Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Teacher Gifts Take Two

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  I am delighted to be taking part in an International Highlights Blog Hop hosted by Kylie Bertucci.  I'm thrilled to be one of the top 10 winners in August's highlights and the theme is Teacher Gifts.  

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my project to gain me this place on the hop.  I'm a wee bit nervous because this is the very first time I have participated in a blog hop!  You maybe starting here or have come from the person before me in the hop - it doesn't matter.  You can hop all the way round to see the wonderful creations by all the other winners.  So that you don't miss a thing the whole list is at the end of this post.
Here is my project for today ~ a frame masquerading as a book that can be used as a photo frame or for displaying motivational quotes.

To continue the theme from my earlier project, which you can see HERE, I have again used the Pick a Pattern papers together with some coordinating card stock to make the frame.  As with many projects it evolved as I was making it, and although it is a long was off what I embarked on making, I am thrilled with the end result. 

I started with pieces of extra thick card - the type that you stockpile because they will come in useful one day - that are used to protect Glimmer Paper or Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The frame is cut to accommodate a 4"x6" photo/Memories and More card and whilst I would normally work in centimetres, I have switched to measuring in inches for this project to maintain consistency with the photo sizes.

I cut the pieces for the frame at 6"x 8", to allow a 1" border all around the aperture.  The frame is covered with Crushed Curry card and decorated with washi tape from the Pick a Pattern set.  The covers are cut fractionally larger at 6 3/8"x 8 3/8" and they are covered with patterned paper.  I think that the camera pattern is so apt for the outside cover.  The inside cover has a contrasting layer of patterned paper that can be seen through the aperture when the frame is empty.

A layer of Window Sheet is added to the reverse of the aperture to protect its contents (and to stop the photo falling out!). 1" strips of Basic Black card (three layers on top of each other) have been added to create a channel for the photo/Memories and More card to slide into  from the top of the frame.  I added a tab, using the Circle Tab punch, to the top of the card to make it easier to slide it in. 

To assemble the finished frame the front covers and the inside frames were sandwiched together and joined along one of the long sides using a piece of patterned paper to create the spine of the book.  

I'm really pleased with my finished piece.  If you would like to order any supplies, and you live in the UK, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Please visit my online shop: HERE

If you would like to join my team, you can choose your starter kit HERE and if you have any questions, please contact me at furrycatdesigns@gmail.com

Alternatively, you can click on one of the images below showing the supplies used.

Thank you for coming by my Blog today! I know you are going to love this hop - You are currently at my blog Karen Henderson - so have a look at the hop list to see who is up next. Don't miss out on one blog.

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Happy crafting!

Supplies used in today's project:


  1. What a lovely gift & a great idea. Anyone would be happy to receive this gift. TFS

  2. Oohhhh! What an amazingly clever project! TFS!

  3. Fantastic suite of gifts Karen, right down to the award presentation ribbon. Love this!

  4. Your projects are AMAZING Karen! Great use of the DSP and extra thick card :)