Friday, October 30, 2009

More Halloween Fun!

Happy Halloween Eve Everyone!
My family and I continue to enjoy having my parents in town. We are getting into the Fall Spirit by doing all sorts of fun things. I am sharing some more photos of our trip to the West Farm in Moncks Corner, SC, as well as some photos of Halloween treats I cooked up for the kids and the spooky bats Tucker, Molly and Payton made from mini pumpkins. I hope y'all have a wonderful Halloween! I'd like to close by sharing this cute little joke I received in my inbox this morning.

Make it a super day!






Three vampires walk into a bar.
"What can I get ya?" asks the bartender.
"Blood," orders the first vampire.
"Make it two," says the second.
The bartender looks at the third. "What about you, buddy?"
"Plasma," says the vampire.
"Okay," replies the barman. "Let me make sure I've got this straight. Two bloods and a blood light."
Happy Halloween! Enjoy the make-believe of this fun holiday.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

STAMPAGANZA IS COMING SOON!!!!!!

Hello Everyone!
I just wanted to touch base with you and give you a "heads-Up" that NOVEMBER is going to be a wonderful month with CTMH!
"STAMPAGANZA" will begin on November 1st and run until NOVEMBER 30th. Stampaganza is a very cool special (it happens to be my most favorite!) that CTMH offers 1-2 times a year. Every time you purchase 2 stamp sets you will get a 3rd stamp set for FREE (The free set is always the least expensive set)!!!!! Hosting this special in November is perfect-stamp sets make GREAT holiday gifts and this special will allow you to get lots of stamp sets FREE!
Start creating your Wish Lists and on November 1st enjoy a CTMH shopping Spree and earn FREE stamp sets!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Parents!






Hello!
I have not posted in a few days. My parents are in town visiting for 2 weeks. They live in Connecticut (16 hours away from me down here in Charleston, SC-BooHoo). In fact they still live in the house I grew up in!
We have not seen each other since last Christmas so we were very excited for their arrival!
Here is a photo of my mom and I. She made me this adorable witch hat. I have some close up photos of the hat-they don't do justice to all the hand stitching my mother did on this fabulous decoration. I absolutely love it. Thanks Mom!


I have also posted a few photos of the Halloween pillowcases my mom made for Tucker, Molly and Payton. Are they not the cutest? Stan wanted to know why he didn't get one for our bed!!!

Anyway, the McGrew's are thrilled to have my parents in town.

We went to the farm on Sunday and have plans to carve pumpkins and go trick-or-treating on Saturday night. We have also been very busy painting my stamp room (it came out gorgeous!) and now we are moving everything back in. My Dad is amazed at all the "stuff" I have! I am actually planning to host a scrapbook/stamp sale in a few weeks. As I move back into my room I am putting product to the side that I no longer need and will be selling them so be sure to stay tuned for this magnificent sale extravaganza!
I will also post more photos and share more stories about our wonderful visit with my parents. I hate living so far from them but I LOVE having them visit. Life is always so much fun (even the things I hate to do) when they are around! And I love seeing my children get so excited and be so happy to just hang out with my mom and dad (I hope my grandchildren will feel the same way towards Stan and I!). They truly are the two most perfect people I know. They love life, they gave me a fabulous childhood and were excellent role models for me on how to be the best parent I can be!



Friday, October 23, 2009

November Card Club



Hello!

I am excited about my November Card Club projects. We will be creating 2 each of the 3 cards you see here. We will also create 2 each of 3 other deisigns using the same papers, exclusive stamp set and embellishments. You can see all the cards we will create down below but, unfortunatley, my computer is playing tricks on me and it keeps rotating my photo and I can not get it to stop (sorry!). Hoepfully you can still get the idea!

I have also included all the detials about the November Card Club Kit. Anyone can join in on the class-you do not have to be a club member and you can also get the "kit to go." Feel free to contact me if youhave any questions!


The November Card Club will meet at my home on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER KIT OF THE MONTH: CARD KIT
BASIC KIT: $34.59 plus $4.95 for long distance members (shipping cost)
Jingle Level 2 Paper Pack
“Something Special” Stamp Set
Twinkle Brads

ADD- ON OPTIONS:
Z1209 Cranberry Collection Designer Ribbon Rounds: $7.95
#Z1226 Dimensional Elements On Target: $5.95
#Z2167 Crème Brulee Ink Pad: $5.25
#Z2166 Tulip Ink Pad: $5.25
#Z2367 Crème Brulee Marker: $2.95
October Stamp of the Month: Holiday Warmth: discounted or FREE!





Monday, October 19, 2009

November Open club Project

Here are some photos of the November Open Club project. I have my friend and fellow CTMH consultant, Lisa Stenz, to thank for this idea. Thanks Lisa! We will be creating this mini pizza box (isn't it adorable?!) and 4- 3 x 3 cards that fit perfectly inside the box.
I will teach you how to use a re-inker to ink up your stamp and we will use watercolor pencils and a blending pen to add just the right amount of color to these perfect petite images. We will work with the Twitterpated level 2 paper pack and #C1372 Grateful Hearts stamp set which is a new set that came out with the Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book (I love this stamp set!).
The November Open Club meets on Thursday, November 12th from 6:30-8:30 at my home.
In case you are new to my Blog and are not sure what Open Club is I have included the information below for you. Please let me know if you have any questions! Hope to see you on November 12th! Callt o reserve your spot today!
OPEN CLUB
We will meet at my house once a month at 6:30 p.m. You may join the club at any time and there is no commitment to stay in the club for any length of time or to place an order. There will be a $5 fee for the supplies used for the projects we make which will range from cards to small gift items, to scrapbook pages, and more. Each person who signs up for this club will have their name added to the bottom of the hostess list. The person whose name is on the top of the list will get the hostess rewards that month. In order for your name to keep its “place” on the list, you must place a $25 minimum order whether you attend the class that month or not. If you do not place a $25+ order that month, then your name goes down to the bottom of the list. If you do place a $25+ order, then your name continues to move up the list AND you will not be required to pay the $5 supply fee for that class. It will be free!Club members will also receive:
A free current Idea Book/Catalog
Free Hostess Rewards during your hosting month
$5 or free optional monthly classes
Optional opportunity to hold a home workshop or party to boost your hostess benefits
$5 discounts on all workshops while you are a member
Lots of other freebies and surprises...

SIGN UP TODAY!
Amy McGrew, 843-207-8698, stamperamy@earthlink.net, www.amy.myctmh.com

Friday, October 16, 2009

"Jingle" 3-Ring Binder Keepsake Workshop

I am slowly getting into the Christmas spirit down here in the south! I have been listening to some of my favorite holiday CD's as I create holiday gift ideas to share with y'all.


Here are a few photos of my next holiday gift workshop. This keepsake makes the perfect gift/home decor for everyone on your gift list this season. You can fill it with photos for the gift receiver or give it to him/her blank she she/he can fill it with thier own photos! All the details for my workshop are below. "Kits to Go" are available so if you live long distance or can not attend the actual class you are most welcome to purchase the "kit to go". An additional $4.95 will be added to the cost to cover postage.



This keepsake was inspired by fellow consultant, Tina Sutton. Tina, thank you for sharing your fabulous idea!

“JINGLE” HOLIDAY 4 x 6 MINI ALBUM WORKSHOP
DATE: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
TIME: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Amy McGrew’s Stamp Room
COST: $24.00 for one kit or 2 for $40.00
ADD-On Extra: Circle Window Charms: $5.75 (you will have extras to take home)
R.S.V.P: On/BEFORE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19th
*it is very important that you r.s.v.p on/before Oct. 19th so that I have time to order your supplies. Please pay upon registering for the class
The class cost covers all supplies needed to create your mini album. The class and instruction is FREE!
You will need to bring the basic tool kit to class (adhesives-bring lots!, paper trimmer, scissors, pencil)
Feel free to share with your family and friends. The more who participate, the merrier!



Saturday, October 10, 2009

Spooky Creations


Halloween is just 3 weeks away. My children have already planned out their costumes! The 3 of them are going as a rock band! We found great outfits for the girls on sale. I love them because the girls will be able to wear them to school once Halloween is over! I love when I can purchase outfits on sale that have dual purposes! Now we need to work on Tucker's costume. He's a creative kid and has it all planned out so it should come together fairly easy.
Today I am sharing several cards that I received in a swap I participated in. All four of these cards were created using NEW stamp sets showcased in the current Autumn/Winter Idea Book.
Hope they inspire you to make some hand stamped cards this Halloween holiday season!
Make it a great weekend!
SMiles,
Amy

Friday, October 9, 2009

Studio Splurge!

Studio J, Close To My Heart's premier online design sortware, uses CTMH proprietary patterns, papers, and color palettes so you can easily create memorable layouts. Close To my Heart is offering a special treat to everyone who signs up as a new consultant from October 1-31, 2009. When you successfully complete both levels in our exclusive Straight to the top (STTT), you'll receive even more than the STTT reward of $150 in free select products. You'll receive 10 FREE Studio J scrapbook layouts! When you add it all up, you can earn approximately $480 in free product!
Now is a GREAT time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant! I would LOVE to have you join my CTMH family and Heart-Throb team! Please feel free to contact me to answer any questions you may have or to help you sign up!

Make it a super weekend!

Smiles,
Amy

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More Cup Cake Cards!


Hello!
Here is a photo of the thank you cards I made for my daughter's birthday. I also made this birthday card for her. I know I have told you that I love the Close To My Heart "Cup Cake Sprinkles" stamp set (#D1336) before but...I just have to tell you again! I used primsa glitter and my "write & rub" pen on the frosting with these cards. It was so much fun creating these cards and bringing the cup cakes to life-it was almost as if i was actually baking real cup cakes! Only this was more fun because the cup cakes will last forever!
Several have emailed me asking how my surgery went. It went well. I am slowly getting back to normal. My mouth is still sore but I don't feel as "loopy" this morning from the pain medicine as I was feeling yesterday and Monday. I don't like that feeling at all!
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October Stamp of the Month: Holiday Warmth

Happy October!

Oh My... the year is flying by! October is one of my favorite months of the year. I love to watch as the leaves slowly change colors, the air gets cooler and the nights become shorter.

October is when I start thinking about the holidays,too! And the October Stamp of the Month, "Holiday Warmth" (item #D1376) is the perfect stamp set to get all of us in the holiday mood.

Here is a card I created using this festive stamp set. I colored the tree in with my water color pencils (#3505) and blending pen ((#3174). I embellished the tree with the new Twinkle Brads (#Z1220). I love these fun little brads-they are perfect for all your projects all year through!

You can purchase the October stamp of the month at full price for just $22.95 before shipping and tax OR you can earn it at a disocunt or better yet FREE!

Place a $25 order and you can purchase the stamp set at a 25% discount ($17.21)!

Place a $50 order and you can receive a 50% discount ($11.48)!

Place a $75 order and receive a 75% discount ($5.74)

Or

Place a $100 order and receive it FREE OF CHARGE!

You can place your order right on my website (amy.myctmh.com) or you can call me and I will be happy to place the order for you!

Here are few more cards created using the "Holiday Warmth" Stamp Set. These cards were created by fellow CTMH consultants whom I participated in a card swap with. Enjoy!

On a different note-I am having surgery tomorrow morning at 10:45. I have to have a tooth implant. I am told that I will not be in the mood to do much of anything for at least the first 48 hours following the surgery, thus, if you do not hear from me for a few days, that is why! As soon as I am feeling better I will tell you all about my daughter, Payton's Cup Cake Birthday Party!
SMiles,
Amy

Friday, October 2, 2009

THANK YOU!!!!

Hello!
It has been a crazy and busy month but I am thrilled to announce that I have earned the CTMH incentive trip to New Zealand. I have many of YOU to thank for this! I appreicate all the orders you have placed and all the workshops you have taken. I am thrilled to be taking my sweet hubby to the land "down under" in January 2010!
Now I need to regroup and start getting ready for my upcoming clubs, classes and gatherings! I am getting excited for the holidays. In fact, I have a secret to share...I actually started listening to Christmas music the other day! Oh My!!!! I do have some fun ideas for classes later this month and November so stay tuned!
Here is a photo of the project my October Open Club will be creating. Fellow consultant and friend, Lisa Stenz shared these with me and I just had to "stamp-lift (thanks Lisa!).
All those who come to Open Club on Thursday,October 8th will create one of each of the cards shown here. These come from the CTMH Card Kit"Around the Holidays (#X8623). I will teach you how to add fun flock, liquid applique and glitter to enhance your cards. We will also do some heat embossing with the clear detail embossing powder! The class is only $5.00 or FREE with a minimum $25 order. Here are all the details on my Open Club. Contact me today to register!

We will meet at my house once a month at 6:30 p.m. You may join the club at any time and there is no commitment to stay in the club for any length of time or to place an order. There will be a $5 fee for the supplies used for the projects we make which will range from cards to small gift items, to scrapbook pages, and more. Each person who signs up for this club will have their name added to the bottom of the hostess list. The person whose name is on the top of the list will get the hostess rewards that month. In order for your name to keep its “place” on the list, you must place a $25 minimum order whether you attend the class that month or not. If you do not place a $25+ order that month, then your name goes down to the bottom of the list. If you do place a $25+ order, then your name continues to move up the list AND you will not be required to pay the $5 supply fee for that class. It will be free!
Club members will also receive:
A free current Idea Book/Catalog
Free Hostess Rewards during your hosting month
$5 or free optional monthly classes
Optional opportunity to hold a home workshop or party to boost your hostess benefits
$5 discounts on all workshops while you are a member Lots of other freebies and surprises