Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Layers // Advent Banner {Feeling Crafty/Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just 10 days away? And that means Christmas season is only 11 days away!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

I created this Advent calendar banner and mini book for a class I’m teaching at my local scrapbook store (LSS) – Cool Scrapbook Stuff. I wanted to create a unique piece that was quite festive, would add holiday cheer, and give my family and I a great way to experience the holidays. Instead of a treat, candy or toy in each pocket of the countdown for Christmas, I decided to pull together a list of fun activities for us – everything from “wear new jammies to bed” to “French Toast and hot cocoa for dinner” to “make a Christmas card for your teacher” to “make a Jesus Birthday box” to “sleepover under the tree” – lots of things to make the holidays that much more memorable!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

And once the holidays  are over, the banner can be placed on a book ring binder and turned into a mini book. There’s even room on the back of the tags for a small photo (2×2 or 2×3) to be added, documenting the holiday season, or specific daily activity.

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Advent calendar banner and mini book with unique family experiences and activities

What kinds of Christmas crafts are you preparing? Can you believe how close we are to the holidays? I LOVE it!!

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // vintage Christmas banner, Advent calendar, banner, mini book, traditions, experiences, family

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

PS. This has been submitted to the The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers – how many layers do you think there are per tag? I’ll give you a clue: look at the layers of stamps and papers, inks and distressing; and don’t forget each tag is double sided! The first sample I made took over 16 hours!

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Ranger Kraft Tag #5
Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Magical Background
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Stunning Snowflakes
Hero Arts Rubber Wood Mount Stamp, Flower and Dot (no longer available)
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Frost White (background stamping)
My Minds Eye, Vintage Christmas paper collection
EK Success Slim Christmas Tree punch
Fiskars Scalloped Squeeze Punch, XLarge, Seal of Approval
Fiskars Circle Squeeze Punch, Large, Round n’ Round
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Door
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries

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