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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! I've been working (among other projects) on Copic class prep over the past few days, and it's been really enjoyable. Sometimes I get so busy with the business-y parts of my jobs that I forget how much I really like the fun parts! So I thought I'd share some ideas with any of you who might think that you'd like to sketch--even if you are pretty sure that you either (a) don't have time, or (b) don't have the ability. You see, there' s Big Secret: Sketching is really not rocket science! I'm hoping that if I share some quick sketches, you'll be inspired to pull out your pencils, Copic Multiliners, and Copic markers, and just give it a TRY. . . And to cut down on both the time needed and the blank page intimidation factor, we're going to make these sketches "thumbnail-sized"--small and quick to finish. I... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome It's Day Five of the July My Favorite Things Stamps Release, and it's going to be birthday card central here for a few days! Today I've used Lisa Johnson's new Celebrate with Cake stamp set. I kept the inside pretty simple, using the small banner from Celebrate with Cake, along with a sentiment and more of the patterned paper from the front of the card. Check out the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration with this set and several other fabulous new products! A little birdie just told me that there are some fabulous prizes available as well--don't miss out on the celebration! As always, while both new and formerly released products are linked below, the links to the NEW products won't go live until release day, 10pm EST on July 5. Thanks for visiting! LJD Celebrate with Cake Die-namics LJD Celebrate with Cake Die-namics Blueprints 15 Die-namics Blueprints... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's been a few days since I've posted, but I promise that I've been working like a beaver: I've been coloring for new Copic classes, as well as getting ready for the July MFT Stamps release coming up soon! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, MFTWSC287. I tend to get into a rut with layouts, so I enjoy sketch challenges as a great way to shake things up a bit. When I was cleaning up my desk, I found a few images that I'd colored previously and hadn't used yet. This little foxy from the Sweet Forest Friends stamp set was among them, and he looked like a perfect candidate for Sketch 287. Here is this week's sketch--a good reason to pull out those banner dies, right? (You know you have them!) Here are the Copic markers that I used on foxy and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! This morning I'm sharing a card using the MFT Stamps MFTWSC286 sketch. I rotated the sketch below for a vertical aspect, but otherwise stuck pretty closely to the sketch. The ground and sky panel is a Smooth White cardstock panel airbrushed with Copic B04 for the sky and G46 and YG23 for the grass. Here's the Sketch--a pretty simple one to play along with. Want to give it a try? Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Sweet Forest Friends image. You can find more information HERE about participation and a prize on the MFT Card Challenges blog. Thanks for visiting today, Save InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Woohoo--it's here tonight--the Make a Wish Card Kit from MFT Stamps! This is my second card using the kit. I've used stamps, dies, inks, and patterned papers from the kit, as well as some Blueprints Die-namics (linked at the bottom of the post) that are not in the kit. I airbrushed some Copic Y18 behind my stamped candle flames to create a glow. For the flame I inked my stamp first in yellow and then in red ink. I used Glossy Accents on the little hearts inside the flame. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog to for a list of blogs showing the Make a Wish Card Kit! Again, it is available right now HERE at MFT Stamps. Thanks for stopping by! Make a Wish Card Kit Die-namics Blueprints 13 Die-namics Blueprints 14 Die-namics Blueprints 15 Die-namics Blueprints 24 Glossy Accents Scotch Quick Dry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm sharing an out-of-the-box card for the June MFT Make a Wish Card Kit, arriving on June 21 at 10pm EST. The "out-of-the-box" cards use more supplies than are included in the kit. Here I used the stamp set and candle and sentiment dies from the Make a Wish Card Kit, but with pastel papers and some additional Die-namics sets (all linked at the bottom). Birthday cards are always in demand, and I needed one for a sweet little niece. Pastels and glitter--she'll be a happy camper! For a chance to win a $25 prize, leave a comment on the Make a Wish Card Kits posts on the MFT Blog. Again, the Make a Wish Card Kit will be available at My Favorite Things Stamps on June 21 at 10pm. At that time, the Card Kit link below will work. Thanks for visiting! Make a Wish Card Kit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! While our Copic educational team is enjoying a Summer break with our families, we are still working toward those Fall Workshop classes that will be here before you know it! Registration is open in THREE locations right now: Chicago on August 19-20 Dallas on August 26-27, and Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA also on August 26-27 Soon the rest of the Fall classes will be opening as well, so if you would like to be notified when a class in YOUR area opens up, be sure to sign up for a notification <<HERE>> at the bottom of the page. Workshop classes include More Whimsical Faces and Hair, Vintage Values and Mono Tones, and Dress For Success: Clothing and Accessories. The Remaining 2016 Copic Workshops will be held in the following cities: Charlotte, NC on September 9-10 Las Vegas, NV on September 23-24 Sacramento, CA on September 23-24 Boston, MA on October... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Thinking Inking
So sorry to be late with my Copic Giveaway post! We had a family member admitted to the hospital late yesterday, and I was back there this morning early as well. I'm CLEARLY off schedule. I'm typing fast, I promise, and it should be up before 2pm Central time! Thanks! Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a Power Poppy card to share, using the simple version of the Rose and Chamomile digital image. Here is the full Rose and Chamomile image; I used the simpler version so that I could "fussy cut" a bit more easily. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Rose and Chamomile image. Patterned papers are from an older line--oldie but goodie--KaiserCraft Kaleidescope 6-1/2" paper. I was concerned that the pretty patterned paper might complete for attention with Marcy's rose image, so I added a layer of heavyweight vellum over the busier paper to tone it down and soften it just a bit. I hope you get a chance to see what the other girls did with the Power Poppy digital Rose and Chamomile image; the ones that I saw were lovely! We're happy to have Nancy Sheads of Rowhouse Greetings joining the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I had someone ask a question on Facebook yesterday that I knew would be more easily explained with some pictures. Since it's not the first time I've had that question, I thought I would put an answer here on my blog so that I could link to it next time someone asks! The question was regarding how to get a scalloped edge all the way around on a card, and the card just above was the one in question. I'm sure that there are several ways to accomplish the same results, but this is my way. The cardstock that you see above is a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock, scored and folded at 5-1/2". I placed it on the MFT Blueprints 27 Die-namics, leaving the top of the die showing as pictured so that I do NOT cut the fold area. Here is a picture of what it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today for the MFT Stamps Release Replay, I'm sharing a card using the Sweet Forest Friends stamp set, along with its coordinating Die-namics and several other Die-namics from the June release (all linked at the bottom of the post). Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Sweet Forest Friends images. I airbrushed the sky with a Copic B04. I like that I'll be able to pair Sweet Forest Friends with Forest Friends from April of 2016, and mix and match sentiments too. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of everyone posting for this Release Replay--I know it will be eye-candy! Thank you for stopping by, Sweet Forest Friends Die-namics Sweet Forest Friends Die-namics Stitched Valley Die-namics Blueprints 29 Smooth White Card Stock Biscotti Prestige Card Stock Sour Apple Card Stock Gumdrop Green Card Stock... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Copic shirt giveaway results: Using a random number generator, I chose three winners from Facebook sharing of our Copic Workshop post (out of nine people who shared that post, not counting Nancy Buchtel Zenke); and I chose seven people from twenty-four blog comments (not counting my responses to those comments). Facebook Post Sharing Copic shirt winners are: 1. Renee Vroman 3. Marsha Alberty 7. Chris Neal (Charlotte, NC) Blog Comment Copic shirt winners are: 4. Annastasia Sikel 5. Cheryl V 11. Lishamarie Hunter 16. Claire Broadwater 17. Pat C 19 . Lisa Lara 20. Cindy Link I have also posted this information on my Facebook page. If you are a shirt winner, would you contact either Nancy Buchtel Zenke, or me (and I will just give you Nancy's contact information). Nancy will be sending these out to you. She will need your address as well as the shirt size that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Thinking Inking
Thank you ALL for the kind comments! If you have a Copic Airbrush System, **pull it out of the box or cabinet and USE it!** What good does it do simply taking up storage space? (I have my share of space-taker-uppers, so I know about these things!) ;-D
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That sounds like it will be a lovely page, Queen Mary! Thank you for your encouraging words. :-)
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Rosa, ABSOLUTELY try it! It's only paper, and no two beaches look exactly alike anyway, do they? Go for it!
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Welcome! It's Release Time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and I saved my favorite card from this month's batch for tonight! I loved the Birdie Brown Hog Heaven stamp set, and I knew that I wanted to use it in conjunction with the new Oval Flop Card Die-namics to create an interactive card--something I'm usually a bit challenged in doing. . . ;-) Here is what the inside of my card looks like. You can see how the front panel is scored by the Oval Flop Card Die-namics so that is has an image panel on both sides. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used throughout the card (also on the inside images). And here's one more view so that you can see a little better how the flop mechanism works. I hope you get a chance to visit each of the design team blogs for a wealth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Vicki, did you try going to the FB page link, and it wouldn't let you leave a comment when you were logged in on Facebook? I'm confused about what's happening. . . I know that we are FB friends, so that wouldn't be it.
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Hmmm, I'm not sure that mine would have that vision either, Lishamarie! ;-)
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Hi, Vicki, Michelle Houghton will actually be in Chicago for Workshops on August 19 and 20--you would enjoy her, and I know that she would enjoy you too! :-D Debbie
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Hi, Christi, Cindy Lawrence will be teaching in Charlotte on September 9 and 10. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! It's almost Release Day at My Favorite Things Stamps; Tuesday night I'll have one more card to share with you from the June release. Right now I'd like to share a card using several of the June sets, including the Bundles of Blossoms Background, Funky Flowers, and Grateful for You. I stamped the Bundles of Blossoms background on watercolor paper with Versamark ink, heat embossed the image with detail white embossing powder, and then watercolored the image with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. Next I stamped a few of the images from Funky Flowers, painted them, and die-cut them with their coordinating Die-namics. I cut four layers of the "grateful" sentiment with the Grateful Die-namics and glued the layers together for dimension. A little bit of arranging and re-arranging of the flowers, sentiment, and gray strip of cardstock, and this is what I came up with. I can see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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I'm back from my Grand Rapids Copic Workshops weekend; this was my last teaching trip until Fall. That makes it officially Summer--at least at our house! We had a small but delightful group in Grand Rapids. You can see from the Mo Manning Duck Face image above that we had some adventurous colorists this weekend. I asked, "What color should we make her hair?" "Purple," came the first answer. So purple it was. . . While some of us are finished until Fall, Michelle Houghton has one more pre-Fall Workshop Series in San Diego this coming weekend, June 10 and 11. Locations that we have coming up in the Fall are Chicago Dallas Edmonton, Alberta Sacramento Las Vegas Charlotte, NC Portland, OR Hanover, MD Classes included in the 2016 Copic Workshop Series are More Whimsical Faces and Hair (Friday morning) Vintage Values and Monotones (Friday afternoon) Dress for Success: Clothing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 3 of the My Favorite Things June Release Countdown, and I have a "beachy-keen" card to share today. I used the new Pure Innocence Fun in the Sun stamp set and coordinating Die-namics for my focal image and created a beach background for her to relax in. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color this sweet little sunbather. I airbrushed the shore scene with my Copic Markers and Airbrush System. (Clink on link or scroll down to the post below this one if you'd like to see that process stepped out.) I followed through with the same shoreline motif for the inside of my card, adding the die-cut beach ball to coordinate with the sunbather on front. Be sure to check out the MFT Stamps blog for a full list of designers participating in today's release! As always, while all products (even... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome back! I wanted to share a few stepped out pictures of the background process for the MFT Stamps Fun in the Sun card that I shared in THIS POST. It is actually a pretty simple process. I, well, may have gotten a bit carried away with how close together I put the waves. . . You may certainly spread your waves farther apart if you prefer. First I tore a piece of paper to serve as a random-edge mask. Ideally, you would use masking paper since it has a slightly sticky side; but in a pinch, plain old paper works, as long as you have a way to hold it down. I happen to have a magnetic board (Essentials by Ellen Craft Assistant) that I love exactly for this purpose. If you pair it with strong magnets, you can hold almost anything down. I started airbrushing with my Copic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time again--countdown time for the June My Favorite Things Stamps release! On this Day 5 countdown, I have a twirling ballerina from the Beautiful Girl stamp set to share. After I colored this cutie, I knew that she needed to dance, so I die-cut a second image and sandwiched a clear thread (similar to fishing line) between the two layers so that I could suspend her in a window. If you wind her up a bit, she can twirl; but even if you don't wind her up, she flutters back and forth when you open the card. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the twirling ballerina and the flowers in her hair and underneath the window. You can see how she is suspended a little better in this photo. I airbrushed just a hint of Copic Y32 on the inside of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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