For this make for Gingersnap Creations Tribute to Teens challenge, which launches today, I have used an 8 x 8 frame from Happy Daze and CI 283 and CI 272 from Crafty Individuals, together with their Seaside background paper. I painted the outside of the frame with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint in Butternut, then a layer of their crackle, then a layer of Haystack. For the inside of the frame I just used the Butternut but unfortunately the colours weren't as contrasting as I had wanted.
The main images of the two girls, CI 283, I coloured with Pro Markers. As soon as I saw these stamps they made me think of two of my nieces, my two god-daughters. They are nine years apart in age but very close, and now that the youngest is 14 she is, of course, catching her older sister up in height. Whatever age they have been, they have always spent time together, and with their lovely brother too, who is between them in age. So these two stamps of the two same girls, but with the second stamp showing no difference in their heights, always makes me think affectionately about them, and also about a long walk on a North East beach we all had together a couple of years back.
I covered the frame and the backing paper with shells and wording from CI 272 in Archival Sepia, added some small real shells, and finally finished it off with some Angelina fibres in Gold Iris.
I thought this frame would fit well with the Happy Daze challenge for August which is 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside'.