Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Do It - Do It Challenge #13

This is my entry to the parchment craft challenge blog  "Do It - Do It Challenge #13"  There are lots of very beautiful entries and while you are here, looking at my entry, please take a moment and click on the link to the challenge and see for yourself!!!

Do It - Do It Challenge #13
They always have a parchment craft challenge going on and with each new challenge there is a 'theme' you must follow.  It's great fun....and for me, I get to go somewhere else (aside from here on my own blog) and challenge myself!!!!  While you are there, say hello to Dawid, Jola and Joanna in the comment box....they will appreciate you stopping by :))

Happy Parching,


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Abstract Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!
Well now, my intentions have certainly been good, BUT, with my dominant shoulder still out of its rotator cuff, doing much with that arm has not really been an option I've had since early August!!  Unfortunately, surgery is not an option so until I can manipulate my right arm/shoulder back where it should be I've been making "life adjustments" to work around the issue :))
I don't like falling behind in my blog posting and I'm getting very close to doing just that, so I will do a bit of catching up today!!  This Christmas card is an 'additional' one that I had to make recently for someone I had overlooked on my list, so while I was deciding what I wanted to make I wandered back into my 'abstract' vector image collection and spent an afternoon putting images, grid border patterns, colors, etc., together and this is what happened when all was said and done.......
Abstract Christmas Tree
Considering this card is for a male friend, I felt the bulkiness of the tree and grid border were well suited, so I proceeded and I really like the way it turned out!!  
The tree design in my own creation, but the grid border is from Arie vd Linden and he has  several hundred grid border designs that he shares (for FREE) to anyone, around the world, who would like to have them!!  This particular border design is #26 on the link I've provided above.  Now, although I use a lot of his designs for my own creations (with his written permission) I have to alter them somewhat because his border designs are created for standard European greeting card sizes.  All of my cards are 5" X 7"....the standard size for American greeting cards.  **If you would like to learn how to resize his grid border designs to whatever size you prefer making your greeting cards, please click on the "Tutorials" tab at the top of this blog.**

Here's a little hint at what I hope to share with everyone sometime in January 2012!!!  I have been working on some things (some FREE...some not!!) to help those of you who would like to use my techniques, but don't have the photo editing programs they require!!  Sooooooo, stay tuned and after the holidays have come and gone....and I've had a wee bit of time to recoup.....we'll have a New Year to begin some "new things".  :))

Happy Parching,

 


Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Wee Bit of Parchment Christmas 2011

Goodness, here it is September already!!  I've made several Christmas cards for family and friends and they are tucked away in their hiding place so no one can see them til the time rolls around when they are supposed to be seen, but these  are a few "extras" I've recently made for 'just in case' situations :))  Nothing fancy, mind you....they are "just in case"!!








The first five cards are made using my own technique as explained in my book titled, "Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique".  You may also click on the cover of the book located on your left in the side bar for more information.  This technique does require the use of either Paint Shop Pro 8 (or any version there after)  OR  Adobe Photo Shop to create the images on the first five cards.

The last card is traditional white work and is a beautiful, abstract flourish, tree decoration also created in the photo editing program I use when I create my ©Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique.

I'll be making up a few more "just in case" Christmas cards through Sept. in hopes of inspiring all the procrastinators out there to get busy so you're not a total wreck come December!!!

Happy Parching,

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas to One and All...

Hi everyone,

Thanks, ever so much for reading my blog and following all the antics that sometimes appear here!!  It's been a rather difficult year in my little corner of the world, but thanks to my beloved parchment craft I have managed to attain a small bit of sanity through it all :))

After the holidays I will have some special things to share with everyone so stay tuned for the surprise!!!

I'm sending heartfelt holiday greetings to everyone.  May your Christmas be shared with all those you love and Best Wishes for all good things in the New Year 2011.





Big holiday hugs,
Vickie


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Parchment Craft Holidays!!!

Hi everybody,

Well, well, well I think it is time I get myself back in the swing of things but first I will share a very heartbreaking experience the month of November bestowed upon me, which is why I sort of went MIA for a short while.  I love animals and have had pets all my life and grew up on a dairy farm where there were always lots of 'critters' around.  My most recent furry pals were two indoor kitties (Ben - 16 and Jerry - 9) who were literally my constant companions since I had to take early retirement several years ago because of post-polio issues.  I'll not go into all the details but suffice to say I had to lay Ben to rest as he was suffering terribly from arthritis in his hind quarters.  That event was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do with any pet I've ever had and I am just now getting to a point where I can even speak over the loss of my best buddy for the past 16 years.  


Here are my "boyz" doing their usual thing by laying right in the middle of a Swedish Weaving project I had spread across my dining table!!  Ben = black.....Jerry = white.  Now it's just Jerry and me and we both have a huge hole in our hearts and miss our best pal, Ben, terribly :((

Well now, because of the events of November (there were two more crisis along with this one) I did not get much crafting/parching done so I thought I'd share some of the "other" crafting I do, aside from parching, in this post and when I get my wits about me a bit more, we'll get back to parchment craft and all the joy it brings.

 Iris Folding


 Rubber Stamping
 
 Teabag Folding
 
           Paper Embroidery            
                      
3D Decoupage


There are a few samples of my paper crafting and now I'll share a few of my talents outside paper crafting and parchment craft!!!!

Four Harness Floor Weaving Loom

Handwoven Bookmarks

 Handwoven Table Runner and Placemats

Handwoven Handbag/Tote

And below, a wee bit of Swedish Weaving....also known as Vagonite in other countries.




All three of the Swedish Weaving designs above were made into large afghans and given as Christmas gifts in recent years.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few other crafts I still enjoy doing (there have been many, many, many others along my journey through life!!) and I will close this post with a heartfelt HAPPY HOLIDAYS to each and every one and a special THANK YOU for being a loyal reader/follower of my blog.  I've reached yet another small milestone while dealing with my "November Crisis" and there are now well over 30,000 hits to boast about!!!!  WHOOHOO :))


Warmest holiday wishes,
Vickie, Jerry and Ben (R.I.P. my furry friend)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holidays Are Just Around The Corner!!!

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Hi everyone,

It's been a crazy past few weeks around here so thought I'd better slow down long enough to send out a gentle reminder!!  Everything over at Papercrazys Place is marked down to unbelievable prices especially for the holiday season.  Come on by and take advantage of all the wonderful bargains.

Happy Holidays,
Vickie

Thursday, October 28, 2010

HUGE SAVINGS @ Papercrazys Place!!

Hi everyone,

I'm a couple days early on the scheduled beginning of huge price reductions over at my web site Papercrazys Place but with the rest of the world moving the holiday season into high gear already, I thought I might as well go ahead and unleash the dramatically lowered pricing on everything on the site now......instead of November 1st as promised!!

So, come on over and browse around....you might just find that hand crafted, "something" special....for that "someone" special on your Christmas list!!

Happy Holidays!!!!!


Hugs to all,
Vickie




 


Thursday, October 7, 2010

HOLIDAY SAVINGS - A HUGE 25% OFF!!

Hi all,

Here it is!!  For all of you who have been waiting for a wee bit of early holiday savings, my book "Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique" is featuring a huge 25% off!!  If there's a special parchment crafter on your Christmas list, now is the time to make a purchase and hide it away til the holidays!!


My book is a step by step "classroom" in a book with lots and lots of visuals.  It teaches you how to make your own grid border TEMPLATES from heavy weight VELLUM (not parchment paper)...then it takes you through the process of learning how to print direct to parchment paper and how to place your image exactly where you want it to print...and finally it teaches you how to make "Etched Glass" on parchment to complete your new project.  This EBook is in PDF format and is ready for immediate download when purchased.  Simply save the book to your local hard drive, or an external drive, and you are ready to begin your classes.  You can easily print the book out, if you so choose, and put the printed pages in clear page protectors....then place them in a 1 inch, 3 ring binder for easy reference while you are making your Parchment Craft Etched Glass projects.

Hugs to all,
Vickie

Monday, August 23, 2010

Christmas Image Projects From Readers...

Hi everyone,

Pay attention everyone because I want to share all the Christmas image projects  FROM YOU, that will be sent to me as requested in the previous post!!   When you email your photo to me, please be sure to give me your permission to share your project right here with everyone.  Now, as I receive photos in my email I will then add them to this post, so keep an eye here to see what others have made :))  

I am sooooooo excited so let's begin!!  ENJOY.....



Handcrafted By:  Chiara Petro



Handcrafted By:  Raymonde Bernadin


 












Handcrafted By:  Martha Levesque















Handcrafted By:  Ruth (Sabriel)




Friday, August 20, 2010

CHRISTMAS TREES, and..............

Hellooooooo everyone!!

Here I am and I'm keeping my promise :))  Not only am I going to share some Christmas trees that I use in my work BUT I am also going to throw in a small variety of other Christmas images I use!!  

Here's the way it works.  I will post the original image that I have already edited for you and next to it I will post the same image that has been edited again with a Paint Shop Pro MASK to soften the image edges.  I do this so the images I use blend smoothly into the grid borders on my work.  All everyone has to do is.....download whatever you want!!  How simple is that??
  
Anyway, getting back to the task at hand.  Here's a tip.  For those of you who are not familiar with (or do not like and don't want to learn)  photo editing, my suggestion is you only download the images (of your choice) with the smooth edges on the image.  **NOTE**  There are a few images that are only posted once.....those are ready for you to use as well :))  The only thing you will have to do is re-size it to suit your own preferences for your work.  There is nothing further you have to do to the image....it's ready for your parchment craft project!!

Now, for those who are familiar with, and enjoy working with Paint Shop Pro....which is what I use in the majority of my work.....my suggestion is you download both images so that on the one with no mask you can then use any mask of your choosing from your own Paint Shop Pro program.  

If you need patterns for grid borders please visit Piet and Annie Jenssen and download whatever you like.....they are FREE!!!!  I use a lot of their patterns in my work, however, I have to redesign them a wee bit to accommodate our American standard size greeting card, but for other countries you most likely will not have to go through that process.  If you would like to learn how to make a grid border TEMPLATE to use in your work, please go to the TUTORIALS tab here on this blog.  I highly recommend you make this process a part of your parchment crafting if you do a lot of grid borders, as I do, on your work :))

Okay....enough rambling on from me.  Here are 21 different Christmas images for everyone to download!!!!!  Simply left click on an image to enlarge.  Then right click and then 'save as' to download the images.  I look forward to actually seeing any work you create from these images......just send them on to me  papercrazysplace@gmail.com and, with your permission of course, I will share them right here with everyone :))























 HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!!!