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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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Recently the town of Brighton, where we live, opened a new nature park and trail. Round trip, it's about 1.75 miles, just the right length for a short and pleasant walk. I've walked it several times already, and have enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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Papertrey Ink hosted a Stamp-a-Faire on Saturday. There were nine different challenges with video tutorials. I've watched all the videos, and they were all wonderful, but time constraints limited me to participating in just three of them. I picked the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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It's the 25th of the month and the day for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge. No surprise, I'm still working on the Stamp-a-Faire projects, and hope I'll be back later with another post before the galleries close tomorrow morning.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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Today is the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-Faire. Because we'll be going to the lake soon, I won't get to participate in the challenges as they appear, but hope to play along tomorrow. Last night they opened up a gallery so you... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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Tracy's family rents a cottage each summer on one of the Finger Lakes. This year it's on Honeoye Lake, and luckily, a week for the full moon. Here are four shots taken on two different nights, checking off #13 on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at random reflections
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As soon as I saw this sketch from CAS)E) this Sketch, I knew I wanted to use a new piece of patterned paper I picked up over the weekend in Buffalo. I bought it to use with some summer layouts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at random reflections
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On my creative calendar was to try another technique from the Online Card Class, Heat Wave. Kristina Werner created a card that combined stamping some images with colored inks and embossing others. I ended up using three different stamp sets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at random reflections
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It's been a few weeks since I could truly say I'd done something new over the weekend. But this weekend, friends of ours met us in Buffalo, NY to visit and tour the Darwin Martin House, one of Frank Lloyd... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at random reflections
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Day 2 of the Online Card Class focused on heat embossing techniques. Who knew you could emboss with a Quickie Glue pen? Not I, but I decided to give it a try. I stamped the image from Penny Black's "Blooming... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at random reflections
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We spent more time with our grandchildren last week than we usually do. Caleb's visit combined with the arrival of Madelyn meant we had lots and lots of time together. They played in Matt and Betsy's wonderful yard, went to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at random reflections
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The Online Card Classes are among my favorites, and I'm currently enrolled in "Heat Wave," a class on embossing. The first day was lots of quick tips for embossing with different inks, embossing powders, and different kinds of cardstock. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at random reflections
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Last month, I missed the linky for Sandi's monthly meme: 5 in 5: five photos shot within a five minute time frame. Kindly, Sandi linked me up after the fact, but I was determined to be more timely this month.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at random reflections
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Matt and Betsy welcomed little girl #3 this morning. Madelyn Tyler weighed in at 7#13oz. Everyone is doing great. Here are some unedited iPhone photos, and then I'm off to make dinner for the other two little girls, their dad,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at random reflections
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Yesterday was my mother-in-law's 87th birthday, and we celebrated with a family picnic at our house. I thought I'd share four photos from the party for this week's SNAP---a photography meme of 3-4 related photos hosted every week by Helena.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at random reflections
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It's been awhile since I used a sketch to inspire a card, but the current challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch intrigued me. I didn't start out with a plan to use a die cut for the wreath, but that's where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at random reflections
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It's been almost four months since I completed a Project Life page. When I started back at it again this week, I was happily surprised to fall right back into the pleasure of reliving our lives through documenting them. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at random reflections
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Today is the first day for links to Rinda's 2016 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. It's a favorite summer activity for me, and usually by this time, I have quite a few of the items checked off. Not so much this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at random reflections
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HIbiscus is one of my favorite plants. I'm always so envious in the south where folks have large bushes filled with these glorious flowers. Waterlogue did a lovely job of capturing them.
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I think strawberries might be my favorite fruit, at least when they're fresh from the farm market. Years ago we used to pick our own, but the local farm stand has fresh strawberries from their fields every day, so I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at random reflections
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We've spent a lot of time in the yard and on the patio the last few days. Tracy's done a lot of transplanting, and clearing out in our overgrown shade garden, and it's looking really nice. I'm the mulcher, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at random reflections
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I have two bins of 6X6 paper pads, and I do use them for both card making and scrapbooking (although it's been far too long since I've worked on Project Life), but they aren't my go-to supply like they used... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at random reflections
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Once a month during the summer, the Eastman Museum hosts a concert in their beautiful gardens. Last Wednesday was the first one. The group was from Louisiana playing cajun tunes, so it was a lively event. In the first photo,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at random reflections
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This week's challenge at CASology is perfectly timed for high school graduations. Today is the graduation ceremony for Brighton High School (our local school), and I needed to make a card for one of the graduates. Brighton's colors are navy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at random reflections
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It's Father's Day, and I made cards for three of the "very best" dads I know: my husband, my son, and my son-in-law. All three of them spend as much time with their kids as they can, have great relationships... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at random reflections
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Helena set up a wonderful meme for this year: three or four related photos. I'm really enjoying participating each week, and usually have several photos from the previous week to link together. There were no particular photographic events last week,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at random reflections