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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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequins

St. Patrick’s Tags with Gelatos {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky horseshoe and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Slice Je t'adore design card

One of my favorite ways to get creative is to play with tags! They’re small little canvases at 6-1/4″ by 3-1/8″ and are a fun way to try new techniques without getting overwhelmed of a big space to work on.

You might recall the two-day live-with-videos online classes my friend Lain Ehmann put together – True Scrap 5?  It was during the fall and I learned so much in all the classes! I LOVED Nichol Magouirk’s class “Stamp It Up a Notch” where she used Gelatos. I finally decided to get some of the colorful pigment sticks and see what I could do…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Technique Tuesday stamp, Irish blessing, sequins Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequins

So much fun using the pigment sticks; coloring and blending the Gelatos to create the backgrounds was super easy and creating color variations was really cool. Here are some close-ups of the details…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky horseshoe and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Slice Je t'adore design cardConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Technique Tuesday stamp, Irish blessing, sequinsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Technique Tuesday stamp, Irish blessing, sequins Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequinsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequins

I got these in the mail later than I planned, but they’re out and I hope the recipients enjoy them!

Last month when I created Valentine tags for the ScrapHappy swap, a few said you were interested in watching a video showing my process, so here it goes!

Product listing at the bottom of this post, so just keep reading : )

Ready to learn more fabulous techniques? Much of what I’ve learned has been through True Scrap 5 and True Stamp 2013 online courses. Lucky for you, True Stamp 2014 is right around the corner and Lain has given me a special discount for you! Use code LOVE at checkout to save almost $50 off the regular registration. But hurry – that code is good only until March 17! Read my True Stamp blog posts here or here if you need more details. I’m already registered, looking forward to it and hope to “see” you there!

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The tags I made are also being entered into the Fusion Challenge, ColourQ Challenge, A Blog Named Hero challenge, Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge, Catered Crop Recipe Challenge, and Addicted to CAS.

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And as luck would have it, I found out the birthday card I made last week won honorable mention at Fusion for the last challenge – woohoo!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Birthday card using John Lennon quote "Count your life by your smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years!" with teal, black, gold and sequins Honorable Mention Badge-2

Whew! Just a few challenges and updates : ) What can I say, I LOVE to share! As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark

10 on 10 – March // Chasing Rainbows

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, pink, rose

Time for another 10 on 10! Starting in January, I joined an amazing group of women photographers who share a passion for photography and a passion for sharing! On or around the 10th of the month we focus our lenses on capturing beauty around us. It might be our family, an adventure, nature, life, or anything that tickles our fancy. Each of us posts our 10 or more photos on the 15th of the month, and leads each reader to the next woman in the photography circle. So no matter where you start, you end up making a full circle and visiting each of us. This month, I decided to go on my own mini-adventure…

As every month changes and holidays approach, my mind turns to the different themes and decor pieces I can decorate our home with or paper projects I can create in my craft room (like the projects here, here and here). So with St. Patrick’s Day coming along, I couldn’t help but think of leprechauns, clovers, and beer, none of which are much my style. Then my mind went to pots of gold… which led to rainbows… which led my train of thought to all the wonderful colors I get to use in my crafts. But then I thought how lucky we are to have such amazing and beautiful colors given to us through nature…

Being in San Diego, we’re pretty lucky to have so many beautiful photographic locations. One of my favorites is Balboa Park – I’ve written many blog posts and shared photos of Balboa Park that you can find here. So considering I had a narrow window of time open earlier this week where both my girls were in school, I decided to head to the park and go on my very own photo walk, seeking out the colors of the rainbow. I headed to the cactus garden and the rose garden, neither of which disappointed! 

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, red, rose

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Chasing Rainbows in Balboa Park cactus and rose gardens - natures colors in plants, landscapes, flowers, sky, bark, orange

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It’s amazing what we see in the world around us when we’re intentional in our observations. Although I was hoping to fill the frame with a single color for most of the shots, I’ll admit I became quite smitten with the color combos provided by the surrounding plants and landscape. And next time I go chasing rainbows (colors), I’ll be sure to take my daughters with me – I think they’ll enjoy the hunt and sights immensely!

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I really loved all the colors, even the non-colors! It was high-noon when I was photographing all these beauties, but even the strong sun and harsh light couldn’t detract from the colors and awesome beauty!

Are there any favorite color combos you use in your home decor or clothing that you regularly see in nature? I’d love to see and hear, so share in the comments below!

You may have come to me from Michelle Kirnan Photography as part of the 10 on 10 circle, and even if you didn’t, follow the circle and head on over to Kathleen Ries – you won’t be disappointed!

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

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Photo Challenge: Distant

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  rainbow over canyon and park with grey clouds

Now that we’re almost completely settled into our new home, I have time to catch up on some of my favorite blogs! There are some fantastic ones out there, and I always love challenges – photography and paper crafting in particular. This week, A Word a Week Photo Challenge landed on the word “Distant” and although my mind was going in a billion different directions, I finally landed on two thoughts…

First, this rainbow I “caught” earlier this year. It was a gray day, but after dropping my girls off at school, I spotted the colorful creation and drove to a nearby park with some open space to grab a quick shot. Those gorgeous rainbows are always elusive, aren’t they?!

My other thought was on the fact that I still have so many photos I haven’t done anything with from my trip earlier this year to France. While in Paris, it started snowing on us! The trip was only four months ago, but the memories and adventure already feels like the distant past. So I pulled this photo of the snow coming down over the Louvre, and as I was processing, I decided to have some colorful Andy Warhol inspired fun!

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What photos, memories or visuals come to mind when you hear the word distant? I’d love to hear. And you can always play along in the challenge. Wishing you a beautiful and colorful day!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c