Christmas Snowman Card {Top Dog Dies}

Yesterday I shared a little peek of the Snowman Card I made for the new winter release over at Top Dog Dies. And here it is in all it’s glory!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // stitched Snowman card on snowflake background using Top Dog Dies,

I used 3 of the new dies on this card. I love that the dies all coordinate so beautifully together, making crafting a breeze! For this card, I used the Top Dog Dies Snowman Die Set, the Top Dog Dies Penguin Die Set, and the Top Dog Dies Snowflake Mosaic Die Set.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // stitched Snowman card on snowflake background using Top Dog Dies, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // stitched Snowman card on snowflake background using Top Dog Dies,

From the Penguin Die Set, I used the stitched sloping hillsides – seriously just adore all those little details! And the best part is that you don’t have to use dies for only cards. They’re great for gift tags, scrapbook layouts, planner embellishments, you can even make ornaments! The options really are endless 🙂

I have a few more Christmas / winter / holiday themed cards I’ll be sharing throughout the month. I hope you’re inspired to check out Top Dog Dies and find some goodies you can’t live without!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And make sure you’re on the Clicky Chick Creates email list so you don’t miss a thing! Sign up here!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Clean and Simple Christmas, 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 // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

Make It Monday // Fair Summer Memories {Top Dog Dies}

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you’re ready for some summer fun today! We’re sharing some of our favorite Summer Memories, maybe even listing some of our favorites! Hey, a listers gotta list! Here we go…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

 

One of our most favorite summer outings is going to the Fair! We’ve been going to the Del Mar (San Diego) Fair for many years with our besties – the T family – since 2010! Can you believe it?! Time flies, and I have tons of photos from every year, but I decided to focus on summer 2014 for this layout. It was quite a monumental year as my baby girl was finally able to ride so many of the rides with her sister and BFF, Super-D!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog DiesI used the Top Dog Dies Balloon Die Set to create the balloons for my page title, as well as the large balloon for my journaling! The set has some smaller balloons too. I love all the sizes and variations! I also used the clouds from the Hot Air Balloon Set. Also, notice the detailing going across the large balloon with journaling? That’s using another new Top Dog Dies die – the Borders #1 set. I loved making these fun details for this layout!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

What are some of your favorite summer memories? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Be sure to document them – whether in a scrapbook layout, a journal, or written on the back of photos! Time flies and you’ll forget those little details way too soon!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYBe sure to continue the Make It Monday circle. My sweet friend Kelli at Scrapbook Love is sharing one of her favorite formulas: old school photos + list journaling = easy scrapbook pages! She’s a wizard at finding new uses for old supplies, so be sure to take a look at what she has to say! I know you won’t be disappointed!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out True Scrap PlannerLove! I’ll be sharing more in a few days… if you’re at all interested in jumping into the planner craze, then you really can’t miss this event! September 19th, six instructors, live classes, all from the comfort of your own home! I’ve been a participant of many True Scrap events and I am beyond ecstatic to be teaching this round! The online chats during the class are fabulous – super friendly, like-minded, crafty girls and awesome topics. You’ll feel right at home and feel like you’ve found your tribe! Join us! Registration opens soon, so get on the Early Bird list – it’s the only way to lock in the lowest price possible! Click here to find out more! TSPL-Connie-Rectangle-670x335

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. Sometimes I really do feel in synch with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Today’s challenge is Citrus with a Twist – perfect for the color choices on this page!

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Inked Bokeh Tutorial {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more! May is one of my favorite months of the year! Not only is it my baby’s birthday month, but it’s also Layout-a-Day during May!

Layout-a-Day is a month long challenge of spending creative time everyday to create a scrapbook page or layout. It only happens 3 months out of the year, so it’s a special time to focus on one of my favorite hobbies. But, I won’t lie…with my schedule as a mom & wife, volunteer, photographer, Etsy-preneur and more, I don’t get to create a layout every single day, but I do make creative time more of a priority for the month! That might mean a layout, a card, prettying up my planner, or playing with a tag to try a new technique.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more!

For this month’s Layout-a-Day in the Scrap Happy community, I’ve been quite the happy camper to be one of the featured designers! Our theme for the month is Musical Mayhem and being inspired by the music in our worlds. Today’s prompt is to create a layout highlighting a loved one who enjoys the spotlight! What a perfect opportunity to create a layout about my big girl about her moment on stage singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” during her school talent show! At just 7-years old, my big girl had more confidence in her little pinky than I’ve ever had!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more!

I had fun creating this background paper and thought I’d share how easy it was to create! Enjoy the tutorial. If you like it and learned from it, please leave me a thumbs up to let me know you enjoyed it!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. I love the Simon Says Stamp weekly creative challenges! Have you checked them out? Always inspiring! Check out both the Monday “XYZ” and Wednesday “Color Swatch” challenges!

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Summer Splashin’ {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

My girls love to give me ideas on what to scrapbook. Of course they love being the center of attention and especially love having pages all about them! But one of our favorite activities at the end of a season, is to recap our favorites that we just experienced. I shared that listing process on a bucket list layout {Jar of Dreams} I created a while ago, and we continue with our tradition!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

I created this layout as part of the Layout-a-Day (LOAD) month long challenge creating a scrapbook page every day. I haven’t kept up, but I’ll be playing along when I can this month. No harm, no foul, no scrapbooking police coming to take me away or kick me out of the challenge! Oh how I love these monthly challenges! But I digress…

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So my husband, daughters and I come up with our list of faves and I file them away, waiting for an occasion opportunity to scrapbook them 😉 When I was looking at the list, I noticed that about half of our list was all about water activities. How could I resist making this double page spread all about water?!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

I created the background paper using gelatos, water, a brush and some water. I started with two yellows to create the sun, varying the amount of each yellow gelato and water mixed. Then I did the same with the blues, varying the water and colors to create some variation. I used glass beads over a bubble stencil and I love the bubbly water feel it created! I’ll definitely be using this same technique again – maybe for a page about yummy bubbles (champagne), cleansing bubbles (a bath), blowing bubbles (we even have a bubble machine!) or our sweet dog Bubbles! Lots of options!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Summer Splashin' scrapbook layout, gelatos, glass beads, beach, pool, pond, sunset, silhouettes, friends, family, cousins, sand dollar hunting, laying out

Did you notice the “cover up” on my page? I wasn’t thinking when I stamped my “best of” and stamped 2015 instead of 2014. Oops! But it was an easy fix. I used the same paper and stamped a single “4” to place on top of the “5” I had stamped. Sometimes, I feel like a Scrappy MacGyver 😉

And I’ve gotta mention that part of my inspiration for this layout also came from Cori / The Reset Girl’s “Listers Gotta List” challenge – I found her through a planner group, but I am totally smitten with her monthly list challenges, too! Check out her instagram feed for some yummy listing and embellishing inspiration!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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National Scrapbook Day 2015 Bundle!

image1-2Did you forget? The NSD 2015 Bundle went on sale today! It’ll only be around for a few days, until May 2nd, so don’t miss out on this amazing deal!

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Twelve designers (including me!) came together for this fabulous bundle with loads of printables, classes, tutorials and products for YOU at an unbelievable price! Only $29.99 gets you $180 worth of scrapbooking printables (perfect for planners and cards, too!), digital templates, stamping lessons, classes on all kinds of subjects, pocket scrapbooking goodies and more! Seriously, you don’t want to miss this deal! Once May 2nd rolls around, the bundle will no longer be available and items will have to be purchased individually.

I’ve only started playing with the goodies in the bundle and already am cuckoo for cocoa-puffs in love with the yumminess I’ve been able to add to my planner and this adorable card I made!

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Seriously, if you love paper crafting like I do, you don’t want to miss this deal! Scoop it up before it’s gone! Click HERE to find out more!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is “Anything Goes” so I’m linking up yet again! If you’re looking for more card inspiration, hop on over there, too!

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Make It Monday // Easter Eggs No More?

MakeItMondayCircle-Lav-Grn-APRILWelcome to another Make It Monday! I’m back with another Easter inspired creation this week. Can you believe we’re just a few days away from celebrating such a special and holy day? So excited!

Of course my girls get excited with all the Easter bunny hoopla, egg hunts and candy. What kid wouldn’t?!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Easter scrapbook layout, easy layers, Easter, no more, Heidi Swapp, color magic, layered eggs, chevrons

One of my favorite pictures EVER is of my baby girl when she was just under 2 years old. It was the first Easter that she “got” from the standpoint of finding Easter eggs! She kept looking outside… I love her curious expression… all I can imagine her thinking was “no more? Really, there’s no more out there for me to find?”

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Easter scrapbook layout, easy layers, Easter, no more, Heidi Swapp, color magic, layered eggs, chevrons

This layout was quite easy to create. One of my favorite layout recipes actually…

  • large photo
  • DIY background paper {used Heidi Swapp color magic paper and Dylusions spray mists}
  • die cuts from various patterned papers {oval / egg shaped die cuts}
  • bling {there’s always a reason to use bling!}
  • thickers

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I love journaling straight onto a layout, but sometimes get a little nervous at the thought of ruining my pretty paper! An easy way around that? Use a layer of vellum to journal on around the photo! Crisis averted and it still looks pretty!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com //Easter scrapbook layout, easy layers, Easter, no more, Heidi Swapp, color magic, layered eggs, chevrons

MakeItMondayCircle-Lav-Grn-APRILThanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. You’re in for another treat with Karen from Photos Kept Alive jumping into the planner craze! See her DIY planner and she’s also sharing her custom page as a free download! Be sure to hop on over and leave her some comment love!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Simon Says Stamp has an “Anything Goes” challenge going on, and this definitely works for the theme!