9pm Eastern Time, Tuesday, February 6. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more February Release inspiration! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps WSC370 Sketch Challenge. I had really intended to make a shaker card with this sketch, but I couldn't pry the flower stamps out of my fingers. ;-) I also used the Yay die from the January Yay for You card kit, which was still in stock at the moment of this post's publication! I airbrushed a hint of pale green (Copic G40) in the background to make my floral-stamped words stand out a bit more than they would have on a white background. Everything else is probably self-explanatory--clean and simple. I hope you get a chance to go see the other WSC370 Sketch Challenge pieces and play along with us--remember that there is a chance win awesome MFT products, but only if you play along! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I needed a quick birthday card earlier this week and grabbed my MFT Stamps Painted Flowers stamp set to make a bright birthday bouquet. A little bit of layered stamping paired with coordinating dies made the birthday bouquet pretty quick and easy! Thanks for stopping by today, Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Thinking Inking
HI, Donna, It's a Genesis, and I don't think they are made any more. I am really bummed about that since I paid $300 for it! I saw a similar one on Amazon that is a Rotatrim--you might check that one out. Hope that helps!
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Thank you, dear Cheryl! {{{Hugs!}}}
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Sorry, J McLain--I just saw your question. I have done that before, unfortunately. I would use Copic Colorless Blender (ethanol) rather than rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol). I have no problem cleaning the insides of the caps or my desk with rubbing alcohol, but I wouldn't put it into my Copic marker, personally. So, I put about 1/2" or so of colorless blender into a small glass jar (maybe baby food jar size), and I leave the uncapped missfilled marker standing on its chisel/broad end in the colorless blender. The ink will eventually (2-3 days at the most) turn the colorless blender dark as that N4 comes out. Then I remove both nibs and blow out as much of the colorlesss blender as I can, then let my marker dry out with both caps off for a couple of days. (I usually remove both tips/nibs too so that the reservoir has a chance to really dry out.) When it seems dry, I refill it. . . with the correct ink. With something like N2 and N4, you will be able to fix it just fine. (If it were a dark blue and a dark orange tone that you had mixed up, it might never be quite the same.) Good luck!
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Welcome! It's time for the January My Favorite Things Stamps Release Replay, and I have a Brushstroke Blooms card to share today. I hadn't had a chance to play with this one during release week, and you know how much I love flower sets! I kept it simple--pink and peach tones with soft greenery, and two colors for inking my sentiment stamp to give it some pizazz. Have you gotten some new My Favorite Things Stamps this month? If so, you'll want to see what the team has come up with since the January release. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for complete list of the participants in the January Release Replay! Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--January My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! I saved my Monster Sized card for tonight because I loved making this one and liked how it turned out too. I could see this set making really cute Valentines cards, even if your little kids colored them. I wanted to use red/pink/orange hues on this little guys. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used. (I know that this format is different from what I usually use for Copic Color Maps, but I needed to show which monster had which colors, and two of them were red families.) Seriously, who could NOT have fun coloring these little monsters? All of the new January 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps is almost here! Tuesday evening at 9pm Eastern time, all of the January products will be available. I chose the Stitched Heart Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics to feature tonight because I wanted to make a shaker card as an encouragement card for a friend. Stamps sets that I used were Deepest Sympathy and Painted Flowers--both from previous releases. In addition to the products 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 links won't be live until Release time--that's Tuesday, January 9, at 9pm Eastern time. All other links should work now. Thank you for stopping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time on Tuesday, January 9, the January release will be live and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. I chose to use the new Marble Background and Valentine Wishes Stamps. The background stamp made getting a marbleized look virtually mess-free! For inks, I used some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks including Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry. (This was my first stamp impression. I sprayed the stamp with water and got a second much looser background from the same inking.) 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release Countdown! I chose to use the Pure Innocence Blowing Kisses stamp set since I like coloring sweet little girls. :-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Blowing Kisses image. I airbrushed the background lightly with Copic G02 and W3 Sketch markers. The W3 was used to ground her, and the the G02 to to provide some pale contrasting color with the Reds and Red-Violets in her dress. I used two different colors from the Bundles of Blossoms Brights paper pad on my card, and I shaded the edges of the paper-pieced skirt with warm grays to give it a rounded shape. 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release Countdown! I chose the Viking stamp set to work with today because I think he's awesome! (And I have a friend for whom I need to color one in purple and gold one of these days too--yes, for a Vikings fan!) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Viking image. I airbrushed a simple background using the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil and my Copic markers and airbrush system. For the water and beach, I used just a post it note--easy! Seriously, how cool is he? Unghhh, UNGHHH! 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, January 9. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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The elves are busily working behind the scenes on Creative Color Café! We would love to have you bookmark this page and come back to visit us. We are finalizing our schedule for 2018. Thanks! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Creative Color Café
Thank you, Mendi--I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas too!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2017 on One Last Batch! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, more late Christmas cards. . . but most of these I can pass out after church , so I'm still good there, right? :-} When I realized I needed a few more, I wanted to use a different sentiment. I was also in a pink mood. No surprise there. . . I lettered this verse using my Apple Pencil on my iPad Pro (Procreate app) when I was practicing one evening, so all I had to do was to change the color, save it as a jpg file, and print it out. I placed six of them in a Word document so that I could print out two pages and have enough. I am giving that document to you, if you'd like it--it's attached here: Download For Unto You is Born_Deb Olson. (I left off the "Merry Christmas from the Olson family part.) Fine print: This is for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Oh, Marianne, I **get it!** I'm out of time too, but it is what it is. I told my husband that if anyone says that they minded getting a card late, I could tell them that it isn't late--it's next year's card. . . ;-) Merry Christmas!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2017 on Last Minute Card Rush. . . at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Tara! Merry Christmas!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2017 on Last Minute Card Rush. . . at Thinking Inking
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