Make It Monday // Wicked Witch Card

MakeItMondayCircle-FALL2015Welcome to another Make it Monday! Yes, technically, it’s Tuesday, but really? Make it Tuesday just doesn’t have quite the same ring!

I’m back with another fun card made using the newest release from Top Dog Dies! How adorable is this Wicked Witch set?! The details that go into the dies are amazing! The skirt has adorable stitching, as do the stockings and shoes. I used the stitches on the stockings as my guides to color in stripes for her – so cute! And the buckles on the shoes? Well of course they had to be gold! I even added a gold spider on her skirt for a little extra kick. Even a witch likes to be blinged out!

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I added another spider, this time to the cauldron on the patterned paper (from DCWV, no longer available) – little details like that can help tie in the entire scene together! Oh, and another way I tied it all in together was adding Wink of Stella. A whole lot of it! To the shoes, the jack-o-lanterns on the skirt, the spider and bubbles on the cauldron, and some of the text on the left. Easy peasy!

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I hope you’re inspired to create some fun Halloween cards! I think this set would be adorable on some party invites, too! How would you use the dies? I’d love to hear! And be sure to check them out over on the Top Dog Dies site – lots of new releases just announced in the last week! Super cute stuff!

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But before I leave, I have to ask…will I *see* you this weekend?! Did you register for True Scrap PlannerLove?! What’s the hold up?! There are almost 500 registrants, ready to chat planners and have some fun! There are 6 online classes happening this Saturday, and you can still join us if you haven’t signed up! I’d love to share my passion for planner stickers with you! Check out more info here:

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And you see what my photo is saying in the graphic below?! YES, I’m TEACHING at PlannerLove! So I will definitely be there! You’ve gotta join me for all the fun!

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Thanks again for stopping by! Hope to see you at PlannerLove on September 19th – it’s gonna an amazingly fun crafty time!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P.S. This is an amazing event that over 400 planners have signed up for! It’s going to be a blast and worth every penny, especially since it includes the full replays and a goody bag! Get your discount here: www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!

Make It Monday // More Lunch Box Notes! {Top Dog Dies}

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! A few weeks ago I shared a fun Make It Monday posts where I made some Lunch Box Love Notes. I loved making them and the feedback was great from you! So I decided to make a second batch – with different Top Dog Dies, just as adorable as the Cupcakes I made in the first batch!

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My girls are entering third and first grades. As glorious as I might think it is to be a kid, I know there will be days that might be a little tough in their classrooms or on the playground, so hopefully these little notes will put smiles on their sweet faces!

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I used several die sets from Top Dog Dies: the Flamingo Die Set, the Hot Air Balloon Die Set, the Unicorn Die set, and the Flip Flops Die Set. They are all so cute! The details, particularly the stitched details, make these some of my favorites!

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I die cut all the pieces from different papers, and I cut the backgrounds from Avery Elle 6×6 Happy paper pad. After glueing each set onto it’s background card, I hand lettered a few words of encouragement. Then I laminated the cards and plan to hand write a little note on the back with a Sharpie pen. From what I’ve read online, I’ll be able to remove sharpie using hand sanitizer, nail polish remover or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! I’ll come back with an update once I’ve tried it!

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Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Be sure to check out what Karen at Photos Kept Alive is up to these days! She’s curious… are you upgrading to Windows 10?  She’s sharing how this affects using Memory Manager. Photo organization is incredibly important, so be sure to continue the circle and learn more!

But before you leave, don’t forget to register for True Scrap PlannerLove! Have you jumped on the planner craze? Or are you intrigued to find out more? Well then this is the must-attend-event for you! You can find out more by checking out my post all about it here if you missed it! But really, just sign up before you miss it! For a limited time, you can still save $50 using discount code PLANNERPARTY through 9/2. You’ll get all 6 classes, plus all the extras, for half off the regular price! But it expires soon, so register and get your discount here: http://www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

And you see what my photo is saying in the graphic below?! YES, I’m TEACHING at PlannerLove! So I will definitely be there! You’ve gotta join me for all the fun!

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Thanks again for stopping by! Hope to see you at PlannerLove on September 19th – it’s gonna an amazingly fun crafty time!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P.S. This is an amazing event that over 400 planners have signed up for! It’s going to be a blast and worth every penny, especially since it includes the full replays and a goody bag! Get your discount here: www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

PPS. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is focusing on a Trio of Colors – did you notice that detail on the love notes? And the Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes, always fun to join in! Have you checked out the challenges? So much inspiration from the amazing Simon Says Stamp design teams!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

Make It Monday // You Make Me Happy {Top Dog Dies}

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Welcome to another Make it Monday! I’m loving being part of the Top Dog Dies team and creating something fun every week!. The dies are adorable, they’re sized perfectly for so many projects – from cards to scrapbook layouts to itty bitty lunch box love notes!

For today’s post, I really wanted to use the Rainbow Die Set, along with the Pretty Petals #2 Die Set. I had the idea of a rainbow spilling out into an explosive rainbow of flowers! Both of these dies were perfect for the card and made it a breeze to create!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

I used 6×6″ paper pads – the small patterns on small pads are perfect for cards! Avery Elle Happy Collection, Lawn Fawn Happy Day Collection, and a few pieces of scrap paper brought this all together beautifully!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

I stamped the Avery Elle sentiment using Versamark and embossing powder, and heat set it for a pretty glossy look.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

Before I glued everything down, I laid it out so I could figure out spacing. I definitely recommend doing that and starting from one corner and working your way in. Trust me 🙂

Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Don’t forget today is the final day to get on the Early Bird list for True Scrap PlannerLove! Have you jumped on the planner craze? Or are you intrigued to find out more? Well then this is the must-attend-event for you! You can find out more by checking out my post all about it here if you missed it! But really, just get on the early bird list before you miss it! For a limited time, you can add yourself to the Early Bird list and get all 6 classes, plus all the extras, for only $29. That’s $70 off the regular price of $99! But it expires soon, so register for your discount here: http://www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

UPDATE: Early bird list is closed, but you can still save $50 using discount code PLANNERPARTY through 9/2 – don’t miss it this time! 

And you see what my photo is saying in the graphic below?! YES, I’m TEACHING at PlannerLove! So I will definitely be there! You’ve gotta join me for all the fun!

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Thanks again for stopping by! Hope to see you at PlannerLove on September 19th – it’s gonna an amazingly fun crafty time!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P.S. This is lowest price I’ve ever seen for a True Scrap event, and it will be worth every penny, especially since it includes the full replays and a goody bag! Get your discount here: www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

PPS. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is focusing on Back to School. How perfect is this card to remind a loved one how much they’re loved on their first day back?!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake card

Make It Monday // Alice-esque Cake Card {Top Dog Dies}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake card

I love birthdays. And cake. And making cards. And things that are a little off and make you take a second look. Yup, um-hmm.

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another MaKe iT MoNdAY! I’m so excited to share another card with you today, one totally inspired by the new Top Dog Dies, the Make a Cake die set to be exact!

When I saw the adorable die, I loved that it had a banner to go with it! Talk about being on trend! Along with the banner, the die includes 2 skewers for perfect placement of the banner atop the cake!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake card

I took two layers of the cake and ended up making the top layer just a touch smaller. I cut the cake layer out the first time, then adjusted the die over, exposing about an inch of the cake. I love how cute it turned out! I was feeling inspired by Alice in Wonderland, so I wanted the cake to feel a little topsy-turvy and the colors to reflect the eclecticism.

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So many times I try to squeeze too much into my day and end up feeling like the White Rabbit in Alice… “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” What’s your favorite Alice character?

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYBe sure to continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over and maybe have a cup of coffee with Alison at Day Designs. She’s showing how she used a new card kit until it was all gone. Good to the last drop isn’t just for coffee anymore!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. When I read “Homegrown Summer” over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, I knew I had to link up! Check out the card inspiration over there! Yum!

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Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Christmas Shaker Card

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas shaker card using Top Dog Dies, Christmas ornament, Christmas shaker, shaker card, video, tutorial

Are you the type that starts Christmas projects in July? Then I have a fun card for you!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Welcome to another Make It Monday! It’s the last Monday in July, so I wanted to share another Christmas project 🙂 I couldn’t resist making another shaker card – with the goodies inside the ornament, no less!

This adorable die is from Top Dog Dies, and lucky for you, they’re having a Christmas in July sale! Use code CIJ2015 through July 28th and save 10% off all Christmas and Winter items! I used the Top Dog Dies Ornament & Tags #1 Die Set, but there are tons of goodies you must check out!

I tend to shy away from making too intricate of cards during the holidays, especially when I’m making lots as in Christmas cards, so I wanted to make a really fast and easy project! The die set has several layers and I was able to whizz-bang through the cuts in no time. I think this card took about 10 -15 minutes to make. And who wouldn’t love to receive a fun shaker card during the holidays?!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas shaker card using Top Dog Dies, Christmas ornament, Christmas shaker, shaker card, video, tutorial

The additional pieces are stunning, like this intricate layering piece. So gorgeous!

1. Cut the accent pieces from gold paper.

2. Cut a white piece of cardstock into a 4″ x 5-1/4″ rectangle to fit inside a standard A2 card (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).

3. Cut the ornament form the rectangle piece, being sure to leave a border all around the edges.

4. Cut a piece of foam slightly smaller than the rectangle, then cut a hole slightly bigger than the ornament size so the foam would not show through the hole.

5. Glued piece of acetate to back of rectangle card stock.

6. Glued ornament details (intricate center strip and ornament clasp) onto front of rectangle card stock.

7. Glued foam piece to back of rectangle card stock piece, being sure none of the foam showed through.

8. Added holiday color piece of paper onto front of card to show through the acetate/ornament.

9. Filled center area of shaker card with sequins and beads.

10. Securely / firmly glued rectangle piece onto card base. Voila! Shaker card!

Hope you’re inspired to make a shaker card of your own! I actually just shared a Palm Tree shaker card I made on my YouTube channel. It’s using the same idea as the Christmas ornament shaker card, except using the Palm Tree Dies, also from Top Dog Dies! If the written instructions didn’t make sense up above, hopefully this visual will help! And if you don’t have foam sheets, you can always use foam tape to create your own spacing for the shaker, just make sure you have a nice even layer!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2I hope you enjoyed that and are ready to continue the Make It Monday circle! Be sure to hop on over to see what Karen at Photos Kept Alive is up to these days. I’ll give you a hint: it includes an upcoming trip and camera choices… definitely has me curious! We all struggle with that question on so many occasions…my camera phone or my big camera. Hop on over to see what Karen has to say!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Love all that sparkles and shines? Me too! And apparently SimonSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is feeling the vibe too as the theme this week is Sparkle and Shine – I love when that happens! Check out the inspiration over there too!

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Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Flamingo Invite

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

Can you believe it?! I’m back with a second Make It Monday post today! If you didn’t catch my first post, about the Christmas in July Bundle, be sure to check that one out too!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2I’m sharing an adorable invitation using two gorgeous dies: Top Dog Dies Flamingo Die Set and the Top Dog Dies Pennant Banner – I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these dies!

Ever since the spring, when my sister and her friends took a girls trip to Palm Springs, I’ve been smitten with pink flamingos! So when I saw that Top Dog Dies had a flamingo, I knew I was in for some fun!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

This invitation was surprisingly easy to put together, primarily because of the great quality of the dies. They cut like butta! Here’s what I did to make the invite:

1. Took two different pink papers to cut the flamingo from, and I used an aged aqua/teal paper to cut the bit of water for the flamingo to stand in, as well as the banner.

2. Created the invitation in Photoshop, but I could’ve just as easily used Word to create it as it’s mostly verbiage. While creating the digital portion, I made sure to leave room to add the die cuts of the flamingo and banner.

3. I had some left over alphas from an old kit and loved how easy it was to add them to the banner. I trimmed the banner pieces just a tad to fit the limited space, but that just took a little snip on each side. Easy peasy.

4. All of the pieces were glued down on the invitation, and a little bling was added to the flamingo’s eye for the final touch.

I said it was easy! What do you think? I love it and hope you do too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure to go back and read the first Make It Monday post for today about the Christmas in July Bundle Sale – it only lasts until 9pm PST tonight…yes, TONIGHT! You don’t want to miss it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. You know I love a fun crafting challenge, and luckily the themes at Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge is Anything Goes and Wednesday’s Challenge is Furry Friends! Looks like a win-win to me!

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