Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Make It Monday // Top Dog Dies Palm Trees

I’m thrilled to share some pretty exciting news with you… I’m part of the Top Dog Dies Fall Design Team! Woohoo! So yes, expect to see lots more crafty posts using the adorable Top Dog Dies. Seriously. Super. Adorable. ❤

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Besides the amazing dies, the team I’ve joined is totally top-notch. I’m so proud to be part of this team and can’t wait to get to know these girls better! Check them out on their blogs:

 

So with that news, I’ll also be posting Make It Monday creations much more regularly! Can I get a woot-woot?!

MakeItMondayButton-JulyLet’s kick off July with these fun cards featuring the Top Dog Dies Palm Tree Die Set. Being in California, we have plenty of palm trees, and I certainly love photographing them. But I hadn’t made any cards incorporating them. When I received this die set, I immediately envisioned a beautiful sunset with the silhouette of the palm tree. I think it turned out pretty cute! What do you think? And the bonus was getting the TDD Water Die Set which I loved incorporating, too!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Here are the steps I took to make the card (product / affiliate links are listed at the bottom of this post):

1. Die cut Palm Tree Die Set and Water Die Set using black card stock.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

2. Created card base for 5″ x 6.5″ card – cut white card stock to 10″ by 6.5″ – scored and folded at 5″ on the long side – set aside.

3. Cut a piece of white card stock to 4.75″ x 6.25″. Used 1/2″ corner rounder on bottom two edges of both card base and slightly smaller card stock piece.

4. Using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks, I created the sunset sky background on the 4.75″ x 6.25″ piece of card stock. Starting at the bottom and gently blending in approximately 4 even areas of colors, starting with Spiced Marmalade.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

5. Continued blending of colors with Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves..

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

6. Heat set inked card stock in order to ensure ink was dry.

7. Using VersaMark Ink, stamped the sentiment, added white embossing powder and heat set.

8. Glued all die cut pieces onto card, being sure to also corner round the water die cut, and swirled a bit of Wink of Stella glitter across the water die cut on the bottom of the card.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies


My second card was a bit easier as it really only involved die cutting the Palm Tree Set bits and pieces from a few different papers, most of them scraps that I just hadn’t parted with quite yet!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

Again I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder for the sentiments, on pink scrap paper and trimmed them for cute word blocks. My favorite part of this card? The open coconut! How cute is that?! Which card do you prefer?

I love this die set and have a third card, but you’ll have to wait for that one. It’s a shaker card and I’ll be sharing that on the Top Dog Dies blog later this month!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // handmade cards using Top Dog Dies

As always, thanks for stopping by my little colorful spot on the web! 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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xoxo,
/c

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ClickyChickCreates.com // Playground Besties (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout distress inks, masks, stencils, love, circle, arrows, hearts, glasses, mustache, Heidi Swapp,

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My friend Amanda asked me to guest design on her blog Amanda Robinson Studio, so I whipped up this layout with full step-by-step photos and instructions showing the process to create the background!

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Amanda makes gorgeous cut files — her Scribble Kit inspired my background for my layout! But since I don’t have a Silhouette quite yet, I only get to drool over her beautiful designs. Lucky for me, I’m a stencil fanatic and had picked up the Heidi Swapp Mini Stencil Kit that had a design very similar to the inspiration. I love the way this came out! Hope you like this colorful grid design too and head on over to Amanda’s site here to see my step-by-step process.

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 my downloadable “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

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xoxo,
/c

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ClickyChickCreates.com // Thank You card using stencil, embossing, Distress Inks, stamping, blending and more!

Thank You Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Thank You card using stencil, embossing, Distress Inks, stamping, blending and more!

Both my daughters had phenomenal teachers this past year and I wanted to make some nice cards to say “thank you” to our gifted, patient, kind and dedicated teachers. I was still feeling completely inspired by the color combination over at Fusion Challenge (check out my 1st submission into this challenge, here), so I decided I’d use the colors again, but I’d add a little gold inspired by the linen colored background. I also checked out Simon Says Stamp, both the Monday and Wednesday challenges, looking to see what yumminess was waiting over there. Monday’s challenge is “Anything Goes” and Wednesday’s challenge is “Stencil It” – how perfect is it that I love playing with stencils?!

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Before you watch the video, let me just say, I changed a few things on the formatting… and my girls were a tad loud in the background.. such is life as a mama with 5 and 7 year old girls 🙂 I feel like I should have a “no one was hurt in the making of this video” type of disclaimer! LOL! Anywho, products are listed below with links. Let me know what you think!

Are you a carmaker, too? 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. True Stamp 2014 classes are 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!!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Thank You card using stencil, embossing, Distress Inks, stamping, blending and more!

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!

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xoxo,
/c

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ClickyChickCreates.com // Watercolor Butterflies using embossing with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Watercolor Butterflies Birthday Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // 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!

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Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed card with "stained glass" window

Blessed (Baptism) Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed card with "stained glass" window

Last week I was honored to be part of a creative blog tour (if you missed it, you can read the post here) with friends around the world who share in this little passion called crafting! My friend Lisa from Recklinghausen Musings invited me to play along, and I was ecstatic to be in fantastic company with Lisa as well as Danielle of EcoScrapbook, both long time friends in the scrapbooking world! The tour is designed to share a bit about my current projects and creative process, as well as include three other creative friends in the tour. Have you done anything similar? It’s a great way to meet fellow crafters from around the world and find new and inspiring blogs to follow!

The crafter’s I linked to are running their “Creative Blog Tour” posts today, so be sure to see what they have to say!

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In that post, I also mentioned a card I had made for my nephew’s baptism… isn’t he adorable?! He really wanted to grab hold of the Father’s bible and not let go! Maybe he has a future in the priesthood!?

Besides sharing my nephew’s adorableness, I wanted to share this quick and easy card I made, the hiccup along the way, and the final result. Let me know what you think of the video? How have you overcome any creative hiccups? And if you’re inspired to create after watching the video, please share it in the comments, too!

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 that are now available for individual sale!

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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! Currently, 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!!

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!

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Live creatively!
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ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

Smoothies in the Backyard {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

As a kid, I loved liquados and my girls continue the tradition loving smoothies! We make them all the time, but for this LOAD514 (layout a day) with the prompt of “taste sensation,” I chose to use these photos from a couple summers ago since we included step-by-step smoothie making photos and our pooch Fletchie (RIP) was hanging with the girls as usual in the yard. I had so many photos, I decided to make a mirrored double page spread. Using butterfly masks and mists was a great way to cover lots of space, but compliment the patterned papers and embellies I was already using. In the journaling, I added ingredient lists for both liquados and smoothies in case my girls want to make them for their babies one day!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

What did you love to eat as a kid that you still love now? Mine pretty much includes anything with sugar 🙂 Outside of sweet treats, I always loved my Dad’s Sunday morning Chilaquiles surprise breakfasts; my Mom’s Calabasitas and my step-Mom’s Adobo. Hmmm… I’m getting hungry already! And I see future scrapbook pages with these treasured recipes being featured!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

Are there any family recipes you loved as a kid and make now for yourself or your family? Do you have a collection of recipes to hand down to your kids? I’d love to hear about it, so please share in the comments!

One of my favorite parts about scrapbooking, journaling in particular, is sharing about my past, wrapping it up in our present, and giving my girls bits and pieces so they can continue with the good stuff with their families in the distant future! Do you think it’ll work?

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

ClickyChickCreates.com // Smoothies in the Backyard (everyday moments / real life) scrapbook layout using 9 photos, spray misting, masks, stencils, butterflies, flowers, wood veneers

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

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