Carson's Do Your Thing Layout

Hello again friends!  As you know, I’m a card maker as well as a scrapbooker and for that reason I have a ton of 6x6 paper pads hanging around my space.  I’m always trying to find ways to use these smaller prints and papers, and today I’m here to show you just how great the On A Whim 6x6 inch paper pad is for incorporating into your larger layouts.

The great thing about a 6x6 inch paper pad, is that you get all the beautiful prints and designs from the 12x12 inch paper pad but on a much smaller scale.  Having a smaller version of your On A Whim papers, lets you really layer your prints and patterns while you create.  If I had used the larger versions of the floral patterns on this layout, I would have had way too much large pattern competing for my attention and the large cut-out florals would have gotten lost in the background.  By choosing two small scale floral patterns, I was able to tie all the florals together, but really allow the larger florals to shine.  

I also love how easy it is to get a fun geometric look for your background using a 6x6 paper pad.  I kept it simple by creating a grid with only four coordinating papers, but with a few easy cuts, you can create a much more intricate quilted look on your page.  For example, you could cut each paper diagonally down the middle and create a triangle background; as well you could simply cut each paper into quarters and create a smaller 3x3 grid pattern.  The sky is the limit, and you don’t have to fret about cutting into your gorgeous large pieces of 12x12 paper to accomplish your desired look.

So next time you’re scrapping with your On A Whim collection, don’t forget to incorporate those 6x6 papers into your page and create more interest with those smaller patterns and designs.  You won’t regret it!

Happy crafting fellow Fangerines!


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Supplies: On A Whim Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad (378744), On A Whim Collection - Cardstock Sticker Book with Foil Accents (378748), On A Whim Collection - Cardstock Stickers with Foil Accents - Accents and Phrases (378749), On A Whim Collection - Thickers – Phrases (378746), On A Whim Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Full Bloom (378718), On A Whim Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Seriously (378720).

Thanks so much for sharing, Carson! Other Design Team member posts can be found hereShop ON A WHIM now! Check your local retailer and online at Simon Says Stamp and

Zinia's Melting Donut Thickers Layout

Hello everyone, it’s Zinia (aka Abstract Inspiration) and today I’d like to share with you a really fun mixed media layout I created using Amy’s On a Whim collection.

I am completely obsessed with the donut thickers that come in this collection since the very first time I saw them. They are such a genius idea, especially the bitten ones. So I wanted to create a page and use a lot of them.

What I decided to do is to use my watercolors and paint four strips with colors that coordinated with the donut thickers. I tested my mixes on a scrap piece of paper until I was happy with the shades and then I loosely added some color on the page. To help my watercolors flow better, I brushed the area with some clean water before I go in with the colors.

Once everything was dry, I used the thickers and scattered a bunch of them over the colored areas. I mostly used the numbers that came in the pack cause I didn’t want to run out of any letters. This technique can be a great way to use up your leftover thickers once you finish your vowels and can’t make more words.

To embellish the page I kept everything as color coordinated as possible. I picked some blue and pink patterns that matched the colors of the thickers but since I couldn’t find a lot of brown elements, I mixed in some black and white designs to act as neutrals.

I used a few ephemera pieces and stickers to fill in some gaps and make my cluster look interesting.

To balance the design, I added some strips of washi tape at the top again trying to keep everything in the same color pallete and order.

This is a great technique to use if you are a beginner in mixed media or you just want to have some fun with your paints. You can actually use any type of paint you want like acrylic paints, crayons, even colored pencils.

I really hope you enjoyed it and got inspired to create something beautiful.


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Thanks so much for sharing this clever and colorful layout, Zinia! Other Design Team member posts can be found hereShop ON A WHIM now! Check your local retailer and online at Simon Says Stamp and

Here is a list of products used in this layout:

378725 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Tropical Paradise | 378724 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Friends | 378729 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Let’s Dance | 378738 On a Whim 12x12 Pattern Paper - Paradise | 378744 ON A WHIM 6x6 PAD | 378745 On a Whim THICKERS Donut Worry | 378746 On a Whim THICKERS LOL | 378749 On a Whim ACCENT & PHRASE STICKERS | 378748 On a Whim STICKER BOOK | 378747 On a Whim WASHI TAPE PACK | 378750 On a Whim EPHEMERA | 376226 Oh Happy Life MINI WASHI TAPE | Better Together WASHI TAPE PACK

Jane Davenport Watercolors – Brights | Jane Davenport Watercolors - Neutrals

On Creative Living

rainbow wall pic by Lish Creative

I had the pleasure of talking to the brilliant Elise Blaha Cripe about creative living on her podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. Though we've known each other for about 10 years, I shared some things she didn't know about me and my struggles, how I choose projects and my mission to encourage people to craft a life they love. Hope you enjoy listening! 

My FabFitFun Art Kit!

Guess what?! I partnered with FabFitFun on the amazing Ready, Set, Create! Art Kit, which is a Choice item in some FabFitFun Summer Boxes.

I was so excited when FabFitFun asked me to help curate a kit and go into the development process of really making sure this art kit was great for everybody. We picked out really fun, bright colors for the acrylic paints and a canvas size that’s not too intimidating. The tools were really important to me so we picked my favorite size paint brush as well as the high quality round foam brush. 

I thought that these kits would be perfect for hosting your own art party with a bunch of friends, so I also shared some of my best art party tips over on the FabFitFun blog!

This box is filled with $200+ worth of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle goodies that I know you’re going to love! Use the code AMYTANGERINE10 for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun!

Updated: Looks like they are working on the link that is indicated on the art kits. In the mean time, there are some videos showing different things you can do with your kit if you're a fabfitufun member, check them out here. Thanks!

Newest Collection - Hustle & Heart!

So excited to share a peek at my newest collection with American Crafts, Hustle & Heart. It's hard to believe but this is the 13th one we have collaborated on. Hopefully that's a lucky number in this scenario. I just got a first look at it, as the samples only arrived last week. Looking forward to playing with it and sharing projects with you soon. Also, I filmed a little first look/unboxing video of sorts that I am hoping to get up next week.

Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart
Amy Tangerine Papers

Hope you like what you see so far. Let me know in the comments what kind of project you'd like me to share using this collection!