Connie Hanks Photography // // 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 // // 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!

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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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!