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May Charity of The Month: The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

May Charity of the Month

I don’t think there is a single person alive that doesn’t enjoy a beautiful day in the sun. Sunlight makes you happy, it makes you feel better, it gives those that face harsh winters, hope, and there is a good chance that without proper protection it could kill you.

As a kid your mother would pin you down as you squirm and wiggle to slather on sunscreen to protect your precious skin. This wasn’t for her benefit, in fact if you ask her, I’m sure she will say it was her least favorite activity she did with you. As with many things in life, this is something that we all could learn from our mothers. Applying sunscreen, although an annoying task, is something that can save your life, especially for those that are fair skinned.

According to skincancer.og, each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. The deadliest and fastest growing type of skin cancer out there is melanoma. There is a common misconception that melanoma is one of the easy cancers to get. That is definitely not the case in fact, one person dies of melanoma every hour, 57 minutes to be exact.

In 2010 that one person that tragically lost his battle to melanoma was a 24 year old young man named Andy Caress.

Andy loved the outdoors and was never far from a tennis ball and racquet. In August of 2008 he finished near the top of his age group in a mini triathlon, with open lake swimming followed by biking and a run. He was considered to be in the best physical shape of his life. He was the definition of a strong fighter.

In October of 2008, Andy Caress was diagnosed with melanoma. Although his activities changed, his fight never faltered. In the midst of treatment Andy created a foundation called Mela-KNOW-More. As he was getting radiation treatments, surgeries and bio-chemo therapy he was fighting to change the misconception of melanoma to the public.

Throughout his treatment he never lost his fight or his drive to help find a cure for melanoma, but unfortunately he was faced with an opponent that he could not beat and died peacefully August 4, 2010.

Mela-KNOW-More is now The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, whose volunteer members are dedicated to continuing to pursue the mission of this amazingly strong young man.

“His mission is simple: ”My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”’

The specific goals of The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

 

Frame USA has joined in their fight and has selected this fantastic organization as our charity of the month for May.

Please consider donating $1 with your order of picture frames, so that this foundation can continue to wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

For more information about Andy Caress, or The foundation and its programs please visit andycaress.com.

 

Final Match

Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Final Match

Update: The 2015 Frame USA Picture Frame Championship Winner is….

FINAL CHAMP.  

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

We started this championship with 16 different frame series to figure out which one is considered the Ultimate Picture Frame by our customers. After close games and difficult choices you have chosen the two series that will meet together for the first time to fight to the death to find out which one is the ultimate picture frame.

The Corporate Narrow picture Frame Series has been a favorite from the beginning winning the matches against Cafe Narrow, Architect, AND Glory Metal by a landslide. It’s easy to see why this frame has made such an impact on our customers! This series is quite possible the most versatile line of frames on frameusa.com. The moulding is classic and the colors are modern and fresh.

The success of the Shadowbox Showcase Picture Frame Series came as a bit of a shock to folks around the office right from the start. The first win came against the more popular traditional series, Shadowbox Elite. This was the start of the Cinderella story of this series. The fans of this series are going to really have to step up their game if they want to see it in the winners circle.

 

Its safe to say this is going to be one exciting, nail biting final match!

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. The Ultimate Picture Frame will be decided on 4/2/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

 

Team Corporate narrow Frame Match 1

Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

The ultimate picture frame winner will receive its reward the evening of 4/3/15 so be sure to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out!

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Matches 1&2

Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 3, Match 1 & 2

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be playing in the final match….

R3M1 Results R3M2 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3, MATCH 1 & 2

Elite 8 went almost as fast as it began, the series that will be playing in the final four have been decided. This Picture Frame Championship started off with 16 different frame series from 4 different categories: Wood, Metal, Poster frame, and Specialty.

The final four picture frame series that will be competing in these two matches are as follows: Corporate Narrow picture Frame Series is playing against Glory Metal Picture Frame Series; Deluxe Poster Frame Series is competing against Shadowbox Showcase Picture Frame Series. The winner of Match 1 & 2 will be the two series that will go head to head in the final match to see who will be the Ultimate Picture Frame! Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 1 & 2 of the final four will expire 4/1/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

 

First up:

Team Corporate narrow Frame Match 1 Team Glory metal Match frame

Followed by:

Team Deluxe Series Frame

Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of the first match of round 2 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 2, Match 2

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 3 is….

R2M2 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2, MATCH 2

The ultimate wood frame has been decided! We move on to match 2 of Round 2 to decide the ultimate metal frame. Glory Metal faces Metal I in this exciting match. Who will move on to the final four and fight for the chance at becoming the ultimate picture frame.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 2 of Round 2 will expire 3/28/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Glory metal Match frame Team Metal I Round 1 Match 1

Check back to see who will be the winner of this match!

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 8

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

R1M8 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 8

This is it, the final match in Round one of the picture frame championship. 16 teams began, 7 spots have been chosen by loyal fans, one more spot remains. The two frames that will be facing against each other for the final match in round 1 bring us back to the specialty category. The past 7 matches have decided which two teams will be moving on from the wood category, the metal category and the poster frame category.

The winner of this match will face the winner of Match 6 to decide the ultimate Specialty Frame. In Match 8 our Shadowbox Elite series faces our Shadowbox Showcase Series for the last spot in the Elite 8. Shadowbox Elite series may be out numbered in players but they make up for it with their fan base. This match could shape up to be a real Cinderella story.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 8 will expire 3/26/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

Team Shadowbox Elite Frame Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

 

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 8 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 6

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

R1M6

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 6

Round 1 of the picture frame championship is almost complete. We enter into the Specialty Frames category today with a match up of two of our popular certificate frames: Deluxe and Economy.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 6 will expire 3/24/15 at 4:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Deluxe Certificate Frame Team Economy Certificate Frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 6 in the  Championship.

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Frame Championship

Frame USA Championship Match

Update: Final Championship Match: Corporate Narrow Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/2 3:45 PM EST.


Update:
 Round 3, Match 1 & 2: 
Corporate Narrow Series VS Glory Metal Series & Deluxe Poster Frame Series VS Shadowbox Showcase Series.Expires 4/1 3:45 PM EST.

Update: Round 2, Match 3 & 4: Deluxe Poster Frame VS Simply Poly Series & Deluxe Certificate Series VS Shadowbox Showcase.Expires 3/31 3:45 PM EST.

March Madness: Basketball Championship

It is about that time of the year again. In less than a week college basketball teams from across the United States will compete for the ultimate title of NCAA National Championship. Universities, big and small will be on the edge of their seats as they cheer on their favorite team. Families and friendships are torn apart based on the team they back. Cinderella stories of underdog teams rising to the top make the entire nation’s hearts swell (Go Dayton Flyers!). They don’t call this time of year, Madness for nothing.

So what does college basketball have to do with an American picture frame company?

We offer over 100 different series of picture frames. Not to mention the picture framing accessories that we have available. So during a time when competition is on everyone’s minds, we begin to wonder, which one of our picture frame series is the best; the ultimate champion of picture frames.

Sure we have a list of 12 bestsellers in the wood category, but that’s one category and the NCAA doesn’t declare 12 champion teams, they declare 1! With the help of our customers we are going to hold our own championship to determine the winner.

the first ever 2015 frameusa.com picture frame championship.

We have begun narrowing down our 100 different series to choose the top 4 series of each of our categories: Wood Frames, Metal Frames, Poster Frames and Specialty Frames.

Each picture frame series will first compete within the category but as the competition progresses they will go head to head with the other categories to find the ultimate champion.

On Friday we will announce which frames we have selected for this championship and why they have been chosen so stay tuned to see if your favorite picture frames are in the running.

This blog will provide you with real-time coverage of the 2015 Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship.

 

 

Glass Alternatives: Prevent the 7 Years of Bad Luck

Prevent the 7 Years of Bad Luck:

Frame USA gLAZING OPTIONS

No we’re not talking about the glazing on donuts, glazing to the framing industry is just a fancy word for the material that stands between your piece and the outside world. Primarily it is known as glass to the consumers however that is not always the material used. We’ve written previously about the different types of glass we have available in our retail frame shop but what exactly does that mean for our loyal internet customers? This question along with many other glazing related questions brings us to our next topic of Frame USA Q&A.

Thanks to our handy concise guide to Frame USA Products that we wrote last week you now know what your frame comes with, so now it is time to explain the material that protects the piece you are going to be framing. Frame USA has three options of glazing for our readymade frames: Standard Glass, PETG, and Acrylic. So what is the difference? We’re here to tell you!

First things first: what type of glazing is going to come with your frame? Find out below!

Glass Infographic

 

The reason that majority of our frames are shipped with PETG (formerly Styrene) is because PETG weighs roughly half as much as glass and is more shatter resistant than glass. We view shipping glass as most people would view giving glass to a toddler, you just wouldn’t do it, the likelihood of damage is high, and the likelihood of injury is even greater. Using PETG not only prevents your frame from arriving damage but it also reduces shipping costs.

If you HAVE to have glass in your picture frames when they are 11×17 and larger. Please call and speak with one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-577-5920.

In certain cases such as you are purchasing a large quantity that is able to be shipped via freight or you are able to physically pick up your order from our warehouse.

The glazing that is used by Frame USA does not reflect ultraviolet light. Reflective glazing is used primarily for conservation framing. In contrast, the products sold by Frame USA are generally for decorative framing purposes.

The PETG ships with a thin plastic film that protects both sides of the plastic during shipping and retail display. The protective coating is the material that protects your piece from scratches, scuff marks, etc. from the outside world prior to arriving to you!

When you have picture frames hanging in your home they are bound to get dusty or dirty over time so the best way that you can clean them depends on what material you have. Glass can be cleaned with a glass cleaner however, Acrylic and PETG should only be cleaned by warm water or a soft cloth, not a solvent. The solvent in most cleaners will actually cause them to disintegrate over time.

Now that you have all the information about the material you can make a better decision on the type of frame you would like! Stay tuned next week as we discuss some specific products in greater detail.

A Concise guide to Frame USA Products

So You Want to Buy Frames:

A Concise Guide to Frame USA Products

The topic of question that we continually receive an overabundance of was regarding what exactly comes with a Frame USA Frame. On our website under every series we have listed a handy key that tells exactly what comes with our products. The letters in this key correspond with letters that follow each size in the volume order form.

Product Key

Product Listing

Since we do get this question we thought we would give our customers a simple guide that explains how each listing is laid out. This handy guide is also listed in the FAQ section of our website.

Product Naming

This is what comes with all of our readymade picture frames. If you would like to purchase an easel for those frames that come with a sawtooth hanger or vice versa they are available for purchase on our website.

 

If you are interested in purchasing just a frame without all of the materials listed above you are looking to purchase what we in the industry call a “shell”. Shells are available under the custom sizes tab that is located next to the volume order form. Don’t be deterred from ordering shells because of the word custom. Frames are available in all readymade sizes, so just put your desired size in the length width boxes and you’re all set!

Shell Only Location

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Ideas

There is a little over a week left to prepare for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day sometimes can be difficult especially when it follows relatively close to other gifting holidays. So what else is left to give the people in your life that appear to have everything?! We’ve compiled a couple of ideas to help inspire your inner crafter and create one of a kind gifts for everyone special in your life.

Earlier this week we started creating a pinterest board with Valentine’s Day ideas that we came across. This board is a compilation of home decorating ideas and gifts for your child’s teacher all the way to your significant other. We will be continually putting more and more ideas into this board leading up to V-Day.

Valentines Day Ideas Pinterest Board

Here are some of our favorites we have seen so far.

Valentine for Your Child’s Favorite Teacher:

Valentine's Gift Idea for Teachers

Frame a quote for your child’s favorite teacher. There are so many free print out sites that have quotes like this one or others. If you want something more meaningful, find a class picture, or a picture with your child and the teacher. Having your child decorate the frame will set your gift apart from the standard store bought valentine. Our Unfinished Series is the perfect frame for the job!

 

Valentine for Your Parents:

Valentine for Parents

Handmade valentines are just so much better than store bought ones, especially when the recipient is your child’s grandparent. This idea will kill two birds with one stone! Occupy your kids by having them decorate a frame to be used for a valentine for a grandparent.

Don’t have kids? That shouldn’t stop you! Decorate a frame yourself and frame a picture of you and your parent from when you were a kid.

Our Decorate-It frame series is the perfect choice for all ages!

 

Valentine for Your Best Friend:

Valentine for Best Friend

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for your significant others! It’s a day to celebrate your love and appreciation for all those you care about, best friends included. Everyone has a favorite picture with their best friend so rather than let it sit in some photo album never to be seen or on your Facebook, use it to make a memorable and meaningful valentine! Find a quote that is appropriate and fitting for your relationship and decorate a frame with it!

Either our Decorate-It Series or our Unfinished Series is perfect for this!

Not big on quotes? Paint our Unfinished Architect Frame instead!

 

Valentine for Your Significant Other:

Valentine for S.O.

Last but definitely not least is a valentine for your significant other. The ideas for this one are endless, but we love the idea of using a shadowbox for this valentine and to make it extra special make it a custom shadowbox using our Shadowbox Elite Unfinished frame.

If you and your sweetie have a song, or a poem that you both love, why not write it out on the back of the shadowbox and use letter tiles like you find in scrabble games to write an extra special message!

 

If you hadn’t noticed, all of the ideas that we gave you here had one thing in common, they all emphasized creating and decorating frames. We think Valentine’s Day gifts should be much more than just a bag of candy and a store bought card. DIY gifts may take extra time, but the feeling they give your loved ones is way worth it.

To make these valentine gift ideas even more sweet (pun definitely intended) we have a sale going on with all the frames mentioned! Save on the frames you use for your V-day gifts that will mean the world to your loved ones. This sale expires 2.5.15 at midnight!

Valentine Sale