Ready...Set...Create! Pre-Event Workshops!

Ready Set Create

Meet me at the starting line! Sometimes, meeting in person can give your creative practice the jumpstart it needs. This fall is the perfect opportunity to do so because I’m teaching 3 workshop sessions at Ready...Set...Create right here in Los Angeles! Ready...Set…Create is an awesome event run by the lovely folks over at Down to Details. Here is a description of the event if you’re curious:

Ready...Set...Create (RSC) is an amazing event that was put together after much thought, emails and requests from attendees and teachers too!  The event features fabulous teachers, new techniques, and is affordable, and enjoyable for all in attendance!  The third year is officially in the books and was a huge success!

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Registration for the event is sold out, but the pre-event (where I will be teaching on Thursday, September 19) is open now!

As I mentioned before, I’m offering two classes (in three workshop sessions) at this incredible event: Brush Lettering and Travelers Notebook. Keep reading to find out what those two courses are all about or check out these links to sign up now:

A Modern Twist on Brush Lettering (09/19/19) 8AM-10AM

Traveler’s Notebook (09/19/19) 10:30AM-12:30PM

A Modern Twist on Brush Lettering (09/19/19) 1-3PM

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BRUSH LETTERING - Ever want to try your hand at lettering and modern brush script? Join Amy Tangerine as she takes you through the basics of hand lettering and brush calligraphy using watercolors. In this class, you'll learn how to gain confidence with Amy's favorite water brush (and other supplies) while creating and defining a style that's all your own. We will go over lettering techniques for forming letters with tools that will help you find your lettering style. At the end of class, you'll be able to create your own custom lettered print and a skill set that can be applied to future projects. With a little bit of practice and the tools and kit you'll be given in class to take home, you'll learn that lettering is therapeutic, fun and even a little addictive!

If this sounds like something you need in your life this fall, never fear! I’m offering not one, but two intimate sessions for a lot of one-on-one attention. There’s plenty of space and it’s easy to register. Sign up for the 10 AM Session here or for the 1 PM Session here.

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TRAVELER’S NOTEBOOK - Have you been looking for a fun way to document your life without the bulk of a traditional scrapbook? Look no further! Amy Tangerine will be teaching a class on how she uses Traveler's Notebooks to preserve her memories, whether she is traveling abroad or staying home with her family. This class will focus on how to incorporate memorabilia, how to use different pens to create eye-catching journaling, how to create cohesive spreads, and many others! The gorgeous kit is full of goodness that you'll use in fun and fresh ways. You'll learn some fun techniques and create some one-of-a-kind mini-masterpieces by combining your photos with products from Amy's collections with American Crafts and more. She'll demonstrate simple methods that look complex and help you see the supplies in a fresh new light, even for on-the-go. Register for the session here!

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Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

What did the fruit say to the ice cream?…

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

… I’m sweet on you! Cheesy jokes aside, there was plenty of sweetness to go around at our Happy Sundae party, where ice cream and bright sunshine set the scene for the perfect summer fun. What better way to celebrate the season than with an ice cream bar featuring Tillamook’s fantastic classic flavors?! Guests were able to create their own sundaes using a variety of toppings including: raspberry, kiwi, mango and more. I wanted to share pictures from the party and give you some inspiration for your own little ice cream social. Summer is always an excellent time to get together with friends and family. Why not celebrate? Here are my tips for creating a party to remember.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

1. Awesome Options - Give people lots of choices. Tillamook ice cream is the perfect summer pick-me-up and you deserve a treat! Enhance the natural, creamy flavors with fresh fruit for a healthy twist on a classic summer dessert. My favorite flavor is Old-Fashioned Vanilla, but there are tons of awesome ones to choose from– Mudslide to Birthday Cake to Mint Chocolate Chip, there’s a flavor out there for everyone. After all, Tillamook is dairy done right. It’s natural, delicious and creamy. And it makes it even more fun when they get to sample all of them if they wish!

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

2. Find Your Vibe - Are you a balloon person? Or a streamer person? Maybe you’re like me and you love both. We matched the colors of our streamer wall to coordinate with the classic Tillamook cartons. The pastel, nostalgic colors were a perfect match and the results were so cute, I had to bring the streamer wall home so I could use it again. Other cute decorations– including a mini letterboard, pastel tassel banner, and gorgeous flower arrangements - brought the whole look together beautifully. Don’t be scared to put a twist on it - because creativity is key, find ways to incorporate other things you love into the mix. We repurposed a paint palette and used it to arrange the fruit toppings in rainbow order.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

3. Invite Your Tribe - Keep it simple. The goal is to enjoy the event with family and friends– not obsess over every little detail. I really wanted a balloon wall but I was short on time so I brought in the experts. I hired a local balloon designer, who came in and created an epic masterpiece. It freed me up to focus on building the balloon cloud of my wildest dreams. If someone you know is an amazing baker or loves decorating a space, bring them in and collaborate to create something beautiful. Ask people to bring one or two of their favorite toppings or dishes to make things easier. If you’re short on freezer space, never fear, pick up the ice cream right before the celebration. Use this to find the closest Tillamook ice cream and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

Of course any excuse to celebrate is a good one, and having an ice cream party is no exception. Even though I know the kids would naturally enjoy it, the adults at the party couldn’t help but indulge just a little, too. A few of us even went back for seconds and maybe even thirds. After all, life is short and it’s up to us to make it as sweet as possible. 

Be Happy Launch Party!!

Be Happy Launch Party

The feedback and excitement over my Be Happy Box collaboration with The Happy Planner has been so amazing. Your enthusiasm and happiness has meant the world to me. That’s why when the team suggested months ago that we kick off the box with an official launch party, I said yes!! The only thing that would have made it more perfect is if the venue was big enough to hold everyone who wanted to come. If you haven’t seen my walkthrough of the box and its contents, be sure to check that out here. And remember, if you grab your box before Wednesday, June 12 at 11:59pm and use code AMYTANGERINE, you’ll get 20% off your entire purchase. Plus domestic orders over $75 ship free!

Be Happy Launch Party

The Happy Planner played the hostess(es) with the mostest. They organized some of our favorite vendors as well as a small number of excited fans who won tickets to the event. (It totally pays to watch our Instagram Stories you guys!). Highlights from the afternoon included aura readings, cocktails, delicious food and time well-spent watercoloring together. We even finished off the event with an ice cream sundae bar. I wanted to share highlights and photos from the party.

I absolutely loved the venue and menu. My dear friend Kara Elise was the architect behind all the incredible food served at brunch. Guests could not stop talking about all the delicious options she created and we got to enjoy them on the lovely Geese & Ganders plates. The venue FESTOON LA was the perfect backdrop and the Happy Planner team absolutely nailed the decor. People were swooning over the bouquets and balloon creations that brought everything together. We talked and sipped some amazing (themed!) drinks from Coastal Cockails or for those who needed an energy boost, delicious cold brew from SloBru Craft Coffee.

Be Happy Launch Party

You all know how firmly I believe in the crafting community– when people come together to create, beautiful things can happen. That’s why I made time in the schedule for people to watercolor and just enjoy spending part of their afternoon creatively. We used products from Ooly to paint.  In addition to the things they made, guests also got to walk away with beautiful cards where their auras were read and selfies under a gorgeous neon sign.

Be Happy Launch Party
Be Happy Launch Party

Overall, I had an incredible time connecting with so many amazing creatives and couldn’t believe how quickly it all went by. Looking back on the event, I’m struck by how important it is to surround yourself with like-minded, positive people who enhance each other’s creativity. I love that we were able to come together to create this incredible party with the best energy.

Be Happy Launch Party

Have you had a chance to check out my Be Happy Box? Will you throw any awesome summer events for family and friends? If you do, be sure to surround yourself with awesome people and take lots and lots of photos.

Be Happy Launch Party

Thanks to everyone who made this whole thing possible:

The Happy Planner

Florals: Francesca Staggs

Brunch: Kara Elise

Plates, Napkins, Cups and Utensils: Geese & Ganders

Welcome Sign: Alana Yarbrough

Workshop Materials: OOLY

Drinks: Coastal Cocktails

Coffee: SloBru Craft Coffee

Aura Photography: AURAGAMI

Balloons: BALLOONZILLA

Venue: The FESTOON LA

Neon Light: Narwall

Rentals: YEAH! Rentals

Sweet Treats: Tillamook and Double Good

Photography: Ographr

3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

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Find out what you love to do and where your heart sings. Make it a part of your every day. Last month, I had the opportunity to head down to the beautiful state of Texas to teach a stamping workshop at the Erin Condren Flagship store in Austin. It was an amazing time! I got to play fun products from our collaboration and interact with some awesome crafters.

Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

Here are three highlights from the workshop:

1. The awesome space. If you haven’t had the opportunity to go to an Erin Condren store, you should. It’s colorful, inspiring, and an ideal space for stamping and crafting to happen. After all, it’s hard not to smile when you’re on a rainbow staircase with an amazing group of crafty women!

Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop
Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

2. The incredible sense of community and positivity. We spent Saturday morning sharing the joy of stamping, planning and getting creative. We used the stamps in my collaboration with Erin, of course. In a world, where competition is so dominant, it’s an amazing feeling to come into a space where everyone gets to express themselves, there are no wrong answers or bad ideas– it’s just people putting themselves out there, trying new things and seeing what happens. It’s one of my favorite things to see how people inspire and encourage each other.

Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop
3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

3.  Getting to see products being put to good use and all the amazing different ways people use them to make their own crafts! Also I’m seriously considering putting together a creative retreat so let me know in the comments where you’d want it to be held! I’ve also created an interest form you can fill out here.

3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

So many people reach out to me and say they aren’t sure where to start or what to focus on in their creative journeys. If you’re looking for more great ways to craft a life you love, the only signed copies of my book are available at Erin’s flagship store in Austin.

3 Highlights from the Erin Condren Workshop

It’s hard to not smile when you’re on a rainbow staircase with an amazing group of crafty women! It was such an amazing morning sharing the joy of stamping, planning and getting creative. There’s nothing like connecting in person so hopefully you can join on the Plannerland in Paradise Cruise in March 2020 that I’m excited to be a part of. Have you gone to a live event? Aren’t they the best? You can always see where I will be for events listed on the sidebar of the blog.

Photos courtesy of Thao Lou.

Oh Darling!

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The best thing about attending the Darling Magazine retreat with Alaska Airlines in Maui wasn’t the incredible weather or gorgeous scenery. Those things were definitely worthwhile, too, but it was actually the amazing sense of community I experienced while I was there that took my breath away. All the women were focused on being present and mindful in the moment, which made teaching a little workshop even more special. As always, watching people get creative and crafty while in paradise. I love seeing what people do with different products and how they choose to express themselves creatively. We used a mix of my Shine On Collection and Sunshine & Good Times. We also used the Instax Share Printer so everyone had images to include in their traveler’s notebooks. All the attendees were given a copy of Craft a Life You Love in their gift bags.

One of the most memorable moments happened after the workshop was winding down. As I was cleaning up, a gentleman came to me and thanked me for asking everyone to close their eyes and go through the mindfulness meditation. He works at the Four Seasons and thought it was wonderful to watch and witness, since he so often sees people rushing around or on their phones constantly and being distracted instead of enjoying the world around them. 

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