Connie Hanks Photography // // Blessed card, handmade, pink, orange, yellow, mauve, kraft

Blessed Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // // Blessed card, handmade, pink, orange, yellow, mauve, kraft

I haven’t made a card in a while, and couldn’t resist wanting to play with colors and the idea of the word banners I used on this Christmas banner I just posted yesterday!

I heat embossed on this card, and have been wanting to do more with dry embossing. So, I really can’t wait for tonight’s FREE scrapinar all about embossing! Have you signed up yet? Lain Ehmann and Becki Adams will be helping us imagine the “embossibilites” using embossing folders! The event is at 6pm PST, but even if you can’t make it live, you’ll have access to the replay for a limited time — but you have to sign up in advance! Click HERE to sign-up!

And besides the awesome free scrapinar tonight, have you heard about True Scrap 6? Fired up doesn’t even begin to describe my anticipation for the event coming in October. Eight classes with top-notch crafty instructors {get ready to swoon!}, virtual make-n-takes, live chat with the instructors and scrappy friends from around the world, eternal access to class recordings, and the best part? All from the luxury of my own home. Heck, I can stay in my jammies all day if I wanted! Ready to join me? Click HERE to find out more and get on the early-bird list to get a 30% off coupon…

As always, thanks for stopping by. I hope to *see* you in the chat room in the free embossibilites class tonight and at True Scrap 6 in October!

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 🙂


Live creatively!

PS. I’m linking up over with A Blog Named Hero, too, as the Ombre challenge helped inspire today’s card!

P R O D U C T S   U S E D

SBC_gb-tim21513_0 SBC_pp-th-tim27201_0 SBC_pp-thtim34940_0 SBC_pp-th-tim27195_0 SBC_ri-tim19527_0 SBC_gb-ribt616_0 SBC_f-110400-1001_0 SBC_f-4597_0 SBC_pp-ts-vm002_0 51KyUY52+kL._SY450_ 41BkS1D0JjL // Watercolor Butterflies using embossing with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Watercolor Butterflies Birthday Card {Feeling Crafty} // 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!


Live creatively!

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Connie Hanks Photography // // stamped and embossed tag with additional background stamping

True Stamp 2014 – 50% off for a limited time!!

What do all of these projects have in common? Any guesses? Did you say stamping? Of course you did!

You love stamps. How did I know? Because whether you’re a card maker, an art journaler, or a scrapbooker, stamps are cost-effective, versatile, and FUN! But do you ever look at your ever-growing collection of stamps and inks and say, “HELP!”?

When it comes right down to it, nothing is better for revving up that mojo than learning from “the masters.” Watching real experts demonstrate unique techniques and projects is a sure-fire way to rev up the inspiration. But who has the time or money to travel all over the country to take classes?

Well, you don’t have to! It’s back… True Stamp!

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True Stamp is the only event to offer the best in LIVE stamping instruction, brought right to you via your computer. That’s right, no need to pack up all your supplies. No need to leave the family. No need to eat lousy convention center food. Instead, the classes come right to YOU. Just log in from your computer and be treated to classes from six amazing sponsors, teaching you the latest and greatest skills and techniques to get your creative stampy juices flowing. And it’s all recorded so you can watch again and again after the event! Almost 500 people attended last year’s event, and I can’t wait for April 5 to see what’s in store.

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

And what could possibly make it even better? Getting all of this at a discount! GET 50% OFF WITH THE CODE “LOVE” THROUGH 3/17!

Join six amazing instructors on April 5 for a full day of stampy fun! I’m already signed up and hope to “see” you there!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
/c // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

Halloween Tags {Feeling Crafty} // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

Besides my IRL family and friends, I really do love the online communities that have become family too! One of those communities is my Scrap Happy family – an online community of crafters from all over the world. Occasionally we’ll have a tag swap, so I made these three tags to send to crafty like-minded dear friends sprinkled throughout the world! // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

It’s almost creative madness and therapy when I’m in my craft space! With regular doses of photography and crafting, my creative heart is quite content : ) Do you craft? If so, you really should read about True Scrap below… // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap // Halloween tags for ScrapHappy tag swap

Lain Ehmann, the crafty and creative genius behind Scrap Happy and, is the same mastermind behind True Scrap. What is True Scrap you ask? Imagine an amazing convention with your favorite instructors and scrappy friends coming together for two-days of mind-blowing classes, without the expense of travel and craziness of logistics! It’s a fantastic way for crafters around the world to come together for two-days, via the internet, in the comfort of home! Yup, I was in my jammies for most of the True Scrap 5 classes this weekend : )

We (as in over 300 of us) had such a fantastic time learning from top leaders in the industry, topics included photography, gelli plates, paints, stamps, design principles, canvas art, and more, more, more! I’m going to be quite busy in my craft room! I’m already looking forward to the next True Scrap event… In the meantime, Lain is offering a HUGE discount on the replays from True Scrap 2. If you’re even remotely into crafting, you should definitely check it out. For the rest of today, Saturday, October 12, 2013, Lain is offering 65% off the full replays of True Scrap 2. That’s 17 instructor videos plus virtual make and takes for only $44, with code HUNK at checkout. Did I mention Lain’s a huge Hugh Jackman fan? Yup, today’s his birthday, and that’s why the code is HUNK. She’s funny that way!

———-> CHECK OUT TRUE SCRAP 2 <———-

Check it out now – like Cinderella, the discount expires at midnight!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Oh, and make it spooktacular, too!

Live creatively!

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

A F F I L I A T E   L I N K S   U S E D   / /   P R O D U C T S   L I S T:
Chilling die cut made using Slice Elite and Toil & Trouble Design Card
Witch legs and Web Frame made using Slice Elite and Spook Alley Design Card
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Forest Moss
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink in Cloud White
Stickles in Xmas Red
Stampers Anonymous Mixed Media background stamps
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
Glossy Accents
Ribbon, embossing powders and stamps from Recollections, links unavailable

Catching Snowflakes {Feeling Crafty}


If you’ve poked around my blog at all, you know I have a love for Lain Ehmann’s Layout a Day (LOAD). It’s a month long scrapbooking challenge that takes place three times per year, and May is one of those months. It’s a wonderful way to create scrapbook pages based on daily prompts – some are silly, some are insightful, some are reflective, all are open for interpretation, and many are flat out amazing! Some of my most favorite scrapbook pages I’ve ever made have come out of LOAD over the past year, where the prompts have inspired me to tell a story or scrap a photo that I really don’t think I would’ve ever considered on my own.


Yesterday’s prompt inspired me to create a page about the first time my daughters experienced snow! It was an amazing experience to watch the spark in their eyes, particularly my then 4 year old. She really wanted to catch snowflakes on her tongue!


I decided I wanted to create my own background paper, as I wanted the color to really pick up the light turquoise in their hats. Using Hero Arts snowflake stamp, VersaMark watermark stamp, and Stamp-n Stuff in Star Dust, I heat embossed the glittery snowflakes onto my white cardstock base. I started with stamping in the top center section of the page, spilling off the top edge. Then I rotated the stamp 1/4 turn and stamped to each side of the first stamp mark. It’s a little hard to see because the watermark can look transparent, but even if you overlap a little, it still looks beautiful!

On top of that, I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Stormy Sky, in that order, gradually varying the colors for depth texture. I love how it turned out!



Punching out snowflakes and embossing them to make embellishments helped complete the look. The cute “so happy” banner is from Carta Bella’s new “So Noted” collection – love that line! I also love that I used some really old products – like the pink border strip across the bottom, as well as the thickers for my title. I think these have each been in my stash for at least a few years! Thanks again to Lain for challenging us to use up our stash!!

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

Green Tags {Feeling Crafty}


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 : )


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!


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.


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!


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” : )


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!

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