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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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A quick post to enter a card in the current Less is More challenge: Black & White & Plus One. Anyone who's followed my blog for awhile knows one of my favorite color combinations is black, white, and red. And... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at random reflections
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It's a dark and cold Monday morning here, but the fall chill we've had for the last three days isn't supposed to last long. We had a lovely weekend, but I have no photos to show for it. I do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at random reflections
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There are three gift shops in small towns east of Rochester that I visit at the change of each season. Today was the Fall Open House for two of the shops, so having a free morning, I took a little... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at random reflections
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Well, actually, Caleb attended full-day kindergarten last year, but today marked the first day of first grade and his very first school bus ride. For both pre-school and kindergarten he could walk to school. It's a new town as well,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at random reflections
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It's the last day of August, and in some ways it still feels like the end of summer which it surely was all the years I taught! Officially, we still have a few weeks before the end of the Summer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at random reflections
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Back again with another project from Altenew's "Watercolor and Beyond" class. This has been such an easy class to keep up with. Jennifer's video's are short and to the point, but with enough detail to easily understand the concept she's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at random reflections
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The next lesson in Altenew's watercolor class was on using watercolors as ink. It's important in this technique to use concentrated amounts of watercolor which you apply directly to the stamp, and then lightly spritz the stamp with water before... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at random reflections
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On a whim, I enrolled in Altenew's "Watercolor Basics and Beyond" class this week. It's designed to showcase Altenew's new set of 36 watercolors which look lovely, but I don't own them (yet). It doesn't matter, as I'm already enjoying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at random reflections
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A quick post at the end of Thursday to join Mary-Lou in her Take Three Thursday meme. I commented to Maggie the other day that the flowers in my cutting garden are nearing the end of their bloom. Not so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at random reflections
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We've had a special trip on our calendar for a long time, and we were afraid Tracy's illness was going to keep us from it, but over the last week he made steady improvement, and now seems to be almost... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at random reflections
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Sarah and Adam as well as two sets of friends celebrated anniversaries in the last several months. The cards went out on time, but were never posted. Like the Fence Line post a couple of days ago, these cards are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at random reflections
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A generous friend gave me a gift certificate to Papertrey Ink for my birthday. I saved it for something special, something I wouldn't ordinarily order. When I saw the Fence Line: Summer stamps and die sets I knew I'd found... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at random reflections
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Recently I posted a card for a sailor who is about to turn 60. His avocation prompted the theme of the card, and it was one of the easier cards I've made for a man recently. Usually I struggle with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at random reflections
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The fifth of the month always takes me by surprise, and although Sandie gives us to the 25th to post our five photos taken in five minutes, I think it's fun if I manage to do it on the 5th... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at random reflections
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I have a bright and sunny card for two challenges today. It was first inspired by the CASology Challenge: Sunbeam, and then by the code word at AAA Cards: Friendship. Hopefully the sunbeam won't disqualify the card for lack of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Mary-Lou with a Monday update. My blogging has certainly been erratic this summer, and when I look back at our schedules I can see why. I thought by the end of July things would calm down,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at random reflections
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I have two cards to share today and both were created for current challenges. The first card is for three separate challenges: Freshly Made Sketches, Addicted to CAS, and Seize the Birthday. Here's the sketch: The challenge at Addicted to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at random reflections
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A quick post to share a card for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge. I had a lot of time today in the craft room and took the opportunity to play. As it often happens, a fair amount ended up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at random reflections
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July flew by just as quickly as June. Although I have two short trips planned for August, we'll be home more than we're away which is a first for the summer. I'm looking forward to getting back to the craft... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at random reflections
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The current challenge at Seize the Birthday is Stripes. To create the stripes for this card, I die cut the My Favorite Things "Striped Sentiment Strip Cover" from PTI's True Black cardstock. I adhered it to a white card, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at random reflections
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It's still Thursday, but late. Sarah, Adam, Caleb, and Hannah are here for a week so it's been busy. Yesterday we had a lovely break in the heat, and headed out for a couple of hours to Springdale Farm. Springdale... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at random reflections
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Typically, I do a separate post for each challenge, although I notice many submit to several challenges at once. I finally had time to sit down and play for awhile yesterday. I started out playing with a new-to-me set from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at random reflections
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I always enjoy the challenge of Sandie's Five in Five meme, and this month represents five years of her meme. I've only known about it for the last two or three, but I do try to participate whenever I can.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at random reflections
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I love the look of vintage linens so was drawn to this challenge at Inspired By . . . The photo reminded me of one of Papertrey Ink's premade card fronts. I don't often make use of them unless I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at random reflections
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I didn't anticipate having a Take Three Thursday post, but unexpectedly I do have three photos to share. I'm joining in with Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards where she holds a weekly meme, posting three related photos. She started the meme... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at random reflections