Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Old world, retro, vintage vibe in Montmartre Paris, B&W

Street Life // Montmartre, Paris {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Old world, retro, vintage vibe in Montmartre Paris, B&W

Street life photography isn’t much of my strength, so I had to go into the archives for the challenge this week. I will say I loved getting this vintage retro vibe in Montmartre, in the north hills of Paris, last year on a fantastic trip with friends! I blogged a different capture of this vintage car rolling down the street here.

Have you seen the other street life submissions over at The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Street Life? Check them out here, or my past photo challenge submissions here.

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

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // 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!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // winery in Cote d'Azur, old Roman way of making wine

One Shot, Two Ways // Winery {Photo Challenge}

While in the South of France earlier this year, my girlfriends and I really wanted to go wine tasting, especially since we didn’t get the chance to go on a champagne tour while in Paris due to snow. Little did we know, most of the wineries have closed operation and sold their properties for hefty sums. So, we hired a private guide while in Nice and asked her to show us the sights. Our guide and driver Catherine Coppex was fantastic and showed us so much more than we could have done on our own – Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze Village, St. Paul, a perfumerie, and so much more. She also found one of the last family wineries still in business and arranged for us to visit and have a private tasting. It was beyond wonderful!

And seeing that this weeks theme at the Daily Post is “One Shot, Two Ways” I decided to pull these shots from our visit to the winery. I believe the french wine maker said this was one of the old Roman ways of making wine, bottling in these vessels and leaving outdoors {rain, snow or shine} for three to nine months, depending on varietal.

The challenge set by the amazing and friendly photographer Jeff Sinon is to hone your eye to get the best shot – landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) – of the same scene or subject. Be sure to check out more inspiration and different takes on the theme over at The Daily Post! Now go shoot!

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

Curious Georgia!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  vintage old time session featuring Curious Georgia dresses

You know those friendships that are super amazing at one point in life, and then for some unexpected reason, without drama or falling out, the current of life just takes you in different directions? Well, meet my friend Heather, one of my brilliant friends from college whom I share one of those friendships with!

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During the ’90’s while at SDSU, we were roommates with big dreams and ambitions, ready to conquer the world! We were opposites in many ways – she was blonde haired, blue eyed, fair and tall; I was brown haired, brown eyed, dark and short average height. She was from Northern California; I was from Southern California. She was sweet and innocent; I was wild and reckless. We were Oscar and Felix and I was definitely the messy one! We had such great times and heck what early twenty year old cuties living on a fantastic Greek cul-de-sac with awesome TGI Friday afternoon parties wouldn’t?! I have to admit that I can’t hear James Taylor without thinking of her as playing his greatest hits cd was our nightly bedtime ritual! And although I’m not a Facebook fanatic as I was five years ago, I am thankful to Mark Zuckerberg and his nerdy brilliance for reconnecting me with such a beautiful and amazing friend I’d lost track of over the years.

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So let’s fast forward from the ’90’s to about five years ago. Heather and I reconnected on Facebook, and have kept in touch, watching our families grow and our businesses launch. She has the most adorable and beautiful daughters, and being the phenomenally creative person she is, she would make the cutest and sweetest clothes for her girls. Sure and soon enough, friends were inquiring about her ensembles and requesting custom pieces for their kiddos, too. And that’s when her Etsy store Curious Georgia was born!

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Knowing my love of photography, and my daughter’s love of dresses, Heather sent us these adorable dresses so we could have a fun little photo shoot. Talk about LOVE! And these aren’t the first Curious Georgia goodies my girls have worn and loved. Heather’s quality and attention to detail are impeccable. My girls adore their twirly skirts (what little girl wouldn’t?!) and their new dresses are now favorites as well!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  vintage old time session featuring Curious Georgia dresses

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  vintage old time session featuring Curious Georgia dresses

I really don’t mean to sound like an infomercial, but as a former retail boutique owner and entrepreneur at heart, I love supporting small businesses, especially those with fantastic goodies and great prices. Next time you’re looking for something special for that one-of-a-kind kid, newborn baby, and even the little dudes in your life, do yourself and your gift recipient a HUGE favor and check out Curious Georgia! You will not be disappointed!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  vintage old time session featuring Curious Georgia dresses

Connie Hanks Photography  //  ClickyChickCreates.com  //  vintage old time session featuring Curious Georgia dresses

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Heather has a great eye for picking patterns and colors, and she’s more than willing to make you a custom piece too! She makes items for newborns to size 8 kids. Have you checked out Curious Georgia yet? What are you waiting for?!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the holiday weekend, shop locally and have a joyful, creative, blessing filled life!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - rusty vintage keys

OLD Vintage Goodness and a NEW photo challenge {Photo Fridays}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - rusted vintage keys

Paris Flea Market – Keys

While in Paris last month (okay, I promise I won’t start EVERY post like this!), but yes, while in Paris last month, my girlfriends and I headed to the most amazing flea market. There were so many vintage items there, it was the most dazzling eye candy! Sadly, many vendors had signs posted saying “NO PHOTOS”, so I respected their wishes and did not photograph their goods. But there were others who were more lenient, and I was thankful for the opportunity to capture these goodies!

There was one vendor in particular who had beautiful chandeliers, and when I asked if I could photograph a candelabra and mirror set, she politely said no and explained that it was an original from one of the King Louis’ reigns and the fear of replicating is why many of the vendors do not allow photos. Totally understandable, and more reason I love the images I was able to get before we headed off to the most amazing (local) restaurant in the market.

The vintage keys above captured my attention the minute we walked into the open market. The rusted one in particular, really called out to me! Because of that, I adjusted my focal point by selecting one off center, towards the left, towards the top. And I knew I wanted a shallow depth of field, to really draw the eye to the little rusty guy, so I opened up my aperture and grabbed this shot. I must admit, it’s my favorite from the outing!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion magazines - Elle, Echo de la Mode

Paris Flea Market – Magazines

I also loved the selection of old newspapers and books. Vintage Elle?! I couldn’t live without Elle in my 20’s : ) The one below is from 1899…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion magazines - La Mode du Petit Journal

Paris Flea Market – Magazines

Can you imagine wearing those fashions? They really didn’t believe in showing ANY skin, did they? Maybe this will be the popular fashion once my little girls are teens : )

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion seamstress bodice

Paris Flea Market – fashion bodice

My brother’s girlfriend is a fashion designer. So this vintage bodice definitely made me think of her. Right after I snapped this, a vendor pointed out the “NO PHOTOS” sign, so I apologized and didn’t grab any other shots.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - vintage fashion dress with chiffon, beading and feathers

Paris Flea Market – Dress

For some reason this dress made me think of her again. Maybe it was the colors? The beading? The feathers? Maybe I was a little homesick…

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - lanterns and pots

Paris Flea Market – Lantern

I loved the detailing in this lantern. Notice the little lion heads? We certainly won’t find that in Ikea!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Paris Flea Market - Lubitel 166 camera

Paris Flea Market – Lubitel 166 Camera

And although this Lubitel 166 isn’t super ancient, it did make me think of how different it is approaching photography in our current times with all the advancements we have digitally. Thinking back to shooting with film, I know I didn’t take as many shots as I do now, because of all the film and developing costs. Makes me love my 60D that much more!

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

PS. The new photo challenge I referred to in the title of this post is A Word A Week, where the the blogger randomly opens up the dictionary and whatever word she lands on is the word for the weekly challenge. As a newer blogger, I’ve followed a few of her posts and decided to jump in this week with these old, vintage finds at the flea market. Check out the images on her site. They’re quite lovely! And if you’re inspired, jump in the challenge as well!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You've Always Had the Key to My Heart card, embossed, gradient, distressed, manly, metal key embellishment

Key to My Heart Card {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You've Always Had the Key to My Heart card, embossed, gradient, distressed, manly, metal key embellishment

Recently I received a text from my best friend, confirming she was able to watch my girls for a little romantic getaway for my husband and I! Talk about elated! I decided to make a card for my hubby, letting him know. At first, I envisioned making him an “invitation” to getaway, but as I started pulling supplies to make the card, I decided I really wanted to use the teeny tiny 7 Gypsies Mini Key on my card and let him know he had the “key to my heart”. From there, I pulled my KaiserCraft key stamp. I absolutely LOVE this stamp! I’ve used it on several projects; it really adds the perfect vintage vibe.

Based on my drive to use the “keys” theme, I pulled a pre-scored Kraft card to stay with the vintage look. I knew the stamp wouldn’t cover the width of the card, so I started stamping with VersaMark watermark and moving and staggering the direction of the starting point in order to vary the pattern.

I decided to emboss using two different turquoise-ish embossing powder colors (Recollections in Marine and Glacier). I started by covering the top two-thirds of the card with the lighter color – Glacier – and tapped off the excess powder. Then I took the darker embossing powder – Marine – and placed it over the bottom half of the card, overlapping the middle area. I was trying to create a bit of an ombre effect on the card. Heat set the powder, distressed the edges using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo; then set the card aside.

Next I grabbed a piece of scrap paper that would cover a portion of the left side of the card. I wanted something that I could add a few words too, so not too busy of a background, but still in the vintage/distressed theme. This cream colored piece was perfect for the job! Tore it at an angle and distressed the edges. I grabbed another piece of scrap paper, this one in the turquoise/blue color, to add my handwritten sentiment “You’ve always had the key to my heart”; cut the strips out and distressed the edges. Since I was already looking through my scraps, I grabbed a red piece of card stock to punch the heart, and distressed the edges there too. As I was grabbing twine for the key, I remembered the Tim Holtz idea-ology Chitchat words I have and found the words I wanted to add to the heart.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // You've Always Had the Key to My Heart card, embossed, gradient, distressed, manly, metal key embellishment

Now all my pieces were ready to assemble. Using a tape runner, I adhered the cream paper to the Kraft card. Using foam adhesive (for dimension), I adhered the sentiment strips to the card. I placed the chitchat words on the heart, then added twine to the key and stapled it to the heart using the tiny attacher. Some more foam adhesive and the heart was placed on the card. Once all the pieces were placed, I distressed the edges of the card again, just to unify it and make sure the distressing was cohesive. And voila! Custom card completed : )

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