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Make It Monday // Cardinal Shaker Card {Top Dog Dies}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas shaker card, cardinals, mistletoe, holly, Top Dog Dies

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Welcome to another Make It Monday!¬†One of the biggest trends the past year or two has been shaker cards! What’s not to love?! They’re fun, interactive, handmade, and totally make you feel like a kid with grown up class ūüėÄ

I loved creating this card, of course using the amazing Top Dog Dies winter dies – specifically the Cardinal Die Set. It comes with the darling cardinals, the tree branch, holly and leaves. Such a sweet set!

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I also used the Darice Woodgrain¬†embossing folder to make the cardstock look and feel like a tree, which gives it a little whimsical feel, don’t ya¬†think?

Well, I hope your week is off to a wonderful start and you’re ready to enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones! And I definitely hope you‚Äôre inspired to make some cardinal shaker¬†cards to share with your loved ones this Christmas season!

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. Remember the fabulous Christmas Bundle I was a Designer for last year? Well, I’m honored to be one of the Designers¬†again and we are bringing you a phenomenal 2015 Christmas Bundle! The contributors and their creations have really knocked my socks off! Be sure to keep an eye out for some posts coming your way all about the bundle – you definitely don’t want to miss it! Hundreds of dollars worth of classes, printables, tutorials and more, for under $30. Click here to find out more and get on the list to be the first to find out when it goes on sale!

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Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Palm Trees

I’m thrilled¬†to share some pretty exciting news with you… I’m part of the Top Dog Dies Fall Design Team! Woohoo! So yes, expect to see lots more crafty posts using the adorable Top Dog Dies. Seriously. Super. Adorable. ‚̧

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Besides the amazing dies, the team I’ve joined¬†is totally top-notch. I’m so proud to be part of this team and can’t wait to get to know these girls¬†better! Check them out on their blogs:

 

So with that news, I’ll also be posting Make It Monday creations much more regularly! Can I get a woot-woot?!

MakeItMondayButton-JulyLet’s kick off July with these fun cards featuring the Top Dog Dies Palm Tree Die Set. Being in California, we have plenty of palm trees, and I certainly love photographing them. But I hadn’t made any cards incorporating them. When I received this die set, I immediately envisioned a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of the palm tree. I think it turned out pretty cute! What do you think? And the bonus was getting the TDD Water Die Set¬†which I loved incorporating, too!

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Here are the steps I took to make the card (product / affiliate links are listed at the bottom of this post):

1. Die cut Palm Tree Die Set and Water Die Set using black card stock.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

2. Created card base for 5″ x 6.5″ card – cut white card stock to 10″ by 6.5″ – scored and folded at 5″ on the long side – set aside.

3. Cut a piece of white card stock to 4.75″ x 6.25″. Used¬†1/2″ corner rounder on bottom two edges of both card base and slightly smaller card stock piece.

4. Using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks, I created the sunset sky background on the¬†4.75″ x 6.25″ piece of card stock. Starting at¬†the bottom and gently blending in approximately 4 even areas of colors, starting with Spiced Marmalade.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

5. Continued blending of colors with Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves..

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

6. Heat set inked card stock in order to ensure ink was dry.

7. Using VersaMark Ink, stamped the sentiment, added white embossing powder and heat set.

8. Glued all die cut pieces onto card, being sure to also corner round the water die cut, and swirled a bit of Wink of Stella glitter across the water die cut on the bottom of the card.

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My second card was a bit easier as it really only involved die cutting¬†the Palm Tree Set bits and pieces from a few different papers, most of them scraps that I just hadn’t parted with quite yet!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Again I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder for the sentiments, on pink scrap paper and trimmed them for cute word blocks. My favorite part of this card? The open coconut! How cute is that?! Which card do you prefer?

I love this die set and have a third card, but you’ll have to wait for that one. It’s a shaker card and I’ll be sharing that on the Top Dog Dies blog later this month!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

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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10 on 10 ‚Äď October // Photo Walk

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // La Jolla, beach, photography, San Diego, cove, morning, waves, crashing, shellDid you participate in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Day, this past Saturday, October 11th? I did! I headed down to La Jolla Cove to join the walk happening there. It wasn’t exactly what I expected as everyone went their separate ways, but I was able to get some nice shots of our San Diego gem!

My amazing friend Katrina Kennedy with Capture Your 365¬†is hosting a Photo Walk After Party, this coming Sunday, October 19th, 6pm PST. Guess who’ll be on the show with her? Me, me, me! I’m super excited ūüôā

If you joined an organized photo walk, or headed out on your own walk with a camera, join us for the live after party! We’ll be sharing¬†our photo walk experiences,¬†our favorite photowalk photos and the stories they hold, and hanging out, connecting as a community with¬†like-minded, photography lovers! All from the comfort of your own home! BYOB, lol! Check out more here.

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Perfect timing on the photo walk taking place when it did as our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle is happening this week, too!¬†You may have come to me from¬†Carie Cruz?¬†She’s new to our circle, so even if you didn’t come from her beautiful blog, be sure to hop on over and give her a warm welcome with some comment love. But first, head on over to the amazing¬†Kathleen Ries to check out her lovely images of her recent adventures on date-night!

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And if you still didn‚Äôt get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles¬†here¬†‚Äď I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

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‚Äôll get a great little freebie download as my thank you¬†¬†ūüôā

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Live creatively!
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/c

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PS. Don’t forget to check out these links – so much happening this weekend: visit my new Etsy shop!¬†Don’t miss True Scrap 6!¬†Join the¬†Capture Your 365 Photo Walk after party!

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