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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'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 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's December 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 Butterfly Kisses stamp set with last year's Party Patterns Paper Pack for today's shaker card. I paper-priced just her dress, and then I bent her wings slightly forward so that they would stand out. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Butterfly Kisses image. I airbrushed the background with purple and blue markers, but after I added Hot Pink Glitter and some sequins, you really can't see much of that airbrushed background anyway. ;-) All of the new December 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... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Countdown Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release countdown! Today I chose the Christmas Tree Window Die-namics, which some of you may have earned last month as a "Free with Purchase" die! I kept it simple since the die has a clean, crisp look. I pulled colors from a piece of snowflake paper in the Candy Land paper pack, then used some cardstock scraps for banners to tie in the colors with the strip of patterned paper. The sentiment that I used was from the October Freebie Set, but you can use any of your favorite sentiments! 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... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, December 11, the December release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Fox and Friend stamp set and Die-namics, and paired it with one of my older favorites, the Whimsical Woodgrain background. I loved both the foxes and the mice in the Fox and Friends set! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Fox and Friend images. (I airbrushed the background.) 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... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Release Countdown! I chose the Friends at First Sip set to play with today--sweet theme and sweet images. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Friends at First Sip images. I used a Copic 0.1 Black Multiliner to loosely sketch the hills and grass behind the stamped coffee cart; not much of that shows, so it really wasn't hard at all! I used a cotton sweater scrap and denim scrap to texturize the girl's sweater and jeans. 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, December 11. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more December Release inspiration AND for a chance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps December Release Countdown! I chose the Bold Beautiful Die-namics, pairing it with a sentiment from the Hello, Beautiful stamp set. I colored the letters with four Copic markers: from top to bottom, RV63, R43, YR12, and YR16, and then coated the letters with glitter. 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, December 11. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more December Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC413. I took some liberties with the sketch; it had five squares down the left side, and I ended up using three of the five, mostly because I had a perfect die to create three squares but not five. ;-) I chose the penguins from the Snow Special set because they were small enough to fit relevant parts into my windows and because I hadn't had a chance to play with this particular November release set yet. I've been traveling for several days and didn't get a chance to make a Copic Color Map for this images, but the Copies that I used were: C0, C3, C6, 110; Y32, Y38; (penguins); R30, 0 (cheeks); YG21, YG25, YG17; R32, R35, R39; BG000, BG01, BG45, BG49; RV21, RV34, RV66 (clothing) Here is what my card looks like with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC412. This one really was a bit of a challenge for me! I scrambled to think what I might have that would work well for the sketch, and I decided to turn it on its side and use a strong vertical image, cropped to fit the sketch. Maybe the snowy drifts don't exactly fit into the sketch. . . but I'm from Upper Michigan--I had to have snow! Finally, because I am way behind on making Christmas cards for this year, I stamped a sentiment from the Tweet Holidays stamp set as my sentiment. 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 Nov 21, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's November Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps! All of the fun new MFT stamp sets and Die-namics that you've been seeing in blogland over the past few days are now available. I paired the new Here Comes Santa Claus stamp set with last month's Candy Land Paper Pack for today's card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color Santa and his pile of gifts. I airbrushed a subtle background with C3 for the shadow and B23 for the sky. The shape he's in is a circle, trimmed on two sides. All of the new November 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.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Hi, Joan! Yes, I colored the edge. If I'm trying to blend into an airbrushed background, I usually use a Copic that's a number or two lighter in value than the one I airbrushed with, because airbrushed colors are usually lighter than normally "colored" colors, if that makes sense. ;-) Hope that helps, Debbie
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Hi, Tammy! I left the die in place. My favorite tool to keep it there is a magnetic board that Ellen Hutson sells; I use those tall niobium (?) magnets to hold the dies in place while I airbrush--LOVE it and use it almost every day! Hope that helps, Debbie
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release countdown! Today I chose the Christmas Tree Window Die-namics and the Beautiful Blessings stamp set to create a simple card. I used the silver foil cardstock for the tree, and it's a bear to get a good photograph of that cardstock! But it's so beautiful shiny in person--almost like a mirror finish. I used my glue pen to add some tiny lines of glitter on both the top of the snow banks and on the tree trimmings. The sky is airbrushed with Copics--what else? ;-) (You could always use blended inks if you feel more comfortable with those; I just keep my airbrush out and ready to go all the time.) 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!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, November 13, the November release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Unbearably Cute stamp set and Die-namics, and paired it with an older stamp set, Hello, Little One. The bear cubs made me think of babies and baby showers or congratulations cards, so I went that direction with it rather than making a Christmas or Winter card. I also used the Snow Globe Die-namics and a dome shaker so that my bear cub could sleep on soft snow. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the bear cub and to airbrush the sky. In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are several fabulous new products being showcased... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown! I chose the Ready, Set, Snow stamp set and Die-namics set to play with today. This cool snowboarding dude made me want to color him--he's awesome! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Ready, Set, Snow images. As you can probably tell, I had fun with those snow googles! I looked up snow goggles on Google images, and found some cool Oakleys that I pulled color inspiration from. 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, November 13. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more November Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps November Release Countdown! I really enjoy making Christmas cards, so the last couple of releases are right down my alley! Today I'm sharing a card using the Warm & Feathered Hugs stamp set, another of Stacey Yacula's new sets. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Warm & Feathered Hugs image. I airbrushed a simple two-toned background for a cold Winter sky, Copic BV02 and B32. 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, November 13. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more November Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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I know that it's Halloween, but today you're getting Christmas from me! I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC409. Today's sketch is a pretty simple one, so maybe YOU will have time to play along with us too! I hadn't had a chance to use my Trio of Trees stamp set from the October Release yet, so I thought I would use a grouping of trees on the slope element of the card sketch. I airbrushed a simple background with a Copic B12 marker and airbrush system, but you could also use a sponged ink background if you don't like airbrushing as much as I do. ;-) 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 Oct 31, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have one more Sweet Holiday Penguins card to share this morning, AND I wanted to let you know that both the Festive Flamingos kit and the Sweet Holiday Penguins stamps and dies are NOW available at My Favorite Things Stamps! I made a shaker card using the dome die from the Snow Globe Die-namics. I put one snowy hill inside my shaker, and two more hills on the outside of the shaker. For the snow, I used some Faux Snow as well as Diamond Dust Glitter and stars. The Copic markers that I used are all listed above, including the airbrushed background colors. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts--both the Festive Flamingos Kit and the Sweet Holiday Penguins stamps and dies. Again, these products are now available at MFT Stamps. Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a second My Favorite Things Stamps Sweet Holiday Penguins card to share today--can you tell that I like the penguins? :-) Tuesday, October 23 is release day for the Festive Flamingos card kit, as well as the Sweet Holiday Penguins stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Sweet Holiday Penguins image. I airbrushed the background with Copic B12 and B18. On top of he airbrushed background, I used my Snow Flurry Stencil, along with Platinum Nuvo Mousse. I hadn't tried the mousse before, and I liked it. (Be careful not to smear though.) I also love the sentiments that come with the Sweet Holiday Penguins set! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts--both the Festive Flamingos Kit and the Sweet Holiday Penguins stamps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today begins the My Favorite Things Stamps October Kit Release previews. This month, however, MFT is also releasing a new stamp set and coordinating Die-namics along with the lovely Festive Flamingos Card Kit! When I saw these sweet little Penguins, I immediately wanted to color them. So today I played with the Sweet Holiday Penguins set. Along with the Festive Flamingos Kit, the Sweet Holiday Penguins stamp set and dies will be available on Tuesday, October 23, at 10am, Eastern time. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used on the Sweet Holiday Penguins image. I airbrushed the background evening sky with Copic B32 and B39. I love these little guys! I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts--both the Festive Flamingos Kit and the Sweet Holiday Penguins stamps and dies. Again, these products will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a couple of cards to share today for the My Favorite Things October MFT and Friends Challenge. I was having too much fun making Christmas cards to stop during release week! ;-) My first card uses the the Ho Ho Ho Die-namics, paired with a couple of pieces from the Filled with Joy Die-namics--the ornament string, bow, and top pieces that I cut from Silver Shine cardstock. I added glitter to the letter pieces as well and popped up the inset layer above the striped background. For my second card, I chose the snowman in the Filled with Joy Die-namics. He and his accompanying letters are coated with microfine glitter, and he's dressed in Candy Land paper. (Yes, I do love the Candy Land paper!) Would you like to play along with us? Then check out the blog post here. Thanks for stopping by! (First card) (Second... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Thinking Inking
It is slightly lighter and smoother than traditional kraft: “Please note that I used 100 lb. Neenah Desert Storm cardstock on which to color the image, and then a white Prismacolor pencil to add all highlights.” Hope that helps, Debbie
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Welcome! It's October Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps! I paired the new Pure Innocence Holiday Cheer stamp set and Christmas Background stamp with the Snow Flurry stencil for tonight's card. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Holiday Cheer image. Please note that I used 100 lb. Neenah Desert Storm cardstock on which to color the image, and then a white Prismacolor pencil to add all highlights. All of the new October 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 Oct 9, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release countdown! Today I chose the Filled with Joy Die-namics to play with, creating a shaker card. I think I've made three cards with this die set in the last couple of days--it's a fun one! And I'm still playing with the Candy Land Paper Pack as well. . . Almost all of the dies that I used were from Filled with Joy, but the leaves at the top of the ornament are from an older Die-namics set, Fab Foliage. I thought that they might pass as mistletoe leaves (unless you grew up with mistletoe in your oak tree and know that mistletoe leaves have rounded tips). ;-) 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 all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, October 9, the October release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Hand-Lettered Holiday Greetings and Christmas Background stamp sets, combined with the Perfect Poinsettia Die-namics for my card. I also played with the Holly Jolly Glitter Card Stock. 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 links won't be live until Release time--that's Tuesday morning (Tuesday, October 9) at 10am Eastern... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps October Release Countdown! I chose the Tweet Holidays set to play with today, making a little snow shaker behind my birds. I'm enjoying the Candy Land Paper Pack--just ordered two more packs. . . Yes, I might have a little paper problem. ;-) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Tweet Holidays images. While I have linked all products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, October 9. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more October Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Thinking Inking
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