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Monday, June 13, 2011

Gnome Birthday Fun with BBTB2

Happy Monday!  Welcome to another Bitten by the Bug 2 weekly challenge!  This week's challenge cut was selected by my design team sister, the lovely Theresa Kelly, and  is any Gnome from the Freshly Picked cartridge.  I decided to have a bit of birthday fun with the Gnomes - creating this Gnome Pyramid birthday card.  The design for this card was inspired (and by inspired I mean ripped-off) from my friend Donna Mundinger's FABULOUS Penguin Card, which can be found here at her blog and  here at Custom Crops with design studio cut file and complete instructions.  Donna is one of THE MOST AMAZING paper crafters E-V-E-R... and I am thrilled to be able to say I know her! 

This card features six Gnomes each dressed in his favorite summer party outfit!  And just as we women match our shoes and purses (in an ideal world!), the Gnomes have matching hats, belts and shoes.  The well dressed Gnome likes for his outfit to coordinate!  The Gnome faces were stamped in light brown ink with Peachy Keen stamps.  A cherry Copic marker was used to highlight their lips. Their beards were cut in white cardstock, then heat embossed with white with touches of grey embossing powder.  Their ensembles were finished with tiny pom-poms at the top of their hats.

I used three cartridges to cut this card, Freshly Picked, George and Basic Shapes, and Christmas Cheer.  The banner above was cut from Christmas Cheer, then stamped with a rubber stamp from Michaels. 
The photo below is a screen shot of the card top in Cricut Design Studio.  I welded the six Gnome shadows together in a pyramid shape, adding birthday gifts from Christmas cheer.  I cut this layer in red, affixed it to the base card, and built the card front on top of this layer.

Below is the inside of the card.  You can see the red base cut (above) is the upside down red layer in the photo below.  I attached the red layer to the open cut triangle top.

The base card was created using George and Basic Shapes.  I sized and welded to triangles together, then inserted a NON-welded triangle into the middle of the top layer.  This created the cut out so that the blue swirl print shows through the holes in the front of the card.

I used metallic cardstocks to cut the packages and the belt buckles.  I finished the card by using pop dots to attach Happy Birthday banner!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to head over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and check out all of the designer's awesome projects!  And, if you have time, please consider playing along with us this week!!


  1. Sooo cute, Susan, and thanks for the shout out. Love their stylin' outfits. Wondering why you didn't just weld the triangle to the top of the gnome pyramid and then cut a top mat to cover the weld? that's what I did with the penguin pyramid and it worked out fine. Anyway, what a fabulous b-day card. Would be great in Christmas colors too. xxD

  2. Well done, Susan. Love the matching and coordinated outfits. They are all so chic looking. LOL

  3. I love it!!! The colors are so fun and it is just a great card!

  4. Oh my goodness gracious! What an adorable card. It looks like it was a lot of work, but worth the effort for sure!

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Cindy :)

  5. OMGOODNESS! This looks amazing! Soooo Cute with all the gnomes and to turn it into a wonderful card! LOVE it! :o)

  6. My sweet Susan..
    I love this...They remind me of Snow White! heheheh...Thanks for showing the details..My gypsy is back at PC again...I can't wait to get it back..Hugs..Krista

  7. So cute, I have been trying to get that cart but I keep getting outbid..grrr,I've got to win eventually. TFS!

  8. what a precious card!! i absolutely love it. u did a great job. and thanks for sharing.

  9. This is amazing,talking about thinking outside the box, this is adorable.....


  10. WOW, that is quite a card! Amazing!

  11. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Jun. 14, 2011. Thanks again.

  12. HOLY MOLY! This is just incredible! I can't stop looking at it! WOW!!!!

  13. Wow Susan, this is just too too Cute! If you put those little Gnomies in our garden there surely wouldn't be ANY pest in there, lol! Between You and Donna I have learned so much with my Design Studio, you both are so inspirational as all of the gals on our team are, I just Love being a part of BBTB2!
    ((Hugs)) Theresa

  14. Wow!! What a lot of work you put into this awesome card! I'm not a "gnome" person, but this is really adorable. This makes me want to dream up some more complicated designs!! Thanks! Great job!