Mel over at Mel Stampz offered up some free "digital images". The images themselves are pretty large (about 6 inches) so I resized mine. I also printed it a second time onto the blue paper so I could paper piece it. I'll put the directions on how I resized and hints for printing to paper piece down below.
I was able to resize just using my printer options. I clicked on the image (so it's full screen) then chose 'Print'. Then I clicked on 'Preferences', then clicked on the 'Effects' tab and down on the left there is a box that says 100% of normal size. You can choose any percentage you want. I printed mine at 50% and they are about 2 1/2 inches tall (and cute as the dickens!)
Also, a tip...if you want to paper piece but want to use scraps (instead of feeding full sheets of cardstock/paper through)...on the top sheet of paper in your printer mark one of the corners (like BL for bottom left). Then print your image. Now place your scrap on top of the printed image and adhere with a temporary adhesive. Place the sheet back in your printer tray with the BL in the bottom left corner (so you know it's going to print in the same place again). Now print it again. You can send that same base sheet through as many times as you want and you can use up some of your smaller scraps of patterned paper.
So I resized and printed my image once on cardstock and once on the light blue paper. I cut out the parachute part from the blue paper...when paper piecing you want to cut slightly inside the line. To add dimension I took my blue parachute and put it inside a cuttlebug embossing folder and embossed it after I'd cut it out. Then I layered the cut/embossed parachute onto the base stamped image. Then I colored in the rest of the image.
I got the card layout from the Clean and Simple stamping blog. I like this blog for simple layouts. A lot of time I dress them up a bit...but it's a great starting place!
My quilting get together got cancelled for today. I'm kind of bummed out but we've rescheduled it. And I made a "play date" with my former upline (I used to sell Close to My Heart) for tomorrow. So I should have plenty of new stuff to share this week!
Have a great evening.