Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, Cupid Love and Amour Eiffel Tower Valentine Tags, handmade

Valentine Tags – Mini Art!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, Cupid Love and Amour Eiffel Tower Valentine Tags, handmade

There’s something very therapeutic and enjoyable about creating little pieces of art like these Valentine tags. You know that part of “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson’s character types: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” – yup, that’s me! Being creative everyday – behind the lens or in my craft room – makes me a very happy girl!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupid and LOVE banner tag, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, handmade

Figuring out my design is always the hardest part. But once I had my vision clear, these didn’t take long at all to make! Doing a wash of two different Distress colors per tag, adding a background stamp, distressing the edges, adding perfect pearls over a stencil, adhering the die cuts and adding some stickles glitter and tags were ready!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, glitter heart with wings tag, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Stain, handmade

These were made as part of the ScrapHappy tag swap and I really hope my scrap-sisters that will be receiving these in their mail boxes enjoy my creations!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Amour, glitter Eiffel Tower tag, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stain, handmade

I’m planning to start making videos showing how I make tags, scrapbook pages and cards. Is this something you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments! I’m always open to questions and who knows, your question or comment might even lead to an entire blog post!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupid and LOVE banner tag, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, handmade Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, glitter heart with wings tag, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Stain, handmade Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Amour, glitter Eiffel Tower tag, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stain, handmade

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

PS. Do you like adding ephemera to your paper creations? My friends and amazing crafters Tammy Tutterow and Lain Ehmann are offering a free online event February 25th, “Euphoric Ephemera: Adding Bits, Bobbles, and Treasures to Your Papercrafting Projects.” Tammy will showcase some of her favorite techniques and embellished projects, and answer your questions about where to find gorgeous ephemera, how to add it to your papercrafts, and more. Space is limited, so go HERE to sign up for the free event. Hope to “see” you in the chat room!

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P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Spun Sugar
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Milled Lavender
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Vintage Photo
Heidi Swapp Clear Stamp – Script
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Je T’adore Design Card
Stickles – Distress Black Soot
Stickles – Black Diamond
Stickles – Purple

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

Artsy Tags

Back in October I participated in my very first tag swap over at ScrapHappy.org. It was a Halloween swap, and the criteria was to create three Halloween tags (anything goes, except no gore!) to send to three members of our lovely community. I had so much fun creating each tag! I got good and inky, layering and blending distress inks, using distress stains, adding stickles, background stamps, fun elements cut out using my Slice electronic cutter, misting perfect pearls, and on and on.

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Since then, I’ve been crazy hooked on making one of a kind tags for every occasion. Thanksgiving? Check! Christmas? Check! Birthday? Check! New Year’s? Check! and of course… now Valentine’s!

But before we talk about Valentine’s tags… As I created the Halloween tags, I had a couple additional layers I envisioned, so I went to my favorite LSS – Cool Scrapbook Stuff – with tags in hand to find the perfect final components. When I shared my tags with the adorable staff, they gave me some amazing compliments (especially Danni!), and even encouraged me to design a tag making class for the store! I was so flattered and couldn’t wait to put something together. But as a family photographer, my peak season was staring me in the face, with everyone preparing to send out Christmas cards. So, my tag class would need to wait until the new year.

So here we are… I finally designed a class for Valentine’s Tags! I love the way these came out. I love my LSS and being a former retail boutique owner, I know how important it is to support local small businesses. So I created each tag with a different technique and products. Misting over a stencil? Check! Distress inks using a blending tool? Check! Distress stains using a craft mat? Check!

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I’m looking forward to teaching my first class and hope students walk away from the class feeling inspired, creative, and completely ready to use all the techniques they learned!

Thanks for reading and have a joyous, creative day! Happy crafting!

xoxo,
/c