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The Cherry Box Subscription Review – October 2019

The Cherry Box October 2019 closed box

The Cherry Box is a monthly subscription box for craft lovers, and each box contains a surprise assortment of scrapbooking and crafting supplies from A Cherry on Top.

This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to MSA reader request!


My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Cherry Box October 2019 all items

About The Cherry Box

The Subscription Box: The Cherry Box 

The Cost: $32 + shipping (save with longer subscription plans)

The Products: Each box includes an assortment of craft supplies from A Cherry On Top

Ships to: The US and worldwide

Good to Know: Shipping rates vary based on location. Earn Cherry Reward Points with each month’s box that can be redeemed for coupons.

The Cherry Box October 2019 Review

The Cherry Box is a hand-picked selection of crafting items from the website A Cherry on Top. This was my first month receiving the box, so I was excited and intrigued to see what was in store for me! The company says about the box:

We are so excited to launch our new monthly subscription box! Inside our signature red box you’ll find an assortment of crafting goodies hand-picked by our team. From paper and stickers, to adhesive and ink pads, there will be something for everyone. This is not your typical kit club with items all from the same brand. It’s more of a surprise sampler! You will get full products and some sample sizes from various brands. Every month will be slightly themed – as in maybe the colors go together or they go with a certain season. But the beauty of the cherry box is you get a variety of things you can use by themselves or with the stash you already have! You may find a new designer or brand that you love. Or maybe try something new you have been wondering about. Every box will be similar, but some items may vary in color or design.

There was no information card detailing the items inside, which is something I found myself missing in this box! There was only a card (seen above in the photos) saying to use the hashtag “thecherrybox” if you share your box on social media.

Without further ado, onto the items!


Heidi Swapp Paper Pad in “Honey & Spice” – Retail Value $4.19

The first item that caught my eye was this paper pad of 6″ x 6″ scrapbooking papers. There are 36 sheets total, and all of the designs featured are pictured on the back of the pad. I took close-up photos of a few of my favorites from the collection to show you. I absolutely love the rose gold tones of these papers – they are gorgeous! Each paper square is attached to the booklet by a tear-off strip.

I’m not a big scrapbooker, but I think these papers would be a great way to craft hand-made greeting cards or use them as backing for framed photos.


“Thankful” The Crafter’s Workshop Rustic Decor 6×6 Stencil – Retail Value $5.99

The next item is a 6″ x 6″ plastic stencil with the phrase “Thankful, grateful, and blessed.” I think this is a great item for making decorations for Thanksgiving, so I decided to use one of my scrapbook papers to make a small sign that I can use for the upcoming holiday. I taped the stencil down (which fits perfectly on the papers included in the box), and used my trusty Sharpie pen to color inside the stencil. I found that some of the lines were too small for my pen tip to fit, but overall the stencil was very easy to use and gave a clean finished product.


Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black – Retail Value $5.99 (currently on sale for $5.49)

A small 2-3/4″ by 3-3/4″ ink pad in jet black was also in my box. Archival ink is a smudge-free ink that is great for stamping.


Echo Park Paper Co. Designer Stamps in “Beautiful Day” – Estimated Value $12.99 (this particular design is discontinued; find similar ones here)

To go along with our ink pad, we received a set of stamps from Echo Park Paper Co. There are 14 total stamps in the set, which includes several flowers and a few sayings. When I have used stamps like this in the past, I have used an acrylic block to affix the stamps before stamping them. I would have loved to see an acrylic block included in this box to make the crafting experience more seamless, but I made do and was able to stamp a rose easily without the acrylic block. The ink did not bleed and the image was very clean.


Heidi Swapp Ephemera in “Honey & Spice” – Retail Value $5.99

Next up is a package of embellishments that are from the same line as the paper pad pictured previously. There are 72 separate designs, which seem perfect for scrapbooking or for bullet-journaling. I love the rose gold ones, and I like that the paper they are printed on is sheer – you can still see the design of the paper behind these designs. I am going to save these and use them to decorate gifts and cards!


Duvo Crystal Drops in Rhubarb Crumble – Retail Value $2.99

I’ve never heard of crystal drops before, but this seems very similar to the puff paint I remember from my childhood. The liquid comes out easily in the small squeeze bottle top, and I was easily able to draw a simple design with it. The paint dries fairly quickly and adhered well to the paper I tested it on. The color I received is a bright pinky-red – I’ll have to find a project to jazz up with this soon!


Prima Marketing Pencils in Earth Tones – Estimated Value $2.83 (the full set of 12 pencils retails for $16.99)

I thought that these were standard colored pencils and was disappointed in the blunted tip of the pencils – I’m used to a colored pencil having a sharp point! However, when I was researching to find the retail value and links for this review, I discovered that these are in fact watercolor pencils. The directions say to dip the pencil in water prior to using it. I thought that the pencils were very soft and hard to use when I tried to use them regularly, so I will definitely have to try these again with water. I wish the box had included an info sheet so that I would have known more about this item in particular when I opened the box!


“Thanks” Gift Tags and Coloring Sheets

The box included two gift tags that have “Thanks” punched out of them and three cardstock black and white images for coloring. I tried out the two pencils as mentioned above – I really like the fall colors that I received!

Verdict: I thought this was an interesting combination of items to receive in a box. It felt a little bit like a grab-bag of items from a craft store, and while I appreciated that some of the items went together (like the paper pack and the ephemera pack), I wish there was a more cohesive theme to the box. If you are someone who has a large craft stash or who enjoys scrapbooking or bullet journaling, I think you may really enjoy this box. I personally enjoy boxes that have a theme or project to complete with the supplies sent, and I didn’t find that with this box. For $32.00 (plus shipping), we received $40.97 worth of craft supplies. I think this is a slightly low value of items to receive, especially considering that one of the products was discontinued and several were currently on sale.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you’ll receive the November box if you subscribe now. Sign-ups for the current month’s box go until the 20th of that month, and boxes ship the last week of the month.

Value Breakdown: At $32.00, this is approximately what you are paying for each item:

  • Paper Pack – $3.27
  • Stencil – $4.68
  • Ink Pad – $4.68
  • Stamps – $10.14
  • Ephemera – $4.68
  • Crystal Drops – $2.33
  • Colored Pencils – $2.21

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Written by Krista Moore

Krista Moore

Krista entered the subscription box world through beauty boxes and quickly became hooked on boxes! She loves knitting, crocheting, all things crafty, and her cat! Her favorite boxes are KnitCrate, Allure Beauty Box, and FabFitFun.

Posted in Craft Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, The Cherry Box Reviews| Tags: the cherry box | 8 comments

Comments (8)

  1. As a craft hoarder, I’m also not a fan of a box that is a craft store sale grab bag. I want curation and a project!

  2. OOhhh hey! They’re off deleting comments on here. COOL

  3. Are you sure those are the actual dimensions of your ink pad? 2-3/4″ by 3-3/4″ is the full size pad, and if those dimensions were accurate, the ink pad should be more than half the width of the paper pad, and from the photo of all your box contents, it’s clearly not that big.

    I think you have one of the minis. They come in a four-pack that ACOT sells for $12, so that pad is worth at most $3. (And I’m not sure if you can buy the minis individually, in which case, it’s really disappointing that they opened up packs and split them into these boxes.)

    • Excellent point, Emma – I was going off of the dimensions listed on the website, but I think you are right and this is a mini size. I’ll have the review updated!

  4. If the reviewer crafts, I’d like to see more finished products. I can’t really tell if this is worth $5 or $35 with one stencil done with a Sharpie marker. Thanks.

    • Totally agree! Is it a solid and good quality stencil? I’ve had some thin and pretty useless ones and some nice quality ones. I’d love to see some embossing plates or maybe sizzix plates, alot of those are quite versatile. 🙂 And a nice crafting magazine would be an awsome add since they are usually like $10 a pop. lol

      As it stands, the stuff above could probably be purchased for about $12 if that, at Hobby Lobby. I have stacks of those paper books, they do some spectacular deals on those and they work for so many craft projects.

    • I thought it was a pretty polite comment and clearly someone else thought it would be helpful too. I read the comment as trying to help the reviewer give more informative and helpful reviews – not being entitled. Constructive feedback is a completely valid way comment.

    • Thanks for the input! We were trying to not use materials that weren’t included in the box but will consider your thoughts for the next review. What type of crafts would you like to see?

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