Happy Friday! How beautiful and dreamy the gallery looks this week! We've loved seeing all your gorgeous creations. We have another beautiful holiday-inspired Case File this week.

We are excited to announce that Noel Mignon is sponsoring CSI this month! Noel Mignon 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 Noel Mignon 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 is back this week with another beautiful page.

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 week are 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 lovely decorative filigree elements she made this week! We can't wait to see how you use the Coordinates this week! The Coordinates are attached as two separate files 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. The yummy Scene which inspired this week's Case File is from Glorious Treats.

Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 51. 

**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 Muñoz solved Case File No. 51 like this...


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... 



  • Magenta Baubles - fuchsia, taken from the glittery ball on the bottom - 185.61.121
  • Pink Frost-ing - ballerina pink, taken from the pink cookies - 250.205.228
  • Sugary Snow - off-white, taken from the white cookie - 247.247.245
  • Blue Christmas - sky blue, taken from the blue glass ball at the top - 173.219.234
  • Jack Frost - teal blue, taken from the matte blue ball on the right - 103.166.183



  • circular objects
  • snowflakes
  • glitter
  • beads
  • rhinestones or pearls
  • texture paste or similar medium
  • dry or wet embossing
  • metal
  • something filigree, like lacy laser die-cuts, border punches, lace cardstock, etc.
  • something shiny
  • doodling/ pen work
  • puffy paint



  • Six-word memoir (inspired by the snowflakes' six sides)
  • Add rhinestones to your journaling spot.
  • Use all five senses to journal.
  • Choose a prompt from here.
  • Write your journaling as a recipe.
  • Inspiration Words:  sparkle/shine, best, decorate, --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. 51

is Sunday, December 30, 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 work from everyone, as always! Thank you so much for your beautiful inspiration!

this is just just a lovely challenge - and all the design team pages are so wonderful and inspiring! I don't know which way to turn on this palette. So many choices!

Oh la la, this is delightful ! These pages are pure eye candy and the combo is so pretty...

I finish my #50 and start asap this one !

Such gorgeous layouts! This week's case file is so wonderful (as is every week!). Love the inspiration photo.

WOW!! Amazing challenge and gorgeous takes from the team! I really hope to have some time to do this - have had very little to no time to scrap lately... I NEED to scrap!! :D


I just looooove this weeks's colors combo and the rest of the challenge.

As usual the DT examples are stunning and very inspirational - thanks for sharing!

Fantastic colors and challenge this week. Beautiful example layouts. Thanks.

This challenge was just what I needed to get me scraping again. So there is a layout from me in the gallery after a long time again. Not a joyfull one, but it's not the time for joyfull layouts for me sadly.

Thanks for getting me started again.


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.

Please donate if you can...

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