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Thursday, September 28, 2023

30 Art Journal Prompts - Free Printable  


Need some ideas for your art journal? Here's a list of 30 creative prompts with examples, plus grab this free printable too! Print it out and keep it nearby when you're ready to create. Try just a few prompts here and there, or for an extra challenge do all 30 of them! There are different techniques, subjects, and mediums to choose from. You can click each example image below to see more details and what products were used. Have fun creating in your art journals!


(Click the image below to download the free printable. Personal use only, thank you!)




1. Lace


2. Washi tape


3. Butterflies


4. Dots

5. Texture paste


6. Black & white


7. 3+ forms of mixed media


8. Crayons


9. Favorite color

10. Journaling


11. Watercolors


12. Plants

13. Collage paper

14. Moody

15. Splatters

16. Acrylic paint

17. Florals


18. Gold


19. Gel Press


20. Pink

21. Book page


22. Quote or saying


23. Torn paper


24. Inked background

25. 3+ stencils


26. Favorite photo


27. 4+ layers

28. Stamping


29. Circles


30. Markers





Hi there! I'm Rachel - one of the owners and the Marketing Director here at ACOT. Kristin, the founder and heart of this company, happens to be my mom and hero. We lost her in April 2018, so my siblings and I are carrying on her legacy with this amazing business. She is dearly missed and we are still inspired by her every day.

I love all kinds of crafting, but my favorites are scrapbooking, art journaling, painting (watercolor and acrylics), and embroidery. I especially love it when I can combine some of these crafts together! Check out my projects in the
ACOT gallery.




Posted by Rachel Kent

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 346  

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!


Post your finished project (layout, card, art journal, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 346 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 1000 Cherry Points, while all other participants will receive 100. You have until midnight (11:59 pm EST) Wednesday, October 4th, 2023, to post your project. See Terms & Conditions.

Don't forget to visit our Contests & Challenges forum on our Message Board for even more inspiration!


Last Week's Challenge 345 Winner is Rona Mallard! Congratulations!



Becky Fleck, the founder of PageMaps.com, created a free resource providing distinct, original sketches that help paper crafters spend less time planning their pages and cards and more time scrapping them. Becky is the editor of Scrapbook & Cards Today, one of Canada's favorite craft magazines. She also designs for a number of your favorite paper crafting brands. You can find many more of her sketches by visiting PageMaps.


Posted by Emily Moore

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Meowy & Bright - Sketch Inspired  

By: Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share with you a Christmas layout created with a little of this, a little of that, some metal dies for custom decor and a decent amount of feline cuteness!

Here’s my creation:
This layout is rather loosely based on the most recent Becky Fleck Sketch (#345) that is this weeks sketch challenge. SO! In case you weren't aware, there is a new sketch challenge every week. You can find it in both the Gallery and posted on the blog.
We all know that my style tends to be more of a bright, bold and graphic type so to see 49 and Market in my stash might come as a bit of a surprise to some of you. I love the printed collage in the top, right of this layout and felt it gave the background a great organic feel.
The sketch called for a left hand border which, I got! With a few extra layers. I also chose to use the Honey Bee Lovely Layers Winter Greenery to create a lovely little cluster. And in order to keep the diagonal flow that I'm created, I used a smaller greenery cluster to the top/right of the chipboard frame/photo.
I did change up the picture number and count. Instead of a horizontal and vertical smaller photo, I went with 3 vertical photos. I could have used just one or two as they are all variations of the same photo but I couldn't resist that feline cuteness with her Christmas bells.
The title is a mix of fonts; the shiny red from Paige Evan's Christmas collection and the "Bright" a piece of acetate from Vicki's Peppermint Kisses. The ampersand is an old metal die from my stash with the same brown cardstock I used for the pinecone on the left. I know it's WAY to early for Christmas, I hear you, I agree with you. BUT when the Christmas goodies come out, you gotta grab them before they are gone. And when you have scrapped all of last years Halloween and Thanksgiving photos and are waiting for new photos, one is left with no choice but to use the new goodies with the unscrapped photos. And we all know I have a million Christmas month photos!
I hope you're inspired to add some metal dies and cardstock to your next order and find a way to incorporate them into existing collections.
Thanks for stopping in today! See you back here next time.


Shop more from the 49 and Market Collection here

Products Used:

Hidden Holly Paper - Christmas Spectacular 2023 - 49 And MarketChristmas Exemplified Paper - Christmas Spectacular 2023 - 49 And Market6x8 Classic Rub-on Transfer Set - Christmas Spectacular 2023 - 49 And MarketChristmas Spectacular 2023 Chipboard Frames - 49 And MarketPeppermint Kisses Goodie Bag - Vicki BoutinLovely Layers Winter Greenery Honey Cuts - Make It Merry - Honey Bee StampsSugarplum Wishes Mini Alpha Foam Thickers - Paige Evans



Suzanna Lee

My name is Suzanna and I live with my family in Glen Allen, Virginia. My husband, Michael, and two kids, 19 yo Nikolas and 15 yo Mia, are supportive of my memory keeping and the main subjects of my work. Along with our 2 fur babies, Jasmine and Luna. I have been creating and documenting for a long time, over 20 years. My main focus has always been creating 12x12 layouts but I also like to work in a travelers notebook, create pocket pages, and my new obsession, a memory planner. I’ve been filming process videos and sharing my process on YouTube since 2016. 

See more from Suzanna on her GalleryInstagramFacebookand YouTube

Posted by Emily Moore

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Watercoloring Card Backgrounds - Technique Tuesday

By: Emily Moore


This month for Technique Tuesday we are focusing on paint! Today, Emily is sharing how she uses water colors to create beautiful backgrounds for cards. She's using the BetterPress system along with the new press plate, 'All is Calm' to c...

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Waffle Flower Christmas Tree Card

By: Channin Pelletier

Hello crafty friends! It’s Channin here and today I’m sharing a bold and graphic Christmas card featuring several products from Waffle Flower Crafts. Today’s design combines a red, pink and gold palette to create a festive background that is complement...

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Spellbinders Floral Reflection Cards

By: Emily Moore

Hi Cherries! Emily with you today to share two completely different cards made using two of the same die cuts from Spellbinders. Stretch your die cuts by using different colored cardstocks, or inks!


For these two cards, I used the beautiful new

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

10 Texture Paste Techniques


Need some texture paste ideas? Try these ten different techniques! Some of these we discovered just by playing around and experimenting. We often ask ourselves, what would happen if we did this, or added that? That's the best way to learn with mixe...

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

49 And Market - Ireland Layout 1 comments

By: Jil Larson

As I put pages in my 12x12 travel album, I think about when the eye needs a rest. In other words, if I have a highly detailed page (and you know I love those!), I want the facing page to be a bit simpler. So today I am sharing one of those simple pages. This layout i...

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Happy Halloween Layout - October Cherry Box

By: Natalie Dill

Hey Cherries!

I hope you're gearing up for spooky season! The October Cherry Box is the perfect treat to help get you in the Halloween spirit. I used it to create this scrapbook page of my son in his costume last year.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 345

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!


Post your finished project (layout, card, art journal, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 345 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

30 Creative Prompts For Your Scrapbooking - Free Printable! 1 comments

Need some ideas for your scrapbooking! Try this list of 30 creative prompts! From different techniques, shapes, and subject ideas, there's a little bit of everything to choose from. Try one here and there, or do it all month long for an extra challenge! Print o...

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Mintay Chalk Paint Accent - Technique Tuesday 1 comments

By: Sara Mishler


This month for Technique Tuesday we are focusing on paint! Today Sara is sharing how she makes her photos pop with some Mintay Lilac Chalk Paint & some white acrylic paint. 


Find a full pr...

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Pretty Wicked Layout - October Cherry Box

By: Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share with you a multi photo Halloween layout created with the October Cherry Box. If you haven't already checked it out be sure to watch my unboxing video. This box is a Halloween lovers dream and so fun to ...

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Fancy Pants Florals

By: Jil Larson

I’ve been obsessed with all the wonderful florals in paper collections here at the end of summer and nearly the beginning of fall. A collection that captures the season we’re in beautifully is Fancy Pants Paislees and Petals. I have been wanting to docu...

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Sunday, September 17, 2023

October Cherry Box Halloween Cards

By: Emily Moore

Hello fellow Cherries! Emily with you today to share 3 fun card makes featuring the October Cherry Box! I was very excited for this Cherry Box because it features all Halloween! Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up, and I still enjoy...

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