30 June, 2014

Orchid - Combined Meg's Garden and CSI challenge 128

Hello everyone, thanks for calling in.
It's Helen here.
Today I’m sharing a layout as a double agent for
Meg is sponsoring the CSI  challenge this week
I don’t use a lot of purple, but my photo was just right for the colours this week.
I’d love you to hop over and have a look at the stunning layouts
 created by both Design Teams.  
To solve the case, just use all the colours, at least two of the evidence clues 
and at least one of the testimony clues.
I used the gorgeous Correspondence collection, 
"Distressed Letter" P6402 by Kerry-Jean Watson, (green)
 and "A French Account" P6401 (neutral)
The marbled purple (amethyst) is also from Meg’s Garden, 
as is the jewel bright, purple brad.
Texture was added with Jo Sonja texture paste
and a little colour with Tim Holtz distress ink.
The required blue and white colours are in this little cluster
Cream alphas are by Prima and fit within the permitted
 10 percent additional colour.

Metal (on the brad)

I went to the journal jar prompt and was inspired by this question. 

What little things have happened to you lately that have really touched you or made a huge difference in your day?

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

This glorious orchid was grown by a neighbour of mine.  He and his wife have been having a bit of a tough time over the last few years, but they’ve picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and created new ways of giving their lives meaning.  Their generosity is legendary, yet they see themselves as ordinary people. 

I called in to see them briefly this week and was given a stem of orchids from their greenhouse.  Their random act of kindness has stayed with me all week.  The vibrant colour, the unusual fragrance and the exquisite shape of the spray, is a feast for my eyes and brightens the hallway with it’s beauty.  Their simple act of generosity has enhanced my week and created a bubble of joy every time I look at it.  Why is it so?  I think it’s to do with the random nature of the gift.  I wasn’t expecting it and somehow that makes the gift even more special.   Just as an unprovoked rude response from someone, can cause intense sadness, so too, does this give intense joy. It has made me to think about how I interact with others and decide to pay it forward whenever I have the opportunity.  “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.  They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”   Marcel Proust
Thanks for calling in to Meg's Garden, I hope you check out the beautiful store
and play along with the challenge.   You may be lucky enough to the
a generous pack of gorgeous products.


  1. So pretty......Love those colors......

  2. Wow!! Spectacular way to solve the case Helen!! Gorgeous photo and such a lovely story behind it. Love the layers and the textures ... absolutely stunning page!! Love, love, love!! ox