Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

Up, Up, Up {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

Crafting makes me happy. I’m like a little school girl opening up a new box of crayons when I get to play with inks and stencils and die cutting machines! The Curtain Call has a fun challenge going on right now, and I decided to create this fun interpretation of the “Carnival Craze” prompt! Turns out, “Carnival” is also the theme over at Simon Says Stamp! It might be the end of summer, but nothing says summer better than carnival fun!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

I cut out the letters for “UP” using the Summer Design Card on the Slice Elite. I actually cut them out three times each, stacked and glued them to give them a little more weight. Then cut a rectangle out from a piece of scratch paper to create the inked boxed letters. Using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade, gave me just the look I was going for!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

Then I covered the boxed letters art with a piece of scratch cardstock and placed The Crafter’s Workshop cosmic swirl template over it, blending in some more Tim Holtz Distress Ink, but this time in Broken China. I was trying to create a whimsical sky. Did it work?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

After cutting out the hot air balloons in various sizes, I added a little Stickles in Cotton Candy to the main balloon and adhered the balloons onto the card using foam dots. Used a decorative corner punch from Fiskars, and added some alpha tabs, and card is done!

I love the way these colors all work together, don’t you? Oh, that reminds me… Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE “Color Me Scrappy” webinar happening this coming Monday, August 26th. I’ve been attending the free monthly webinars over at Layout A Day for over a year now and I have to say, not a month goes by that I don’t learn a great tip or two that can apply to my crafty creations, and sometimes even my photography. Hope to “see” you then!

Color Aug free Sawaya

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

PS. A blogger {CompletelyDisappear} recently posted a song called “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech and I would be remiss to leave out how much his song has touched my heart and definitely inspired my card today! I’ll warn you: get a tissue, the youtube video is a touching story about his life…

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Nautical {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // nautical card featuring ship, waves in the ocean and treasure life sentiment

My dear friend and fellow crafter Danni made the most adorable card and posted it at her blog, {Made In} Apt 14. The card was in response to the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Feeling Nautical, a new challenge to me, but super inspiring.

Low and behold, my sister-in-law Gina and I were inspired by the nautical theme and made this whimsical, boyish card!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // nautical card featuring ship, waves in the ocean and treasure life sentiment

The ship was cut out of plain white cardstock using the “Under the Sea” design card on my Slice Elite (love that machine!), then masked and stamped with two different stamps – a whimsical one on the sails and a woodgrain on the boat, using Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. Swipes of Distress Stain in Broken China and Tumbled Glass we used on the background, a top the clear embossed whimsical stamp representing the rocky waves of the ocean. The “Treasure Life” sentiment is from Close to My Heart, and it was tied off with some Twinery Twine in Cappuccino.

It’s my first time participating in a card challenge. There were some amazing cards linked and I’m really excited to check ’em out!

Are there any challenges that have inspired you recently? Photo or crafting? I’d love to see, so share a link in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c