Monday, April 30, 2012

May Scrapbook Club Projects

Here are two of the 3 layouts scrapbook club members will be creating in May.  Thank you to Karen Pederson for the inspiration of these AWESOME layouts!  I love how the Wooden Seaside Shapes (#Z1693), the Footloose Dimensional Elements (#X7151C) and the Paradise Baker's Twine (#Z1702) really step the basic layouts up!  You can read the details about this May class below.  And anyone can participate.  Just contact me to sign up!  Local class dates are scheduled for WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd 6:30-9:00 and THURSDAY, MAY24th at 9:30 a.m.

Footloose Shopping List
(shop in April for May Scrapbook Classes)
Workshop on the Go:  $35.00
Basic Package
G1036 Footloose WOTG Packet pg 43 $36.00
Includes: -Workshop Stamp Set, Footloose Paper Packet, 2 extra sheets of 
White  Daisy Cardstock, Wooden Badge Buttons, Instructional Brochure)
1 extra sheet White Daisy CS , 1 extra Sweet Leaf CS      
Better Package = Basic Package + the following:  $53.10
Z1702 Paradise Baker’s Twine pg 124 5.70
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes pg 128 5.70
X7151C Footloose Dimensional Elements pg 40   5.70
Z726 Sponge Daubers (3) pg 132 3.95
Best Package = Basic & Better Packages + the following products
Z2195 Lagoon Stamp Pad pg 8 6.10
Z2167 Crème Brulee Stamp Pad pg 9 6.10
Z2135 New England Ivy Stamp Pad pg 9 6.10
Z2164 Sorbet Stamp Pad pg 9 6.10
E1002 Rustic Alphabet 35
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 1.50
Z578 Corner Rounder pg 134 9.20
Z1204 Bone Folder pg 133 5.70
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 26.00
Z1325 Memory Protectors (12 x 12) Flip Flaps pg 122 4.60
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 35.00
*At this level you qualify for the Stamp of the Month (Friendship Bouquet 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, April 27, 2012

Dotty For You Tips and Techniques

Check out the awesome tips sing the "Dotty FOr You" paper pack that Close To My Heart put together for all of us.   Have I told you lately how much I love this paper pack?!!!!

Sisterly Love Page

Polaroid Snapshot Technique
Create a Polaroid snapshot look by first cutting out a rounded-corner rectangle the size of your focal point. Then, cut a larger rectangle around the negative space, creating the look of a Polaroid. For example, if your subject is 3" × 2", cut a rounded 3" rectangle using the Cricut® machine then discard the rectangle and keep the negative space, cutting that piece at 4" × 2½". Add journaling to the empty white space at the bottom and attach it to the layout at an angle using 3-D foam tape. You’ll now be able to create the Polaroid look for any kind of picture without needing a Polaroid camera!

Kiss Page

Pin Flags Technique
Make a darling accent from your paper scraps by trimming a complementary banner and wrapping it around a pin from the Bling assortment (Z1466) to form a small pin flag.

Surf Page

Stitch a Frame
Use dark thread and stitch around your layout’s focal elements to ground your page.

Sweet Life Page

Making Embellishments Stand Out
Add a bit of white, solid space behind decorative elements, such as this baker’s twine bow, to help them stand out on busy B&T Duos® papers, like this chevron pattern.

R Card

Helping Adjacent Patterns Pop
To help two adjacent patterns stand out individually, separate them with a solid color in between.

Simple Pleasures Card

Creating a Bohemian Look
Combine several paper patterns and colors to create a trendy bohemian chic look.

Jen Box

Creating Visual Transitions
Carry the neutral foundation color, in this case Grey Wool, onto the other elements of your art piece to help the eye easily transition between elements, like the colorful chevron box top and the sides of the box.


Good Luck Card

Neutral Inks for a Clean Look
To create a card with a clean, crisp look, use the dominant neutral color to stamp your sentiment.
Yo-yo Accent
Create a trendy yo-yo element by accordion-folding a long strip of cardstock every 1/4", adhering the two ends together to make a circle, stitching the center with thread all the way around, and pulling the ends of the thread taut to create a yo-yo. Secure the center with a button to keep your yo-yo flat.

Kylie Banner

Paper Ribbons
Create your own ribbon from your favorite B&T paper. Cut a strip of paper a little less than three times the length you want your ribbon to be. Mark or score your strip in segments as follows: 1/2", 1", 1/2", 1", 1/2", etc. Starting at a 1/2" scored end, make two folds going away from you, then two folds coming toward you, then repeat until your ribbon is complete.
Ribbon Accents
Thread a long ribbon through the banner holes and then add some flair by tying small bows or knots to the ribbon in between each pennant using baker’s twine or Waxy Flax.
With all of the techniques featured in these beautiful art pieces, and the extras you can try from the three Techniques Training Academy courses, we know you and your customers will enjoy participating in a Dotty for You crafting session in celebration of one of our favorite months of the year—National Scrapbooking Month in May!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

More of the "Dotty" Bookmark Album

Here are the remaining pages in the "Dotty For You" Bookmark Album I told you about yesterday.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Win A Workshop!

This is my 2nd post of the day.  Be sure to read my first one-all about my "Dotty For You" Bookmark and Card Workshop.  I had so much fun creating and playing with the vibrant "Dotty For You" paper pack.  I just can't get enough of it!  And CTMH is offering a contest revolving around this yummy paper pack.  We could actually WIN a WORKSHOP PRESENTED by an EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBER!  Yup!  You read correctly.  A member of the Exec Staff will fly down and conduct a workshop for 20 of my customers/Team Members!  Don't worry-if you are long distance and I win I will be sure to share the workshop with you via mail.  Check out all the exciting details in the video below.  If I should sell 100 or the Dotty for You paper packs and/or the April and May Stamp of the Month Sets then all those who purchase one or both of these items will have their name go in a hat and I will draw the 20 names for the workshop.  Each time you make a purchase of the dotty for You or the April or May Stamp of the Month sets you will earn a ticket!

A "Dotty for You" Workshop!

I am alive!  So sorry that I have been MIA.  Not only did I hurt my back which has slowed me down a bit-I have been busy creating wiht the yummy "Dotty For You" exclusive paper pack that I have been writing about for the past week several weeks.  check out all the details below and then be sure to read my next post about a VERY, VERY Cool prize we could win from the CTMH Corporate office!
At my workshop we will be embellishing the My Creations Bookmark Album (#Z1740)AND creating 4 cards.  Below you will see 5 or the 9 pages in the mini album AND above are the 4 cards we will create.  The cards were inspired by fellow consultant Annette Green-they are her designs-I just tweaked them a bit and added my own sentiments.  The bookmark album was designed by me.

Exclusive Workshop
Day:Wednesday, June 20th 6:30-9:30 or Thursday, June 21st 9:30-12:30
I am in LOVE with the exclusive “Dotty For You” paper pack that CLose To My Heart created in honor of National Scrapbook Month (which is the month of MAY).
This paper pack is available NOW and up until May 31st.  It is super EASY to order and SUPER inexpensive!
I am celebrating this yummy paper pack by hosting a super fun workshop and YOU are invited!  This workshop is designed so ANYONE can participate.  If you cannot attend the workshop in person than “kits to go” are available!
The best part about this works hop is it is SUPER AFFORDABLE!
ANYONE who buys or gets a pack free is invited to participate in this workshop (14-page Bookmark Mini Album and 4 standard size cards with envelopes), either in person OR long distance.
Here is the scoop:  to participate  you need to have a “Dotty for You” paper pack (which you can get between now and May 31st for FREE (earn free when you host a minimum $400 gathering or book party OR become a CTMH Consultant) or for only $5.00 (place a minimum $35 order to qualify).  In addition, you must purchase at least the BASIC WORKSHOP KIT.  After that, anything you choose to purchase is up to you.  Keep reading for details.
You can participate in this workshop in two ways:
  • attend the workshop in person (see the dates and times below)
  • participate kit  “to go” (add $5 yo workshop cost)
*Wednesday, June 20th 6:30-9:30 p.m.
*Thursday, June 21st 9:30 a.m.-12:30
NOw, let me quickly explain the kit for those of you attending in person and those who will be ordering this kit “to go”:
In Person:
*You are not required to purchase anyhitng other than the basic kit.  If you do not already own the Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle I do suggest you consider purchasing that so you can cut the lovely dragon flies, unique shapes (and so much more) in the comfort of your own home!  And if you do not already own a Sentiment Stamp Set-I do recommend “Say It In Style.”
*Items you will need to bring to class:  paper trimmer, scissors,adhesive of your choice (I do recommend a strong adhesive for the album; I used TOMBOW), #-D foam tape, glue dots and your Cricut Mat.
*If youwould like me to cut your workshop ahead of time for you, add $5 to the workshop cost.
Kit to Go:
  • You are not required to purchase anything other than the basic kit.  I do suggest the “Better Kit” because than you will also have the ink and stamp set to use on your cards.
  • The Best Kit includes the Cricut Cartridge that we will be using for the cards and several of the pages in the mini albums.  If you want your cards and pages to look exactly like mine, you will want to purchase the Best Kit, or you can pay an extra $5.00 for me to cut and stamp your workshop before I send it to you.
  • Add $5 to the purchase price for me to ship your workshop to you.
Basic Kit: $20 (includes shipping and tax on all products)
*Bookmark Album
*Paradise Baker’s Twine
*4 Standard Size Note Cards
*4 Standard Size Envelopes
*1 Button (color may vary)
*1 sheet of Grey Wool CS
*1 sheet of White Daisy CS
*2 larger metal rings
*Amy’s Cutting Guide and instructions
Better Kit: (prices include shipping and tax)
*black stamp pad $6.10
*Lagoon Ink Pad  $6.10
*#D1283 Say It In Style Stamp Set (a FANTASTIC Sentiment Stamp Set) $20.75
*#E1023Varsity Alphabet Stamp Set $35.00
*3-D FomTape $6.90
*Tombow Adhesive $10.30
Best Kit: (price includes shipping and tax)
Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle:  $114.35
Call or email me with your order and to sign up for the workshop right away (843-207-8698,  I realize that june 20-21st is a ways away, but since this is the time to get your “Dotty For YOu” paper pack, you will want to consider this workshop as your order.
Won’t YOU join me for a few hours of crafting fun?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A CLoser Look...

Here are the yummy papers you will receive in your "Dotty For You" exclusive paper pack I told you about earlier today. Don't you just LOVE them? You can obtain your paper paper pack one of three ways:
1. place a minimum $35 order and you qualify to purchase the 24-piece paper pack for the low price of $5.00!
2. Host a CTMH Gathering of just $400 and receive your pack FREE!
3. Become a CTMH Consultant (and have the coolest job in the world!) and receive a FREE pack along with your kit!
Be sure to watch the video I posted earlier today to get even more details! You are going to be "Dotty" over this exclsuive paper pack available April 17th-May 31st only.

Dotty For You Starts Today!

Today is the Day!!!!
The "Dotty For You" exclusive paper pack incentive starts TODAY! These papers are so yummy and fun and perfect for any theme, occasion or project. Take a look at the video below for more information and please feel free to contact me if you have questions. I will be happy to place your order or you can hop on over to my website and place the order there! Happy Creating!!!!

Here is a layout I created using these oh so FUN papers!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Enhance Your Photos..Love YOur Layout: Pemberly Kit

I LOVE Studio J!
Take a peek at the April Love Your Layout video and learn a new Studio J tip today!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dotty for You! Happy Siblings Day!

Here is a layout I created using the yummy Dotty for You exclusive paper pack I told you about in my last post. If you have not taken a peek at the video I posted over the weekend, I encourage you to do so now. These papers are so fun and bright and gorgeous BUT...even MORE FUN and BRIGHT and GORGEOUS to PLAY with! I had a blast making this layout! This exclusive paper pack will become available starting April 17th . It is in honor of National Scrapbook Month which is the month of May. How cool is it that CTMH is starting the celebration early! You can OWN your very own Dotty for You paper pack for just $5.00 with a minimum $35 order! Spend $75 and purchase TWO paper packs for just $10.00! Take a peek at the video I posted over the weekend to get all the details!!!!

Did you know that today is National Siblings Day? I wish I had known this yesterday-I would have had my kids make cards for each other. Oh well...I'll have to remember for next year! Why not create a layout of you and your siblings OR of your children today? I think I will try to do that today!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

National Scrapbooking Month: Dotty For You!

I am so in LOVE with these yummy papers!!!!! Check out this video to learn all about them and the incredible special offer CTMH is offering starting April 17th!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Front and Center: Spring Inspiration


Two of my 3 kids are on Spring Break this week. Our neighborhood pool opened on Sunday! The 5 of us spent a few hours pool side on Sunday and then Tucker, Payton and I headed back yesterday. The water is actually warm enough for even ME to go in! Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner! With that being said, enjoy this fun little video for some springtime inspiration!

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Stamp of the Month: YOU ARE and My 14 year old!

Happy April!
New Month means NEW Stamp of the Month! I
really like this April exclusive set...and it can be yours
for just $5.00 with a minimum $50 order! The "You Are" set consists of 15 images perfect for scrapbooking, card making and paper crafting! Below are a few cards created using the stamp set and the "Victory" paper pack. You can check out more samples on my website and you can also place your order while you are visiting , as well. Or feel free to contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you!
It was a busy, busy weekend at the McGrew household. Our first born, Tucker James turned 14 on Saturday!!!!! Wow! I can't be old enough to have a 14 year old, can I???? Tucker had 12 of his friends over Friday night for a party and then we celebrated as a family on Saturday and then enjoyed a relaxing day at the neighborhood pool Sunday after church. Here are some photos of your weekend!