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Make It Monday // Plan with Me Video – November!

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So, it dawned on me, that I’ve been a busy girl creating lots and lots of planner goodies: planner stickers that I list/post on Etsy; plan with me videos that I upload to YouTube; planner layouts that I post on Instagram. But I realized…I HAVEN’T BEEN SHARING THEM HERE! Say what?! I know, that’s crazy! So here’s the first of many more Plan with Me shares here on the blog!

Are you a planner? This has so rocked my world this last year! I love getting creative AND organized in my Inkwell Press Planner! Totally the best of both worlds 🙂 And the 2016 Inkwell Press Planners are being restocked and will go on sale this week – November 12th! Add it to your calendar 🙂 Click here to save $10 off $50 purchase on your 2016 Inkwell Press Planner.

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. Be sure to check out my Etsy shop to see all the goodness I’ve been creating for November planning! And use coupon code HEYPUMPKIN15 to save 15% off $15+ purchase. But hurry – coupon code expires 11/15/15

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Calling All Planners! Don’t miss it!

Calling all planners! Whether you’re new to the planner craze or looking for some creative ideas to spruce up your planner or calendar, True Scrap PlannerLove is for you.

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My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap asked me to join five other leaders from the planning community teach you in classes like Planner 101, Planner as Memory Keeper, Planning on the Go and more. I’ll be teaching you how to make the most of the adorable printable stickers you can find online or design yourself, and I’m so excited!

True Scrap Plannerlove is a one-day, online, LIVE event on September 19th. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch the class demonstrations, chat with the instructors and other students and leave with more planner ideas than you can ever use ­­— all without leaving your house.

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You’ll learn from planner experts such as Vienna Ortiz, Florence Antonette, Judy Lam, Rachel Park, Cara Vincens, and me! And rumor has it that Cori the Reset Girl may drop in and show us some peeks in her own personal planner.

Are you looking for something new to do with the papercrafting supplies you already have on-hand? Pull out your planner (haha!) and mark down September 19th.

Sign up today and I’ll see you there!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. PlannerLove will be here in just a couple weeks, but the $50 savings on registration (using code PLANNERPARTY) goes away TODAY, 9/2! Seriously, if you’re a planner, or are considering jumping into the planner craze, this event is for you! Over 430 have already registered for it. Trust me, it’s going to be a great event. Six classes. Fab instructors. Lively chat. All online and from the comfort of your own home! Or Starbucks. Or wherever you enjoy hanging out with your new online planner besties ❤ Don’t be a party pooper. And definitely don’t say I didn’t tell ya! I’m planning to “see” you there!

Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Christmas Shaker Card

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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?!

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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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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.

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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!

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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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Make It Monday // Easter Cards

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to the Make It Monday, Easter edition! I hope you’re ready to be inspired to get Easter in full swing! I know, we just got done with St. Patrick’s day last week and here we are ready to hop into Easter {see what I did there? uh-huh! 😉 } Let’s get hopping!

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You won’t believe where I found the inspiration for these cards… emptied out egg shells we filled with confetti and smashed on each other when I was a kid! I’m not sure if that was a 1970’s thing or a Mexican thing, but we did it every Easter! Thinking of those Easter’s spent with my family, particularly my cousins, at a park not far from our grandparents homes, filled me with nostalgia and fun memories! The memory of the confetti filled eggs made me want to recreate a modern version in a card!

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I ended up making 4 of the cards, and even share how I made them in the video below. I hope you enjoy the video and learn a few tips and tricks!

Thanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. You’re in for another treat with cards from Beth at Scrapping Wonders! Beth shares how to make fun and glittery Easter and Project Life cards, so be sure to hop on over and leave her some comment love! And if you haven’t been to her blog before, be sure you poke around at some of her app reviews, tips and tricks. She’s done some great reviews, like on the Collect App, as well as other photography and crafting apps!

And of course I must mention True Stamp, yet again! It’s just a few days away…we’ll be having the time of our lives on March 28! If you like crafting, if you like taking classes from the best teachers out there, if you like mind blowing inspiration, if you like meeting friends who have the same crafty interests, and if you like staying comfy cozy at home, then True Stamp is for you! I really can’t say enough good stuff about True Stamp. If you’re at all into stamping, even a teeny tiny bit, then you should certainly join us for this phenomenal event! This will be my 3rd year and it is so totally worth it!

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

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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. The Pinterest Inspiration challenge over at Simon Says Stamp provided great inspiration for this post, too! The chocolate confetti cake reminds me so much of those confetti eggs from my childhood!

Make It Monday // Green Watercolor Card

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to our Make It Monday: “Green” circle! You may have noticed some of our Monday’s have themes? Well today we’re sharing Green posts! I took it quite literal, but you’ll have to read along on the circle to see how the other creatives interpreted green! So, here we go…

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It’s been a while since I made a watercolor card, so that’s exactly what I wanted to this week. I knew the colors I wanted to use and the stamps/embossing I wanted to do, too! I really do love when an idea or inspiration hits and it turns out like I was hoping it would!

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The Tim Holtz Distress Inks are the easiest and most versatile way of creating gorgeous watercolor projects. Check out my YouTube videos – this one in particular walks you through the step-by-step process to make this, and I share lots of tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years! From saving money to using up all the ink on your craft mat…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenReady to continue to Make It Monday fun? How do you bring special attention to a special object of a story? Have you ever scrapped your shoes? Alice at Scrapbook Wonderland shares her lucky shoes with us! Check out Alice’s post – her creativity is splendid and she shares tips and tricks quite generously!

Need more inspiration?

Are you looking for some creative inspiration? Join me, my friend Carole from Scrapbook Campus and about a dozen other designers as we share Inspiration: A to Z – a free month long inspiration series, working through every letter of the alphabet and areas to scrapbook, make cards, projects and more! It’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose! We just started yesterday, March 1st and it will run until March 26th, so jump in now before you miss any more of the alphabet!

Another great event to gather inspiration from is the annual True Stamp event. Whether you’re a newer stamper looking to advance your skills, a more experienced paper crafter wanting an inspiration infusion, or a stamping dabbler looking to use your supplies in new ways, you need to hear about True Stamp! My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun… Including Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, Raisin Boat, and Simon Says Stamp.

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True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). I hope you’ll join me and a few hundred other of your new stamp-loving BFF’s ❤ Click Here to Sign Up! 

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

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PS. I love playing along with card challenges like the Curtain Call and Simon Says Stamp! Where do you find your inspiration?

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