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Make It Monday // Christmas Card Swap

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What do you do when life gets so hectic and you can’t keep up? Fun stuff gets pushed down the list of to do’s. Sometimes they even get pushed out to the next month! And that’s why I’m sharing a Christmas Card post in January 🙂

MakeItMondayCircle-Jan16Welcome to another Make It Monday! I’m so excited to share a creative post with you this week! Even though Christmas has come and gone, I still wanted to share this cute snowman card! Isn’t he adorable?! I love when companies make great products and include awesome stitched detailing on their dies!

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I decided to make a simple white card with die cuts to make the shaker card, but I also wanted to add a little extra oomph, so I embossed the face of the card with a fun snowflake embossing folder from Darice. It really ties it all together!

And every time I move the glitter and beads in the shaker, I swear it gives the snowman a different face, lol! I didn’t create a video for this card, but you can see a similar style card in this video I made using palm tree dies!

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I hope you enjoy this card and are inspired to create! Especially with all the snow certain parts of the US is experiencing, might be fun time to make some snowman shaker cards! I think this would be fabulous with a “baby it’s cold outside” sentiment! What do you think? What sentiment would you add instead of a Christmas sentiment? I’d love to hear in the comments!

MakeItMondayCircle-Jan16Thanks so much for stopping by! Please continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to Karen at Photos Kept Alive! Karen’s sharing a couple of her creative team layouts! Being on a Creative Team and sharing projects for them is such a fun way to find out about new companies! Be sure to check out what scrapbooking fun Karen’s been up to lately!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And make sure you’re on the Clicky Chick Creates email list so you don’t miss a thing! Sign up here!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
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Make It Monday // Travel Planning

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! Our theme this week is TRAVEL! Once upon a time, in the distant, distant past, I traveled. A lot. I was an event manager and traveled the world, although most of it was in the US. It was awesome and I definitely miss it! But it was a different time of my live {read: no kids} and as much as I enjoyed it back then, it just wouldn’t be the same now a days. As crazy as my girls can drive me, I would miss them too much! They’re still little and need me to do lots for them. I’m sure once they’re both in double digits, especially the teen years, they’ll be begging for me to have a job where I’m traveling! Ha!

As I pondered what I would share for this week’s MIM, I remembered a beautiful journal I altered as a gift for a friend! It was before our trip to Paris and I took some of my favorite stamps and created this cute look for the cover of the journal.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // altered journal for Paris plans tripUsing vintage inspired papers gave a great starting point to tie in the look and feel of the stamps and font used. I heat embossed the stamped image using a copper embossing powder and tied it in with an amber colored gem. Using a scalloped punch in two sizes, I created a cute title for the book, too.

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This is a super quick share – just a reminder that a couple of little touches like these can completely customize a store bought item like this cute little journal. Customizing items like this is perfect for elevating those store bought goodies into one-of-a-kind gems!

Be sure to continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits.  She’s about to take you on a journey in this week’s Monday Mojo post! And be sure to leave her some comment love! We really do love sharing our creations with you, and comments let us know you like what you see!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Make It Monday // Easter Cards

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to the Make It Monday, Easter edition! I hope you’re ready to be inspired to get Easter in full swing! I know, we just got done with St. Patrick’s day last week and here we are ready to hop into Easter {see what I did there? uh-huh! 😉 } Let’s get hopping!

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You won’t believe where I found the inspiration for these cards… emptied out egg shells we filled with confetti and smashed on each other when I was a kid! I’m not sure if that was a 1970’s thing or a Mexican thing, but we did it every Easter! Thinking of those Easter’s spent with my family, particularly my cousins, at a park not far from our grandparents homes, filled me with nostalgia and fun memories! The memory of the confetti filled eggs made me want to recreate a modern version in a card!

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I ended up making 4 of the cards, and even share how I made them in the video below. I hope you enjoy the video and learn a few tips and tricks!

Thanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. You’re in for another treat with cards from Beth at Scrapping Wonders! Beth shares how to make fun and glittery Easter and Project Life cards, so be sure to hop on over and leave her some comment love! And if you haven’t been to her blog before, be sure you poke around at some of her app reviews, tips and tricks. She’s done some great reviews, like on the Collect App, as well as other photography and crafting apps!

And of course I must mention True Stamp, yet again! It’s just a few days away…we’ll be having the time of our lives on March 28! If you like crafting, if you like taking classes from the best teachers out there, if you like mind blowing inspiration, if you like meeting friends who have the same crafty interests, and if you like staying comfy cozy at home, then True Stamp is for you! I really can’t say enough good stuff about True Stamp. If you’re at all into stamping, even a teeny tiny bit, then you should certainly join us for this phenomenal event! This will be my 3rd year and it is so totally worth it!

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get stamping, then check out True Stamp here!

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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? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. The Pinterest Inspiration challenge over at Simon Says Stamp provided great inspiration for this post, too! The chocolate confetti cake reminds me so much of those confetti eggs from my childhood!

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Vintage Beauty {Feeling Crafty}

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Product choices can help make our layout choices so much easier! I loved these photos of my baby girl and the vibe they gave with her dress and the retro kitchen. Digging through my stash, I found some old Teresa Collins journaling cards on a 12×12 sheet and loved the design. I wanted to mimic the feel of it, so I cut out a similar shape on pink cardstock using my Slice e-cutter, then heat embossed the edge of it with black embossing powder for the close-up photo.

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Using a punch on the edge for the bigger frame, I used the same heat embossing technique to create a custom look on the frame. Neither frame is “perfect” but it looks very vintage which works for this layout!

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Adding details in similar colors and to support the vintage vibe just pulls it all together, even though all the pieces are from separate collections, spanning at least 5 years! I don’t make a lot of my own kits, but this layout inspires me to do that and create custom kits to meet my eclectic needs! How about you? Do you use kits? Do you create your own kits? I’d love to hear your insights and tips!

The photos were taken at a friend’s birthday party, but wouldn’t that be an adorable kitchen to use as a photo prop in a studio?! I totally loved it!

One of the ways I’ve developed my own style and feel quite comfortable creating layouts is from the assortment of classes I’ve taken. From photography to scrapbooking, mixed media to stamping… they’ve all influenced my style and helped me develop my own voice! So, I HAVE to tell you about a fantastic event coming up next weekend. I’m already signed up and can’t wait for the big day to finally arrive!

TRUE STAMP IS ALMOST HERE!

True Stamp is the only event to offer the best in LIVE stamping instruction, brought right to you via your computer. No need to pack up all your supplies. No need to leave the family. No need to decide which class to take. Instead, the classes come to YOU. Just log in from your computer and be treated toclasses from six amazing sponsors, teaching you the latest and greatest skills and techniques to get yourcreative stampy juices flowing. And it’s all recorded so you can watch again and again after the event!

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get stamping, then check out True Stamp here!

Join six amazing instructors on March 28 for a full day of stamping instruction, inspiration, and fun!

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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? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Make It Monday // Green Watercolor Card

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to our Make It Monday: “Green” circle! You may have noticed some of our Monday’s have themes? Well today we’re sharing Green posts! I took it quite literal, but you’ll have to read along on the circle to see how the other creatives interpreted green! So, here we go…

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It’s been a while since I made a watercolor card, so that’s exactly what I wanted to this week. I knew the colors I wanted to use and the stamps/embossing I wanted to do, too! I really do love when an idea or inspiration hits and it turns out like I was hoping it would!

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The Tim Holtz Distress Inks are the easiest and most versatile way of creating gorgeous watercolor projects. Check out my YouTube videos – this one in particular walks you through the step-by-step process to make this, and I share lots of tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years! From saving money to using up all the ink on your craft mat…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenReady to continue to Make It Monday fun? How do you bring special attention to a special object of a story? Have you ever scrapped your shoes? Alice at Scrapbook Wonderland shares her lucky shoes with us! Check out Alice’s post – her creativity is splendid and she shares tips and tricks quite generously!

Need more inspiration?

Are you looking for some creative inspiration? Join me, my friend Carole from Scrapbook Campus and about a dozen other designers as we share Inspiration: A to Z – a free month long inspiration series, working through every letter of the alphabet and areas to scrapbook, make cards, projects and more! It’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose! We just started yesterday, March 1st and it will run until March 26th, so jump in now before you miss any more of the alphabet!

Another great event to gather inspiration from is the annual True Stamp event. Whether you’re a newer stamper looking to advance your skills, a more experienced paper crafter wanting an inspiration infusion, or a stamping dabbler looking to use your supplies in new ways, you need to hear about True Stamp! My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun… Including Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, Raisin Boat, and Simon Says Stamp.

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True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). I hope you’ll join me and a few hundred other of your new stamp-loving BFF’s ❤ Click Here to Sign Up! 

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? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. I love playing along with card challenges like the Curtain Call and Simon Says Stamp! Where do you find your inspiration?

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Make It Monday // Winter Wonder {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Welcome to another Make It Monday! I hope you’re enjoying our  series and are inspired to create. If you’ve made something after checking out our Make It Monday blog posts, please do share! We’d love to hear about it!

So I have to ask… do the winter months leave you feeling a little blah? Too much gray? An abundance of drab? Well, then let’s add some color and sparkle to chase those blah’s away!

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Embossed Clothes Pins

First up, I created some embossed clothes pins. I actually made my first set of embossed clothes pins a couple of years ago for my sister’s baby shower. We used them to pin up baby onesies as decoration for the party. They turned out super cute and I was inspired to create some more recently. My sweet friend Dietra asked if I would be posting on my Etsy shop or if I would show how I made them. So I’m doing both!

How cute would this be as a gift packaging?

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And here’s how we used some at the baby shower…

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Shaker CARD

Here’s a sweet and simple mini shaker card I created… Look for the video coming in the next couple days!

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I wanted to use a snowflake, and thought how fun it would be to play off the “flake” part! It would be great for a belated birthday or I’m sorry card!

Are you ready to get creative? Hope so! But if you’re ready to shop instead, head on over to my Etsy shop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday!Be sure to hop on over to check out what Lisa at My Kreative Pursuits is up to this week! Whether it’s color, technique, a quote or more, she’s always sharing great inspiration! I wonder what Monday Mojo prompt she’ll be using this week? Definitely gonna hop on over and check it out! After visiting Lisa, be sure to continue the circle so you see how what everyone else is doing with out Winter Wonder theme!

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!

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Oh wait, there’s more! Have you signed up for Layout-A-Day (LOAD) yet? It’s just days away! The February LOAD is one of the most productive months for me as far as creating layouts. The community, the daily prompts, the productivity… it really is amazing and has made the month of February one of my most favorite months of the year! Don’t miss out on this amazing experience and get ready to share your passion with the nicest scrappy gals in the universe! Don’t delay – sign up NOW – it’s an amazing experience and one that EVERY scrapbooker should experience at least once upon a time!!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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