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Blessed (Baptism) Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed card with "stained glass" window

Last week I was honored to be part of a creative blog tour (if you missed it, you can read the post here) with friends around the world who share in this little passion called crafting! My friend Lisa from Recklinghausen Musings invited me to play along, and I was ecstatic to be in fantastic company with Lisa as well as Danielle of EcoScrapbook, both long time friends in the scrapbooking world! The tour is designed to share a bit about my current projects and creative process, as well as include three other creative friends in the tour. Have you done anything similar? It’s a great way to meet fellow crafters from around the world and find new and inspiring blogs to follow!

The crafter’s I linked to are running their “Creative Blog Tour” posts today, so be sure to see what they have to say!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sweet nephew's baptism

In that post, I also mentioned a card I had made for my nephew’s baptism… isn’t he adorable?! He really wanted to grab hold of the Father’s bible and not let go! Maybe he has a future in the priesthood!?

Besides sharing my nephew’s adorableness, I wanted to share this quick and easy card I made, the hiccup along the way, and the final result. Let me know what you think of the video? How have you overcome any creative hiccups? And if you’re inspired to create after watching the video, please share it in the comments, too!

Many of the techniques, tips, tricks and ideas I’ve picked up along the way as a crafter, I’ve learned in classes and videos. Some videos (like mine) will focus on one project or technique, but honestly, the ones I’ve learned the most from are classes with more meat, like the True Stamp classes that are now available for individual sale!

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Each class focused on a different aspect of stamping and offered lots of samples in the class, demonstrating how each was created. The girls from Lawn Fawn created the most adorable interactive cards; Raisin Boat had some yumminess that blew my mind; Mama Elephant was rockin’ and rollin; sheesh, truly – they were all amazing! If you’ve considered taking classes, do yourself a favor and check out True Stamp 2014 classes here! Currently, each class is only $9, or you can get all six classes for only $39 using code “SAVEBIG” at checkout – talk about a bargain!! Don’t miss out!!

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 “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂 Password is sent to you when you sign up for the email list!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Uplifting and Peaceful {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Saint Gregory the Great Pope statue and quote

Uplifting and Peaceful – two of my favorite April photo prompts from Capture Your 365! Life might not always be peaceful, joyful, stress free or picture-perfect, but there are certain places that immediately get me to take a deep breath and get centered. My church is one of those places, and Balboa Park is the other.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Peaceful pink orchids in Balboa Park Botanical Building

Where do you go when you need to be uplifted or to find peace? I’d love to hear and see your images!

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

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. The quote in the book of the statue reads as follows:

Humbly we bend before the Lord of Light, and pray at early dawn, that this Sweet love may all our sin forgive, and make our miseries cease; may grant us health, and grant us the gift divine of everlasting peace.” – Pope Gregory I

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed Easter card and VIDEO with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

Blessed Easter Card & Video {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed Easter card with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

I love making cards for loved ones, and decided I’d use inspiration from the Happy Spring tags I made here to create Easter cards for our family.

This card can definitely be considered clean and simple, but I love how colorful and elegant this turned out! And would you believe it took less than 15 minutes to create? Perfect as I was trying to beat the clock at the post office!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed Easter card with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

After I made the Happy Spring tag video I posted here, I came across this gorgeous color inspiration from ColourQ and knew I had to make a second tag using these colors. So it was a perfect jumping off point for me to create these quick cards today, too!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

I made this video sharing how I created the card, in case you need to make a quick and easy Easter card this weekend, or even if you’re just interested in the techniques used on the card! Towards the end, if you listen very closely, you’ll even hear my 4-year old assisting me : )

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

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed Easter card and VIDEO with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Merry Christmas, tree, bokeh

Merry Christmas!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Merry Christmas, tree, bokeh, texture

Merry Christmas friends and family! Wishing you joy and peace in the comfort of our savior’s love and light this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Merry Christmas, tree, cross, capiz, delicate, gold

What have you enjoyed this season or are you looking forward to enjoying during these next couple days? I’ve enjoyed photographing bokeh, ornaments, families, treats and lots of decor this season!

I’ll be spending the next few days with family, but will be back in a couple of days with a fun post about a recent photo outing with friends: photographing photograpHers! Until then, be sure to check out the class links below. Truly, I only link to classes, instructors and products I LOVE and think you will too! Don’t miss the FREE photo a day scrapinar with Katrina Kennedy – sign up here. And check out the amazing photography, crafting, art and scrapbooking classes from True Scrap 5 – all 15 classes on sale (under $10 per class!) until 12/25.

Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. If you’re still in need of a last minute gift for any photographers, artists or crafters in your life, be sure to check out the True Scrap 5 classes – the sale prices are coming to an end 12/25. Each class is on sale for just under $10 per class. Hands down, it was one of the best online class experiences I’ve ever had! There are 15 classes to pick from – here are just a few of the you-really-can’t-miss-these-classes that I loved! Besides gifts for others, everyone needs a “To: Me, From: Me” present under the Christmas tree, right?! : )

Katrina Kennedy's True Scrap 5 "The Art of the Everyday" class - one word: Amazing!!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Katrina Kennedy’s True Scrap 5 “The Art of the Everyday” class

Stephanie Ackerman's True Scrap 5 "Project Miscellany" class - one word: Awesome!!!!

ART: Stephanie Ackerman’s True Scrap 5 “Project Miscellany”

Nichol Magouirk's True Scrap 5 "Stamp it up a Notch" class - one word: Awesome!!!!

SCRAPBOOKERS: Nichol Magouirk’s True Scrap 5 “Stamp it up a Notch”

PSS. Don’t forget to sign-up for the FREE photography webinar “Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project” – I blogged about it here. Katrina Kennedy and Lain Ehmann are offering a free tip filled scrapinar to help you succeed in your photo a day project in 2014 – don’t miss it!! Personally, my photography has really evolved over the last year and I sincerely feel it’s due to classes, challenges and communities that keep me shooting! Being part of Katrina’s Capture Your 365 has definitely aided in that evolution!

Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project with Katrina Kennedy