Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Framed with a Pocket Watch

A former pastor of mine, and his wife, asked me to bring a vintage touch to their dear friends' 60th Wedding Annversary Invitation.  He brought me a frame and the photo wedding invite, and said he was looking for something simple, with a touch of lace.  Sixty Years -- Wow! Isn't that so wonderful?! And aren't they a gorgeous couple.

Instead of trying to find a mat for the photo card, I found this great tattered lace cardstock that I used for the background.  To give it a mat "look", I added a swirl ribbon pearled border around the photo.  It added a bit of dimension to the layout as well.  But once I put the glass in place, I just couldn't quite get the frame to close in place.  So I took it to a local frame shop and they added new framing darts in back to hold it in place.  They so loved the idea of this couple's 60th Anniversary that they did not charge me, I thought that was very nice.  I finished the frame off with some pearl & lace accents from Prima, and a clear sticker that reads "Eternal Love" on the lower left hand of the glass.

I wanted this frame to be an extra special keepsake, so I added a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch that I embellished. 

I found out that he used to own a car/body shop for years, that they've lived in Illinois all their life, were devout Christians, they treasure their memories, and are still deeply in love.  So, for the background I punched a 1 3/4" circle* from CS to fit into the watch frame and added a metal embellishment that said "Faith", a TH license plate sticker for Illinois, a red wooden heart button, black letters for their initials, TH filmstrip ribbon, and some tiny Swarvorski crystals.  I glued everything in place, except the crystals.  When I sealed the pocketwatch back together I added a clear "love" sticker to the front glass casing.  Finished it off with vintage lace tied off, and an embossed charm "cherished memories" (by Making Memories).

*NOTE:  for the background circle punch I used EK Paper Shapers 1 3/4" Circle Punch PSPWP01.  As you press the cardstock in snugly, it fits perfectly!

I wanted to add the pocketwatch to the frame, but I also wanted to make it accessible to be looked at.  So I used two of TH metal photo corners, and attached them to the lower right hand corner of the frame with UGlu Tape Dashes to make a pocket to hold the watch. 

Omigoodness...this is such an awesome adhesive!  It's made by the same company that makes the MacBond that I bought for my husband's toolbox (post found HERE), and that I used to fix my blending tool (post found HERE), but great for crafters -- non-toxic & acid-free.  It's permanent, but can easily be removed...sort of an oxymoron, but it works.  I did try using Glossy Accents to adhere the metal to the frame, but it just didn't hold up to the weight of the pocket watch. 

As a matter of fact, I have a package of UGlu Dashes to give away -- just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 midnight U.S. Central Time Zone, and I'll post a random winner on Jan 30, 2012 -- the winner will have 48 hours from the time I post their name to contact me or I'll have to draw another winner.  There just might be a little something extra in the package as well.  just sayin'...

Hope your day is simply beautiful today!  Lisa


  1. Renee malone1/24/12, 10:12 AM

    This is absolutely gorgeous Lisa! It doesn't look like it has too much and the pocket watch idea really made it!!

  2. Lisa,
    I didn't realize that you had your own business. This was beautiful and a inspiraton to try it myself.

  3. This is beautiful. I would love to try this with my parents 50 anniversary pictures. thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Patricia Behnken1/24/12, 7:46 PM

    wow Lisa, this is sooooo nice! I am amazed at your talents. God has truly blessed you!

  5. What a treasure, Lisa. I love the way you've done the pocket watch and your bling on top of the frame itself. Beautiful project!

  6. dear Lisa,
    This is probably my favorite piece of yours! Absolutely stunning! All is well here getting used to our new rental house and the warm waether. LOL. Now we start the building process, should be fun. Hope you are doing well, sorry Ive havent written lately. I need to get back into the blogger rythm.Do take care, gerri

  7. Lisa, what a gorgeous frame and the lovely couple will be so thrilled! Love the touch of lace around the photo, so elegant and just the right amount of lace! The pocket watch is such a sweet extra! Both are wonderful! Hope you are finding that extra craft time or at least soon. Yes, you need to get back into challenges and maybe you can stop by Saturday late afternoon and check out the new one for FSC! Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!


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