Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Cherries on Branch, Aperture, Female

Poppystamps have a challenge running right now that's just coming to an end...  and I've chosen to take a little 'artistic license' with my design this time around :)

Can you see the elements I've used to put this card together that all tie in with 'A Day In The Park'?

The bird, flowers and tree bark 'look' are obvious choices, I know...  but I've also included a brick wall stamp and some cherries. 

Because in my head I had this idea of one of those gorgeous, stately park gardens that you can walk around from time to time...  and I pictured cherries growing in the trees, architectural brick work...  Get the idea?

Here's a quick peek at the inside...

This is a teeny, tiny 'mini make' that would make for a lovely Notelet or Thank You card.

How did I do it?

Cut four 8cm x 8cm squares out of white cardstock.  Place two to one side.

Cut an aperture out of the two remaining squares using the Memory Box 'Snow Globe' circle, then emboss one square using the Crafter's Companion 'Textures' Woodgrain embossing folder.

Distress the edges of the embossed square with a Paper Distressing Tool, then use Memento (Tsukineko) 'Rich Cocoa' to ink up the edges.

Take a 9cm x 9cm card blank and cut a hole slightly larger than the aperture out of the front panel.

Glue the embossed aperture square to the front of the card and attach the other aperture square to the back of the front panel.

Using the Bo Bunny Wall To Wall Textures Clear Stamp with Memento (Tsukineko) Rich Cocoa, print a partial brick wall image onto the third 8cm x 8cm square.  
(To print a partial image, use a piece of scrap card to cover the section of stamp you don't want to see printed before inking up).  
Once dry, glue to the inside of the card. 

Then glue the fourth blank square to the back.  (This is just to add a little extra stability to the card as well as it being the space to write your short message on).

Once the card base is all set, arrange the dies as shown in the pictures above.  (For the list of dies used, see below)...

Poppystamps - A Cherry on Top
Memory Box - Woodland Branch
Marianne Design Collectables - Birds
Elizabeth Crafts - Bunch of Flowers

Add jewel embellishments to the centres of the flowers and you are all done :)

I don't normally make cards where you are supposed to write on the back of them, but in this case I made an exception...  and snuck on an extra jewelled flower and bird :)

Other challenges I'm entering this card into...

House of Cards
July Challenge...  Food &/or Colour Inspiration

As always, if you have the time, I would love to know what you think of it.

Take care...



PS...  I've FINALLY got my Google Friend Connect site up and running.  (You would not believe the aggravation this has caused me).

 BIG APOLOGIES to those of you I've only just been able to add my name to.  


  1. Love your work, Donna, and a photo on itself is a masterpiece!

    1. Thank you, Olga.
      This is my favourite colour combination :)
      As for the photo, you take and stage fantastic one's on your blog quite regularly. Loving your YouTube feeds :)

  2. Another beautiful card - very elegant and ties in well and orginally with the challenge. good luck x

    1. Thank you, Ruth :)
      I never quite know how a card will end up until it's finished. Poppystamps have some lovely DT people who are always very kind with their comments :)
      Think this is my first time playing with House of Cards...

  3. Fantastic card Donna, might be small but it`s perfect! the design and colors..
    Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
    Hugs Pam x

    1. Thanks, Pam :)
      I finally got Google Friend Connect sorted so I'm officially following you now :)
      (I've had your email updates, but it's not quite the same)!!!

  4. Beautiful creation! Love the die cuts and design! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards!

    1. Thank you, Judy.
      I had to google cherry pictures to get something close to a realist hanging bunch. Sad, but true :)

  5. Beautiful and super creative card! I love how you carried the general theme of the card from the front to the inside; thanks for the photo of the inside; love the cherries and the pop of colour; Thanks for joining us at House of Cards

    sue (foleysfriend)
    HOC DT

    1. Thank you, Sue... and thanks for the link to your blog. It's nice to 'meet' new people and see what they're up to in craft land :)
      Glad you like the card and the carrying over of the design. I like to do that on aperture cards sometimes. More work... but there we go :)

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE the aperture with the stamping on the inside--it's fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

    1. Thank you so much :)
      Really happy that you like it, Mynn. X

  7. Wonderful design Donna.

    Hugs Diane

  8. Beautiful card Donna! I love the cherries and flowers and of course I think this is perfect for a day in the park!

    1. Cherries (real or otherwise) are just so very pretty :)
      Thanks for the lovely comments. X

  9. Beautiful! Thanks for joining in our "Food &/or color inspiration" challenge at House Of Cards :)

    1. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment, Cohenna :)

  10. Well Donna, from my brief look at your blog, it's clear you're also very talented.
    As for my mixed media work . . . it is all inside a couple of Art Journals. It doesn't get sent anywhere! Although I've done a few canvases too, and I'm not really sure what to do with them!

    Happy crafting.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. You are very kind.
      I'm still a newbie with lots to learn... but it makes me happy and that's the main thing :)