Summer Fun Blog Hop

Welcome to Stamp It Groups Summer Fun Blog Hop! You are most likely joining me today from a previous blog and I am excited to have you here!

My name is Mikki Winebrenner and today I have a fun Summer Card for you that features an Iowa favorite – Gnomes!

But first…. A little housekeeping!

At the bottom of the blog post you will find a list of all the participating blog hoppers so you can move along from blog to blog and see all the amazing projects. Leave a comment on each blog with the hashtag #stampitcontest to be entered to win Stampin’ Up! A Million Thanks Card Kit!

Elwood’s New Friends. – Kindest Gnomes Card

While planning this card and looking at the new July-December Mini Catalog, I was taken back down memory lane when my kids where younger and my nephews and niece visited and we took a day trip 30 minutes down the road to spend the day at the butterfly garden.

Reimens Butterfly Garden is not just a garden and home to hundreds of butterflies but it is also the home of Elwood The Gnome. Elwood is the worlds largest concert gnome proudly standing at 15 foot, 3,500lb overlooking the beautiful gardens.

Visiting Elwood has become somewhat of a tradition when my Cali family visits Iowa, we all go take a picture with Elwood.

Todays card will feature the new Kindest Gnomes Bundle. I will also be sending this card off to the staff at the gardens as a small gift of appreciation for all the memories!

Here is a run down of the paper sizes for a quick reference. I have a full printable PDF available for printing at a later date.

Cutting & Scoring:

Granny Apple Greene 8-1/2” x 11” Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4”

Hues Of Happiness 12” x 12” DSP – 4” x 5-1/4”

Basic White 8-1/2” x 11” Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”

Kraft 6’ x 6” Paper – 2” x 2”

Other products used include Stampin’ Blend Markers (there are a lot!), Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Early Espresso Classic Stamp Pad. Liquid glue, Black Stampin Dimensional’s and the Stampin Cut & Emboss Machine.

With the Kindest Gnomes Bundle I also used the Tree Lot Dies for the sentiment sign you see in the corner. This die set is Level 1 product out of the upcoming Sale A Bration catalog!

I chose softer greens and blues for my gnomes to make them feel more natural in a garden/landscape setting that we are at the gardens.

A little tip with the coloring of the mushrooms:

After coloring in my base on mushrooms I felt they needed something else as they looked to solid and unnatural. I simply used my color lifter in spots to give highlights and a softer look. I think this makes it look more natural.

I had a lot of fun making this card and the Hues of Happiness 12×12 DSP was perfect for the background.

Unfortunately some of the products I used are not available in the store. I will have a full list of products that I used below but no links to all of them directly.

These are all of the Stampin’ Blends that I used on this card.

I also have for you a downloadable PDF file for you to save or print for future use!

👇🏼Downloadable PDF👇🏼

I hope you enjoyed my project today. I’ve really enjoyed “hopping” with you all! Please make sure you leave a comment with the hashtag #stampitcontest be entered to win Stampin’ Up! A Million Thanks Card Kit! Visit each of the bloggers on this hop and comment on them as well!!

Congratulations to last months winner!!

Head on over to the next blog by clicking “Next Blog” below!

Happy Hopping and Happy Stamping!!

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Kindest Gnomes Bunde

Tree Lot Dies

X Basic White 8 1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock :: Stamp

X Paper Trimmer :: Ribbon & Trim

X Bone Folder :: Tools & Adhesive

X Take Your Pick :: Stamp

X Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad :: Ink

X Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad :: Ink

X Kraft 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Paper Pack :: Stamp

X Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine :: Stamp

X Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends Collection :: Stamp

X Granny Apple Green 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock :: Card Stock

X Hues Of Happiness 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper :: Stamp

X Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack :: Stamp

X Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack :: Stamp

X Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack :: Stamp

X Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack :: Stamp

X Black Stampin’ Dimensionals Combo Pack :: Stamp

X Multipurpose Liquid Glue :: Tools & Adhesive


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