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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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It's not often that I can create a card for four challenges, but it's the luck of the Irish in this case. St. Patrick's Day is coming and all four challenges feature some aspect of the traditions surrounding St. Patrick's... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at random reflections
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The current challenge at The Paper Players is a sketch challenge, and one that appealed to me. At Addicted to CAS the challenge is "Animals," and I thought I could combine an image from another of my unused/new stamp sets... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at random reflections
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I really enjoyed coming up with a one-layer card last week, and decided to try another one, both for Less Is More (my second entry) and AAA Cards where the challenge is a sketch. I opted to use Copic markers... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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It's March first, and time for a new challenge at Color Hues. I have to admit March is one of my least favorite months. When travel is safe again, I expect to spend the month of March in a location... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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I am thrilled to be a Guest Designer for Time Out's 7th birthday party! In honor of this occasion, I designed a card with seven candles much like the one for my brother when he turned 70. This time, however,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at random reflections
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Considering that I love CAS designs, and consider myself a (mostly) CAS card maker, I rarely join in the Less Is More challenge, and I rarely make a one-layer card. But for some reason, this challenge appealed to me, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at random reflections
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Seize the Birthday is one of my favorite challenges, and it's been awhile since I've joined in. I seem to forget that you always have an option to just create any birthday card, and don't have to apply the "topping."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at random reflections
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The current challenge at CASology is Fox. I'm thinking the little fox slider card I made for Hannah fits the bill. I've become a huge fan of interactive cards now that I'm creating for five grandchildren, and this slider card... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at random reflections
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I've been following The Twofer Challenge for a long time, but have never played along. Earlier this month when I saw February's challenge: Balloons, I had an idea! I've had a "never-before-used" die by My Favorite Things lying on my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at random reflections
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The new Color Hues Challenge offers a chance to craft for Spring. By mid-February, I'm always thinking about Spring even though I know it's probably a good two months away here in western New York. Not surprisingly, I headed for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at random reflections
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Valentine's Day always been a favorite holiday of mine, and I was especially glad to have something to celebrate something in the midst of the deep-freeze we've been having around here. (Not that it's the coldest place in the country,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at random reflections
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There's a new fad in the card making world: mini slim lines, and I have to admit I'm a fan. I made nine mini slimline valentines, four I'm sharing today, and five tomorrow. Two of the four cards today are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at random reflections
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Time Out posted a new photo challenge yesterday, and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Here's the fabulous photo: My granddaughters are coming tomorrow to bake valentine cookies, and I wish ours... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at random reflections
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It's Valentine Week here on the blog. I have another one to share today, and hopefully, a few more before Valentine's Day on Sunday. I'm sending (or delivering) more valentines than usual this year due to the pandemic and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at random reflections
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The impetus for creating this valentine was the CASology Challenge: Envelope. In the end, my card may not be CAS enough, although I'm going to toss it into the ring anyway. It would have been just fine without the ink-splattered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at random reflections
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As you might imagine, there are a lot of valentine and heart challenges open right now. I made this one, however, for the Color Throwdown Challenge, a challenge that often passes me by, and even this time, I'm linking up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at random reflections
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After a long string of gray, snowy days, we've been blessed with several days of bright sunshine. When I went downstairs to read early yesterday morning, I found wonderful shadows cast by the rising sun and decided I'd run about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at random reflections
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A quick post to join in the CAS on Friday challenge: Animals. It gives me a chance to share a cute shaker card I sent off to Hannah earlier to thank her for her "letter" including some art work, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at random reflections
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It's time for the next Color Hues Challenge! It's a perfect one for Valentine's Day which is just a couple of weeks away. Initially, I thought I had the perfect set of dies to create a card for this challenge.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at random reflections
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After nearly a week of dealing with surgery on my right thumb and a nasty and exceedingly itchy rash on my back (caused ironically by a new anti-itch lotion), I'm more or less back to normal. At least back in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at random reflections
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Before January slips away, I wanted to write a blog post about my reading life. I’d hoped to get it posted early last week but was sidelined last week with an inexplicable rash and horrible itch on my back, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at random reflections
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I woke up in the middle of the night on Sunday and while trying to put myself back to sleep, I came up with a card idea for this week's Just Us Girls Challenge: three shades of blue. I'd like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at random reflections
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There are more card challenges on the internet than you can count, and I keep coming up with new ones that I want to try. Recently, I found a series of challenges by Happy Little Stampers. One thing I like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at random reflections
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Times flies, and here we are with the tenth Color Hues challenge: One of my intentions for this year, is to make sure I'm using all the stamps and dies I have accumulated since the pandemic started! One of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at random reflections
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The stamped images for this card have been lying on my desk since before Christmas. I realized sometime in December that I owned no snowmen stamps and ordered a couple sets from My Favorite Things during a sale. I knew... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at random reflections