Friday, January 26, 2018


CTMH came out with kits called "Love Letters for this month of January in honor of National Papercrafting Month. I have to admit, I was not overly thrilled with the kit but...then I created one letter and instantly fell in love. Each kit comes with a heavy chipboard letter and all the parts and pieces to create the flowers, as well as an instruction booklet. I have shared photos of projectsI have made throughout the month but I think this one is my most favorite! I added photos to the letters for Payton's room but the letters look fabulous without photos, too. You can decorate a letter for just about anything. You can do a monogram, spell a word like I did for Payton (other words would be "HOME", "LOVE", "FAMILY", "FRIEND", "THRIVE" "BALLET"., "POINTE."). Single letters look nice in shadow box frames (I got mine at JoAnns). Each letter kit is $18.95 ($21.89 with shipping and tax) and if you buy 5 letters you get the 6th letter kit FREE!. I added some pearls and gems to the center of the flowers on my projects. Those are available for an additional cost. I also used a shimmer brush ($6.00) to add some shimmer to my flowers. I do recommend the quilling tool when creating the flowers ($9.20). I would love to do a workshop for any of you who are interested in creating a word or a single letter. I have a studio here at my home and would love for you and your family and friends to come here for a workshop if you want guidance in putting your letter kits together (if you get 5 friends than your letter could be FREE!). These letters are only available until WEDNESDAY, JANAURY 31st. So would have to place the order on or before then but we can hold the workshop any time once the kits come in. These would make a GREAT Valentine's Day gift! At the workshop I will teach you how to add some ink to the flowers, too! With some of the extra flowers I created scrapbook pages and she paper flower pots! If you prefer a different color of flowers than the pink that come with the kit-I can cut you a different color! If you are interested please let me know on/before TUESDAY, January 30th!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Valentine Fun Class

Valentine Fun Class
Date:  Wednesday, February 7th
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Register on/before FRIDAY (January 26th)

Join me as we put together some mini cards and boxes to hand out to our special Valentines!  Thee cute 3 x 3 cards and mini boxes are just the thing for individuals of ALL ages.  The class is for ALL ages!  

We will create 8- 3 x 3 cards (2 each of 4 different designs) and 4 mini boxes.  Your kit includes all precut paper pieces, accessories, cards/envelopes, and a brand new stamp set called “We Belong Together” (set of 11 images).  

You can order additional card/box only sets for $12.00.  Please let me know upon registering how many additional card only kits you would like.  These cards and boxes come together quickly.  They are perfect for classroom valentines and work valentines!

BASIC KIT”  $25.00
*All Precut Paper pieces
*”We Belong Together Stamp Set


We will be using the ShinHan Touch Twin makers to color in the stamped images.  I will show you how to do some shading with the colorless Blender Marker.  The colors I used on the valentines and that I recommend your purchase, as well ,are:  

Another optional add-on product I recommend is the GIFT CARD BOX THIN CUT COLLECTION (#Z4150, $40.40)  .  It consists of 3 metal dies. Cuts shape for a 3 1/2 x  2  1/4 x 3/4 folded box and optional windows and tags.  If you own a die cutting machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc) YOU WILL WANT THIS!  

I am offering a MARKER SPECIAL until JANUARY 31st.  BUY 3 MARKERS and GET THE 4th MARKER FREE!  You can see all the available colors on page 111 in the Annual Inspiration Ida Book.  If you own the colors I listed above please bring them to class.  If you do own the colors, you can add to your collection and take advantage of my special (which is only available through me) and select other colors.  

Have a friend(s) or family member(s) who has never attended one of my classes and you will receive a FREE GIFT from ME (my way of showing my appreciation to you)!


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Scrapbooking in a FUN SIMPLE MANNER!

Good Morning!
Yesterday Close To My Heart posted a great video walking us through the creation of a scrapbook layout. I encourage you all to click on the link and view it. After watching it several times, I re-created the layout using my own photos. The CTMH Make It From The Heart Ideas book are chock- full with wonderful layout ideas that work beautifully for all themes, events, people, etc. By following the steps listed for each pattern, you can create a showcase for your treasured photos in a simple and fun manner!
Check it out!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chelsea Garden Card Making Class or Kit To Go!

“CHELSEA GARDENS” Cardmaking Workshop
DATE: WEDNESDAY, January 31st
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
COST: $60.00

Join in the fun as we create 15 cards using the GORGEOUS NEW Chelsea Garden Papers, Dots & Gems, and Cream Ribbon. All papers are PRE-CUT for you! We will assemble the cards and color images during class . I used the Close To My Heart Water Color Pencils and the Clear Shimmer Brush to color. It was so Fun! Very Relaxing! Easy to blend colors and I LOVE the end results. These pencils make even a novice colorer's art look professional! 
These cards will be perfect to add to your card supply. It’s always so nice to have hand made cards ready to sign and address whenever you are in need. 
Kit Contents:
*Water Color Pencils: set of 24 pencils-12 basic colors, 12 secondary pencils
* 15 White Card Bases & 15 Envelopes
* Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems Package
*All Paper Pieces will be PRECUT for you!
The Water Color Pencils and any left over materials are
If you do not own one please let me know upon registering and will will add it to your kit ($5.70)
*Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts Bundle: $39
*Black Momento Ink Pad: $9.20
*Black Journaling Pen: $3.80
*tweezers or piercing tool: $8.00
*Micro Tip Scissors: $11.50
KITS TO GO are AVAILABLE upon Request!
Completed cards are also available !
Thank you to Susan Williams for sharing her original designs with me!
Please bring your basic tool kit to class: plenty of adhesives (tape rummer, memory glue dots, 3-D foam tape/dots, tweezers or piercing tool (perfect for “transporting adhesive backed embellishments)

Monday, January 1, 2018

NEW! Seasonal Expressions 1 IS OUT!

WOW!  Can you believe it is 2018?
I hope that 2017 was a good one for you and I pray 2018 is an ever BETTER year!

It's a NEW YEAR, A NEW MONTH and we have a NEW SEASONAL EXPRESSIONS Idea Book that just went live TODAY!
It is full of beautiful new papers, kits, stamp sets, embellishments, tools and a GORGEOUS new designer travel organization system.  
I will be sharing more about all of these things in the coming weeks.  

The stamp of the month "Bloom & Grow" is a et of 15 images that are perfect for spring and summer and a large variety of themes.  You can purchase it for just $5.00 with a minimum purchase!

Several years ago, Close To My Heart declared January NATIONAL PAPER CRAFTING MONTH.  And every year they create an exclusive kit for January only.  I love the January kit.  Not only is is GORGEOUS, EASY and FUN to put together but it is also perfect for seasoned paper crafters, as well as, individuals who haven experience with crafting with paper.  
The kit is called "LOVE LETTERS."

Love Letters Kit — National Papercrafting Month Special

Kickstart the New Year with DIY monogram décor!
Create your own gorgeous monogram décor with our exclusive  Love Letter Kits, available for just $18.95 only for National Papercrafting Month! These kits include everything you need to create a 12" high, beautiful décor piece using the letter—or letters—of your choice! Each kit comes with the parts and pieces to create gorgeous monogram décor pieces, including a chipboard base, paper and rose - gold overlay piece, die cut florals, banners, and rose - gold foil alphabet stickers.

Make a monogram art piece, or spell out a whole word! As a special bonus, when you purchase five individual Love Letter Kits  you’ll receive a sixth kit of your choice for FREE ! That means you get 6 letter kits for just $ 94.75 — a 20% savings!

There are three ways you can earn a free letter kit: 
  • Buy 5 letter kits, get the sixth FREE!
  • Sign up to be a CTMh Consultant HEREand get a letter kit of your choice for FREE! 
  • Host a qualifying party and get a letter kit of your choice for FREE! 

Lovely Letters Kit include:
  • chipboard letter base
  • paper and rose-gold foil overlay
  • die-cut florals and banners
  • rose-gold foil alphabet stickers 
For Hostess: When you host a party in January that reaches the third level of Hostess Rewards or higher (submitting your party order no later than February 5, 2018), you’ll receive a FREE Love Letters Kit of your choice for free! Contact me amcgrewctmh@gmakil.comfor more info on scheduling an in-home party and/or setting up an online party.

For New Consultants: Anyone who joins my team in January will receive a FREE Love Letters Kit of your choice in their New Consultant Kit — that’s an extra $18.95 value! Visit my website HERE HERE for more info on becoming a Consultant.

Extra supplies needed to complete the kits:
  • Z1795 Quilling Tool
  • Z679 Liquid Glass (for use in layering florals; not to be used on paper overlay)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z553 Bonding Memories Glue
  • Z3372 Adhesive Runner
Click HERE to order your kit.

* Offer available January 1–31, 2018 while supplies last.