Kindest Gnomes and Christmas Blues AYSI 287

by Joanne James4. November 2022 13:00

Today I'm sharing my design team card for our new challenge over at As you See It where it's time for a recipe challenge:


I normally struggle with recipe challenges, but this one came together really easily, especially with the layout over at Atlantic Hearts this week - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

My starting point for today's card was the Storybook Gnomes designer series paper, and specifically the pattern that I used for the rectangular panels at the back that you can barely see on the finished card! It has a lovely mix of blues and earth tones, so ticked off two of my ingredients. Having layered these panels, I decided to build a scene using a combination of stamped diecut elements (my toadstool - check) and some other elements I'd already cut out from other patterns in this pack, namely the moose and the gnome. I added in a precut snowflake and some smaller snowflakes cut with the Chic Dies, to which I added some glittery gems - even a masculine card can have a little sparkle, right?!


I added a panel with my stamped sentiment and wrapped this in some (retired) white and Early Espresso baker's twine (check) to continue the earthy tones and tick off my final ingredient. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

This is one of those cards that just evolved with a mish-mash of bits and pieces until I felt like I had a cohesive scene. I think I'll send this to an old university friend who has an adorable little boy - I think Mr Gnome will be right up his street!

Here's a summary of our challenge rules:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can leave you lots of lovely comments. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSIXXX when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines tab on the As You See It Challenge homepage.
We look forward to seeing your creations in the AYSI gallery.

Enjoy your day; I have a helper to complete my chores today as the oldest of the James Juniors is enjoying an extended half-term break. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather stays dry this evening please as we are off to a fireworks display at the school of James Junior number 2. It is usually a fantastic display and as it's within the school grounds, far enough away from residential housing to cause undue trauma to the neighbourhood cats and dogs. I'll be back on Sunday with my project for our new challenge over at The Paper Players. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (11) -

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
11/4/2022 9:29:11 PM #

I just love this Joanne - that gnome is is cute!  Have to admit, my style of card making tends to be evolution as well (aka making it up as I go along!)  Hope the fireworks went off well.

Heather Cooper
Heather CooperCanada
11/4/2022 11:50:08 PM #

It all added up to a great masculine card, especially considering it contains a moose!! Such a cute gnome and I love his shaggy eyebrows! So cool!

Alyson Mayo
Alyson MayoCanada
11/5/2022 1:12:28 AM #

Your gnome is so cute with the house and the moose set behind - very cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic HeartsSmile

VickyUnited Kingdom
11/5/2022 6:34:07 PM #

Loving your collage effect Joanne! Keeping the colour palette tight really works and I love how you left the toadstool house uncoloured. Hope you enjoy the fireworks although I must say, it's a bit soggy out!! Vicky x

AllisaUnited States
11/6/2022 6:02:39 AM #

So adorable, love the fun mix of elements. Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
11/6/2022 9:59:50 PM #

I did not see Christmas in this challenge at all, so  I think you've been super creative with it. The gnomes, which I resisted getting, continue to be super cute... and make me regret my decision. Smile

AnnaUnited States
11/7/2022 2:23:43 PM #

What a cute winter card. I love the patterns behind your winter scene, and the wonderful choice to not color the mushroom house--it makes the cute gnome and moose really stand out. Thank you for joining us this week at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Anna, AHSC Design Team

Michelle Loncar
Michelle LoncarUnited States
11/7/2022 4:44:33 PM #

This is an adorable scene. Thanks for sharing at Atlantic Hearts.

Alicia L O'Bryant
Alicia L O'BryantUnited States
11/8/2022 12:43:29 PM #

Such a lovely make.  cute snowman and great layers.
thank you for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge last week.  Good luck!


Alicia L O'Bryant
Alicia L O'BryantUnited States
11/8/2022 12:44:27 PM #

sorry gnome!  so many projects on which to comment.

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/8/2022 1:17:31 PM #

I know what you mean Alicia - I appreciate you stopping by and so glad you liked my gnome card.

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