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Articles in July 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011

August Challenges 11 comments  

Posted by ScrapGoo

Happy August!  We're winding down, folks.  The last month of summer is here!  Are you all vacationed out yet?  Have you taken a bazillion pictures of all the fun and festivities? Are you now asking yourself what the heck you're going to do with said photos?!  Have no fear... the ACOT Creative Team is here with another fabulous set of challenges to inspire you.


- only one LO per challenge will enter you into the points drawing

LOs cannot be entered into more than one challenge category

- *please* only enter LOs that meet the specific challenge instructions  

Ad Inspiration Challenge - By MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking


All About Me Challenge - By millmomma (Brittney)

Paper or Digi

Key Parts of Me- For this months AAM, I wanted to feature peices that make me who I am. My piericings are keys to me. I feel naked without them. Its a normal part of my life no matter what others think. What pieces of you make you, you?

Altered Object Challenge - By JulesinParadise (Jules)

Paper or Hybrid Scrapbooking

This month I challenge you to use wax paper to create an embellishment for a card, a layout or an altered object. I shaved crayons onto a piece of waxed paper, folded it over and covered it with a piece of thin material. I put my iron setting to medium and ironed. I used this piece of melted color on a necklace to be put into my gifts to give box.

I can't wait to see what you do with waxed paper.

Card Challenge - By bluejeans7 (Angela)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

Create a card with the following items.

-4 different pattern papers

-3 buttons or brads

-2 techniques (I used doodling and inking.)

-1 flower

Color Challenge - by Art_Teacher (Laura)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

One of my favorite complementary color combos is blue and orange. They both seem to say "Summer" to me and together they are perfect for outdoor photos and summer activities. For this month's color challenge I challenge you to use blue and orange together on your layout. You may use other neutrals, but the only colors should be shades of blue and orange.

Countdown Challenge - By sarahwhithers (Jennifer)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

For this challenge you will create a layout using a countdown method of items. I will list five different kinds of things (eg. elements, papers, photos) for you to use in your layout. Every month there will be five new items for you to use. And for this month, the summer is winding down, school is on the horizon, so what better month to relax in than August!

5 - Flowers
4 - Ribbons/Strings
3 - Strips of paper (any size)
2 - Alphas or fonts
1 - Picture of a relaxing thing or activity

You are welcome to use more than these items (eg. 2 pictures instead of 3 is fine) just as long as you meet the required list and numbers asked for each. An example is seen below.

Die Cut Challenge - By Dianedi (Diane)

Paper  Scrapbooking

On Hiatus

Digi Do-Able Challenge - By Smiley-Scrap8 (Ronny)

Digital Scrapbooking

Get the August Template, based on an original layout by scrappininAK,  free in the digi shoppe and use it to create your layout!

My example:

Fashion Findings Challenge - By happayscrappay (Rachel)

Paper or Digi

From head to toe, the fashion world is gaga for feathers! I have pink feathers in my hair. For the August Fashion Findings Challenge, you need to create a page or a project that has feathers on it. The feathers can be real feathers, pictures of feathers, drawings of feathers, or feathers you made out of paper! Color isn't important either; your feathers can be black, white, red, hot pink, striped...there is no limit. Hope you have a fun time being fashion conscious with this challenge!

Rachel's example:

Heritage Challenge - By JanetM (Janet)

Paper AND Digital Scrapbooking

Dapper times and dapper days: It always seemed like everyone was dressed up years ago. I want this month's challenge to showcase some fun fashions from the years gone by.

Hybrid Challenge - By Smiley-Scrap8 (Ronny)

Paper AND Digital Scrapbooking

Use a digital kit to make and print a label. Whether it's school or sports or organizing your scrappy stuff, digi kits are great for making cool or cute tags. I used the new Love My Stinker kit by Bella Gypsy to make this tag for my dd's Taekwondo equipment. Check it out:

Journaling Challenge - By Jenn Kellams (Jenn)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

On Hiatus

Manufacturer Challenge - By 4peasinourpod (Pam)

Paper Scrapbooking

This month I decided that I would pick the company that I liked the most at CHA... even if we had recently done them. ;)

My choice... CRATE PAPER!

Here is a layout using an older line (School Spirit), but I cannot WAIT for the new ones to be in the Shoppe!

Music Challenge - By Mommybruno (Cassie)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

I'm challenging you this month to scrap a musical event - concert, recital, festival, etc. What fun musical activities can you scrap? For me, it was my first big concert way back in 1990 - Milli Vanilli! Don't worry if you don't have ticket stubs, playbills or even pics - I used an album cover downloaded from the internet and a cassette tape to help set the mood. Let's see what you come up with!

One Word Challenge - By Mommybruno (Cassie)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

For this month's One Word Challenge, I'm leaving the word choice to you. There are two rules, though. First, you must use the word as your title. Second, you must choose a word that reminds you of someone close to you. I had a lot of choices here, to be honest - for example, my son created the word Mysticious - but after a phone conversation with my grandpa I just knew I had to use "hudyacall." So what words do you associate with the people in your life?

Photography Challenge - By nun69 (Angie)


Can you believe it is already August? Well here in WA summer has alomst passed us by with so much cool weather, but we have managed to get some nice days and been able to get out and enjoy it. So show us what you do to stay cool in the summer. :)

Scraplift the GCT Challenge - By averys_mom and Carrie123 and megamay (Mandi and Carrie and Meg)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

This month the GCT is Retiree3! Go into her gallery and scraplift one of her pages!

Retiree3's LO:

Carrie's LO:

Sketch Challenge - By Kimandasmo (Cindy), 4peasinourpod (Pam), and CT

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

On Hiatus

Supply List Challenge - By SarahA (Sarah)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

This month, your mission is to use the color gray, squares and hand written journaling on a layout (digi girls can use a handwriting font). I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Theme Challenge - By ChrissyTina (Chrissy)

Paper or Digital Scrapbooking

August's theme is "silly/funny faces".

Trends & Techniques Challenge - By Megamay (Meg)

Paper Scrapbooking

I was just looking at my list of previous trends and techniques and I can't believe I didn't do baker's twine yet! Baker's twine is a huge trend! So, that is this month's trend - baker's twine. I will also accept jute twine (I am including a second example with what I call jute twine, so you can see what I mean). and if you don't have any baker's twine here is a tutorial on how to make your own!

I have bakers twine in pretty much ever color - I buy it in sampler packs. And I use it on everything! from wrapping around cards, to threading through buttons, to embellishments like in the card below.


Posted by ScrapGoo


Friday, July 29, 2011

Gallery Spotlight June and July 10 comments  

Check out the scrapbook talent here!

Posted by Art_Teacher

Even though summer keeps many of us too busy to scrap, the Gallery here at A Cherry on Top is overflowing with gorgeus layouts and creative crafts!  The Creative Team has chosen a few of these wonderful designs to spotlight this month.  Please check out the Gallery and don't forget to leave the love!

Love to Paint by Rylea

Laura was drawn to this layout by the action-filled photo, as well as all the little embellishments and color. The design is wonderful, especially the little glittery handprints. What fun!

 ShadowBox by Cherry Tat

Angie says, "This little shadow box is simply fantastic! I LOVE that she not only decorated the inside, but the outside of the frame as well!"

 fun day by madscrappertoo

Carrie says, "This layout just screams fun...from the picture to the colors and design to every extra detail added. I love how every layout madscrappertoo does stands out. She really has a way with making them all so fun and colorful and this layout is the perfect example!"

 My Dad Rocks by Bethie

Kristianne picked this layout because she "loves the increddible layering & shadowing she has done here! A beautiful tribute to Dad, with a fitting title."  :D

 Let's Ride by scrappininAK

Angela loves the use of white space on this layout and how the journaling is done. All the fun embellishments (the little bicycles and arrows) are the perfect touch for the photos. Great layout and a great design.

 Pour etre bien dans ses baskets by MicheleBeck

Megan chose this layout because she "loves all the funky details and bright colors."

 Girls' Night Out by Gine

Rachel loves the overall feminine look of this page by Gine with it's muted colors and the layering of embellishments and papers.

 Kirschernte by Marlen

Jennifer says, "Marlen does such a fantastic job of blending on her pages! This one has wonderful blending, a great grid going on with the pictures and some wonderful colours. How could you not love it?!"

Miss You by kristii

Jess chose this card for all the adorable and perfectly coordinated embellishments! She loves the combination of trends with the balloon, banner, and burlap.

 Hit the Hay by Susanne_79

Cassandra chose this LO because of the awesome action shot photo, which rightly dominates the page, and the hint of wood that shows beneath the coordinated papers that helps tie in to the farm feel. Love it!

 Gone too Soon by wheeliegirl

Janell says, "This is a beautiful tribute layout of Donna's grandmother Julia. The shadowing work is amazing and the layers of texture and patterned paper make this layout so exquisite!"

 Cousins by eksteigmeier

Ronny loves everything about this page. First the photo is just perfect, it really shows that family bond. The title work is superb, with such great shadowing it looks like you can reach out and touch it. And last the paper blocking really balances the whole design. Great work!

 We hope you are as inspired by your fellow scrappers as we are.  Whenever the scrapper's block hits, just hit the A Cherry on Top Gallery!

Posted by Art_Teacher


Friday, July 29, 2011

Echo Park Splash 8 comments  

Posted by 4peasinourpod

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.  It is the one theme paper that I ADORE. 

Echo Paper took it to the extreme with the Splash Collection

There is classic, there is cute, there is basic, there is extreme....all in one line.  The colors are PERFECT.  They match their dots and stripes line, which I totally LOVE. 

When my kids are not in summer school, on a basketball court or a softball field, they are in water.  We are lucky to have water EVERYWHERE here in Lake Country, so photo opportunities are endless. 

Here are my layouts:

I have a 13 year old.  Cutesy is so last year.  It is clean cut, colorful and simple.  It is Kendall and Katie :)  The circle paper was PERFECT for cutting out, inking and defining.


Then there is my eleven year old, that watches a little TOO much of "America's Next Top Model".   The upside for me, is that I can add a touch of the girly still to the layout. 


Here is where the fun comes in.  Is there NOTHING more fun than a sprinkler in the summertime?  (Other than the beach and lakes and pools, of course!)  My "littles" were having the best time, and the Echo Park Papers were perfect for them! 



The last layout is of Kiley and one of her friends that we took out to the lake. They are just genuine, kind, wonderful friends- so REAL. It was refreshing to see a friendship like that! 



 I cannot tell you how MUCH I LOVE this company, and this line.  It is economical, it is versatile, and I will have tons more to show you in the next week or so!!


Posted by 4peasinourpod


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Designing with Amy Teets 5 comments

Posted by Smiley-Scrap8

This week the Digi CT is very excited to present our designs using the fantastic kits by Amy Teets. Amy's designs are like no other, they are so soft and unique. They are perfect for all events, the team shows of family events, the kids and even travel ...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Altered Birdhouses 20 comments

Posted by ChrissyTina

The latest trend in altered items has caught me by surprise!  Birdhouses!  I remember when I first saw these, I honestly wasn't that interested in them.  And then I gave them a second look.  All of the sudden I just had to do one!  And then one turned into two and two into three until I had four of them done- one for each of my kids ...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Designing with Michelle Bradley 3 comments

Posted by Mommybruno

This week the Digi CT was challenged to work with the kits of Michelle Bradley. In addition to traditional digi kits, Michelle also has a wonderful collection of party printables ...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Imaginisce Happy Camper 5 comments

you'll be one happy camper when your pages come together in record time!

Posted by megamay

I honestly don't know if I have ever worked with Imaginisce before, but I just loved the colors of this line, Happy Camper.  Since we were going campin ...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Basic Grey Out Of Print 7 comments

Posted by bluejeans7

Basic Grey has done it again!  They created a new line that I just had to get my hands on.  The Out Of Print line has such a wide variety of pattern papers and embellishments, which is true for almost all of the Basic Grey lines ...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Special type of "Kollage" 3 comments

Designs by Kay Elfin

Posted by Janell

Our inspiration this week comes to you by the lovely and talented Kay Eflin, creator of "Kollage by Kay".  A 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Oxford is Brilliant! 7 comments

New from Basic Grey

Posted by ScrapGoo

When it comes to patterns Basic Grey is top of the class! Their new collection, Oxford, is straight from the pages of a college yearbook with plaids and sophisticated yet masculine prints that have a touch of yesteryear combined with typical Basic Grey whimsy ...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Country Drive 8 comments

new from Echo Park!

Posted by SarahA

When I saw the sneak peeks from Echo Park of the Country Drive line, I was SO excited! I was waiting and waiting and impatiently waiting some more for this to show up in the shoppe ...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Sew Easy, Too! 5 comments

Part 2: Advanced Stitching

Posted by happayscrappay

I'm back today to bring you Part 2 of my two part reveal using the Sew Easy Tool from We R Memory Keepers.  In today's reveal, I'll show you some more advanced ways of using the Sew Easy tool ...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

You "Wanna" Take a Look 5 comments LaWanna Desjardin's ACOT Nook

Posted by FairyMouseMom

If you have not looked through LaWanna Desjardin's digital designs here at A Cherry On Top you sure are missing out on a vast variety of items for sale.  Her designs go from more muted, neutral colors to some packed with bright colors that really grab your attention ...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oh Bother! 3 comments

Winnie the Pooh

Posted by FurBaby_Mom

Winnie the Pooh is probably my favorite Disney character of all time.  I mean, who doesn't love Pooh?!   I have hoarded Pooh stickers for years ...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

We R Memory Keepers: Travel Light 5 comments

Posted by JulesinParadise

If you plan any trips this summer, short or long, near or far away, this line of products by We R Memory Keepers is the go to product to scrap your trip.  It is also perfect for stay-cations, which so many of us are having due to the economy ...

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