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,



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,

 


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Parchment Craft Magazine - Christmas 2011 Special Edition

Oh gosh, I totally forgot to bring this post out of hibernation and into the real world....shame on me!!!!!  I have a design in the Parchment Craft Mag. Christmas 2011 Edition and here is the cover and the page my card is on :))  You will have to purchase the magazine in order to get the pattern though.....those are the rules!!


There is a large variety of Christmas designs to choose from in this special edition, so stop by the Parchment Craft Mag. link and pick up a copy!!  The regular monthly December issue is also available now too.  Here's the link:  http://www.magmaker.co.uk/issue/PCPRJ/273/

Happy Parching,




Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Holidays 2011.....

Well now, we had so much fun with this post during last years holiday season (2010) that I'm sharing it again for all those who have become followers and readers in 2011.  If you were 'tempted' last year, but didn't quite dare to give it a try....well, here's a second chance!!!  Even if you do not use, or have, a photo editing program, like Adobe Photo Shop or Paint Shop Pro 8 (and above), you can still do lots of beautiful things with the images in this post, so have a go and if you're so inclined when you have completed your project(s) please send a scan/photo back to me so I can share your work in the Guest Gallery :)) 

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!!!
 
 

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,