Crafty Chefs Gnome Joy & FINALLY Finished Projects from Whimsy Retreat!🎉

Hello my friends!  Are you getting all of your Holiday errands finished up?  I’ve still got some cards to send out and get going on my cookies!  I always feel behind every year…are you this way too?

So while I was “making merry” literally, I thought I’d join in the December Crafty Chefs Group Challenge and see what I could come up with for it.  This cute little gnome has been wanting to jump on my craft table for a while…

Isn’t he adorable?!  He came from the Brutus Monroe Gnome Place Like Home stamp set that I had actually got last year around this time and just never had the time to pull it to play with before Christmas rush finished up.  Note to self…I have TONS of those items this year, so plan EARLIER! LOL!  It seems I always get closer to a deadline and then want to come up with all kinds of things I want to try…is it the pressure or what?!

Anyway, I’ve got him all colored up with Copics and then I used the coordinating dies to cut him out with that I’ve attached with foam tape over my “Joy Fold Card“.  (This was part of the challenge for the Crafty Chefs this months and I followed along with a tutorial to a link *see link above* that was given, but I changed it up slightly by making it an A2 size.)  For the card design, I’ve used these awesome Brutus Monroe Sweater Weather Paper Pad.  I’ve added some shimmer metallic ribbon and also stamped some green snowflakes from the gnome stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies as well.  I also found some green colored pearls to add to the centers of each one too!  The ribbon, pearls/gems and color green were a requirement for the Crafty Chefs challenge.

The snowflake on the left side of the gnome is popped up and actually helping to hold the top flap down, so you have to pull it out to open the card.

So when you pull open the flap, open the inside flap, this is what you’ll see inside.  I heat embossed the sentiment along with a couple of snowflakes from the gnome stamp set with BRM Alabaster EP and colored up a gift package, cut it out with the coordinating dies and attached it to the green panel.  I also took the BRM Alabaster Ink Pad and rubbed it along the edges of the green panel before attaching.

Here’s this month’s requirements for the December Crafty Chef Challenge.  I used them all except for the very last one.  It’s been a long time since I’ve made a Joy Fold card, so this was really fun!

I’m also VERY excited to announce that I have FINALLY finished all of those projects from the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Retreat that I took over a weekend back in October!  Yep, I guess I’m pretty slow!  In my defense, I took extra time so that I could enjoy each minute of it all and go back to revisit posts and tutorials!  There were 23 projects total and I made a few extras along the way.  Here are my last ones:

This was for kit 19 and a wonderful coloring tutorial from the one and only Crissy who also illustrated the image of course! The sentiment I added myself is from Lawn Fawn.
This was for kit 20 and I was so thrilled to finally be able to get to these adorable gnomes! Love this fun shaker design! I put my own spin on it with the embossing folder background, stitches, twine and snowflakes.
Last, but certainly not least is this fun mixed media project by Iris for the final project. We even got to make a customized envelope to house the slimline card. She had Christmas greeting on her design, but I wanted to make it a winter birthday card. Love how it turned out!

So that’s all I have to share for now, but I know I’ll be back again on Monday to share a reminder challenge post for you!  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by to see what I’m doing friends!  Hope you are staying healthy and happy!  Enjoy your weekend!

Challenges (ONLY for Joy Fold Gnome Card):

  1. A Perfect Time to Craft – #12 Anything Goes
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – #129 Anything Goes
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #82 December Anything Goes
  4. Love to Craft – LTCCB53 December Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #409 Anything Goes
  6. Arty Divas – #32 Anything Goes
  7. Crafty Creations – #416 December Anything Goes
  8. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring

25 thoughts on “Crafty Chefs Gnome Joy & FINALLY Finished Projects from Whimsy Retreat!🎉

  1. Super cute gnomes! OMGosh, I LOVE gnomes! And that fun fold is indeed FUN – I’ve made a few of these but it’s been a while so you’ve inspired me to get out those instructions! And the rest of your cards are awesome, as always! You’ve been a busy girl! ❤

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  2. Awesome selection of cards Vicki!! I love that sweet gnome and the awesome sweater paper, super cute card! And that dog is adorable, love the background and the fun sentiment! Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs, Tammy

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  3. Everything is just adorable and colored so perfectly, and I love all the cute little gnomes! Such a cute puppy card along with the penguins too, but those gnomes steal my heart away every time 🙂 Great cards, all of them!

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  4. Oh, Vicki, these are marvelous! So glad to see that you chose to do a Joy Fold card for the Crafty Chefs. I adore all the gnomes and your coloring is fantastic. Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

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  5. Your little gnome is adorable Vicki,, love the sweater paper and the joy fold on your card..your Whimsey images are just gorgeous and coloured beautifully..the textures you have added with colouring is wonderful, those beards are fabulous and I think all of the images and card designs are gorgeous,

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  6. That gnome is super adorable and wow, what a beautiful array of card designs! Love all the sparkle from the shaker card and the puppy and penguins are gorgeous – perfect 😀. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

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  7. I just LOVE al, you creations! I save them for inspiration, your folds and color combos help me so much. Thank you and big bear hugs!

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  8. Where have I heard this?? I have a lot of stamps lying in a drawer because I won’t be able to use them in time. And next year I do not remember about them 😦
    You’ve colored all those stamps wonderfully, I love your coloring technique. The cards are wonderful and will make someone happy

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  9. You had me with gnomes, love them. I have some all purpose gnomes as well as Christmas ones. Enjoyed playing with them. The BG papers are beautiful that you used on the first card. The whimsy cards are all adorable, what a great job you have done.

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  10. All of them are glorious and fabulous cards, but I’m here for the Gnome. a wonderfully designed card and your colouring is beautiful. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good Luck and looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Faith A DT

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  11. LOL! I dont know what I did on my last comment but it ended up as a reply to some other comment – I’m really losing it!
    But I must say, wonderful set of cards! Each one has something that jumped out at me. LOVE how you color the gnome beards, and your pup shading is amazing, and WOW on the slimline card background. I could go on and on about these beauties.
    And you mentioned kits. Well you blogged a bit back about envelopes to keep your kits. I took your advice, ordered from amazon, and they are perfect! Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  12. I love your card collection here. The Joy Fold gnome card is delightful. I must try this interesting fold some time – thank you for the link. The image is lovely and the Sweater Weather paper matches it perfectly.
    Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” December Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
    Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

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