Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Girl Scouts Kaper Chart, Brownies Kaper Chart, unicorns, Daisies, responsibility chart

Make It Monday // Girl Scout Kaper Chart {Top Dog Dies}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Girl Scouts Kaper Chart, Brownies Kaper Chart, unicorns, Daisies, responsibility chart

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Welcome to another Make It Monday! I’m so excited to share this project with you! I’ve been wanting / needing to make it for a while, and it finally made it’s way up the priority list!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Girl Scouts Kaper Chart, Brownies Kaper Chart, unicorns, Daisies, responsibility chart Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Girl Scouts Kaper Chart, Brownies Kaper Chart, unicorns, Daisies, responsibility chart

My daughters are both Girl Scouts – one is a Brownie and one is a Daisy. Our Brownies Troop Leader had mentioned a Kaper Chart would be helpful for the girls to start taking on more responsibilities during meetings. When I heard it was a paper crafted project, of course I offered to make it! Our Brownies picked the Unicorn for their troop crest, and the minute I received the Top Dog Dies Unicorn Die Set, I knew I wanted to use it for the Kaper Chart!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Girl Scouts Kaper Chart, Brownies Kaper Chart, unicorns, Daisies, responsibility chart

Here’s my supply list:

And here’s what I did to make this:

  1. I cut out the Unicorn on white cardstock, the horn in gold, the mane and extra hair tuft from the multi-colored cardstock, using Big Shot Die Cutting machine.
  2. I glued the patterned paper onto the foam core
  3. Large and medium rectangles cut to frame unicorn pieces and letters/numbers, and glued onto foam core.
  4. Letters and numbers were cut using the Slice machine and Vintage Findings cartridge; glued onto green rectangles.
  5. Green cardstock and pocket page die from the Fall Die Set used to create background for Unicorns.
  6. Unicorns and accessories glued onto green die cuts, names handwritten onto cards, then laminated and hand fussy cut.
  7. Titles (responsibilities) created and cut using Silhouette Cameo.
  8. Velcro pieces added to backs of laminated pieces (soft velcro side on adhered to laminated piece, pokey velcro side adhered to large pink rectangle on foam core boards).

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Girl Scouts Kaper Chart, Brownies Kaper Chart, unicorns, Daisies, responsibility chart

I seriously love the way this came out and think the Brownie Troop will as well! The chart will not only help them be responsible and show they care, but the unicorns I’m sure will be a big hit with the girls!

MakeItMondayCircle-FALL2015Be sure to continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to my dear friend Alice at Scrapbook Wonderland. We’ve all had those “how embarrassing!” moments, and Alice will convince you to share a cringeworthy story on your next layout! Seriously, the girl never disappoints, so be sure to head on over!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And make sure you’re on the Clicky Chick Creates email list so you don’t miss a thing! Sign up here!

Live (and plan) creatively!
xoxo,
/c

* Be sure to check out my Etsy shop to see all the goodness I’ve been creating for November planning! And use coupon code EEK15CCC to save 15% off $15+ purchase. But hurry – coupon code expires this Saturday, 10/31/15 – when the ghouls and goblins take it away! Over 30 new designs have been added – here’s a little peak:

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

Make It Monday // You Make Me Happy {Top Dog Dies}

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Welcome to another Make it Monday! I’m loving being part of the Top Dog Dies team and creating something fun every week!. The dies are adorable, they’re sized perfectly for so many projects – from cards to scrapbook layouts to itty bitty lunch box love notes!

For today’s post, I really wanted to use the Rainbow Die Set, along with the Pretty Petals #2 Die Set. I had the idea of a rainbow spilling out into an explosive rainbow of flowers! Both of these dies were perfect for the card and made it a breeze to create!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

I used 6×6″ paper pads – the small patterns on small pads are perfect for cards! Avery Elle Happy Collection, Lawn Fawn Happy Day Collection, and a few pieces of scrap paper brought this all together beautifully!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

I stamped the Avery Elle sentiment using Versamark and embossing powder, and heat set it for a pretty glossy look.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // rainbow and flowers card using Top Dog Dies, rainbow explosion,

Before I glued everything down, I laid it out so I could figure out spacing. I definitely recommend doing that and starting from one corner and working your way in. Trust me 🙂

Thanks for popping in to see today’s Make It Monday post! Don’t forget today is the final day to get on the Early Bird list 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 get on the early bird list before you miss it! For a limited time, you can add yourself to the Early Bird list and get all 6 classes, plus all the extras, for only $29. That’s $70 off the regular price of $99! But it expires soon, so register for your discount here: http://www.truescrap.com/connieplanner

UPDATE: Early bird list is closed, but you can still save $50 using discount code PLANNERPARTY through 9/2 – don’t miss it this time! 

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 lowest price I’ve ever seen for a True Scrap event, and it will be 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 Wednesday Challenge is focusing on Back to School. How perfect is this card to remind a loved one how much they’re loved on their first day back?!

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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 🙂

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

 

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 // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Flamingo Invite

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

Can you believe it?! I’m back with a second Make It Monday post today! If you didn’t catch my first post, about the Christmas in July Bundle, be sure to check that one out too!

MakeItMondayButton-Christmas2I’m sharing an adorable invitation using two gorgeous dies: Top Dog Dies Flamingo Die Set and the Top Dog Dies Pennant Banner – I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these dies!

Ever since the spring, when my sister and her friends took a girls trip to Palm Springs, I’ve been smitten with pink flamingos! So when I saw that Top Dog Dies had a flamingo, I knew I was in for some fun!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

This invitation was surprisingly easy to put together, primarily because of the great quality of the dies. They cut like butta! Here’s what I did to make the invite:

1. Took two different pink papers to cut the flamingo from, and I used an aged aqua/teal paper to cut the bit of water for the flamingo to stand in, as well as the banner.

2. Created the invitation in Photoshop, but I could’ve just as easily used Word to create it as it’s mostly verbiage. While creating the digital portion, I made sure to leave room to add the die cuts of the flamingo and banner.

3. I had some left over alphas from an old kit and loved how easy it was to add them to the banner. I trimmed the banner pieces just a tad to fit the limited space, but that just took a little snip on each side. Easy peasy.

4. All of the pieces were glued down on the invitation, and a little bling was added to the flamingo’s eye for the final touch.

I said it was easy! What do you think? I love it and hope you do too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies, flamingo bridal shower invitation

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure to go back and read the first Make It Monday post for today about the Christmas in July Bundle Sale – it only lasts until 9pm PST tonight…yes, TONIGHT! You don’t want to miss it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. You know I love a fun crafting challenge, and luckily the themes at Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge is Anything Goes and Wednesday’s Challenge is Furry Friends! Looks like a win-win to me!

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Palm Trees

I’m thrilled to share some pretty exciting news with you… I’m part of the Top Dog Dies Fall Design Team! Woohoo! So yes, expect to see lots more crafty posts using the adorable Top Dog Dies. Seriously. Super. Adorable. ❤

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Besides the amazing dies, the team I’ve joined is totally top-notch. I’m so proud to be part of this team and can’t wait to get to know these girls better! Check them out on their blogs:

 

So with that news, I’ll also be posting Make It Monday creations much more regularly! Can I get a woot-woot?!

MakeItMondayButton-JulyLet’s kick off July with these fun cards featuring the Top Dog Dies Palm Tree Die Set. Being in California, we have plenty of palm trees, and I certainly love photographing them. But I hadn’t made any cards incorporating them. When I received this die set, I immediately envisioned a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of the palm tree. I think it turned out pretty cute! What do you think? And the bonus was getting the TDD Water Die Set which I loved incorporating, too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Here are the steps I took to make the card (product / affiliate links are listed at the bottom of this post):

1. Die cut Palm Tree Die Set and Water Die Set using black card stock.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

2. Created card base for 5″ x 6.5″ card – cut white card stock to 10″ by 6.5″ – scored and folded at 5″ on the long side – set aside.

3. Cut a piece of white card stock to 4.75″ x 6.25″. Used 1/2″ corner rounder on bottom two edges of both card base and slightly smaller card stock piece.

4. Using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks, I created the sunset sky background on the 4.75″ x 6.25″ piece of card stock. Starting at the bottom and gently blending in approximately 4 even areas of colors, starting with Spiced Marmalade.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

5. Continued blending of colors with Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves..

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

6. Heat set inked card stock in order to ensure ink was dry.

7. Using VersaMark Ink, stamped the sentiment, added white embossing powder and heat set.

8. Glued all die cut pieces onto card, being sure to also corner round the water die cut, and swirled a bit of Wink of Stella glitter across the water die cut on the bottom of the card.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies


My second card was a bit easier as it really only involved die cutting the Palm Tree Set bits and pieces from a few different papers, most of them scraps that I just hadn’t parted with quite yet!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Again I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder for the sentiments, on pink scrap paper and trimmed them for cute word blocks. My favorite part of this card? The open coconut! How cute is that?! Which card do you prefer?

I love this die set and have a third card, but you’ll have to wait for that one. It’s a shaker card and I’ll be sharing that on the Top Dog Dies blog later this month!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Inked Bokeh Tutorial {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more! May is one of my favorite months of the year! Not only is it my baby’s birthday month, but it’s also Layout-a-Day during May!

Layout-a-Day is a month long challenge of spending creative time everyday to create a scrapbook page or layout. It only happens 3 months out of the year, so it’s a special time to focus on one of my favorite hobbies. But, I won’t lie…with my schedule as a mom & wife, volunteer, photographer, Etsy-preneur and more, I don’t get to create a layout every single day, but I do make creative time more of a priority for the month! That might mean a layout, a card, prettying up my planner, or playing with a tag to try a new technique.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more!

For this month’s Layout-a-Day in the Scrap Happy community, I’ve been quite the happy camper to be one of the featured designers! Our theme for the month is Musical Mayhem and being inspired by the music in our worlds. Today’s prompt is to create a layout highlighting a loved one who enjoys the spotlight! What a perfect opportunity to create a layout about my big girl about her moment on stage singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” during her school talent show! At just 7-years old, my big girl had more confidence in her little pinky than I’ve ever had!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // inked bokeh VIDEO tutorial scrapbook layout, perfect for scrapbooking, cards, tags, and more!

I had fun creating this background paper and thought I’d share how easy it was to create! Enjoy the tutorial. If you like it and learned from it, please leave me a thumbs up to let me know you enjoyed it!

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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PS. I love the Simon Says Stamp weekly creative challenges! Have you checked them out? Always inspiring! Check out both the Monday “XYZ” and Wednesday “Color Swatch” challenges!