Showing posts from August, 2015

Pimp Up Your Facebook Wear With Freebies From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
We've been playing with goodies from Manu Scraps, available at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  They are from several different kits and Commercial Use products that are available for purchase.  I couldn't resist using my favourite colour, purple.  It was also high time to change up my Facebook duds.  I also wanted to provide some free stuff after a very long vacation and limited computer time.
The connection in France was abysmal and the family seemed to appreciate that mommy wasn't always on the computer.  Hehehe...This sums up the vacation fairly well.  Ahhh...

When designing matching wall and profile photos, I use the same kit or goodies and colour palette.  Keep the font the same for cohesion.  I pretty much designed a nice cluster and copy pasted, resized and changed position for the result.

The above two images are for my current, personal Facebook and the images below are for our Facebook Page.

These are no longer available.

We've got t…

Shadow Puppets From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
We've got a new project for you, shadow puppets.
I spotted something similar on Pinterest and couldn't wait to dive in and try it out and create some puppets that my kids might like.
Simply peruse through your digital stash and find the elements you'd like to use, then use your paint bucket to black them out, if you choose to do so.  You could always leave them in colour, too.
I used elements from BoomersGirl Designs, Touched By A Butterfly, Made By Keuntje, GS Creations and an image from  
All you have to do next is print, cut and apply your images to sticks.  Then find a good wall, lamp or light and an audience and you're set.  Let your imagination go wild.

Print out your finished digital project.

Cut out your puppets and props.

Adhere your sticks.  We used bbq skewers and tape.  You can use pencils, straws, chops sticks...

Grab a light and a blank wall and you're set.  Our pictures, in the dark didn't turn out at all, but I fo…

More Fabulous Free Templates From The Cherry On Top

Whoo hoo!
Howdy, Happy Scrappers!  We are back with more awesome, free templates for you.  This one is quite special and took a lot of time to design.  Once again, it isn't perfect, but the effect is great and besides, you can tweak it into perfection because it's available in both tif and psd formats.
Keep scrolling to find the download for this fantastic freebie, take a peep at some inspiration and a few gorgeous kits as well as see our upcoming freebies and some freebies that are still available, but not for long.
As you may have seen in a previous post, I scrapped up this fun layout using A-Manda Creations, Tropical Easter.  The colours are brilliant and the elements are wonderfully versatile.  You can scrap beach type photos, outdoor photos, Easter photos and just fun photos like the one of me and my nearly empty margarita glass.  Hehehe...

This kit had me at those fab flamingos and delicious looking cocktails.  What fun?!  Here's a preview of all of the scrappy goodness.…

Balloon Blast

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
We've got a really fun birthday surprise idea.  I saw it on Pinterest and couldn't resist.  It's very simple and the reaction we got from it was great.
We blew up about 20 balloons after the kids went to bed.  Having that little helper there was certainly a fantastic way to get all of these blown up without losing our breath.  Not the wine.  Hehehe...  The yellow apparatus.
Then we took a large piece of plastic and attached it to the frame of the door like you see here.  Simply fold the bottom up a bit so the balloons don't fall through.  You may have to adhere it a bit on the sides to make sure it stays.

I wish I could have seen his face when he opened the door.  Good thing he didn't have to pee in the middle the night.  Hehehe...

He shouted when the balloons rained on him.  He thought it was really cool, he was totally surprised and he thought it was a fun way to start his day. 

Sometimes the simple things do the trick.
If you are looking f…

Easy, Fast, Snack Ideas For The Kids

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
We've had a request to post our favourite, fast, healthy snacks and we couldn't be happier than to oblige.  We understand how difficult it can be to continuously come up with healthy snack ideas that the kids will love.  We've got lists, charts, printables and links to supply you with tons of ideas.
Let's just jump right in to healthy, fast, kid approved snacks.
Quite possibly the easiest way to curb the tummy growls is with a tray like this one.  Freshly washed fruit and or dried fruit, vegetables like cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrots and olives,coupled with some low to no salt nuts and low salt pretzels
Serve it up in smaller portions or a larger one for a party idea.  It's so easy.

This fast, easy, healthy snack idea below, has got to be the best one.  I use these canisters to store nuts and dried fruit. It's right out in the middle of our island.  It's easily accessible for all of us and it's kept stocked nice and full…

Digi Hop With The Cherry On Top

Welcome, Happy Hoppers!

I've got another template for you.  You will find both tif and psd versions only.  Scroll further for inspiration, the download and even more free stuff.


Here's the layout that gave me the inspiration for the template.  I used Over The Fence kit, Around The World In 80 Days.  It's really fabulous.  Find the kit at the Studio by clicking on the layout, below.

Here is a free frickie for you using this fantastic kit.  Click on the preview below to get to the download.  We've got tons of free stuff on our blog, Pinterest and Facebook Page, too.  Check us out daily for new ones.

Here is the link for the free template.  Enjoy and thanks so much for your lovely comments, +, shares and Pins.

If you are looking for the home page of Digi Hop click here.

Happy scrapping!

Beat The Heat With This Healthy 5 Minute Meal

Welcome to another Foodie edition of The Cherry On Top.
We had one heck of a heat wave a couple of days ago and putting the stove on was NOT an option.  Cooking outside is always a good idea.  Fill your crock pot and set it on a table outside and let the heat stay behind.  Grilling is another way to keep the heat outside.  I've made waffles in the iron outside, too.
After many days of extreme heat and no A/C, I needed some fresh ideas. In typical Cherry fashion, I'm looking for fast and healthy.

I chose a deep plate and put some very thinly sliced shrooms in first.

Then added some fresh eggs from the girls.

Whisked the eggs and chucked it in the microwave for 3 minutes.

Of course you can add cheese, meat, herbs...whatever will cook up in a few short minutes.  The bacon was a favourite!

The boys absolutely loved this dish and it was whipped up in minutes.  This kind of meal is great for all three meals, not just for breakfast.

Keeping it fast and healthy is our aim.  Share any speedy h…

More Meatless Lunch Ideas For Kids

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
We understand the challenge of making the kid's lunch.  Not only should it not be time consuming, it should be healthy and of course, the kids need to like it.  Not easy!  Especially, when you want to keep changing things up so you hit all of those vitamins and minerals essential for our kids health.
Here are two more, different lunches I made the last week of school.
To my delight, my oldest is now crazy about potato salad.  Yay!  These were red potatoes with the skin left on in a simple sauce of mayo, sour cream, crushed, dried garlic and herbs.  We had left overs and in place of a sandwich, I put them in a small dish.  Served it up with washed, raw carrots, cherry tomatoes, a box of real juice and one of those lovely fruit compotes without sugar.

Elementary aged children only need a couple of grams of meat in an entire day.  Click here for a graph on nutritional information for kids. Skipping meat in the lunch is always an option.  I put some nice crac…

Free Fabulous Templates From The Cherry On Top

Welcome to The Cherry On Top.
We've got another scrappy edition for you with a free template, inspiration and ideas on how to use this very versatile, geometric shape.
I used A-Manda Creation's Succulent Summer kit.  Such gorgeous colours and I needed a kit that is full of fabulous papers.  Amanda always comes to mind first for that.  Find her goodies over at our favourite shop, the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
Keep reading to find out more about this free template and the different ways you can use it.
This template is no longer available.

Here's a peek at the kit, Succulent Summer.

All right, it isn't perfect.  I just eyeballed the thing because my computer skills are still a bit lacking.  They say that perfection is in the imperfection, right?  Well, I say that!  Hehehe...

So this is how it started.  Just a bunch of different sized circles in this configuration.  I left the template in tiff/psd/png format so you can do a lot of different designs with it, in most programs.