Friday, August 28, 2009

My Little Knitter!

I have been busy all week creating artwork but I made a promise to myself not to post scrapbook laytouts without photos so...I will share my new layouts once I have the photos on them.
So...I wanted to share this cute photo of my daughter Molly. She and I took a knitting class together this summer. If you live in my area I strongly suggest you visit the "Village Knittery" in downtown Summerville. The shop opened about 6 months ago and it is so fun! Miss Emily, the owner is the kindest person and a super teacher, as is her son, Kyle.

Anyway, we took this knitting class together and both of us have fallen in love with knitting. This is Molly with the scarf she knitted. Molly did most of the knitting and ALL of the braided tassels all by herself!!! Aren't the tassels adorable? I am so proud of my little knitter! And yes, I do need to create a layout with this photo. I have knitted a scarf and I am almost done with a hat to match. I didn't think I would love knitting as much as I do but...I DO! It's a great activity to do when you are in the car, as the passenger, of course!

Thank you Molly, for our special time together. I truly enjoy our one-on-one time together knitting!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

$100 in FREE Close To My Heart product!

Would you like $100 in free select product from Close To My Heart?
I am a few short weeks away from REACHING my goal of earning the Close To My Heart incentive trip to New Zealand. I taught school there back in 1992 and have hopes to return to this land “down under” and visit the school I worked out, the friends I made and most of all, share this opportunity with my hubby, Stan. I have until September 30th to earn the remaining points. With your help I can achieve this goal! As my way of thanking you for helping me, I want to give YOU something to show how much I appreciate YOU!
It is an amazing offer that will make EVERYONE a winner. I need 10 people to make this work (however, we can do several groups of 10 and have even more winners!). Here’s the deal.This will be available to the first 10 people (if I can get an additional 10 we will do a 2nd group, etc). Email me ( right away and then start collecting your order(s) of at least $100. Just for doing this you'll get to take advantage of the great special that is going on now...Free stamp of the month ($22.95 value) plus if you order a minimum of $60 in stamps you can earn the Card Kit “Everyday Celebration” FREE (a $39.95 value) (see the attached flyer for a photo) with no shipping or tax on the free items...this is about a $63.00 value right there. All those who place the minimum $100 order will earn ONE of the following:
*$100 in select product credit
*$60 in select product credit
$40 in select product credit
*3 individuals will be awarded a half price item/collection
*3 individuals will be sent a FREE stamp set
So, everyone will be a winner!!!
...not to mention you already got a great deal and this would help me out so much on reaching my goals.Please email me ASAP if you want to jump on this fun online gathering with prizes galore...I'll need to have everyone’s orders in by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th to make this work. If you don't have a current idea book...head on over to my website to view it. Or call me and I will be happy to deliver one to you or put one in the mail.
Feel free to collect orders from your friends-you can combine orders to reach the $100 minimum!Hugs to all and thank you for helping me reach my goal!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

More Twitterpated-Card Style!


Here you can see some more projects I have created using the new Twitterpated My Reflection Kit. This kit will be avilable to purchase when the New Autumn/Winter Idea Book goes live on September 1st (there will be a photo of the new Idea Book on my Blog that you will be able to click on to see all the fabulous new product!). These cards were created with the new Card Club kit. It actually comes with an adorable exclusive stamp set that is only available in this kit. Not only does the kit include a level 2 paper packet and the exclusive stmap set it also comes with Chocolate Ribbon Rounds, as well! The decorative looking buttons-Dimensional Elements In Color-Organic collection is a highly reccommended add-on product.

My September Card Club will be creating 2 each of the cards your see here. All the kit details and dates of the class are below. If you are interested in joining a card club class, wanting to try out a class and even interested in participating by mail please contact me today! I'd love to help you!

KIT of the MONTH CARD CLUB: Monday, Sept. 28th. 6:30-8:30 p.m
We will create 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs) using the NEW! Twitterpated Kit.
Basic Kit: $34.59 (please add $4.80 if kit is being shipped to you)
Kit Contents:
-Level 2 Twitterpated Paper Pack
-Chocolate Ribbon Rounds
-“Hello There” My Acrylix Stamp Set
-Color Instruction Brochure
Add-On Options: Please take a look at the cards to see what embellishments you would like on your cards. The basic kit only includes the ribbon
#Z1230 Dimensional Elements In Color-Organic (New!): $3.50
#Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Stamp Pad: $5.25
#Z2153 Sweet Leaf Stamp Pad: $5.25
#Z280 Natural Hemp: $2.25
#Z1218 Basic Brads: $4.95
#Z679 Liquid Glass: $6.95
#Z697 Sponge: $1.25
#9033 Wishes Card Confidence Program: $29.95
#D1375 Treasure September Stamp of the Month stamp set: DISCOUNTED or FREE!

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Sneak Peek!

It's Friday!!!!!
We made it through the first week of school and everyone still has a smile on their face! It has been a great first week of school for Tucker, Molly and Payton. They love their teachers and have had alot of fun. Next week the homework will start so we'll see how THAT goes!
Anyway, I wanted to share some artwork I created using products from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book which will be released on September 1st! The projects you see were created using the new "Twitterpated" My Reflections Paper Pack, the new Dimensional Elementsin Color-Organic collection, the new Dimensional Elements "On Target" and "Booksmart" collections and new stamp sets "Many Thanks" and "Grown with Love." Ink colors used are sorbet, sweet leaf, and chocolate. It has such fun creating with these new products!
If you have not already requested your copy of the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book please feel free to contact me today. I will be happy to reserve one for you or mail one out to you! You are definitely going to want to own one of these fabulous Idea Books. Several enhancements have been made to the publication-the artwork featured is much larger, allowing you to see the little details up close and personal! The stamp sets are pictured at 75% it's actual size (as opposed to the 50% in past Idea books).
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back to School Crop is Almost Here!

I want to remind you about my Back to School Crop” on FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th.
This will be the perfect time to see new product, get your new Idea book and have fun working on your personal projects. Please register for this Crop on/before TUESDAY, AUGUST 25th (so I have time to prepare food, project kits, and goodie bags!)
Here are the details:
Back To School Crop!
2009 CTMH Autumn/Winter Idea Book Celebration/Crop
Kids are heading back to school,
Some think this is really cool!
Others are feeling a little bit sad
But this event will make you glad!
You are invited to this Back to School Crop
Bring your photos, bring your friends
And scrap together ‘till you drop!

DATE: Friday, August 28, 2009
Time: 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 for a 5-hour Crop
Includes: dinner, snacks, goodie bag, Autumn/Winter Idea Book, 1-12 x 12 page Create & Take kit
Location: Ashley River Fire house on Dorchester Road
Highlight of the Crop:
*Be the first to see new Product!
*Cash & Carry Products Available!
*Ample Space to work on layouts, cards and projects!
NAME: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone: ____________________________________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________
Crop Registration: $10 is due upon registering for event. Your $10 will reserve your spot. Mail check to Amy McGrew, 5428 Langston Park Dr., N. Charleston, SC 29420

Delight in the Everyday!

Boy! It's been a while since I last posted. My children went back to school this past Monday so we have been busy back to school shopping and spending quality time together before the summer ended! I did survive the first day. Yes, I am one of those mothers who still cries when summer comes to an end and the kids head back to school. This year was exceptionally hard. Tucker went to Middle School! I did not expect to react the way I did. I was actually pretty good sending the girls off but when we drove Tucker to his new schooll and he was not interested in me walking him to the building and when I saw how small he looked compared to all those 8th graders (he looked so big earlier that morning when we were taking back to school photos!) my eyes filled with tears!
I am adjusting and the kids are loving their teachers and are off to a good start so life is good! I got great "first day" photos but I will wait until I have them on scrapbook layouts before sharing them with you. One of my back to school goals is to post more layouts, rather than just photos! We'll see how good I do!

Close To My Heart is also offering another FABULOUS special which will run until September 30th! And this special can be combined with my specials so you can earn even MORE FREE PRODUCT!!!!! How COOL is that?! This photo shows the cards you can create with great kit. If you click on the photo you should see it better.

Here are the details for the special CTMH is offering:
To celebrate CTMH is giving you 3 ways to get a FREE “Everyday Celebration Card Kit” for making 16 beautiful cards!
*Purchase a minimum of $60 in stamp sets (includes A, B, C, D and E-size) between August 18-September 30th
*Host a Gathering with minimum sales of $400 between September 1-30th
*You can also buy as many card kits as you’d like for $39.95 per kit.
....AND there’s MORE FUN! Place any order between September 1-30th and you’ll be automatically entered in our daily drawing for a FREE card kit! Winners will be announced on my website ( and . Express your passion for stamping with this pretty new card kit today!
The Everyday Celebration Card Kit comes with:
Feature Kit colors: Chocolate, Colonial White, Dutch blue and Sweet Leaf
1- MyAcrylix Everyday Celebration Stamp Set (D-size and only available with this kit!)
16-4 ¼ x 5 ½ Colonial White Card Bases
16- 4 ¼ x 5 ½ Colonial White envelopes
1-12 x 12 Dutch Blue Cardstock
1-12 x 12 Colonial White Cardstock
4-12 x 12 B&T Duos Paper
1-Chocolate Distressing Ink
1-Dutch blue Distressing Ink
1-Mini Medley Accents Shades of Chocolate Collection
5’-Chocolate Ribbon with Colonial White Stitch
50-3-D foam squares
1-Full Color Step-by-Step Instructional Brochure

This kit is a little different than the card kits we had last year and the year before. The paper does not come pre-cut with this year’s kit. I love this enhancement, as it allows you to create scrapbook layouts, as well, as cards! Isn’t that AWEOME!!! I think you will enjoy the “Delight in Everything” stamp set. It has a birthday/celebration theme to it, thus it can be used for just about anything and all year long! Fun,Fun,Fun!!!!!!
I have been busy creating art and working on my September workshop schedule. I will be sharing all the details with you throughout the day so please be sure to stop by again...and again...and again!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's Your Day!

I LOVE the August Stamp of the Month- #D1352. Here is a photo of some cards I received in a card swap I particpated in last month. I love this set because it can be both masculine or feminine and it can be used for more than just birthday cards, too!
You can earn this set, as well as, a free level two paper pack (randomly selected by CTMH) just by placing a $100 order up until Monday, August 17th! Your will receive $35.90 worth of product absolutely FREE! You can place your order right from my website ( or you can contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you!

Enjoy YOUR day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


We are back from our annual Camp McGrew Camping trip. This year we traveled to North Carolina-up by Asheville. What a wonderful 4 days we had a as a family bonding and spending quality time together. No television, cell phone computers...just fun together. We enjoyed hiking, swimming, sliding down a natural water slide (Sliding Rock), attending Smokey Bear's 65 birthday party celebation, cooking over the camp fire and my favorite, eating popcorn by the camp fire! I always give the kids goodie bags at the start of Camp McGrew. This is something the kids look forward to year after year after year. I make t-shirts for the entire family,too. Here are photos of some of the memories we created together. I am looking forward to adding these photos to the layouts I created last month. Once the photos are on the layouts I promise to post them, as well!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Updated Back to School Crop Information!

I had to change the date of the Back To School Crop. The new date is FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th from 5:00-10:00 p.m.
All the details have been update on the post I sent out last night.

Hope more of you can attend now that the date has changed!



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Back to School Crop Information!

Back To School Crop!
2009 CTMH Autumn/Winter Idea Book Celebration/Crop
Kids are heading back to school,
Some think this is really cool!
Others are feeling a little bit sad
But this event will make you glad!
You are invited to this Back to School Crop
Bring your photos, bring your friends
And scrap together ‘till you drop!

DATE: Friday, August 28, 2009
Time: 5:00-10:00
Cost: $10 for a 5-hour Crop
Includes: dinner, snacks, goodie bag, Autumn/Winter Idea Book, 1-12 x 12 page Create & Take kit
Location: Ashley River Fire house on Dorchester Road
Highlight of the Crop:
*Be the first to see new Product!
*Cash & Carry Products Available!
*Ample Space to work on layouts, cards and projects!
NAME: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone: ____________________________________________________________________ Email: ____________________________________________________
Crop Registration: $10 is due upon registering for event. Your $10 will reserve your spot. Mail check to Amy McGrew, 5428 Langston Park Dr., N. Charleston, SC 29420

More Leadership Fun!

I wanted to share some more photos of the fun I had while attending the Close To My Heart Leadership conference in Long Beach California last weekend. Here is a photo of some of my CTMH gal pals. We are all Directors in the company. Founder and CEO , Jeanette Lynton treated all the directors to an evening of fun at Disneyland. We enjoyed a delicious meal at an Italian restuarant in the park and then she gave each of us a twilight pass into the park! It was a great evening!

Here is a photo of some of us doing a bit of sight-seeing before the conference began. We took a walk down by the water and ate at an outdoor restaurant. The last photo is from the awards banquet.

I know I have said this before but the friends I have made through CTMH are the best! We only see each other several times a year yet our friendship bonds are so strong. I am so grateful to CTMH for my CTMH sisters!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I am home!

That is the one word I have to use to explain the weekend I had at the Close To MyHeart Leadership Conference. My head is still spinning and dancing about all the WONDERFUL new products and programs CTMH introduced to us over the past 5 days! I will share a few of the new things with you now and hope that you will take full advantage of all the clubs, classes and events I offer later this month and on into the fall season so that I can share and teach you more and more!
This photo is of me with my 2nd and 3rd uplines. Karen Morris in on my left. Karen was one of the very first consultants to join the company...19 years ago. She has continually earn the spot of the Top Unit Sales in the entire company year after year. She has the largest team in the company, as well.
Niaomi Smith is to my right. She is my 2nd upline. She has also been with the company for many, many years and she continually earns the 2nd top Unit Sales year after year. Both of these fine ladies have taught me so, so much over the course of the 11 years I have been with the company. I am honored to be on their team! is the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!
Close To My Heart has come up with their own FABULOUS way to follow the digital scrapbook movement. It is called "Studio J" (what a jzzy title, eh?). "Studio J" will be released some time in the Spring 2010. You can get a sneak peek of "Studio J" by visitng The clip is 2 minutes long and very heart-warming. There are also some questions and answers about the program at this website. Close To My Heart is embracing the world of Digital Scrapbooking, however, we are not replacing the Classic Scrapbooking form of photo perservation. Our program is not called "digital scrapbooking", either. Rather, "Studio Scrapbooking" is the title Jeanette (founder and CEO of Close To My Heart) has given to this classy new program. One of the nice features about this program is you can mix and match studio and classic scrapbook layouts throughout your album! Those of you who are excited about Sutido Scrapbooking might be thinking, "How am I going to wait until the spring to play with this new program?" Don't worry...I promise you it will be worth the wait! Here are a few photos of a layout created from "Studio J."

I will always be a "Classic" scrapbooker but I am excited to add "Studio" scrapbooking "here and there" in my albums. This program will also be great when I want to make multiple albums and use as gifts!

As for the "Classic" Scrapbooking products, you are going to love all the new scrapbooking kits, new stamp sets and embellishments! I will be sharing all the new information and will have new products on display at my "Back To School" Crop on Saturday Agust 29th. I do hope you will join me at this event. All those who attend will receive the Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book FREE. This is my gift to you! More details about this event will be announced soon!

Here is some more excinting news!!!!

From August 3 (Monday morning) through August 17 Close To My Heart is running a very cool Special called "Customer Thanks-a-bration". Here's how it works: If you place a $100 order (before shipping and tax) between August 3 and August 17 you will receive the August Stamp of the Month (It's Your Day, $22.95 value) and a My Reflections Level 2 paper packet ($12.95) absolutely FREE! (free paper packet will vary with order). You can take advantage of this special by calling me (843-207-8698) or on my website (


Here is some artwork using the August Stamp of the Month: "It's Your Day". These projects were created by the Art Department at Close To My Heart. You can earn this great stamp set (which is only available during the month of August) at a discount or even for free! You can place your order on my website or email me or give me a call and I will be happy to order it for you! Here is a photo of more artwork using this fun stamp set. These projects were created by me, as well as some of my Close To My Heart Sisters. Enjoy!
I will continue to share more photos of Leadership in future posts!
Make it a super day!