Thursday, October 30, 2014


Happy Early Halloween!
It's hard to believe October is just about over.  Everyone here at the McGrew house is looking forward to fun evening of trick-or-treating tomorrow night.
And then...come November 1st...I"ll be doing the happy dance because with every new month comes a new Stamp of the Month Set AND a new CTMH special.
And the incentive beginning on Saturday is one of my most favorite thus far!

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J, and that means it's YOUR lucky month, with five AMAZING ways to WIN through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!

1.  First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are just $5!!!!  That is a savings of over 25% off retail!!!

2.  Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck:  every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise CTMH accessory in its shipping box!  The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3.  If luck doesn't smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box.  Five "golden tickets" will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders.  This "golden ticket" is redeemable for one of the Close To My Heart's NEW D-Ring albums loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors.

4.  For a fourth way to win, simply create  new gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart's Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  After November 30th, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

5.  And there is one last way to win:  take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

To make things even more exciting, starting November 1, FIVE BRAND NEW KITS FROM THE ANNUAL INSPIRATIONS IDEA BOOK WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE in STUDIO J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart.  With so many ways to win, FIVE may be YOUR new lucky number!  Log in to Studio J and start creating TODAY!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Affordable Holiday/Anytime Gifts

Happy Wednesday!

This morning I was busy filing more orders for custom bracelets and necklace pendants using the Close To My Heart Base & Bling line.  I even made time to make a necklace/bracelet set for myself using photos from our recent photo shoot.  I LOVE how the pieces came out!

These one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces make the most wonderful gifts for any occasion or time of the year...and they are oh so affordable!
If you are stumped on what to get your loved ones for the holidays this year, you might want to consider a personalized jewelry piece.

The Close To My Heart Base & Bling Product line allows you to customize your wearable crafts using unique charms, diverse pendants, necklace chains, bracelet cuffs, style sheets and personal photos.
Necklace chains, pendants and charms are available in silver and antique gold.
Pendant Shape Choices:  circles, squares, ovals, rectangles
Bracelet Cuffs: ovals

Necklace Cost:  $15.00
*1 chain
*1 Pendant
*1 Glass Cover
*1 Style Sheet Image or Photo
*1 Charm

Additional Charms- $2.00 each

Bracelet Cuff Cost:  $10.00
*1 Bracelet Cuff
*1 Glass Cover
*1 Style Sheet Image or Photo

Each jewelry piece will be wrapped in pretty packaging ready to give as a gift 
or to yourself.
There’ s nothing better than receiving a gift that is almost too cute to open!

Monday, October 13, 2014

November Scrapbook Layouts: PATHFINDING KIT

During the month of November we will be working with the Pathfinding Kit.  Oh how much fun this kit is!  My dear friend and fellow consultant, Karen Pederson is the brain behind these layouts.  I am really happy with how nicely the My Crush Wildwood Assortments add pop to the pages.  All the layering really makes for sensational layouts!  I am looking forward to adding photos to these fabulous layouts!

If you want your pages to look like mine, I recommend the following add-on products:

*Pathfinding Complements
*Sunset Chevron Washi Tape
*My Crush Wildwood Assortment
*Honeycomb Embossing Folder

**If you do not own a sanding kit-I do recommend that ($6.40), as well as, the Base & Bling Adhesive Dots and/or Adhesive Strips ($5.70 each).

Pathfinding Shopping List
(Shop in October for November’s Play Group Classes)

G1082 Pathfinding Workshop on the Go pg 49 35.00
(includes:  1 Pathfinding Paper Packet, 1 Worskhop Stamp Set, 3 extra Cardstock Sheets,
1 Pathfinding Assortment, I Bling Gems Gold Assortment, Instructional Brochure)
2 extra sheets of Chocolate Cardstock pg 189     1.20
Amy’s Cutting Guide FREE

Better Package = Basic Package + the following 
X7186C Pathfinding Complements pg 47 5.70
Z2005 Sunset Chevron Washi Tape pg 173 9.20
Z2040 My Crush Wildwood Assortment pg 153 5.70
Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder pg 179 10.35
Best Package = Basic & Better Packages + the following products
Z2111 Chocolate Pad (for stamping and distressing) pg 189 6.90
Z2123 Goldrush Pad (for stamping) pg 189 6.90
Z2137 Olive Pad (for stamping and distressing) pg 189 6.90
Z2010 Autumn Terracotta Pad (for stamping) pg 189 6.90

Tools Needed:
Z1294 Sanding Kit pg 191 6.40
Z697 Round Sponge pg 190 1.50
Z2046 Piercing Tool Kit pg 191 8.00
Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Cartridge pg 142             114.35

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:
Z3033 4 Duck Easy Stick Disposable Adhesive Runners pg 182   6.35
Z1151 3D Foam Tape pg 182 6.90
1772 or Z341 or Z2089 Regular or Mini or Micro Glue Dots pg 182 8.70
Z697 Round Sponge pg 190 1.50
Z1912 Corner Rounder pg 182 9.20
Z1204 Bone Folder pg 181 5.70
Z1984 Clear 12 x 12 Memory Protectors Value Pack (25) pg 185 25.00
Memory Protectors in various sizes pg 135
Z1325 Memory Protectors Flip Flaps pg 185  
Z1342-Z1347 Assorted Colors – My Legacy Faux Leather 12 x 12 Albums pg 184 35.00
Dry Embossing Folders pg 179 $10.35each

Studio J Digital Scrapbooking (YOU’LL LOVE IT!) pg 142 6.95 ea. layout

Picture My Life Program Several Collections to choose from pgs 146-149 35.00 each

My Crush Books and Collections Lots to choose from pgs 150-157

Cricut Collections
Z3017 NEW Artfully Sent pg 141 114.35
Z1906 Artbooking pg 142 114.35
Z1790 Artiste pg 143 114.35
Z1686 Art Philosophy pg 143 114.35

*At this level you qualify for the September Stamp of the Month (Family is Forever) for $5 ($17.95 value)

Your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant:
Amy MCGrew, 843.207.8698,  Shop 24/7:

KITS ARE AVAILABLE TO GO for all those unable to attend the class.  

Please contact me on/before OCTOBER 30th if you would like to purchase a kit and/or register for class.  My classes are always FREE.  YOu are only charged for your products!


Here are some close up pictures of the layouts.  
Check out how awesome the laying looks!
It really takes these layouts to the next level!