January Susie-Q Fun Tip

 Well, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope ya’ll all had a safe and fun evening last night.  Contemplating any New Year’s Resolutions?  I’m hoping to use my Your Next Stamp stamps more often!  Anyway, I’m back today with another mini-tutorial (that almost didn’t happen–my computer died!) on a fun project that will bring a little smile all year round.

I’ve created a cute frame with a little tether line across the front of it to clip things to and change it out for each season or holiday.  Wanna see how EASY it was?  Come with me.  This won’t take long and it won’t hurt a bit…

First I gathered a few supplies…

But you’ll also need a little hot glue, background paper, and some sort of cord or wire.  I used hemp twine that I purchased in the jewelry department at Wal-Mart (even though it pains me to go there, and they also have a fabulous dark brown color of this twine as well.  It lasts a long time, so hopefully I won’t have to go back very soon.)

The plan is to have two banner pieces for each season/holiday–one for the main image and the other for the sentiment.  You know…“Happy ________” fill in the blank.

Speaking of happy, that’s what these make me.  Also a Wal-Mart find, the smaller of two small sizes found in the office supply department.  Buy both, so you won’t have to go back to Wal-Mart for a while.

Cut paper to fit inside the frame.  I did this by cutting the paper the same size as the frame’s fake girl picture (i.e. the incredible marketing strategy to get me to buy the frame in the first place.  She’s so pretty–I’ll take it!).

Then, without cutting the twine from the whole ball of it, tie a bow in the end of it.  Then figure out how long it needs to be against the frame, and tie another bow right there.  Then cut it off from the mother ball. (hehe.)

Hot Glue the bows to the outside of the frame where desired.

Make your cute little banners and clip them to the twine line.

This time, special thanks goes to the Winter Fairy from the Seasonal Fairies stamp set gliding around in her little snow globe (Tall Dome Globe stamp and Die).  The banners are also embellished with the Whimsy Layered Stars Dies and the snowflake from the Whatnot Seasons Set One Dies.  I want to make a whole set using all the fairies!  Ok, I’m headed to Target today…see ya’ll soon!

So what’d ya’ll think?  

Be sure and leave me some lovely comments as to your thoughts about this and let me know what else you’d like for me to cover next month!  
  There’s going to be a random drawing on JANUARY 5th from all the comments to win some YNS goodies!    
Ready, set, GO!!!!!


  1. 1

    What a lovely, crafty idea! And those wee clothes pin….too cute!

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    Janet Zeppa says:

    Love this project that you are able to change up whenever you wish!

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    So CUTE! I love this crafty idea and I even have a frame here waiting for a fun project like this! Happy New Year! xo

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    Jo says:

    What a lovely project, you could use it all year round too, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    wendy says:

    another fab Suzie Q project!

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    What a cute project! Great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Oma says:

    Awesome idea! I would like to see some kind of valentine project for next month – box to hold Hershey’s kisses perhaps?

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    JennyKozar says:

    I puffy heart your project – too cute!

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    Billie A says:

    I love the frame idea and change it monthly. Great tutorial.. I hear you on Wal-Mart.. too bad in our small town its the only store besides K-mart (k-martshay) I will not go in there.. Oh well.
    Happy New Year. Hugs.

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    MaryAnn says:

    this is so cute…my granddaughter would love it!

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    Sue D says:

    This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing where you got the twine and clothespins. I rarely go into Wal-Mart but will look next time I go. I think you should share what you put in this frame each month.

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    SunnyB says:

    Sweet idea and I love that it is so easily changable. It would be easy to add a pocket on the back of the frame to store the changes for your seasons or holidays. It would make a great gift too. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

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    Oh my your project is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lawren says:

    What an adorable project! This is too cute and I really like those mini clothes pins as well! Thanks for the tip.

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    Crystal says:

    I love this project! It is the perfect way to use those super-cute tiny clothespins I got in my stocking!

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    Lisa says:

    What an adorable project. I’m especially in love with the clothes line and clothes pins. Too cute.

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    Mary-Anne V says:

    Adorable frame…love the little tutorial.

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    crazymom says:

    Oh dear, where have you been all my life?!! I just came across your blog and HOLY MOLY, I am in love! This project is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!!

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    Kerri says:

    Ooh, this is such a fun idea, Susan! Absolutely ADORABLE!!!

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    Dorothy S says:

    What a cute idea! I will have to look for some mini clothes pins for this and similar projects.

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    What a wonderful idea to use old picture frames I have lying around. I love this idea. Thanks.

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    Such an adorable project Susan! Love the touch of sparkle and the clips. Hope you and your family have a very happy & healthy 2013!

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    ~ Kendra ~ says:

    What a beautiful altered picture frame!! Great job!!

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    Marsha says:

    Sweet project. Lovely colors. And wonderful tutorial.

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    What a fun project, love that you can switch it up based on the seasons too!

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    Mary G says:

    Awesome idea. So easy to change and give it a whole new feel. Love it.

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    wow i think tht is soooo freaking cute. really good idea i wouldnt even thought of tht thanks for sharing

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    Carolyn says:

    Sweet project. Love the coloring.

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    Janet says:

    So cute Susan… Can’t wait to try this!

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    LuAnn says:

    Really cute project Susie! I would have to glue to twine bows a little higher because having the clips just within the edge of the frame would drive my OCD tendencies C.R.A.Z.Y LOL

    I waited with baited breath for the SusieQ tip and there isn’t one!! *insert sad face*

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    Julie E says:

    Such a fun project! I like that the line is outside the frame!

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    Corinna says:

    Love that snowglobe and how you made her wings sparkle!

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    terry says:

    Too cute, Susie Q! ~Terry Y.

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