Monday, October 5, 2015


Amy McGrew

I absolutely LOVE the Close To My Heart Shadow Box Frame and have had such fun giving it as gifts throughout the year to those near & dear to my heart (it made the BEST holiday gift last season).  
Thus, I thought it would be fun to start a club where members will create an interchangeable seasonal layout to display in this fabulous frame month after month. 
I have hopes that this “club” will attract the novice crafter, as well as, the die-hard scrapbooker/card maker.
The monthly projects will require very little time with little to no left-over products to store at home.  
All papers will be pre-cut so all that is required of you is assembling the precut paper.  You only need to supply your own adhesives.
This club will run October 2015- September 2016.

You can put your project together at my studio and/or the kits can be picked up or shipped to you (postage will be add to your kit total) so that you can put the kit together in the comfort of your own home. 
Each layout you create can be displayed in your shadow box frame.
Create one for yourself and one (or more) to give as gifts!
The first kit includes your frame, thus it will cost more.
All future kits will range between $10-$15.  That’s it! 

The first project is this beautiful “BELIEVE” Christmas Tree layout.

Date: Tuesday,October 13th
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m OR 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $43.00

In November we will create this layout


This layout will showcase your favorite 4 x 6 photo.  You can also specify which “word” you want in your kit.  It can be “family”, “cherish”or  “grateful”.
The class will take place: 
9:30-10:30 a.m OR 6:30-7:30 p.m.
COST:  $10.00

Please specify if you would like a white or black shadow box frame upon registering!

Future kit themes: New Years, Valentines, Easter, Spring, Summer, Apples, Pumpkins, Birthday and two more to be decided!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's In The Bag!

October Greetings!

I LOVE the month of October!  In fact, I am baking Pumpkin Muffins for my kids as I type this message to you!  Everything "pumpkin" comes out beginning on October 1st in the MGrew Household!
The first of every month is always exciting when it comes to Close To my Heart.  And October 2015 will not disappoint any of you!

If you have met me, you know I just love Close To My Heart and preserving our memories!! I became a CTMH Consultant 17 1/2 years ago strictly for the discount.  I had just given birth to my first child and became a stay-at-home-mom.  I needed a discount to support my CTMH addiction!  Little did I know how much MORE being a Close To My Heart Consultant would add to, not only my life, but to my family's life, as well.  Joining Close To My Heart has been the best decision I have ever made, next to marrying my hubby and the birth of our 3 children (who are growing up much too quickly)!  If you have ever thought about or might think about doing what I do- now is the time to do it! If you join in October you will receive a bonus... a beautiful and very trendy cross body bag!!  It is perfect for carrying layouts, paper packs, and projects that are in-progress. For a very small investment, you will be receiving almost $500 in product!!!!! Plus, I can show you how to earn another $775 in goodies.

There are many many things I love about my "job" - making my own hours, meeting new people, making life-long friends, teaching others how to make pretty things, opportunity to travel, great discounts, CONVENTION, getting paid to create and MY TEAM.  My team, "The Heart-Throb's", is a mix of hobbyists and business builders.  We all run our business a little differently...and that is AWESOME!  Everyone and anyone is welcome to my Heart-Throb family.  You might want to join just to receive the discount and support your creative wants (Like I did when I became a consultant!) or you may want to give a go at team building and earn a generous income by getting paid to play.  Whatever your desire...YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!  

 I would love to have a few minutes of your time to share this amazing deal with you! Please feel free to contact me for more details if this is something you would like to explore a bit more.  I am here to answer any questions you may have!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Believe" Christmas Tree Photo Frame

“Believe” Christmas Tree Photo Frame
Date: Tuesday,October 13th
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m OR 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $43.00
R.S.V.P: 207-8698 or 
on/before TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th

Join me in creating this holiday project that combines a little paper crafting, memory making, and memory keeping into one fun piece!
This home decor project that was designed by my dear friend Michelle Snyder will make the perfect, priceless gift for any and all those special people in your life, as well as yourself! I had such fun creating it and I think you will, too!
Your class fee includes all pre-cut papers, embellishments and a designed decor shadow box frame. The unique thing about this shadow box frame is that you can change the "layout" when ever you wish! So the same frame can be throughout the year just by placing a different layout whenever you please!
You are welcome to create more than 1 of this photo frame and get a handful of gifts completed before the holiday rush even begins!
Designed Decor Shadow Box Frame: $33.44
Red Enamel Gem PAck: $4.60
Pre-Cut Papers: $5.00
KITS TO GO ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Additional postage fee charge will be added to kits being shipped to you.
If weekend class works better for you please let me know. I am happy to schedule a weekend class if there is enough interest.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Come Learn the Wonderful World of Watercoloring!


TIME:  9:00-11:00 a.m OR 6:30-8:30 p.m.
COST:  $25.00
R.S.V.P:  on/before  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

I was so happy to see the NEW! watercolor paints, brushes and watercolor paper in the NEw Close To My Heart Idea book and I am really excited to teach some watercoloring techniques at this class.
You will create 6 cards at class, but more importantly, you will learn a few techniques that can be used for all sorts of things!  The materials to create the cards will be free (my treat).  You are just paying for the paints and brushes.

Here is  wonderful testimony about our watercolor brushes from a consultant who is a mixed media artist.
" I am enjoying the watercolors and i have to say a thing or two about the brushes. I purchased an Artists Loft set of brushes for watercolor and thought I would test them against the CTMH brushes. Hands down CTMH wins, These brushes are a quality product. The Michaels brand one kept shedding and making a hot mess . I cannot say enough about our CTMH brushes , I think I will order another set just to have, they are THAT good !"

Along with the paints/brushes you will be using exclusive stamp sets that are available in SEPTEMBER ONLY.  Each set is $16.00 or you can purchase all 3 exclusive sets for just $40.40 (these prices include the shipping and tax expense).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sneak Peeks!

Hi There!
I can't believe it is already Thursday.  I have been busy creating, in my studio, samples for upcoming classes that I will be offering in October.  Several samples will be on display at my Chocolate themed Party Tuesday evening.  I hope all you local friends can plan to attend.  Not only will there be chocolate to eat, a free create & take project, but lots of fun and projects on parade, too!

CTMH introduced a new Base & Bling product line with this 2015-2106 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  We now offer gold and silver chains and pendants, new style sheets , a variety of new charms & beads , 3 new style sheets (one is a holiday/winter theme) AND there is a new alphabet stamp (Etched Alphabet #A1182) set that works perfectly on cards and layouts AND with the style sheets, too!  My base & bling buffet will be set up at  Tuesday's celebration.

I will also have several of my holiday themed classes on parade for you to view and sign up for!
 It is certainly going to be a fun few hours.  I do hope you can participate!  R.S.V.P on/before SATURDAY!

Make it a great day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Come Eat Chocolate and Party with me!

To all my local friends! Please join me for a fun few hours of paper crafting fun. This celebration is for ages 10 and up so feel free to bring your daughter, sister, mother, niece, grandmother or friend. This celebration is for the novice, beginner, advance and expert. You'll nibble on sweet treats, see and learn some tips, be the first to hear all about my upcoming holiday classes ( there will be something for everyone!) AND make a fun little project. Please r.s.v.p to reserve your spot(s). Hope to see you one week from tomorrow: SEPTEMBER 22nd

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Day #17 of the Top 17 CTMh Product Picks!

We have made it to day #17!  I hope you have enjoyed these product picks and perhaps have learned something new about a few of the many products Close To my Heart has to offer.  Before I share the product pick of the day I just want to let all those who live local to me that I am currently having a HUGE sale.  I have gone through all my stamp sets and there are many many sets on my sale buffet table.  Some have never even been used!  All stamp sets are just $5.00.  If you buy 3 sets, you get the 4th set FREE!  Contact me if you are interested in stopping by to take a peek!

Todays's product feature is PICTURE MY LIFE.  I love this product line for not only memory keeping, but for card making and even gift wrappings and home decor, too!
Picture My Life allows us to tell our story in a very simple way.  No more getting behind in preserving our memories!  The process only takes a moment, but the memories last for years to come.  This scrapbook program preserves life beautifully and still leaves you with time to live it, so you can pocket your memories and get right back to making more!

There are 13 Picture My Life Kits available until AUGUST 31st.  here is a glimpse at two of my most favorite:  Wanderful and Seaside.

Kits come with 44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs) and 78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
Same cards as featured in Annual Inspirations on pages 146–149, but without Memory Protectors™ or a designed cover sheet.

These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.