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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! It's time for the December My Favorite Things Stamps Release Replay, and I have another Meant to Bee card to share today. Here's the inside of my card. After I die-cut the dome window for the front of my card, I didn't want to waste it; so it became the focal starting point for the inside. For the outside, I airbrushed the white background with a couple of Copic markers (BG02 and YG13) after I lightly marked in pencil the area that I need to be sure was covered. I had also stamped the beehive a pale gray ink for placement purposes so that I'd know how and where it would work in my window. The rest of the images were all stamped in black ink and colored with Copics (listed below in the supply list), then attached with foam tape. I coated the bees' wings with fine glitter... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--December My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! I saved a simple Christmas card to share today. When I saw the Our Town Die-namics, I knew that I wanted to create a snow scene on a clear winter night. My challenge was to take a straight line of houses and figure out how to curve them to the snowy hill. I started by die-cutting my snowy hills and the row of house--Our Town Die-namics. Next I tried clipping the curve like you would when you are sewing a sleeve into a garment, but that left some of the houses overlapping one another in the curves. So I simply cut them apart and glued them onto the back of the hill individually, leaving appropriate space between each house. With the town hugging the hill, I still needed a pretty sky. Copic airbrush, anyone? (Actually, you could probably... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 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 December products will be available. Today I have a sweet floral card to share using the new More Rustic Wildflowers stamp set. I die-cut my front panel, then lightly airbrushed it with a Copic Y32, leaving the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 Die-namic in place to mask the edge of the scallop from the ink. Next I stamped, die-cut, and arranged my flowers. After using foam tape to attach them to the airbrushed base, I added Nuvo Jewel Drops and sequins to accessorize my card. The gray dotted base panel is from Gray and White Basics Paper Pack. 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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 5), the December release will be live and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. For today's card, I chose the Friendly Forest stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. Since the animals were all solid stamps and didn't require coloring, I thought I could spend most of my time building a forest to showcase some of the animals. Here's how I built my forest: I airbrushed a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" panel on which I had already penciled in the area that needed to be covered with color. I went from a fairly cool blue at the top (B23) to a warmer blue-green (BG05), to the grass in the foreground (G43), overlapping the layers a bit to tie them all together. I did no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Release Countdown! I wanted to play with the Meant to Bee stamp set for today's post, mostly because my son's nickname from when he was very young was "The B." Besides, that beehive is fun to color! To keep my colors earthy and natural, I tried a cardstock that I've probably never even used before: Safety Orange. (Using a brighter color base totally changes the mood of this stamp set--I'll share one of those in a few days.) All of my Copic colors are listed in the product list below. The blue-violets were used for shadows on the beehive. You probably can't see it in the picture, but I used microfine glitter on the bees wings--sweet sparkle! And that new Honeycomb Background is a perfect complement for Meant to Bee. In addition to the ones that I've shared here,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day four of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Release Countdown! I chose the new Painted Flowers stamp set to introduce today because I knew it looked like one I could use over and over with different color schemes. And with its swirly stamps (which I did not use today), it can just as easily be a whimsical floral set as a soft floral set. The stamp sets showcased over the next few days will be available on Tuesday, December 5, at 9pm Eastern time. I needed a sympathy card for a friend's mother, and Painted Flowers worked well to frame the sentiment from the Deepest Sympathy stamp set. 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, December 5. All of the other links should work now.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today is my last craft post for a while since I'll be posting for the MFT Stamps December release starting Saturday, but I had one more project that Rick and I spent a few days on between us, and I couldn't wait to share it! When I was in Oregon earlier in November, I saw some delightful barn wood Christmas trees in a farm store. I bought a few small things there that I knew I couldn't make, but I mostly gathered ideas for my "honey do" list! The trees that I saw were plain grayish barn wood with no added ornamentation, but I wanted to have a lighter colored tree so that I could display a few little jewels of ornaments and have them show up well. So. . . I won't bore you with the whole process, but let's say that this was version two of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Oh, Christy--we could be sisters in that fault! My problem area is my basement. I have big plans, but limited time. . .
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Thank you, Tara!
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Kim, lettering is totally addictive!! If you ever get started, you'll find yourself wanted to scribble on everything. I use the Procreate app on my iPad, along with an Apple pencil, for much of my lettering practice since it's simpler than carrying brush markers and paper around everywhere.
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Thank you, Tara, Cindy, and Niki! The view is even better with snow, but we don't miss the shoveling, so it works in neutrals too. reminds me of Andrew Wyeth paintings with all of the muted browns and grays. . .
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2017 on Merry Christmas Mini Plaque at Thinking Inking
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Marcia, you're in the warm part of Michigan! :-) We are in the U.P., but not the part that gets the most snow. I love your part of Michigan too--we have family in the Grand Rapids area.
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Welcome! I have a few more Christmas-y projects to share today, starting with a really simple 5" x 7" wooden plaque. I had put a base coat of a royal blue chalk paint (Tommy English Blue, to be exact), then waxed the edges and painted a white topcoat without really having any idea what I was going to do with it. (How's that for a plan?) With a holiday season coming up, a Christmas sentiment seemed perfect. This particular sentiment was one that I had lettered time and time again in different styles while practicing lettering on my iPad, so I simply found one of my practice pages that I liked, printed it out, and then transferred it to the wooden surface using graphite transfer paper. You can see where I have transferred it above. Here is my file if you need a quick Christmas project: View this photo .... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I was asked after my last post to show a few more of our wooden ornaments, but I didn't get a chance to take pictures today when I had good lighting. I will try to get more of my favorites photographed this week and share them. I still have a few more decorating or gift projects up my sleeve to share though! Today's project is a blackboard that is going to hang above my keyboard as soon as I get a hanger in the wall. When Rick and I were browsing through Home Depot last week, he ran across a display of 18" x 24" Barnwood Framed Blackboards on sale for under $10 each and asked me if they were something I could use. Ummm, YES! I've been loving lettering over the last year, and I really had to restrain myself, purchasing only two of them. (Tell me that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! We've been cleaning house, cooking, and decorating for the holidays this past week, as I'm sure many of you have too. One of our traditions is that we try to get a few new wooden ornaments made each year for our tree. My husband enjoys working with wood out in his shop when the day are shorter and cooler. Sometimes I toss out requests, and this week he has gotten plenty of them! I scoured magazines and book stores for ornament patterns that I liked and came up empty. It seemed like most of the pattern magazines this year had more crocheted or knitted ornaments than wooden ornaments. So I came home and started flipping through my stamp sets for inspiration when I ran across the My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Polar Bear Pals stamp set. I love those little bears and thought that they would make a great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Sorry, Kim--I just saw this. Try layering your Copics , flicking the colors on beginning with a light tones then a mid tone, and finally a dark--using less of each color as you go darker. Don't go back and blend. Just let the texture work for you. :-) Hope that helps, Debbie
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Welcome! Today I'm participating in the My Favorite Things Stamps Holiday Tags Challenge. I loved the Die-namics Deer Love from the November release. I used MFT's Cross Stitch Tag base, combined with the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics to build my deer and snow scene. I used some of my earth toned Copics ( E31, E33, E35) to shade the die-cut Kraft deer. I stamped the trees on the Natural cardstock background and then dotted the little circles with Key Lime Nuvo Jewel Drops. For the snow drifts, I cut my hills to size for the tag, then ran them through my little Xyron machine before sprinkling them with glitter and attaching them to the tag front. I used a fold at the top of the tag so that I could write "To" and "From" on the inside of the tag, so it's there! I hope you get a chance to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It’s time for the November My Favorite Things Stamps Release Replay. I’ve been on a tone-on-tone kick lately, and I wanted to make a white-on-white card for today. I chose that large, new mandala stamp, Mesmerizing Mandala Background, and stamped it in Versamark ink before heat embossing with Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder—a glittery embossing powder with a clear base. Next I glued on some clear Iridescent Mix Jewels in the center of some of the round mandala parts. I die cut several pieces with the Joy Die-namics and glued them together before using a glue pen to coat the top layer and sprinkle glitter on it. The string is some iridescent string that has been in my stash for a few years, but I think I got it from Sharon Johnson’s Stamp Simply store. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for complete list... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Emailed you, Paula--they would be welcome! Thanks, Debbie
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Welcome! It's that time--November My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! I saved a shaker card to share today. I loved the little fox in the Friends in the Forest stamp set and wanted to make a shaker snow scene Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the fox. I stamped the trees in solid MFT Dye inks and lightly airbrushed the background with a Copic B32 Sketch marker. I did no masking since I knew that I would be stacking snowy hill die cuts in front of the trees and sky anyway. All of the new November 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day one of the My Favorite Things Stamps November release countdown--we're down to the wire now, and tonight at 9pm Eastern time, all of the November products will be available. I kept my card pretty simple tonight. The part that took the longest was layering four layers of cardstock for the letters in "peace"--I wanted it to be substantial enough that the letters wouldn't bend when I put little bits of foam tape on the back. :-) The silver metallic string is from May Arts; it's part of a seemingly lifetime supply (one roll) that I bought several years ago. The little silver bell has also been in my stash for several years. Must. Use. The. Stash. . . 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 7), the November release will be live and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. I chose Ski-son's Greetings to feature in today's post--I loved that out-of-control skier! (And I may or may not have been out of control skiing a time or two. . .a LONG time ago. . .) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Ski-sons Greetings image. I used Copic colorless blender dripped onto a scrap of cotton sweater to create the sweater texture on the bear. (Be sure to color and texturize before you color the surrounding areas that you want to stay smooth.) I wanted my skier to seem to be skiing out of the frame, so I created an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown! I chose one of the two sweet little girl and pet images from the New Best Friend stamp set to share today. Who doesn't love puppy kisses? Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the New Best Friend image. I airbrushed the background lightly with Copic G43 and Copic B52, leaving my Stitched Mod Rectangle Die-namics in place to mask the edges. 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 Time, Tuesday, November 7. All of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Five of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown! I chose the new You Make My Heart Spin stamp set to introduce today because I liked those little birds on skates. The stamp sets showcased over the next few days will be available on Tuesday, November 7, at 9pm Eastern time. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the You Make My Heart Spin images. I airbrushed the sky with a Copic B01 and B04, masking with MFT's Mini Cloud Edges stencil. I used some light pink (Rosewater) Nuvo Jewel Drops to decorate the background trees--love those little drops! Again, 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, November 7. All of the other links should work now. Be sure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today several designers from the My Favorite Things Stamps team are showcasing a special stamp set, Good Friends, in conjunction with Ellen Hutson's United We Flourish campaign. Good Friends is a limited time set, available only through Ellen Hutson. I colored my Good Friends images with Copic markers: Warm grays for the kitty, and E11/E13/15/E19 for the dog. I airbrushed my background, leaving my rounded rectangles die in place to mask the edges. Papers are from MFT's Fun and Frolic 6 x 6 paper pad. I hope you get a chance to visit all of the United We Flourish projects, linked HERE--remember, "We're better together!" Thank you for visiting, Good Friends stamp set and Good Friends Die-namics Sweet Tooth Cardstock A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics Black Licorice Hybrid Ink Copic Sketch markers Fun and Frolic Paper Pack X-Press It Foam Tape Tombow Mono... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Thinking Inking