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Friday, January 31, 2020

Distress Oxide Reinkers Tutorial  

How to use your reinkers from the February Cherry Box!



There are endless ways to use Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers for backgrounds.



Here I am using the Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat and an Acrylic Block for spreading the ink onto my tags using different techniques you can see in the video:




There really isn't a wrong way to use these!




We hope everyone is enjoying their February Cherry Boxes! Use the hashtag #thecherrybox on social media so we can see how you used your Distress Oxide Reinkers!




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Posted by Jessica.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Creativation 2020 Highlights  


Creativation 2020 is in the books! Jessica and I had an incredible time in Phoenix, Arizona last week. We learned so much and were able to connect with tons of amazing people. We came back with all kinds of ideas and inspiration! Here's a little recap of our time there.



The Classes:

The focus of Creativation is the show floor and the abundance of vendor booths and brand new products. But did you know they offer business classes and creative workshops for us members? Jess and I spent the two days before the show floor opened in back-to-back classes, soaking up SO much information! We loved the instructors and all the ideas we left with. Our notebooks were crammed! Jess was able to fit in a couple creative workshops as well. Look what she made! 






The Show Floor:

The show floor opened up at 9am Saturday - packed with 206 exhibitor booths! It's just magical walking in there! So much creativity all in one place. Our first stop was with our American Crafts rep, Carissa. She was wonderful to talk with and pointed us to the newer products and introduced us to many designers (who we call crafty celebrities eep!) There is a reason this trade show goes on for 3 days - there was so much to see! We had to prioritize and weren't able to stop at every single booth. Here are just a few of our favorites:









The Make & Takes:

Many of the booths had demonstrations and make & takes. It was so much fun to get our hands on these new products and play with them!






The Designers:

I like to call them crafty celebrities! Yes I might have been hyperventilating as we walked in and passed by Heidi Swapp LOL. It has been on my bucket list to meet her! It was incredible to meet and greet with so many talented people all in one place. They are all so creative, and all in different ways. We chatted, watched them do demos, and just walked away feeling totally inspired.








New Products We Loved:




We R Memory Keepers Project Cart - I need about 5 of these! Anyone else start a new project when you haven't finished 17 others? It's like the We R team has been spying on me. Enjoy the video of Jess modeling this cart:






Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks & Alloys - Alright I need all these alcohol inks in my life! Especially those new alloys - you use just a drop of it and it adds a gorgeous metallic color that you can swirl around. I have seen various alcohol ink tutorials, but nothing compares to being right there at the table watching Tim Holtz do his magic! It was amazing to watch and I can't wait to try these out. Also he explains when to use isopropyl alcohol and blending solution with the inks and alloys.







Ranger Stickles Glitter Gels - the number one question I have heard about these are 'how are they different than the regular Stickles?' These glitter gels are perfect to add sparkle to bigger things. So you're not just dabbing here and there, you can scoop out bigger amounts to create gorgeous backgrounds or layering on your projects. They work great with a palette knife and stencils, as you can see in the video. Also these gels seem to be thicker and have different shaped 'chunks' in them, like stars and circles. We used the Asteroid one and now I want to glitter gel all the things!






Prima - Finnabair Matte Waxes - it was so fun to watch designer Frank Garcia use these waxes on the memory hardware. The Patina Green shade is my favorite. Don't have a video of his demo though, sorry!




Art Walk by Heidi Swapp - this line is just dreamy! I love the different watercolor and greenery backgrounds. The mini chalk ink pads come in 3 colors, but that deep teal is calling me!




And that's a wrap for now! Be sure to check out our YouTube channel and Instagram highlights for more videos from Creativation! Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you are feeling inspired to create!

-Rachel & Jess



Posted by Rachel Kent

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #157  

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this sketch! Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #157 Message Board and in the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #157 Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 1000 Cherry Points! You have until midnight (11:59 pm EST) Wed, Feb 5, 2019 to post your project. See Terms & Conditions.

Don't forget to visit our Contests & Challenges forum on our Message Board for even more inspiration!



Becky Fleck, founder of PageMaps.com, created a free resource eight years ago, providing distinct, original sketches that help papercrafters spend less time planning their pages and cards and more time scrapping them. Becky is the editor of Scrapbook & Cards Today, one of Canada's favorite craft magazines. She also designs for a number of your favorite paper crafting brands. You can find many more of her sketches by visiting PageMaps.




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Posted by Jessica.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Tutorial 1 comments


If you’re looking for an easy way to dip your toe in the mixed media world, this is a great place to start! Nuvo Embellishment Mousse works as a texture paste, watercolor, mist/spray, glaze, and more. Today, I’m usin...

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mixed Media Mix Up - Volume 1 6 comments

Hi Cherries! Natalie here today with the first in an ongoing series about Mixed Media. We're going to start from the ground up with all types of mixed media tips & tricks. Each segment will have a blog post and an instructional YouTube video

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #156 Winner!

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge

Week 156 Winner of 1000 Cherry Points!

Congrats to

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Meet our January Guest Designer!

Please welcome our January Guest Designer, Shannon!

Screenname:  1scrappymom

How long have you been a 'Cherry': I’ve been a Cherry since 2008 – I still remember when it was Stickers Galore!

Describe your crafting style: I’m definitely a 2-page use a lot of pictures gal, but I...

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Masculine Layouts With KaiserCraft Grand Bazaar


Hello Hello Cherry Friends!  Sara with you today sharing some fun layouts featuring tween boys AND Kaisercraft’s Collection Grand Bazaar!




I saw this collection in...

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #156

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Week 153 Sketch Challenge

1000 Cherry Points Awarded to the WINNER!

Show us what you can do with this sketch! Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, e...

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Monday, January 6, 2020

This is Us | Heidi Swapp Honey & Spice


When I first saw the Heidi Swapp Honey & Spice collection I knew I needed it all! I love the colors and patterns in this collection! My first layout using this collection came together so easy!


I started with a pie...

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #155 Winner

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge

Week 155 Winner of 1000 Cherry Points!

Congrats to <...

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Merry Grinchmas | Bella Blvd Cut Outs


Hey friends! Erica here with you today sharing a holiday layout using the new Bella Blvd Cut Outs! If you love the look of cut files but do not own a machine you are going to love these cut outs! Bella's first release of cut outs are all holiday themed...

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