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Make It Monday // Christmas Crafts {Feeling Crafty}

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Welcome to another Make It Monday!

Are you in full-swing, happy-as-a-camper holiday-mode? I sure am! Christmas tree is up and decorated. Christmas music is on All. The. Time. ❤ Stockings are hung, and an elf has arrived for his annual visit to our home with sheer delight from my girls! Love, love, love this time of year and just can’t get enough!

Last year, a friend from church (who just so happens to have been a friend in college!) invited me to sell my crafts at her annual Holiday Boutique at her home. She opens up her home to about a dozen local small businesses and crafters to sell their goods as a fun and friendly holiday social event and fundraiser for local charities. I wasn’t able to participate last year, but I jumped in this year! I created lots of holiday banners and gift tags, and have even listed them on my Etsy shop! If there’s anything that strikes your fancy, please consider purchasing it by Wednesday, December 10th as 20% of proceeds will be donated to Rady’s Children’s Hospital, in continued support of Lianna’s Holiday Boutique 🙂

Chalkboard Banners

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Classic Color Banners

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Vintage/Retro Child Inspired

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Gift Tags

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Ready to shop? Head on over to my Etsy boutique!

CRAFTING TIP: Using multiple patterned papers to create a cohesive look is challenging yet important for a product to look polished and professional. When picking your papers, the easiest route is to choose papers from the same collection. If you’re mixing and matching collections, stay within the same color family, or at least the same tonal values. Many manufacturers will have new yearly collections, but will work with previous year’s color tones, so be sure to shop your own stash, too!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Are you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Karen at Photos Kept Alive? Karen is sharing some food layouts inspired by Insta-Food classes… already making me hungry! If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do. But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out Jen with Jen Wright Designs. Jen has a free scrapbook template & freebie she’s sharing this week. Her projects are always inspiring and make me want to scrap some more digi pages! Be sure to let her know you stopped by with some comment love!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2As 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!

So what are you going to do first? Head over to check out Jen’s scrapbooking template and freebie? Check out my Etsy shop goodies? Still haven’t checked out my Society6 shop? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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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 // Creative Christmas Bundle NOW AVAILABLE!

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It’s here! It’s here…

The Creative Christmas Bundle is here!!

Remember how I hinted that something amazing was coming around the corner? That this would help guide your crafty endeavors to your most creative and stress-free Christmas? Well, it’s finally here and I couldn’t be more excited…

Fifteen talented and amazing crafters from around the world (including yours truly!) have collaborated to bring you this phenomenal Creative Christmas Bundle. Fifteen classes covering all sorts of crafty goodness from cards to calendars, cut files to advent activities, scrapbooking templates to up cycling creations, art journaling to photo gifts, app tips to stitching patterns… the list just goes on and on! 
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Each designer has put her heart and soul into creating these projects and classes specifically to share her talents with you and give you the wonderful world of stress-free crafting!

We’ve bundled this package to provide you with not only an amazingly crafty, creative and stress-free holiday, but also at a phenomenal price. The package is valued at $300, but that wouldn’t be stress-free at all, now would it?! FOR A LIMITED TIME, WE ARE OFFERING ALL FIFTEEN CLASSES BUNDLED TOGETHER FOR ONLY $29.99!!

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I’m thrilled to be sharing my digital Advent calendar as part of the bundle! There are pdf’s to make your very own advent calendar to share with your loved ones. My kit includes:

  • Advent Pocket PDF
  • Advent Activity List PDF
  • Advent Numerals PDF
  • BONUS Activity Planner

I couldn’t be any more excited! I hope you join us and enjoy this Creative Christmas Bundle!

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Are you getting in the Christmas spirit? Order your Creative Christmas Bundle TODAY! This bundle will only be available for a few days, and once December 1st rolls around, this deal will disappear!

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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! I hope you’ve found my advent calendar inspiring and enjoy the Creative Christmas Bundle! If you’re looking for more inspiration, you can head over to my sweet friend Karen at Photos Kept Alive to fill you with more holiday delights. Karen is using Santa’s Helper Workshop from the Creative Christmas Bundle to get a start on fun holiday treats!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Don’t forget — the Creative Christmas Bundle deal only lasts a few days – grab yours now before this amazing deal is GONE!

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Containers // Beauty Within {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // hanging planterWhile in college, I fell in love with all the containers and organization at Bed, Bath and Beyond, as well as The Container Store. But perusing my photos, I didn’t find the kinds of photos I was envisioning sharing. So many times we view containers just as a holding place – an item between us and what we really, really want… the contents within those containers!

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But as I perused my archives, searching for photos for this week’s theme for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Containers, I realized many of the containers I’m drawn to are glass, or have a clear aspect so we may see the contents, which got me thinking about the glass in itself – the different patterns and shapes. It’s really beautiful when you think about it!

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What types of containers are you drawn to? Clear? Opaque? Plastic? Glass? Ceramic? Wood? Metal? Colorful? Monotone? Me? I like it all! No container discrimination here! But it looks like I like to photograph the glass ones the most : )

Photo Tip: When photographing a repetitive subject, like jars lined up, get it at eye level and from a side angle to get visual interest. {Click to Tweet}

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While in college, I always hoped to win a fabulous closet make-over from one of the organizing stores. Not to replace the contents of my closet (I was voted best-dressed in high school, after all!), just the organization part! Never won it, but I’m definitely a container junkie and my craft room is full of containers holding all my crafty goodness.

I’m in the middle of reorganizing my craft room, but maybe if that’s done before the week is up, I’ll put up another “containers” post! I just finished a scrappy-hour with some scrappy-friends on Spreecast and got a tour of my friend Alice’s studio – from Scrapbook Wonderland – cute name, huh?! Anyway, her studio is amazing and reinvigorated my desire to reorganize my craft room, so wish me luck!

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!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Gingerbread House by Kids {Feeling Crafty}

I’ll admit it… I’m a total helicopter-mama! I tend to do a lot for my girls, and the times I step back and give myself a break and let my girls spread their wings a bit, I’m always amazed by what they can do! Case in point, the gingerbread house we decorated a few days before Christmas…

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Did I say “we”? Really, it was mostly them! And by “them” I should clarify that my 7-year old did most of the decorating, while my 4-year old did most of the candy-stealing snacking!

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A friend of mine posed the question on Facebook, asking for advice to better prepare for the holidays next year. I offered my two cents, and now as I write this post realize I should have also mentioned buying the completely pre-built-gingerbread-house, ready-to-decorate-out-of-the-box. I usually buy the kind that are already made, but the walls still need to be assembled. And that costs us a day or so as the icing needs to set before the house can be decorated. I don’t think this one cost any more than the other kind, and boy was it a lot easier to work with than having to explain to my littles that we needed to wait an extra day before decorating.

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My big girl asked if she could do the icing and I have to say, I was beyond impressed that she was totally in control and managed quite well! She even made snow men from the small marshmallows, adding a chocolate chip as a hat and candy for eyes! She even made a melted snowman using the icing…

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My girls thoroughly enjoyed decorating the house and I totally enjoyed being able to watch them enjoy the experience, and I was even able to photograph it! Usually I’m covered in icing and only get the *finished* gingerbread house photos. We’ve done this for the past 4 years and I look forward to many, many more years of this fun activity! What have your little ones or loved ones done lately that surprised you? I’d love to hear!

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

PS. The gingerbread house came with lots of candy, but we supplemented with Halloween candy that hadn’t been eaten or disposed of, as well as some stale marshmallows and chocolate pretzels that were on their way out… Fun way to use those up!