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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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It's been quite a few years since I've colored Easter eggs, but Caleb, Sarah, Tracy, and I had a fine time coloring eggs before we left Chicago. It was the perfect opportunity for this week's Zoom In, Zoom Out, Helena's... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at random reflections
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I'm a day late getting this post up, but we were on the road home from Chicago yesterday. This is the third year I've participated in Kats' fabulous postcard swap, and every year I enjoy it more. When I got... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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Yesterday was Adam's birthday. He celebrated by preaching a fine sermon for Palm Sunday, opening a pile of gifts for his newfound interest in drawing and art, and a dinner out. Knowing he was getting a lot of art related... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at random reflections
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source In my efforts to SIMPLIFY, here were my March intentions and a progress report: Declutter and Purge Den purged. One bag of books donated to the library; closet emptied, painted, and organized; another bag of office supplies/notebooks to Goodwill... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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Lucky me! He wanted to "see Caleb" in the camera's viewfinder, so was willing to sit still for a portrait. Joining in with Abi's One Photo & Twenty Words meme. You'll find others here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at random reflections
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It's been a busy weekend. Our duplicate bridge group met Friday night. Saturday morning I attended the first hour of a Lenten retreat at church. I had to leave early because my Dining Room Ministry team was cooking lunch this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at random reflections
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My brother-in-law and nephew came for dinner last night (along with Matt, Betsy, and Skylar) and Tom brought me a beautiful bouquet of purple striped tulips and calla lilies. It was the answer to the weekly question of what to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at random reflections
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Today I have a card for two Simon Says challenges: The Wednesday challenge "Happy Birthday," and the Work it Wednesday for bright colors. I love the Simon Stamp sets with die cut words and accompanying stamps. They work so well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at random reflections
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I used a nine heart die called Tic Tac Toe Hearts by Simon Says to get hearts for this card and this card. That left me with the negative die cut, and I couldn't see letting it go to waste.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at random reflections
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This is what spring looks like in Rochester right now. But if you know where to go you can find the colors of spring. Zoom Out Zoom In Zoom In a little closer And for a bit of exotic color,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at random reflections
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Recently I came across two cards, one by Julie Ebersole, and then one based on her card by Laura Bassen (two wonderful designers). I loved the look and since I had just gotten a new set of Winnie and Walter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at random reflections
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It's been a long time since I played around with so many new (to me) techniques, but I tried another variation of masking cards that Kara shared on Day 4. This time I die cut a mask from Mat Stack... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at random reflections
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It's not often I post twice in one day, but in addition to the CASology challenge, today is the March Papertrey Blog hop. The Papertrey March Blog Hop challenge is high gloss, which leads one directly to Glossy Accents. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at random reflections
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Two weeks ago I was honored to win the CASology challenge: Roots. That alone was exciting, but even more exciting was an invitation to be the guest designer for this week's challenge: I had to think this one through since... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at random reflections
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Despite a couple of hours of playing around with new techniques, I only have one more card to share from the Online Card Class. But I'm thrilled to have figured out how to selectively emboss using an embossing folder, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at random reflections
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The Online Card Classes are among the best classes I take online. I always learn new techniques, have picked up some wonderful tips, bought some very useful tools, and gotten lots of inspiration from the instructors. This recent class was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at random reflections
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It’s the middle of March, and I’ve finally completed my Project Life pages for January. I’d think I was way behind, but I follow a couple of people who are still working on last fall’s pages, so I guess it’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at random reflections
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This weekend we made our annual trip with Karen and Mike to Niagara-on-the-Lake to purchase our tickets for the Shaw Festival in the fall. Yes, we could buy our tickets online, but about five years ago we decided to make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at random reflections
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Today is Tracy's birthday, and we had lots of fun celebrating tonight. I thought I'd share Tracy's birthday card first since I'm linking it to the new (and timely) Addicted to CAS challenge: Lucky! It's another inlaid die with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at random reflections
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I'm back with another card created with my gelatos and some watercolor paper. And another entry to Virginia' Water Color Challenge which closes today. This time I die cut the sentiment from the watercolor background. I used the "Wonderful Words:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at random reflections
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The use of watercolor for card backgrounds has been really hot for several weeks now. I finally sat down on Friday night with some watercolor paper and played around. After seeing a video today by Julie Ebersole, I would do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at random reflections
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It's been awhile since I've had the chance to play around with some of the many card challenges. One of my favorites is Retro Sketch, and every week I think I'll find time to get a card done. Tonight I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at random reflections
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March is typically a very fickle month, weather-wise, in western New York, and this year is no exception. On Tuesday it was near 60°, and we were finally able to get a nice long walk outside. Yesterday this is what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at random reflections
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One of my dearest friends passed away late last week. She was just 58 years old, and lost a two-year battle with a brain tumor. Although she and her husband had lived here for over 20 years, her funeral and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at random reflections
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Abi at Creating Dreams has been hosting a monthly meme for a while, challenging you to find a photo and tell about it in twenty words. I loved this photo of Skylar from Matt's birthday and thought I'd play along... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at random reflections