Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love, shadow, hearts, color, B&W, square, Valentine's, decor, art

Shadow // Love {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Love, shadow, hearts, color, B&W, square, Valentine's, decor, art

Another fantastic prompt at Capture Your 365! Shadow. I had envisioned a very different photo, but considering the sun decided to hide this afternoon and not come out to play, I needed to alter my plan.

This “LOVE” wood home decor item adds to our Valentine’s decor during the month of February and worked perfectly to help me cast a great shadow. I added some punched hearts that I was planning to use for a scrapbook page, and I was ready to capture the shot!

What did you photograph today? Any shadows? Was the sun cooperative for you? Let me know!

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons,

You Make Me Happy Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons,

Seriously, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted a craft project! So I decided to change that this weekend by playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge #2. Have you checked it out yet? Such a fantastic place to find inspiration… you can use the sketch or the photo or both to inspire your creation! Awesome fun!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons,

To create this card, I started with creating the sunburst on the card base using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade with a foam / ink blending tool and Heidi Swapp’s Sunshine Stencil. Next, I grabbed a sheet of gray patterned paper from a 6×6 My Mind’s Eye “Breeze” paper pad. I trimmed the paper and punched borders using Fiskars “Bubble” Border Punch. I then grabbed a black piece of cardstock and white embossed the “you make me happy when skies are grey” sentiment from KaiserCraft’s Texture Stamp You. Using the Parties design card for Slice, I cut out balloons, edged them in Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, then glued them down, forming a somewhat random, somewhat organized cluster of balloons! Then with the Signo Broad White Pen, I added faux stitching around the card and added “strings” and a bow. Ta-da!

What would you create with the photo and / or sketch below? Are you playing along with the Fusion Challenge? The color palettes and sketches are super inspiring!

Woodgrain

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Heidi Swapp’s Sunshine Stencil
Inkssentials Ink blending tool
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
My Mind’s Eye “Breeze”6×6 pad
Fiskars “Bubble” Border Punch
KaiserCraft’s Texture Stamp You
Slice Elite Digital Die Cutting machine
Slice Parties design card
Signo Broad White Pen

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…

* A F F I L I A T E   L I N K S  U S E D   F O R   P R O D U C T S   L I S T E D

Honey Bee {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

Sometimes it’s a word, or emotion, or color scheme, or challenge that inspires me to create a card. Usually it’s an event, like a birthday, that makes me dash to my creative space and play with colorful paper and distressed inks and pretty embellishments. Today, I was inspired by The Play Date Cafe’s color challenge –  It’s a {splash} of Neon!

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

I first heard about the Play Date Cafe through the Scrap Happy community, but this is the first time I’m participating in one of their card challenges. As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew what I wanted to make!

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

As much as I loved neon during the ’80’s (mismatched neon socks, anyone?!), I haven’t jumped on the craze this time around, not even in my crafting supplies. So I decided to use a sunshiny yellow instead, but I love the way it came out nonetheless!

Did you notice the cute alphabet tabs that look like the ever popular mini alphabet stickers? Those adorable stamps are from a local stamp company – Sweet Stamp Shop. Love the quality and designs in their stamps! And as I’ve mentioned before, I really do love supporting small / local businesses. Check out the great goodies over there!

What challenges do you love playing along with? Let me know in the comments below! I’m loving the inspiration they provide! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Products Used:

Bumble Bee made using Slice Elite and Dilly Dally Design Card
The Crafter’s Workshop Chicken Wire Template
Dylusions Spray Ink in Lemon Zest
Fiskars Border Punch Treading Water
Sweet Stamp Shop Alpha Tabs
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad