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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.

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

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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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Tick Tock…Deals are about to disappear!

I have three amazing deals that I MUST share with you, right now! Just about four hours to go before these deals are gone, and I know you don’t want to miss out!

Cyber Monday Deals in my Etsy shop!

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Stock up on your planner stickers in my Etsy shop! There are all sorts of stickers for you to get organized in a FUNctional, whimsical and sophisticated way! Use any of these codes – the more you shop, the more you save!

GOBBLEGOBBLE15 saves you 15% on any purchase
BLACKFRIDAY30 saves you 30% off $15+ purchase
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I’ve been as busy as Santa’s workshop getting tons of orders printed and processed from the smart planner girls scooping up the savings this weekend! Just a few hours and these deals will be gone until 2016 Thanksgiving weekend!

CREATIVE CHRISTMAS BUNDLE!

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There are a ton of goodies to get your holiday crafting grooving and moving for the most beautiful handmade Christmas ever! All 14 Designers have created great projects, printables, classes, tutorials, cut files and more! And this bundle is brought together for a very limited time. Get tons of amazing crafty goodness, worth hundreds of dollars, for only $29.99 – but that price disappears in just a few hours! It’s an amazing deal and I don’t want you to say I never told you about it!

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So much amazingness, it’s hard to get it all under the tree! lol! Since we’re on a  time crunch, I’m posting this now without going on and on about all the goodness. Here’s the Cliff Notes version: deals so good, you’ll feel like the Grinch if you don’t take action now!

Just over 4 hours to go before they’re gone!

Click here to shop my Etsy Black Friday to Cyber Monday deals!

Click here to scoop up the 2015 Creative Christmas Bundle! 

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

Make It Monday // You Make Me Happy {Top Dog Dies}

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Welcome to another Make it Monday! I’m loving being part of the Top Dog Dies team and creating something fun every week!. The dies are adorable, they’re sized perfectly for so many projects – from cards to scrapbook layouts to itty bitty lunch box love notes!

For today’s post, I really wanted to use the Rainbow Die Set, along with the Pretty Petals #2 Die Set. I had the idea of a rainbow spilling out into an explosive rainbow of flowers! Both of these dies were perfect for the card and made it a breeze to create!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

I used 6×6″ paper pads – the small patterns on small pads are perfect for cards! Avery Elle Happy Collection, Lawn Fawn Happy Day Collection, and a few pieces of scrap paper brought this all together beautifully!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

I stamped the Avery Elle sentiment using Versamark and embossing powder, and heat set it for a pretty glossy look.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

Before I glued everything down, I laid it out so I could figure out spacing. I definitely recommend doing that and starting from one corner and working your way in. Trust me 🙂

Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Don’t forget today is the final day to get on the Early Bird list for True Scrap PlannerLove! Have you jumped on the planner craze? Or are you intrigued to find out more? Well then this is the must-attend-event for you! You can find out more by checking out my post all about it here if you missed it! But really, just get on the early bird list before you miss it! For a limited time, you can add yourself to the Early Bird list and get all 6 classes, plus all the extras, for only $29. That’s $70 off the regular price of $99! But it expires soon, so register for your discount here: http://www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

UPDATE: Early bird list is closed, but you can still save $50 using discount code PLANNERPARTY through 9/2 – don’t miss it this time! 

And you see what my photo is saying in the graphic below?! YES, I’m TEACHING at PlannerLove! So I will definitely be there! You’ve gotta join me for all the fun!

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Thanks again for stopping by! Hope to see you at PlannerLove on September 19th – it’s gonna an amazingly fun crafty time!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P.S. This is lowest price I’ve ever seen for a True Scrap event, and it will be worth every penny, especially since it includes the full replays and a goody bag! Get your discount here: www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

PPS. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is focusing on Back to School. How perfect is this card to remind a loved one how much they’re loved on their first day back?!

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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!

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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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Flamingo Invite

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

Can you believe it?! I’m back with a second Make It Monday post today! If you didn’t catch my first post, about the Christmas in July Bundle, be sure to check that one out too!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2I’m sharing an adorable invitation using two gorgeous dies: Top Dog Dies Flamingo Die Set and the Top Dog Dies Pennant Banner – I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these dies!

Ever since the spring, when my sister and her friends took a girls trip to Palm Springs, I’ve been smitten with pink flamingos! So when I saw that Top Dog Dies had a flamingo, I knew I was in for some fun!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

This invitation was surprisingly easy to put together, primarily because of the great quality of the dies. They cut like butta! Here’s what I did to make the invite:

1. Took two different pink papers to cut the flamingo from, and I used an aged aqua/teal paper to cut the bit of water for the flamingo to stand in, as well as the banner.

2. Created the invitation in Photoshop, but I could’ve just as easily used Word to create it as it’s mostly verbiage. While creating the digital portion, I made sure to leave room to add the die cuts of the flamingo and banner.

3. I had some left over alphas from an old kit and loved how easy it was to add them to the banner. I trimmed the banner pieces just a tad to fit the limited space, but that just took a little snip on each side. Easy peasy.

4. All of the pieces were glued down on the invitation, and a little bling was added to the flamingo’s eye for the final touch.

I said it was easy! What do you think? I love it and hope you do too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure to go back and read the first Make It Monday post for today about the Christmas in July Bundle Sale – it only lasts until 9pm PST tonight…yes, TONIGHT! You don’t want to miss it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. You know I love a fun crafting challenge, and luckily the themes at Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge is Anything Goes and Wednesday’s Challenge is Furry Friends! Looks like a win-win to me!

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Make It Monday // Christmas in July Flash Sale!

Surprise your kids (& yourself) with an unforgettable, organized Christmas season!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Welcome to another Make It Monday! It might be summer, you might be wearing shorts, or even be at the beach, but there’s no better time to start thinking of Christmas!

Yes, I realize how bananas that sounds…start thinking of Christmas in July?! But be honest, do you ever get to half the stuff you want to create during the holidays?! Probably not. If you’re anything like me, actually getting your Christmas cards created, addressed and mailed is about as good as it gets some years! But getting ahead and starting some of those projects now could get you that much closer to your ideal handcrafted Christmas season!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, printable, download, easy, Etsy, activity, experience, family, DIY

My family has enjoyed three years of an incredible Advent tradition with a twist on the traditional Advent Calendar. Our daily surprise is not a daily candy, nor a trinket… it’s a family experience! I created this downloadable printable kit last year so more families could share in the magic of family time during Advent!

The kit includes loads of suggested sweet activities to experience and build some wonderful Christmas memories and traditions! Everything from wearing new Christmas jammies to having a dance party with Christmas music, from making paper snowflakes to calling relatives to sing Christmas carols, from hot cocoa and french toast for dinner to buying a gift for a charity toy drive… there are over 50 activities to pick from to customize our most amazing and memorable Advent season!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, printable, download, easy, Etsy, activity, experience, family, DIYGetting a jump start on planning out the daily activities would not only save you time, but give you a peek into the traditions and experiences your kids will remember and cherish!

But I’m not the only one with Christmas on the brain! I’ve teamed up with 14 other amazing designers to bring you an amazing flash sale: but the Christmas in July Bundle is only available for a few more hours – the sale ends at 9pm PST TODAY! The bundle is only $29.99 and includes:

  • Printable Christmas cards and pocket-style elements
  • Advent calendars with suggested activities to use at home and give as gifts
  • Mixed media art journaling techniques and Christmas project ideas
  • Digital templates and tutorials for creating easy digital Christmas pages and photo books
  • Quick and easy gift-giving ideas and tutorials

In total, there are 15 eBooks and eCourses for you to have  your most creative and stress-free Christmas – almost $300 worth of content, bundled for only $29.99 during this quick flash sale.

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Learn more about our Christmas in July Bundle by clicking over here.  This truly is a wonderful way to get ahead on the holidays and have the most amazing Christmas ever!

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And it is Monday after all, so the Make It Monday blog circle is always a great place to find inspiration! Head on over to my sweet, creative and crafty friend Alison at Day Designs to get some help dealing with Christmas supply overwhelm! Alison takes a unique approach that we can all benefit from!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Don’t forget — the Christmas in July Bundle disappears at 9pm PST tonight – grab yours now before this amazing deal is GONE for good!