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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 I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Birthday Project Challenge. This week's Birthday Project Challenge involves using bears on the birthday card. I chose the Birthday Bears set; it's an older set, but I've always loved the way the little bear is looking so expectant toward the big bear--kind of a tender moment there! Shown above are the Copic marker that I used to color the bears and to airbrush the background. I hope you get a chance to go see the other WSC390 Sketch Challenge pieces and play along with us--remember that there is a chance to win awesome MFT products IF you play along! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps WSC390 Sketch Challenge. I chose the Gill Friends stamp set to play with since I'd colored several fish during the release a couple of weeks ago! The background in the squares is airbrushed with Copic BG13 nearer the top, and B05 nearer the bottom. After airbrushing, I stamped the Whimsical Waves background with Summer Splash Dye Ink. I had posted these colors earlier, but I'm sharing them here again today so you know exactly which Copic markers I used on which fish. Finally, how about an alternative? I had a scrap of my airbrushed and stamped water that I had used behind the fish, so I thought I would try it as a bottom border on my card. Usually I know right away which option I like if I'm looking at options, but this time I couldn't decide. So... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along in the My Favorite Things Stamps Just Add Color challenge. I colored several of the fish from the Birdie Brown Gill Friends stamp set so that I owl have them to showcase on future cards. I used three of them on this card, but I haven't used the others yet. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Gill Friends images above. (All are linked below to MFT's website.) Be sure to check out the MFT Stamps Challenges Blog for more color inspiration! Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's June Release Night for My Favorite Things Stamps! All of the new products that you've been seeing online for the past few days are now available. I saved my Toucan Do It card to share tonight because this was such a happy set. I airbrushed the background with Copic BG01 and G14, then both stamped and layered die-cut leaves from the Toucan Do It set to make a little jungle window. All of the new June 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. Also, just a reminder that there is an awesome EXTRA free-with-$60-purchase set this month, Happy Hello. It is in addition to the normal free-with-purchase... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! I chose the Pure Innocence Beach Cuties stamp set because I wanted to color her. :-) I enjoyed airbrushing a sunset in the background with my Copic markers too! For the waves, I used Glossy White Nuvo Crystal drops and then sprinkled microfine glitter onto the glossy white waves while they were still wet. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers using 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 late Tuesday evening (June 5) at 9pm Eastern time. All other links should work now. Thank you for stopping by today, Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! I chose the new Aquarium Die-namics and the Gill Friends stamp set. I love how simple it is to create a shaker card with the Large Rectangle Shaker Pouch! I mounted the fish on the outside of the aquarium so that my shaker material inside could move freely. For my Copic friends, I will have a Just Add Color post on Wednesday evening, June 6 at 9pm Eastern time with all of the colors for these "gill friends" and several more. Thanks for your patience! 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, June 5. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more June Release inspiration... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Five of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! I combined the new Full of Sunshine stamp set and Radiating Halftone background with Sunshine Die-namics to introduce today. The stamp sets showcased over the next few days will be available on Tuesday, June 5, at 9pm Eastern time. What could be cheerier than a shaker card full of sunshine? 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, June 5. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more June Release inspiration! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm participating in the My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, WSC386. When I saw that big circle in the middle of the sketch, I immediately thought, "shaker card!" I hadn't used the little Toadally Awesome stamp set yet, so I chose it for the card sketch. I had to construct my own shaker window for this card since my circle was larger than the handy shaker die and window sets, but that just meant using a layer of heat-resistant acetate for the window, and foam tape around the circle. I airbrushed the background inside my window with Copic B12 at the top and BG23 at the bottom. Would you like to play along on this challenge with us? Visit the MFT Stamps Challenge and Inspiration Blog for details, the sketch, and a chance to win a gift certificate! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's release night for the My Favorite Things Stamps Painted Prints Card Kit! These kits typically go pretty quickly, so if you know that you want one, keep that in mind. For today's card. I wanted a bouquet of tulips peeking out of a window. It's not tulip season here yet since our Winter lasted so long, but it's tulip time in my imagination anyway. ;-) I mixed different peach and pink inks for my blossoms, as well as a couple of shades of green ink for my stems and leaves. I airbrushed the background lightly with Copic YR31 and G03 to add some warmth and fullness behind my tulips. The most time-consuming part was just figuring out placement for my pieces, and that was pretty simple as well. I sometimes find layered stamped flowers to be a challenge to get right, but this set was really simple to... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Painted Prints Card Kit Countdown; this kit will be available Tuesday night at 8pm Eastern time. My sweet Mom's birthday is this week, and I thought that the Painted Prints card kit would make a perfect card for her. I stamped the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots background on Spearmint cardstock with Versamark ink, and then heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. The flowers are stamped in Pink Lemonade, Bubblegum, and Cotton Candy Premium Dye inks. I airbrushed a simple background with a couple of my Copics, then die cut a lace doily shape with Magical Mandala. Some simple layering of die-cut roses and leaves, and I was finished--roses for my Mama! Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in today's kit preview. Again, the Painted Prints Card Kit will be available Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's May kit time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and this month we have a floral kit--my favorite kind! I used just one of the flowers from the Painted Prints kit to stamp both my background and my focal image. To tone down the background a bit, I added a layer of vellum on top of the stamped background. I love the softness that vellum gives to a project! I used Die-namics Stitched Flags to add a stitched look to the top and bottom of the sentiment--easy-peasy! A few layers popped up with foam tape, and three little glass droplets were the finishing touch. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what the other team members have done with the Painted Prints Card Kit! Check the MFT Stamps blog for more links and information. Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Jeanne, the one that I am using right now is similar to this one on Amazon, which has only ONE review and that isn't great. Still, I would get at least a 16" one. I saw a 12" cube, and Knew that for me, it wouldn't work well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CQ24V6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Hope that helps, Debbie
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Good morning! It's the final day of the My Favorite Things Stamps 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash post series. Today is all about stencils, embellishments, and tools. Stencils are pretty simple! They're thin and don't take up a lot of space. Mine are stored in the same container as my 6 x 6 background stamps. I put them into 6 x 6 scrapbook page protectors. These were some that have been sitting at my house for years, so I thought I would use them up before I purchase 6 x 6 envelopes. Each one is labeled so that I can find them easily, and then alphabetized. Now embellishments. . . Those are a little trickier because they come in so many shapes and sizes! Lately I have purchased mostly embellishments that come in tiny zip-loc bags. This narrow little plastic bin (Walmart) is the perfect width to simply... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Five Days to an Organized Craft Stash series! Today it's all about cardstock, patterned paper, and felt storage. My cardstock storage is pretty much the same as last year. It's worked well for me, so I haven't had a reason to change it. Whole sheets of cardstock stay in these four file cabinet drawers. The file cabinets are in my knee space below my computer desk. I miss the knee space a little bit, but not as much as I would miss the floor space if they were not in the knee space! My patterned paper stash has more than doubled since I last took a picture, so it now has its own plastic bin storage and usually sits on the top shelf of a small rolling cart. I didn't have this felt stash last year, so I didn't need... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day three of My Favorite Things Stamps 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash posts! Today is about Die-namics storage. My system for storing Die-namics hasn't changed much since last year, but my die box is definitely fuller! (It's heavy too--not a box you want to move very often.) I've used the ubiquitous InterDesign Divided Storage Container that Jennifer McGuire introduced to the stamping world a few years back. I have used 5-1/2" x 8" magnetic sheets from Taylored Expressions for several years. They are nice and stiff, which helps the dies not to pop off as you flip through the stack of die sheets. (These are currently out of stock.) The only thing that I have changed is to add a couple of categories to my dividers since I had one section that was getting too large to flip through quickly. Most of my Die-namics are stored... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Thinking Inking
Thank YOU, Cheryl! I started using Evernote a few years ago, but I eventually gave up since the initial set-up seems to take so long. i am absolutely SURE that I have sentiments that I don't know about though, so if you can keep up with Evernote, that's awesome! {{{Hugs back!}}}
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Hi, Mischelle, I don't know if this will help or not, but in a post two years ago, I did show some of my non-MFT stamp storage as well. That post is here: http://debbiedesigns.typepad.com/muse_and_amuse/2016/02/storage-and-organization-stamp-sets.html I really don't have a ton of wooden or rubber stamps left; I tend to re-home supplies that I am not currently using, or our whole house would be overrun with my STUFF. ;-) Hope this helps, Debbie
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Welcome to Day two of My Favorite Things Stamps 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash posts! Today we are looking at stamp storage. If you saw my post last year, you probably realize that I have graduated from one container of MFT stamps to two. . . and number two is almost full as well. I can see a third in my near future, but I may have to reconsider my stamp storage at that point since I will begin taking up too much counter space. (This sounds like a problem for my husband, who is a really good carpenter, right?) I store my clear stamps in clear envelopes. I take a screenshot of the stamp set from its description page online and add the name of the stamp set, as well as its coordinating Die-namics if it has those. I store both the stamp set and its coordinating... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time of year when the My Favorite Things Stamps design team members share pictures and tips for organizing your crafty stash. Okay, being a little more transparent and personal, it's that time of year when I put everything away, find a few things that I forgot I had, want to stop and play with other things I forgot that I had, and wonder how I ever accumulated this much STUFF to begin with (albeit very cool stuff)! Shown above is my MFT ink storage. I purchased the Slim Ink Pad Holders from Stamp 'n Storage, starting with the 120 pad holder, and later adding a 48 pad holder. These are the ink pads that I use the most, so they stay on my countertop rather than in a cabinet. Here are more ink pads. . . I know what you might be thinking: "Who needs this many... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things new MFT and Friends challenge. I hadn't used the recently released All About Dad stamp set or the Dad Die-namics, and I needed a couple of Father's Day cards. . . so it seemed like a great idea! (Do you need some Father's Day cards? You could play along too!) I had die-cut "Dad" from cardstock that I had stamped with the denim background, intending to use the die-cut letters; then I decided that the negative shape of the dies would make a nice shaker card. I lined the back side of the Dad piece with heat-resistant acetate, then created a boundary with foam tape and added some blueberry cardstock as a backing--easy! Would you like to play along with us? Then check out the blog post here. Thanks for stopping by! Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I am participating in one of the newer My Favorite Things Stamps challenges, Just Add Color. This post is supposed to be all about the coloring, so I've colored a few images from the new Hello, Little One stamp set for the occasion! I chose peachy pinks, minty greens, and buttercream yellows--paired with a few neutrals, of course. I couldn't resist finishing the images into cards once I saw them all colored, even though that wasn't really the point of the challenge. ;-) Be sure to check out the MFT Stamps Challenges Blog for more color inspiration! Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--May My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! I saved the Let's Flamingle stamp set and coordinating Die-namics for tonight's reveal because--well, they're just so cute, aren't they? I airbrushed the background with my Copic Sketch markers and Copic Airbrush System using the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil and B00. For the water, I used the Drifts & Hills Stencil along with B04. The flamingos were really simple to color and pop up with foam tape! All of the new May 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! Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time on Tuesday, May 8, the May 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 Safari Party set for a simple birthday card, coloring my elephant with warm gray Copic markers and texturizing him with Colorless Blender on a scrap of terrycloth towel. I airbrushed the background using my Copic G43 and B01, along with the Mini Cloud stencil. Those sweet little butterflies are out of a confetti glitter set, Nuvo Peacock Feathers. 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... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown! I chose the Pure Innocence Love You Bunches stamp set to play with today and thought I would try her on a kraft cardstock with Copic markers and white colored pencil. 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 using 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 late Tuesday evening (May 8) at 9pm Eastern time. All other links should work now. Thank you for stopping by today, Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown! I chose the Birdie Brown Little Buddies stamp set to feature today because I loved the little guy in this set. With the sentiment, I cheated a bit: It is really "for my Little Buddy," But I stamped selectively to leave out the word little. I've called my son "my buddy" over the years, but "little" didn't really work for us when he's over 6'6"! I used my Mini Cloud Stencil in conjunction with my Copic Airbrush System to create sky, and my Drifts & Hills stencil for the grass area. You can see the Copic colors that I used to color the image below in the Link Deli list. (I didn't get a Copic Colors Map made for this one. I'm in my first Creative Color Café class this weekend and ran out of time--sorry!) While... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Thinking Inking