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Monday, October 26, 2020

ACOT Storefront Renovations  
      

 

We are mostly an online store, but did you know we have a small storefront? You can pick up your online order and browse around if you wish. But our storefront was really lacking - it just looked outdated and small. We wanted to open up the space and have more room to have our classes in there, and update the overall feel of the space. Previously our classes were held in a different area of our warehouse, but we now use that space for packing Cherry Boxes.

We have tried to update the space a few times, but there wasn't a lot we could do with the product racks we were using. So we decided to get rid of those things for good!

 

    

                  

 

Our first step to our renovation was to paint the walls white! They were originally an off white with brown in between the slats. Paint is such an easy way to update a space, and white always brightens everything up.

 

          

          

 

The white made such a big difference! We then put together and painted new furniture and product displays. 

        

    

 

Baskets, jars, rugs, hooks, and more! Our space was coming together slowly but surely.

          

         

 

And ta da - here is the finished space! We love how it turned out, and how open it feels. The new solid wood desk made the finishing touch!

          

   

          

        

 

If you're local, come stop by and see it for yourself! Our storefront is open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. (Located at 2216 Midland Rd, Saginaw, MI) And be sure to check our classes page often to see what classes are coming up!

 

 


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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Autumn Layout using November Cherry Box  
      

 

I made this layout using items from the November Cherry Box. This box is filled with bright fall colors which were fun to use with these pictures.

Products Used:

Sizzix Distresser Blade, Distress Oxide Reinkers, Cream-colored Bazzil Cardstock, Score Tape, Micron Pen, Prima Watercolor

From the November Cherry Box: Marigold 6"x 8" Paper Pad, Marigold Ephemera, Marigold Clothespins, Pinkfresh Cube Inks, Rotary Stamp, Crate Paper Washi Tape

 

I started with a cut file from Cricut Design Space and cut it out on Marigold paper, from there I used Distress Oxide Ink on the background then started layering on the photos and adding in the ephemera. I finished off with some watercolor spatters and writing on my tag. My favorite parts of this layout are the extra dimension that the flower clothespin adds and the pieces from the ephemera pack. I hope you enjoy watching the process video below!

 

 

 


 

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Friday, October 23, 2020

8 Background Techniques using Mini Ink Pads  
      

 

 

There will be a set of 4 one inch ink pads in every November Cherry Box! These adorable cube ink pads from Pinkfresh Studio are so versatile and this post will show you 8 techniques using them. I like using these techniques as backgrounds, but they work great for a variety of projects.

These ink pads are water based so when you add water to them they easily blend and can be manipulated. Scroll to the bottom of the post to watch a video of these techniques being made! I recommend using watercolor paper for any of these techniques that require water to be added onto the paper.

 

 

Checkered Pattern

For this technique I lightly pressed my 1 inch square ink pads onto my paper. If you want a more solid covered look you can add a little water to your ink pads before you start this. I had some extra water in my lightest shade ink pad and you can see it is more thoroughly covered than the other two. After I finished stamping each of my squares I sprayed it with a spray bottle so the colors would blend a little and be a little softer, which I think makes for a better background.

 

 

 

 

Drips Technique

This is one of my favorite techniques for adding to water, rainbow, or rain projects. It is done by applying the ink in a line across the top of the page then quickly adding water on top of it. Next use a paint brush to drag the watery ink down the page. After you have lines across the page turn it so it is upright and more of the ink will naturally flow down the page. I will often cut off the part of the paper where I first applied the ink so I do not have a dark line at the top.

 

 

 

 

Fluffy Clouds

This is a great subtle background that will add a soft feel to your page. I’m using a dauber to slowly add on layers of color. Start light and work up to the shade you want. Clouds are typically darker towards the bottom so I like to add a darker color there.

 

 

 

 

Vertical Lines

This technique is accomplished by lightly dragging your ink pad across the page. I slightly layered over each color with the next so it was completely covered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Water

Many of these techniques can be blurred, and softened by adding water. This is using the same technique as the vertical lines but I added water after using a spray bottle then drying off with a towel.

 

 

 

 

 

Stencil

Using a stencil and a dauber is also a great technique for backgrounds. I recommend taping down your paper and stencil so they do not move around, which will make for a more crisp looking image. Also, I find there is less smearing if you only apply your dauber using an up and down motion instead of side to side.

 

 

 

 

 

Stamp

Having a 4 color set of stamps makes background stamps much more interesting. It allows you to have gradients or clouds of different colors. I applied ink to this stamp in a circle motion which you can see in the stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

Confetti

This confetti look is so much fun. It makes great raindrops, paint splatters, and confetti! It is done by using a detail blending tool. For the raindrop and splatter look, spray with a spray bottle to get the colors running a little.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Freebie Friday - Storyteller Collection

     

 

Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Vicki Boutin's new "Storyteller" collection, which includes 12 double-sided 12x12 papers, Wild Soul stencil, alpha chip...

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #195

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, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #195 Project Gallery. One random win...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Freshen Up Volume 4 - Embossing Folders

 

Hi Friends! Natalie here with Volume 4 of the Freshen Up Series, and today we are focusing on using embossing folders. This may have some of you digging deep into that stash of craft supplies, but it is a great way to add interest and texture ...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide for Crafters

We have made shopping a little easier for you this year with our Holiday Gift Guide for Crafters! Browse the crafty categories below to find that perfect gift for your loved one, or even for yourself! 

 

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Hello Layout with Process Video

From our Guest Designer, Rebeca

Hello Layout with Process Video

 

Hi!

Hope you are safe and having a great day! Today I'm sharing with you a layout I made as A Cherry On Top Guest Designer for October 2020. I titled the layout "Hello" because it is about my daughter, who is always ...

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Masking with Gloss Gel Medium 

 

Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Today, we are trying out a new technique with ink sprays and mists! You may have seen how stamped embossing can mask a design, but have you tried masking with gloss gel medium? It’s just as easy with less mess! ...

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #194

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, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #194 Project Gallery. One random win...

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Monday, October 12, 2020

You are Loved Layout

From our Guest Designer, Rebeca

You Are Loved Layout

 

Hi!

Hope you are having a wonderful day! I'm here today to share with you my first layout as the October 2020 Guest Designer for A Cherry On Top. I was given a $50 gift certificate to choose products from the store and I ordered...

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Freebie Friday - Spooky Collection 2 comments

A Giveaway from A Cherry on Top

    

 

Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Pebbles' "Spooky" collection, which includes 12 double-sided 12x12 papers, phrase ephemera, and washi tape! One winner will be noti...

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #193

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, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #193 Project Gallery. One random winner will be aw...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Meet our October Guest Designer! 2 comments

Rebeca Ruiz

Describe your crafting style:

My style is clean, organized, with a few embellishments, and a bit of paint that highlight the pictures of the page, where I usually incorporate cut files, and sewing.

 

Your favorite must have craf...

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Monday, October 5, 2020

October Cherry Box Projects

An Echo Park Box!

The first thing I wanted to make using this Echo Park Cherry Box is a mini album. I love using mini albums to document a single event, trip, or time of year. They are so fun and quick to make. This is a 5” x 4” album which is smaller than my usual m...

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