Monday, 29 December 2014


Hello Everyone and a very Merry Christmas to you all!

Today I have a new case file for you from CSI, so it is time to pick up your forensic kits and let's get sleuthing. If you haven't played along before it really is a lot of fun and you should check it out and see the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team.

This is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Swiss dots, arrows, light bulbs (in the photo), holiday accents, ribbon, use heat (embossing).
Testimony - Document the holidays.

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:

This year Christmas was different.
There were two extra special little people joining us. I got a new tree, bigger, not taller but fatter. I took out all the decorations and cleaned them all, fixed the ones that needed to be fixed. Trimmed the tree and hung the stockings but it wasn't enough - it was time to add a new tradition.
I scoured the internet looking for something special that would be just for us and that could be added to and continued. THEN I found what I was looking for. Christmas baubles - hand made with everyone's names on them - starting with the oldest living member of our family. My FIL, Simon and I, Clint and Lin and the twins, Storm and Lloyd and I have a few spares that can be completed and added to the tree as new babies are born. I have visions of a tree filled with just these balls and it fills my heart with joy. 
I took ordinary baubles and covered them with torn bits of tissue paper, once covered I gave them a coat of podge. Then came the hearts - drawn and painted, and outlined with a charcoal pencil to add shading. I tore a piece of masking tape and wrote each name on it and stuck it onto the heart. The bauble was then given another coat of podge that had glitter added to it. The little bit that fits over the end to hang it up was covered in glue and dipped into glitter. Finally I added the string with three little bells and a bow. 
I have to say they were a hit with everyone, they had such fun looking for their own balls and it just filled me with joy to see the look on their faces as they saw what I had done, something so special for each and every one of them.
For the first time in a long time I saw Christmas through a childs eyes and I liked what I saw.

Here are some close ups.

I used some chipboard baubles that I had and gave them a coat of gesso, then a coat of distress stain in Shabby Shutters, Festive Berries and Gold, dried it off and covered the whole thing with distress glitter. Once it was dry I stamped over it with a script stamp and archival ink in black.

I created a little cluster with some papers and another bauble, some arrows that were covered with distress glitter and the flowers. Finally I added a little Christmas flair and the 25 with Merry Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it and I wish you enough for 2015.

Till next time.



  1. What a fabulous idea! I love it. - tho I'm too lazy to do it!!!! Your LO is yum ---- I think I like it when you go CAS best of all....stunning with the dark bg here:):)

  2. What an awesome idea!! I'll bet they all had the best time looking for their baubles!! Your layout is gorgeous Val. That dark bg really makes everything just pop!! Fabulous!! xx

  3. Beautiful page Val. It pops on the dark background. The baubles top right look gorgeous with the treatment you gave them. Most of all, I like the personalised ornaments for each person; such a lovely individual touch. Our little ones looked for their names on our tree this year, but I just didn't have the energy to make them. Next year, I will scrap jack your idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Yay you're back! What a gorgeous layout! I love how the colors pops against the black. <3

  5. So glad to see you back. You were missed. I love your new tradition and your ornaments are gorgeous. Great page to record this xx

  6. It is always nice to create traditions. I have some with my son and they are so meaningful. Hope you had a wonderful day and that New Year is just as special.

  7. What a wonderful idea, Val! I love Simon's ornament, and I love the idea of extras for the coming babies. But, don't forget to look back, too, as well as forward. Having the names of those who are missing is a great reminder that they were once a part of your wonderful family! Happy New Year, my dear friend!

  8. Gorgeous page....I love that black background and super chippies! Gorgeous photo too and how special to have made these super baubles!! Such a fabulous idea! Glad to see you are creating again Val....I have certainly missed seeing your work! Wishing everything of the best to you and your family for 2015...may it be abundantly creative, happy, healthy and filled with everything good! xxx

  9. What a special wonderful tradition! It looks so pretty in your pic, I'm sure in person it's even better.

    Your lo is just beautiful. Sadly I don't devote any time to this wonderful challenge. It really is one of the best out there yet I slack. As always your contribution is lovely :)

    Happy New Year!

    Paula xoxo

  10. Stunningly dramatic page Val - love the glittery flowers & the chippie treatment. All the best for 2015!!