Sunday, October 13, 2013

princess abc flash cards + GIVEAWAY!

I've been working with Chronicle Books on some new Twelve Dancing Princesses themed goodies.   Wanna see??

Here they are: Princess ABC Flash Cards!  Illustrated by yours truly.

You can get them from the Chronicle Books website

OR 

...you can enter the GIVEAWAY to win one!!


The rules: 

  • Leave your e-mail address in a comment to this post.
  • I'll use an random number generator to pick a winner!
  • US residents only please.  Yes I know, but these things are kinda heavy so int'l shipping is not an option...this time around, at least.  
  • I'll pick a winner on October 21!
  • Yayayayayayay!

The giveaway is closed!  Thank you to everyone who entered!


Let's take a look at these things!






A little info: the characters are based on my book Twelve Dancing Princesses, and artwork from my Princess Matching Game.




They come in this neat little box, so when you're not learning your ABC's you can stow them away!



They are made of heavy, cat-proof cardboard so they won't bend or rip unless you try REALLy hard!
They also have round edges so little hands won't poke them into little eyes.


Here's a few of my favorite cards!  There are 26, naturally, but it would make this post very verrrryyyyy long to post all 26 of them.



If you have the previously mentioned Princess Matching Game, you're probably having deja-vu right now.  That's because a good portion of artwork for these cards was up-cycled from the matching game. 

 Why did I use a dorky word like up-cycle?  Because a funny thing happens when you take artwork from a 2" card and blow it up to 6":  it needs to be adjusted, and spruced up, and man, does it ever look different when it's bigger!  And three years have gone by!

I had to do a lot of adjusting and composing and photoshop magic to make the old artwork useable.  Fortunately for me, I tend to keep EVERYTHING on separate layers in photoshop and label each layer meticulously, so opening up the old files was not too bad.  But it WAS still a lot of work.



Here's the king and queen from the matching game.  The biggest differences are little things: the king's medals got more refined, and so did the queen's pearls.  They looked so blobby when I resized them!  I also had to adjust her dress shape and re-do all the details in her hair.  It was like they both got make-overs!




...and then some of the cards are just entirely new artwork, like this horse draw carriage! H is for Horse drawn carriage!


R is for Princess Rose:  Princess Rose got a make-over, and like all the princesses on these cards she also got her name-sake flower put in her hand.  




J is for Jewels!  I loved working on this card.   


N is for Nighttime: I like this one a lot.  It's a friendly kinda nighttime.


Y is for Yawn:  This is straight out of the book!


M is for Marigold.  Marigold made the cover of the box.


S is for Shoes...I love this card.


And I is for Iris.  I like this one because Iris sort of looks like she's pretending her iris is a microphone.  

It was definitely a unique experience re-visiting my own artwork.  Usually you put something out there and that's it, it's done, no do-overs.  I never imagined I'd get the chance to go back and fix/tweak/refine these gals.  


Stay tuned for a winner to be announced next week!!


...and PS: did you notice that cute little black doggy on the front of the box??

That's my cute little black doggy!

Her name is Lila!


That's a little fun-fact trivia nugget for you.  







41 comments:

BORAM said...

How precious :) Heres to luck!
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Thanh Cong said...

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Joanna Soohee Han said...

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They look great! I hope I can win them :)

Ann Shen said...

Yay!! These are soo cute, Brigette!

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Christina Forshay said...

Oh my gosh! These are absolutely delicious!

Christina Forshay said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I love them!!!

Kari said...

I love these so much!
I hope I'm allowed to enter.....I'm gonna do it anyway:
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Caitlin said...

I always love your artwork - it makes me so happy!

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Thank you for the chance to wins these AMAZING cards!

Jeca Martinez said...

AHHHH I WANT!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Felicia Cano said...

What a lovely set!!

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Shiseiten said...

These look wonderful! I'm definitely looking to own some of your artwork in the future. Still sad that I missed out on your Bad Dads piece from last year. It's always lovely seeing posts from you on this blog.

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Melanie Atwater said...

I'm entering tooo! I loved seeing these in class :)
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Beatriz Iglesias said...

These are sooo cute that I have to try it!!
Congrats for your work, btw!

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Thanks!

Kristen said...

My girls would love this set! keyroses _at_ gmail.com

schlisart said...

they look lovely and adorable!
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Katie Sluder said...

They are just beautiful!

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Christen E. Krumm said...

Suppper cute!

xo,
Christen
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Elisa Chavarri said...

These are so beautiful!
Congrats!
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jspeights said...

This is great!! I need a princess in my life, yay for giveaways.

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Kelsey C. said...

So Fun! I love the artwork, the colors and the shapes! :) and they're princess themed. It can't get any better.

Rita Ann said...

These are adorable!
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JarettMiracle said...

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Shanna said...

I loved the artwork from your book and these look fantastic!
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Jeff Paul said...

My daughter LOVES the book!

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samacleod said...

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Missy said...

Oh please meeeee! I love them. My four year old would adore this. *knocking on wood

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Jacqui Ronan said...

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Tammy Chang said...

Hi Brigette!

These are beautiful!
It would be an honor to own them!

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Lucy said...

Hi Brigette, I am no artist, but I am a huge fan of your work! You have actually inspired me to learn more about art and painting because your artistic style has just been so inspiring :) Here's me coming out of my shell to share this with you because I would love to win these absolutely beautiful flash cards. Even if I don't win, thanks for sharing your work on here, love the blog.
<3 Lucy chantellebears@gmail.com

Mo said...

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Thank you for a fun giveaway!

Sarah said...

Love your work!

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katamutiaracintaromantis said...

My E-mail janaka354@yahoo.com,,, wish me luck

Jennifer Mattucci said...

These are the prettiest flashcards I've ever seen.

My 5 year old daughter would love them!
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Elizabeth Myers said...

Hello Brigette

I happened to stumble along your blog for the first time today. Love your work!

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Jarrett said...

I like your art as much as I love fat cats!

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Cindy said...

Your artwork is so fun and lovely. And Lila is absolutely adorable :)
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Brer Kevin said...

Ah! I love your designs, Brigette!

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Ashley Perez said...

Amazing work! love these designs.

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HilLesha said...

Those are so beautiful!

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Applehead Abby said...

I LOVE these, my pre-schoolers would too ;)

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Dana Andreasson said...

I just bought these to carry in my boutique! How neat to come across the illustrators blog. Love your work!