This month, we’re one of the sponsors for the CSI Color Stories Inspiration challenge, so our DT got to play along with some of the challenges as guests. ๐Ÿ˜€ This page was inspired by case #212 and includes some of my favorite Creative Embellishments pieces. To alter the chippies, and wood veneer chevrons, I lightly coated them all with white gesso so the color could shine through. For the clock piece that I cut in half, I used acrylic paint to give them the gold finish (gold with a touch of bronze). I then altered the title with distress ink, and the flourishes with Lindy’s Stamp Gang color shots. Here’s how my page turned out:



The stamping in the background is one of my favorite CE stamps: Here are a few close ups:









Case #212:



I hope you enjoyed my project! Here are the CE products I used. They’re linked to their listings in the store:



School Days

This month, Creative Embellishments is one of the sponsors for the challenges on the CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration site, so our team got to play along with their challenges! ๐Ÿ˜€ We always have a blast working their case files. Their format is fun and unique. They offer an inspiration image, evidence (select at least 3 items from the list to include on your layout), and testimony (select at least 1 from the list to inspire the journaling for your page). I played along with Case #211 which is a major case file, so there’s a sketch to use and has an longer open period, so entries are due by end of the month.

I was inspired by the books and reading theme of the inspo image, so I created a page about my youngest son who is obsessed with reading. ๐Ÿ˜€ He started early and was reading well before the start of Kindergarten. I replaced part of the patterned paper from the sketch with pictures of his word wall words as they changed the first few months he was reading. We have a cork board in the living room where I posted his new words and he’d get a star sticker on the corner of the word as he mastered them. By the 3rd rotation, we stopped since he’d already progressed beyond its usefulness, and could read the words before they ever made it to the board. lol Here’s how I cracked the case:

From the evidence column – I added text stamping to the background, a pair of eyeglasses from the wood veneer set, I stacked some embellishments in a cluster, and used both wood and chipboard CE pieces. From the testimony column – I used the word “want” in the journaling:


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Close up of the CE Star Doodle frame, Geek Chic Glasses, and stars I used:


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Close up of the Scribble Heart, Book Bag, and Globe:


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The mood board for CSI 211:



The AWESOME CE pieces I used for this page (pics are linked to the item’s listing in the CE store)…

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Daddy’s Girl – Creative Embellishments and CSI 182

This month Creative Embellishments is sponsoring the challenges on CSI Color Stories Inspiration, so our team has been invited to guest design for them as well! I had a lot of fun cracking case #182. Their challenges are so unique since they combine color palettes with other criteria. For this case, I chose a white background, leaves/vines, mouse/other animal, and wet medium from the evidence category and chose the word “sweet” for my journaling. I attach journaling card to back of my layouts the majority of the time since it doesn’t tend to go with my design. I also like that including hidden journaling or a message on the back leaves a pleasant surprise for my children to find later. My journaling reads, “I have always loved watching your father play with you and your brothers, especially as babies. He’s so sweet and tender with you in particular since you’re our only daughter. It melts my heart and I get to fall in love with him all over again.”

Here’s how my page turned out:

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Close up of the cluster on the left. I ย altered the flourish piece with Pitt artist markers:

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Close up of the cluster on the right:

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Close up of the title piece. I altered the wood veneer bunny and title pieces with Silks paints:

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CSI’s Case 182 mood board:



The CE products I used:



Sweet Heart – Creative Embellishments and CSI Guest project for Case 171

Hi everyone this month the Creative Embellishmentsย team is playing along with the CSI cases and this is how I solved case #171.

Sweet Heart

Here is the case info:


From the evidence category, I used triangles and texture paste on my background. ๐Ÿ˜€


Here are some other close ups of the CE pieces I’ve layered on my page:

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I love how CE pieces are so easy to alter and layer to create a story on your project.



TFL! ๐Ÿ˜€

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