Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Hand Embossed Clothes Pins

Make It Monday // Winter Wonder {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you’re enjoying our  series and are inspired to create. If you’ve made something after checking out our Make It Monday blog posts, please do share! We’d love to hear about it!

So I have to ask… do the winter months leave you feeling a little blah? Too much gray? An abundance of drab? Well, then let’s add some color and sparkle to chase those blah’s away!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Hand Embossed Clothes Pins

Embossed Clothes Pins

First up, I created some embossed clothes pins. I actually made my first set of embossed clothes pins a couple of years ago for my sister’s baby shower. We used them to pin up baby onesies as decoration for the party. They turned out super cute and I was inspired to create some more recently. My sweet friend Dietra asked if I would be posting on my Etsy shop or if I would show how I made them. So I’m doing both!

How cute would this be as a gift packaging?

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And here’s how we used some at the baby shower…

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Shaker CARD

Here’s a sweet and simple mini shaker card I created… Look for the video coming in the next couple days!

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I wanted to use a snowflake, and thought how fun it would be to play off the “flake” part! It would be great for a belated birthday or I’m sorry card!

Are you ready to get creative? Hope so! But if you’re ready to shop instead, head on over to my Etsy shop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Be sure to hop on over to check out what Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits is up to this week! Whether it’s color, technique, a quote or more, she’s always sharing great inspiration! I wonder what Monday Mojo prompt she’ll be using this week? Definitely gonna hop on over and check it out! After visiting Lisa, be sure to continue the circle so you see how what everyone else is doing with out Winter Wonder theme!

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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Oh wait, there’s more! Have you signed up for Layout-A-Day (LOAD) yet? It’s just days away! The February LOAD is one of the most productive months for me as far as creating layouts. The community, the daily prompts, the productivity… it really is amazing and has made the month of February one of my most favorite months of the year! Don’t miss out on this amazing experience and get ready to share your passion with the nicest scrappy gals in the universe! Don’t delay – sign up NOW – it’s an amazing experience and one that EVERY scrapbooker should experience at least once upon a time!!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // healthy butterfly snacks made with baggies, clothes pins, pipe cleaner, grapes, fruit, crackers

Butterfly Snacks? Oh, Yeah!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // healthy butterfly snacks made with baggies, clothes pins, pipe cleaner, grapes, fruit, crackers

I saw butterfly snacks on Pinterest, and knew I had to make them for my daughter’s Daisy Troop! How cute are these?!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // healthy butterfly snacks made with baggies, clothes pins, pipe cleaner, grapes, fruit, crackers

To make them, use sandwich size baggies – fill it with about 1/4 grapes, making sure to keep them on one side of the bag. Fill the other half with crackers (goldfish, Ritz, Cheez-Its, etc). Use a decorated clothes pin to cinch the bag up the middle, folding back the closure.

To decorate the clothes pins, you need the following:

All I did was firmly swipe the clothes pin across the multi-colored ink pad. Pinch the pipe cleaner to form a V shape. Using the thin point of a pencil, wrap the edges of the pipe cleaner to form curls in the antennas. Use the tacky glue to adhere the antennas to the clothes pin. Let it dry for a few hours (or overnight if you can). Draw a smiley face, or better yet, if you have small googly eyes, glue those on : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // healthy butterfly snacks made with baggies, clothes pins, pipe cleaner, grapes, fruit, crackers

That’s it! Your little ones will love these and it’s totally worth the minimal effort!

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

PS. I’m linking up at The NY Melrose Family’s Whimsy Wednesday. Amazing DIY, repipes, crafts and more! If you like adding to your Pinterest boards, be sure to check it out!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Layers // Advent Banner {Feeling Crafty/Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just 10 days away? And that means Christmas season is only 11 days away!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

I created this Advent calendar banner and mini book for a class I’m teaching at my local scrapbook store (LSS) – Cool Scrapbook Stuff. I wanted to create a unique piece that was quite festive, would add holiday cheer, and give my family and I a great way to experience the holidays. Instead of a treat, candy or toy in each pocket of the countdown for Christmas, I decided to pull together a list of fun activities for us – everything from “wear new jammies to bed” to “French Toast and hot cocoa for dinner” to “make a Christmas card for your teacher” to “make a Jesus Birthday box” to “sleepover under the tree” – lots of things to make the holidays that much more memorable!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

And once the holidays  are over, the banner can be placed on a book ring binder and turned into a mini book. There’s even room on the back of the tags for a small photo (2×2 or 2×3) to be added, documenting the holiday season, or specific daily activity.

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

What kinds of Christmas crafts are you preparing? Can you believe how close we are to the holidays? I LOVE it!!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // vintage Christmas banner, Advent calendar, banner, mini book, traditions, experiences, family

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

PS. This has been submitted to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers – how many layers do you think there are per tag? I’ll give you a clue: look at the layers of stamps and papers, inks and distressing; and don’t forget each tag is double sided! The first sample I made took over 16 hours!

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Ranger Kraft Tag #5
Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Magical Background
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Stunning Snowflakes
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Flower and Dot (no longer available)
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Frost White (background stamping)
My Minds Eye, Vintage Christmas paper collection
EK Success Slim Christmas Tree punch
Fiskars Scalloped Squeeze Punch, XLarge, Seal of Approval
Fiskars Circle Squeeze Punch, Large, Round n’ Round
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Door
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries