NYC for a day

Here in New York for a meeting and quick stopover on my way to Montreal for Crop & Create. Taking advantage of working remotely and having limited supplies with me.

Traveler's Notebook + hp Sprocket

Got the new HP Sprocket and put it to the test on my Instagram Story. It's compact and cute and I love a new gadget I can take on-the-go. Thinking I will play with it more and do a thorough review once I get back into the studio. So far it looks like it's an improvement on other Zink printers I have played with. I also love that the prints are stickers! The HP Sprocket just came out on September 21 - do any of you have it already and what are your thoughts? Let me know if you have any questions so I can be sure to cover it in the video!

THE LOVE LIST: CRAFTY ESSENTIALS

The Love List: Crafty Essentials | Amy Tangerine

You have been asking for my favorite crafty supplies and tools, and finally here it is. These are the essentials I have been using and loving. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments - I love learning about new go-to supplies to add to my stash.

Artist's Loft Watercolor Set - People are constantly asking me on Instagram what my favorite watercolors are. I even made a dedicated video on it because the question came up so much. Hopefully it's thorough enough for you. It's certainly a great price with wonderful colors. Of course there are plenty of other better options out there, but for the price, I don't think this one can be beat. 

Washi Tapes -  Super cute set of pineapples in a great color assortment

American Crafts Cardstock - I like the 8.5x11" version for the Motivational Monday quotes, but the 12x12" pad is good to have on hand too.

Cutterbee Scissors - my go-to sharp little scissors perfect for fussy cutting. Someone said they travel on the airplane with these, but I am always afraid of getting them taken up. 

Traveler's Notebook - this turquoise refill is extremely difficult to find in any other place besides Japan.

Royal 2 Brush - this was my first love when I first started doing brush lettering years ago. 

Minc Foil Applicator - It's fantastic to have in the studio, and since I just moved, I plan on keeping it out on the table so it gets used more often. Once you start adding foil to things, you may find the process quite addictive!

Tim Holtz Water Brush - the detailer tip brush is, in my opinion, is perfect for making both thick and thin strokes. Plus traveling with it is a cinch! Great for creating on the go.

Fiskars 12 Inch Paper Trimmer - I have a number of these trimmers, which work great. I have since fallen for their new (as of 2016) reinforced aluminum trimmer. You can't really go wrong with either, but I am finding myself using the aluminum one more these days.

American Crafts Sticky Thumb Tape Runner + Refills - Running out of adhesive is never fun. I have tons of these on hand and have been known to go through quite a few on the days where we are cranking out client scrapbook pages. I also have become smitten with the Tombow Glue Tape, and will be ordering more refills soon.

 

Do you

Do you - quote hand scripted by Amy Tangerine

Do you. It's so easy to get caught in the comparison trap. Instead of worrying that there are too many people doing the same things you are, remember that no one can do it like you. Put your own creative twist on the things you want to do. Believe in yourself and remember progress over perfection. Get started. Be brave. Enjoy the process. You can do awesome things. Shared this on Instagram this morning and it looks like I wasn't the only one who needed to hear it. I saw the quote on Margie's feed this weekend and just had to screenshot it.

Would love if you joined in on the fun of our brush lettering online workshop! There are so many great projects popping up in the #ATbrushlettering on Instagram. 

Also if you have any favorite quotes - please share them in the comments below. I'm using this watercolor set from Michaels and a waterbrush that I love by Tim Holtz/Ranger.

Jack's 3rd Birthday Party + Cheeky giveaway!

Firetruck themed birthday party

A couple months ago when I asked Jack what he wanted his birthday cake to be, he enthusiastically exclaimed, "FIRE TRUCK!" Since he seemed pretty set on the idea, I started keeping it in the back of my mind as a loose theme for his birthday party. My cousin makes his cake every year, so she had plenty of time to prepare and figure out the details to make his wish come true. I got the invitations designed and ordered about three weeks out, but it wasn't enough time to have them printed and mailed. Plus, let's be honest, I didn't have enough time to hand address every one of them like I wanted to. We got custom invites made by A Pretty Little Party (she also designed the ones for Jack's first birthday party) and sent them through Paperless Post. We collaborated with our friends at Cheeky and made a simple DIY out of their awesome plates, which you can see how to make near the end of this post. There's also a giveaway and chance to win your own party pack!

Our set up was fairly simple, we borrowed an awesome ride on firetruck and banner from Rachel since she threw two firetruck themed birthday parties for Grayson. We put one of Jack's firetrucks on the napkins because it was super windy that day and we didn't want them to blow away. JC roasted a pig and my mom made awesome potstickers, fried rice, crab rangoon, and egg rolls. I didn't get a photo of the spread of the food, but I did get it on video, which will hopefully be edited in the next month or so. Love that it's truly a family affair when it comes to putting these parties together. We used the same buckets for utensils as last year and you can check out his 2nd birthday video on YouTube.

The celebration was lots of fun. We booked Pump and Splash, which was super fun for the kids and even some adults. Since we are in a drought and on a water restriction, our grass is completely dead. One of the awesome things about Pump and Splash is that it recirculates the water. It was the perfect addition to go along with our theme. We also had The Beat Buds perform, which was super fun and entertaining. I first saw them when I scrapbooked Willow's (Pink's daughter's) 2nd birthday party. Since then we have seen them at tons of events and Jack is in love with both of their CD's. The kids were so engaged, playing the musical instruments and dancing along.

Last but not least, the cake! The cake Cindy made was a HUGE hit. Not only did it look amazing, but it tasted so good. And Jack for the first time blew out his candles on his own!

We used Cheeky plates, utensils and napkins, which are available in the party department, exclusively at Target. Here's the simple DIY you can create with just a few items.

Thanks for checking out some of the fun from Jack's party - wish you all could have been there! We had over 80 people, and I can't wait to get the video edited to share more of the fun. And extra special thanks to Cheeky for collaborating with me. Love working with awesome people at amazing companies making a positive impact. The best part is for every Cheeky pack you purchase, they give a meal through their partnership with Feeding America. Cheeky has now helped generate over 9 million meals since launching in November 2014! We also have some pieces from their modern and whimsical Cheeky Home collection we love using on a daily basis. I also shared some tips and my party playlist over on the Party Series on their blog.

GIVEAWAY:

  • Cheeky Party prize pack of our fall assortment:
    • Cheeky Party beverage napkins
    • Cheeky Party lunch napkins
    • Cheeky Party 7" snack plates
    • Cheeky Party 9" lunch plates
    • Cheeky Party cutlery
    • Cheeky Party table covers
  • Cheeky will also donate a meal for every person who enters on 9/22!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below with anything party related! Comments will close on September 26 at noon Pacific and a winner will be announced shortly after on this post. GOOD LUCK!

Perfectly Imperfect quote

Perfectly Imperfect quote

Recently commissioned by someone making a scrapbook for their boyfriend. This quote has been getting a lot of love on Instagram.

Our brush lettering online workshop is getting wonderful feedback and there are so many great projects popping up in the #ATbrushlettering on Instagram. Would love if you joined in on the fun!

Also if you have any favorite quotes - please share them in the comments below. I'm using this watercolor set from Michaels and a waterbrush that I love by Tim Holtz/Ranger.