Monday, July 2, 2012

Gnome Pun Groaner Alert

Third Coast Creative Coterie has assigned dates to post on the TCCC blog. I was assigned July 4th, but my Third Coast stamp collection was lacking in patriotic stamps. So, I put on my thinking cap and this is what sprang into my head.

I'll admit to chortling maniacally whilst creating this one. I also had another incident that reflects somewhat interestingly upon my mental state. After I bore you with the details about this card, I'll relate that story. That way you can always skip ahead or click away. You probably will opt for the click after this groaner of a pun card.

So, the gnome is Gned Gnome (AP-157-C) and he resides on page 19 of the Summer '05 Catalog. He was colored with Copic markers and the buttons of his braces were touched with black Glaze pen for dimension and shine.

The flag banner is a digi from a free digital stamp set of four flags from Bombshell Stamps. Free digital stamps are available to all Bombshell Newsletter subscribers. The newsletter is very informative and exceedingly well written ;). Plus, if you subscribe by 7/3/12, you'll be in the running to win a $100 Bombshell Shopping Spree. Click HERE to subscribe. The winner will be selected on July 4th.

The flag banner was also colored with Copic markers using the same colors I used for the Gnome. I added "Land of the free... Gnome of the brave" using Photo Elements.

By the way, Third Coast has a new challenge blog that kicked off yesterday. Here's a link to it. You should play along to win a fabulous prize!

So, on to my story. I had finished coloring both the gnome and the flag banner and was starting to design the card. I was trying out various patterned papers and such. I thought to myself, "Self, you have some bangin' red/white and blue/white star ribbon. Go find it and see what'll work." So, I dutifully got the big plastic bag that hold my unsorted ribbon and various ribbon scraps and suchlike. I couldn't find either ribbon. So I got down the second bag. Same result. Got down the third one. Yep. Still couldn't find it. Meanwhile Gned was waiting a bit less patiently to be put onto a card. I dumped out all three bags on top of poor Gned. Still couldn't find either the red/white star or blue/white star ribbon. Sigh. So I started to sort the ribbon by color and finally found both color combos. Score! But I now had a foot high pile of ribbons all over my work surface. An hour and a half later, I had all the ribbon into plastic bags by color. I probably could have spent a few more hours because I got a bored with wrapping ribbon around my hand and just started stuffing the bags (still sorted by color).

After finding the ribbon, I did not feel like sorting through more patterned paper. I was "out of sorts". *snort* I used plain red ribbed cardstock and some shimmery blue vellum. I finished the card in the very wee hours of the morning. I know this because the birds started singing up a storm. *sigh*

So not only am I a compulsive bad-gnome-pun creator, but also tetched with some ADD and/or OCD.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Challenge: Sporty or Patriotic
Outlawz Greetings: Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters: Seeing Stars challenge
Craft Punked: Week 26: Independence Day


  1. Wonderful card! Love the 'gnome'. :) Thanks for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  2. At least you got the card together...I would've started sorting the ribbon, moved to the paper, back to the ribbon and then would've completely forgotten why I got the ribbons out in the first place. However, since you completed the task at's actually too funny of a card and I love that you've used a gnome...oh and the ribbon looks perfect.


  3. I love this! And you can't beat a good pun :) Thanks for joining us at Craft Punked this week & good luck!

  4. Oh, Kathi, Kathi, you krazy kid, you! :^)
    Thanks for the late night giggles! We can "sort" that out later! ;^)
    Love the punning (is that a word--oh, who cares) and your card is really fun! Love it!
    You should have taken a photo of your desk with the ribbon everywhere!:^) Have a great day!

  5. Love it!! Fantastic colouring too! Thanks for joining Craft Punked and good luck x

  6. Superb, I adore the image and the sentiment is amazing :D Thanks for joining us at Craft Punked this week, Carol :) xx

  7. Well I must say ... "through your 'troubling' day, you've succeeded in creating an adorable card!"
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘SEEING STARS’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'

  8. gnome of the brave...LOL! You're too funny. I love the finished card and the bold/clean colors/coloring of the images. and yup, the search was worth it - that blue star ribbons rocks!

  9. Ha ha - I love it so funny :) and a great card too - thanks for joining us at Craft Punked this week x

  10. LOL, too cute. Love this card - just makes me giggle. Thanks for playing along with us in The Sisterhood of Crafters in our "Seeing Stars" challenge.

  11. Great card!
    Thanks for joining in the Craft Punked Challenge this week and Good Luck!