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Make It Monday // Tiara & Mustache Cupcake Toppers

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to another Make It Monday circle! I’m so excited to share these cupcake toppers I recently made for the Father-Daughter Dance “Mustache and Tiara Ball II” at my girls’ school! It’s an annual event and I LOVE that my girls and hubby enjoy their big night out, getting dressed up, going out to a nice dinner, and overall having a ball!

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My baby is in kindergarten this year, so she was thrilled to get to go too. My 2nd grader wasn’t thrilled to have sis in tow as it’s she had 3 years of going solo with her Daddy! Ah, sister drama! But I digress… I had a blast making these cupcake toppers for the big night. Our school is definitely full of loving parents who volunteer their time and talents (along with their treasures!) to the school, and these toppers were going to be paired with yummy cupcakes prepared by other mommies!

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Did you notice the “II” after “Mustache and Tiara Ball” earlier? Yes, this was the second year we’ve had this theme, so I actually made similar toppers last year. And I realized, I’m probably not alone needing toppers for this theme! So, what’s a girl to do? I added these printables to my Etsy shop! All that’s need after printing up the sheets, is a few different punches to create these perfectly adorable toppers!

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You can purchase the instant downloads from my Etsy shop – the MUSTACHES alone, the TIARAS alone, or a COMBO of both mustaches and tiaras!

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They were super easy to make with the printable, a handful of punches and of course glitter! Once they were punched and glued onto bamboo forks and lollipop sticks, I added a touch of glitter to really make them look like a million bucks! I ended up volunteering the night of the party taking candid photos, and I was so happy to see lots of little girls who had devoured their cupcake treats, but were still holding onto the toppers! So cute!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenI hope you’re inspired to make some toppers for your next party! But until you’re ready to get into party planning mode, continue our Make It Monday circle and head on over to the uber talented and creative Melissa Shanhun at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. Before you delete those toddler selfies, see how Melissa told the story of a day through her adorable and precocious daughter Emily’s photos! And knowing Melissa, you’re gonna be smiling and wanting to know more about her lovely family! So head on over!

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Before I say good-bye, I just have to remind you about True Stamp, since it’s less than 2-weeks away! True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). I hope you’ll join me and a few hundred other of your new stamp-loving BFF’s  Click Here to Sign Up! 

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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. What’s the freebie? My go-to shot list: 7-must get photos for kid birthdays!

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Make It Monday // Lamb Party {Feeling Crafty}

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopWelcome to another Make It Monday! My friends and family know that besides God, my daughters and husband, the things I love most in life are photography and crafting! So when a friend was planning her daughter’s birthday and decided on a “lambie” party, she rang me up and asked about a customized banner!

Instead of “Happy Birthday” for the banner, she asked if I could make a “Marley had a little lamb” banner – how cute is that, right?!

I loved her idea and when we started chatting about the party details, my mind started swimming with ideas and inspiration!

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She mentioned she would be going the cupcake route, so we chatted about cupcake toppers – and I came up with the idea to emboss and punch some scalloped circles and ovals in order to make little lambs for the toppers! I couldn’t resist adding some glittery eyes with lashes, pink nose and sweet smile 🙂

And when she mentioned getting plush lambs in lieu of goodie bags, I offered the idea to make little tags to tie around the lamb neck with ribbon. Voila… instant thank you’s!

PROJECT TIP: When planning your parties, be sure to carry the theme across as many components as possible. Incorporating textures, shapes and using colors consistently helps keep your theme cohesive!

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I hope you are inspired to make some fun party paper crafts! And since I mentioned inspiration, I have to point out that my friend Stephanie Ackerman is hosting a FREE ONLINE CLASS TODAY! In just a few hours… Do yourself a favor and sign up here… it’s FREE!! In the scrapinar, Stephanie will share how to turn ordinary text into inspiring, faith-filled works of “Heart!” So excited and hope to see you there! Be prepared to be wowed by her easy approach to beautiful and faith-inspired art!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopAre you following the Make It Monday hop? Did you land here from Beth Soler at Scrapping Wonders? Beth is sharing how her 30 days of thankful album is all ready to go! If you haven’t stopped by her site today, be sure you do! But first, continue the Make It Monday hop and head on over to check out Jen Wright Designs. Jen is showing us 2nd part of a double-layout template for free!

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So what are you going to do first? Sign up for Stephanie’s FREE Scrapinar? Head over to check out Jen’s double-layout template? Check out what other goodies are in my Etsy shop? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Make It Monday // Fall Banners {Feeling Crafty}

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MakeItMondayButton-Fall-2Welcome to another Make It Monday! Do you know that Fall is my absolute favorite season? Kinda crazy considering San Diego is in a perpetual summer, but it’s true… I absolutely love Fall!

In the US, we still have Halloween this month and most of the month of November before we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 27th, but I’m creating samples for a class I’m teaching next month, and thought I’d go ahead and share these creations as Canada is celebrating their Thanksgiving Day today. Cheers, Canada!

PROJECT TIP: Get cohesion in your choices! When I was conceptualizing my projects – selecting colors and papers for these banners – I had the fun idea to add texture to the kraft paper. But what type of texture? I let the theme of the papers lead my decision… leaves and trees, so adding wood grain texture to the neutral kraft cardstock seemed like the perfect fit! Did you notice it on the banners? What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?!

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If you’d like to order either of these banners, please visit my Etsy shop! I’m adding more to it every week 🙂 If you have any special orders, I can help you there too! Just send me a private message!

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MakeItMondayButton-Fall-2So did you land on my colorful corner of the crafty-bloggy world coming from Kristie Sloan at Artful Adventures? She’s showing how Base and Bling products can be used for other purposes, not just crafty jewelry! I love how Kristie gets us to think outside the box with so many products! If you didn’t come from her site, be sure you head over there, but first hop on over to Beth at Scrapping Wonders. Beth is sharing how to make monthly mini calendars from your iphone to use for your project life title pages. And she has loads of iPhone app tips on her blog, so be sure to check her out and leave some comment love!

And last but not least, I have to point out the amazing event coming up THIS FRIDAYTrue Scrap 6!! The inspiration, the community, the instructors, the content, the chat… it all gets rolled up into one AMAZING day of crafty goodness! If you’re at all interested in learning more crafting techniques, tips, getting to know and interact with amazing industry leaders, you MUST check out True Scrap 6!! Click here to find out more about the classes and instructors! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!!

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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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So what are you going to do first? Check out my Etsy shop? Sign up for True Scrap 6? Head over to Beth’s blog? Whatever it is, I hope you love it!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Linking up with Paper Issues’ “Woodn’t You Know, It’s Fall“!

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Make It Monday // Cupcake Toppers {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Snowflake Cupcake Toppers, stitched snowflakes, variations, stamping, punches, die cut Welcome to another Make It Monday blog hop with a few crafty and creative friends from all corners of the world! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hop Today I’m sharing some fun ideas for Snowflake Cupcake Toppers! Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Snowflake Cupcake Toppers, stitched snowflakes, variations, stamping, punches, die cut You might recall that my girls (ahem, most little girls) have gone through the Frozen phenomenon? It still continues! And besides Disney’s Frozen stars of humans, animals, snow and snowy creatures, the holidays are coming, so what a fun way to think about Christmas, winter or snowy decorations for yummy cupcake treats!

I wanted to use items I had in my stash of scrapbooking and crafting supplies. So I pulled out mostly items I’ve had for years: punches, my electronic digital cutter, and stamps. I did recently purchase a manual cutter, and I couldn’t resist some fun dies to use with it, so they made an appearance in these cupcake toppers, too! If you’re interested in purchasing any of these toppers for your upcoming party, please visit the Clicky Chick Creates Etsy shop! Or if you’re interested in seeing how I made these, watch this video…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make It Monday, blog hopNow head on over to check out more crafty goodness… You may have come from my friend Gina Zee at Messtaken Identity – she shares a tutorial showing how to creatively rescue your favorite shirt when it gets a stain! Even if you didn’t come from her site, be sure to head back to check out her post! But first, check out my friend Karen at Photos Kept Alive – sharing how to use Panstoria Artisan to make a 3D frame from your pictures! Head on over and let her know I sent you! I hope you enjoy our Make It Monday blog hop! 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! 2014-01-26_9698-Edit_SubscribeHere-small2 Live creatively! xoxo, /c P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

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Gingerbread House Party {Photo Feature}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Gingerbread house party at Style Your Life®Fashion stylist (and friend!) Jennifer Rosson of Style Your Life® asked me to photograph her annual Gingerbread House Party for a “how to” blog feature she had in mind. Besides Jennifer being incredibly sweet, super fashionable and the hostess-with-the-mostess, she’s totally got the Gingerbread House Party plan down pat!

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Be sure to check out her blog here to get all the details on how to host your very own stunning and kid-focused gingerbread house party : ) And while you’re there, check out her fantastic fashion advice – she’s ah-ma-zing!!

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

PS. Don’t forget to sign-up for the FREE photography webinar “Oh, Shoot! Creating a Successful Daily Photography Project” – I blogged about it here.

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PSS. While you’re at it, check out Katrina Kennedy’s True Scrap 5 class “The Art of the Everyday” – actually, check out all the True Scrap 5 classes! Hands down, it was one of the best online class experiences I’ve ever had! And all TS5 classes are  25 PERCENT OFF – just under $10 each right now through 12/25. Everyone needs a “To: Me, From: Me” present under the Christmas tree, right?! : )

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Yummy Mummy Juice Boxes {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Mummy Juice Boxes - perfect party drinks for pre-schoolers and young elementary aged kidsOctober is here! Pumpkin Spice Lattes are on the menu! Fall is here! Okay, well San Diego’s version of fall : ) And fall has always been my favorite season. It kicks off with my older daughters birthday and leads into the most wonderful and magical holidays of the year!

So a couple years ago I started bringing these fun little mummy juice boxes to my daughter’s Halloween parties. They were quite a hit! I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be “cool” as my girls get older, but I think I’ve still got a good few years before we get to that “no, mom, don’t make those!” stage : )

To make them, I used a few rolls of masking tape, some copy paper, tape, glue and googly eyes.

1. Remove the straws from each box, leaving the straws wrapped in the plastic if possible, and place them all together in a plastic cup. You can wrap the plastic cup into a mummy as well!

2. Use copy paper to cover the juice boxes since the masking tape is rather thin and the juice box packaging will show thru the tape. When I originally read about the idea, the author used white electricians tape. Trust me – it’s way cheaper to use the copy paper and masking tape : ) I just trimmed a piece of copy paper to wrap around the juice box, not worrying about the top or bottoms showing, and used a little tape to keep it in place.

3. Add a few pieces of masking tape to cover the top of the box, but be sure to leave on open, non-taped space where the juice box opening for the straw is located.

4. Start wrapping the juice box with the masking tape from the bottom working up, adding a little angle and slant with each loop around the box, all the way to the top. Be sure to overlap the tape a touch – just like a mummy would have overlapping wrapping.

5. Glue on googly eyes, about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up on the box (or if you can find them with the sticky backs, then save yourself a step with the glue). Add another layer of tape, angling the tape the opposite direction of how the box was wrapped, about 2 to 3 loops, and cover the eyes just a tad to secure them and  to give it that real “mummy” look.

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That’s it! Five easy steps and you’ve got kid-friendly, yummy mummy juice boxes ready for your favorite little ones! Be sure to Pin this so you don’t forget how to make them… Halloween and spooky parties will be here before you know it!

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