Tuesday, February 23, 2021

CAS Colours and Sketches #408


Today's sketch marks the end of my February hosting duties over at the CAS Colours and Sketches  challenge blog.  I hope you've enjoyed my selections this month but before I go I have one last sketch for you to try.  Without further ado ...

I used triangle shapes in the sketch however you may choose any two shapes 
 for your design.  Also feel free to flip/rotate the sketch to your desire.  

I tend to work ahead in my design team assignments so while Valentines Day has passed at the time this post goes live, my cards were created well in advance.  And I say cards because I made two versions of my design.  

In my opinion, gnomes are not just for Christmas.  With just a bit of alteration I was able to create a cute Gnome Couple using just one die.    

I used snippets of assorted patterned papers for my gnomes, paper piecing them onto the backer die cut piece.  My He Gnome is created as per the die but because I don't own a She Gnome die I had to get creative.  Instead of the beard I added hair and bows.  Her long locks are actually lily dies turned upside down.  Works, don't you think?

For the background I used a rectangle stencil to do some soft ink blending for the look of a border without the bulk.  I stamped the sentiment towards the bottom of the blended panel, adhered the two gnomes side by side and added a die cut heart between them.  And because I thought this turned out super cute, I decided to create a second one using a completely different color palette and sentiment.

I love my Gnome Couples and I'm so happy I was able to find just what I needed to create a female version of a male die.  I hope I've inspired you to search your stash for the perfect alterations.  I invite you to come play with us and hope to see your cards in our gallery!  

Simon Says Stamp - Gnome die
Avery Elle - Lots of Love stamp set
MFT - Lily die set (she gnome's hair)
Sunny Studio - patterned paper
Pink Paisley - patterned paper
Taylored Expressions - rectangle stencil
Right At Home - Holidays on the Way stamp/die set (bow)

It's a New Year!  Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   


Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!



  1. You are resourceful to be able to create your she gnome's hair with an upside down lily die Julie! Love your softly inked backgrounds and both gorgeous colour palettes. Vicky x

  2. Your gnomes are so cute! And a fine way to interpret the shapes in the sketch.

  3. Julie, I LOVE She Gnomes hair!! OH you clever girl! and the paper choices are just fantastic, too!
    You've been an excellent host!

  4. Both cards a gorgeous Julie and what a creative solution to Mrs Gnome's hair! A great take one the sketch and thanks too for a fabulous set of challenges this month!