Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sketch Inspiration Challenge

It's been too long since we've posted a Becky Fleck Sketch Challenge!  Thanks for your patience - We've been ├╝ber busy with all of the amazing new products arriving every single day at!  

Without further a-do - here's this week's inspirational challenge!

    Week 33 - Sketch Challenge:
NOW 1000 Bonus Points Awarded to WINNER!

becky fleck sketch challenge

We want to see how you interpret this sketch!  Post your finished project in our gallery and be sure to 'enter' it into the Sketch Challenge #33 gallery.  We'll be selecting a random 1000 ACOT Bonus Point winner.  But hurry!  You only have until midnite Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to upload your project. See Terms & Conditions

As always - HUGE thanks to Becky Fleck of PageMaps for providing all of the wonderful ideas.  If you'd like to view past sketches, be sure to visit ACOT's Contests and Challenges!

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Making A Tri-Fold Card Is Easy!

Tami M
If you're the resident card maker in your group of crafties, it can be a little challenging when you're trying to come up with something new and creative.  

Tired of the traditional half-fold cards?  Why not give this tri-fold, panel card a try!  It's easier than it looks:

tri fold card

Here's What You'll Need:
  • 12"12" cardstock
  • scoring board (like the Scor-pal)
  • favorite patterned papers
  • coordinating embellishments
  • adhesive (of course)
Measure and cut a 12"x5½" piece of plain cardstock (color your choice).  Using the scoring board, put the 12" side at top guide and then score at two inches, four inches, eight inches and ten inches:

Then turn the cardstock and score at the one inch and four and a half inch lines (between the original top and bottom horizontal lines).  It should look like this:

Now it's time to cut!  Start at the top horizontal line and end at the bottom horizontal line:

And fold like this:

That's the hard part!  Now you can start decorating the sides (or panels) any way you'd like.  For this particular card, I cut out pieces of patterned paper to fit each folded section:
  • 2 pcs of ¾" x 3¾"
  • 2 pcs of 1 ¾" x 5¼"
  • 4 pcs of ¾ x 1¾"
Image of closed card:

Now that you have the basics, you can alter the original scoring measurements to create your desired look.  Just have fun with it!

Product suggestions:


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Meet Sharon - Our February 2013 Guest Designer!


Sharon Knopic acherryontopScreenname: Sherelm
First Name:  Sharon (Sher)
Favorite Color : On the warm side, Orange, on the cool side, Teal
I mostly create: 12x12 single pages
My Guilty Pleasure: Watching Old Law & Order repeats while snacking on cheese
Bio:  I am a sixty year old retired X-ray Tech working for the PA gov't in Child Support. Being long timed divorced my household now includes two Siamese cats "Clarkie" and "Pearl" and  my dachshund "Scully", but I am foremost the mother of a grown son Joey.  My home is now in Harrisburg PA, but I grew up in the town famous for the largest nuclear disaster in the US  - Three Mile Island – Middletown.

Check out Sharon's complete interview here!

Sharon worked with products from Authentique Paper, October Afternoon and KaiserCraft.  We love this layout which captures memories from yesteryear mixed with a bit of today's flair:

Teen Years: featuring KaiserCraft

teen years layout acherryontop

Suggested Products:
lemon paper marigold kaiser craft  ornate die cut paper marigold kaiser craft  mustard paper marigold kaiser craft

Sher will be hosting a few contests and challenges throughout the month of February on our Message Board!  Be sure to stop in for some fun and inspiration and maybe a giveaway or two!

Click to view more of her project ideas by clicking here.  Leave us a comment to let us know what you think!

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