So in this group of cards that I designed I went back and forth between woodland themes...why, because I like this image of the gnome, and I really did struggle with ideas to use with these embossing folders (note to self...try not to pick out embossing folders again, apparently it really challenged my inner creativity to come up with design concepts).
So with that in mind, I actually picked out the image I wanted to use for this card, and from there set forth on the rest of the design. Some of you may or may not be familiar with the song by The Monkees called "Teeny Tiny Gnome," if you're not familiar with it, I'm not necessarily going to recommend that you become familiar with it (unless you're an incredibly cheesy person who likes to listen to and sing cheesy songs...in which case, knock yourself out!) What you need to know is that at the end of the song the gnome says that "the party is over, please come back in a thousand years." Apparently gnome parties aren't what we thought they were cracked up to be as he was playing solitare and then basically tells us to get lost...despite the fact that this song seems to be contrary to popular concepts of gnomes being friendly (or at least that's my concept of gnomes)...anyhow it still worked for my inspiration.
I am on the design team for Dutch Paper Crafts and with this card I used the Lifestyle Crafts embossing folders in the Chain package. This one reminds me more of a basket weave...and basket weaves tend to remind me of country simplicity (and I tried really hard to come up with a concept that would fit this theme better, but this was the closest I could come up with due to my own personal preferences...another reason why you know I'm not a real designer because I refuse to give up on my ideas of what is acceptable, and I just don't care that much for traditional country things). So I used another image from A Day for Daisies and set up a simple background to tell a story of a Gnome working hard to collect mushrooms and bring them to and from where he's working to his home. The paper was scrap from holiday books that I made for my nieces and nephews a few years ago, but i thought it worked with the concept. The image was of course colored with copic markers.
Have fun getting creative and coming up with new concepts!