Monday, March 15, 2021

Dies R Us Happy Birthday Gnomes

 Here we are 15 days into March and time for new challenge at DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG

This card comes with a story. My sister's family is always playing practical jokes on each other and a gnome was the central character of one practical joke.

 It all started with an ugly garden gnome that my sister found at a garage sale. She bought it as a gag Christmas gift for Tina, her eldest daughter.  She started the hype about the fabulous gift she found for Tina’s “ special ” Christmas gift.  When Tina opened the package, her expression was priceless and so was her language.  Of course, my sister found said gnome in her stack of gifts the following Christmas.  Stephanie, my sister’s youngest, feared she would be the next recipient, so she heisted the gnome and sent it to gnome land.  This sparked the mischievous little gnome that lives in my sister' s heart, and she started buying and making gnomes at a feverish pace… 250 to be exact.

  The next year my BIL and sister broke into Stephanie’s house while she was at work and hid the 250 gnomes with little gnome notes especially written for Stephanie. Every once in awhile she finds one that was overlooked.  I suspect that my sister will get them all back at some point when she has nearly forgotten about them. In the meantime, this gnome card is for Stephanie.  I think it will make her smile. 

I used the following dies from the Dies R Us Store.

                                                                  Impression Obsession Gnomes

                                                                Frantic Stamper Birthday Candles 

The DRU Team is doing something a little different today! 
We're partnering up with the Double Trouble Challenge Blog and having a joint challenge collaboration.  It's fun and easy and you have a chance to win prizes both here on the DRU Challenge as well as the Double Trouble Challenge!

The theme for this challenge will be A Magical Day:

In order to qualify for the prizes offered at Double Trouble Challenge, you'll need to follow these guidelines. 


So if you used a metal die to join our DRU Challenge and you've included the Magical theme, you have already completed all the requirements for both challenges.  If you've only used a die (but not the Magical theme), you are still eligible for our DRU Challenge, but it won't qualify for the Double Trouble Challenge.

(remember, you MUST use at least 1 metal die to qualify for the DRU prize... and please tell us the die company you have used in your project.)

You can find more information about the Double Trouble Challenge on their blog or on the DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG


  1. OMGoodness! How FUN! That's quite a prank! Last Christmas my cards and ornaments were Gnomes, all the rage lol Fantastic card, I love your Gnomes, you could hide them in my mailbox any day!

  2. OMGosh what a fabulous card and fun story! You've started my day off with a smile!

  3. What a great story and I am sure 'the legend of the gnomes' will continue on and on, how fun!! Fabulously fun card with your gnomes and your niece is sure to smile once receiving it, a treasure she is sure to keep!!

  4. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous story, and what a fabulous card. It's perfect for your niece. She's going to love it. I really like all the bright colors.....I'm just smiling!!! I love gnomes too!!!

  5. Thanks for the background behind the gnome card. That was so fun! And, I love the card you created too. I am sure it will bring lots of smiles as well.

  6. Love your colorful card with all the adorable gnomes!! the fun story! I started sending gnome cards to my son when I saw a gnome named Jerome. His track coach in school named would always call him Jerome instead of his name Jeremy. My son gets a kick out of all the gnome cards I send him, so fun!!

  7. What a great story! Gives me an idea of something to do to my daughter! I love the playfulness of your family! Your card is absolutely adorable! I love the fun background behind all those mischievous gnomes! What fun!!

  8. Ack! Kathy you have those adorable gnomes I was too slow at ordering! They made the most adorable card! I am in love with them. Your gnome story is priceless. Families and their fun pranks. I love it!

  9. Love your story, I would have had the same expression about a gnome gift; but since they have come out in stamps for cardmaking, they are my favorite stamps. Love the colors on your embossed background and the gnomes are colored up so pretty... fantastic card. Thank you for your participation and sharing your DT magical card with us at Double Trouble.

  10. Love your color scheme, and those fun little gnomes. I also like the embossed background, great card for your niece! Thanks for partnering with us at Double Trouble.

  11. Wow, what a great story and card! I love the colors and I know your sister will adore the card too!

  12. What a sweet collection of birthday gnomes - and a great background. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  13. Oh, what a fun story! I'm sure your sister will love this gnomie card. It's beautiful, fun and happy!
    May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door,
    and happiness be with you now and bless you evermore!
    ♥ Lena

  14. Oh My Goodness! Your family certainly has stamina. They have really pulled off quiet the joke. This is hilarious and it sure made my day to hear it. Your fantastic and very happy looking card is the best yet. Be sure that she knows the story behind the making of it.

  15. OMG, I laughed out loud all the way through your gnome story! I'm still laughing! That's the best thing I've heard in ages! Hey, gnomes are a thing now. I don't have any in the garden, but I love them on a card. Your embossed and shaded background with all these happy gnomes is fabulous! What a great card and story!!!