Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gemini & Cancer Birth Signs

Hello, hello....

Just a quick update on the status of the Zodiac Birth Sign Collection.  Gemini and Cancer are the next to be completed and Leo, of course, is already done and in the store.  I will be taking a very brief  'time out' over the first part of April and will then continue the remainder of the parchment collection.

I have also removed my Ebook "Parchment Craft 'Etched Glass' Technique" from the publishing site it has always been on and although it is no longer in print, it can still be purchased directly from me, (via PayPal) if anyone has an interest.  Bear in mind, one needs to know, at least, the basics of photo editing, or have a parching tutor who has learned the technique and can assist, but it is not a difficult technique to learn simply from the Ebook, as there are lots of visual, as well as written, instructions.  

Also, if anyone has something, in particular, they would like to see, here on the blog, please drop thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc., in the comments and I'm looking forward to reading them!!!  

Lastly, for this time.....I have had inquiries about the Christmas images I have used on my cards, over the past few years, and they want to know where to get the images.  They have always been right here on the blog, to download FREE, so here is a challenge for you!!  Simply, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and take a break.....then get comfortable and browse backward through the 'older' posts and you will soon find where the "Etched Glass" Christmas images are that are absolutely FREE to download and use.

Until next time....
Happy Parching,

Monday, March 21, 2016

WHOOHOO!!! Taurus #1&2 In Store!!!

Hi everyone,

Well, after many hours of fighting pc crashes/blog totally disappearing/printer out of ink/backup printer not compatible with some of the programs I use on the desktop, etc., etc., etc., I finally have both Taurus birth signs in the store.  Please be sure and let me know if anything is not working right though because all is well on this I HOPE it is on yours as well. :)  

If anyone has missed the ongoing posts about the Taurus signs, I made two of them because some parts of the world consider 'any' hoofed, male animal (aside from horses, etc) to be "The Bull", while here in the USA we put cattle in that category, so in order to have everyone covered, I made one of each so no one would be left out.

All that's necessary for you to do now is choose which suits you, or your recipient, and they remain the same price (individually) as all the previous signs.  For those who would like BOTH signs I have given a discount, so pick what you want and then have fun!!  

Reminder:  I always put my contact info, and the link here to my blog, on all of my pattern packs, so if my designing doesn't make as much sense to you, as it did to me, then don't panic because you can reach me with questions....or simply to shout "I don't get this"!!!!!!! :)  :)  :)

Happy Parching,

Saturday, March 12, 2016

TAURUS #1 and #2 - UPDATE

Hi everyone,

This post will be short as I am going to share both versions of the TAURUS birth sign today so those who have an interest in this particular sign can have a bit of time to choose which one.....or begin (or add) to their existing collection.  I am in the process of writing instructions so they are waiting on that task before going to the "NEW" Designs store.  If anyone doesn't want to wait, just let me know and I'll add you to the list of those waiting for this birth sign and as soon as instructions are done I will notify you they are in the store.

Taurus #2

Taurus #1

The reason I have designed two signs for Taurus:  During my research for birth signs I discovered that in other countries around the world, a "bull" can be any male, hoofed animal.....thus, the first sign.  It appears that the USA is only one of a handful of countries, that consider a "bull" to be of the cattle genre, soooooo, sign #2 had to be done so that no one got left out!!!!

Now, please keep in mind, as I stated at the beginning of this collection, these signs are a bit more on the 'rugged' side, in design, so I hope they will assist those of us who love parchment craft, in finally having something for those males in our lives and these birth signs would be perfect for a keepsake, very special gift.  In the near future, I will be creating another collection with a 'frillier' appearance, so not to fret, there will be special ones for the ladies too.

Meantime, I'm back to the work station to get the instructions written for both of these birth signs and I am hoping I can get this polio ridden/fibromyalgia body to cooperate with me and get this sign complete.

Happy Parching,

Sunday, March 6, 2016

TAURUS #1 & 2 - Available March 13

UPDATE:  Because Taurus #2 will be ready over the upcoming weekend, I am moving the "in store" date of #1 to the 13th so that both signs can be posted together and you folks will have a choice of which version of the sign you prefer!!  :) 

Hello everyone,

Okay, I know.....everybody is wondering why there is a "Taurus #1".....right??  :)  Well, during my research on this particular birth sign, some information said the males of hoofed animals were always called a 'bull' in various countries of the world, so I proceeded to create what has turned out to be "Taurus #1" because I have since learned that the info might be different, sooooooo, I also have a "Taurus #2", which will be complete by weeks end, and it is a 'bull' as those of us here in the USA know them!!!!!  When all is said and done, I believe everyone will be covered in whatever their particular version of a 'bull' is.  :)

Now, it doesn't show very well in this photo, but the majority of this project is made with a technique called "perga-broidery" and you can also find it in some of Manuela Provensano's work, as it is one of her techniques that many of us use often.  It is a very demanding technique and can create a very nice blister on your middle finger, but it's quite lovely when complete........give it a try and you will see for yourself!!  lol

The pattern pack will be posted in the "New Designs" store by mid week and the 2nd version will follow shortly thereafter!!

Happy Parching,

Monday, February 22, 2016

ARIES - Zodiac Birth Sign Now in NEW Design Store

Hi all,

Well now, I have had this design ready to post since Friday but couldn't manage to get near enough to my desktop pc to put it all together for blog posting. :((   Anyway, folks, here is the next installation of the Zodiac Birth Sign Collection and it is a bit simpler than any of the previous designs.....because The Ram is a pretty intimidating without a 'busy' border!!

The next sign is, of course, Taurus, and several people are waiting on that one, so I'll move from my desktop system back over to the work/designing desk and get with the

Happy Parching,

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Happy Valentines Day to all,

Well, I had hoped to have this Zodiac Birth Sign completed yesterday but sometimes high tech devices don't want to cooperate with a human being, soooooooo, here is the PISCES sign finally finished!!  Just click on the "NEW" Designs Store tab and have fun.....

Now, you will notice that the border on this sign is different from the first three signs already in the store.....which by the way, are the very same 'foundation' border pattern BUT if you look closely you will see they are all finished in a completely different way.  Just thought I'd mention that again in case no one scrolled to the bottom of the page before  Anyway, the border on this sign is different and I will be using the same 'foundation' for Aires and Taurus, but my challenge to myself is to find a way to also make them different from the techniques I used on the Pisces....follow me??  :)

I also want/need to mention in this post that if anyone prefers their Zodiac Birth Sign made using the #1 border pattern (already on the first 3 signs), please specify that in the COMMENTS area of your PayPal so that I will know, because I will have to put that particular sign 'with' that particular border, and it will take time to do adjustments, but I wanted everyone to know, that as we proceed, it will be an option for a small increase in price.  If there are any questions please feel free to contact me here.  

Okay folks, that's it for this time for the Zodiac Collection!!  For those who used to be (and still are) interested in my BLOG CHALLENGE, I will be having them again and the first one will be for the month of March.  Sorry, but no prizes......just the enjoyment of challenging yourself to do/try something different in this wonderful world of parchment craft!!

Happy Parching,

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Hi everyone,

My apologies for the delay in posting of completed packs, but it's been one thing after another and although that certainly should never be a reason a blogger should use, it is what it is!!!  lol

Anyway, there may still be some 'bugs' in the "store" and please let me know if that is the case.  Over the holidays I upgraded my devices from what they were to Windows 10 and it's not been pleasant in some instances, but I'm doing the best I can with conditions as they are.....for now.  So, please bear with me and as I stated.....if you find glitches, please let me know ASAP so I can attempt to correct them and make everyone happy. :) :)

As promised, the Birth Sign Zodiac patterns (3 that are completed, so far), are in the store and the Crowning Glory pattern is also now in the store.  The 'bad' news is:  those of us here in the US have lost most of our local suppliers (which were very few to begin with) and Ecstasy Crafts has raised their prices for parchment supplies which makes it absolutely necessary for me to raise the prices for my well as my commission work.  I hate doing this but I have no other option and I want to continue to be productive as long as I possibly can.....or as long as the supplies last!!!!  So, be angry with me, but please, buy if you can so I can continue to do what I love.

Here are the patterns that are in the store as of today......Sunday, Jan. 24, 1016  I am continuing to work on more Zodiac signs and Pisces is soon to be posted, so watch for that next. 


 If you are wondering why the Leo is in the mix this time......well, it is my own birth sign and it's the one I made first to test the pattern!!!

Happy Parching,