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!

Color Aug free Sawaya

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…

* A F F I L I A T E   L I N K S  U S E D   F O R   P R O D U C T S   L I S T E D

Honey Bee {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

Sometimes it’s a word, or emotion, or color scheme, or challenge that inspires me to create a card. Usually it’s an event, like a birthday, that makes me dash to my creative space and play with colorful paper and distressed inks and pretty embellishments. Today, I was inspired by The Play Date Cafe’s color challenge –  It’s a {splash} of Neon!

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

I first heard about the Play Date Cafe through the Scrap Happy community, but this is the first time I’m participating in one of their card challenges. As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew what I wanted to make!

ClickyChickCreates.com // you are my honey bee card for Play Date Cafe and Sweet Stamp Shop

As much as I loved neon during the ’80’s (mismatched neon socks, anyone?!), I haven’t jumped on the craze this time around, not even in my crafting supplies. So I decided to use a sunshiny yellow instead, but I love the way it came out nonetheless!

Did you notice the cute alphabet tabs that look like the ever popular mini alphabet stickers? Those adorable stamps are from a local stamp company – Sweet Stamp Shop. Love the quality and designs in their stamps! And as I’ve mentioned before, I really do love supporting small / local businesses. Check out the great goodies over there!

What challenges do you love playing along with? Let me know in the comments below! I’m loving the inspiration they provide! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Products Used:

Bumble Bee made using Slice Elite and Dilly Dally Design Card
The Crafter’s Workshop Chicken Wire Template
Dylusions Spray Ink in Lemon Zest
Fiskars Border Punch Treading Water
Sweet Stamp Shop Alpha Tabs
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad

Paper, Crafts, Layouts, Tags {Photo Fridays}

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Yes, I really am doing a post on my blog, about a layout, about my blog! Silly, but I really want to offer my fellow crafters some tips on photographing layouts for online posting. I created the page and took these photos early February, but haven’t had the opportunity to share them, so here we go!

1. Natural Light
Remember my post about natural light? Whenever possible, use natural light to photograph your pages / tags / layouts / cards / etc. It makes a huge difference! There are plenty of times I’m scrambling to upload before midnight during LOAD, using my camera phone, in my not-very-well-lit craft space, but I usually go back and rephotograph my pages during daylight hours with my DSLR. Natural light really shows the lovely details!

2. Make it Flat
One of the best ways to photograph a page and keep it flat is to stick it on a flat surface. For Christmas, we gave my daughter a bead making kit and jewelry box from Costco and it was tucked into a white box inside the packaging – it was the perfect size to tape 12×12 layouts onto for photos! I’ve seen a post where Noell Hyman from Paperclipping.com uses a small square end table (I think from Ikea?) that she lays on its side and props on a table to use for photographing her layouts.

I add a couple spots of removable tape to the corners of the box and stick on my layouts. I can usually photograph several pages using the same little spots of tape. This really helps me keep my pages flat, especially since I tend to use lots of mists and sprays, which inevitably make the paper curl.

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3. Get Close and Personal
Be sure to get close up shots of some of the details. Layered embellishments, title treatments, tiny accents, etc. all need their time in the spotlight! They were important enough to add to your layout, so show those clusters and details some love!

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4. Variety, lots of variety!
Get variety in the angles you shoot. I always get one where I’ve included the entire page head on, and I’ll crop it square, and usually fills the square perfectly. Sometimes it’s a little off, but that’s ok.  Stand directly in front of your layout. Having it flat on an item you can stand is perfect, especially since you can be perfectly perpendicular for the shot.
{paper}| <——— {camera lens}

For the close up shots, especially if there are layers or dimension, shoot at an angle. Meaning – get a little sideways on the shot. It adds visual interest and when you shoot with a wide aperture (meaning small number, like f/1.8 or f/1.4) make sure you select your focal point. That will definitely lead the eye where you want it, and the rest of the photo will be a bit out of focus. I love that look!

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5. Create a setting
Add products, tools, or decor when photographing your piece of art. I didn’t do it with this example specifically, but I did it with a post earlier this week – Green Tags. It helps tell the complete story, so to speak : ) It’s also nice to use household decor pieces, or cute trinkets too!

I hope these tips help on your next paper-based photos! If there are any questions you have, or tips you’d like to see, let me know in the comments below!

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