Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas Greeting

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Here is a photo of the cards we sent out this year.
I wish you all a lovely Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning and Christmas Weekend. I hope you can spend it with those closest to you.

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,

For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away

Like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.

The good you do for others is good you do yourself ...

~Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas" 1976

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Solstice

It is finally here...the first day of Winter!!!!! It is quite ironic that I am now living in Charleston, SC because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE winter and I can never get enough SNOW during the winter months!
Now don't get me wrong, I do love Spring, Summer and Fall, as well. I love all the seasons and living by the beach in the spring and summer is heavenly but in December I just love the cold. We have been lucky in Charleston this month. Temperatures have been record-breaking below normal. It has been wonderful!
Well, last night we celebrated the official first day of Winter by attending a bon fire with my parents. It was cold and brisk and lots of fun!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Candy Cane Milkshakes

Our family started a new tradition this year. While watching "Frosty the Snowman" we now make and enjoy candy cane milkshakes! This yummy beverage is a cinch to make. All you need is peppermint and vanilla ice scream, a little bit of milk, cool whip and fun sprinkles.

The kids, Stan and I thought they tasted SUPER- GOOD. Try making some with your family today!

Friday, December 17, 2010

I am alive!

I do apologize for my lack of posting this past week. It has been a full week of Christmas activty in our household...piano recitals, band concerts, school breakfasts, etc. All fun stuff!!!!! As overwhelmed as I am, I am making a conscious effort to enjoy every minute because my children are growing up much too quickly and I know that before I know it they will be off to college.
I love this time of year for so many reasons. Once such reason is because when I go to collect our mail from the mailbox there is always at least one Christmas greeting to be found amongst all the bills and junk mail. Just yesterday I received a card form a family I used to be a nanny for back even before I knew my DH! The oldest was in 8th grade at the time (and to think my son is now in 7th-WOW!) . Three of the 4 children I babysat for are now parents with a child of their own . Oh My....I feel old! What a treasure these holiday greetings are to me. I love getting caught up with our wonderful friends from all over!

Ha[y Weekend!

Saturday, December 11, 2010


I am so excited to announce the FANTASTIC SALE Close To My Heart is hosting on my website ( Please visit my website and click on "Shop Online"). At the bottom of the list you will see a link that says "Discounted Products." Click on that and you will see the products and their fantastic prices that are available. Be sure to check back daily, as CTMH will be adding to the list frequently! Oh how I LOVE a GREAT DEAL!!!!

I, too, an hosting an INCREDIBLE PACKAGE DEAL! Here are the details:

*A 12- Month Studio J Membership
*A 12 x 12 Faux Leather Album (you pick the color)
*A "D" size stamp set
*A Gift Card to put the Studio J Membership Card in (nice presentation if you are giving it as a gift).

All this for just $150.00!!!
This special is good DECEMBER 11-17th.

Tell your husband, friends and family members if this is something YOU would like to receive this holiday season Or if you would like to treat a loved one to an AWESOME gift this year you could gather up several individuals to purchase it together and present it to the individual! YOu will be voted "The BEST gift-giver of 2010!" I guarantee it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Join me for some fun December classes!

Amy McGrew’s



EARN FREE “D” SIZE STAMP SET!: December 1-31st

Place a minimum $20 order on my website ( and Close To My Heart will send you a retired “d” size Stamp Set along with your order absolutely FREE (a $22.95 value)!

Holiday Note Cards in Tote and Gift Cards: Tues., December 14th 9:30-11:30

Wed, Dec. 15th 6:30-8:30

Cost: $15.00

Join me as we create this darling little tote bag and 3 matching cards, along with 3 gift card holders. The tote bag with cards makes a super gift for just about anyone and the gift card holders adds a personal touch to those gift cards you are purchasing this year!

All papers will be pre-cut to make this class shot and sweet!


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Holiday Themed Mini Album: Tues., December 14th 9:30-11:30

Wed, Dec. 15th 6:30-8:30

Cost: $49.00 (makes 3 mini albums!)

You kit will come with all the instructions to create this darling three ring binder album which is perfect for recording all your holiday memories, thoughts, etc! Thank you to Christine Adams for her inspiration on this project!

*If you want to take the Tote Bag/Notecard class described above then you can getr this kit as a “Kit To Go.” All instructions will come with your kit making it very easy to complete the project at home.

Kit Consists of: Festive Card Kit, Bulk Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Mistletoe Creative Basic Paper/Ribbon Pack, Mistletoe Level 2 Paper pack, some cranberry and new england ivy cardstock, 3 metal rings. Ribbon for the metal rings is not included

*If you take the tote class about I will give you a $2.00 discount off this kit as a “kit to go.”


Magnifique All Sorts Mini Album: Thursday, December 30th 9:30-12:30 or 6:30-9:30 p.m

Cost: $30.00

What a fun album this is to create, fill it with special photos and display as a home decor piece in your home or give as a gift for just about any occasion! Thank you to Tracey Mason for sharing this FABULOUS project idea with me!

Join me for one last creative fun class in 2010!

Your class kit consists of:

*All Sorts Min Album

*1/2 pack Mgnifique Level 2 pack pack

*Magnifique Stickease

*Bitty Sparkles

*Opaques- Mocha

*Variety of Ribbon and Buttons

Optional Add-On Products (let me know when registering if you would like to add these):

*finishing files ($6.90)

*chocolate ink ($6.10)





Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Plenty For Twenty!

Happy December First!
I LOVE December! It is such a joyous time of year and a teriffic month for stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting! There's nothing better than giving a handmade card or gift!
Close To My Heart is offering a super-duper incentive all month long. All those who place an order of $20 on my website ( will be rewarded with a popular retired D-size stamp set for FREE! Talk about getting more for your money-the free stamp set is valued at $22.95! Close To My Heart is sure you'll be thrilled with the set they pick out for you. CTMH is also giving you FREE SHIPPING/HANDLING and TAX on your free stamp set. That's a lot of Plenty for your Twenty!
Grab Plenty for Twenty by visiting my website and making a qualifying purchase today!