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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! Today I have some Copic teaching team news to share, along with a small giveaway to announce. Our Copic teaching team has always been a closely-knit group. We've shared work, laughter, goals, dreams, joys--okay, and occasionally stress too! :-) It's been overwhelmingly good though, truly. One of the constancies in life, however, is change. Today we have a couple of changes to share. First, Lori Craig has accepted a new position with the Tommy Paints division of Imagination International, Inc., one for which she is beautifully suited; so while we will miss having her on our teaching team, we know that she is still part of the III team and never more than a text, an email, or a phone call away. Lori has been a voice of wisdom and and kindness over the years. One thing that especially stands out me in Lori is her genuine love for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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You are most welcome, Maree!
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Welcome! [Drumroll Here] The My Favorite Things Stamps Sketchy Flowers Card Kit is now available! I thought that this might make a good card for a beautiful lady whose birthday is coming up next week. (Hope it gets there in time, Mama!) I chose colors from the kit for tonight's card. They aren't colors that I would have thought to use together on my own, but now that I've seen them, I really love them, and I'm sure I'll be using this color combination again. The clean, graphic look of the Sketchy Flowers set--whether colored or simply stamped with the inside solid shapes, combined with the usefulness of the All About You set, make this a great kit. Be sure to stop by the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration using the Sketchy Flowers Card Kit which is now available HERE at MFT Stamps! Thanks for visiting, http://www.mftstamps.com/sketchy-flowers-card-kit Die-namics Blueprints... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's almost release time for the My Favorite Things Stamps Sketchy Flowers Card Kit, which is available tonight (Tuesday) at 9pm Eastern Time. For tonight's card, I stuck with kit colors, adding only some Die-namics that I already had, and a spritz of airbrushing with my Copic BG02 and Airbrush System. (But you could use sponged inks if you don't have an airbrush!) I added just a touch of glitter glue to my round flower centers, as well as some foam tape to add dimension--easy-peasy, and no coloring involved! ;-) I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for a complete list of participants in the Sketchy Flowers Kit Countdown--I know that you'll see some great ideas! Again, the Sketchy Flowers Kit will be available tonight (Tuesday night) at 9pm, Eastern time. Thank you for visiting today, http://www.mftstamps.com/sketchy-flowers-card-kit Die-namics Blueprints 27 White Detail Embossing Powder... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's time for the My Favorite Things Stamps May Kit Countdown, and I'm happy to be sharing a card using the Sketchy Flowers Kit today! This kit also includes a fabulous word set, All About You. I used it on my next two countdown cards, but not on this one. For this one, I chose a sentiment from the Lots of Hugs set. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color my Sketchy Flowers. (Each flower has solid stamp shapes with which to fill in the colored part, so you wouldn't have to color them if you didn't want to.) I used dies from a couple of my Blueprints sets (15 and 29), as well as a Square Peek-a-Boo Window die to frame my Sketchy Flowers. Again, my Tuesday cards use both kit stamps sets, as well as kit colors--this card is my most out-of-the-box one.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Dawn, you just made my day! :-D Honestly, I am happy to come anywhere Nancy sends--Orlando included, so talk to the boss. I just checked the schedule, and I don't see ANY Florida classes this year--that's unusual! I know that MFT recently hosted Jane Allen, and I would have LOVED to have watched Jane color!
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Welcome! It's Release Replay time for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have a beach-y keen card to share today. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Beach Day images and to airbrush the background pieces from the Beach Scene Builder Die-namics, also cut with the Stitched Dome Stax. I also really liked the nautical feel that the new Bold Stripes Cover-Up gave! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog, where you will find links to all of the other Release Replay posts for May! Thank you for visiting today, Pure Innocence Beach Day Die-namics PI Beach Day Die-namics Bold Stripes Cover-Up Die-namics Stitched Dome STAX Die-namics Beach Scene Builder Smooth White Card Stock Sno Cone Card Stock Foam Mounting Tape 1/2" Hybrid Ink Pad Black Licorice Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue Quickie Glue Pen 4 mm Summer Mix InLinkz.com Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've been continuing to prepare for my new Copic Workshop classes coming up soon in Detroit and Dallas. Sample books evolve, obviously, but I wanted to add another sample to my Animals class book. I also wanted to introduce you to Imagination International's Tracing Memories Application. This app is for those of you who say, "But I can't draw!" (I really think that drawing is a teachable skill, just like handwriting, but I won't argue that point right now.) Even if you do not currently draw, you can still use your Copic markers to color images that are important to YOU. Finally, just a little plug here for Marianne Walker's Coloring Dogs and Cats Copic Foundations Book. If you're not sure where to start, this book will help! Back to the fox story: we have fox kits in the woods behind our house. I've never gotten close enough to... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! The My Favorite Things Stamps May release is now available! I saved my Seaside Seagulls card to share tonight because I had so much fun making this one. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Seaside Seagulls images; I paper pieced the sky and water with papers from the Watercolor Wash paper pack and dotted the shoreline with white gloss and Glitter White Blizzard Nuvo Drops. All of the new May 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! Seaside Seagulls Die-namics Seaside Seagulls Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics Blueprints 25 Die-namics Stitched Sentiments... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm back home from my Copic Certification weekend in Pittsburgh with some fabulous people! Tomorrow I'll have one more MFT Stamps May Release post, but tonight I thought I'd share a crafty project that I whipped up right before I left for Pittsburgh. I've been playing with a variety of lettering projects and tools in preparation for the new Copic Workshops; so when I needed an envelope for a special girl's birthday card, I decided to make one with the WeR Envelope Punch board that has been sitting unopened in my cabinet for a few months. That is a cool tool!! Now that I know how to use it, I'll definitely be making more envelopes. NOTE: This is actually a REDO of my envelopes with some of the information changed, since I didn't think I should be sharing an unedited name and address online. I didn't want anyone to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! How about a gigantic flower shaker card for Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps Release Countdown? I love a shaker, and custom dies combined with plastic shaker pouches certainly simplify shaker card construction. In addition to the Die-namics Shaker Flower dies, I also used a border from Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 and a perimeter die from Blueprints 25. The blossom pieces were cut from patterned paper in the watercolor wash paper pack, while the background polka dots are from the Dots and Stripes Bright paper pack. While I linked all MFT products below, the links to the NEW release product links will not work until Release Night, Tuesday, May 2, at 9pm Eastern time. Be sure 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 sets! Thanks for stopping... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's Day Four of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown, and today I have a "mermazing" card to share! Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the outline images. (The rest of the images are also in the stamp set, but are solid images.) I used my Stitched Dome Die-namics and Frame to create a window for my little mermaid to peep through, while the background is the new Mermaid Tail background. The new items shown will be available on release evening, Tuesday April 2 at 9pm, Eastern. Links for new supplies at the bottom of the page will work then; all other links should work now. Thank you for stopping by tonight, and I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of participants in today's release blog hop, as well as for information on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's countdown time for the May My Favorite Things Stamps Release, and today I have a simple card to share pairing the new Pastel Roses All Over paper pack with some previously released stamp sets and dies. (And don't worry--if simple is not your style, I got a little carried away with tomorrow's card!) The Roses All Over background stamp has always been one of my favorites, so I was really happy to see patterned paper come out in both bold and pastel Roses All Over--it gives that same great look with less work. ;-) The "I am totally" is a partially cropped phrase from More Essential Sentiments; I cropped off the word grateful so that I could use the large grateful die from the Grateful for You stamp and die set. I glued three layers of white cardstock die cuts together to get a thick grateful, then glittered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Thinking Inking
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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 Apr 25, 2017 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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