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Friday, June 29, 2007

Brushes and Stamps Go Digital 3 comments  

See what the digital CT has been up to this week...

Have you ever wondered what to do with those brushes or stamps that you get in your digital kits or you see them in the shop and haven’t purchased because you don’t know how to use them? Or, have you used them previously and are looking for some new ways to work with them? You can recolor them, use them to frame your photos, use them as borders, use them to highlight a key area of a photo, and so much more. Let’s see if the Creative Team can inspire you…

 My Favorite Uncle by bamablue


Glenda says, "I used the brushes as a stamp. (IMHO, I think this is easier than using it as a brush, but that could be because I'm not used to how brushes work!) For the brushwork color, I first used the pattern fill feature to change the color and give the brushes a little more texture. I then used the layer palette/multiply to get the burn look and softened the whole effect by reducing the opacity to about 60%."

ACOT Products used: Julie Mead's Classic Brushes, Julie Mead's Paper Bag Elements, Kim Hill's Sandy Paisley


Ben's Kindergarten Grad by nun69


Angie says, "Julie's brushes were PERFECT for adding to my background paper and I colored the brushes to match the colors in my alphabet."

I really like that Angie left some of the brushes black while recoloring the shooting stars to really pull this layout together.

ACOT Products used: Julie Mead's Paper Bag series and Dream Brushes and The Crayon Box Brushes, Marcie Reckinger's Got Layers 7, Christine Nash's Brown Baggin' It, and ACOTs Extra Credit collaborative kit


Chillin by CamsMomma


Jackie says, "My program doesnt use "brushes" like ps programs do, so i use them more like stamps, and fill them with different textures or colors. I used stamps on the large tag, next to the names at the corner of the photo, and for the flourishes at the corners of the page."

ACOT Products used: Julie Mead's Vintage Make a Tag Kit, Michelle Bradley's Fancy Flourishes, Kim Hill's Teen Spirit, Peggy Brutcher's Frame Ups, and ACOTs Rest and Relaxation collaborative kit


I love my bike by janello


I just love how Janell used these brushes... Anita Stergiou's 110 Years of Memories by Anita Stergiou, Framed Brushes by Julie Mead, and Dream Brushes by Julie Mead.  She recolored them by picking colors from the picture so that they match perfectly.  So colorful, don't you agree?

Other ACOT products used: Anita Stergiou's The Organics Collection, Kim Hill's Teen Spirit Kit and Juicy Fruit, Julie Mead's Paper Bag Elements


Not So Tiny Bubbles by FairyMouseMom


Not So Tiny Bubbles (right)

Egle says, "I created the "bubbles" using a brush from one of Julie Mead's brush kits [Framed Brushes] available here at ACOT. I made them different sizes and then masked them with Michelle Bradley's Prism Papers. It was really fun working with these brushes to make them look like bubbles and then those prism papers to give them the colors of bubbles."

Additional ACOT Products used:  sketch*PLATE 12 by Anita Stergiou, Kids @ Play series by Michelle Bradley, Tiny Torn Alpha by Danielle Catalano-Titus


Little Gymnast by bamablue


Glenda recolored these Dream Brushes by Julie Mead by creating a fill pattern from her DD's bathing suit and using that to recolor the brushes and then using them as stamps for this layout.

Addtional ACOT products used: Lena Brandenburg's Melonhead, Peggy Brutcher Graffiti Grunge


moments with grandma by MamaK321


Kristie says, "Working with brushes is not something I do regularly. Sometimes it takes a bit of practice and patience to get the right look.  But don't be discouraged, in addition to looking really cool, brushes are very versatile and can be simply used as stamps." 

I love the way Kristie recolored these brushes to match the sepia tones in the photo.

ACOT products used: ACOT Relax and Rejuvenate Collab Kit, Classy and Classic Brushes by Julie Mead, Dream Brushes by Julie Mead

Alpine Slides by FairyMouseMom

Alpine Slides Take 2

Egle says, "I used Gypsy Chick’s “Shabby Paisley Brush / Stamp Set” to create the vertical border strip to the right of my photo. I used only 1 brush, copied it, and flipped it. I masked each one of those brushes with one of Lena’s blue papers….and reduced the opacity of the brush itself to give it a more subtle look."

Other ACOT products used:  A Cheerful Goodbye by Lena Brandenburg, Grafitti Grunge by Peggy Brutcher, Little Artisans Mini Kit by Michelle Bradley, Kids @ Play Element Pack by Michelle Bradley


Babe in the Woods by bamablue


Glenda says, "I created the dragonfly brush from a dingbat font (2peasGGsLoveMe) and applied to Kim Hill's Sandy Paisley paper for a fun backgound paper."  [There's a lot of free dingbats on the internet; this is a fun and easy way to create something that is truly unique and exactly what you want!]



There are a ton of great kits in the store that are all about brushes or stamps and some of the regular kits contain brushes/stamps as well.  Here are some links to a variety of kits in the digital store to get you started:

Dream Brushes by Julie  Dream Brushes by Julie Mead

Shabby Paisley Brush/Stamp Set  Shabby Paisley Brush/Stamp Set by GypsyChick

Ribbon Roses Collection :: Brush & Stamps Set Ribbon Roses Collection :: Brush & Stamps Set by Anita Stergiou

Pier 49 Pier 49 by Amy Teets

Three Monogram Stamp Sets  Three Monogram Stamp Sets by Danielle Catalano-Titus

Canvas Stamp Alpha  Canvas Stamp Alpha by Marcie Reckinger


Posted by bamablue

Friday, June 22, 2007

Start Summer off with a Double Whammy! 6 comments  

Your digital Creative Team reveals fab templates and amazing papers!

Your digital Creative Team here at ACOT went to work to show off not just one, but TWO sets of great products that you can find right now in the Digital Shoppe!

Marcie Reckinger's Got Layers #7   Featuring a super hot trend in digital scrapbooking - curled, bent and folded edges!

And, a new collection by Julie Mead - everything you need from a Paper Bag, from papers & frames to alphabets and other elements! 


Look at how the Creative Team used them below!

Tippecanoe River by mayerkt

Pets for the Day by FairyMouseMom

One Afternoon by EdelineM

Like Father, Like Sun by saturnsvu

Goatherd by janello

How Do YOU Sleep by nun69

Howie by CamsMomma

Be you! by bamablue

Posted by mayerkt

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Imagination Project 5 comments  


This week's Creative Team Reveal focuses on products by Imagination Project!  There are hundreds of IP papers to choose from....and a HUGE selection of embellishments to match!  We had a great time working with their products and hope you'll enjoy browsing throught our layout and project ideas!  Many of the projects below have multiple photos in the gallery, so take the time to click on each link!  

And as always...there's an Imagination Project contest!  Details are available in the Contests and Challenges forum!


Creative Team Layouts 




By Grace (scrapsakes)



By Jackie (Jackie Pettit)



By Jane (hokiecanuk)



By Janet (Janet)


By Kim (Lillpop)



By Melissa (melis_ga)


By Miranda (LoveMyBella)


By Nancy (neboyle)


By Tristann (n7zuq)



By Amy (moodyonceamth) June Guest Creative Team Member!



By Clair (clairbug)



By Diane (Dianedi)



By Elsie (ElsieB)


Posted by clairbug

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

CT Spotlight Vol. 14 18 comments

Putting the Spotlight on Superior Layouts

Welcome to the CT Spotlight, a monthly feature in which the Creative Team will put the spotlight on superior layouts that have caught our eye in the gallery.  We'll show you the layouts, tell you who made them and why we love them.  The first CT member quoted is...

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Making an accordion gift album with digital pages 7 comments

(or, "how I got out of buying a birthday present.")

My friend Jen has 5 kids. Her twins' birthday was coming up, and I asked her what I should get for them. "Oh, don't buy them toys," she told me. "Just take pictures at the party and make me a scrapbook page."

Music to my ears! Shopping ...

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Friday, June 15, 2007

A Cheerful Goodbye 15 comments

New freebie in the Digital Shoppe ...

Lena Bradenburg is retiring as a Digital Designer due to medical reasons.  We encourage you to stop by her store in the ACOT Digital Shoppe as her products will be only available for a limited time.  Everything has been marked down to just one dollar, and she has...

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Getting to know the "FACES" behind the "NAMES" of your Digital CT 7 comments

ever wonder what those ladies look like behind those screen names?

Do you ever wonder WHO is behind "nun69" Angie, "FairyMouseMom" Egle, "MamaK321" Kristianne, "bamablue" Jackie, "janello" Janell, "EdelineM" Edeline, "CamsMomma" Glenda, "mayerkt" Karin and our guest CT this month "saturnsvu" Paula?  Well, check out...

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Shadow Boxes: NOT just for your walls anymore! 8 comments

Come take a peek at what the digital CT has created this week!

Amy Teets, an ACOT Designer, describes her Shadow Box collection like this:

"Lost your scrapping mojo?  Need to scrap a lot of photos but not sure how?  This 12x12 chipboard png shadow box is perfect for you!  One PNG chipboard frame is included...

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Contest Winner of the "I SPY" Hybrid Contest 10 comments

First let me thank everyone that participated in the contest.  I know how diligently you searched the Scrapbook and Digital Shoppes for the 5 products.  There were many entries with all 5 products listed correctly.  All entries with the 5 products listed...

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Fancy Pants 16 comments


Fancy Pants was created with scrapbookers in mind....so if you're a scrapbooker the chances are in your favor that you will love their products.  Not only do they have some amazing papers, but they also have rub-ons, Biggest Board chipboard (meaning that some pieces ...

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Meet 4peasinourpod 29 comments

Read about Pam. She describes her style as simple, but if you take a look at her Gallery you'll see that simple can be great!

Tell us about your family:
I have a husband, Andy, that I have been married to for 13 years, and four children, Evan, Kendall, Kiley and Delaney.

How long have you been a scrapbooking and what got you started?
I ...

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Digital Technique - How to POP out a Photo 11 comments

3D Photo Technique

How to POP out a photo

 Choose a photo that has an object (or objects) that you want to POP.   I’ll refer to this as the “target object” from here on out. 


I’m going to use this photo.


I want to POP out both flowers (on bo...

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Friday, June 1, 2007

Scrapbooking Confessions 34 comments

Ma's Madness June 2007

The middle of this month marks a pretty big anniversary for A Cherry on Top. It was then that the Message Board opened up for chatting and sharing. And for four years I’ve been bellied up to my computer taking it all in. I come for the fun, the Crops and Contests, t...

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Friday, June 1, 2007

Get to know your Digital Creative Team! 12 comments

Our Dedications & Highlights of Angel Kisses

Last week, we were pleased to release an amazing ACOT Collaboration Kit: Angel Kisses, dedicated to and in memory of Stephen & Kaley’s Angel Arrayah.  Look for bits and pieces of Angel Kisses in these layouts, and find some ot...

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