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Make It Monday // Christmas Card Swap

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in the Magic of Christmas , snowman shaker card

What do you do when life gets so hectic and you can’t keep up? Fun stuff gets pushed down the list of to do’s. Sometimes they even get pushed out to the next month! And that’s why I’m sharing a Christmas Card post in January 🙂

MakeItMondayCircle-Jan16Welcome to another Make It Monday! I’m so excited to share a creative post with you this week! Even though Christmas has come and gone, I still wanted to share this cute snowman card! Isn’t he adorable?! I love when companies make great products and include awesome stitched detailing on their dies!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in the Magic of Christmas , snowman shaker card

 

I decided to make a simple white card with die cuts to make the shaker card, but I also wanted to add a little extra oomph, so I embossed the face of the card with a fun snowflake embossing folder from Darice. It really ties it all together!

And every time I move the glitter and beads in the shaker, I swear it gives the snowman a different face, lol! I didn’t create a video for this card, but you can see a similar style card in this video I made using palm tree dies!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in the Magic of Christmas , snowman shaker card

I hope you enjoy this card and are inspired to create! Especially with all the snow certain parts of the US is experiencing, might be fun time to make some snowman shaker cards! I think this would be fabulous with a “baby it’s cold outside” sentiment! What do you think? What sentiment would you add instead of a Christmas sentiment? I’d love to hear in the comments!

MakeItMondayCircle-Jan16Thanks so much for stopping by! Please continue the Make It Monday circle and head on over to Karen at Photos Kept Alive! Karen’s sharing a couple of her creative team layouts! Being on a Creative Team and sharing projects for them is such a fun way to find out about new companies! Be sure to check out what scrapbooking fun Karen’s been up to lately!

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

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Make It Monday // Easter Cards

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to the Make It Monday, Easter edition! I hope you’re ready to be inspired to get Easter in full swing! I know, we just got done with St. Patrick’s day last week and here we are ready to hop into Easter {see what I did there? uh-huh! 😉 } Let’s get hopping!

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You won’t believe where I found the inspiration for these cards… emptied out egg shells we filled with confetti and smashed on each other when I was a kid! I’m not sure if that was a 1970’s thing or a Mexican thing, but we did it every Easter! Thinking of those Easter’s spent with my family, particularly my cousins, at a park not far from our grandparents homes, filled me with nostalgia and fun memories! The memory of the confetti filled eggs made me want to recreate a modern version in a card!

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I ended up making 4 of the cards, and even share how I made them in the video below. I hope you enjoy the video and learn a few tips and tricks!

Thanks so much for joining the Make It Monday blog circle. You’re in for another treat with cards from Beth at Scrapping Wonders! Beth shares how to make fun and glittery Easter and Project Life cards, so be sure to hop on over and leave her some comment love! And if you haven’t been to her blog before, be sure you poke around at some of her app reviews, tips and tricks. She’s done some great reviews, like on the Collect App, as well as other photography and crafting apps!

And of course I must mention True Stamp, yet again! It’s just a few days away…we’ll be having the time of our lives on March 28! If you like crafting, if you like taking classes from the best teachers out there, if you like mind blowing inspiration, if you like meeting friends who have the same crafty interests, and if you like staying comfy cozy at home, then True Stamp is for you! I really can’t say enough good stuff about True Stamp. If you’re at all into stamping, even a teeny tiny bit, then you should certainly join us for this phenomenal event! This will be my 3rd year and it is so totally worth it!

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get stamping, then check out True Stamp here!

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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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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. The Pinterest Inspiration challenge over at Simon Says Stamp provided great inspiration for this post, too! The chocolate confetti cake reminds me so much of those confetti eggs from my childhood!

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Watercolor Butterflies Birthday Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Watercolor Butterflies using embossing with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I’m sharing another crafty creation! Cards in back-to-back posts?! Not typical, but I couldn’t wait to share this one! I’ve been wanting to play with watercolors, and I’ve seen Tim Holtz do the watercolor effects using the water brush pen and his distress inks, so I decided to stop “wanting” and just “do” it! {Notice that “Just Do It” has been a theme in my life lately? If you missed the blog tour where 26 bloggers (including moi) shared our “lessons learned” from April Bowles of Blacksburg Belle’s CreativeLive class, check out my post here. And check out April’s post too – she has a contest where lucky winners will get their hands on some of her tools – marketing for creatives and blogging goodies – just for commenting!}

Back to this yummy watercolored card… You’ll see in the video how easy it was to do. Seriously. Super. Duper. Easy. And aren’t the colors delish? I was inspired by a few of my favorite sites, including: Fusion ChallengeTwo Peas in a Bucket June Mood Board and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Have you checked out the True Stamp 2014 classes yet? 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! They’re on sale RIGHT NOW, and 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!!

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!

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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Engagement Shaker Card & Video {Feeling Crafty}

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My baby brother proposed to his long-time girlfriend and I have been wanting to make them a card for too long! I knew I wanted to make a shaker card and after attending True Stamp this past weekend, I was absolutely inspired to get to my table and create! And on top of being inspired, I really wanted to just use what I had on hand (which is lots) and I made a little dent in my stash!

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Kelly Marie Alvarez from Lawn Fawn (maker of adorable stamps!) made a super cute shaker card in her True Stamp class – I can’t wait to check out more of her videos! If you missed True Stamp, stay tuned… I’ll let you know when individual classes are available!

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I hope you enjoy my card! I even made a video showing how I made it…

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

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Believe in Miracles Gelatos Card {Feeling Crafty}

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Sometimes I just want to go to my crafting space and just create! That’s exactly what happened this week when I made this card. My hubby recently found out his oldest sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I wanted to make her a card to let her know we’re thinking of her. I thought the “Believe in Miracles” sentiment, along with the giant heart stencil and mask would be great to use for this project. We love her and wanted her to know she’s in our thoughts and prayers…

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Hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to get your crafty supplies out to share your love of crafting with someone special!

Don’t forget to register for True Stamp 2014! So many of the techniques I’ve learned have been from classes like True Stamp and True Scrap, with amazing instructors like Nichol Magouirk and Shari Carroll and more! Use code NOW20 – it’s good for $20 off the regular registration rate through the end of this month (3/31). But don’t wait until then to register. Lain will be closing the door at 500 people, and we’re already well over 400! I received the supply list, which really is a peak into the goodness the instructors will be using in the classes, and let me tell you… AMAZING!! So don’t wait to register, NOW IS THE TIME!! Click HERE to register NOW!!

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 // 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}

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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…

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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…

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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!!

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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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