Saturday, February 28, 2009

Creating the Green Way

In Jess' Creative Team article, "Don't Trash It...Scrap It!" We learn creatively, inventive ways to GO GREEN in crafting! At CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Winter 2009, the focus was using recycled products in your favorite hobby. Everyone knows that in traditional scrapbooking, there is a potential to create a lot of waste. Jess details simple, beautiful ways to reuse the packaging in which some of your favorite products are shipped.

In this example, Jess uses Petaloo packaging to make this beautiful gift box:

Jess reuses Maya Road packaging to create this altered tin:

Click HERE to view the complete article and to see more examples of creating the GREEN way!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another Successful Crop!

We hope you had an opportunity to jump in on at least some of the fun we had during the 2009 Winter Crop! Participants completed challenges and Fast Scraps. Some even made Pizza!!!

Haiku were written, Pixie Dust sprinkled and classes were taken! The best part? No one had to get out of their pajamas! Thousands of posts were submitted. Some participants completed ALL of the challenges. That is just amazing!

Did you miss a class? Don't fret! You can catch up by visiting our Resources page!

A big ACOT THANK YOU to all of the CT Members, Teachers, Cheerleaders and Participants for making this crop a blast!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The NEW Quickutz® Silhouette SD is AMAZING!

Kristin and I had a chance to spend some time with Spencer from Quickutz® during CHA Winter. When he told us about the incredible features of the NEW Silhouette SD, our mouths literally fell open! The original Silhouette offered spectacular features like cutting any true type font on your computer and transforming and cutting designs from 1/4" to 8" tall.

However, the original Silhouette required direct connection to a computer.

The Silhouette SD is completely PORTABLE!!!

Simply load your designs and fonts onto an SD card and insert it into the machine and take it with you to your friend's house, your child's school or a Friday night crop!

Here are a few of the fabulous features of the Quickutz® Silhouette SD:
  • FREE six month image download subscription with each machine.
  • No cartridges necessary! Download digital designs online anytime, 24 hours a day!.
  • Over 1000 digital designs available with new releases every month!
  • Easily adjust your designs and text to any size
  • Organize your designs for easy access and reference
  • LCD screen lets you select, cut and resize designs without a compouter
  • SD card compatible for use without a computer
Pick up your new Silhouette SD at and receive FREE UPS Ground shipping!

Visit our Quickutz® Silhouette SD information page for complete details.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This Week's Creative Team Reveal

Miranda shows us how to create something special for that favorite teacher!

Cindy shows us how we do not have to be dependent on patterned papers to make layouts that pop!

ACOT's resident cheerleader, Sus, does Disney® right using products from Reminisce
and Creative Imaginations!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Where Are We Going To Put It All???

This has to be one of our favorite parts of the year! New products released at the Craft & Hobby (CHA) show are beginning to bombard the warehouse! Becky and Michelle are busy entering product information and finding any and all available real estate in the warehouse.

Just within the last few days new SEI, Reminisce and Dream Street shipments arrived. If you haven't checked out Bisous you need to NOW! HAHA! Basic Grey never disappoints and Maya Road's albums are incredible and will be in stock soon!

We're so excited to see all of the Spring products! With our warehouse being in Michigan...we can use all of the bright colors and sunshine we can get.

Sassafras Lass' Vintage Yummy line: SEI's Mimosa Line:

To view all of the latest and the greatest check out our NEW Product Arrivals on a daily! We cannot wait to see all of the creative projects you complete with the new items! Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, February 13, 2009

February Crop Classes Posted!

Our Winter Crop is just around the corner! If you haven't already, check out our schedule of online crop classes! There's still time to gather your scrapbooking supplies to participate!

View Class Schedule

We have some real online crop diehards on our Message Board. See what they have to say to get you to Prepare for an A Cherry On Top Crop!

We'll "see" you there!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Layouts of the Week!

Message Board member FiremansWife7 makes use of KI Memories and Prima products in this gorgeous baseball layout!

Message Board member pne123 spotlights her digital talent in this playful layout entitled, "Letters":

Great Job Ladies!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Last Minute Valentine Ideas!

If you're looking for ideas to make this Valentine's Day truly special, check out this week's Creative Team Reveal! Valentine's Day is no longer just about chocolate and flowers. Don't get me wrong. Chocolate is still VERY, VERY essential to an unforgettable day of love, but why not add one or two of these ideas!
Tristann's altered magnetic frame:

Laura's altered mailbox tins:

Or Kathy's Candy Boxes:

However you decide to spend your Valentine's Day, we hope you take time for yourself and enjoy every second! Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Come Crop With Us!

ACOT sponsors THE best online crops around! There are Challenges and Fast Scraps. Classes and Special Deals on your favorite scrapbooking products. Occasionally, our Creative Team and Crop Hostesses get so crop happy...they give away stuff just for lurking on our Message Board!

You DO NOT want to miss it!

Never attended an online crop and you're a little confused as to how we pull it off in such an awesome way? You're not the only one! Read our What Is An Online Crop? article for all the details!

February is also our 3 year Digi-versary. Yep! It was three years ago this month ACOT went digi with our Digital Shoppe! It's crazy how quickly time flies. The Digital Creative Team will be busy making this month even more digi-ful!

Sign up for our Newsletter and stay informed of all the happenings of!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Digi Does It Love-ly!

Our Digital Creative Team was challenged to come up with hybrid (digi/traditional paper crafting mix) projects with a Valentine theme!

Hybrid Valentine Treat Bag Toppers by janello (Janell)

Hybrid Valentine Treats by MamaK321 (Kristianne)

Valentine's Hybrid 3 part hanging canvas by Smiley-Scrap8 (Ronnie)

For details on these and other fabulous projects, click HERE to read the complete article!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Need A Challenge?

Sometimes you just need to think out of the box to get those creative juices flowing again! Our Creative Team is here to inspire you to possibly try something new with those scrapbooking supplies you have stored away.

Challenge #1: Ad Inspiration Challenge. Find an print ad that speaks to you! You don't have to use it as a template. Look for elements you would like to use.

Challenge #2: Card Challenge. It's February...the month of ooh la la! Change things up by making a Valentine's Day card without the traditional colors/symbols!

Challenge #3: Color Challenge. It's Winter in our neck of the woods. Take your favorite pics and see what you can do with "cool colors" like blues, grays and purples!

Submit your project to the gallery and you may may win ACOT POINTS! Check out our Creative Team challenge article and Message Board forum for details!