Showing posts with label Wall Decorations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wall Decorations. Show all posts

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 program...lol

Happy Parching,

Sunday, February 14, 2016

PISCES - NOW IN STORE!!

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 now.....lol  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

NEW PATTERNS IN STORE

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 patterns.....as 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,
Vickie

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WELCOME 2016!!!!!! I AM BACK......

HELLO, HELLO, HELLO....

Gosh, I honestly do not know where to begin, but here I am and I am FINALLY ready to get back in the groove.....parchment groove, that is!!  As you can see, on the date of my 'last' post, it has been well over a year since I was here last and LOTS has happened, both medically and personally, but for now, we will stick to parching.....bottom line is, I found my mojo and am busy once again.  :) 

So, lets get down to business and see what I'm up to for the next few months.  First, I have begun designing a Zodiac Birth Sign Collection of 8"X8" wall hangings and I will be posting a new birth sign each month throughout this year.  They will be available for purchase, and download upon receipt of payment, in the blog store.  Now, every parcher will agree that creating anything for the males in our lives (from parchment paper) is 'almost' impossible, so although I tried not to be gender specific in this collection, it does have a definite rugged 'look' to it, soooooo, later on I will design another complete collection that is a bit more feminine so no one gets left out!!!!!!  Here is a sample of the first collection:

 Zodiac Birth Sign Collection

When one is not parching for an extended time it's very difficult to remember everything in the right order, in this craft, when writing instructions!!!!  I had hoped to have the Capricorn completed in time (in December) to have it posted and ready for purchase, but with the holidays I couldn't get everything in order, so it is ready NOW, if anyone wants to start their collection with this sign.  Otherwise, the next sign is Aquarius and it will be posted over this weekend (1/17) so watch for it!!

I have also had many requests for the pattern pack for my Crowning Glory design and it took me quite awhile to 'remember' how I had put all my scribbling to together, but it finally was completed and it will also be in the blog store very soon.  Here is that design, as a reminder:

Crowning Glory

Lastly, for this time.....I would like to thank one and all for your loyalty in continuing to 'check in' here to see if I was still around over the last 1 1/2 years and to all my fellow parchers for the support and kind words when I have had the courage to try and get something 'new' posted every once in awhile on FB.  It truly has meant a lot to me to know that there are lots of wonderful folks who enjoy my work watching for something new to pop up somewhere!!!!!  :)

Well, that's it for now.  There will be some challenges started too (like we used to have....sorry, but no prizes because the geographical coordination from sponsors is nearly impossible for us on this side of the pond) but we will continue to have fun with challenges simply for that......the fun in it!!!!

Happy New Year to everyone and

Happy Parching,
Vickie
 

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


Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Man's Mandala

Well now, I've been trying to get back here and it has taken me a wee bit longer than I had expected.  :((  My right shoulder remains out of the rotator cuff and when I am creating parchment projects now, I have to do it with my right arm in a sling.  Not a fun thing to have to do but I've learned over the many, many past months, that I've been dealing with this, that it can be done.  Oh yes, did I mention I'm right handed!!!!  It now takes me a very long time, from beginning to end, to produce the beautiful works I share with everyone here, so please hang in there with me and I'll continue to bring you as many fun and exciting "out of the box" things to try, as I always have!!  So.....let's see what I've mustered up this time around.  :))

In reviewing my whole blog to see what everyone is the most interested in, the winner is always the same......MANDALAS!!!!  Personally, I love them too, but I also like a variety of things to create and challenge myself with!!  So, the next question I presented myself with was....what is the most difficult "people group" to create hand made items for, and again, the answer is always.....MALE!!

Now, with those two prerequisites in mind, I set about creating a parchment MAN'S MANDALA.  It may sound silly, but it was quite difficult to do!!!   It couldn't be too 'frilly' and the techniques used had to be rather bold.  

This piece is an 8"X8" Wall Decoration made from an A4 sheet of parchment.  The design is traced in black and then 'shadow' lines are added to give the project a more bold, masculine appearance.  The only embossing tools I used were:  Perga small and medium  sun tool/Perga stylus and size 1 and 3 embossing balls.

A Man's Mandala - Detailed View
Although it took me much longer, than ever before, to complete this project, (only because I have to have my arm in a sling when I parch!!) I think I accomplished my goal of making it work as a 'Man's Mandala'!!  Maybe I'm a bit biased in my overview, so tell me what you think!!!!  Do you think it meets the requirements of bold and masculine.....or do you think it's still to frilly??  Weigh in and share your thoughts. 

Happy Parching,





A Man's Mandala....continued:

A reader suggested that maybe a more 'masculine' color be used for the mounting card stock behind the mandala, sooooooooo, here are a couple other options!!

A Man's Mandala - Mounted on Gray and Framed


A Man's Mandala - Mounted on Brown and Framed

Just as it is with all projects, sometimes finding the 'right' mounting color and frame, for your project,  is more difficult than the project itself!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Parchment Craft "Crowning Glory"....continued

I'm back again, already!!!  I don't have an expensive, high powered, high definition camera and that's why I've never included good quality close up shots of my work, but the "Crowning Glory" piece brought all that to my mind once again.  The bottom line here is that the same "challenge" was in my face once again and as soon as I posted the first part of this topic, I immediately felt like I was cheating everyone out of how much work there really is, in this particular piece for you to see, because none of you could 'see' it the way I could. 

Sooooooo, since the original post was made a couple of days ago, I've been busy trying many, many things with the tools I do have at hand and.......drumroll, please!!!!!  I "think" I have resolved an issue that has plagued me for a long time......here are two close up views of "Crowning Glory"!!  If anyone still cannot see all the detail work, please, please, please let me know. :))



Hopefully, with these two close up views you can actually see the "pergabroidery" technique I spoke of in the first post....that no one could really see, but me!!! Just a little reminder......if the close ups are still not working, please let me know so I can work a bit more on the solution!!!  Thanks.  :))

Happy Parching!!




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Parchment Craft "Crowning Glory"

Oh gosh, I just realized I have not shared this project here!!!  So, without further delay, I'll get right to it :))

This piece is another that was "in the works" (August 2010) when my right shoulder decided it wanted to live outside the rotator cuff.....not where it's supposed to be, but to this date it remains in that condition so I have been focusing, mainly, on putting the finishing touches on projects that were in my 'to complete' folder.  I then get them posted on the various sites that I share my work on and  I'm not sure how I managed to not post it here too.  Well, here it is and it's called "Crowning Glory".....

Mounted
Framed

As you can see, it is a full A4 size and when framed it is 9" X 11" (including frame), so it's a very noticeable piece when hung on the wall.  One day I will get the pattern reworked so that it can be used by anyone other than myself!!!  It's in pretty rough shape at the moment because I haven't taken the time to clean up the draft version of it for public use!!

The reason I have shared the mounted photo, as well as the framed photo, is because, when enlarged, the mounted photo shows more of the detail work on the project.  Instead of doing lots of heavy embossing on this piece, I chose to do what a very talented, parching friend of mine created, called "pergabroidery".  If you look very closely, you will see that there are LOTS of tiny 'thread' lines throughout the piece.  These are to resemble embroidery threads and when the piece is seen (in real life) one cannot tell, without actually touching the piece, that it is not embroidery thread....it is 'thread like embossing'.  I love doing this technique and I adore the finished, elegant look it gives the completed works.

Happy Parching!!





Friday, September 23, 2011

Dancing On Water - Parchment Wall Decoration

"Life" took me on a detour the past few weeks with a death in the family and some medical issues that took me out of commission for awhile, but as always, I cannot let too much time get away from me without returning to my beloved parchment craft!!

This A4 wall decoration was just what I needed to work on :))  It was a very simple project with no techniques that were demanding but the project allowed me to sit at my parching table and complete something without stressing over it........NICE!!

Dancing On Water - Wall Decoration
You say.....what, Vickie stress over a parchment project???  lol   Sure!!!  I stress over lots of the projects I make.....especially when I'm in the "converting one craft into another totally different one" mode!! :))  I'm always 'stepping out' of the proverbial box and that truly keeps the creative juices flowing....with a fair amount of creative stress!!
 
Anyway, back to my two magnificent swans "Dancing On Water"!!  When you enlarge the image for better viewing, you will see there is absolutely nothing difficult in this project.  It is only four techniques:  tracing/embossing/perforating/cutting...that's it!! I have combined several elements, from several different places, and put them all together in one place.....and that equals....CHALLENGING and FUN!!!!!!  Give it a try sometime :))
 
Happy Parching,
 
 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Do It" Blog Challenge #6 - Hearts

Now, before I get into what I've been doing the past few days, let me share the link to this wonderful blog, from Poland, that's sole purpose is to arrange parchment craft challenges!!!  Zro'b To!- Do It!  Please go take a peek and see what they have been up to.  It's a great way to keep the juices flowing in the creative parts of the brain :))  They are on Challenge #6, which is HEARTS!!

I have just completed my project for the challenge and now I face another challenge!!!!  I've got to figure out how to link my project to their blog so everyone can see it....along with all the other beauties that have been submitted :))

 
My piece is a Wall Decoration and measures 7 X 10.5 inches and is suitable for a 9 X 11 inch photo frame.  It is my own design and the technique I have used is white work....and is called "Happiness"!!

Okay folks, I'm off to see if I can figure out what I'm to do to get my submission linked to the Do It! Blog :))
 
Happy Parching,
 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Paisley Lace Parchment Craft Butterfly

Oh my goodness have I been busy!!  Not all the busy time has been fun, or good, but very busy none the less.  Now it's time to get things back to 'normal' and begin to make another addition to the "Gypsy Collection" AND do another "Perga-Zen" project AND do a few more Christmas cards (almost done with my personal cards.....YEAH!!)  This post isn't going to be about any of those things though....lol  This time we are going to spend some time with a very beautiful "Paisley Lace Butterfly".
Paisley Lace Butterfly #2
Now, this beauty is a full 8" X 8" wall decoration and, yes, it is yet another collection I'm working on!!!  These butterflies are created as flourishes in my photo editing program and there will be several different "Paisley Lace Butterflies" (all designed to be wall decorations) in the actual collection when complete, however.......this butterfly is especially for all you wonderful readers who would like to give it a try :))
Paisley Lace Butterfly Pattern #2 - FREE
 
This butterfly is the second wall decoration in the collection and I'm sharing it here with everyone....for FREE!!  The design contains LOTS of very delicate embossing AND even more very delicate cutting so go slow and you won't break any of the long tendril bridges that surround the butterfly :))  
TOOLS REQUIRED:

Pergamano white tracing pencil OR mapping pen/white Tinta ink
Pergamano single needle and two needle perforating tools
Pergamano embossing tools....various ball sizes
Pergamano parchment craft snips or scissors
Pergamano rubber embossing pad
Pergamano thick foam perforating mat
WORKING INSTRUCTIONS:

Download and save the pattern to your local drive.  Print the pattern out at FULL SIZE on standard printer paper. I always advise downloading (and printing) the completed sample, for reference, while working the pattern.  Prior to tracing the pattern to parchment paper, wipe down BOTH sides of the parchment with a tumble dryer sheet.  This will make your embossing tools glide very smoothly!!  
**TIP:  Cut the dryer sheet into four strips (fold sheet in half and cut then fold each of those strips in half again and cut.  You will have six strips that are much more manageable than a full sheet....and will last a lot longer as well**  
Now, with low tack tape, secure the parchment paper over the pattern and begin tracing with either white pencil or mapping pen/white ink.  **Suggestion:  This design would also be stunning with the paisley flourish areas traced with mapping pen/gold ink and the remainder of the tracing with mapping pen/white ink.** 
Remember though....this is 'your' butterfly, so look carefully at the pattern before you begin and decide how 'you' want it to look when it's completed :))

When tracing is complete, remove parchment from pattern and turn over.  Place parchment on a rubber embossing pad and using a variety of  embossing ball tools, emboss the complete pattern.  Refer often to the completed butterfly for visual assistance as needed!!

Next we are ready to begin perforating.  This will prepare your project for all the cutting that will come next.  Perforate with a two needle tool around the complete outside butterfly border.  **Warning:  Be very careful to perforate the tendril bridges wide enough so as not to endanger them breaking when you begin cutting**  Again, refer to the completed butterfly for visual assistance.

Last step....finally!!!  Using snips or Pergamano scissors, begin cutting around the entire perforated, outside border of the butterfly.  Go SLOW...Be PATIENT!!  Hurrying the process along, at this point, will be the downfall of all your hard work......I guarantee it!!  

This project is extremely delicate and must be handled throughout the project accordingly.  The final piece of advise I will share concerns the cutting.   Before beginning to cut the perforated outside border of the butterfly.....with decoupage scissors OR standard small paper cutting scissors, CAREFULLY cut, FROM THE TOP/BOTTOM/LEFT/RIGHT CENTER EDGES, of the parchment paper, down to where it meets a perforated hole.  When completed, all the parchment paper, AROUND the butterfly, will be divided into four sections.  Again, because the project is so very delicate, this technique will lessen the burden of having a lot of parchment paper hanging from the butterfly areas that have been cut!!  When the 1/4 area has been cut completely....remove it immediately and begin cutting the next 1/4 area of the butterfly.  Repeat this process on the remaining sections and always be very aware of how fragile this project really is!!  

As always, anyone who takes on this project is welcome to share it right here in the Guest Gallery!!  Simply send it right back here to the blog, and I'll share it with all the wonderful readers who stop by for a visit :))  


Happy Parching!!




Monday, July 11, 2011

Parchment Craft - Gypsy Collection

Oh oh, it's been nearly a full month since my last post and it's surely way past time for a new one :))  I have finished the second (actually the third!!) of the Gypsy Collection and here it is.  Not quite as 'eye catching' as the first one, nevertheless, it has it's own merits and it is a very definite part of their culture :))

 The Shawl - Gypsy Collection

Now, I made another one quite awhile ago that is also a part of this collection and I'll share that one now, as well......I had forgotten about it when I wrote my last post....oops!!!

 A New Life - Gypsy Collection
So, we now have three lovely gypsy ladies, each representing something that's part of their daily lives and culture.  The next installment of this collection will come along sometime soon.....in between all those other things I'm always challenging myself to do!!

Happy Parching,


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More.....Bobbin Lace To Parchment Craft

Well let's see.....I have my "Sampler Challenge" done so while all you beautiful people are busy making your "Sampler" I thought I'd make a return visit to another of my favorite things to convert to parchment craft.....all the 'thread laces'.

We have (amongst others) crochet, tatting, filet crochet, bobbin lace, Russian lace to name only a few.  This A4 Wall Decoration is a conversion from bobbin lace and I truly find much pleasure in making these projects.  They make perfect wall decorations and quite often you can make a very nice 'collection' of pieces that all are similar to one another.  There will be additions to this "Gypsy Woman" piece and when I have all of them done it will be a very nice "Gypsy" themed collection!!

"Gypsy Woman" - A4 Wall Decoration  
I'm not going to say how many pieces there will be in the "Gypsy" collection, but I will say there will be quite a few, so stay tuned because I'll be sharing them (in between other projects, of course!!) over the next weeks/months :))

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,




Sunday, June 5, 2011

Perga-Zen© - "Stars Forever" Parchment Wall Decoration

Oh my goodness, I didn't realize I have been away far too long!!  Sometimes 'life' really does force us to take a detour now and then and that's where I've been.....tending to some 'life matters'.  I haven't done much parching at all these past few weeks, but over this weekend I made the time to make this A4 wall decoration.  I think I really needed to put my mind back in a place that is wonderful therapy for me, even if only for a few hours.

Stars Forever - A4 Wall Decoration   
I really love working in black and white on parchment!!  Of course, I also love all the other techniques (including all of my own that I've created) but when your mind is going in many different directions, the simpleness and beauty of black and white is always just what the doctor ordered!!  

This piece is a full A4 sheet of parchment paper.  I used a .05 Black Micron pen for all of the black work and simply embossed the places on the design where I wanted a bit of "white pop" to balance things out a bit.  Then I did some perforating and cutting.....yes, it's on there but difficult to see because I used black card stock for the backing paper!!  All in all, a very relaxing project that allowed a wee bit of time spent in my parching world :))

Remember everyone.....any time you would like to experiment with any of the techniques I share here on my blog, just take a photo, or scan your project and send it to me in an email.  I'm always very happy to post it in the Guest Gallery to share with everyone.

Happy Parching,





Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Perga-Zen© A Mans Mandala

Here is a bit of doodling on parchment and when all was said and done I thought it was the perfect wall decoration for the men in our lives that are always so very, very difficult to create things for, made from parchment paper!!!  It is a large 8" X 10" wall decoration and as you can see, very BOLD in black and white.  It looks easy but there's an awfully lot of embossing and cutting in this piece....along with a ton of coloring with a .05 Black Micron pen :))  Because of it's basic, bold simplicity though I really felt it would be a true "eye catcher" for the guys.......what do you think????

A Mans Mandala - Wall Decoration

Happy Parching,

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Teardrop Mandala - Parchment Wall Decoration

One week ago today, we experienced the worst outbreak of tornadoes in the history of North Carolina, USA!!  We had 28 deaths and so much damage it will be a very long time til all the people affected will recover. Two of the 26 tornadoes began only a short distance from where I live and I have to say, it's been a very long time since I was last frightened of anything weather related but I was that day!! Anyway, life has settled down a wee bit now and I have managed to get back to my beloved parching :)) 

I truly love making parchment mandalas, so thought I'd get myself back on track with things by finishing up this piece I had started a few weeks ago and I have just completed it so will share with all of you now :))

Teardrop Mandala
I always find I have a very strong sense of peacefulness when I make mandalas....and that's how it should be because they are geometric designs that represent the universe and they also represent our constant search to fulfill our own dreams.  Mandalas have different (but very real) meanings to different cultures but the foundation is very spiritual.

This project is a large wall decoration and is 8" X 10".  I would not recommend making this project any smaller because it would not withstand the perforating and cutting in the center and outside points without breaking apart.  

In closing this post, I would like to wish all of you, and your families, a very HAPPY EASTER holiday!!!

Happy Parching....


Friday, April 8, 2011

Parchment Craft Magazine - White Work Special Edition 2011

I'm very excited to share some wonderful news with everyone.  One of my designs is featured in the  White Work Special Edition 2011 of Parchment Craft Magazine!!!!!!!!  

 











 
To obtain the pattern and instructions please  click here to purchase the magazine, which was published on March 30, 2011.  My design is a wall decoration (to be framed) and will challenge your embossing, perforating and cutting abilities and I hope you'll give it a try.  Now, there are 23 other totally awesome, white work designs in the magazine that will knock your socks off, so please order your copy and see for yourself!!!

I've been a bit under the weather and my apologies for not getting this terrific news posted sooner :((   Let's get the party started!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Parching,



Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Return to Lace Conversions

Hi everyone,

I have been away from my duties here on my blog a wee bit longer than I had planned but you'll soon see why!!! It seems the lace conversions to parchment craft have become the highest ranked post so we'll spend a little time with that topic once again this time around :))



Now, these three large wall decorations are a set and each project is a FULL A4 sheet of parchment paper!!!  When hung properly on the wall, the two outside Victorian ladies are facing toward the center lady, who is facing forward.  Each of the borders is based upon the very same foundation design but is completed very different from each of the other two. 

First of all, let me say any pattern/design can easily be made to have a "thread lace" look to it!!  After all, our beloved art/craft is often called "paper lace". When you find  parchment patterns of Vintage ladies (or if you already have a stash of them!!) that require lots of grid work on the gown areas.....simply convert those instructions to the "lace work embossing" that make gowns look like fabric lace!!  That's all there is to it.......REALLY :)) 

Well now, you say.....how in the world do we do that??  We're not designers!!  You don't have to be a designer.....all you need to know is how to do something on the foundation pattern other than what the original instructions tell you to do.  Having said that, let's get down to business and put the words to task!!!

Here is the pattern we will be working with.  As you can see, it is one of the ladies in my collection above!!  Simply click on the image and save it to a place you can easily find it again on your computer.   Please bear in mind that most times when converting from one craft technique to another, it is usually wise to make the conversion into a wall decoration project and when printing out the pattern always make the LARGER of the two dimensions between 8 - 9 inches....in this case you will want the height of the lady to be between 8 and 9 inches.  This will leave enough room all around the pattern itself for a border/frame....as I have done with my ladies above.  Of course, you can also simply make the Victorian lady and mount it on a quality backing paper and frame it by itself and not even have to be concerned with a border.  The other option you have is to make a half fold card (8.5 x 5.5 inches) and for this you would want to print your pattern out at approximately 7.5 X 3.5 inches and this would allow for enough room for a border of your choosing. 

Now, let's concentrate on the wall decoration size first.  Print the pattern out at the dimensions stated above.  Then wipe down both sides of your parchment paper with a tumble dryer sheet. and set aside.  Now is the time for you to decide if you want to make a border on your project.  If you do, you will need to make all the necessary adjustments in it's width and length to accommodate the full A4 size of your lady.  This may be a task you might want to attempt on later on because it can become a frustrating challenge!!  However, for those who do want to put a border on this time, there are two ways to do that.  You can either make a freestanding border and attach it seperately, or.....it can be made as one solid piece, attached to the lady, as I have made mine.  Either way, it will most definitely be a challenge.  Next,secure the pattern to the parchment paper with low tack tape to secure everything together for easier tracing.  Using your preferred method of tracing, carefully and very slowly, trace the pattern to the parchment paper......including the border, if you have chosen to include one of your choice.  **TIP:  While tracing, do not wander all around the pattern.  Trace all your "outline" lines and then move to the inside areas and follow the direction on ONE particular "lace thread" until it ends.  Begin again on another "lace thread" and follow it to it's end. and so forth until your tracing is complete.  Remember to do the very same technique when you begin embossing**  The tools required for this particular project are various sizes of embossing ball tools, 2 needle perforating tool and scissors/snips.  When the tracing is complete, remove parchment paper from the pattern, flip parchment over, place on embossing mat and with the appropriate size embossing ball tool, emboss the outline lines ONLY.  These are the lines that are going to be cut later in the process so depending on how wide you prefer those lines be for your cutting, is the size embossing tool you will use.  The "lace thread" lines will be made next with a smaller size embossing ball tool and will NOT be cut.  **Refer to the completed lady at the top of this post for a visual of these instructions**  Okay, for those of you who really, really like a challenge......the "lace thread" areas may be cut with a good quality scalpel if you so desire, however, although I love a good challenge, even I will forgo that one!!!!!  As you can easily see now, converting a thread lace pattern to parchment is totally embossing and your embossing ball tools (all sizes) will always get a very thorough work out :))  When all the various size embossing is complete it is then time for the perforating (with the two needle perforating tool) and cutting (with the scissors or snips).  When you begin the cutting, I strongly advise beginning with the border (if you are using one) and work your way toward the project center.  As with most things in parchment craft, take your time with the cutting as there will be bridges that will be thin and very fragile.  For those who choose not to have a border around the lady.....I advise cutting from the inside out....again working slowly on the bridges so they do not break.

For everyone who simply wants to give this conversion technique a try on a half fold card, everything is the same process EXCEPT the size you print the pattern out for the tracing.  Refer to the measurements given earlier and proceed!!  

If you have questions, feel free to contact me :))

Happy Parching.....