Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // PRINTABLES on Etsy, mustache, tiara, cupcake toppers, easy, simple, DIY, father-daughter dance, ball, party

Make It Monday // Tiara & Mustache Cupcake Toppers

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // PRINTABLES on Etsy, mustache, tiara, cupcake toppers, easy, simple, DIY, father-daughter dance, ball, party

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenWelcome to another Make It Monday circle! I’m so excited to share these cupcake toppers I recently made for the Father-Daughter Dance “Mustache and Tiara Ball II” at my girls’ school! It’s an annual event and I LOVE that my girls and hubby enjoy their big night out, getting dressed up, going out to a nice dinner, and overall having a ball!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // PRINTABLES on Etsy, mustache, tiara, cupcake toppers, easy, simple, DIY, father-daughter dance, ball, party

My baby is in kindergarten this year, so she was thrilled to get to go too. My 2nd grader wasn’t thrilled to have sis in tow as it’s she had 3 years of going solo with her Daddy! Ah, sister drama! But I digress… I had a blast making these cupcake toppers for the big night. Our school is definitely full of loving parents who volunteer their time and talents (along with their treasures!) to the school, and these toppers were going to be paired with yummy cupcakes prepared by other mommies!

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Did you notice the “II” after “Mustache and Tiara Ball” earlier? Yes, this was the second year we’ve had this theme, so I actually made similar toppers last year. And I realized, I’m probably not alone needing toppers for this theme! So, what’s a girl to do? I added these printables to my Etsy shop! All that’s need after printing up the sheets, is a few different punches to create these perfectly adorable toppers!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // PRINTABLES on Etsy, mustache, tiara, cupcake toppers, easy, simple, DIY, father-daughter dance, ball, party Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // PRINTABLES on Etsy, mustache, tiara, cupcake toppers, easy, simple, DIY, father-daughter dance, ball, party

You can purchase the instant downloads from my Etsy shop – the MUSTACHES alone, the TIARAS alone, or a COMBO of both mustaches and tiaras!

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They were super easy to make with the printable, a handful of punches and of course glitter! Once they were punched and glued onto bamboo forks and lollipop sticks, I added a touch of glitter to really make them look like a million bucks! I ended up volunteering the night of the party taking candid photos, and I was so happy to see lots of little girls who had devoured their cupcake treats, but were still holding onto the toppers! So cute!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Make it Monday blog circle in greenI hope you’re inspired to make some toppers for your next party! But until you’re ready to get into party planning mode, continue our Make It Monday circle and head on over to the uber talented and creative Melissa Shanhun at Digital Scrapbooking HQ. Before you delete those toddler selfies, see how Melissa told the story of a day through her adorable and precocious daughter Emily’s photos! And knowing Melissa, you’re gonna be smiling and wanting to know more about her lovely family! So head on over!

True Stamp is almost here!

Before I say good-bye, I just have to remind you about True Stamp, since it’s less than 2-weeks away! True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 28. All six classes will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). I hope you’ll join me and a few hundred other of your new stamp-loving BFF’s  Click Here to Sign Up! 

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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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Engagement or Wedding Ring Shaker Card with how-to process video!

Engagement Shaker Card & Video {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Engagement or Wedding Ring Shaker Card with how-to process video!

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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Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Embossing Powder in Light Pink
Embossing Powder in Bright Pink
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter
Stickles in Diamond 
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Heidi Swapp mini stamp Party set
Stampendous Detail White embossing powder
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Tombow Mono Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Darice Multi Color Sequins
Microbeads
Stickles in Magenta

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…

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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!!

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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KISS ME TAG:

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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)
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LUCKY TAG:

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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:

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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 // 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

Birthday Card {Feeling Crafty}

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

John Lennon is definitely one of my favorite artists. The entire Imagine album is beloved and brings back some of my favorite childhood memories. When I was creating this card, I had no idea the sentiment I used was a John Lennon quote! Small world as it is, my sister posted this same sentiment on her Facebook wall, in honor of our mom’s birthday this week. She’s got great style and creativity, check out her Pinterest boards if you like : )

So where do I find inspiration for the cards, scrapbook pages, tags and other craft items I make? Sometimes from Pinterest, sometimes from challenges, many times from classes I take, especially those I can revisit via videos like True Scrap and True Stamp.

If you’ve been lacking in the creative mojo, or wondering how you can get more life from the stamps you already own… or you just want to spend a day with a bunch of super-cool crafty people, then look no further! My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun, such as Technique Tuesday, Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, and three more. They’ll be revealing all their best stamping tips, tricks, techniques, and secrets in the ground-breaking True Stamp event.

True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on April 5. Yep, that’s right – all six instructors will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You’ll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!). Register HERE!!

You’ll learn from experts such as Shari Carroll, Kelly Marie Alvarez, Nichol Magouirk, Bev Grey, Bobbi Lemanski, and Kim Hughes, with a few surprise instructors.

If you’re tired of just staring at your stamping supplies or creating the “same old” projects, then check out True Stamp. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed!!

Did I mention all class recordings are also provided as part of your enrollment? That way you can watch again and again! And trust me, you’ll want to…

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As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And make sure you don’t miss True Stamp – 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! Hope to “see” you there!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. I’m entering this card in a few challenges that inspired me. Be sure to check out all the awesome inspiration and creations in the linky parties at Fusion, A Blog Named Hero, and Seize the Birthday!

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Heidi Swapp Stencil Set Heart
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Parties Design Card (present)
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum  

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas tag on kraft with red tinsel Stampendous Joy, EK Success tree punch, Stickles Christmas Red, Hero Arts Magical Background

Christmas Tag {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks // ClickyChickCreates.com // Christmas tag on kraft with red tinsel Stampendous Joy, EK Success tree punch, Stickles Christmas Red, Hero Arts Magical Background

I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving and I’m already thinking Christmas?! But I just wanted to share this cute  tag I made for a make-n-take at Cool Scrapbook Stuff this week. Are you getting ready for Christmas already, too? I’d love to see what crafts you’re working on, so please share in the comments!

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

PS. Part of the inspiration for this tag came from the Advent Calendar Banner & Mini Book I’m teaching at Cool Scrapbook Stuff. If you’re in the San Diego area, and want to make a unique banner full of family experiences for the holiday season, sign up for my class. If you’re not in San Diego, you can buy a kit – they can mail it to you!

A F F I L I A T E  L I N K S  //  P R O D U C T S   U S E D
Ranger Kraft Tag #5
Hero Arts Cling Stamp, Magical Background
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Frost White (background stamping)
Stampendous Joy Mix Cling Rubber Stamp
Versamark Watermark Ink
Recollections Red Tinsel embossing powder
EK Success Slim Christmas Tree punch
Bo Bunny Vintage Double Dot in Kiwi (background paper)
Stickles in Christmas Red (ornaments on tree)
Uni-ball Signo White Pen (for faux stitching)

Also linked at The NY Melrose Family Whimsy Wednesdays link party and Little Red Wagon Challenge #210 – A Christmas Tag

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

Up, Up, Up {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

Crafting makes me happy. I’m like a little school girl opening up a new box of crayons when I get to play with inks and stencils and die cutting machines! The Curtain Call has a fun challenge going on right now, and I decided to create this fun interpretation of the “Carnival Craze” prompt! Turns out, “Carnival” is also the theme over at Simon Says Stamp! It might be the end of summer, but nothing says summer better than carnival fun!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

I cut out the letters for “UP” using the Summer Design Card on the Slice Elite. I actually cut them out three times each, stacked and glued them to give them a little more weight. Then cut a rectangle out from a piece of scratch paper to create the inked boxed letters. Using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade, gave me just the look I was going for!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

Then I covered the boxed letters art with a piece of scratch cardstock and placed The Crafter’s Workshop cosmic swirl template over it, blending in some more Tim Holtz Distress Ink, but this time in Broken China. I was trying to create a whimsical sky. Did it work?

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Up, up, up hot air balloon card for Curtain Call challenge

After cutting out the hot air balloons in various sizes, I added a little Stickles in Cotton Candy to the main balloon and adhered the balloons onto the card using foam dots. Used a decorative corner punch from Fiskars, and added some alpha tabs, and card is done!

I love the way these colors all work together, don’t you? Oh, that reminds me… Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE “Color Me Scrappy” webinar happening this coming Monday, August 26th. I’ve been attending the free monthly webinars over at Layout A Day for over a year now and I have to say, not a month goes by that I don’t learn a great tip or two that can apply to my crafty creations, and sometimes even my photography. Hope to “see” you then!

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

PS. A blogger {CompletelyDisappear} recently posted a song called “Clouds” by Zach Sobiech and I would be remiss to leave out how much his song has touched my heart and definitely inspired my card today! I’ll warn you: get a tissue, the youtube video is a touching story about his life…

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