Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Tomorrow night I am teaching a Canvas Art Class using the Close To My Heart Canvas Art Workshop on the Go Kit.  I LOVE this project!  The kit comes with all the supplies you need to successfully create a canvas art (except an acrylic block, an ink pad and some liquid glass) AND you will go home with enough supplies to create another project of your choice!
I do have extra kits in stock so if you are local and would like to attend the class feel free to contact me via email or phone.  I would love to have you join us for an hour of fun!

MONDAY, MARCH 11 9:30-11:30 OR 6:30-8:30 P.M
COST:  $35.00
R.S.V.P:  On/Before TUESDAY, FEB. 28th
*CLASS IS only pay for your kit.

 We will create 15 beautiful cards (5 each of 3 designs)
This class is available as a kit to go!


 Kit consists of:
1- Exclusive Stamp Set
2- Chantilly B & T Duos Papers
4- Cardstock Sheets
15- White Daisy Cards & Envelopes
1- Lagoon Exclusive Satin Ribbon (5 yards)
1- Wooden Badge Buttons (32 pieces)
1- Instructional Brochure

And finally, here is a quick "Love Your Layout" for February using the oh so popular "Later SK8TER" Lit!  Enjoy!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Dynamite Deal...Four More Days

Happy Monday!
It was a busy weekend for the McGrew Family, however, thanks to Studio J, I was still able to get 10 layouts created!  The above layouts are just a few of the layouts I have created of our recent Caribbean Cruise compliments of Close To My Heart.  Stan and I had an amazing vacation thanks to CTMH!  Many of you know that I recently earned my 9th Close To My Heart incentive trip  I work for the BEST company!  They certainly know how to appreciate and spoil their consultants!

I know I have been talking alot about Studio J this month.  Studio J is such an amazing tool to help people of ALL AGES preserve their treasured  memories!  And this month the 2-page 12 x 12 layouts are on sale for the low, low price of $5.00 (normally $6.95)!

I am also adding to this AMAZING special!

Close To My Heart is hosting a challenge to the 110 consultants who earned the Caribbean Cruise. The Consultant who sells the most Studio J layouts will receive   a FREE registration to the Album Retreat in March, a round trip airplane ticket and free hotel room.  I would be so incredible excited if I were to win (as would my bank account and my HUSBAND)!

I know many of you have had fun with Studio J in past and many of you have been wanting to give it a try... The $5 special during the month of FEBRUARY is an amazing deal.  If you are wanting to preserve some memories, this is a GREAT time to do it.  As my way of saying thank you I am putting thenames of all those who create an  Express Collection 5-pack will receive 10 FREE PAGE PROTECTORS FROM ME and your name will go into  a drawing for a FREE 12 x 12 ALBUM.  All individuals  who complete a minimum of 25 layouts will RECEIVE an ALBUM FREE.  This is my way of saying THANK YOU for helping me to win this contest!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
HAVE FUN creating in Studio are going to LOVE IT!!!!


Friday, February 22, 2013

A Super Fun Weekend Project!

Here is a SUPER FUN project for you to create this weekend!
I am so excited to make not one but...several using my scraps and Artiste Cricut Cartridge!

Take a peek at this GREAT video!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Studio J Mini Album

This is the COOLEST project!
THANK YOU to dear friend and fellow consultant, Christine Adams, for sharing her project with us today.  I am so very excited to try this out!

Want some more Studio J inspiration? For convention last year, Christine wanted to incorporate some Studio J into my displays. So I chose to do a mini album. Currently, Studio J only provides 12" x 12" page layouts. You can certainly create layouts - order just the jpeg files and print them in any size you choose! However, I didn't want to be concerned about being able to read journaling when it was reproduced in a smaller size, so I decided to find 12" x 12" layouts that would divide evenly into 6" x 6" squares. Here is what I did.

Christine used one of the CTMH 6 x 6 Memory Showcase - accordian style display album. At only $3.95 it's a bargain for this personalized gift item!

In Studio J, she chose the Avonlea Kit - the the Primadonna pattern layout (search for it under the 10 photo layouts). She rotated the left and right pages then loaded my photos. She turned off the toggle accents under the Embellishments tab. She removed the title and journal boxes then added my own where she wanted them.

On the left page she added stickease titles "Family" and "ties". Then she added a few of the floral images for an accent. This page was framed as a gift or could be used as an album cover page.


On the right page Christine turned the middle 4x6 photo well into a text box and added the script B and T paper. She added some chocolate back stitching and journal boxes. She flipped the 3 photos on the bottom left side so that when She cut the page in squares they would be oriented the way she wanted them.

Here is how it looks cut and added to the front of the mini album:

Simple - huh? Now for the other side of the 6" x 6" mini album.

For the second layout Christine chose the Avonlea Kit and the Timeline pattern layout (search for it under 6 photo layouts). This one required minimal changes. She removed the buttons and thread on the left side by the title. Then she changed the title box to a photo well. She loaded my photos - using a single photo on the bottom that would cut down the middle without chopping off anyone's head! Then she added titles, stickease, and names on each of the photos of the kids. (LOVE this feature in Studio J!)


The right page was used as a baby layout that could be framed or used as a cover page in an album!

Here is the layout cut and added to the back side of the mini album:

After cutting the pages and putting the mini album together she added journaling pockets with a story about how the couple met - one told from his perspective and one told from her perspective! 

The finishing touch was a metal key from the Brocade Assortment.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cricut Craft Room


This is my 2nd post of the day.  If you have not read my earlier post (and watched the video) please do so.  You are in for a treat!

I have been interested in learning how to use the "Cricut Craft Room" with my Art Philosophy and Atiste Cartridges for quite some time now.  This informative video is an answer to my prayers.  Hope you enjoy!

A Canvas Art Video

Yesterday I shared with you information and photos about the Canvas Art Class I am offering on February 28th (deadline to register is THURSDAY, Feb. 21st!).

Here is a great little video that gives you an up close and personal view of the project kit.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 18, 2013



DATE:  Thursday, February 28th
TIME: 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:00 p.m
COST:  $40.00

At this class we will be making one of my MOST FAVORITE Workshop on the Go Kits yet!  It is the brand new 12 x 12 Canvas.  The thing I love most about this project is that you can finish it in less than ONE HOUR!!!!  AND you get enough goodies in the kit to actually create more projects when you are done.  Plus is makes a fabulous gift to anyone and everyone-including yourself!  You can make another canvas (as suggested by fellow consultants Melissa Laverty and Dana Kessler), you can make cards or even another scrapbook page with your leftover product.
Your Kit includes:

  1. (1) 12 x 12 pre-printed canvas display
  2. (1) C-sized Canvas Art Workshop on the Go Stamp Set (has many,many uses-I LOVE it!)
  3. (1) 1 yard of Cashmere Baker’s Twine
  4. (10) Clear Sparkles (10mm)
  5. (1) Sheet of Sparkles Flourished
  6. (2) 12 x 6” sheets of Dimensional Elements In Color-Art Shapes
  7. Instructional Brochure

Add on an extra white 12 x 12 canvas for only $5.00 more!

Other supplies, not included in the kit, but needed to complete the project:
*Cocoa Ink Pad:  ($6.10) or Pigment In Pad ($4.94 for (2) 1 x 1 pigment pads-cocoa an black 
*Liquid glass and or other STRONG adhesive ($8.00) 
*3-D Foam Tape ($6.90)

You must register for the class on/before THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st to guarantee your kit arrive in time for the class.
Kits are available “TO GO” if you are unable to attend the class.  Just add $7 for postage if I will be mailing your kit to you.

All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance.
Thank you for understanding.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

$5.00 Layouts!


I am back!  As you know, Stan and I were on a Caribbean Cruise I earned with my CTMH job (so hard to call it a job!) for the past 10 days.  What a LOVELY vacation it was!  I am so excited to scrapbook our memories.  And I am so EXCITED that CTMH is offering $5.00 Studio J layouts during the month of February! $5.00 per 2-page layouts.  That is $2.50 per page!  Can you believe it?  Almost too good to be true, eh?  All you have to do is hop on over to my website HERE.  Click on the "STUDIO J" tab and create away!  There are great tutorials there to help you through the step-by-step process.  There is also a "help" tab you can click on if you have any questions.  And you can always contact me for assistance, as well.  You can "play" as much as you want for FREE.  The only thing you pay for are the actual layouts you put into your shopping cart and purchase.  Once you purchase your layouts you will receive 2 jpeg files (about 10-15 minutes after you place the order). You will receive a low and a high jpeg.  The high resolution jpeg is perfect for printing out additional layouts on your own (you can even print them at different sizes-try a 8x 8 or 4 x 4 size to create a mini album to give as a gift or to a child to carry in their book bag or to share at school!).  The low resolution jpeg is perfect for posting on your blog, facebook, twitter or to just email to family and friends!  CTMH will mail you the actual layouts you have purchased- they will arrive on your doorstep in about a week.  When they arrive you just slide them into your page protectors and add to your album.  I love that you can mix and match your traditional and Studio J layouts!

I am adding to the incredible $5.00 Special CTMH is hosting all month long!  Here are the details:
CTMH is offering a contest to all those consultants who just returned from the cruise.  Sooooo...for every 5 layouts you purchase in Studio J on my website this month your name will go into a drawing  for a Studio J 5-Pack. OR...for all individuals who purchase a total of 20 layouts on my website during the month of February-you will receive 15 FREE layouts ( 3 Studio J 5 packs)!  This is my way of thanking YOU for your support.  These free 5-packs are available only through me, Amy McGrew.

I am hosting a FREE Studio J class at my home this SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16th 11:00- 12:30.  Come learn these fast and easy steps to get you started on your Studio J projects.  Even if you have already created in Studio J I encourage you to join me on Saturday.  Please r.s.v.p on/before WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th for the class on Saturday.  All those in attendance on Saturday will receive a FREE step-by-step lesson plan for creating a 2-page Studio J layout.  Please upload a minimum of 10 photos of one particular event to your Studio J account on my website prior to attending the class.  There are step by step instructions in Studio J on how to do this.  I am also available to assist you-just give me a call!

The layouts above I created in Studio J while traveling home from Connecticut after Christmas.  Our van has "bluetooth" so I was able to scrapbook in the car!  Every year I create a Christmas album for my parents.  With Studio J I am able to create one layout and then order 2 of them (one for mom & dad and one for my family and I).  So Fast. So Fun. So Easy!

I invite you to take advantage of the $5.00 Layout Special this month!  And be sure to check back weekly, as I just MIGHT be offering random 1-day specials all month long!