Hello!  Today marks the start of the first sketch challenge of the year at CAS Colours & Sketches.

A couple weeks ago, I was saddened to hear that one of my stamping acquaintances had passed away.  Although I had never met Leslie in person, I had worked with her during one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenge seasons at Splitcoaststampers.com, and we “chatted” fairly frequently through comments we left on each other’s blogs.  Both of us were supporters of Operation Write Home.   She occasionally participated in the challenges at CC&S, and she had started up her own sketch challenges last year at her blog, The Crooked Stamper.  So when I was forming my CC&S sketch challenge ideas for this month, I decided to honor Leslie by combining elements from her first two Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenges into one sketch.

I have to confess that I had more trouble with this sketch than I thought I would!  My first attempt got an ink smear that couldn’t be covered up.  I had a few other ideas, but couldn’t come up with color combinations that I liked for them.  I did finish an actual card late last night, but I really didn’t like it.  I had one other idea that kept spinning around in the back of my mind, so last night when I was trying to fall asleep, I decided I’d get up early this morning and try to get it worked out before the challenge went live.  So I did… and this is the result.  I still had a bit of a fudging around with the colors.  I wanted to use textured cardstock for the main panel, to give it a little bit of visual interest, but I didn’t have textured cardstock in the color I wanted to use.  So I had to go with the grey.

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I hope Leslie realized how fabulous she was.  She had a wicked sense of humor that frequently was in line with mine, and her cards brought smiles to many people, not just me.    The story of how she adopted her cat is pretty amazing.  I will miss seeing her work around blog-land.

So, go make a card of your own using the sketch, and share it with us at the CC&S blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, January 20.  We’d love to see what you create!

Stamps: Where You Should Be (Unity Stamp Company); Priceless (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Going Gray textured (SU); watercolor paper (source unknown)
Ink: Strawberry Slush (SU)
Other: pierced oval Die-namics die (My Favorite Things)

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