Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupcake love notes using Top Dog Dies, perfect lunch box love notes!

Make It Monday // More Lunch Box Notes! {Top Dog Dies}

MakeItMondayCircle-RED-CORAL-MAYWelcome to another Make It Monday! A few weeks ago I shared a fun Make It Monday posts where I made some Lunch Box Love Notes. I loved making them and the feedback was great from you! So I decided to make a second batch – with different Top Dog Dies, just as adorable as the Cupcakes I made in the first batch!

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My girls are entering third and first grades. As glorious as I might think it is to be a kid, I know there will be days that might be a little tough in their classrooms or on the playground, so hopefully these little notes will put smiles on their sweet faces!

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I used several die sets from Top Dog Dies: the Flamingo Die Set, the Hot Air Balloon Die Set, the Unicorn Die set, and the Flip Flops Die Set. They are all so cute! The details, particularly the stitched details, make these some of my favorites!

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I die cut all the pieces from different papers, and I cut the backgrounds from Avery Elle 6×6 Happy paper pad. After glueing each set onto it’s background card, I hand lettered a few words of encouragement. Then I laminated the cards and plan to hand write a little note on the back with a Sharpie pen. From what I’ve read online, I’ll be able to remove sharpie using hand sanitizer, nail polish remover or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! I’ll come back with an update once I’ve tried it!

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Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Be sure to check out what Karen at Photos Kept Alive is up to these days! She’s curious… are you upgrading to Windows 10?  She’s sharing how this affects using Memory Manager. Photo organization is incredibly important, so be sure to continue the circle and learn more!

But before you leave, don’t forget to register for True Scrap PlannerLove! Have you jumped on the planner craze? Or are you intrigued to find out more? Well then this is the must-attend-event for you! You can find out more by checking out my post all about it here if you missed it! But really, just sign up before you miss it! For a limited time, you can still save $50 using discount code PLANNERPARTY through 9/2. You’ll get all 6 classes, plus all the extras, for half off the regular price! But it expires soon, so register and get your discount here: http://www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

And you see what my photo is saying in the graphic below?! YES, I’m TEACHING at PlannerLove! So I will definitely be there! You’ve gotta join me for all the fun!

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Thanks again for stopping by! Hope to see you at PlannerLove on September 19th – it’s gonna an amazingly fun crafty time!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P.S. This is an amazing event that over 400 planners have signed up for! It’s going to be a blast and worth every penny, especially since it includes the full replays and a goody bag! Get your discount here: www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

PPS. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is focusing on a Trio of Colors – did you notice that detail on the love notes? And the 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 // Hot Air Balloons

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme
MakeItMondayButton-JulyWelcome to another Make It Monday! I’m back this week with a cute Hot Air Balloon party theme! I was inspired by the adorable Top Dog Dies and knew exactly what I wanted to make…

It’s truly mind-blowing how fast time flies. I vividly remember our first days at home with our daughters, and now they’re 8 and 6 years old! It’s amazing how quickly they’re growing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme

The Hot Air Balloon dies are super cute and the details are gorgeous. The set includes two sizes of balloons, one basket, and three clouds. Perfect for great variations, like the cupcake toppers I made, incorporating the various clouds and pop dots for dimension!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme

I’m sure any kid would love to get one of these gorgeous toppers atop they’re scrumptious party treat! I’m out of lollipop sticks, but if I was making these for a party, I would definitely add some of the die cuts to lollipop sticks and some to bamboo forks in order to add a nice height variation on the tablescape. That would be darling for obvious reasons!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cupcake toppers using Top Dog Dies, hot air balloon theme

In addition to the cupcake toppers, of course I had to make a banner to highlight the theme, “GROWING UP UP UP” – fun, right?! I think so 🙂

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MakeItMondayButton-July I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Make It Monday! Be sure to check out the lovely dies over at Top Dog Dies, and the projects I’ve shared using them!

Now head on over to my lovely friend Melissa at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. Melissa created a simple birthday scrapbook page with a free template – you definitely don’t want to miss that!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. You know I love a fun crafting challenge, and luckily the theme at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is Get In Shape – anything non-square or rectangle shaped. Hot air balloons certainly fit the bill!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

Technique Class at CSS {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

Along with photography, I absolutely love crafting! If you’ve poked around ClickyChickCreates.com, you probably already know that : ) Playing with spray mists, stencils, inks, heat embossing, using die cuts and negatives, and so much more… it all makes me happy!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // teaching techniques at Cool Scrapbook Stuff

These are just a few of the samples I created for a class I’m teaching this coming Saturday at Cool Scrapbook Stuff, my local scrapbook store (LSS). If you’re interested in learning hands-on techniques to use on your cards, scrapbook pages, tags, home decor and more, check it out here. I’d love to see you in an upcoming class!

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

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!

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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…

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