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…

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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!!

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

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

KISS ME TAG:

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Faber-Castell Green Gelatos
Ranger Mini Misters
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Heidi Swapp Stencil Set Heart
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Inkssentials Blending Tool & Foams
Heidi Swapp clear stamp Script
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Je t’adore Design Card (kissing silhouettes)
Remember This Design Card (frame)
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum
Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

LUCKY TAG:

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Faber-Castell Green Gelatos
Ranger Mini Misters
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Kaisercraft Clear Stamp Script
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Basic Shapes 2 Design Card (font for LUCKY)
Vintage Findings Design Card (horseshoe)
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum
Technique Tuesday Clear Stamp 4×6 Bring on the Sun
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

RAINBOW TAG:

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Faber-Castell Green Gelatos
Faber-Castell Red Gelatos
Faber-Castell Blue Gelatos
Ranger Mini Misters
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Snow Cap
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
The Crafter’s Workshop stencil 6×6 Cosmic Swirl
Heidi Swapp stencil 6×6 Lattice
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Toil & Trouble Design Card (kettle / pot)
Sweet Stamp Shop Alpha Tabs
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Wings that fly

Wings that Fly {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Your boundless wings already exist. All you have to do is fly. handmade card with butterflies and mason jar.

Totally inspired by the Fusion Challenge! And coincidentally pretty spot-on for the ColourQKeep It SimpleA Blog Named Hero, Crafting Musketeers challenges, too!

I stumbled on the quote over at ParisLux blog and have used it on a layout as well. LOVE the quote!!

And for any of you like-minded and like-hearted crafty types, be sure to check out the TrueStamp event coming up April 5th. I was on a fabulous girls trip to Paris last year when True Stamp 2013 was live, but I registered for the class knowing I would have access to the replays. Let me tell you… TOTALLY worth it! I still watch the replays for techniques and inspiration and am already excited for True Stamp 2014!! Sign up for the early bird info list and maybe the super-fantastic Lain Ehmann and her team will send you an early bird discount code! Seriously, if you’re at all crafty or want to be crafty… don’t miss out!

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As always, thanks for stopping by. 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)

American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 paper pad
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass
Color Box Pigment Stamp in Silver
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Parties Design Card (butterflies)
Inkadinkado Mason Jar Wood Stamp
Inkadinkado Dot Flourishes clear stamps
Craft card base

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, Cupid Love and Amour Eiffel Tower Valentine Tags, handmade

Valentine Tags – Mini Art!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, Cupid Love and Amour Eiffel Tower Valentine Tags, handmade

There’s something very therapeutic and enjoyable about creating little pieces of art like these Valentine tags. You know that part of “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson’s character types: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” – yup, that’s me! Being creative everyday – behind the lens or in my craft room – makes me a very happy girl!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupid and LOVE banner tag, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, handmade

Figuring out my design is always the hardest part. But once I had my vision clear, these didn’t take long at all to make! Doing a wash of two different Distress colors per tag, adding a background stamp, distressing the edges, adding perfect pearls over a stencil, adhering the die cuts and adding some stickles glitter and tags were ready!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, glitter heart with wings tag, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Stain, handmade

These were made as part of the ScrapHappy tag swap and I really hope my scrap-sisters that will be receiving these in their mail boxes enjoy my creations!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Amour, glitter Eiffel Tower tag, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stain, handmade

I’m planning to start making videos showing how I make tags, scrapbook pages and cards. Is this something you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments! I’m always open to questions and who knows, your question or comment might even lead to an entire blog post!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Cupid and LOVE banner tag, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, handmade Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // My Love, glitter heart with wings tag, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress Stain, handmade Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Amour, glitter Eiffel Tower tag, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stain, handmade

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

PS. Do you like adding ephemera to your paper creations? My friends and amazing crafters Tammy Tutterow and Lain Ehmann are offering a free online event February 25th, “Euphoric Ephemera: Adding Bits, Bobbles, and Treasures to Your Papercrafting Projects.” Tammy will showcase some of her favorite techniques and embellished projects, and answer your questions about where to find gorgeous ephemera, how to add it to your papercrafts, and more. Space is limited, so go HERE to sign up for the free event. Hope to “see” you in the chat room!

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P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Spun Sugar
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Milled Lavender
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Vintage Photo
Heidi Swapp Clear Stamp – Script
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Je T’adore Design Card
Stickles – Distress Black Soot
Stickles – Black Diamond
Stickles – Purple

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons,

You Make Me Happy Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons,

Seriously, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted a craft project! So I decided to change that this weekend by playing along with the Fusion Card Challenge #2. Have you checked it out yet? Such a fantastic place to find inspiration… you can use the sketch or the photo or both to inspire your creation! Awesome fun!!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons, Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You Make Me Happy when skies are grey card, Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil, KaiserCraft stamp, My Mind's Eye paper, embossing, balloons,

To create this card, I started with creating the sunburst on the card base using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade with a foam / ink blending tool and Heidi Swapp’s Sunshine Stencil. Next, I grabbed a sheet of gray patterned paper from a 6×6 My Mind’s Eye “Breeze” paper pad. I trimmed the paper and punched borders using Fiskars “Bubble” Border Punch. I then grabbed a black piece of cardstock and white embossed the “you make me happy when skies are grey” sentiment from KaiserCraft’s Texture Stamp You. Using the Parties design card for Slice, I cut out balloons, edged them in Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, then glued them down, forming a somewhat random, somewhat organized cluster of balloons! Then with the Signo Broad White Pen, I added faux stitching around the card and added “strings” and a bow. Ta-da!

What would you create with the photo and / or sketch below? Are you playing along with the Fusion Challenge? The color palettes and sketches are super inspiring!

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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Heidi Swapp’s Sunshine Stencil
Inkssentials Ink blending tool
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
My Mind’s Eye “Breeze”6×6 pad
Fiskars “Bubble” Border Punch
KaiserCraft’s Texture Stamp You
Slice Elite Digital Die Cutting machine
Slice Parties design card
Signo Broad White Pen