Saturday, June 11, 2011

Anyone Up For A Challenge!!

PHEW!!!!  It's been a very long time since it's taken me a full week to complete a project!!  The previous post (Perga-Zen© "Stars Forever") took almost that long but this wall decoration is the second of the pair and it almost brought me to my knees.....lol

My goal with this Perga-Zen© - "Sampler" was to try not to duplicate technique/tool/grid too often AND to use as many parching tools as possible from my own inventory!!   WHOA!!!!  Half way through I surely felt I had bitten off way more than I could chew but I was absolutely determined to come as close to my own goal as I possibly could, so I plugged along.....got a few horrid headaches....almost ran out of tools to use because I don't have a large collection of them....was totally cross-eyed by the end of each days work and I gave my own creativity a run for it's money!!!!!  

I LOVE a challenge....I LOVE having a goal and working my butt off to reach it.....I LOVE creating new, 'out of the box' things....I LOVE when it all comes together in the end :))

Okay, is everybody ready to see the second of the wall decoration pair??

Perga-Zen© - "Sampler" Wall Decoration
Well now...everyone is thinking/saying/wondering what's the big deal with this?  It 'looks' like any other parchment project.  Go back and read the second paragraph once again.....then come back and take a good, long, hard look at this wall decoration again.  Now, as I stated above, I do not have a huge parching inventory so I did end up having to use a few things more than once, but for those of you who have every parching tool under the sun, you will be in creative heaven!!  How long has it been since you actually used all those tools that you paid high prices for and either never, or rarely, use?  Dust them off.....join in the challenge.....let's see what you come up with!!

Here is a list of the tools I used on my project:
Every embossing tool I have.....from stylus up to the largest ball size
Bold and fine one needle perforating tool 
Two needle perforating tool
Small and medium sun tool
Hockey stick
Small and medium shader
Multi Grid #4 and #19
A&D Design Multi Grid #PS121, #PS108, #PS101
Micron Pen Black #05 and #08
Perga scissors 

If you're not sitting down......sit down now because here comes the pattern!!!!  Simply click on the image (to enlarge it) then right click to save it to your local drive.

Perga-Zen© Sampler Pattern

It is exactly the same as what I worked my project from.  It is a copyright free web design found in one of my browsing journeys years ago, and the challenge to anyone who wants to take it on is: 

Be as creative as you want with this pattern and use as many of your parching tools as you possibly can while trying not to duplicate any technique, or tool, unless absolutely necessary.

Feel free to refer back to my interpretation of the pattern, however, in the challenge, you may not copy what I have done.....use your own creative juices and make your project a very unique, special creation.....a true "one of a kind" parchment wall decoration :))

When your CHALLENGE PERGA-ZEN© SAMPLER wall decoration is complete, please send a scan/photo back to me (if you would like to, that is!!) and we'll share it, in the Guest Gallery, with everyone.

Come on now everyone, let's have some fun!!  I challenged myself with this project....let's see what you can do with this pattern :))  Good luck and let that creative energy inside you come out.....try something new!!

Happy Parching,




31 comments:

  1. WOW and double WOW... actually three WOW's!!! That is incredible... even more so having read how you did it! Thank you so much for the pattern.. I am about to print it off and have a go.... I can see myself getting into a right state with this and having a blast!!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing! Take care xx

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  2. Hi Debs,

    Thanks for coming on by to see what the 'rules' to the challenge are!! I surely do hope you get into that "right state of mind" because that's exactly what this is all about. Step out of the box...find some 'new' creative juices and have a BLAST!! I hope you enjoy the challenge...I hope you use as many of your tools/grids/techniques, etc. as possible and then I hope you send a photo/scan of your finished project for all to see and enjoy :))

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  3. Oh my goodness Viclie, you have really just made another stunning piece of art here. It´s just soooooo gorgeous and beautiful, that I´m completely speaachless hun. You just always seems to amaze me, with all your amazing projects time after time. I just soo love your work on this one here too, it´s simply gorgeous hun.
    How much I even want to join your challenge, I´m afraid, it´s just not an opetion, as my stupid eyes simply can´t see these tiny bits anymore and when I try too hard to see small details, all just gets completely blurry for me, so I´m afraid, I´ll have to pass this until sometime, they finally decide, they´ll let me have them fixed, if ever LOL. But I´ll look forward to see a lot of great samples here very soon, as people get to try this awesome challenge here.
    Have a wonderful week-end precious and take good care.

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  4. Maryann...thanks so very much for your comment, my friend. I wish your health was still good enough for you to continue your beloved parching and maybe if we all join in and send healing thoughts for the doctors to fix your eyes...SOON...then maybe you could still do a wee bit of parching again someday :))

    Meantime, my sweet friend, just sit back and enjoy seeing what those who wish to partake in the challenge come up with!! Creativity sometimes just needs a bit of coaxing for it to come out of the box it's usually in, so I'm hoping to help anyone who wants to take that step out of the routine and turn it into some wonderful creative, fun and challenging time!!

    BIG HUGS to you my friend and thanks so much for stopping by xxx

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  5. Hi Vickie - I'll add a few more Wow's to my friend Debs Wows. Even on high magnification your work is awesome. We have met briefly (blogwise) when you came to visit me and left a lovely comment. What a challenge. Anything Debs can do I can do so I will copy and save and have a go. I have just finished a project of 12 miniature handbags and still feeling all fingers and thumbs. Perhaps I might get it finished or a good part ready in time for the Craft Show at Sandown in September when I am on a Stand with my Tutor.
    I'll be in touch - either in triumph or the other.
    Hugs
    Carol

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  6. Carol...Thanks so very much for the kind "WOW" to add to Debs collection of them....lol I just paid another visit to your blog, to refresh my memory, and this time I became a follower and I will also add a link back to you on my sidebar!! While there I did a bit of looking around again and your hand bag collection for the show is amazing. There are so many of us, on this side of the pond, who would give almost anything to have tutors at hand and I must say, we all envy you ladies (and gents) on that side of the pond for having them close by. Best wishes on the show in September!!
    I'm excited that you will undertake the challenge. There have been others in the past...and will always be new ones in the future. I look forward to seeing the results....as I often say about all my own 'new adventures'.....good/bad or indifferent!!!!

    Hugs,
    Vickie

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  7. Hi Vicki,
    You have done it again, produced something awesome and inspiring.
    I have downloaded it and will try to have a go but not just yet.
    Take care,
    Sue.

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  8. Sue...."produce something awesome and inspiring"....WOW, thanks so very much!! That's always the fun part for me :))

    I'm happy to hear you are going to take part in the "Sampler Challenge" and I'll look forward to seeing what your creative juices produce...whenever time permits!!

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  9. That is a truly stunning piece of work, Vickie. You must be so proud of what you have achieved. I have downloaded it, but I am not sure when I shall have the courage to try it out. I am not experienced at parchment craft, but do enjoy doing special pieces for special people. thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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  10. MaggieC....Thanks very much for your kind comment!! If it will help you decide if you want to take part in the challenge, I will say this project does not require anyone to be experienced at parchment craft. I believe you can do this, and would love for you to give it a go :)) There is no time limit and the "rules" are few. When time permits, work on it a little at a time and one day it will be complete and you will have a one of a kind wall decoration!! Everyone else's challenge piece will be totally different because the tools they use on their projects more than likely will not be the same as the tools/grids/techniques you use on yours :)) Give it a go....it'll be FUN....you'll see!!

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  11. woh! woh! woh! it's very very beautiful!!!

    Hugs
    Aux Doigts Agiles

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  12. Wow, my jaw is hitting the floor everytime I see your work! This is stunning, as always!

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  13. Pelargonia....thanks very much for your kind comment!! I hope you will be joining us in the challenge?

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  14. I'd like to, but I can't... :( My daughter is sick, so I have much less time. And I have a lot cards to do. But next time i'll try, I hope so :)

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  15. Pelargonia....I'm very sorry to hear of your daughter's illness. I'm sending BIG HUGS to her for a speedy and a complete recovery.

    There will always be more challenges to participate in so someday you will join us when time permits!!

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  16. Καλησπέρα φίλη μου απο την όμορφη Ελλάδα!!!
    Η δουλειά σου είναι ΘΑΥΜΑΣΙΑ!!!!!!
    Αν και δεν γνωρίζω την τεχνική που τα φτιάχνεις ...!!!
    μου αρέσουν όλα!!
    Μπράβο!!!

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  17. Ria.....Hello from America!!! Yes, Greece is a very beautiful country. Thank you very much for your kind comment. I'm pleased you enjoy my work.

    I crochet and knit too and I like your crocheting and knitting very much.

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  18. Ta praca jest rewelacyjna, bardzo mi się podoba, świetny projekt i wykonanie

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  19. Ataboh....Thank you very much for your lovely compliment!! I hope you stop by again soon.

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  20. great pattern was looking for something Zen
    , enjoy viewing your blog , greetings
    Beryl

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  21. Hi Beryl.....Welcome aboard!! I'm happy that you found some Zen :)) Thanks very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!!

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  22. hello
    thanks for the speedy answer and when and if you have the time could you please do a blog post on how to choose patterns ? Well I mean besides the sort of themes one likes , me I am a florals & mostly roses person & add some Zen :). But there must be more , on the art of how to choose ?
    Have a fine day and greetings from Beryl.

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  23. Hi Beryl,

    Gosh, I'm not sure I thoroughly understand your question. If you can possibly be a bit more specific, I'll do my best to point you in the right direction!!

    Are you trying to choose designs/patterns other than your preferred ones of florals/roses/Zen or are you wondering how to incorporate those things into patterns you might already like? Or are you asking 'where' to look/search for other ways to use what you already enjoy? Or are you asking 'where' to look/search for other things you might enjoy as much as your preferred florals/roses and Zen?

    The one absolute thing I can share with you, at the moment, is the "art of choosing" primarily comes from YOUR soul. By this I mean...if you do not like the pattern/design you are looking at, then you will never, ever make that pattern/design!!! You can find inspiration for creativity everywhere you look....really :)) Now, the 'art of how to choose' will always answer itself whenever you see something you absolutely cannot wait to make because your heart/soul and mind will be totally ready to work together to actually make a pattern you have seen somewhere....which could have been on the web...in a magazine...maybe in some of the craft patterns you already have...or even just looking around you and seeing something in a totally different way than ever before!!

    There's a million ways I could interpret your question, so if you don't mind providing a bit more specifics, we'll see if we can get you headed in the right direction!!

    Hugs,
    Vickie

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  24. Hello
    well for a bit more info I have lots of hobbies and I like looking at other peoples designs cards crafts. I never make things copy from a pattern or remake that same card from a magazine I sort of look around for inspiration. And go from there I have been recently looking at lots of patterns even did an attempt at handdrawing some. I wanted to integrate some of my hobbies perhaps but since I just started into parchment do not know if this is possible . Some of my hobbies are beadwork , jewelry making ,collage , watercolour painting ,pastels , calligraphy , regular cardmaking . Parchment craft earrings with beads come to my mind . Not for a rainy day , parchment and H2O do not mix well. Parchment cards with bead embroidery. Do patterns like this exist ? I am sitting on my hands to many roses patterns out there . What is a person to do ? English is not my first language I am multilingual not perfect in any one language but online it is usually english. Over here we have a heatwave. Not good for me I have heart failure hence the many hobbies reading , aromatherapy ,etc . Well hope this explains some of my question , have a nice day ,take care , greetings Beryl

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  25. Hi Beryl,

    Thanks for providing a bit more information!! I will see if I can put together a new post for you (and others who might also have the same question) and I'll try to get it uploaded sometime soon. Meantime, if you have not already done so, please take some time to go through the various links (on the left and right sidebars of this blog) and see if anything in any of those links/sites strikes your fancy!! Also, if you have not done so already, go back into the archives here and see how I have either integrated (or totally converted) "other" crafts into parchment craft. You may get some ideas from there. Now, you state you are a beginner in parchment craft, you may find it difficult to visualize all the many things one can do with parchment, but I'm sure you will find some inspiration by seeing different things. You also might click on the "My Gallery" tab at the top of this blog and take a peek at all the different things I have done with parchment...not all my work is here in the blog!!

    Meantime, while you're busy seeing where the sidebar links lead you, I will (as time permits) begin putting a new post together so all my thoughts are in one place for you (and others) to reference easily :))

    Hugs,
    Vickie

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  26. hello
    thanks for the speedy answer and yes I have been reading a lot of the links on the left and right of your blog (some I even go back to to reread things ) I also read your older posts , looking forward to reading the upcoming post ,
    once more have a nice day ,
    greetings Beryl

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  27. As always Vickie Fabulous work.
    Let the Challenge begin
    Love Chris

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    1. Hi Chris....thanks so much for the kind comment!! This is an very OLD post from 2011, but if you would like to take on the challenge anyway, go for it!!! Be sure to post your completed works on FB and I will then add it to the Guest Gallery here.
      Hugs,
      Vickie

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  28. Hellllllllleeeeeeerrrrrrr Vickie, You are such an inspiring woman...Don't know if I will have the time to try this out..as you know Ben is going for the open heart surgery which will be on the 16th of this month..have been busy doing things on the outside while I had the help. Will tell you more later. THis will be a difficult pattern for me as you and I are on the same wave length as to what to do to each piece...lol...I just looked at the pattern and said to myself ok i would do this then went to look at your closer and said darn she beat me to that and will have to find another way...lol Will see what i can accomplish..hugs

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    1. Hi Martha....I'm not sure how this OLD posted challenge (from 2011) got posted again but for anyone who wants to take on this particular challenge, then I say....go for it!!
      Good luck and have fun!!!
      Hugs,
      Vickie

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