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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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The past week was especially busy, so I had to fit in the project in littler pieces. My first card to share represents several days of experimenting with two new stamps sets (loaned to me by a friend) as well... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at random reflections
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There is finally hope of spring here. It was 60° today, and the forecast is for temperatures 50° or more for the next 10 days. The annual Lilac Festival is scheduled to begin in just a month so it's a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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Today marks the end of the second week of the #100DayProject, and I'm trying to do a weekly update as I work through the project. I've already shared two of the cards here and here. I'll share a couple more... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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Saturday night before we went to bed, Tracy brought in the basket of violas I had purchased earlier in the day. An ice storm was predicted for Sunday, and when I saw the basket of flowers sitting next to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at random reflections
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Michelle Leon is up at Papertrey Ink this week with the Make It Monday challenge. She demonstrated how to make stitched stems for your florals, and created a whole series of great cards. One card is up on the Papertrey... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at random reflections
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The card was not belated, but the posting of it is. Yesterday was Adam's birthday, and although I had a text "conversation" with him, I didn't get a birthday post up. Recently I purchased a die from Reverse Confetti, "Stitched... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at random reflections
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This week's challenge at Less is More is to CASE this card: I loved the blue flower and used it for my inspiration. I turned the card around so that it's vertical rather than horizontal since the flower I chose... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at random reflections
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Today marks the beginning of Week 2 for #The100WeekProject. I managed to create a new card every day last week with a new technique, a new stamp set, a new design, or a long-neglected stamp set. The email today from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at random reflections
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As soon as I saw the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I knew I wanted to participate. Nonetheless, it took me nearly all week to get to it. I finally had a few extra minutes this afternoon. It's definitely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at random reflections
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Yesterday I happened upon two challenges I wasn't familiar with at the Desert Diva's blog. Both challenges focus on birds this month/week. I love the idea of a watercolor challenge, and Seize the Birthday has an optional "topper" and this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at random reflections
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Yesterday’s card was not part of my #100DayProject, but today’s is. It’s a new technique introduced (to me) on Monday by Papertrey Ink’s Stephanie Gold for their Make It Monday challenge, using outline images. My card uses two older stamp... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at random reflections
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It's Simon Says 9th birthday, and the party is starting on the Wednesday Challenge Blog with birthday cards. It's also the first birthday of one of our good friend's daughters. Not long ago, I purchased the Mama Elephant's "Fly With... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at random reflections
Your selfies were the first thing I noticed, and I think they are fabulous! I'm so terrible about doing that.
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Last year I took on the #The100DayProject for the first time, completing 100 sketches over the 3+ months of the project. I thought about taking on the same project again this year, since sketching seems to be one of my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at random reflections
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This week's inspiration photo at the Fusion challenge is a cute one: an Easter bunny wreath. There's also a sketch that you can follow, but I stuck to the Easter bunny theme with an Easter card for my Chicago granddaughter.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at random reflections
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It's the 25th of March, and that means today is the monthly blog hop at Papertrey Ink. Despite my intentions I don't always complete as many card challenges as I hope, but I rarely miss a Papertrey Ink Blog Hop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at random reflections
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I almost missed the party at Itchifingers for this month's 5 in 5. Actually I did one series and wasn't thrilled with it, so I waited until today's March for Our Lives. Like many cities Rochester hosted a local march.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at random reflections
Paid the bills. Wrote up the minutes from the SW Food Program board meeting. Got a manicure and pedicure. Visited a friend in home hospice. Bought a birthday gift for a little girl soon to be one year old. Made a fish tagine (delish!) for company. It was a good day. Today I'm attending the Rochester March, and then going to a friend's birthday party. Much less busy!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2018 on Ta Da! at Morning Glory Studio
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It's the Time Out Challenge's 4th birthday, and here's the challenge: There are twenty birthdays on my birthday/anniversary calendar in April and May so making a birthday card seems like a good idea! I was playing around with some new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at random reflections
That's a lovely mug---and a lovely way to start a new week.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2018 on sometimes mondays... at Morning Glory Studio
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Officially, it's the last day of winter although you'd hardly know it by looking out my window. It's a bright, sunny day but our yard is still blanketed by nearly a foot of snow. It's been way too cold for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at random reflections
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There are two challenge sites now with "Inspired By" in the title. I enjoy the inspiration pieces for both, and have a card to enter in the newest challenge at Inspired By . . . H is for Hoppy. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at random reflections
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I'm inspired by so many things: color combinations, photographs, cards made by the most awesome designers, magazine ads, and of course, inspiration posts from a variety of card challenges. There are too many to keep up with each week, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at random reflections
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After a flurry of photographic posts, I'm back with a card. This one for two challenges: FUSION: St. Paddy's Day, and Inspired By: Get Lucky. St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching. We'll be celebrating twice because it's also Tracy's 70th... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at random reflections
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This is the final post of scavenger hunt photos from Morocco. I have two more photos to post, but I took both of them in Chicago before we left. I'm planning to put all the photos from the hunt in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at random reflections