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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! The My Favorite Things Stamps All Smiles Card Kit is now available HERE. I wanted to try a white-on-white card today, popping in those bright colors from the All Smiles Card Kit. It's not easy to see in the pictures, by the background is heat embossed in detail white embossing powder with the Bundles of Blossoms Background stamp. I used glitter glue in the flower centers for a bit of sparkle, and lightly airbrushed a Copic BG01 sky on the cardstock behind the Stitched Rounded Rectangles Frames die cut. The sentiment banner is cut with stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the All Smiles Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Also, check out the MFT retirement sale, because at 50% off, you will find some smokin' deals! Some of my most used stamps and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps All Smiles Card Kit, which will be available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. I pulled out my Sweet Celebrations Paper Pack for color inspiration on this one. (Many of the colors in the Sweet Celebrations Paper Pack are also in the All Smiles Card Kit.) I used my MISTI to stamp the flowers first with dye ink and then with a glue pad so that I could add glitter to the flowers--I love the MISTI for that! I airbrushed the background using a Copic BG01 and Copic Airbrush System, leaving a Stitched Basic Edges die in place as a mask for the scalloped edge. The sentiment strip was die-cut with a die from Blueprints 27. Oh, I almost forgot something GOOD! You will love an innovative feature in the Plentiful Petals Die-namics that makes it easy to align... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's July Card Kit time at My Favorite Things Stamps--how about some summery florals this month with the new All Smiles Card Kit? For today's card, I chose colors that are in the kit for my first card, mostly because orange-y tones are a little out of my wheelhouse and I need to get out of my color rut once in a while! I also used only one non-kit die, Stitched Basic Edges 2, in addition to the floral and word dies that are part of the All Smiles Card Kit. I stamped my smile panel collage-style, starting first with the largest stamps and working smaller ones in to fill the panel before die cutting the word smile. Next I attached the smile layer directly to my Smooth White card base and then cut a Peach Bellini panel, split with a Stitched Basic Edges 2 die, to pop up... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Jenn Dove, YOU inspire me!!
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I've never even heard of those, Holly! I'm boring--we usually just plant Blue Lake climbing beans so we don't have to bend over to pick them. :-D I do love the little flowers though--even the white ones!
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Kim, thank you for letting me know! I will pass this along to Nancy. My guess is that it's because the class isn't open yet. I think she usually opens them 60 days ahead of time, but I will check on it.
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I have a long post to share below, but I wanted to take a moment to let you know that we have Fall Copic Workshops peeking around the corner already! We have workshops coming up soon in Chicago and Richmond, Virginia on August 18-19, in Boston on August 25-26, and in Lyndhurst, NJ and Edmonton, AB, Canada on September 8-9. Interested in joining us? Here's a link to the information and sign up pages! I'm teaching in Richmond next, then Lyndhurst, Minneapolis, and Austin, Texas this Fall. Okay, on to my post--thanks! _________________________________________ Welcome! Do you ever lose misplace important things? Well I certainly do! I've been looking for my favorite Copic sketchbook for several weeks now, and I still haven't found it. So I decided that it was time to get a new Copic sketchbook--which obviously should cause my old one will reappear, right? After much deliberation, I chose... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a cupcake shaker card to share today for the My Favorite Things Stamps July Release Replay. I chose the Happy Hippos stamp set, but used the cupcake stand rather than the cute hippos as my focal image. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the cupcake stand image from Happy Hippos; After coloring the cupcakes, I used a glue pen on top of the frosting and then added microfine glitter to the frosting. Inside the round shaker window, I used 3mm clear sequins as my shaker material. Because the Circle Shaker Window and Frame Die-namics takes the "pain" out of making a shaker card, I find that I make them a lot more often than I used to! Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for complete list of the participants in the July Release Replay! Happy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Just popping in to let you know that the July release at My Favorite Things Stamps is now live! For today's card, I chose the Happy Birthday to You Pure Innocence set--loved that cutie with the big present. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the Happy Birthday to You image. I lightly airbrushed the oval background with Copic Y21 and W2. I used the Stitched Mini Scallop Oval Stax Die-namics as a base layer for my little birthday girl, leaving the die in place as a mask when I airbrushed so that the edges stayed clean. Are you ready to go see the July Release yet? All of the new July 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm back home again and happy to be sharing a Sketchy Flowers card for Day one of the My Favorite Things Stamps July Release Countdown! That means that tomorrow, Tuesday evening, July 11 at 9pm Eastern time, is the July MFT Stamps release. I chose a purple theme for my card, starting with the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastel paper pack for my background, and coordinating a couple of MFT purple inks with the background (Wild Wisteria and Lavender Fields). I used a Stitched Dome Die-namics for my sky and grass background, leaving the die in place on the smooth white cardstock to mask the edges while I airbrushed sky and grass with my Copic Sketch markers (BG02 and YG05). The "you" is die cut with the You Trio Die-namics and glued together from three layers of die cuts. I chose a narrow flag from Blueprints 31 for my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps July Release Countdown! I chose the Happy Cake Day Pure Innocence stamp set and coordinating Die-namics to feature today. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the Happy Cake Day image. I airbrushed the background with YR31 and N3. I used a Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames die to frame my Happy Cake Day image and added three small Clear Droplets to the right of the frame to help balance the layout. This is a fun little image for the awesome girls in your life! While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release product links will not work until Release Night, Tuesday July 11, at 9pm Eastern time. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog to enter for today's prize, and to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the July My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! I chose the Happy Hippos stamp set to use today because I loved this little hippo and bird combination. I decided to make a shaker card from it and incorporate the Proper Pinstripes Pastels Paper Pack for a clean background print. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the Happy Hippos images. I airbrushed the background with BG01 and YG03. I use the 3mm clear sparkling sequins to fill my shaker, and foam tape to mount the hippo and bird on top of the shaker window. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a full list of participants in today's release posts! Just a reminder that while I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps July Release Countdown! Today I have a clean, graphic card for you, using the Celebrate Speech Bubble Die-namics. I used Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Oxide Distress Inks to create my background, applying ink to a sheet of plastic, spritzing it with water, and laying my Smooth White Cardstock in the ink a few times until it was fully covered. I cut both the card base and the card front with a Blueprints 31 Die-namics. I stamped the balloons from the new Happy Hippos set and colored them with Copic markers to coordinate with my Distress Oxide inks background. Finally, I added some 3mm clear sparkling sequins--love those tiny sequins! 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, July... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Good evening! I'm spending some time with family this week, but I wanted to let you know that we have a winner of the Ellen Hutson $50 gift certificate. . . Miriam Prantner Y Congratulations, Miriam! EllenHutson.com will be in emailing you with your gift certificate code. Thank you ALL for participating, and a special thanks to Ellen for her generous gift! Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm sharing a floral card with a shimmery twist--a glitter layer. These pansies remind me of a cake that I saw when I was little--it had sugared violets on it--real violets! I was mesmerized. . . and maybe a little bit worried about eating real flowers too. When I saw this Power Poppy Pansies digital stamp set, I knew that I wanted to try sugaring--okay, glittering the pansies. ;-) First I printed the Pansies image on X-Press It blending card at a size that would fit nicely on a standard A-4 card front, and colored the pansies with the Copic Sketch markers shown above. I later added some Copic BG000 for a hint of sky around the perimeter of my pansies. I cut my X-Press It Adhesive Sheet slightly larger than my colored image. Knowing that the glitter layer would tone down my colors, I made sure to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been tied up with some family care lately, but Summer is a perfect time for that, right? As I was going through my stash looking for a quick gift idea, I found some Terial Arts Snap Clips and thought I'd make a sweet little girl some floral hair clips. Of course, I also wanted to work them into a card and share the process today. The first thing that I noticed about the Terial Arts Snap Clips is that they have that flower shape on the closed end, which gives a much larger surface that standard clips on which to apply glue. I figured that I'd need all of the help I could get if these were to survive a little one! I had some fabric scraps coated in Terial Magic Fabric Stabilizer left over from a previous banner project, and I knew that simple pink flowers would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Good morning! I have a guest tutorial posted on the CLASSroom blog today for creating three textures with Copic markers. The first is a really quick and easy one, polished marble. The other two are a little more challenging--not so much hard as time consuming: detail of a wooden fencepost, and a rock retaining wall. Also included in the post toward the bottom are printable for my photo references, two pieces of line art, and a chart for you to fill in with textures if you'd like. Ellen Hutson has generously offered a $50 gift certificate to her store, www.ellenhutson.com, to a commenter here on my blog. To enter, leave a comment in the comments section BEFORE June 29. If you can't think of something to say, take a look around Ellen's store and tell me what YOU would buy with a $50 GC! Please be sure to see the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The My Favorite Things Stamps Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit is now available! I used the little envelope die for my focal images on this one again, repeating different colors from the Tiny Hearts Brights paper pack. I thought I would add in one birthday balloon, as if it had come out of the green envelope when it was opened. The string on the balloon is part of the balloon die set, but the little bow is a tied cotton string. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Thanks for visiting, Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit Die-namics Big Birthday Balloons Die-namics Blueprints 27 Tiny Hearts Brights Paper Pack Smooth White Card Stock Sno Cone Card Stock Sour Apple Premium Dye Ink Pad Foam Mounting Tape 1/2" Mini Glossy Accents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps Sending Birthday Wishes Card Kit, which will be available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. I have another birthday card to share tonight; my birthday card stash has been growing this past week! For this card I used the Distressed Patterns background stamps to add a splash of color behind my little kit die-cut envelope and notecard, and then used the scalloped edge rectangle die from Blueprints 27 to cut my front panel. The white heart seal on the envelope is coated with iridescent glitter for a bit of sparkle--easy and quick! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the Sending Birthday Wishes Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas! Again, the Sending Birthday Wishes Kit will be available tonight (Tuesday night) at 9pm, Eastern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's time for the My Favorite Things Stamps June Kit Countdown, and I'm happy to be sharing a card using the Sending Birthday Wishes Kit today! Other than basic dies, I used pretty much kit contents for my card. The little envelope, envelope liner, and notecard dies in the kit are darling; I cut my envelope from a scrap of translucent vellum so that the patterned liner would show through the envelope. (That little scrap of patterned paper is not the same one that is in the kit. I still need to order my Party Patterns paper pad!) I added a dollop of Glossy Accents to the tiny Heart seal on the envelope, and I airbrushed just a hint of pale yellow (Copic YR31) on the card base behind the envelope. The Sending Birthday Wishes Kit will be available Tuesday night, June 20, at 9pm Eastern time. Be sure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Replay day for the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release. I wanted to use the Stitched Star Grid Die-namics to make a thank you card that would be appropriate for a military person. I thought a simple, homespun kraft card would work well, paired with bright blue and red accents. What do you think? The thank you sentiment is from MFT's Love Is in the Mail stamp set. Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit the MFT Stamps blog for complete list of the participants in the June Release Replay! Die-namics Stitched Star Grid Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX Die-namics Blueprints 29 Love Is in the Mail Kraft Card Stock Red Hot Card Stock Cornflower Prestige Card Stock Red Hot Premium Dye Ink Pad Foam Mounting Tape 1/2" Mono Multi Liquid Glue InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--My Favorite Things Stamps June Release time, that is! Today I have a For Owl You Do card to share. I decided to put my owl inside the card and create a window for him--owls are a bit shy, you know. . . I stamped the owl in MFT Chocolate Brown Hybrid ink onto Kraft paper and colored him with the Copic Markers shown above. I used a white Prismacolor pencil only for the whites of his eyes. Next I airbrushed a hint of sky on the inside of the card base and added a tree with branches on which he could sit. I chose a banner die from Tag Builder Blueprints 5 to go with my sentiment, and I split the sentiment into a two-liner so that I could continue it on the inside of my card. There are several more owls in the set--plenty to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Thank you for you sweet comments on my Copic Lettering piece and Green Copic Doodle Pack giveaway from last week! I ran the random number generator, using 1-29, and number 5, Xyne, is the winner. Xyne, I have emailed you, Thank you ALL for playing along! Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! I chose to feature the Stitched Star Grid Die-namics today, pairing it with a sentiment from an older MFT Stamp set, Stars Above. I chose several different MFT cardstock colors (all listed below) to get a dipped dye look simply, and then used one of the negative shapes of star cut-outs for aligning and gluing my stars in place. I folded over a piece of cardstock on top of my banner to turn it into a large tag, and a little tag topper from Blueprints 6 finished the tag look for me. 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! Remember that while all MFT products are linked below, the NEW product links... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! How about a Pure Innocence image today? I chose the new Bed Rest set to show today, because my Get Well card stash needs some replenishment. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Bed Rest image. I paper-pieced the quilt and floor, and airbrushed the background behind the bed. While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release product links will not work until Release Night, Tuesday June 6, at 9pm Eastern time. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog to enter for today's prize, and to see a full list of links for the DT members showcasing today's release sets! Thanks for stopping by today, Pure Innocence Bed Rest Die-namics PI Bed Rest Die-namics Blueprints 14 Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX Smooth White Card... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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