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Yard Sale Frame & Cruisin’ the Country Roads

2012 July 23

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  We had a good – albeit hot one which meant after the Saturday errands I stayed in the house and got “my craft on”.  Even finished a couple of projects. 

I’m always on the look out for unique frames at garage sales and thrift stores and was thrilled when I found a couple of oval frames several weeks ago.  Although the frames are not made of wood, they feel like they are made of a sort of resin or a heavy duty plastic. 


  I used painters masking tape to cover the frame haphazardly and followed with a coat of gesso. Then I just started using Distress Stains and Distress inks and finally a little Distress Paint.  In short, I played Smile.


The sentiment was embossed with some (very old) Stampin’ Up! Embossing Powder.  I really have issues with embossing.  


Anyway,  used one of my zipper flowers that I made a couple of weeks ago.  Since I always cut extra flowers, leaves, etc., it was just a matter of assembling the flower and coloring the leaves.   The vine leaves in the upper part of the frame is a SVG file from Penny Duncan.  Penny has wonderful tutorials and freebies.  Check out Penny’s Etsy store – lots of cutting files and also pre-made (gorgeous) flowers. 


I think this turned out ok and although you really can’t see the cracks from the Distress Paint, I still like how the frame ended up looking – almost looks like leather. 


Since I will be doing the Iowa Craft Fair in October, I’ll be doing a lot more of these type of crafts.  They were a big hit last year.

Polka Doodles has a “ Go Green and Recycle “ challenge and over at the Fashionable Stamping Challenge the challenge is “Let’s get messy & inky” so I’m entering this frame in both of these challenges!  Need to catch up on some of the other challenge blogs, sigh!

Other than getting my craft on,  hubby and I went with the kids Saturday night to cruise the country roads looking to see how many deer we’d see (we saw seven, plus an owl).

Out in the country it wasn’t too hot especially with the wind blowing through your hair (note…..grandpa had a tight hold of Abby and we were not going that fast).    I think Abby’s face says it all……




Even Bruce enjoyed the wind in his ears:



Thanks for stopping by….. stay cool and I’ll be back tomorrow with another project.

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5 Responses
  1. July 23, 2012

    I love how the frame turned out!  I would have never thought to use the Distress inks and stains on it!!

  2. July 24, 2012

    A fabulous creation in rocking colors. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  3. July 24, 2012

    What stunning makeover!  Love the frame and all the inky goodness!  Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

  4. nise permalink
    July 24, 2012

    You do such a good job with improving garage sale junk!  Show us more!  Ok, if you're hangin' out the window snapping pictures, how can we expect Abby & Bruce to stay in the vehicle proper?  You are a genius!  Not  just with stamping and stuff, either.  That last photo makes me think of pictures from the '70s.  Thanks for the flashback, even if it gets me all misty-eyed.

  5. July 29, 2012

    A gorgeous creation. Thanks for getting inky with FSC.
    Fliss x

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