Engagement Party Photo Prop Frame

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase
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Love is in the air

Mike and I had the great joy of hosting an engagement party for our daughter and her fiancé recently.  Many of their close friends, family members and some of Kathryn’s scrapbook aunties joined us.  I had a lot of fun creating this frame for photo opportunities.

It’s not difficult to make a decorative frame but it does take some time.  Start early so you can enjoy the process and play around with placement of elements before you commit to gluing them down. The proposal happened at the beach so seashell stamps were an obvious choice and a couple of nice big Cricut cut diamonds were essential.  Twine and some leftover packaging added texture.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Find a sturdy frame

This one came from an Op Shop.  It had a very dated picture in it and was only a few dollars.  It was easy to pop the picture out and use pliers to bend the metal thingies that held it in so no fingers would be harmed during the photographs.

Begin making LOTS of small elements

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

You will be amazed how many small pieces you will use to achieve a balanced look to your frame. The seashells on this one come from two stamp sets.  The smaller shells are from a retired set called Swirly Shells and the largest shells are a stamp and thin cut set called Beach Treasures, available for 30% off as part of this month’s Stamptacular sale.  Stamp the shells onto the light side of almond cardstock and heat emboss using Copper Tinsel, Gold Tinsel or Clear powder.

Then pull up some images of real shells on your phone or laptop and use them as a guide to add colour and patterns to the largest shells using watercolour paints.  I was fortunate to have an artist visiting who took over this part for me 😊

Create focal elements

The large and medium size diamonds were cut from white glitter paper using Close To My Heart’s Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  The largest seashells were a free download from Cricut and were cut in julep glitter paper.  Cut two layers for the base of each Cricut shape to strengthen them.  In this frame, the gorgeous Holographic paper shows through the pattern of the shell overlays and a solid cardstock forms the bottom layer. See how the play of light changes the colour of the holographic papers?

‘Love’ was cut 4 times from cardstock and layered to make it really robust.  It isn’t attached to anything firm so needs to be able to stand up to some handling. 

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Layer all your elements

This part does take some time.  You will find you move pieces around quite a bit until your design is balanced and pleasing to your eye.  Work in opposite corners with the lower cluster taking more space than the top one.

You need an anchor to build your design on.  I had some brown paper packaging that came wrapped around bottles.  I’ve had it in the craft cupboard for 2 years not knowing how I would use it.  This was the perfect project for it!  Attach your largest elements to this base.  I used liquid glass because it gives a strong bond and filled the gaps in the brown paper.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

The trickiest part was attaching this base cluster to the frame.  My final solution was to cut 1” strips of cardstock.  Liquid glass one end to the back of the brown paper, coat the strip with more liquid glass and wrap it around the frame.  You are working from the back so it doesn’t have to be neat.  Once all the decorative elements are in place you can come back and cover the ‘workings’ with a sheet of cardstock cut to fit.

The final stages are attaching the smaller elements and adding some texture to the clusters.  A mixture of glue dots and liquid glass holds everything in place.  Shells are overlapped and tucked behind other elements.  The twine is caught in a couple of places so it can loop and provide dimensionality.  Some chunky bling added contrasting colour.

Choose your theme and start creating

What theme could you use for a photo prop frame?  Have a look through your supplies and re-discover hidden treasures in your craft cupboard. 

A list of supplies used in this project appears below.  Order yours on my website.  All Stamp Sets and Stamp/Thin Cut bundles are discounted by up to 50% during February 2020.  Look for the Stampaganza link.

Happy scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

Z3611 Cricut Artistry Digital Collection

Z3367 White Glitter Paper

Z3506 Julep Glitter Paper

Z3635 Dreamy Holographic Paper

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock

X6030 Peacock Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock (Light side)

Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad

Z4250 Tinsel Embossing Powder

Z4248 Silver Embossing Powder

Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder

Z3132 Watercolour paints

Z3225 Medium Water brush

Z679 Liquid Glass

1772 3/8” Ultra Thin Glue Dots

Gingerbread Friends Christmas Banner

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How cute is this little Gingerbread banner? One of my sister consultants, Laura Beachum, gifted a kit to me at a recent retreat and I loved it so much I just have to share with all of you.

Oh Snap! (D1743) is a super cute stamp set from CTMH. Available until Dec 31, 2017. Snap yours up at www.shaunnarichards.ctmh.com.au
Instructions for making the banner follow. Read right to the end to discover how you can receive a pre-cut kit FREE.

The banner can be made using all Close To My Heart stamps and Thin Cuts. A full list of all items used appears at the end of this post.

Here’s how:

  • Cut 16 gingerbread people from the light side of Almond Cardstock
  • Cut 14 2″ banners from the dark side of Toffee Cardstock using the Basic Banners Thin Cuts
  • Cut the letters for Merry Christmas from Red Glitter Paper using the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts (NB This is a different font to the one Laura cut on her Cricut for my banner)
  • Stamp and decorate your gingerbread people using Toffee, Cranberry and Espresso inks
  • Layer letters on banner shapes
  • Punch small holes in gingerbread hands and top corners of banner shapes.
  • Thread all shapes onto 6 feet of twine. Begin and end each word with a gingerbread person.

Do you love it? Would you like a pre-cut kit for FREE? Simply be one of the first 8 people to order the Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set (D1743) or the Gingerbread Friends Stamp and Thin Cuts Bundle (Z3378) from me and I will gift you a kit ready to stamp and assemble.
As an added bonus, every person ordering the stamps or thin cut bundle will also receive instructions to make the cute little storage box. This is perfect if you are gifting the banner to a friend and will also keep it safe when Christmas is over.
You have two ways to order:

  1. Visit my website and place an order for home delivery
  2. Email me at shaunnarichards@bigpond.com.au to have your stamps added to my next order. You can collect from me once they arrive.

Happy crafting,
Shaunna
Products used in this project
D1743 Gingerbread Friends Stamp + Thin Cuts
Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts
Z3345 Basic Banners Thin Cuts
Z4014 White & Gold Twine
X5950 Toffee Cardstock
X5949 Almond Cardstock
Z3241 Red Glitter Paper
Z2828 Toffee Ink
Z2829 Espresso Ink
Z2816 Cranberry Ink