I chose this photo with the palm tree, blue skies and even blue'er water, as I thought it would make them pause and think about the fun time they had whenever they look at it. I used simple blue Bazzil for the background, and as I loved those crate papers I used in my last project, I thought I would use them again. I matted the photo on that gorgeous hot terracotta which makes it standout from the blue, and brings warmth to the design.
The flowers were stamped on to the patterned Crate Paper with a stamp that was free with the Craft Stamper magazine a while back. I added gold liquid pearls to the stamens, and a gold gem to the centre.
The edges of the petals were curled up to give dimension, and some of the flowers were layered up together for more impact, some were left with just one layer. They were then grouped around the photograph.
The sentiment is from a stamp by Hero Arts. I cut up the words to add a bit more interest, and matted them on a semi-circle of the Crate Paper, to which I then added more Liquid Pearls around the edge.
I've mounted the whole thing in a 6x6" box frame. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. I hope they love it as much as I do.