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Friday, January 30, 2009

Aren't These LOVE-ly? 9 comments  

Printable Valentine Goodies from ACOT's Digital Creative Team

The Digital CT has put together a handful of different Valentine goodies for your viewing pleasure.  We were challenged to come up with some form of a HYBRID VALENTINE PROJECT.

We are hoping that you like all of the items we have put together for this LOVELY theme.


Hybrid Valentine Treat Bag Toppers by janello (Janell)


Janell wrote:  "These candy treat bag toppers were fun, I thought the bracket shape would look really cute folded in half. They were so easy to make too. I plan on giving them to my friends on Valentine's Day!"

They are adorable, Janell.  Your friends will be lucky!!!

Valentine Hybrid Reveal by davsar (Sarah)


Sarah adds:  "I really enjoyed doing these little crafts with all the digi Valentine goodies in the store. I also created my ds's Valentines using a very non-Valentine kit - he simply loves trains so I am indulging him. TFL!!"

Hybrid Valentine Cards by janello (Janell)

Who wouldn't like to receive one of these Valentine cards?



Janell wrote:  "These hybrid cards were SO easy to make!  For the birdie card I did very little digi work. All I did was print out a digi element--that's it, glue it to some paper, then I did some simple stitching on the side and added some alpha beads. For the "I LOVE YOU" card, I made the digi card and then printed it out. I glued a button and used a real staple to attach the digi paper scrap that says "you"! Easy as 1,2,3!"

Hybrid Valentine Treats by MamaK321 (Kristianne)



Kristi wrote:  "For the Digi CT's Valentines hybrid reveal I created little treat bag and sucker holders."

Love You Always by Art_Teacher (Laura)


Laura writes:  "I love doing hybrid stuff, since my first love in scrapping is my paper supplies! For this card for my dh, I used both digi and paper supplies. The key to hybrid is having a good printer, I think, and some sharp scissors!"

Valentine's Hybrid 3 part hanging canvas by Smiley-Scrap8 (Ronnie)



Ronnie wrote:  "This weeks reveal is to create a fun hybrid Valentine. I made this for my dh from the kids and I.  This is a Hybrid wall hanging made from 3 6x6 canvases, photo printer paper, some chain and sealed with Mod Podge."

Hybrid Valentine by Cimorosete


Cimorosete wrote:  "For this week's digi reveal we had to make a Valentine hybrid project. So I decided to make picture frames of my two Valentines:  my daughter and my granddaughter. I used two 4 x 4 chipboard coasters and printed the pictures on photo paper. I printed extra sets of the love birds and the heart with wings and attached with foam dots to add a 3D effect. I also added Stickles to make the glitter elements pop."

How adorable is this?

Valentine Gift Bag by MamaK321 (Kristianne)


Kristianne "used a template to design, print, and assemble this little gift bag."

{Love} Hybrid by Mommybruno (Cassandra)


Cassandra wrote:  "This week's reveal was to do a Valentine-themed hybrid project. Soooo scary for me! I got rid of most of my paper scrapping supplies, and the thought of using the bit I have left was intimidating. But I'm so pleased with the result that I'm going to do another one!  The PP, frame, distressing, and staples are all digi. The alpha, raindots and word sticker are paper. I put it all on a 6x6 piece of chipboard that is actually supposed to be an album cover - it already had the punched holes for binding. I just added a bit of ribbon there, and I have this great little scrappy project hanging on my wall! TFL!"

Hybrid Valentine by nun69 (Angie)



Angie wrote:  "so these are the cute hybrid Valentine's bags I making for my kids and I will be sending them treats from Kuwait..{not sure what yet, but something :)}...these are super cute and very easy to give it a try...TFL"

 Angie's Treat Bag by MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Kristianne said:  "Since Angie is off in the desert, I volunteered to print and assemble this adorable treat box she made. It is the perfect size for a few goodies and a valentine for the kids or you sweetheart. These would make great classroom goodie bags, also.

(Bag designed by Angie (nun69) [see the digital original here:,121,0,,16,,96606] )"

Love Notes Altered Mailbox by MamaK321 (Kristianne)


Hopefully, the CT has gotten your mind thinking about what you could create for Valentine's Day.  We would love to see your creations, too.  Don't forget to post them to the gallery here at A Cherry On Top.


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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Digital Out of Bounds 8 comments  

Ok ladies, here is something new for you to try in digital.  This is a tutorial that will take your photos OUT OF BOUNDS.

I will be taking this photo and showing you have the process goes and in the end you would have this

And how you might ask.  Well here is a step by step to do this in photoshop.

Step 1: Open your photo and make a dulipcate layer.  Rename your original layer Original and turn this layer off (make it invisible on the layer palette)

Step 2:  Extract the portion of the photo you want sticking out of the frame.

Step 3: After you have done the extraction turn that layer off and turn the original layer back on.  On this layer you will use the tool to draw a rectangle the size and shape you want the new photo to be.  Pay attention to what you are including. I like to overlap alittle on where the extraction starts but very little.

You will notice that my rectangle is out of shape a little.  I did this by going to IMAGE > TRANSFORM > PERSPECTIVE and then grabbing the upper corner and dragging it in until you like the shape.  This will make the image look like it is laying on the table.  This is not something you have to do but it does look neater.

Step 4: Select the new shape you have just drawn (use the magic tool and choose it - it may tell you to simplify it but once you choose ok it will select it).  Now choose SELECT > INVERSE and hit DELETE. You will have this left.  Once you have done this you can turn off the recantagle layer or delete it.

Step 5: Add a frame around the photo area from Step 4. Make sure that if you changed the prespective of the photo, you also do this to the frame.  Also make sure that the frame layer is below the extraction layer.

Step 6:  Now turn your extracted layer back on and you should have you Out Of Bounds Photo

I hope that you all think this is as fun and neat as I do and if you have any questions please feel free to PM me - mkcdaisy.

Posted by mkcdaisy

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do you floss regularly???? 14 comments  

I am starting too.....

Do you floss?....embroidery floss that is.... How many tangled skeins do you have stuffed in a jar or baggie somewhere? All knotted up and just shoved in a corner? If you are anything like me it is probably quite a few. I decided I really need to organize  mine and grabbed my hidden baggie-- once I had them all organized they looked all nice and neat and pretty ...but I was inspired to actually start using them, and after you see all the neat ways I came up with hopefully you will go hunting for your hidden stash.


In my first example, I chose to use a very simple straight stitch around my photos, sort of as a frame. I also straight stitched around my title block to define it  a little better. The embroidery floss along with fantastic feel of the Daisy Bucket papers gives this layout a fantastic texture.


 In my next layout 2 layouts I kicked up a little bit and criss crossed my straight stitches. In the first one I used it as lacing all the way up the side of these awesome Little Yellow Bicycle papers.


And on this one I love how the contrasting pink just really "pops" against the green of these Kaiser Kraft papers.


In this next example, I change it up yet again and added some French knot to the awesome Basic Grey papers.



And with these Basic Grey papers I tried to do a little fringing and some whip stitching.  For the fringe effect, I tied my floss around a very thin piece of chipboard and then spread out the ends.... not quite what I was going for , but it didn't turn out to bad.


These last 3 examples ..those of you who are deathly afraid of needles....because you don't need a needle at all. 

I used my floss to create a grid on my edged paper.  It not only adds texture but you can use this as a background or it would look great to line up journaling or titles or as little boxes for embellishments.  


Here I used two different techniques. I love the awesome colors in the Imaginisce Twitterpated line and really wanted to use more than one color of floss. I used three of the colors in the papers and braided them together the tied off the ends and attached using big brads. I even threw in a glittery metallic blue with this to give it a little pop.  For the arrow I just wrapped a piece of chipboard with two different colors of floss. This can be done on almost any chipboard element--and it looks great on titles using alphabet chipboard.




On my Valentines card I used 2 colors and twisted them together than wrapped them around the heart. I thought the Bittersweet line by Basic Grey was just perfect for this.


 All in all, whether you stitch it, knot it, braid it or wrap it up...grab your floss from wherever it is hiding and use it on a layout or project sometime soon.

Products that I used to create these layouts:

Scattered LoveSo Happy TogetherPieces Of My HeartLove Letters Date Fabric StickersKiss Border / Kiss GridVogueDivineLittle Critters Rub-OnsBirdie Snag ColorfallEnjoy The Everyday StampMushroom FancyPeanut ButterMeltawayEssenceAlmond ToffeeBittersweet Element StickersHand-Dipped

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Creative Imaginations Narratives 5 comments

If I had to name one person in the scrapbooking industry who I admire and who inspires me, Karen Russell would always be my first choice. Karen has been designing the Narratives collection for Creative Imaginations for many years. Truly, I have always been aston...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

There's a Chill in the Air! 14 comments

Fancy Pants' Arctic Chill is HOT!

Here in New England we’ve been having a bit of an Arctic Chill!  Winds from the frozen north have been swooping in and giving us snow, super low temps, and the perfect excuse to stay in and scrap.  Fancy Pants Designs must have known this would be a winter for r...

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Newbie Scraplift CT Reveal 6 comments

For this weeks reveal we decided to scraplift new members of A Cherry On Top.  For those unsure of scraplifting, it is when you take a layout someone produced and use it as inspiration for your layout.  It can be something as simple as a technique but using inte...

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Finnish Star 13 comments

Make a fun quick paper craft with only ONE sheet of paper!

Make this quick and easy Finnish Star paper craft for the holidays

Materials: One sheet 12x12 doublesided cardstock, Trimmer, Pencil, Scissors, Adhesive (Note: Dry adhesives ie; photosquares or tape runners; will not w...

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

All About Anniversaries 7 comments

This week we're celebrating the anniversaries in our lives. Be it your marriage, a friendship, or even a special event, take some time to record them for yourself! You'll be glad you did.



Ronny scrapped about her first wedd...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

January CT Spotlight Layouts 14 comments

Starting the New Year off with a Bang!

It’s that time again! Time for a new CT Spotlight and you’ve had us wondering how to choose just one! The work since the beginning of the year has been simply fabulous!


Resolution 2009 by Yukari


Was chosen by Jess (Scra...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

7 gypsies Savannah 22 comments

A subtle line with beautiful patterns

One of the many great things about being on the Creative Team here at A Cherry on Top, and our new blog style of revealing, is that occasionally we can step outside our comfort zone.  Hopefully this encourages others to try a product line or a technique that you norm...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Scrapping in Black and White 7 comments

Shopping by Color

It was by accident that I discovered we have the ability to shop by color at!  I guess I'm set in my ways, but I always shop by company or by looking at the new arrivals in the shoppe.  A couple of months ago I scrolled down ...

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Chatterbox Together 21 comments

Gorgeous line with some FABULOUS embellishments!

Have you ever just run across a line that you just seem to fall in love with the colors? That is how the  Chatterbox Together line was for me. Some beautiful papers to be sure, but what really got me was the embellishments. The die cut  pack has SO M...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Meet ArmyWife95/Robin 21 comments

January's Featured Guest

This month's featured guest is Robin (aka ArmyWife95) .  She is a regular on the message boards and in the galleries so I am sure most of you are already familiar with her.  Join me in getting to know her a little bit better and welcoming her as our fe...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Celebrate in Style 14 comments

Create A Dinosaur Themed Party

While brainstorming for this reveal, I realized that it coincided nicely with my “baby’s” birthday.  She was turning four and requesting a dinosaur themed party.  She would sub...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Heidi Grace Valentine's Day 20 comments

Looking for a fun and pretty line of Valentine's papers and embellishments?  Look no further than Heidi Grace's Valentine's Day line now available in the ACOT shop.  There are a variety of specialty papers with glitter or flocking that are gorg...

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