Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequins

St. Patrick’s Tags with Gelatos {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky horseshoe and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Slice Je t'adore design card

One of my favorite ways to get creative is to play with tags! They’re small little canvases at 6-1/4″ by 3-1/8″ and are a fun way to try new techniques without getting overwhelmed of a big space to work on.

You might recall the two-day live-with-videos online classes my friend Lain Ehmann put together – True Scrap 5?  It was during the fall and I learned so much in all the classes! I LOVED Nichol Magouirk’s class “Stamp It Up a Notch” where she used Gelatos. I finally decided to get some of the colorful pigment sticks and see what I could do…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Technique Tuesday stamp, Irish blessing, sequins Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequins

So much fun using the pigment sticks; coloring and blending the Gelatos to create the backgrounds was super easy and creating color variations was really cool. Here are some close-ups of the details…

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I got these in the mail later than I planned, but they’re out and I hope the recipients enjoy them!

Last month when I created Valentine tags for the ScrapHappy swap, a few said you were interested in watching a video showing my process, so here it goes!

Product listing at the bottom of this post, so just keep reading : )

Ready to learn more fabulous techniques? Much of what I’ve learned has been through True Scrap 5 and True Stamp 2013 online courses. Lucky for you, True Stamp 2014 is right around the corner and Lain has given me a special discount for you! Use code LOVE at checkout to save almost $50 off the regular registration. But hurry – that code is good only until March 17! Read my True Stamp blog posts here or here if you need more details. I’m already registered, looking forward to it and hope to “see” you there!

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The tags I made are also being entered into the Fusion Challenge, ColourQ Challenge, A Blog Named Hero challenge, Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge, Catered Crop Recipe Challenge, and Addicted to CAS.

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And as luck would have it, I found out the birthday card I made last week won honorable mention at Fusion for the last challenge – woohoo!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Birthday card using John Lennon quote "Count your life by your smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years!" with teal, black, gold and sequins Honorable Mention Badge-2

Whew! Just a few challenges and updates : ) What can I say, I LOVE to share! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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KISS ME TAG:

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Faber-Castell Green Gelatos
Ranger Mini Misters
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Heidi Swapp Stencil Set Heart
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Inkssentials Blending Tool & Foams
Heidi Swapp clear stamp Script
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Je t’adore Design Card (kissing silhouettes)
Remember This Design Card (frame)
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum
Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

LUCKY TAG:

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Faber-Castell Green Gelatos
Ranger Mini Misters
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Kaisercraft Clear Stamp Script
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Basic Shapes 2 Design Card (font for LUCKY)
Vintage Findings Design Card (horseshoe)
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum
Technique Tuesday Clear Stamp 4×6 Bring on the Sun
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

RAINBOW TAG:

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Faber-Castell Green Gelatos
Faber-Castell Red Gelatos
Faber-Castell Blue Gelatos
Ranger Mini Misters
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
The Crafter’s Workshop stencil 6×6 Cosmic Swirl
Heidi Swapp stencil 6×6 Lattice
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Toil & Trouble Design Card (kettle / pot)
Sweet Stamp Shop Alpha Tabs
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // stamped and embossed tag with additional background stamping

True Stamp 2014 – 50% off for a limited time!!

What do all of these projects have in common? Any guesses? Did you say stamping? Of course you did!

You love stamps. How did I know? Because whether you’re a card maker, an art journaler, or a scrapbooker, stamps are cost-effective, versatile, and FUN! But do you ever look at your ever-growing collection of stamps and inks and say, “HELP!”?

When it comes right down to it, nothing is better for revving up that mojo than learning from “the masters.” Watching real experts demonstrate unique techniques and projects is a sure-fire way to rev up the inspiration. But who has the time or money to travel all over the country to take classes?

Well, you don’t have to! It’s back… True Stamp!

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True Stamp is the only event to offer the best in LIVE stamping instruction, brought right to you via your computer. That’s right, no need to pack up all your supplies. No need to leave the family. No need to eat lousy convention center food. Instead, the classes come right to YOU. Just log in from your computer and be treated to classes from six amazing sponsors, teaching you the latest and greatest skills and techniques to get your creative stampy juices flowing. And it’s all recorded so you can watch again and again after the event! Almost 500 people attended last year’s event, and I can’t wait for April 5 to see what’s in store.

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get stamping, then check out True Stamp here.

And what could possibly make it even better? Getting all of this at a discount! GET 50% OFF WITH THE CODE “LOVE” THROUGH 3/17!

Join six amazing instructors on April 5 for a full day of stampy fun! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's BINGO, sweet tarts, candy, hearts, love, xoxo, hug me

10 on 10 – February // Heart of Hearts

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's BINGO, sweet tarts, candy, hearts, love, xoxo, hug me

Valentine’s BINGO with Sweet Tarts

Did you have a lovely Valentine’s day yesterday? Whether you were romantically swept off your feet, spent the day loving your kiddos, had a quiet day reflecting what love means to you, ignored the holiday altogether, or anything in between, I hope your day was absolutely lovely!

So speaking of Valentine’s, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to focus on hearts for this months 10 on 10. What is 10 on 10? An awesome project I was invited to join for 2014 where we photograph on or near the 10th of the month and post 10 (or more – I like more!) photos as part of a blog hop/circle. No matter where you start in the circle, you’ll end up back where you started and have visited all the posts in the circle.

Now onto hearts… Heart of hearts. Cliche? Who, me? February, Valentine’s specifically, only rolls around once a year, right?! So here we go…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart made of sprinkles, sprinkled heart, red, pink, white

Tiny heart shaped sprinkles

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine banner, handmade

Valentine’s day banner – Recollections

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day breakfast of fresh strawberry pancakes and fresh homemade strawberry greek yogurt parfaits

Valentine’s morning breakfast – fresh strawberry pancakes and strawberry greek yogurt parfait with granola

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's day heart bagel

Valentine’s heart shaped bagels

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart beads necklace, heart shaped

Heart beads in heart shape

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Pandora bracelet, key and lock, hearts

Pandora key and lock – both with hearts

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart shaped paper clip, Eiffel tower, pretty paper

Intertwined paper clip hearts, Eiffel Tower pretty paper

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // adorable Valentine Tag handmade by Simmone D. for ScrapHappy swap

Gorgeous tag received from my friend Simmone D. in Louisiana – super adorable and love all the hearts!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Tube, Daisy Troop, Self-Esteem, Self-Respect, Thoughtful, petal,

Daisy Troop “Love Tubes” – full blog post coming soon!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // heart, hands, silhouette, sunset, little girl hands

My 7-yr olds heart hands

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love Shadow with hearts

Shadow of Love

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Valentine's Day cupcake with heart shaped bokeh

Cupcake and bokeh – yum!!

Did you visit all the photographers on our 10 on 10 blog hop last month (January)? Really beautiful photos from  amazing photographers! It’s a small group, so make sure to make the rounds – you won’t be disappointed. Truly, I’m honored to be amongst such talented and gifted women! This month, you’ll be heading to Photography by Glenda – her images are gorgeous!! Be sure to leave some comment love!

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

PS. To see previous 10 on 10 posts, click here.

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For all photos in this post, Canon 60D was used with Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lenses. For more information on equipment I use regularly, visit my “What’s In My Bag” post. Please leave any questions or comments below – I love hearing from you!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, Cupid Love and Amour Eiffel Tower Valentine Tags, handmade

Valentine Tags – Mini Art!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, Cupid Love and Amour Eiffel Tower Valentine Tags, handmade

There’s something very therapeutic and enjoyable about creating little pieces of art like these Valentine tags. You know that part of “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson’s character types: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” – yup, that’s me! Being creative everyday – behind the lens or in my craft room – makes me a very happy girl!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupid and LOVE banner tag, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, handmade

Figuring out my design is always the hardest part. But once I had my vision clear, these didn’t take long at all to make! Doing a wash of two different Distress colors per tag, adding a background stamp, distressing the edges, adding perfect pearls over a stencil, adhering the die cuts and adding some stickles glitter and tags were ready!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, glitter heart with wings tag, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Stain, handmade

These were made as part of the ScrapHappy tag swap and I really hope my scrap-sisters that will be receiving these in their mail boxes enjoy my creations!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Amour, glitter Eiffel Tower tag, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stain, handmade

I’m planning to start making videos showing how I make tags, scrapbook pages and cards. Is this something you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments! I’m always open to questions and who knows, your question or comment might even lead to an entire blog post!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupid and LOVE banner tag, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, handmade Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, glitter heart with wings tag, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Stain, handmade Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Amour, glitter Eiffel Tower tag, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stain, handmade

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

PS. Do you like adding ephemera to your paper creations? My friends and amazing crafters Tammy Tutterow and Lain Ehmann are offering a free online event February 25th, “Euphoric Ephemera: Adding Bits, Bobbles, and Treasures to Your Papercrafting Projects.” Tammy will showcase some of her favorite techniques and embellished projects, and answer your questions about where to find gorgeous ephemera, how to add it to your papercrafts, and more. Space is limited, so go HERE to sign up for the free event. Hope to “see” you in the chat room!

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P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Spun Sugar
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Milled Lavender
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Vintage Photo
Heidi Swapp Clear Stamp – Script
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Je T’adore Design Card
Stickles – Distress Black Soot
Stickles – Black Diamond
Stickles – Purple

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // light banner, sunset, silhouette, baby hands, little helper, #OLW, #CY365

Encouraging Word // Light & Blessed (CY365 & OLW)

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // light banner, sunset, silhouette, baby hands, little helper, #OLW, #CY365The prompt yesterday at Capture Your 365 was to “photograph an encouraging word”, and Katrina Kennedy encouraged us to incorporate our One Little Word if we had a word for the year. I’m so glad she suggested just that!

I had originally put this little still life together with one of my favorite tags and my cherished bible charm on my Pandora bracelet, thinking I wouldn’t have time to put something together with “light” (my one little word/OLW). After school, after running errands, my girls and I were headed home, when my 7-yr old commented on the lovely light, and that I should get a photo. Right then and there I decided to run back home to grab my DSLR and the “light” banner I had made. So glad we did! My 7-yr old really is getting the photography-bug and I love it! Those are her little arms in the shot. Absolute love!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // blessed tag, Pandora charm bracelet, bible charm, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Hampton Art stamps, Tattered Angels stamps, stickles, #CY365

Are you taking Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class? I’m looking forward to catching up on the class materials, but that certainly isn’t stopping me from jumping in where and when I can! What’s your word for the year? I’d love to hear!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Penguin gift tags, handmade, paper crafting, google eyes, goodie treat bags

Penguin Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Penguin gift tags, handmade, paper crafting, google eyes, goodie treat bagsMy 1st graders school mascot is the penguin, so when I saw these penguin tags over at Huh. So this is a blog, I knew I had to make them too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Penguin gift tags, handmade, paper crafting, google eyes, goodie treat bags

The penguin tags were perfect to put on goodie bags filled with the pumpkin muffins we had made the day before, and special treats we were able to deliver to teachers and administration at my daughter’s elementary school. Go Penguins!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pumpkin muffins

What in the world did we do before blogs and Pinterest? Oh yeah, flip through magazines for inspiration : ) Oh, this is so much easier though! Thanks for the inspiration JanR!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Penguin gift tags, handmade, paper crafting, google eyes, goodie treat bags

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