Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gnomeo, Gnomeo...

I absolutely adore the new Gnome, Sweet Gnome set in the Occasions Mini.  Coupled with the Gnomenclature sentiments, it is just too darned cute!  The best of all is that I earned it for free through a demo incentive Stampin' Up was running in the fall!  Today's card is a Valentine I designed for my Big Shot club which met for the first time last week.  Our focus this month was on the new Framelits and Adorning Accents.  Have a look...
Valentine card using the Gnome, Sweet Gnome and Gnomenclature stamp sets

Focal image detail

Inside view
Isn't he the sweetest??  This is actually going to be my hubby's Valentine's card.  We have a bit of a history with garden gnomes from when we were first married.  He will totally get the significance of this card...and hopefully smile! 
Now on with the the nitty gritty details.  To create the frame, I nested two framelits inside eachother and then cut the chocolate chip cardstock.  The result is a perfect frame every time...SO easy!  I popped the frame up with dimensionals, as you can see in the detail photo above.  Then I wanted my little gnome to look like he was stepping out of the frame, so I popped him up with TWO layers of dimensionals...again, you can see that in the photo.  I then added the glimmer heart that I popped up with a single dimensional on the part that overlapped the frame and a glue dot on the part that overlapped the gnome's hand.  This way it has dimension but doesn't look like it is floating above his hand!  The rest of the card is pretty straightforward.  I diecut the little hearts using my Fashionable Hearts embosslit, adhering the larger ones flat and the smaller ones with a trimmed dimensional.  I added some interest at the bottom of the card with the hearts Adorning Accents folder and then wrapped some island indigo baker's twine around it.  The sentiment was hand-cut into a banner and adhered with glue dots.  On the inside, I repeated the embossing along the bottom and added a couple more hearts and the sentiment, which is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
I have to say I really like this card...and so did my club members!  I can't wait to do more with this adorable stamp set!
On another note, there is exciting news from Stampin' Up!  Starting today and for the entire month of February, SU is offering a FREE 30-day trial of My Digital Studio (MDS) Express, our digital scrapbooking software.  This is a fantastic opportunity to take this fabulous program for a test-drive before investing in purchasing it.  You can access the free download by clicking the SHOP NOW button on my business website.  Download it today and get creating...you have absolutely NOTHING to lose!  Once you've downloaded the software, sign up for my FREE Introduction to My Digital Studio class on Friday, February 17th at 7:00 pm.  Just bring along your laptop with MDS installed and I'll show you the basics of how to navigate this powerful and versatile software.  Click the Upcoming Classes and Events tab at the top of this page for further details.

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