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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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Lissa, I'm glad that that little trick worked well for you--it usually solves my sticky problems!
Toggle Commented 2 hours ago on Vintage Violet Birthday Card at Thinking Inking
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Cindy, I love, LOVE your rich, deep colors--so beautiful!
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Welcome! How about a sweet little Saturated Canary card today? I had colored this Vintage Violet digital image as an extra sample for one of my Copic Workshop portfolios, and I thought that she needed to be made into a card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color Violet. Here's a close-up of little Vintage Violet. I love her! I used a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A to cut and emboss my focal image, Pierced Rectangles to add the pierced edge to the patterned card front, and a partial Fleur De Elegance cut for the little decorative shape on the lower portion of the card. Patterned papers are from Papertrey Ink's Lavender Moon Pattern Pack. I dyed white seam binding with my Copic V12 and R81 reinkers to coordinate with Violet, and that button is a PTI Plum Pudding Vintage Button. Well, that's it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm spending time with family right now, so this will be a quick post; but I had an anniversary card to share using Papertrey Ink's Half & Half stamp set, a couple of my Spellbinders dies, and some pretty patterned paper from an older Authentique Renew 6 x 6 paper pad. I stamped the Half & Half sentiment in PTI Ocean Tides ink on Stampers Select White cardstock, then cut and embossed the sentiment panel with a Spellbinders Baby Buntings die template. I wanted a little lacy edge and couldn't find just the right die in my edgers collection, so I used just the edge of my 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops die. I did a tiny bit of hand-trimming on both ends to make the lace edge end just past the striped panel, then stitched a decorative edge with my sewing machine. Buttons are PTI Aqua Mist and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
Thank you, Tory! No, I'm sorry, but I don't have a video. Making videos is on my "need to get around to" list. . .
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on Like Gnome One Else at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! You know how much I love flowers, and flowers that can be pink? That's icing on the cake! Today I have a card to share using Power Poppy's beautiful May digital stamp release, Bees in Foxglove. As you can see if you compare it to the full image below, I cropped the Foxglove a bit to fit on my card front, but still keep it large enough to be able to color it easily. Here is the full image, with three stems of foxglove and three chubby bumblebees--aren't they sweet? You can find all of the Power Poppy digital stamp HERE. Here is my Copic Color Map for you; as always, just click on it for a larger version. To enhance my Bees in Foxglove image, I used a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A die template. That little decorative piece at the bottom is cut with Fleur... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have another gnome card to share, made with MFT's You Gnome Me stamp set. I love this set! That boot was just begging to be colored. . . Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the boot image. In addition to the You Gnome Me stamp set, I also used a BG Grid Background stamp. To cut and emboss my focal image, I used a Spellbinders Standard Circles SM die template, as well as an A-2 Matting Basics A to cut and emboss my red background layer. I cut out a strip for my sentiment to show through from the background rather than putting the sentiment on a banner--mostly because I didn't have a banner die that was quite the right size. ;-) Well, that's it for today's card! Thanks so much for visiting, Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Good morning! Today I have a sweet little stamp set--or two--to share with you, JustRite's Choose Joy and the A-2 Garden View Cling Background. (I used a sentiment from Choose Joy on yesterday's Lilacs card as well.) Shown above is Choose Joy, and the A-2 Garden View Cling Background is linked here. I had to do a little finagling to make an A-2 background stamp fill a 5-1/4" square card background! First I stamped the background image in the center of my 5-1/4" square piece of cardstock. Next I lightly marked pencil lines on the edges of the cardstock where the stamped images stopped; I then re-inked the stamp (which was lying face up), and carefully laid my cardstock on the stamp using those pencilled lines for placement so that I could stamp the parts that I hadn't been able to stamp originally. Those little flowers are die-cut with one... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a floral card to share--no coloring involved! (Okay, so I did use my markers to airbrush just a hint of sky, but everything else is just stamped.) I used two of JustRite's May Release stamp sets, Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet clear stamps and a sentiment from a set I'll be using in tomorrow's post, Choose Joy clear stamps. Shown above is the Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet clear stamps. It has a LOT of potential for variety. I'm not the best multi-step stamp aligner, but I didn't have a problem with this one (and I didn't even have to pull of my MISTI tool! :-}) I'll include my supply list below. By the way, you can download a PDF of Amy's Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet Stamping Tip Sheet here. Supply List Stamps: Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet clear stamps and Choose Joy clear stamps (JustRite PaperCraft) Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Royal Velvet... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! So, I've needed TWO guy cards in the last week--it's a record! I don't know about you, but I generally don't have an abundance of guy cards in my stash. It seems like 90% of my stash has flowers, cute images, or is pink. So any time I need a guy-appropriate card, I need to make one. For this one, I used a Papertrey Ink stamp set, Through the Trees, for both the focal image and sentiment. I stamped the trees image in dark gray ink, then used four Post-It notes to mask the focal image square so that I could airbrush a sky behind the trees. To do that, I used my Copic Airbrush System and Copic Sketch markers B63, B02, YR15 (from the top down). I used two of my Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die templates to set off my focal image--love all of the Pierced dies! I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Did you see this You Gnome Me stamp set from MFT Stamps? Oh, my--it was so cute that I *needed* to order it! I wanted to color him. I kept the background simple with some tone on tone stamping using the On the Diagonal background stamp. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the gnome image. Granted, my shovel looks like it's never actually been used before. . . but I've been having fun with creating shiny surfaces with my Copics! By the way, I forgot to list on my Copic Color Map that I used some BG000 and Colorless Blender to slightly tint the sky around my gnome. I used three Spellbinders die sets: Pierced Rectangles for the red background layer, A-2 Matting Basics A to cut and emboss the gnome image, and Nested Lacey Pennants for the sentiment piece. I have another card... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yesterday I needed a bridal shower card for a lovely young lady who is soon marrying her Prince Charming. I was pretty sure that she liked pink, and, fancy that, so do I! :-) I pulled out one of my wedding and anniversary go-to stamp sets, Papertrey Ink's Inside and Out: Love stamp set, and did a bit of smooshing and spritzing with some distress inks on an acrylic block for the background. (Okay, I tried six backgrounds and had three come out as something I'd actually use, while the other three are no more!) See that pretty dies cut? I pulled some of my new ones out of their box home and tried them! The decorative square is from the Spellbinders Blooming Collection, and I do love it. I kept this card simple, adding just some white seam binding and a white button (Grandmother's Buttons). Finished card size... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have an unusual card today--one celebrating a new reader! My sister told me when I was down in Texas a few weeks ago that my three-year-old niece was wanting to read very much. She has a birthday coming up soon and will still need a birthday card. But today's cause for celebration is that she read her first Bob the Builder book the other day! I don't mean the "I memorized this book well enough to say it back to you" kind of reading. :-) Don't you think that deserves a card? I'm happy for her. And I'm happy for her Mama too, since little Miss J. will probably entertain herself better now that she's starting to read. You know how you cover several bases at a time with some projects? Well, I've also been trying to add extra sample material to my Copic Workshop classes. I thought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Just to keep you informed, I have only ONE Copic Workshop weekend left before we break for Summer, and that's in Minneapolis (Eden Prairie area) on May 1 and 2. Michelle Houghton has two Copic Workshops left before Summer, Indianapolis on April 24-25, and Columbus, Ohio on May 15-16, Cindy Lawrence has three Copic Workshops left before Summer break, Boston on May 1-2; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on May 15-16; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 19-20. Cindy is also teaching both a Standard and an Intermediate Certification in Philadelphia on June 5-6. Lori Craig is teaching a Copic Workshop in San Francisco on June 5-6. We are all taking a break to enjoy Summer with our families, and Copic Workshops will begin again toward the end of August. If you're interested in coloring along with us, we would love to see you at a Workshop! P.S. That sweet image at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I was browsing the Digital Pencil Too site earlier this week and ran across this darling digital stamp, Coffee. Of course I wanted to color it! I printed the image out with my laser printer, then started coloring. These are the Copic markers that I used to color the Coffee image--yes, a LOT of them! (As always, click for a larger version.) To trim and emboss my focal image and the mat piece directly behind it, I used a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A die template. For the pink square patterned paper , I used Romantic Rectangles on the long edge to create a lacy border. Now, I have to confess that I'm not an experienced sequins user! But I received a box the other day that had two containers of sequins in it, so it was my *duty* to use them, right? :-} There are Spellbinders... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Good morning! Today I have an 8" x 10" shadow-box framed piece to share, created with Power Poppy's new Flowering Branches digistamp. It's a beautiful image, and I had totally intended to create a card with it. I printed it out a little large and thought I'd figure out what I was going to crop off before I colored it. But I just couldn't make myself crop that image! That's how it ended up being a framed piece. :-) In addition to the crabapple tree image, there are also sentiments with the Flowering Branches set for mothers and grandmothers. (I ended up using a sentiment from the Good Thinking: Renewal stamp set.) I took stepped out pictures as I colored yesterday; just click on each one to see a full-sized version. Above are the leaves and branches. (Please ignore the pencil lines; I had originally put those in to let... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Thank you for the encouraging words, Becca-they are much appreciated!
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2015 on Roses Thanks at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a floral thank you card today? I recently ordered a MISTI tool since I kept reading rave reviews about it, and it definitely came in handy when I was aligning the layers on the JusRite Romantic Wild Roses clear stamp set! For the frame, i used the A-2 Woodgrain Frame Upcycled cling background stamp, coloring the squares with Copic markers. Sentiment is from Stacking Sentiments Clear Stamps. Honestly, I'm a bit challenged when it comes to lining up multi-step stamp sets since "almost lined up" doesn't suit me. So I stamped several of the base layers, then aligned my second layer on a scrap image before stamping several roses. It's a little more work that way, but at least the layers line up! :-) Have a fabulous weekend, Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Oh, Jeepers, Aileen! Thank you for picking that up! I have just changed it. Want to come be my personal organizer? I NEED one! :-D
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Take Good Care. . . at Thinking Inking
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I'm headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, next weekend (April 17-18) for three Copic Workshop classes, and I'd love to meet you there! ____________ Welcome! How about a floral card today? I love flowers, and pink ones are the best! I started with an image from the Simply Camellias stamp set by by Power Poppy. When I was growing up, my Mom had a couple of large camellia bushes on either side of the front porch, and boy were they pretty when they bloomed! I guess they are still there, but I haven't been home when the camellias bloom for several years. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the camellia image. I used several Spellbinders die template sets on my card, including Classic Ovals SM for the focal image panel, Elegant Ovals for the Kraft mat layer, Framed Tags 1 (oops--must be retired!) for the sentiment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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This is a different kind of post today. I'll be back with a card tomorrow, but today is about my friend and fellow Copic instructor Sherrie Siemens. Sherrie is going to be embarking on a new opportunity soon, and we will ALL miss her sorely! She has always been a pretty amazing lady. When I think of her, the first few words that come to mind are gracious, capable, talented, and strong. Gracious: I've never heard Sherrie be unkind. . . Think about it--how many friends can you say that about? We've roomed together several times over the years, and Sherrie has always been upbeat and positive. She is the same whether she is talking to you or about you, and you can count on that. Capable: Sherrie took pretty much any assignment in stride, regardless of the situation. Oh the funny stories that we've heard about some of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a cheery card to share using MFT's Sending Big Hugs stamp set. I've got a soft spot for these sweet little images! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the MFT Sending Big Hugs image. Dies that I used were Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics B (for the focal image), Pierced Rectangles (for the polka-dotted card front), and Pierced Circles (for the red zig-zag layer). My blue button wasn't quite the right color to coordinate with the girl's dress, so I airbrushed it with a Copic B05 marker and airbrush system. Patterned papers are from Echo Park's 6" x 6" Fine and Dandy paper pad--bright and fun! Well, that's it for today's card. Thanks for visiting! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Thinking Inking
I'm so happy to hear that. Kymona! Practice is the key, isn't it? :-D
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A wonderful Easter morning to you: He is Risen! When I was looking through my stash to see what might work for an Easter card, I ran across a Spellbinders Create-a-Flower Dogwood die template set that I hadn't used yet. To me, dogwood blossoms just shout Spring. We had dogwood trees that dotted the edge of the woods in our pastures, and you'd never notice them except once a year--Spring, when they were covered with lovely white flowers. My grandmother told me a legend of the dogwood when I was a young child. Perhaps that's why I associate them with Easter more than I do a showy Easter Lily. (If you haven't heard the legend of the dogwood, here's a link.) I cut all of my dogwood parts from plain white cardstock and then colored them with the Copic markers shown above. I coated each of the petals with colorless... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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TOTALLY darling, Leese--love it!
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2015 on Introducing: You're The Sweetest at Poppy Paperie
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