Showing posts with label Parchment Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parchment Challenge. Show all posts

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,





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,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm Back....and I bring a challenge!!

Hello...hello...hello!!!!!  I know, I have been away far too long (had...and still have...a few new, serious health issues to deal with) and I promised at the beginning of 2012 there would be some new things to play with so although I'm a wee bit behind, I'll be writing again and sharing my journey through the wonderful world of parchment craft!!!

I had a lot of things "in the fire", so to speak, and they all need finishing up, so I can share them with all of you.  In the meantime, here is a little project to keep you busy :))  

Springtime Flowers Fan  


Today is the first day of Spring, so what better project than some spring flowers popping their little heads above ground!!  The inspiration for this fan came from bobbin lace, which I dearly love.  Below is a detailed view of my work.

Fan Detail  

CHALLENGE!!  WHO IS UP FOR A CHALLENGE?????   Awwwwww, come on now, I said up at the beginning that this would be a little something to keep you busy!!!!  lol

Springtime Flowers Fan Pattern
Okie dokie, here we go!!!  I LOVE CHALLENGES!!! :))  Everyone can see I chose white work as the technique for my fan.  My fan is also a full A4 size wall decoration.  The CHALLENGE is:  Download the FREE fan pattern and do whatever your heart desires from it.  When complete, either send a photo/scan back here, to me, OR some of you may find it easier to post to Facebook and I will download it from there and share it with all my wonderful blog followers right here in the Guest Gallery!!!  

Now, my challenges are not a competition so there is nothing to win.  It's simply a chance to take a break from 'other' things and take part in a self challenge using a pattern with absolutely no instructions!!!!!

Enjoy and have some fun....

Happy Parching,




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,


Monday, December 12, 2011

Starburst - Parchment Wall Decoration

Well now, I was thinking the other day that it's been awhile since I have offered up a parchment challenge here on the blog!!  Soooooo, having said that, let's see what we can do about it :))

This time I am going to share one of my own designs with you.....it's called "Starburst".  I will provide the pattern WITHOUT instructions and your task is to present your own interpretation of the pattern and when complete, please send me a photo/scan of your project!!  I always love to see all the different ways another person "sees" a pattern and how it can be made :))  With your permission, I will always happily share works from challenges (and other fun events) in the Guest Gallery, so don't be shy.....and don't think your work has to be perfect.....we're here to have fun and to challenge ourselves....and please, please, please, it is not a competition....there are no prizes!!!  So come on and join me and let's add your project to what I have made from my pattern.....

Anyone up for the challenge??


Starburst - Wall Decoration

Starburst Pattern        
**To print your pattern:  Right click on the pattern image and on the drop down menu, click on "save image to".  Click on "save" to wherever you want it to be saved on your computer.....or an external drive.  When you are ready to print, it can be reduced, or enlarged, to suit your project size.**

As you can see, I made my pattern into an A4 size wall decoration, however, in the challenge you can do whatever you like and any size you like!!  Use any techniques/tools/grids, etc. you like!!  You can combine other crafts (ie:  decoupage, embroidery, 3D, etc.) with your parchment.....step out of the box and see what you come up with!!  Most of all, challenge yourself and HAVE FUN!!!!  :))

Happy Parching,



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,