Meet Dyan {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Meet Dyan layout using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, butterflies, vellum

Every industry has it’s share of trade shows, with at least one big daddy show that *everyone* has to go to. The crafting industry is no different and CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) is the huge trade show that everyone travels near and far to get to. It’s usually in January in Anaheim, California, and I was lucky enough to get to go earlier this year, for the first time ever!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Meet Dyan layout using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, butterflies, vellum

While at the show, I was quite excited to see all the new products that were on display, the booths alone were amazingly designed and decorated, and the make-n-takes were so fun to make (and take)! But nothing beat the thrill of seeing and meeting some of the industry leaders and product designers who’s artistry, styles and products I just adore! There was Tim Holtz, Heidi Swapp, Noell and Izzy Hyman, Jennifer Gallacher, Maggie Holmes, Shimelle Laine and so many more!

One of my favorites to meet was Dyan Reaveley, the beauty and brains behind Dylusions! As much as I normally don’t like being in front of the lens and would rather hide out behind the glass, I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a photo with one of my favorite crafty superstars! And during LOAD214 (layout-a-day), I was able to get out some of The Crafter’s Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils along with Dylusions Spray Inks to create my page… A page about meeting the woman behind the products, with photos of her products and her, creating the background paper using her products!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Meet Dyan layout using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, Dylusions Spray Inks, butterflies, vellum

If scrapbooking makes your heart sing, don’t forget to check out Layout-A-Day (LOAD514) coming up next month… The month long challenge to create a scrapbook page everyday with daily prompts and inspiration pieces will be here in just a couple weeks! And I have a secret to share… I’m one of the featured designers for the month! I created several layouts that will be showcased! I am beyond excited : )

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Dylusions Ink Spray, Postbox Red
Dylusions Ink Spray, Squeezed Orange
Dylusions Ink Spray, Lemon Zest
Dylusions Ink Spray, Fresh Lime
Dylusions Ink Spray, Vibrant Turquoise
Dylusions Ink Spray, London Blue
Dylusions Ink Spray, Crushed Grape
Dylusions Ink Spray, Bubblegum Pink
The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy Stencil
Heidi Swapp 6×6 Chevron Stencil
Heidi Swapp 6×6 Lattice Stencil
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Slice Parties Design Card (butterflies)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
EK Success Craft Tweezers

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, maracas, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

10 on 10 – April // Engagement at Mercado with Rey & Gina

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

I had the amazing privilege to photograph this gorgeous couple for their engagement session, not once, but twice! We actually broke their session into two sessions – you might remember this post from last week of our sunset beach session? For our first session, we actually headed to a Mercado to get some local flavor and colors in Baja California.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, maracas, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

And did I mention the best part? Those cutie pie-love birds are my family! My handsome and smart brother Rey and his adorable and creative fiancé Gina are getting married towards the end of the year, and we are so excited for the big event!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, turquoise, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss, sombreros

Gina and I have been pinning ideas and texting back and forth with inspiration for this session, and when she went exploring her new neighborhood, found these adorable areas for us to incorporate during our session. We did a morning session at the local Mercado and had a blast! There were so many amazing little spots we found during our outing, we could’ve went on photographing for days!! The colors, the textures, the vibe – we loved it all!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico, mercado, market, colorful, blue, gray, wood, wheel, rustic, arches, archways, kiss

Today just happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share Rey & Gina’s engagement session! You may have come to me from Kathleen Ries as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kristina Rust – her images are always gorgeous and inspiring, and her blog is full of great photo tips!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here - I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Canon 60D
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

Happy Spring Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

Of course when I heard our ScrapHappy family was having another tag swap, I signed up to play along and make a spring tag!

I’m totally going to out myself right now… I watch The Bachelor (oh, the horror, I know!!), but during one of the last episodes earlier this year, I noticed how pretty one of the contestants looked wearing a lavender dress with a wall of greenery behind her… That color combo clearly stuck with me and completely popped in my mind when coming up with the concept for this tag! And as I fleshed out my concept, I grabbed my chevron stencil for the background and noticed the pattern in one of the hearts in The Crafter’s Workshop Mix & Match Hearts stencil – I thought it would make a great pattern on the egg, kinda made me think of Dinosaur eggs. Yeah, I don’t know why either, but I seriously LOVE it :)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stampsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

I created this video showing how I made it… there’s gesso, stencils, inks, embossing, stamping… a little bit of everything!

If crafting makes your heart sing, don’t forget to check out Layout-A-Day (LOAD514) coming up next month… The month long challenge to create a scrapbook page everyday with daily prompts and inspiration pieces will be here in just a couple weeks! And I have a secret to share… I’m one of the featured designers for the month! I created several layouts that will be showcased! I am beyond excited : )

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

The Crafter’s WorkshopMix & Match Hearts
Heidi Swapp Chevron Stencil
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn
Martha Stewart Brights Ink Pad
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Sew Easy Bakers Twine, Secondary
Slice Dilly Dally Design Card (egg)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Embossing Powder in purple
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
EK Success Punch Set, Mini, Retro Flower
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Therm-o-web Zots 3-D adhesive

PS. This Happy Spring Tag is being added to the following challenges! Join in the fun : )

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Monument // Eiffel Tower (of course!) {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Eiffel Tower on a beautiful spring day 2013

My version, March 2013

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // many mini Eiffel Towers with Olaf from Frozen as staged by 7-year old daughter

My 7 year old daughter’s version, February 2014

Couldn’t resist posting these both for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument. I think I went a little nuts buying Eiffel Towers for my girls when I was out there last year!

To check out more interpretations of “monument” click here. To see my past photo challenge submissions, click here.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

E Q U I P M E N T   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)
Canon 60D
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Sunny & Colorful Layout using Stencils and Gelatos {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dots

Check out this layout I created highlighting a recent Crazy Hair Day photo! Any guesses who inspired the look?! My girls have such colorful personalities, I wanted to make the page bright and bold to match them… and of course getting creative time is always a pleasure : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dots

Do you like creating your own backgrounds for your layouts? I definitely do! Usually I use templates or stencils (like these from The Crafter’s Workshop) with Dylusions Spray Inks or Tim Holtz Distress Inks or Tim Holtz Distress Stains to create my own papers like here, here and here. For this layout I went with stencils and gelatos. It was a first for me to use gelatos on a layout. What do you think?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dotsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sunny & Colorful scrapbook layout using The Crafter's Workshop stencils, Gelatos, wood veneers, home made enamel dots

I actually filmed my process and created this video showing how it all came together… Enjoy!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

The Crafter’s Workshop, Trendy Bracket
The Crafter’s WorkshopFancy Frames
The Crafter’s WorkshopCosmic Swirl
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Grape
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Lavender
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Bubble Gum 
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Mango
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Tangerine
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Lemon
Faber-Castell Gelatos in Buttercream
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Bo Bunny 12″ Pink Punch Stripe
Thickers – Glitter Foam Doll – Black
Sew Easy Bakers Twine, Primary
Perler Beads

PS. This Sunny & Colorful layout is being added to the following challenges! Join in the fun : )

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico beach, pony, flower head wreath

Rey & Gina Beach Engagement {Photo Session}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico beach, pony, flower head wreath

What’s the best thing about being a photographer? All the special occasions and moments I’m able to capture for lifelong memories, like this engagement session of this gorgeous couple…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico beach, pony, flower head wreath

So this adorable couple is beyond special to me… that handsome dude? That’s my baby brother! And that beautiful girl? That’s his adorable fiancé who is my crafty-sister, from-another-mister! I don’t wanna get all mushy, but Oh-My-Goodness, I sure do love these two!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // engagement couple session, Rosarito, Mexico beach, pony, flower head wreath

Our entire family was thrilled when they got engaged a few months ago and the couple and I have been discussing photos since then. We finally had the opportunity to get together for these shots last week. Gina had a great vision of what she wanted, so off we went to the beach in search of a donkey pony. We actually planned for a few more shots with a second setting, but a storm was rolling in quickly, we were freezing and decided to call it done! And the floral head wreath she’s wearing? She made it! Yup, we stopped at a little flower shop on our way home earlier in the day to get some props and she had the idea to make the head wreath. Isn’t it beautiful? Told you she’s crafty!

So we actually had two photo sessions, but you’ll have to wait until April 15th to see my post about the other session : ) Be sure to come back and see what fun we had during our morning Mercado session!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Threshold // Make Believe {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Shrunken and Big Alice in Wonderland in doll house with tiny dog drinking from giant teacup

While studying photography, one of the more technical classes I took was learning Photoshop. Although it was technical, it was quite creative as we were challenged to create composites — taking multiple photos and creating one seamless image.

Thinking of the Daily Post weekly photo challenge: threshold reminded me of the imaginary and creative worlds that kids are so easily able to enter into everyday of their young lives. My girls love princesses and dress up and all things Disney (um, heard of a little flick called Frozen? Yes, they sing Let it Go or Do You Want to Build a Snowman or In Summer every.single.day!!)  Similar to Frozen’s Elsa, my 7-yr old is convinced she has “cold powers” – see what I mean?!

I love this stage of their lives. I don’t remember ever “losing” that spirit and imaginative stage, but clearly at one point most of us do. I hope my girls always use those fantastic imaginations of theirs and dream BIG!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. To check out more interpretations of “threshold” click here. To see my past photo challenge submissions, click here.

Engagement Shaker Card & Video {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Engagement or Wedding Ring Shaker Card with how-to process video!

My baby brother proposed to his long-time girlfriend and I have been wanting to make them a card for too long! I knew I wanted to make a shaker card and after attending True Stamp this past weekend, I was absolutely inspired to get to my table and create! And on top of being inspired, I really wanted to just use what I had on hand (which is lots) and I made a little dent in my stash!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Engagement or Wedding Ring Shaker Card with how-to process video!

Kelly Marie Alvarez from Lawn Fawn (maker of adorable stamps!) made a super cute shaker card in her True Stamp class – I can’t wait to check out more of her videos! If you missed True Stamp, stay tuned… I’ll let you know when individual classes are available!

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I hope you enjoy my card! I even made a video showing how I made it…

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Slice Wedding Design Card (ring)
Slice Parties Design Card (Congrats)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Heidi Swapp Arrows Background stamp
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Embossing Powder in Light Pink
Embossing Powder in Bright Pink
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter
Stickles in Diamond 
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
Mini Heart Punch
Heidi Swapp mini stamp Party set
Stampendous Detail White embossing powder
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Tombow Mono Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Darice Multi Color Sequins
Microbeads
Stickles in Magenta

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

Love & Adore Layout {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

Another favorite layout from LOAD214 :)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

Don’t miss LOAD514 – you have a few days left for the early bird discount, so get your seat in class today! Lain’s capping it at 500, so don’t miss your chance for the fun! Register HERE.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneersConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love & Adore scrapbook layout using Maggie Holmes Crate Paper, washi banner, journaling on kraft punched hearts, wood veneers

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Birthday candles breakfast with a princess

Threshold // Birthday Wishes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Birthday candles breakfast with a princess

Birthdays are a big deal around here, celebrating from the moment our girls wake up and usually going for days, even into the weekend! One of our family traditions is filling their room with balloons over night so they wake up with squeals of delight over the sea of birthday balloons! I started the tradition with our first born (now a whopping 7 yrs old) — one of my favorite childhood memories was when I was about ten, my mom put a ton of pink balloons in my room on Valentine’s. I remember feeling so special and loved.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Silly birthday balloon princessConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Birthday balloon princess

The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Threshold got me thinking how every birthday or milestone brings new changes, challenges, and developments. My four-year old is turning five next month, so what better time to showcase some of my favorite photos from her birthday morning last year! The anticipation of blowing out the candles and getting to the sweet treat. The excitement of opening presents. The thrill of waking up to a room filled with balloons. It’s all priceless!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy birthday princess opening presents

To check out more interpretations of “threshold” click here. To see my past photo challenge submissions, click here.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. I’m sure I’ll be making a scrapbook page with these photos, of course! Have you checked out LOAD514 (layout a day coming in May) info page? So excited to be creating tons of layouts that month! You still have a few days to scoop up the awesome discount, so don’t miss out! Check it out HERE!

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