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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

How To Make a Shaker Card  

By Jessica Harvey

Who doesn't love a shaker card!? I think they are so fun and add a lot of interest to cards. I think they are perfect for winter cards because when you add white sequins, it has a snowy vibe. Although they may seem intimidating, they really aren't very hard to create. Watch the video to see how and I'll explain it more below.





Start by cutting out a circle on your outside paper (I used Circle Family Basic Designer Dies) and use double-sided tape to adhere the acetate to it. Apply foam tape in the shape of the circle and around the rest of the area the card front will cover. I find it is easier to shape the foam tape if you take off the backing as you work. Add in your sequins before sticking your two parts together! That's it for making the shaker part, now time to embellish!


For the base of my card, I'm using Sizzix Opulent Cardstock Paper. It is so beautiful and comes in many different colors. The best part is the glitter on the glitter paper doesn't come off! Because I planned on coloring in my stamps with alcohol markers, I'm using Strathmore Marker Paper both for stamping and my background. Marker paper is perfect for stamping because it is super smooth.

I used the Snowflakes Background Stamp to emboss Silver WOW! Embossing Powder to create a background. I originally was going to use patterned paper, but I couldn't find one that would look just right, so I decided to create my own and I am very happy that I did!

Lawn Fawn has so many cute critters, I wanted to use them all! For my blue card, I'm using the Snowball Fight Stamp Set and coordinating Lawn Cuts. The pink card has the Ugly And Bright Clear Stamps and coordinating Lawn Cuts. I stamped them with the Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink Pad. You need to use an ink that won't be affected by the alcohol in the markers. I have a few different brands of alcohol markers that I used together for this project. This includes Sketch Markers, Spectrum Noir Markers, and Sizzix Markers

I popped up my elements on foam squares and this project was complete! They turned out so cute!! Thanks for stopping by and let us know by tagging us on social media if you create a shaker card, we'd love to see it!

Products Used:

White Sunshine Sequins - Dress My Craft1/4 Inch Foam Cherry Tape - ACOT Double-Sided Adhesive Tape100 Microns Acetate Sheets A4 - Dress My CraftCircle Family Basic Designer Dies - Dress My Craft

Snowball Fight 4x6 Stamp Set - Lawn Fawn  Snowball Fight Lawn Cuts - Lawn Fawn  Ugly And Bright Clear Stamps - Lawn Fawn  Ugly and Bright Lawn Cuts - Lawn Fawn

Snowflakes Background Stamp - Pinkfresh StudioSilver - WOW! Embossing Powder 15mlClear Embossing Ink Pad - SizzixMuted Opulent Cardstock Paper Pack - SizzixAntique Rose - Dual-Tip Alcohol Sketch Markers - American Crafts50# Smooth - Strathmore Marker Paper Pad 9"X12"

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Journaling Card Tags - Technique Tuesday  

By Jessica Harvey


This month on Technique Tuesday we are focusing on journaling cards! In today's video, Jess is creating holiday cards using journaling cards and other products from the Graphic 45 "Let's Get Cozy" collection. She is displaying the tags in a Wooden Vignette Card File from Tim Holtz so she can easily gift this beautiful set of tags! Although she used some mixed media products, the majority of these tags are made from the paper and embellishments.

Watch how she created them in the video below!


Products Used:

Let's Get Cozy 12x12 Collection Pack - Graphic 45 Let's Get Cozy Ephemera Assortment - Graphic 45 Let's Get Cozy Flower Assortment Pieces - Graphic 45 Let's Get Cozy Journaling Cards - Graphic 45 Let's Get Cozy Stamp Set - Graphic 45Silver & Ivory Glitter Washi - Graphic 45Matte Finish Graphic 45 Staples Pearl Gems 144 Per Pack

Christmas Metal Word Plaques -  Tim Holtz Idea-ologyWooden Vignette Card File - Tim Holtz Idea-ologySnowflakes Metal Adornments - Tim Holtz Idea-ologyNatural Raw Edge Wood Slices -  Tim Holtz Idea-ologyNickel & Copper Tiny Metal Bells -  Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Paper Sculpting Kit - SizzixWarm Velvet Trims - Tim Holtz Idea-ologyChristmas Sparkle Stencil - Happy Christmas - Carta BellaCool Velvet Trims - Tim Holtz Idea-ologyBon Voyage & French Blue Trim - Graphic 45Gray - Net Mesh 3

Denim 2 oz. Stencil Butter - The Crafter's WorkshopPearl White 2oz Stencil Butter - The Crafter's WorkshopBarn Door 2 oz. Stencil Butter - The Crafter's WorkshopWhite Kreativa Chalk Paint - Mintay PapersMerlot Ink Pad - Catherine Pooler

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Gingerbread House Book 1 comments  

By Jessica Harvey

This gingerbread house and book project was so fun to create so I'm excited to share it with you! It started with making a little gingerbread house using the 3D House Basic Designer Dies from Dress My Craft, then after I had the base of it assembled, I decided to add an album to the inside. While I had originally planned on making an album and adding tiny photos to it, as I began making it, I decided against adding photos and instead filled it with the cute animals from the Christmas & Jinnie collection.

3D House Basic Designer Dies - Dress My CraftChristmas & Jinnie 6x6 Paper Pad - Dress My CraftChristmas & Jinnie Image Sheets - Dress My Craft


To create the house I cut out all of the pieces of the 3D House Basic Designer Dies using thick watercolor paper. Next, I began watercoloring with some Catherine Pooler inks. I chose to use the colors Minted and All That Jazz on the outside because I wanted it to look snowy. To watercolor with inks simply rub off some of the pigment from the ink pad onto a palette and add water to it. Use a wet paintbrush to pick up the color and apply it to the paper.

Minted Ink Pad - Catherine PoolerAll That Jazz - Ink Pad - Catherine PoolerSpruce Ink Pad - Catherine Pooler


Because I wanted it to look like a house I used a Brick Wall Embossing Folder to add the brick texture. I then added white texture paste ( I used Glitter Snow Glue) around anywhere that I thought would look good with a buildup of snow. I made it extra thick on the roof and around the base of the house. I added Mini Balls Shaker Elements on the snow for a fun candy look. I created shaker windows and added these mini balls to them. I did this by stacking up the present die 5 times on top of itself to allow movement of the balls. Then I added a piece of acetate sheet the size of the window to the stack then one final present die cut on the outside of the acetate. I also loved the Blue Swirl Candies Shaker Elements and turned them into lollipops around the outside of the house. 

Brick Wall Embossing Folder - Dress My CraftAleene's Glitter Snow GlueParcel & Post Christmas Decorations Etched Dies - SpellbindersBlue Swirl Candies Shaker Elements - Dress My CraftMini Balls Shaker Elements - Dress My Craft


All of the animals, snowmen, and Santas in this project are fussy cut out of the Christmas & Jinnie Image Sheets or from the Christmas & Jinnie 6x6 Paper Pad. This is a collection I typically wouldn't go for, but with the idea of this gingerbread house, the images just seemed to work perfectly. On the outside of the house, I popped these elements up using foam dots.

I wanted my first page to be eye-catching so I decided to make it a shaker. I cut my piece of acetate .5" longer than my paper on each side so I could wrap it around .25" on the back. I filled it with White Sunshine Sequins and Blue Swirl Candies Shaker Elements


This page also had a velcro piece at the bottom with a hidden page.

This was a fun page to make and I got the idea from the house elements in the paper pack. The outside is a snowy window and once opened, you see a warm fireplace. I made the fireplace pop off the page by making a 3D box to go behind it. It is easy to create and makes a great effect.



This next page has a sliding opener. This was created by die-cutting 2 same size circles using the Circle Family Basic Designer Dies and adding a strip of foam tape in the middle. This way the foam goes down the crack and holds the pages closed.



This page has an interactive element that could easily get missed at first glance. The mouse is held on using clear velcro and a piece of clear acetate. When you pull it back, it opens to a hidden page!

The hidden page is this snowflake spinner!

I also added a shaker page to the center of the book and gave it a candy theme.


This page is again showing the outside of the house, but when you open the flap it shows the kitty on the inside. I positioned the Blue Swirl Candies Shaker Elements in a way that the page can get propped up without having to hold it there. 


This page has a circle held on with a brad (that I then covered with the poinsettia) so it can swivel to reveal a scene on the inside! This shows a mouse and in front of him is a row of presents on an acetate sheet that pops up.


Watch the whole flip through below to get a better look at how all of these pages open and interact!



Thanks for stopping by and checking out my book/ house/ album! I hope this gives you some inspiration for your next interactive project!


Products Used:

Christmas & Jinnie 6x6 Paper Pad - Dress My CraftChristmas & Jinnie Image Sheets - Dress My CraftBlue Swirl Candies Shaker Elements - Dress My CraftWhite Sunshine Sequins - Dress My CraftMini Balls Shaker Elements - Dress My CraftMini Golden Bells - Dress My CraftAll That Jazz - Ink Pad - Catherine PoolerMinted Ink Pad - Catherine PoolerParcel & Post Christmas Decorations Etched Dies - SpellbindersJet Black Brads - Dress My CraftIvory 8.25x11.75 Inch A4 Cardstock Pack - Dress My CraftBrick Wall Embossing Folder - Dress My Craft100 Microns Acetate Sheets A4 - Dress My CraftCircle Family Basic Designer Dies - Dress My CraftChristmas Set Basic Designer Dies - Dress My Craft3D House Basic Designer Dies - Dress My CraftAleene's Glitter Snow GlueClear - VELCRO(R) Brand Sticky Back Coins .75

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Monday, November 14, 2022

10 Ways to Add Texture Using Stencil Butter

By Jessica Harvey

Have you ever used Stencil Butter from The Crafter's Workshop? It's bright, colorful, and beautifully creamy like the consistency of butter! This butter holds its shape as you can tell from the minute you open the jar. You will be amazed at the changes it ma...

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

Embossing Powder Techniques

By Emily Moore


Hello friends! 

I am here to show you another 4 techniques I’ve learned over the course of my cardmaking journey (one of which I learned from our very own Jess at ACOT!). I was very excited about the o...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Teacup Mini Album

Have you ever created a shape mini album? They're so fun to use for documenting certain events, trips, or holidays! Or even everyday little moments. This Teacup Chipboard Album Base from Mintay was calling my name! I'll walk you through how I created this little m...

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Saturday, October 8, 2022

Create Your Own Stickers

By Emily Moore

Hello everyone! 


I'm so excited about this opportunity to be a guest designer for the ACOT for the month of October! For my very first post, I will be showing 2 tricks I use, as well as one technique to ...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September Walk - Scrapbook Layout

By Jil Larson

When I created this 12x12 page, I had a few ideas in mind. I knew I wanted to capture that moment in early fall when there is still plenty of green, but the leaves are just beginning to gather and blow around at the sides of the road, when the sky is overcast one mom...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Cocoa Vanilla Storyteller Layout

By Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share a layout created using the AHmazing new Storyteller collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Have you had a chance to check it out yet? The colors are so rich and lovely, right up my alley!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Round Trip Mini Album

By Aadhira Sambasivan


Hey Cherries! A new day which means a new blog. Hope you are having an amazing week so far. So, I am back again to share my latest project for A Cherry on Top Crafts. I have crafted a Mini Album using Maggie Holmes' Round Trip Collecti...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Cut File Shaker - Technique Tuesday

By Natalie Dill

This July on Technique Tuesdays we are focusing on cut files! Cut files are great for adding an element that is specific to your page because there are so many options out there. In today's video, Natalie is creating a shaker page using a cut file!

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Tag Mini Album

By Jennie McGarvey



Jennie back with you and a mini album I made using the Simple Stories Let's Go collection. I had an acrylic mini album cover set in my stash and I knew it would be perfect with this collection and the photos I had from my trip. I wanted i...

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Binder Mini Album

By Aadhira Sambasivan

Hello friends!! How have you been? Aadhira this side with another beautiful project for ACOT Blog. This time I crafted an album with Pink Fresh Studio's Collection, The Best Days.


I love the colors in this collection. It has a mix of blu...

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Pinwheel Card

By Sara Mishler

Hello Everyone! Sara with you today. I am so excited to share this fun card with you! 

Do you know how many fun cards are out there? Tons of them! I have been scrolling Pinterest for fun, interactive cards to try and have a blast stret...

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Mini Heart Accordion Album

By Aadhira Sambasivan

Hello!! Aadhira here. I am back again with a new project for A Cherry of Top. This time I created a Mini Heart Accordion Album using Paige Evans' Bungalow Lane Collection. The album is inspired by Paige Evans'' Mini Heart Album Project. 


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