Happy Friday! A lovely beginning to our December Case Files we had last week. We have a softer, more subtle, but equally beautiful Case File this week.

We are excited to announce that Noel Mignon is sponsoring CSI this month!

NoelMignon is a well established kit club and scrapbooking community, focusing on packing our kits full to the brim so that you can scrap for the whole month with just this one large NoelMignon kit. We also try our very best to coordinate items so that they all work beautifully together. Of course our design team is also always there to help with suggestions on how to leverage any of these unique kits to their fullest potential, through our blog and message board.  Each kit subscription includes:

  • (5) Cardstock sheets
  • Minimum of (20) twenty patterned papers
  • Minimum of (2) sets of alphabets
  • (1) Sheet of rub-ons
  • (1) Sheet of labels, borders or fabric
  • Trims, Buttons, Brads, Chipboard, ink/pens
  • Additional unique items
  • Discount Kit Price

You can always try out one of our kits if you are a non-subscriber, but we bet you'll be hooked after one month! :)

One very lucky CSI player will win one of Noel Mignon's fabulous, jam-packed kits! Click on the image below to see a close-up view of these lush kits.

We are also thrilled to have Flying Unicorn as our permanent sponsor. 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! Flying Unicorn is generously donating a gift certificate to CSI winners each month.

We are also delighted to have Scrapbook Fantasies as a permanent sponsor who will be donating 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:

Our December Special Agent is Mariaje Muñoz. Mariaje's work caught my eye as I was strolling through blogs one day, and I had to invite her to guest design for CSI! Mariaje created an amazing page again this week!

We also have some special CSI Members joining the design team this month as our team of Special Investigators:  Annie Claxton, Hilde Aaslund, Sarah Groen, and Wendy Sue Bennett. These ladies' beautiful work has consistently caught our eye in the gallery, and their creations this month have been equally inspiring!

Please 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 wooden thread spool images and the elegant papers Michele included this week! We can't wait to see how you use the Coordinates 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

So are you ready for this week's challenge? Our theme tying our Case Files together this month is Happy Holidays. We wish a very happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends, and this week's Case File is inspired by this very special holiday.

Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 50. 

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


Special Agent Mariaje Munoz brilliantly solved Case File No. 50:

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





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



















**Detailed clues, as promised... 


  • Menorah - medium cocoa brown, taken from the menorah
  • Taupe Tradition - light taupe, taken from the placemats - 237.229.218
  • Light the Candles - white, taken from the windows - 255.255.255
  • Blue Dreidel -light grayish blue, taken from the highlights of the ribbon - 193.205.219
  • Eighth Night - dark grayish blue, taken from the darkest part of the ribbon - 99.117.129



  • ribbon
  • wood
  • fabric
  • something that melts, like wax or embossing powder
  • stitching
  • stripes
  • something transparent or made of glass
  • string (inspired by wicks)
  • something metal
  • something shimmery/shiny



  • Document a holiday tradition.
  • List 8 important things about your topic.
  • Tie a ribbon around your journaling.
  • Use these Hanukkah writing prompts, or adapt them to meet your own traditions.
  • Use stripes in patterned paper to use for your journaling.
  • Inspiration Words: tradition, miracle, light--use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title about your topic.


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

The deadline for completing Case File No. 50

is Sunday, December 23, 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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These are simply sensational & I really, really LOVE this colour palette....thanks, ladies:):):)

Beautiful layouts! Wow! This case file is just wonderful.

I have a photo which will just be perfect for that palette, yeah ! Feeling so inspired right now, thanks !

Stunning work, everyone! Thank you, thank you!


Oh my oh my oh my... Just adore these colours... cant wait to get started but will have to wait cause this is DH birthday weekend and he is making a meal of it ;)

pretty colours, and gorgeous pages from the team to inspire us - thank you.

It's going to be a busy week, but I might get chance to play.

I absolutely fell in love with these colours the moment I saw them! Beautiful Debbi!

Beautiful color palette and layouts. I already have an idea of inspiration. Thanks so much

Beautiful palette (one of my all time fav color combo) and gorgeous layouts by the team. Very inspiring.


there are simply stunning but my problem is i didn't upload mine since Mom wont borrow me her camera !!! grrr.

Once again your colou pallete is amazing! Even though I don't participate that much in here I'm always getting inspirations in your layouts!! Thank you ladies, merry xmas to everyone!!

I know this case file is over... But I just have to say how much I LOVE these coordinates!!!! ♥♥♥ Are totally saving those for one of these days... :D


Challenge rules

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

  • Follow the Case File (use all 5 colors, at least 3 Evidence clues, and at least 1 Testimony clue).
  • In the description, describe the Evidence and Testimony clues.
  • Upload your layout to the gallery 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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