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Make It Monday // Cupids, Kisses, Hearts and Banners

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog circleWelcome to another Make It Monday! Can you believe this is #17? So excited for the series and I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I enjoy creating projects to share!

Are your creative juices flowing? Are you motivated to make some goodies?! I’d love to hear from you and see your creations, so be sure to let me know in the comments below! I read every single comment and love getting to know YOU! There are some fun plans in the works for the rest of the year, so be sure you don’t miss a single creative post and join the fun here!

Did you know I opened up an Etsy shop the end of last year? I did indeed! It brings me great joy to share these creations with others who love hand-crafted creations, be it banners, decorations, cards, party supplies, and more!

I created these goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day…coming up in just 12 days!! Are you ready to share your love, heart and kisses with your loved ones? These sweet banners will help set the stage for you and your honey loves!

Buy Amor Banner on Etsy

Buy Be Mine Banners on Etsy

Buy Kisses 5¢ banner on Etsy This one is one of a kind! Definitely one of my most favorite banners ever ❤

Buy Cupid Love banner on Etsy

Buy Fall in Love banner on Etsy

Buy Cupid Amour banner on Etsy

All of these are handmade by yours truly 🙂 I love adding the extra touch by dry or heat embossing to add texture, hand faux-stitching, distressing, stamping, cutting…whatever it takes to give it that extra something to make it extra special! Visit the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop to order yours today!

Or if you’re inspired to make any of these on your own, below are all the goodies I used to make them! My biggest tips to you:

  • When picking your papers, pick a patterned paper for your pennants (background) and a solid card stock for your letters.
  • Adding custom touches to your letters helps them pop – think heat embossing, dry embossing  for texture, glitter, hand faux-stitching and more!
  • If your letters don’t pop against the patterned paper, add a neutral colored shadow behind the letters to give them some pop!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog circleSo I have to ask you…how do campers create a Valentine? Keep the Make It Monday circle going, and head on over to my sweet friend Kristie Sloan’s Artful Adventures to find the answer! Her creativity is inspiring and her tutorials are fantastic! Be sure you don’t miss visiting her blog!

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

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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

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Oh Boy! My baby boy nephew getting kisses from his cousins (my daughters)! LOVE his smile and giggles!

Oh Boy! {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Oh Boy! My baby boy nephew getting kisses from his cousins (my daughters)! LOVE his smile and giggles!

Today’s prompt at Capture Your 365 is “Oh Boy!” – what a fantastic day to share one of my most favorite recent photos of my daughters and nephew! Can’t you just feel the love and excitement?!?!

I truly look forward to their future adventures!!

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