Saturday, December 19, 2015

January layout class

My monthly class is January 16 at my all day crop and January 17 at my home.  If you'd like a kit by mail I am happy to get one prepared for you.  I cut all of my kits at the same time so a kit by mail would ship no later than January 18.

RSVP for your kit by contacting me at tracikeagen @   I broke that apart to confuse robot scammers so delete out the spaces on either side of @

So the details:  This kit includes the entire Urban papper pack plus some random cardstock thrown in.  The full Urban complements and triangle metal studs(self adhesive)  It will also include full color photos of each layout so you can place everything.  I pre-cut your paper.  It creates all three 2-page layouts shown below!!

Cost to attend my class: $24
Cost to purchase the kit and have it shipped:  $30
If you live in SW Michigan, Northern Indiana or the St. Clair County area of MI- you can host this class.  I have dates in January- March for this class.  With 6 paid guests ($24 price) your cost is only $10.  With 8 paid guests your fee is FREE

The "big ideas" layout will have another tool next to the paintbrush- so I left space.  I'll finish it over the holidays

Friday, December 18, 2015

December Card kit by mail

oh my!  I am way behind on posting.  The kids are done with school until January 4th so no more nightly homework to help with for a couple of weeks!

Here Is the stamp set I used to create this kit:

My kit by mail comes with all the pre-cut pieces and either pre-stamped or with the stamp set depending on what is ordered.

This month's kit used several shimmer trims, glitter paper, cricut cuts, twine and a FULL pack of wooden trinket shapes.  I used a variety of retired papers, just because my stash is so huge!  I also used my watercolor paints on a couple cards, but you could use any method to color that you wanted.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Candlelight Garden stamps and artwork

Candlelight Garden – December 2015 Stamp of the Month
$17.95 or ONLY $5 with $50 purchase*

Product Description

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month set for a deal with a minimum qualifying purchase!
Set of 10


Sunday, December 6, 2015

2016 Planners: time to get organized!

I am so excited to share the new Everyday Life Line from Close To My Heart.

I could sit and type a bunch of words, and photos and pricing... but this video pretty much sums it up:

In December (that's right now!) You can purchase a special bundle that includes the black album, 2016 planner pages and the roller stamp.  Regular retail pricing to buy these pieces separately is $35.85 but in December the bundle pricing is only $29.95!!

Product Image

If you like the idea of combining crush pages, Picture My Life or anything else shown in the video you can find them at this link:  click here.  REMEMBER:  In order to get discounted bundle pricing you MUST add the bundle.  If you add the individual items to your shopping cart they'll be at full price.  So click here to go right to the bundle.

I'll be posting pics of my book all year long!  Keep an eye on this page as I receive my bundle this week and will get to work right away.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Kids Canvas Painting

I loved taking my kids to local painting classes but the company we used is no longer  offering these.  I thought I'd fill a gap and start to offer these periodically out of my home.

Here's today's class- excited to see what the attendees think of it!

I found the idea on pinterest and it went together pretty quick.  I used some gold glitter paint around the edges which makes it really pop out in person.  I used the CTMH base and bling jingle bells on the elves shoe.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Final Fundamentals Layout

Here it is... the 3rd and final fundamentals layout design created for my retreat attendees last month:

I used Cricut Artistry to cut the balloons.
This layout was  a big hit!
If you missed the first two Fundamentals layouts here they are:
Also this month Close To My Heart has a FANTASTIC Fundamentals Bundle for sale!

Purchase the album bundle and you get:

  • Album of your choice (D-ring or Post-bound)
  • Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack (1 pack)
  • Fundamental Assortment Peacock (1 pack)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)
  • Memory Protectors™ Value Pack (1 pack Side Load or 1 pack Top Load)

Retail value: $92.94  SALE PRICE: $71.80 before shipping and sales tax!

PLUS!  Purchase this bundle in any album style and within 48 hours I will email you a fantastic 5 2-page layout workshop flyer.  You can use these supplies to create the workshop layouts OR just do your own thing.  These layouts are different than the ones posted as the layouts I've been posting use a little different supplies that what is in the bundle.

Click here to see your options and shop.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mystery Boxes

Oh my goodness!

Trying to clean my scrap space and it's near impossible.  I'm bursting at the seams!

It's time to unload some of my overstock!

I've got 6 boxes up for grabs-  Each with a retail value of $35 or more.

I'm selling each for only $15 INCLUDING shipping in the U.S  These packages are primarily embellishments, stickers and stamps.

If you decide to purchase 2 boxes I'll guarantee that you won't receive ANY duplicates!  I can't make that promise if you buy more than 2 boxes.

Thanks for helping me unload my stash!!  My paypal button will allow 6 boxes to be sold... so if it lets you purchase then there's still some left!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fundamentals layout 2

I promised I'd share my other Retreat Layouts using the fundamentals line of products this week.

Here is Layout 2 from my kit.

Supplies used:
Here are a few close ups:

Hope you like it!  I LOVE the fundamentals line!
While I am talking about Fundamentals... Here is a reminder that we have a GREAT promotion including the Fundamentals Enchantment paper, stickers and Peacock blue Assortment.  Check out your options by clicking here.  If you order one of the bundles on my website you will be prompted to add a value pack of page protectors FREE.  That value pack is a $19.95 value.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Simply FUNdamentals Blog Hop

This month we are sharing some GREAT ideas with the Fundamentals product line.

If you're coming from Wendy's blog- WELCOME.  If you are just joining the hop here at my blog... no problem- you can start here and circle around.

So what is the "fundamentals" line?  Simply put, it's a line of coordinating products in our CTMH color schemes.  Papers are glossy embossed on one side and flat patterned (not glossy embossed but same pattern) on the back.  there are sticker sheets with 4 sheets of word, alphabet and cool images, plus assortment packs with glitter shapes, wood shapes, bows and photo clips.  So much fun with this line!

I used the fundamentals line to create layouts for my retreat guests in October.  Here is one of the layouts I created:

This layout was a blast to create - I've got two more from the class I'll be posting this weekend!

Saddle Cardstock
Pomegranate cardstock
Fundamentals Enchantment paper pack
Fundamentals Enchantment sticker pack
Gold Fundamentals Assortment

Here are a few close ups

Now head on over to Lisa's blog to see what she's come up with!
If you get lost along the way... this link should have the entire hop listed to help you out.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November kit of the month and December pre-order


Today I'm happy to share the November kit of the Month card set that ships this week.  I was just finalizing my direction guide and thought I'd share the photos I took of each card.  Consider this your "sneek Peek".

If you're not familiar with my Kit of the Month it works like this:  you pre-order next month's kit by the 15th of each month.  You choose the pre-stamped version for $15 or the "with stamps" for $25.

I don't show the cards early, it's kind of a surprise.  Your kit always includes cool supplies and a full pack or two of product so you have some leftover.   In the past I've included things like chalk markers, washi tape, gems etc.

This month's kit uses this fun stamp set- those of you that purchased it will LOVE these stamps- they are so fun and very easy to color:
Here are the 4 cards you'll make with this month's kit:

The full packs included in this kit:
Sparkle and Shine assortment:
and Woodgrain Washi tape
Isn't that super fun?
Would you like to try my monthly kit by mail?
YOu can PRE-ORDER the December kit NOW through November 15 and it will ship the first full week of December.
Here is the stamp set the cards will be designed from:
you can pre-order this kit here:  Payments received November 16 or later will go towards the JANUARY KIT. 

Nov. kit by mail

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cheers! Stamp of the Month blog hop


I've missed you during the last few hops, it's been a busy time!

I'm back this month though as we share ideas using the November Stamp of the Month set!

If you're coming from Wendy's blog you are headed in the right direction.  If you are just joining the hop here on my site- no worries!  It should circle around so you don't miss a stop.

First things first... Here's a photo of the set we're sharing with you tonight.
Isn't it FUN????
ok... so here is the card I created:
HEre's my supply list:

Black and grey glitter paper pack
Sangria paper
Art philosophy (for the stars)
Instalife Roller Stamp: This Happened
Fundamentals Enchantment Sticker pack
Ink Colors:  Eggplant, Ruby, Sunset

Now head on over to the next stop at Katie's blog!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Alcohol Marker card: coloring class

Here's another card from my recent coloring class... this one used our ShinHan alcohol markers...

This was so much fun!!
We used the Light Orange and Golden yellow markers with the colorless Blender on the pumpkins to make the orangey colors
The Thankful Heart stamp set for images.
I am so excited to offer this class again in December.
I'll be swapping out this card for something else since Thanksgiving will be over.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Coloring Fun: watercolor paints and more

I don't know about you but I LOVE to color.  I love using a variety of coloring tools too.

I recently held a class where I taught how to use our watercolor pencils, alcohol markers, watercolor paints, blending pens and other fun things!

We played with a variety of techniques and created some 4x4 cards of the techniques.  Here is one of the cards we created - we used the new CTMH Watercolor Paints.  I love how vibrant the pigments are... they are some GREAT paints that I've had tons of fun playing with over the last few months.
I used versamark to stamp the Merry Christmas, and gold embossing powder to emboss the words and make them pretty.
I stamped the tree from the Make it Merry stamp set.
I used the Cherry red Shinhan marker to color a gem that I stuck over the center of the bow on the tree.  I used a glittery star from the pomegranate Fundamentals embellishment set to top off the tree.
Check back for more artwork this week... I photographed 17 projects tonight...wowee!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October kit by mail and November pre-order

Say what?  October 8 already... TIME IS FLYING by and I am just now posting my October kit.

Here are the 4 cards for this month... using some fun crafting supplies and a fun stamp set.

The cards were designed using the :
Friend Tree Stamp Set  (if you purchased the "with stamps" kit - it includes this set)
Happy to be Friends Stamp Set

I used the Woodgrain embossing folder on this card

You can't tell, but I did use Glacier reinker in a spray pen on two of the cards to add a boost of color.  Kits are going to include a spray pen and reinker.  These kits are finally packaged up and shipping tomorrow.  I do have ONE extra- $15.  It's a pre-stamped kit that is ready for assembly.  The $15 includes shipping. 


The November kit will include supplies to create 4 cards using this set:

I've got some fun ideas planned and great products included in this kit!!

Pre-order by October 17 for shipment the first full week of November:


pre-stamped kit: regular $15 ONLY $12 through October 17
kit with stamps:  Regular $25 ONLY $21 through October 17


Nov. kit by mail

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A little more time...

September is flying by!  You'll want to grab your stamp of the month set before it's gone forever!

I love that these flowers are more like silhouettes... it makes it so easy to be artsy with our new watercolor paints.
You can stamp with a lighter, whisper grey color and use our paints to paint color over top.  Our journaling pen is great for adding accents .

If you find yourself needing to place an order- I'm sending out free gifts for anyone ordering on my blog this month!  I have a bunch of the December 2014 stamp of the month sets (I bought them for a project I never actually and I'm using them as freebie gifts this month!  It'll arrive separately from your order.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

National Stamping Month: Hello Life

Hello!  It's September and that means it's National Stamping Month.

This month CTMH has 3 great LIMITED EDITION stamp sets available for you add to your collection.

They are $13.95 each OR $34.95 for all 3!  That's a savings of $6.90

Here are the 3 sets:



Here are two fun projects that I've created so far using these sets:


Want to see more details?  Click here.  Once you add all 3 to your shopping cart, the discount pricing should show up.