ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

Mother’s Day Card {Feeling Crafty}

ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

I’ve been blessed with three Mom’s in my life: my mama-mama, my step-mama and my mama-in-law. Each has helped shape me into the person I am today, and for that I will always be grateful! Yes, even my MIL – can you believe she’s been in my life for 23 years? How can that be considering I still sometimes think (and act!) like I’m in my 20’s?!

ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

Anywho, I designed this Mother’s Day card to send to all the mamas and I sure do hope they like them! Are you ready for Sunday? If you haven’t made your card(s) yet, there’s still time! What’s the old saying our mamas always said? “Better late than never!”

ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

In case you haven’t made a card yet, I even made a video showing the process. Go ahead – give it a try!

Forgot to mention that I had planned to use the entire label that was stamped, but then realized it was too wide for the jar. The Fiskars Oval ‘n Oval Again punch came to the rescue!

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)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Broken China
Hero Arts Cloud Pattern Stencil
Inkadinkado Mason Jar Wood Stamp

Avery Elle Simply Labels Hello Friend Clear Stamps
Versamark Watermark Ink
Hot Pink Embossing Powder
Fiskars Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch, Extra-Large (scallop)
Fiskars Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch, Large (scallop)
Fiskars Round ‘n Round Squeeze Punch, Medium (circle)
Fiskars Oval ‘n Oval Again Squeeze Punch, Extra-Large
We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper Tool
Martha Stewart Craft Markers Set
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer

PS. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I love challenges! Here are some challenges that helped inspire this card! Be sure to check them out and all the amazingness in the linky parties!

Little Red Wagon – Challenge #236
Seeing Spots!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Five

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:
Spring Flowers

The NY Melrose Family
Whimsy Wednesday

ClickyChickCreates.com // Mother's Day card using Hero Arts stencil / mask, Tim Holtz distress ink in Broken China, punches, embossing, stamping and more!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

Happy Spring Tags {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

Of course when I heard our ScrapHappy family was having another tag swap, I signed up to play along and make a spring tag!

I’m totally going to out myself right now… I watch The Bachelor (oh, the horror, I know!!), but during one of the last episodes earlier this year, I noticed how pretty one of the contestants looked wearing a lavender dress with a wall of greenery behind her… That color combo clearly stuck with me and completely popped in my mind when coming up with the concept for this tag! And as I fleshed out my concept, I grabbed my chevron stencil for the background and noticed the pattern in one of the hearts in The Crafter’s Workshop Mix & Match Hearts stencil – I thought it would make a great pattern on the egg, kinda made me think of Dinosaur eggs. Yeah, I don’t know why either, but I seriously LOVE it 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stampsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Happy Spring Tag using The Crafter's Workshop and Heidi Swapp stencils, embossing, Distress Inks, ombre effect, old stash, bling, Sweet Stamp Shop alpha tabs stamps

I created this video showing how I made it… there’s gesso, stencils, inks, embossing, stamping… a little bit of everything!

If crafting makes your heart sing, don’t forget to check out Layout-A-Day (LOAD514) coming up next month… The month long challenge to create a scrapbook page everyday with daily prompts and inspiration pieces will be here in just a couple weeks! And I have a secret to share… I’m one of the featured designers for the month! I created several layouts that will be showcased! I am beyond excited : )

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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)

The Crafter’s WorkshopMix & Match Hearts
Heidi Swapp Chevron Stencil
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn
Martha Stewart Brights Ink Pad
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Sew Easy Bakers Twine, Secondary
Slice Dilly Dally Design Card (egg)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Embossing Powder in purple
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Scotch Quick Dry Glue
EK Success Punch Set, Mini, Retro Flower
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Therm-o-web Zots 3-D adhesive

PS. This Happy Spring Tag is being added to the following challenges! Join in the fun : )

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Keep It Simple

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A Blog Named Hero

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Simon Says Stamp

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in Miracles card using gelatos, stencils, ink, embossing, pink, purple, lavender, blue, craft and sequins

Believe in Miracles Gelatos Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in Miracles card using gelatos, stencils, ink, embossing, pink, purple, lavender, blue, craft and sequins

Sometimes I just want to go to my crafting space and just create! That’s exactly what happened this week when I made this card. My hubby recently found out his oldest sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I wanted to make her a card to let her know we’re thinking of her. I thought the “Believe in Miracles” sentiment, along with the giant heart stencil and mask would be great to use for this project. We love her and wanted her to know she’s in our thoughts and prayers…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Believe in Miracles card using gelatos, stencils, ink, embossing, pink, purple, lavender, blue, craft and sequins

Hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to get your crafty supplies out to share your love of crafting with someone special!

Don’t forget to register for True Stamp 2014! So many of the techniques I’ve learned have been from classes like True Stamp and True Scrap, with amazing instructors like Nichol Magouirk and Shari Carroll and more! Use code NOW20 – it’s good for $20 off the regular registration rate through the end of this month (3/31). But don’t wait until then to register. Lain will be closing the door at 500 people, and we’re already well over 400! I received the supply list, which really is a peak into the goodness the instructors will be using in the classes, and let me tell you… AMAZING!! So don’t wait to register, NOW IS THE TIME!! Click HERE to register NOW!!

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)

Faber-Castell Red Gelatos (Guava, Bubble Gum, Lavender)
Faber-Castell Blue Gelatos (Grape)
Ranger Mini Misters
Liquitex Gesso
Martha Stewart Heat Tool
Heidi Swapp Stencil Set Heart
Heidi Swapp Stencil Chevron
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China
Inkssentials Blending Tool & Foams
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Rainbow Sequins
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Zig .8mm Millenium Marker in Pure Violet
Glossy Accents liquid glue

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…

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 cardConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's Lucky and gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, KaisterCraft stamp, Technique Tuesday stamp, Irish blessing, sequinsConnie 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, sequinsConnie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // St. Patrick's rainbow and pot of gold tag made using Gelatos, Distress Inks, stencils, paint, washi tape, sequins

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 // 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!

Teal & Yellow

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

Heidi Swapp Stencil Set Heart
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Evergreen Bough
KaiserCraft Clear Stamp – Hip Hip
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Black Detail Embossing Powder
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Parties Design Card (present)
Gold Sequins
Stickles in Platinum  

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

It’s the Great Pumpkin {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patchIf you’ve poked around my blog at all, you know that besides photography, I love getting crafty! Making cards, home decor, scrapbook layouts… it all makes me happy! On of my favorite times of the year is right around the corner… February is LOAD (layout a day), when we focus on creating a layout every day for the month based on a daily prompt. This page was made a while back, but it’s still one of my favorite LOAD pages!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

I created the background paper using The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 template Zinnia with blending tools and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Crushed Olive.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // It's the Great Pumpkin layout, The Crafter's Workshop Zinnia template, stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, pumpkin patch

Pumpkins were cut with the Slice Elite and Spook Alley design card, then colored with Tim Holtz Distess Inks in Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.

If you’re ready to get daily inspiration and have a great time making layouts, join us for LOAD214! And no, there are no LOAD police saying you have to make a page every day, so don’t let that intimidate you! It’s really a matter of creating, documenting, sharing. We get to take those photos off our hard drives and create beautiful layouts for our families to enjoy for years to come. Find out more here.

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Did you follow along the LOAD214 Blog Hop? Lots of great info shared by a bakers dozen of creative crafters (including yours truly!) about this amazing experience known as LOAD! You don’t want to miss this read / blog hop – amazing crafty goodness!!

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
The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 template Zinnia
Inkssentials blending tools
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Crushed Olive
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Spook Alley Design Card