When it comes to my kids and Christmas, I'm very sentimental and want the season to be as magical for them as possible. And I want to remember their awe and wonderment for years to come. So at Christmas time, I have a special framed photo from each year of their Christmases to pull out and display all season. This will be our framed photo from last year. It would also make a great grandparent gift!
I love these wooden frames from Michael's -- I've used them several times. They are 8" x 7" with a 4.5" x 3.5" photo opening, unpainted and have a recessed area around the photo where I've adhered patterned paper. To start, I painted the frame red. Here's another view of the frame, so you can see the dimension it has, with the shadow box type of recess for the photo. And the best part -- it can't be more than $1.99 (I've forgotten exactly what the price is)!
CPS sketch #134 layout for it. Then the project changed to a framed photo, so I hope the CPS (CARD Positioning System) people don't mind that!
I adore this old fashioned sleigh image from JustRite Stampers' Old Fashioned Christmas set and wanted to use it as an embellishment for the photo of my girls in a sleigh, but the original version of the stamp center and border (3-1/4" diameter) would have been too large (the green border ring in the photo below is the size that is supposed to fit around the sleigh center. See how much larger it is even than the wood stamper?!!):
So I trimmed the words from around the sleigh center (you can see the original version in the packaging photo on the right above) and then used just the sleigh with a smaller holly border from the smaller Something Sweet (2-3/8") set:
The smaller trimmed sleigh fit perfectly into the 2-3/8" Round Wood Stamper and within it's border! I stamped the images separately, colored them with Copic markers (listed below in the supply section), and then die cut the two separate images. The edges of each image were inked with distress ink and the holly berries accented with tiny red twinkle gems.
I customized a label (accented with tiny red gems) for the top of the frame, with the year. That's what I love about JustRite's fonts-- I can make a custom sentiment or greeting for a card, a title or journaling for a scrapbook page, or customize ANY gift or keepsake I choose! Here, I used the smallest 25-point font from the Brayton Uppercase font set (my fav!). And remember, all of JustRite's fonts are still on sale 30% off this week until Thursday, September 24th!
Another thing I love about these fonts is the ability to choose from FIVE different sizes -- three that you get in each font set, plus two additionally available sizes: a 15-point font set with Wood Stamper, and a 6-point Small Letter Set. Here, I chose the font that would fit the die frame I wanted to use! And another bonus ... with JustRite's locking tongue & groove type system, your stamped words will always be lined up and perfectly straight (unless YOU don't want them to be!).
Oh, and YOU might want to participate in the CPS sketch this week, too -- JustRite Stampers is sponsoring the sketch and will be providing one lucky winner with some wonderful take-home loot! You can read all about it HERE!
- Stamps: JustRite Stampers Old Fashioned Christmas, Something Sweet, Brayton Uppercase font+ 2-3/8" Round Wood Stamper, Horizontal Wood Stamper
- Paper: Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly mini deck, Taylored Expressions Choice Buttercream, PTI Pure Poppy
- Ink: Memento Dew Drops-Rich Cocoa & Bamboo Leaves, PTI Tea Dye Duo, Copic markers R24, R27, R29, BG11, BG72, E25, E31, W1 and Lipstick Spica glitter pen
- Accessories: Spellbinders Classic & Classic Scalloped Circle Nestabilities dies, Fancy Tags. Taylor's Multi-color Twinkles, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Michael's wood photo frame, MM Cranberry acrylic paint, ModPodge, Target Dollar Spot sparkle flower gem "tattoos" (very old!)