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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 have one set of cards left for the My Favorite Things Stamps Snowflake Sparkle Kit, which is now available for purchase. I thought I'd show you just one close up, but I changed the sentiment on each one, as well as the colors in the snowflake pattern. This is my Christmas card, and I think it would make it in the mail on one stamp--always a plus! ;-) In addition to a Christmas card, I had a blessings card and a friendship card; it's a simple layout to churn out several, when you get to that panic point of "I need ten cards, NOW!" The only advice I'd offer is to stamp the largest snowflakes first, and to leave plenty of room between the snowflakes. You can always go back and add more snowflakes if it feels too sparse, but you can't take any off if you realize... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome back! It's Day Two of the My FavoriteThings Stamps Snowflake Sparkle Card Kit Reveal, and I have a white-on-white card to share today for my Out-of-the-Box version. I have to tell you that while I love white-on-white, it's not very easy to photograph well. (So I hope you can see the details.) If you changed the sentiment, this could make a great card for a Winter wedding too! First I die-cut the card front using one of the stitched rectangle blueprints, and then I heat embossed white snowflakes on the Smooth White card front. Next, I heat embossed snowflakes on vellum and the sentiment on Cement Gray cardstock and die cut those as well. After glueing the vellum snowflakes on top of the snowflakes on the card front, I used Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a little more detail to the snowflakes. Just a quick note about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a card to share using Power Poppy's lovely Black-Eyed Susan digital stamp set. For the last month I've been admiring the black-eyed Susans that grow wild on the side of the road near our house, and I have to tell you that the casually elegant simplicity of the Black-Eyed Susan image is perfection! Now, for some special fun and DEALS this month: As we help to kick off Power Poppy’s brand new release of Black-Eyed Susans, we have some other fun to share: a selection of some favorite Power Poppy digital designs are available a special price! These late summer flowers and fruits are in full bloom — ready for you to download, print, and color to your heart’s content! Power Poppy’s brand new Black-Eyed Susans, as well as Pure Prairie Bouquet, Sunshine of My Life, Cuppa Buttercups, and Apples in Season are just $4 each... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Calling COPIC fans and "Techies" everywhere: would you like to help Imagination International, Inc. beta test a new Copic app? The Studii!o app, a better way to collect and connect with your Copic community, is almost ready to be rolled out. Imagination International, Inc. is looking for beta testers who fit certain criteria; they will be needing Android users, iOS users, and a little later Windows users as well. If you are interested in being a tester, CLICK HERE for a pop-up window that will contain a short questionnaire to determine whether you fit the test parameters. Thank you in advance for you help! Next, it's only a little over a week before I head out to Las Vegas for Copic Workshops! Right now we are a small class, and I'd love to invite you to join us if you are in the Vegas area on September 23 and 24.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have another September MFT Stamps card to share today; my first card with the Geometric Greenery stamp set was--well--leafy, but not really a Fall card. I wanted to play with Fall colors this time, as well as use a sentiment that could work for Thanksgiving. In addition to the Geometric Greenery set, I used some other new September release products as well: the Single Stitch Line Oval Dynamics, and the Chevron Grid Stencil, airbrushed with my Copic markers. (I also airbrushed a hint of BG23 for sky behind the leaves.) I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a list of participants in today's Release Replay post--I bet you'll be inspired! Thanks for stopping by today, LJD Geometric Greenery Die-namics LJD Geometric Greenery Distressed Patterns Die-namics Single Stitch Line Oval Frames Die-namics Blueprints 13 Die-namics Blueprints 25 Stencil Chevron Grid Primitive White Heavyweight... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The September My Favorite Things Stamps Release is finally here, and I have one last card from the new lineup to share tonight. It's hard to go wrong with Bold Blooms! I chose a sentiment from last month's Essential Sentiments stamp set; its simplicity keeps it from competing with the bolder flowers visually, and it reminds me of type from a label maker when embossed in white embossing powder on any darker cardstock--pure nostalgia! I used my Sweet Celebration Paper Pack for choosing flower colors, and then stamped and die-cut a fresh little bouquet for a special birthday card. I also used the new Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, paired with the older Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics, for a border separating my floral panel from the patterned paper bottom. I airbrushed Copic BG23 on the white panel before I put the flowers on it to hint at sky. Each of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day Three of the MFT Stamps Release Countdown--this coming Tuesday is the big evening! I loved this little Jumping with Joy set, and could think of the perfect recipient for this card. It's feeling a little Fall-ish here and I am TOTALLY in Fall mode--can you tell? I pulled out some previously released Fun and Frolic paper and stitched tree dies to pair with the new Jump with Joy stamps and Single Stitch Line Frames Die-namics. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Jumping with Joy image., except for the bit of Airbrushed BG23 in the sky. Obviously most of her outfit is paper-pieced from the MFT Stamps Fun and Frolic paper pad, but I did a bit of shading on top of the patterned paper as well, to be consistent with lighting. Here is the inside of my card--sentimentless so that I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the MFT Stamps September Release Countdown! Did you ever read the book Guess How Much I Love You to a child? I can't even tell you how many times I read that book to my son! When I saw the "I Love You This Much" sentiment from the adorable MFT Stamps September release Happy Hedgehogs, I knew that I had to make my first card with this set using that sentiment. Let's just say that it's in memory of special times. . . These are the Copic markers that I used to color the Hedgie. And if you google "Hedgehog images," the sheer cuteness will make you senseless for at least five minutes--don't say that I didn't warn you! Besides the Happy Hedgehogs stamp set, another September Release product that I used was the Single Stitch Line Circle Frame. I can just see this Die-namics... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day 5, the first reveal day of the My Favorite Things Stamps September Release! Today I've used a clean, graphic set called Geometric Greenery. I thought it would be perfect for masculine cards. No doubt they wouldn't have to be masculine, but I have fewer stamp sets that I can use for masculine cards than feminine ones, so I'm always focussed on that possibility! I paired patterned stamping of one of the leaf shapes with the new Stitched Scallop Basic Edges Die-namics for a clean, modern look. This is a really simple look, but I'm repetitive pattern challenged! My suggestion is that you lightly pencil some guidelines in before stamping away--unless you are one of those stampers who just happens to get it right every time, effortlessly. . . ;-) I was happy with how it turned out, but it still needed something: a couple of Copic-colored, die-cut... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Can you handle one more cloth-instead-of-paper post tonight? I promise I'll be back to regularly scheduled paper programming within 24 hours! I still had plenty of cloth left in my Terial Arts Poppy Bouquet Kit, and those lovely red and green batik prints were just shouting, "Make me into a poinsettia!" I scrounged through three big boxes of dies to find this little poinsettia Die-namics from MFT--unfortunately, now retired, BUT I've also had PTI poinsettia dies and Spellbinders poinsettia dies, so I know that it isn't that tough to find poinsettia dies if you are in the market for one. When I purchased this die set, I did so intending to die-cut the parts from felt, and then blanket stitch the edges to use as ornaments on our Christmas tree. So, instead of using felt this time, I thought I would try using my Terial Magic Poppy Bouquet Kit.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Well, Fall is definitely in the air here. My son started school today, and the days are getting noticeably shorter. My to do list, on the other hand, is NOT getting shorter! I'm guessing that I'm not the only one trying to shake off Summer mode and burst into action. I've been working on the new MFT Release, among other things; and one of those "other things" is an Oriental Poppy Bouquet Kit that Imagination International sent for me to experiment with. I enjoy playing with paper, but where arts and crafts are concerned, I'm an equal opportunity explorer: I like cloth, paint, glass--you name it, and I probably like it! Besides having some lovely batik printed cloth in the kit, the real crux of the kit is a spray fabric stabilizer solution called Terial Magic. Terial Magic prevents the cloth from fraying and allows it to be manipulated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Lesley, Thank you! The best printers to use with Copics are Laser printers; Copic markers were developed to be compatible with laser ink. Some inkjet printers work as well. I have a Canon inkjet that works fine, as long as I use Canon ink instead of the really inexpensive knock-off ink (and some the knock-off ink has worked too). You need to test printer ink the same way that you would stamping ink or drawing ink for Copic compatibility. Hope that helps, Debbie
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2016 on Peace and Strength: Olive and Oak at Thinking Inking
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I should ask if they could sell them broken into smaller packets since 110 nibs is more than most of us could use in a lifetime! :-D Yes, for practice, they don't even have their numbers on, so I have a hard time picking out who is who on the field. (You'd think that a kid who is 6'7" would be pretty easy to find though, wouldn't you?) Rick always knows where Benjamin is, but I'm more easily distracted. . . "Squirrel, squirrel!"
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Welcome! I have a different kind of post tonight--no stamps--sorry! It's high school football season again, which means practices and waiting (though Rick does far more of the waiting than I do). Anyway, I try to remember to grab a sketch book and a pencil if I know that I'm going to be sitting in the car for a while these days. Before I forget, four weeks from today (September 23-24) I will be in Las Vegas for Copic Workshops. I hope to meet some of my Copic friends there! Other Copic Workshops that are upcoming include Dallas, Edmonton, Charlotte, Phoenix (Fine Arts), Sacramento, Boston, and Portland, Oregon. For more information, see THIS PAGE. You saw the picture above a few weeks ago when I was working on a rough sketch with my Nobby 3mm pencil; I had mentioned that I liked it for rough sketches because I tended to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm back again tonight with one more card using the My Favorite Things Stamps Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit, which is now available for purchase--linked at the bottom of my post. I love the stitched flower dies in this kit, whether they are plain white or colored in any paper or medium! Tonight I wanted to use mostly plain flowers cut from watercolor paper, with only one flower in bright colors, paired with a sentiment from the previously release Rainbow Greetings stamp set. I watercolored a soft sky patch on my stitched rectangle layer and let it dry completely before attaching my layered flowers and leaves. I used my Tim Holtz Distress inks to watercolor the one flower before assembling it. (It was funny: my sixteen year old walked in and said, "I think you should have used more saturated marker colors on that flower!" I replied, "Well, since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today's My Favorite Things Stamps Sensational Stitched Flowers Kit post is an "out of the box" project, or one that uses elements from the monthly kit along with other MFT stamp sets and dies too. I had cut a whole stack of white flowers from watercolor paper (for tomorrow's post), and I kept thinking that this pile of flowers reminded me of waterlilies floating lazily near the shore of a lake. . . Hmmmm--there was my out-of-the-box idea! First I needed a lake. I started with a quarter sheet of MFT's Blu Raspberry cardstock and simply airbrushed some random streaks on it, like ripples on a lake when the wind is blowing gently. Here is what my background looked like after I airbrushed it with BG78 and BG15.This was perhaps a five-minute job: I didn't need perfection--just something that resembled water after the lily pads and waterlilies were sitting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! This morning I'm happy to be hopping along with Hero Arts in their Winter 2016 Release Blog Hop! If you're following the hop in order, you have arrived here from Cheiron Brandon's blog, and you will be headed next to Laura Bassen's blog. A complete link list is at the bottom of the post, and additional information on this release will be on the Hero Arts Blog. I have a couple of cards to share, the first one in a vintage style using stamps from both the Hero Arts Happy Holly Days stamp set and the Vintage Christmas Post stamp set. I colored the cardinal and holly with the following Copic markers: Reds: R11, R32, R35, R37, R39 Greens: G20, G46 Browns: E33, E57, and Yellows: Y23, YR24 I hand-trimmed the holly and cardinal because I didn't have access to the die set, BUT I 'm telling you that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's KIT time at My Favorite Things Stamps, and if you're a flower lover like me, the Sensational Stitched Flowers card kit this month will be a real hit for you! If you're familiar with the monthly kit releases from MFT, you'll probably remember that the first round of samples is the "in the box" day, meaning that we use only components found in the card kit, with a couple of exceptions like basic shapes Die-namics and neutral inks. The Sensational Stitched Flowers Kit will be available at 10pm Eastern time on Tuesday, August 23. At that time, the link for the kit at the bottom of my post should work. My "in the box" card is pretty straightforward; I die-cut and stacked flower parts, attaching them with either foam tape or glue depending upon how high I wanted a particular layer to stand. The little curlycues are really... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I have a first-of-its-kind-card--at least for me. I've never before made a card that. . . LIGHTS UP! :-} How cool is that? My Favorite Things Stamps and Chibi Lights are playing together this Thursday and Friday and again next Thursday and Friday. I've loved the MFT-Chibitronics projects that I've seen so far, and I can't wait to see the rest of them! (Should I confess that I have already put a refill pack of lights in my MFT cart?) Here is the magic--copper tape, led lights, and a small battery--all kitted for you in the Chibitronics Starter Kit, linked at the bottom of the post. This layer of pumpkins is the base layer behind my stamped pumpkins on the card front, from which I die-cut the jack-o-lantern faces. The only thing that I wasn't planning on but had to do was to cover the mouth of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the MFT Stamps current Sketch Challenge, WSC294. I chose the You Gnome Me stamp set, mostly because I needed a birthday card for a relative who likes suspenders and has a white beard. :-) I hope he liked it! Here's the sketch; remember that you can always change the orientation, flop the elements, enlarge or reduce them--whatever works for you! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the You Gnome Me image and background. How about playing along with the MFT WSC 295 sketch challenge? You can find more information HERE on the MFT Stamps Challenge and Inspiration blog, as well as plenty of visual inspiration! Thank you for visiting today, BB You Gnome Me Die-namics BB You Gnome Me Die-namics Blueprints 15 Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips Die-namics Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Do I hear a drum roll? I had 112 commenters by the Monday night deadline for entering the Sunny Studio giveaway. Mendi will have a complete list of winners from all participating bloggers posted on the Sunny Studio Blog some time Thursday, so be sure you check to see if you won! Without further ado, the winner from this blog, chosen by Random.org, is Larissa Heskett! Congratulations, Larissa; Mendi will be in touch with you very soon. Thank you ALL for entering, and best wishes to you for winning somewhere! Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's the 15th of the month--time for another Power Poppy Stamps digital release. This month's digistamp set is called Pure Prairie Bouquet, and it's a wildflower beauty! As you can see from the full image, I've cropped the image for my card. But there's plenty more to color! I took pictures as I colored with my Copic Markers yesterday; you should be able to click on the picture to get a larger image. I began with the Echinacea, or Purple Coneflower. Next I moved to the Monarch butterfly--pretty simple since Marcy did all of the "heavy lifting" with her illustration! The Indian Paintbrush has been added in here. Here I've colored the Asters and much of the greenery. (I colored part of it wrong, actually. There is a plant called "Little Bluestem" in the bouquet, and I made it yellow-green. I caught this later and tweaked it to be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm happy to be playing along with Sunny Studio today in a blog hop celebrating both a their newest release AND first birthday! Mendi has graciously provided a prize at each blog in the hop, so I hope you'll get a chance to visit all of them! If you are following the blog hop in order, you have come here from Eloise Blue's blog, and you will be going to Anni Lerche's blog next. (More about both a prize AND a sale code in the last paragraph.) I've made a card with images from the Halloween Cuties stamp set--but it has a LOT more images that I didn't get around to using too! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Sunny Studio Halloween Cuties image. I also lightly airbrushed some Copic B12 in the background. I used the coordinating Halloween Cuties dies to cut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Thinking Inking
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Oh, you DO live in a great place for berries, Leslie! Are thimbleberries similar to blackberries? If so, I may have had them. If not, I'm just plain old deluded. . . ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on What's on My Desk: July 31 at Thinking Inking
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Oh, you DO live in a great place for berries, Leslie! Are thimbleberries similar to blackberries? If so, I may have had them. If not, I'm just plain old deluded. . . ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on What's on My Desk: July 31 at Thinking Inking
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