Join a Pajama Party!

Mark Your Calendars for a Pajama Party on January 30

Close To My Heart is doing it again. They are teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring us another Pajama Party. It will be on Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm Eastern Time.

The event is free, but if you want to participate in the chat, complete challenges, download files or enter to win prizes, you must log on that night. If you are not registered at Big Picture Classes (registration is free and you will not receive any unwanted mail), you will find a link to register at the Pajama Party page. You can register today and just sign in that night.

Here is the layout we will be creating:

The layout is the Bottom Border—Title™ pattern from the Reflections™ Scrapbook Program (9037).

Based on the supply list, and the photo above, it looks like the cardstock colors used on this layout are: Cranberry (2 sheets), Hollyhock, Cotton Candy and White Daisy (you might want to wait to cut any paper until the night of the Pajama Party just in case… ).

The (3) photos are 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

You will use one 12″ x 12″ [Cranberry] cardstock for your base.

You will need the following pieces of cardstock (the labels in blue on the photo above correspond to these letters):
A  2 1/2″ x 12″ [White Daisy]
B  9″ x 6″ [Cranberry]
C  7″ x 12″ [Hollyhock]
D 5″ x 12″ [Cotton Candy]

One piece of washi tape covers a scrap of White Daisy (upper left and above the photo on the left). A scrap of Hollyhock is stamped and used in the lower left. “Lucky” and the flower are stamped on White Daisy; the cardstock was cut using the Artiste cartridge.

If you would like to create this layout exactly as pictured above while watching the Pajama Party, the supplies you will need are:

  • G1066 Workshops on the Go™ Sarita Scrapbooking Kit — for the stamp set
  • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack, or
  • 1272 Cranberry Cardstock
  • 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock
  • X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, plus
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
  • Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Of course, you can make this layout uniquely your own by substituting other colors or stamp sets using supplies you have on hand at home.

The Sarita WOTG stamp set which was used in the layout pictured above is no longer available. (Check out my CTMH website for the list of retiring items and already gone items).

If you don’t already have the Sarita WOTG stamp set, here are some great alternatives to create your own version the layout:

  • D1595 Cloud Nine (coordinates with the Artiste cartridge; only available until January 31 or while supplies last whichever comes first)
  • D1559 Geometric Backgrounds
  • D1544 Distressed Backgrounds
  • D1540 In the Background
  • A1121 A Blossom (coordinates with the Art Philosophy cartridge)
  • C1540 Hello Blossoms (coordinates with the Artiste cartridge)
  • D1586 Ivy Lane Cardmaking WOTG (coordinates with the Art Philosophy cartridge and available to order February 1)
  • E1027 Framework Alphabet (to stamp “Lots” where “In Love” appears)

Now is the time to go through your stash and create your own twist on the layout, thinking outside the box and using materials on hand.
If you want to think outside the box with me…create your own version of the layout and bring it to my Open House on this Sunday (see my Open House post for details) or send me an picture of your creation and I’ll post all entries, with prized awarded…

I plan to join the Pajama Party Thursday, and I hope to see you there!

Close To My Heart’s Retiring Spring 2014 List

To check out all the available items on the Retiring List click HERE!!
Below is a listing of the Retiring Items.
Those items that are crossed off are already sold out and are unavailable for purchase any longer!!
Part Description
G1055 Workshops on the Go®For Always Scrapbooking Kit
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf’s Up Scrapbooking Kit
G1063 Workshops on the Go® Frosted Cardmaking Kit
G1064 Workshops on the Go Laughing Lola Cardmaking Kit
G1065 Workshops on the Go® Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit
G1066 Workshops on the Go® Sarita Scrapbooking Kit
G1067 Workshops on the Go® ProPlayer Scrapbooking Kit
G1068 Workshops on the Go® Babycakes Scrapbooking Kit
G1069 Workshops on the Go® Huntington Scrapbooking Kit
G1070 Workshops on the Go® Frosted Scrapbooking Kit
SJ5P2 US/CN Studio J 5 pack
W1104 Studio J 5-pack cards
X7163B Chantilly Paper Packet
X7163C Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements
X7165B For Always Paper Packet
X7165C For Always My Stickease® Assortment
X7168B Surf’s Up Paper Packet
X7168C Surf’s Up My Stickease® Assortment
X7169B Tommy Paper Packet
X7169C Tommy Complements Canvas Shapes
X7174B Huntington Paper Packet
X7174C Huntington My Stickease® Assortment
X7175B Frosted Paper Packet
X7175C Frosted My Stickease® Assortment
X8627 My Originals® Polar Pals Kit
Z1091 FinishingFiles
Z1269 FiligreeBrads
Z1298 TextureTools
Z1313 Glitz Glue Stardust
Z1322 My Creations Recipe Box
Z1333 Opaques- Mocha
Z1335 Opaques- Licorice
Z1336 Opaques- Pearl
Z134 PrismaGlitter
Z1463 Just Blooms® Flutter Paper Shapes
Z1482 Silver Glitz™ Glitter Gel
Z1483 Bronze Glitz™ Glitter Gel
Z1484 Red Glitz™ Glitter Gel
Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1654-79 Dimensional Elements Monograms “A-Z” “A C E I O S T”
Z1680 Dimensional Elements Stars
Z1682 Dimensional Elements Alphabet
Z1701 Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment
Z1705 Durables Square Studs
Z1706 Durables Round Studs
Z1707 Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems
Z1732 Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
Z1735 Dimensional Elements Hearts
Z1737 My Creations® Collage Cubes
Z1738 Colonial White Die-Cut Cards
Z1744 Opaques Flourishes Pearl
Z1746 My Creations® Block
Z1764 Just Blooms® Floret Paper Shapes
Z1769 Almond Glitz™ Glitter Gel
Z1770 Pink Glitz™ Glitter Gel
Z1771 Green Glitz™ Glitter Gel
Z1775 Glamour Glitter Alphabet
Z1776 Pixie Glitter Alphabet
Z1777 Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet
Z1778 Treat Cups
Z1779 Irresistibles™ Houndstooth Alphabet
Z1781 Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1786 Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection
Z1787 Mini-Medley Accents Slate Collection
Z1788 Chalkboard Shapes, Adhesive-backed
Z1796 Rub-On Tool
Z1800 Colonial White Rosette Ribbon
Z1802 Slate Satin Polkadot Ribbon
Z1803 My Creations® Star
Z1804 My Creations® Cubby
Z1811 For Always Assortment
Z1814 Chantilly Assortment
Z1819 Chantilly Textiles
Z1824 Tommy Assortment
Z1841 Surf”s Up Assortment
Z1845 My Originals® Matchbook Card Kit
Z1881 Huntington Assortment
Z1882 Base & Bling Word Accents
Z1883 Base & Bling Floral Accents
Z1884 Sparkle & Shine Textiles
Z1890 Frosted Assortment
Z1905 Base & Bling Necklace Kit
Z280 HempTan
Z281 HempWhite
Z282 HempBlack
Z308 LiquidAppliqueWhite
Z4115 MemoryProtectorValuePack-Clear(50)
Z534 MicroTipScissors
Z555 CraftHeater
Z668 EmbPowderGold
Z669 EmbPowderSilver
Z821 EmbPowderClearDetail
Z891 VersamarkInkPad
Z892 VersamarkReinker

Sneak Peak at CTMH’s new Project My Life



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Here’s a sneak peak at CTMH’s new Project My Life album… love the pockets and cute PML cards in Later Sk8r theme. The whole album came together in about 2 hours…


Stay tuned for more sneak peaks at the fabulous new items in the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book….


And for the Computer Geeks in the Household….

I wasn’t too interested in creating with CTMH’s Proplayer paper packet, until I sat down one day to come up with a layout for my son’s birthday party pictures from game room of a laser tag place:


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I really liked the way they came out. The computer and gaming related stickers were really fun to work with and the pages were quick and easy to make. I have lots of paper left over for next years’ birthday invites as well!


Thanks for looking!

Laughing Lola

The last Scrapbooking workshop for the Fall/Winter Idea book includes pages featuring the Laughing Lola paper packet in black and gold with pops of blue and purple. These rich and trendy colors are highlighted in the following layouts:

Title page with chevron sparkles and a satin clip on bow

Title page with chevron sparkles and a satin clip on bow



A card stock only layout showcasing the gold, blue and purple colors of Laughing Lola

A card stock only layout showcasing the gold, blue and purple colors of Laughing Lola

An interactive layout featuring two 6" wide flip flaps for the front….

An interactive layout featuring two 6″ wide flip flaps for the front….

Twelve photos on these four flip flaps on the middle layout….

Twelve photos on these four flip flaps on the middle layout….


And lifting this flap reveals 6 more photos with journaling on the inside!

And lifting this flap reveals 6 more photos with journaling on the inside!

Aren’t they gorgeous! I’ve added enough extra paper to make 5 fun, interactive  layouts, complete with flip flaps and embellishments that go with them:  chipboard die cuts, sparkle chevrons, Lola jewels and satin clip on bows.

If you’d like to make these pages for yourself, contact me for the complete Lola Scrapbooking Workshop Kit.  The Laughing Lola paper pack, extra card stock, chipboard complements, Lola jewels, satin bows, flip flaps and sparkle chevrons are all provided.

When: call or email by January 31st

Cost: $30 plus postage to you or arrange pick up

What else is needed:  adhesive
RSVP: 571-276-5405   or


Open House and Idea Book Reveal Party



When:  SUNDAY, February 2nd from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: My Home, 1832 Birch Rd, McLean

Come Enjoy the Fun, Food and FREEBIES!!

photo-7I’m so very excited about this new idea book and can’t wait to share it with you!  I am officially kicking off the release of the new Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book at my Semi-Annual Open House & Idea Book Reveal Party on Sunday, February 2nd from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  by giving each attendee their own personal copy of the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book….for FREE!  In addition, I will be displaying some of the latest products CTMH has to offer, including new stamp sets and paper packs, embellishments, and more!  There will also be completed samples for upcoming workshops and classes,  two “Creation Stations” for you to complete projects FREE of charge, including the new Project My Life !  There will also be refreshments and prizes, including a special Grand Prize!

Increase your chances to win a prize by collecting tickets.  You will automatically receive a ticket simply for attending.  The other ways to earn tickets include….

  • 1 entry when you RSVP “Yes” by Tuesday, January 21 st

  • 1 entry for every $10 you spend.

  • 3 entries for each friend you bring (or referred) to the Open House Party.

  • 5 entries when you complete the Open House scavenger hunt.

  • 5 entries for each class you sign up for (prepayment is required).

  • 5 entries for rounding your order up to the next dollar (or making a donation of any amount) to Operation Smile.

  • 10 entries…a FREE gift#…and a FREE SOTM# (of your choice) when you book and host your own Home Gathering.

  • 10 entries when you join a monthly club.

  • 15 entries when you join CTMH, as well as over $290 of products for only $99!

#Received at your Home Gathering.
You will place your tickets into any or all of the prize drawings.  After names have been drawn for all prizes, all tickets will be entered into a special Grand Prize drawing.  I will notify all the winners within the following 24 hours to make arrangements for delivery.

I’ve been making my footprint on the world wide web!  Find…

RSVP by:

Email me at 
Call me at 703-790-3497 or cell #571-276-5405

The Weather Outside is… Frosty!

January’s Scrapbooking workshop features the new Frosty papers, in Champagne, Crystal Blue and Frosty Gray, with lots of sparkles!  Perfect for scrapbooking this month’s snowman pictures!


A fun sparkle tape border showcases the photo area

A fun sparkle tape border showcases the photo area


A torn edge, shaded in blue, provides snow drifts for the winter trees with sparkly snow on them

A torn edge, shaded in blue, provides snow drifts for the winter trees with sparkly snow on them


The quaint shops on this layout are images stamped from the Christmas Village stamp set

The quaint shops on this layout are images stamped from the Christmas Village stamp set


A close up of the shops shows the snow added with liquid appliqué

A close up of the shops shows the snow added with liquid appliqué






Aren’t they gorgeous! I’ve used the WOTG stamp set as well as the Christmas Village stamp set and Cricut cut outs for the snowflake border and journaling tags.

If you’d like to join us in making these pages, register now for January’s Scrapbooking Workshop.  The Frosty paper pack, extra pages, complements, cut outs, and sparkle tape are all provided.

When:  January 19th or a take a kit to complete at home
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $30

What to Bring: Paper cutter and adhesive
RSVP: 571-276-5405   or

Please reserve your spot by  January 31st.
{so I can order your paper pack and Embellishments}

If you are unable to attend in person, you may order your complete “kit” to complete the pages above at home and pick it up in person or have it mailed to you.

National Papercrafting Month – I’m on Cloud Nine!

Happy New Year!  I am excited about what lies ahead in 2014!  Here’s a sneak peek…

First off,  Would you like to know what’s new and exciting with Close To Cloud 9 CTMHMy Heart?  January is National Papercrafting month and we have an exclusive CLOUD NINE cardmaking kit you can enjoy for only $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying purchase of $35 or more (excluding tax and shipping) during January. The all inclusive card kit makes 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs) with funky messages to put any recipient on cloud nine! You can add one cardmaking kit for every $35 in your order.  You can watch the You Tube video below to see it all:

Secondly, I”ll be hosting a cardmaking workshop, using the Cloud 9 stamp set and the Laughing Lola papers to create two each of the 5 cards shown here:


PLUS a bonus Valentine’s card.

When: Thursday, January 16th 9am or Sunday, January 12th at 1pm

Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean

Cost: $20

RSVP by Jan 10th to or 571-276-5405.

A pre-stamped kit is available for those unable to attend either of these dates. The kit may also be mailed to you for $25.

Thirdly, we have a new 2014 Spring Summer Idea book going live on February 1st. Here’s sneak peek of one of my favorite new paper packs, Balloon Ride:


Balloon Ride features Hot Air Balloons in gorgeous muted  colors of cashmere, creme brûlée, crystal blue and sorbet.

Anyone attending one of my workshops in January, as well as anyone who places an order in January HERE on my WEBSITE of $35 or more, will receive a FREE IDEA BOOK  (In addition to the Cloud Nine kit above)!  That’s a $3.95 value and shipping costs $5.00

But wait … there’s more!

SkylarkNow, you can receive the Cloud Nine kit for FREE when you join CTMH in January!  You can enjoy another sneak peak of new product by clicking on this LINK to view the *new* Consultant Kit flyer. When you join my team for only $99 (kit value $300),  you can get a head start on HOT new products, new idea books and be on your way to earning the CLOUD NINE Card kit for FREE (with qualifying sales).

You can sign up HERE.  You can email me if you have questions, or give me a call at 571-276-5405.

How to contact me:


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