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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Late Afternoon Projects  



Hello Cherries! Sara here with you today, back with another product focus! 

For September, I decided to play with Amy Tan's new line, Late Afternoon! 


Late Afternoon Amy Tangerine American Crafts

I just love the colors in this collection, so fun and fresh! 

I created 5 layouts to share with you this month. 

I hope you like them and they inspire you to create with this fabulous collection.



Sweeter Than Honey 


The first layout I created was for this month's blog hop. I used one of ACOT's Becky Fleck sketch challenges. It features hand stitching and you can see all the details in my blog post. 



I'm So Cute


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I played with fonts and stamps and die cuts for this one! I love to combine and mix fonts for long fun titles.



Hello Autumn 


Process Video:


For this one, I used Catherine Pooler ink in a unique and fun way to add a pop of bright, fun color to my page.



Andre Snuggles 


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The green and copper colors in this collection were the first thing that caught my eye and made me want to play with it. So one of my layouts just had to feature these colors!



Happy Day


For my last layout I thought it might be fun to play with the current Becky Fleck challenge!


I hope you enjoyed seeing all the great projects I made this month with Late Afternoon.

Next month we are going to create some more fall project with Cozy Days from Simple Stories!

See you then!

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara | ACOT Design Team



Posted by Rachel Kent

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #191  

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #191 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 1000 Cherry Points! All other participants will receive 100 Cherry Points. You have until midnight (11:59 pm EST) Wednesday, September 30, 2020 to post your project. See Terms & Conditions.


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



Last Week's Challenge #190 Winner of 1000 Cherry Points!

Congratulations to Hksslmspt!



Becky Fleck, founder of PageMaps.com, created a free resource 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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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Freshen Up Volume 3 1 comments  


A few weeks ago, there was a Cherry blog post about different ways to heat embossToday's Freshen Up series will demonstrate different ways to incorporate those heat embossing techniques on your scrapbook pages! So dig out those heat embossing supplies and let's play!

(Be sure to check out Freshen Up Volume 1 and Volume 2)


I used four different embossing techniques on this layout:


You can find a process video on my YouTube channel:


The essentials for this technique are embossing powder, a heat gun, and an embossing medium




Probably the most often way of using the heat embossing technique is to emboss a stamped image. Embossing a stamped image add texture and dimension to a page. It can really give a layout a special feeling beyond the normal stamped 2d images.



In this layout, I stamped floral images directly onto the background, I then enhanced some of the stamped images by stamping a second time and applying clear embossing powder to them. This gave me the same look as applying glossy accents to my title, but in much less time!


The glitter embossed outline of these florals add a fancy element to this wedding page and helps the stamped image blend in with the foiled paper. 


I embossed this wood grain background stamp on the entire back of my layout, adding a super fun texture. 


This embossed sentiment tied in well with my embossed title and the photo subject.



Another way to include embossing on a layout is to emboss a cut file. I find this technique especially helpful when I wish to add glitter to a page. Heat embossed glitter adds the sparkly fun to a scrapbooking page without leaving a giant mess in the page protectors!


In this layout, I didn't have brown embossing powder. I wanted to use brown loose glitter, so I embossed sticky embossing powder on the title, then applied the glitter and set again with the heat gun!


Embossing this cut file was a quick and less messy way to apply the glitter effect I wanted. I just smeared the embossing ink on my cut file and covered in Wow embossing powder.


I cut my custom title alphas with my Cricut machine and embossed the heavy cardstock with Black Nuvo embossing powder



Adding embossing powder to wood veneer and chipboard can personalize your embellishment pieces without the mess of paint or worry of smearing ink. You can also use it to just distress the sides of embellishment pieces and give added texture.


I embossed a matte red on this circular chipboard to give a nice pop of a layering piece behind the photos.


I embossed two chipboard rectangles as gold layering pieces behind my photo for this layout.


I embossed the cute wood veneer camera here in silver glitter to go with my Halloween theme!



You can add embossing anywhere on your scrapbooking layout with a stencil! Rubbing your embossing medium through your favorite stencil can add fun texture and color to your page backgrounds.


I embossed gold powder on a stenciled wood grain image using VersaMark.


Another bit of embossed stenciling along the background surrounded by watercolor mixed media.


On this page I rubbed my embossing ink through a dot stencil and added Wow Sunset Boulevard to give a sparkly background texture.



The embossing resist technique can make beautiful images on a scrapbook layout. Embossing on white paper with white powder, or any color paper with clear powder leaves only the raised image of the stamp or stencil. Then you are free to add any mixed media of your choice! Water color or stamping ink or gelatos - the possible combinations are endless!


In this layout, I used black embossing powder to resist watercolor, then I messily colored in the stamped, embossed images.


I used clear or white embossing powder on this layout, then smeared blue ink on top of the dried image. Once rubbed with a wipe or paper towel, the ink is removed only from the stamped image to reveal this gorgeous resist look!


I hope you have been inspired to use your embossing powders to enhance some scrapbooking layouts. I especially love to add sparkly glitter to holiday layouts, and embossing them to a hardened state ensures they won't litter your albums for years to come. I would love to see added embossing on your layouts in the gallery.


xoxo, Natalie
ACOT Design Team



Posted by Rachel Kent

Monday, September 21, 2020

Vicki Boutin Storyteller 2 comments


The new Storyteller collection from Vicki Boutin is just beautiful! And we have been getting many questions about which papers are in the 12x12 paper pad, since not all of them from the collection are included. We have made a list for you to help sort...

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Eat Pie! Scrapbook Layout

From our Guest Designer, Shadnee

Eat Pie! This fun pie- inspired layout was made by our September Guest Designer, Shadnee. She used Simple Stories’ “Cozy Days” collection, which I didn’t even realize it had so many pie things. It goes to show how versatile collections li...

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Sizzix Giveaway! 16 comments


Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win this great prize from Sizzix! One random winner will recieve a Big Shot Machine, Sculpting Foam, Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies, and Dimensional Domes. The winner will be notified by emailed on October 1st..

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Halloween Market Layout


Can you believe it is September already! I am super excited for all things Fall and especially Halloween! We love Halloween in my home and I love to create layouts of our October adventures! There are so many awesome Halloween products available in th...

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #190

Paper Crafting Inspiration from A Cherry On Top


Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!

Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #190 Project Gallery. One random win...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Pumpkin Spice Scrapbook Layout

From our Guest Designer, Shadnee

We love this beautiful fall layout from our September Guests Designer, Shadnee. I love the diagonal line across the page that is filled with stickers, ephemera, and dots! She used Simple Stories' Cozy Days collection. You can watch the process video o...

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Thankful For Family Time Scrapbook Layout

From our Guest Designer, Shadnee

Today we have this beautiful fall layout from Shadnee, our September Guest Designer to show you. It is such a fun fall layout and is a great reminder to be thankful for family time! She used Simple Stories' Cozy Days collection. You can watch the process video of ho...

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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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Friday, September 11, 2020

Freebie Friday - Marigold Collection



Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Maggie Holmes' "Marigold" collection, which includes 50 chipboard stickers, washi tape, washi stickers, flower petal washi, ephem...

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #189


Show us what you can do with this week's sketch!


Post your finished project (layout, card, wall hanging, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #189 Project Gallery. One rando...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Happy | Lovely Moments Pebbles


Hey friends! Erica here with you today to share a new 12x12 scrapbook layout that I plan to hang up in my office! I really wanted to create a pretty layout with some soft colors and florals but still have a nice clean look to it.


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Friday, September 4, 2020

Freebie Friday - Heidi Swapp, Old School



Happy Freebie Friday! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win Heidi Swapp's Old School collection, which includes 12 double sided papers, a stamp set, and washi tape! One winner will be notified by emai...

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