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Beauty | CSI DT

Have a look at this gorgeous colour palette that Debbi has put together at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration:

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Here is how I solved the case:

I used orange, cantaloupe, avocado green, white and teal. I was inspired by the stripey wall paper and the little tree on the hill – so I added a few fussy cut leaves and twigs. I also adore the scrolled legs of the little white table, so I used a heavily scrolled chipboard frame from 2 Crafty. I added a butterfly to fit in with the ‘creature’ theme and then I used a 2 Crafty cursive title, which I made in bright white to let it really pop.

Here are some close ups:

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Sweetest Memories | CSI DT

These cold case files that Debbie sets out for us really are just great; I always head into the furtherest reaches of my stash to pull goodies out. Here is the latest challenge:

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Though this image is a ‘busy’ one, my eye was drawn to that chair over and over. Then I remembered that chair ephemera piece that I have stuck away some where so out it came – at least it matched the colour scheme! I also popped some button stickers on and grabbed a pair of pretty chipboard pieces from my 2 Crafty stash!

I chose to work on a more plain (cream) background and then added bursts of colour using teal, lime green, kingfisher blue and yellow. Here are some close ups:

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My Heart is Full | CSI DT

I loved working with this case at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.

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I felt that the inspiration image was ‘clean’, so I opted to stick to that when creating my layout. I used a plain white background, and then I added some woodgrain print, a camera and some labels. I used red, white, sky blue, yellow and grey on my layout.

My chippie circle frames are from 2 Crafty. I also added in some filmstrip ephemera to carry the theme of the camera’s across.

My journaling was to select my favourite picture and then say why. Well… my favourite pictures changes constantly! Whenever I have a new one of the 3 of us, it will become my favourite. Why? Because I have so few (it’s usually my partner and daughter or just my daughter whose photo’s get taken and / or featured) – so when I do happen to take one or have one taken, I love it!

Here are some close ups:

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Shine | CSI DT

Would you look at how divine Case File 279 is!!! I just loved working with this one!

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I worked with red, yellow, white, pink and charcoal. I was inspired by the dots and stripes, as well as the cursive font. I also loved the white space element of this image, so I decided to work along those lines too. The beautiful chippie pieces that I have used on my layout are all from 2Crafty.

I have started using some older pictures of my daughter because I have so many of them laying in a box! I love love LOVE how the ray of sunshine just caught her on her cheek in this photo… and I love love LOVE how she just LOOKS like a ray of sunshine!!

My chippie leaves have been treated with white UTEE. That delectable frame has been inked with a metallic charcoal and then given a coat of Glossy Accents and my title has been misted with bright yellow and also coated with Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Choose Happy | CSI DT

We have a rather delicious Cold Case file over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration this month.

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From the moment I laid eyes on this beautiful image, I knew that I wanted to try my best to recreate it. I popped my photo in the centre and then I fussy cut a large selection of flowers from really old paper. All the chippies that I have used on this layout, is from 2Crafty.

I stuck to the colour scheme of the inspiration image as best I could. I inked the two vine chippies in teal to copy those in the inspiration image; and the instead of adding a bicycle, I cut one circular chippie in half and adhere them on either side of my photograph so that they sort of resembled the two wheels of a bicycle.

I misted my title with red and then lightly splattered on some gold mist before coating with Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Journey | CSI DT

I just loved the colour scheme for case file 278 at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration. I must be honest that the image had me stumped – briefly!

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I have used plum-purple, deep teal-kingfisher, beige, black and white. I used map print paper amongst my layering and I added some triangles into the mix. All the chipboard on my layout is from 2Crafty.

I don’t often do a layout featuring just me, because I’m very self conscious… But when I searched on Google on the ‘random word generator’, the first word that came up was ‘retired’. Well… this did have me chuckling because I am – for all intents and purposes – a retiree! I retired from work at the (ripe old) age of 39! Although it was something I had looked forward to, the transition from working to slap-bang NOT working has been a journey – hence the title of this piece and the travel elements I have incorporated into my layering.

I inked my delicious, delicate little triangles from 2Crafty with a deep plum ink and I used white UTEE on my title.

Thanks for stopping by to take a closer look!

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Paradise | CSI DT


Today I’m sharing my take on Case File 276 at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration. I wanted to do something different with this one – though I did incorporate my usual layering style (I just can’t get away from it!) Here are the clues for you to work with:

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And this is what I created.

From the image, I chose to work with yellow, red, white, with both dark and light blues.

And in case it was not immediately obvious – my primary source of inspiration was that delicious sun in the top right hand corner! Though the little girl and the kits are divine – it was that sun that kept on grabbing me! I just had to recreate it! I also used paper with polka dots and stripes and then I added in another sun, a cloud and some adorable pinwheels. It’s been an absolute age since I’ve used stitching on my layout, so I decided to go with it!

My journaling is from a March Writing Prompt – namely, what is something you are looking forward to.

Well – this picture of my precious child was taken in the most glorious rock pool out in the Cederberg; where we spent a holiday at the beginning of this year. It was a little bit of a gentle hike to get there, but every step in the heat was worth it! On our second day there, we decided that we HAD to venture back and so we have booked a longer stay there at the beginning of next year. It’s not only the scenery and the pools that I am looking forward to – it’s also the fact that there is NO internet / cellular connection and you are pretty much forced to do nothing but read or lounge in the water or nap… or whatever!

Here are some close up shots:

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Love This | CSI DT

I just love that Debbi has introduced some stash busting case files to the CSI mix! When I REALLY go digging about, it’s like getting new goodies all over again!

Here is Cold Case File 277:

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And here is what I did with it:

I’m not going to lie… I struggled initially.

I went with neutral colours (grey, black, brown, cream) and then added in pops of red, yellow and rust. I took inspiration from all the numbers, so I used alot of elements and ephemera that had numbers on – i.e. the rulers, clocks, Bingo Cards, etc. I chose this background paper, specifically because the little lines on it reminded me of those on a watch or a clock.

Here are some close ups:

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My Heart Is Full | CSI DT

I just loved working on this glorious palette and inspiration image at CSI!

I was immediately inspired by the flowers and the leaves; and also by the polka dots. I loved the black frames on the image, so I copied this across to my layout too. I used cursive in some of my ‘titles’ as well. Here is what I created:

My journaling comes from a prompt for joy – number 3, which was ‘what kind of thoughts would your happiest self think – give 3 examples’.

Well… my first thought is always how very lucky I am to be mom to this incredible child of mine; I am in awe, practically daily, that her birthmom chose ME! And then my thoughts go to complete contentment – within myself and within my family life. Lastly, I think about how far I have come with the cards I have been dealt.

Here are some close-ups:

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Thankful for the small things | CSI DT


There is a stunner of a cold case file up on the CSI: Color Stories Inspiration blog – head on over to check it out! It’s a great way to dig way back into your stash and use up some of those goodies gathering dust!

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Beautiful, right??

I love the ethereal feel of this image; this is what I put together:

I went with earthy browns, tans and creams and then added some green and some red too. As soon as I saw the picture, I knew that I wanted to throw a bunch of flowers at it! I scratched around in my really old goodies and found a bunch of lovely floral ephemera and also two very ornate ‘frames’. I added these to my layout, as well as some foliage chippies to finish the look.

Here are some close-ups.