Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Win Me! Rosie Flo's Pop-Up Runway

Comment on this post by midnight April 11 for a chance to win this charming 3-D kit from Chronicle Books.

Rosie Flo's Coloring Fashion Show by artist Roz Streeten comes with 18 models, a pop-up catwalk and more.

One commenter from my blog is guaranteed to win! I'll randomly draw a winner April 12.

In addition, one commenter from all of the participating blogs will win a set of Rosie Flo coloring books + $100 to spend at Chroniclebooks.com.

Just be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you!

The fashion show is yet another stunner in the Rosie Flo coloring book series of paper dolls.

I colored in this kit yesterday and what a kick! I felt like I was 10 again.

And just between us moms, this one's going to be hard to part with. Maybe your daughter or niece will share?

Paper models (mostly girls, but a few guys too) come in outfits inspired by trees, flowers, sea life, even a ladybug.

Two favorites: a crossword-puzzle gown (with room for words) and a flaring party dress encircled with birds.

Each model also comes in designer shoes: from shiny stilettos and heart slippers for girls to loafers for boys.

Once you color in the dresses, it's time to draw in the heads, arms and legs -- which really makes the kit your own.

I felt a bit like a stylist, shaping models' hair and makeup to fit the look of the dress I colored.

A 0.35 mm black ink pen was ideal for drawing in features. (Each face must fit into a space less than an inch wide, so a fine tip is handy.) Another tip: practice faces on a scrap paper first.

Faces I sketched for the kit. Yours to use!
Or, if you'd like, print out the faces I've drawn here, then color them in, cut them out and paste them in place.

Since hands are tricky to draw, I recommend curving arms so hands go just behind skirts. It will look like your models are holding out their skirts.

Or, keep hands very simple -- draw them in the shape of delicate mittens, as I did above.

Also included: a 3-D theater and curtain-draped runway, and two pop-up rows of chairs for models to sit in. (Six fashionistas are scored just for sitting.)

On either side of the theater's interior are three rows of audience members. These too are line drawings with spaces for faces, arms and some legs.

If you're nervous about drawing directly on the walls, make your faces on a separate paper, then cut them out and paste them in place.

In addition, there's a little coiffed poodle to punch out, as well as an old-fashioned camera and three invitations to the show.

No scissors or glue are required, but if you'd like to paste on your heads you'll need both. Colored pencils not included.

To show how the kit works, here's a paper model as I colored her (I drew my face on card stock):

And for more on Rosie Flo, visit Chronicle Books here. Best of luck to all of you!


  1. This is awesome. Sarah would probably play with this for hours. -- Judy S

  2. I love that all the dresses are so fancy! I thought of my beautiful niece when I saw it!

  3. I love all your coloring tips. This book is such a wonderful way to take Rosie Flo's coloring books a step further!

  4. Very cool! My daughter would love this!

  5. Jenny, you are so amazing. This blog makes me a better mom. This book is one of many reasons I love having a daughter! This is one of the coolest books I've seen in a while. Even if I don't win it, I'll definitely be gifting it (not just to my own little Hart).

  6. Super cute! Brenna would love this! She LOVES coloring and pretty dresses! Perfect combo!!

  7. I saw this on pinterest, but didn't know what it was! My daughter would love, love, love this... I have to check it out! Thanks!

  8. This looks like a fabulous! It's such a creative way to engage a child! (rhondagamache@hotmail.com)

  9. What a great blog ;) So glad you shared the link.

    Ellie would get a kick out of this book (nice coloring btw!)

    Thanks for the fun contest!