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A Fabulous Frame & Charming Cards

Day #2 of May Arts / Graphic 45 Blog Week!

A Fabulous Frame & Charming Cards

I am loving this swap with Graphic 45!  Their products are gorgeous, and May Arts ribbon is a perfect compliment! 

I’ve made a quick frame using their Once Upon a Springtime line- easy to make it look great with little work, since there is such detail in the paper! Here’s what we’ll end up with:



Starting with a frame from Michaels or Joanns- I stained it & let it dry overnight.



Get out the mod podge & pour it on!



I use a foam brush to get a smooth layer.



Attach your paper, smooth out any air bubbles & let it dry (with a paper that has a clear top/bottom, make sure you’ve got the dowel hole in the right spot!) Next grab your exacto knife & trim the excess.



You’ll end up with this:



Now grab a sanding block or paper & smooth the edges!



Here’s the hardest part – which gorgeous May Arts ribbon will you embellish it with?



I went with the 5/8” faux suede with ruffle edge, the 7/8” crochet, & the 1.5” silky crush.


I cut a few pieces of the ruffle, a piece of crochet & border punched some of the Graphic 45 & layered them with hot glue.



I tied a pretty bow & hot glued it on.  I added die cut & punched butterflies as well.



And here’s the final product again!



I also made some quick cards:


More of that pretty paper border punched & layered with ivory satin pleats, crochet & velvet ric rac.  The big bow is the ½”solid/wrinkled ribbon that’s been tea stained!



And one last card – this one couldn’t have been easier – the focal image is a die cut image! More patterned paper, same crochet & ½” wrinkled ribbon!



Thank you so much to Graphic 45 for the great swap!!!  I’m in love with this paper! And thank you for stopping by – hope you’ve been inspired!


Blog Post By: Jen Shears


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Hop on over to Graphic 45 for more inspiration!

  1. diana

    Wonderful projects! TFS them. 😉

  2. aissa

    Very pretty frame. Love the paper and trim.

  3. Tabitha

    Sooo pretty! Very feminine. Love the cards, too.

  4. Erika

    I have been inspired! Thank you, I am loving the frame idea!!!

  5. Mod Podge Amy

    I’m here, I’m here! I love this frame – beautiful. Love the cards as well!

  6. Peggy Lee

    Love Love the frame, thanks for sharing your tips and ideas!!! oh my the trims of lace are to die for….thanks

  7. Noreen

    The frame is beautiful, and the butterfly is so perfect! The cards are gorgeous!

  8. jengd

    Great stuff- LOVE that frame! You need to get Amy the Mod Podge Queen involved in this post! 🙂

  9. Char-D

    Both are so charming.

  10. Debby

    Incredible fram. Love it. I have the paper and ribbon. Now to do the job!

  11. karenladd

    So very beautiful! I love the feminine look of the lace and ribbon!

  12. Rebecca Ednie

    What a huge difference! The decorated frame is fabulous!

  13. Dalis

    totally love the fabric stamping!
    — dalis

  14. Shartl

    All that yummy ribbon and trim is just making me drool!! Love the combo if the vintage papers and the vintage looking trims!

  15. Janet Zeppa

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  16. Charlene

    Romantic and adorable…Love it, Jen!

  17. Monika/buzsy

    Pretty projects! I LOVE the gorgeous trims! :o)

  18. Karen B.

    I have a design team assignment coming up and this is perfect for the project. Thanks for the idea!

  19. Pam

    I have to run to get a frame. I cannot wait to make this gorgeous project! G45 and May Arts is a match made in heaven! Love the fairy card, too.

  20. sue w.

    Absolutely beautiful!!! all the projects the frame and cards. thanks for sharing,
    stamping sue

  21. pam allen

    Wow love the frame and the ribbon esp. the aqua . Thanks fro a chance to win!

  22. Cindy Holshouser

    This is beautiful Jen. The ribbon is a perfect match to the paper for sure.

  23. Rae Higgins

    Very inspirational!!

  24. Voodoo Vixen

    That frame is stunning, would love to play with the papers and ribbon!!

  25. Becky D

    Wow – these projects are all gorgeous! I especially love that frame 🙂 Once Upon a Springtime is probably my all time favorite collection and the only thing that could improve it would be beautiful ribbons that coordinate well – and thanks to May Arts, we have them 🙂

  26. Nique G.

    What awesome products G45 and May Arts has. I am loving all of the stellar ideas used with the paper and ribbon. Beautiful work.

  27. ava

    Jen,team lead elf thanks for this lovely tutorial. That frame and cards will look lovely in “G45’s enchanted magical rainforest cottage that is yet to be built this week.

  28. Tanya

    Absolutely beautiful Jen! I love the layering you did with the ribbon. Where did you get that gorgeous paper too?

  29. erin

    Oh what a fun frame… I love the butterflies floating down the ribbon.

  30. Nadia

    gasp! The ribbons and G45 papers are so beautiful together! Thanks for the idea and inspiration…gonna alter a wooden frame this week.

  31. Tona

    LOVE these projects!

  32. Karen K

    I love that frame that you cover with great paper and great ribbon. Very nice.

  33. Denise Coulter

    Such a gorgeous frame! I love the big bow you added. Your cards are amazing too. Great combination of products 🙂

  34. DeniseB

    Great idea to fancy-up the plain frame. Love the cards too!

  35. LorraineN

    Wow, what a gorgeous frame and beautiful cards! I love that Graphics 45 paper!

  36. Iwona Jung

    I love fairies and pixie dust. This is so magical projects :)). Super ideas.

  37. Pam Loris

    It is easy making beautiful things , like this frame, with Graphic 45 paper! Love it!!

  38. Larissa Heskett

    WOW!! The inspiration so far this week is AWESOME!! =) THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THE FUN!! =) I am so loving that frame and that would be the perfect idea for those easter photos that you want to cherrish and or give to the grandparents for a special present!! =) Anyway, thanks for sharing and have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

  39. Doris Widder

    They say great minds think alike! I just got a wood frame from JoAnns last weekend and am waiting for the G45 Once Upon a Springtime to arrive in the mail. 😀 Love what you did with yours. The May Arts ribbons compliments the papers beautifully! Great pairing of companies!!! 😀

  40. Lindy

    That frame is simply gorgeous!!! And I just love those cards. So very pretty. T4S

  41. Chris Dring

    That frame is gorgeous! And I love the girly-girl-ness of the cards! Great projects, thanks for sharing!

  42. {vicki}

    Great project


  43. Andrea

    gorgeous color combinations!! I’m hearting that silky crush ribbon. Hmmm the possibilities.

  44. Jackie

    Love the frame. I’ve been looking for ideas for a gift for DD’s friend. I found it!.

  45. Kelly massman

    This frame is so pretty! I love that paper collection, and it looks fantastic on the frame!

  46. Elaine Allen

    Jen –
    What a gorgeous frame! I am so loving the ribbons you selected to complement the Graphic 45 papers, just perfect! And your cards are so sweet. What a wonderful job you’ve done on all the projects.

    Elaine Allen

  47. Agnieszka

    Wow, this frame is adorable!!!! I love the faux ruffle.

    Cards are fab too!

  48. Dawnll

    Oh this is so beautiful! I love this combo of papers and ribbon, such fun colors.

  49. Donna

    LOVE this project, the frame is gorgeous, I have a lot of graphic 455 paper, probably have every line they put out, so I am set, just have to pick up a nice thick frame like that!! Wonderful Idea, THANKS.
    Now I just need to get the right ribbon, I wonder where I would find really pretty quality ribbon??
    Do you??? :))))).

    Love May ARts!!

  50. Janet Sisk

    Simply beautiful! Love the yummy ribbon on the frame and your cards are to die for! 😀

  51. Heather

    I have recently become a mod podge fan…I cannot wait to make a frame. The projects turned out just beautiful!

  52. Ronda A.

    Love all the projects and amazing Graphic 45 paper…sure would like to win some crinkly ribbon 🙂

  53. Rosemary D

    wow… gorgeous projects today, jen! love’em!

  54. Debbie Gaetz

    May Arts & Graphics 45 make a fantastic pairing of paper and ribbons, and these projects prove it. I’m posting some of this onto our blog!

  55. Jan Hennings

    Beautiful projects and the little frames are so much fun to decorate 🙂

  56. Lexi

    so beautiful and Spring-ish Jen!!

  57. Suzanne Morse

    Love the frame gorgeous. I’m crossing my fingers to win.


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