Monday, February 17, 2014

How To Make a Colored Pencil Storage Carousel (Tutorial)


        

Hi everyone,

I see so many totally awesome things all around the web these days that I must share some of them with all of you from time to time!!  I came across this little (and very inexpensive to make) project and my immediate thought was it would be PERFECT for our parching tools!!!  Of course, making more than one would probably be in order (for our colored pencils, too....or other coloring mediums) so with such an easy organizing project at hand, I absolutely had to share this idea.

I most definitely WILL be making this for my parching tools and I hope many of you will also give it a try.

Happy Parching,

Monday, January 6, 2014

WELCOME 2014!!!

Hi everyone,

Ummmmmm, yep you are at the right place!!!  It's a new year....a new beginning, for me....and a new 'look' for my blog as well.  Do you like the new look?  :)

Well, I'm a few days late with the Happy New Year, but I'm very pleased to finally leave 2013 behind and begin a new journey.  It's a bit out of character, for me, to share much of my private life with my readers because it's much more inspiring, for me, to share all the exciting things (old and new) in the awesome world of Parchment Craft.....but, this is one time (and most likely the only time) I will share what has 'really' been going on with me over the past 18+ months.

All of you who have followed me loyally, and those who have purchased my Ebook, "Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique", know that I had polio (something the young people of today have never heard of) when I was 8 years old.....a loooooooong time ago because I'm a senior citizen now!!  Anyway, without going into boring detail, I'll simply say that it destroyed the nerves and muscle in my right shoulder and as it would happen, I'm right handed....lol   As I have gotten older....and then even oldER....all that damage became very difficult for me to 'adjust' my life around and eventually I found that using my right arm for some of the parchment techniques became unbearable so I had to slow the one thing I loved (parchment craft) down to a crawl, which I began to do in the middle of 2012.  This is why those of you who "used" to look forward to a new, exciting post from me, on a sort of regular  basis, were seeing less and less of me through the remainder of 2012 and then into most of 2013.

During these 18 months, I have, unfortunately, had several more health issues to deal with (acute sleep apnea and macular degeneration in my eyes, plus I've had some 'mini strokes' during these months as well).....which have required more 'life adjustments', as I call them, and the most difficult one for me has been the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.  I know a lot of my parching friends, around the world, also have this very painful disease and they have found ways to deal with it.  I have been, and continue to be, in the ongoing process of 'learning how to combine my Post Polio Syndrome AND the new Fibromyalgia.  Both diseases are similar, in a lot of ways but the Fibromyalgia has been a very difficult challenge for me since I was diagnosed late last spring.  As I stated earlier, other health issues (the 'old age' ones!!) are now mixed amongst these two debilitating health matters, so I literally have had to learn how to 'navigate' my life, all over again and that is what I have had to dedicate my life to these past months. 

The learning process will never be over, but I believe I am now ready (or at least ready 'enough!!) to get back to my beloved parching, so let's get with it and get back to having some fun.....

It seemed like it took me 'forever' to make this project.  I titled it Diamonds and Pearls and I challenged myself with this piece because solid embossing is now very, very difficult for me to do, so instead of worrying over making a white work piece in solid embossing, I simply chose to make "pearls" everywhere!!!  

Diamonds & Pearls

The center of each of the flowers has a szarwoski crystal in it, but they do not show in the scan. :(  I did photograph it, as well, but the stones still wouldn't show nicely.  Here it is all tucked into a simple frame for hanging!!

Diamonds & Pearls
Framed

Now, I'm sure there are probably plenty of folks, out there, (who might have arthritis, or other debilitating/painful joint issues) who have already discovered it is easier on your dominant arm/hand to make lots of "pearls", instead of solid embossing, on our parchment projects, but it was an 'ah-ha' moment for me, when I thought I'd give it a try on this project!!  Solid embossing, for me, has always been difficult to do because I can never seem to get all of it to be the same 'whiteness', but now this works perfectly, so I'm going to continue to make projects using another of 'my own' techniques!!  :)

So, now that you all know how I made my own version of Diamonds & Pearls, here is the pattern and I'd love to see how any of you would complete it.....

Diamond & Pearls Pattern

It is a graphic image I have had for a very long time and it was fun putting it to parchment.  Give it a try and see where your own creative 'eye' takes you!!  Good luck and enjoy.  :)

Happy Parching,
    Vickie


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Parchment Craft Grid Work - Challenge!!

Hello, hello, hello!!!

Goodness, it seems like it's been forever since my last post, but in fact, it's only been a few weeks!!  Okay, let's get things started.....

Several months ago I purchased Kannikar Sukseree's latest book titled, Best of the Best Parchment Craft Grid Work and although I've not been able to make as many projects as I would like to, I did do something a bit different with one of the grid patterns that I liked, from the book.  The pattern I chose, is on Page 22 and I challenged myself to see how many different variations (aside from the ones already in the book!!) I could make. 





So, I began my self inflicted challenge by making one, of a collection of Vintage Ladies that I have, and for the image, I also incorporated my own parchment craft technique, "Etched Glass", which can be purchased by clicking on the image below. 


Okay, here are my beautiful ladies.....let's see if you can easily see the differences between each of the grid borders I made, from only one foundation pattern from Kanny's book!!!  


My version of Grid 27
Grid 27 - Looks the same but it's not


My version of Grid 27
My version of Grid 27














This was a wonderful challenge, for me, and it was absolutely amazing just how many different borders I could create from just the one grid design!!  There are probably many more variations of the foundation design, but I was ready to move on to a new project, so I only challenged myself to do four.

I've shared my challenge with all of you, and now I would like to challenge anyone, who also purchased Kannikar Sukseree's Grid Work book, to take on the task of choosing one pattern from the book and see how many different ways it can be made.....or just challenge yourself to creating four new grid borders from one foundation pattern!!  

Who is up for the challenge?

Happy Parching...




Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Another New Works

Hello everyone,

WOW!!!  I'm very excited to be adding another new entry to the Guest Gallery!!  Just click on that tab at the top of this page and you can also enjoy the wonderful work of Jinny Castor (USA).  She is sharing her PergaZen Challenge piece and she has titled it "July 4, 2013" in celebration of our Independence Day.

Beautiful work, Jinny!!

Happy Parching,

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Guest Gallery

Surprise!!!!!  Yes, I'm here once again today, so it's truly a surprise....lol  I have added a new, beautiful works to the Guest Gallery and I'd love to have everyone stop by and see it.  Just click on the tab at the top of this page to go to the gallery.  Sylwia Ceislak, from Poland, created her own interpretation to an old blog challenge and it's quite lovely.  

There is no comments box on the Guest Gallery page, but everyone is very welcome to leave a comment, for Sylwia, on this post if you'd like to.  Enjoy!!

Happy Parching,





New Link.....

Hi Everyone...


I have now linked my blog to "Bloglovin", so for my followers who also use that service, you can now follow me there as well.  Just click on the new link box at the top of the left side bar.

Happy Parching,

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

An Old Challenge....

Hi Everyone!!!

I know.....it's been a very long time since I've managed to be here and share things with you as I used to.  I do have some good news and that is:  I'm now more able to get things back on track and over the past few days I've been doing some major "blog house cleaning" and I may have done too good a job!!!

An old (2011) challenge has re-appeared in the mailboxes of those members who receive updates via email, so if you are one of those members, and should you wish to take part in that particular OLD challenge, then please feel free to do so!!  There were a lot of participants when the original challenge was issued, but I'm always willing to reissue something that everyone seemed to like a lot. 

For those who might not have a clue what I'm referring to, CLICK HERE to go  to the original challenge, issued in June 2011.  Read the challenge instructions.....download the pattern.....and have FUN!!!  

Now, my challenges are NOT a competition.  They are solely for parchment crafters who enjoy challenging themselves in ways that one might not think of.  

While everyone is enjoying the challenge, I will continue my "blog house cleaning" task at hand and I'll be sharing some new things with all of you very soon!! :))  If anyone taking part in this "renewed" challenge would like to share their works when completed, simply let me know, in the comment box, and I'm always happy to share it in the Guest Gallery here!!

Happy Parching,