Saturday, 19 October 2013

94 CSI Challenge - On this day

These colours are not my “go to” shades and we have no pets, so it took a while to come up with an idea for this challenge. Then I made a frightful mess of the background paper by trying to take it one step to far, but managed to salvage the border. 
If you'd like to play just use all five colours, at least two pieces of evidence from the list and at least one piece of testimony from the list.

And a closie - Dont we look cute in our Sunday best?
The biggest girl in the striped top is my older sister, my cousin is in the middle and that's me on the right, wearing my favourite blue pleated skirt and beret.
The leaves are actually grey, but they look a bit greenish here
I daubed the title in gesso and the piled on the embossing enamel before hitting it hard with the heat gun to make the gold flecks pop.
The big flower is made from book paper coloured with distress ink and cut out with the Magnolia die.
Book pages (the big flower)
Stack something (rows of journalling)
Black background
Silver Metal (middle of the flower)

Use a typwriter font
Record a funny story

The journalling reads
“I’ve got a secret”! whispered our cousin Elisabeth, full of importance,as she proceeded to tell us where babies came from.   She had all the gory details, which she relayed with great relish.  We were incredulous and simply did not believe her.  It all sounded too rude and ghastly to be true.  We knew better, because we had seen our cat soon after she had given birth, when there was a lot of vomit and mess around.  We proudly set her straight, by telling her, that we knewfor a fact that Mothers actually vomited their babies out.  AND what’s more, we were going to tell our Mum and hers, that she had been telling us bare faced lies. 

Bazzil cardstock - Black
Maja paper - Walking in the forest, “Knitted sweater” (the border)
Simple Stories paper - Harvest lane, “Homemade happiness” (both sides)
Martha Stewart punch - String lace
Tattered Angels chalk mist - Monolith
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Golden Terracotta
Stampendous embossing enamel - Aged black
Ranger archival ink - Jet Black
Tim Holtz Ranger distress ink - Dried Marigold
Imaginarium - Chipboard title
Scrapmatts - Chipboard Ornate frames 17
Prima - flowers
Kaisercraft - flowers
Green Tara - flowers
Prima - crystals
Spellbinders Die - Romantic rectangle
Cottage Cutz Die - Leafy foliage
Magnolia Doohickey Die - Doily flower



  1. This layout is gorgeous Helen.I especially like your photo.

  2. LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, the things cousins do to us - mine introduced me to the REAL Santa as well as the facts of life, sprinkled in with the porn mags hidden in the abandoned cottage next door to her place!!! this - glad you could salvage the border AND your flower cluster is simply BRILL:):):)

  3. OMG I really thought reading it this time I would be ok... Helen you are a scream... I had mentally prepared myself but here I am laughing like a drain with tears running down my face. I thought Elizabeth would be the one in the stripey top - because she looks rather important :) I had you pegged for the little one on the right. I don't think it will matter how many times I read this story the reaction will be the same...I remember a similar incident at school and I was a bit older but my reaction was the same. I did not, however, have the story straight from first hand sight. As I was reading I could just visualize it in my mind all the reactions, the expressions the tooing and froing of who was right or wrong. What a hoot... and... what did happen in the end... ? This is really a beautifully sombre layout suitable for the serious topic at hand :D I love how the lacy edge frames the whole layout... a truly wonderful layout and an even better story. :D Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Such a delight to see a new post from you, and the delight is even greater after reading (again) your story and looking (again and again) at all the details of your beautiful page.Like I wrote at CSI, this is a very beautiful page. Your design is very eleagant. Thanks for giving explanations on how you worked on the title.
    You did an excellent job with the case file.

  5. Helen I can just see you both leaning in close as your cousin dropped the baby bomb on you! LOL I just love this. Your journaling is unparalleled. Just awesome.

  6. This is so effective! Love the clean graphic style - really punchy!! No pets?! Couldn't live without my kitty family....

  7. LOL...this is just a hoot! So funny Helen...and exactly what little girls are like...and the little truths they have at that age! Too precious! Love the beautiful details and your black background...

  8. Just Gorgeous Helen how you have solved this case file....Fabulous journaling too. xx

  9. Ha ha ha!! LOVED reading the story. Had me giggling in tears too :)) The embossing enamel looks smashing here as does that pretty pretty cluster. Good job saving that gorgeous border! oh I know all too well about having to salvage what can be salvaged .. Aren't you SO cute in the photo! also I had a blue pleated skirt as my Sunday best, and my hair was worn pleated not in ringlets but pinned up in Heidi-style around my head. Hugs,