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 . . .

Monday, January 31, 2011

Zentangle-inspired Sizzix Big Shot Pro Pillow Purse

There is no right side up to a Zentangle pattern which makes it perfect to use as a background for Zentangle-inspired paper crafting projects.

I spent some time last autumn filling an 8x10" piece of Zentangle-inspired art for framing.  I scanned my completed piece with the intention of reproducing it on an iron-on transfer for fabric.

After playing with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Pillow Purse (here), I wanted to see how my Zentangle-inspired art would look on a die cut project.  First things first, I printed my black and white image onto smooth, white cardstock.

Yikes!!!  My printer, acting wholly on its own, added red and black stripes throughout my Zentangle-inspired work.  If my printer were anything but mechanical, I'm certain the words spewing out of my mouth then would have at least hurt its feelings.  I could have thrown that paper away and tried again but this is, afterall, a Zentangle-inspired project.  So, in the true spirit of all things Zentangle, I simply moved forward from that moment and continued on with what I had.  Can I turn this blunder into something nice?

I placed my newly printed, now striped, sheet of cardstock over the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Pillow Purse die and ran it through the die cutting machine.  Hmmm.  This just might work.  I attached the handle using black mini brads to allow the handle to be movable and adhered the sides.

I folded a strip of 5/16" Offray sheer black ribbon to the front flap and added a set of magnets for closure.  Using the scraps remaining from the die cut purse, I used a 1/2" circle punch and added these pieces over the magnets.  Cool.

I still had enough remaining scraps to die cut one large and three small Sizzix 3D flowers and curled them to decorate the front of my Zentangle-inspired pillow purse.  A few McGill punched branches, some with a thin layer of Diamond Stickles, and a touch of ribbon made a nice flower cluster.

This little purse is large enough to hold some Zentangle tiles, a couple of markers, a short pencil and more.  I think it will make a nice gift package that can also be displayed.

As the Zentangle patterns wrap around to the back and bottom, all sides are decorated nicely.  Here's a view of the back . . .

and bottom . . .

I guess I need to go now and find out why my printer added red and black stripes to my print job . . .


Regina said...

Hi Rose. This is incredible. WOW! I can't wait to take your intermediate class on Saturday and maybe SOME DAY, I can even do something like this. Totally Awesome.


zandra said...

Looks fabulous! Love the imperfections. ;o)
Hugz, Z

Diane Lachance said...

Hi Rose,

Thanks for sharing this, it is absolutely beautiful.

I love the premise of your blog as well. What a great story.

Diane Lachance, CZT

huntla1 said...

Gorgeous! And the red looks like it is suppose to be there! Isn't it interesting when the machines decide to take over the world on their own. Just a wee bit scary!

arts4all said...

This is wonderful!!! There's just no end to the ways Zentangle can be used. This gets me to wondering who will be the first fabric company to get a tangler to design fabric yardage to use in quilts, etc.

Karen Woodbine said...

Hi Rose, What a unique and pretty purse. I love the red stripes........there are no mistakes with Zentangle! I also love the sweet story of Rosie's book!

Karen Woodbine. CZT