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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hello Beautiful - CSI Special Case File CC-5

Dear all,

we're opening a special Case File today! CSI is joining forces with Archi-Scraps to bring you a special collaboration Case File that will be open for investigation the entire month of May! We're happy to welcome the Archi-Scraps design team as Collaborating Agents.
I've long been a fan of and cheerleader for challenges, and when Julene Matthews, founder of Archi-Scraps, invited to me submit a layout for one of her challenges a while back, I was delighted to discover a new challenge. Archi-Scraps is a creative take on the inspiration challenge, where the players are presented with an architectural image that inspires elements for your layout. 
I thought it would be fun to create a joint challenge to bring attention to this very clever challenge blog, so I proposed the idea to Julene. She sent me their May Archi-Scraps image, and I created a Case File using that image. 
One of the perks of a Collaboration Case File is that you can create one layout and enter it for two different challenges. That means you have a chance to win a prize fromArchi-Scraps' sponsor and CSI's awesome May sponsors. You can read about our sponsors and the prizes they're donating here. Make sure you post your layout in both the CSI Gallery and on the Archi-Scraps blog (their link tool is on the upper right corner).  
If you know of a challenge that might like to collaborate with CSI in the future, send me a message.
So, are you ready for our special Collaboration Case File? Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. CC-5.  

Here's my layout ....
The Color Scheme : Periwinkle Purple, Bright Pink, White, Pale Periwinkle Purple and Olive Green.
The Evidence : Flowers, Hearts, Paints and Metal.
The Testimony : I chose the Presentation which is adding hearts to my journaling, it said"Hello Beautiful, you make me happy in a way no one else can."
Before I forgot, here's the food for your thought,"Worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace..." Thanks for stopping by... hugs, Merry.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Baby Girl

Dear beautiful readers,
how are you this time? Well, can't believe May is here. First thing first, food for thoughts for us is,"Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life." And here's the new challenge from 123 Challenge Blog May Challenge
And here's my layout...
To be honest, this one quite challenging for me as I wasn't really fit while doing it and banners haven't always be my thing. I'm not really good with it. So somehow, I did a lot of browsing in pinterest and found this layout HERE. WOW! She's really blowed up my mind with her page. So I thought I did the same except my way, which is mix media way :)
To start with, I did lots of gesso, glued papers from old books (after I teared them into pieces) to create textures for my background. I did structure paste as well to add variation. Then I started to cut different kind of papers that match the color Beige to create my own banners. Once I'm done... I glued everything, sewed them together and altered the paper with Rangers Ink - Tea Dye, Walnut Stain.
I splattered some Lindy's Stamp Gang - Cape Cod Coral, Clam Bake Beige and some black ink for some messy look. Well, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!! Sending you all the hugs, Merry.

Nature Beauty - CSI Case File 163

Dear all,
Happy Friday! And Happy May! But before sharing what's going on at CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration), I would like to give you a food for thought which is,"Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world." 
We love the beginning of a new month--so many new things--new sponsors, new guest designers, and a new theme tying together our Case Files--not to mention the debut of our newest Detectives. This week we present our Major Case File, which stays open for investigation for the whole month and features our Composite Sketch, created just for us by The Nifty Pixel!

We're so excited to have 3 main sponsors this month! They are presented alphabetically.
First up, we have Flying Unicorn, our generous permanent sponsor, supporting CSI this month as a main sponsor.
Flying’s about One of a Kind.’s about One of a Kind. They offer an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest and greatest and includes an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing! Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot and happening place which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques and friendships that last! They also have a blog and a Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!
Check out the beautiful Kit of the Month Flying Unicorn will be donating:
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Our second main sponsor is Paper Bark Crafts.
Paper Bark Crafts is based in the beautiful Barossa Valley in South Australia.  We stock a variety of craft materials; big brands, small brands, all sorts of brands!  We also ship internationally.
Our two designers have over 50 years experience between them in various types of crafts.  We offer exceptional customer service and treat our valued customers the way we want to be treated. Products are added each week and if you do not see something you want, let us know and we will do our best to find it for you.  Check us out at:  
Paper Bark Crafts is donating a gift voucher to their store!
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Third, we have Studio Tekturek returning as a main sponsor.
We’re Studio Tekturek and we’re a small, Polish brand manufacturing papers and products for paper crafting (scrapbooking and cardmaking). We try to make our designs fresh and versatile with energetic colors. We make significant efforts to create modern design and high quality of manufactured goods, and most importantly we do it with passion! Our products are friendly to people and memories, in a simple way allowing to capture the magic of a great time and good moments. They’re complementary and provide an appropriate background for scrapbooking activity. Our most important goal is to bring color, fun and good energy to the scrap-world! Nice to meet you!
Be sure to check out Studio Tekturek's websiteblog, and Facebook page for information about their products and for oodles of inspiration from their design team.
Here's a look at the beautiful collections Studio Tekturek is donating:
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Finally, we are pleased to our permanent sponsor who will be offering a wonderful prize of embellishments to this month's Star Witnesses.
Scrapbook Fantasies  is a Scrapbooking, Papercrafts and Mixed Media business opened in November 2002 in Gladstone, Queensland.  The well stocked store receives new stock daily, and supports a boutique style online store here.  The owner Alicia runs Weekly Challenges and many other competitions giving away over $250 dollars in store vouchers every month.  The Gallery  hosts thousands of customer creations, and is available for viewing without login. Parcels are posted within Australia at a flat $6.50 or the actual postage rate (whichever is the lesser), or FREE for orders over $100.  International parcels are posted at the actual postage rate.
We're designating May as another Mix-It-Up Month. Did you know that May 1 is the beginning ofToad Suck Daze? You'll have to go read about this unusually named festival. With that in mind, we've chosen a wacky Scene to inspire this week's Case File, by Alexandra Narvaez.
So, are you ready for this week's challenge? Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 163.
And here's my layout...
The Color Scheme : Unbefroggably Green, Turquoise Daze, Toilet Water, Porcelain Goddes and Toadally Brown. 
The Evidence : Frame, Washi Tape, Scallops and Watercolor.
The Testimony : I chose Presentation which is framing my journaling.
Thanks for stopping by, hope that you could also play along... Hugs, Merry.