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 // 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!

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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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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 // You've Always Had the Key to My Heart card, embossed, gradient, distressed, manly, metal key embellishment

Key to My Heart Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You've Always Had the Key to My Heart card, embossed, gradient, distressed, manly, metal key embellishment

Recently I received a text from my best friend, confirming she was able to watch my girls for a little romantic getaway for my husband and I! Talk about elated! I decided to make a card for my hubby, letting him know. At first, I envisioned making him an “invitation” to getaway, but as I started pulling supplies to make the card, I decided I really wanted to use the teeny tiny 7 Gypsies Mini Key on my card and let him know he had the “key to my heart”. From there, I pulled my KaiserCraft key stamp. I absolutely LOVE this stamp! I’ve used it on several projects; it really adds the perfect vintage vibe.

Based on my drive to use the “keys” theme, I pulled a pre-scored Kraft card to stay with the vintage look. I knew the stamp wouldn’t cover the width of the card, so I started stamping with VersaMark watermark and moving and staggering the direction of the starting point in order to vary the pattern.

I decided to emboss using two different turquoise-ish embossing powder colors (Recollections in Marine and Glacier). I started by covering the top two-thirds of the card with the lighter color – Glacier – and tapped off the excess powder. Then I took the darker embossing powder – Marine – and placed it over the bottom half of the card, overlapping the middle area. I was trying to create a bit of an ombre effect on the card. Heat set the powder, distressed the edges using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo; then set the card aside.

Next I grabbed a piece of scrap paper that would cover a portion of the left side of the card. I wanted something that I could add a few words too, so not too busy of a background, but still in the vintage/distressed theme. This cream colored piece was perfect for the job! Tore it at an angle and distressed the edges. I grabbed another piece of scrap paper, this one in the turquoise/blue color, to add my handwritten sentiment “You’ve always had the key to my heart”; cut the strips out and distressed the edges. Since I was already looking through my scraps, I grabbed a red piece of card stock to punch the heart, and distressed the edges there too. As I was grabbing twine for the key, I remembered the Tim Holtz idea-ology Chitchat words I have and found the words I wanted to add to the heart.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You've Always Had the Key to My Heart card, embossed, gradient, distressed, manly, metal key embellishment

Now all my pieces were ready to assemble. Using a tape runner, I adhered the cream paper to the Kraft card. Using foam adhesive (for dimension), I adhered the sentiment strips to the card. I placed the chitchat words on the heart, then added twine to the key and stapled it to the heart using the tiny attacher. Some more foam adhesive and the heart was placed on the card. Once all the pieces were placed, I distressed the edges of the card again, just to unify it and make sure the distressing was cohesive. And voila! Custom card completed : )

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Green Tags {Feeling Crafty}

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A friend once mentioned she responds to “CRAFTS” the way dogs respond to “SQUIRREL” – it still makes me laugh! Maybe because I love the dog “Dug” in Disney’s movie “Up” or maybe it’s because I respond the same way! Ears perked, looking intently, ready to pounce (on an idea)!

If you would’ve told me ten years ago that I would be a scrapbooker or crafter, I would’ve said “you’re out of your mind! I’m way to cool to do that homemade stuff!” Boy, would I have been totally wrong! Not only have I fallen in love with all things crafty, but my daughters, particularly my 6-year old, loves it too. Many times after we tuck our girls into bed, say prayers and sing lullabies, I head into my craft space and get to work. Guess what I found my 6 yo doing after bedtime this week? Yes, she was at her desk, crafting as well. Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery!

This month, over at Scrap Happy, we had a Green Tag swap. We could create anything, as long as “green” was part of the creation. And you can make all three tags the same, or each one different, or minor variations, whatever your heart desires. At first I was thinking leprechauns and clovers, but really? That’s just not my bag, baby! So then I started thinking green, as in recycling. Hmmm, getting closer, but what would I create? Then it hit me! Create using products I already have – my way of being green!

Truth be told, I love to shop. And if I have a particular project in mind, I usually head to my favorite local scrapbooking store to buy some new goodies to use on the project. Inks, mists, papers, stamps, glitter. There is always something new that I want. My husband calls me a marketers dream. Funny, considering we were both marketing majors in college : )

So I stuck to my plan and only used products I had on hand. Of course I would use lots of green inks from my favorite collection, Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I also had a wood grain stamp I wanted to use with heat embossing in order to make the background appear like the tag was cut from real wood. Which is kinda funny considering paper is made from wood, but methodically worked to NOT look like wood : )

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So I started with this tag, what I’ve named “Treasure Life”. Just as I knew I wanted to use the wood grain stamp, I also knew I wanted to make a “wood sign” using the Close to my Heart “Treasure Life” stamp I had won from Joy at Studiowow {thanks Joy!}. I loved using up some of the bling and pearls I’ve had in my stash! And I used a scrap of velum, rolling it on both ends, writing what I treasure most in life: family, friends and faith. Loved the way it came out!

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Next I started working on my “Hello Sunshine” tag. I wanted to use leaves in the background, as I was inspired by my darling and creative friend Danni (check out her new blog {Made in} Apt 14 – she’s super talented!) She recently made a mini-book where she dry embossed and inked these amazing leaves on her tags for her book. This is normally where I would’ve gone out and bought stamps or stencils or other goodies to get a look much closer to hers, but I needed to use what I had on hand, so the cute Bo Bunny leaf stamp would have to do.

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The ink colors I used on this one were so bright and cheerful, it made me think of spring, so I added the bird, cut with my Slice out of thick craft cardstock. He looked a little to blah, so I decided to make a quilted look out of washi tape. Fun and easy! And then I reached for my favorite Ali Edwards stamp set (ok, only set, although I hope to get lots more in time!) The sentiment was perfect to welcome spring!

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I was trying to figure out what to do on my final tag, when I received the sweetest comment here on my blog from Danni. She has a great style, and she loves all things vintage and antiques. And then this tag totally came together in my mind! I’m naming it “Vintage Danni” : )

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It really came out exactly the way I envisioned it. I love KaiserCraft stamps. They are great quality and super affordable. The vintage script is a stamp I use lots and the lightpost / decorative lamp feels very Parisian to me, very inspiring for my upcoming journey!

I dropped these at the post office on Monday, and I hope all the recipients enjoy their one-of-a-kind tags! Have you made any “green” tags recently? I’d love to see your creations, so leave a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
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