Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Cards: Penelope Workshop Your Way Part I

Spring Critters is a great stamp set to use if you want to make special Easter cards for the kids in your life.  The Thin Cuts that match the stamp set makes it easy to whip up these sweet cards your way.

The first step is to cut out the paper using the free PDF file for the Workshop Your Way using Penelope paper and accessories.  I then painted the background pieces using our watercolors.

I used a waterbrush to paint the critters. You can also use different size paintbrushes.
I stamped with black pigment ink from the basic kit. I then sprinkled with clear emboss powder and heat set it with a craft heater so it would be easy to add color to the little animals. I chose to use only the fox and the frog. The Workshop Your Way kit gives directions to use all four animals. It is your choice. The kit is very easy to alter to your needs.

Spring Critters Thin Cuts  can be used to cut your stamped images quickly using any die cut machine. I used a cuttlebug this time with a C plate on top of the cuts and a metal shim under the paper to protect the B plate from cuts. I use washi tape to hold the dies in place over the images. You can also cut your white daisy cardstock before stamping if you prefer.

Now it is time to assemble the cards since the artwork is ready to go.

Easy dot adhesive and foam tape can be used to put the cards together. I also used some double sided tape that was readily available in Australia. If you are making a lot of cards at a time you can assembly line the taping of the 3D foam tape because there is a layer of film covering the adhesive.

Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit also comes with accents and the washi tape you need to complete the projects. I chose not to use the accents on the cards since I was sending them Internationally. The free directions also found on the OBA call for use of mini staples added to the cards but my stampler is back in America so these were not added. One thing about this kit is you can make it your way!

Make your cards today so they will be ready for your loved ones by Easter Holiday.  Meanwhile stay tune to this blog and I will post the Penelope layouts I made from this sweet kit with grand kid pics!
Always, Alayne

Friday, March 4, 2016

Picture My Life captures the Adventure easily!

I love how easy it is to use Picture My Life to capture the everyday moments using pocket pages. PML cards come ready to slide in, but you can enhance them with treasures you make or find along the way. Here I used the die cuts I purchased in Australia. I have been making greeting cards for my grandkids with thee die cuts, but I found they highlighted the animal pictures I am taking well.
Check out my OBA to see what Picture My Life cards would suit your next project.
Always, Alayne

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