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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 was browsing the Digital Pencil Too site earlier this week and ran across this darling digital stamp, Coffee. Of course I wanted to color it! I printed the image out with my laser printer, then started coloring. These are the Copic markers that I used to color the Coffee image--yes, a LOT of them! (As always, click for a larger version.) To trim and emboss my focal image and the mat piece directly behind it, I used a Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics A die template. For the pink square patterned paper , I used Romantic Rectangles on the long edge to create a lacy border. Now, I have to confess that I'm not an experienced sequins user! But I received a box the other day that had two containers of sequins in it, so it was my *duty* to use them, right? :-} There are Spellbinders... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Thinking Inking
Good morning! Today I have an 8" x 10" shadow-box framed piece to share, created with Power Poppy's new Flowering Branches digistamp. It's a beautiful image, and I had totally intended to create a card with it. I printed it out a little large and thought I'd figure out what I was going to crop off before I colored it. But I just couldn't make myself crop that image! That's how it ended up being a framed piece. :-) In addition to the crabapple tree image, there are also sentiments with the Flowering Branches set for mothers and grandmothers. (I ended up using a sentiment from the Good Thinking: Renewal stamp set.) I took stepped out pictures as I colored yesterday; just click on each one to see a full-sized version. Above are the leaves and branches. (Please ignore the pencil lines; I had originally put those in to let... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
Thank you for the encouraging words, Becca-they are much appreciated!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Roses Thanks at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a floral thank you card today? I recently ordered a MISTI tool since I kept reading rave reviews about it, and it definitely came in handy when I was aligning the layers on the JusRite Romantic Wild Roses clear stamp set! For the frame, i used the A-2 Woodgrain Frame Upcycled cling background stamp, coloring the squares with Copic markers. Sentiment is from Stacking Sentiments Clear Stamps. Honestly, I'm a bit challenged when it comes to lining up multi-step stamp sets since "almost lined up" doesn't suit me. So I stamped several of the base layers, then aligned my second layer on a scrap image before stamping several roses. It's a little more work that way, but at least the layers line up! :-) Have a fabulous weekend, Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
Oh, Jeepers, Aileen! Thank you for picking that up! I have just changed it. Want to come be my personal organizer? I NEED one! :-D
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Take Good Care. . . at Thinking Inking
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I'm headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, next weekend (April 17-18) for three Copic Workshop classes, and I'd love to meet you there! ____________ Welcome! How about a floral card today? I love flowers, and pink ones are the best! I started with an image from the Simply Camellias stamp set by by Power Poppy. When I was growing up, my Mom had a couple of large camellia bushes on either side of the front porch, and boy were they pretty when they bloomed! I guess they are still there, but I haven't been home when the camellias bloom for several years. Shown above are the Copic Markers that I used to color the camellia image. I used several Spellbinders die template sets on my card, including Classic Ovals SM for the focal image panel, Elegant Ovals for the Kraft mat layer, Framed Tags 1 (oops--must be retired!) for the sentiment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Thinking Inking
This is a different kind of post today. I'll be back with a card tomorrow, but today is about my friend and fellow Copic instructor Sherrie Siemens. Sherrie is going to be embarking on a new opportunity soon, and we will ALL miss her sorely! She has always been a pretty amazing lady. When I think of her, the first few words that come to mind are gracious, capable, talented, and strong. Gracious: I've never heard Sherrie be unkind. . . Think about it--how many friends can you say that about? We've roomed together several times over the years, and Sherrie has always been upbeat and positive. She is the same whether she is talking to you or about you, and you can count on that. Capable: Sherrie took pretty much any assignment in stride, regardless of the situation. Oh the funny stories that we've heard about some of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Today I have a cheery card to share using MFT's Sending Big Hugs stamp set. I've got a soft spot for these sweet little images! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the MFT Sending Big Hugs image. Dies that I used were Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics B (for the focal image), Pierced Rectangles (for the polka-dotted card front), and Pierced Circles (for the red zig-zag layer). My blue button wasn't quite the right color to coordinate with the girl's dress, so I airbrushed it with a Copic B05 marker and airbrush system. Patterned papers are from Echo Park's 6" x 6" Fine and Dandy paper pad--bright and fun! Well, that's it for today's card. Thanks for visiting! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Thinking Inking
I'm so happy to hear that. Kymona! Practice is the key, isn't it? :-D
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A wonderful Easter morning to you: He is Risen! When I was looking through my stash to see what might work for an Easter card, I ran across a Spellbinders Create-a-Flower Dogwood die template set that I hadn't used yet. To me, dogwood blossoms just shout Spring. We had dogwood trees that dotted the edge of the woods in our pastures, and you'd never notice them except once a year--Spring, when they were covered with lovely white flowers. My grandmother told me a legend of the dogwood when I was a young child. Perhaps that's why I associate them with Easter more than I do a showy Easter Lily. (If you haven't heard the legend of the dogwood, here's a link.) I cut all of my dogwood parts from plain white cardstock and then colored them with the Copic markers shown above. I coated each of the petals with colorless... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
TOTALLY darling, Leese--love it!
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2015 on Introducing: You're The Sweetest at Poppy Paperie
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I need a reminder of what? To "wag more and bark less," of course! Today I'm combining a couple of new JustRite pet sets to make a sort of cheer up card. (I didn't need a pet sympathy card, thankfully, so I thought I would make a card that I could use soon.) I used sentiments from Furry Friends clear stamps, and images (Heart tag, dog, and paw prints) from the Pet Sympathy Sentiments clear stamp. To color my puppy and tag images, I used these Copic markers: E50, E21, E33, E37, T1, T4, T6. I used a Spellbinders Standard Circles SM die template to cut the partial circle for the images to sit in. Inks that I used were Memento Espresso and PTI Pure Poppy and Kraft, as well as a PTI Chamomile Distress Ink cube. I did some stitching to dress up the Kraft cardstock edges--you can tell... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Does it feel like Spring yet where you are? Yesterday felt enough like Spring here for us to take two walks, but I think we may have snow again soon. Still, I'm definitely being bitten by the Spring-cleaning bug, so Spring must be on the way! In expectation of warmer days, I played with some brighter colors today, using JustRite's Burlap Chevron Background Cling Stamp. I kept both of my cards really simple. Somehow burlap seems to need simplicity, though the chevron twist adds a trendy factor to the Burlap Chevron Background Cling Stamp. I used two different sentiments from the Grand Handwritten Sentiments clear stamp set. So, the back story. . . I had made the "Miss You" card first, and I wasn't sure that I liked it. Instead of re-inking the Burlap Chevron Background stamp, I just spritzed my still-somewhat-inky stamp with water and re-stamped it on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Hi, Elizabeth, I'm pretty sure that all of the Certification classes that will take place this year ave already been announced, but I will certainly pass your request on to Nancy Zenke, who schedules classes and chooses cities. Thank you for your interest, and if you'd like to write Nancy as well, I can get her email address to you. Hope that helps! Debbie
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Hi, Yuki, I used my Pierced Rectangles dies first, and then I just "eyeballed it" to get the Pierced Circles die in the center of the Pierced Rectangles shape. Sometimes I used a really low-tack tape, like washi tape, to hold a die in place if i really need for it to stay in one spot while I run it through my die-cutting machine. If I've misunderstood your question, please let me know, and I'll try again. Thanks! Debbie
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2015 on Snowman Thank You at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm home from Texas, and today I have a birthday card to share. Lately I've been working on adding examples of colored metals to my Copic Workshops portfolio;. When I saw this Power Poppy bucket of Lavender image, I knew that it was a perfect little image to experiment with in practicing coloring metallic surfaces. These are the Copic markers that I used to color the Lavender image. For the bucket, I started just to the left of center with a clean-edged stripe of W7, then added a small stripe of W5 to the left of that one. Next I came in from the right and worked a quick gradation, running from W7 on the far right, to W5 to W3 to W1 to 0 as I proceeded toward the center of the bucket, leaving a strip of white paper at the edge of the W1/0 area so that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I'm headed home to Michigan from Texas this weekend, and it's a good thing--I'm almost out of cards that I have ready to blog! When I needed a simple encouragement card for a friend a couple of weeks ago, I returned to my Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blessings stamp set--it's a hard one to beat. After using Distress Inks to watercolor a background, I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to cut and emboss my focal image panel. Next I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat-embossed it with detail white embossing powder. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch two equidistant holes from either side and ran a length of Copic-dyed seam binding through the holes before tying a bow. Finally, I used foam tape to attach the focal panel to a card base, and I was finished--easy! Hope you're having a great week, Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! I'm still in Texas visiting my sister's family, but I finished a few cards before I left so that I could post from here. (And I can tell you that it's a LOT warmer in Abilene than it is in the U.P. of Michigan!) I've been enjoying playing, cuddling, rocking, and coloring with the three-year old and the six-year old; and the toddler is starting to warm up to auntie too. :-) Today's card used the Power Poppy Lavender clear stamp set, colored with the Copic markers shown below and some lovely Spellbinders Marvelous Squares dies. It's a small image, so I didn't use a ton of my Copic markers today! In addition to cutting the center panel's frame piece with Marvelous Squares and embossing the Kraft piece with Marvelous Squares, I cut the focal image panel and the top kraft panel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! Calling all flower lovers out there--today is the release day for a new Power Poppy digital image, Dancing with Daffodils. I love Daffodils, and my favorite ones are the old timey ones that used to grow wild near my childhood home. They weren't as flashy as the beautiful hybrids of today are, but they smelled absolutely heavenly. Nothing could make a kid happier than walking down the road to pick daffodils at an abandoned homestead and bringing them back to a sweet Mama or Grandmother. . . I printed my Dancing with Daffodils image on X-Press It Blending Card using my Canon inkjet printer, then proceeded to color it with the Copic markers shown below. (All laser printers should be Copic-compatible, but you have to test inkjet printers to see if they are Copic compatible. Mine is, as long as I don't buy the really cheap generic ink cartridges.)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Thank you, Cindy! I was challenged by the black hair, but the boots were my favorite part! :-)
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2015 on Have a SUPER Day! at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been trying to get a few cards made before I leave tomorrow morning for my Dallas Copic Certification classes. And since I'm already going to be in Texas, I'm planning to visit my sister's family in Abilene; I have two nieces there, ages 6 and 3, and a nephew, age 1. We'll have a good old time! :-) Thinking of the littles made me want to pull out a whimsical stamp set again. I chose one of my MFT Birdie Brown stamp sets, You're Super. And since black hair is my Copic hair nemesis, I decided to try her with black hair! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color Supergirl. I loved how her boots turned out! I finally figured out a good way to make them shine: One strong line of C9 on one side, then from the opposite direction a quickly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Thank you all! I'm happy to be doing some work for Power Poppy now. Since I've always loved Marcella Hawley's illustration style, and since flowers are my favorite thing to color, I think it was meant to be. :-D
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2015 on Never More Than a Thought Away at Thinking Inking
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Gorgeous, Sharon! I love the stamps and the technique--great job. :-D
Welcome! How about a guy card today? I rarely have these made ahead of time, for some reason, so I'm always glad when I have a stamp set that works well for Father's Day or masculine birthday cards. I used two sets from JustRite's March release, Stacking Sentiments clear stamps and A2 Woodgrain Upcycled Frame Background cling stamp, both shown below. Stacking Sentiments can be combined and stacked two sentiments deep to fill the A2 Woodgrain Upcycled Frame's opening. I stamped my frame in Memento Rich Cocoa ink on PTI Kraft cardstock, then colored random squares with Copic B93, B95, or E44 Sketch Markers. I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die to create a border for my closely trimmed frame stamp. For the inside sentiments, I used PTI Enchanted Evening and Dark Chocolate inks. Keeping it simple, I finished my card with a wooden button and a length of rustic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Thinking Inking
Welcome! I'm home from my Detroit Copic classes and trying to find my routine again--at least for the next ten days until I leave for my Dallas Copic Certification classes. I generally take some images to be colored in case I have down time on trips, and the Power Poppy French Lilac digital image that I used on the card above is one of those that was colored here an little and there a little. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used on the French Lilac image. I love that little ladybug! I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to create the edge on the MFT Grapesicle cardstock card front. Ribbon is white seam binding dyed with Copic YG95 Various Inks, combined with a few drops of Colorless Blender (which helps the ink to spread a saturate the seam binding a bit better). The card sentiment is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Thinking Inking