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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!

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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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Blessed (Baptism) Card {Feeling Crafty}

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Last week I was honored to be part of a creative blog tour (if you missed it, you can read the post here) with friends around the world who share in this little passion called crafting! My friend Lisa from Recklinghausen Musings invited me to play along, and I was ecstatic to be in fantastic company with Lisa as well as Danielle of EcoScrapbook, both long time friends in the scrapbooking world! The tour is designed to share a bit about my current projects and creative process, as well as include three other creative friends in the tour. Have you done anything similar? It’s a great way to meet fellow crafters from around the world and find new and inspiring blogs to follow!

The crafter’s I linked to are running their “Creative Blog Tour” posts today, so be sure to see what they have to say!

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In that post, I also mentioned a card I had made for my nephew’s baptism… isn’t he adorable?! He really wanted to grab hold of the Father’s bible and not let go! Maybe he has a future in the priesthood!?

Besides sharing my nephew’s adorableness, I wanted to share this quick and easy card I made, the hiccup along the way, and the final result. Let me know what you think of the video? How have you overcome any creative hiccups? And if you’re inspired to create after watching the video, please share it in the comments, too!

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 that are now available for individual sale!

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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! Currently, 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!!

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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Butterfly Snacks? Oh, Yeah!

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I saw butterfly snacks on Pinterest, and knew I had to make them for my daughter’s Daisy Troop! How cute are these?!

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To make them, use sandwich size baggies – fill it with about 1/4 grapes, making sure to keep them on one side of the bag. Fill the other half with crackers (goldfish, Ritz, Cheez-Its, etc). Use a decorated clothes pin to cinch the bag up the middle, folding back the closure.

To decorate the clothes pins, you need the following:

All I did was firmly swipe the clothes pin across the multi-colored ink pad. Pinch the pipe cleaner to form a V shape. Using the thin point of a pencil, wrap the edges of the pipe cleaner to form curls in the antennas. Use the tacky glue to adhere the antennas to the clothes pin. Let it dry for a few hours (or overnight if you can). Draw a smiley face, or better yet, if you have small googly eyes, glue those on : )

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That’s it! Your little ones will love these and it’s totally worth the minimal effort!

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

PS. I’m linking up at The NY Melrose Family’s Whimsy Wednesday. Amazing DIY, repipes, crafts and more! If you like adding to your Pinterest boards, be sure to check it out!

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Kids Making Cards in 5 Easy Steps! {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // kids handmade birthday card with balloons in 5 quick and easy steps

My girls love getting crafty just as much as I do! And of course, making birthday cards for their friends birthday parties is a pretty regular occurrence around here. So we figured we’d share our quick and easy 5-step birthday balloon bouquet cards.

Both of my girls (7 and 4 yrs old) love making these cards and can easily do it with little supervision*! Perfect for those few uninterrupted minutes I’m able to get myself ready (hair and make-up, woohoo!) for the party!

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*It didn’t take long for my girls to get the hang of the Fiskars Large Circle Punch – I just point out they need to make sure their little fingers don’t get pinched! And Glue Stick or wet glue can be used.

Hope you enjoyed these quick tips for your little ones to make birthday balloon bouquet cards! Be sure to Pin It and share it with friends with little ones!

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

PS. Have you checked out the Whimsy Wednesday linky party at The NY Melrose Family blog? So many amazing, talented, crafty, DIY bloggers out there!