Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge Winner!

Week 7 - Sketch Challenge Winner:

becky fleck sketch 7 challenge winner

Submitted by Sandi0805 - You've just been awarded 500 ACOT Bonus Points!


Sandi0805 used this sketch from Becky Fleck as inspiration:

Sketch Challenge 7 With Becky Fleck

Thanks for all of the great entries!  Be sure to check out our other Contests & Challenges!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Trails To YOU - Tube -a- licious Gift Ideas

I'm always looking for creative ways to brighten someone's day or share a little surprise!  Mini gift ideas are perfect for this time of year.  There seems to be an abundance of reasons to celebrate: weddings, graduations, showers, birthdays, end of the school year...  

Today, we're sharing quick and easy gift ideas from Laura and Ashley featuring clear Craft Trendy Tubes!

Make this trail-mix tube for the scout or camper in your life.  All it takes is a circle cutter, kraft cardstock (or Canvas Corp's Kraft Round Tags & Ties), your fave die-cut, a bandana (or ribbon) and some hot glue!  Oh yeah - don't forget your favorite trail or granola mix:

trendy craft tube

Looking for a great party or shower favor idea?  Select fun, bite sized snacks to fill the craft tube and a coordinating ribbon.  You can even personalize them with a tag to include the recipient's name or a special thank you message!

trendy craft tube

I really LOVE Ashley's idea to adhere craft tubes to a greeting card:

trendy craft tube

I think I just may use some of these ideas for my son's graduation party!  Do you think he'll like a greeting card with a tube stuffed with money? :)

As always, we love hearing what you think about the project ideas we post! Comments are welcome!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Get Inspired - New Sketch Challenge!

Happy Monday crafties!  We took a mini break from the weekly Becky Fleck Sketch Challenges, but now - THEY'RE BACK!

Head on over to our Message Board and our BF Sketch Challenge Gallery and show us your take on this week's sketch:

Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge 7

We're giving away 500 Bonus Points and a week's worth of notoriety to one random player! :)  Hopefully, you'll grab some inspiration along the way - 

Click HERE for more details. 

Special thanks to Becky Fleck of PageMaps for the wonderful sketches!  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How To Tutorial: Flower Pomander Ball

You've seen them at bridal showers, streaming from banquet hall ceilings and decorating table centers everywhere.

But how do you make one?

It's even easier than it looks and is the perfect project to share with your girlfriends and/or kids!  

Make it a group effort and you'll have tons of these flower balls done in no time flat!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Flat bottom coffee filters (tinted filters work great for 'vintagey' affect)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small decorative brads
  • 2"-3" Circle or Scallop Punch
  • Ribbon
  • Spray Mist
  • Styrofoam ball(s)

Step #1:  Fold your coffee filter in half twice - making a triangle shape

Step #2:  Feed the triangle shaped filter through the punch.  Take your time.

Step #3:  Punch out the shape.  If you've folder the filter correctly, you should have 8 individual punch-outs.  Pile them on top of one another and punch a hole in the center using a hole punch.  Repeat this 3 times for 1 flower.

Step #4:  Stack the three piles of eight punch-outs making sure to align the center hole. You're going to hold them together using a brad:

Step #5:  Begin 'pinching' each layer up over the center brad:

You'll end up with something that looks like this:

Whew!  You're almost there!  Stay with me - 

Step #6:  Here's where the artist in you gets to shine.  Starting from the bottom of the flower - just start flattening and adjusting until it begins to resemble something 'floweresque':

Cute, right? :)  You could stop right here and add it to a frame, layout or finish it off by hot gluing a safety pin to the back to make a quick broach or attach it to a headband - but we're on a flower pomander ball mission!  So let's keep going - 

Step #7:  For a 4" ball - you'll need approximately 20 completed flowers.  Spritz them randomly with your favorite dye mist to coordinate with your event theme.

Step #8:  Go hot glue crazy!  Begin adhering the handmade flowers to the styrofoam ball.  You can opt to attach a ribbon to hang the finished ball or make various sizes and place them in bowls to use as center pieces.

Hint: The 'Pomander' part means it should smell good - you can add your favorite scent to the finished project (I LOVE jasmine and lilac), but do it sparingly. :)

You can do this same concept using other types of papers.  Click HERE for more ideas.  As always, we love hearing your comments.  Let us know if you plan on trying this project!  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

How To Tutorial: Masculine Gift Set

By Laura
We hear lots of specific requests from our A Cherry On Top customers.  Having a lack of male specific products or projects happens to top the list.

This week, Laura shares with us this perfect gift set idea just in time for that graduate in your life or Father's Day!  

paper crafting male


Echo Park Charming Charming Layered Chipboard StickersCharming Element Stickers
Kraft BazzillSuede brown bazzill cardstock

Recycled gift or paper shopping bag
Wooden dowel

First, decide on the card size you would like to make.  Typical finished dimensions are 5¼" x 7¼" or 4½" x 5½".  To construct the card, cut strips of patterned paper and dark cardstock matting, and adhere it to your card:

Create the dark brown matting for the sticker sentiment by gluing it to a scrap of cardstock and trimming around it.  Then attached it to the card with foam tape.

Finished Card:

Check out Laura's complete step-by-step tutorial in our Ideas Section.  This project can be revamped over and over again to use for showers, teacher gifts or any special occasion.

A Bit About Laura: 'I love bright colors, graphic patterns, clean and simple everything, polka dots (and chocolate!) I am a card-maker and stamper at heart, but I enjoy creating all kinds of paper-crafty goodness! My work has been published in Paper Crafts, CARDS, CardMaker, Simple Scrapbooks, and Crafts 'n Things.'

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Congrats To Our Do It With Glitter Winner!

Do it with Glitter Contest
sponsored by
PRIZE: $100 Gift Certificate

Congratulations To:

jengd (Jennifer G.) 
We loved her 'Springy Glitter Butterflies' submission:

do it with glitter contest

The glittery butterflies literally jump off of the page.  Makes us want to reach out and catch one!  Thanks to everyone who submitted their project.  We really enjoyed seeing all of the talent out there!

Like this card idea?  Why not check out our other Challenges!  Who knows - you may be a winner just like Jennifer!

Monday, May 7, 2012

NSD Weekend Wrap-Up + Challenges!

This past Saturday, hosted the annual National Scrapbook Day online crop event!  Talk about all kinds of crafty fun.  There were fast scraps, challenges, live chats with fantastic manufacturers and of course LOTS of giveaways!

We will be busy for a while sorting and shipping prizes.  We want to thank all participants and a special thanks to our sponsors:

Petaloo, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker, Graphic 45, Best Creation, Authentique, Canvas Corp., 7gypsies, Lily Bee

Our Challenges are open until midnite - May 13th!  Get in on the fun - who knows, you may even win some goodies!  Here is a complete list of our NSD Challenges:


Challenge #1 Sketch Challenge
Challenge #2 Pinterest Challenge
Challenge #3 All About You
Challenge #4 Kristin's Flowers
Challenge #5 All About Color
Challenge #6 Alter It
Challenge #7 Wrap It
Challenge #8 Shaped Card
Challenge #9 You And The Women In Your Life
Challenge #10 Lyrics You Love

Weren't able to attend the entire day or think you missed something?  Visit our NSD 2012 Message Board Forum to view classes, games and challenge details.  If you participated in the online crop festivities and are wondering where your prize is, don't fret!  All Bonus Points will be issued by May 8, 2012 while all product goody packs will be awarded and shipped by May 30, 2012.  

Thanks again for a successful day of crafting fun!  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Win A Cinch 2 Prize Pack!

We want to get to know your buddies!  What better way than to invite them to our NSD Crop?

You know how much fun our online crops can be!  Tell your friends and have them join in the day's festivities!  The person with the most friends participating in the NSD events will WIN a fabulous Cinch 2 prize pack!

sponsored by WeR Memory Keepers

Make sure your invited guest mentions you sent them in the Welcome Friends thread on the Message Board.  Guest should mention either your first AND last name or your screenname.  Guest must participate in at least one event to qualify.  Participation can include posting on a crop related message board topic, completing a fast scrap, game or manufacturer chat.

Contest runs May 4th thru midnite (EST), May 5, 2012. Void where prohibited.

Help Us Welcome Ana - May Guest Designer!

Ana (aka: anazelia)

Ana lives just outside of D.C. with her hubby, two daughters and three cats.

She's been preserving memories through scrapbooking for approximately four years and loves it!

To read more about Ana and to view all of the great project ideas she created using the new Neopolitan Bean Bisque collection from Jillibean Soup, click HERE.

The Neopolitan Bean Bisque line makes card making a breeze!  Just grab one of the patterned papers, coordinating cardstock and a die-cut or 2 and you're done:

Suggested Products:

Join Ana this month on the Message Board for fun challenges and maybe a prize or two!  

Welcome Ana!

Think you'd make the perfect Guest Designer?  Click Here for application details!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

NSD Special Events!

nsd 2012
May 5th - 10am - 6pm EST

Our National Scrapbook Day (NSD) Celebration is only a few days away!  Like we mentioned in our last post, there will be inspiring challenges, fast scraps, giveaways and terrific mini classes throughout the day.  

We're also going to be getting to know more about a couple of our fave manufacturers during live chats! Pink Paislee and Authentique Paper will be in The Cherry Loft sharing stories and project ideas!

Pink Paislee products never disappoint and always offer fresh, fun designs.

Meet Pink Paislee's Rebecca Cross at Noon EST on Saturday, May 5th in the ACOT Cherry Loft for a live chat, project ideas & giveaways!

Authentique has quickly become known for timeless patterns and high quality products.  We're excited to have them as our guest as we celebrate NSD!

Other NSD Events include Mini Classes, Challenges, Fast Scraps, $5000 in Giveaways and so much more!

Join us beginning at 10am on Saturday, May 5th - You wont want to miss it!

For more NSD Event info - Click HERE