Thursday, February 15, 2018

Case File No. 248 - Deadline: February 28

We're back with our mid-month challenge, this time a little more traditional for the month of February.

We're so pleased to see folks embracing our new changes. In case you haven't heard, we've got a brand-new twist on our challenge this year! We're calling it Freestyle, and it's tailor-made for everyone. Like the old, traditional way we've had our challenges? We've still got the traditional clues, which you can find at the bottom. Want to try something new? Freestyle the challenge by interpreting the Case File Scene any way you'd like. Or, combine the traditional with the Freestyle and pick and choose the clues you want. No minimum requirements because CSI is all about inspiration and telling your stories YOUR way.

So, are you ready for the new challenge? Grab you forensics kits, CSI players, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 248.


In honor of Valentine's Day, we've got a lovely Case File for our mid-month challenge. Our sweet Scene is by Dutch artist Ruth Hengeveld. Feel free to interpret the Case File in any way that inspires you, or for our traditional clues, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Remember to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this reveal post for RGB codes, color descriptions, and more detailed explanations of the Evidence and Testimony prompts.

For our Russian players, Detective Anastasia has translated our Case File into Russian:

Правила на русском языке вы можете прочитать здесь.


We're so excited to have fifteen generous sponsors this month! Our sponsors are among the best in the crafting industry, offering unique and trendy products. CLICK HERE to read more about these generous sponsors and the prizes they're donating.


We're honored to have the members of several of our sponsors' design teams serving as Guest Detectives this month! Joining us are the teams from 2Crafty, Clique Kits, Its and Bits Crafts Supplies, and Paper Issues (who played with our first February Case File), so we'll have tons of inspiration for you!


So...are you ready for some serious inspiration?

The 2Crafty design team exquisitely solved this Case:

Bec's blog

Kareen's blog

Kripa's blog

How Kripa solved the Case File: I've used all the 5 colours, butterflies, flowers, lace, leaves, flowers. The journalling is a message to my boys. Be sure to check out Kripa's video tutorial.

Lisa's blog

Noura's blog

Rachael's blog

Sabrina's blog

Torsa's blog

The designers from Clique Kits did a beautiful job solving the case too:

Hannah's blog

Réka's blog

Sara's blog

Merrilyn, our Guest Detective from It's and Bits masterfully solved the case:

How Merrilyn solved the Case File: I used Cocoa Vanilla’s new range more than words, colours in the vellum hand drawn flower, journaled in colour pencil, flowers, butterflies, wild is in the title & I used string to frame a pic.

The design team at Lindy's Gang rocked the Case File:

Aleksandra's blog

Anat's blog

Asia's blog

Caroline's blog

Elena's blog

Kerry's blog

Natalie's blog

Sivan's blog

Yuliana's blog

Here is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case. You can read more about how the Case File inspired them on their blogs.

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How Sylvia solved the Case File: For this case I was mostly inspired by the scene and it's colours. I used the ones suggested and added some soft turquoise that I found in the scene. (It's barely noticeable, but it's there, and I love turquoise so what can I say...)I also used a bunch of the evidence listed. My title and journalling reads: small, light clouds. (From a summery pop song) I wish you an eternally blue sky. Summer holiday 2017.

How Sandra solved the Case File: I have used the original style for this layout. I used all of the colours in the colour scheme. I journaled a little story about the man in my life. Evidence used was solid white background, floral patterned paper, heart, flowers and leaves and butterflies.

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How Nupur solved the Case File: Inspired from the mood, the feel I created this planner spread. Love life and enjoy every moment is what living is all about. The beautiful color palette and its softness served as a cherry on the top to garnish the creation.

How Annie solved the Case File: I loved the soft colours in the beautiful illustration, and they reminded me of our wedding colours, so I felt inspired to create a romantic page with this picture of hubby and me to celebrate St.Valentine's Day. I used hearts, a floral print and embroidery floss in lieu of string.

How Debbi Solved the Case File: I used the colors and some of the Evidence clues--solid white background, floral pattern, hearts, butterflies, leaves, flowers, and something fuzzy. The texture paste flowers on my background were inspired by the outlines of the balloons in the Case, and I chose to use that large piece of brown woodgrain paper since the brown bear was so prominent in The Scene. I also created this for the mid-month challenge at Stuck?! Sketches, where I'm a design team member. Laura gave us two sketches to work with, and I had already created a layout with the first sketch, so I thought it would be fun to combine the challenges.

How Nina solved the Case File: I was inspired by the nature in the scene, and picked out a photo of my daughter where she was painting a potato. I used solid white background, a bird, flowers and I drew the potatoes. The title and texts say: Today I learned in school how to paint a potato plant:-)

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How Carina solved the Case File: I was inspired by all the colors in the field and that adorable bear holding the balloons. It´s such a lovable picture!

How Taru solved the Case File: My inspiration is colors and photo!

How Natsuko solved the Case File: I used the defined colors, solid white background, Leaves and Flowers, Animals and colored pencils. I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves and colored them, and didn't use any other embellishments! That was new for me! I also stamped some animals:)

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How Laura solved the Case File: I went old school. Used white background paper, clouds, bunny, hearts, string, my clouds and bunny have a hand drawn look too. I wrote a letter to my grandson for the testimony.

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How Ginger solved the Case File: I love the whimsical photo and colors which led me to this sweet photo of my grandson. He just lost his first tooth and he is so proud and is wondering what the tooth fairy might be bringing to him.

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Choose as few or as many as you are inspired to use!
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  • 255.255.255 – bright white
  • 121.94.77 – cedar brown
  • 244.157.176 – carnation pink
  • 229.221.210 – pale gray
  • 200.206.144 – light artichoke green
  • Solid white background
  • Floral pattern
  • Hearts
  • Balloons
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Clouds
  • Leaves, flowers
  • Strawberry or other fruit
  • Birds, rabbits, or other animals
  • String
  • Colored pencils
  • Draw something or use elements that have a hand-drawn look
  • Something fuzzy (e.g., felt)
TESTIMONY (Journaling ideas)

  • Topic: Document something special about the one you love.
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a February prompt.
  • Presentation: hand write your journaling with a colored pencil.
  • Writing Format: Write a love letter.
  • Inspiration Words: love, flourish, wild

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

The deadline for completing this Case File is Wednesday, February 28, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure to link your layout using the link tool in the sidebar, and mention the Evidence and Testimony clues you used. Also, please title your link with your name and country.

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