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Monday, August 30, 2010

Custom Designed Invitations and first Art Journal page by Rosanna Hope for Babybonbons

The past year I was so excited to be  asked to paint invites for several of my customers and wanted to share with you all.

One of my favorites was for a Jimmy Buffet themed party at Jungle Island. I just  love anything tropical.
I also painted the menus,  sign in posters and gift tags  for the favors to match the theme.

My next invite was a baby shower . The theme here was Baby and Flowers Blossoming, two of my favorite things to paint.

                                                      Ribbons and Bows, Babies and Posies

They requested very subdued colors in the  invite which as you know for me was a challenge as I love the hot pinks, purples and turquoises.  Well, I did slip in a little turquoise, but when I was finished I had a new favorite color pallet and just in time for fall.

I recently also saw on one of the Mommy Blogs an invite to be part of a very interesting project...sending an art journal around with 12 very talented gals for an entire year.  I signed up, but wow, I sure was not aware of the journey.  Little did I know, I didn`t know anything  about art journaling!!!!  The instructions were just: Pick the theme of our journal, start with one entry and some directions for the others to follow  during the year and send it off to the first person on the list.  Sounded intriguing !

My journal was entitled Passion, in other words they can enter any type of  art journaling entry  or entries about something they have a passion for, children, family, mate, gardening,  travel, food and the list goes on and on. I cannot wait to get this journal back in 12 months .  Each themed  journal we receive monthly in the round robin  is a surprise to us and I can really say a big but exciting challenge. 

Lucky for me,  I found the most creative gal, Heather Reid on Etsy who made my beautiful journal from silk fabrics  and ribbons and beautiful hand made papers for me.  Her shop is heathers3stars  on Etsy.  She quilts the most unique little original pieces and has the best supplies for journaling, but mainly she is one of the sweetest people I have ever worked with.  I have already received 2 giant care packages in the mail from her with every type of art journaling supplies you can imagine, tons of emails  and hand written notes with all kinds of tips and resources.  Her notes were my first clue that I sure was on the wrong path...thank goodness she befriended  and took me in!!!

Shhhh....We are keeping our postings rather secret so we will all have a surprises next year when we receive our own journals back, but I never could keep a secret and have to share my cover page for the first journal I did which was themed "The Seasons" and I had  the month August to work on.
In addition I added several other two  page entries, but these are a secret.  I sure have a lot to learn, but Heather sent me a few great book ideas which I quickly ordered . One I just love is  True Colors. You  will be blown away each time you look at these beautiful art pages in this book. Each one is more original than the last. The 12 artists in the book participated in a similar art journey, but color was their theme. Each picked a favorite color  or two for their journal entries.  They really inspired me and it is going to become pretty addictive craft I can see. 

In about a month I  am very excited to say I will be launching  a new web site and custom invitation will available. Until then,  if you are having a special occasion and need an original invite, drop me a note. I would love to paint one with and for you.  Thanks for visiting me again and please say Hi below!  I love to hear from you all!
Hugs and nite,
Rosanna Hope

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Honey Blossom The Feel Good Fairy

I have always adored playing the Special little fairy at our house.  My family loves when those  sweet Fairy baskets  and wrapped secret presents appear on  their bed or arrive on their doorstep with little fairy pictures poems and surprises to help them thru the stressful moments.  I have taken on just about every fairy disguise you can think of from College Exams Fairy,  The Medical Boards Exam Fairy  or Medical School Exam fairy to The Chemo Fairy to the Moving Fairy and so  many more in between.

I am tickled to introduce to you Honey Blossom The Feel Good Fairy. I just finished her watercolor painting/illustration and she is now being printed on the silkiest Poly Charmese as a very special little blanket for your favorite little gal or guy. It is the perfect security blanket for them when they need to cuddle or snuggle with their imaginary fairy and to be transported to the Land of Giggles and Enchantment!

Honey Blossom's new blanket is going to be 30" x 36" and oh so luxurious, oh yes, bordered in the silkiest satin ribbons and backed in ultra plush minky swirl. It will be finishd similarly to my Jazzy Jasmine Blanket, but larger.

  This little treasure can be shipped gift wrapped like a big candy Bonbon  to any hospital or home and will definitely put a big smile on your little gal or guy's face, even a big giggle!

Once upon an enchanted day

Honey Blossom , The Feel Good Fairy came out to play

Dressed in ribbons and Posies from Head to Toe

Perched Atop her fairy cake she giggled and began to sew,

A gossamer butterfly flew bye and softly whispered in her ear

Put a big smile on my face, I have a favor for you to hear

Please charming little Sprite, When the stars come out, Weave your magic Spell,

My tiny friend needs one of Your Sweet "Tuckies" so she will feel well!

Oh, The little fairy began humming and sewing with joy

Her little wings fluttered as she quickly stitched for the little girl or boy

Quicker than you could say snuggle buggle or blink she finished her task

Nestled her package under her delicate wing and delivered it at last.
 Honey Blossom's little wand sprinkles the most precious little sayings for your special friend to cheer them up, Giggles, Hugs, Dazzle, Dream, Hope, Magic, Sweet, Laugh, Snuggle, Twinkle, Fun, Kiss and more.   The little blankets comes with a card with the above little poem and can be personalized with your child's name printed on the card.  Also, soon, a little Honey Blossom book may be just around the corner.
You will have your choice of two designs with these special little sweet words. I would love to hear from you as to which is your favorite, Words printed in the background or sprinkled from the fairy wand on Honey's Brightly colored ribbons.
Production of Honey Blossom the Feel Good Fairy are in  the works. Drop me a note to order for your special child. This blanket is so soothing  and comfy and perfect for so many occasions. It will be a favorite treasure for years to come!

Have a very sweet Sunday,
Rosanna Hope

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Franny's first harvest, You Betcha...children's tractor fabric

I want to introduce you all to one of my new little characters that I produced from a watercolor illustration., Franny . He is so  excited as one of his dreams was to be able to help with the fall harvest and drive his daddy's big tractor.  I am a big boy now, You Betcha!
He begged his daddy every year and this year he was big enough to climb up by himself onto the tractor.  He is so serious and I think those little corn are a little worried now!

If you have never been by the Spoonflower website, drop by this week to see the many  creative and interesting fabrics that are being custom designed there.  Just register, upload your designs and voila you will have fabric printed with your own custom work shipped right to your door.   Franny  will be printed in a half drop repeat on organic cotton or  any other fabric choices they list. 

Franny, You Betcha Fabric is a perfect new choice for your little gal or guys farm themed nursery or bedrooms. It is a larger repeat and works very well on quilts and little pillows and I love it when you just outline the little guy and make little  pillow dolls for your little guys, so soft and cozy and cute. Use a little cute plaid to match his shirt for the back and I love  a soft flannel for a choice to coordinate with this design. I will change the background color to any of your choice if you drop me a note. Wouldn`t it look cute for little gals in pink?

Franny also works so well on wall hangings, little cards, posters and especially printed on little tee shirts and onesies with your little guy or gals name on it. Just drop me a note for your custom listing.

Hope you all are having a very sweet week,
Rosanna Hope