This fortnight the challenge is "Something Old, Something New." My blue green background paper is really old Core'dinations color core card stock that I embossed with dots. The snow drift dies I purchased last October, and everything else came from the Simon Says Stamp December 2015 kit. I also used my lovely friend Leslie's final sketch (again.)
If you knew Leslie Hanna, you enjoyed her humor and her kindness. Leslie passed away suddenly on December 25th. If this is new news to you, then I apologize for you having to hear it this way. She touched hundreds of blogger, twitter, and instagram crafty friends, and we are all better off for having known her. I doubt that I can say anything that hasn't already been shared about this wonderful friend. I personally will miss her comments on my blog, the email exchanges we shared after nearly every post of hers/mine, her sketches, and her visits to my home and to local restaurants for our lunches together. Yes, I was fortunate to having "met" Leslie through blogging, but we lived only an hour + away from each other for a few years before she and her faithful friend Bobra-the-cat moved to Ohio. In our last email exchange, we were discussing how we both wanted to participate at Jingle Belles in 2016 as faithfully as we did in 2010, 2011, etc, and how I was going to work on my unfinished objects pile (UFO, one of Leslie's much used acronyms.) Leslie will be missed by so many. I have so many fond memories of Leslie, and her use of acronyms have been in my vocabulary now for years. I will list a few of my favorites here:
SABLE = supplies available beyond life expectancy
ECBTOIN = every color but the one I need
SYFY = save yourself from yourself
UFO = UnFinished Object
Leslie, I hope you are crafting with unlimited supplies, as crooked as you please :)
Will you join me in participating in the 2016 challenges at Jingle Belles? I hope so; there is always so much eye candy from Stef, Lauren, and the other JB participants.
Happy New Year!