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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 a couple of cards to share using the new My Favorite Things Stamps Flower in Bloom Card Kit which will be available on Tuesday, June 25. I loved playing with this kit! For today's cards, I've departed from my usual Copic-colored images because this kit comes with three colors of Ken Oliver Color Burst powdered watercolors in exclusive MFT colors. Of course I had to play with those! On the card above, I used the Tropical Teal and Jellybean Green colors on my background. (Actually, I had a couple of spots of Coral Crush as well, but they both ended up covered by the floral images or sentiment.) For the blossoms, I used mostly Coral Crush, but I added a touch of both a dark crimson and a purple that were not part of the kit--Colorburst colors that I had previously purchased. The flowers are heat embossed... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, WSC442. I took some liberties with this one--turning it upside down and leaving off one horizontal strip shape. I knew that I wanted a clean black and white background, with only one of the poppies on the Poppies Background colored. Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color that poppy. Would you like to play along with us? Check out the MFT Stamps Blog for the sketch and for more information on how to participate and enter for a chance to win a prize! Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! I've got a couple of super cute projects to share with you today from the June 2019 Club La-La Land Crafts Kit. It's time to get your FIESTA on with Marci and her three chihuahua companions! Here's a picture of the full kit and my first two cards. Sign Up for the June 2019 Kit shown above will go through June 19. First up is Fiesta Marci in her party dress, complete with sequins. After all, a girl needs some bling! I used digital papers from the Cashmere Dame paper pack by Glitz Designs (from Snap Click Supply HERE), printed out at 6" x 6" to get a small pattern. If you already have some pretty floral papers or fiesta-themed papers on hand, use them! Just coordinate your markers to your paper, and you'll be fine. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color Fiesta... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, WSC441. Given the predominant square shape on the sketch, the first set that came to mind was Picture Perfect, released a couple of months ago. I loved the whimsy of this set but had used it for only one card; so I chose a different image from the set and played with it again. For the background, I stamped paw prints from an older set, You Make My Tail Wag. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Picture Perfect image. (I love this image! I would have been the annoying cat, no doubt. . .) Would you like to play along with us? Check out the MFT Stamps Blog for the sketch and for more information on how to participate and enter for a chance to win a prize! It's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, WSC440. I still had my Tropical Flowers set out on my desk, and I decided that it would be perfect for the three round focal points in the sketch. I did just a tiny bit of airbrushing on the base layer to have a little more color peeping out behind the flowers, but it's mostly just plain stamping--easy-peasy. Would you like to play along with us? Check out the MFT Stamps Blog for the sketch and for more information on how to participate and enter for a chance to win a prize! It's a simple sketch--go for it! Thanks for visiting, Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! It's June Release Day for My Favorite Things Stamps, and I have one more new release card to share today, using the Fairy Good Friends stamp set and the Slider Surprise Die-namics. Stephanie Klauck made a video showing exactly how to use the Slider Surprise Die-namics. (Trust me, if I can understand it, YOU can too; I'm motion-card-challenged!) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Fairy Good Friends images. I used sponged Distress Inks to create the clouds and the grass (Broken China and Mowed Lawn). All of the new June products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team members 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 prizes. Good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Wendy, check out Jennifer Dove for Copic color combos. She has a TON of them on Pinterest! Here's a link to that category on her blog as well: http://just4funcrafts.com/tag/color-of-the-day Hope that helps! Debbie
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! Today I'm sharing a simple card using this month's FREE with purchases over $75 set, Sea Life. I was going for a fun card for a young boy and thought that simple stamping would be my best choice. (The sentiment is from the Fish You Were Here set--Sea Life has plenty of sea life images, but no sentiments.) I used a mini stapler to attach some colorful banners, thinking that he would probably like that better than a bow. 😉 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, June 4. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more June Release inspiration AND for a chance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, June 4, the June release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Tropical Flowers stamp set and die-namics to feature. It's all just plain stamping, but with a lot of ink colors! I did airbrush the background with two Copics--BG23 and G43--but all of the rest of stamped with the inks shown in the supply list below. I also used my fine point glue to add glitter to many of the flower centers after I had the pieces all put together. I used my MISTI to stamp all of the flowers so that I could stamp twice in the same place and get good, solid ink coverage. In addition to the ones that I've shared here,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Countdown Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release countdown! Today I chose the Pure Innocence Hey, Sunshine stamp set to feature. I'm pretty sure I'd get nothing done all Summer if I had a pool, so it's a good thing I don't! (Besides, we usually have only about two weeks that would qualify to most of you as "Summer" here in the U.P. of Michigan anyway. . .) Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Hey, Sunshine image. For the background, I lightly airbrushed Copic BG23 over most of my card front, , saving the lower right corner for E33--sand. Next I used my fine tip glue applicator to add foam at the edge of the water using glitter. After the glitter and glue were dry, I used a white gel pen to add more foaminess since the glitter foam... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release Countdown! Today's card features a sweet Stacey Yacula set, Picnic Pals. The June release will be available on Tuesday, June 4 at 10AM Eastern time. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Picnic Pals images. I lightly airbrushed the background, also with my Copics. (I colored the images on X-Press It Blending Card, not linked below.) 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, June 4. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more June Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps June Release! Today I chose the sweet little whale from the Friends with Fins stamp set to create a thank you card. I also used the waves die from Pop-Up Wiper Card Components on my lightly airbrushed background. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the whale from Friends with Fins and to lightly airbrush the background. 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, June 4. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more June Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, WSC439. I was away from home during the Poppies kit release a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I would use the Poppies background for today's sketch challenge. I wanted a low-key tone-on-tone card front. I used Cement gray to stamp the poppies, and then colored the negative spaces with a Copic T1 marker. The only tricky part was getting my shapes cut right to fit the sketch; I lightly penciled in my lines first and then cut on my pencil lines. 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 May 29, 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 involved creating a project using the MFT Best in Show stamp set. Also, TODAY ONLY you can get 50% off of the Best in Show stamp set AND Best in Show Die-namics! (No code necessary.) I paired it with the Wood Planks background, and I spilt my sentiment into two pieces to play off the word "split. " Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Best in Show images and to airbrush the background. I hope you get a chance to check out the MFT Stamps Blog for links to more Best in Show inspiration! Also, don't forget the 50% off TODAY ONLY price on both the Best in Show stamp set and Die-namics too. Thanks for stopping by today, Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I am playing along with a special My Favorite Things Stamps challenge: we're using the GinaK Wreath Builder Templates along with any MFT stamp set of our choice to create a project. I used the 4" GinaK Wreath Builder Templates, in conjunction with my MISTI (the original--not the Mini MISTI), and the A Tweet Hello stamp set and coordinating Die-namics. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the A Tweet Hello images. (You can click this picture for a full-sized image if you prefer.) I hope you get a chance to visit the MFT Stamps blog for links to the other DT members who are participating in the GinaK Wreath Builder Templates challenge--there's a lot of variety, and you're sure to be inspired! Thanks for stopping by today, Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, WSC436. I pulled out an older stamp set for today's sketch, Welcome Baby, along with the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics. Patterned papers are all from the Party Patterns Paper Pack--it's a super-simple card. 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 May 8, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome back! It's May release day for My Favorite Things Stamps; all of the lovely stamp sets and dies that you've been seeing over the past five days are now available. I hadn't used the Watermelon Slice Die-namics yet, so I thought I'd try that one today. I have two very similar cards here because once I started playing with the Watermelon Slice Die-namics, I kept wanting to play with it. I used sponged-on distress inks on the Watermelon above, but I used my regular MFT Dye inks on the one below (listed in my supply list). I thought they both worked well. I used a black gel pen to color the watermelon seeds because I wanted them to be shiny. All of the new May products are now available, and the links below should all work. Each of the MFT Design Team members AND some amazing guests will have... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! This morning I'm back to share a couple more cards made with the April 2019 Club La-La Land Kit stamps and dies. I hope you picked this kit up when it was available in April! If you did, then this is just 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 pretty 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!) Isn't this Marci in Paris a cutie? I colored her skin and hair, as well as the... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 1 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown! Today I'm sharing the Mini Staggered Circles Stencil, along with the Greetings and Salutations set, the Stitched Ric Rac Die-namics, and the Skinny Strips Die-namics. I pulled out the Flower Silhouettes stamp set (from the April kit) and the Sweet Sentiments stamp set as well--kind of a mish-mash of what I had on my desk! For both cards I used a stenciling brush and my dye inks to stencil the background. I usually airbrush with my stencils, but I felt like trying brush stenciling with the Mini Staggered Circles stencil. 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, May 7. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown! At 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, May 7, the May release will be live, and all of the new products shown in the past few days will be available. Today I chose the Sweet Besties stamp set and Dienamics, paired with last month's Scene Builder stamp set to share. I used the three flower stamps from Sweet Besties to stamp a simple, random background for my card and colored in the flower centers with white gel pen. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Sweet Besties and Scene Builder images. I airbrushed the background, masking between dirt and sky by stamping the grass onto masking paper and fussy cutting a mask on the grass line. In addition to the ones that I've shared here, there are more fabulous new products being... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Countdown Day 3 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release countdown! Today I chose the Pure Innocence Sweet Summertime stamp set to feature. Doesn't that watermelon look juicy? I resisted the urge to put drops of watermelon juice on her shirt; but if it had been me, I would have totally had watermelon juice all down my shirt! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Sweet Summertime image. I used the MFT Drifts & Hills Stencil to airbrush the grass, and I left the tag stencil in place to mask the edges of the tag shape. 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... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 4 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown! Today's card features a sweet Birdie Brown set, Bring Out the Sunshine. I also have a video for you of the coloring of the little girl image on this card--hope it's helpful! The May release will be available on Tuesday May 7 at 10AM Eastern time. Here is the direct link to my video in case of embed issues: https://youtu.be/EMDrwvK988U Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Bring Out the Sunshine images. I lightly airbrushed the background, leaving my die in place to mask the edges. 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, May 7. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome to Day 5 of the My Favorite Things Stamps May Release Countdown! I chose the Friendly Foxes stamp set for today's post--I love Stacey Yacula images, and this set is no exception! I kept my layout simple, wanting the foxes to take centerstage. Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Friendly Foxes images. I airbrushed the background, with the aid of the Drifts and Hills Stencil and the Mini Clouds Stencil. 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, May 7. All of the other links should work now. Be sure to check the MFT Stamps blog for more May Release inspiration AND for a chance to win some great prizes! Thank you for visiting, Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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Welcome! Today I'm playing along with a My Favorite Things Stamps Sketch Challenge, WSC435. (And tomorrow is the first day of the May Release Countdown!) I pulled out an older stamp set for today's sketch, Saddle Up and Celebrate, and I grouped my three focal images just a bit more than on the original sketch. But it's close enough! Shown above are the Copic Sketch markers that I used to color the Saddle Up and Celebrate images. I airbrushed the background, but you could use sponged ink instead if you don't use an airbrush. 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 30, 2019 at Thinking Inking
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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 Apr 25, 2019 at Thinking Inking