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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!

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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

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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10 on 10 – January // CHA 2015

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Welcome to the first 10 on 10 of 2015! You may have come to me from Kathleen Ries and her beautiful “beginnings” post – hope you loved it and continue the hop on over to my sweet and lovely friend Kim Bajorek!

Ready for a peek into CHA and walk a little bit of the floor with me?

Be still my beating heart! So many amazing goodies were showcased and demoed at the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 MEGA Show! I barely scratched the surface while I spent a single day at the show, but I wanted to share a little insight into my perspective from the show floor!

Before I even get into a few of the products that I can’t wait to get my hands on, I have to point out that I bee-lined straight to some of my favorite booths to see the people and products that have most influenced me in this wonderful crafty hobby I love so much! As much as I love the great products, they may have been just a touch overshadowed by the fabulous people who have shared lessons and tips to make my journey in this crafty world even sweeter! And I have to mention that my sweet friend Melissa was with me and was kind enough to grab my camera to get me in some of the shots 🙂

Do you love all Ranger products as much as I do? Dylusions, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi? All amazing! Dyan Reaveley introduced Dylusions Paints which looked so amazing and dried super fast – she absolutely makes me want to get into art journaling! Tim’s new Stampers Anonymous stencils look fantastic – so many are on my wish list! And Wendy Vecchi’s embossing powders are gorgeous. As she demoed them, she mixed some with her matching inks and frosted crystal – so pretty! And her stencil/stamp sets are awesome too!

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My beautiful and amazingly talented friend Jen Gallacher was at the Echo Park booth and I was quite the happy camper to see her! We met through a crafty business networking group in 2013 and I’m in awe of the progress she’s made as a product designer and marketing maven. Go Jen! She has no idea how much she inspires me ❤

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was at The Crafter’s Workshop booth, showing her beautiful new stencils. We got there just as the show was closing, but she was a doll and kept chatting with us. Her mama Eileen joined us too – she’s beyond adorable and insightful! She’s like Yoda, Carol Brady and Margaret Cho rolled into one!

Back in 2009, when my baby was born and I was up in the wee hours of the night nursing, I stumbled on a show called Scrapbook Memories – it was a TV show about scrapbooking! I had just started in the hobby, but I was truly in awe of Julie’s artsy approach and Stacy Julian’s colorful and story based scrapbooking. I made Julie laugh when I told her that I could be described as their perfect love child 🙂

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Art Anthology had some lovely samples out and I was totally struck by these brushes on canvas… what a fun project! I love using their Sorbet’s in my techniques class – such a fun way to add texture, dimension and sparkle onto projects! They have a beautiful selection of vibrant colors and I can’t wait to try their new paints that offer different textural finishes.

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Spellbinders came out with an adorable line of fun and festive dies, perfect for parties and events of all sorts! I loved the party decor they had staged…you know it’s good when you immediately want to go home and create because you’re so inspired!

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Maggie Holmes and Shimelle Laine each have gorgeous lines with American Crafts. They were both incredibly sweet to chat with about all kinds of goodness…from photography and scrapbooking to babies to hoarding paper that we couldn’t live without and now find incredibly horrible and lots more! I couldn’t help but get a shot of Shimelle’s adorable red sparkly shoes…how cute is is that she’s from Kansas!

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A couple other must have products included new dies from Lawn Fawn – perfect for party supplies on my Etsy shop! And Deco Foil for the must-have, on-trend, metallic foil treatment on DIY projects! Using cardstock, a toner printer, creating a jacket with copy paper, and running through a laminator, we were able to create beautiful metallic foiled cards and projects. Very similar to the Heidi Swapp Minc, which was pretty amazing too!

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I know it was brief, but I hope you like my quick peek into CHA Winter 2015! I’m already planning to stay for at least two days next year! So much to see and one day just really did NOT cut it!

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out what I’m up to these days! Be sure to continue the 10 on 10 circle and head on over to my sweet friend Kim Bajorek – she’s a beauty inside and out, with an inspiring view of the world!

If you’ve missed any of our previous 10 on 10 posts, you can check them out here and follow the hop from each individual blog post 🙂

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

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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I’m on the Digital Scrapbooking HQ Podcast!

My sweet Australian friend Melissa Shanhun of Digital Scrapbooking HQ interviewed me as part of her Creative Christmas podcast series where I chat about my contribution to the Creative Christmas Bundle! I loved our conversation and am so proud of the products we put together!

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Each designer made fantastic projects — cards, classes, calendars, advent kits, stitching patterns, cut files, tutorials, December Daily, photo gift projects — everything you need for your most crafty, creative Christmas. The best part? We took the stress out of the holidays by making everything with simple directions for you to follow! So get started now so you have more time to enjoy your lovely creations!

 

Have you checked out the fabulous Creative Christmas Bundle yet? Fifteen talented designers, fifteen amazing projects, ONE LOW PRICE! Whatcha waiting for?

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What do you think of our bundle? What project are you most excited to jump into? I hope you scoop it up at this deeply discounted price! My advent kit sells on Etsy for $15 — but the entire BUNDLE with 15 projects from 15 designers sells for only $29.99 – and it’ll only last a few days! Grab it before it’s gone!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Make It Monday // Cupcake Toppers {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Snowflake Cupcake Toppers, stitched snowflakes, variations, stamping, punches, die cut Welcome to another Make It Monday blog hop with a few crafty and creative friends from all corners of the world! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hop Today I’m sharing some fun ideas for Snowflake Cupcake Toppers! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Snowflake Cupcake Toppers, stitched snowflakes, variations, stamping, punches, die cut You might recall that my girls (ahem, most little girls) have gone through the Frozen phenomenon? It still continues! And besides Disney’s Frozen stars of humans, animals, snow and snowy creatures, the holidays are coming, so what a fun way to think about Christmas, winter or snowy decorations for yummy cupcake treats!

I wanted to use items I had in my stash of scrapbooking and crafting supplies. So I pulled out mostly items I’ve had for years: punches, my electronic digital cutter, and stamps. I did recently purchase a manual cutter, and I couldn’t resist some fun dies to use with it, so they made an appearance in these cupcake toppers, too! If you’re interested in purchasing any of these toppers for your upcoming party, please visit the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop! Or if you’re interested in seeing how I made these, watch this video…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopNow head on over to check out more crafty goodness… You may have come from my friend Gina Zee at Messtaken Identity – she shares a tutorial showing how to creatively rescue your favorite shirt when it gets a stain! Even if you didn’t come from her site, be sure to head back to check out her post! But first, check out my friend Karen at Photos Kept Alive – sharing how to use Panstoria Artisan to make a 3D frame from your pictures! Head on over and let her know I sent you! I hope you enjoy our Make It Monday blog hop! 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! 2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2 Live creatively! xoxo, /c P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

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Another Frozen Banner?! {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Frozen snowflake birthday bannerIn the past few months, my daughter’s (and I) have been to a plethora of Frozen-crazy little girl’s birthday parties! Everything from a Frozen Pool Party to a Frozen Spa party, including singing Elsa’s and Anna’s to face paintings by the sisters, and everything in-between!

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One of our dear friends decided she wanted her party to be a “Snowflakes in July” party, not a Frozen party. I offered to make a birthday banner (I do love to craft so much!) but I think my mind is on Frozen overload… The banner was definitely full of snowflakes, but my color scheme screams Frozen! Oops! I think she still loved it though 🙂 There definitely were no Anna’s, Elsa’s, Olaf’s or any other characters on the banner, just a ton of snowflakes!

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I actually made some Frozen paper crafts for my 5 year old’s birthday party in the spring, which feels like a million moons ago! I also made a banner for her, along with an Olaf activity/treat and custom goodie bags – you can check the post out here. Since I had a bit more time to focus on the banner this go around, I went full throttle and decided to make something I’d eventually love to sell on Etsy! So, if you’re interested, sign up HERE to be on my email list to be the first to know when my store opens! Besides banners, I plan to sell cards, as well as gift tags, and eventually digital download classes, too.

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 🙂

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

UPDATE: FROZEN INSPIRED BIRTHDAY BANNER AVAILABLE ON ETSY!! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!

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Love Crazy Hair {Feeling Crafty}

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My friend Amanda asked me to guest design on her blog Amanda Robinson Studio, so I whipped up this layout with full step-by-step photos and instructions showing the process to create the background!

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Amanda makes gorgeous cut files — her Scribble Kit inspired my background for my layout! But since I don’t have a Silhouette quite yet, I only get to drool over her beautiful designs. Lucky for me, I’m a stencil fanatic and had picked up the Heidi Swapp Mini Stencil Kit that had a design very similar to the inspiration. I love the way this came out! Hope you like this colorful grid design too and head on over to Amanda’s site here to see my step-by-step process.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get my downloadable “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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