Friday, September 30, 2011

Today Is The Day...

Today is the last day to earn the Limited Edition Double Stamp Set "Pair-A-Phrase." With a minimum $75 order you will receive this darling stamp set for FREE! You can hop on over to my website ( to place your order OR feel free to contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Christmas Advent Calendar in a Box Kit

Christmas Advent Calendar in a Box: Tuesday, October 18th 6:30-9:30 p.m
Cost: See shopping list below

What a fun way to count down to Christmas Day! This little box is perfect for children of all ages! Makes a great holiday gift!

You can schedule a get-together with your family and friends and all create the project (s) together. Contact me to set up a date!

Kits are also available as "Kits to Go." Just add $10 to cover the shipping cost.

Thank you to my dear friend Karen for the inspiration of this class!

Basic Kit to make one box*:

Z1614 My Creations Memory Game pg 131 9.95

4 sheets striped B&T from “Believe” 2.40

1 sheet White Daisy Cardstock pg 8 .50

1 sheet Sweet Leaf Cardstock pg 8 .60

Z1326 Red, Pink and Purple Sparkle Assortment pg 126 2.95

Z1616 Green Ribbon Collection pg 124 5.95

8.5 x 11 White Daisy Cardstock with printed

advent prompts .40

Z697 Round Sponge pg 132 1.25

Subtotal 24.00

(Total with shipping and tax: 27.75)

*For each additional box, up to 3 additional, just add $13.85 (before shipping and tax). You have enough of the sparkles and the ribbon in the Basic Kit for 4 boxes.

Better Kit = Basic Kit + the following Products (shipping and tax included in prices)

Z2127 Holiday Red Pad pg 8 6.10

Z2155 Topiary Pad pg 8 6.10

Z2105 Black Stamp Pad pg 8 6.10

Z1311 1 ¼” Circle Punch pg 134 14.95

Best Kit = Basic + Better Kits + the following products

B1390 Countdown Stamp Set pg 54 11.50

Tools to Bring with You (you may want to order them if you don’t already have them):

Z1514 Tombow Adhesive pg 134 10.35

Z1515 Tombow Adhesive Refill** pg 134 6.35

Z1151 3D Foam Tape pg 134 6.90

Z679 Liquid Glass pg 132 8.00

**You will need LOTS of adhesive.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Giving Thanks Box Workshop

Giving Thanks Box: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13th 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15.00
We will start with the new MY CREATIONS CARD BOX (pg. 131in Autumn Idea book) and will decorate it using the "Dreamin' Paper pack. This is the perfect gift to present to a hostess, co-worker, friend or family member. What a nice way to spend quality time together reflecting on all you have to be thankful for. In this day of busy schedules and "To Do" lists...let this little project help you to carve out time each day to remember all your many blessings!

The Class kit will include the following:

*1 My Creations Card Box
*All your papers pre-cut to embellish the box
*Full Package of Mini Medley Accents-Pewter Collection 9pg. 127)
*1 piece of Chocolate Striped Striped Ribbon

(Corn Kernels and other items inside the box are not included with the kit)

*If you wish to make more than one Giving Thanks Box then just add an additional $10.00 (to cover cost of additional box(es) and pewter accents) for each extra box.

Add-On Options:

#B1395 So Grateful Stamp Set (pg. 66): $11.50
#Z2162 Honey ink Pad: $6.10
#Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z2137 Olive Ink Pad: $6.10

You can schedule a get-together with your family and friends and all create the project (s) together. Contact me to set up a date!

You can also purchase a "Kit to Go" if you are unable to attend the class. If you are participating by mail please add $6.00 for postage.

*This project was shared by fellow friend and CTMH consultant, Lisa Stenz and Christine Adams. Thank you, girls!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Four Days Left...

I just wanted to remind y'all that there are 4 days remaining in the CTMH National Stamping Month Special. When you order $75 you will receive this darling 2-set stamp set "Pair-A-Phrase" FREE! And you will also qualify to purchase the September Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00 when you place a minimum $50 order. So you will receive 3 sets for only $5.00 more. Now that is a deal!
Feel free to contact me wiht your order or hop on over to my website ( and place your order

Monday, September 26, 2011

October Scrapbook Club Layouts...Won't YOU join us?!

Happy Monday!
I have been busy creating projects and planning classes for
October. I was spoiled last week when a bit of fall decided to visit the Low Country! I brought out my jeans and sweatshirt, fall themed stamp sets, cardstock, B&T papers and ink pads and got to work.

Here are the 3- 12 x 12 layouts we will be creating at my October Scrapbook Club classes. I must send out a HUGE thank you to my dear friend, Karen, for the inspiration behind these projects.

We will be using the "Dreamin" kit. This is my FAVORITE kit in the 2011 Autumn/Winter Idea Book. I LOVE this kit. And it can be used for any season of the year!

There are so many FABULOUS embellishments that compliment this "Dreamin' kit. I love how the "Harvest Charms" (#Z1633) , Decor' Journaling Spots (#Z1461) and the Color-Ready Alphabet Cork (#Z1450) complete these layouts.

If you are not currently in one of my scrapbook clubs and would like to give it a try, please contact me to sign up. Classes are open to both members and nonmembers. The kits can also be purchased as "Kits To Go" so if you do not live local or cannot attend the classes on OCTOBER 20th (9:30 a.m and 6:30 p.m.) then you can still purchase a kit and create the projects successfully at home.

Here are the kit details:

Dreamin’ Shopping List

(shop in September for October Scrapbook Club Classes: prices include S & T)

Basic Package: $36.00

G1027 Dreamin’WOTG Packet pg 37

Includes: -Workshop Stamp Set, Dreamin’ Level 2 Paper Pack, Shimmer Designer Brads,

Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel, Instructional Brochure, 2 extra sheets of Col. White Cardstock,

Karen’s Cutting Guide)

2 extra sheets of Pacifica Cardstock

Better Package = Basic Package + the following

X7142C Dreamin’ My Stickease pg 34 $5.70

Z1633 Harvest Charms pg 128 $5.70

Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet pg 129 $6.90

Z1461 D├ęcor Journaling Spots pg 128 $6.90

(total: $61.20)

Best Package = Basic & Better Packages + the following products

Z2111 Chocolate Stamp Pad pg 8 $6.10

Z2123 Goldrush Stamp Pad pg 8 $6.10

Z2192 Pacifica Stamp Pad pg 8 $6.10

Z697 Round Sponge pg 132 $2.40

E1021 Trinity Alphabet pg. $35.00

(total: $116.90

Other items that you might want to add to your order this month:

1515 Tombow Refill pg 134 $6.35

Z1151 3D Foam Tape pg 134 $6.90

1772 or Z341 Regular or Mini Glue Dots pg 134 $8.70

Z697 Round Sponge pg 132 $2.40

Z578 Corner Rounder pg 134 $9.20

4110 Clear 12 x 12 Memory Protectors (10 pack) pg 122 $6.90

Z4115 Clear 12 x 12 Memory Protectors Value Pack (50) pg 122 $26.50

Z1325 Memory Protectors (12 x 12) Flip Flaps pg 122 $4.50

Z1342-Z1347 Assorted Colors – My Legacy Faux Leather 12 x 12 Albums pg 121 $28.80

Studio J Digital Scrapbooking (YOU’LL LOVE IT!)

SJMEM12 12 month membership pg 11 $114.35

SJMEM3 3 month membership pg 11 $34.70

SJ5P 5 pack pg 11 $63.50

Must Haves:

***Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection pg 13 $114.35*****

9034 Magic (Interactive Scrapbook Layout How-To Book) pg 10 $25.35

9029 Cherish (Scrapbook Layout How To Book) pg 10 $25.35

9031 Reflections (Scrapbook Layout How To Book) pg 10 $25.35

9030 Imagine (Scrapbook Layout How To Book) pg 10 $25.35

9033 Wishes (Card How To Book) pg 10 $25.35

9032 Originals (Card How To Book) pg 10 $25.35

*At this level you qualify for the Stamp of the Month (Holiday Magic)) at $5 ($17.95 value)


Your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant:

Amy McGrew, 843-207-8698 , , “Like” me on Facebook: Amy McGrew, CLose To My Heart Independent Consultant

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fun Art with the Roxie Paper Pack

I can not believe I have not posted anything in a week. Forgive me! It has been an action-packed busy week and boy am I ever glad it is the weekend!
Here are some art projects that fellow consultant Patty created in a recent swap I was in. I LOVE how versatile the new Roxie Paper is! It can be used for just about anything and at any time of the year! Thanks Patty for creating such fine art!

Happy Weekend Everyone! I hope to share some holiday projects with you next week!

Friday, September 16, 2011


Have you heard the news? Close To My Heart is giving away a CRICUT EXPRESSION MACHINE! Hop on over the CTMH Facebook Page to enter TODAY! Hurry-the Sweepstakes ends September 26th.

Prize Details

CloseTo My Heart is giving away a Cricut Expression® Machine to one random

winner! Larger than the Cricut Create® Machine or the Cricut® Personal Electronic Cutter, the Cricut Expression® Machine precisely cuts letters and shapes in impressive sizes using the 12″ × 24″ mat or the 12″ × 12″ mat. Use your Cricut Expression® Machine with Close To My Heart’s new Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (sold

separately) to create gift boxes, cards, spiral flowers, and more!

Only persons residing in Canada
and United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter.
Sweepstakes Starts
September 12, 2011 @ 09:00 am (MDT)
Sweepstakes Ends
September 26, 2011 @ 11:59 pm (MDT)
Thereis also an amazing sale taking place right now on my website "while supplies last." Visit my website ( and check out "While Supplies Last" link under "Shop Online".
Order $50 in product and you qualify to purchase the September Stamp of the Month for just $5.00!

...And don't forget about the limited edition "Pair-A-Phrase" double Stamp Set that is available only during the month of September.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I am so very excited!!!!! Close To My Heart just added AMAZING products at AMAZING DISCOUNTED PRICES to my website ( Embellishments, Kraft Borders (I LOVE these and was so sad to see them on the retired list), $7.00 scrapbook kits, etc!

Shop EARLY to get the best deals!
Just hop on over to my website ( to make your purchases!

Once you are at my website click on "while supplies" to see all the goodies!

Happy, Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Studio J Fun

Here is another GREAT video showing you the ease and simplicity of Close To My Heart's incredible online scrapbooking program, STUDIO J. I LOVE Studio J more and more each day!
And my children love it, as well! I think it is so neat that they are scrapbooking their memories. What a treasure they are creating to share with their children some day! I would LOVE to have a scrapbook created by my grandmothers about their growing up years. PRICELESS!

I am always scheduling one-on-one mini Studio J classes, as well as, group classes for both adults and children. Contact me today to schedule your FREE class!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to School

It is hard to believe that my children have been back in school for just about a month now. As my son, Tucker, says, "It does not even feel like we had summer vacation!"

Well, I kinda "went back to school" on September 1st. I signed up to take an online class titled "Learn Something New Every Day." In a nutshell, I receive a prompt each day in September that focuses on some aspect of life. The prompt encourages us to take a closer look into the details of each day, focusing on something particular. Then we are encouraged to journal about our day and something that we learned that day just going about our daily routines. And then we can scrapbook about the lesson learned that day.

I loved the assignment on September 10th. The instructor encouraged us to take a peek back at what we had journaled/scrapped the first 10 days of September and then create a list of "10 things we learned the first 10 days of September."

Here are 10 things I learned (in no particular order):

10. I can never have enough patience!

9. I have way more project ideas than time to create them

8. I love the change of seasons

7. Teenagers are unique creatures with attitudes!

6. I am addicted to exercise

5. Being tired is a perpetual feeling for me

4. Computers are very frustrating to me

3. If I do not spend time daily with the LORD then I get all out of whack

2. My heart is heavy on and around September 11th

1. I have the best husband, friend and soul mate: STAN!

I'd love to hear what lessons you have learned just by going about your daily routine. Feel free to post a comment!

Friday, September 9, 2011

More Sonoma!

As promised, I am sharing another project created by the talented Holly and the beautiful Sonoma Paper Packet. Here is a 2-page 12 x 12 layout featuring the Sonoma papers,stamp set "Sweet Moments" (#C1467), exclusive CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and another new product in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book...."Heirloom Assortment" (#Z1635) ($5.95). Enjoy!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Today I am sharing a lovely card created by a dear friend and fellow consultant, Holly. I recently participated in a card & scrapbook swap with several CTMH consultants. We were each assigned a specific kit to work with. Holly created this card using the Sonoma Level 2 paper packet (#Z7143B) and the fabulous Cricut Bundle (#Z1686). You can order these products directly from my website ( OR contact me and I will be happy to place your order for you!

Enjoy this card and check back again tomorrow to see another project using the Sonoma Paper Packet!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's National Stamping Month!

Several years ago Close To My Heart declared and bought the rights to September being National Stamping Month. How cool to have an entire month dedicated to stamping!
In honor of this fun holiday CTMH comes up with an exclusive special that lasts all month long!

The 2011 Special ROCKS! With every minimum $75 order you will receive the first-ever DOUBLE STMAP SET! The stamp set includes images perfect for the entire year. These stamp sets will be your "go-to" sets January-December! You can place your order directly on my website ( feel free to contact me and Iw ill be happy to place the order for you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Stamp of theMonth: "Limited Edition"

This is my 2nd post of the day so be sure to check the previous post all about the Crop I am hosting and the new WORKSHOP KITS To Go you can purchase!
Above is a picture of the images in the NEW! CTMH September Stamp of the Month: Limited Edition. I am all about calendar things! This stamp set is perfect for invitations, reminders, school, etc. Below are some photos of cards created with this stamp set. And now, with the new Stamp of the Month program, you can purchase this stamp set for $17.95 OR for just $5.00 with a $50 order! Feel free to contact me to place your order OR hop over to my website ( to place your order.

You're Invited To...

It’s Croppin’ Time!


Time: 1:00-9:00 p.m.

Place: St. George’s Church

Dorchester Road

Summerville, SC

Cost: $10.00

Space is limited so please register TODAY!

Register by contacting me via email or phone


Registration Fee Due upon registration

I am hosting a September Crop and would love to have you join in on the fun!

This will be the perfect time to work on all those unfinished layouts, cards and other paper crafting projects. It will also be a great time to start a new project, visit with your friend(s) or even make a new friend! I will have cash & carry products available (great sale prices!!!).

Your $10 registration fee covers cropping space, a small gift, dinner, light snacks, drinks and uninterrupted croppin’ time! I will bring my Cricut and CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge at the crop. Please bring your own Cricut Cutting Matt to the crop.

*I will be hosting a FREE Cricut Demo at 3:00 p.m. All those who choose to watch the demo will be able to make a small project following the demo.

*Two Workshops Kits are available to purchase along with your registration! These workshops can be done successfully on you own at the crop or you can take as a “kit to go” home and create them at home. If you can not attend the Crop but would like to purchase the wo

rkshop(s)- you can! Please be sure to bring your basic tool kit to successfully complete the workshops (paper trimmer, scissors, adhesives, glue dots, 3-D foam tape). The $10 registration fee will be waived if you purchase both workshop kits.


Here are the workshop details:

10 Things I Love About You Layout

This two page layout features papers from the new CTMH Kit “Roxie,” the “My Acrylix 10 Things Stamp Set (#C1474), 10-Things Pocket (#Z1412), Bling Assortment (#Z1466), Colonial White Waxy Flax (#Z1081) and Designer Ribbon Red Collection (#Z1615) and the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

Basic Workshop Kit Cost: $20.00

*Pre-Cut Paper and some Colonial White Waxy Flax to successfully complete your layout

*#Z1412 10-Things Pocket (pg. 123 in new idea book)

*#Z1466 Bling Assortment (pg. 128 n Idea Book)

*Z1615 #Z1615 Designer Ribbon Red Collection (pg.124 in Idea Book)

Suggested photo sizes to bring to class: 1-4 x 6, 2-6 x 4

Optional Add-OnProducts:

*Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Collection: $114.35

*C1474 10 Things Stamp Set: $16.25

*Z2105 Black ink Pad: $6.10

*Z2196 Smoothie Ink Pad

: $6.10

*Z2118 Desert Sand Ink Pad: $6.10

*Z2316 Cranberry Marker: $3.40

*Z2356 Vanilla Cream Marker: $3.40

*Z2396 Smoothie Marker: $3.40

*Z534 Micro Tip Scissors: $11.50

*1778 Spritz Cleaner: $4.90

*Z1163 Double Scrubber: $12.60

*Z697 Sponge: $1.45

*Z341 Memory Mini GLue Dots: $8.70

*Z1151 3-D Foam Tape: $6.90

*Y1000 1 x 1 block: $4.55

*Y1002 1 x 31/2 Block: $6.90

*Y1003 2 x 2 Block: $7.50

*Y1009 2 x 3 1/2 Block: $8.70

Monogram Notecard Workshop

I love the simplicity of these cards! We will create 15 cards in this workshop. Five cards will have your name, 5 will have your first initial and 5 will have you first, last and middle initial. We will line each envelope with a Background and Texture paper too! These cards a

re perfect for gift giving (if you want to start your holiday shopping early) and/or to stock up on your own stationery.

Your basic kit includes the following:

Basic Note Card Kit: $48.00

*15 note cards and envelopes

*All the pre-cut paper to successfully create your cards

*#E1021 Trinity Alphabet Stamp Set (pg. 178 in idea book)

*#Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Bulk Ribbon (pg. 124 in Idea book)

You will love having the NEW! “E” size Trinity Alphabet Stamp Set in your collection. This is the only stamp set currently available that includes 3 different size letters and it also has a set of numbers! WAY COOL!


*Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad: $6.10

*Z697 Round Sponge ($1.45) or #Z726 Sponge Daubers ($ 4.60) or #Z1298 Texture Tools ($ 11.50)