Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Top 5 Desserts for Thanksgiving

Welcome to a special, foodie edition of The Cherry On Top.

Tomorrow is the big day.  Perhaps, you've got everything all ready planned and purchased.  If you don't you may want to check out our top 5 desserts that our readers love to see on the table. If we missed your favourite dessert, put it in the comments.


Pumpkin pie is my all time favourite and apparently, the fans think so as well.  I never use the canned stuff.  Pumpkins are fairly priced and they go a long way.  I get a huge one from my Father-In-Law every year.  I cut it up, freeze a couple of large and small bags for future soup, pie, bread and mashed with potato recipes and if I still have too much left over, I share it with neighbours.
If you are following this recipe or another similar to it, that asks for canned pumpkin, just use fresh.  All you have to do is cook it four a couple of minutes and grab your potato masher or a fork and mush it up.

 pumpkin pie

Pecan pie was a clear second place favourite.  I grew up in the south and have a lot of souther fans who have to have their pecan pie on the Thanksgiving table.  I can't get pecans here, in Belgium so we won't be seeing this on our table.

 pecan pie

Apple pie has so many different recipes.  My mother always makes her secret recipe which I obviously, can't share with you, but this one is a basic that's very easy to make.  Seriously, it's as easy as gathering your ingredients, chopping or slicing your apples, mixing all the ingredients together and putting in your pie crusted pan.  That's it!

The fresh pie crust version is by far the healthiest, but pie crust is a bit time consuming and not easy to get just right.  Do what fits best to your diet and time needs.

 apple pie

We had to include a kid favourite because a lot of kids out there are wanting something extra special and ambrosia salad certainly is that.  Serve it long before bed!  Hehehehe...

I just had to put in something I found recently and thought it was uniquely quirky and more than likely going to be a huge hit.  Check out this dessert recipe with maple syrup and...BACON!  Mmmm...

 dessert unique

We've got a lot of free printables to help with your table setting.  We've also got recipes galore from last year's special Thanksgiving edition and our Pinterest boards are totally hopping with more ideas than you can shake a drum stick at.

All of our images are linked up to the recipes and the blog entries where you can find them.

Print out this free place mat or use our free template and make your own custom design!


Lovely name card place holder freebie.  It coordinates with a utensil and napkin holder.


 Check out our free printable table helpers.


Have a super happy, delicious and fun Thanksgiving!  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amazing Advent Calendar With Free Template

Welcome to a totally awesome scrappy hybrid extravaganza!

I've been working feverishly on this advent calendar.  I wanted to get it all finished in time enough for you to make one, too.  I digi scrapped all 25 boxes using Vero-The French Touch's kit, 12 Days Of Christmas.  You can see it at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  12 days might be a lot more doable for some of you with limited time.  This project is mega, mega easy and highly recommended for both beginners and intermediate crafters.  It's slightly time consuming.  Especially, if you're doing 25 boxes. You could whip out 12 boxes in under an hour.  If you get some help with cutting and gluing, you'll be finished in no time!  Scroll through to the bottom to read all of our helpful tips and grab that free template.


I saw an awesome project on Pinterest which was my inspiration for this crafty endeavour.  Also on Pinterest, I found a free box template which I used as an example for my own template design that you'll be able to use digitally or traditionally.

Keep scrolling to the bottom to get the link.

I'm new to template design and have used the power of observation to figure out how to make a lot of the templates you'll find here.  Take this one, above.  It's mostly just squares, but then there are lips for the box.  I simply took a hexagon shape, rotated it and cropped the part I needed to make the lip.  That's it!  When you ditch the background and save it as a png, tif or psd, you can use it digitally and clip in any paper and print.  This makes it much faster than tracing it on to your paper and then cutting.

I created a new page at just under 2.5 inches squared and designed a tiny layout to go on the front of each box.  All 25 are different.  I then took the  image, rotated it to the left, once and fitted it perfectly in the box template.

Here's a nice close up of the box and you can see that a lot of different things will fit in there.

Print out the boxes on your choice of weight paper.  If you choose lighter gifts, you'll only need regular paper.  However, if you plan on using it again next year, you may want to go for something more rigid.  I experimented with several different weights and liked one somewhere in the middle.  Not too, heavy.  If you don't get the fold just right, on thick paper, it's a bit harder to adjust, but by all means no big deal.

These are the only supplies you'll need:  print outs, scissors and glue

Simply cut along the outside of your template.  Follow all of the lines closely.  The cutting around the lip are most important.  Look closely at the scissors.  Line up that top edge of your lip and angle the scissors to the corner, bottom left of the picture box (in this instance).  That will give you the best fit.

The lines on the lips are not as important as getting that angle just right.

Cut out all of your boxes.  You'll be a pro after a few.  It takes around 1 minute and a half to cut each one.  I strongly recommend doing a test run on some blank paper.

Do a prefold for each box.  You don't have to press hard.  It's better pressing just gently along the lines and you'll box will nearly automatically put itself in the shape of your box.  Making hard creases is not recommended.  You'll lose the flexibility of your fold and perhaps make marks that will show up in your project.  It took me just under 2 minutes to fold and glue a box.  This project certainly isn't the fastest, but it is easy.

I folded the large squares down the middle, then went across the top and then the bottom.

This Scotch glue stick was perfect for this box.  It dried rather quickly, so I had to be fast.  It held together perfectly.  I thought about using double sided tape, but it won't allow room for that perfect fit.  If the lid is not closing to your liking, keep playing with the fold and making deeper creases or apply a tiny glue dot to the middle, bottom and press gently with the front of the box.  I did it on a few, too.

I had to play awhile until I got the tree shape I was looking for.

I used an old shoe box for the foundation.  I wrapped it in it's two separate parts so that I could also store a present in there or reuse it again.  Place some elements or ornaments around your project if you like.  Amazingly, the cat has not yet discovered these.  I thought for sure this would be all over the floor in the morning.  Hehehe...

Once you put your items in the box, they will stack a lot neater than they are here.  I put a bit of a foundation in the centre with a rigid flower vase and a wrapped wrapping paper roll to give more rigidity and balance to the calendar as well as have a place to put my ribbon.

That is one serious blog and a fantastic advent calendar idea for you.  Use our template or find your own.  Go digital or be bold and get some glue and glitter on your finger tips and scrap it up traditionally.  You can go all out extravagant or keep it frugal by using scraps and keeping your embellishments to a minimum.  Either way you only need scissors, paper and glue for this one!

Here are a couple of our hottest hybrid projects you may be interested in.






Thanks so much for giving us your precious time.  We hope you do it, again!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Cozy Christmas With Alexis Designs and a Freebie

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.  (For some reason blogger is freaking.  Excuse this odd format for it just doesn't seem to update.  My excuses.)

The magic is in the air.  It's finally cooling down here, in Belgium and I've already started working on Christmas projects.  Fingers crossed that they will all get finished!  Hehehe...

I have some very exciting news.  I'm on another Creative Team and this time it's Alexis Design Studio.  I've long been a fan and a recipient of one of the best newsletters that DigiLand has to offer.  Alexis and Barbara design absolutely gorgeous digital goodies and often include a freebie in their newsletter.

Get a glance at their newest kit, A Cozy Christmas.  Fabulous, traditional elements and papers that you can almost feel.  Such warmth and coziness in this beautiful collection.  It will make an essential addition to your digital stash.

I've scrapped up some lovely photos from previous Christmas parties.  Here's my niece and her parents.  I got the idea for the title in a layout I spotted on Pinterest.  I actually started off this layout with a combination of both layouts and I just couldn't get the look I wanted.

I finally decided to break the layout up into two layouts and these are the results.  It also gave me the opportunity to show off more of the lovely goodies you can find in A Cozy Christmas.


It was the first year we had Christmas at our house.  We had only 3 days notice because my Mother-In-Law was too ill to host herself, I told her we'd be glad to take over.  Our house is pretty small and we even had to borrow furniture and tables to sit everyone, but it turned out well and judging by the photos, all had a good time despite we were sardined.  Hehehe...


Here are some more examples of what you'll find in this must have collection.  I just love these trees.


This is the basic kit with two alphas, dozens of elements and terrific papers for any layout or project you have in mind.


Ya know we'd never ask you over without offering you something special for giving us your precious time.  I've scrapped up some wintery Commercial Use and made this chilly overlay for you.

Keep it simple and just insert a photo behind it.  You could use a bit more shadow to raise it up if you like.  This might make a nice Christmas card.  Insert a sweet family shot and you're set!

Enjoy our freebie and remember it's Personal Use ONLY.  Do not resell or claim it as your own.

 free download

I can't wait to come back with more amazing kits from Alexis Design.  I hope you'll join us then, too.

Here's a look at some of our other festive freebies that are currently available on our blog and Facebook.

Find this page stacker on our Facebook Page.


This lovely frame cluster from LouCee Creations, Oh, My Deer kit.

 free download

A compilation of Commercial Use goodies...



Gives you some awesome social network wear.


One of our many free templates awaits.


To find all of our freebies on our board dedicated to it.

Join us on Facebook and Pinterest and download freebies daily.

Thanks so much for checking out The Cherry!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Cookie Tags

Welcome to another scrappy edition of The Cherry On Top.

We are doing it hybrid style this Saturday.  Boomersgirl Designs has fabulous kits for hybrid scrapbooking and crafting.  I'll be whipping up some home made cookies for the kids on JJ's bus and these tags will be just perfect for them.  Christmas Cookies is Boomersgirl's newest release and if you act fast, you can grab while it's on sale, too.

Here's a closer look at the kit.

 D and D

Simply size, print, cut and hang.  

Originally, the tags come out rather large.  I'll shrink them down and place as many as I can on one page  because I'll need 30 of them.  That's going to be a whole lot of cookies!

These cookies are chocolate chip and they are flourless, eggless and there is only 2 tablespoons of brown sugar in there.  The main ingredient is oats that you pulverise into flour.  Not too tricky of a recipe.  The texture is a bit different, but the flavour is totally awesome.  If you do use this recipe, make sure you read ALL of the directions before you get started.

If you'd rather make your very own tags, then consider our new tag templates.


We will be back with more hybrid projects next Saturday and it is going to be a doozy!

Thanks for taking the time to check us out.

Happy scrapping and crafting!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Free Winter Wall And Profile Wear

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.

We're back with more fabulous freebies for you.  Create a beautiful, festive timeline and profile photo for your social outlets using The Cherry's designs.

Most of this commercial use can be found at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio and SugarHill.  LouCee Creations and Feli Designs were used in a majority of the work.  They have gorgeous, timeless goodies.

I try to update my wear every couple of months and go with what the season is, staying subjective and well rounded, too.

My personal and Page photos are often very similar.  Keeping our name for our page in place of a picture for the profile picture.

This is my personal profile picture using a very recent photo.  Finally!  Hehehe...  It's also my first attempt at using brushes in PSE.  Not, too bad.  I went through a couple of different ones and made a lot of adjustments until I got the look I sorted wanted.  

Pop in a photo, add some snow or other effects as well as elements from your very own stash and make something lovely.

To think that I've been digital scrapping for three years and still have so much to learn!  I've tried using PS, but just can't figure it out yet.  I'm figuring, I'll learn all I can with PSE and when I have that mastered, I'll put on my big girl panties and try PS.  Hehehe...

I've uploaded both the wall and profile wear in really good quality.  Simply right click and save to your downloads. You could pop over to our Photobucket and download there, too.  The choice is yours.  Who knows, you may find some freebies you missed there.

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember our goodies are for Personal Use Only and are not to be resold or claimed as your own.