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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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I'm in just under the wire for this sketch challenge. It's one of my favorites, but it's been awhile since I played along. Yesterday after finishing a birthday card for Skylar (she'll be three next month!), I started to organize... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at random reflections
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Another week has flown by, and it's time for Week 35 of Helena's meme, "Zoom In, Zoom Out." Our church is one of ten churches within the city limits of Rochester. Most of these urban churches are struggling with finances,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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We had such a busy weekend, it wasn't until this morning that I had time to create a couple of cards for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. We were away last month, and since this is one of my... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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Early in July, we purchased a new fountain for our shade garden at the Corn Hill Arts Festival. It's now been functional for awhile, and as much as I like the way it looks, the calming sound of it is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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Today is the last day you can upload cards to the galleries for the Online Card Class: Stretch Your Stamps 2. I have a LOT more things I want to try, but this morning I took time to try two... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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Days 7 and 8 of the Online Card Class focused on using graphic stamps. I have just a few sets, and was most interested in these lessons since I'm never quite sure what to do with them. Debby Hughes is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at random reflections
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Kristina Werner produced the first video for the Online Card Class: Stretch Your Stamps 2 , and demonstrated how to create a watercolored background using the Hero Arts Highline Ironwork stamp. I photographed my piece when I was done, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at random reflections
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This is my second post today after only two posts in the previous week. It's been some time since I sat down to create some cards. The first order of business this morning was to get cards for the rest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at random reflections
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This week just flew by, and I spent a lot of time working on assignments for my online drawing classes. I spent one morning, though, determined to finish up some of my DLP pages. Although I got stalled on one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at random reflections
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A friend and I spent a wonderful day yesterday on a little road trip. We started in Skaneateles, a lovely little town on a lake just east of Syracuse. The town is filled with charming shops and restaurants. While we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at random reflections
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It's not the first time, nor will it be the last, but I've overextended myself with online instruction once again. This week I had lessons in two drawing classes, the phone photography class at BPC, and the new Online Card... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at random reflections
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Tracy's mom rents a cottage each summer on Consesus Lake. All of Tracy's siblings, and most of the children and grandchildren arrive for one or more day during the week. We drive down each afternoon after Caleb's nap and stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at random reflections
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As soon as Sian posted about her Pile of Postcards Exchange, I dashed off an email to be included. I love these little projects, and as always, it's been fun. I sent off seven postcards (the six names I received... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at random reflections
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Yesterday was Sarah's birthday, and luckily for us, it was the second year in a row she's been here to celebrate. I didn't post yesterday because the celebration didn't end until tonight when Adam arrived. Actually the birthday began mid-week... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at random reflections
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I'm off in a few minutes to a baby shower. It will be their first, a little boy due next month. A happy occasion, and the grandmother-to-be who is my good friend is excited beyond words! Once again the Papertrey... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at random reflections
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How can it be the end of July already? The summer is flying by far too quickly, and it's time for the July wrap-up of Rinda's Scavenger Hunt. I have four more photos to add, and just five left to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at random reflections
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Apples are the crop I most associate with western New York, but cherries are big here, too. I recently rediscovered my love of cherries, but years ago, a friend and I picked several baskets of them, pitted them, and canned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at random reflections
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It's been a tough week. Betsy's mom passed away last Tuesday after a brief bout with cancer. She was just 65. In April she went for a routine physical, having no symptoms, and within a few days had a diagnosis... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at random reflections
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My friend and I enrolled in an online art journaling class in April. Overall it was pretty dismal. I wasn't inspired by the artist's final pages, and none of the techniques I tried pleased me in the least. I'm fascinated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at random reflections
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There were lots of opportunities for Zooming In and Zooming Out this weekend. First a nest of ospreys near the end of the dock at the Antique Boat Museum. The fireplace in the dining room on the Bolt/McNally house boat.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at random reflections
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Warning: It's a long post, but mostly photos; not too wordy. We left Saturday for Selkirk Shores, a state park on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. We've been camping with our friends, Bob and Cathy, for over 20 years.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at random reflections
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Last night when I should have been packing for our camping trip, I came across the new ColourQ challenge, and thought it would be perfect with the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. And I had the perfect (new) stamp set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at random reflections
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Alexa once again shared her photo and digital gifts with a download this week. As soon as I saw these delightful typewriters, I knew I'd make some simple, one layer cards. Sadly, I'm in almost constant need of encouragement cards,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at random reflections
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I saved these photos from my earlier post about the Corn Hill Arts Festival for this week's Zoom In, Zoom Out. Check out the others here on Helena's blog. Every year the display from Hurd's Orchards is one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at random reflections
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There are several wonderful art festivals during the summer in Rochester. One of our favorites is the Corn Hill Arts Festival. Each year the organizers ask an artist to create a design that is used for posters and tee shirts.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at random reflections