You are SPEC-tacular! {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are SPEC-tacular Valentine's Day card printable PDF, Etsy, glasses, spectacular, googly eyes, chevron, spectacles,

Exchanging Valentine’s was always an exciting day when I was a kid. Not just receiving them on the day of, but the love and care that went into making them! As a kid, I remember choosing just the perfect box of Valentine’s from the grocery store. Picking my favorites to give to my best friends. Signing each of them and adding doodled hearts (oh wait, I still do the doodled heart thing!) ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are SPEC-tacular Valentine's Day card printable PDF, Etsy, glasses, spectacular, googly eyes, chevron, spectacles, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are SPEC-tacular Valentine's Day card printable PDF, Etsy, glasses, spectacular, googly eyes, chevron, spectacles,

Now, as a crafty mom, I love that my girls enjoy making their own Valentine’s, using stickers, markers, glitter and googly eyes! My 8-yr old had the idea to make paper glasses for all her classmates with the “spec-tacular” quote, but that proved a bit more challenging! So she settled for these cards we made on the computer and embellished after printing. Adding Stickles glitter glue and googly eyes gave these cards so much personality! We washi taped them onto mechanical pencils (a new fave amongst the 2nd grade trendsetters) and they’re ready to go! She was thrilled beyond belief to share these with her friends at school today!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are SPEC-tacular Valentine's Day card printable PDF, Etsy, glasses, spectacular, googly eyes, chevron, spectacles, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You are SPEC-tacular Valentine's Day card printable PDF, Etsy, glasses, spectacular, googly eyes, chevron, spectacles,

If you’re still in need of Valentine’s Day cards for your kiddos, hop on over to my Etsy shop and check out these spec-tacular printables!

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. What’s the freebie? One of my go-to shot lists: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift

Make It Monday // Holiday Treat and Tag {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess giftMakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Welcome to another Make It Monday! I have a major sweet tooth and love having treats year round. But when the holidays roll around, there are wonderful seasonal flavors that make the indulgence that much sweeter!

Have you tried Hersheys Candy Cane Kisses? They are amazing! Because of my sweet tooth, I have a hard time passing up seasonal candies, but truth be told, sometimes seasonal candies are better in concept than they actually taste in my mouth! So when I tried these, I was so delighted with how yummy they were!

Friends invited us over for outdoor movie night (yes, a southern California luxury in the middle of winter!) and I had decided to bring over some Rice Krispies treats. As I started making them, I decided I would chop up some of the Candy Cane Kisses to add to the treats. WOW! I seriously can’t even tell you how yummy they came out! If you are even a tiny bit into either of these treats (Rice Krispies and candy canes), then you MUST give this recipe a try!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • one 10 oz bag (~6 cups) Jet-Puffed miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 20 to 24 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop up kisses into tiny pieces, set aside.
  2. Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl, approx 1 minute.
  3. Add marshmallows to butter. Toss to coat. Melt marshmallows in microwave (approximately 1-1/2 minutes), stirring every 45 seconds.
  4. Add Rice Krispies (2 cups at a time) to melted marshmallow mixture and stir well.
  5. Once all Rice Krispies are incorporated, mix in half of the chopped Candy Cane Kisses. Stir well. Incorporate remaining chopped Candy Cane Kisses.
  6. Place mixture into greased 13×9 baking dish. Press down and into place, filling in corners and evening out – using parchment paper and back of measuring cup helps to press down!
  7. Set aside and let set for a couple hours or place in refrigerator to speed up setting time.
  8. Cut up into one to two inch squares or use candy cane cookie cutters for shaped treats. Enjoy! Or share by place cut pieces into cupcake liners and stack in treat bag for your loved ones to enjoy, too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess giftConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Rice Krispies treats with Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, Christmas, ornament, gift tag, DIY, quick, easy, hostess gift

What else could one need besides these delish treats? How about a gift tag to place on said treats to share with loved ones?! Here’s a quick video showing how I made a super fast (in just a few minutes!) ornament shaped gift tag using just a couple non-Christmas crafty supplies! Watch the video to see how you can easily make your tags!

 

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2Did you get here from Karen at Photos Kept Alive? She always has such great insights and tips on making the most of our photos! Don’t forget to continue the Make It Monday Circle and head on over to my crafty and generous friend Jen at Jen Wright Design. She has a freebie for you as she counts down to Christmas!

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

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!

E Q U I P M E N T   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)
Canon 60D
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Photo edits in Lightroom and Photoshop
Check out all my camera bag goodies here!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, printable, download, easy, Etsy, activity, experience, family, DIY

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!

Christmas-Preview

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?

sale-price

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, Etsy, activity, experience, family, Carta Bella, paper crafting

Make It Monday // Advent Calendar & Activity List {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, Etsy, activity, experience, family, Carta Bella, paper crafting  Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopDoes hearing Christmas music put a smile on your face? Does the thought of Christmas traditions warm your heart? Does the anticipation of December make your heart skip a beat? Me too! Thanks for joining me for another Make It Monday post! I hope you’re ready to talk about having a Creative Christmas!

Last year I taught a class making a gorgeous Advent Calendar Banner and Mini Book. I couldn’t wait to recreate it this year with fresh papers from the 2014 collections and add new activities to the list! I fell in love with this Carta Bella “Christmas Time” collection and jumped right in… what’s not to love about those cute papers, right?! Then I decided to make my own numbers to punch out and use with the banner pennants and had fun making those digitally!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, Etsy, activity, experience, family, Carta Bella, paper crafting Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, Etsy, activity, experience, family, Carta Bella, paper crafting

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, Etsy, activity, experience, family, Carta Bella, paper crafting

Once I created the digital numbers, I realized I wanted to make a digital version of my activity and experience based Advent calendar! I’m thrilled to announce that I did in fact create it and it’s going to be sold as part of a phenomenal “Creative Christmas Bundle! There are 15 designers contributing to the bundle, with goodies ranging from how to make photo gifts to printable Christmas cards, from scrapbooking templates to photo overlays, from calendar making to embroidery patterns and so much more! If you’re even a tiny bit creative, you won’t want to miss this bundle! It’s valued well over $200 and we’re selling the bundle for a limited time at just $29.99. Talk about a major bargain!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar, Christmas, printable, download, easy, Etsy, activity, experience, family, DIY

 

You can learn more about the items being offered if you head over to our “Meet the Designers” page right over here. The bundle goes on sale next Monday, November 24th and ends December 1st. I’ll post about this again next week so you’re sure not to miss out! So why are we bundling this and offering such a deep discount for a limited time? Our collective goal is to make this your craftiest, most enjoyable and stress-free Christmas ever! Getting a jump start on your crafting is certainly going to help ❤

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you excited to learn more? I hope so! One of my amazingly crafty friends who is also part of the Creative Christmas Bundle is Gina at Messtaken Identity. For our Make It Monday hop today, Gina is sharing a hidden map in a Christmas card. Are you curious to check it out? I certainly am! Leave her some comment love when you hop on over there!

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

PS. Have you stopped by my Etsy or Society6 stores yet? I’m happily sharing my creative projects, as well as photography via prints, phone cases, pillows and a myriad of other products! If you check either out, be sure to let me know what you think?!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Frozen snowflake birthday banner

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Frozen snowflake birthday banner Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Frozen snowflake birthday banner

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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Frozen snowflake birthday banner

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!!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp,

Love Crazy Hair {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp,

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!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp, ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp, ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp, ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp,

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links) 

SBC_ac-01192_0SBC_gb-ribt616_0SBC_pp-th-tim34995_0SBC_pp-th-tim32830_0SBC_pp-thtim34940_0
SBC_f-110400-1001_0SBC_gb-rnsc77_061TouCMgUgL._SL1500_ SBC_ppa-pp01010_0