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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Making a Blog Post 1 comments  

Tips and Ideas for the Guest Designer

Here we will give you some tips and tricks about how to make a blog post for ACOT's Cherry Blog. If you are chosen to be one of our monthy Guest Designers at ACOT, follow these steps to make your post. You do not have to make a video for your blog post. If you want to see what being a guest designer means click into our Guest Designer Call post.


Some things that you can make a post about:

1. Your inspirations

2. A step by step of your process

3. How you use your favorite product or tool (or a new one you've never tried!)

4. A closer look into what you created


Steps to take:

1. Plan the project that you want to make a post about using ACOT products.

2. Take photos of the steps you take.

3. Take note of the ACOT products you use.

4. Write about your process and how you feel your project went. Include anything you learned from your project or any tips you may have.

5. Upload your photos to our project gallery. (They can be uploaded publicly or privately).

6. Email the list of products used and what you wrote to


Tips for taking good photos:

1. Take your photos in a well-lit area. Natural (outdoor) light usually looks the best, so go by a window for photos.

2. If there isn't any good natural light, bring some lamps over to your work area.

3. It is always better to have more photos than not enough, so take some extras.

4. It usually looks best if you are working on a white or light colored background that is not distracting. You can lay out a large piece of paper to take photos on top of.

5. Edit the photos on your phone, make them a bit brighter. Don't use filters, just a simple clean edit if you can.


Here are some links to examples of blog posts:

Don't Waste your Paint Pour Drips!You Make My Heart SmileDIY Shadow Print Tote


We hope this helps and if you have any questions or concerns you can email me, Jessica, at



Posted by Jessica.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Creativation 2020 Highlights  


Creativation 2020 is in the books! Jessica and I had an incredible time in Phoenix, Arizona last week. We learned so much and were able to connect with tons of amazing people. We came back with all kinds of ideas and inspiration! Here's a little recap of our time there.



The Classes:

The focus of Creativation is the show floor and the abundance of vendor booths and brand new products. But did you know they offer business classes and creative workshops for us members? Jess and I spent the two days before the show floor opened in back-to-back classes, soaking up SO much information! We loved the instructors and all the ideas we left with. Our notebooks were crammed! Jess was able to fit in a couple creative workshops as well. Look what she made! 






The Show Floor:

The show floor opened up at 9am Saturday - packed with 206 exhibitor booths! It's just magical walking in there! So much creativity all in one place. Our first stop was with our American Crafts rep, Carissa. She was wonderful to talk with and pointed us to the newer products and introduced us to many designers (who we call crafty celebrities eep!) There is a reason this trade show goes on for 3 days - there was so much to see! We had to prioritize and weren't able to stop at every single booth. Here are just a few of our favorites:









The Make & Takes:

Many of the booths had demonstrations and make & takes. It was so much fun to get our hands on these new products and play with them!






The Designers:

I like to call them crafty celebrities! Yes I might have been hyperventilating as we walked in and passed by Heidi Swapp LOL. It has been on my bucket list to meet her! It was incredible to meet and greet with so many talented people all in one place. They are all so creative, and all in different ways. We chatted, watched them do demos, and just walked away feeling totally inspired.








New Products We Loved:




We R Memory Keepers Project Cart - I need about 5 of these! Anyone else start a new project when you haven't finished 17 others? It's like the We R team has been spying on me. Enjoy the video of Jess modeling this cart:






Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks & Alloys - Alright I need all these alcohol inks in my life! Especially those new alloys - you use just a drop of it and it adds a gorgeous metallic color that you can swirl around. I have seen various alcohol ink tutorials, but nothing compares to being right there at the table watching Tim Holtz do his magic! It was amazing to watch and I can't wait to try these out. Also he explains when to use isopropyl alcohol and blending solution with the inks and alloys.







Ranger Stickles Glitter Gels - the number one question I have heard about these are 'how are they different than the regular Stickles?' These glitter gels are perfect to add sparkle to bigger things. So you're not just dabbing here and there, you can scoop out bigger amounts to create gorgeous backgrounds or layering on your projects. They work great with a palette knife and stencils, as you can see in the video. Also these gels seem to be thicker and have different shaped 'chunks' in them, like stars and circles. We used the Asteroid one and now I want to glitter gel all the things!






Prima - Finnabair Matte Waxes - it was so fun to watch designer Frank Garcia use these waxes on the memory hardware. The Patina Green shade is my favorite. Don't have a video of his demo though, sorry!




Art Walk by Heidi Swapp - this line is just dreamy! I love the different watercolor and greenery backgrounds. The mini chalk ink pads come in 3 colors, but that deep teal is calling me!




And that's a wrap for now! Be sure to check out our YouTube channel and Instagram highlights for more videos from Creativation! Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you are feeling inspired to create!

-Rachel & Jess



Posted by Rachel Kent


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #157  

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Week 157 Sketch Challenge

1000 Cherry Points will be Awarded to the WINNER!


Show us what you can do with this sketch! Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #157 Message Board and in the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #157 Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 1000 Cherry Points! You have until midnight (11:59 pm EST) Wed, Feb 5, 2019 to post your project. See Terms & Conditions.

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



Becky Fleck, founder of, created a free resource eight years ago, providing distinct, original sketches that help papercrafters 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.




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Posted by Jessica.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #156 Winner!

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge

Week 156 Winner of 1000 Cherry Points!

Congrats to

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Black Friday Sneak Peak

Black Friday Sneak Peaks!


Our Black Friday Sale starts tomorrow!! (Nov 28th at 9pm Eastern)

There will be stackable promo codes. There will be bu...

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Monday, November 4, 2019

December Warehouse Sale Event 2 comments

You're Invited!


Saturday, December 14th, 2019 from 9am-3pm.

2216 Midland R...

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Cherry Box 5 comments

The Cherry Box

We are so excited to launch our new monthly subscription box! Inside our signature red box you'll find an assortment of crafting goodies hand-picked by our team. From paper and stickers, to adhesive and i...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

International 2019 Scrapbook Day Celebration & Online Crop

iNSD 2019

Promo Code: NSD2019

Use code NSD2019 to save 15% off the regular price of all products + 15% off standard domestic shipping (shipped to US addresses only). Other addresses qualify for 10% shippi...

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Warehouse Sale Event


Our annual WAREHOUSE SALE EVENT will be

Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 9am-5pm.

2216 Midland Road
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Meet the Design Team 9 comments

Meet the 2019 Design Team for A Cherry On Top Crafts!

We are so excited to see what these creative ladies will design this year! Get to know each designer below, check out their project gallery, and follow them on social media...

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Friday, March 15, 2019

St Patrick's Day Sale!

17% off everything - even shipping!

Save at least 17% on EVERYTHING - including shipping!


Take 17% off all products AND 17% off standard shipping. $49 minimum purchase required. Discount is based on the regular...

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Design Team Call

Do you create beautiful things? Do you love free products? Apply to be a Cherry Designer!

We are so excited to roll out this new design team and be able to share inspiration in a bigger way! We are looking for scrapbookers, card makers, painte...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It's Our Big Valentine Weekend Sale

Save at least 14% on everything - even shipping!

Save BIG during our Valentine's Day Sale!

We're spreading the love today! Save {at least} 14% on everything, even shipping! We've added even more exciting deals to our Valentine Weekend Sale!...

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

It's Our After Christmas Sale-A-Bration!


use code AFTER25 to get:

 DOUBLE POINTS on your purchase  REDUCED SHIPPING (up to $10 off w/ $49 purchase)  FREE GIFT ($17.99 value w/ $49 purchase)  Save...
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Friday, December 14, 2018

It's Our Holiday Sale Event!

Promo Code: HOLIDAY25

Use code HOLIDAY25 to save 25% off your entire order - no minimum requirement (does not apply to gift cards/e-gift cards). Place an order of $49 or more AND earn DOUBLE POINTS + Half-Off shipping ($10 max) on orders shipping to...

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