Evalicious Giveaway + Discount Code

Looking back on Jack’s album from 2013, there are some missing pages and elements (of course, seeing that I was sleep deprived and in much of a fog for his first few months of his life). With a mix of layouts and Project Life pages, I decided it was a good time to try and just fill in some of the gaps. I used photos taken on my iPhone and printed by Persnickety Prints and slid them into the pockets to start. Then after getting a great little package from Evalicious, I went to work by placing some of their stickers onto the photos, journaling cards or directly onto the page protector. Evalicious products | Amy Tangerine Evalicious products | Amy Tangerine Evalicious products | Amy Tangerine Evalicious products | Amy Tangerine Evalicious products | Amy Tangerine Evalicious products | Amy Tangerine Evalicious products | Amy TangerineABOUT | Evalicious is a small indie, online shop that offers scrapbooking paper tags, badge buttons, rubber stamps and puffy stickers. They’ve recently added 3 fun shape paper clips to their line of products as well as 2 new collections called Hello 2014 and Just Us. Their products add just the right touch to your scrapbook layouts, PL spreads and paper projects. Don’t forget to sign up for their newsletters to get special offers and announcements!

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GIVEAWAY - Evalicious is offering one winner a Gift Certificate code of $35! Just leave a comment on this post. Comments will close April 27 and winner will be notified via email. Good luck!
Also, everyone can enjoy 20% off purchases of $20 or more using the code: AMYTAN20 (expires April 30).

A Delightful Breakfast

A Delightful Breakfast | Amy TangerineWe had the pleasure of having my cousins stay with us and cook up some fantastic meals. This was just one of the tasty treats we had while they were in town. In fact it was so good, we requested it twice and asked if she would share the recipe with all of you. The only difference is that we had turkey bacon on ours, but here is the vegetarian version. Enjoy!!

Kristi’s LA Breakfast Delight – Serves 4 people

1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced
6 baby Bella mushrooms, chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
4tbs olive oil, separated
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 medium bunch of kale, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped (I like garlic!)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

4 eggs
4 whole wheat tortillas
1/2 cup of hummus

4 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup of chopped fresh cilantro

Apologies in advance, these measurements are guesstimates!

1. In a large, nonstick pan add the olive oil, cumin and red pepper flakes. Let the cumin toast for a few minutes.

2. When the pan is warm, add onion, bell pepper and mushrooms. Saute till onion slices are just starting to crisp up.

3. Add kale and garlic. Saute for a few minutes till the kale begins to wilt and add salt and pepper.

4. After a few more minutes, take the kale mixture off the stove into a bowl. Cover.

5. Return pan and crack the four eggs, one by one –making sure the egg whites aren’t touching. You can do this in separate batches if the pan isn’t big enough. Salt and pepper, then wait for the whites to set. Yolks should be jiggly, perfect and unbroken.

6. While the eggs are cooking, warm the tortillas one by one in a separate pan. Put each tortilla on a plate. Divide the hummus between the four tortillas spreading it across the entire surface of the tortilla, all the way to the edges.

7. Divide the kale mixture and place on each tortilla, spreading the mixture to the edges.

8. Gently place an egg ontop of each kale mixture. Garnish with two halves of grape tomatoes and cilantro.

Serve immediately! Slit the yolks. Use your hands to enjoy Kristi’s LA Breakfast Delite!


Stitching on photos tutorial

Amy Tangerine Stitched PhotoI have been wanting to create a framed series of photos of Jack with stitching on them for quite some time. After receiving these enlargements from Persnickety Prints (my favorite size right now is 8″x12″), I decided to go for it. Using a the best white pen, a Uni-ball Signo, I began by writing out the second line of journaling because I wanted to fill in as much of the grass with stitching as possible.Amy Tangerine Stitched Photo Amy Tangerine Stitched PhotoThen I took a We R Memory Keepers brad setter (you can use any paper piercer) and began poking holes about 1/4″ apart. Amy Tangerine Stitched PhotoThen using a back-stitch, I began stitching my letters.Amy Tangerine Stitched PhotoAfter some time relaxing on the sofa – stitching can be incredibly therapeutic – it was done. Not quite sure how I am going to frame it – either a simple floating frame or perhaps I’ll just get it done professionally. I am loving the texture and how it turned out. Amy Tangerine Stitched Photo

House Tour

Our house is mostly made up of a mix of new and old – collected and curated mainly for this space, since it’s about 3 times the size of our previous tiny 550 square foot apartment. Instead of being 5 blocks from the beach, we are now about 5 miles. All of the walls are one of 2 shades of grey. We were meticulous about getting this place all set up and ready before Jack’s arrival last September. Thankfully that timeline worked out, but it’s taken 7 months for me to have it photographed. We made it a rule to only bring in things we love, which turns into quite the eclectic mix. And we are okay with it. It feels comfortable and we’ve set a good pace that works for us when it comes to making it feel like a home. Here’s a look at our happy place.Amy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Poster by Holstee | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie EspinozaAmy Tan's House Tour | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Throwback Thursday

This is a behind the scenes look that I never shared from back in August 2013 when we were working on the Plus One collection. We were fully focused and had just finished up the style sheet and when Jennifer brought her 2 month old son, Everett into the American Crafts office. His smiles completely lit up the room.behind the scenes | everett Plus One

In the studio with Pinkfresh

PinkfreshPinkfresh Studio sent over a package that came in a gorgeous hot pink envelope full of their latest products. It made me want to create immediately, so I made some 4×6 cards that can be easily slipped into Project Life page protectors or onto layouts at a later time. Love these retro Instaframes both for putting photos inside and outside.PinkfreshPinkfreshPinkfresh Studio is offering 20% off through the end of April using the code: AMY20.

Class at Studio Crescendoh

Last Saturday morning, Jack woke up crying at 4am stuck in the top right corner of his crib. He was in an awkward L position and there was no chance of him going back to sleep on his own. I picked him up, gave him a cuddle and decided to bring him back to our bed, hopeful for a couple more hours of sleep before my alarm was to go off at 6:30. Thankfully it worked.

JC was looking forward to some quality father/son time and I was looking forward to teaching a class at Studio Crescendoh. My mom and I got the car packed up and drove down to Santa Ana to spend a few hours with a wonderful group of ladies. The format for this workshop was slightly different than others, really laid back (well, they are all pretty laid back usually), with me not only demonstrating techniques, but also creating alongside these creative and talented women. We used watercolors and stamps, collaged and embroidered, and really just played. Although it would have been nice to have Jack there – it turned out we were all in our happy place.20140412-183452.jpg20140415-094430.jpg20140415-094400.jpg20140412-183525.jpg20140412-183551.jpg20140412-183600.jpg20140412-183612.jpg20140412-183652.jpg20140412-183708.jpg20140415-094417.jpg20140415-094656.jpg20140415-094712.jpgThanks to everyone who joined. Thanks to Jenny for having me in your amazing studio space. Thanks to my mom for running the little shop we had set up in the hallway. When I got home, Jack was already on his 2nd nap after Daddy took him for an adventure and shopped for groceries for dinner. It was so nice to come home and just be able to relax. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. And at that moment, it was finding the time to just be in the moment, to appreciate what a sweet Saturday it was. And a few minutes later, it became even sweeter because Jack woke up!

Craftcation wrap up

Yes, it’s true, I say it every year after Craftcation Conference, but I will say it again – all you creative/crafty types should try and attend. I will echo much of what I said in this wrap up from 2013. Held in Ventura, CA and going strong for 3 years now, I am humbled to have been a part of it since the beginning. The only difference from years past is that our crew included mommy, Buster, Bamboo and Jack. The hotel is dog friendly and baby friendly, but I still took his bathtub because I am crazy like that and there was plenty of room in my car. Sharing a room proved to only be tricky because of outbursts of barks during naptime. My BFF lives in Ventura and it was so great to see her. And she got to have her Jack fix too. Here are photos taken from my phone of the fun 3 days that I attended. I’ll try and do another wrap up posts from my classes taken on my DSLR soon.
20140408-061859.jpg20140408-061908.jpg20140408-061918.jpgYes, that’s THE Lisa Congdon holding my rub-ons from my Plus One collection, along with Jack fast asleep in the Ergo. You can read previous Craftcation posts and sign up for the newsletter to find out more about next year’s event.

#amytangerine on Instagram

Love seeing how you all are using and sharing your projects with Plus One mixed with some of the Sketchbook collection. It’s fun for us to click on the hashtag (#amytangerine) and find all this great eye candy. I don’t always see it when it’s a mention (@amytangerine) on Instagram. Shop for our latest products online at Two Peas In A Bucket (where there’s a 20% off sale for a limited time) and Simon Says Stamp and HSN!#amytangerine on Instagram

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