Happy Friday! It's hard to believe we're opening our last October Case File. How time flies when we're having fun, and it's evident from the gallery that you've been having lots of fun cracking the cases. So much eye candy you've been adding to CSI during this month of treats!

It has been such a pleasure having Scraps of Elegance as our main October sponsor. Scraps of Elegance Kit Club is the softer, flirty, more romantic "sister club" to Scraps of Darkness - the Kit Club for the alternative Scrapper.  Scraps of Elegance kits feature all that is beautiful, elegant and romantic in scrapping today.  A true classic beauty. Melinda Kelly packs the monthly kits with the highest quality products.  Her unusual treasures and finds make this kit truly a unique and different monthly kit club.

What makes Scraps of Elegance different from all other kit clubs is its diverse design team that spans the globe in talent, but more importantly, the team enjoys sharing ideas and mentoring members. Why wouldn't you make Scraps of Elegance your "kit club home" when the team and members are a caring group of "real people", accessible and approachable?  There is nothing more satisfying than watching artistic growth within our community--- building confidence, experience, and technique.  You are going to be warmly welcomed and feel comfortable about asking "how to" questions.  This is how we all grow and succeed!

Consider subscribing to Scraps of Elegance and never miss out on one of these elegant and beautiful kits again. Create something beautiful today... Be sure to visit the Scraps of Elegance blog for additional inspiration!

We've been so happy to have the talented Scraps of Elegance designers join us this month as Guest Detectives! Returning this week are Jennifer Snyder,  Rachael Funnell, and Renea Harrison.

We also are delighted to announce that Flying Unicorn has generously offered to be a permanent sponsor for the coming year, starting last month. Flying Unicorn...it’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! The Flying Unicorn design team will be joining us in future months as Guest Detectives.

We recently announced a new permanent sponsor who will be offering a prize of beautiful ribbons and trims each week to our Star Witness. 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. Here is the beautiful offering this week, which is hand-picked to coordinate with this week's Case File:

As always, we have handpicked four CSI Members to join us as our October team of Special Investigators. Please welcome Emma StafraceJoyce LawrenceMalin Svensson, and Rachelle Sigurdson. These ladies' beautiful work has consistently caught our eye in the gallery, and we've been delighted to have them on the team this month!

Please use the links to visit all these ladies' pages in the Guest Detective forum to say hi and to hear how they responded to our "Interrogation."

As always, Michele has created a gorgeous set of printables for you! Check out the awesome frames and papers Michele made for us this week!

CSI Coordinates can always be found at the bottom of the reveal threads.  Scroll all the way to the bottom, where it says "Attachments." They are just above the reply box. Read about some tips on how to use these cool printables here. Please note that this week's coordinates are in two separate files.

So are you ready for this week's challenge? Here in the United States, October is known for Halloween, and one of our favorite parts of Halloween is all the treats that come with this fun holiday, so our theme this month is all things sweet! 

Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 43. 

**Remember to scroll all the way down for RGB codes, color descriptions, and more thorough explanations of the Evidence and Testimony prompts.

Presenting our Guest Detectives from Scraps of Elegance... 





This is how our talented team of Special Investigators have solved the case... 




And this is how the CSI Detectives have cracked the case, arranged by predominant color in the order of The Scheme...













**Detailed clues, as promised...


  • Black Tie Event - black, taken from the table cloth - 45.37.34
  • Lemon Chiffon  - bright sunny yellow, taken from the flowers - 251.224.111
  • Green Grace - pale spring green, taken from the middle tier of the cake - 237.240.185
  • Alabaster Elegance - pure white, taken from the boxes in front of the cake   - 255.255.255
  • Fancy Foliage - medium green, with a hint of olive, taken from the leaves - 145.163.53



  • damask
  • ribbons
  • frame
  • foliage
  • something transparent
  • create curtains
  • patterned brad
  • flourishes
  • Include a black-and-white patterned paper
  • rub-on (inspired by the watermark in the lower-right)



  • Document a special event.
  • Format your journaling as if you were writing a formal letter. Here are some tips for writing formal letters.
  • Frame your journaling.
  • Use an older photo and tie the past together with the present in your journaling.
  • Tie two ideas together: Write what first comes to your mind about your subject. Then, choose a connective from this site and write what comes to mind next.
  • Inspiration Words: formal, tie(s), event -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.


We trust we've left enough clues for you to solve the case!

The deadline for completing Case File No. 43

is Sunday, November 4, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Thus, you have a week plus the two weekends to complete your layout.

(See count-down timer on the right-hand sidebar of most pages.)

We can't wait to see what YOU create!
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Gorgeous and so elegant case. Love the color scheme. Awesome.

j'aime les couleurs et les réalisations sont fantastiques !!!!!

et merci à Michel pour les pdf ^^

Beautiful colours, love the coordinates and fabulous inspiration from the team as always - thanks everyone :o)

ooo - looking gooood!

wow these are all so so yummy.......I am still out of town but cant wait to get home and play


These colours are so gorgeous and I love the inspiration photo. Beautiful work everyone!

I love love love the frames in the coordinates!!! Lovely job!!

Gorgeous work from everyone! You all blow me away every single week!

Faboulous color combo and fun challenge.

And as usual I drool over the DT and GDTs tales on the Case files - very inspirational!


Challenge rules

Please note that to win a prize, you need to follow the challenge guidelines. Basically,

  • You need to follow the challenge (use all 5 colors, at least 3 Evidence clues, and at least 1 Testimony clue).
  • In the description, you need to describe the Evidence and Testimony clues.
  • You need to upload your layout by the deadline.

To see how we choose winners, click here.

Did you win?

We'd like to thank all of our players and generous sponsors. Check out who won our sponsor prizes in this forum.

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