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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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I'm back with tags for Days 7-11 for Tracey McNeeleys "25 Days of Christmas Tags." Going out of town definitely got me behind, but I managed to catch up over the weekend, before falling behind again this week due to... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at random reflections
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Joining in with Mary-Lou a day late. We had a busy week last week, but yesterday was even busier so although I got some photos ready for a blog post, there wasn't an extra minute to write the post! The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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Heavy winds knocked lots of leaves off the trees here earlier this week. Today is another breezy, cold day, but the snow we had yesterday has all disappeared and the sun is out. We spent two nights in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at random reflections
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I'm back again this week to participate in Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday where she encourages us to be mindful of what we see each week. It's hard to miss these beauties. Our "Christmas" cacti are in full bloom. Although the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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Every year I make tags for the family gift exchange at Christmas. I'm never quite sure how many I'll need, but I am sure it will be less than 25. Nonetheless, I'll have no trouble using any additional tags for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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I have a second entry to the current Seize the Birthday challenge. For this challenge, you can create any birthday card, but each challenge has a "topping" with a specific theme. The current one is "foliage." I borrowed a Papertrey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at random reflections
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Using the list provided by Louise Gale, I completed a month of daily drawings in ink. I ended up watercoloring almost all of them; two were colored with markers. I wouldn't choose to do that again. It gave me an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at random reflections
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Days that have been good for a walk outside have been few and far between the last week. But Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday meme encourages me to pay better attention when I do get out for a walk. One day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at random reflections
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Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays, but I do enjoy crafting for my grandchildren. I posted their Halloween card here, but made some treat boxes for the little girls who live in town, and shipped a package... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at random reflections
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My niece's birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make a fall birthday card to enter into two challenges: Seize the Birthday: Foliage, and the Fusion Card Challenge. The Fusion Challenge is a sketch/photo challenge. This time my inspiration... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at random reflections
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I lost track of time, and needed an anniversary card ASAP. Sometimes I see a card on a blog, and it prompts me to buy the stamp set. That happened last month when I saw this card by Yana Smakula... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at random reflections
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Halloween is less than a week away. I have yet to do much decorating, (not a pumpkin in sight,) but on one of my walks this week, I spotted some cute Halloween decorations in the neighborhood. This string of bright... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at random reflections
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It's the 25th of the month, so it must be the monthly Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, one of my favorite challenges. This month's inspiration piece features a chalkboard sign, pumpkins, and gourds among other fall motifs. The main focus is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at random reflections
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I'm so pleased and honored to be asked to be the guest designer for this week's CASology challenge! Here's the cue card: Once my grandchildren were old enough to appreciate getting a card in the mail, I began to accumulate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at random reflections
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Once again I'm late to the party! I missed a couple of opportunities so this week on a walk down a city street, I challenged myself to take five photos in five minutes. It's not a block with much beauty--a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at random reflections
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We're more than halfway through October, and despite the travel and busy calendar, I've managed to keep up with my Inktober project. I haven't shared any of the cards I'm making with the list of prompts from Louise Gale, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at random reflections
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I certainly didn't anticipate that it would take me two weeks to get back to the blog after our trip to Michigan and Wisconsin. We had a lovely road trip and a wonderful stay with Sarah and her family. As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at random reflections
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I have a quick and easy card for this week's CASology Challenge on Gratitude. I like to have small thank you notes on hand to send out whenever the occasion warrants. I love the 4-bar cards made by Paper Source... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at random reflections
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I decided to participate in Inktober--an online challenge to draw an image in ink each day of October. Although the official Inktober site provides prompts for each day, I am using Louise Gale's prompts. I purchased her book, Botanical Mandalas,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at random reflections
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Today is the last day of September, and the end of the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt. At the end of August, I had just two items left to find: #9 Looks Smaller Than You, and #13 Equal Portions. I found... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at random reflections
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Today's the 25th and time for the September Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. Right before we left, I managed to find time to make two fall birthday cards based on this gorgeous inspiration photo. I wasn't sure I'd have time to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at random reflections
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It's been a crazy week. I had at least three blog posts planned, but didn't end up with time to write any of them. This is being written at the last minute as we pack up for a short road... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at random reflections
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A quick post to enter a card in the current Less is More challenge: Black & White & Plus One. Anyone who's followed my blog for awhile knows one of my favorite color combinations is black, white, and red. And... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at random reflections
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It's a dark and cold Monday morning here, but the fall chill we've had for the last three days isn't supposed to last long. We had a lovely weekend, but I have no photos to show for it. I do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at random reflections
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There are three gift shops in small towns east of Rochester that I visit at the change of each season. Today was the Fall Open House for two of the shops, so having a free morning, I took a little... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at random reflections