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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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Thanks Jane--now about finding TIME to finish. . . Maybe next week? I did only pencil sketching in the car. Inking comes when I am sitting back home at my desk!
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Barbara, my husband was driving--not me! And I got only pencil work done in the car. I'm a little hesitant to do inking in the car. ;-)
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{{{Rose--one day!}}}
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Thank you, Cindy! I'm enjoying lettering, but it's going to continue to take PRACTICE! :-)
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Thanks, Lee!
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Welcome! In addition to being deadline week (a.k.a. the end of the month), this also happens to be Spring Break week for our 17-year-old son. That means that Mama's got to get a bit creative to get her work done and still have time to do a few special things! Today we three took a road trip down to Green Bay to shop for school clothes. That's a two-hour drive, so of course I needed something to work on in the car! (I know that many of you really can't imagine living two hours from real malls, but it's not a bad thing, once you get used to it!) In the car, I worked on a couple of rough pencil sketches for lettering projects (no inking done on those yet though), as well as a cacti piece for my landscapes portfolio. I took pictures of cacti near the Convention Center... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I know that I've been MIA for a few days. I've been busy behind the scenes though, mostly working on class prep projects. It really doesn't matter how many times I've taught a class; I'm still usually scrambling to find a new twist on something or to collect just a few more portfolio projects. This past week has been spent for the most part on making notebooks and presentations for the NEW Copic Workshops that we'll be teaching starting next month already! (We've had one pilot run of the new Workshops in Phoenix at Creativation, but all of us will be teaching them pretty soon.) All of my projects are ready for the Animals class, but I would like to get a couple more small pieces done for my Landscapes class. Lettering has been my biggest project lately though. Scrap paper doesn't stay blank for long in my studio--I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's finally release night for the My Favorite Things Stamps Doodled Blooms Card Kit; I have one more card left to share--this one watercolored. I stamped the large daisy image first, then created a mask for it and several other flowers so that I could lay a mask on each image after stamping it and then stamp the overlapping images. After I finished painting the flowers, I tried adding spatters with my watercolor brush, but I wanted more prominent spatters than I was getting. I used a spatter stamp from the Distressed Patterns stamp set to augment my natural spatters and liked it a lot better than way. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the Doodled Blooms Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Thanks for visiting, Doodled Blooms Card Kit Distressed Patterns BG Mesh Background Die-namics Blueprints 27... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about another Doodled Blooms card today? The Doodled Blooms Card Kit will be available at My Favorite Things Stamps on Tuesday evening at 9pm, Eastern time. I kept this one a little more traditional than yesterday's kraft versions, and I stamped a colored kit envelope to coordinate with the card front. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Doodled Blooms images, as well as to airbrush the sky and ground. (I used a torn paper town to mask for airbrushed cloud shapes in the sky.) The More Essential Sentiments stamp set in the Doodled Blooms kit has a TON of possibilities if you're looking for a sentiment for almost any reason. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the Doodled Blooms Card Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Love it, Tammy--beautiful job!
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Welcome! For my next three posts, I have cards to share using the My Favorite Things Stamps March card kit, Doodled Blooms. I'm a flower person--realistic, whimsical--doesn't really matter, because I'm an equal opportunity flower colorist. :-} And Doodled Blooms was a LOT of fun to color! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Doodled Blooms images on kraft cardstock. On the card with more flowers, I used only Copics. While I used them with white embossing powder, I was careful NOT to color on top of the embossing powder. Coloring on top of embossing powder can sometimes affect the tips of your Copic markers, so I made sure to stay in the lines. For the card with fewer flowers, I used the same Copic colors as listed on my Copic Color Maps above, but I added Prismacolor pencil for the sky and ground since... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Replay time at My Favorite Things Stamps. Since I needed another baby card, I chose the new Welcome Baby stamp set along with the Party Banners Die-namics. Don't these make a cute pair? I absolutely love those little bow die cuts and can see using them often! I used one of the Inside and Out Stitched Rectangle Die-namics for my focal image, leaving the die in place to mask the edges while I airbrushed a grassy background (Copic G43) and a sky (Copic BG 23, with a torn paper towel used as a cloud mask). Patterned banners are from the Sweet Celebration Paper Pack, and the background paper is from the Fresh Squeezed Chevron Paper Pack. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find links to all of the other Release Replay posts for March! Thank you for visiting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Sue, This post is eight years old--quick load instructions weren't around back then, I don't think! :-) I found a card box on clearance at a Hallmark store, covered it with pretty 12 x 12 scrapbooking papers, and made my divider pages as monthly calendars. It really wasn't complicated. Good luck! Debbie
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Welcome! It's Release Night for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have a Critter Clan card to share with you. I chose the owl for my focal image because I loved his big, surprised eyes! I created a forest-y looking background with the Distressed Patterns stamp set, combined with some Copic-airbrushed sky. Next I used the Die-namics Birch Trees to add some dimensional trees on top of my stamped background. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the owl image. All of the new March 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! Critter Clan Die-namics Critter Clan Distressed Patterns... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day Two of the My Favorite Things Stamps March Release. I was so glad that a baby set came out this month, because I've needed two baby cards! I just adore the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics paired with the Welcome Baby sentiments. I used mostly the Sweet Celebration paper pad to die cut the clothing pieces and airbrushed a coordinating sky for those clothes to dry under. (Yes, I've just ordered my second Sweet Celebration pad--it's been well-loved and used!) I kept the inside simple, using up the rest of the die cuts that didn't fit on my card front. And that little die cut bow, not to mention clothespins and hanger?? {{{Love them!}}} While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night, Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern, on March 7. (All other links should work now.)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's day three of the My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown!, and I have card to share using the darling little Showering you with Love stamp set! I decided to do some paper piecing, combined with my Copic markers for this piece. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Showering you with Love image. Patterend papers were from the MFT Sweet Celebration paper pack, and I shaded on top of the patterned paper with the colors shown above. Keep in mind that while I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night, 9pm, EST on Tuesday, March 7. (All other links should work now.) I hope you have time to check out the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of participants in today's countdown and to enter for prizes there! Thanks for stopping... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Four of the My Favorite Things Stamps March Release Countdown! Do you like Chinese food? I love it, and sometimes my teenager humors me and asks to eat at our local Chinese restaurant. When I saw the MFT Good Fortune stamp set, I knew I wanted to make a card reminiscent of Chinese takeout! I used the silver foil cardstock for the handle, and white birch adhesive backed sheet for the chopsticks. The fortune cookies are just die cut from Natural cardstock and then sponged with distress ink; one of them is stuffed with a fortune that can be pulled out and pushed back in place. I airbrushed the background lightly with a Copic BG05 marker, and then spritzed a scrap of burlap with Colorless Blender and laid it on the airbrushed area to create texture. Could be a fun set, right? As always during release week,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 5 of the March My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown, and I'll have several cards to share over the next few days. Today's uses the Sow Much Cuteness stamps and Die-namics--pretty much self-explanatory there! I love this little guy, who just can't contain himself. In fact, he's jumped up and down so much that his little hooves have plowed up the ground! ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the Sow Much Cuteness image and background. (The background is just sketched in--not part of the stamp set.) In addition to Sow Much Cuteness, I also used the new Mesh Background stamp. It's a staple, so I'm sure you'll see it here again! While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release products will not work until Release Night, Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern, on March 7. (All other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Raghu, I used a Copic Sketch BG05 marker to airbrush most of the sky background. Here is one like it: https://imaginationinternationalinc.com/copic/store/products/b05-s/ I could also have used a Copic Classic Marker; both Sketch and Classic markers fit in the Copic Airbrush System. Hope that helps, Debbie
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Welcome! I've been working on my MFT March release cards for the last few days, trying to get finished before my Copic teaching trip to Dallas this coming Thursday. Tonight I finally wrapped it up and had a chance to make something that I could share now. Last month I hadn't had a chance to use the MFT Stamps Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set, nor had I ever used the Blueprints Die-namics 28 either. Well, now I've remedied that! ;-) I knew that I wanted to use patterned paper on my thank you card for a special friend's mother, but I was concerned that using a flapped die might now work well without a more substantial weight of paper for the flap. To alleviate the problem of thinner patterned paper, I used my X-Press It 1/4" High Tack Double Sided Tape to adhere my patterned paper layer to a layer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm back today with a new digital release from Power Poppy Stamps, Vintage Easter Egg. I've recently visited Georgia and South Carolina for a several days, and it was certainly Spring-y there! While I was away, quite a bit of our snow melted here at home to;, but never fear, we got more today. :-) It's still okay for me to use Spring colors on this Vintage Easter Egg, right? In addition to the Vintage Easter Egg image with a sentiment, there is also an image with a blank tag so that you can personalize the egg tag for your favorite little person. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Vintage Easter Egg image and background. I colored an extra tag and large flower so that I could raise those image parts with foam tape for some added dimension. If you get a chance,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's release night, and the My Favorite Things Stamps Beautiful Butterflies Kit is now available. My third card is a soft pink and gray concoction: I really wanted to use vellum layers on butterflies for one of my cards, and pale pink and vellum just seemed to be happy together. :-) I layered two pink inks (Tickled Pink and Cotton Candy) and a pale gray ink (Cement Gray) to stamp the butterflies. Next I layered plain, die-cut vellum butterflies over the top of stamped, die-cut butterflies and then ran a line of glitter glue down the center line of the raised butterflies. Easy -peasy! (But my card does require a larger than normal envelope.) Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the Beautiful Butterflies kit! Thanks for visiting, Beautiful Butterflies Card Kit Premium Dye Ink Pad Cotton Candy Die-namics Blueprints 25 Tickled Pink... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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I used a heavy weight kraft cardstock cut 1/2" higher than the cardstock pieces.
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Mary, that's a great question! I always use hybrid inks when I am planning to color with my Copics. Other than that, I don't necessarily have a distinct preference for one over the other. I don't have all of the ink pads in both hybrid AND dye ink, so sometimes I pick one over the other simply because I happen to have purchased that particular color in only dye ink or only hybrid ink. *Sometimes* I feel that I get a cleaner stamped image on a really fine-lined sentiment with hybrid ink, but it could be a number of other factors (such as different hand pressure, especially if I'd already messed up once). I would use dye inks if I wanted to stamp a solid image and spritz it for a watercolor look. So, in short, I often use them interchangeably, but there are a couple of situations where I do have a distinct preference. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Deanna, I'm in the U.P. of Michigan--our roof is clear of snow! Strange for February, but I'll take it! ;-)
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