San Diego Stamps!

photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Ahh - the custom stamps I designed exclusively for Paper Tales in San Diego are back in stock. After tons of phone requests, they have made them available online here. Also it seems that my latest collection with American Crafts has been restocked in a lot of places. Find Better Together at scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp.

Every Artist Was Once An Amateur

Every Artist Was Once An Amateur - a look behind the scenes of the creative process from start to finish

Ahh!! Look at that amazing workspace! I don't know about you but I have always been interested in behind the scenes stuff since I was young. I love hearing about the creative process from artists, and it's even better when you get to see it firsthand. That table top shot is just gorgeous, don't you agree?! For my collaboration with Pro World Inc, we used their newly redesigned site, PW Custom to make some awesome custom transfers. You can easily upload your design to the site and they send you a high quality transfer that basically gets ironed onto whatever you want. The quality turns out much like a screenprinted design and looks and feels awesome.

As you may have already seen, I invited guest designer Jill DeHaan for the Your Biggest Fan tees. Well this time around I asked Jordanne Marie to submit some quotes in her amazing style of lettering and we made two of the designs into transfers through PW Custom. I printed them in my studio with the Pro World heat press

They were easy to print and then I sent out the shirts to Jordanne. She was able to get these amazing photos.

Here's what she had to say:

It started out, like many of my endeavors do, as a hobby, I had it on my bucket list to get better handwriting and it seemed like a good enough time as any to start! It's now become my form of meditation, as I take a quote from idea, to sketch, to ink and then finally as I photograph the final image, it feels like a rhythmic melody I get to play every day. Most of my work lives only on Instagram, meant to encourage others on the daily and be a source of inspiration, but every now and then I get a wonderful opportunity to share my art with the world. Getting the chance to actually wear your designs is a pretty incredible feeling, made even more incredible when people actually recognize your style as your own!

Thanks for sharing your amazing skills and beautiful work, Jordanne! You can see more photos and read her blog post here. And thanks to Pro World for collaborating with me on these shirts and post! If you'd like a chance to win a mini heat press of your own, be sure to go to Pro World's Instagram to enter

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DIY Photo Mugs!

DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine

I can't even tell you how excited I am about a little thing called a mug press. For my collaboration with Pro World, I started to dream up ideas for making custom items and felt giddy. It reminded me of when I was 23 years old, thinking about starting a tee shirt line back in 2002. One of my mentors referred me to someone who advised I invest in a heat press. Back then internet shopping had really only just begun for me, and I scoured eBay to try and find a heat press (similar to this one) that was gently used. Then I realized that if I am going to purchase a piece of equipment that would be a business expense and an investment, I should consider buying a new one. It was so long ago and such a crazy time in my life working as a freelance stylist, part-time cocktail waitress, and then dabbling in tee shirt designs, I can't remember how I actually even obtained the heat press. But I sure do wish I had a resource like Pro World back then. I started off just experimenting. I would print designs onto scrap pieces of fabric. I used heat transfer paper similar to this and my home printer. I printed the design (in reverse) and then cut it out by hand. Once heat pressed onto the scrap fabric, I would then hand sew them onto a tee shirt or tank top. The process was so much fun and I felt like the potential to create was limitless. When I decided to take things to the next level, I decided to print by own labels onto muslin that would then be hand stitched into every garment. By that point I had found seamstresses and local hand sewers (in Atlanta), and I had a little business going. It was enough to allow me to quit working in the restaurant and forced me to take it all more seriously rather than just doing it for fun. While I don't think I have the desire to start making mugs for a side business, it sure is fun and someone should do it! Perhaps one of you out there?

Using the sublimation printer that came in the Pro World Mug Starter Package, I printed multiple designs onto the special paper in reverse (flipped horizontally). Not wanting to waste space on the paper, I experimented with several types of images and made sure to fill up as much of the sheet as possible. I trimmed around the design - the coolest thing about sublimation printing is that you don't have to worry about trimming so close to the design to avoid anything white. When using regular iron on transfer papers and an ink jet printer, you typically have to trim as close as possible.

DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine

Using heat resistant tape, I attached the design face down to the mug while the mug press was warming up.

DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine

I recommend using something like an oven glove once the machine has done it's job, as the mug is still pretty hot.

DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine

Once cooled off enough, peel off the heat resistant tape. It comes off easily, but I would recommend not getting too excited about peeling it off that you burn yourself, as I almost did.

DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine

Ann-Marie and I were laughing and dying over how cute our little ones look on these mugs!

DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine
DIY Photo Mugs | Amy Tangerine

As a small business owner, I think the possibilities would be endless for promotional products. These would make great giveaways or even add-on's as part of a line. I could totally see people adapting card designs or tee shirt designs onto these mugs! What would you like to see on a mug? Comment below and I just might make one of the designs and send it to you!

This post is part of a collaboration with Pro World. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

High 5 for personalized pants

baby Jack
baby Jack

Not sure what it is about baby legs, but they sure are scrumptious. Most of the time I prefer dressing Jack in fitted pants, not baggy ones. Several years ago from my friend Dana, shared a little secret with me about dressing her little guy, Asa. She said she would just buy him girls' pants. She said they just fit better, and she's right. At first I tried to keep it a secret from JC that I bought our son several pairs of girl pants from the get go, but my mama brain let it slip when Jack was just a few months old. Oopsy. But JC didn't seem to mind, and Jack's been looking rather studly in his slimmer fitting pants, especially his jeggings.

As a big fan of leggings and personalized items, I was delighted to discover Simply Boco Baby. Their eco-friendly, organic, and made in the USA items are just too cute. We got so many compliments when he wore these.

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As for the photos in our backyard, we're on our favorite blanket and he's playing with a little orange from our tree. He loves it. (Some of you may recall that my dogs have long thought of oranges as toys). Jack's got a few new tricks going on too - high 5 is a favorite - or what looks like "no photos" on the right.He only spends about 15 minutes a day in his Jolly Jumper, but I think he makes the most of his time there.

PS - Simply Boco Baby is offering free domestic shipping using the code: TANGERINE

a penny for your thoughts

I've always been crazy about cute babies, and lately it feels like I am seeing them all over the place. We made a Play Nice shirt and customized it on the back for this sweet little one. Her clever mom turned it around and snapped these adorable photos. I'm thinking she's cute as can be, wouldn't you agree?Custom Tee by Amy Tangerine - Penny Custom Tee by Amy Tangerine - Penny