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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Crate Paper Farmhouse 8 comments  

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Crate Paper.  It was the talk of the show at CHA this summer.  All of their lines this time are fantastic, but I fell in love with Farmhouse.   The rustic, down home country feel is perfect for my simple style.  As usual, Crate Paper has incredible embellishments to match their outstanding paper quality.  I actually did a layout without using any paper at all! 

My first layout is of an experimental photo shoot I did of Kendall.  The shoot was at a nearby farm.  I converted the photo to black and white, and used a lot of the chipboard and other embellishments.


 This next layout uses ONLY embellishments.  Every Saturday, Delaney and I meet some of my girlfriends and we go to our local Farmers Market.  I wanted to to a layout highlighting this tradition.

 The folowing two layouts are of Kiley's birthday celebration.  She chose to go to a local stir fry restaurant, and brought her best friend, Becca.


This line is bold, versatile, and truly a joy to work with.  Thanks to ACOT for allowing me to play!

Apple Pie Paper - Farmhouse By Crate PaperFarmhouse Chipboard Stickers By Crate PaperFarmhouse Phrase Stickers By Crate PaperFarmhouse Stand Outs By Crate PaperHandpicked Paper - Farmhouse By Crate PaperFarmhouse Stand Outs By Crate PaperFarmhouse Buttons By Crate PaperFarmhouse Sew Brads By Crate PaperCupboard Paper - Farmhouse By Crate PaperFarmhouse Phrase Stickers By Crate Paper


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Monday, September 5, 2011

September Guest Creative Team Member 8 comments  

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We at A Cherry on Top want to extend a warm welcome to writerlady, our lovely Guest Designer  for the month of September!  She used the incredible Christmas line from Karen Foster Designs.  WOW!!!  So fabulous!  Please pull up a chair and learn a little more about her!

 Name: Sandy Lewis  (aka writerlady)

Favorite television show? I can't pick just one, so - in no particular order: Castle, Fringe, Covert Affairs, Kitchen Nightmares and Project Runway.

Name 3 musical artists you enjoy. Bare Naked Ladies, John Mellancamp, Lady Gaga

Name 2 of your favorite colors. blue and pink

Favorite thing to do with your family? Movie night - for sure!

What's your favorite scrapping tool to use when scrapbooking? My ATG - I won't scrap without it. I also really love my paper cutter and my Cricut Expression.

Name 3 of your favorite SB companies/lines. EK Success, Tim Holtz and Prima... and My Mind's Eye and DCWV... etc.

What are your favorite adhesives? Scotch ATG, Beacon's 3 in 1 Advanced glue, Glossy Accents, Pop Dots and Zig Pens

What's the one thing you must have readily available when you sit down to scrap? coffee, tea or water. Then my Daylight light. Oops - forgot for a moment - my Workbox!

What would you like the ACOT members to know about you? Hi - I am thrilled to be the guest CT this month! I joined ACOT during a Scrapbooking Day crop - and I was totally overwhelmed, but kept coming back. I am married, with 2 grown sons and 2 grown stepsons. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I am disabled and I no longer work. I have loved paper scrapping since I saw my first Sandi Genovese show on TV when I was out on Disability, about 7 years ago now. Then I went to Michael's and I was totally hooked. I made my mom a scrapbook for her 50th birthday and tried to scrap a few pages, and then I had to have surgery. I was limited in what I could do for a while, and I somehow stumbled on digital scrapping. It was fun and I got lots of pages done, so I have stayed with it. Still, paper scrapping was tugging at me. I finally convinced dh that I was not "collecting" all of the scrapbook supplies just to clutter up the house. He bought me the Workbox earlier this year and I finally have a space to scrap. And I do... I love it! Watch out for at least one challenge with a small RAK from me later in the month. Thank you for reading this.


It's an honor to be the Guest CT for September! ACOT sent me these fabulous Karen Foster Christmas papers, stickers and brads. I have been putting off the Christmas layouts for a few years. Mostly because I had no real ideas on how to scrap them. When I saw these fun papers, I was suddenly filled with inspiration! Thank you so much ACOT, for letting me play with these awesome products!

My first layout is about all of the family birthdays we have in December. I had these photos of my birthday and my son's birthday. I wasn't crazy about the background of my son's photos, so I did an extraction and then printed it out. The white background is a little much, but honestly it's better than it was before. The bottom photo is from 2 years ago on my birthday. My mom baked me a carrot cake, and it was very heavy. These 2 nuts pretended it weighed about 5,000 pounds, and I laughed so hard that I was crying when I blew out the candles. Don't tell my mom, ok?

I used a border punch all around the super fun gift patterned paper. Then I thought the background was too plain. So - I used a piece of paper that I had cut several circles from and used it as a mask. I spritzed some Smooch Spriz and now I have a kind of interesting background. I had a circle (well, mostly a circle - one side was a bit misshapen) of brown cardstock that I thought would look good for the title area. I chose blue letters from my stash because they went well with the paper. I made a small cluster of 3 of the biggest brads I've ever seen - they are very cool - and I used them with a sticker on the bottom right. The journaling is on a card that I poked a hole in and thread some twine through. I applied a gift sticker to a small piece of card-stock, cut it out and glued it to the twine.

Next, I sure do love Snowmen - and I squealed out-loud when I saw this fabulous snowman paper by Karen Foster. I wanted to do something special with it and I didn't want it to compete with anything. So - I cut a bunch of circles out of it. I inked the edges and layered them across the page. I used some foam tape to raise some of them up. I inked around the paper, as it looked too white. It actually has flecks of color in it, and I thought they looked like snow. I used a wonderful sticker that says Season of White as my title. I had photos off some of my favorite ornaments, and I journaled about my love of snowmen and ornaments. I used the really fun snowflake brads across the bottom of the page.

Next is a layout I have been thinking about for a long time. I've wanted to record some of the things we do at the holidays. This great sticker made part of a fun title for this page. I love the stocking paper so much! The Bazzill cardstock went well with it, as promised. I had another snowman circle left, and it fit really well with my list. I printed a photo of my fireplace, and I stuck the stocking stickers from 2 different sets on it. I think it looks really cute in person. I used 3 other stickers to illustrate my numbered items. I also cut out one of the gifts from the gift paper and a square from leftover from another layout. I used a snowflake brad to hold that square onto the page. Those brads are so darned sweet! I also used Sassafrass Lass Chartreuse Glitter Alpha stickers. Now I have a bit of our traditions recorded.

My last layout was inspired by Cindy aka Kimandasmo's reveal "Making the Grid". I thought the Quild Grid was so cool - so ... here is my version. The papers went well together, and I love how the blue Bazzill cardstock picked up the blue in the printed paper (which you will see more of it a minute). I punched lots of squares of 4 different papers, using my Marvy Uchida square punch. I used my ATG to attach them in a grid pattern to the cardstock. I then drew stitches on each square, to simulate sewing. I double matted the photo and the title, which is a sticker. I matted my journaling on blue and the same cardstock I used for both the title and the photo. I wanted to play a bit more, so I used the Joy sticker and the adorable penguin sticker - I put them under my tree! This is, for sure, my favorite layout of this reveal. It is so bright, colorful and fun in person.

But, I wasn't done yet... I still had paper and stickers and brads, oh my! So - I made a mini book with a Santa's Hat chipboard book I picked up in a dollar bin. I covered it in 2 of the papers and Bazzill cardstock. I used Mod Podge to glue the paper on, and then I sanded the edges and used my craft knife to clean it up. I inked all of the edges. I wanted to record the changes in my family over the years. I got 5 years in this minibook. I will be buying a new Christmas minibook for this Christmas that I can do the next 5 years or more in. This will be out of my table during the holidays, so everyone can look through it.

I used 2 stickers on the front of the book and some on every page throughout. I love that the clear stickers look like they are part of the page. I found that if I rubbed the edges, they almost disappeared. I stamped December 25 on the cover. I put one photo on each page and identified the people in the photos. I used two of the pages for journaling. I tied several ribbons from my stash on the clip that holds the book together. I'm beginning to think that my scrapping style is Vintage or Shabby Chic... although I'm not sure that it's Chic... lol. I really hope to keep up with this, because I am already picking it up and flipping through to see how much we've changed over the years.

Since I had some scraps of paper left, along with a few stickers and a couple of brads, I thought I'd make some Christmas or holiday cards. I ended up with 5 total. The Have a Very Merry Christmas card uses a wonderful and fun sticker, along with the gift paper. I found a Sassafras In A Stitch Green Blossom in my stash that went well, and I added a bow with a ribbon that matched perfectly. This is my favorite card.

Next is Peace on Earth. This uses the tree paper, the Peace On Earth sticker, a border punch and some Prima flowers - with the white one Spritzed. The card with ribbon was so easy. It is a piece of the text paper, a bit of Stickles and a ribbon tied in a knot. Don't have a closeup of the 4th card, but it is simple. Base of neutral cardstock, Bazzill scraps, tree paper and a sticker. Lastly, the sparkly Joy card. I had small scraps of the stocking paper, not enough to even make a card front from one piece. So, I cut it into strips and then wove a small mat for the front of the card. I topped that with the sparkly Joy wooden letters from my stash. I don't remember what brand they were. Whew... I'm done with this reveal now. I had a lot of fun making everything.


 Products Used:


Jolly Gingerbread Paper By Karen FosterHoly Night Stickers by Karen FosterUnder The Mistletoe Cardstock Stickers By Karen FosterStockings Were Hung Paper by Karen FosterBoxes And Bows Paper By Karen FosterLittle Trees Paper - Karen FosterSnowflakes Fancy BradsSnowman Parade Paper - Karen FosterUnder The Mistletoe Cardstock Stickers By Karen FosterVintage Christmas Clearly Stickers Stickers by Karen FosterBoxes And Bows Paper By Karen FosterOcean Breeze Bazzill CardstockWe Believe Collage Paper By Karen Foster


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

October Afternoon Boarding Pass 11 comments  

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 I have been traveling a lot lately, so when I saw Boarding Pass by October Afternoon, I was excited to use it for my reveal.  (If you look closely, however, you will see that only one of these layouts is about a recent trip.  Apparently you need to actually PRINT the pictures from thosesmiley).  The line is in true October Afternoon style.  There are a few travel related papers, and then they compliment the rest of the line with versatile and complimentary papers.  As always, the embellishments from October Afternoon are incredible.  I bought almost everything that they carried, and used almost all of it in my layouts.  (Well, except the things that said PARIS, as I have never been there. )

My first layout is of a trip that I took in January.  I met up with three AMAZING women and we stayed right on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Captiva Island.  Even though the trip was in January, we set up a Christmas tree in our cottage, and one morning exchanged gifts.  Jules gave us all stockings with different "toppers" .  Mine had a reindeer, Janet got a sock monkey and Clare's had a COW.  (Which I think I should have gotten, because I am from Wisconsin, but apparently she loves Clare the best.)  The "Palm Beach Girl" from Florida was perfect for this layout. 


This next layout is from last year's family vacation to South Dakota.  I LOVED the car chipboard, except it reminded me of the 16 hours in the car each way.  Then I didn't like it so much.  (Actually, I still did love it!)  I also loved the little touristy guy with the mountains.  I loved ALL of those chipboard guys, as you will see.


This layout describes a trip to visit Jules and Gene a couple years ago.  When I looked at the variety of stickers, rubons, and other embellishments, I got the idea to do a fun and different kind of layout - telling a story through embellishments.  Here is the story:  I went to the airport. (airplane).  I got stopped in security, and got frisked because I was bringing a gift of spices to them for letting me stay at their home.  Security thought I was a drug dealer, and searched me, my bag, and wiped all the spice containers with a special wipe to see if I was traveling with illegal drugs.  Me.  The mom of 4 who doesn't even have time to breathe, much less deal drugs.  So...I got to go.  I had to run to the gate; got on the plane, and arrived in Paradise (see the palm tree?)...and was picked up by my friends.  See how much fun a layout of mostly embellishments can be?


This next layout is about a girl that is near and dear to my heart.  She has drive and ambition, and strives hard to achieve every goal that she sets for herself.  She is an inspiration to me and to all of my children.  She set out to get her motorcycle license and then bought a motorcycle with money that she earned.  I used the world map paper to signify that she's able to go anywhere with her determination.   


October Afternoon has kept their usual quality and diversity in this line.  I highly recommend it for any traveling layouts that you are going to be scrapbooking soon.  Just remember to print out those pictures.



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Friday, July 29, 2011

Echo Park Splash 8 comments

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The beach.  Water.  Swimming pools. 


Some of us have beaches readily available, some have pools, some have friends with one, other, or both.  There are swimming lessons, sand castles, pails and fish ...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SEI A Fair Day 6 comments

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The fair.  As children (and some of us adults!) those words strike joy and anticipation into our hearts.  I LOVE the fair.  The highlight of the summer with my kids is a day at our Wisconsin State Fair.  We have a standing tradition of dropping EVERYTHING for a day at the fair ...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

American Crafts Thickers 6 comments

A staple of scrapbooking :)

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There are few things in the scrapbooking world that are necessities.


One thing, though, that almost EVERYONE will admit to having an addiction to is American Craft Thickers ...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

October Afternoon 10 comments

5 and Dime

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5 and Dime.  The name of this line reminds me of the old Woolworth's store that my brother and I would walk down to when I was a little girl ...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Crate Paper Portrait 9 comments

Not Just For Weddings

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When I was choosing the line that I wanted to work with, I totally fell in love with colors and patterns of Crate Paper Portrait.  You all will get a bit of a chuckle out of my reveal this month ...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jenni Bowlin Studios 11 comments

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My love for Jenni Bowlin Studios is legendary.  This time around, however, I cowered at the chance to work with her new line.  I actually, if you can believe it, was hoping that one of my Creative Team members would ask me for it, and I could assign it to them ...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

My Minds Eye Lush 2 11 comments

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If you are a frequent reader of the A Cherry on Top message board, I am sure that you have heard me moan about the lack of NAVY BLUE in the scrapbooking world.  For those of us with teenage boys that we occasionally scrapbook (when they will let us photograph them 

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Basic Grey 13 comments


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Quite honestly, the weeks before CHA (and immediately after)  are slim pickings for new products in the shoppe.  So, when there are companies like Basic Grey that offer interim releases, we scoop them up.  Then, when they offer an AMAZING interim release, like Hopscotch, we are all ecstatic ...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Scrapbooking With Echo Park - Be Mine Collection 6 comments

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Valentine's Day.

Right before CHA every year, the Valentine's Day lines come out, and I DREAD them.  Really.  There is not one person in this world that dislikes pink more than me, and I try to avoid theme scrapbooking as much as I can ...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Websters Pages Sweet Shoppe 6 comments

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I have never purchased Webster's Pages before in my life, other than their amazing alphabet stickers.

When this line appeared in the Shoppe, though, I really wanted to give it a shot!  I asked all the Creative Team members if they thought I could handle it, and most of them

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Guest Creative Team- 13 comments


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Since I’m primarily known for my digital  work I’m sure a lot of you are going, “Huh? What’s Tracy doing scrapbooking with paper?”

Well, I blame Prima.

When Cari Fennell started posting the

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Bella Blvd Socialite 3 comments

Posted by 4peasinourpod many of you out there saw this line and thought....Pam?  Jules?  Which one is grabbing this line first?  Well....I won

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