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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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It's February 14th and Valentine's Day. Little did I know I'd be celebrating in Casablanca, Morocco this year! It's our last night here; we'll be heading back to Chicago tomorrow morning. I made sure to have all the valentines made... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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Masculine cards are often the hardest to come up with, and get well cards seem especially challenging. A good friend fell a few weeks ago, and had to have major surgery to one of his legs. The recovery is going... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at random reflections
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Awhile ago, a good friend loaned me her "Butterfly Hope" stamp set by Papertrey Ink. While I had it, and stamped a variety of butterflies and put them aside for a time when I needed a quick card. That time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at random reflections
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Two of my best friends had January birthdays, and I created very similar cards for them. The beautiful stamp is Altenew's "Arabesque Medallion" stamp. Actually this is just half the stamp! I embossed it in gold, and then used Zig... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at random reflections
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Greetings from Fez, Morocco! We’re here for a two week tour. Today was our third day here, and we spent the morning at Volubilis, the largest of the Romans’ 17 colonies established in Morocco between the first century BCE and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at random reflections
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Recently I posted a card for the CASe This Sketch challenge made with Simon Says February card kit. I made two other cards, both of which I sent across the pond. I know they've been delivered so I thought I'd... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at random reflections
Missed the moon, but am regularly a morning reader---usually 1-2 hours depending on how good the book(s) are! I started the habit at the beginning of 2016, and it has made a huge difference in the amount I read. Now I want to take some of that time, and devote it to journaling. Soon.
I'm always glad to see an update on Elias and Dolly! That photo is a keeper for sure.
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The February Simon Says Card kit arrived on Thursday. Thanks to the fourth cancellation of a volunteer commitment in one week, I had time to play again. By bedtime, I had created three cards. I’m waiting until today to post... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at random reflections
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I'm back with a card for another challenge---this time The Card Concept: Rustic Blooms. These beautiful pink flowers reminded me of the Simon Says "Floral Bliss" bouquet I used not long ago. This time I watercolored the whole image in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at random reflections
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The current challenge at Time Out uses this quote: It's one of my favorite quotes, and the perfect inspiration for a birthday card I needed to make for one of my favorite young ladies who will soon be 16. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at random reflections
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Very unusual, but this is the second post of the day because today is the monthly blog hop hosted by Papertrey Ink. I wasn't sure I'd find the time to participate, but then a meeting I had yesterday had to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at random reflections
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I'm joining in again with Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday meme: In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday. The idea is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at random reflections
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I needed two cards---one for a young lady (18) who had just had a heart transplant (very successful, thankfully) and another for a winter birthday. I thought I'd pull out a new die (MFT's "Solid Birch Trees") and a new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at random reflections
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The Flower Challenge is new to me, and so is the current challenge: spotlight stamping where you selectively color just part of an image. I needed an encouragement card, and thought this would be a good time to try it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at random reflections
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I've had more than the usual amount of time to create this weekend. The photos at the end of the post will explain it pretty well. Along with some birthday cards and Valentines which I can't post for awhile, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at random reflections
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Unexpectedly, I'm joining in with Mary-Lou this week for her Take Three Thursdays. Here's Mary-Lou's explanation of her weekly meme: In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at random reflections
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It takes me a long time to think about and choose a word to accompany me during the new year. This year, my word “appeared” in November and the more I thought and wrote about it, the more it seemed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at random reflections
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It’s always interesting to look back at the intentions I set at the beginning of a year, and reflect on how I did with them. Last year’s word(s) was “Choose Joy” with the emphasis on gratitude. I’ll have more to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at random reflections
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As always, we packed up right after Christmas and headed to Chicago. After Erie, PA received nearly 60 inches of snow, we decided to take the route through Canada. We had generally clear roads, and sunny skies for most of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at random reflections
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Between the holidays and traveling, my blogging took a rather unexpected hiatus. It wasn’t intentional, but I have a few events to record here after the fact. Because the Christmas in Chicago also included two birthdays, I’ll save that for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at random reflections
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Last night I thought I'd type up this post using some photos we took at the Albright-Knox Museum last month, and then realized that they were not taken within five minutes. When I woke up this morning, I immediately saw... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at random reflections
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I'm excited to be the guest of Michelle Leon for the first Fusion Card Challenge of 2018: Mail Call. The inspiration piece at Fusion always has two parts: a photograph and a sketch. You can opt to use one or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at random reflections
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This is the first time I've sat at my desk for the last four days. They've been busy, busy, busy, but not hectic. I did have a chance before all this holiday activity to make a few cards for my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Mary-Lou today with her Take Three Thursday meme at Patio Postcards. Every week I intend to join in, and so frequently it just doesn't happen. If she continues it next year, I'm hoping to be more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at random reflections