Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake card

Make It Monday // Alice-esque Cake Card {Top Dog Dies}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake card

I love birthdays. And cake. And making cards. And things that are a little off and make you take a second look. Yup, um-hmm.

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another MaKe iT MoNdAY! I’m so excited to share another card with you today, one totally inspired by the new Top Dog Dies, the Make a Cake die set to be exact!

When I saw the adorable die, I loved that it had a banner to go with it! Talk about being on trend! Along with the banner, the die includes 2 skewers for perfect placement of the banner atop the cake!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake card

I took two layers of the cake and ended up making the top layer just a touch smaller. I cut the cake layer out the first time, then adjusted the die over, exposing about an inch of the cake. I love how cute it turned out! I was feeling inspired by Alice in Wonderland, so I wanted the cake to feel a little topsy-turvy and the colors to reflect the eclecticism.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake card Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cake birthday card using Top Dog Dies, Alice in Wonderland birthday cake cardThe details really couldn’t be any cuter! Check out the flames on the candles – perfection!

So many times I try to squeeze too much into my day and end up feeling like the White Rabbit in Alice… “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” What’s your favorite Alice character?

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYBe sure to continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over and maybe have a cup of coffee with Alison at Day Designs. She’s showing how she used a new card kit until it was all gone. Good to the last drop isn’t just for coffee anymore!

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. When I read “Homegrown Summer” over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, I knew I had to link up! Check out the card inspiration over there! Yum!

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10 on 10 – November // Wedding Bells

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Baja wedding, pink, turquoise, head wreath, cake, roses, lanterns, toast, kids, flower girls, ring bearers, My baby brother got married! He and his bride are such a wonderful couple and I couldn’t possibly be any happier for them! Individually, they are amazing. But together? They are inspiring, loving, faithful and make you want to be a better, more peaceful, kinder, gentler person ❤

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We were thrilled to be part of the big day and celebrate in gorgeous style! They might look familiar from the engagement sessions we did in the spring:

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I’m beyond thrilled for their new adventure as Mr. & Mrs. ❤

Lucky for me, today is our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle! Be sure to head on over to my sweet friend and fabulous photographer, Stacey Griffin at Posin’ Roses! She’s a dear friend who shares not only my passion for photography, but two sweet daughters and a new puppy too! We have very familiar paths and get to see each other fairly regularly 🙂 I’m actually heading over to her house tonight for our monthly mom’s night outs! Toodles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Oh, have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, waves

10 on 10 – September // First Birthday!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, wavesMy cutie pie nephew turned one last month! You might remember him as I’ve shared about him here/his birth, here/newborn session, here/playtime and here/with my girls. I can’t believe how incredibly fast the year has gone by!

He’s beyond adorable, and I love that he and my girls just love each other to pieces! He’s getting to that fun age where he actually interacts with his cousins and they are having so much fun playing together. I know they’ll make lifelong memories together as they grow up and I can’t wait to see the boy (and eventually the man) he becomes!

His reaction to the new treat – the cupcake, the sugar, the yumminess – was awesome! Just check out his reaction…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, waves

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // First birthday cake smash, cupcake, fish, waves

Today happens to be our 10 on 10 posting for the month, so what a great opportunity to share a special snippet from my nephew’s first birthday with you! You may have come to me from Kristina Rust  as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, make sure your check out her blog – she just returned from the photography event “Click Away” and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – 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’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you 🙂

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The Daily Post photo challenge this week is Humanity – and since I don’t think I’ve ever met a child anywhere that didn’t love a cupcake, I thought I’d link up over there too!

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Decadent Meets Rustic {Weekly Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // decadent, rustic, wedding cakes

My cousin Sammy (er, um, Sam) was married a couple weekends ago, and I loved the beauty in the simplicity of these rustic cakes. But let me tell you… one taste and it was ALL decadence! Red Velvet anyone? Yum, yum, yum! I just might have to pay him and his beautiful bride a visit on their one year anniversary to steal a bite of that yumminess all over again!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // decadent, rustic, wedding cakes

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // decadent, rustic, wedding cakes

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

PS. The theme over at A Word A Week Challenge is Decadent. Why not play along?! Link up in the comments if you do – I’d love to see your take on decadent!

PPS. And if you’re looking for a little creative decadence, check out True Scrap 5:

Education and inspiration from 15 A-List instructors…
Five virtual project make-and-takes…
Pre-Event PJ Party…
Virtual goodie bag…
All for one low price…
All in the comfort of your home and computer (and jammies or yoga clothes if you’re anything like me!)

If you sign up by August 31st, not only do you save $50 on registration using the code “LUCKY50“, but you also get the True Scrap Young at Heart classes (a $97 value) for FREE!! I’ll be there, and hope you are too!

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Foreshadow // Birthday Wishes {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // pink purple white Hello Kitty birthday cake with 6 cross starburst candle lightsThe sweet smile, the candlelight glow on her face, the starburst from the flickering candles… all foreshadowing the impending reality of a happy birthday song, birthday wishes, and delicious birthday cake! And let’s not forget the presents, of course! I just adore the excitement and anticipation in Super-D’s face! She’s my daughters BFF and so stinkin’ cute!

We were celebrating her 4th birthday and I had just bought my first nifty-fifty 1.8 lens. LOVED that lens! Threw on a 6-point star cross filter and voila, fun capture! The girls will turn 7 this fall and I think we have spent every birthday together! I hope they do for their whole lives!! Is it silly that I envision them as little old ladies having a birthday tea party?!

The Daily Post theme this week is foreshadow. Have you looked at any of the other interpretations of the theme? Beautiful images being posted daily! Make sure to check out the links, and why not join in the fun?! The community of bloggers I’ve met through the challenges are amazing, talented and inspiring – such a lovely and diverse world we live in!!

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