Plus One Gift Box by Shanna

We have some house guests coming for the weekend and I wanted to put a little gift box together to set on their dresser when they arrive. I think it is fun to provide guests with a couple things that might make them feel more at home. For the gift box I didn’t want to go out and buy a generic box so I asked my husband to picked up a couple cigar boxes from the local shop (they will just give them to you for free) and I simply covered it with Plus One paper using spray adhesive, it was super quick and easy.Perfect house guest welcome gift!From there I just gathered my supplies and took the time to make each one special. I love adding little personal touches to let them know we love them and are SO glad they are here!Perfect house guest welcome gift!The tags from the Plus One collection are PERFECTION for a quick project like this because they come already put together, with the sewing down the middle. It just adds that special touch to make it pop! What I love about the clips is that they can take those off and use them again on their own projects!Perfect house guest welcome gift!We also had a t-shirt for the box from my Mother-in-laws recent trip to Tahiti instead of just putting it at the bottom I decided to add the adorable Amy Tangerine ribbon to hold it all together. Anything is cuter with yellow camera ribbon on it!Perfect house guest welcome gift!For me part of putting a gift together is taking something ordinary and adding just a little something to make it stand out. Instead of just throwing in some chocolate (for any late night munchies) I put them in a tiny mason jar and then made a little tag to sit inside the lid, it just pulls it all together (one or two candy corn M&Ms might have been eaten in the making of this photo).Perfect house guest welcome gift!What I love about using a line like Plus One for this project that is it makes it look like a cohesive gift when in fact you will find anything from champaign to marshmallow fluff (….my brother-in-law loves it!) in there! This helps me pull it all together and is sure to put a smile on your houseguest’s face!

Have a wonderful day! Shanna

What a fantastic project! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop for Plus One at your local scrapbook stores and online at and Simon Says Stamp!

Boom Boom Room

boom boom roomLast Saturday we participated in our first Pre-Emmy’s event at the Beverly Hilton. The last event we did similar to this was for Pre-Oscars back in March. This was our little happy corner. Next week I’ll show you more fun photos like this one, but for now, here’s our crew and set up. amy tangerine at the boom boom room amy tangerine at the boom boom room amy tangerine at the boom boom room amy tangerine at the boom boom roomPhotos by Jamie Waters || Mostly we had Plus One products on hand, but also previewed just a bit of the next collection… do you see some of it? Hope you have a fun weekend!

Studio Calico Poet Society kits

Can’t believe another month has gone by and summer is about to come to an end. Jack will be turning 1 next month and I can hardly believe it. I used a lot of photos of him, some older, and some more recent. These Poet Society kit colors were versatile enough to use for any occasion, for boys or girls. Here’s how this main kit only page came together. I first stamped on the patterned paper because I wanted the tags to have some lines. Then I cut them out and layered on more bits.IMG_1283 IMG_1284 IMG_1305 Used my Instax Share to print these little photos taken on my iPhone of Jack obsessing over finding his belly. For the title work, I wrote it out with pencil, poked holes and used a back-stitch with black thread. amy tangerine- studio calicoThis layout using all the scrapbook add-on’s was too fun to make. I created a collage using a bunch of different die cuts. Love how they all meshed together nicely. I added a little machine stitching to the top left corner and bottom right to tie it all together. And the shadow stamps in the Dickinson add-on are great for layering and adding just the right amount of detail. Please disregard my laziness when it comes to removing older stamps from the other side of the acrylic block.amy tangerine- studio calicoIMG_1297IMG_1299Still working on Courtney’s wedding album and since I included so much of the bridal party, I thought it would be best to focus on the guys a bit. Well, one guy in particular, the groom. This layout used the main kit only and some Fiskars craft knife action. The photos were taken by Dustin Prickett from Sunglow Photography and you can see more of my BFF’s wedding pictures here.amy tangerine- studio calicoUsing a mix of photos from my phone, I put together this spread using only the Project Life kit. I love how much the white Uniball pen – aka the ONLY white gel pen that you’ll need – pops off of even the lightest shade of pink. I still enjoy putting some of the embellishments on the outside of the pockets as well. IMG_1301All photos (except Instax) printed by Persnickety Prints. You can shop for all the Poet Society kits here and see all my projects here.

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Happy Handmade Home in the house!

Yesterday was National Dog Day, which I didn’t realize was a thing until I saw a bunch of posts of pups in my IG feed. My dogs would probably tell you I forgot because of a little guy named Jack. But rest assured, we still love you both, Buster and Bamboo! Yesterday we also received A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home!Buster and Bamboo love A Happy Handmade HomeCongrats ladies on your second book!! It will join the first one A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea book on our library cart soon. I flipped through it briefly and it’s so cool and fun, just like Elsie + Emma’s blog. Speaking of cool, Elsie used our phrase Thickers in this album for her sister. Note: The foam stickers seem to be sold out everywhere except Sakura Lala and Amazon.

Abbot Kinney

amy tangerine - urbanicThis little guy loves going on adventures and dining out, just like his parents. So last week we decided to step out of the studio and welcome Jamie to the team with a lunch at Gjelina. An insider tip is to put your name on the list first – we arrived at 12:45 and were told a table for 3 would be about 25 minutes. Then feel free to wander the awesomeness that is Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice. It turned out to be the perfect amount of time to walk over to our favorite paper place, Urbanic. More on our visit there next week!amy tangerine - urbanic amy tangerine - urbanicWe always usually order a bunch of things to share. This time was no exception, so we got the kale salad, fries and mushroom pizza. Turns out Jack loved trying fries for the first time, and enjoyed the mushrooms as well. I also brought him snacks and a go-go squeeze because he loves his fruits.amy tangerine- abbot kinneyI miss being able to walk or bike to Abbot Kinney, but am really glad one of my favorite streets is still just a short drive away. And because I was full and Jack was getting antsy, I completely forgot to order my favorite dessert ever, the butterscotch pot de creme. Next time, Jamie!

Photos by Jamie Waters

Olennka’s Layout

Love that our design team members made their own layouts based on this sketch Shanna created. You can see Kinsey’s take here, and this is Olennka’s beautiful project.  I just love all the artsy details and hand-writing she added. Not to mention the sweet black and white photos.Olennka sketch 2014 Olennka sketch 2014det1Olennka sketch 2014det2Hope you all have fun trying these great techniques by Olennka! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop for Plus One at your local scrapbook stores and online at and Simon Says Stamp!

What we pack for a little picnic

IMG_1012Lately we’ve been really enjoying picnic-ing and having meals/snacks outdoors. At least once a week I try and take Jack for a little mommy & me date to the park. We find a shady spot and sit on our Skip Hop blanket – it’s foldable and zips into itself – totally functional and cute. And most importantly, it’s machine washable. We also have the matching diaper bag that we love. IMG_1003 IMG_1008 IMG_1009We pack Jack’s food (white cheddar cheese and green beans here) in these awesome glass Wean Green containers – the 4oz cubes seem to work really well for us. We got the limited edition lunch bag met the awesome CEO at this event. Her sweet daughters enjoyed playing with my scrapbook products and Jack just liked watching them. Now he’s more of a doer and usually enjoys playing with the lids, but this time he’s got his hands on my favorite go-to snacks – Kind bars. They are delicious and easy to throw into the bag. I imagine this scene will change quite a bit once Jack is walking, but for now, life is a picnic. If you have any favorite products, snacks, or tips to share, please do so in the comments!

Photos by Jamie Waters

Studio Calico news

There has been so many exciting things going on at Studio Calico. Two of the classes I contributed to this year are included in this fantastic Back to School class sale!studio calico risk freeRisk Free is back, so what better time to try the kits out?! Each month I love getting my box of goodies. Their slogan, “Inspiration, delivered.” is just that. I received my September kits yesterday and need to get to work on the projects, but thought you all could enjoy these fun deals in the meantime.Studio Calico box

Getting Organized with Creative Options!

Creative OptionsDon’t you love finding awesome products to help you get organized? I certainly do! Since I am still in the process of setting up the studio in a fully functional way, when Creative Options contacted me about a possible collaboration, I had to say yes. Who doesn’t want to be more organized? I, for one, can definitely use some help in that department. Remember these photos of the studio? Yikes. So needless to say, I am ready to create a habit of being organized and staying organized, which is why I’m excited to be partnering with such a fashionable and functional craft storage brand. They have all kinds of fun pieces that will help me keep all my crafty things together in containers as opposed to little piles scattered about. Here’s a little video I put together with the help of Jamie’s daughters (since I don’t have kids going back-to-school).

Oh and please help welcome Jamie Waters to the Amy Tangerine team – we are so happy to have her coming into the studio a couple days a week, and so grateful she’s able to work around the chaos… but soon to be super organized studio. If you all have any organizational tips or studio ideas for me that you want to share, I’d love to hear them in the comments! PS – Did you catch Buster making a little cameo in the video?

My own take on a Sketch by Kinsey

Hey everyone! We got to put our own spin on this awesome sketch and I’m sharing my take on it as well as a couple of fun ways to create your own custom patterned papers using the Plus One acrylic stamps and watercolors. (Shanna shared her layout here- be sure to check it out if you haven’t had a chance yet…so awesome!)sketch comparisonI’m a huge fan of sketches and sketching because it’s much easier for me visualize my own photos and supply choices when looking through greyscale sketches. I also love that one sketch can be turned into tons of different layouts by just scooting, flipping, or rotating the sketch/ page elements and that’s what I did with this one…I rotated the original sketch to the left, converted it to an 8.5×11 size, scooted the large cluster of elements up a bit, and made it more linear with blocked off areas for each item.duke01Usually my finished layouts end up a lot different than how I intended because I don’t sketch to scale so this one was surprisingly on point with my initial plan. I started with a white woodgrain textured cardstock that I painted with pearlescent watercolors (silvery-grey) and then while that was drying, I got to work on some custom patterned papers using acrylic stamps and watercolors (more on this in a minute). Once everything was dry, I glued the circle pattern to the bottom edge of my woodrain cardstock and then covered the seam with a block of contrasting patterned paper (black/white dot 8.5×5 inches). Next, I started adding all the elements from my sketch along with embellishments. I finished it off with some sewing to hold everything in place.duke03 duke02To recreate the watercolored/stamped pattern I made for the bottom section of my layout:

1) Supplies: Plus One Stamps, black dye based ink pad, smooth white cardstock or watercolor paper, water soluble crayons or watercolors, paint brush w/ water

2) Start stamping in the middle of the bottom edge of the cardstock and work your way out to the left and right edges. Stamp all the way off the paper to mimick the look of a patterned paper.

3) If using water soluble crayons- outline or highlight as much or as little as you like. I filled in a few of the outlined circles for mine and left several plain.

4) With a wet paintbrush, go over the areas that you “colored” with the water crayons and let dry. If you prefer regular watercolors disregard the water crayon bitsduke04 duke05To make a repeating text based patterned background:

1) Using a pencil, lightly draw a base guideline for your first row of stamped text. Repeat the stamp end to end across your paper. *TIP: I use a fine tip sharpie to draw a line on my acrylic blocks to help with keeping everything as straight as possible. The sharpie wipes right off with a magic eraser once I finish. Once the first row is done, start the next row by offsetting your stamp (see image 1 above: in the second row, I began by aligning the “x” so that it was directly under the “o” in the row above it.)

2) Continue the pattern by repeating the steps in #1 until you’ve filled your space.

3) Trim to whatever size or shape, die cut out of it, or paper punch shapes out of it and you’re good to go!

Thanks so much for stopping in today! We would love to see what you did with the sketch so be sure to link us up in the comments!

xo, Kinsey

Supplies Used:


(1) acrylic stamps, (2) fabric brads, (3) kal barteski white thickers, (4) black foam phrases, (5) tandem pp, (6) soul mate pp : Amy Tangerine Plus One ; Cardstock – Studio Calico, American Crafts ; Ink – Hero Arts ; Paint – Reeves ; Stamps – (date roller) Pebbles, (small alphabet) Hero Arts ; Stickers – American Crafts ; Thread – DMC.

Hope you all have fun trying these great techniques by Kinsey! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop for Plus One at your local scrapbook stores and online at and Simon Says Stamp!