Sweet Blessing {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Sweet Blessing baby boy shower card with onesies on a clothesline

Last month we celebrated my baby sister’s pregnancy with a couple of baby showers. So of course I had to get crafty!

ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Sweet Blessing baby boy shower card with onesies on a clothesline

She’s having a baby boy (in case the blue onesies didn’t give it away!) and I am so excited to meet him next month! My nephew will be the first boy in our family, and my daughters are thrilled to have a cousin to play with and love!

ClickyChickCreates.com  //  Sweet Blessing baby boy shower card with onesies on a clothesline

Sweet blessing indeed! I really look forward to the experiences and memories my daughters and nephew will have together! There’s nothing like building forts, or going swimming, or playing house, or sleepovers, or road trips, or birthdays, or holidays, or a million other things… with cousins! What an exciting adventure they have ahead : )

What are some of your favorite memories growing up with cousins? I’d love to hear in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. Feeling inspired to make a similar card? Pin it so you don’t forget it!

P R O D U C T S   U S E D:
Onesies and “Blessing” made using Slice Elite and Baby Design Card
Clouds (used as masks) made using Slice Elite and Remember This Design Card
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
The Twinery Twine in Ocean
Maya Road Mini Alterable Clothes Pins
Sweet Stamp Shop Alpha Tabs
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad

Nautical {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // nautical card featuring ship, waves in the ocean and treasure life sentiment

My dear friend and fellow crafter Danni made the most adorable card and posted it at her blog, {Made In} Apt 14. The card was in response to the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Feeling Nautical, a new challenge to me, but super inspiring.

Low and behold, my sister-in-law Gina and I were inspired by the nautical theme and made this whimsical, boyish card!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // nautical card featuring ship, waves in the ocean and treasure life sentiment

The ship was cut out of plain white cardstock using the “Under the Sea” design card on my Slice Elite (love that machine!), then masked and stamped with two different stamps – a whimsical one on the sails and a woodgrain on the boat, using Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. Swipes of Distress Stain in Broken China and Tumbled Glass we used on the background, a top the clear embossed whimsical stamp representing the rocky waves of the ocean. The “Treasure Life” sentiment is from Close to My Heart, and it was tied off with some Twinery Twine in Cappuccino.

It’s my first time participating in a card challenge. There were some amazing cards linked and I’m really excited to check ’em out!

Are there any challenges that have inspired you recently? Photo or crafting? I’d love to see, so share a link in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Easter Cards {Feeling Crafty}

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I’ll be honest… I never appreciated handmade cards or gifts until I started making them myself! I was always about store bought, particularly name brands. I think as a kid of super young and divorced parents, I just really wanted to be “normal,” “mainstream” and “just like everyone else.”

Now that I’m an adult, and have a love of all things crafty and handmade, I love making custom cards for loved ones. Sometimes they’ll take quite a while as there are many layers and details, but usually figuring out my design is what takes the longest. I’ve recently started challenging myself to make cards in 5 to 15 minutes, especially when I’m trying to squeeze in crafting time before picking up my daughters from their schools.

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I made a few different cards for the Easter holiday. These first cards with the eggs took a bit longer to make. I picked my patterned cardstock and papers. Using patterned cardstock, I cut the egg shapes and adhered them to patterned card stock on a plain card. I added a few embellishments to the eggs (bling, felt flower and bling, stickles) and adhered the decorated eggs to the cardstock using foam squares for a little depth.

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The “grass” was hand cut (fringed using regular scissors) from patterned paper, and I added two levels of it – one layer of grass glued down to the striped cardstock behind the eggs; another layer of grass on top of the eggs.

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The “happy Easter” sentiment was cut using my Slice electronic cutter and glued onto the striped card stock. I love the way these came out and hope my recipients do too!

I also made some “5-minute” cards. I wanted to challenge myself to get some cards done quickly, but that were still pretty and had a few different elements. So this is what I came up with…

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Starting with craft cardstock cards, I wanted something that would pop. I embossed butterflies with a couple different embossing powder colors, and added a couple of strips of patterned paper. I also embossed the “Blessed Easter” using Pearl embossing powder for a there, but subtle look.

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Inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, and I was done. This may have even taken less than 5-minutes!

If you’re looking for other Easter craft inspiration, check out my “dyed” Easter egg banner here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Hope your Easter is a joyous one!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

“Dyed” Easter Eggs {Feeling Crafty}

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We “dyed” Easter eggs today! My girls and I wanted to make a “Happy Easter” banner, so we poked around Pinterest to get our creative juices flowing. We found lots of banners with egg shaped panels. So when I went to start pulling patterned cardstock, I remembered I had a pack of Heidi Swapp Color Magic Resist paper that I hadn’t used yet. I love using stencils/templates (or “stemplates” as Lain Ehmann calls ’em!) with Dylusions Spray Inks and usually make my own patterned paper. But remembering the Heidi Swapp pack I had gave me the idea to “dye” my own eggs!

Using my Slice e-cutter and Dilly Dally design card, I cut 4″ eggs from three different patterned Heidi Swapp papers; using the Basic Shapes 3 design card, I cut 3″ letters from brown cardstock. I chalked the edges of the letters using VersaMagic Chalk Ink in Cloud White and added Ice Stickles in Strawberry Ice.

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WIth Dylusions Sprays in Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Vibrant Turquoise,and Bubblegum Pink, I dyed our eggs! Added some washi tape, and using foam dots adhered the letters to the eggs. Twine and mini clothes pins finished the look and our banner panels/eggs were now ready to be displayed!

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

Green Tags {Feeling Crafty}

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A friend once mentioned she responds to “CRAFTS” the way dogs respond to “SQUIRREL” – it still makes me laugh! Maybe because I love the dog “Dug” in Disney’s movie “Up” or maybe it’s because I respond the same way! Ears perked, looking intently, ready to pounce (on an idea)!

If you would’ve told me ten years ago that I would be a scrapbooker or crafter, I would’ve said “you’re out of your mind! I’m way to cool to do that homemade stuff!” Boy, would I have been totally wrong! Not only have I fallen in love with all things crafty, but my daughters, particularly my 6-year old, loves it too. Many times after we tuck our girls into bed, say prayers and sing lullabies, I head into my craft space and get to work. Guess what I found my 6 yo doing after bedtime this week? Yes, she was at her desk, crafting as well. Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery!

This month, over at Scrap Happy, we had a Green Tag swap. We could create anything, as long as “green” was part of the creation. And you can make all three tags the same, or each one different, or minor variations, whatever your heart desires. At first I was thinking leprechauns and clovers, but really? That’s just not my bag, baby! So then I started thinking green, as in recycling. Hmmm, getting closer, but what would I create? Then it hit me! Create using products I already have – my way of being green!

Truth be told, I love to shop. And if I have a particular project in mind, I usually head to my favorite local scrapbooking store to buy some new goodies to use on the project. Inks, mists, papers, stamps, glitter. There is always something new that I want. My husband calls me a marketers dream. Funny, considering we were both marketing majors in college : )

So I stuck to my plan and only used products I had on hand. Of course I would use lots of green inks from my favorite collection, Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I also had a wood grain stamp I wanted to use with heat embossing in order to make the background appear like the tag was cut from real wood. Which is kinda funny considering paper is made from wood, but methodically worked to NOT look like wood : )

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So I started with this tag, what I’ve named “Treasure Life”. Just as I knew I wanted to use the wood grain stamp, I also knew I wanted to make a “wood sign” using the Close to my Heart “Treasure Life” stamp I had won from Joy at Studiowow {thanks Joy!}. I loved using up some of the bling and pearls I’ve had in my stash! And I used a scrap of velum, rolling it on both ends, writing what I treasure most in life: family, friends and faith. Loved the way it came out!

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Next I started working on my “Hello Sunshine” tag. I wanted to use leaves in the background, as I was inspired by my darling and creative friend Danni (check out her new blog {Made in} Apt 14 – she’s super talented!) She recently made a mini-book where she dry embossed and inked these amazing leaves on her tags for her book. This is normally where I would’ve gone out and bought stamps or stencils or other goodies to get a look much closer to hers, but I needed to use what I had on hand, so the cute Bo Bunny leaf stamp would have to do.

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The ink colors I used on this one were so bright and cheerful, it made me think of spring, so I added the bird, cut with my Slice out of thick craft cardstock. He looked a little to blah, so I decided to make a quilted look out of washi tape. Fun and easy! And then I reached for my favorite Ali Edwards stamp set (ok, only set, although I hope to get lots more in time!) The sentiment was perfect to welcome spring!

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I was trying to figure out what to do on my final tag, when I received the sweetest comment here on my blog from Danni. She has a great style, and she loves all things vintage and antiques. And then this tag totally came together in my mind! I’m naming it “Vintage Danni” : )

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It really came out exactly the way I envisioned it. I love KaiserCraft stamps. They are great quality and super affordable. The vintage script is a stamp I use lots and the lightpost / decorative lamp feels very Parisian to me, very inspiring for my upcoming journey!

I dropped these at the post office on Monday, and I hope all the recipients enjoy their one-of-a-kind tags! Have you made any “green” tags recently? I’d love to see your creations, so leave a comment below!

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Forest Moss
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Under the Sea Design Card (treasure chest)
Parties Design Card (bird on branch)
Wood Grain Stamp (similar to one I used)
Technique Tuesday Bring on the Sun clear stamps
Bo Bunny Apple Cider Stamps
Inkadinkado Lamp Stamp (similar to KaiserCraft I used)
7 Gypsies Vintage stamp set
KaiserCraft Script (Texture) Clear Stamp
Ranger #8 Manilla Tags

Can a Picture Really be Worth a 1,000 Words?

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Have you ever scrapbooked a page with no words? Let me tell you, if you haven’t, you should! It’s a challenge, but made me realize how important it is to capture images that can tell a story all on their own.

Here we are, a week into LOAD213 and I am loving it so far! Creating a layout a day means getting photos off my hard drive, onto beautiful pages for my girls, friends and family to enjoy. I get to play with paper, mists, washi tape, glue, all kinds of goodness!

Every day for the entire month, our fearless Continue reading