Trend Watch – Beautiful inside and out: Frames

I love shopping.  Especially if crafts are involved.  But I also love trends that you can take advantage of with the products you have or that you can make for yourself.  Using frames in your paper crafting project has enough flexibility and creativity that you do both in any combination that suits you.  I have found a few cards to show you with the frame theme to start your creative juices flowing.

In this first case, the frame is so intricate and pretty, the frame can be the focus versus what you put in it.  I love the color combination Kittie uses for the frame and background paper.

botanical frame

Card by Kittie Caracciolo photo courtesy of KittieKraft

You can use die cuts and decorate them or even use chip board accents to create a beautiful frame to highlight your sentiment.  This is such a romantic take on a thank you card.  It’s just lovely.

Card Heartfelt thanks

card by Gabrielle Pollacco photo courtesy of Such a Pretty Mess

While this is a sweet and simple card, I just loved how Lisa created her frame with a circle and had the circle stand out from the panel it was created out of.  Clever and simple.

circle frame

card by Lisa A. photo courtesy of I’m in Haven

The way Keisha uses her frame spatially is so nice.  She achieves a open look by using a monochromatic color theme and adds pretty touches of color around her frame with her embellishments.

hello frame

card by Keisha Campbell photo courtesy of A Bit East Coast

This tri fold card was just such an awesome example of how a frame could frame a frame!  It is beautiful and so elaborate.  I can imagine a special invitation with this die cut and folding treatment.

 interlocking frame      interlocking frame2

card by Becca Feeken photos courtesy of Amazing Paper Grace

Kalyn’s use of several frames is so pretty.  You could use stamps, dies or fussy cut a piece of decorative paper to achieve this layered look.


card by Kalyn Kepner photo courtesy of Paper is Love

I am really digging the off the page look of the white on white frame that is the centerpiece of Laura’s beautiful card.

laura's hello

card by Laura Bassen photo courtesy of Doublestick Heaven

Frames can also create a window look to highlight the sentiment you stamp on the inside of the card.

open frame

card by Sharon Hashimoto Burkert photo courtesy of As the Ink Dries

The dimension and the fun personality of Alice’s card just makes me smile.  This is such a cute hello card I love the way her gnome peeks out of her frame.

gnome Alice

card by Alice Wertz photo courtesy of My Favorite Things

Yuki created a beautiful scene with her bunnies and the baby bundles they are discovering.  Super cute take on a baby card.

HandmadebyYuki_Double the Love

card by Yukari Yoshioka photo courtesy of Handmade by Yuki

Sarah’s adorable tent card also uses a scene theme.  By die cutting and layering she created a double frame that shows off the tree branch and bee hive hanging from it.


card by Sarah Gough photo courtesy of Reverse Confetti

The whimsical frame Audrey uses is a sweet way to highlight a stamped image on your project.  This is such a beautiful card.


card by Audrey Tokach photo courtesy of Pink Ink Originals

I hope these gorgeous examples have given you some inspiration to raid your stash to find products you can use to create your own framed cards and pages.  But just in case you feel like shopping too, I have a few products you can buy too 🙂

simple stories frames

Simple Stories Chipboard frames from Simon Says Stamp


Studio Calico wood veneer frames from Simon Says Stamp

die cuts

Hero Arts Frame die cuts from Simon Says Stamp


Memory Box angled frame die cut from Simon Says Stamp


Flirty Frames stamp set from Lawn Fawn

So go ahead… make something pretty.

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