I thought the new Little Tangles challenge to make a monochromatic card wouldn’t be that bad. All I had to do was pick a color and I was good to go, right?

Yeah, I was Wrong.

It was quite the challenge to add depth and interest with only the one color (and accent of silver). I found papers that I liked right away, but they were competing with each other. Thank goodness I was at a crop and my trusty friend Makalah suggested using the vellum–GENIUS! It really helped to add another tint by adding the slight white of the vellum.

Neat&Tangled Monochromatic challenge from Craftingwithoutkids

Awww…I think they like each other!

I used the birds from the Neat & Tangled set My Heart Sings and SkyLark pattern paper from CTMH. I used some Washi tape (man I LOVE Washi tape!), to attach the vellum to the card base. The silver paper is the DCWV Gliz paper. Definitely my favorite of all the glitter papers. Some of my new favorite SU ribbon finished it off. This wasn’t the easiest card I’ve ever made,  but I like how it turned out in the end and I hope you do too!


In addition to my obsessions with beads and paper, I also love playing board games. I grew up playing games all day with my Aunt LaVonne and my friends. It’s so exciting that it’s becoming popular again. For a fun show and to learn a few games, check out Will Wheaton’s show TableTop on YouTube.

A friend told me about the lists people were making under the hashtag #10x10in2014. This entails making a list of 10 games that you want to play 10 times each in 2014. There are SO many new games coming out all the time and it’s often hard to really dig into one game and play it again and again when you have so many new games sitting there waiting to be played. This challenge will help me focus on some of the games I really enjoy and give me an excuse to play them more often. Here’s a good hub to learn more at BoardGameGeek.

Here’s my list.

1.    Innovation has 2 great expansions that I’ve had for awhile and never gotten around to really delving into. This game makes me feel like I could play it a lot better if I knew the cards better.

2.  Trajan has a really interesting Mancala type mechanism for deciding what actions you will be taking. There are a lot of different avenues to win so it’s easy to replay and try out different options.

3.  Blueprints is a simple game that involves building structures out of dice behind a blind. It’s new to me and seems like it will be a fun game to play often and quickly.

4.   I have several expansions for 7 Wonders that I haven’t gotten to play with. This is a great game for a larger group as it plays up to 8 people with expansions. It’s fairly easy to learn and teach, but it becomes more complex with expansions and understanding the card chaining options.

5.  I know. A lot of people are sick of Dominion, but I’m not. And I like Comic Sans too. So there. I said it. :) Dominion is a deck building game that plays fairly quickly and there are currently 8 expansions that allow for lots of varied play.

6. Quarriors! is similar to a deck building game and is quite a bit like Dominion. Instead of building a deck, you are buying dice to add to your pool that you then equip and use to fight the other players. For someone like me that likes beads and baubles, all of the amazing dice that are in this game just beg to be played with again and again.

7.  King Of Tokyo is a fun dice game that plays up to 6 with the necessary Panda Power Up expansion. Easy to teach and easy to play, it’s a great game for a larger group. And I get to be a Panda. I can’t stress how important that is. :)

8.  Speaking of pandas…Takenoko is a whole game about Pandas eating bamboo. I’m in. ‘Nuff said.

9.  Village won awards in 2012 for being a great family game. Like Trajan, there are multiple avenues to achieving the end game and by playing it often, I get to explore them all.

10.   Lords of Waterdeep and the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion is a favorite of several of my gaming groups. Don’t let the Dungeon & Dragons tag on this stop you from playing if you aren’t into D&D. It’s really just the theme.

So that’s my 10. There were MANY that I wanted to add, (Luna, Smash Up, Eminent Domain, Monolith…) that just didn’t make the cut. Maybe if I get 10 of something done early, I can substitute one in. My birthday was Jan. 1st and my boyfriend said he’d play the first game with me–Innovation. Unfortunately, he didn’t give me a win for my birthday. :( Our next Game Day is in the middle of January so I hope to make a small dent in this list.

I don’t make a lot of tags. Tim (the most amazing) Holtz makes tags for just about everything. They are a great canvas for playing with techniques and making mini-masterpieces, but I have a hard time making art for art’s sake and I need to actively work more on Just Playing. In that vein, I decided to try the new challenge at CASE Study #166.

Here’s the inspiration

And here’s my take!

Case Study 166

I finally broke into my Close to My Heart Flirty collection pack. So the chipboard, papers and pin are from that collection. It was really hard for me to cut into a huge 12″ x 12″ piece of paper to cut out the little banners, but in the end, it was a little freeing. And hopefully, this will help me use it more! I spritzed the background with Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold and it sure does shimmer! I really wish I could make it show up better in this picture. This tag will also go well with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Ink Challenge. I’m not sure where this tag will end up, but for right now it can live online. :)

As you may know, I have been practicing my “grouping” and “mini-collage” “skills”. ;) (Prize for most quotes in one sentence!) So I gathered some die-cuts and sparkly things to work on my Gratitude card for this My Mind’s Eye challenge.

My Mind's Eye Gratitude Challenge

I think it turned out pretty well. I used My Mind’s Eye paper from the Collectable Unforgettable collection. I stamped the Sparkle sentiment from the Hero Arts set Find Joy in Soft Olive. The Hero Arts inks tend to sink into the paper a little. The end result is a nice melding of paper and ink. And of course, I needed to use some My Mind’s Eye enamel dots!

Disclaimer: I’ve had these little snowmen for a really long time. At least it feels like a long time. They are SO cute, which is why I bought them, but I don’t make a lot of holiday cards so they’ve never gotten used. Now is the time little man–Get out there and be cute!! To the Paper Smooches Designer Drafts challenge!

I found this sketch a little challenging, but maybe that’s because I started it at 2am. Hmmm…well…I took another crack at it in the morning and it worked out much better than the night before.

Paper Smooches Designer Drafts Challenge


There he is hanging out in the snow! I used an oldie but goodie for my paper–Basic Grey Nordic Holiday. The snowman is from the Paper Smooches Freezy Fellas stamp set. And the sentiment is from Paper Smooches Metropolis. He’s perched on a page from the Notebook Basic Die. And of course I needed to Stickle up his nose! :)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE paper piecing and fussy cutting. So the challenge at The Paper Girls #43: Cut it Out is perfect for me!

The Paper Girls Beary Special Cut it Out Challenge

Aren’t they adorable?!?

I love the serene little look on this guys face. He’s from the Neat and Tangled Little Bear set. He’s dressed in papers from the new Basic Grey RSVP collection. I think they are all special, but the guy in the middle is a super star! :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Basic Grey? Yes Please!
Sparkles? Yes Please!

This Basic Grey Challenge is PERFECT! This time is Sparkle and Glamour at the Basic Grey Challenge Blog.

Ooooooooh Shiny!

Ooooooooh Shiny!

Oh pretty little shiny flowers! This paper is from Cappella from Basic Grey. I added shiny buttons and bling from Close to My Heart. Even the twine along the edge has silver glinting through it. I like the understated glamour with pops of sparkle.

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