Monday, 29 September 2014

Murder most Foul - DT layout for CSI case file 141

Hello and welcome to my blog again.  It's lovely to see you here.
I have a fun layout to share with you if you love purple and even if you don't,
 you may find this is just the challenge to get you thinking outside the box.
To see further details and some inspirational examples from the DT

I'd love to see you join in and be in with a chance to win a prize.
Sorry, the photos are blurry, I'm limping along with out my usual computer
and photo editing programmes.
Here's how I solved the case
I started with some gorgeous background paper from Blue Fern
The Ombre range, "Charlottes Dream"
The chipboard circle frames are from Blue Fern as well.
The textured background was made with a Tim Holtz stencil
and some mists and gelatos.
A bit of Kaisercraft stamping here and there.
Some yummy Prima crystals and lace tucked in 
and the something unexpected; a wishbone
to remind me not to wish my life away, just BE in the moment.

Clouds - on the background paper
Musical elements
Lots of layers
Add something unexpected - the title and the wishbone  The wishbone is to remind me not to wish my life away, just BE in the moment.
Use glossy accents - that was a whoopsie, I was trying to apply some to the crackle on the chippie when half a bottle full spewed out of the page.  Luckily just on the top background.  Phewww!

I chose to document something strange.   The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

We were invited to a dinner party for eight. The theme was “How to host a Murder.” Each of us were assigned a character to play throughout the night.  It was such fun designing and making a flapper style costume for myself, in my role as a reporter and finding a suit for the other half of the firm in his role of gangster.

The best part was pretending to be someone else entirely and just for an evening to live vicariously in New York during the Al Capone era.

The home was set up in grand style with lace cloths, crystal and silver to serve the beautiful Italian style food.  1920’s dance music played and we got into character as we entered the door.

We performed a play with a script to read from and clues to share, some of which which false and the idea was us to discover who the murderer was before the end of the night. Everyone stayed in character for the entire time and only one of us guessed who the murderer was.  (Not me!) A hilarious night with the most outrageous lies being told, fabulous food and wine and a chance to be really silly.  



  1. This looks fabulous.. what a great photo and I love the green and purple together.. and loved your journalling too.. so who was the murderer!! I hope it wasnt you!! hehe!

  2. I had a giggle at your oops with the glossy accents! Wouldn't have known if you hadn't said;) LOOOVE the whole idea of this page...those chippy circles are amazing!! And the title really got me in....what a fun thing to do:):) the colour combo...well, now that would still be challenging to me even tho I'm not a purple-a-phobe these days!!!!

  3. Sounds like such a fun night! Fabulous page - love the details on here! Never would have guess your woops either!

  4. pure magic Helen, pure delight . my new fave of yours x

  5. Wow Helen! What a gorgeous layout! Love the fun photos! Your background looks amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I thought I had commented on this but clearly not :P Or maybe it is because I see it in the gallery too... I think you need to put a follow by email button on your blog too.... Then I never miss a post... I hate not remembering where I have been and what I have said. :P
    Anyway we did one of these dinners too. I hosted it and we had the nicest evening and the best fun ever. Ours was part of a charity drive. You had to pay to go to the dinner and if you hosted everyone paid to come and the money went to charity. Bargain for me. Ours was in the 1800's all cowboys and stuff. Such fun. Back then I only had a horrid little camera and the photos I have are all grainy and awful but maybe I should scrap for the memory. I had forgotten about it till I saw your post. :D Lovely layout and the use of the colours. The circle chippies are just fabulous and you both look so elegant :D

  7. Love, Love, Love every little detail on here Helen....A gorgeous layout.... Fantastic photo too.
    Thanks for the inspiration. xx

  8. WHAT a fun page!! Adore your background work!!