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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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Colleen, it is adorable--great job!
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Welcome! Today I needed a thank you note suitable for a male; I have plenty of thank you notes in my stash, but not so many with no flowers or pink! Since it's still Fall (though most of our trees are now bare), I thought I would pull out my JustRite Oak Leaves cling stamp set. These are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used on my image. After I got the card put together, I added a few touches of R24--can't leave well-enough alone! To cut, emboss, and mask the focal image, I used a Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics A die template. The tag is cut with a die from Back to Basics Tags, and the sentiment it from JRP's Doily One cling stamps. Patterned papers are from Bo Bunny's 12 x 12 Autumn Song collection. I thought I might get away with a bow if I used twine... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm in Minneapolis, one short flight away from home. I thought I could put my layover to good use and finish a post! I'm definitely more of a "Merry Christmas" girl than a "Happy Holidays" girl, but you have to admit that this Spellbinders Happy Holidays is one gorgeous die-cut! I'll have to turn my studio inside and out see if I have one of these Holiday Sentiments sets--they're probably there, if I look hard enough. I mashed my sentiment into my Versamark pad and heat embossed with Filigree Silver Embossing powder twice. Do any of you have a favorite metallic embossing powder? I'm wondering which metallic ones look the most rich and metallic. The background is a shimmery white cardstock embossed with a Spellbinders Winter Wonders M-Bossabilities folder, with glitter added to some of the snowflakes and stars. It's a 5 x 7 embossing folder, so by cutting... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm still in Eugene, Oregon for a couple of days, but I have a couple of cards left to share while I'm away. How about a simple snow scene today? I've had this lovely Spellbinders Picture Perfect die template for a couple of month snow, and I finally had a chance to pull it out and play. I had intended to go with just a shimmery white-on-white card, but then I had a brainstorm. . . What if I cut an extra solid panel and airbrushed some sky to go behind my village and tree? I used Copic B32 and B66 to create my sky. I didn't create a mask, but freehanded the airbrushing; that's why you see a colorless blender in the picture as well. I had one area that I needed to push some stray B32 out of. The airbrushing was a less-than-five-minute process--seriously simple. I used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm on the road again today, headed to Oregon for our yearly Copic team meeting. We get a lot of work done on next year's classes, and we have fun too--can't beat that! I have a couple of posts lined up for later this week that are really simple cards, but I wanted to make sure that I had at least one Copic colored post up. I was browsing the A Day for Daisies site yesterday and found this sweet little gift-wrapped doll image A Doll for Me. As many little girls as I have in my life, I'm sure one of them will like this image! I colored her in the Copic markers shown above. (You can click to see a larger image if you'd like.) Papers are from a Carta Bella Merry and Bright 6 x 6 pad. Usually I find paper first, then coordinate my Copics... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm playing catch-up from my weekend away, but I had a little time yesterday to get a card made for my dear friend who is fighting cancer. I chose a sentiment from JustRite's Sunshine Vintage Labels Eight and Nine clear stamp set. You can't beat a Winnie the Pooh quotation to bring a smile! I used a Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die template to cut my card base and sentiment panel, as well as a 5 x 7 Matting Basics B for the patterned panel, and a 5 x 7 Matting Basics A for the aqua mat panel behind the patterned panel. Patterned paper is from a Melissa Frances 6 x 6 paper pad, and seam binding is dyed to coordinate with a Copic R83 reinker and a few drops of colorless blender. I airbrushed the background of the sentiment panel with the Mystical Embrace die left in place, using... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Thinking Inking
So beautiful, Kittie!
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Cindy, thank you for figuring that out! I'll have to put that one on my wish list and order it next time I order. :-}
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2014 on Easy-to-Mail Christmas Cards! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm on the road this weekend, headed to a Kalamazoo, Michigan, for a Copic Workshop Saturday. I'm hoping to meet some of you there! Just before I left, I had time to upload one more card using the Papertrey Ink Phrase Play #8 die. I was totally inspired by Kristina Werner's fabulous post here to use my silver embossing powder with a word die. (She made a really cool background too--you have to see her card if you haven't already seen it.) For this card I pulled out my Shimmery Silver and Shimmery white cardstock, some old silver cord (probably Stampin' Up), and my silver embossing powder and Versamark ink. I ended up using three coats of silver EP to get it as thick as I wanted it. My silver EP is several years old--maybe new EP would be better-behaved. ;-) I also used a silver paint pen to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Cindy--haha--JINX! :-) You're right --this is a die that lets you put several cards together really quickly. The only thing that would make it faster would be if you could get a companion die that cut a solid panel that would work with all of the Phrase Play series. I wonder if they make one of those? Would be great for shakers too. . .
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Easy-to-Mail Christmas Cards! at Thinking Inking
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Gabby, thanks for the sweet encouragement! So glad that you are using your talents to bless others! :-}
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Easy-to-Mail Christmas Cards! at Thinking Inking
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Linda, that's some of my favorite whimsical Christmas paper too! But I know that *somebody* will come up with something that I like again one day. . . ;-)
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Easy-to-Mail Christmas Cards! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been playing with a sweet new Papertrey Ink Phrase Play #8 die for a couple of days and have been working on some Christmas cards that won't require extra postage. It seemed like every time I went to the post office last year, I was paying over $1 a card to mail my cards. (And at that rate, I made sure that *I* took the cards to the post office instead of asking my husband to do it!) I'm still on a use-the-hoarded-papers campaign, and these are all from a My Mind's Eye Merry 6 x 6 pad. Using papers from the same pad means that you can mix and match different parts of the die-cut and have them all coordinate. (But you have to be careful not to lose the four small inside pieces--trust me on this!) As much as I love ribbons and bows, I knew... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome, and Happy World Card-Making Day! Thank you so much for the empathy (or was it commiseration?) yesterday--seems like we ALL have "those days" on occasion. Yesterday wasn't a super-productive day, but it was definitely better than the day before! ;-) I have a little floral number to share today using JustRite's new Sweet Posies Cling Stamps. I stamped the posies image in Versamark ink, then heat-embossed with detail white embossing powder. I used Ranger Distress inks to watercolor the posies, along with a Copic Y32 and Copic Airbrush System to airbrush the background. Since it was a small card (about 4-1/2" square), I didn't want to overwhelm my little flowers with a sentiment, so I saved the sentiment for the card inside. (Inks were PTI Lavender Moon and Plum Pudding.) I had some ribbon that was just the right color, but it just seemed to take over when I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Kay, if you ever make it to the U.P., you'll have to contact me!
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2014 on Oak Leaves Happy Birthday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! We are close to our peak Fall colors in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so I've had colorful leaves on my mind for a couple of weeks now. When I saw this month's JustRite releases, I knew that I wanted to play with the Oak Leaves cling stamp set, for sure! The background stamp is also in this month's release, Crackle Cling Background stamp. On the leaves image above, I used mostly Ranger Distress inks, painted with a waterbrush; after it dried I went back in with my Copic markers and deepened several areas that didn't have enough contrast. I hand-cut my leaves and cut the background sky oval with a Spellbinders Grand Ovals die template. The Scarlet Jewel layer behind it is cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals One die template. Besides the beautiful Oak Leaves Cling Stamp set and Crackle Background Cling stamp, a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! May I share another Christmas card today? I promise I'll get back to the current season for my next post! I had ordered Papertrey Ink's Text Block: Christmas die a couple of weeks ago and wanted to try it out as a shaker card. I tried a clear panel behind the die cut, but the patterned paper was still too distracting behind the die-cut panel. Next I tried a heavy-weight vellum panel, which worked better, EXCEPT that the shaker material doesn't show up very well. (Guess I should have thought of that before taping it down. . .) Since it still makes that cool "shimmy-shimmy" sound when you shake it, it goes in the card stash anyway. Papers are from the same paper pad that I used on my last post, Authentique's 6 x 6 Bundle Collection: Wonder. That's it for today, and my next card won't be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Cindy, this is delightful! You're pretty amazing. :-)
Hi, Mary Ann, I die cut the card front, and I die cut the sentiment. I hand trimmed (X-acto knife and Perfect Layers tool) the red mat under the sentiment because I wanted it to be narrow (since my reds didn't *exactly* match). . . But I could have used the A-2 Matting Basics for the mat as well if I hadn't been trying to hide that not-quite-match with a narrow mat! ;-) Thanks for asking, Debbie
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Joy to the World at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, it's about that time--time to start making Christmas cards, of course! I have to confess that I mailed fewer than I made last year. Sometimes I get carried away with the making part, but don't get around to the more mundane part of addressing and mailing them in time. I'm hoping to do better this year. . . We'll see! One of the things that I have tried to do in the past is to post some "easy to make, easy to mail" cards, and this one certainly falls in to that category. I used my new Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday stamp set for the front sentiments, and Keep It Simple: Christmas for the inside (not pictured). Since my card was pretty plain, I thought I would use a couple of dies to give it a bit more oomph--is that really a word? I used my Spellbinders... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Bernadette, Good question! I colored only the blue part. The black part was part of the original printout. These are *very* simple eyes to color. Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on The Princess and the Queen at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I just finished a card for two of my young friends and thought I'd share it tonight. I started with a printout of the Saturated Canary digital image, Queenie and Princess; it was perfect for them! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the image, which was printed on X-Press It Blending cardstock with a Canon MG5220 inkjet printer. (As always, just click to enlarge.) I used three die template sets on my card: Spellbinders Classic Squares Large for the opening in the middle, Grand Squares (oops--I think this one is retired) for the outer edge of the patterned card front, and Framed Tags 1 for the sentiment (stamp from Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink). Finished size of the card is about 5-1/8" square. Now to get it in the mail for the Queen and the Princess! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Before I tell you about today's card, I wanted to mention several upcoming Copic Workshop Classes; I am teaching Copic Workshops in Kalamazoo, Michigan (October 11) and Minneapolis/Eden Prairie, Minnesota (November 8). Cindy Lawrence is teaching Boston, Orlando, and Houston; and Sherrie Siemens is teaching in Calgary in the near future. We would LOVE to have you join us at one of these locations! For today's card, I used another A Day for Daisies digital image, Curvy Purse. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Curvy Purse image. Additionally, I used Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A and Back to Basics Tags to cut and emboss the focal image and tag. Tag sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages stamp set, and papers are from the Echo Park 6 x 6 Sweet Girl paper pad. I think that the string is from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been coloring like a madwoman lately, but most of it has been for next year's Copic Workshop class samples. Tonight I needed a couple of thank you notes and thought I'd go the clean and simple route. I used some pretty papers and my Papertrey Ink Banner Sentiments stamp set--such a useful set! To cut the banners, I used my PTI Double Ended Banners die. Papers are both Echo Park 6 x 6 pads: Baby Mine (boy version), and Sweet Girl. What did we card makers do before there were 6 x 6 pads? Oh, that's right. . . We stamped. ;-} I do like my little patterned paper pads! That's it for tonight. I'll get a Copic-colored card posted in the near future. My next-to-last batch of class projects goes in the mail tomorrow morning. Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Thinking Inking
This is absolutely lovely, Julia!