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Monday, July 31, 2023

How To Make A Z-fold Card (With Video!)  

By: Emily Moore


Hi Cherries! It's Emily today and I am sharing with you how to make the classic, Z-fold card. I made one of these in the past for a Cherry Box and received some feedback that a video would be helpful, so I've done that for you today! Below is a whole video tutorial on how to make a Z-fold card, it's not as hard as you may think! 



First, I want to admit, I made a mistake during my video! I decided to keep that part in to show you not only does everyone make mistakes and it's completely okay, it was also totally fixable! First thing to note, I suggest using white cardstock that measures at 8.5 x 11 inches, I really like Spectrum Noir brand, it's nice and durable. This way, all you have to do is cut the cardstock in half (whether you want to make a horizontal or vertical Z-fold card). I also like using the white paper so that you can add your own patterns after, this makes it so none of your designs turn out upside down (another fun thing I learned by accident!).


I decided to make a horizontal card, which made mine come out to 4.25 inches by 11 inches. Then from there, you fold your cardstock in half, and then you fold the front part in half again. I added Catherine Pooler Inks on each page I created with a different summery pattern to make it super fun and bright. Then you cut your strip (as wide as you'd like) but keep it the same lenth (11 inches), and you fold it the same way you fold the card base. In half, and then the front part in half again. Then you can adhere it onto your card. The best part about this is that it turns out to be a regular A2 sized card when folded down, so 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches!


The mistake I made was accidently putting a readable image on the front of my card BEFORE attaching the strip. Make sure to put your pattern paper down, but if you have a saying, be sure to wait until you put the strip on to put it ontop of that, so it's readable! 



I used the newest Summer Collection from Photoplay called Sweet Sunshine that I just love! Look at all these bright summer colors and adorable patterns. I love the way this card turned out. I hope the video helps to make creating a Z-fold card easy for you! Let me know if you try this out! 


Find more from this collection here! 

Sweet Sunshine Photoplay Michelle Coleman



Products Used:


Sweet Sunshine Collection Pack - PhotoplaySweet Sunshine Ephemera - PhotoplaySun Rays Paper - Sweet Sunshine - PhotoplaySweet Sunshine Element Sticker Sheet - PhotoplayCatching Waves Paper - Sweet Sunshine - PhotoplayStay Cool Paper - Sweet Sunshine - PhotoplaySpectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock - White2 Inch Cherry Tape - ACOT Double-Sided Adhesive TapeFestive Color 1 - Making Essentials Sequins & Beads - SizzixCatching Rays Ink Pad - Catherine PoolerClay Mask Ink Pad - Catherine PoolerBe Mine Ink Pad - Catherine Pooler



Emily Moore

My name is Emily Moore & I love handmaking cards! I have an amazing, supportive husband, & a giant beautiful Bernese Mountain dog named George. I get very excited about pretty paper & love making detailed designs using die cuts, stencils, & any new techniques I can find! I recently made a career shift from finance to working at ACOT as the new Marketing Assistant and absolutely love it. Come, stop by & say hi! You can find me in the storefront!

You can find more from Emily on her BlogEtsyYouTubeGallery, Facebookand Instagram!

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Sunday, July 30, 2023

Top 10 Supplies To Start Embroidery  

Top 10 Supplies To Start Embroidery


Embroidery is such a fun craft! Are you a beginner and not sure where to start with all the supplies? Here's a list of ten supplies to get you started!


1. Popular Colors - DMC Embroidery Floss Pack - this is such a great pack of floss to start with! It contains two skeins of 18 beautiful shades. These are great to embroider florals!


2. White 20"X24" - 300 Thread Count Cotton Fabric For Embroidery - this is a great pack of fabric to start with. You can create several smaller projects with the 20"x24" size! (It also comes in an ivory color as well.)


3. Natural 6" Wood Embroidery Hoop - this six inch hoop is perfect to start out with! Not too big, not too small. 


4. Size 18/24 Chenille Hand Needles - chenille needles are great to start out with since they have a bigger eye! This pack has 6 needles in sizes 18-24.


5. DMC Peacock Embroidery Scissors 4" - embroidery scissors are important to have! There are so many sizes and designs to choose from, and this four inch size is perfect to start with. You can add more to your collection in the future as you will likely keep losing your scissors :)


6. Pellon Stick-N-Washaway Stabilizer - these printer ready sheets are so helpful and convenient! Grab a free embroidery pattern from the DMC site, then print it out on one of these sheets. Stitch away, and when you're done you just wash away the pattern!


7. Singer Decorative Needle Threaders - if you're spending too much time trying to thread your needle, grab this pack of cute needle threaders! They make threading the tiniest needle way easier and faster.


8. Ultra Sharp Pinking Shears 9" - these are really helpful to have! After you put your fabric in your hoop, trim off any excess with these scissors. They have a zig-zag cut design that helps prevent unraveling. It also just makes your edges look nice!


9. I Like To Make Things Needle Minder from Hawthorn Handmade - a needle minder is a cute magnet to keep a hold of your needle whenever you put it down! You don't think you need one until you've lost a needle or two in your couch :)


10. Glass Garden Embroidery Kit from Hawthorn Handmade - if you want to just skip most of the things above, this kit has everything you need to get started! The pattern is already printed on the fabric, and it comes with floss, a needle, and a wooden hoop. (Check out more kits from Hawthorn Handmade!)



Hi there! I'm Rachel - one of the owners and the Marketing Director here at ACOT. Kristin, the founder and heart of this company, happens to be my mom and hero. We lost her in April 2018, so my siblings and I are carrying on her legacy with this amazing business. She is dearly missed and we are still inspired by her every day.

I love all kinds of crafting, but my favorites are scrapbooking, art journaling, painting (watercolor and acrylics), and embroidery. I especially love it when I can combine some of these crafts together! Check out my projects in the
ACOT gallery.



Posted by Rachel Kent

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Notebook Scrapbook Layout  

By: Jennie McGarvey

Hello, there!  It's Jennie McGarvey and I am excited to share a brand new to me project with you.  That's right, I've started a new project this summer and I am loving it so much. Let me tell you a little bit more about it and why I decided to embark upon this creative project.


Recently I realized that I missed telling stories about one thing, event, etc. Basically, scrapbook layouts.  However, I wasn't sure I really wanted to go back to full-size layouts as my primary focus of memory keeping.  I'm very happy with my traveler's notebook size layouts but I was craving something different.



I knew that space is an issue (after scrapbooking for 20+ years with over 30 full-size scrapbooks on my shelves!) and that was something to take into consideration. So is the fact that I really love my memory planner.  Like, really love it.  I love the scale.  I love being able to use lots of smaller pics to tell a story. Enter this notebook that has boxes all over the page. I can choose to use two pages or one, as I have here.



This is my very first layout it in this notebook, the first of the summer.  I knew that Vicki Boutin's Where To Next was the perfect collection to use as it's bright, fun, and travel themed.  Since this page is about a road trip, it's the collection I wanted to use.


As I used in this layout, I plan on using mostly flat embellishments.  However, unlike my memory planner, this won't be strict.  I'll let myself be creative and have fun! That is definitely a large part of why I love memory keeping, the creative fun! Make sure you check out the Where To Next collection in the A Cherry On Top shop - it's perfect for all of the travel-themed projects you're hoping to make!

Shop more from this collection here! 


Where To Next? Vicki Boutin American Crafts


Products Used:

Where To Next? 6x8 Paper Pad - Vicki BoutinWhere To Next? Sticker Book - Vicki BoutinWhere To Next? Black Foiled Stickers - Vicki BoutinWhere To Next? Ephemera Icons - Vicki Boutin



Jennie McGarvey

Heya everybody! I’m Jennie and I live in Southern California. I’m a mom of 3 boys and wife to the most supportive husband I could imagine.

I’ve been paper crafting for 20 years and currently create more projects than I can keep track of. I also work in the paper crafting industry.

See more from Jennie on her GalleryInstagram, and YouTube.

Posted by EmilyMooreDesigns

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Nature Study Album - 49 And Market Embellishing

By Jessica Harvey

Today I'm sharing my finished 49 and Market Nature Study album that I created using a Build-an-Album! I started this album on a YouTube live to show different ways how you can use the Build-an-Album kits. My album was created using the White Create-An-A...

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Summer Vacation Memory Planning

By: Jennie McGarvey

Hello, friends!

I'm back with another week in my memory planner.  This week I've transitioned back into a vertical layout and I love how refreshing that feels.  Changing things up like that always makes me feel more creative and I love that.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 337

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, art journal, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 337 Project Gallery. One random winner will b...

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Creating a Layout With 4 Pieces of Paper 2 comments

By Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share with you a project I created using a selection of papers from the Trail Mix collection from Simple Stories and a piece of the recent travel collection from Photoplay. I had bought the two to mix and mat...

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Documenting Family Weekends - Technique Tuesday

By: Natalie Dill

This month for Technique Tuesdays we are focusing on traveler's notebooks! Today Natalie is showing how she documented a long weekend family trip to Dollywood using her Traveler's Notebook. Find the whole process in the video below!


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Monday, July 24, 2023

Asymmetrical Grid Cherry Box Layout

By: Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share with you a project I created using the August Cherry Box! It’s chock full of PinkFresh Studio Delightful collection and is well, just delightful!

Here’s my creation:...

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Sunday, July 23, 2023

August Cherry Box Card & Layout

By: Sara Mishler


Hello Everyone! Sara with you today sharing the projects I created with the August Cherry Box. This Cherry Box is brimming with bright, summery supplies. I started with the stamp set (of course I did :) to make a card. I colored the stamp...

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

DIY Earrings With A Big Shot 1 comments

Have you ever wanted to make your own earrings? This quick tutorial will show you how to create gold leaf earrings using a Big Shot, dies, and a few other supplies! These are easy to create and there are so many ways to customize. I experimented ...

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

Vintage Artistry Nature Study for Memory Keeping

By: Jil Larson

As a nature lover and nature journaler, I was excited by this summer’s releases for memory-keepers. Vintage Artistry Nature Study from 49 and Market made me so happy when it arrived on my doorstep! I’m also loving Simple Stories Simple Vintage Essent...

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Friday, July 21, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio Summery Floral Card

By: Channin Pelletier

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Channin here and today I’m sharing a cheery floral card featuring several products from Pinkfresh Studio.


To create this card I first stamped the large floral image from the Humbled & Grateful Stamp Set<...

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

DIY Sunflower Memory Keeping Journal

By: Emily Moore


Hi Cherries! Emily here today. Jessica and I recently went live with Eileen Hull to create projects with her new products. We each created a book with her Field Notes & Specim ScoreBoards XL Die and I am using mine as a memory keeping journal. 

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 336 1 comments

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, art journal, etc.) on the Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 336 Project Gallery. One random winner will be...

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