Qwirkle Family Game Night with Qwirkle Chocolates

Thanks to Mindware for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Family game night is one of my family's favorite ways to spend time together. Over the years, we have collected all kinds of board and card games. Qwirkle is one game that not a lot of people have heard of, but is one that the whole family will love playing together time and time again. Since it is one of our favorites, we decided to have a Qwirkle-themed family game night complete with some easy-to-make Qwirkle Chocolates for us to eat (and play with)!

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Qwirkle is simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick-thinking and a well-planned strategy for 2-4 players. It combines the game play of Dominoes and Scrabble that teaches colors, shapes, math and the importance of strategizing. It is the perfect combination of skill and chance for both children and adults.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Players score points by building rows and columns of brightly-colored tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape without creating duplicates. Score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. Create a line of all six in a row, and you score a "Qwirkle"! The player with the most points when the tiles run out wins!

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Making chocolates is a simple and quick treat you can make for a family game night. Start with a silicone mold with 2" squares. You can get these online (Amazon, Etsy, etc) or at stores that carry silicone molds. Mine is an ice cube tray!

Melt a package of chocolate wafers down in the microwave for 1 minute, and in 30 second increments until the wafers are completely melted. Stir well and add a small amount of chocolate into each of the molds. Tilt the mold a little in each direction so that the chocolate coats all four sides. Tap the mold on the counter a few times to distribute the chocolate evenly and release air bubbles.

Add any kind of filling you want into the molds - I have added crushed peanuts, mini M&Ms, caramel, and crushed Oreos. Scoop the remaining melted chocolate into the molds over the filling and tap on the counter again to settle the chocolate. Place in the freezer or refrigerator until the chocolates have set.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

To turn these average chocolates into "Qwirkle Chocolates", we've got to add the colorful shapes to the top to resemble the Qwirkle tiles! Melt down a few red, green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange wafers (one at a time). Spoon the melted wafer into a plastic bag and cut a tiny bit of the corner off. Set aside tiles with the six shapes on it next to your work space for reference. Carefully pipe the shapes onto the top of the chocolates. Repeat with all six colors.

Make some Qwirkle Chocolates to eat while you play Qwirkle at your next Family Game Night!

Keep the chocolates refrigerated until you are ready for game night. Set up Qwirkle, and play the night away with your family as you enjoy a sweet, chocolatey Qwirkle-inspired treat!

Qwirkle, made by Mindware, can be found at pretty much any retailer! Follow Mindware on social media to find more games to play for family game nights: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest

What is your favorite board or card game to play with your family?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #166

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party, and happy Thursday! I hope you've had a great week and are ready to be inspired. Here are just a few creative recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Santa's Hat Shirley Temple by The Kitchen is My Playground
DIY Colorful Rhinestone Ornaments by White House Crafts
Cheesy Bacon Pinwheels by Simply Stacie
Snowman Front Door Wreath by You Brew My Tea
DIY Snowman Tin Can Toss by 5 Minutes for Mom
20-Minute Cheddar Biscuits by Kleinworth & Co.
Snow Globe Ornaments by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Raspberry White Chocolate Cookie Bars by Housewife How-Tos

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New Year's Eve Party Ideas with Cricut

This post is a sponsored by Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post also contains affiliate links.

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

Whether you stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year or celebrate earlier for an early bedtime, you can still host a memorable New Year's Eve party with friends and family. These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember!

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

For our party I decided to make some party hats, celebratory cups, bottle wrapper, and a fun activity to countdown the last hours of the year! To make these New Year's Eve party accessories, you'll need:



These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

You'll also need some plain, black cups (plastic or paper will work great), a bottle of wine or sparkling cider, and some small muslin favor bags.

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Cut the bottle wrapper pieces out of black cardstock and gold glitter cardstock with the Cricut Maker. Wrap the black piece of cardstock around the sparkling cider bottle to cover the label and tape the ends together in the back.

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Next, wrap the gold glitter cardstock wrapper around the bottle over the black cardstock. Weave the arrow end into the tab on the opposite end of the paper. If you need to, add a couple lines of tape runner or glue stick on the back of the glitter cardstock to keep it in place.

That's it for the bottle! You can also resize the image in design space to fit on water bottles, and even soda bottles to dress up your beverages for the party!

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For both the cups and party hats, you need to cut glitter vinyl. You can use black glitter or gold glitter depending on the color of the cups and hat bases you choose.

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I adore glitter vinyl, but I am totally not a fan when it comes to weeding it. Because of all the texture, it can sometimes be hard to see where the cuts are to remove the excess vinyl without ruining your project. One thing that has helped me tremendously with this process is using the Cricut BrightPad

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All you have to do is plug it in, lay your vinyl on the screen, and adjust the brightness level. Like magic, you can see your design cuts, which makes it easier than ever to weed your project!

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

Use the Weeding Tools to remove all of the excess vinyl. Carefully peel the vinyl away from the backing with your fingers or use some transfer paper.

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Carefully place the vinyl on the cups. I started with the "0", and then carefully let the other numbers fall in place. Smooth out the vinyl with your fingers and carefully peel up the vinyl if you need to adjust it or smooth out a wrinkle. Now the cups are ready to use! I think they will be so fun for drinking our sparkling cider out of at our party.

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

The hat templates are all ready for you to cut in Design Space. I cut out some hats with black cardstock bases and gold glitter vinyl decorations, and some with gold glitter cardstock bases with black gitter vinyl decorations.

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

When it comes time to decorate and assemble the hats, simply peel the vinyl off of the backing and stick the year and stars on the hat base. Curl the sides of the hat ends together and stick the tab through the slit. Add a piece of tape inside the hat on the tab for extra strength. You can also punch a small hole on each side of the hat and tie some elastic on so it's a little easier to wear. For fun, glue a pom pom on top!

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

Last, but certainly not least, I assembled some New Year's Countdown Activity Bags. Since we count down from "10" on New Year's Eve, I thought it would be fun to count down 10 activities while we party the night away!

I purchased the muslin bags already made, so all I needed to do was cut out the numbers for each bag. I used Black Glitter Iron-On Vinyl for the numbers, and have already mirrored them in the cut file so you don't have to worry about it! After the numbers have been cut, carefully weed the vinyl.

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

I love using the Cricut EasyPress with iron-on vinyl. It's so easy to use and heats up quickly! For iron-on vinyl, adjust the settings by pressing the buttons to 270ยบ for 40 seconds. When the EasyPress is ready, the button with the Cricut logo will change from red to green.

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

Center the vinyl on the muslin bag and lay the EasyPress on top. Press the Cricut logo button to start the timer and hold pressure on the EasyPress. When the timer is up, take the EasyPress off and put it back in the base. Let the bag cool, then remove the plastic liner away from the vinyl.

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Repeat for all 10 bags, and voila! The countdown bags are ready to be filled with fun activities and small treats!

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Instead of writing on strips of paper myself, I put the Cricut to work to do it for me. I typed up different ideas in rectangle shapes and had the Cricut cut them out of black cardstock and write the text with Gold Metallic Pen.

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Next, I used the Quilling Tool from the Paper Crafting Set to easily roll up all of the strips of paper.

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Place a rolled up activity strip in each bag along with a little treat or two. Once your party starts, let the countdown of activities begin! 10, 9, 8...

These New Year's Eve Party Ideas can all be made with the Cricut to make your party one to remember! #CricutMade #CricutHoliday

New Year's Eve is sure to be a blast, and I can't wait to put these party ideas into action! I'm sure I'll have more ideas coming to you before the big night, so keep an eye out! 

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How will you ring in the New Year with your family?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

This Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag is the perfect gift to share this holiday season!

This Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag is the perfect gift to share this holiday season! #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

As the holidays get closer, I am always on the lookout for items that we can give as gifts to friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers. Glade® Holiday Limited Edition Fragrances paired with a free printable gift tag are the perfect gift to share this holiday season and would even be incredible favors at your holiday parties!

This Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag is the perfect gift to share this holiday season! #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

We went to our local Kroger to find some candles and found this festive display filled with Glade® candles, plug-ins & aerosols in four new holiday scents: Tree Lighting Wonder™, Cozy Cider Sipping™, Candy Sparkling Joy™, and Frosting with Love™. Be on the lookout for Glade® Holiday Limited Edition Fragrances on display at your local Kroger store now!

This Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag is the perfect gift to share this holiday season! #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

The four new Glade® Holiday Collection fragrances come in jar candles, PlugIns® and aerosols that are sure to bring in the memories of Holiday Magic this season. The scents, packaging, and even the wax colors are gorgeous enough to make you want to share them with everyone you know! 

The Tree Lighting Wonder™ scent is a beautiful combination of fir needle, spruce, and eucalyptus that makes you want to grab your favorite ornaments, and string the lights!

The Cozy Cider Sipping™ scent is a comforting mix of apple, cinnamon, nutmeg to make your home feel cozy and inviting.

The Candy Sparking Joy™ scent is a bright blend of plump, juicy berries, peaches, sweet pomegranate, and tart cranberry balanced by pink peony petals to add a touch of holiday sweetness to your home.

The Frosting With Love™ scent brings the joy of cookie decorating with delicious, pure vanilla notes warmed with whipped sugar icing almost like marshmallow fluff on a delicate cookie beneath!

This Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag is the perfect gift to share this holiday season! #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

Download and print the free printable holiday candle gift tags by clicking the link below. For best results, print on cardstock. Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut the tags out.


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.

This Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag is the perfect gift to share this holiday season! #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

Punch a hole along the top of the gift tag with a hole punch. Try not to get too close to the edge or it could rip when you attach it to your gift.

This Holiday Candle Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag is the perfect gift to share this holiday season! #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

Attach the gift tag to the top with some twine or string, and this "Scent-Sational" Holiday Candle Gift Idea is ready to share with those you love this holiday season!


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Free Printable Coloring Christmas Gift Boxes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting!

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

When it comes to holiday gifting, I like to try to shop early so that I don't have to fight the crowds. Try as I might, I still find myself doing some last-minute gift shopping for people on my list, including teachers, school friends, and co-workers. To get myself prepared this year, I've come up with some Free Printable Christmas Gift Boxes that you can color yourself to keep on-hand that can be filled with a gift or two.


Make the holidays bright, bold and full of possibilities with Sharpie gift packs found at Target stores and online at Target.com. These new doodling and drawing gift sets are for every kind of artist, and make great gifts for kids, tweens and adults! Hover over the image to buy these gift packs now, and from 12/3 to 12/23 you can save $10 with the low price of $19.99 with this offer.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

The Sharpie Permanent Markers Limited Edition Gift Pack is loaded with a dazzling array of 17 fine point (for bold strokes), 3 metallic (for a stunning sheen) and 14 ultra-fine point (for intricate details) color markers. You can also explore the depths of your creativity with 3 bonus coloring pages!

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

The Prismacolor Premier Coloring Book Kit has everything you need to create vibrant artwork, colorful sketches, and precise illustrations. This brilliant set includes 18 Prismacolor colored pencils, 2 illustration markers, a colorless blender pencil, and an adult coloring book!

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

These Free Printable Coloring Christmas Gift Boxes are easy to color and assemble. Plus, your gift (even if it's last-minute) will have that handmade touch that everyone loves to receive! The boxes have a top and a bottom piece that fit together beautifully to hold smaller items like gift cards, jewelry, treats, and more! 

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Start by printing off the bottom template (stripes) and one of the tops (with a holiday pattern and message) on white cardstock. Use Sharpie markers and/or Prismacolor colored pencils in a variety of colors to fill in the box template designs.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

After the box templates have been colored, cut them out following the solid guidelines. There will also be a solid line to cut on one side of each of the tabs. Be sure to look closely so that you cut the right ones!

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Use a scoring tool/bone folder and a ruler to score along the dotted lines on the box templates. Scoring the paper before folding it will help prevent cracks, wrinkles and crooked folds. Fold along the score line gently with your hands. Using your fingernail or a credit card, press down firmly on the fold and slide across the fold. Repeat for all of the score lines.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Assemble the bottom box piece first. Use a glue stick or a tape runner to add adhesive on all four of the corners. 

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Turn the box over, and carefully fold the corner pieces inside to stick to the shorter side pieces. Line the edges of the piece up with the folded edge of the corner. Press well so that the paper sticks or until the glue sets. Repeat for the opposite side.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Now the bottom part of the box is complete! If you feel like your box needs a little more stability, you can add a piece of tape in the inside of the box where the corner pieces meet in the center.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Start by turning the top box template over. Add some glue or a line of tape runner to both of the long sides of the box. Fold the edge over along the first score line. Press down well so that the paper sticks together.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Next, fold those longer sides up and fold the tabs in. Add some glue or a line of tape runner to one of the shorter sides. Lift it up and press the tabs to stick to the bottom half of the short side. The score line should be just above the tabs.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Fold the top half of the side down over top of the tabs and press well. All of this folding and gluing will make the box look clean, as well as help it be stronger and to keep its shape.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Turn the box lid over and make sure none of the edges are coming undone. This is also a good time to make sure that the box lid fits well over the bottom piece and make any adjustments if needed.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Now the box is ready to be filled with goodies! Like I said before, this is the perfect-sized box for gift cards, jewelry, goodies, and more. This would also be a great addition to the Sharpie gift pack as a creative gift idea!

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Print out the gift boxes by clicking the link below. There are three gift box lids and one bottom template in the set for you to color and assemble to share gifts this holiday season. For best results, I recommend printing the boxes on heavy cardstock.


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, school, libraries, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, you may use ONE photo and credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama and linked back to this post.

Color your own festive printable DIY Christmas Gift Boxes for holiday gifting! #GiveColorfully #CollectiveBias

Look for the gift sets now on endcap displays in-store at Target (and online), and don't forget to use this offer from 12/3 to 12/23 to save $10 with the low price of $19.99! I got the Sharpie and Prismacolor set as a gift to myself this Christmas.
Who would you share this colorful gift with?


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