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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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A quick and CAS birthday card for one of our male friends. It was quick because the foiled background, Spellbinders' Skinny Stripes Background, was in my stash, and the gold foiled sentiment was one of Pinkfresh Studio's Foiled Sentiments 3.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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The new Color Hues Challenge is live. It took me awhile to come up with an idea for this color combo chosen by Jules: The obvious choice was florals, but I really wanted to stretch myself to come up with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at random reflections
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I still have two puppy cards to share, but I'm not sure whether one of my great nephews was a dog lover or not so I pulled out an old favorite from Neat and Tangled--Later Alligator--and came up with this... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2024 at random reflections
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I don't seem to tire of Spellbinder's Fresh Cut Buttercups. Here's another very CAS card: This time I die cut them from yellow cardstock with a touch of darker yellow ink blending in the center and an orange ink blended... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2024 at random reflections
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I have two birthdays in May for young kids, both of whom are dog fans. Two challenges are looking for animal related (or specifically dogs): Time Out with a great inspiration photo (see below,) and The Paper Players: Animal Antics.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2024 at random reflections
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Julie has a wonderful Spring color combination for our next Color Hues Challenge: We live just two blocks from Rochester's Highland Park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, and planted with over 700 varieties of lilacs. The annual Lilac Festival begins... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2024 at random reflections
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I've always been a fan of bright colors on a dark background, so that's where I started with these two cards. Both use Spellbinders Fresh Picked Buttercups. I die cut these buttercups with Concord and 9th's Buttercup cardstock (a perfect... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2024 at random reflections
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Having been away for a week, April has disappeared more quickly than usual, and here we are at the last Wednesday. It's time for Woodblock Wednesday. This month I chose to CASE a card I made in a class over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2024 at random reflections
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Before we left on vacation, I die cut quite a few buttercups from Spellbinders Fresh Cut Buttercups. I've been entranced by the series of Fresh Cut flowers Spellbinders has introduced, and the designs that cover the card completely have been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2024 at random reflections
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It's mid-April and time for a new Color Hues Challenge. Hannelie has chosen Yellow and Pink for this challenge. I was determined to create something a bit out of my comfort zone. The first card I created was just OK.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2024 at random reflections
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There is a pile of partially-finished projects on my desk, but I did complete one made specifically for a few challenges: Seize the Birthday-Spring Florals, Stencil Fun-Spring/Flowers, and Colorful Options-Pastels. The challenges offered me an opportunity to use a NBUS... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2024 at random reflections
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Odysseys' Tanzania Adventure tour was accurately titled. It met every one of our expectations and then some. There was additional "excitement" for me because my passport disappeared the very night we arrived. It's a long story, but we do know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at random reflections
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Peach and Green are the new colors for the April 1st Challenge at Color Hues. Cindy has chosen the duo, and I had a lot of fun with it. Rather impulsively I ordered the February Clear Stamp and Die of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2024 at random reflections
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It's the last Wednesday in March so it's also Woodblock Wednesday, kindly hosted each month by Amy Tsurtua. It's still going to be awhile before butterflies appear here. Today's another mild day, but the temps go down again tomorrow. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2024 at random reflections
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Just Us Girls and Time Out (two of my fave challenges) have joined together. "Birds" is the theme and I knew I had a great stamp set, Pure Joy, from Pinkfresh Studio that would fit the bill. Since it was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2024 at random reflections
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Carol has chosen Cream and Blue for the next Color Hues Challenge. I started out with one idea in mind and ink blended a group of white diecut flowers from My Favorite Things, Bold Blossoms, using two sets of Pinkfresh... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2024 at random reflections
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After seeing a couple of cards created with Papertrey Ink's Into the Bloom: Clover, I thought it would make a great birthday card for Tracy, whose birthday is on St. Patrick's Day. At the time, it was out of stock... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at random reflections
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I rarely have a card with so much bling and sparkle, but I couldn't resist using this reverse foiled panel to create a bold and bright birthday card. I had a free morning last week, and pulled out my foiling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2024 at random reflections
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The Flower Challenge is looking for a square card. When my Seagrass Basket from the Greetery arrived this week, I decided to put it to use right away. I already had an envelope filled with die cut and assembled flowers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2024 at random reflections
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Quite some time ago, I was looking through an envelope with already die cut flowers, and came across the three on this card. When it came to arranging them I tried all kinds of things, finally gluing them down on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2024 at random reflections
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Tracey has chosen a beautiful color combination for the new Color Hues Challenge: Right away I knew I wanted to use my new Alex Syberia stencil, Modern Weave. It's a 6X6 stencil so I had two panels I could use... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2024 at random reflections
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It's hard to believe my youngest is now 41, but that's a fact! Tracy and I celebrated with Matt and Betsy on Saturday night at his favorite restaurant. Tonight we joined them for cake and opening presents. And a photo... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2024 at random reflections
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It's the last Wednesday in February (and our son's birthday!), so it's also Woodblock Wednesday hosted by Amy Tsuruta. I'm in need of thank you cards, so I decided to pull out a favorite woodblock stamp by Paper Parachute and,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2024 at random reflections
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I really do enjoy how a project evolves as you work on it. Yesterday I decided to start a little notebook for the 100 Day Project. I set a 30 minute timer when I begin, and when it ends, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2024 at random reflections
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Today is the first day of the 2024 #100DayProject. It's been a few years since I participated, but I had an urge to find a project this year. It took me awhile because I wanted the project to move me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2024 at random reflections