Happy Friday! Happy New Year! And Happy Birthday, CSI! Yes, CSI is officially one year old. Has this year flown by! It's been a thrill seeing our little happy place grow and grow as scrappy friends from around the world have embraced our challenge. So, now it's time to celebrate! We have some fun surprises in store for you this month, so keep checking in. We've created a Happy Birthday, CSI Forum where we will be posting about our celebrations.

Our first special surprise is that we are giving the CSI Flair to our members. We know you will find the flair to be a fun addition to your comments in the gallery and forums. Michele has made scads of gorgeous  flair buttons to celebrate our special milestone. You can find your flair here.

Our next special surprise is that we have some of our retired Detectives coming out of retirement to join the design team again this month! This week, we are so happy to have the lovely Sarah Martin back with us!

As always, a new month brings a new main sponsor, and we are excited to have Pink Paislee as our sponsor this month! And their wonderful designers will be joining us all month. This week, we have Danielle Flanders joining us.

Here's a little bit about this fabulous company, in their own words:

Pink Paislee products aren't manufactured...they are crafted! Each product we develop must meet our impeccable standards from design to delivery in order to carry our Pink Paislee name.  It begins with original design, carefully selected color palettes, and a strong attention to detail.  The first time you put our products to use, you will enjoy the excitement and satisfaction of preserving memories that will last a lifetime.  As you experience life and uncover new stories, be sure to accentuate your art with Pink Paislee.

Established in January of 2008, Pink Paislee is a family owned business based outside of Kansas City, Missouri.  We pride ourselves in developing products that blend design and function to make scrapbooking and paper crafting easier!  With over 500 products available from Pink Paislee, consumers can find our items in scrapbook specialty stores throughout 50 different countries.

Pink Paislee is awarding this month's sponsor winner their entire Secret Crush collection:

Be sure to show your support of Pink Paislee through these links:




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 January Special Agent is Piradee Talvanna! Her work is amazing, and she will be here to inspire us with a layout next week.

We also have some special CSI Members joining the design team this month as our team of Special Investigators:  Adriana Bolzon, Laura Mooney (aka Moongirl), Sandi Taloumis, and Stephanie Schütze. These ladies' beautiful work has consistently caught our eye in the gallery, and their creations this week are equally inspiring!

Please visit all our guest designers' pages in the Guest Detective forum to say hi and to hear how they responded to our "Interrogation."

As always, Michele has created a fabulous set of printables for you! Check out the delicious cupcakes and the gorgeous papers Michele made for us this week! We can't wait to see how you use the Coordinates this week! Note: There are two separate files for our 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

A new month also brings a new theme that ties together our Case Files. January is National Hot Tea Month. The lovely Scene which inspired this week's Case File is from Pink Frosting

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. 53. 

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


Our inspiring Guest Detective from Pink Paislee has brilliantly cracked the Case File...


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... 


  • Sof-tea - pale dusty pink, taken from the cream pitcher  - 242.230.234
  • Tranquili-tea - lavendar, taken from the purple hydrangea - 192.173.209
  • Sereni-tea - pale blue, taken from the teacup - 221.230.239
  • Green Tea - pale yellow green, taken from the background - 243.254.214
  • Placidi-tea - gray, taken from the shadows on the tablecloth - 206.206.216



  • flowers
  • metal
  • pleating
  • texture paste
  • scallops
  • cupcake accent
  • teacup accent
  • embossed paper (inspired by the design on the cupcake)
  • fabric (inspired by the tablecloth and napkin)



  • Be inspired by this site: Daydreaming on Paper--try the little button at the bottom.
  • Journal in the form of a recipe (inspired by the cupcake)
  • Try oneword (inspired by the one teacup)
  • Write a haiku--inspired by the 3 main elements in the picture. Directions for writing haiku poems.
  • Add scallops to your journaling spot
  • Inspiration Words: -- soft, lovely, quiet 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. 53

is Sunday, January 13, 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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Woooooozzzers!!  Incredible reveal ladies!!  So love the perspective of the case file.  It's awesome having such a talented team to work with!  You humble me!! :D

Happy Birthday CSI! Cant believe it has been a year already.. I cant wait to see how our talented ladies solve this case! Love this case to bits! Incredible reveal by the DTs and Special Guest DTs. (:

Happy Birthday/Feliz Cumpleanos C.S.I

I have been following along for few months now andyou'll have very special ways making your lovely pages. This case with the colors and the Tea Time, is truly my personal favorite to use. Welcome back to ex-designers, you never loose your good taste, just as the aged wine. CHEERS/SALUD!!!!

Yep, VERY happy birthday - bet the year has flown - you & your team have put so much work into the site & it runs like clockwork, so a big, big shout-out to say THANK YOU for providing such an inspiring blog....not least of which are this months LOs....& those colours....just so soft & pretty:):):)

Happy happy birthday CSI. Thank you Debbi and team for the amazing work you have put into this site :D BIG thank you too to Michele for the AMAZING co-ordinates and the new flair. YOU GUYS ROCK!

Can't wait to play along this week. I adore these colours :D

Happy Birthday CSI!! I can remember when the first case went up a year ago so well. Thank you so much Debbi for starting this site and for all your work with it. And the DT and members for making it such a success.

Happy Birthday CSI!

Amazing reveal again - can't wait the gallery to fill with gorgeous creations!

Cannot believe how quickly time has flown, already a year since CSI went live! It's been a fantastic creative journey and one amazing reveal after another each single week. Debbi is THE best! Thank you sweetie for all the incredible work you do behind the scenes. Happy Birthday and here's to many more successful and inspirational years!! Hip hip! xoxo

Oh! so pretty! I don't have time to join in this week, but what a delicious Case File and truly inspirational designer pages to go with it as always! Happy Birthday CSI :o)

Happy birthday CSI.

I love those colors and the layouts are so beautiful! Well done ladies.

Amazing creations from the team!! I love them all! :D

Happy Birthday to you. Love these soft pretty pastels, love all your inspiration and designer layouts. Great job everyone.



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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 two Evidence clues, and at least one Testimony clue).
  • In the description, you need to describe the Evidence and Testimony clues.
  • You need to upload your layout by the deadline.

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