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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'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Tips and Tricks Challenge. I have two cards and a LOT of stepped out pictures today, so just keep scrolling down if you're all about the pictures. I chose the new Party Penguins set to feature today. First I wanted to share a tidbit about stamping and die-cutting the penguins. YOU probably thought of this before you stamped three unusable images, but me? Well, um, er, I figured it out AFTER I stamped my first three penguins. ;-) The simplest way to get the penguins aligned perfectly is to (1) stamp the penguin body, (2) die-cut the penguin body, and finally (3) stamp the legs and beak part of the image after die-cutting. Yes, it's really obvious to me now, but it wasn't when I stamped my first three penguins! Easy peasy, right? Yes, IF you do it in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC423. Even though Bitty Bears has been out for quite a while, I hadn't used it yet, so it's new to me. When I needed six different images to fit WSC423, I looked through my collection for some smaller images, and these little guys whispered, "Pick us!" Shown above are the Copic colors that I used to color the Bitty Bears images. (Since I used the same first three colors on all of the bears, you can probably figure out that the R81 and R85 were for the cupcake frosting, the YR31 for the cupcake paper, etc.. The BV20 and BV23 were for cast shadows on the bears, and the warm grays for the shadows beneath and to the left of the bears.) Would you like to play along with us? Be sure to check out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's February Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps! All of the fun new MFT stamp sets and Die-namics that you've been seeing over the past few days are now available. I paired images from the new Birth-Yay stamp set with the older Petite Plaid Paper Pack for a sweet birthday card. I loved ALL of the Birth-Yay images and had used the largest image on card earlier in the release countdown. But I wanted to play with arranging some of the individual animals as well! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Birth-Yay images. The background is airbrushed with B05 and YG63. Again, all of the new February products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team member AND some amazing guests will have projects to share today, so please check out the MFT... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! How about these little penguin dudes? They are from the Party Penguins stamp set, another February My Favorite Things Stamps Release, and these party guys will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5 at 10am Eastern time. I created a shaker card on which to mount the three penguins because, well, it's a PARTY. . . (And who doesn't have a supply of really cool shaker materials that you really need to USE?) Background paper is from the Party Patterns Paper Pack. While I have linked the products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, January 8. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more February Release inspiration AND for a chance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Countdown Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release countdown! Today I chose the For the Record stamp set and the Turntable Die-namics to feature. Yes, I remember playing records. . . and scratching records by carelessly moving the needle--all of those good things! ;-) My card is pretty straightforward; the only thing that I might need to explain is that the record is plain old Black Licorice cardstock. The die leaves debossed grooves toward the outside ring. I used a white chalk pencil to add some highlights after using Google images to see how a record reflects light. It was super-simple! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers using today's new products AND to enter for prizes! Remember that while the MFT products that I used are linked below, the NEW product links won't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, February 5, the February release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Birthday Cake Die-namics for my focal image, paired with a sentiment from the Party Penguins stamp set. I used several older dies as well (all listed in my MFT supplies list at the bottom), and then added some Glossy Accents and glitter. Mmmmm--doesn't that look like chocolate ganache? 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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! I chose the largest image from the adorable Birth-Yay set to play with today. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Birth-Yay images. I airbrushed the background with Copic BG02 and G43 on the new Tag Builder Blueprints 7 Die-namics. I used the previously released Peek-a-Boo Polka Dots Die-namics to simply emboss the gray layer, not cutting it, to add texture. While I have linked the MFT products that I used below, the links to the NEW products will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, February 5. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more February Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps February Release Countdown! I chose the darling little It's a Mice Time to Celebrate stamp set and coordinating Die-namics to feature today. Have you ever seen a cuter mouse? Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the images from It's a Mice Time to Celebrate. I used the Card-Sized Confetti Stencil set and airbrushed my background--I loved the concept of double layering the stencils for easily combining colors! While I have linked the products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, February 5. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more February Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC421. Instead of a whimsical card, I thought I'd make a sympathy card to have on hand for the next time my husband asks, "Hey, do you have a card that I could use for _________?" [Ummm, no, chances are I don't have it already made unless it's a kid card, a thank you card, or a girl-birthday card! of course, I guess he thinks that as much as we have spent on stamp sets over the years, I should have a card for every occasion at a moment's notice!] The Copic Sketch markers that I used for the rose were R000, R20, R22, R24. To make the one colored rose stand out, I used T0, T2, T5 for shadows. I hope you get a chance to check out the MFT Challenges Blog to see what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today is the My Favorite Things Stamps Heart Art Card Kit Release AND Joyful Heart Bears Release! I used the Heart Art Card Kit for the last two days' posts, but today I thought I would switch it up and play with the Stacey Yacula Joyful Heart Bears stamp set and Die-namics. Cuteness overload, right? {{{Love!}}} Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Joyful Heart Bears images. The other stamp sets and supplies that I used are listed below in my supplies list. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts--both the Heart Art Card Kit Kit and the Joyful Heart Bears stamps and dies. Again, these products are now available at MFT Stamps. Thank you for stopping by, < Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a second My Favorite Things Stamps Heart Art Card Kit project to share today. How about a little Valentine treat for a favorite theater or friend? I paired the Fold-Up Tags Die-namics with the Heart Art kit to make a quick treat set. Along with the Stacey Yacula Joyful Heart Bears set (which I used for tomorrow's project), the Heart Art Card Kit is being release on Tuesday, January 22 at 10am, Eastern time. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts--both the Heart Art Card Kit and the Joyful Heart Bears stamps and dies. Again, these products will be available on Tuesday, January 22. Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today begins the My Favorite Things Stamps January Heart Art Card Kit Release previews. I created a set of four small shaker cards, 3" x 4-1/4" folded size. I used patterned papers from the Sweet Stack Paper Pack and a variety of the sequins and various shaker fillers from my stash--mostly Pretty Pink Posh sequins, with some Martha Stewart heart glitter tossed in for good measure. I used a glue pen to add glitter to the heart frame on my little cards for a little extra bling. Along with the Stacey Yacula Joyful Heart Bears set (also adorable!), the Heart Art Card Kit is being release on Tuesday, January 22 at 10am, Eastern time. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts--both the Heart Art Card Kit and the Joyful Heart Bears stamps and dies. Again, these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge--MFT WSC420. I chose one patterned paper from the Sweet Stack Paper pack, a January release. But instead of pairing it with pinks and purples, I went with contrasting color in orange-y tones. My images are from the Mod Birds stamp set, and my sentiment is from the new Tweethearts stamp set. I mostly airbrushed the simple background, leaving my stitched circle die in place to mask the outer edge and also to stamp the ground at the birds' feet. I hope you get a chance to check out the MFT Challenges Blog to see what the other DT members did with this sketch; we would LOVE to have you play along as well! Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Tips & Tricks Challenge. I wanted to share a technique that is an oldie-but-goodie: using your stencils to dry emboss. I have quite a few stencils, and I airbrush with them regularly. Perhaps you have a stencil collection as well--maybe you use sponged ink with your stencils. But you can get a bit more mileage out of those stencils if you have a die-cutting machine and an impression pad! I happen to have a Spellbinders die cutting machine; chances are, no matter what brand of die cutter you have, you can probably get some kind of "stack" and an impression pad to work with your stencils. Now, to temper expectations, your impression will not be as deep as it would be with a metal impression place for sure. But it can still be a really nice, subtle touch for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC419. Valentines cards, anyone? My card was super-simple since I used the new Sweet Stack Patterned Paper pack, pairing the older Heart Shaker Window and Frame Die-namics with the new Sweet Celebrations sentiment set. I gathered random sequins from my collection (mostly various Pretty Pink Posh sequins) to fill my shaker, and then used some silver thread to made a sweet little bow. Would you like to play along with us? Be sure to check out the MFT Stamps Challenges Blog for details on the challenge and for more inspiration! Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's January Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps! All of the fun new MFT stamp sets and Die-namics that you've been seeing over the past few days are now available. I paired the new Cute Chemists stamp set with the Scattered Hearts background for today's card. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Cute Chemists image. I used a scrap of denim with colorless blender to add some texture to his pants. Again, all of the new January products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team members will have projects to share today, 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 on the giveaway, and thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release Countdown! What can I say about this little guy? He's. . . CUTE. About as cute as they come, right? This is the Friendly Fox Die-namics, another January My Favorite Things Stamps Release, and he will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8 at 10am Eastern time. I kept my card simple, staying with plain cardstock for even the arched background since the fox was so graphic and simple as well. While I have linked the products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, January 8. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more January Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Countdown Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release countdown! Today I chose the Hearts Entwined Die-namics to play with. I came out of my Copic comfort zone and tried a simple watercolor wash for my background, mounting two layers of the Hearts Entwined die cut above my wash. For the wash, I used some Distress Reinkers: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry. The sentiment is from the Sweet Nothing stamp set, also a January release. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete list of designers using today's new products AND to enter for prizes! Remember that while the MFT products that I used are linked below, the NEW product links won't be live until Release time--that's Tuesday (January 8) at 10am Eastern time. All other links should work now. Thank you for stopping by today, Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, January 8, the January release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Pure Innocence So Much Love stamp set for my focal image. I used a sentiment from the Wonderful Woodland Friends stamp set, also a January release. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the So Much Love image. (I airbrushed the round background. For the embossed background, I used the Lots of Hearts Stencil along with a rubber embossing pad in my die-cutting machine. It doesn't give you as deep an impression as a metal impression plate, but it works pretty well!) In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are several fabulous new products being showcased... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release Countdown! I chose the girl image from the fabulous Cute Chemists set to play with today--she looks like a sweet little lab researcher to me. Don't ask me why I dressed her in surgical scrubs. . . (Maybe she's a medical researcher?) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Cute Chemists images. I stamped the blackboard with Sweet Tooth pigment ink, then scraped the edges of the shape on my Sweet Tooth ink pad before using a paper towel to smear the inked edges a bit for that erased chalk look. While I have linked the MFT products that I used below, the links to the NEW products will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, January 8. All of the other links should work now. Be sure... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps January Release Countdown! I have a super-simple project to share today--I loved the Treat Tag and the Nugget Label Window and Frame Die-namics and wanted to play with those for my project. I included an animal from the Wonderful Woodland Friends stamp set as well, making its colors work with the new Sweet Stack Paper Pack. While I have linked the products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, January 8. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more January Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome, and a Happy 2019 to you! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC418. I took a couple of liberties to make it work with the cheery little Birthday Chick that I had in mind, but it's close! Copic Sketch markers that I used on the chick were YR30, Y11, Y32, Y26, Y35, Y38, RV02, RV06, and BV00. I did a quick airbrushed background with B01. (I know--who else could use that many markers to color a yellow sphere??? Sorry!) I hope you get a chance to check out the MFT Challenges Blog to see what the other DT members did with this sketch; we would LOVE to have you play along as well! Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC416. Since I still need more Christmas cards, I knew what I'd be making with the sketch. . .yes, Christmas cards! I used the Candy Land Patterned Paper pack for both cards, pairing the Perfect Poinsettia Die-namics with it for the first card, and the Tweet Holidays stamps and Die-namics with it for the second card. For my little bird, The Copic markers that I used were the following: BG10, BG13, BG15 RV11, RV14 W00, W1, W2 BV00 Y21 0 Would you like to play along with us? Be sure to check out the MFT Stamps Challenges Blog for details on the challenge and for more inspiration! Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today is the My Favorite Things December Card Kit Release, as well as the release for the new Stacey Yacula stamp set and coordinating Die-namics, Tweet Friends. I haven't had much time to play this week, but I wanted to pop in today with one card anyway. I loved these little Tweet Friends images! And I've been feeling a retro color vibe lately--hence the aquas and reds with distressed edges. (Yes, I'm dangerous with a kraft ink pad in hand!) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Tweet Friends images. I colored a simple sky and ground with very pale markers after I stamped and colored the flower in the center. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts--both the Good Time to Wine Kit and the Tweet Friends stamps and dies. Again, these products... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC415. Today's sketch is a pretty simple one, and I'm in desperate need of a few more Christmas cards that are simple to put to together! I think that I probably won't get a lot of cards mailed out this year, but my motivation level usually goes up about this time in December. ;-) When I saw the sketch, I knew that I wanted to use my Perfect Poinsettia Die-namics for the circular element. For colors, I'm a sucker for Kraft, Red, and Aqua--what can I say? After I finished the poinsettia card, I wanted to try the same sketch with the Christmas Tree Window Die-namics. I had to cut that green mat layer by hand, so chances are I'll be making more of the poinsettia cards than Christmas Tree Window cards! Would you like to play... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Thinking Inking