Monday, January 30, 2012

Fun With Kids!

Yesterday was such a fun day! 15 GREAT gals ages 6-12 came over to create fun Valentines and Button Jewelry. These girls are CREATIVE!!!!!! And oh so kind and fun. I truly enjoyed offering this fun workshop to them!

Did your child miss out on this fun afternoon? No Worries! I will be offering more fun kid's classes each month. And I am super excited to begin a monthly scrapbook club for children! Our first class will be held on THURSDAY, MARCH 1st 6:00-7:30 p.m. My instruction is FREE. You only pay for the product that will be used at each monthly class. Photos of the layouts and all the details are below. Contact me today to sign your child(ren) up today! PLease r.s.v.p on/before MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13th.

We will meet once a month to create 2-2 page 12 x 12 layouts.
All supplies will be provided except for adhesives and scissors.
Each monthly kit will cost $15.00.
My instruction will be FREE. The monthly class cost will just be for the product each scrapbooker will be using. Any left over product is their’s to take home!

I’d like to see if THURSDAYS work for this class.
We will meet the first week of each month (unless otherwise noted)
6:00-7:30 p.m.
(if we need to adjust the schedule as the year progresses we can-if your child(ren) is interested in joining this scrapbook club and Thursdays do not work for you PLEASE let me know!)

I will have the next month’s projects on display one month in advance so children will know what photos to bring to class.

I will offer a one time introductory discount for the 12 x 12 album.
Normally the "Quick-Pic" album would cost $12.00 but I will offer a sign-up special for just $11.00.  This album is a great starter album that has a "window" in the front that I will embellish with each participants first initial.  The albums come in Nave Blue, Dark Cranberry or Dark Cocoa.  The club members can choose their color upon registering.


6:00-7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 27, 2012


So excited to share these layouts with you. What Fun I had creating them. Thank you to my dear friend, Karen who was the inspiration behind these layouts.

I am starting a new Scrapbook Club session in February. If you would like to meet once a month to create 3 2-page layouts, make new friends all while learning new techniques, earning free product and preserving your memories then my Monthly Scrapbook Club is for you! Join today! If you have any questions and/or would like to join please contact me today! Monthly classes are FREE-you just purchase the kit needed to create the layouts each month. You can participate in this club via mail,too!

Elemental Shopping List
Basic Package
G1026 Elemental WOTG Packet pg 31 $37.00
Includes: -Workshop Stamp Set, Elemental Level 2 Paper Pack, Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes,
Antiqued Copper Designer Brads, Instructional Brochure, 2 extra sheets of White Daisy Cardstock)

2 extra sheets of Colonial White Cardstock and 2 sheets of Crème Brulee Cardstock

Better Package = Basic Package + the following
X7146C Elemental Compliments Dimensional Elements pg 28 5.70
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet pg 129 6.90
Z1461 Décor Journaling Spots pg 128 6.90

Total: $56.50

Best Package = Basic & Better Packages + the following products
Z2167 Crème Brulee Stamp Pad pg 8 6.10
Z2164 Sorbet Stamp Pad pg 8 6.10
Z2114 Cocoa Stamp Pad pg 8 6.10
Z697 Round Sponge pg 132 1.50
D1303 Classmate Alphabet pg 20.75 Total: $97.05

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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

So Yummy!

Don't you LOVE the colors in this card? I stamp-lifted it from the ever so talented Tresa Black. The colors used are Cocoa, Sorbet and Pear and some white daisy embossing. So YUMMY...I am tempted to eat this color combination!

And the Stamp Set is the January Exclusive Rock the Block. This wonderfully fun stamp set is only available for a few more days. Come February 1st it will be gone, gone, gone. Treat yourself will be so happy you did!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Family Vacation Puzzle

I am having so much fun using the Close To My Heart Rock the Block Exclusive Kit. Below are photos of the Family Vacation Puzzle I created. I was inspired by a project fellow consultant and friend, Lisa Stenz created with her kit. My children have had so much fun playing with this "vacation album!" And it was so easy to put together! I just printed 4 6 x 6 photos and cut each photo into 2 inch squares and then adhered them onto the blocks. I used the exclusive stamp set and my cricut art philosophy cartridge to cut the "x's" and "o's" to make the tic-tac-toe came. Super Fun! Super Gift! Super Memories!

This kit is only available for ONE MORE WEEK! You can purchase it for just $15 with a minimum $25 order.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Make a Miracle Challenge!

How cool is this?! Close To My Heart has challenged all of us. Take a peek at this video. Let's all work TOGETHER to make a difference in a child's life! I have never really promoted CTMH's amazing charity with Operation SMile yet all of us have been contributing to making miracles happen...every time we purchase a stamp set from CTMH. I want to REALLY make a difference in 2012. My head is stirring with ideas on how we can do just that. Stay tuned for more information! In the mean time-check that retired list and place your order today and you will start making a difference in a new miracle in this new 2012 year!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I am also offering a FREE STUDIO J CLASS on MONDAY, JANUARY 30 6:30-8:00 p.m. I invite you to bring your laptop (if you have one-if not-no worries-you can play a bit on mine) and learn the ins and outs of Studio J.
I encourage you to visit my website and play with this incredibly easy program prior to the class (it is FREE to play!). At the class I will take you step by step through the process of creating a fabulous layout in less than 30 minutes. And then I will introduce you to some fun tips on creating a more detailed layout. I do ask that you download at least 10 photos (of one event) to your computer prior to coming to class.

PLEASE R.S.V.P for this class STUDIO J CLASS on/before WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th!

I would LOVE to make this a monthly class where you can come to my home with your laptop and create 10 layouts away from the distractions of home. If this is something you would be interested in participating in please let me know!

CTMH is hosting a super special for Studio J Members all month long! If you are a 3-month or 12-month Studio J member you can create 9 layouts and get the 10th layout FREE! Being a Studio J member is really a great investment if you are interested in getting your family stories and memories recorded. I have shared lots of information about the Membership Program with y'all in the past. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Friday, January 13, 2012

My Rock The Block

Happy Friday!

I finally treated myself to a little time to play with my January exclusive Rock the Block kit that is available only until January 31st. I cannot say enough about how fun this special kit is! I am thrilled with the stamp set that comes wiht this kit (and this stamp set will not be available to purchase after January 31st. It will be retired. This is a "Gotta Have" stamp set! I see me using this time and time again.

As you can see from the photos, I chose to use the blocks to create a perpetual calendar. I used the tray to create a shadow box highlighting one of my favorite photos of Stan and I. I created these projects using a retired paper pack called "Perfect Day," some fun embellishments and the Cricut Art Philosophy to cut all the numbers and letters (LOVE that this cartridge did all my cutting for me!). I adhered a photo of each family member (and one of the family together) on the 9th block. We will display the photo of each person, along with the date on his/her birthday month. Isn't that fun?!

This can be given as a gift to a friend or loved one but...I am so happy with how it turned out, it matches our kitchen and my daughter, Payton, LOVES to change the date each morning sooooo....I think we are going to keep the calendar and I am going to display the shadow box in the Master bedroom.

I am going to reserve a day/time in February where you can come create a perpetual calendar and shadow box of your own. The class will be free-you are just responsible for bringing your own supplies to embellish your blocks, along with your stamp set, adhesives, paper trimmer and a Cricut mat. I will be here to guide you and offer assistance when needed. Contact me for the details!

As I mentioned, the exclusive Rock the Block set is only available until January 31st. It only costs $15.00 (the "E" size stamp set alone is valued at more than $30!) with a minimum $25 order. What a steal!

I know I have shared the video below with you back in December but thought I would share it again so you can "see" all the details.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Year in Review Mini Album and Card Workshop

Year in Review Mini Album & Card Workshop: Saturday, Jan. 28th 9:00-12:00
Cost: $30.00

I love these projects!!! This fun mini album is the perfect home of the monthly 2012 highlights. It is mini in size making it totally doable to keep up with throughout the year. Creating the project is super fun, too!
You will also create 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) perfect for any occasion (and for a gal or guy).
You will truly enjoy working with Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint, the Milepost elements, eyelets and brads. These projects will make a super gift for either yourself or a family member/friend.

Basic Kit: $30.00

X7134B Typeset Level 2 Paper Pack
Z1464 Milepost Shapes
Z1647 My Creations Card Box
Z280 Natural Hemp
#Z1680 Dimensional elements Stars
19-Black Brads
38-Black eyelets


#D1481 Vintage type Stamp Set: $20.75
#X1410 Cards & Envelopes: $14.95
#Z2118 Desert Sand Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z2165 Juniper Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z2167 Creme Brule’ Pad: $6.10
#Z2157 Vineyard Berry ink Pad: $6.10
#Z2106 Black Ink Pad: $6.10
#1772 Glue Dots: $8.70
#Z1114 Piercing Tool: $6.90
#Z1151 3-D Foam Tape: $6.90
#697 Sponge: $1.45
#Z1039 create-A-Shade Pearl Paint: $3.40
#Z1298 Texture Tools: $11.50

Monday, January 9, 2012

Children's Valentine Class

TIME: 1:00-2:30
COST: $15.00

Love is in the air and there are treats to be made! I invite your child(ren) to join me in this very fun creative class! The children will create 10 lollipop covers using a variety of cardstock, paper flowers, sparkles, pearls and gems, a valentine button ring and they will also embellish a fun box with an assortment of pattern papers, a button clasp and fun bow on top. This box will be perfect to hold the lollipops, Valentines the children receive Or it is perfect for storing hair accessories, jewelry or other collections.

Class fee includes ALL materials needed to create all projects, as well as 10 lollipops to go with the lollipop toppers.

Please r.s.v.p on/before FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th (so that I have time to place the orders and have them arrive in time for the class).

Friday, January 6, 2012

CTMH Retiring Products

Hello Again!

This is my 2nd post of the day.
I just compiled a list of all the products that will be retiring at the end of this month. Take a peek below. If there are items on this list that you would like to own and/or give as gifts I encourage you to place your order more sooner than later to guarantee that they will be available. You can use this order to qualify for the Rock The Block Special and if you reach the $50 mark-you qualify to purchase the Stamp of the MOnth for just $5.00!

Happy Shopping & HAppy Weekend!

CTMH Retiring Products

Level 2 Paper Packs:






Mini-Medley Accents:

Antiqued Copper
Colonial White


Colonial White Brads
Pewter Decorative Brads
Black & White Daisy Soft Set Eyelets
Chocolate & Colonial White Soft Set Eyelets

Dimensionals (Chipboard):

On Target


Colonial White Ribbon Collection
3/8" Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon
3/8" Cocoa Grosgrain Ribbon
3/8" Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon
3/8" White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon
Wings Level 2 Assortment

Embroidery Floss:

Blue & Purple Assortment
Green Assortment
Red & Pink Assortment

Waxy Flax:

Crystal Blue

Various Accessories:

Bliss Level 2 Assortment
Fanfare Level 2 Assortment
Foundry Metal - Bookplates
Harvest Charms
Holiday Pockets
Just Blooms Spring Blossom Paper Flowers
Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack
Lucky Level 2 Assortment
Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots
Midnight Felt Shapes
Mischief Rub-ons
Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment
Top Coats Icing Overlays

Color-Ready Alphabets:

Hodge Podge

My Creations:

Board Book
9x9 Memory Showcase


Rubber Brayer
Soft Set Eyelet Tool
Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches

8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock:

Colonial White
White Daisy


A Hop
A Little Buzz
A Little Everything
A Love
A Paisley
A Posey
Adorning Corners
Always In My Heart
Around The Block
Baby Love
Backgrounds & Borders
Beary Best
Beary Busy
Beautiful Butterflies
Beautiful Things
Believe In Your Dreams
Birthday Blast
Birthday Boy
Bless This Nest
Blooming Layers
Bon Appetit
Bunny Love
Campin' Fever
Catching Waves
Cherished Flourishes
Circle Around
Circle of Love
Circle Together
Cupcake Sprinkles
Down By The Sea
Dream Big
Dreams Come True
Enjoy Every Moment
Extreme Happiness
Family Ties - Adult
Family Ties - Children
Family Ties - Pet
Fill In The Blank
Flower Pot
For Every Occasion
Friendship Blessings
From My Heart
Fun Times
Happy Holidays
Happy Moments
His and Hers
Hot Diggity
In The Month Of April
In The Month Of February
In The Month Of July
In The Month Of June
In The Month Of March
In The Month Of May
It's A Zoo
Just For Boys
Just For Girls
Just The Ticket
Kanji Phrases
Let's Go Camping
Little Princess
Love Always
Love Birds
Love Ya
Magic Tabs
Makin' Waves
Ms. Chillin'
Ms. Scrapbook
Notice The Details
One Of A Kind
On The Edge
On This Day
Over The Rainbow
Paisley Praise
Piece of Cake
Play Day
Post Card - Travel Series
Precious Love
Priceless Love
Recipe Box
Retro Tech
Royal Birth
Salutation Seals
Shining Star
So Lucky
Soul Mates
Star Power
Summer Breeze
Summer Days
Sweet Baby
Take Luck
Tasty Treats
Tea Time
Thank You
Thrill Ride
Two-Step Backgrounds
You Did It
You Rock
You're Great
You're Sweet


January Paper Crafting CLub Projects: VALENTINES!

Here are the cards my January Paper Crafting Club will create at the end of the month. You will create 1 or each design but will have enough paper to go home and create more. Below is the Shopping list for these cards. Please contact me on/before MONDAY, JANUARY 9th to register for this fun class!

Thank you to Lynette Kankamp and Karen Pederson for the inspiration of these cards!

Like all monthly clubs-this class is FREE! You just purchase products needed to successfully create the projects.


BASIC KIT: $36.00

Level 2 Roxie Paper Pack
5 standard size card bases
Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Peral Opaques
Pewter Mini-Medly Assortment
Pin Clips

Add-On Options

#Z2105 Black Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z2118 Desert Sand Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z166 Tulip Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z341 Memory Book GLue Dots: $8.70
#Z697 Sponge: $1.45

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

ROXIE: January Scrapbook Club Layouts

Here are the layouts my January Scrapbook Club will be creating. Would you like to join in on the fun? My monthly classes are FREE of charge. You just purchase the products needed to successfully complete the projects (the Basic Kit is required but there are also optional products that I use on my layouts that you do not have to purchase). My instruction and creative space does not cost anything. You have use to my blocks, inks and tools. I do ask you to bring your own 12 inch Cricut Mat (you can use it with my Cricut machine). I invite you to participate in the January class (you can participate via mail if you live out of town or can not attend the actual class). If you like it and would like to become a club member and receive the club benefits (FREE Idea Book for as long as you are a member, FREE Stamp of the Month Stamp Set the Month you are Hostess, and a minimum of $25 in FREE PRODUCT the month you are hostess!) just let me know. New club groups are forming now and will begin in February.

The January classes will be held on THURSDAY, JANUARY 27th at both 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. or SATURDAY, JANUARY 29th at 9:30. Classes are 3 hours and TONS OF FUN!

Below is the information about the January Kit that will allow you to create the three layouts above.
PLease r.s.v.p for this class on/before MONDAY, JANUARY 9th.


BASIC KIT: $36.00
#G1025 Roxie Workshop on the Go
-Exclusive Roxie Stamp Set
-Level 2 Roxie Paper PAck
-Bling Assortment
-Black Hemp
-Colonial White CS (2 sheets)
2 sheets of Black CS
-Workshop Guide

#D1296 Chocolate Alphabet Small Stamp Set: $20.75
#C1474 10 Things Stamp Set: $16.25
#Z1466 Bling Assortment (you will want this 2nd pack if you want to use embellishments on all layouts): $5.70
#Z1412 10-Things Pocket: $4.60
#Z1615 Red Collection Designer Ribbon: $4.60
#Z2105 Black Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z2118 Desert Sand Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z166 Tulip Ink Pad: $6.10
#Z341 Memory Book GLue Dots: $8.70
#Z697 Sponge: $1.45
#Z1151 3-D Foam Tape: $6.90
#Y1000: 1 x 1 Block: $4.60
#Y1003 2 x 2 Block: $7.50
#Y1009 2 x 31/2 Block: $8.70

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 1.45
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 99.00
SJMEM3 3 month membership pg 11 30.00
SJ5P 5 pack pg 11 55.00

Must Haves:
***Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection pg 13 99.00***
9034 Magic (Interactive Scrapbook Layout How-To Book) pg 10 30.00
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 (Cherish the Day OR Mad ABout You)) 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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Love Your LAyout...Studio J Tips!

Happy New Year!

In my last post I shared some Studio J layouts I created while in Connecticut visiting my parents for the holidays. I also shared information about Studio J and about the AWESOME special CTMH is hosting the entire month of January for Studio J members. Below is a great Studio J video. Take a peek at it and then hop on over to my website ( and play around with Studio J. Just click on the Studio J link. You can upload your photos and create as many layouts as you want and it DOES NOT COST ANYTHING. You will only be charged if you actually purchase a layout. I encourage you to go and play and see how you like this AMAZING product. If you fall in love with it (I am confident you will!) then consider purchasing a 3 or 12 month membership (and then you can take advantage of the membership benefits AND the AMAZING special taking place right now). If you really love it, the 12-month membership is the best bang for your buck. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions and/or want me to place the order for you (you can order directly form my website, as well).