Playing with string

My middle son bought his dad a new board game for his birthday and we played it for the first time on holiday. It is a Japanese game where you create rail tracks out of string and try and create the largest empire possible. It just called out to be scrapped!
I  used a Stuck! sketch (always good to get the mojo flowing) but turned it on it 45 degrees.
I love the pink framed paper with the yellow spray on the left hand side. I added some dots of Gold Heidi Swapp mist to what was already there and also added some to the top right as well. Which was mostly covered over in the end! I basically followed the sketch in terms of the layering - the double sided papers in the Homemade kit made that easy. I liked the wood veneer tag and the phrase "A time for giving" (as the game was a present!) but felt it was too overpowering at its original size. So I cut it in half - which was easier than I thought, and rounded the corners with my corner chomper.

I then cut the butterfly using a thin Clearly Besotted die. It didn't cut all the way through but with a little help from my scissors I think has come out well. She was finished off with a few hearts from the Sampler Kit.

I did also try fussy cutting round the cute squirrel on the veneer tag. The fact that now only a tiny strip of the orange part of the card features on the bottom left of the layout might tell you how well that went...

Finally I took out the thread from the Sampler kit along with glossy accents and had fun creating tracks as in the game. And then with a deep breath decided to try writing with the string for the title.
I gave it a try on a piece of scrap paper first and then went for it. It was very fiddly and you can see some of the glue but it was fun to do and fits with the theme of the layout. I added another heart from the kit and the rest of the title is from my sticker stash.

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