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Monday 27 October 2014

Challenge 126 at Crafty Cardmakers - Cut it out

Sonia is hosting the challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers & More... and has chosen 'Cut it Out' for her theme. She would like to see die cutting or punching on your project please.
My card was made for a friend to give to her sister on her 60th birthday, and she asked me to include a photograph of her as a child.  
As this was a special birthday, I decided to make the card a bit larger than normal, at 7 inch x 7 inch cut out of pearlescent card.  As it also included a silk lily flower as an embellishment, I made a matching box and added an acetate "dome" to protect it.
I die cut the aperture from the front of the card using my grand calibur and a tattered lace die set.  I put the cream card with the photograph mounted in the centre behind the aperture, and then put the other frames from the dieset around it.  The smallest frame was still a wee bit too big, so I cut it down by taking about 1cm out of the centre of each side and then joining them up.  To hide the joins, I used some pearl heart embellishments, tieing it in with the small pearls around the outer frame.
The silk flower and ribbons came from my stash, as did the peel off sentiments, which I stuck onto the acetate dome.  Finally, I used some gold and burgundy cord to finish off the card.

We are sponsored this time by
With this fabulous prize
Rodney the Reindeer
As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog -
jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X 
and also by

with a $12 gift certificate

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. What a fabulous keepsake card, I bet the recipient was delighted. (I like your tip about making the frame smaller too!) xx

  2. Thank you - she was pleased! I don't remember who told me about resizing the frame - but it does work...

  3. Really beautiful J! Love the layered ovals you used and the contrast of the pale peach with the vibrant flower and ribbon...gorgeous!! hugs :)

  4. What a gorgeous card! That flower is one of the prettiest I've seen, along with the ribbon and cording, and I just love those die cuts centered over the aperture! Just beautiful!
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  5. A lovely card. I would never have guessed that you had made the centre die smaller by cutting out the middle, a great idea. Your flower and bow are really pretty. Sally D.x.