Oct 09 2015

Pergamano Certification

Hi dear friends, it’s been such a long time since I’ve visited blog land. I hope all is well with you. I’ve been busy this past year, I’ve accomplished several things that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. I also went back to work full time this past January (this was NOT something I wanted to accomplish .  .  .  but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do .  .  . LOL). Seriously, one of the girls in my husband’s office took an early retirement and my husband asked me to take her place so after 24 years of raising the kiddos and now an empty nest, I’ve re-entered the work force.

One thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time is to become a Pergamano tutor. A year ago I submitted an application to take Pergamano’s teacher certification course. I submitted several parchment designs demonstrating my parchment skills to the Canada area coordinator for Pergamano. After viewing my work, she gave me seven small designs to work, followed by three larger designs from Pergamano. For these exams I had to demonstrate my knowledge of different parchment techniques (including several painting techniques used in parchment craft). I successfully passed the course and was awarded the tutor’s certificate from Pergamano. I wish I could share the ten pieces I completed, but I’m not allowed to share the exams.

Pergamano Certificate

I’m so proud to be a Registered Pergamano Teacher (IPCA Certified Tutor). Below are pictures of a design that demonstrates several parchment techniques including tracing, cutting, embossing, painting, and perforating.


This design was created by a Master Pergamano Tutor, Gerti Hoffman, found in her book The Art of Painting.


I added a butterfly of my own design to the edge of the design.


A close up of the fine lines painting technique painted over the round and round technique.


I changed the pattern up a bit, the leaves were all cut in the original design. I chose to paint every other leaf (as I painted in the central design) and cut every other leaf.


Thank you all so much for writing to me this past year, your concern is greatly appreciated. I’ll be back soon to share additional accomplishments I’ve made these past several months that I’m very proud of.

For those of you who like to bake and love peanut butter, brownies and cheesecake, I’d like to share this 4 Layer Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies recipe that I found on the blog Crazy for Crust. Enjoy!!!

Thank you so much for your visit, until next time .   .   .

Jerri Siggy3





Supplies Used:

Paper:  Regular Parchment Paper

Book:  The Art of Painting

Perforating Tools:  1-Needle; 2-Needle

Embossing Tools:  Extra Small BallSmall BallLarge Ball

Tinta Inks:  WhiteLeaf Green

Accessories:   White PencilMapping Pen#2 Kolinsky Paint BrushEmbossing PadShallow Perforating PadDeep Perforating PadPerga GlueParchment ScissorsSpongeTear Off Palette, Pergaliners



Jerri Siggy3





52 responses so far

52 Responses to “Pergamano Certification”

  1. Carol Southern says:

    Well, congratulations to you. I can imagine that you would be proud and so you should be.
    That is a great achievement as their exams are not by any stretch of the imagination “easy”.
    Your card is stunning, the workmanship outstanding. I will look forward seeing whats to come next. I love your work.

  2. Cathy Hughes says:

    Welcome back, Jerri. As usual…stunning.

  3. Frances says:

    Congratulations! Love your creations, will wait to see more! Hugs.

  4. Jocelan says:

    Congratulations Jeri on your success you are one very talented lady.I have missed you and your posts.
    Blessings Jocelan

  5. Cathy says:

    Jerri, I am so pleased and delighted for you! That is such a tremendous accomplishment. And the design you posted is amazing, as is all of your work!

    I answered the call from my husband when he needed me FT in his medical office. I did it for 10 years. I can empathize… and yep, you have to do what you have to do. I was very happy when he decided to close the office and take the job in Napa. I finally have my life back! Please be sure to take time for you and your art!

    With love, Cathy

  6. Ursula Uphof says:

    Congratulations Jerri. What a wonderful achievement and you have every right to be proud. I love to see your beautiful work. Take care and hope you get some time to craft. Hugs, Ursula

  7. Valerie Sas says:

    Wow, how wonderful Jerri and a great big CONGRATULATIONS so deserving.
    Must have been hard for you going back to work after all that wonderful time at home and do hope your hubby allows free time for crafting 🙂

    Keep well Hugs Val x

  8. Kittie says:

    Jerri, I was thrilled to see your blog post in my email. I have missed you. Congratulations on obtaining your certificate to become a Registered Pergamano Teacher. Your work is gorgeous. I know working full time will take away from your crafting time but I hope to see your beautiful work as often as possible. Big hugs! Kittie

  9. Dottie says:

    What a delightful surprise this morning to see your email! I know you have been working hard studying Pergamano so it is thrilling to see your accomplishment reached and that Certificate. And, you did a lot of it while working! Atta girl to you!!! Today’s design is gorgeous….the little butterfly gives the project that individual touch so perfectly.

  10. Jessica says:

    Wow! That was quite a test. I knew you could do it! I has been wondering where you have been. This piece today is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations my friend. Looking forward to seeing dome more of of your work.
    Hugs, Jess

  11. Earline says:

    Congratulations your work is beautiful way to go.

  12. Earline says:

    Congratulations your work is beautiful way to go. Do miss seeing your work.

  13. Melissa says:

    Congratulations Jerri, You followed your dream! Your are an inspiration! Grateful for you sharing with us.

  14. Debbie Dunham says:

    Congrats Jerri! Your work is amazing and I am not surprised that you have reached this level of accomplishment! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects in the future! Take care.

  15. HollyB says:

    Oh, what a delightful surprise!! Jeri, I’m so happy for you on passing the test and obtaining the certificate to become a Registered Pergamano Teacher (Tutor). What an honor for you !! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work… you are a very talented lady !! We all have missed you greatly !!

  16. Selma says:

    Congratulations Jerri. You definitely deserve this certificate. Your work is always gorgeous and we look forward to seeing more when you have time.

  17. Lorrayne ingram says:

    Beautiful work. I love your artistry. Thanks for sharing, congratulations on passing your exams.

  18. Debe Aston says:

    Congrats! I have missed seeing your beautiful creations. Glad all is well and I’ll get to see more soon! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  19. Carolyn T. says:

    Oh my goodness! Such happy mail to see your email this morning. Made me smile before I even opened it. Love your piece you shared. Congratulations on your achievement.

  20. Jo-Ann Boisvert says:

    Congratulations once again Jerri. Your work is excellent and you well deserve your Certificate. I wish you all the best and many years of teaching this beautiful craft.

  21. So good to see you posting again, wow what a change going back to work. How exciting to get your certificate, you do such beautiful work as this shows, Gorgeous piece, look forward to seeing more 🙂

  22. Hi Jerri I have MISS you! Welcome back…How I love your GIFTs and talents you do on paper….Congratulation! Sylvia, Palm Harbor Fl

  23. Jan Marie says:

    Congratulations! You know how much I adore your work and and so very proud that you have accomplished this certification. I have been playing with the things I got from you but need more advise and practice. Maybe you would consider coming to Pensacola and teaching a class one weekend. If this is possible, let’s talk.

  24. Clare says:

    Wow, Jeri! What a happy message you had to share and great news on your certification! Awesome job! I hope working with your husband will be a blessing for you both.
    I’m looking forward to seeing what you do next!

  25. NANCY PENCE says:

    Knowing that you live in the Tampa area makes me wish I still lived down there!!! I was in Tampa for 20 years, and was really just getting into paper art after my hubby passed away in 2005, but then I left in 2008. I know you must be proud of your recent accomplishment in pergamano certification! That’s wonderful! I’m very new to your blog, but something tells me that we have some wonderful, and beautiful designs coming from you in our future.

  26. Chelsea says:

    Oh, Jerri! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the exciting news! I couldn’t be more thrilled that your artistry is getting the recognition it deserves. Of course, I love everything you create, so I was delighted to see a new post from you on your blog. But to hear about your certification, well, I am as happy as can be for you! The piece you’ve shared here is exquisite.

  27. Kristine Vencel says:

    Congratulations on your certificate, Jerri! It is well deserved as your work is gorgeous. This design is so striking & beautiful. I do love your little additions. Especially the darling butterfly. So delicate but absolutely precious.
    Also happy to hear you are doing well, just plain old busy! Welcome back!

  28. Marilyn in E ~Town says:

    Oh Happy Saturday to see an email blog post notification from you. . . You so have been in my thoughts for so long. . . I am so not surprised that you became a Pergamano Certified Teacher, Congratulations! Oh how I wish to take a class by you! Your projects are ALL so equsite and I just feel wrapped in beauty when I see them. I look forward to your posts and the beautiful creations you’ll be sharing.
    May you continued to be Blessed.

  29. Cec says:

    How wonderful to see a post from you. Congratulations on the Pergamano Certification – I can’t imagine you ever failing those exams because your work is exquisite. This project is certainly no exception. BTW, I suspect the place you had to send your examples to is a place called Ecstasy Crafts in Shannonville and if so, it is only a an hour and a half east of where I live and I love driving over there every so often to check out the shop.

    I am not sure if you want to be congratulated for stepping into the breach and going back to work but like you said, it was something that needed doing. I hope he pays you well. My husband is retiring at the end of the year and re-activating his personal company so I will probably be doing the same since I have always looked after the books. I am just hoping that he only works at it part-time so I have time for my artwork or I will be teaching him how to do his own books 🙂

    Looking forward to your next creation.

    • Jerri Kay says:

      Hi Cec, thank you so much for the sweet comment. No, it wasn’t Ecstasy Crafts. They sell Pergamano supplies, but they are not affiliated with Pergamano’s Academy. Pergamano has area coordinators all over the world. Jo-Anne is the coordinator for the United States and she lives in Canada. I hope all is well with you and your family. Hugs back to you sweetie!!!

  30. CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, Jerri, congratulations on a well-deserved accomplishment and honor! You are amazing, and I was so excited to see your email this morning! I knew someday you would do this, and I only wish we could see your amazing exams. Your work is exquisite! Oh my, what a stunning piece you’ve shared with us today. The detail is absolutely delightful, and I love the close-ups you’ve shared and how beautifully painted the leaves and flowers are! Wow! I trust that this is your reward for working when you have down time. I know how much you enjoy it, and it shows! So good to see your post, and I look forward to seeing more of your work from time to time…as time permits. Sending hugs and thinking and praying for you, dear friend!

  31. Joyce B. says:

    It is soo nice to hear from you again. I hope you are enjoying joining the work force again. I pretty much was out of commission for the first several months of the year. I am not sure if it would have been better if I would have gone back to work. Actually, it probably would have been better.
    I am happy to see that you still have a little bit of time to post because it is always soo nice to hear from you.

  32. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you, my friend!!!!! I’ve certainly missed you, dearly, since you stepped out of ‘view’, and I surely did not know you had returned to full time work. 🙁 🙁 I was going to ask if you were going to be teaching, but got that answer already…..lol

    Seriously, you have truly earned your certificate and well proud of it you should be. I’ve always wanted to get mine but I’m not a painter, so I keep plugging away at what I do know how to do well.

    As others have mentioned, I too hope hubby allows you time to create amongst all your other ‘beautiful lady’ duties!!!!!

    Big hugs,
    Vickie (papercrazy)

  33. A big congrats to you on earning your certificate. Thats a great honor but I never would have doubted that you would pass, your work is always so beautiful and superb. You have been on my mind for a while, wondering what you have been up to. So, I am happy to see that you went to work, because I was worried you had became ill. I hope to see some of your posts again in the future, as I always love what you bring to us. And I hope that your job doesn’t steal all of your time. Lots of us miss you, (me included).

  34. Eunice Brown says:

    Hello Jerri, it’s so good to hear from you once again. Working full time?? Good for you, probably not something you wanted to do at this stage in life but like you said one has to do what one has to do. All kidding aside a big CONGRATULATIONS to you!! You do such wonderful work I’m glad Pergamano recognized your wonderful talent. I hope all is well with your family take care my friend and be well.
    Many hugs,

  35. Linda Brown says:

    Jerri, I had just been wondering about you. What a wonderful accomplishment. Your work is absolutely beautiful. It looks like there are a lot of us that have missed hearing from you! Linda

  36. Margie Fulcher says:

    Jerri: Congratulation on your Pergamano Certification. ALL your pergamano cards are so lovely. Welcome back. I have missed you. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful work again.

  37. Donna Ellis says:

    How lovely, Jerri! So happy to hear from you, and know that things are typical of Life – we never know what it is going to bring our way. Congratulations on your Pergamano Certification! No one does it like you! This creation is delicate and soft – so beautiful in every way. So good hearing from you again! hugs, de

  38. WOW!! This is so incredibly gorgeous!! Looks like some fine art piece you might only find in Europe. Truly a masterpiece!

  39. Jan Castle says:

    Congrats Jerri…..look forward to you sharing more of your work!
    Paper Hugs,

  40. Kim Heggins says:

    Wow…just incredible! What a wonderful gift you have and congratulations.

  41. Anne Young says:

    Hi Jerri,
    My heartiest congratulations to your well earned Pergamano Teacher Certification. It is certainly not easy. You deserve it more than anyone else as your work keeps on wowing your readers. Miss your work so much. You are a natural on fine art works and I envy your artsy hands.
    Going back to work full time certainly won’t give you much time to work on your hobbies a lot!! It’s a matter of choice. Do do what you like to do and embrace it!! Miss your much!!

  42. Cindy Howell says:

    CONGRATULATIONS…………….. You do such beautiful work and I know you’ll make a wonderful teacher.

    Love You, Cindy

  43. Mary Esther says:

    Congratulations on your certification! I wish I lived closer to learn from you. You have inspired me to dust off my Pergamano supplies and try my hand again at some simple projects. I am looking forward to seeing the items that you ARE able to share here!

  44. Tonniece says:

    Hi Teri
    I’m so happy to see you back. And a huge CONGRATS for getting your certificate, like you could ever doubt that you couldn’t do it. You my friend are soooooo talented. All your work is amazing.
    Congrats also for returning back to the work force, wow, kudos for that one. After that many years I commend you.
    Hope you get back to blogging though if you can spare a bit of time, Miss you.
    Big Hugz

  45. Jan says:

    Hi Jerri, I have learned a lot from you thru the years with different techniques on card making and look forward to more of the Pergamano cards/examples/etc. Thanks for coming back!

  46. Elaine B says:

    well u know how i feel. jan 9th cant come fast enough for me.

  47. Ceci Reyes says:

    What a wonderful notice!!! Congratulations, your work is so exquisite and delicate… full of little details. You are amazing. I hope you have time to share another gorgeous creations. Enjoy life…

  48. Jaline says:

    Congratulation, I’m so happy for you.

  49. Leanne says:

    Dear Jerri

    You certainly have been in my thoughts quite often. First…..Congrads for taking the step to help out at your hubby’s office. Working can be rewarding and grueling as well sometimes. Seems like there’s never enough time in the day. May you enjoy your new endevor at work and at home with your Pergamano certification. Well!!!! Deserved!!!! Your work is always stunning and impeccable. I have missed seeing your sweet work in blog land.

    I’ve been away from blog land a lot as well. Seems like time is never enough. We moved again. Yes…only 18 mo. ago we did that. We are so enjoying the pleasure of living in a another new home again. Decorating is my passion. Second to card making. We did not move far and still in the same area. So if you get down my way. Look me up. Always glad to see friends as well as blog land friends. (((smiling)))!


  50. Paula Gale says:

    Well done indeed Jerry. So happy for you – your work is outstanding so well deserved xxx oh and I can fully appreciate how hard going back to work full timeust have been…

  51. adie says:

    Big congrats on your certification. I have been parching for over 20 years and have not plucked up the courage to even try to get certified lol. Love your work it is always so beautifully executed. It is also great to see this wonderful craft finally taking off here in the USA (all be it slowly).

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