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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Classes - DIY Decor  

A Cherry On Top Classes With Rachel and Jess


Creating your own home decor brings so much personality and creativity into a home. We'll show you how to create some pieces you'll love to show off.



The new Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection has some great pieces that can be created and used as home decor! In this class, Jess and Lauren will be creating home decor pieces using the Curio Clock.

Products Used:

    Curio Clock

    Idea-ology products

    Soft White Tiny Lights

    Photoplay Meow Collection


Let's play with resin! Resin is such a fun medium to explore because of all the different things you can do with it. This will be an introductory class on how to use the Color Pour Resin from American Crafts with various molds and coasters.

Supplies Needed: 
Resin & Hardener, Disposable cups to mix in - at least 3, Disposable gloves, Resin Tool Kit or stir sticks, Resin DyesResin Syringes 
- Molds or coasters. We used these:
         Hollow wood coasters
         Wood Tray Coasters
         Layered River Wood Coasters
         Nocturnal Elements Moulds
         My Sweet Silicone Mould
         Nature Lover Silicone Mould 

Optional Mix-Ins: LeavesFlowersMossPebblesBeadsFoil flakesCrushed Glass 



In this class, we will be transforming plastic eggs into little works of art. These eggs make a great spring decoration or a beautiful little gift.

Supplies Needed: Plastic Eggs, White GessoRice PaperMulti Medium GlossChipboard DiecutsLiquid Acrylic PaintsMetallique Waxes, a flat bristled paintbrushFoil Flakes, and whatever other elements you wish to add. 




In this class, we will be creating Halloween decor using a range of mixed media and paper crafting products. Our base for this project is a wood board that we will gesso and add layers of Halloween elements to.

Supplies Needed: Wood BoardBlack GessoHalloween Elements, Glitter, Charms, Flowers


Posted by Jessica.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Ink Pad Organization 6 comments  

By Jessica Harvey


Hi, Cherries! Today I'm finally organizing my ink pads. This is something I've wanted to do for a while but just never got around to. I've always thought it would be tremendously helpful if the color of the ink pad was also printed on the side so you can see it while they are all stacked up, but this just isn't the way they are, so today I'm doing something about it. 




I've been storing my ink pads in two baskets. One with all my Distress Ink Pads and one is a mix of all of the others. My first step was to go through the ink and toss out the old, dried-up, duplicates, and ones that I just don't use. My favorite ink pads and the brands I have the most colors of are the Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Catherine Pooler Inks. These are the inks that I think adding a color strip on would be the most helpful.




I stacked up all of the ink pads I wanted to label and started typing out their names in a list on the computer. Center the type so the name will be in the middle of the strip. I used a size 13 font in the 'Oswald' typeface using 1.5 line spacing. You can use whatever typeface you want but I wanted something simple, easy to read, and that could go on all of my ink brands. I printed them out on regular copy paper because I wanted the paper to be thin and easy to work with.




Next, I cut them into strips using a paper trimmer. Double-check before you cut them all that the width will fit where you are adding it to the ink pad. On the Distress Ink Pads, I applied it to the base and on the Catherine Pooler Ink, to the lid. 




Now it is time to add some color to these strips. On the edges of the strips, I applied the ink pad directly onto it to get a concentrated color of the ink.




As I got closer to the center and where the title is I wanted the ink to get a little lighter so I added some of the ink on a dauber and applied it. I noticed that if you swipe the dauber across the printed ink it can smear, so just use a light up and down motion. I used Tacky Glue to adhere the paper to the ink pad, but most clear craft glue should work. I found it was easiest to apply glue by dipping a paintbrush in the glue bottle and painting it on the paper strip. 




These strips wrap around 3 sides of the Distress Ink Pads and around all but about an inch of the Catherine Pooler Inks. I wanted to coat these in Clear Mod Podge because I think it gives it a nicer finish and the ink won't wear off or get dirty as easily. 



Here are all of my finished ink pad labels! It will be much easier to find the color I am looking for now and I think I'll also get more use out of them. I arranged them in rainbow order because I think it looks better and added them back to their baskets. There is much more room for them now that I downsized and have them nicely arranged.




Have you done this or are going to add labels to your ink pads? Let us know in the comments!


Posted by Jessica.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Altered Wood Mixed Media 1 comments  


Rachel and I made these mixed media altered wood pieces during a class with Anna Finnibair. We used moulds, waxes, flakes, and much more from Prima. It was cool to see how different our projects turned out! In this post, I'm going to share with you our process and the products we used.


We started by using canvas tape strips and adding them around two opposite corners of our live edge wood. Rachel used the Flower Queen Mould and I used the Nocturnal Elements Moulds that we filled with Modeling Material. Next, we started layering on our metal pieces and gluing them in place using modeling paste

Rachel went with a light floral look while I went for a dark sky theme. We both used gears to give it an industrial/ steampunk look. 

Jess's Layered Pieces:


Rachels Layered Pieces:



After all of our pieces had dried in place we gessoed over everything. Rachel used white heavy gesso and I used black heavy gesso. The heavy gesso helps the objects stay in place better than regular gesso. Next, we added the metallic flakes using gilding glue. The color in this painting is all done with waxes. We used Green Patina and Rich Copper, which was applied with our fingers. 


I added black and copper microbeads to add texture in small, empty areas and Rachel added in the photo to finish her piece. Of course, we had to add some splatters around the piece to give it the finished look that we both like.


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you got some ideas for your next mixed media, home decor project! Every time you make something like this it will turn out completely different, and that makes these projects so fun.


Posted by Jessica.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Craft Room Organization 3 comments



Hey friends! Natalie here with some crafty storage tips today. I'm going to show you some of the awesome storage solutions from the A Cherry On Top store that will fit into anyone's craft space - whether you have an entire room, a small closet, ...

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

5 Ways to Decorate Craft Letters! 


Welcome back to the Cherry Blog! Have you every seen the large, decorated letters often used in fancy décor? I love the look of them and the personalized touch they add to a room, so I tried five different ways to decorate them and I love them all! 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

DIY Memo Board


Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share a project I’ve been dreaming up for a while… I took a cheap baking pan and transformed it into a memo board with the help of the PinkFresh Studio Office Hours collection.


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thankful Wood Decor Kit

Here's an easy Thanksgiving craft for you or your kids! This little kit has everything you need for your project. But feel free to add some embellishments or sparkle to it. I was going for simple and rustic with mine, since time is of the essence with ...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Craft Room Tour


Hello to all my Cherry Fans! 

I have a very fun post for you today. Back in mid-June I started the process of converting an extra bedroom upstairs into a proper scrap room.

I am a very ...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Wood Plaque - DIY Home Decor


Even if you are a beginner crafter, you can make your own home décor with just a few products. This photo plaque makes a lovely wall hanging for your home or for a gift! Create a shabby chic look with these products: a wooden heart, Prima Flowers and ...

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Home Decor Tutorial - Be Kind Wall Hanging 1 comments

  Home Decor Tutorial - Be Kind Wall Hanging     Hello everyone! I'm so happy to be sharing my first Design Team project for A Cherry On Top with you today!   I was inspired by spring and the desire to add some new decor pieces to my home this month. I wanted...
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Hello Spring Plaque 1 comments

Hello Spring Plaque

If you are anything like me, you have a wreath for every holiday or season. Wreaths are so fun to make and a great way to greet ...

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Pocket Frame Tutorial 1 comments

Pocket Frame Tutorial

Want an easy way to change up your decor? Use a Pocket Frame! These frames from American Crafts have a detachable magnetic top and two tracks to slide in a variety of inserts. The hardest part is de...

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

DIY Spring Wreaths


We're dreaming of warmer weather with these DIY spring wreaths! (Yes it's currently snowing as I write this!) These wreaths are simple, cheerful, and the yarn gives some nice texture. Customize to your liking with different colored yarn and whatever...

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