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 . . .

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge: Christmas in July

The Digi Bells design team over at the Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog wants to see your Christmas-themed projects.  A very lucky randomly selected entry will win TWO Elisabeth Bell digi images of their choice AND two stamps courtesy of our very own Digi Bell Lynda!  You can find out more about this challenge and sponsors here.

I've used this sweet clear stamp image called Twas the Night Before Christmas designed by Elisabeth Bell for Belles 'n Whistles.  These sleepy children dream happily while waiting for Santa's visit.

This pic shows a closer view of my Copic-filled image.  I also stamped my image onto Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses Glazed Apple patterned paper then fussy cut the pillow and blanket.  I used my Copic colors to add shadows after adhering the pieces to my image.  Hampton Art's Sprinkle Flocking Set provides white dimensional and velvety texture over Santa's hat, jacket and pant cuffs.

Layers of Bazzill brown cardstock with My Mind's Eye I Believe "Reindeer" double-sided patterned paper form my easel card.  I covered a piece of Grafix medium weight chipboard with the opposite side of the paper then die cut it using a Sizzix Clear Scallop Square die to frame my image.  The edges are inked with Prima's Dark Bark chalk ink.
A Memory Box Holly Vine, cut into two pieces back up other Christmas greenery made from a McGill pine branch and Punch Bunch birch, oak and holly leaves.  Layers of Punch Bunch daisies with Yellow Stickles at the center form my handmade Christmas paper white flowers.  A few Punch Bunch mini kikyou flowers and Xmas Red Stickles accent my holly vine.

Here's a view of the front of my completed card showing my use of Belles 'n Whistles Twas the Night Before Christmas, as designed by Elisabeth Bell, surrounded by Christmas greenery and flowers . . .

The inside of my card is decorated to coordinate with the front and contains a stamped sentiment from a Kraftin' Kimmie's Christmas Clara set.  My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose Hattie "Buddies" Buttons are tied with My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks "Lucky" twine.

Here's a view of my easel card, open and ready for display . . .

For a chance to win a fabulous prize, get over to the Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog and add your entry into this month's Christmas in July challenge!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Christmas All Year Long "It's All About Santa" (here)
PaperCrafting Journey "Punches/Die Cuts" (here)
Sweet Stampin' "Christmas in July" (here)
Dream Valley "Fancy Folds" (here)
Cards for Men "Christmas in July" (here)
Sweet Stamps "Christmas Greenery" (here)
Elphine House Australia "Christmas in July" (here)
Divas by Design "Anything Goes" (here)
Creative Inspirations "BINGO" (here) - top row, first column

Copics used:
skin - E000, E01, E11, E93, BV00
hair, chair legs, cookies - E31, E35, E47
Santa's beard, bells, book cover - C1, C3, C5
Santa's suit, plate - R22, R29, R59
Santa's boots, sack - T0, T6, T9
bear - E13, E17, E19, R22
holly, tree, pillow, cup - G40, G43, G46
chair - Y13, Y26, Y28
girl pj's, slippers - V12, V25, V28
shadows to paper pieced blanket and pillow - W1, W3, W5
airbrushed ground - E11, Y26, E15

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

~ Rose

Friday, July 19, 2013

Elisabeth Bell's Fairy Merrily Digi Bells' Blog Hop

To celebrate the newest addition to Elisabeth Bell's Digital Gallery (here), the Digi Bells Design Team is hosting a blog hop.

How can you win your own Fairy Merrily digi image? You'll have to hop through and leave comments on EACH blog. [You can find the full list of 12 other blogs at the Digi Bells Design Team blog (here).] Lynda will pick 2 blogs at random and the winners will be picked from those comments. The hoppers will have until Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9 AM to leave comments. The winners will be posted at the Digi Bells' blog on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Reminder: Buying then sharing digital images is theft. Sharing digital images takes income away from the artist.

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I've used the newly released Fairy Merrily digital stamp by Elisabeth Bell on a side-open card.  This view shows a closer view of my Copic-filled image before I painted Diamond Stickles over her wings.

Bazzill's dark purple, light purple and light olive cardstock is layered with both sides of SEI's Diane Evening Tea double-sided patterned paper to form my card.  I used the "beyond the edge" die cutting technique with Lifestyle Crafts Large Ovals set to shape my image and allow her wings and petal tutu to flow over the edges of the oval.  A Crafty Secrets Little Dancer small set sentiment is stamped onto a Lifestyle Crafts Tag It Kit tag that's topped with an Offray 1/8" light green triple ribbon bow.  A Spellbinders Garden Weave die cut adds some movement to the lower right corner while a Zva Creative's green rhinestone swirl peeks out from a few Petaloo Premier The Penny Lane Garden Collection Forget Me Nots in mint to accent the lower left corner.

I printed a reduced scanned version of my colored image onto the lower right of the inside, leaving most of the area blank so I can share handwritten thoughts later.

Remember to leave your comment below then move along to your final stop at the Digi Bells Design Team blog (here).  For reference, you can find the full list of the blogs to hop at the Digi Bells Design Team blog (here).

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
One Stitch at a Time "Use a Digi" (here)
Cupcake Craft "Photo Inspiration" (here) - purple, green
Sweet Stamps "Anything Goes" (here)
Tuesday Throwdown "Anything Goes" (here)
Crafty Creations "Time to Sparkle" (here)
Divas by Design "Tags" (here)
Creative Card Crew "The Great Outdoors" (here)
Oldie But Goodie "In the Garden" (here)
Charisma Cardz "Girly" (here)
Crafty Ribbons "Clean and Simple + Ribbon" (here)

Copics used:
skin - E000, E01, E11, E93, BV00
hair - E31, E35, E47
ballet slippers, top, leaves - YG21, YG23, YG25
tutu, flowers - V22, V25, V28
wings - V91, V93, V95, V99, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
flower centers atyou Spica Lemon
airbrushed background YG21, V20

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

~ Rose

Monday, July 15, 2013

Card Art with Copics: Elisabeth Bell's Christmas Hearth

These very excited yet curious children consider the magic of Santa's arrival while they investigate the fireplace where they've been told that Santa will appear.  You can find this wonderful clear stamp image designed by Elisabeth Bell for Belles 'n Whistles here.  Teresa at Crafts and Me Stamps is having a mahoosive sale of rubber and clear stamps so pop over there now to order yours!

Here's a closer view of my Copic-filled image.  The edge is framed using Marvy Uchida's Calligraphy Opaque Paint Gold Marker.

Four designs from Bo Bunny's Liberty Collection patterned paper are layered with Bazzill red, white and blue cardstock to form my easel card.  Three decorative metal brads accent the upper right corner as though Santa's sleigh, pulled by his magical reindeer will arrive soon.  Two handmade poinsettia flowers, made from Punch Bunch Kikyou and holly leaf punches, tie the sentiment to the image in the lower left corner.  An EK Success Paper Shaper Photo Corner Scallop punch, embossed with a QuicKutz' 2x2 Goosebumps HoHoHo metal embossing folder, accents one corner of my image and base sentiment.  A vertical sentiment from a Stamping Sensations Perfectly Said - Lori's Words stamp set lies alongside of my image.   

Here's a view of my completed card front showing my use of Elisabeth Bell's Christmas Hearth clear stamp image . . .

The base of the card includes a lovely stamped sentiment from Artful Legacy . . .

Here's a view of my easel card, open and ready for display . . .

You can find more inspiration using Elisabeth Bell's digital images at the Digi Bells Design Team blog here and many rubberstamp and clear stamp images at the Elisabeth Bell's World challenge blog here.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Cards for Men "BINGO" (here) - Die/Punch Sentiment Multifold
Crafty Sentiments "Christmas In July" (here)
Fab 'n Funky "Christmas In July" (here)
Paper Crafting Journey "Christmas In July" (here)
Southern Girls "No Spoolin'" (here)
Delicious Doodles "All About the Scenery" (here)
Elphine House Australia "Add Some Metal" (here) - Decorative Metal Brads
Sassy Studio Designs "Christmas In July" (here)
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round "It's All About Santa" (here)
Dream Valley "Fancy Folds" (here)

Copics used:
skin - E000, E01, E11, E93, BV00
hair, logs, bear - E31, E35, E47
bricks, berries, apple - R22, R29, R59, W5
hearth, candlesticks, ornaments - C1, C3, C5
ornaments, flame glow - Y13, Y26, Y28
tree, pine - G82, G85, G99
boy sleeper, stocking - B21, B37, B39
girl sleeper , stocking - R11, R14, R27
mantel - E13, E17, E19
airbrushed background - E11, Y26

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

~ Rose