Us: CSI Case File #218

blue and yellow scrapbook page layout handmade flowers

I'm back again today to post the second of my entries for the CSI case files in November.

Your Joy: CSI Case File 217

This month was rough, with sickness sweeping through the house, but in the last few days I've been back to myself again. So I was excited to have enough time to get in on the November case files at CSI. This is my first entry, and I had SO. MUCH. FUN!

Since I was ill over Thanksgiving, I didn't quite get my fill of autumn colors. I don't usually scrap holidays or seasonally, but I do love autumn and autumn colors. I wanted a romantic rustic look; I love the juxtaposition of rough wood against golds and pearl elements. 

I heat embossed a piece of chipboard from Blue Fern Studios and the flower from Michaels with Blue Fern's antique gold embossing powder. 

The Case File

The Sketch

Here's the criteria, evidence, and clues I used:


  • pale yellow
  • khaki-olive
  • pear green
  • dark moss green
  • burnt orange/rust


  • wood background
  • heat embossing 
  • pen work
  • leaves
  • animals


From the November Prompts I chose #19: What inspires you? 

My answer to that is Zae's joy in discovering new things. It makes me look at the world in a different way, trying to see what might be interesting in the grain of the wood he's looking at, or feel the textures of the things around us. 

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check my next post for the second CSI challenge.

Sunday Night Sketches 06

I almost called the game due to inclement weather: it's been gray and drizzly here, and I have caught the cold Mr. 67 and Zae have had. I haven't even felt good enough to open my laptop. It's also switched viciously fast from being a beautiful, unseasonably warm fall here a twenty degree drop yesterday afternoon, with a wind that bites and seems to herald winter's arrival. {go away, Winter...just go away}.

Sunday Night Sketch 05 + Layout Reveal (Little Red Rocker)

I finally have my act together...and I'm posting my layout WITH my sketch for the first time since kicking off the Sunday Night Sketches series!

This is one of my favorite little kid pictures, taken by my dad, who always spotted those moments that would make a great photo, like this one of me and my cousin sitting in our little red rockers using the bench of a picnic table as our table.

My Purr Baby {Pawsitively Pets Challenge}

Short and sweet today, I wanted to share my layout based on my last sketch. I had a lot of fun at my sewing machine, as you can see. One of my favorite elements was this wavy stitch on the pink paper under the photo. Then I trimmed around it, because I didn't have a doily that was the right size but I wanted to give it that kind of effect: soft and feminine {no surprises there}. I used 3 or more patterned papers, inks, sprays, and a photo of my pet for the Paper Issues Pawsitively Pets challenge.

And, since it's Veterans Day, I'd like to thank all the vets for their service to our country. Both of my parents, and three of my uncles, are veterans of the Vietnam war. My parents were in the Air Force, which I think was part of their attraction to each other when they met. So be sure to thank all the vets in your life for the immense, and life-changing, sacrifice for our country! And have a great weekend :)

Sunday Night Sketches 04

Happy Sunday, everyone. It's time for another Sunday Night sketch, and my own personal challenge to step out of my comfort zone.

This sketch is about romance, femininity, and softness. I imagine the circle photo is almost like a telescope into someone's dreams, enclosed in the safety of the circles. The title is outside, like a narrator telling a story. Hmmm, I'm waxing poetic this evening. Since November is National Novel Writing Month {known as NaNoWriMo for all the struggling writers out there}, I'll cut this short and put words toward my daily word count goal.

Black and White and Pink All Over

My cousin's daughter is the sweetest, brightest little thing. She's soulful and beautiful to boot. I can't get enough of her! And she's four and she is plunking puzzle pieces in faster than any of us adults. And she loves her cousin Zae.

Be True 2 You - Sketch 03 Layout

As promised, here's my layout based on Sunday's sketch. I had two wallet sized photos I wanted to use, and since I've been experimenting with mixed media more lately, I wanted to incorporate that as well, so this layout was born. The other goal I had in mind was NOT to use pink. {so I went with purple instead--ha! a girl can only change so much}