Thursday, March 12, 2009

Giveaway Time!

Time is still flying and I'm still not catching up! I can't believe how long ago my last post was. I look at my blog every day and think "I want to post about X" and yet somehow I don't ever seem to get around to it.

So since I've must scrubbed my kitchen floor and I'm now exiled into this part of the house until it dries (which should be ages given the current outside humidity), I have forced myself into sitting down and putting into words what has been floating around in my head for the past few days.

I want to celebrate with you! Why you ask? Well I've recently signed on with an agent in the US and so, fingers crossed please, maybe someone or some company will purchase my designs to be used elsewhere. Unfortunately I can't share the newest designs with you as they are now....shhh.... top secret (and I'm so frustrated about this part because there are a few that I'm really quite fond of and would love to show you), but I can share something else with you.

And to do that, I'm going to have a giveaway. It's been quite some time since I've had one and I think now is a good time since I'm celebrating. So I'm going to give away not one, but two sets of Chichiboulie Paper Dolls - your choice of Pippa, Imogen or Anna. All of them are really sweet and come with some fabulous outfits (that I, of course, would wear myself if they weren't made of paper and weren't only 7 inches high...sadly my thighs won't squeeze into them).

All you have to do is post here about an idea or a subject you'd like me to illustrate. I'm looking for new ideas at the moment and would be most thankful for your help.

Here are the rules:
1) Post your idea and your email (this is very important so I can get in touch with you if you win) in the comments section on this article.
2) All names will be put into a hat (a real hat because I do so love them) and the winner will be drawn at random
3) Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, 15 March - beware the Ides of March - EST (making it easier for those of you in the US)
4) The winner will be drawn and notified on Monday, 16 March.
5) A bonus winner will be chosen from among the ideas submitted - for the idea that most inspires me.

So two sets of cute paper dolls all for so little work! Spread the word and get your thinking caps on!


Giffysk8s said...

Well, Gretchen, congrats on having scrubbed the kitchen floor, though I think I would prefer the exile. LOL

As for ideas: I am creative on the writing side, so NOT creative on the illustrating side. :( But I am partial to anything figure skating (it's kind of like a lost art). I also am dying for some multigenerational things: grandmothers/granddaughters, grandmothers/mothers/daughters, mothers/daughters, etc. Now that I am a grandma, I am always looking for stuff like that and can never find it!

Hope you are beginning to thaw out. Here in MA, we are supposed to get a week of 50 degree temps. Maybe this snow will melt just in time for our late March onslaught!

SoBella Creations said...

Congrats on getting an agent in the US. Any company would be lucky to get your illustrations on their products.

As far as inspiration I would look towards the holidays. St. Patrick's Day is upon us. And I love Easter. There are bunnies, chicks, lambs, baskets filled with candy and eggs.

Springtime brings beautiful flowers, butterflies and ladybugs.

Jo said...

Congratulations! How about a bunny paper doll set. With easter right around the corner and in general it would be cute to see a bunny that little ones could dress.

myminimocs said...

Congratulations Gretchen - well deserved and i'm sute the excitment goes both ways - you AND your new agent!

Duni said...

Congratulations on getting an agent! That is a huge achievement definitely worth celebrating!

I'd love to see more of the animal world illustrated, especially endangered species.

Your paper dollies are so cute!


Star of the East said...

I like your illustrations and you have a good sense of humor, maybe a little story book with your illustrations and story? I think you could do that, not sure if it is easy to realize but it's worth a try.

Hope Spencer said...

What wonderful news, Gretchen! Congratulations and I can't wait to hear more!

I am wondering about a series of children from different countries/states. Maybe each could have a little mascot? For example, a child from Alaska with a little penguin friend, a child from Australia with a koala friend, etc.

I'd also like to see more sea-related images...mermaids, kids playing by the sea, I can never get enough of this type of stuff. Hope you get some ideas that get you going!

BellWookie said...

I would like to see some more boyish things in y our repertoire. Monkeys, hippos, baseball, digging in the dirt, trucks, etc. Some on bookmarks, general drawings, thank you cards, etc.

you know where to reach me, Brooke :)

Jamie said...

Are you going to laugh if I tell you I had a dream about a Chichi fairy that I was wanting the other night? Yep I dream about Chichi fairies :). She was adorable (like they all are) and she had a basket full of eggs and then there were other baskets with baby chics and a bunny. I wish I could remember her exactly but I didn't write it down right away :(. Maybe that will inspire you!! Congratulations on your new adventure!!

matchstickgirl said...

ooo nice idea !!! and congratulations on the agent !!!!

Little Miss Mel said...

Such a cute blog and gorgeous artwork! I love your banner.

I'm going to suggest a paperdoll COSTUME dress up idea? So for instance drawing dress up costumes for Halloween, Princess, Fantasy like mermaids, Christmas (santa or reindeers) and Easter (bunny or easter chick) etc.

I would love that!!

Traci said...

I would love to see nursery rhymes you had illustrated. Just think of what you could do with Lucy Locket, Little Jumping Joan, Georgie Porgie, Four and Twenty black birds, the list could go on forever.

Traci : )

LeAnne said...

Congrats Gretchen, can't wait to see more of your stuff in the US and be able to say I own an

I love some of the ideas I have already seen here. Especially the multi-generational. How about daddies and daughters, mothers and sons and big brothers and sisters with babies.

I would also love to see your some fantasy characters (dragons, monsters, mermaids, aliens, etc.)

Best of luck with this next stage, can't wait to see.

cdziuba said...

Congrats to you. What about all types of Halloween costumes to dress the paper dolls?

ArtMind said...

Congrats on the agent part, Gretchen!
That is fabulous!
How about a little 'clay your own Bitty Blooms'-set with pieces of plasticine? :)

joshua said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Lauren @4BabyAndMom said...

I was going to say costumes as well!! My daughter doesn't have paper dolls yet, but the magnet ones she has on the fridge she loves to try to dress them up in costumes she makes.. and she's only 3!

Arianna (Erika) said...

I like your dolls too... For idea, how about a scene/ landscape for the background where you can play with your dolls or colorful kitties as companions?
Congratulations in your new agent, I hope to see your stuff around!

paula h said...

I looked at your portfolio and Etsy shop. Adorable stuff. How about some dogs? It would also be cute to see some pets for the paper dolls. A pet pony would be really nice since most little girls dream of ponies and horses.

I also didn't see any little boys. Things like little boys as cowboys or astronauts would be great to see.

Congratulations on getting an agent. Maybe we'll see your things at Hallmark some day :)

Bigbluebed said...

Hello. Congratulations on getting a US agent.
How about a nice little home for the dolls. Paper of course (or fabric). A pretty little house and some things fro them to play with.

judybrittle said...

Big congratulations!
My idea is for a paper doll set is for Children's Hospitals. You could have 2 dolls in a set and the first is when a child isn't having a good day and not feeling good with hospital gown,pajamas, robe and medical accessories and the doll knows what that child is feeling. The other doll when the child is having a good day would be frilly and fun costumes and wants to cheer her up to get better.

ixela said...

Congratulations Gretchen... your great artwork deserve it!!!
... and as an architect what about some furniture for your lovely dolls...maybe giving a new look to some famous design pieces!