Wednesday, February 26, 2014


My March scrapbook club/projects feature the NEW! Balloon Ride Kit and embellishments.  These papers are so much more beautiful in person than on the Idea Boo....and what fun it is to create with this kit and accessories!

The March classes are being held on MONDAY,MARCH 24th  9:30-12:30 and THURSDAY, MARCH 27th 6:30-9:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the actual class you are most welcome to purchase the kit to go and put the kit together at home.

PLease R.S.V.P on/before MARCH 1st to purchase your kit.

I am currently setting up new scrapbook clubs to begin.  If you are interested in joining the monthly club and receiving club benefits (free idea book, stamp of the month set, hostess rewards, etc) please let me know.  I would love to have you join in on the monthly fun!  All those who join the new Scrapbook cLub session will receive a FREE PAPER PACK OF THEIR CHOICE (up to a $9.95 value).  If you have a friend whom I do not know and they sign up along wiht you, you will receive 2 free paper packs!  Sign up today!

All the details about the March class and kit are below, as well as, photos of the layouts.  If you want your layouts to look like mine I recommend the following add-on products:

The extra Cardstock sheets
X7180C Balloon Ride Complements Dimensional Elements
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace

***I used the BASE & BLING ADHESIVE STRIPS to adhere my Dimensional Elements to my layouts.  I do recommend this product, as well (#Z1904- $5.70)

Balloon Ride Shopping List
(Shop in February for March’s Play Group Classes)

G1075 Balloon Ride WOTG Packet pg 41 35.00Includes: -Workshop Stamp Set, Balloon Ride Paper Packet, 3 extra sheets of
Cardstock (1 Colonial White, 1 Juniper and 1 Whisper), Balloon Ride Assortment, Sparkles Clear Flourishes-Small, Instructional Brochure)
1 extra sheet of Colonial White Cardstock      .50
2 extra sheets of Cashmere Cardstock     1.20
Amy’s Cutting Guide FREE

Better Package = Basic Package + the following 
X7180C Balloon Ride Complements Dimensional Elements pg 37    5.70
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim pg125  5.70
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace pg 124  4.60

                                                 Best Package = Basic & Better Packages + the following products
Z2171 Saddle Pad(for stamping and distressing) pg 139  6.10
Z2165 Juniper  Pad (for stamping) pg 139  6.10
Z2164 Sorbet Pad pg 139  6.10
Z2117 Crystal Blue Pad (for stamping) pg 139  6.10

Tools we are using this month (these will be supplied by Karen at Play Group) in case you’d like to order your own
Z1790 Cricut Art Phiilosophy Collection pg 65 114.35
Z697 Round  Sponge pg 131  1.50
Z1851 Scallop Border Punch pg 133 20.75
Z1294 Sanding Kit pg 132  4.00

Always bring these items with you to class:
Paper Trimmer, adhesive, 3D foam tape, glue dots, liquid glass, ruler and a pencil.
Great items (basics) to add to your order any month:
1515 Tombow Refill   pg 133     6.30
Z1151 3D Foam Tape pg 133  6.90
1772 or Z341 Regular or Mini Glue Dots pg 133   8.70
Z697 Round Sponge pg 131   1.50
Z578 Corner Rounder pg 133   9.20
Z1204 Bone Folder pg 131   5.70
4110 Clear 12 x 12 Memory Protectors (10 pack)   pg 135  
Z1984 Clear 12 x 12 Memory Protectors Value Pack (25) pg 135
Memory Protectors in various sizes pg 135
Z1325 Memory Protectors Flip Flaps  pg 135  
Z1342-Z1347 Assorted Colors – My Legacy Faux Leather 12 x 12 Albums pg 135
Dry Embossing Folders pg 130 10.355 each
Studio J Digital Scrapbooking (YOU’LL LOVE IT!)
Layouts are ONLY $6.95 for each 2-page layout! WOW! Pg 142
Must Haves:
***Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Collection pg 59 114.35***
***Z1790 Cricut Artiste Collection pg 60 114.35***
***Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection pg 61 114.35***
***9035*** Make It From Your Heart How-To Publication Volume 1 pg 141   9.20***
***9042 Make It From Your Heart How-To Publication Volume 1I pg 141   9.20***
CTMH Scrapbooking and Cardmaking How To Publications pg 141 17.30 each***
*At this level you qualify for the Feb. Stamp of the Month (Special Care) for $5 ($17.95 value)

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Amy McGrew 843.207.8698,, Shop 24/7:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saving Specials!


My Oh My!  I am both embarrassed and ashamed that I have not posted in so long.  My family, including myself, all came down with that nasty stomach bug and "MAN!" did it really set us all off a bit.

Good news is we are all healthy and getting back on track again.  I have enjoyed sharing the new Spring/Summer CTMH Idea Book with a handful of individuals and they are in LOVE!  There are so many "gotta have" products in the pages of this book of inspiration.  So many new projects to create.  and wonderful incentives for you to take advantage of.   I want to SHARE all this Awesomeness with each of  YOU!

There are still 5 more days to take advantage of the EMBOSS is BOSS special.  Purchase 2 cardstock packs and pick an embossing folder FREE!  I talked about these fabulous folders in my last post (February 10th).  These folders are so simple and perfect for adding texture to cards, layouts, home decor, cricut cuts and more!  If you purchase 4 cardstock packs-you earn 2 FREE embossing folders.
You can hop on my website ( to place your order OR feel free to contact me and I will be happy to place your order for you.

The savings continue in March with another wonderfully delightful special!  Beginning March 1st -March 31st order your Studio L layouts-including ones using our new Photo Express Collection-for only $5 each!  Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio  layouts  using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments.  And don't forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes.

I had some fun playing with the Photo Express Collection.  I wanted to use it for processing photos for my Picture My Life Album (this collection is PERFECT for the Picture My Life Collection).   I used the 3 x 4 horizontal and vertical photo page.

Here are some photos of the step-by-step process 

Here is the finished layout:

Here is a 2-page layout in my Picture My Life Album:

 I LOVE the Picture My Life System for preserving my every day moments.  I had some fun adding cork alphabets letters and stickease to the top of the protectors.

I did a quick little demo at scrapbook club this past Thursday.  The scrappers were intrigued with using Studio J as a photo processing system.  The Photo Express Collection is perfect for developing those odd size photos for your layouts.  I get asked over and over how and where I get my 2 x 2 , 3 x 3 , 3 x 4, ect. photos developed for layouts.  Studio J is the answer!  The quality is impeccable and the cost is much more affordable than purchasing the ink for my printer and the the high quality photo paper.  I hope that you will take a moment to visit my website and play on Studio J.  It is FREE to play.  Upload as many photos as you wish.  Create layouts 'till your heat's content.  You will only be charged for the actual layouts you decide to purchase.

I will be hosting a FREE STUDIO J CLASS on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19th @ 6:30 p.m.  I encourage you to START creating your layouts NOW and then you can be ready to purchase them towards the end of March.  Bring your computer to class and any questions you may have.  If you have any questions between now and March 19th please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you are unable to make it to the class on March 19th but would like to meet 1-on-1 with me-contact me and we can schedule a time to meet!

Monday, February 10, 2014



I am so excited for the FedEx man to arrive later this week.  "Why, you ask?"  Because my new CTMH EMBOSSING FOLDERS will be in one of the boxes he drops off.  I have never played with embossing folders but after watching the video below...I can't start playing soon enough!  As I thumb through the pages of the new CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book, I am getting so many IDEAS on how to put these folders into use as I play with my new (and old) CTMH stamp sets, papers and embellishments.

You will discover, as you watch the short video, just how easy it is to use the embossing folders.  You will need an embossing machine.  There are several on the market today, each at different price points.  The Sizzix Boutique, the Cuttlebug and The Big Shot to name a few.  The important thing to keep in mind is that you want the machine you choose to use can hold a 5 x 7 embossing folder.  That is the size of the CTMH folders.  Some companies make them smaller.  You will want to be sure ours will fit your machine. I love that the CTMH folders have a slit that allows you to just slide your paper through the folder once you have run it through your machine!

 Jo Ann Fabrics is currently having a sale.  If you don't already own an embossing machine and are in the market for one, you might want to take a look there.

It is super easy to use the embossing folders and machine.  You just put cardstock inside the folder. Put the folder in between the cutting pads and roll through the machine.  So Easy!  Use the embossing folders to add a texture background to a card front, add texture to Cricut shapes on scrapbook layouts, packages, home much FUN awaits with Embossing Folders!

...And the FUN is even BIGGER and BETTER during the month of February!  All month long you are eligible to receive your choice of a new Embossing Folder FREE (a savings of $8.95) for every 2 packs of bulk single color or combo cardstock you purchase (Paper Fundamentals, Colonial White, White Daisy and Kraft Cardstock do not count towards the qualifying purchase).This offer is only available while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early!

I will be sure to share artwork once my folders arrive!

Enjoy this video!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fashion Fascination Abounds!

I am so excited about the new "Base & Bling" that debuts in the NEW Spring/Summer 2014 Close To My Heart Idea Book!
You'll love this trendy new line of wearable crafts.  Simply choose the base you desire and then select from a wide range of decorative attachments.  There are metallic charms, resin and acrylic flowers, hip style sheet adhesives crystal gems and even fabric flowers.
You'll have a one of a kind look that is super affordable and oh so stylish!

I had fun playing with this new product line last week.  I was so happy with how easy it is to custom make my own jewelry!  I plan to use this line for many gifts!
My daughters are so excited to create their own wearable craft. too!
Here the few necklaces that I created.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Picture My Life!

I am so excited about the NEW! CLose To My Heart Picture My Life Scrapbook Program!
You'll love this quick and colorful solution for your favorite photos. Choose from eight Picture My Life scrapbooking programs, each based on a versatile theme, busting with 122 double-sided cards in 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 horizontal and vertical designs, and 1 12 x 12 cover page to bring it all together.  Each cardstock-weight card features journaling space on one side and versatile sentiments or icons on the reverse.  The Picture My Life programs are designed to pair with approximately 100 photos to fill the 10 included Memory Protectors nicely, but feel free to mix more or fewer cards and photos to create the album that's picture perfect for you!

Here is a peek at the 8 Picture My Life Kits that are available now.

                                                                 BALLOON RIDE








I have enjoyed working wiht the Avonlea Picture My Life Kit to document the "Every Day McGrew Family Moments" that occurred during the month of January.  I began working on this last Thursday and completed it Friday (this includes the printing of pictures and the journaling).

Here are a few photos of my Picture My Life Album this far.  You will see that I used the Avonlea Kit for the entire month.  I may end up using a specific kit for each month OR I can also mix and match.  I will let my photos dictate what road I decide to take.

I did add some fun by adding some cork letter stickers and stickease directly to the page protector.  I am looking forward to adding the various flip flap sizes that CTMH offers to pages, too!

As I mentioned-I did all my own photo printing.  This can become time consuming.  Close To My Heart has just made my Picture My Life Scrapbook System even EASIER (if you can believe this is even possible!)!  CTMH just added a PHOTO-ONLY EXPRESS COLLECTION on Studio J.  This collection features several 2-page layouts pre-loaded with photo wells in mixes of common printing sizes, including 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 3 x 4, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, and more.  This collection is a great resource for printing of photos using our industry-leading photo processing techniques, the featured photo sizes pair perfectly with Picture My Life and My Crush projects as well as classic scrapbooking layouts.  Hop on over to my website (HERE) and give it a try!  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Enjoy this quick video to get another peek at Picture My Life!

Happy Memory Keeping!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Happy February!!!!

I love the start of a new month.  And I was especially happy for February 1st to arrive.  Why, you ask?

Because the Spring/Summer 2014 Close To My Heart Idea Book went live!  I knowI always say this but...this is truly my most FAVORITE Idea Book yet!

This Idea Book is packed wiht so many fun new stamp sets, paper packs, workshop on the go kits, accessories, tools, etc!  If you do not have your own personal copy you can hop over to my website HERE and view the Idea Book online.  If you would like an actual copy of the Idea Book feel free to contact me.  They are just $3.95 or FREE with a minimum $25 order or Free if you host a gathering or workshop.

Close To My Heart is hosting a FABULOUS special during the month of February.

In the new Idea book you will discover that CTMH now sells EMBOSSING FOLDERS- YIPPPEEEEE!  

During February you are eligible to receive your choice of a new embossing folder FREE (a savings of $8.95) for every 2 packs of bulk single color or combination cardstock you purchase.  Pick from our 5 new folder designs-dot,chevron,quatrefoil,damask,or stripe-when you make a qualifying purchase.  Add a touch of texture and flair to every cardstock project you create-gorgeous and easy!  

This offer is only valid while supplies last, so make sure to get your order in early!

*White Daisy, Colonial White, kraft cardstock and the new Paper Fundamentals do not count towards the qualifying purchase.


This is a GREAT SET!  There are 9 images in this set.  I created the card below using some Cashmere and White Daisy Cardstock and 3 new Washi Tapes:  The Gold Polka Dot, the Ruby Chevron and the Honey Triangle patterns!  It's hard to see in the photo but I stamped the fox once on my cardstock piece and then again on a piece of scrap.  I cut the head out and adhered it to the fox going on the card with 3-D foam tape. This added a nice touch of dimension!  Next I colored one of our wooden shapes with a ruby marker and adhered it over the flower stamp image.  This added a bit more of dimension.  So Fun to Play with this Set!

This set is available at full retail price OR you can purchase it for just $5.00 with a minimum $50 order!