Thursday, September 30, 2010

This Week's Scrapbooking Product Review

Featuring Bella Blvd., My Mind's Eye and Fancy Pants Designs!

Sus reviewed both the 'Midterm' and 'One Fall Day' collections from Bella Blvd:

Second Grade
'2nd Grade' by Sus using Mid Term - Bella Blvd

Jess reviewed the 'Portobello Road' line from My Mind's Eye.  Here's a tidbit of what Jess had to say about working with this collection:

'Pictures do NOT do these papers justice at all.  Each piece has a side with a glittered pattern (some more than others) and a side with a more subdued, plain pattern. '

hanging flower ball
'Hanging Paper Flower Ball' by Jess - My Mind's Eye

Diane worked with scrapbooking products from the 'Happy Together' collection by Fancy Pants Designs:

happy with nana and b
'Happy With Nana and B' by Diane - Fancy Pants Designs

To find out what the Creative Team really thought about working with the products, be sure to check out the full articles at

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Review Items - Get Free Scrapbooking Products!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

How To Make A Crepe Paper Flower

-article by Cindy (Kimandasmo)

A few weeks back we made a crepe paper flower, well, I still had a bunch of it left over and while I was stalking scrapbooking blogs this week I found this idea.

You will need two circles of cardstock and crepe paper.

Cover the outside of edge of your larger circle with adhesive. Then we are going to do a fan fold of the crepe paper all the way around the circle. This does not have to be exact.

Then repeat with your second circle.

I then put the smaller circle on top of the larger one and adhered.

Next, cover the exposed area of the top circle and fan fold around the center.
you will end up with a three layer flower. 

Here is my completed scrapbooking layout using this flower. I sprayed mine with Glimmer mist and added a center with ribbon.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

Cindy is an avid scrapbooker and paper crafter.  She resides in Florida with her husband and two daughters.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How To Make Paper Flowers Series Is Back!

We're continuing with the 'time to get back into the swing of things' theme this week.  Cindy Collins (Kimandasmo on the Creative Team) brings back her 'Flowers on Friday' series!  Cindy provides step by step instruction and visuals to help you create your own paper flower garden!  Use these flowers on your scrapbooking or paper crafting project!

This week you are going to start with scalloped circles..I am using 3 different sizes. you can use more or less.

If you do not have a punch or machine to do these..I am going to show you a way...
start with a circle

now using a pencil or another small round object place it on the inside of your circle and trace, then move over and trace again.

repeat all the way around your circle and then cut out.

Now that everyone has scalloped circles we are going to cut into each scallop. Not all the way to the center, but far enouch so that whatever you put on top will cover the space not cut.

Do this for each scallop on all of your circles.

Then I like to ink mine so each petal has distinction. I do this by lifting each cut and running my ink along the edge of the cuts.

Now layer each circle on top of the next.

add whatever flower center you like.

I like a little more dimension to my flowers so I crumple each circle

then I layer mine with pop dots for a little more dimensional distressed look.

Here is my completed layout, using 3 of these flowers.

I hope you have enjoyed this Flowers on Friday.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The ACOT Creative Team Spotlight Is Back!

Summer break is over!  Our Creative Team is back in full force and once again placing the spotlight on creations that have been submitted to our Gallery.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Chosen by Dianedi

Diane absolutely loved this gorgeous Advent calendar by Anitawill1! The background scene in the center of the Calendar is truly a beautiful creation. The glitter, bling, and ribbon accents really make this a stunning craft. Wonderful work!

GRANDMA CAROL by Tiffanydimples
Chosen by Kristianne

Kristianne loves the bright, floral clusters with perfect shadowing, on this sweet tribute to grandma.

Be sure to view the entire Spotlight.  Who knows, maybe your scrapbooking layout or project is featured this month!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This Week's Scrapbooking Product Review:

Featuring My Little Shoebox, Hambly Studios and Jenni Bowlin!

Laura Fiore reviewed the newest, 'YUMMYLICIOUS' products from My Little Shoebox:

My Peeps
'My Peeps' by Laura Fiore

Megamay reviewed new Hambly frames and rub-ons:

i will
'I Will' by Megamay

Pam reviewed the lovely new products from  Jenni Bowlin Studio -

 'You' by Pam

Pam had the opportunity to meet Jenni Bowlin at the Craft & Hobby convention this summer.  Here's what she had to say about the meeting:

'I was the blundering idiot and she was the most gracious human being EVER.  One of the best days ever in my whole life!'
pam and jenni bowlin
Pam and Jenni Bowlin - CHA Summer 2010

Hmm...we think Pam might be a fan, but we could be wrong.  :)  Take a look at all of the inspiration from our talented Creative Team on A Cherry On Top's Resources Page!

Monday, September 13, 2010

September Featured Digital Designer: Amy Teets

Amy Teets
Amy Teets and her DH

Amy Teets has been a member of our A Cherry On Top family for as long as we can remember.  She is a talented designer with a sharp business sense.  This month, members of the Creative Team worked with some of Amy's digital kits.

 the great pumpkins
'The Great Pumpkins' by Smiley-Scrap8

everybody loves me
'Everybody Loves Me' by Mommybruno

Amy Teets loves hybrid paper crafting.  Get to know more about Amy Teets and what she'll be up to next by checking out her complete article at

Amy Teets Designs

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Product Review: Scrapbooking With Echo Park Paper's Happy Halloween

Scrapbooking with Cindy (aka: Kimandasmo)

Can you believe Halloween is just a tad over a month away?  Seems like just yesterday we were all excited about the warmer temperatures and enjoying the sunshine!  Echo Park Paper Company is becoming a very popular manufacturer here at ACOT.  Today, Cindy tells us what it was like working with their Happy Halloween line:

'I have a box just for holiday pics, that I have not scrapped yet. I also have a huge box of Halloween scrapbook papers, because I love them, but never seem to actually use them. Until I saw this Happy Halloween line by Echo Park. They are a great new company that is rapidly growing and becoming very popular...especially with me. This is their first holiday themed line and I cannot wait to see more. If you have not checked out any of their products you really need to do so. I am sure you will be hooked.'

happy halloween wreath

Cindy used a styrofoam half wreath for a base. She punched 3 different sized scalloped circles, stapled them together, crumpled them to add some texture, and then glued them to the base.  Brads were added to the center of each.

happy halloween wreath
Detailed view of Halloween Wreath

Cindy's reveal is chock full of project ideas - including greeting cards!  Be sure to view the complete article HERE.

Product Preview:

happy haunting echo park happy halloween element stickers haunted house echo park

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Product Review: Scrapbooking With Imaginisce's Apple Cider

angela prieto
Scrapbooking with Angela (aka: bluejeans7)

Here's what Angela had to say about working with this new line from Imaginisce!

'My layouts all came together so quickly, and I am a slowwwww scrapper.  The pattern papers are beautiful and I love that on the front sides they all have glossy accents!  There are so many different kinds of embellishments to pick from.  I really love when a line gives you so much variety with embellishments.' 

fall fun 
'Fall Fun' by Angela
The Apple Cider Collection from Imaginisce is disappearing quickly from our shop!  Be sure to check out this line as well as the rest of Angela's product review at
Product Preview:
apple cider frame tree apple cider stamp raccoon apple cider stamp

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Product Review: Scrapbooking With Kaiser Craft's Up, Up and Away

Scrapbooking with 'Sus' (aka: Suslvgeo)

Sus is ACOT's Community Director of Events as well as being an active member of our Creative Team.  This month, Sus worked with Kaiser Craft's 'Up, Up and Away' line.  The collection features muted colors with bold attention to texture and detail.

heart waffles
'Heart Waffles' by Suslvgeo

Here's what Sus had to say about designing the 'Heart Waffles' layout:

'Cole and his grandparents have a long standing tradition of making heart shaped waffles whenever they are together. I so wanted to get a picture but completely did not think about the background while I was taking it. My focus on this page was to try to put a lot of elements to one side as to draw away for the busy background of the picture, while still keeping focus on the actual reason for taking the picture.' 

To view Sus' complete product review, be sure to visit our Resources page!

Product Preview:
clowns paper up up and 
away journal tags ferris wheel paper