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Make It Monday // Sugar Skull Gift Tag

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sugar Skulls gift tag using Top Dog Dies,

MakeItMondayCircle-FALL2015Welcome to another Make It Monday! It’s been too long, I know! My hard drive died, for the 3rd time since March (yes, it’s true, and every time has been painful!), and it completely has thrown my schedule off. But, I’m back, and hopefully without any other technical snafus!

Have you checked out the Top Dog Dies fall dies yet? They are absolutely adorable! I thought it would be so fun to make this Sugar Skull decorative tag for a teacher gift. My girls have amazing teachers and this is just a small thoughtful gift. I can’t wait to gift them soon.

To make the gift tag, I used the Top Dog Dies Sugar Skull die set with some fun patterned and glitter paper, and sequins. I was going to use some flower sequins for the eyes, but they were a bit small. Luckily, the Top Dog Dies Pretty Petals #2 die set were the perfect size for the eyes.

Hand drawing a little decorative flair on the skull forehead and outlining the nose gives it a little more artsy look, with minimal effort.

I filled a glass jar with some Hot Tamales candies and thought the combination was fun, especially for our teachers 🙂 It really was an easy project, but I love the punch that it has! I hope you’re inspired to make a custom sugar skull gift tag for someone special this spooky time of year!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sugar Skulls gift tag using Top Dog Dies,

 

Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Be sure to check out Alison from Alison Day Designs – she’s sharing what happens when two sets of sisters go Trick or Treating together! Can’t wait to read Alison’s post – I’m sure it’ll be as entertaining as always!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes, always fun to join in! Have you checked out the challenges? So much inspiration from the amazing Simon Says Stamp design teams!

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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!

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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!

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Christmas Tag {Feeling Crafty}

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I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving and I’m already thinking Christmas?! But I just wanted to share this cute  tag I made for a make-n-take at Cool Scrapbook Stuff this week. Are you getting ready for Christmas already, too? I’d love to see what crafts you’re working on, so please share in the comments!

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

PS. Part of the inspiration for this tag came from the Advent Calendar Banner & Mini Book I’m teaching at Cool Scrapbook Stuff. If you’re in the San Diego area, and want to make a unique banner full of family experiences for the holiday season, sign up for my class. If you’re not in San Diego, you can buy a kit – they can mail it to you!

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Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Magical Background
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Frost White (background stamping)
Stampendous Joy Mix Cling Rubber Stamp
Versamark Watermark Ink
Recollections Red Tinsel embossing powder
EK Success Slim Christmas Tree punch
Bo Bunny Vintage Double Dot in Kiwi (background paper)
Stickles in Christmas Red (ornaments on tree)
Uni-ball Signo White Pen (for faux stitching)

Also linked at The NY Melrose Family Whimsy Wednesdays link party and Little Red Wagon Challenge #210 – A Christmas Tag