Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hangin' with My Gnomies for Paper Players #89

Hello there and Happy Sunday to you! So, it is April 1st...rather then play an April Fool's Day joke on you, I am just going to celebrate with this week's Paper Players challenge. This week, I am the hostess and I thought it would be fun to share some smiles with a Theme Challenge. 

Did you know that this April marks the 36th anniversary of "Humor Month?" (<---click the link for more info) So, in honor of that, we are "getting our funny on" over at the Players. Here is my card:
I completely bought the Gnome Sweet Gnome and Gnomenclature stamp sets STRICTLY for the "Hangin' with My Gnomies" sentiment.  There are other fun sentiments in these sets but this one just rocks. I have had these stamps for a while now and this week's challenge made me realize that they needed some inky-love. What better way to do that then with two of my favorite things...fussy-cutting and coloring. GAH! (kidding) They call it a challenge for a reason, right? Lol! I attempted to create a little scene for these "gnomies".  The cloud is punched from the Cupcake Punch. I added it at the last minute, so I hope it works. I paired the stamps with the Sumer Smooches DSP which is coming out in the new SU! Catalog. 
Here is yet another close-up of my awesome cutting skills. Bwhahahaha! I tried and I can't believe I am actually going to say this but...I am actually starting to LIKE cutting out tiny images. *GASP* Maybe one day I will become the Edward Scissorhands of the crafting world and cut without rough edges...but until then, I will keep practicing.There are a lot of layers on this card and I popped each one up using Stampin' Dimensionals. All of the supplies I used are listed at the end of this post.  
I am NOT even going to discuss that bow. I wanted to try to do something with all of the baker's twine that is sitting in my stamp studio. Yup, this bow took me over an hour to get t tied to and situated on the card. I don't know if I love it 100% or not, but it's always fun to try new things, right? :) 

Here is a shot of the inside of the card...with one more "mini-gnomie" and room for a hand-penned note: 
Thanks for stopping by! I sure hope you will hang with the Paper Players "Gnomies" this week and share your humorous creation. Please stop by and visit the rest of the Design Team to see what they have created to "tickle your funnybone". The challenge closes April 6th, 2012 at 12:00 PM (PST)
The Paper Players Design Team
Shirley Pumpkin - GD for April

Before I go, I wanted to share a photo of one of my "furry-gnomies." This guy has been super-excited to meet me at the door every day this week, no matter how long the days have been. How can you NOT love this face??
Have a HAPPY day today! :) 

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Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Gnome Sweet Gnome and Gnomenclature
Paper: Summer Smooches DSP, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Pool Party and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Pool Party (sponging) and Basic Black Classic ink
Punches: Cupcake punch (cloud), 1- 1/4 Square punch and 1- 3/8" Square punch, Word Window and Modern Label punch
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers, White Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Sending Love Epoxy Brads (retired) and loads of Stampin' Dimensionals
Non-SU Accessories: a couple markers, oval and scalloped oval die cuts


  1. Beautiful card. Love the vibrant colours and the cheerfulness.

  2. Coloring and fussy cutting would not make ME smile at all - but when you do it I love it! The card is so cute - and the colors are wonderfully bright! And your little guy is adorable - my furry friend turns 10 next month - yikes!

  3. Hi Ozzy...and AM...
    Lurve that gnomie set! How fun is this card and that new paper is terrific...need to get some of that! Great challenge this week, so much fun AM!
    PS Love the cloud...perfect final touch!

  4. Gorgeous card Anne, so colourful and love the gnomes

  5. Great shot of Ozzy ... what a little dude! Cute card too.

  6. This is so stinkin' cute....I love the deep rich colors and ALL that fussy-cutting! Of course I love your furry friend too!

  7. Wow! Let me pull out my shades so I can check out this bright card! heeheehee! This is so much fun! From the cute sentiment to the fantastic paper, everything on this card is so happy! I really like your twine bow and after seeing all of your fussy cutting, I may start calling you Edward right now!
    Ozzy just looks like the sweetest dog! No better greetings in the world than the ones from your dog!!

  8. Lol. I love the sentiment too!! No wonder u bought the set! Omg- you have patience! An hour for the bow? I would of given up! But I'm glad you didn't! Love Ozzies picture!

  9. You make the cutest cards! Wow what a punch of color!

  10. That Summer Smooches is the perfect paper for the Gnomes! So bright and cheery just like the little Gnomies!! lol It looks like they are dancing! lol


  11. This is an adorable card, with those little gnomes. Love your little puppy, so dedicated waiting for his mom.

  12. Ann Marie this is too too cute. I love all your Gnomies even the furry kind... how cute.
    I totally get the "have to get it" part with your twine bow. I Just have to 'master' what I started, even if I never use it! hugs.

  13. Adorable card with those sweet little gnomes! Love the sentiment and bright colors, too! Cute little photo of your furry friend, also!!:-))

  14. {Squeal!!!!}, this is soooo cute AM! You rocked the hostess gig with this bright and punny card. Nothing wrong with your cutting or coloring skills here--they're fantastic. Love how those richly colored gnomies pop against the blue sky...and that cloud? OMG, the perfect touch! The whole thing rocks! hope your week is off to a good start! ((hugs))

  15. Seriously way up there on the fun factor! I have always found gnomes a little creepy, but these ones are way too cute and I love that sentiment! You did a fantastic job with the colouring and wow on all that fussy cutting. This card is not only funny,it's fabulous!!!!!

  16. ADORABLE! both on the card and Ozzy! I love the fun burst of color and the scene you created for your gnomies. :) And mad cutting skillz, my friend! This card rocks!!!

    Lexi would say hello to Emmitt if she could, but she's sacked out on the couch next to me (maybe she's dreaming of him?) :)

    Hope you are having a great week - can't believe Friday's just about here!


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Anne Marie