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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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Looking forward to that, Jenn!
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Welcome! We're having pretty decent weather for the U.P.--it's above zero for the foreseeable future. However, it's definitely still snowman weather here for many weeks to come! That means that I can use snowmen on thank you cards, right? Today I have another thank you card to share, this one using Papertrey Ink's PomPom Pals stamp set for the focal image, and Inside and Outside Thank You for the sentiment on the card front. I thought I'd show you again how to leave part of an image extending past a die-cut shape. I generally use about three layers of cardstock between the die blade and the piece of cardstock on which my image is stamped, in just the area that I want to avoid cutting. I then send the image and die sandwich through my machine as normal. When I remove the die, the scrap pieces of cardstock have shielded... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Aileen, I think that we have online classes in the works, but I'm not sure how far off that will be. You have an excellent resource in Australia at the Kit and Clowder site. I'm not associated with them in any capacity, but I certainly do admire Aussie Alyce Keegan's mad coloring skills! Hope that helps, Debbie
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Hi, Pat, Here is the information on the Hanover class: https://imaginationinternationalinc.com/copic/store/products/standard-certification-class-hanover-md/ It looks like it is being held at the Residence Inn Dallas Arundel Mills/BWI 7035 Arundel Mills Blvd. Hanover, MD 21076 Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome! I arrived home from warm Anaheim a week ago last Tuesday night, managing to bring a nasty bug home as a flight souvenir. Thankfully, I'm past the sleep-all-day stage, but still moving a bit slowly here, hence the lack of blogging lately. I'm trying to get back in the saddle this week, as well as look after my husband, who has also managed to catch the aforementioned bug. Oops. . . On topic, I've recently updated my Copic Classes blog page and wanted to be sure to let you know what we have coming up in the near future. Upcoming Copic Standard and Intermediate Certification Classes are in these areas: Phoenix, Arizona: February 6-7: Debbie Olson (Jenn Dove will be there too--Yay!!!) Houston, Texas: Feb. 20-21: Lori Craig Orlando, Florida: Feb. 20-21: Cindy Lawrence Dallas, Texas: March 13-14: Debbie Olson Chicago, Illinois: March 13-14: Lori Craig Hanover, Maryland: March... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a special post today--my first for Power Poppy's Instant Garden team! On the 15th of each month, I'll plan to post a card created with a Power Poppy digital stamp image, this month's being La Vie en Rose. I've always loved Marcella Hawley's illustrations; they are fabulous to color. Here's a peek at the full digital stamp set. Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the La Vie en Rose image. (As always, click to enlarge.) I used a Brother Laser Printer to print my digital image, printing on Copic's X-Press It Blending Card. I used several Spellbinders dies on my card: a Grand Ovals (to cut the focal image), a Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight for the mat layer under the oval (split in the middle to make it a bit wider), and a Pierced Ovals on the red background (hard to see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Thank you, Elizabeth, for letting me know! I'm flying home today, but I found a wifi hotspot, got it edited, credited, and linked to the Kit and Clowder blog. Alyce is totally amazing! :-D Debbie
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on A Few Tidbits from CHA at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Linea, that gel pen is one of the new Kirarina line that Imagination International (Copic in North Anerica) is carrying. I don't have one yet, but I am hoping to get one soon. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on A Few Tidbits from CHA at Thinking Inking
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Cindy, that's a GREAT question! That was the thing that I totally meant to explain in my post and forgot to! I stamped the strings and bow on the patterned paper first; and then after stamping and die-cutting the tag, I laid a piece of clear acetate (like the clear stamp carrier plastic pieces that we all have so many of) on TOP of the stamped patterned paper, put my tag where I wanted it in relationship to the staring on the patterned paper, then lined up with the bow string below and stamped it again. Easy-Peasy!! Thanks for asking. :-) Debbie
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on Simple Thank You Notes at Thinking Inking
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Welcome from party-sunny Anaheim! Would you believe that it rained both Saturday and Sunday? I thought Anaheim was supposed to be like Camelot--raining only at night time, of course! I've been in Copic classes for the last few days and finally had a chance to buzz through the CHA show yesterday afternoon, stopping nowhere, really, but just running quickly through to see if anything caught my eye. This morning I went back and took time to really look around me, and I found a few things to share. I thought I'd better share what I have now since late afternoons and evenings tend to fill quickly. By the way, the picture above is created with the Waterlogue iPhone/iPad App, one of my favorites. First, a couple of shout-outs: I heard that Hazel and Ruby won Best in Show for their washi tape that comes up to two feet wide. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Kate's lovely, and so is your bag! You're a wise a special Mama, Julie!
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2015 on Quilt Block Messenger Bag at Cosmo Cricket
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Welcome! I'm in Anaheim for Copic classes and CHA, though I probably won't have a c chance to go see the trade show until tomorrow. The weather is is definitely a nice change of pace! Right before I left home, I was working on a stack of thank you notes, some suitable for me to send, and some suitable for my teenage son to send. I had ordered Papertrey's No Strings Attached stamp set several weeks ago but hadn't had a chance to use it much. I thought it would be perfect for some simple thank you notes--the non-lumpy kind since the new guy at the Quinnesec post office loves to charge me extra for any lump he can feel through the envelope--even a tiny little string! (This probably won't pass either, since I have a thin piece of foam tape underneath my tag, but a girl can always hope.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Thinking Inking
That's a great question, Deborah! I have better luck getting them even if I run just the piercing die first, then add the outside cutting die to that stack and run both dies through. Try it and see if that helps! :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2015 on Feel Better Soon at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have an anniversary card to share, using JustRite's new Sentimental Damask Vintage Labels Eight Clear stamps, paired with a Spellbinders A-2 Tranquil Moments die template. The Sentimental Damask Vintage Labels Eight Clear stamps covers several occasions, and I like the font as well! For ink, I used both Versamagic Oasis Green (for the damask image), and Versamagic Ocean Depth for the sentiment. The darker cardstock behind the top white layer is PTI's Ocean Tides. I dyed some rayon seam binding with several Copic reinkers to get a multi-colored blue-green ribbon. Before I go, I wanted to make sure that anyone who wants to shop at JustRite Papercraft has the 20% off sale code, good on everything in the store through midnight, January 10, 2015 EST: it's HAPPY2015. Have fun, and be sure to check out the blogs below for more inspiration! JustRite Inspiration Debbie Olson (here) Eva... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about another Spring card today? (I'm pretending that it's not bitterly cold here. . .) Today's card features JustRite's Lilac Blossoms Clear Stamps set, paired with an older background, Crackle Cling Background stamp. I really liked having two different sizes of lilac blossoms, though I ended up using both sizes on my standard 4-1/4" X 5-1/2" card front. I colored the lilacs images with the Copic markers shown above. I also used a Lilac Spica Glitter pen in the centers of the blossoms, though you can't see it in the photos. I used the used SVG Lilac Blossoms digital cut file (Exact) to cut the lilacs before stamping them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloring them. The ribbon is white seam binding, dyed with Copic V22 Various Ink and a squirt of Colorless Blender. On the Royal Velvet (PTI) cardstock background, I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Love this set, Lisa--beautiful!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on Introducing: All My Heart at Poppy Paperie
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So sorry Susan--I missed your question earlier! I will be near the airport: Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Metro Airport 31800 Smith Road Romulus, MI 48174 Hope that helps! Debbie
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on I've been coloring. . . at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have to confess that I'm having a hard time getting back into a routine around here. But I've been putzing around in my studio for the last couple of days, and it's starting to feel a little more natural again. Do you have a hard time shifting gears after holidays? As much as I enjoy making Christmas cards, I am ready for something fresh and Spring-y--not that we will see Spring in the U.P. of Michigan for a few months yet! Today's card needed to be a cheery one, and what's more cheery than pink flowers? Also, I wanted to play with some of the new dies that are sitting in boxes on my studio floor, begging to be labeled and put away. I started with my background, using a mask cut with Spellbinders Basic Lattice, and airbrushed with a Copic Airbrush System and Copic YR04, YR07, RV02,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Thinking Inking
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Our power was out this morning, meaning that there wasn't much that I could do other than color. (Isn't that what everyone does when the power is out?) I've been wanting to get some of the new artwork colored for the Copic Certification classes this Spring, and today seemed like a good time to work on that project. That little guy above is one of the images--he's a fun one! I'm headed to Anaheim for CHA on January 8, to Phoenix for Standard and Intermediate Certification classes on February 6-7, and next to Detroit on February 27-28 for Copic Workshops. I hope to meet some of you there! I also wanted to point you toward a really helpful post by Michelle Houghton on Debbie Hodge's blog, on how to properly clean your Copic markers. Michelle, who is joining us as a Copic Regional Instructor this year, is concise and clear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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So, we're in the home stretch. I mean, as long as I pass a few more Christmas cards out at church tomorrow night, they're still on time, right? I spent a week away from home recently, so I'm not going to sweat the fact that I have a few cards left to mail that won't make it in time for Christmas. I'm pretty sure that this is my last batch of the year. I had to keep them simple in order to finish them. Stamp sets used were all from my PTI stash, and most of them were older sets, except for the Fair Isle Motifs set that I used in the background. Sentiments came from Bells and Boughs, Rustic Wreath, and Beautiful Blessings: Holiday (inside of cards), and wreath is from the 2012 Holiday Tags set. Ink colors are Scarlet Jewel, Pinefeather, Vintage Cream, and Kraft. I used both... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm headed home from South Carolina today; it was great to get to spend some time with my parents, but Benjamin and I will be glad to get back home as well. How about another clean and fairly simple Christmas card today? What I really need to do is to stop making cards and start addressing them. . . but making them is so much more fun than addressing them! For this card I used Papertrey Ink's Fair Isle Motifs and Love Lives Here: Holiday stamp sets, combined with Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles and Pierced Squares die sets. Ink colors are Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores for the focal square, and Ocean Tides for the sentiment. Cardstock is Aqua Mist and Stampers Select White. Again, I used cotton crochet thread to keep the thickness down for mailing purposes. I may make a few more of these cards; it was easy,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm still in South Carolina for a few more days, but I thought I'd sneak a few minutes to finish up a blog post. I'm sure I've mentioned in the past how much I dislike doing mass production. . . For me, making three cards mostly alike IS mass production! What can I say? Desperate times call for desperate measures--even mass production. ;-) I've been in a traditional colors and Kraft paper mood lately, this time using Papertrey Ink's Fair Isle Motifs (background), 2012 Holiday Tags (wreath), and that sweet little ornament from Love Lives Here: Holiday. Spellbinders dies that I used were Standard Circles Large , Back to Basics Tags, and Pierced Rectangles. Inks were PTI's Pinefeather and Pure Poppy. I used Natural Rustic Twine rather than ribbon, hoping to keep the thickness within regular postal thickness limits; and I used a glue pen and red glitter on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been playing with a new Papertrey Ink stamp set, Pompom Pals--this little guy is the cutest! Before I talk about him, I want to let you know about some upcoming Copic Marker classes in both Anaheim and Phoenix. For more information on Copic Certification Classes, check HERE, and on Copic Color and Ink Workshops, check HERE. By the way, you do NOT have to be attending CHA to attend the Anaheim classes. I will be attending CHA, and if you will be there, and I'd love to meet you. I'm teaching the Phoenix Standard and Intermediate Certification Classes on February 6-7 and hope to meet some of you there as well. On to my little Pompom Pals reindeer card: I love all three of the Pompom Pals images, but the reindeer is my favorite! (Maybe after I have a chance to play with the other two, that will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I had promised that I would post instructions for my second Spellbinders Tudor Rose Card Front card, so that's why you are seeing this card again today. It's really pretty simple! I used my Copic Airbrush System, but if you don't have a Copic Airbrush System, you could get a similar look using something like distress inks and a sponge. Pull out your creative license and use it! :-) I cut one layer of white cardstock with my Tudor Rose Card Front die template, and then I *embossed only* my second layer of white cardstock. The embossed layer is the one that I airbrushed; while embossing isn't essential to the finished look, the embossed lines helped me to see where the colors should go as I was airbrushing. For the background layer, I airbrushed loosely and heavily. Precision is not that important since you just need the darker colors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Thinking Inking
Well, Mandy, I felt better about buying a couple of stamp sets today after I purchased two cards for my MIL to send today, both of them pretty plain, and both $4. So if I make four cards with this set, I'm past my break even point, and I've made five! Got to love those justification skills, right? :-}
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2014 on From Our House to Yours at Thinking Inking
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