Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Layers // Advent Banner {Feeling Crafty/Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just 10 days away? And that means Christmas season is only 11 days away!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

I created this Advent calendar banner and mini book for a class I’m teaching at my local scrapbook store (LSS) – Cool Scrapbook Stuff. I wanted to create a unique piece that was quite festive, would add holiday cheer, and give my family and I a great way to experience the holidays. Instead of a treat, candy or toy in each pocket of the countdown for Christmas, I decided to pull together a list of fun activities for us – everything from “wear new jammies to bed” to “French Toast and hot cocoa for dinner” to “make a Christmas card for your teacher” to “make a Jesus Birthday box” to “sleepover under the tree” – lots of things to make the holidays that much more memorable!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

And once the holidays  are over, the banner can be placed on a book ring binder and turned into a mini book. There’s even room on the back of the tags for a small photo (2×2 or 2×3) to be added, documenting the holiday season, or specific daily activity.

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

What kinds of Christmas crafts are you preparing? Can you believe how close we are to the holidays? I LOVE it!!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // vintage Christmas banner, Advent calendar, banner, mini book, traditions, experiences, family

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

PS. This has been submitted to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers – how many layers do you think there are per tag? I’ll give you a clue: look at the layers of stamps and papers, inks and distressing; and don’t forget each tag is double sided! The first sample I made took over 16 hours!

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Ranger Kraft Tag #5
Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Magical Background
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Stunning Snowflakes
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Flower and Dot (no longer available)
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Frost White (background stamping)
My Minds Eye, Vintage Christmas paper collection
EK Success Slim Christmas Tree punch
Fiskars Scalloped Squeeze Punch, XLarge, Seal of Approval
Fiskars Circle Squeeze Punch, Large, Round n’ Round
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Door
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas tag on kraft with red tinsel Stampendous Joy, EK Success tree punch, Stickles Christmas Red, Hero Arts Magical Background

Christmas Tag {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas tag on kraft with red tinsel Stampendous Joy, EK Success tree punch, Stickles Christmas Red, Hero Arts Magical Background

I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving and I’m already thinking Christmas?! But I just wanted to share this cute  tag I made for a make-n-take at Cool Scrapbook Stuff this week. Are you getting ready for Christmas already, too? I’d love to see what crafts you’re working on, so please share in the comments!

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

PS. Part of the inspiration for this tag came from the Advent Calendar Banner & Mini Book I’m teaching at Cool Scrapbook Stuff. If you’re in the San Diego area, and want to make a unique banner full of family experiences for the holiday season, sign up for my class. If you’re not in San Diego, you can buy a kit – they can mail it to you!

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Ranger Kraft Tag #5
Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Magical Background
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Frost White (background stamping)
Stampendous Joy Mix Cling Rubber Stamp
Versamark Watermark Ink
Recollections Red Tinsel embossing powder
EK Success Slim Christmas Tree punch
Bo Bunny Vintage Double Dot in Kiwi (background paper)
Stickles in Christmas Red (ornaments on tree)
Uni-ball Signo White Pen (for faux stitching)

Also linked at The NY Melrose Family Whimsy Wednesdays link party and Little Red Wagon Challenge #210 – A Christmas Tag

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Thanksgiving tags

Thanksgiving / Gratitude Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Thanksgiving tagsI know, I know, Halloween candy is still in the house, decorations are still up, costumes are strewn around, everyone’s on a sugar overload, and here I am blogging about Thanksgiving! I just had to share these cute “Beautiful Abundance” tags I came up with for Thanksgiving…

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Thanksgiving tags

Last year I made these “Thankful” tags and added them to goodie bags of treats I shared with friends from church. I also added them to the pumpkin pies I baked for our local firehouse. That tradition started years ago and I was even published in Real Simple Magazine sharing our pie tradition!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Thanksgiving tags

For the tags I just made, I thought it would be nice to add a space to add a note about what we’re thankful for this year. These will make great placecards for our Thanksgiving table! Also, I love adding hidden journaling to my scrapbook pages, and sometimes will write on the back of a tag, like I did here. These would fit the bill nicely for hidden journaling for a fall or Thanksgiving layout!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Thanksgiving tags

What types of Thanksgiving crafts are you working on or looking forward to creating? I’d love to see, so share your link(s) in the comments! My dear, crafty, and fabulous friend Danni at {Made in} Apt 14 shared a darling Thanksgiving table setting she created and is teaching at our local scrapbook store (Cool Scrapbook Stuff). Be sure to check out Danni’s post here!

And if your creative tank still isn’t full, be sure to check out Whimsy Wednesday over at The NY Melrose Family blog – talk about gifted crafters! Amazing recipes, DIYs, how-to’s, ideas and kids activities are linked up!

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

PS. Don’t forget to share this or pin it on Pinterest if you’re inspired to get creative with stamps, embossing powder and inks!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // create your own Thanksgiving goodie bag tags and place card holders

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Crushed Olive
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Heidi Swapp Lattice Stencil
7 Gypsies Abundance Stamp set
Bo Bunny Apple Cider stamp set (leaf on “Thankful” tag)
Fiskars Scalloped Oval Squeeze Punch
Fiskars Cameo Ovations Stamps (Thankful stamp)
White Signo Pen
Versamark Watermark Ink

ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

Halloween Tags {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

Besides my IRL family and friends, I really do love the online communities that have become family too! One of those communities is my Scrap Happy family – an online community of crafters from all over the world. Occasionally we’ll have a tag swap, so I made these three tags to send to crafty like-minded dear friends sprinkled throughout the world!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

It’s almost creative madness and therapy when I’m in my craft space! With regular doses of photography and crafting, my creative heart is quite content : ) Do you craft? If so, you really should read about True Scrap below…

ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

Lain Ehmann, the crafty and creative genius behind Scrap Happy and Layoutaday.com, is the same mastermind behind True Scrap. What is True Scrap you ask? Imagine an amazing convention with your favorite instructors and scrappy friends coming together for two-days of mind-blowing classes, without the expense of travel and craziness of logistics! It’s a fantastic way for crafters around the world to come together for two-days, via the internet, in the comfort of home! Yup, I was in my jammies for most of the True Scrap 5 classes this weekend : )

We (as in over 300 of us) had such a fantastic time learning from top leaders in the industry, topics included photography, gelli plates, paints, stamps, design principles, canvas art, and more, more, more! I’m going to be quite busy in my craft room! I’m already looking forward to the next True Scrap event… In the meantime, Lain is offering a HUGE discount on the replays from True Scrap 2. If you’re even remotely into crafting, you should definitely check it out. For the rest of today, Saturday, October 12, 2013, Lain is offering 65% off the full replays of True Scrap 2. That’s 17 instructor videos plus virtual make and takes for only $44, with code HUNK at checkout. Did I mention Lain’s a huge Hugh Jackman fan? Yup, today’s his birthday, and that’s why the code is HUNK. She’s funny that way!

———-> CHECK OUT TRUE SCRAP 2 <———-

Check it out now – like Cinderella, the discount expires at midnight!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Oh, and make it spooktacular, too!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Feeling inspired to make a similar tags? Pin them so you don’t forget!

A F F I L I A T E   L I N K S   U S E D   / /   P R O D U C T S   L I S T:
Chilling die cut made using Slice Elite and Toil & Trouble Design Card
Witch legs and Web Frame made using Slice Elite and Spook Alley Design Card
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Forest Moss
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink in Cloud White
Stickles in Xmas Red
Stampers Anonymous Mixed Media background stamps
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
Glossy Accents
Ribbon, embossing powders and stamps from Recollections, links unavailable

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

Technique Class at CSS {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

Along with photography, I absolutely love crafting! If you’ve poked around ClickyChickCreates.com, you probably already know that : ) Playing with spray mists, stencils, inks, heat embossing, using die cuts and negatives, and so much more… it all makes me happy!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

These are just a few of the samples I created for a class I’m teaching this coming Saturday at Cool Scrapbook Stuff, my local scrapbook store (LSS). If you’re interested in learning hands-on techniques to use on your cards, scrapbook pages, tags, home decor and more, check it out here. I’d love to see you in an upcoming class!

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

Green Tags {Feeling Crafty}

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A friend once mentioned she responds to “CRAFTS” the way dogs respond to “SQUIRREL” – it still makes me laugh! Maybe because I love the dog “Dug” in Disney’s movie “Up” or maybe it’s because I respond the same way! Ears perked, looking intently, ready to pounce (on an idea)!

If you would’ve told me ten years ago that I would be a scrapbooker or crafter, I would’ve said “you’re out of your mind! I’m way to cool to do that homemade stuff!” Boy, would I have been totally wrong! Not only have I fallen in love with all things crafty, but my daughters, particularly my 6-year old, loves it too. Many times after we tuck our girls into bed, say prayers and sing lullabies, I head into my craft space and get to work. Guess what I found my 6 yo doing after bedtime this week? Yes, she was at her desk, crafting as well. Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery!

This month, over at Scrap Happy, we had a Green Tag swap. We could create anything, as long as “green” was part of the creation. And you can make all three tags the same, or each one different, or minor variations, whatever your heart desires. At first I was thinking leprechauns and clovers, but really? That’s just not my bag, baby! So then I started thinking green, as in recycling. Hmmm, getting closer, but what would I create? Then it hit me! Create using products I already have – my way of being green!

Truth be told, I love to shop. And if I have a particular project in mind, I usually head to my favorite local scrapbooking store to buy some new goodies to use on the project. Inks, mists, papers, stamps, glitter. There is always something new that I want. My husband calls me a marketers dream. Funny, considering we were both marketing majors in college : )

So I stuck to my plan and only used products I had on hand. Of course I would use lots of green inks from my favorite collection, Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I also had a wood grain stamp I wanted to use with heat embossing in order to make the background appear like the tag was cut from real wood. Which is kinda funny considering paper is made from wood, but methodically worked to NOT look like wood : )

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So I started with this tag, what I’ve named “Treasure Life”. Just as I knew I wanted to use the wood grain stamp, I also knew I wanted to make a “wood sign” using the Close to my Heart “Treasure Life” stamp I had won from Joy at Studiowow {thanks Joy!}. I loved using up some of the bling and pearls I’ve had in my stash! And I used a scrap of velum, rolling it on both ends, writing what I treasure most in life: family, friends and faith. Loved the way it came out!

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Next I started working on my “Hello Sunshine” tag. I wanted to use leaves in the background, as I was inspired by my darling and creative friend Danni (check out her new blog {Made in} Apt 14 – she’s super talented!) She recently made a mini-book where she dry embossed and inked these amazing leaves on her tags for her book. This is normally where I would’ve gone out and bought stamps or stencils or other goodies to get a look much closer to hers, but I needed to use what I had on hand, so the cute Bo Bunny leaf stamp would have to do.

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The ink colors I used on this one were so bright and cheerful, it made me think of spring, so I added the bird, cut with my Slice out of thick craft cardstock. He looked a little to blah, so I decided to make a quilted look out of washi tape. Fun and easy! And then I reached for my favorite Ali Edwards stamp set (ok, only set, although I hope to get lots more in time!) The sentiment was perfect to welcome spring!

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I was trying to figure out what to do on my final tag, when I received the sweetest comment here on my blog from Danni. She has a great style, and she loves all things vintage and antiques. And then this tag totally came together in my mind! I’m naming it “Vintage Danni” : )

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It really came out exactly the way I envisioned it. I love KaiserCraft stamps. They are great quality and super affordable. The vintage script is a stamp I use lots and the lightpost / decorative lamp feels very Parisian to me, very inspiring for my upcoming journey!

I dropped these at the post office on Monday, and I hope all the recipients enjoy their one-of-a-kind tags! Have you made any “green” tags recently? I’d love to see your creations, so leave a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by and 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)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Forest Moss
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Under the Sea Design Card (treasure chest)
Parties Design Card (bird on branch)
Wood Grain Stamp (similar to one I used)
Technique Tuesday Bring on the Sun clear stamps
Bo Bunny Apple Cider Stamps
Inkadinkado Lamp Stamp (similar to KaiserCraft I used)
7 Gypsies Vintage stamp set
KaiserCraft Script (Texture) Clear Stamp
Ranger #8 Manilla Tags