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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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I've seen quite a few new stamps sets featuring citrus fruits and some lovely cards created with them, so I wasn't surprised to see Happy Little Stampers CAS come up with this month's challenge: Citrus and Zing. I don't have... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at random reflections
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Whenever I travel I pack a few crafty items to create with while I'm gone. I rarely accomplish much, and this trip was no exception. I did a bit of watercoloring, but haven't had time to do anything with it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at random reflections
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The Color Hues Challenge has a new duo for you: Lime Green and Aqua. I love this bright and cheerful color combination, but it took me awhile to come up with a design I liked. As I often do, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at random reflections
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The topping at Seize the Birthday Challenge now is "Framed." This pretty coneflower (again!) is definitely framed, but framed from behind the coneflower. I noted the same technique among some the designers for the challenge as well as some of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at random reflections
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A quick post to enter a card in the Just Us Girls current challenge: Script. Many of my favorite fonts are script, but my newest sentiment set from The Ton combines print with a lovely script that you can highlight... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at random reflections
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I've been participating in the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt for years now, and always enjoy it. This year I really need the motivation to get out there with my camera. I'm off to a relatively slow start. You can check... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at random reflections
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Independence Day is just three days away, and I'm guessing that Carol's color choices for this round of Color Hues was influenced by the holiday. It's always a great combination, and I have two cards to share. The first was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at random reflections
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I'm really enjoying my new Altenew "Build-a-Flower: Coneflower" stamp set, and when I saw the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge come up with this sketch, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I'm also entering this in the AAA Birthday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at random reflections
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Seize the Birthday has a new challenge up: Use an Embossing Folder. It's a favorite technique of mine when I need some interest for the background of a card. I used part of a lovely birthday gift certificate to Altenew... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at random reflections
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One of my stamping goals each month is to enter My Favorite Things Outside the Box Challenge if I have the appropriate stamps. This month the theme was balloons, and yes, I have the right stamps. I started the card... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2021 at random reflections
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There are three current challenges all looking for flowers. Two of them are also CAS challenges, and I've got a card for them: The Flower Challenge, AAA Birthday, and CAS on Friday. This fabulous die cut is from Altenew--Spring Rose.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2021 at random reflections
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It's hard to believe, but we're already at the 20th challenge for Color Hues. Sheri chose Aqua and Black for this round. It's not the first time that I've ended up making two cards for the challenge. Although I liked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at random reflections
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It's been well over a week since I've blogged. Last week was the busiest week I've had since the pandemic lockdown ended, and I've been fully vaccinated. Then at the end of the week, I started having intense pain from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at random reflections
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A conversation on the Color Hues DT Facebook page prompted me to look at the Stats page of my blog this morning. It turns out June 5th was the 16th anniversary of my blog, and as of this morning, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2021 at random reflections
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"Spots or Dots"---that's the challenge this week at Just Us Girls. It's been awhile since I've joined in at JUGS, and in my continued effort to use stamps that I haven't played with, I came upon The Stamp Market's "Dotted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at random reflections
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I was in need of a masculine birthday card and was inspired this morning by two challenges: The Card Concept: Anchors Aweigh! and The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe Challenge. It's easy to see the photo inspiration in my card,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at random reflections
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The weeks fly by and here we are with another great color combination for the Color Hues Challenge. This round it's Blue and Brown. I cased myself for this challenge and returned to a design I used last September. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at random reflections
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This card was designed with three challenges in mind. First, Fusion with the interesting title of "Laugh Decor," which I didn't understand until I saw the inspiration photo: The title for the challenge clearly comes from the quote on the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2021 at random reflections
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Once again two challenges showed up just as I needed to make a card to welcome new neighbors to our street. We live on a dead-end street and there are only 28 homes on the street. Most were build in... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2021 at random reflections
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Not often, but occasionally, card challenges align with real life events. That was certainly true this week. The Inspired By: Hello Baby Flowers could be interpreted two ways---a baby card or baby flowers. I have both! We have a new... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at random reflections
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There are several challenges open now, and two of the themed challenges were the inspiration for these cards. The first is Seize the Birthday where the challenge is "Make it a Bouquet." When I saw The Greetery's April Release, my... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at random reflections
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I've known all month exactly what I wanted to do for the current My Favorite Things Outside the Box: Florals Challenge. I've been spending most of my free time in my own garden, but finished all the planting on Tuesday.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at random reflections
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The AAA Birthday Card Challenge is celebrating their second birthday. I needed a birthday card for a friend this week, and thought I'd contribute to the celebration. I still have a small stash of already colored images made during the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at random reflections
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The new Color Hues Challenge is for Purple and Teal which ends up being a really lovely color combination. Pretty or not, it did take me awhile to come up with a design I was happy with. I started out... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2021 at random reflections
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It's finally warming up enough here to think about getting some plants for the patio, and start planning my perennial/annual cutting garden. The Card Concept has the same idea in mind with their new challenge, "Garden Pleasures." Last weekend I... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at random reflections