Hey there! Today I have a Garden Gnome Artist Trading Block to share with you filled with colorful sparkle and whimsy! I’ll also be showing you some super cool creative tools that you can use in your own creative projects. Let’s get going, there’s lots to see…
If you’re new here you may not be familiar with my “Garden Gnome Thing”. It started out as a joke to torture my poor sister who finds Garden Gnomes downright frightening. Every year I “gift” her with an embellished Gnome, usually one with glitter all over it because she hates that too. Ain’t I a stinker? *Bugs Bunny Voice* You can find links to all of my cheeky Gnome Gifts Below…
And of course we can’t forget Norman, our #PaperTrail mascot! Norman was supposed to be a Birthday gift for sis this year but he hitched a ride with Eileen Hull, Anita Houston and myself on the #PaperTrail instead (You can read about Norm’s adventures on the #PaperTrail HERE). So as you can see I have a “Gnome thing” yet have NO GNOMES of my own. Well that just won’t do!
The current CC3C challenge provided the perfect opportunity for me to have some Garden Gnome Glittering fun AND create a delightfully whimsical “Gnomie” just for me!
Meet Gordon the Garden Gnome! He’s Norm’s 2-D cousin and he enjoys being altered with Ranger Ink products just like Norm (See Norm’s “Archival” experience HERE)
Cool Creative Tools
Here’s a look at some of the “Cool Tools” I used to create this Garden Gnome Artist Trading Block…
Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III
Tim Holtz’s latest creative guide-book is filled with techniques to ignite your creative mojo. You can order a signed copy from Tim himself HERE. Find even more CC3 inspiration at the CC3C challenge and win fab prizes from Tim and Mario HERE (I’ll see you there :))
Distress Glitter is one of those things that I HAD TO HAVE as soon as it came out. Not only did I have to have it but I NEEDED it in every color. Even if you don’t care for sparkle, Distress Glitter is not your average run of the mill glitter that gets all over everything. Check out my Distress Glitter review to learn more about this magical stuff and all the surfaces you can use it on.
Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
When I first heard Wendy Vecchi speak of the wonders of specialty stamping paper I was skeptical. Paper is paper right? WRONG! Specialty Stamping Paper provides the clearest stamped image EVER and can be colored with a variety of mediums. The colors stay bold and vibrant without bleeding or smearing. I’m now a believer that specialty stamping paper IS the best paper in the world!
Susan’s Garden Flower Shaping Tools
As a self-proclaimed “Paper Flower Queen” I thought I didn’t need any fancy flower making tools. I thought I could go on curling petals with broken paint brush handles and chopsticks till the cows came home. After using Sizzix designer Susan Tierney’s Flower Shaping kit I realized how wrong I was. Susan’s kit (available from Sizzix) has changed the way I create paper flowers for the better! If you are a paper flower lover like me I highly recommend adding this flower shaping kit to your creative tool box
It’s so easy to shape, curl and add realistic dimension to your paper flower designs using the tools from this kit and will have your creativity “Blooming” in not time!
Mod Podge Silicone Tools
I’ve often sung the praises of the Mod Podge Silicon finger caps. They have saved me (and my fingertips) from looking like creepy Kevin Spacey in the movie Seven. I received a new set of Silicon Mod Podge tools at CHA from Plaid including this Silicon poker crayon thingy. It’s perfect for projects using hot glue. I know hot glue can be messy but let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have time for other glues to dry. These Silicon tools help take the mess out of hot glue and allow you to adhere embellishments to your projects in seconds!
I wrote about the Crystal Katana in my CHA 2014 Recap and I still stand by its awesomeness. If you use crystals or stones of any kind in your work this tool is handy with a capital H! There is some kind of magic in the tip that picks up crystals in a way that clumsy crafter fingers just can’t. The pokey end is perfect for setting your stones into adhesive without getting it stuck all over your hands!
Core’dinations Card Stock
Core’dinations Card Stock is my go to brand for making solid colored paper flowers. I’m a big fan of the Tim Holtz line from Core’dinations. It is so easy to coordinate colors with the Tim/Ranger products you already have…Distress Ink, Stain, Markers, Paint…and Glitter! I love the colored core and the textured weave that allows this paper to put up with the abuse I often put it through when making arrangements. You can find paper packs in a variety of sizes perfect for die cutting with Sizzix. Just tear off a sheet and run it through!
*Most of the Sizzix die cuts included in this project were cut from Core’dinations
You all know I’m a BIG Sizzix fan, nothing new there, but I did use some New (to me) dies that I wanted to share with you. Cut em’ if ya got em’ right?
Eileen Hull 3-d Flower (Center piece used for Grass)
Eileen Hull Borders and Hydrangeas (used for flowers)
Eileen Hull Plant Markers and Bloom Phrase (“Bloom” cut from Grungeboard)
Eileen Hull Honeycomb and Basket Weave Embossing Folder Set (Texture on Block see a tutorial HERE)
My little glittered Garden Gnome Artist Trading Block may not be in the true style of Tim Holtz, but I go against the grain. I love Tim’s products and techniques and enjoy incorporating them into my style. I’m all sunshine and rainbows! (Unicorns are my spirit animal!)
Get your Distress Glitter on at CC3C and you could win a fabulous prize from Tim and Mario AND a $25 gift certificate to my absolute favorite shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Since we are already sharing our lovely art (glittery or otherwise) why not stop by Art with Heart and share there too for more inspiration and ….yep more prizes!
For more Garden Gnome Inspired Artist Trading Block creations stop by the Artists on the Block to see what Inspiration Team member Donna of Meme’s Art Place has created with Sizzix Artist Trading Blocks and Creative Paperclay!
Have a whimsical day!