Saturday, December 28, 2013

Printables and Ideas

Welcome to The Cherry On Top!

I'm taking a slight side step from my digital obsession to bring a special blog featuring printables.  I've only just begun using them.  Amanda from A-Manda Creation introduced me to them.  I was a bit pessimistic about it in the beginning, but when I saw how easy, fast and cheap it was, I was hooked!  I shook my head with incredulity at the ease of it all.  If you know me, you know, the easier the better.  Fast?  Even better still. 

I'm here to show ya exactly what they are, what you can do with them, alternative ideas and of course, hook you up with some links so you can try  it out, too.

Below you will see a 4th of July set from A-Manda Creation.  These are the bubble wrappers.  Just print, cut and wrap them around your bubbles.  It literally takes only a few minutes.  Great for picnics, weddings, birthday parties...You name it and there is a printable for it!


How about a little token to put in your kid's lunch box to let them know you are thinking of them?  I used tiny, glue dots on four corners and put some stickers in the little pocket.  If you laminate them you could use them over and over and it will help with smudging.


I used a french fry printable on some old scraps and made a gift basket full of cookies for the teachers at my son's school.  The only cost here was for the ink!  Printing on scrap paper is an excellent money saver!


There are more teacher and gift printables than you can shake a stick at!  You've got these little lovelies for under Kisses.

Or you could use your circle punch, cut out two and glue dot a paper clip in-between.


Check out this spread down here!  Banners, subway art, muffin wrappers, picks, bottle wrappers, candy wrappers...It's ALL here!  My guest's jaws dropped when they saw this spread!


Planning a bowling party?  Check out all of the things you can do with printables.


Want a little something more for your toothless wonder?  How cool is this?!


I loved this set for the 4th of July!  I took the candy wrappers, both big and small and wrapped them around the wine bottle.  Concealing the cheap brand.  Ha!


The printables above are so bright and fun.  I actually use them over and over to serve the boys pretzels and popcorn.  The lolly wrappers are really easy and they are great for bringing everything together.  Printables are awesome for us "Matchy Matchy" people!  Hehehe...

Check out Amanda's newest printable release.  You can even have them customised!


I was lucky enough to start helping Dora with Dora's Digitals, make her printables.  I have a few here for you to see what they look like close up.  You download, print, cut and adhere.  That is it!  Be ready to be amazed at just how easy and fast it is!  Follow the perforated lines to fold and look for the places where to glue.  They are also marked.

 Below, is a favour box.  Good for smaller sentiments.

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The ever useful, money holder.  Of course you could use it for other small, flatter goodies.

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 The pillow box is used pretty much the same was as the money holder.

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Then my favourite, the gift bag!  I love these!  Find the right printable for your occasion, download, print, cut and adhere.  You're set and you have a totally custom look.  Add some ribbons, bling, flowers, whatever you want to pimp it up even more.

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Keep an out in the shop for new trends and great deals on printables.  A-Manda Creation, like other designers have an Etsy shop where you can get their goodies, too.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at just how inexpensive printables are.

Printables are downloads so that means you can print them over and over and keep them for future use as well!

I hope you give printables a try.  It will change the way you do parties.  That's for sure!  I have other blogs with tutorials on how to assemble them and other ways to use them to make gifts.

I've also got a board just for printables.  Click on here and it will take ya to Pinterest.  I have a board of jut my designs at MyMemories as well.  That's here.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them here and I'll help ya out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Hybrid Gift From Boutique Cute Dolls

Happy holidays!  Thanks for stopping by The Cherry On Top.

Yay!!!  I'm teamed up with Boutique Cute Dolls this week.   We've got a super hybrid project for you!  Hurry!  Grab your scissors, glitter and goodies because you won't want to miss out on this one!

It's what's pictured below.  Just click on the image and download.  Then come back here and see how I put it all together and pimped it up.  Place a photo of the gift receiver in each designated space.  When the gift giving is over, get all of the tags together, fasten and give again!

Here's is ideally how it looks.

Cut out your tags, after printing them on decent card stock.  Maybe something with a nice underside or adhere them to scrap card stock that matches, like I did.

Get some of your favourite embellishers and get set!

I simply dabbed a few drops of glitter glue to get a splash of bling and dimension.

Plop on a few pearls for some serious pizazz!

Just one drop of glitter glue and a rhinestone.  Bingo!

Dress it up even by more adding ink.  Simply rub it over the area you want.

Use a deep dark brown ink for a more antique look.

Don't forget to ink up the back.

As you can see, I've punched a small hole in the right corner of each tag.  Make sure there are no embellishments in the way!

Use a small ribbon to attach the tag to your gift.

Then keep a long ribbon handy.  For this is what you can use to string them all together, like I did here, below.  You could use a ring or long pin brad.

(The printable FREEBIE is no longer available.)

You can even use it as an ornament on the tree!

Seriously, I had this baby together in about an hour and I'm super stoked with the result.  Thanks to Boutique Cute Dolls for sparing all of these gorgeous goodies!  I used a bit from several different collections to make this.

Thanks again, for checkin us out.  Pin this if ya don't mind and if you are really into FREE stuff, then take a visit to my Facebook Page, The Cherry On Top.  I've got tons of free stuff over there, everyday and not just digital stuff either!

Happy, happy holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Boutique Cute Dolls and ME!!!

A very happy day to crafters and scrappers across the globe!
I made my blogging debut for Boutique Cute Dolls! What an honour working with such a talented designer and design team. 
For my first BCD entry, I talked about Boutique Cute Dolls newest release, “Always Remember” with focus on photos, aesthetic and simple observation. I chose a couple of layouts that high light just what I’m referring to. 
Janyelle has included two photos of what looks like a very special day.The one in the centre, framed, drawing your eye first. The second, taking a back seat, yet its presence also noticeable for its fun and the use of the large bracket. The photos are a huge part of this layout. Not only because we’ve all been to a wedding or have been in one ourselves, but we understand the importance of this very special event. A layout like this is a sweet reminder of the magic of marriage. Is the frame not a symbol of the rings and eternity as well? A subconscious choice? Maybe, but still excellent. Especially, with it’s centred positioning. Creating even more impact with the red flower and contrasting, green bow. Excellent!

Julia created this layout with emphasis on the large photo. Ah, childhood. What a time to remember and what better way than documenting through pictures. Is this not why we scrap? Coupling our memories with craft, design, art. What a fantastic way to express ourselves and through diverse media as well. Going back to the layout. The large photo is definitely an attention grabber, but the framed, contrasting, coloured picture also draws your eye. A good layout should draw the viewers eye around the page. These layouts definitely do that. Julia has chosen three focal points. The last being a super, duper stacked layer, right dab in the centre. Perfect! I told you these ladies were good!

Let’s look at Ellen’s layout next. Where is your eye drawn and why is it drawn there? The frame, the picture its location? Bingo! Centering our layouts is very often a preference and we may at times try to fight it, but sometimes it just turns out perfect by doing so. I love looking at pictures and cherish old pictures, too. Ellen has this same appreciation. Not only did she frame what we are supposed to be focusing on, but she also placed the photos on the apex of her layering. Wow! Have you ever even thought to analyse a layout like this? How else do you learn and become the ultimate scrapper?! Hehehe…I’ve only been scrapping over a year, but through observation and just playing around, I’ve come along way, Baby and so can you, by scanning layouts with an observing eye.

Of course you don’t always have to have photos. An awesome grouping with word art can have a lot of impact as well as a knockout layout with a beautiful sentiment or words of encouragement. Your work doesn’t have to be perfect or as good or better than someone else’s. What matters most is that you have fun doing it.

Here is my layout with "Always Remember" from Boutique Cute Doll (FB).  OK, the layout is pretty cool and a bit intricate, but that photo!  That photo!  My friend, Cormac is quite the photographer.  I cannot take such a good picture.  To me, this picture steals the show.  

Having fun scrapping is the most important aspect.  There are some rules and science involved, but it all comes natural when you keep doing it and you keep looking into the art of design rather than just "at" the design.

I've got a lot of links if you are interested in Boutique Cute Dolls designs.  Every image is linked up and of course, the purple high lighted words are also linked to the Oscraps store where you can find her lovely kits.

Happy scrapping!  Until we meet again.  I'll be participating in Romajo's blog 12 days of Christmas FREEBIE-A-Thon so stay tuned!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Easy, Cheap Meal Ideas

Thanks for coming to visit The Cherry On Top!

Today I'm starved and thought I might share with you some meal ideas.  One is super duper easy to whip up and you might just have all of the ingredients in your house at least most of the time.  The other is a popular Belgian meal that I thought anyone would love.

Let's start off easy!  I grabbed these pictures from the internet.  My pictures of food usually look ...not so yummy.  Hehehe...

This is pasta carbonara.  I only recently started making it, but it is so popular even with my extremely picky, Autistic, sensory sensitive children.  As you are preparing your pasta to boil, you start on the sauce.  First, fry up some bacon pieces.  Chop'm up if they aren't already, then put them to the side.  You can use many different things to make this creamy, cheesy sauce.  I've used cream cheese, herbed cream cheese and sour cream, although most recipes call for heavy cream.   Seeing how my hubby has heart complications, I go for the "Light" cream cheese or "Light" sour cream.  I also find that when I use this, the consistency comes out perfect!  No rue or starch needs to be added for the thick consistency.

Use a container of cream cheese or sour cream or even mix them up if you don't have a full one. (This is for two adults and two little ones.)  Keep the temperature low so nothing sticks to the pan and just keep on stirring slowly.  Put in peas if you like.  Add some parmesan cheese or some other kind of hard-ish cheese.  I used emmental once it was just as delicious. A touch of white cheddar might be ok, too.  Wait until it melts, throw in the bacon to warm it through and add some pepper.  You don't need salt because your bacon is salty enough.  It would probably be pretty good if you just sprinkled that, in the can parm, too. If you didn't have any other cheese.  Get the consistency you like by adding more cheese or more cream.  Ready in about 5 minutes!  Wow!

Uitsmijter is a typical Belgian meal.  I absolutely love it for so many reasons.  Though, I totally pimp it up!  American style, baby!  Hehehe...

First, wrestle up some over easy eggs.  I put my eggs in a sleek, slim skillet and cook them just until they set.  You are gonna want to have them a little oozy.  Mmmmm....Put them aside.  Use the same pan for the rest of the meal.

Second, ya get your slices of bread.  I cut mine thick.  Then I melt butter or herbed butter, even better and spread it all over both sides of my bread.  The beauty is, the bread doesn't have to be fresh because your gonna toast it up in the pan!  Awesome, right?!

When one side is finished toasting (maybe a minute or two) flip it over, add a nice thick piece of cheese and a generous slice or two of ham, rather thinly sliced, then slap those eggs on top and let it get nice and warm all the way through.

If ya wanna do an extra step, you could pop it in the oven for just a few minutes.  Your egg will cook a little more if you don't like it too, gooey and the ham will start to get crispy if you used thinner ham.

I serve mine up with a bit of rucola or a small, simple salad for some roughage.  Mayo is a nice compliment and I MUST have hot sauce.  Hehehe...

The kids are not a fan.  So, I just make them either eggs and ham or a ham and cheese sandwich, which they absolutely love.

If you need more details let me know.  I'll be happy to help!  Until the next time. Bon appetite!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Graphic 45 and ME! An AMAZING Opportunity!

A super, happy Saturday to you friends, fans and family!

I had a fantastic afternoon, yesterday.  I attended Scraptastic in Belgium.  It's an all weekend event of various paper crafting and just good ole' creative fun.  I cannot even begin to tell you how fortunate I was to attend an event like this.  Juggling it between two handicapped children and my ill husband wasn't easy, but I had perma-grin throughout the entire workshop.  Seeing the owner and her beautiful family all standing there in front of the class, welcoming  us, was very, very special, indeed.  I just have to share with you, the project we feverishly constructed as well as photos of friends I  made there.

This picture comes from the Scraptastic site.  Gorgeous, eh?!  Of course, no one finished their project, but that's nothing new.  I've never attended a workshop where I finished a project.  No worries!  It's just great to be there among fellow scrappers and creative beings.

I'll be sure to post my project when I finished it.  I'm in the middle of three UN-finished projects using Graphic 45.  Hehehe...  I'll make it a point to finish them all up in the next week and post them all together.  There's a peek at one a little further on.

 Here are some of the very happy scrappers and total G45, adoring fans!

This blondy here is, Nadine from Wallonia.  She was really a star!  A very, very nice woman who was completely ecstatic to be there, too.  We exchanged info so we can meet up again and share all of our stuff.  I love when that happens!

And here is the gang and Nadine!  I didn't want to burden them by asking for yet another picture.  Hehehe...I must say, they are a great family.  So warm, friendly and helpful.  Diane seemed magical and radiated happiness, beauty and genuine passion for people, nature and travel.  Ya felt like  ya knew them for ages.  Now, THAT is special!  Thanks for exceeding my expectations.  That NEVER happens!  Hehehe....

Here are some other projects I made with Graphic 45.  I usually have to mix and mingle all of the little pieces of G45 I'm lucky enough to find here and there.  It doesn't matter because I love it ALL!  Hehehe...Anything you make with Graphic 45 comes out beautiful because the products are always fantastic.

This first one is recycled from a match box.  It holds an accordion mini. If you click on the picture, you will be magically swept to my tutorial for the project.

This one is up cycled from a sock box and embellished with some old buttons. This image is also connected to the tutorial.

The next one is a a CD case, converted into a gift card holder. The tutorial for this one is connected with the link and there is a FREE template there as well.

This is also an up cycled project.  From a plain, black gift box to something a little more special.

I asked Jeff if Graphic 45 would ever go digital.  We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed and our eyes open for that one!

I played a bit with some previews and made these layouts, just for fun.  Every feather painstakingly placed.  Ha!

See what I mean!  EVERY collection is just stunning.  This is the newest, "Couture".  The bottom image is hooked up with a link to the Graphic 45 site.

My favourite and most recent FINISHED project.  Hehehe...The lovely, tiny top hat using Bohemian Bazaar.  Talk about wow factor!  Beaming with brilliance and finery.  I still can't believe I made this in a couple of hours, while watching football.  Hehehe...  I have more pictures in the blog dedicated to it's making.  Just click and you can see it.

The next two images are just a glimpse of the project I'm in the middle of.  It's really close to finished.  Then again so are the other two!  Ugh!  This is going to be a bird cage.  It's looking great so far.

So stay tuned and see the end results from three projects using Graphic 45.  Make sure to look out for the absolutely amazing products in your favourite craft stores or on line.  I've hooked you up with some links and below are a few more.

Thanks a million for checking out The Cherry On Top!  Make sure ya do it again and by all means, find the time to get crafty.  You deserve it!

Graphic 45 Facebook Page
Graphic 45 on Pinterest
My Graphic 45 Pinterest Board