Oh HEY!!! You were not forgotten, I promise!  Ash and I have been crazy busy this weekend.  Ashley is my daughter’s cheerleading coach.  Here they are with my other sister who also coaches her.
This last weekend we competed at Nationals and guess what…
Woohoo!! So… Needless to say, Ashley worked close to 3214012 hours over the weekend and I was there for much of that.  Sorry to keep you guys waiting but again… WOOHOO:)
Now to frames!  I had several questions about my frames I used on this wall here.
This is a “pre-blog” project I have never shared.  I was creating a wall of pictures and wanted to alter my frames to coordinate and help it flow.  I purchased all of my frames at Big Lots for under $20 but you can also find great cheapos at Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby.  I tried to find frames that were very different in style.  You start by removing the insides of your frame like this.
These are the products I used to create my frames. 
First I painted the frame with two coats of the Americana Burnt Umber.
After letting that dry I applied one generous coat of the crackle medium.
After that dries it is time for the top coat.  Your top coat will be the color that cracks open and reveals the bottom coat through the cracks.  *IMPORTANT* !! When you are applying the top coat you can’t paint over where you have already painted.  I do one line of paint at a time.  If you do go over it, the crackle will not work.
As the top coat drys it will crackle.  Make sure to use a good amount of paint on your brush for the top coat.
And all finished up…
At this point you can put your glass back in and add a cute picture…
…Or you can also take it one step further. Soon, I will be showing you a super cheap but so chic way to mat your own pictures.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  We’ve missed you guys and I’m glad to get back in the swing of things.  Have a great Thursday!!

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  1. This is so pretty. i was wondering if it's ok to use the crackle when it's raining out. i've heard that it won't work if you do, but haven't actually tried it. do you know if this is true or not.

  2. Cute!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I love the whole wall with all the different crosses..may need to copy this one 🙂

  3. Yay, I'm so glad you girlies are back! I didn't know what to do with myself;) Congrats to your sisters and your little cutie pie…that is AWESOME! Thanks for the fun frame idea. LOVE IT!

    Jennie Esplin @ Cinnaberry Suite

  4. Cute frames! Thanks for the tutorial! And I feel ya on the weekends of competitions! My daughter has been in competitive dance for 4 years now and even competed last year with her first solo! Congrats on the Nationals!


  5. Thanks for really showing us how to do this and for all the tips of what to look out for. I bought some crackle finish but have been afraid to try them out. You have made me brave!!!

  6. Oh my goodness…I just had some frames made this week and stained part of them yesterday…I was deciding what design i wanted to do with them and then i got your updated post!! Yay…i have crackle stuff in my craft closet!! I've attempted crackle once before with acceptable success, so thanks for the tutorial…my frames are sure to turn out great now!!!!

  7. Thank you!!! I painted my living room/entry this weekend and when I saw this idea I got really happy 🙂 Now I'm going to move all my crosses and frames together like you did. I can't wait to crackle the frames.

    And Congrats on the championship. She is ADORABLE!!!

  8. I already have the stuff to make one of these frames. I should give it a try. I was wonedring where you guys were! LOL Love the frames and congrats on winning the Nationals! My daughter used to be in cheer and I am thinking about getting her in it again.