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Monday 31 March 2014

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 113 - You've been framed!

It's my turn to host the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more... today. 

I have chosen the theme 'You've Been Framed', and would like to see a prominently displayed frame on your project, this can be stamped, die cut, or made up of other materials, or you could decorate an actual frame.

Now, as I have previously said here, I have far, far too much stash.  So, my mission for the forseeable future is to try to use some of it up!

I have made a Mother's Day card with a difference - and the difference is that it isn't mounted onto an opening card, because it was going to be encased in a polybag and taken to the cemetery on Sunday.  It's almost two years since my mum died, and I still find it hard not to make her a card...

So the base card is a textured gold heavyweight card from my stash.  Onto this, I layered a Hunkydory Adorable Scorable backing card with a gorgeous amber rose on it.  The only problem with using this was that my frame then covered up the lovely buds - so I cut round them, which meant they could be lifted so that the frame would slot in underneath them!

This worked really well and I will remember the technique for the future.

The frame itself was a combination of dies - Nobel Rectangle -  from spellbinders.  I cut the frame itself out of a heavy white cardstock and then added colour using vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks.  I added a combination of gold and copper pan pastel over the raised elements.  Underneath, I glued a textured gold piece of backing card cut with the same base die. 

In my stash I had some vintage toppers (also Hunkydory, I believe) and I mounted this one, which had a real look of my mum when she was younger, onto the frame with foam pads.  Finally, I used a gold peeloff greeting, and some corners.

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I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!


  1. Hi Jackie, what a stunning card such a beautiful tribute to your mum. The colors are glorious as are the techniques and frames. thanks for giving us such a great code word.


  2. A wonderful way to remember your mum, its a stunning card.

  3. Hi, J! Thank you for visiting my blog today - so glad you did, because I meant to come by and let you know how amazing your artwork is! I tried following you via google, but of course, google being google won't let me, so I'm following you thru blog lovin, and look forward to seeing more of your amazing artwork! So beautiful and inspirational! hugs, de {Creative Smiles}

  4. Lovely card, I love the vintage shades

    Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

    Hope you have a fab day!


    Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

  5. this is absolutely fabulous, my friend! thanks for leaving me bloggy love too!

  6. What a wonderful tribute to your mum Jackie, I know exactly how you feel. You just keep making cards for your mum, it's a great way to remember her... Thanks for your sweet comment, have a lovely Sunday, Ira x
    Ira’s Crea Corner