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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Heat Embossing with Stencils  

By Heidi Randazzo

Heat Embossing with Stencils


Next to stamping, stencils are my go-to tool for creating clean and simple designs on greeting cards. Today, I’m going to show you how I create great texture and a background that “pops” using heat embossing.

I’ll be using a beautiful floral stencil from Stamperia called Flowers and Leaves along with my Versa Mark ink pad and a panel of dark gray card stock.


To start, I secure my card stock panel down with my stencil over it at an angle and add the Versa Mark ink over the top.


I’ll follow up by adding white embossing powder over the embossed area and heating it with a heat tool. I love the look of the bright white against the gray!



I’ll add it to the front of a plain, white notecard using foam tape strips. To keep everything clean and simple, I add a heat embossed sentiment from Waffle Flower’s Classic Sentiments along with some flowers from the July Cherry Box to add a color pop.


You can see more from Heidi on her InstagramBlogYouTubePinterest, and Project Gallery.

Stay tuned all month to see what she will create!


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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

July Guest Designer  

Meet Heidi Randazzo



Describe your crafting style: My card making style is clean and simple with lots of pops of bright color.  I can never seem to have enough floral-themed stamps!

Your favorite must-have crafty tool(s): I always have my MISTI right next to me ready for stamping.  I also love my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion.  It's so great to hold down stencils for ink blending, plus ink wipes off so easily.  For mistakes, I love my sanding eraser.

Something new you have learned recently? I finally learned how to use my sewing machine after 10 years!  Threading the bobbin was always so confusing, but I finally figured it out.  Now I love adding stitched accents to cards and embellishments.

Something you are scared of trying? Anything resin related.  I think I may just end up making a big mess :)

What inspires you to create?  Creative podcasts, color combinations I see in magazines, and even taking a break from the craft room sometimes.  I go back with fresh eyes, ready to get to work.


My love of paper crafting began almost 15 years ago creating scrapbooks for birthdays and fun events.  At that time, there were many paper crafting magazines available and I was buying them on a regular basis to get more inspiration.  I discovered magazines that were dedicated to card making and fell in love with the idea of using a smaller canvas to decorate with my scrapbooking supplies.  Soon, I found clear stamps and ink, and a new hobby was born.  As time went on, I discovered the joy of journal making and the delight of creating altered books. I have been on a number of design teams including CutCardstock, Kat Scrappiness, and a blog contributor for CreateForLess' ThinkCrafts Blog.  My work was also published in the Spring, 2019 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  I currently run 2 Etsy shops and a growing YouTube channel.  Working with paper is so much fun and I love being part of the paper crafting community!


Check out some of Heidi's beautiful cards!



You can see more from Heidi on her InstagramBlogYouTubePinterest, and Project Gallery.

Stay tuned all month to see what she will create!



Posted by Jessica.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Make Your Own Mixed Media Backgrounds  

By Nicole Nowosad, our June Guest Designer

I just love creating unique backgrounds on my own and pairing them with traditional scrapbook collections. Today, I thought I would share with you how easy it is to create your own unique mixed media background in just a few steps!




Vicki Boutin Foundations Paper, Color Study Stencils

Distress Ink Salvaged Patina, Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar

6x6 Patterned Paper, Alpha Stickers - PinkFresh Studio Happy Blooms


First, add some distress ink to a craft mat or glass mat. Add a little water and use a large round paintbrush to mix it up. 



Dip a piece of transparency into the watered down ink and use it to transfer to the Foundations Paper by lightly kissing it to the background. Use the paintbrush to lightly tap on any blobby areas and to smooth out any harsh lines. Add small amounts of water, if needed.


Once the first color is dry, repeat with the next color and repeat until you have the desired look. Using the same ink colors and an ink blending tool, apply color through each of the stencils, overlapping your base colors. You can layer similar colors on top of each other and use the stencils to fill in any empty areas. I chose to use 1 stencil per color, but you can do whatever pattern you would like - just play and have fun with it!




Once your background is done, you can use it as it is, or you can punch shapes/use a digital cutter like I did to create empty spaces to add patterned paper to the backside!



I love using 6x6 paper pads for this purpose as they are the perfect size to trim down and use on the backside of the mixed media background.



I also cut some of the same flower pattern using the same 6x6 paper pad to create dimensional flowers to use to embellish my page. 



I love using foam adhesive in between the layers of my diecut shapes to create dimension and added those amongst my photos and title to fill in the page. Now, you have a super cute and unique mixed media background that works with your patterned paper collections!




Thank you for joining me today, I hope you will give this a try!


You can see more inspiration from Nicole on her InstagramFacebookYouTube, and A Cherry on Top Project Gallery!

Stay tuned all month to see what she will create!


Posted by Jessica.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Meet our June Guest Designer


Describe your crafting style: I like to keep things simple, layered, and add texture through stitching!

Your favorite must-have crafty tool(s): Definitely my sewing machine and Silhouette Cameo.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Summer Tag Album 1 comments

I love the cut apart sheets in the Simple Stories collections and the tag one is so cute and fun! I thought it would make a great mini album but can also be used for layouts, banners, gift tags, and more. I used the Simple Stories Sunkissed collectio...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May Guest Designer

Introducing, Inessa Persekian


Describe your crafting style: This is a tough one for me as I feel like my style has evolved in the last year. I would say it's modern with plenty of color and texture.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Layered Tag

From our Guest Designer, Aliaksandra

Hello everyone! Aliaksandra with you today, sharing an inspirational tag made from the beautiful “Watercolor Floral” collection by Prima Marketing Inc. I always try to find a good use of leftover materials from past projects and turn them into...

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Vintage Artistry Layout 1 comments

From our Guest Designer, Aliaksandra

Hello everyone! Today I have a tutorial for you on how to create a mixed media layout. To start, I choose a sketch to work with. You can find lots of interesting sketches on the Cherry Blog, internet, or you can create your own! For this project, I chose to wo...

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Watercolor Floral Mini Album

From our Guest Designer, Aliaksandra


Hello everyone! Aliaksandra here, and today I want to share with you a mini album I made from the beautiful Watercolor Floral collection by Prima Marketing. The mini-album is 5,5”x 5,5” in size and it can hold 7 photos. A perfect way to capture memori...

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mixed Media Card 1 comments

From our Guest Designer, Aliaksandra

If you had to name one of the things you absolutely need in your projects, what would it be? For me, for a long time, I would say it was scrapbook paper, but recently I was challenged to make layout backgrounds without using any scrapbook paper. Ins...

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Meet Our April Guest Designer

Introducing, Aliaksandra Novak


Describe your crafting style: I love experimenting and try not to limit myself to one crafting style, but I do find myself adding lots of layers and mixed media techniques to many of my p...

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Harry Potter Planner

Hi There! It’s Lynda from Scrapbook with Lynda back to share my last March Guest Designer project with you.

I’m a fan of Harry Potter, so I was excited to see Paper House Productions’ new Harry Potter stickers and planners. They are so fun and pl...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Junk Journal


Hi There! It’s Lynda, the March Guest Designer. My new passion is junk journaling. It’s a great way to use scrapbook paper scraps, and up-cycle junk mail.  Here are a few items I made for my junk journal with leftover scraps from the Echo Park

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Magical Birthday

Hi There! It’s Lynda back to share another birthday layout with you. Magical Birthday by Echo Park is the perfect paper to record my birthday at Disney a few years ago. 

I had a lot of stickers left from my previous layout using the

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Let's Celebrate Layout

I love both sides of the Bunch of Balloons paper, so decided to use both. This layout is a 5-7 layout, which is one of my favorite styles. The top section is 7" wide and the bottom 5". Mounted the photos at slight angles to each other on a piece of blu...

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