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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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One more challenge before we head off for the long weekend. This week's challenge at Less is More is Watercolour, and I'm always happy to pull out some paints. This card was inspired by this pin that I pinned to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at random reflections
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It's the last day of the NBUS Challenge over at Darnell's, so I pulled out two new items in my stash: the October Simon Says Card Kit and a stamp set from Clearly Gina K. The stamp set includes a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at random reflections
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I have another entry into the NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff) Challenge hosted by Darnell. In my last PTI order I received a new stamp set called "Hey, Stacks." It's a great set with lots of options for sentiments and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at random reflections
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Sho I've missed the first eight days of the NBUS Challenge, but I'll have entries for the last few days, I'm sure. NBUS stands for "Never Before Used Stuff," and I have plenty of that. Today is my sister-in-law's birthday,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at random reflections
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As soon as I saw this month inspiration for the Papertrey September Ink Blog Hop, I knew I wanted to participate. I love the colors and the way they pop against the black background. Although it's certainly not necessary to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at random reflections
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It's been another busy week and one filled with celebrations. Skylar turned six on Thursday, and the family gathered for dinner and cake at Matt and Betsy's. I love this photo of Skylar and Ella right before Skylar blew out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at random reflections
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The days are flying by, and blogging seems to be at the bottom of the "to do" list; not intentionally, but by the time the day ends there's not much creative energy left for a blog post. I did get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at random reflections
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It's very warm and muggy here today. The effects of Irma seem to be much warmer weather and a higher level of humidity. A small price to pay given the destruction she reeked on Florida and some of the southern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at random reflections
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Those hats are simply adorable! I'll be curious to know what you think of Rubin's new book. I loved her first one, didn't much care for the second one (Happiness at Home), and enjoyed and profited from Better Than Before. I'm wondering if The Four Tendencies will be rehashing some of the material on habits. My "to read" list is so long I won't get to it any time soon.
I love Nordstrom's but haven't ever heard of this. Unlike some, I do love to shop, but this might be the answer for my daughter who will do almost anything to avoid going into a store. I'm proceeding with purging on almost a daily basis; a little here and there is adding up to quite a lot in the end. Very satisfying!
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2017 on lessons from this day... at Morning Glory Studio
The mini-market kit exceeds my expectations; love it!!! And the Favorite Things set--another must-have!
No backpack purses, but I have a great backpack that I use when I fly. It holds more than my tote bag which I prefer for car trips, and I have my hands free for pulling the luggage along. After hiking in the Canadian Rockies, Tracy bought me a better backpack, but we've not done much hiking since. It was terrific when we flew to New Orleans though.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2017 on kindergarten and beyond... at Morning Glory Studio
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It's been awhile since I posted a Monday Memo, but I did have some great mail this week, so I thought I'd do a quick recap of our weekend which was a particularly busy one. Friday night we attended a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at random reflections
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This week's Color Throw Down Challenge is my favorite color combination: red, black, and white. I have a quick anniversary card to share, and may be back before the challenge ends with another card. One of my favorite paper packs... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at random reflections
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It’s Labor Day, and the start of the school year tomorrow for most students in Rochester. Caleb started kindergarten in Illinois two weeks ago. September has always seemed like a second restart to me. I’ve been living with my One... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at random reflections
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A friend and I were talking about our process when working with a new stamp set. I don’t vary the process much. I think about what card I need, who the card is for, and then try to design it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at random reflections
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When I took on the #100DayProject I knew it would be hard for me to commit to doing a sketch every day for 100 days. I also allowed myself some slack so if I missed a day, it would be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at random reflections
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I don't remember the last time I took a two week break from blogging. This one was unintended and it's the result of just having too many things on the calendar. We're definitely enjoying the end of summer weather with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at random reflections
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A quick post to enter a couple of cards in this week's CASology challenge: Juicy. One of my go-to kits for quick cards is the Papertrey Ink: Still Life-Summer kit. When I saw this challenge, and needed a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at random reflections
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It's time for an update on the scavenger hunt being hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards. I found 11 of the 25 items in June and I was certain I'd find most of the remaining items on the list while... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at random reflections
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Today is our 44th anniversary, and my card says it all. Wonderful husband, best friend, fabulous traveling companion, amazing dad and grandfather--Tracy is the best! As soon as I saw this amazing "Mountain Majesty" cover plate released this month at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at random reflections
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It's CASology's fifth birthday, and they're having a party! You can find the blog hop right here. The word for the week is "balloon." It was the perfect opportunity to get a birthday card ready for an upcoming birthday, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at random reflections
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I've been so busy recently, that I didn't even realize it was the 25th of July until I got on the computer this morning. Luckily, I had time before I set off on errands and to the refugee center to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at random reflections
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When I need a card in a hurry, I often turn to the Papertrey Ink Mini-Market kits. They're typically a great value, including patterned papers, stencils, die cuts, and stamps. Thanks to a lovely gift certificate Sarah gave me for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards for Take Three Thursday. The three photos were all taken today, which started very early. A friend and I spent the night at her family's cottage on Owasco Lake. Our alarms went... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at random reflections