Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, bats, gate, beware, spooky, shattered, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

Make It Monday // Halloween Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, bats, gate, beware, spooky, shattered, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

MakeItMondayButton-Fall-2Time for another Tag Swap with my crafty friends, and lucky for me, it fits in perfectly with our Make It Monday Fall / Halloween hop! Be sure to check out the entire hop – lots of fun projects being shared. Have you tried any previous Make It Monday projects yet? Be sure to let us know in the comments – as much as we love sharing our projects with you, we love hearing we inspired you to take action and Make It too!

Did you land at my blog from my friend Gina at Messtaken Identity? Her upcycling super powers are showing again: she’s using paper from an interstate move to make fall tags, so be sure to check out her post if you didn’t already!

Today I’m sharing Halloween Tags and not one, but TWO videos showing how I created each tag! But before we dive into those, do you remember my Halloween tags from last year?

ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

You can check them out in more detail here if you’re looking for more tag inspiration!

For this year’s Halloween tags, I really wanted to play with the textures in the background, so gesso* was in order! {*See product links below!!} And do you remember my big tip from last week about cohesion? Be sure to think beyond what colors and patterns you are using – incorporate texture and themes in your backgrounds, to create a cohesive look for your projects!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, bats, gate, beware, spooky, shattered, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

For the first tag, I wanted to use the Dylusions Shattered stencil and thought that was a great one to create an eerie sky in the background. What do you think? Did it work?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, bats, gate, beware, spooky, shattered, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

I often get asked what I use these tags for… besides using them for decor, and in scrapbook pages, they’re awesome gift tags! I thought the “Beware” tag would be fantastic to hang from a bottle of wine as a Hostess Ghostess Gift!

 

The next tag, I was inspired to use the Dylusions Bubbles stencil, and I envisioned a witch’s brew, creating an unearthly color coming from a cauldron, and the “bubbles” coming from the pot! I ended up using the bubbles stencil on the entire tag, and created my own mask for the smoke/fumes. Check out the video for details!Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, cauldron, brew, spider, crescent moon, poison, spooky, bubbles, Dylusions, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

Doesn’t that spider look totally creepy?! I added Stickles to give it some sparkle and life. But I think it gave it a little too much life, lol!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, cauldron, brew, spider, crescent moon, poison, spooky, bubbles, Dylusions, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

I added a warning label on the cauldron, and this tag could just as easily be used on a bottle of wine or any adult beverage, I thought it would be a fun Ghostess Gift with a tray of decadent desserts!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Halloween Tags, ghostess hostess gift, cauldron, brew, spider, crescent moon, poison, spooky, bubbles, Dylusions, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Ink, Slice, gesso

 

 

 

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Time to hop on over to Karen at Photos Kept Alive. Karen is sharing some Hybrid Halloween Tags she made this week. It’s definitely a Halloween Tag kinda week! Totally appropriate considering Halloween is eleven days away! Are you ready for Tricks or Treats?!

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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up with Simon Says Stamp’ “Color Coordinates“!

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Blessed Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed card, handmade, pink, orange, yellow, mauve, kraft

I haven’t made a card in a while, and couldn’t resist wanting to play with colors and the idea of the word banners I used on this Christmas banner I just posted yesterday!

I heat embossed on this card, and have been wanting to do more with dry embossing. So, I really can’t wait for tonight’s FREE scrapinar all about embossing! Have you signed up yet? Lain Ehmann and Becki Adams will be helping us imagine the “embossibilites” using embossing folders! The event is at 6pm PST, but even if you can’t make it live, you’ll have access to the replay for a limited time — but you have to sign up in advance! Click HERE to sign-up!

And besides the awesome free scrapinar tonight, have you heard about True Scrap 6? Fired up doesn’t even begin to describe my anticipation for the event coming in October. Eight classes with top-notch crafty instructors {get ready to swoon!}, virtual make-n-takes, live chat with the instructors and scrappy friends from around the world, eternal access to class recordings, and the best part? All from the luxury of my own home. Heck, I can stay in my jammies all day if I wanted! Ready to join me? Click HERE to find out more and get on the early-bird list to get a 30% off coupon…

As always, thanks for stopping by. I hope to *see* you in the chat room in the free embossibilites class tonight and at True Scrap 6 in October!

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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xoxo,
/c

PS. I’m linking up over with A Blog Named Hero, too, as the Ombre challenge helped inspire today’s card!

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ClickyChickCreates.com // Watercolor Butterflies using embossing with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Watercolor Butterflies Birthday Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Watercolor Butterflies using embossing with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I’m sharing another crafty creation! Cards in back-to-back posts?! Not typical, but I couldn’t wait to share this one! I’ve been wanting to play with watercolors, and I’ve seen Tim Holtz do the watercolor effects using the water brush pen and his distress inks, so I decided to stop “wanting” and just “do” it! {Notice that “Just Do It” has been a theme in my life lately? If you missed the blog tour where 26 bloggers (including moi) shared our “lessons learned” from April Bowles of Blacksburg Belle’s CreativeLive class, check out my post here. And check out April’s post too – she has a contest where lucky winners will get their hands on some of her tools – marketing for creatives and blogging goodies – just for commenting!}

Back to this yummy watercolored card… You’ll see in the video how easy it was to do. Seriously. Super. Duper. Easy. And aren’t the colors delish? I was inspired by a few of my favorite sites, including: Fusion ChallengeTwo Peas in a Bucket June Mood Board and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Have you checked out the True Stamp 2014 classes yet? 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! They’re on sale RIGHT NOW, and 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!!

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!

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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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 // 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

Happy Spring Tags {Feeling Crafty}

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

Of course when I heard our ScrapHappy family was having another tag swap, I signed up to play along and make a spring tag!

I’m totally going to out myself right now… I watch The Bachelor (oh, the horror, I know!!), but during one of the last episodes earlier this year, I noticed how pretty one of the contestants looked wearing a lavender dress with a wall of greenery behind her… That color combo clearly stuck with me and completely popped in my mind when coming up with the concept for this tag! And as I fleshed out my concept, I grabbed my chevron stencil for the background and noticed the pattern in one of the hearts in The Crafter’s Workshop Mix & Match Hearts stencil – I thought it would make a great pattern on the egg, kinda made me think of Dinosaur eggs. Yeah, I don’t know why either, but I seriously LOVE it 🙂

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I created this video showing how I made it… there’s gesso, stencils, inks, embossing, stamping… a little bit of everything!

If crafting makes your heart sing, don’t forget to check out Layout-A-Day (LOAD514) coming up next month… The month long challenge to create a scrapbook page everyday with daily prompts and inspiration pieces will be here in just a couple weeks! And I have a secret to share… I’m one of the featured designers for the month! I created several layouts that will be showcased! I am beyond excited : )

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

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PS. This Happy Spring Tag is being added to the following challenges! Join in the fun : )

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in Miracles card using gelatos, stencils, ink, embossing, pink, purple, lavender, blue, craft and sequins

Believe in Miracles Gelatos Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in Miracles card using gelatos, stencils, ink, embossing, pink, purple, lavender, blue, craft and sequins

Sometimes I just want to go to my crafting space and just create! That’s exactly what happened this week when I made this card. My hubby recently found out his oldest sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I wanted to make her a card to let her know we’re thinking of her. I thought the “Believe in Miracles” sentiment, along with the giant heart stencil and mask would be great to use for this project. We love her and wanted her to know she’s in our thoughts and prayers…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in Miracles card using gelatos, stencils, ink, embossing, pink, purple, lavender, blue, craft and sequins

Hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to get your crafty supplies out to share your love of crafting with someone special!

Don’t forget to register for True Stamp 2014! So many of the techniques I’ve learned have been from classes like True Stamp and True Scrap, with amazing instructors like Nichol Magouirk and Shari Carroll and more! Use code NOW20 – it’s good for $20 off the regular registration rate through the end of this month (3/31). But don’t wait until then to register. Lain will be closing the door at 500 people, and we’re already well over 400! I received the supply list, which really is a peak into the goodness the instructors will be using in the classes, and let me tell you… AMAZING!! So don’t wait to register, NOW IS THE TIME!! Click HERE to register NOW!!

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

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