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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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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 yesterday 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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Today is the Fourth of July, a celebration of all the good things that America is! Despite the multitude of serious problems in this country, we continue to be blessed in so many ways. I took this photo on Flag... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at random reflections
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Someone wondered how I was doing on the #100DayProject, and you probably noticed that there haven't been any weekly updates in over a month. Although I planned for our travel in May, and managed to keep up, June was just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at random reflections
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The current challenge at Seize the Birthday is "Anything Goes." Black and red is one of my favorite color combinations. As part of the #100DayProject, I pulled out a lot of stamps I hadn't used in awhile, and this poppy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at random reflections
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Tomorrow's the last day of June, and today is the first check-in for Patio Postcard's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt. The hunt runs from June 1 to the last day of summer. It took me awhile to get going, but I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at random reflections
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Sunday we spent a couple of hours at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. There are several things I will miss on the North Shore now that Sarah and Adam are moving to Wisconsin, and the Botanic Gardens are high on that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at random reflections
I am, indeed! It's a near perfect day here. And we had another one on Sunday in Chicago when we took the grandchildren to the Botanic Gardens. We've done some much needed clean-up in our garden here today. Feels good to be outside after spending all of yesterday in the car.
Perfect---your sunrise and sunset photos are always gorgeous.
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This week's challenge from Less is More is to use a bit from your "bits box." I have multiple envelopes filled with bits that didn't make it to a card when they were created. For this card, there were actually... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at random reflections
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I've gotten way behind in posting some of the cards I've made recently, so I thought I'd do a variation on Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday and share three thank you cards. All three cards feature florals and die cuts. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at random reflections
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It's Father's Day in the U.S. Lucky me, I have three terrific fathers to create cards for on this special day. I'm celebrating with just one of them this year--Tracy. Adam is in St. Louis at the Presbyterian General Assembly,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at random reflections
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It's been twelve days since I posted. It was an unintentional break, and I do have plenty to share from the #100DayProject, but not today. It was raining on the 5th, and I couldn't muster the enthusiasm to get out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at random reflections
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The monthly Papertrey Ink Blog Hop is one of my favorite card-making activities. It's probably because I have such a lovely collection of Papertrey products, so coming up with a design usually isn't too challenging. This month it was really... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at random reflections
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As soon as I watched Lizzie's Make It Monday video, I knew I had to try it. I left her a comment saying I knew I'd be doing a close case of her card, as the Botanical Bounty stamp set... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at random reflections
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Today marks the halfway point in the 100 Day Project---gotta say it went really fast. There were several prompts that arrived with the email this morning: What are you learning (about yourself or your process)? What's working? What isn't? What... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at random reflections
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My great nephew and great niece have back-to-back birthdays this coming week. I think it's so interesting that my niece has two children whose birthdays are one day after the other, and my daughter's children share the same birthday. I... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at random reflections
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I'm joining Mary-Lou this week for her meme, Take Three Thursday. This week I had several options, but decided to share three photos from the Lilac Festival. It's in the middle of it's 10 run, and we walked over last... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at random reflections
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First off, a card for the Color Throwdown Challenge. I'm really getting this in under the wire. I made the card last night, but haven't had time to write a post until now. The challenge closes in a hour! Talk... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at random reflections
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It's down to the last few days, but I finally have a card for The Card Concept Challenge---Bold Flower. And since the stamped images are from Concord and 9th, a entry into this month's challenge: "Floral" at Where Creativity Meets... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at random reflections
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Keeping up with the #100DayProject has been more challenging this week since most of the week we've been at Sarah's. She has accepted a new position which means another move, this time to Wisconsin. We're here helping to get organized,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at random reflections
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Mother's Day in the U.S. is just one week from today. Typically, I would save my Mother's Day card to share on the actual date, but since it was inspired by the Freshly Made Challenge, and the challenge ends tomorrow,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at random reflections