Thursday, September 15, 2016

Holiday Frame It!

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting!  As a new blogger, I get excited when I check to see how many crafters visited my blog.  I always appreciate your comments as well, it means so much to me!

Now on to today's post.  I know it's only September, but the holidays are coming!  I created this Christmas decoration using a frame that was on clearance at Michael's...just the word "clearance" makes me happy!

I started with the frame: after painting, I used a stencil and texture paste to create some dimension.  I used alcohol inks with a felt pad to apply color.  I love using vintage (or vintage looking!) sheet music on projects.  The holly berries and greenery are cut from Christmas napkins and applied with Modge Podge.  I used Inka Gold in gold and silver to add some aging to the corners of the frame.

The girl is a free image from Maggie Holmes Design. Isn't she sweet?  I printed her on regular copy paper, then backed her with several layers of cardstock to make her more sturdy.  It's difficult to see, but I added Wink of Stella glitter to give her some sparkle.

The tree was created by making a paper cone out of thin cardboard.  I covered it with "vintage" sheet music and painted it using Twinkling H2O's.  I also accented it with jewels and Inka Gold. I was going to use a mini fake tree and either bleach it and dye it some fun color, but every time I put the tree in place it didn't feel right.  I had some paper mache cones I bought last year at Hobby Lobby on clearance (there is my favorite word again!), but the cone had too wide of a base to fit.  So...when you don't have what you need, you make it yourself!


*wood frame (I bought mine on clearance at Michael's)
*red & white acrylic paint
*texture paste
*green & red alcohol inks
*holiday napkins
*vintage sheet music
*thin cardboard to make tree (cereal boxes work great for this)
*faux jewels
*Inka Gold in gold and silver
*Twinkling H2O's in green
*Wink of Stella glitter pen
*vintage print out of holiday girl
*stickers for "merry" banner
*circle stamp Tim Holtz
*blue ink

This is entered in A Vintage Journey's Create Within A Frame Challenge


  1. Susan what a wonderful holiday decoration, love the layered elements on that great chunky frame and how you combined that sweet image with your inventive paper cone Christmas tree inside it. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Create Within A Frame challenge! Deb xo

  2. I love the word Clearance as well, makes me happy. I love the colors and images you used. Thanks so much for joining our journey at A Vintage Journey. Keep on blogging!!

  3. LOVE, love, love your wonderfully framed vintage Christmas scene Susan! So creative with your use of napkins and designing your own little tree - love the bright colors on the frame - thanks SO much for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

  4. I just love your altered frame and even better that it came from a clearance sale! Not that anyone would know as you have done a superb makeover. I love that we get a glimpse into a Christmas scene too. The gems on your little tree work perfectly as baubles too. Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey for the September Challenge. Julia x