Gnome Better Holiday!

Hello friends!  Have you noticed the craze over the gnomes this season?!  Well I guess I jumped right on board with it and got a little love crazy with them myself! LOL!  This particular one really grabbed my heart though…

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Check out this guy!! LOL!  This image is called, of course, Santa Gnome from Digi Doodle Studios!  And…if you like the gnomes too, then you need to be sure to go check out the entire collection of the gnomes over there!  CLICK HERE to see them all!  They’re all so fun and cute!!

Again, with this being a Christmas card for mailing, I wanted to keep it somewhat simple and flat, so I used the entire image panel for my card and trimmed it down to layer over an A2 sized black card base.

I thought it would be fun to pair this image with a couple of strips of the digital paper from the Digi Doodle Studios Buffalo Flannels Collection, so I added a strip to the top and bottom.  I also used a scallop die cut border to cut out a piece with black cardstock along the edges as well as a strip of gold cardstock under those strips for a border.

Before attaching the bottom buffalo check strip, I wrapped some gold twine with a snowflake button and bow over it.  I took the sentiment and a couple of snowflake stamps from the SSS Gnome for the Holidays stamp set and stamped them on the image panel with black ink.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve got him all colored up with Copics.  I used a red gel pen to color in the “hollies” on his hat and a gold gel pen to color in his belt buckle.  I then took a glue pen and covered his outfit trim with glitter.

You will also notice a bit of dimension on his face.  I printed out this image twice and one of them I only colored up his nose and moustache, fussy cut it out and then used some foam tape to pop it up over my colored up image panel.  Just thought it would be cute!

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Really had so much fun making up this card and this cutie really has me feeling festive for the Holidays now!  So what do you think?

P.S.  Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog is having a special blog hop with prizes and Digi Doodle Studios is sponsoring…so be sure to stop by and play along for your chance to win a fabulous prize!!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I sure enjoy hearing your thoughts as they make me smile!

Challenges:

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  3. Penny’s Paper-Crafty– Anything Goes
  4. Use Your Stuff – It’s Christmas Time!
  5. Always Fun – Santa Claus
  6. Arty Divas – Anything Goes
  7. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  8. Crafty Gals Corner– ‘Tis the Season (Happy 6th Blogiversary!)

Crafty Retreat Results + Video

Hello friends!  I finally found the time to make a post and gather all of my photos together so that I can share a post with you from last week’s “Crafty Retreat” that I went to at my friend’s house.  I’ve pretty much known the “host lady” and her family since I was a little child, so they’re pretty much friends of the family with me. 🙂

I actually had forgotten to take my own photos except for a few on the second day during the day I taught a class, but I was able to get a few photos from others to share.  (You know how it goes when everyone is moving about or you’re working on something or teaching and forget to take photos!  LOL)

So the “theme” for the crafty retreat was called “Hats off to Painting!”  The majority of the group likes to tole paint, but we all (including myself) like to try our hands at many other crafting avenues to try different products that we may not be familiar with…so there are some “mixed” projects today I’m sharing!  I had such fun during the entire 3 days!

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Here we are with our decorated hats on for a group photo!  Even little ‘Gizmo’ had his hat on, but not sure he was feeling the fun like the rest of us! LOL! (Unfortunately the host was taking the photo!)  We all had our Dick Blick aprons and shirts on which was very kindly donated for our “Painting Divas” group…they were VERY generous with the bag of goodies they gave us!  We had all 3 days worth of fun, classes and prizes!

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So, the reason for all of the fun crafty hats is that we were to take a hat and decorate it for a challenge.  Here is a photo of all of our hats.  There were some really fun and creative ideas as you can see!  One of the girls was quite tired from all of the crafting and decided to take a little siesta during the festivities!  LOL!  It was very cool that I was the winner voted for my created hat design.  (You can see on the table above and here’s a closer look below):

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I guess it’s a bit hard to see in the photo above of me wearing it, but I had hubby bring home one of his hard hats from work along with a pair of goggles and then I went to decorating it in “steampunk” style!  I had fun with it and enjoyed the process!

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Here is the altered “Potions and Spells” book that I taught for the class!  Last year at the “Crafty Retreat” they saw my “altered book” that I had previously made during my time as a Splitcoaststampers.com “Dirty Dozen” DT member and asked if I could teach how to make one for this year’s class.  So instead of the “altered book” idea, I had them all use a Tim Holtz Configuation Book.

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Here are some of the book covers all lined up that we were waiting on to dry before we were able to start painting them.  A couple of the book covers were left at the work table, but while those were drying, we worked on the inside of the book.

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Here’s another photo of me standing there holding one of the books and everyone was finished with their books looking at them at the end of class.  They seemed to really enjoy this messy project!  I just loved teaching these fun ladies too!

If you’d like to see completed details and a 3D view of the projects I’ve completed for this retreat, be sure to check out the video on You Tube below:  You can also CLICK HERE to view it on You Tube.

If you saw the video above, then you also got a good look at these following projects that I also made for the other classes as well, but you can check out the still photos of them below:

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This is from my mom’s class where she taught us this cute Santa ornament that we painted on a ghourd!  He makes me giggle!   I love it!

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The host lady is the one that taught this cute penguin class!  I adore penguins and I’m so happy that I took the time to finish this up when I got home!  (More details and a 3D look at these projects are in the video above.)

I really hope that you’ve enjoyed all of these projects as much as I enjoyed creating them!  I also had another set of calendars that I finished, but I’ll share on another post on another day as this one is pretty full!!  LOL!

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One more thing to share is that we have a robin’s nest with one little blue egg inside.  We have a a Prairie Fire Crab Apple tree in our backyard full of pretty blooms and I guess the robin thought it was a nice place to make a nest…so we’ll wait and see if there is a baby bird coming soon!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you moms out there!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!!