Wednesday, May 2, 2012

American Crafts Guest Designer

I am THRILLED, ELATED, HAPPY BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS to be this weeks American Crafts guest designer. When I was contacted for this opportunity I answered immediately with a resounding, "YES!!" Nothing like playing hard to get, right? Eh, I was never really good at that anyway. The truth is when it comes to AC I am not hard to get. at. all. In fact I would design for them any place, any time. (Even if I am smack dab in the middle of a move across the country...the van loading and leaving as we speak! AH!)

I was even more excited when I realized that the collection they were asking me to create with was the new Amy Tangerine Sketchbook. WOW. Let me just say....I know you have all heard my raves and reviews over this line, and you know I am head over heels for it.....but once it was in my hands it surpassed my expectations. It was inspiring, and beautiful, and doodle-riffic. I just can't stop using every last scrap! The possibilities are endless.

Ok. So, here is what I came up with...

This photo deserved special treatment. I knew I wanted to do something with layered punched hearts sewn to a page. The second I laid eyes on this heart pattern I was in! This paper is SO PERFECT! In fact it is perfect for several layouts I have in mind so I have big plans on purchasing more and hoarding my little heart out.

 Confetti is "in" and I am totally on board with that. I love the way this adds a little movement to the precious page. And, can I just say, I seriously can't get enough of those fabric covered brads. I wanted to use them on every. single. project!

 A rare layout for Hottie and I. It just felt so right to continue the doodles across the page and add a little stitching to match. Hey, it IS Amy Tan after all. She loves a good stitch so why not use some when creating with her epic products?

 Layering, layering, layering. There are so many stunning elements in this collection it is easy to do. I used a bit of everything on this page. This patterned paper is especially wonderful. The grid design lends itself to easy journaling and photo placement.

I made a card, ya'll!....
I'll admit, it was fun. The ribbon on this is from the premium pack. There are two different types of chevron print and the most deliciously vibrant colors. I can't wait to make more projects with these fabulous rolls.

And for my final trick...

This is a wall hanging that I made using paint, patterned paper, stamps, doodles, Thickers, and sequins. These floral patterns really do look as if they came straight from the page of Amy's sketchbook. I adore the hand drawn/watercolor feel. When I found this saying I knew it was the perfect fit for my vision of floating flowers across a canvas.

Thank you, American Crafts, for this wonderful opportunity. Any time you want to send a big box of stellar products my way feel free to do so. I'd be more then happy to play with them. Just make sure you post mark the box to Kentucky. Because I am on my way!!!


  1. Stopping by from the AC blog and so happy I did! Your layouts are wonderful. Love your blog too and started following. I hope your scrapbook dream is realized soon. You have a lot of talent! Best of luck on your move.

  2. FABULOUS projects! I love how they turned out! Good luck with the big move!