A Pajama Party!


Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes again to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this layout using the Cricut® Artbooking collection.

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at BigPictureClasses.com on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm (MDT). During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Artbooking layout shown above.

If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website. If you have already created an account or if you registered for the first Pajama Party in May, you are all set! You will not need to create another account or register again.

I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of the new Artbooking collection as the Big Picture Classes crew make the featured project and share their tips and tricks for using the collection. Watch the Pajama Party by yourself or invite friends over for a fun crafting evening with a bowl of popcorn, then be ready to spring into action August 1 when the Cricut Artbooking Collection from the new Fall/Winter catalog becomes available for purchase.  Create our own pages using the archived class video as a reference.  You’ll need the following supplies to create this layout:

Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection*
1301 Bamboo Cardstock
1388 Colonial White Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
X5666 Twilight Cardstock
Z2160 Twilight Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1853 Aqua Dots*
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Z1294 Sanding Kit
*These products will be available for customers to purchase beginning August 1, 2013.


Who is “one of a kind” in your life? Who will you feature on your new layout?

Mini-album Video Tutorial

Way Cool! I’ve lots of beautiful left over papers and would love to create with them!

Perfect for a mother-daughter afternoon. Hanna and I are going to give it a go today and I’ll post the results tonight. Stay tuned!


Whooo’s Your Valentine? National Papercrafting Month: January 2013

Here’s a cool video on how to assemble the Treat Tubes for Valentine’s Day.  What a fantastic idea for your child’s classroom valentines!  So quick and easy, yet awesome!



Bonus: the treat tubes and the glitter paper will be available in the new Spring/Summer Idea book, available February 1st, but this is an amazing bargain to get them NOW at only $10!

For more information, see my previous post and/or go to my website.

The Swipe Hype!

“The Swipe Hype” features the swiping stamping technique. With stamp swiping, you can add texture, distressing, movement, and motion to your stamped images.

Ready to give it a try? Choose a stamp set with a solid image and practice swiping. Email me with the results of your favorite image and I’ll mail you a free stamp set!!


February Card Classes – February 9th and 11th

 Are you ready to create something truly special for the special person(s) in your life? How about a pop-up Valentine’s card!!??

This innovative pop-up card is just one of the cards we will be making at card classes on Thursday, February 9th and again on Saturday, February 11th. Others are shown below. Everything is pre-cut and ready to stamp.  You get to choose how many of each card you make!
3 cards for $5 ♥ 6 for $10 when you bring your own adhesive
3 cards for $6 ♥ 6 for $12 when you use my adhesive   RSVP by Tuesday, February 7th.

This pop-up card was also submitted in January’s Heart2Heart Challenge. Check out their webpage, get your creative juices flowing and  join in the Heart2Heart challenges yourself… it’s fun!

Several card elements are cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  We will be using the Roxie and Sonoma paper packets and covering many techniques – shading, background stamping, creating 3-D flowers, using dimensional elements, scalloped border, and pleating paper.  I think you will really enjoy this class!

In addition, we will be making Valentines-themed nugget tins. I will supply the tins and materials to decorate the tins and candies and you supply the candies. Make as many or few as you like. The cost is only $1.50 each for the tins and supplies.

When: Thursday, February 9th and Saturday, February 11th
Time: 12:30 PM Thursday and 3pm Saturday
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $5 for 3 cards plus $1.50 per nugget tin
What to Bring: adhesive
RSVP: 703-790-3497

You are able to purchase this class if you are unable to attend.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and the ribbon will be dyed.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $6.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $8.00 – mailed to you first class

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