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Make It Monday // Christmas Card Swap

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What do you do when life gets so hectic and you can’t keep up? Fun stuff gets pushed down the list of to do’s. Sometimes they even get pushed out to the next month! And that’s why I’m sharing a Christmas Card post in January 🙂

MakeItMondayCircle-Jan16Welcome to another Make It Monday! I’m so excited to share a creative post with you this week! Even though Christmas has come and gone, I still wanted to share this cute snowman card! Isn’t he adorable?! I love when companies make great products and include awesome stitched detailing on their dies!

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I decided to make a simple white card with die cuts to make the shaker card, but I also wanted to add a little extra oomph, so I embossed the face of the card with a fun snowflake embossing folder from Darice. It really ties it all together!

And every time I move the glitter and beads in the shaker, I swear it gives the snowman a different face, lol! I didn’t create a video for this card, but you can see a similar style card in this video I made using palm tree dies!

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I hope you enjoy this card and are inspired to create! Especially with all the snow certain parts of the US is experiencing, might be fun time to make some snowman shaker cards! I think this would be fabulous with a “baby it’s cold outside” sentiment! What do you think? What sentiment would you add instead of a Christmas sentiment? I’d love to hear in the comments!

MakeItMondayCircle-Jan16Thanks so much for stopping by! Please continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to Karen at Photos Kept Alive! Karen’s sharing a couple of her creative team layouts! Being on a Creative Team and sharing projects for them is such a fun way to find out about new companies! Be sure to check out what scrapbooking fun Karen’s been up to lately!

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

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10 on 10 – December // Deck the Halls

Ready to peek inside my home? These are some of my favorite Christmas decorations!

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Do you buy Christmas ornaments or decorations while traveling? That’s something I’ve loved doing for more years than I remember! The red mosaic ball? From Salt Lake City, Utah. The silver tear drop? From Hearst Castle in Cambria, CA. The crosses? From Solvang, CA the weekend my sister was married! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating our tree and reminiscing where every ornament and decoration came from. Okay, not every single one, but definitely lots have significant meaning ❤

Believe is one of my absolute favorite words and is evident throughout my home, particularly during the holidays. So I couldn’t resist getting some fun bokeh shots with our Believe ornament!

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Did you land at Clicky Chick Creates coming from Laura Bastien at The Sweet Life? Her gorgeous photos make me want to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and a nice fire! Be sure to head on over to my adorable friend and uber talented photographer Kim Bajorek! She headed out for a high noon photo shoot at the beach, capturing her beautiful friend in front of a turbulent yet beautiful ocean! She even caught some daredevils out in the rough waters as well 🙂

Thanks for following our 10 on 10 adventure this year! I’ve had a blast spending time behind the lens to capture 10 (or more) photos monthly of people and events that are near and dear to my heart, and whatever may have tickled me pink for the month ❤ If you missed any of the 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

If you’re still looking for some holiday goodies for your home or for gifts, please visit my Etsy and Society6 shops! The perfect gift for you or your loved one could be eagerly waiting for you to discover it within my shops or with other artists in the communities!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Happy holidays!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Make It Monday // Christmas Crafts {Feeling Crafty}

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Welcome to another Make It Monday!

Are you in full-swing, happy-as-a-camper holiday-mode? I sure am! Christmas tree is up and decorated. Christmas music is on All. The. Time. ❤ Stockings are hung, and an elf has arrived for his annual visit to our home with sheer delight from my girls! Love, love, love this time of year and just can’t get enough!

Last year, a friend from church (who just so happens to have been a friend in college!) invited me to sell my crafts at her annual Holiday Boutique at her home. She opens up her home to about a dozen local small businesses and crafters to sell their goods as a fun and friendly holiday social event and fundraiser for local charities. I wasn’t able to participate last year, but I jumped in this year! I created lots of holiday banners and gift tags, and have even listed them on my Etsy shop! If there’s anything that strikes your fancy, please consider purchasing it by Wednesday, December 10th as 20% of proceeds will be donated to Rady’s Children’s Hospital, in continued support of Lianna’s Holiday Boutique 🙂

Chalkboard Banners

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Classic Color Banners

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Vintage/Retro Child Inspired

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Gift Tags

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Ready to shop? Head on over to my Etsy boutique!

CRAFTING TIP: Using multiple patterned papers to create a cohesive look is challenging yet important for a product to look polished and professional. When picking your papers, the easiest route is to choose papers from the same collection. If you’re mixing and matching collections, stay within the same color family, or at least the same tonal values. Many manufacturers will have new yearly collections, but will work with previous year’s color tones, so be sure to shop your own stash, too!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Are you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Karen at Photos Kept Alive? Karen is sharing some food layouts inspired by Insta-Food classes… already making me hungry! 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 Jen with Jen Wright Designs. Jen has a free scrapbook template & freebie she’s sharing this week. Her projects are always inspiring and make me want to scrap some more digi pages! 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 Jen’s scrapbooking template and freebie? Check out my Etsy shop goodies? Still haven’t checked out my Society6 shop? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Where’s My Mojo? {Feeling Crafty}

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Wouldn’t it be nice if Creativity would come rushing to us anytime we needed it or summoned it? Kinda like on-demand? Lol!

Well, sometimes, it just doesn’t come that easily. Luckily, there are great sites and sources to turn to online when we need that little nudge…

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I was so happy and honored when my friend Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits asked me to create a Monday Mojo project based on her monthly inspiration pieces. Lisa offers 5 inspiration prompts at the beginning of the month: color scheme, sketch, embellishment, technique, and topic. You’re able to interpret the prompts as you see fit and if you link up a project created from the inspiration, you’re eligible for a prize!

Color SchemeWhen Lisa sent the inspiration files, I fell in love with the color scheme. And even though the photo reminded me of a cool end-of-summer/early-fall feel, as I started to pull papers, I was inspired to create this Christmas banner 🙂 This girl can certainly change her mind, and I can’t help but look forward to the holidays! I can honestly say though, I’m pretty sure this is the earliest I’ve ever created a Christmas craft ❤

I love the way this turned out and can’t wait to make some more Christmas goodies! If you’re interested in purchasing this banner, visit my brand new Etsy store! Woot woot!!

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What do you do when creativity is out to lunch? Do you scour the web for inspiration? Be sure to check out Lisa’s site My Kreative Pursuits – particularly her Monday Mojo series. I know you’ll feel inspired to create some yummy goodness when you see the inspiration pieces. The added bonus? The weekly featured designers and the lovely creations they’ve concocted with the inspiration pieces!

Be sure to stop by My Kreative Pursuits and leave Lisa some love and thanks for the inspiration posts she whips up every month!

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

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