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We joined Brika and HMK! 04.09.2015

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered up with Brika! By featuring the work of authentic makers, artisans and designers, Brika has created a shopping experience that celebrates modern craft, storytelling and the belief that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them. Lucky for us, Brika just partnered up with our local HMK 1910 store, a unique concept by Hallmark Cards! If you know anything about us, you know we spent many years working side by side as gift wrap designers at Hallmark, so it will always have a special place in our heart! We’re excited to say, for all of our Kansas City friends, you can now find our prints, melamine platters, and stationery at the HMK 1910 store on The Country Club Plaza! We’re on the Brika display along with so many of our favorite designers and friends! SO COOL that HMK is working hard to introduce new makers to their consumers! Make sure you stop by!

{“hello brika” image via HMK 1910}

Thank you, KC Design Week! 04.07.2015

We just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by our Open Studio Night for Kansas City Design Week! We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends!  The pop-up shop was a hit and if you see anything you still want, we want to share a promo code with you. Use BESTIE10 for 10% off  through April 4th! And….we have lots of super-fun photo booth pictures to share with you! Head over to our Facebook page to check them out!

We LOVE seeing our friends and meeting new friends! Thanks for  including us, Design Week! Hope you all keep in touch!

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#AmpersandforNod in the March 2015 catalog! 03.26.2015

All we have to say is WOW! Thank you, The Land of Nod for this beautiful full-page feature on our little company in the March 2015 catalog!! Working with Nod was one of our ultimate goals when we started Ampersand Design Studio so it’s safe to say, this was a very sweet surprise!!

Go Blog Social – Workshop 2015 03.10.2015

On February 22, 2015 we had the pleasure of being the keynote speakers at Go Blog Social Workshop!!! Go Blog Social is a designed to be your destination to learn how to grow your blog and social media knowledge, connect with businesses and get social with like-minded bloggers. The Workshop is held in Kansas City and offers a variety of hands-on, interactive courses in an intimate and creative learning environment. Basically, it’s like camp for all of us that love social media or those that are wanting to learn more about how best to use it for your goals! The entire day was filled with inspiring speakers and we were seriously flattered to be included in that mix! If you missed it,  we shared our entire story….where we have been and how we got to where we are today (like every crazy detail including some parking violation issues from back in the day)…and then we talked about how we use social media and then a bit about how we think about partnerships for our business! We really hope those that could attend left with some new ideas and inspiration to go after whatever it is they dream of it!!

Still cracking each other up after all these years!

Of course we couldn’t let everyone go without some very special Ampersand flair! Hope you are all wearing yours with pride!

And a HUGE thanks to the Go Blog Social team for planning, organizing and dreaming up such a perfect event! You guys rocked it!!!

We can’t forget to thank all of the amazing sponsors that helped make this event happen AND included super rad stuff in our swag bags!!

If you want to check out Go Blog Social, head to their site and make sure to check out #GBSworkshop, #GBS2015 #goblogsocial on social media!

Behind the scenes of #AmpersandforNod 02.05.2015

The day the Spring 2015 Land of Nod products launched, we hosted an instagram takeover on @TheLandofNod where we shared some behind the scenes views into our design process! Just in case you missed it, we wanted to share them here, too!

The above shot of us working side by side is, in all actuality, how we frequently work. When we start a project, we always start off sketching, painting, drawing and experimenting with new mediums! We LOVE to play with color and always make sure to have fun while we “work”! We partner really closely and when we move to the computer, we even share files back and forth. We believe our designs are stronger because of our partnership!

Now, we are taking you back. like way back…and sharing our inspiration behind the designs we’ve created for Nod. Hint: It’s our own childhood. It was playful, bright and filled with lots of rainbows! Carrie on the left and Morgan on the right, sporting our favorite rainbow gear!

Hello from the @AmpersandStudio work space! We share a studio in the heart of the Kansas City Crossroads Art District. We design, blog and run our etsy shop from here. It’s our little home away from home. It’s also where we drink a LOT of coffee and make huge messes. In fact, it very rarely looks this clean. Our studio-mates can vouch for that (sorry, guys)!

How fun is this?!! in addition to designing products with Nod, we also had the privilege to redesign the shipping boxes and store bags! The boxes are patterned on the outside with a surprise burst of color on the inside! However, we never could’ve imagined that the boxes could be turned into the most darling cardboard village EVER! Those folks at Nod…just brilliant, we tell ya!

We have pretty much been bursting at the seems to reveal the products we designed exclusively for The Land of Nod!! So we hope you enjoyed the BIG REVEAL!!! Not to get all sentimental, but we can’t go without saying that we LOVE Nod and designing quality products to live in your homes one day has been the biggest dream come true!! The most exciting part of what we do is seeing these things in real rooms! So make sure to share your pictures with us! Hey Land of Nod, we think you are THE COOLEST!  – Morgan & Carrie  #AmpersandforNod