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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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Skylar will turn three years old on Sunday. They're planning a party at home, and I'm sure to be back with photos then. I wanted to post her card today since the challenge for patterned paper at Virginia's View ends... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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Tracy and I spent a lovely weekend (Saturday-Monday) in the Adirondacks with our good friends, Bob and Cathy. Tracy and Bob traditionally do a two-night packback hiking trip to one or more of the 46 High Peaks. This year, however,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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The cupcake card making continued for the better part of a morning, and here are two more. The first one is based on the current Retrosketch challenge. And it's another entry to Virginia's View Patterned Paper challenge. On our way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at random reflections
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I'm combining two favorite memes: Abi's One Photo & Twenty Words, and Helena's Zoom In, Zoom Out. They knew it would be a big project, but they didn’t realize quite how many parts this swing set had! And now, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at random reflections
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I recently purchased a couple new stamp sets that featured cupcakes. Once I got going on the cards, I ended up pulling out some old cupcake and sentiment stamps and dies as well. The first two cards for today are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at random reflections
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April, you say? That was awhile ago. Indeed it was, but it's been pretty easy to create the Project Life spreads thanks to my daily journal and a well-organized set of photos in Lightroom. I keep reading that one is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at random reflections
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It's Stamptember at Simon Says Stamps, where they celebrate stamping all month long, starting with a huge release of new stamps, dies, and stencils. As part of that celebration, the Wednesday Challenge is "Stamping." There's nothing but stamping on this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at random reflections
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Friday we spent the day on Owasco Lake. It's one of the smaller Finger Lakes, closer to Syracuse than Rochester. Our friends had rented a cottage there for a month, and we finally managed to get down there right at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at random reflections
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One of my very good friends is an avid (and very fast) reader. She easily averages more books a week than I do in a month, so the September Simon Says Card Kit was a perfect match for her birthday... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at random reflections
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At the end of July, I had just six items left for Rinda's Summer Scavenger Hunt. I was uncertain whether I would find all the rest or not, but indeed, I have. #4 A group of tourists entering the Strong... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at random reflections
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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 Aug 28, 2014 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 Aug 27, 2014 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 Aug 25, 2014 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 Aug 22, 2014 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 Aug 21, 2014 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