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Saturday, September 30, 2023

How To Add Light To Paper Crafts Using Chibitronics  

By Jessica Harvey




Hello and welcome to the Cherry Blog! Today I'm sharing a new product, which is Chibitronics! Using Chibitronics you can easily add interactive light elements to your projects. I'm using the Chibitronics Mini Starter Kit which is a perfect starter kit to get started designing and creating your own circuits with fun LED stickers! The first time I tried adding light to my paper crafts was at Creativation back in April when Rachel and I were in Miami! I took a Chibitronics class and thought it was so cool and I had so many ideas of how I could use them! I've now made a few cards, but I'd also love to add light to scrapbook layouts, art journals, and home decor projects. I'm so glad they are now working with American Crafts and that we can start sharing projects using them! 




The first step when adding light to your projects is to plan out your project! There are a ton of things that you could add light to and I recommend checking out the Chibitronics blog for more inspiration. For this card, I'm using adorable Christmas stamps, stencils, dies, and paper from Lawn Fawn's Fall/ Winter release. Once you have the design on your card ready, it's time to start adding light to it!


Christmas Before 'N Afters Stamps - Lawn Fawn  Christmas Before 'N Afters Lawn Cuts - Lawn Fawn  Winter Sprigs Background Stencil Set Of Three - Lawn Fawn  Favorite Flannel Collection Pack - Lawn Fawn  




Start by grabbing this small rectangle. There are score lines in the center that you can fold. This is what is going to hold your battery.



Add one of these foam circle outlines to the rectangle piece and leave space for the opening where your tape will come out. The back of this has double-sided tape on it, so peel back the tape and stick it to the base of your card. Where it is stuck is where the viewer will have to press to turn the card on, so keep this in mind before adding it to your page.




Now I am using a 1/16" Hole Punch for creating small holes where I want the light to shine through. I'm adding 3 lights onto this card, so I punch 3 holes. I've found when punching through small pieces like this heart, I get a better result by first punching the heart by itself, then gluing it on the card front, then punching again through the card front. 



Hold your card front over the card back and draw little dots through the holes. This way we can see where we want the lights to be.




Now it's time to add the Conductive Fabric Tape! I will start with the negative first. Think of a battery with a positive and negative side. Start the tape in the little box where the battery will go and start bringing it up to where the light will be. The negative side will go on top of your dots. To curve the tape, just fold it over and change direction.




Once your negative is complete and you have tape going along the top of all of your dots, it's time for the positive side. Grab a new piece of tape (not connected to the negative) and start sticking it down on the inside of the little battery box where the + sign is. 




Continue to the outside of the box, down the side, then go along the underneath of all of your dots. Do not have your + tape touch the - tape.




Now time for the fun part and see if it works! Add the battery to its holder. Take off the backing on the foam and fold over the cover. Add the lights to your project along the dots that you made. The tops of the lights should be overlapping the negative tape and the bottoms should be on the positive tape.



Test it out and once you are sure that it is working properly, add foam tape to the background so your card will be at the same height everywhere. I also like to add a little wet glue to the battery holder.




Now add on your card front! I like to add a little PUSH HERE button created by using a small Circle Dies the writing on it. And that's it! How fun is that?? If you'd like to see this process in real-time, watch the video below. 





Thanks for stopping by and checking out this new product! Let me know in the comments if you would give this product a try.



Products Used: 

Chibitronics Mini Starter Kit - We R MakersChristmas Before 'N Afters Stamps - Lawn FawnChristmas Before 'N Afters Lawn Cuts - Lawn FawnWinter Sprigs Background Stencil Set Of Three - Lawn FawnMatcha Latte Paper - Fall Winter 2023 - Lawn FawnMulled Cider Paper - Fall Winter 2023 - Lawn Fawn

Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad - RangerFestive Berries Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad - RangerVintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad - RangerCatching Rays Ink Pad - Catherine PoolerMidnight Ink Pad - Catherine Pooler

Circle Family Basic Designer Dies - Dress My CraftSpectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock - WhiteDuel-Tip Alcohol Sketch Markers - Set of 60 - American Crafts



Jessica Harvey

Hello! I am the Marketing Coordinator here at ACOT. Here I make blog posts, test out new products, show how to use them, make posts for social media, and curate the Cherry Box. I also teach art classes at ACOT! You can see all of my crafty projects in my Project Gallery. When I'm not crafting or creating art I like to garden, play ukulele, camp, hike, swim, and hang out with my family.




Posted by Jessica.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Fall Floral Palette Card 1 comments  

By: Channin Pelletier

Hello crafty friends! It’s Channin here and today I’m sharing a floral card that features a muted fall palette. I love playing with color in this way, by simply adjusting the palette you can completely change the look and feel of a stamp set. 



To create this card I first stamped the florals from the All Kinds of Wonderful Stamp Set in Gathered Twigs onto white cardstock. I then ink-blended over the florals with the All Kinds of Wonderful Stencils and the several Pinkfresh Studio Inks (Peach Fuzz, Coral Reef, Marigold, Apricot, Persimmon, Doe and Gathered Twigs). Once I finished ink-blending the florals, I then die cut them out with the All Kinds of Wonderful Die Set. I then repeated this process to create a second set of florals.



Next, I trimmed down some Candy Floss cardstock to 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” and then adhered the panel to the front of an A2 top-folding white card base. I then stamped a sentiment from the All Kinds of Wonderful Stamp Set in Gathered Twigs onto the card front. Next, I adhered the florals along the left edge of the card with liquid adhesive. I only adhered along the bottom part of the stems and then trimmed off the overhang. Lastly, I finished the card by lifting the flowers off of the card front a bit to add more dimension. 



I hope you enjoyed my card. Thank you so much for stopping by!




Products Used:

Candy Floss Smoothies 12x12 Cardstock - BazzillAll Kinds of Wonderful Stamp - Pinkfresh StudioAll Kinds of Wonderful Die - Pinkfresh StudioAll Kinds of Wonderful Stencil - Pinkfresh StudioTombow Mono Multi Liquid GlueFiskars SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper TrimmerSolar White (MSRP per sheet $.16) - Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5


Channin Pelletier

Hello! I’m Channin Pelletier and I live in sunny Arizona with my husband and our two sweet daughters. I’m a long-time stamper and paper crafter. I actually started paper crafting back in junior high by carving my own stamps from erasers to make handmade cards and scrapbook pages. However, over the years, cardmaking has definitely become my favorite crafty hobby!  It’s difficult for me to nail down my style, I’m a bit of a chameleon! I love clean and simple designs, coloring flowers and critters, and even constructing interactive cards! But overall I love trying to come up with designs that are unique or unexpected!

I’d love it if you would check out my YouTube channel, BlogGallery, or follow me on Instagram!!



Posted by EmilyMooreDesigns

Thursday, September 28, 2023

30 Art Journal Prompts - Free Printable  


Need some ideas for your art journal? Here's a list of 30 creative prompts with examples, plus grab this free printable too! Print it out and keep it nearby when you're ready to create. Try just a few prompts here and there, or for an extra challenge do all 30 of them! There are different techniques, subjects, and mediums to choose from. You can click each example image below to see more details and what products were used. Have fun creating in your art journals!


(Click the image below to download the free printable. Personal use only, thank you!)




1. Lace


2. Washi tape


3. Butterflies


4. Dots

5. Texture paste


6. Black & white


7. 3+ forms of mixed media


8. Crayons


9. Favorite color

10. Journaling


11. Watercolors


12. Plants

13. Collage paper

14. Moody

15. Splatters

16. Acrylic paint

17. Florals


18. Gold


19. Gel Press


20. Pink

21. Book page


22. Quote or saying


23. Torn paper


24. Inked background

25. 3+ stencils


26. Favorite photo


27. 4+ layers

28. Stamping


29. Circles


30. Markers





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

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 346

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 346 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Meowy & Bright - Sketch Inspired

By: Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share with you a Christmas layout created with a little of this, a little of that, some metal dies for custom decor and a decent amount of feline cuteness!

Here’s my creation:     This layout is rather loose...
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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Watercoloring Card Backgrounds - Technique Tuesday

By: Emily Moore


This month for Technique Tuesday we are focusing on paint! Today, Emily is sharing how she uses watercolors to create beautiful backgrounds for cards. She's using the BetterPress system along with the new press plate, 'All is Calm' to cr...

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Waffle Flower Christmas Tree Card

By: Channin Pelletier

Hello crafty friends! It’s Channin here and today I’m sharing a bold and graphic Christmas card featuring several products from Waffle Flower Crafts. Today’s design combines a red, pink and gold palette to create a festive background that is complement...

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Spellbinders Floral Reflection Cards

By: Emily Moore

Hi Cherries! Emily with you today to share two completely different cards made using two of the same die cuts from Spellbinders. Stretch your die cuts by using different colored cardstocks, or inks!


For these two cards, I used the beautiful new

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

10 Texture Paste Techniques 2 comments


Need some texture paste ideas? Try these ten different techniques! Some of these we discovered just by playing around and experimenting. We often ask ourselves, what would happen if we did this, or added that? That's the best way to learn with mixe...

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

49 And Market - Ireland Layout 1 comments

By: Jil Larson

As I put pages in my 12x12 travel album, I think about when the eye needs a rest. In other words, if I have a highly detailed page (and you know I love those!), I want the facing page to be a bit simpler. So today I am sharing one of those simple pages. This layout i...

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Happy Halloween Layout - October Cherry Box 1 comments

By: Natalie Dill

Hey Cherries!

I hope you're gearing up for spooky season! The October Cherry Box is the perfect treat to help get you in the Halloween spirit. I used it to create this scrapbook page of my son in his costume last year.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 345

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 345 Project Gallery. One random winner will be awarded 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

30 Creative Prompts For Your Scrapbooking - Free Printable! 3 comments

Need some ideas for your scrapbooking? Try this list of 30 creative prompts! From different techniques, shapes, and subject ideas, there's a little bit of everything to choose from. Try one here and there, or do it all month long for an extra challenge! Print o...

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Mintay Chalk Paint Accent - Technique Tuesday 3 comments

By: Sara Mishler


This month for Technique Tuesday we are focusing on paint! Today Sara is sharing how she makes her photos pop with some Mintay Lilac Chalk Paint & some white acrylic paint. 


Find a full pr...

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Pretty Wicked Layout - October Cherry Box 2 comments

By: Suzanna Lee

Good morning Cherries! Suzanna here today to share with you a multi photo Halloween layout created with the October Cherry Box. If you haven't already checked it out be sure to watch my unboxing video. This box is a Halloween lovers dream and so fun to ...

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