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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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On our way home from Chicago, we met our friends for our annual weekend in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a Shaw Festival show (this year a fabulous production of "Caberet,") and a visit to a few of our favorite wineries. It was... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at random reflections
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We had a great trip, but I'm glad to be home and settling into our usual routines. It was raining most of the time we were in Chicago, but we did manage to get an hour or so in at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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Autumn brings mixed feelings. I’m not a fan of the upcoming long, dreary winter, but I love the autumn splendor. I'm joining Abi's meme with a photo taken at the beautiful Pennisula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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We were on the road for four days, and arrrived at Sarah and Adam's last night. I have lots of glorious fall photos to share once we get home (a week from today), but I wanted to share these ZIZO... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at random reflections
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Yesterday was World Card Making Day, and I didn't have any time to sit down to create at all! This afternoon, however, I set aside some time to make four cards that I need to get in the mail this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at random reflections
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Skylar turned three a week ago, and Matt and Betsy hosted a party for friends and family at their new house. Here's Miss Skylar just before the company arrived. Tracy and Matt finished the swing set in plenty of time,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at random reflections
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I had another post planned for this week's Zoom In, Zoom Out, but I'm glad I didn't get it written. We've had a week of absolutely fabulous weather for late September, lows in the mid-50's and highs in the mid-70's.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at random reflections
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Although it's felt like fall for over a week now, I still have trouble believing summer is over! It's so hard for me to let go of the sunny, warm weather knowing a long, cold winter is in front of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at random reflections
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It's been the second crazed week in a row, filled with appointments and volunteer commitments, and almost no time at my desk. I'm managing to keep up with a daily sketching lesson, but that's been about it. I realized this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at random reflections
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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 Sep 18, 2014 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 Sep 17, 2014 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