Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Ornamental Christmas Frame

Over at Anything But Cute, the challenge for the past month is "It's Ornamental", deadline Dec.5th.

I created this project for my daughter which I called "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". The picture of my grandson Connor with a cookie for Santa, taken last year on Christmas Eve,  is pretty cute so I hope this doesn't disqualify my entry LOL!

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I started off with a  6"x12" frame from the Dollar Store which had a saying on it in black paint on burlap. I bought it thinking this is a good size for something creative - not too large. So many times I bring things home to re-purpose them and they end up sitting in my craft cupboard.  This one was only two days in the house and I had an idea!!!! I took out the saying that was inside the frame replacing it with new burlap.

Over the burlap I patted Ranger Texture Paste through the Festive stencil by Tim Holtz. When the paste was dry, I replaced the stencil over the paste and sponged on distress inks - Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy and Tea Dye. I also applied a thick layer of Picket Fence distress paint and distress glitter around all the edges to look like snow. Here's what it looked like before I started adding all the elements.
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I re- sized the photo of Connor, glued it to cereal box cardboard, rounded the corners with a punch,and placed self-adhesive acrylic over the image to protect it, topped with a wood star and cording.  There is a bit of glare on the right side from the camera because of the acrylic coating - hard to photograph.

The Santa face is a vintage cardstock sticker from Heartwarming Vintage Creative Scraps.I sponged around the edge with Tea Dye to further age. The other sayings (Santa Claus is coming to Town, and Believe) along with the pinecone 3-d stickers are from my christmas stash. I used a small tag die to cut the "24" tag, then stamped the numbers, sponged the edges and added red glitter, mounted on a TH pin. I created the pinecone using the Tim Holtz die, added some "snow" with paint and glitter. It is glued under a green crushed ribbon bow, along with some glittered leaves also from my stash.   I also added some bits of Stickles glitter here and there (Santa hat, berries, leaves, etc.)

After doing this frame and the tag below in a previous post, I think I have finally mastered the Tim Holtz pinecone die. I've only had it two years and was about to sell it (from frustration!) when I gave it one more try. I still feel like I'm all "fingers" while putting it together, but at least the finished item now looks like a pinecone instead of something squished!!!  Also I'm going to give the TH Festive stencil a break for this year or you all will be tired of seeing it.  LOL!

It was fun doing this and it didn't take all that long, except for one afternoon to do the stenciling paste. I hope my daughter likes it!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my projects!

Dec. 1, 2015


  1. What a wonderful gift for your daughter, Sharon! I love the background you created--the stencil is so pretty. The pinecone looks perfect. Did you know you can use the pinecone die to make a rose?

  2. Sharon you did a awesome job with the stenciling on the burlap after seeing it today the photo doesn't do it justice at all much nicer IRL. The photo of Connor is so cute .

  3. Wow, this is beautiful Sharon!! I love the stencil you used, I may have to go out and purchase that one now!! Great Santa image and they snow you've added around the edges gives your project such a wonderful frosty festive feel!! Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'It's Ornamental' challenge, I'm tickled pink to see you there! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  4. Love your frame. The stencil work is fabulous and I love your vintage Santa. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  5. Sharon, I don't know if you could hear my gasp of delight all the way up there, but I did! First that photo of your grandson is CUTE, and no, that does not disqualify you! Cute kids and photos of pets are permitted! Tee Hee! I love the stenciling you did, and I've not even thought about getting mine out this year...thank you for the inspiration! Good job on the pinecone...I understand about the all fingers thing! I've had my die for years, and still can't do a decent pinecone! Thank you for sharing this heartwarming canvas in our It's Ornamental challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  6. This is such a super project! The background you've created is just fabulous! The frame works so well and the photo is just delightful!

  7. Great project!
    Thank you for joining our It's Ornamental challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

    Paper Talk with Samra

  8. I think I would call it delightful rather than cute, although Connor certainly is a little cutie! The burlap backing looks wonderful with the stenciling you did (I don't think I have seen that stencil look so good!) and the design is wonderful. I think your daughter will love this beautiful creation. Thanks so much for joining in our 'It's Ornamental' challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT x

  9. Hi Sharon! Congratulations on your Honourable Mention at Anything But Cute!! Your project is amazing, so beautiful! Thanks for all your support, don't forget to drop in and pick up your badge! hugs Pamellia DT :)