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Make It Monday // Sugar Skull Gift Tag

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sugar Skulls gift tag using Top Dog Dies,

MakeItMondayCircle-FALL2015Welcome to another Make It Monday! It’s been too long, I know! My hard drive died, for the 3rd time since March (yes, it’s true, and every time has been painful!), and it completely has thrown my schedule off. But, I’m back, and hopefully without any other technical snafus!

Have you checked out the Top Dog Dies fall dies yet? They are absolutely adorable! I thought it would be so fun to make this Sugar Skull decorative tag for a teacher gift. My girls have amazing teachers and this is just a small thoughtful gift. I can’t wait to gift them soon.

To make the gift tag, I used the Top Dog Dies Sugar Skull die set with some fun patterned and glitter paper, and sequins. I was going to use some flower sequins for the eyes, but they were a bit small. Luckily, the Top Dog Dies Pretty Petals #2 die set were the perfect size for the eyes.

Hand drawing a little decorative flair on the skull forehead and outlining the nose gives it a little more artsy look, with minimal effort.

I filled a glass jar with some Hot Tamales candies and thought the combination was fun, especially for our teachers 🙂 It really was an easy project, but I love the punch that it has! I hope you’re inspired to make a custom sugar skull gift tag for someone special this spooky time of year!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sugar Skulls gift tag using Top Dog Dies,

 

Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Be sure to check out Alison from Alison Day Designs – she’s sharing what happens when two sets of sisters go Trick or Treating together! Can’t wait to read Alison’s post – I’m sure it’ll be as entertaining as always!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Simon Says Stamp 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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Make It Monday // Gratitude Place Cards {Feeling Crafty}

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So I have to ask, besides the menu planning, grocery shopping, food prepping, and house cleaning, are there any other Thanksgiving projects you tackle in preparation for the big day?

Last year, in preparation for Thanksgiving, I decided to make customized place cards / gratitude cards that would be combined into a Thank You & Hostess gift for my mother-in-law.

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Using various Tim Holtz Distress Inks (products listed below), blending tools and stamps, I created these adorable tags, and even went as far as to customize each one with every guests’ name. As family members saw the tags and commented on them, I asked them to write out a note of gratitude to our amazing and lovely hostess. I was so happy everyone lovingly embraced the opportunity to share their thoughts and we even read our notes aloud ❤

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In preparation for a class I was teaching the day after our return from our Thanksgiving holiday, I had taken a bin of crafting supplies to work on while visiting for the week. In the bin, I had packed the supplies needed to make these tags. It really would be easy to travel with, even on an airplane!

Interested in ordering some for your holiday table? Check out my Etsy shop!

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MakeItMondayButton-Fall-2Are you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Beth Soler at Scrapping Wonders? Beth is sharing how to make a mini Thanksgiving folio album. If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do. But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out Kristie Sloan’s Artful Adventures! Kristie’s creating little paper house gift boxes for Thanksgiving treats. Her projects always inspire me, so I’m excited to see her post this week. Be sure to let her know you stopped by with some comment love!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2As 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!

So what are you going to do first? Head over to check out Kristie’s paper house gift boxes? Check out my Etsy shop goodies? Check out the supplies listed below to create your own project? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Make It Monday // Displaying Paper Crafts {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // easy wall display for scrapbook layouts, tags, cards and more!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopBack with another fun Make It Monday! Do you remember the True Scrap classes I’ve mentioned here? True Scrap Events are LIVE online classes full of inspiration, community and fun! Well, we just had True Scrap 6 earlier this month and one of the instructors totally inspired me with her wall display! Layle Koncar taught a fabulous class on interactive mini books, and in the intro of her video clip shared a peek in her studio. She had a similar display and I knew that was exactly what I needed in my space! She actually taught at True Scrap 5 and I had spied that wall display back then, too! I’m so glad I finally got it on my wall and off my to do list!

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I’m able to display five 12″x12″ layouts, along with 4 to 5 cards or tags. It’s a little hard to see with the glare, but it really looks awesome! I can’t help but stare at the wall when I’m in my craft room!

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The page protectors become side loading and super easy to work with. So what did I use?

Measure out how long you want the telescoping curtain rod to be, then mark where you want the mounts to be – measure out both width and height – you don’t want one side higher than the other! Add your hooks/rings and clips to the rod before you secure it in the mounts. Tighten up the mounts after you place the rod where you want it. Add your layouts to your page protectors SIDE loaded. Clip your layout and page protector onto the rod and enjoy your creations!

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I love that I’ll be able to easily swap out layouts, easily displaying new creations. I know my daughters love when I make new pages and now they’ll be able to enjoy them by just walking into the room! I might even do this on another wall in the house to display their art pieces – we have a pretty amazing art program at their school 🙂

14novackermanfreeI can’t help but point out that not only are the projects in the True Scrap classes full of inspiration, but the instructors themselves are amazing! Another True Scrap instructor that I just adore, not only for her projects, but truly for the amazing person she is and how she incorporates faith into her art, is Stephanie Ackerman! She’s teaming up with my friend Lain Ehmann and offering a FREE ONLINE CLASS! Do yourself a favor and sign up here… it’s FREE!! In the scrapinar on November 3rd, Stephanie shares how to turn ordinary text into inspiring, faith-filled works of “Heart!” So excited!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Alison Day Designs? Alison is sharing how to tie a current photo with an older story that didn’t have one, on her layout today. If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do! But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out my sweet, smart friend Melissa Shanhun at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. Today, Melissa is sharing a super simple, but FINISHED Week in the Life album – with free cut files for you!  Woot woot!

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!

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So what are you going to do first? Sign up for Stephanie’s FREE Scrapinar? Head over to Melissa’s Week in the Life album? Check out any of the True Scrap 5 classes? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up to the Daily Post “Cover Art” photo challenge as I realize each of these layouts really is a book on it’s own… Our Love Story, All About Me, The Adventures of My Daughters and so on 🙂

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Make It Monday // Halloween Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, bats, gate, beware, spooky, shattered, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

MakeItMondayButton-Fall-2Time for another Tag Swap with my crafty friends, and lucky for me, it fits in perfectly with our Make It Monday Fall / Halloween hop! Be sure to check out the entire hop – lots of fun projects being shared. Have you tried any previous Make It Monday projects yet? Be sure to let us know in the comments – as much as we love sharing our projects with you, we love hearing we inspired you to take action and Make It too!

Did you land at my blog from my friend Gina at Messtaken Identity? Her upcycling super powers are showing again: she’s using paper from an interstate move to make fall tags, so be sure to check out her post if you didn’t already!

Today I’m sharing Halloween Tags and not one, but TWO videos showing how I created each tag! But before we dive into those, do you remember my Halloween tags from last year?

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You can check them out in more detail here if you’re looking for more tag inspiration!

For this year’s Halloween tags, I really wanted to play with the textures in the background, so gesso* was in order! {*See product links below!!} And do you remember my big tip from last week about cohesion? Be sure to think beyond what colors and patterns you are using – incorporate texture and themes in your backgrounds, to create a cohesive look for your projects!

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For the first tag, I wanted to use the Dylusions Shattered stencil and thought that was a great one to create an eerie sky in the background. What do you think? Did it work?

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I often get asked what I use these tags for… besides using them for decor, and in scrapbook pages, they’re awesome gift tags! I thought the “Beware” tag would be fantastic to hang from a bottle of wine as a Hostess Ghostess Gift!

 

The next tag, I was inspired to use the Dylusions Bubbles stencil, and I envisioned a witch’s brew, creating an unearthly color coming from a cauldron, and the “bubbles” coming from the pot! I ended up using the bubbles stencil on the entire tag, and created my own mask for the smoke/fumes. Check out the video for details!Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, cauldron, brew, spider, crescent moon, poison, spooky, bubbles, Dylusions, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

Doesn’t that spider look totally creepy?! I added Stickles to give it some sparkle and life. But I think it gave it a little too much life, lol!

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I added a warning label on the cauldron, and this tag could just as easily be used on a bottle of wine or any adult beverage, I thought it would be a fun Ghostess Gift with a tray of decadent desserts!

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Time to hop on over to Karen at Photos Kept Alive. Karen is sharing some Hybrid Halloween Tags she made this week. It’s definitely a Halloween Tag kinda week! Totally appropriate considering Halloween is eleven days away! Are you ready for Tricks or Treats?!

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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up with Simon Says Stamp’ “Color Coordinates“!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired tag, blending, embossing, stencils, templates, texture, modeling paste, stamping, punching, distressing and more!

Make It Monday // Beachy Tag {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Beach inspired tag, blending, embossing, stencils, templates, texture, modeling paste, stamping, punching, distressing and more! I’m so excited to kick-off a new creative blog hop with a few crafty and creative friends from all corners of the world!

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We’re a pretty crafty bunch, with everything from Scrapbooking to Art, Embroidery to Photo Management, paper to digital – really, a little bit of everything! Initially, I met many of these gals through a Layoutaday, and then more through a crafty Facebook group. Either way, we all share a passion of crafting and sharing, so the idea hit me that as much as I enjoy checking out their blogs and sites, you might like the same!

Every Monday, a few of us will be sharing our creations with each other and you, our fabulous friends and readers! I hope you’ll pop on over and check out what everyone is up to, creatively speaking of course. It always amazes me where we’re able to find inspiration, especially in those unexpected and unfamiliar to us gems!

To start off our tour, I’m sharing a fun tag I made for a tag swap last month when I went to Arizona for a creative retreat. I was actually lucky to meet some of these fabulous gals in person, and now you’ll be meeting them in our Make It Monday posts – talk about a fantastic treat all around!

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Part of the fun in meeting up with a couple dozen friends from all over North America at our retreat was a fun game we played, guessing who made which tag, based on a few clues within the tag and how it represented each creative mastermind behind it 🙂 Being from San Diego, I couldn’t help but incorporate the beach into my tag. Not too subtle!

I had a blast making this tag! One of my favorite parts was adding texture to the Starfish (or is it called a Sea Star?!). Can you guess what I used to add texture? Check out this short video clip to find out…

If you’d like to learn how to make this tag from start to finish, stay tuned as I’ll be posting  my downloadable class on the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopNow head on over to check out more crafty goodness… You may have come from my friend Karen at Photos Kept Alive – she has great tips – for both digital and paper crafters! Even if you didn’t come from her site, be sure to head back to check out her post! But first, check out my friend Margareta at Use Your Stash and be ready for a visual and creative feast! Margareta is one of those incredibly creative types who makes it all look fun, has great tips, and definitely empowers us to use what we have! Head on over and let her know I sent you! I hope you enjoy our inaugural Make It Monday blog hop!

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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stencils and Stamps as well as SSS Wednesday Challenge: Tag It!

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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 🙂

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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

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