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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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I've become a fan of the rotating challenges at JUGS: colors, trends, words, photos, and occasionally a wild card week. This week is the photo challenge: I was inspired by the color of the flowers and the wooden tray and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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One of my goals for October is to complete five Christmas cards a week. Although making multiples of one design is certainly the most efficient way to meet the goal, today I have two cards that were created for specific... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at random reflections
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It's Color Week at Just Us Girls Challenge: The colors--purple, black, and orange--seemed custom-made for a Halloween card. This time, the design I envisioned ended up looking exactly as I imagined it. I started by stamping and coloring with Copic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at random reflections
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It's time for the fourth Color Hues Challenge, and the colors this week are: This is a favorite color combination for me, and I actually made two cards. The first one is the one you'll find on the Color Hues... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at random reflections
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In September, I purchased two dies from The Greetery's new collection: "Botanic Cuts: Mighty Oak," and the "Shiplap Builder." I recently had time to make a fall birthday card (soon to go in the mail) and used the challenge from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at random reflections
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The Pinkfresh Studio's World Card Making Day Challenges close in just a few hours. Luckily, I had time this afternoon to make two more cards. One for the Sympathy Card Challenge, and one for the Thank You Card Challenge. Both... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at random reflections
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It's the second week of my Guest Designer gig for the Just Us Girls Challenge which I am really enjoying! This week is Trend Week and the theme is OMBRE. This gave me an opportunity to use a new stencil... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at random reflections
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Saturday was World Card Making Day. I didn’t see all the Pinkfresh Studio Challenges until too late to participate. Thankfully the galleries are open until this weekend. I have a lovely collection of Pinkfresh stamps and dies, so Sunday I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at random reflections
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I am thrilled to be the Guest Designer for the month of October at the Just Us Girls Challenge. Ever since I discovered it in August, it's been a favorite challenge site, so it's going to be lots of fun... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at random reflections
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It's time for the third Color Hues Challenge, and the colors this week are: I went fairly glizty on this one. When I was reorganizing I came upon a folder with gold and silver adhesive papers from Papertrey Ink. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at random reflections
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September is over, so quickly it seemed, and the end of the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt kindly hosted by Mary-Lou is a wrap! I had just four of the 2o items on the list to find, and two of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at random reflections
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The current Time Out Challenge is an "inspired by words" challenge: My intent was to make a one layer card, and as you will see, that was a failed attempt. In the process, though, I came up with glittery card... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at random reflections
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It's Photo Inspiration week at Just Us Girls Challenge, and I can never resist stars as a subject for a card. I'm never sure quite how a card will come together. Sometimes it's quickly, and just as I imagined it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2020 at random reflections
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I have two cards to share for challenges that end in the next 24-48 hours. The first is The Flower Challenge where the prompt is pink and brown. I love that color combination, and finally had time this afternoon to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at random reflections
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I'm back just under the wire, for another entry into Seize the Birthday's Die Cut challenge. I actually made four variations on the same card. Like yesterday's entry, these cards went out pretty quickly, and I never got around to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at random reflections
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The Seize the Birthday Challenge is one after my own heart: Die Cuts. There's an option for a stamped sentiment if you want, and I'll be back tomorrow with a last-minute entry in that category as well. But for today,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at random reflections
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The new colors for the Color Hues Challenge are Navy and Turquoise. Navy is one of my favorite colors, and I had several different ink pads to choose from. It was rather amazing to me to see how dark a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at random reflections
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I have cards for two challenges to share today. Both were created before we left for vacation, and both have already gone in the mail. The first card is for The Paper Players Challenge---a new challenge for me. The current... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at random reflections
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I recently completed one of Altenew Academy's classes called "Stunningly Styled Stencils," and finally found time right before we left on vacation to create a couple of cards inspired by the lessons. The first one uses a Gina K stencil,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at random reflections
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The challenge at Just Us Girls is quickly becoming a favorite. This week is Word Week and the word is: LEAVES. I've been playing with stencils recently. Another post is coming later this week with two new techniques using stencils,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at random reflections
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Today's photos were taken yesterday---on the 5th---always my intention, for Sandie's Five in Five monthly meme. We are on vacation in the north woods of Wisconsin with Sarah and her family and the internet connection has been shaky at best.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at random reflections
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I have a bright and bold floral to share today at two challenges. First at Seize the Birthday: Add Gold, and also at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Stamp It in STAMPtember! The annual STAMPtember celebration is underway and the inspiration... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at random reflections
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The current challenge at Time Out is Season, and multiple interpretations of that word can be used. The first thing that came to my mind was Autumn. Although there are aspects of the upcoming season I love---fall colors, sweater weather---I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at random reflections
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I'm back with another butterfly card for the Just Us Girls Challenge. This is a pretty atypical card for me, and sadly, one that doesn't photograph particularly well. It's much prettier IRL than in the photographs. I don't often use... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at random reflections
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The very first Color Hues Challenge has been posted! Every two weeks there will be a new challenge focusing on two colors. Any gradient or hue of those colors along with a neutral can be used in creating your project.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at random reflections
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