Saturday, May 29, 2021

Patriotic Gnomes

Hello Blogger Friends. Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog this last Saturday in May. 

It's a holiday weekend and the kickoff for the summer season. It's rainy and a little on the cool side today but I have lots to do inside. We are having some friends over tomorrow night and I have dusting and sweeping to get taken care of. 

For my card today, I am going patriotic. I was on the Kirkland's website the other day and noticed the patriotic gnome theme in wall art, pillows and hand towels. That gave me the idea for this card. I focused on a July 4th theme since that's a big celebration for the US. I used the Flower Power Tomte dies from our 2020 Gardening release collection and dressed them in patriotic colors. I also used the Windows Slimline die.

I decorate my home in a patriotic theme that I leave in place until mid-August. So this card will be part of my decorations. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card. 

Design Steps:
I started the card off by selecting my designer paper. I wanted a patriotic theme but nothing that would overpower the gnome images. My patriotic paper is limited and I didn't want to make a run to my local Michael's store so I looked online for something that I could download for free. Yay- I found some on Pinterest. And it printed out nicely as well.

So I cut the windows slimline once from the designer paper and then again in a red and blue cardstock. My card base is white and measures 6" x 8" and scored at 3". It's the same size as the window frame.

Next, I cut the gnome images in red, white and blue cardstock. I didn't want them both to be exactly alike so I cut their hats in different designer papers and cut the hat bands in two shades of blue cardstock.
For the center panel, I decided to make that a solid color. I used the banner that comes with this slimline die and stamped my sentiment in blue ink. The July phrase is part of the Calendar Months die from our Valentine 2017 release, but is currently out of stock.
Now that all my elements are cut I am ready to start card assembly. I attached the red window frame to the white card base with glue dots. Then I attached the inlaid panels with double sided tape.
To finish off my card, I added my patriotic gnomes and secured them with dimensional adhesive. I decided to use the garden flags that come with the die. In the red, white and blue I think they look like flags that you would wave at a parade.
Well that's it for me for this post. Have a great holiday weekend and until next time......God bless. 

Dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  Allsorts has an any celebration challenge. 
2.  The Fairy and Unicorn challenge is anything goes. 
3Simon Says Stamp has an anything goes challenge. 
4.  Crafter's Castle has an anything goes challenge. 
5.  Polkadoodles has an anything goes challenge. 
6.  Cute Card Thursday has an anything goes challenge. 


  1. Great idea! Beautiful card with such attention to detail. Thanks for sharing with us at Polkadoodles.

  2. A real fun Christmas Gnome creation, thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  3. This looks beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
    DT Ine

  4. They look lovely, thanks for joining us at the Allsorts challenge this week,xxxx

  5. A really great card, super image, lovely design and patriotic colours.
    Thank you for joining our 'Celebration but not Birthdays' challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x



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