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2015 Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Team Bios

2015 Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Team Bios

We have selected the picture frames that will be competing head to head in the 2015 FrameUSA.com Picture Frame Championship. It was a tough choice choosing between so many of our favorite frames but for the sake of competition we pushed through. Read through each bio, peruse each picture frame’s roster and chose which frame you feel should become the ultimate champion. One match will be posted everyday on our blog for you to vote on. The first match will begin Monday, March 16, 2015 and will continue until one picture frame remains.

Without further ado, The picture frames:

 

Team Architect

Bio:

The Architect series measures in at ¾” by ¾”. It is made from all natural real wood. This picture frame is small but mighty, with the capability to be engraved with any name or logo.

 

Team Cafe Narrow

Bio:

The Café Narrow Series measures in at 1 ¼” by ¾”. It is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. This series is known for its rich energizing members.

 

 

Team CBG

Bio:

The CBG Series measures in at ¾” by  “. It is made from real ash wood. Have a tight budget? This series Delivers.

 

 

Team Corporate narrow Bio:

The Corporate Narrow Series measures in at 1 ¼” by ¾”. It is made from an eco-friendly wood composite. This series is known for its clean lines and classic colors

 

Team Glory metal

Bio:

The Glory Metal Series measures in at 5/8” by ¾”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is no stranger to competition and has earned its name.

 

Team Heavy Metal

Bio:

The Heavy Metal Series measures in at 5/8 ” by 1”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is known for never missing a beat with home décor.

 

Team Metal I

Bio:

The Metal I Series measures in at 3/8 ” by 7/8”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series stands apart with its bright shiny finishes.

 

 

Team Metal II

Bio:

The Metal II Series measures in at 3/8 ” by 7/8”. It is made from a sturdy aluminum material. This series is known for its contrast colors in and out of the office.

 

Team Shadowbox Elite

Bio:

The Shadowbox Elite Series measures in at 7/8” by 1 5/8”. It is made from real wood. This picture frame series is no stranger to being part of the elite team.

 

 

Team Shadowbox Showcase

Bio:

The Shadowbox Showcase measures in at 1” by 2 ½ ”. It is made from real wood. This picture frame series is known for getting deep into the game.

 

 

Team Deluxe Certificate

Bio:

The Deluxe Certificate Series measures in at ¾ ” by 11/16 ”. It is made from real wood. This isn’t the first time that this picture frame series had the chance at receiving an award.

 

Team Economy Certificate

Bio:

The Economy Certificate Series measures in at 1 ½ ” by 7/16. It is made from real wood. This series is one of a kind.

 

 

Team Budget Saver Bio:

The Budget Saver Series measures in at 1 ¼” by 7/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This series may be sharp around the edges but it has won the hearts of many.

 

 

 

Team Corrugated Bio:

The Corrugated Series features 4 plastic pieces that slide on and off. It is made from a Mylar material. This series holds the title of being a fan favorite since the beginning!

 

 

 

Team Deluxe Series Bio:

The Deluxe Series measures in at 1 ” by 5/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This picture frame series is known for its curved frame and saturated colors.

 

 

 

Team Simply Poly Bio:

The Simply Poly Series measures in at 1 ¼” by 5/8”. It is made from a polystyrene material. This picture frame series is simply on par with the rest of the teams.

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Let’s Get Ready To Rummmbleeee: Frame USA Championship Match

Update: Round 2, Match 2: Glory Metal VS Metal I. Expires 3/28 3:45 PM EST.

Update: ROUND 2, MATCH 1: Architect VS Corporate. Expires 3/27 3:45 PM EST.

Update: MATCH 8: Shadowbox Elite VS Shadowbox Showcase. Expires 3/26 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.

 

 

Frame USA Q & A: Knowledge from an Industry Expert

Frame USA Questions & Answers:

Knowledge from an Industry Expert.

Recently we asked our customers what questions they had about our products, about our company, and about framing in general. We loved the feedback we have received so far because it allows us to know what our customers are wondering about and gives us a chance to help them out. So over the next few weeks we will be answering these questions along with questions our customer service team receives often on our blog. If you have a question or would like to know more about a topic email, Facebook, tweet, call, comment, write a letter, send us a carrier pigeon,etc. (the last two however we do not recommend as it may be quite some time before we receive them!).The point is we love our customers and we love the feedback we get from them because it allows us to cater to them.

So give us some questions to answer so that we can improve your shopping experience and give you some tips and tricks!

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Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

From what we have heard from our subscribers, last week’s Favorite Hobby Friday was a huge hit! This week we bring you the favorite hobby of one of our customer service representatives, that many of our customers who have purchased picture frames from us may have spoken with, Kelley Kombrinck.

I sat down with Kelley to discuss his favorite hobby and the talent that was first displayed here.

Kelley, we first experienced your talent when you drew a Unicorn and an elephant on a customer’s order, why don’t tell me a bit more about your hobby!

I’m a guy who likes to draw. Mainly charcoal or pencil/pen and ink on paper. Most of my work is done by hand but I’ve begun using digital media—i.e. Photoshop—to color my pictures. My genre of choice is horror art—ghosts and monsters and such—and my style is mainly comic book/fantasy, but I can still bust out a pretty accurate portrait if I need to.

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Judging by your level of skill you’ve probably been drawing for a pretty long time; When did you first start?

I have been drawing as far back as I can remember, and it was always monsters, always.

So why did you start drawing monsters at such an early age?

As a kid I just drew because I wanted to be like my older brother who also drew really well. As I got older and realized I was good at it I started drawing to break the ice with the people who sat around me in school because I was kind of weird and awkward and it helped to get people on my side right off the bat.

Most creative people are a little weird, so you’re not alone in that— how long has it taken you to become a master at it?

Like most artists, I’m still mastering it and continue to develop and learn. I will say that I really kicked it into high gear in my early twenties when I started incorporating more realistic human anatomy and working harder to understand light and shadow.

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The level of detail in all of your pieces is outstanding, how many hours a week would you estimate you spend drawing?

It depends on the week. Some weeks I don’t draw at all. Other weeks I might put 22 hours in. When I’m working on a hot project I’ll get lost in it.

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Kelley frequently brings in his drawing pad in to the office and work on his craft during his lunch hour—that’s dedication!

22 hours, that’s a long time, you must really enjoy it—what’s your favorite part about it?

For me, there’s a moment where a picture is not quite finished, but where I’ve gotten all the main elements penciled in and they look how I want them to look—the picture still has a way to go and there’s a lot of cleanup and smaller details to add — but I see the most important parts and they are staring back at me as if they just stepped through a door out of my imagination. I go on and finish the picture and its great and everything but it’s that moment halfway through that is my favorite.

Wow, that was really poetic, with how you talk about drawing it’s hard to imagine that this question would apply to you but, none the less, what’s your least favorite part about it?

Oh lord it’s when I get a picture to a great place and then I go one step further and it hurts the picture. Sometimes it’s just something that bothers me and no one else really notices but I’ve occasionally ruined a drawing that I’ve put a lot of time and work into by just not letting it rest when it was done. I also hate when I go to ink my pencil drawing and I make a mistake—ink does not forgive.

Like most artists you appear to be your own worst critic! What has been the most memorable experience?

I’ve had several. One of the most memorable was having my work displayed in a black-room art show at a specialty shop back in 2001. My first— and last — exhibition. I drank all the wine and left early with a headache but I did sell one piece.

Sounds like a successful night to me! What is one thing you have learned about yourself through drawing?

I’ve learned that I can really take a critique without getting my feelings too hurt and turn it into development. People are quick to tell you what you’re doing wrong and sometimes it’s just to be snarky but if I can pull something useful out of it and improve my technique then I’m all for it. Some of my biggest jumps in growth have come out of brutally stated critiques.

That is a great ability to have as an artist— what is your advice for people who may want to start drawing?

I think that if you want to start doing it, you probably already are but if you’re wanting to take it to a level where you want to show or sell your art remember this: your style and subject matter is your own, do what you want, but when your technique gets criticized, listen with an open mind. Even if the critic is a jerk, they might be right.  

I think that is something we could all use, even those that aren’t artisticbe yourself and stand up for what you believe in!

Thanks so much Kelley for taking the time to answer my questions!

I hope you have enjoyed Favorite Hobby Friday so far! Stay tuned next week for our Posterservice Sales Rep David Estep’s favorite hobby!


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Get To Know Frame USA Employees– Favorite Hobby Friday

Get to know Frame USA Employees–Favorite Hobby Friday

The people who work for Frame USA aren’t just a bunch of drones. We want our customers to know us to be familiar with the people who day in and day out provide you with quality American made picture frames at affordable prices. We thought we would give you an inside look at what our employees do in their spare time. First up: Chas Hall, who is our Director of Sales and our newest employee!

I interviewed Chas about his favorite thing to do when he’s not at work here is that interview.

  

So Chas, what is it that you enjoy doing on your time off?

I participate in something called The Warhammer 40K/Fantasy, which involves collecting, building, painting, custom creating and gaming with plastic, metal, or resin miniatures.

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Impressive!  So when did you first start creating the pieces?

I began this hobby at the beginning of January in 2012

So you’ve been  doing this for almost 3 years now,  how did you get started?

A friend of mine was familiar with my interests for painting and building things. He was also aware of my competitive nature when it comes to playing chess and checkers and quickly realized I could apply each of my interests into one hobby, which I immediately developed a passion for.

That’s a pretty involved friend, How long did it take you to become a master at it?

Because there are so many challenging aspects and areas of the hobby it can be difficult to master all areas. However, if there is a specific aspect that I feel I’ve mastered it would be custom creating projects. For example, I would be taking a kit and fully converting the product in a unique way, which is opposite of what the manufacturer or instructions would suggest.

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You’re saying that you start majority of your pieces completely from scratch, that must take up a good chunk of your time, How many hours a week would you estimate you spend?

At least 45 minutes per day in a 7 day period.

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So that is roughly about 5.5 hours a week! What is your favorite part about it?

My favorite part about it is custom creating something or converting a product that is not a direct representation of what is included within the kit.

I can tell you’re really passionate about this hobby, with that being said, do you have a least favorite part about it?

The gaming aspect is my least favorite because there are so many rules, terms and Warhammer 40k/fantasy lingo to learn, which can dramatically slow down game play. There are also constant updates within game rules that may affect a player who is not completely familiar with his/her rulebook, which can also delay game time.

That would be difficult to stay up to date with, so what has been the most memorable experience with Warhammer 40k/Fantasy?

Without a doubt that would be winning painting and/or conversion contests in tournament entries!

If you’ve won tournament entries you must be pretty talented, what is your advice for people who may want to start participating in it?

Have patience and have fun! Don’t expect to become great at custom building, painting and/or gaming over night, it takes time. Encourage your friends to participate so that you can continue to learn and grow together!

So since you’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, what is one thing you have learned about yourself through mastering this?

One thing I have learned about myself is that even when it comes to having interest in a hobby, I have a pretty solid ability with attention to detail, specifically with painting schemes, instructions, etc!

Thanks so much Chas for taking the time to answer my questions!

Not only does this allow for our customers to get to know our employees but it allows for our employees to get to know their coworkers on a level that they may have not had the chance to.

If you have any additional questions regarding his Hobby, leave us comment  and we’ll get it answered for you!

 

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Stay tuned for the next Favorite Hobby Friday!

Frame USA Celebrates Halloween

  Halloween at Frame USA

Frame USA loves to have fun, we host several events for our employees however we rarely share them with our customers. Since today is all about being someone you’re not we thought we would let our customers in on the fun! Today’s festivities included: a pumpkin decorating/carving contest, a costume contest, and festive snacks. All of today’s winners for both the pumpkin decorating/carving contest as well as the costume contest will be posted on our instagram, so check it out!

  It’s A Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

We posted early last week a sneak peak picture on our instagram of all the pumpkins that we got to give out to our employees. Two employees spent hours weighing pumpkins to find the perfect selection, and boy did our employees deliver with their creations! We have some hidden talent for pumpkin decorating/carving in our midst. Our CEO gave us a challenge that if 50% of all of our employees decorate a pumpkin Frame USA will donate an additional $250 to our November Charity of the Month­­­­­ The Freestore FoodBank. Our employees delivered and we had 35 pumpkins that were brought in decorated/carved. Our employees then voted on what their 3 favorite pumpkins were. We had 4 winners for this competition, with a tie for second place. We would absolutely love to hear what our customers think are the best pumpkins and to see some of the creations you and your family came up with!

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When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!

You probably are thinking to yourself how can employees that work in a warehouse really  dress up during the day. Well I’m here to tell you that all our employees chose creative costumes that were safe! Below are some of the costumes! Let us know what you and your family are being for Halloween, we would love to see your costumes!

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Trick or Treat!

Not only did we have fun with pumpkins and costumes, we are all now in a sugar coma! We had festive goodies during one of the breaks that included apple cider, chips, cookies and cupcakes. Some of our office workers planned a potluck and brought in delicious foods to enjoy for lunch. 20141031_143151   20141031_120740 20141031_141944

Best Wishes!

One of our employees is getting married soon, so her manager decided to be sneaky and plan a bit of a bridal shower for her. Safe to say she was completely surprised and got some great gifts off her wedding. Congratulations Beth, we all wish you and your soon to be husband a lifetime of happiness!

Employee Wedding Shower

It’s safe to say that we had a very entertaining Halloween Work day! I hope everyone enjoyed seeing Behind the scenes of Frame USA.

 

 

 

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Posterservice “Beer” Poster on A&E’s “Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job”!

We had the privelege to show off our very own “Beer” poster on A&E’s Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job!

For those who have never seen the show, the couple Brandi and Jarrod are originally from the show Storage Wars on A&E. This couple’s constant tension and interesting dynamic has created an interest in the couple’s day to day life, resulting in their own reality show called Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job. It was only several weeks ago that we received an email from the A&E studios asking if they could show our very own image on their next episode. We were more than happy to oblige!

Here is the image to look out for:

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If this item strikes your fancy after seeing the episode, you can purchase your very own poster here.

To see yesterday’s episode, click on the image below. You can see more on their website, too!

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Free Frame Contest – Extended!

Our contest has been extended until the end of June!

A quick recap: entrants will submit their work through Instagram using the hastag, “#FrameUSA”. Artwork / photography must be original and created by the entrant. Many will enter, but only 5 will win. We will print your art for you from Instagram, frame it, and send the finished frame product with a special offer as well.

Not bad for snapping and posting a quick Instagram photo! You can also follow us on Instagram to see what our framers are up to. (Hint: it’s a lot!)

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You can follow us on Instagram to keep up on the latest contest news!

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June Instagram Contest – Win a Free Framed Print!

We love a good contest, and our selection for June is a great way to frame some of your favorite instagram shots or artwork — absolutely free!

Of course, we expect some great shots and work from this contest based on what we saw last time. Even if you’ve never shopped with us before, if your work is selected, we’ll frame your submission for you AND send a great offer along with the frame. If you like our work, feel free to use it on an order!

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Do you have any work that you’d love to see framed? Enter it into our contest by posting it to instagram! Just use hastag #FrameUSA when you post and we’ll enter you into our selection process. We’ll pick the 5 most creative and “stand out” art/photographs. Let the creative games begin!

 

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Framing Art – From Literal to Abstract

Framing has many different meanings and many uses as terminology, spanning from artistic photographs/photographic cropping, reflective framed surfaces, and of course, picture framing itself. Exploring the art of framing is diverse and complicated, but an interesting obervation of what framing has meant in the past and what it means today.

Set in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, this exhibit aims to explore the meaning of framing in both a past and present sense. This exhibit is hosted by Cornell’s History of Art majors, showing that these students not only study the history behind the art, but the artistic perspective itself. You can find out more about Cornell and this gallery at the link provided below.

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Students at Cornell discuss all the meanings of framing as it relates to art.

 

To learn more about art framing, you can visit our blog archive on the subject here.

Source: Cornell Chronicle