I've been away for a couple weeks on an Alaskan cruise -- and what a wonderful time we had. The weather was beautiful, and the scenery absolutely amazing. When I was about 12 years old I remember my Grandmother coming home from an Alaskan cruise and showing us some pictures that were so amazing that I determined some day I would take my own Alaskan cruise. This was the time! Pictures really don't do it justice though--but what a relaxing and refreshing adventure we had. And I think whale watching might have been the pinnacle of our time there. It just didn't get old...well, except for the one rough day at sea we had. But I didn't get seasick, so that's a bonus. And watching everyone try to walk on deck...that was just hillarious. But anyway...moving right along--
Just before we left, though I'm just now posting it, I finished up a project I'd been thinking about for some time. A while ago the local framing shop was selling mat board inventory for an incredible low cost. So I picked up a bunch (a whole lot) for some "down the road" projects. Then just recently, Hobby Lobby had their wood frames on sale for 50% off and I was just so excited to pick up a couple for the Mother's Day gifts I had planned. I barely finished in time, in addition to packing for our cruise.
I cut both foam core and mat board to fit the frame, then spray painted the mat board with chalkboard paint. Note: be sure to read the instructions on the paint can for a good curing. I didn't need to add any further backing to the frame, but a decorative backing adds a nice finishing touch. For the front, I added some decorative ribbon, and stamped some words with Archival Black Ink--after the ink dries there's no smearing. Also, I used clear embossing powder and heat embossed an image to the front of the chalkboard. I thought it added a bit of dimension...and for my Mom's I loved the wet look for the "coffee ring & drips".
On the computer I created a title block & images that I distressed with Distress ink before I laminated them. My mother's was for her kitchen, and my mother-in-law's was for her Scrapbook Room.
It was fun to make and very simple. I added the laminated card to the front of the frame with velco so that it could be removed if needed to clean the complete board, or a new Title Card can be added in it's place. Also, with the Title Card attached to the front as is, it gives you a place to put your chalk behind it. They loved their gifts, and I was able to make it in a weekend...which included my drying/curing time. I just love quick fun projects!
Love my Jesus! Love my husband, my boys, & my grandbabies! I treasure my old gold friendships & enjoy making new silver ones. I am a Paper Arts Instructor who constantly enjoys making a lovely mess of my craft room, and then organizing it all over again. I love hosting tea parties, and like all things girly! A hot cuppa Chai is my relaxing Saturday morning treat. My favorite scripture is Isaiah 43:2. God brought me through so much, that instead of just surviving, I now can live!