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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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Thank you, Rose! It was a fun little piece.
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Let me know what you find out, Leslie! another app that I have used when I really want no shading/only lines is Waterlogue on my iPad. I do a screen capture before it dumps color into its "painting." The lines are not clean and solid, but it'll do in a pinch. ;-) The "It's Technical" filter gives you the darkest lines, and the "color bloom" filter gives you decent gray lines. . . sometimes. Requires some playing with. ;-) Debbie
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HI, Trudie, Only ONCE have I run into a marker that refilling it and changing nibs wouldn't fix, and it was a marker that was SO dried up (cap had not been put on right, and it stayed that way for probably three or four months.) I finally let it stand upright on the chisel tip in a little container of colorless blender for a couple of days, until my colorless blender turned the dark color of the marker. Next I tried to blow out what Colorless Blender I could (with both tips removed) and let it dry for probably two or three days with both caps off to be sure that the colorless blender was dried up. I then refilled it and replaced its nibs, and it worked fine after that. Is it possible that your marker has gotten bone dry like that? If not, email me, and I'll put you in touch with Marianne Walker to see if she has another idea. Thanks! Debbie
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Welcome! I just spent the last six hours coloring a planter of succulents from a photo that I took in a home improvement store last weekend. So there is no way that it isn't going to become a post, even if it isn't a stamped image! I'm headed to Pittsburgh this weekend to teach my last Copic Certification classes of the year, as well as a Coloring Flowers Workshop. (The rest of my 2017 classes are all Copic Workshops.) Of course that means that I'd like to have a few new pieces in my portfolio. When we were plant shopping this past weekend, I was intrigued by several flowers, as well as a little planter of succulents. And while I have a lot of floral images in my portfolio, I didn't have any succulents. So, succulents, anyone? Before I show you three progression images, I wanted to give a shout... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's time for April's Power Poppy Instant Garden Release, a seasonally inspired digital confection called Sunset Sway. Marcy tells us that Sunset Sway contains naturalized Clusiana Tulips and Wild Anemones. (And I'm always glad that she tells us exactly what flowers are in an image so that I can look up color schemes online!) Sunset Sway comes with two large images--one featuring a butterfly, and the other only the flowers. The included sentiment says, “May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace.” (I pulled just the word peace from the sentiment for a little sentiment banner on the outside of my card.) I took pictures as I colored, though I often go back at the end and darken areas that aren't dark enough once everything is colored. Shown above are my Copic greenery colors. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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It's finally release night for the My Favorite Thing Stamps A-maze-ing Card Kit! I wanted to go a different direction with tonight's card, making one that would be appropriate for a guy. I was thinking in terms of a graduation card--or maybe even an encouragement card for that last year or so of high school when you've got to figure out what you are doing for the rest of your life. . . I wanted to show you the inside since the maze mechanism is actually on the inside of this card. Just in case you forget to use your MISTI when you are stamping the maze guide line, that little mat layer will save your card. You can stamp another scrap of white cardstock and hide its edges under the mat layer. While the glue is still wet, shut the card front to make sure that your maze insert... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps A-maze-ing Card Kit reveal, and i went with a birthday card today. (You knew that I just had to use Sweet Celebrations paper in at least ONE card, didn't you? I love that stuff!) Today I paired February's Party Banners Die-namics with the A-maze-ing Kit contents. I also used Blueprints 15 for some of the shapes on the card front, as well as Horizontal Stitched Stripes for my sentiment panel. The A-maze-ing Kit's dies make the window and its mat shape super simple, and the maze and shaker cover fit the shape perfectly. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the A-maze-ing Card Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas! Thank you for visiting today, A-maze-ing Card Kit Die-namics Party Banners Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's card kit time again, and for the next couple of days I have some My Favorite Things Stamps A-maze-ing Card Kit projects to share--this is some serious interactive fun! The circle die and circular mat die that come with the A-maze-ing Card Kit make creating a window for the maze piece easy-peasy--even for interactively-challenged people like me! I chose one of my older dies, the Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax, on which to heat emboss my sentiment. After my sentiment was in place, I used the window die that comes with the A-maze-ing Card Kit to cut the top of the banner and make it fit perfectly under the circular mat. I'm not sure if you can see it, but the maze shape with its little metal ball are topped with a clear shaker pouch that holds everything together easily. (I also made a card using the maze... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Just popping in to let you know that I have a guest post up HERE on the Terial Magic Inspire blog. I made a cloth door banner for my nieces using Terial Magic Fabric Stabilizer, My Favorite Things stamps and dies, and a bit of hand-lettering. It's all stepped out, and a full supply list is included. I hope you're having a wonderful Easter--He is Risen! Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Yes, I told you yesterday that I needed a butterfly intervention. (And you thought I was kidding!) Once I started playing with the oxide inks and butterflies, I had a hard time stopping. For today's My Favorite Things WSC328 sketch challenge card, I tried using Sweet Tooth cardstock for my background rather than watercolor paper since I was heat- embossing a more detailed stamp. I found that it worked fine, IF I didn't scrub at the watercolor washes very much. (If you overwork your washes, the paper will start peeling.) I also had a little bit of buckling, but it's not bad. Normally when I have buckling, I leave my sheet of dry cardstock sandwiched in between the plates of my die cutting machine overnight. That pretty much flattens anything! Here's the sketch: remember that you can always change the orientation, flop the elements, enlarge or reduce them--whatever works... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Replay time for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I've been playing with Beautiful Butterflies again. (In fact, somebody might need to stage a butterfly intervention for me. That's how much I've played with the butterflies lately!) I also bought some new inks this past week, so you're getting inky experiments with butterflies at least a couple of times. I started with watercolor paper, a water spritzer bottle, and Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Oxide Distress Inks. I alternately stamped and then spritzed with water, before finally letting it dry so that I could heat emboss the rest of the butterfly with detail white embossing powder. I stamped one extra butterfly on Sweet Tooth cardstock and left it unspritzed so that it would have crisp edges. The sentiment window is cut with Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Word Windows, and the sentiment is from the Springtime Blooms stamp set. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Release Night for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have a Tweet Wishes card to share. Aren't these little guys sweet? I also used the new Stitched Dome Stax and the Stitched Dome Frames with my owls--loved them too. :-) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Tweet Wishes images; I airbrushed the background with BG01 and YG05, using a torn paper towel as a mask for the clouds. The grass strip, glued to the inside of the Stitched Dome Frame, is from the Spring Scene Builder. I wanted a limb for my "looked up to" owl to sit on, so I stamped an extra tree and hand-trimmed the trunk closely before gluing it onto my colored tree--easy! All of the new April products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team members will have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day Two of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release--we're almost there! Are you a dog person? I am definitely a dog person, even though we don't currently have one. (My husband says that dogs and hardwood floors don't mix. :-/) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color my four-legged friends. The biggest problem that I had with this set was deciding which dog to use on my card! Clearly I couldn't decide, so ended up using three of them. (Sometimes variety is the name of the game!) While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release product links will not work until Release Night, Tuesday at 9pm Eastern, on April 4 . (All other links should work now.) Be sure to to visit the MFT Stamps blog to enter for today's prize, and to see a full list of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! We're down to Day Three of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown. Could I tempt you with even more cuteness? This little Fresh Squeezed girl is just plain sweet! I colored her hair, skin, and accessories, but then added some paper piecing combined with coloring for her party dress. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color her dress (paper pieced from the lightest pink paper in the Roses All Over paper pack, and then shaded with Copics). I added a strip of glitter to her belt line and even a little random heart-shaped piece of glitter for a belt buckle. (You can see it best in the top picture; it is iridescent, so the light makes it look pink but shift to green.) The little butterfly is from another April release, Springtime Critters, and the background is lightly airbrushed, using the Stitched Dome... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Countdown week. Today I'd like to share a card using the Up in the Air set--it is just darling, and you have to see all of the animals that can ride in the balloon basket! All new products show here will be available on Tuesday, April 4, at 9pm Eastern time. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used on the Up in the Air images. I used patterned paper from the Tiny Hearts Pastels pack for my background. I added some texture to the large balloon with some Copic Colorless Blender and a scrap of denim. Finally, I used the 3mm sequins to decorate the pennants on the balloon. I loved playing with this little jewel of a stamp set! Again, the new items shown will be available on release evening, Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern, on April 4.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's that time of month--My Favorite Things Stamps release time, that it! Today I have a Springtime Critters card to share with you, for someone who's "toad-ally awesome!" Keep in mind that all March release items that I use over the next few days will be available on release night, Tuesday, April 4, at 9pm Eastern time. All of the links at the bottom of my post will work at that time. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color my little toad-pal. 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 April 4. (All other links should work now.) Be sure to to visit the MFT Stamps blog to enter for today's prize, and to see a full list of links for the DT members showcasing today's release... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Edna, just to clarify, I use a LOT more skin tones than just these! I had a Ciao 6-Piece Skin Set to try, and I tried it here. But there are many, many Copic colors that can be used as skin tones--not just these! I didn't want to create confusion. Hope that helps!
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Welcome! I was experimenting with the Copic Six-piece Ciao Skin Set earlier this week and thought I would share my findings. While I am fairly frequently asked about Copic skin tone colors, I'm not fond of limiting myself to just a FEW markers. There are so many great colors, and so much variety in skin tones, that sharing three or six or even twelve marker colors seems a bit underwhelming. However, we all need to start SOMEWHERE, right? And if you need to start somewhere, then the Copic Six-Piece Ciao Skin set is a great place to start! Even if you have all of the Copic colors, perhaps one of the kids in your life is just starting to show interest in manga or anime, or art in general. A six-pack of Copic Ciao's might just earn you favorite Auntie status. . . ;-} On the card at the top... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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 Mar 29, 2017 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 Mar 26, 2017 at Thinking Inking