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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Mixed Media in a Grid Layout  

From Our March Guest Designer, Lorimar Ortega


Hello! I am Lorimar Ortega and I have been the March Guest Designer here at ACOT. In this post I will show how you can make this messy, layered grid layout that was so fun to make.


I am using the All Boy collection from Echo Park in this layout.



I began by selecting a wood grain paper and adding a 10.5 x 10.5 inch Kraft Cardstock. Then I used a 12x12 star stencil and added some modeling paste over it using a palette knife.



While the modeling paste dried, I began laying out how I wanted my patterned papers and embellishment clusters to be layered. I wanted them to have a layered grid effect so I made 4 groups of these layered stacks. 


Afterwards, I set my paper clusters aside and began to add Shimmerz in blue, red, green and orange, true to the grid effect. I sprayed one color in each of the four corners. I waited for it to dry and then used a 6x6 star stencil to add a bit more modeling paste to the edges of where my clusters were going to be.


While once again waiting for the modeling paste to dry, I began distressing the edges of all the patterned papers and popped up my photos and 3x4 jounraling cards on 3D foam. I then added in all my embellishments, toped off each cluster with the epoxy shape paper clips from Shimelle’s Box of Crayons collection and splashed a bit of gold Shimmerz.




Here is the full process of me making this layout:


Thank you and I hope you enjoyed my step by step tutorial!

-Lorimar Ortega

Posted by Jessica.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

March Guest Designer  

Please Welcome our March Guest Designer Lorimar Ortega!


How long have you been a 'Cherry': If I recall currently I've been a 'Cherry' for about 7-8 years. I've always loved the wide variety of scrapbooking products that you guys have. Only recently did I find the inspiration gallery and now I'm even more psyched!

Describe your crafting style: My crafting style involves layering, colors, and mixed media. I love incorporating those 3 elements in all my projects.

Your favorite must have crafty tool(s): This is a tough one... I guess my Cricut machine, stamp(s) and fine-tipped scissors. With those three, I can create magic!

Something new you have learned recently? I've recently learned to "interpret outside the box". By this, I mean that usually whenever I used a sketch or moodboard to inspire me, I would stick to it 100% and found that it limited me. Now I make things my own, in my own way to document my own memories in the best way possible.

Something you are scared of trying? Honestly, machine-stitching on my layouts scares me. Haven't really tried it out yet, but love the texture that it adds to the layout.

What inspires you to create?  My family and the memories that I've made with them are the driving force of what I create; without them I wouldn't have anything to work with. That, and my "need" to make things. A crafty mommy is a happy mommy!

BIO:  My name is Lorimar Ortega, and I'm thrilled to have been selected as Guest Designer for A Cherry On Top. I live (was born and raised here, too!) in Puerto Rico with my husband and 2 toddler sons. I began scrapbooking about 9 years ago, but only last year did I venture out to sharing my layouts on social media. What I love about scrapbooking is that you can document your life and do so in a creative manner. I love using layers, colors, and mixed media so that encompasses part of my style.


Here are some of Lorimar's beautiful layouts:






Check out all of Lorimar's projects in her gallery, and see some more inspiration on her Youtube ChannelFacebookand Instagram!

Stay tuned all month to see what Lorimar will create!

Posted by Jessica.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Meet our February Guest Designer! 1 comments  

Please Welcome our February Guest Designer, Anne-Marie!



Screenname:  scrappinmom99

How long have you been a 'Cherry':  Since about October 2011 – time flies when you’re having fun!

Describe your crafting style: I seem to be drawn to grids, linear designs, and geometric patterns.

Your favorite must have crafty tool(s): I’m going to have to go with patterned paper, punches, and stitching templates. I just love paper! Even when I was a little girl and a teenager, before the scrap bug took me over, I loved stationary. There was an amazing stationary store that sold pretty paper by the pound and I couldn’t get enough of it! I think that is where my love for paper started! I like to use the punches and stitching templates to add little touches to my layouts.

Something new you've learned recently: I am learning how to use Mod Podge on a jewelry box. Stay tuned LOL!

Something you're scared of trying: Mixed media beyond the very basics. I’d love to learn how to use gesso and texture paste and other things like that. I love the look of it, but it’s a bit daunting!

What inspires you to create:  I like to tell (and relive!) the stories of our lives. I like to play with pretty papers and stickers and do needlework. I am inspired by the collective creativeness and camaraderie of my friends here at A Cherry On Top.

What are you excited to do in 2020? We’ll have lots of family milestones coming up, but this is the year we plan to open the Y2K time capsule we made! That will certainly be a scrapbookable moment! It has been encased in a Huggies diaper box, and has lived in the closet all these years. wink

BIO: I live in NYC with my husband and two art-school / film / theater kids (20 and 14 years old). Aside from scrapping, I love reading and bingewatching our shows with my hubby while crocheting, cross-stitching or stitching on scrap pages. (Because we all know I love me some stitching!)



Here are some of Anne-Marie's layouts:





Check out all of Anne-Marie's projects in her gallery, and see some more inspiration on her Facebook and Instagram!

Stay tuned all month to see what Anne-Marie will create, and the fun challenges she will be posting on the Message Board! One participant per challenge will receive a $5 eGift Certificate to A Cherry On Top Crafts!


Posted by Jessica.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Meet our January Guest Designer!

Please welcome our January Guest Designer, Shannon!

Screenname:  1scrappymom

How long have you been a 'Cherry': I’ve been a Cherry since 2008 – I still remember when it was Stickers Galore!

Describe your crafting style: I’m definitely a 2-page use a lot of pictures gal, but I...

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Meet Our November Guest Designer!

Please welcome our November Guest Designer - Stacy!

Screenname: StacyLee

How long have you been a 'Cherry': 2014

Describe your crafting style: clean lines with a dash of shabby chic sometimes.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Welcome Joannie - Our October 2019 Guest Designer!

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from

Screenname: joannie


First name: Joannie


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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Welcome Scrappy1967 - Our September 2019 Guest Designer!

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from vicki boutin's wildflower & honey

Screenname: scrappy1967

First name: Janet

My craft supply 'must have': Patterned paper - I can't have enough pretty paper!

What inspires me to creat...

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Welcome Emmapaige - Our August 2019 Guest Designer

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from pinkfresh studio and pink paislee



Screenname: emmapaige

First name: Chris

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Welcome Art_Teacher - Our June 2019 Guest Designer! 1 comments

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from photoplay, simple stories, authentique

Screenname: Art_Teacher

First name: Laura

My craft supply 'must have': Patterned paper!

What inspires me to create: Nobody in my family is a scrapbooker. I have a...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Meet May 2019's Guest Designer

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from bella blvd, pebbles, dear lizzy

Screenname: CarrieG


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Meet November 2018's Guest Designer

papercrafting inspiration featuring products from pebbles and photoplay paper


Screenname: StacyLee

First name: Stacy


My craft supply 'must have': So har...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Meet October 2018's Guest Designer 3 comments

paper crafting inspiration featuring pinkfresh studio and fancy pants

First name: Melissa

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Meet September 2018's Guest Designer 1 comments

paper crafting inspiration from a cherry on top crafts

First name: Melissa

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Meet May 2018's Guest Designer - Love2stamp

paper crafting inspiration featuring doodlebug's sweet summer and pebble's inc's land that I love collections

Screenname: love2stamp


First name: Jennife...

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Meet April 2018's Guest Designer - Scrappinmom99

paper crafting inspiration featuring shimelle's box of crayons and pinkfresh studio's a case of the blahs collections

First name: Anne-Marie

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