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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Live creatively!
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

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links) – Purchases made using the links below may pay me a small percentage for the advertising I’m providing. You don’t pay any more by using these links, but you sure do help fund my creative endeavors that I’m able to share freely with you!

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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!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // sweet nephew's baptism

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!
xoxo,
/c

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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 // Blessed Easter card and VIDEO with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

Blessed Easter Card & Video {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed Easter card with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

I love making cards for loved ones, and decided I’d use inspiration from the Happy Spring tags I made here to create Easter cards for our family.

This card can definitely be considered clean and simple, but I love how colorful and elegant this turned out! And would you believe it took less than 15 minutes to create? Perfect as I was trying to beat the clock at the post office!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed Easter card with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

After I made the Happy Spring tag video I posted here, I came across this gorgeous color inspiration from ColourQ and knew I had to make a second tag using these colors. So it was a perfect jumping off point for me to create these quick cards today, too!

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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 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 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

I made this video sharing how I created the card, in case you need to make a quick and easy Easter card this weekend, or even if you’re just interested in the techniques used on the card! Towards the end, if you listen very closely, you’ll even hear my 4-year old assisting me : )

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)

Heidi Swapp Chevron Stencil
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer
Slice Faith Design Card (cross)
Slice Elite Digital Cutting Machine
Slice Hands Free 12×12 board
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Recollections Embossing Powder in Carnelian
Recollections Embossing Powder in Clear Bark 
Martha Stewart Heat Tool

Scotch Quick Dry Glue
EK Success Craft Tweezers

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Blessed Easter card and VIDEO with Heidi Swapp chevron stencil, Distress Inks and heat embossing

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 : )

Stencil

Keep It Simple

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A Blog Named Hero

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Simon Says Stamp