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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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Tracy and I managed to get to the park late last week before the rains came. We expected to see forsythia . . . I'm not sure what kind of flowering bush this is. Highland Park is very good at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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I haven't spent much time at the crafting table this week, but I did get a few cards made for upcoming birthday for some little ones. In May, both my grand-nephews have birthdays. (And both are named Finn! One on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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There are many joys to having grandchildren, but having an excuse to create cards and goodies for the holidays is certainly one of them. I left the goodies for Caleb and Hannah with Sarah when we visited in March, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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A quick post to join Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards for her Take Three meme. A walk around our yard just now produced a few photos of signs of spring. We live in an old neighborhood with lots of trees so... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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On Monday morning, after attending workshops and plenary sessions on advocacy for three days, we were assigned times to meet with legislative aides for our senators and Congressmen. The New York delegation met with Kirsten Gillibrand's aide after a prayer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at random reflections
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I love this inspiration photo for the current Card Concept Challenge: Rather than poppies, I have some lovely peonies to offer. Once again, the lovely image from Papertrey Ink was watercolored with the Altenew 36 pan watercolor set. The sentiment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at random reflections
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Just a quick post to share the birthday card I made Adam who celebrates his birthday today! His parents are visiting them from Washington, so there's probably a bigger party than usual. The design of the card was inspired by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at random reflections
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Although I never saw the abundance of cherry trees that line the Basin in Washington, on our 30 minute walk on Saturday, I did discover a few along a walking path. The path ran beside the Potomac River. The Potomac... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at random reflections
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It will be a photo-heavy week or so on the blog. I just returned from Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. and although we had very little free time, I did get out to walk twice during the conference, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at random reflections
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I have another card for the spring flower challenges. Seize the Birthday's Optional Twist is Spring, and Simon Says Work it Wednesday's challenge is Spring Flowers. I've had a lot of fun imagining spring while making these cards. Hopefully, spring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at random reflections
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Today is the second birthday of a darling little girl, Eva. I had a lot of fun creating a card for her, using a couple NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff) products. One of them is new; the other I've had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at random reflections
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We woke up yesterday to Nature's idea of an April Fool's joke---two fresh inches of snow. I took a few photos in our yard in the morning. As I was driving home from volunteering later in the afternoon, I decided... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at random reflections
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This card took a bit more time than usual, but I did all the coloring and fussy cutting while watching the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament this weekend. I missed most of the two games my team (UConn) played as we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at random reflections
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Tomorrow marks the last day of March, and the end of Eileen's Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt. When I posted the first eleven photos, I wasn't sure I'd have time to find the rest, but rather quickly, I did. So here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at random reflections
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Butterflies seem to be on the mind of people choosing card challenges this week. I love butterflies and have several sets that would work for either of these challenges, but this is what I've come up with. First off, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at random reflections
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It warmed up yesterday afternoon, and we were out for a walk, but there aren't really any spring flowers to be seen. A few snowdrops peeking up, a few crocus, and not much else. I'd be more encouraged if there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at random reflections
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The Time Out Challenge is celebrating their 5th birthday. I'm late to the party, but just in time with a birthday card to celebrate. I'm sharing another card with a watercolored panel I worked on while we were away. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at random reflections
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While we were in Wisconsin, I watercolored some images for cards. As usual, the first few days after returning from a trip were very busy, but finally while I watched the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship games last night, I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at random reflections
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The weather forecasts are getting more encouraging which should mean that I can soon catch up with my photowalks. We chose the only warmer and sunny day while we were in Wisconsin to drive down to the North Shore and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at random reflections
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There's a gorgeous gallery of cards up on The Flower Challenge: Anything Goes. I have a second card to add to the gallery, another card created with my recent favorite: Pink Fresh Studio's "Fleur 1." After coloring the two floral... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at random reflections
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Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and Tracy’s birthday. We’ll be spending it at Sarah’s church, a lunch out afterwards to celebrate the birthday, back for chocolate cake and ice cream, and before dinner, heading home to Rochester. We’ll drive a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at random reflections
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Seize the Birthday has a new challenge up. They always offer a generic birthday option, but the topping this time is “Dots and Stripes.” I have a birthday card for a friend that I think meets the “dots” part of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at random reflections
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The current challenge at AAA Cards is more complicated than usual: I'm playing along with the One Plus Three, but not the optional twist. The one is a sentiment and the plus three must come from this pie chart: My... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at random reflections
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It took me a long time to get going with this, and I'm only half way done, but it's time to link up with Eileen's Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt. I have just a little over ten days to finish this.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at random reflections
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This week's challenge at The Flower Challenge is wide open---Anything Goes. I'm still playing with the Pink Fresh Studio "Fleur 1" set. This card only used one of the florals, and I quite like it. Clean and simple. I started... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at random reflections