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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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Today is June 5th, and time for Sandie's monthly challenge, 5 in5, to take five photos in five minutes. With that challenge in mind, I took a series of photos in Highland Park of the gorgeous peonies. Although we live... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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The Card Concept photo inspiration is bright and colorful. I had stamped all the flowers and the vase from Pinkfresh Studios Fleur 2 and decided to pull them out, color them with Copic markers, and arrange them in the vase... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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Stay-at-home restrictions continued so taking on the #100DayProject was a good decision. I’ve enjoyed the excuse to pull out one of my coloring materials to use every day. I have an unusual stockpile of cards and an envelope of colored... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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We live just a short walk from one of the nicest parks in the county. It's especially beautiful in the spring. During a normal year (which this is definitely not), there would have been a 10 day long Lilac Festival.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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The Monday Simon Says Challenge is Going Around in Circles. One of my projects for the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 was to create some watercolor washes. This one was done with Tombow markers which I never would... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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After rarely playing along with the Color Throwdown Challenge, I have a card for the second week in a row. When I saw the color combination, I knew I'd try to do something. Like last week, the combo spoke to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at random reflections
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I follow The Color Throw Down challenge and often intend to create a card for it, but it rarely happens. By the time the challenge shows up in my Feedly account, the end date is just five days away. You... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at random reflections
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This weekend my niece's two children both celebrated their birthdays--one day apart. On Friday, Finn turned five, and on Saturday, Rowen turned three. I love making birthday cards for kids. Finn's card was inspired by Sandie's photo prompt, "Digits" for... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at random reflections
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This card was sent to a good friend for her birthday. It's now safe to post it and I'm linking it to the current CASology challenge: Plant. I love this cluster of flowers from Simon Says "Stronger Together" set. I... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at random reflections
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A quick post to enter a card into Addicted to CAS's current challenge, "Flower," which ends later today. Purchasing and planting flowers has definitely put a dent in my crafting time, but the warm weather is finally here to stay,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at random reflections
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I think I've enjoyed Spring Card Camp 2 even more than the first Spring Card Camp. I have several lessons from both camps still to try. This afternoon I created three cards I'll share later from Day 6, but today... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at random reflections
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One of the lessons at the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 was on creating vellum overlays. I loved the three cards Caly Person created and set off to create some myself. I have to admit I'm lukewarm about... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at random reflections
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My #100DayChallenge is proving to be very productive, so I have lots of images now to use for cards. This week I spent some time putting together some, so the blog will be more active than usual in the next... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at random reflections
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I have another entry into the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge to use a die cut. I made eight cards with The Stamp Market's "Rainbow Stripes" die and a sentiment from Sugar Pea's "Everyday Sentiments" which I seem to reach for... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at random reflections
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In normal times, which this is not, we'd be celebrating Mother's Day with Tracy's family at brunch. Last year I think there were 11 of us. This year we'll be delivering gifts and cards to his mom and Betsy. Sarah's... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at random reflections
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I ought to stop complaining about our weather, but really----it has snowed the last two days and more is expected tomorrow. At least it's not accumulating here, as it is both south and north of us. Yesterday we drove to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at random reflections
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COMMIT has remained a good word for these unusual times, although the goals for April evolved as the month progressed. This, I'm sure, will be the new normal for the summer ahead. All our plans for travel and special events... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at random reflections
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Today is the last day of Kathy Racoosen's 30 Day Coloring Challenge, and Day 31 of the 100 Day Project. I've been faithful to both and have a whole envelope of images ready to be turned into cards. I have... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at random reflections
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I have a few more cards to share based on the lessons in Spring Card Camp. Two of them were also part of my #100DayProject and the #30DayColoring Challenge. I want to get them posted before the galleries at the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at random reflections
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Creating multiple cards was the focus of Spring Card Camp. On Day 11 Dawn Woleslagle created a group of cards all focused around die cutting rainbows made from Simon Says Stitched Circles. I didn't have any of the other supplies... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at random reflections
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I took a group of photos yesterday at the park thinking I'd get a May Day post up, but it didn't happen. I did, however, get the photos for Sandie's 30 Day Challenge edited today. Sandie had a prompt for... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at random reflections
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Recently Altenew had a day or two when shipping was free, and I took the opportunity to order two stamps and their Obsidian Black ink pad. I've already put both stamp sets to use, and as well as the stamp... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at random reflections
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I've been sharing my cards and coloring on Instagram as part of the #100DayProject (coloring) and the #30DayColoringChallenge, but it's time to share one of finished projects here. I wasn't quite sure ink blending counted as a coloring technique, so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2020 at random reflections
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The beautiful poppy photograph that's one piece of the current Fusion Challenge inspired me to pull out the My Favorite Things "Flowers in Bloom" set I bought several months ago. I watercolored them as part of my two coloring challenges,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at random reflections
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By chance, I discovered a new challenge hosted by Penny Black. I don't have a lot of sets from Penny Black, but I do have a few and used one of my favorites to color for my #30DayColoringChallenge, and my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at random reflections