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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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It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps Snowflake Splendor Card Kit, which will be available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. Today I have another fairly simple snowflake card to share with you. I first cut a curved panel with Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics and then lightly airbrushed it with a Copic B24, leaving the die in place to mask the scalloped edge. After the airbrushed part had dried for a couple of minutes, I heat embossed snowflakes with silver embossing powder. (If you have any stickiness at ALL left on your airbrushed panel you will want to run an embossing buddy over it so that the embossing powder doesn't stick to the blue field.) Next, I die-cut more snowflakes from the silver sparkle cardstock in the Snowflake Splendor card kit, and glued them on top of the embossed snowflakes, dotting centers with White Blizzard Nuvo... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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The My Favorite Things Stamps Snowflake Splendor Card Kit is now available HERE! I chose a simple layout, randomly stamping snowflakes in Versamark ink before heat embossing with Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder. Next I die-cut more snowflakes from vellum and glued them onto the embossed snowflakes. I dotted glitter drops in the centers to hide the glue. The joy sentiment and silver strip are cut from Silver Sparkle cardstock, included in the Snowflake Splendor Card Kit. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the Snowflake Splendor Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Snowflake Splendor Card Kit Die-namics Joy A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX 1 Cardstock: Chili Powder, Sweet Tooth Versamark Ink Pad Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops X-Press It Foam Tape Tombow Mono Glue Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's October kit release time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and today I have a Christmas card to share using the new Snowflake Splendor Card Kit--or part of the contents of the kit anyway! (I used the Snowflake Splendor stamp set, Snowflake Splendor Die-namics, and Translucent Vellum.) The link below for the Snowflake Splendor Card Kit will work on Tuesday evening, October 17, at 9pm Eastern time. I heat embossed several snowflakes on the Pink Lemonade cardstock with Bridal Veil embossing powder, and then die-cut and layered velum snowflakes on top of the heat embossed snowflakes. I finished off the centers of the snowflakes with White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops, dotting a few more drops around randomly as well. The longest part was just waiting for the glitter drops to dry. ;-) The Snowflake Splendor Card Kit will be available Tuesday night, October 17, at 9pm Eastern time. Be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Just wanted to pop in with a quick note since some of you may not be on the Imagination International mailing list yet: my last Copic classes of 2017 are coming up in Austin, Texas on November 10-11. The same classes are being offered in Columbus, Ohio (October 20-21 with Cindy Lawrence); Atlanta (November 3-4 with Cindy Lawrence); and in Kansas City (November 3-4 with Michelle Houghton). As far as I know, these are the last of the More Whimsical Faces and Hair, Vintage Values and Monotones, and Dress for Success Clothing and Accessories Workshops. So if you have been thinking about taking these classes, time's getting short to do so. Here is a link to the classes page, in case you're interested. Hoping to see some of you in Austin! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time--October My Favorite Things Stamps Release time, that is! I saved a Snow Globe card for tonight since I was away from home when the Snow Globe kit first came out earlier this month. I love shaker cards, and I love snow (unless I have to shovel it)--so what's not to love here? I die-cut all of my Snow Globe Scene pieces from Smooth White cardstock and then colored them with my Copic markers, which are all listed at the bottom of my post in the supply list. (Hey, I'd rather color a few tiny pieces than have to pick up and throw away that many different pieces of wrongly colored cardstock scraps!) My shaker filler is Diamond Dust glitter--a chunky, glassy-looking glitter that sounds great when you shake it. All of the new October products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown! At 9pm Eastern time tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 3), the October release will be live and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. For today's card, I chose an image from the new Dashing Deer stamp set, paired with the Merry Christmas Circle Frame. Kraft cardstock and colors always say "homespun holidays" to me, so I'm using Kraft again tonight. To get a two-toned bookmark strip, I simply die-cut the top of the bookmark twice (kraft and blueberry) and glued a trimmed Blueberry piece of cardstock over the Kraft base. I used Natural CS behind the deer to make him stand out a little more than he would have on kraft CS. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Dashing Deer image. In addition... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to day three of the My Favorite Things Stamps October release countdown--Tuesday is the big day! Today I'm sharing a card that would be pretty simple to replicate assembly line style. . . not that any of us ever need to do that around December 21. . . I used the Joy Die-namics, paired with the Let It Snowflake Too Die-namics (which is a free with $60 purchase die set this release). I also used the new Cross-Stitch tag Die-namics (without the cross-stitch panel) and some older patterned paper, the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Kraft Collection. For the background, I used the Scattered Surface Background stamp in Chili Powder ink on a Cherry Crisp cardstock. I used Glossy Accents on the "Joy" to help it stand out--you can see it a bit better from this angle. While I linked all MFT products below, the NEW release product links (noted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown! Today I've chose Happy Pawlidays to share. It's hard to beat the cuteness factor of a puppy, isn't it? Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Happy Pawlidays images. I airbrushed my kraft background behind the puppy with a Copic B06 for the wall, and the sketched in the floor with a 0.3 Black Multiliner before coloring the floor with Copic E40’s. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a full list of participants in today's release posts, as well as some great prizes! Just a reminder that while I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links (noted with an asterisk) will not be live links until release night, 9pm Eastern Time, Tuesday, October 3. All of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown! I've been traveling a lot this month, and I got home Sunday afternoon--just in time to play along with this month's MFT Stamps release. I chose the Polar Pals set to share today, mostly because it's so cute and has a ton of possibilities! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Polar Pals images. I airbrushed the sky with a Copic BG01 and the water with a Copic BG04. I used the Stitched Snow Drifts Die-namics to cut Smooth White cardstock for the snow, then added shimmer with a Clear Wink of Stella, as well as an edge of White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops. It still seemed to need something so I tried using three different sizes of Sparkling Clear Sequins to be my ice along the shore; I liked how that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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I'm in South Carolina visiting family and friends this week, but I wanted to pop in and tell you that registration for the 2018 Copic Certifications and Workshops in Phoenix is now open, including the NEW Flowers Workshop, with updated flower images! 2018 Copic Phoenix Classes Copic Standard Certification: : January 17, 2018, Jenn Dove Copic Coloring Flowers Workshop: January 17, 2018, Jenn Dove Copic Intermediate Certification: : January 18, 2018, Jenn Dove Copic Coloring Animals Workshop: January 19, 2018, Cindy Lawrence Copic Coloring Landscapes Workshop: January 19, 2018, Cindy Lawrence Copic Hand Lettering Workshop: January 20, 2018, Debbie Olson Here is a link to the Copic classes page; if you scroll to Phoenix, you will see all of the choices. Hope that helps! Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm sharing a card from Reverse Confetti's September Release. This one's pretty clean and simple, but that sweet wreath from Fall for You doesn't need a lot of accessorizing to look Fall-ish! Besides the basic wreath, Fall for You has several smaller pieces that can be layered to change the look of the wreath. I stamped my wreath in Cocoa Memento ink and colored it with Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card. Then when I finished coloring and die-cut my image, I lightly airbrushed the image with a Copic YR31 so that the paper would have a cream background. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. You can see all of the new products from Reverse Confetti's September Release HERE. Have fun! Stamps and coordinating dies: Fall for You (Reverse Confetti) Copic Sketch markers used on Falling for You wreath:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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The September My Favorite Things Stamps Release is now live! Tonight I've used a sweet Pure Innocence image from Love You to the Core. She's mostly colored with Copics, but I paper-pieced her jacket with red paper from the Bundles of Blossoms Brights Paper Pack. I airbrushed the background and then lightly sketched in some grass at the base of the bench and at her feet. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Love You to the Core image. Again, all of the new September 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! Love You to the Core... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The September My Favorite Things Stamps Release is almost here: at 9pm Eastern time tonight (Tuesday, September 5), all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. For today's card, I paired Plentiful Petals with a sentiment from All Smiles. I stamped the flowers and leaves in late Summer colors, and framed them with a Tropical Teal Dome die cut. I lightly airbrushed the background with Copic Y32 and placed a few dots of Key Lime Nuvo Jewel Drops as an accent. In addition to the ones that I've shared here, 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 AND to enter for prizes! Remember that while all MFT products that I used are linked below, the NEW product... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release Countdown! Today I'm sharing a card made with the new Rustic Wildflowers stamp set and coordinating Die-namics, along with the new Blessed & Blessings Die-namics. I airbrushed some Copic BG53 into the background, keeping it darkest in the lower left corner. Here's my card inside. I tried out my platinum embossing powder for the flower centers as well. (You can see the platinum only at an angle; it's fairly dark--like the graphite in a soft pencil.) From this angle, you can see a little better than in the top picture that I coated my "blessed" die-cut in Versamark ink and heat embossed clear embossing powder over it. I also used some of the Sea Breeze Nuvo Drops; I have about four colors of these now, and I think I might need a couple more! They're really easy to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
Sharon, I've been thinking of you--so glad that you are okay. Praying for your fellow Texans. . .
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2017 on Thankful, Grateful, Blessed at PaperFections
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Welcome to Day 4 of the September My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown! Today I have used the Thank You Circle Frame to frame a tree from the new Modern Trees stamp set. I masked the scene area so that I could airbrush a couple of rolling hills (YG17) and a sky (BG01), but you could do the same thing with a sponge and ink if you don't airbrush. I used three of the clear droplets to accessorize, and foam type to put the layers together. Easy! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a full list of participants in today's release posts, as well as some great prizes! Just a reminder that while I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links (noted with an asterisk) will not be live links until release night, 9pm Eastern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release Countdown! Today I have a thank you card to share using the new Animal Farm stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. I really wanted to make him a shaker card, but I wasn't sure exactly what might be floating in the air on a farm! ;-) I used Die-namics 31 as a little frame for my farm animals, coloring a simple background with my Copic markers (YG13, BG00, and BG01). The stamped background is Make Your Mark, stamped with Kraft die ink. Easy-peasy! 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, September 5. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more July Release inspiration! Thank you for visiting,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Teddra, that would make a nice gift! And your garland idea? A TON of work, but it would be awesome!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Hi, Mary, Beads would look great! I was trying to avoid choking hazards, but if they were sewed well, it shouldn't be a problem, I don't think. I tie a knot, then hide my knot tail inside a layer, loop through the first hole a couple of times, and move on to the second stitch. If it doesn't lay exactly right, I fix it when I come back around with my last stitch. I try to finish my knot between layers, then pull the thread tail through the cookie to keep loose ends from showing. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Sandy, I saw some macarons on Pinterest too, and they were darling--so colorful!
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Thank you ALL for your kind comments! I really do love the thickness and smoothness of Papertrey's wool felt--it's awesome to work with!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Lock stitch may not be a proper name, but it's what my grandmother did to everything she hemmed so that if I managed to break a stitch, the whole hem wouldn't come out. It reminds me a lot of a blanket stitch, with just an extra loop of thread to knot after each stitch. :-)
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Thanks, Becca--I love Mason jars too! And coasters? Clever!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
Thanks, Colleen! No calories or crumbs either. . . ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on SAF 2017 Guest: Debbie Olson at {capture the moment}
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Good morning! I'm excited to share a couple of pictures from my guest post HERE on Nichole's blog for Papertrey Ink's tenth anniversary celebration, Stamp-a-faire 2017! My chosen anniversary material was wool, mostly because I love the thick, smooth, clean-cutting PTI 100% Wool felt. I included a ten-minute video on Nichole's blog showing exactly how I used PTI dies to make my wool felt cookies, which were inspired by a picture that I saw on Pinterest from Sweet Emma Jean's Etsy shop. (Sweet Emma Jean sells marvelous felt patterns, including several doll patterns that I don't see on her site right now, but that I bought a while back and need to find time to actually use. . .) I'm planning on dropping in for a visit at the PTI Stamp-a-faire forum later today after I get home. Maybe I'll "see you" there! Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Thinking Inking