Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Hello You are Amazing - Ombre card - distress inks

Make It Monday // Ombre Card

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Hello You are Amazing - Ombre card - distress inks

MakeItMondayCircle-Jan16Welcome to another Make It Monday! I’m so happy to share this easy and quick card with you today!

One of my favorite card makers ever is Jennifer McGuire. And one of my favorite challenge sites is Simon Says Stamp! The minute I saw Jennifer’s most recent card, I knew I wanted to make my own version for the Ombre Challenge. I was inspired by the simplicity and elegance in Jen’s card and couldn’t wait to jump in! And the other thing that really inspired me was the Lasting Hearts card drive – a card drive Jen has organized for collecting cards for those who have recently lost a baby due to miscarriage. I can’t wait to make some more to send for the collection ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Hello You are Amazing - Ombre card - distress inks

COLOR
I used three Distress Ink colors (Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar) and applied the colors directly onto the card stock.

HEARTS
Using the Heidi Swapp heart stencil and Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold, I created the background hearts onto the card.

SENTIMENT
Using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hearts and Hello dies, I die cut the heart from vellum and hello from gold paper. I glued it all down and stamped a sweet little sentiment to finish the card.

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Thanks for joining me for this week’s Make It Monday! I hope you enjoyed my quick card! I think it took all of 10 minutes to make it and I can’t wait to share it! Now be sure to head on over to check out how Karen at Photos Kept Alive is changing her templates to make new, fresh layouts!

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 2016 planning! And use coupon code CLICKYCHICKDREAMS to save 15% off $15+ purchase. But hurry – coupon code expires 1/31/16

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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!

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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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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequins

St. Patrick’s Tags with Gelatos {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky horseshoe and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Slice Je t'adore design card

One of my favorite ways to get creative is to play with tags! They’re small little canvases at 6-1/4″ by 3-1/8″ and are a fun way to try new techniques without getting overwhelmed of a big space to work on.

You might recall the two-day live-with-videos online classes my friend Lain Ehmann put together – True Scrap 5?  It was during the fall and I learned so much in all the classes! I LOVED Nichol Magouirk’s class “Stamp It Up a Notch” where she used Gelatos. I finally decided to get some of the colorful pigment sticks and see what I could do…

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So much fun using the pigment sticks; coloring and blending the Gelatos to create the backgrounds was super easy and creating color variations was really cool. Here are some close-ups of the details…

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I got these in the mail later than I planned, but they’re out and I hope the recipients enjoy them!

Last month when I created Valentine tags for the ScrapHappy swap, a few said you were interested in watching a video showing my process, so here it goes!

Product listing at the bottom of this post, so just keep reading : )

Ready to learn more fabulous techniques? Much of what I’ve learned has been through True Scrap 5 and True Stamp 2013 online courses. Lucky for you, True Stamp 2014 is right around the corner and Lain has given me a special discount for you! Use code LOVE at checkout to save almost $50 off the regular registration. But hurry – that code is good only until March 17! Read my True Stamp blog posts here or here if you need more details. I’m already registered, looking forward to it and hope to “see” you there!

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The tags I made are also being entered into the Fusion Challenge, ColourQ Challenge, A Blog Named Hero challenge, Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge, Catered Crop Recipe Challenge, and Addicted to CAS.

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And as luck would have it, I found out the birthday card I made last week won honorable mention at Fusion for the last challenge – woohoo!!

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Whew! Just a few challenges and updates : ) What can I say, I LOVE to share! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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LUCKY TAG:

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RAINBOW TAG:

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Martha Stewart Heat Tool
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Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Toil & Trouble Design Card (kettle / pot)
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Birthday Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Birthday card using John Lennon quote "Count your life by your smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years!" with teal, black, gold and sequins

John Lennon is definitely one of my favorite artists. The entire Imagine album is beloved and brings back some of my favorite childhood memories. When I was creating this card, I had no idea the sentiment I used was a John Lennon quote! Small world as it is, my sister posted this same sentiment on her Facebook wall, in honor of our mom’s birthday this week. She’s got great style and creativity, check out her Pinterest boards if you like : )

So where do I find inspiration for the cards, scrapbook pages, tags and other craft items I make? Sometimes from Pinterest, sometimes from challenges, many times from classes I take, especially those I can revisit via videos like True Scrap and True Stamp.

If you’ve been lacking in the creative mojo, or wondering how you can get more life from the stamps you already own… or you just want to spend a day with a bunch of super-cool crafty people, then look no further! 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, such as Technique Tuesday, Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, and three more. They’ll be revealing all their best stamping tips, tricks, techniques, and secrets in the ground-breaking True Stamp event.

True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on April 5. Yep, that’s right – all six instructors 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!). Register HERE!!

You’ll learn from experts such as Shari Carroll, Kelly Marie Alvarez, Nichol Magouirk, Bev Grey, Bobbi Lemanski, and Kim Hughes, with a few surprise instructors.

If you’re tired of just staring at your stamping supplies or creating the “same old” projects, then check out True Stamp. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed!!

Did I mention all class recordings are also provided as part of your enrollment? That way you can watch again and again! And trust me, you’ll want to…

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And make sure you don’t miss True Stamp – Lain has given me a special discount for you. Use code LOVE at checkout to save almost $50 off the regular registration. But hurry – that code is good only until March 17! Hope to “see” you there!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. I’m entering this card in a few challenges that inspired me. Be sure to check out all the awesome inspiration and creations in the linky parties at Fusion, A Blog Named Hero, and Seize the Birthday!

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Wings that Fly {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Your boundless wings already exist. All you have to do is fly. handmade card with butterflies and mason jar.

Totally inspired by the Fusion Challenge! And coincidentally pretty spot-on for the ColourQKeep It SimpleA Blog Named Hero, Crafting Musketeers challenges, too!

I stumbled on the quote over at ParisLux blog and have used it on a layout as well. LOVE the quote!!

And for any of you like-minded and like-hearted crafty types, be sure to check out the TrueStamp event coming up April 5th. I was on a fabulous girls trip to Paris last year when True Stamp 2013 was live, but I registered for the class knowing I would have access to the replays. Let me tell you… TOTALLY worth it! I still watch the replays for techniques and inspiration and am already excited for True Stamp 2014!! Sign up for the early bird info list and maybe the super-fantastic Lain Ehmann and her team will send you an early bird discount code! Seriously, if you’re at all crafty or want to be crafty… don’t miss out!

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

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