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Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 28 comments

Featured Friday Card Maker: Debbie C, Flint MI

Hello everyone! I’m away for the weekend, but I bring you the awesome Debbie for your inspiration! She has not one but two Flickr accounts – Deb’s Dreams and a new one Debbie Doty Caldwell  – so feel free to go check out more of her beautiful creations there. See you all later, happy weekend! -Sandy

How long have you been stamping/card making?  I started making cards in 2006, before that I did scrap booking.    

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?    I do have an area carved out of the laundry room, with shelves my hubby put up for me, a 5 ft folding table and an  armoire that I keep most of my “stuff” in.


What are your favorite stamp/craft products?  

I do use a lot of digital stamp sets, I drift toward Doodle Pantry and Dearie Dolls for those. Lately I have been experimenting with my stamps and water colors (thank you Sandy for all your coloring tutorials). I love paper, small brads and flat stick on embellishments. I love  Spellbinder and Nestability dies and embossing folders, my Cuttlebug is my best friend.

Do you have a favorite  technique?   

Not really I am trying new things all the time,  so my “favorite” changes often.


Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?     

Not any single one, but I do use OWH sketches most of the time. The triple play you tube videos are favorites for me, because I can see how tweaking here and there make a card go from so-so to Wow!!  I look at other OWH’ers cards and techniques and CASE…A lot!!


Do you prefer digis or stamps?    

A year ago I would have said digis hands down, but now that I have been using my stamps more and more I have to say it is an equal preference. Digis are great and I will always use them because they can be resized and I usually get pre-colored ones, which is time saving and look good (because coloring is not my forte)!


Do you have a favorite theme?     

My favorite theme is floral, it was hard for me when I started making cards to make them without flowers. Making cards for OWH has broadened my abilities.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?     

All of them. I love color, my favorite combos are black and red, pink, or yellow. The contrast of dark and bright has always caught my eye, but I am fickle, I love all colors.


How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

 On the Hero Arts website, I was looking for card ideas and  saw Operation Write Home, clicked on it…and the rest is history. I can’t think of a better way to honor our Military heroes.


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

My dad, and uncles were all in the service.  I grew up during the Viet Nam conflict and was saddened and heartbroken for the way our young men and women who had served were being treated. I want to be that person who makes our military feel appreciated, not ashamed.


  1. Your cards are so bright and happy! I love them!

  2. Way to go Debbie!!! You cards are all awesome as I love the paper patterns you have chosen. Great eye for matching papers!!!! Congratulations on being the featured card maker!!!!

  3. Lovely cards today, Debbie. I especially like the offset blocks of red and pink papers. Congrats on being featured today!

  4. Debbie, your cards are outstanding!! I love your color combinations and your use of the patterned papers. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Fabulous cards Debbie! I love each and everyone of them–the gal pulling the wagon is just so sweet!!

  6. Your cards are absolutely beautiful! I love every one of them. The “miss you” turtle is SO cute! (I live in Michigan too. Do you think it will ever warm up around here?!?!?!)

    • Bonnie Right now I am visiting out of state, but by what my hubby says it is still winter in good ole Michigan 🙂

  7. Your card colors and patterns are so perfectly coordinated and I love them all. Go Michigan, but bring on Spring!

  8. Debbie, I’m so glad you are Featured Friday card maker! You always do such great work! Congrats!

  9. Absolutely love your cards Deb. Great layouts, colors, papers. Thanks for baing an OWHer.

  10. I had a pet turtle as a child and collected them for years (until collecting rubber stamps took over :-)) so your first card really caught my eye. Then I saw how awesome you are with patterned paper and I don’t think I can pick out a favorite card. You do beautiful work!!

  11. GREAT cards. I especially love the little girl one, but they are all beautiful…..congrats on being a featured card maker.

  12. Your cards are very colorful and creative, Deb. See you are in Michigan, too; I’m in Ypsilanti and have cousins in Standish.

  13. These are all amazing, Debbie. I really love the little girl pulling the wagon. SO cute. Of course, I am going to CASE several of these! I’m so excited you got to be Featured Friday Card Maker…everyone needs to see your cards! <3

    • thank you so much 🙂

  14. Love your cards – all of the beautiful colors and great layouts. My favorite is the first one, so cute!

  15. Love your cards but have to say the turtle is my favorite—he just makes me smile. Someone is going to love him too.

  16. Debbie,

    What a fabulous set of cards! I love your clean, crisp, bright style. Looking forward to featuring another one of your cards tomorrow. 🙂

    Thank you for your support of Operation Write Home. And, please thank your family members for their service to our country.

    BTW It’s great to see a fellow Midwestern featured in today’s post. I have family in Lapper and Waterford.

    • I am honored to be featured twice in one week… I am out of town right now…but wanted to check out the new sketch and FFCM…so I am surprised to see my name twice… Thank you

  17. Love these cards! The colors are wonderful.

  18. I love…love….love your designs! Ty for the inspiration!

  19. Beautiful coloring; lovely work.

  20. What a fabulous group of cards! I am very happy to see your beautiful cards featured this week Debbie. I know you;ve been inspiring a lot of OWHers over the years, myself included.

  21. Great cards, Debbie! You have a real knack for contrasting designs, and your motivation behind your contributions to OWH really sparked a chord in me. Yep, that’s it right there for me, too.
    Took a hop onto your 2 sites and wow, all so good!! There’s a Valentine card that stopped me for awhile, a line of hearts going down the card. Super design. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I really enjoyed your cards. I love how crisp each one is. They look so perfect! Lovin’ your color combos!

  23. Hi Debbie! Your cards are just beautiful, as usual! It has been so great to get to know you through the OWH family! Thanks for all you do.

  24. Debbie, your cards are stunning. I love what you did with the 2nd one, the starburst is it with all the different papers. Just wonderful. Thank you for being part of OWH! 🙂

  25. Thank you everyone for all the kind and uplifting comments…this is a bit late…but I was out of town for two weeks, and am still playing catch up.

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