Showing posts from May, 2015

The Dirty Laundry Series, Cycles

We are already on our 5th instalment of the Dirty Laundry Series.  Welcome!

We've been going in order.  From methods to gathering laundry.  Then to your laundry area and what should be in there. To stain treatment and preparing your wash for the machine.  The last entry was about machines and we hooked up our readers on what the best machines were (in America) as well as the economical and environmental best choices over all.

Now, we're getting into what cycles to use.

Speed, agitation and spin are the key elements in a cycle and of course, the kind of clothes you are washing.  That's why it's important to wash similar clothes in the same cycle.  Alike in colour, fabric sort and weight.  Doing this will get you the best result.

Agitation, detergent and temperature is what your laundry needs to get clean.

Regular and Normal cycles, typically use a fast/fast combination and is best used for soiled, sweaty cottons, linens, jeans, towels and bedding do best in this cycle.  The …

Father's Day Hybrid With Free Template

Welcome to another fabulously scrappy edition of The Cherry On Top.
We've got dad in the spotlight.  Right where he should be.  This hybrid or paper project can be wrestled up in a snap and it won't cost you a penny.  You may even have the kids help out.
A tutorial with all of the crucial steps are drawn out as well as links to the free template are all provided for you.

You may have already seen this fun template before.  The first time we used it, we were thinking of mom and turned it into a lovely kitchen apron and included recipe cards for the pockt.  This time, we are using it as a card for dad and supplying a sweet picture of his boys to show off in the office.  Upon his request.  Hehehe...
Here's a look at what we did the first time with our template.  You can find the tutorial and the free template, by clicking on the image.

This is what we are doing for our Father's Day card.  I've got a screen shot for you, of the updated template with new title, clipped in pa…

Free Templates, Votes Are In

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
The votes are in and it's a tie!  I guess that means that you get two, free templates. Naaah!  You can have all three!  Get two here and one on our Facebook Page.  Thanks to all of you lovelies who participated.  xx  The templates are all zipped up in psd and tif formats in one file.  Grab them right here.  Head over to our Facebook Page for the Geometric template and consider giving us a Like! .................... We're changing it up, today.  This blog could use a little lov'n in our comment area.  So, we're showing off three different templates and we want you to put in the comments which template you would like to have and the one with the most comments by Thursday, May 28th will be made available for our fans on Friday so you can get scrappy in the weekend.
This template was designed for PattyB Scraps' kit, Bust'n Out. Such a beautiful colour palette.  I just had to snag it! (See if the free …

Part IV of the Dirty Laundry Series, The Machines

Welcome to another edition of the Dirty Laundry series.
We are going in order of the washing cycle from start to finish.  Touching on each and going into a bit more depth for some topics, too.  Here is what we covered so far.  If you want to go back and take a peek.
Here we covered ways to gather your wash, fun, creative and conventional.
Here we gave ideas and tips on what all laundry areas should have in them from lighting to organisation ideas.
Here: we hooked up our readers with some links and recipes for stain removers and provided tips for getting your laundry ready for the machine.

For this installation, we are talking about machines.  There are plenty of sites out there, providing valuable information on which machines are the best, why they rank high and you can also find sites that compare machines and provide you with the best prices. 

We research like crazy before we make any kind of larger purchases.  Wash machines were tough for me, but after a couple of weeks of reading and c…

Freebies Galore From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to a scrappy edition of The Cherry On Top.

There is so much going on right now, I can hardly keep my head straight!  Hehehe...So I figured I'll blow off some steam by offering our lovely fans some fabulous freebies using my designers super, gorgeous goodies.

We'll be looking at designs from Paty Greif Digital Designer, LouCee Creations and PattyB Scraps as well as my layout inspiration and some freebies I've made using some beautiful kits.  I've also got a few other freebie links for you.

Grab a cup of jo or whatever you like to sip on and take a look at all of these wonderful, creative projects.

Here's my doggie, Bichon.  He can look like a bear when his fur grows out.  So, darn cute!  I used Paty Greif's absolutely terrific kit, Let's Play Doctor.  The colours are so warm and inviting and they have a very textural and luxurious feel, too.  I layered like crazy for this layout and added a lot of depth with those heart shaped balloons.  (This will be a …

Delicious, Rich and Ready in 10 Minutes

Welcome to a Foodie Edition of The Cherry On Top.
Have you got picky eaters in the house?  I've got two!  My oldest is so picky.  His list of foods he likes is tiny and it makes meal time a real challenge.
Lately, he is on a bacon kick.  It was towards the end of the week.  Ingredients were low and I had to use whatever was left in the fridge to come up with something the family would like.  Here are the ingredients for this creamy bacon pasta recipe.  This meal is seriously ready in under 10 minutes and it's fresh!
fresh pasta  diced scallion (tiny) dice garlic (one clove) bacon (full pack) cream cheese (one pack) 1/2 cup of shredded cheese pepper milk or cream
Tip:  Puree those veggies if the kids don't like them.  If peas are acceptable add those.

As your water is boiling for your fresh pasta, prep the sauce.  Use a touch of oil or butter just to coat your pan a bit and add the onion and garlic.  Don't let them brown.  (If they start to brown, check to see you have a low fire a…

Fabulous Paper Top Hat Tutorial and Free Template

Welcome to a crafty edition of The Cherry On Top.
I've got that top hat I promised and this one was designed totally in a traditional scrap fashion.  I'm providing you with a step by step tutorial, a hit up of the hybrid hat and the free template so you can make one yourself.

Let's take a look at the materials you will need.
rigid paper template scissors glue/glue dots double sided tape tape embellishments

Cut out your template as shown below.  There are a couple methods of applying the top of the hat. If you want to just use the circle, then you don't have to cut out all of the squares around it.  The same goes for the bottom of the hat, but using the teeth for the bottom/brim will add stability and strength.

Here's one of the methods to apply the top of the hat to the middle of the hat.  I had difficulty doing it this way when it came to adding it to the bottom of the hat.  I couldn't always get it just right.

I traced around my templates on to my paper.

 Then cut them ou…