Thursday, September 3, 2015

Help Us Welcome Our September 2015 Guest Craft Designer!

Please help us welcome our Guest Designer for September 2015!

Screenname: Cnmommy

First name: Crystal

Favorite Color: Red for décor but blue for everything else

My craft supply 'must have': Now this is not a fair question! I cannot possibly pick one item (can anyone? LOL!) I will go with two - double sided patterned paper and my Silhouette Cameo, with those two items I could make just about anything I needed/wanted.

I mostly create: I currently seem to be making a great deal of single layouts with multiple 3X4 pictures. I love combining 2-6 4X6 photos on one 4X6 to get as many photos on a single layout as I can.
I still have a soft spot for double layouts! Creating home décor items also allows me to express myself and make pretty things!

Layout: 'Bday Boy' (Challenge - Non Standard Photos)

products used:
So Rad Collection Kit - Simple Stories So Rad Bits & Pieces Die-Cuts - Simple Stories So Rad Photo Stickers - Simple Stories
 so rad simple stories a cherry on top

Layout: 'Don't Be Crabby' (Sketch Challenge)

The Story: At the very end of summer these two could not get along for anything. After numerous redirections, time outs, exercise outside etc I could not take it anymore and forced them to hug one another for five solid minutes. You would have thought I was making them torturing them or something. 

They then had to say two nice things about the other. It actually worked and we have only had to mention it once more! Funny since they LOVE to hug cuddle and love on one another!

products used:

Summer Days 12x12 Paper - Fun In The Sun - Pebbles Tiny Wood Veneer Die Cut Hearts - Printshop - Studio Calico Guacamole Little Bits - Bella Blvd

Be sure to check out all of Crystal's challenges during September on our Message Board!

Welcome Crystal!

guest designer a cherry on top
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Grab This Month's Free Dual Tipped Marker!

It's September and we have a brand new Free Marker for you!

We're excited to offer this high quality dual tipped marker to you!  Just add promo code FREEMARKER12 at checkout and we'll add it to your $20 or more order!  

Hurry!  Supplies are limited.  We hope you've had a great time collecting our markers during our promotion.  If you've missed any colors along the way, we still have some available in our shop for purchase at an amazing price.  Please visit the following link:

 new simple stories

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Join Us For This Week's Crafty Sketch Challenge!

Check out this week's paper crafting sketch challenge:

We want to see what you can create using this Becky Fleck PageMaps sketch as inspiration.  You can create a scrapbooking layout, a card, wall decor or anything you want  - just be sure to submit your finished project to our Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #102 Gallery before the end of Thursday, September 3rd!

As always, we're giving away A Cherry On Top POINTS - which are good for crazy discounts off of your purchases...and don't forget about the bragging rights that come along with being selected as a winner! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August Guest Designer Challenges

Can you believe the month is more than half over?  Soon here in the mid-west, the leaves will be changing color and school buses will be taking the kids back to school!  


Summer is not over yet!  You still have some time before the days get filled with school gear shopping and book bag buying.  Take some time to get in on some of Chris' Guest Designer paper crafting challenges for August!

We want to thank Chris (emmapaige) for coming up with all of these fantastic challenges!  One winner will be selected per challenge to win an A Cherry On Top gift certificate!  Most challenges end on 8/31/15, so be sure to check them out, soon!

Happy creating!

guest designer call
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Get In On The Paper Crafting Sketch Challenge Fun!

 sketch challenge

Show us your take on this scrapbooking / paper crafting sketch! Make a layout or a card or a placemat! Whatever you're inspired to create. When you're done, be sure to submit it to our Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge #101 Gallery!

But hurry!  You only have until midnite (11:59pm) EST on Wednesday - August 19, 2015 to post your project.  One random participant will be selected to WIN 1000 A Cherry On Top Points

Happy creating!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Congrats To Our FIVE Sketch Challenge Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS To Our Week 100 - Sketch Challenge Winners:

Congrats to Heather S., Sandi Pressley, Kraftyiam, Stateless and Sandi0805! 

You were randomly selected as our winners!

You'll receive 1000 ACOT Points!

100 POINTS to all other entrants just for playing!

 wrmk 123 punchboard

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Help Us Welcome This Month's Guest Craft Designer!

Please help us welcome out Guest Designer for August 2015!

Screenname: emmapaige

First name:

BIO: I am a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, daughter and sister. I still work full time at a fulfillment company as an account coordinator but I forward to retiring in the next year or two..

How I got started scrapping: My husband was watching TV and with remote in hand, he clicked through several programs and stopped on QVC when Lisa Bearnson was on with one of her Creating Keepsakes shows. Our oldest grandchild had just been born and my daughter had announced she was pregnant so my husband said to me that he thought it might be a fun hobby for me. I watched a few minutes of the program but I wasn’t really interested in pursuing the hobby. I didn’t think I was artistic enough and I had started and stopped so many previous crafts projects that I didn’t need another one.

But then a few weeks later, my pregnant daughter came to our house to pick me up to do some shopping. As we started down the road, she said she was hungry so we stopped at a bagel shop. Surprise - two stores down there was a brand new scrapbook store that was having its grand opening. Remembering the QVC show, I decided to stop in. I did a little make-and-take and signed up for a beginner lesson. So much for not being interested in this “little hobby”….I have never looked back and have enjoyed every second of creating memories for my children and grandchildren. 

Layout: 'Bon Appetit' (Challenge #3 - Guilty Pleasure)

 bon appetit layout featuring elles studio

products used:

lets eat collection pack elles studiosummertime pop drops lets eat elles studiolets eat bits and pieces elles studio

shop lets eat by elles studio

Layout: 'Hey Buddy' (Challenge #1 - Water)

products used:

making waves insta packmaking waves brag cardsmaking waves collection pack

Be sure to check out her paper craft challenges during August on our Message Board!

Welcome Chris!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Happy 100th Sketch Challenge!

It seems like only yesterday we decided to collaborate with the great Becky Fleck of to bring inspiration to you through sketches!  Today, we celebrate our 100th paper crafting / scrapbooking sketch challenge at

In honor of this huge news, we're going to randomly select FIVE WINNERS to win 1000 A Cherry On Top Points!

We're even sprinkling EXTRA POINTS to those who submit their projects to the gallery with product links to the individual items used.  Just look for this when submitting your project to the gallery:

Now, without further delay, here is this week's sketch:

Show us what you can do with this sketch as inspiration and post it to our Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 100 Gallery!  Be sure to also share it with our community by posting the project to our Message Board.

Hurry!  The deadline is next Thursday, August 6th!  Happy Creating!

 authentique paper moonlit halloween collection

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