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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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Good morning! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Color Challenge #116. I picked my most recent favorite stamp set, Flower Silhouettes. (But I did open a new box of stamps yesterday and always reserve the right to find new favorites!) I realized just now as I was looking at the photo above that I added a light yellow flower in there. . . Oops. Artistic license? Also, I airbrushed the background with a couple of Copic markers, YG13 and BG02, going for Blu Raspberry and Limelight with those. How about joining us for this challenge? Check out the MFT Stamps Blog for more inspiration and for the details! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's release day for the My Favorite Things Stamps Flower Silhouettes Card Kit! (I'm not finished with this kit yet though--I used it for a color challenge card on Thursday too.) I really have enjoyed this kit, mostly because you can make quick, easy cards that don't look that quick and easy. The coordinating dies are really simple to align as well. What's not to like there? :-) For today's card I colored my stamps with water-based markers, then spritzed them lightly with water and stamped them on watercolor paper. That's it--easy-peasy! (I used Tombow markers, but if you have Stampin' Up or pretty much any kind of water-based markers, just color your stamp, spritz, and them stamp right away.) Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts on the Flower Silhouettes Card Kit. Again, these products are now available at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a second My Favorite Things Stamps Flower Silhouettes Card Kit project to share today. (Did I mention that I've loved playing with the Flower Silhouettes images?) For today's card, I've stamped my images solidly--not worrying with making the stems one color and the blooms another. I paired my stamped, die-cut images with with the Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Window dies and a curved label from the flower stems Builder Blueprints 5 for a sweet, fresh wildflower bouquet. The background is lightly airbrushed with two Copic markers--G43 and BG45. If you don't airbrush, you could sponge a background just as easily. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts! These products will be available on Tuesday, April 23. Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! This morning I am excited to be sharing a couple of cards made with my sweet friend Betsy Veldman's The Greetery stamps, dies, and stencils. I've admired both Betsy's work and her character for years, and I wish her the greatest success in her new venture! Betsy sent me two stamp sets, along with coordinating dies and stencils--Hand in Hand, and Fir & Foliage. Shown above is a list of the Copic markers that I used to color the Hand and Heart images and to airbrush the path, grass, and sky. I used a scrap of terrycloth spritzed with Copic Colorless Blender solution to get texture on the airbrushed stone pathway. Also, I fussy-cut around the lady's hand and lower left forearm so that she was holding hands more obviously with her husband. For my second card, I thought I would make a masculine card that I could use... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today begins the My Favorite Things Stamps April Flower Silhouettes Card Kit Release previews. I've created three different cards to share in the next couple of days, and even more surprising, this one is IN THE MAIL already! (Okay, maybe you aren't as bad as I am at actually mailing all of the cards that you make!) I loved the Flower Silhouettes Card Kit--it was easy to work with it suitable to many styles and varied media. So far I've used ink and watercolor, and I've seen some lovely examples of others heat embossing the flowers and inking around them. I stamped flowers in the background using the inks shown in my supply list below, and I stamped a few extras to die-cut and pop up on top. I gave the background a quick spritz of Copic BG45 for sky, knowing that the blue-green would cut the flowers stamped... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Thinking Inking
Thank you, Juanita!
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Deanna, you are most welcome! Thank you for your encouraging words too! Debbie
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Welcome! Today I have a second card and coloring video to share, using the April 2019 Club La-La Land Crafts Kit. For this one, I used the Poodles of Love stamp set, along with the Paris die (April Kit) and LLLC's Stitched Elements Die. For patterned papers, I found some perfect digital scrapbooking papers and printed them out at 50% (6" x 6")--Samantha Walker's More Paris Girl Pink and Black and More Paris Girl Pink and Gray. If you'd like to see how I colored these poodles with my Copic markers, check out the video above. If you have any problems viewing the YouTube video that is embedded above, HERE is a direct link to my Coloring Poodles of Love images: https://youtu.be/pLeRXUQPpOY Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Poodles of Love images. Sign Up for the April 2019 Kit shown above will go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I'm pretty excited to share what I've been up to for the last few days--coloring some super cute images from the April 2019 Club La-La Land Crafts Kit! Today I have a card to share with you, as well as both a kit preview video AND a coloring Marci in Paris video. Tomorrow I will have a second card to share, with its own coloring video as well. (Yes, my Copics have been getting a good workout. . . and we won't even talk about video editing! ;-} ) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Marci in Paris and Poodles of Love images. Patterned papers are from the Carta Bella It's a Girl 6" x 6" paper pad. If you have any problems viewing the YouTube video that is embedded above, HERE is a direct link to my Coloring Marci in Paris video:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC432. I have two cards today, because when i finished the first one, I had another one in my head still--I'm sure you understand that! Sketch 432 lent itself to a simple card, using sentiment strips or even washi tape for the three strips on the left side. It seemed like a perfect place to try out that new free-with-$60-purchase Stitched Ric-Rac die too! I used an older floral stamp set, Bold Blooms, to stamp my focal panel on the left, stamping three extra of the light purple/Grapesicle flowers so that I'd have something extra to pop up with foam tape. This is such a simple stamp set to work with--pne of my go-to whimsical floral sets for sure. After cutting my slanted sentiment strips, I stamped a sentiment on one, and then images from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome back! It's April release day for My Favorite Things Stamps; all of the lovely stamp sets and dies atet you've been seeing over the past five days are now available. I couldn't resist revisiting the Piggy Pebbles and the Scene Builder stamp sets, along with that fabulous Window Die-namics. This time, however, I put the scene on the inside of my card to give it more depth and make it a true window. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Piggy Pebbles and Scene Builder images. Again, all of the new April 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 Stamps Blog for many more cool projects and products, as well as a chance to win fabulous... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! This morning I'm back to share a couple more cards made with the March 2019 Club La-La Land Kit stamps and dies. I hope you picked this kit up when it was available in March! If you did, then this is a little more inspiration as you play with your kit. (If not, I'm told that you can purchase past kits that are still available beginning with the second month in a club subscription. I'm new to club kits, but what I've gathered so far is that if you love it the first time you see it, you need to get it then! But if you didn't get it then, there will probably be another chance, and there will definitely be another awesome kit the next month--just watch for it!) My first card features Love to Bake Marci, along with one of her three Baking Hamster sidekicks. I colored... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! Today I'm sharing both the Sweetest Somebunny set and the All Lined Up Background. I did just a little bit of airbrushing on the background, leaving my circle die in place to mask the edges, and then stamping on top of the airbrushed background with the Sweetest Somebunny images. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Sweetest Somebunny images. While I have linked the MFT products that I used below, the links to the NEW product links will not be live links until release day, 10am Eastern Time, Tuesday, April 9. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more March Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, April 9, the April release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose Stacey Yacula's Scene Builder stamp set to share, paired with the new Window Die-namics. I used an older background stamp, Wood Plank background, to try to represent. . . shiplap. . . (That's for you Fixer Upper fans--you're welcome!) Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Scene Builder images. I kept it pretty light in value overall, going for a peaceful, light, and dreamy farm look. In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are more fabulous new products being showcased today; I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for a complete... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Countdown Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release countdown! Today I chose the Bundles of Love Pure Innocence image, pairing it with the Paper Bag Treat Box and the All Lined Up Background. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Bundles of Love images. How about that sweet little paper bag? I loved the realistic details of the handle, the sawtooth top, and the little notch in the front of the bag! I could have put candy in it, but we've already mailed all that we had in the house to our college student. So I thought that this would also work for a gift card. 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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! Today's card feature Piggy Pebbles and the Scene Builder stamp set--both darling Stacey Yacula sets. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Piggy Pebbles and Scene Builder images. (Pigs come in pretty much ALL colors, so you have a LOT of leeway here!) 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, April 9. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more April Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps April Release Countdown! I chose the cat-friends image from the HUGE Picture Perfect stamp set--I loved this set's size, which made it easy to color! (Okay, my eyes aren't as young as they used to be.) This image reminded me of my parents' last litter of kittens; one kitten would play the big BAD guy, and his littermates would act scared when he showed off. Shown here are the Copic markers that I used to color the Picture Perfect image. 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, April 9. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more April Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC431. (And then tomorrow the April Countdown begins--a lot of blog action this week!) I pulled out my Rustic Wildflowers stamp set for this challenge, airbrushing a background with three Copic markers: G43, B12, and at the top, B63. All of the rest is simply stamped, die-cut, and layered with some foam tape. Would you like to play along with the Sketch Challenge? Check the MFT Stamps Blog for more details and more sketch inspiration as well! Thanks for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with the My Favorite Things Stamps Hits and Highlights Challenge. Today's challenge was all about full-sized shaker cards. I don't think I've ever made a full-sized shaker card before--lots of room for a party in that format! The new A-2 Rectangle Shaker pouches, paired with the Rectangle Frames Die-namics, make a full-sized shaker super easy to pull off. I stamped my Floral Fantasy Background in Versamark ink on watercolor paper and heat embossed it in detail white embossing powder. Next I painted it with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. After it was completely dry, I added my shaker material--mostly sequins, but also a few Queen and Company Toppings and Nuvo Glitters. I'm not sure that I needed MORE busy-ness going on, but I stamped, embossed, watercolored, and die-cut a few more flowers from the Sketchy Flowers stamp set to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at Thinking Inking
Awesome!!! I am so glad to hear that!
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I had hoped to get a card made today, but we were plugging away at taxes for the second day in a row. Arrrgggghh! So how about a public service announcement? This is VERY limited time offer--expires on March 31, so I wanted to share even without an accompanying card. If you are looking for a SWEET deal on Copic markers, be sure to check out this offer that went to all COPIC subscribers: https://www.copicmarker.com/ CODE: SPRINGTIME25 With the SPRINGTIME25 code, markers are 25% off of the store price, which makes Sketch markers $3.93 and Ciao $2.70. $5 shipping and over $99 ships for free Expires 3/31/19 This is the BEST deal that I have ever seen, and it is substantially below what I paid for the last markers that I purchased. I think they are out of refills, and I'm sure that some colors are gone already, but it's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Wednesday Sketch Challenge, WSC430. It's a pretty simple sketch--the best kind!--and I knew I wanted to use tiny flowers where the hearts were in the sketch. So I dug though my MFT floral sets for a small scale flower and ran across the Brushstroke Blooms set. It was perfect for my needs! I also used the Watercolor Stripes background stamp inked in Cement Gray ink, as well as a sentiment from the Sweet Nothings stamp set. While it was a pretty quick card to make, I was still pleased with how it came together. I'll have to store this sketch for future use! 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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's release day for the My Favorite Things Stamps Treat Bag Topper Kit! I chose the Stacey Yacula Easter Bunnies stamp set to pair with my Treat Bag Topper today, because I loved it with the white chocolate Easter bunny that I found for my intended recipient. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Easter Bunnies image. I stamped the bunny in MFT's Cement Gray Hybrid ink for a no-lines look. Be sure to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts on the Treat Bag Topper kit. Again, these products are now available at MFT Stamps. Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I have a second My Favorite Things Stamps Treat Bag Topper Kit project to share today. How about another little Easter treat? I thought that the bunny Peeps would be perfect with the Cute Critters bunny! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Cute Critters images. Patterned paper is from the Sweet Celebration paper pack. While the stamped images are from Cute Critters, the sentiment on the tag is from the Stacey Yacula Easter Bunnies stamp set--I needed one small enough to fit on a tag. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts! These products will be available on Tuesday, March 26. Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today begins the My Favorite Things Stamps March Treat Bag Topper Kit Release previews. I've created three different treat bags to share in the next couple of days. I hadn't had a chance to play with the Cottontail Cutie Die-namics yet, so I thought I would pair it with the treat bag topper for my first project. The sentiment is from the MFT Joyful Heart Bears stamp set. I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps Blog for links to all of today's team posts! These products will be available on Tuesday, March 26. Thank you for stopping by, Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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