Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Gnomes

I have a confession to make.
I really dislike gnomes.
I do not think they are cute. I do not think they are funny and they do not make me smile.
Well, the Travelocity gnome on tv makes me smile, but HE is not cute and someone else is doing his voice, so it really doesn't count.

So when I expressed my dislike of gnomes at a recent team event (after discovering a new gnome stamp set in the Occasions Mini) I was heckled pretty good. Apparently the rest of the world likes gnomes and I'm the oddball.
So be it, I just don't like them.
And if SU! had just come out with a stamp set of gnome images, I wouldn't have looked twice. BUT, they came out with a companion set of greetings that makes me laugh out loud.
You know I like offbeat humor and sadly, I needed the gnome images to make the greetings work. Sigh. I did not want to spend my hard earned $$ or even my freebies on this gnome stamp set.
BUT, along comes SU! with an incentive to earn them for FREE. Now I'm all over that, so I did it.
I earned them and gladly plunked down my $$ for the greeting set just so I could tell someone that I was "hanging with my gnomies".
Yeah, it had to be done.

Anyway, the card I'm sharing today is a pretty simple one - I included it with a gift of gnome salt and pepper shakers that I sent to my heckler in chief for Christmas.
Check out that greeting:

Cute, huh?
My card is made with Lucky Limeade cardstock and I stamped it partially with the Woodgrain background stamp in Early Espresso.
Some of that way cool polka-dot Chocolate Chip ribbon was wrapped around the card front and tied off in a knot. Had to make it cute somehow! Sheesh!
For the greeting, I stamped it in Early Espresso on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch. It was trimmed in half and adhered just under the ribbon band.

Keeping the woodland color scheme, I stamped the gnome image (cute frog!) with Basic Black on more Whisper White. I colored him in with Stampin' Write Markers - Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip. The froggie is Lucky Limeade.
It's mounted on a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside to write my greeting so I stamped a bit of the gnome on the inside left corner and colored him in too.

So there you have it. I'd love to know what you think about gnomes. Am I the only non-gnomer?

Hey, if you come over to my Open House tomorrow from 10 am - Noon, you'll get to see Mr. Gnome in person. Now that wouldn't be a draw for me, but I will have the other Occasions Mini products out for you to see and you'll make a couple of projects too! On me! There might be a few prizes too AND I'll be letting you get first dibs on signing up for January Product Shares and a New round of In Color Clubs.
Let me know if you're coming! I'm doing the prep work today, k?

Happy Stampin',


  1. I also do not like the gnomes but did receive the set from SU! for the incentive. I haven't got the greeting set but I'm starting to see some cute cards. Darlean

  2. I'm right there with you robin on the gnomes - but this is cute!

  3. Giggle - I don't like gnomes either Robin. They just seem creepy to me. I did enjoy the movie, Gnomeo and Juliet though. Maybe that's because I watched it with my grandchildren!
    It is a very cute card though - good job with the gnome!

  4. Oh my!!!! When I first saw that stamp set in the Occasions Mini I flipped out!!! Let me explain, I do NOT like Gnomes and when I saw this stamp set in the mini I was like "I am not buying that set at all!!" AND now I own it thanks to SU so I just HAD to have the greeting stamp set because like you I thought they were funny. So I am now an owner of the Gnomes!!! Guess I better put it together and use it!! Love the card too!!

  5. Robin, I'm not a gnome fan either. However, I do laugh when I see a gnome because I think of the gnome scene in "The Full Monty," which was just hysterical. I got the set free from SU! too, so thanks for giving me some inspiration with your wonderful card!

  6. LOL... I looked at the sentiments too, and honestly thought about trying to use them without the gnome images. LOVE how you used the wood background stamp to pull in the woodland scene, Robin! Great card!
    Gnome on!

  7. I'm with ya...definitely NOT a gnome fan!!!

  8. Also with you on the gnomes and the stamp sets! Love your card! Great inspiration for me to get my set inky! :)

  9. I do not care for gnomes either but a free stamp set is a free stamp set. I do enjoy coloring the designs and have come up with some cute cards combining the stamps. You can see mine at


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