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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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Psssst! Be sure to check out the sale information at the bottom of this post-- it's a really GOOD deal! Welcome! I know that it's Thanksgiving Eve. . . but can you handle another Christmas card? When I looked at the JusRite Christmas Mini Tags Clear Stamps, I knew that I could combine them with a frame-type die cut to make them be a focal image for a card front. When I dug through my frame dies and ran across Spellbinders Holly Tags, I knew I'd found my sentiment base! For the inside of the card, I used JustRite Festive Grand Sentiments clear stamps, stamped in PTI Pinfeather ink. I used my X-Press It Fine Glue Pen to dot glue on top of the green berries, then added some red glitter to the berries. That was much easier than masking the berries off and stamping them in red! I used... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I have been working on Christmas cards for a few days. While I'm not fond of mass-producing, I knew that I really needed to just get some cards churned out, and my new Papertrey Ink O Holy Night stamp set was a great set to do this with! I kept them pretty simple, and I tried to keep them thin enough to mail easily, though the first few might not make the 1/4" slot test because of having two layers of foam tape. Oh, yes, my counter was quite the mess! I had pulled out most of my old Christmas patterned paper pads, as well as some Bo Bunny 12 x 12 Christmas papers from last year, and I started cutting card fronts and a coordinating strip for a banner. Instead of stitching the edges on a sewing machine, I used my MFT Die-namics Blueprints 15 (for its 4-1/8"... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Today I'm focusing on baby cards using stamps from the JustRite Papercraft November Release; I'll be sharing a couple more November Release cards another day. Shown above is a card using the new JustRite Arriving Soon Clear Stamps. I love the sentiments in this set, especially! For years I had a mural painted on my son's bedroom wall with a scene from the children's classic Guess How Much I Love You. This set has sentiments reminiscent of Guess How Much I Love You, as well as several other traditional baby sentiments, all of which could be use not just for cards, but also for scrapbook pages or mini albums. I've had a few requests recently for pictures of the inside of cards. I won't always show them, because--well, sometimes they are still blank! But I'll try to remember to share them when they are shareable. I knew that I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
Hi, CJ, Contracts are not finalized yet, meaning that dates are still flexible. So don't make any firm plans yet, BUT. . . tentatively, a Standard and an Intermediate Certification will be held in the Portland area in the first part of April, and Copic Workshops in the second half of October. Again, tentatively is the key word here. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! This morning I have a Christmas card to share using a lovely new Power Poppy digital stamp set, Partridge in a Pear Tree. There are a couple of sentiments, as well as an image version without the writing on the teapot, for added versatility. Here is my card inside--one of the sentiments from the digital set, as well as the same image from the card front, printed lightly. I used a LOT of Copic markers to color this image. Pull up a chair, and I'll list them all! I used the R22/R24/R29 combo for the little tree ornaments, the YG00/YG21/YG03/YG17 combo for the leaves on the tree, the Y21/Y35/YG63/G82/Y28 combo for the pears, the B41 for the sky, and the warm and cool grays for most of the partridge. I used the YR12/R24 for the bird's bill and the YR01/YR12 for the birds head. The E21/E23/E44/E47 Copics were used... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
WHOA! I hope you ordered a LOT of the Winter Woods set, because it is AWESOME! (Everything is, but that one is definitely on my will order ASAP list!) :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2015 on Introducing Winter Woods at {capture the moment}
Hi, Donna, I used some distress ink to lightly sponge the edges--maybe that helped? I love those little cross-stitch edged dies! :-) Debbie
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2015 on Wishing You a Harvest of Blessing at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Is it still looking like Fall where you live? Our leaves are almost all gone, so it's starting to look more like early Winter than Fall here. I've had this little Fall card made for quite a while, but I was waiting to post it until the MFT Harvest Mouse stamp set was back in stock; I didn't want anyone annoyed at me if they couldn't get it! Today I saw that it was back in stock, so I'm posting quickly before they run out. :-) This little guy is a real cutie, isn't he? Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the Harvest Mouse image. I used a Die-namics Cross Stitched Circles Stax die to cut the focal image panel, Die-namics Blueprints 13 for the card front, and Die-namics Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax for the little banner that the focal image panel sits... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I got back late last night from a quick trip to Vancouver, BC, to color along with my Canadian friends at a Copic Workshop. I had a couple of cards made before I left and had intended to get blog posts written in my spare time--so much for good intentions and spare time! I needed a thank you note for a sweet friend who had helped me out a couple of weeks ago--one of those quiet, behind-the-scenes helpers. It's a simple card, really: the part that took me longest was cutting out the mum, and there's a die for that. In fact, I'm pretty sure I have it. . . somewhere. . . ;-) The mum is from Papertrey Ink's Mum's the Word stamp set, stamped in Sweet Blush and Simple Chartreuse inks, and the sentiment is from PTI's Inside and Out: Thank You stamp set. Papers are the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! How about a baby card today? I have a friend who is expecting twins in the next few weeks. . . Wow--makes me tired just to THINK about it! Anyway, I needed a card for her baby shower this past weekend and started digging through my stamp sets to find a likely candidate. I ran across an MFT Beautiful Baby stamp set that fit the bill for a sentiment. Next I went through my die sets and found a darling safety pin in the Die-namics Oh Baby set. I thought I'd use a card challenge for a layout, MFTWSC252. Paper is from Crate Paper's Flea Market 6 x 6 pad. (It's an older one--I'm still working on using up my stash instead of collecting new shelf fillers!) I die-cut the little safety pins from cardstock, then mashed them into a Versamark pad and heat embossed them with Ranger Liquid... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Thinking Inking
I'm never sure exactly what to say when people ask what my job is, because "I teach grown-ups to color again" sounds a little odd, to be sure! Odd or not, it's the answer that I most often give, followed by, "It's a great gig!" A few of weeks ago I was sent two of Marianne Walker's new Copic Coloring Foundations Collection kits. (Both Flowers and Faces and Hair kits are available.) These are stepped-out, instructional books that take you through coloring simple images as well as more advanced images. The kits include several 8-1/2" x 11" art pages to color along--yes, coloring pages for grown-ups! :-) I've been plodding along on one of my favorite coloring sheets from the Flowers kit, so I thought I would take pictures as I worked. I began with my Copic greens--warm, saturated, intense greens, for the most part, with just enough of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Yes, it's getting to be that time of year again. In fact, we had a few snow flurries last night--nothing that stuck, thankfully. As I was digging through my stamps, I ran across this little MFT Stamps Pure Innocence Holiday Hugs Snowman--hmmmm, a stamp that I hadn't used yet AND that was seasonally appropriate! (The sentiment is from a different MFT Pure Innocence set that must be retired--at least I didn't see it online.) I colored Mr. Frosty with the Copic markers listed above. Papers are from my older scrap stash, an Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas 6 x 6 paper pad. I used Die-namics Blueprints 24 to cut my focal image panel, as well as to make the little start ornament that Frosty's holding (colored in red then covered with glitter). I used Die-namics Blueprints 15 to "stitch" the red background layer. This was a fun little card... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Congratulations, Cindy!
:-) No trouble at all, Susan! Actually, I was wrong anyway--I said that 12 x 12 CS would be better, but since 7 x 2 = 14, I guess you'd need larger cardstock than 12 x 12 if you didn't seam it. . . The seam really isn't noticeable if it's on the inside top panel. HTH!
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Hi, Susan, I know I've done a blog post on this topic, but I can't find it this morning. ;-/ Anyway, I don't have any educated recommendations on 12 x 12 cardstock since I haven't purchased any for several years. My last 12 x 12 was probably from Stampin' Up close to ten years ago. FOr 5 x 7 cards that are vertically oriented, I usually use my 8-1/2 x 11 CS, cutting two panels, one 5 x 7 and one 5 x 7-1/2. Next I score the longer one on the 1/2" line, fold, and use either glue or double-stick tape on the 1/2" flap to attach the two together . I make sure that the seam part shows on the inside front so that you really don't notice it when you open the card. That's clearly a work-around though--12 x 12 CS would definitely be better. Hope that helps a bit!
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Good morning! I got back from the Portland Copic Workshops on Monday afternoon, then remembered about the time I set dinner on the table that I hadn't made my card for today yet. . . Some days are just like that! Today I'm happy to get to share a card using the new JustRite Peonies Clear Stamps and Peonies and Mason Jar Dies. These are the Copic markers that I used to color the peonies images. I airbrushed Copic Y35 onto the white panel before attaching the mason jar and peonies with foam tape. I took a couple of angles of pictures, hoping you could see the stacked layers in one of the pictures. Patterned papers are from Crate Paper's Flea Market 6 x 6 pad. I hope you get a chance to go see what the rest of the JustRite girls created with the lovely Peonies clear stamp set... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I'm popping in this lovely Sunday morning to share another new JustRite October release stamp set, Doodled Roses clear stamps. Isn't this a fun image? I kept it simple; I embossed the focal image with white embossing powder and then watercolored the roses with Distress Inks. A bit of stitching, a string, and a button, and that was it--easy! The little strip of patterned paper was from Echo Park's Summer Bliss 6 x 6 pad--one of those bits and pieces sitting beside the paper cutter. If you'd like to see more projects made with JustRite's Doodled Roses clear stamps, I hope you get a chance to see the blogs below! JustRite Inspiration Debbie Olson ((here) Sheri Holt Michele Kovack Heidi Blankenship Kristi Schurr Darsie Bruno Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I'm coloring today in Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon. Just before I left home, however, I had a chance to play with a couple of new sets of JustRite PaperCraft stamps, one of them being the Morning Splendor clear set that you see used above. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Morning Splendor image. I suppose morning glories may come in a variety of colors, but the ones that I grew up around were always blue! Patterned paper in the background is from Crate Paper's Flea Market 6 x 6 pad. I used a heavyweight vellum to heat-emboss my tag sentiment--easy! Would you like to see what the other DT girls have created with the Morning Splendor clear stamps set? Check out the links below, and thanks for stopping by! JustRite Inspiration Debbie Olson Michele Kovack Marisa Job Darsie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Just popping in to share some notecards that I made a couple of days ago. If you been stopping here for very long, you might know that I'm not fond of mass production. I don't have a problem with anyone else doing it; I just get bored easily if I have to do it! I needed a couple of thank you notes--preferably easily mailable ones. But when you're making two, you might as well make three, just to have an extra for the stash, right? The funny part was that after getting three started, I remembered that I needed seven more cards to put on gift bags for an upcoming church event. Hmmmm, might as well just keep going. . . So two turned into three, and three turned into ten. For someone who isn't fond of mass production, that was an an accomplishment! :-) Unfortunately, I almost used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
This past week has raced by. I'm headed home from the Chicago area today; I had a great weekend with the Copic Workshop attendees in Schaumburg! Today I have a sweet little "I Pick You" card using the My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse stamp set. I know that my mother-in-law would probably say, "It a MOUSE. How can it be cute?" But it really is. . . I colored the mouse's sweater with the Copic Markers listed above. Next I applied Copic Colorless Blender to a scrap of old cotton sweater and laid it on top of the colored sweater for a few seconds to create the sweater texture. After that dried completely, I finished coloring the image. Dies that I used are from MFT's Die-namics Blueprints 13 set, and patterned papers are from Echo Park's Summer Bliss 6 x 6 pad. To get a mat layer for the banner... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Susan, I actually DO mail 5 x 7 cards in 5-1/4/ x 7-1/4 envelopes; and unless they are too thick and get charged extra for being over 1/4" thick, simply being 5-1/4" x 7-1/4" should NOT cost extra. Check out this USPS page on envelope size for regular mail: Of course, I have also found that some US post offices don't know the rules and vary from other post offices too! If your PO is charging you extra to mail a 5 x 7 card that isn't too thick, I'd show them the rules. :-) Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2015 on Peace and Joy Sentiments at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have one last Christmas card to share this week, made with JustRite Papercraft's new Peace and Joy Sentiments clear stamps. I like the quirky font on the Peace and Joy Sentiments clear stamps set, and I like being able to pair it with the Gift of Faith set since they use the same font! My card is slightly oversized at 5" x 7". For the sentiment panel, I used the center part of one of my newer Spellbinders dies, Decorative Holly Frame, (25% off at JRS right now!), along with an older die set, Layered Poinsettia. (I used just the two smaller layers of the poinsettia, and I used one of those same dies for the leaves as well since the leaf in that die set is quite large.) Patterned papers are from an Authentique 6 x 6 Bundle: Festive. (It's probably at least a couple of years... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome back! Today I'm continuing with JustRite Papercraft's September Christmas stamp release, featuring the Great Joy clear stamps. The Great Joy clear stamps set has several sentiments that I know I'll use again soon: I make a few cute holiday cards, but most of the cards that I send out are truly traditional Christmas cards. Even if the card is trendy on the outside, I often stamp this kind of sentiment on the inside. I've pulled some older papers from my stash for this card front and inside, a My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas 6 x 6 pad. It's been a while since I had a chance to get any new patterned papers, so I'm thankful that the stash is holding out! I used a couple of Spellbinders die sets, Fleur de Elegance and Classic Ovals Large (retired). I used a lighter gold metallic cardstock (PTI), along with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Good morning! Do you ever have a really simple idea that you end up complicating, or am I the only one with a gift for that? When I saw the Just Rite Papercraft Gift of Faith Sentiments clear stamps, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a loose, "effortless" watercolor wash, perhaps clear embossing the sentiment underneath the wash. . . Let's just say that I must have been sleeping during "Loose, Effortless Washes" class. Behold, my best three of six eight attempts! Some day I'm going to be a little mouse in Kay Miller's or Laura Bassen's studios and learn their watercolor secrets! I thing that I liked about the Gift of Faith Sentiments clear stamps is that this set can be mixed and matched with the upcoming release Peace and Joy Sentiments clear stamps--the styles are the same, so you have great er options when you combine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! It's a two-post morning--wonders never cease! I'm happy to be able to share a new JustRite Papercraft Christmas stamp set, Multi-Step Poinsettia clear stamps, shown below. There is a helpful PDF tip sheet that goes along with the Multi-Step Poinsettia clear stamps, HERE as a free downloadable resource. I decided to create pink poinsettias instead of red ones this time around, using Papertrey Inks's Lavender Moon, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, and Summer Sunrise inks to stamp my poinsettias. I used a Copic YR30 marker to add the pale yellow light around the flowers, and Copic E81 and YG91 to color the banner in the sentiment. Next I popped up three poinsettias on foam tape and added glitter to the flower centers. Would you like to see what the rest of the team has done with the Multi-Step Poinsettia clear stamps? Then I hope you have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking