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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 // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

Make It Monday // Fair Summer Memories {Top Dog Dies}

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you’re ready for some summer fun today! We’re sharing some of our favorite Summer Memories, maybe even listing some of our favorites! Hey, a listers gotta list! Here we go…

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One of our most favorite summer outings is going to the Fair! We’ve been going to the Del Mar (San Diego) Fair for many years with our besties – the T family – since 2010! Can you believe it?! Time flies, and I have tons of photos from every year, but I decided to focus on summer 2014 for this layout. It was quite a monumental year as my baby girl was finally able to ride so many of the rides with her sister and BFF, Super-D!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog DiesI used the Top Dog Dies Balloon Die Set to create the balloons for my page title, as well as the large balloon for my journaling! The set has some smaller balloons too. I love all the sizes and variations! I also used the clouds from the Hot Air Balloon Set. Also, notice the detailing going across the large balloon with journaling? That’s using another new Top Dog Dies die – the Borders #1 set. I loved making these fun details for this layout!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

What are some of your favorite summer memories? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Be sure to document them – whether in a scrapbook layout, a journal, or written on the back of photos! Time flies and you’ll forget those little details way too soon!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Fair scrapbook layout with balloons using Top Dog Dies

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYBe sure to continue the Make It Monday circle. My sweet friend Kelli at Scrapbook Love is sharing one of her favorite formulas: old school photos + list journaling = easy scrapbook pages! She’s a wizard at finding new uses for old supplies, so be sure to take a look at what she has to say! I know you won’t be disappointed!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out True Scrap PlannerLove! I’ll be sharing more in a few days… if you’re at all interested in jumping into the planner craze, then you really can’t miss this event! September 19th, six instructors, live classes, all from the comfort of your own home! I’ve been a participant of many True Scrap events and I am beyond ecstatic to be teaching this round! The online chats during the class are fabulous – super friendly, like-minded, crafty girls and awesome topics. You’ll feel right at home and feel like you’ve found your tribe! Join us! Registration opens soon, so get on the Early Bird list – it’s the only way to lock in the lowest price possible! Click here to find out more! TSPL-Connie-Rectangle-670x335

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. Sometimes I really do feel in synch with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Today’s challenge is Citrus with a Twist – perfect for the color choices on this page!

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Make It Monday // Hot Air Balloons

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme
MakeItMondayButton-JulyWelcome to another Make It Monday! I’m back this week with a cute Hot Air Balloon party theme! I was inspired by the adorable Top Dog Dies and knew exactly what I wanted to make…

It’s truly mind-blowing how fast time flies. I vividly remember our first days at home with our daughters, and now they’re 8 and 6 years old! It’s amazing how quickly they’re growing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme

The Hot Air Balloon dies are super cute and the details are gorgeous. The set includes two sizes of balloons, one basket, and three clouds. Perfect for great variations, like the cupcake toppers I made, incorporating the various clouds and pop dots for dimension!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme

I’m sure any kid would love to get one of these gorgeous toppers atop they’re scrumptious party treat! I’m out of lollipop sticks, but if I was making these for a party, I would definitely add some of the die cuts to lollipop sticks and some to bamboo forks in order to add a nice height variation on the tablescape. That would be darling for obvious reasons!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme

In addition to the cupcake toppers, of course I had to make a banner to highlight the theme, “GROWING UP UP UP” – fun, right?! I think so 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme

 

MakeItMondayButton-July I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Make It Monday! Be sure to check out the lovely dies over at Top Dog Dies, and the projects I’ve shared using them!

Now head on over to my lovely friend Melissa at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. Melissa created a simple birthday scrapbook page with a free template – you definitely don’t want to miss that!

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. You know I love a fun crafting challenge, and luckily the theme at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is Get In Shape – anything non-square or rectangle shaped. Hot air balloons certainly fit the bill!

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Make It Monday // Resolutions {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family Resolutions, goals, scrapbooking, layout, clouds, hikingConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome back to another Make It Monday! It’s a new year, and with it comes new goals, resolutions, hopes and dreams!

On New Year’s Eve, my family and I spent a relaxing and lovely evening at home, eating, dancing, playing a board game and talking about our resolutions. My girls are 8 and 5 (5-and-a-half, to be more precise!), so the goals included sharing and helping, which were really sweet to hear ❤

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One of the goals we all discussed was being healthier, and since it was a beautiful morning, we decided to head out as a family and hike a trail! Before kids, my husband and I loved doing that more frequently, but it had been way too long for either of us! It was beautiful and our girls really loved the outing.

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Does the photo of the 5 of us look familiar? I posted it last week, right after new year’s, and was prompted to take the photo from the “Good Morning” prompt at Capture Your 365. I knew immediately I wanted to create a scrapbook layout with our family selfie! Most of my pages are of my girls, but one of my goals for this year is to get my husband and I on the pages a bit more frequently 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family Resolutions, goals, scrapbooking, layout, clouds, hiking

I knew exactly the paper I wanted to use for the layout – it was kraft and had clouds all over it. I searched my stash and suddenly I realized I didn’t have it. Did I think I had bought it but really didn’t? Nope. I had bought it. Turns out I had already used that paper! Oops! So, I found another cloud paper I loved and decided to make my own cloud paper to complement it. I used a stencil, blending tool and white ink. Easy, peasy!

Wanna see how I made the cloud background paper? Check out my video! And I’ll have a full process video up later this week sharing how the entire layout came together!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Family Resolutions, goals, scrapbooking, layout, clouds, hiking

Although this layout is about our family goals, I’m also working through some personal goals. One of those is to create a scrapbook layout weekly! Yes, you read that right! I have lots of stories to share and want to get them down on paper before they’re forgotten. Other goals involve growing my blog and businesses. So expect more here at Clicky Chick Creates! More routine posting, series posts, more tutorials, too! Some will focus on crafting, some on photography. I’m excited and hope you are too! Are there are any specific questions you have or posts you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments!

What are your creative goals for 2015? Inquiring minds want to know!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Be sure to hop on over to check out what Karen at Photos Kept Alive is up today! She’s sharing a Year in Review layout with room for 12 pictures. That’s perfect for year in review or even a month in review layout! After visiting Karen, be sure to continue the circle so you see how everyone else is tackling year end projects, resolutions and more!

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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And I have to mention, one of the most productive months for me as far as creating layouts, is during Layout A Day (LOAD) in February… which is right around the corner! 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! USE CODE “READ” and SAVE $10 through January 10th. Don’t delay – it’s amazing!!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Are you in Southern California and looking to capture beautiful images of your family? Head on over to my Styling and Investment page to find out more and get in touch to schedule your 2015 session!

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Mother’s Day Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

I’ve been blessed with three Mom’s in my life: my mama-mama, my step-mama and my mama-in-law. Each has helped shape me into the person I am today, and for that I will always be grateful! Yes, even my MIL – can you believe she’s been in my life for 23 years? How can that be considering I still sometimes think (and act!) like I’m in my 20’s?!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

Anywho, I designed this Mother’s Day card to send to all the mamas and I sure do hope they like them! Are you ready for Sunday? If you haven’t made your card(s) yet, there’s still time! What’s the old saying our mamas always said? “Better late than never!”

ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

In case you haven’t made a card yet, I even made a video showing the process. Go ahead – give it a try!

Forgot to mention that I had planned to use the entire label that was stamped, but then realized it was too wide for the jar. The Fiskars Oval ‘n Oval Again punch came to the rescue!

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

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PS. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I love challenges! Here are some challenges that helped inspire this card! Be sure to check them out and all the amazingness in the linky parties!

Little Red Wagon – Challenge #236
Seeing Spots!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Five

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:
Spring Flowers

The NY Melrose Family
Whimsy Wednesday

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // capturing sunburst and flare shooting into the sun

Do you Practice!?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // capturing sunburst and flare shooting into the sun

Whether I’m taking classes in photography, stamping, scrapbooking, art, parenting or business, I absolutely LOVE learning! I’m currently enrolled in Katrina Kennedy’s class “Practice” and I am loving it!! The class just started in February and runs for an entire year. Every month we’ll focus on a specific aspect of photography and practice that aspect of photography in 4 different ways. The lessons have been fantastic and stretched my creativity in areas that I don’t usually delve into, like using off-camera flash and a snoot or shooting into the sun for flare.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // photography using a snoot on off camera flash

What kind of classes do you enjoy taking? I’d love to hear!

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

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PS. If you’re interested in learning more about “Practice” with Katrina Kennedy, creator and founder of Capture Your 365, I highly recommend it! Seriously loving it so far! The lesson also includes a monthly webinar with a photo critique – so totally worth it!

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PPS. Moms Who Click and Lens Lends are running a photo contest. If you would be so kind, and if you like my image, will you vote for me by clicking here? I entered one of my most favorite family photos from a session the end of last year… Thanks and many blessings to you and yours! xoxo

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