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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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Last night our interfaith book group had a special guest who shared a wealth of knowledge with us. I wanted to write her a thank you note, and pulled out a new Altenew set I just purchased during a sale... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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The Library Challenge is an interesting one. The challenge is based on a book cover, and you can use the cover art, the title, or the story as your inspiration. In this case, I'm using the title. Not long ago... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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Yesterday we celebrated my mother-in-law's upcoming 90th birthday with a party for about 75. She knew about the party, but had no idea how many family members and friends would show up for it. Tracy's sister was the mastermind and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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It's been a few weeks since I joined in with Mary-Lou's Take Three Thursday meme. Last night we attended the George Eastman Museum's "Garden Vibes" concert on the lawn of the mansion and I thought I'd share three photos from... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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Yesterday I had time to play around for awhile with watercolors. Although I've been following the CAS Watercolor Challenge for some time, I don't often have a chance to play. The current challenge is "Something Blue." Here's my card: Once... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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There were two anniversaries in May to celebrate: my brother-in-law and sister-in-law celebrated their 40th anniversary and Sarah and Adam celebrated their 13th anniversary. I made both couples the same card--a near total CASE of this card. As soon as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at random reflections
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Father's Day was celebrated here yesterday. This post was ready to go, but after celebrating with Matt and Betsy at her dad's and a long Face Time call with Sarah and her family, we got busy and it just didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at random reflections
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It's late in the day, but I'm still on time for the first link-up for Mary-Lou's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt. We've been away nearly every day this week at a cottage on Honeoye Lake with Tracy's family. Many of them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at random reflections
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I have a birthday card to link up with two challenges. The first is a new challenge to me called The Library Challenge. Being an avid reader, I'm intrigued by this challenge which uses books as the inspiration. There are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at random reflections
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One night when Caleb had karate lessons, Sarah asked Hannah if she'd like to go to the lighthouse to collect some rocks. She had her sweatshirt on in no time. It was a perfect opportunity for me to get another... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at random reflections
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Although I have a ways to go to perfect this technique, I finally gave no-line watercoloring a try. I used Ink on 3 for the stamping, and I was pleased with the way it worked. I used my MISTI to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at random reflections
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On Sunday afternoon, I served as a "House Host" for the local Landmark Society's House and Garden tour. The morning was rainy and dark, but by the middle of the afternoon it cleared up, and we were really busy. Over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at random reflections
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The new challenge at AAA Birthday is up: Use Watercolors. I still had an image from Simon Says "Mandy's Flowers" lying on my desk that I watercolored with Altenew's 36 pan watercolors when we were visiting Sarah. I used Reverse... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at random reflections
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The weather was basically dismal when we were in Wisconsin---lots of rain and very cool temperatures. The high one day was 48°. On the one bright, sunny day with warmer temps, Tracy and I decided to take a walk along... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at random reflections
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The current challenge at Time Out is inspiration from a photograph: I was inspired by the bright flowers and created a CAS card with two pretty flowers from Altenew's "Adore" stamp set. I started with a white card base, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at random reflections
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I could share a lot more photos from the yard this week, but here are three of my favorites. We've spent a long time in the yard this week, getting ready for summer. We got home just in time to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at random reflections
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On our way to Wisconsin this month, we made a side trip to Holland, MI to see the tulips. They've hosted an annual tulip festival since 1929 after purchasing 100,000 bulbs the previous year. Now each September close to 1,000,000... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at random reflections
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It's Memorial Day in the U.S. and time to pause and be grateful to the many, many service men and women who gave their lives for the cause of freedom and democracy. Let us hope that their sacrifice was not... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at random reflections
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It's taken several days to get back on track after having been away for ten days. We had a great visit with Sarah and her family, and two good road trips, including some opportunities for photography--photo walk posts to come.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at random reflections
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I love white on white cards, but I have to say trying to photograph them on a dark, rainy day is not an easy task. I had limited time as well as I had a busy schedule, and we're packing... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at random reflections
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Time Out Challenges has a new challenge up, and I have a card to enter created with a fabulous die from Pinkfresh Studio. The challenge is based on a quote by Theodore Roosevelt. Given the topic, I chose two gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at random reflections
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Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the United States. We've already started celebrating. Last night, Matt, Betsy, and the girls were here for dinner, and we celebrated Mother's Day as well as my upcoming birthday since we'll be on the road... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at random reflections
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We have a variety of bird feeders in our front yard, and enjoy watching the birds from our kitchen table. This week we've had three pleasant surprises. The first was the return of the yellow finches. I love the little... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at random reflections
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It's not often that I'm under pressure to get a birthday card made. I keep a calendar of upcoming birthdays and try to be sure the card is made well ahead of time. Tonight, however, I discovered that the young... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at random reflections
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Popping in with two cards made with the same design and materials for the Seize the Birthday Challenge (no topping this time), the Simon Says 10th Birthday Party, and Addicted to CAS Challenge: Contrast. Pinkfresh Studio has become one of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at random reflections