Why Rosie's Book?

While growing up, I had a dear friend, Renee, that lived next door and with whom I spent much of my childhood. We grew, in different directions, and went on our merry way. Many years later, I ran into her parents and they kindly reminded me of the laughs they still have over my book. “What book?” I wondered with a puzzled look. "I don't remember a book." Hardy laughter accompanied their response. At some time during our childhood, I tried to convince Renee about something that her parents didn’t agree with. I told her that proof of its truth could be found “in my book.” Naturally she went home and tried to convince her parents of the same thing but they weren’t falling for it. She needed an edge and told them emphatically, “It’s in Rosie’s book!” After they caught their breaths from reborn laughter, they let me know how “Rosie’s book” has been cited for many other things throughout the years. They’ve also mentioned that they’d like to see “Rosie’s book” one day. I can’t remember all of the things that I said were in “my book” but I’m sure my dear friend’s parents can recall much more than I ever knew about – LOL!!! So, here it is . . . my version of things you might find In Rosie’s Book . . .

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge: Anything Goes

The current challenge by the Lovely Ladybugs over at the Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge is Anything Goes. Hop over to enter your project for a chance to win TWO cling stamps (or FOUR if you use a Ladybug Crafts image!). You can find out more about this challenge and the wonderfully talented Ladybugs here.

There is also a new release of 16 sweet Billie Bear images, designed by Jan White exclusively for Ladybug Crafts Ink. You've got to hop over to the challenge blog to see how the Lovely Ladybugs have shown their use of several of the newly released images!

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I've used the recently released Window Seat Billie as designed by Jan White to create a set of four seasonal cards.  I had tons of fun playing with this all-purpose image and my head is still spinning with ideas on more ways to use it.  You'll have to visit again soon to see how I've used Window Seat Billie for my Spring, Summer and Autumn cards. This post contains the info on my Winter card.

I printed the image onto the smooth side of a sheet of Bo Bunny's Snowfall "Snowfall Hot Chocolate" then fussy cut and carefully placed the new drapes to carry out my winter-theme.

I used three different masks to add color and texture to my image.
1.  I cut out just the window glass areas to stamp a winter tree scene from an old Stampin' Up! A Tree for All Seasons set.  I also used this mask to airbrush the ground, sky and a bit of sun light.
2.  I cut out just the bear to add texture using the nasty rag technique by pouncing Copic colored fibers of a piece of wash cloth over the Copic-filled bear.
3.  I cut out the full image to airbrush the wall areas and floor.

This view shows my Copic-filled image for a winter-themed card.  Glossy Accents covers the hearts and Inkssentials Enamel Accents black provides shiny, dimensional eyes.

Layers of Bazzill cardstock with Bo Bunny's Snowfall "Snowfall Wintertime" glitter paper form my side open card and faux stitching adds a contrasting border.  Satin Sensations 5/8" Island Blue ribbon provides a border and bow.  A safety pin through the bow holds a metal gold snowflake with a jump ring through the pin's loop.  A Spellbinders Medallion Four adds a circular element behind my image.  A Technique Tuesday Borderline: Same Time Next Year set adds my stamped winter words.

A My Favorite Things Die-namics Fancy Flourish provides movement behind my flower cluster made of a Recollections Mulberry Paper Flower and a Petaloo Flora Doodles Mini Florettes For the Guy set.

Here's a view of my completed card front showcasing Ladybug Crafts Ink Window Seat Billie that includes a popped up hello sentiment from a Hero Arts Sparkle Clear Simple Messages set . . .

The inside is decorated similar to the front and includes a blank sheet to include a handwritten note . . .

Looking for fabulous inspiration using Ladybug Crafts Ink images? You'll find more designs by the Lovely Ladybugs at the Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge blog (here).

I'm entering this card into the following challenges . . .
Charisma Cardz "Die Cuts" (here)
Moving Along with the Times "Decoupage" (here)
PaperCrafting Journey "Ribbon or Lace" (here)
Cupcake Craft "Cool Men" (here)
Ooh La La Creations "It's a Man Thing" (here)
Creative Card Crew "Masculine" (here)
Christmas Cards All Year Long "Sparkle and Bling" (here)

Copics used:
bear - BG70, BG72, BG75 (nasty rag technique BG78)
tree - E42, E44
curtain rod, window frame - E31, E35, E47
seat, pillow - E51, E55, E57
mittens, scarf, hearts - E04, E07
curtain shading - W3, W5
airbrushed wall - E42; floor BG72; outside ground BG000; sky Y000, B000

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I'm including this pic to show you other ways that I've filled this amazing image for all four seasons.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!  Make sure you stop by through the next week to see how I've used them!  Can you imagine how perfect this image could be for holiday cards too?!?!?  Paper-pieced holiday curtains with a coordinating scene in the window and a hat on Billie surrounded by holiday die cuts?!?!?!  OH MY . . .

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As always, I'm so glad that you stopped by to visit!

~ Rose


stitch-and-greet said...

OMG. Your artworks are amazing. It´s always such a pleasure to visit your blog! Renata xx

Kerry said...

I think I've just managed to pick myself up off the floor after you sent me the finished images Rose...they are fantastic. I love the scenes through the window (it was one of my favourite SU! sets which I recently sold on ebay doh!) and the paper pieced curtains. Your whole card is beautiful and can't wait to see the other seasons xx

Unknown said...

Stunning,lovely card, great image. Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew with our Masculine challenge Hugs Tania xx (DT)

Sally said...

Wow Rose such a brilliant card and what a great idea to use the image through the seasons. Love it.
Hugs Sally xxx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really gorgeous, I love the cute teddy bear image and the papers and layout are beautiful
Lindsay xx

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card, fabulous layout and cute image.
Thank you for joining us at Ooh La La Creations.

paper fun said...

Rose, you did a fabulous job wiht this image. I will have to come back and see the other seasons. Great airbrushing.

Thanks for joining our masculine challenge at Creative Card Crew.


Misty's said...

Hi Rose
Thank you very much for your lovely comment you left on my blog. Very much appreciated!
WOW to you magnificent card! Absolutely adore the artwort and all the variations with different colour palettes.
Michaela xx

Alli Devine said...

Lovely male themed Winter card Thanks for sharing with us at Ooh La La Creations

Alli D xx

Sofia Eriksson said...

Amazing card, Rose! I love it! What a sweet image. Wishing you a Happy easter! Hugs, Sofia

Julie said...

Hi Rose,totally amazing idea,I just love how you've combined the images! Sorry it's taken me a few days to get round. Happy Easter!! Julie x

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous card, love the image...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
Helen x