Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt Day

Our 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is today and we could not be more excited.  The weather forecast showed 100% chance of rain, so we moved our traditional beach egg hunt to..... the bowling alley! It should be wild and crazy with 24 kids and 25 adults but cannot wait to see everyone.  My mom and I couldn't bear the thought of cancelling the hunt.  We sincerely love this tradition and besides -- what would I do with all those crafts?  Here's a sneak peek of all that I have been working on! I had some help from "bunny elves" the Bradford's and Molly and Connor, too...

I ordered adorable invitations from my favorite stationer and return address stamped them with my PSA Essentials personalized address stamp. I swapped out my middle monogram for a little bunny from PSA Little Bunny Peel & Stick pack. I like how this adds a festive touch to the invitation.  Changing out the middle is so easy, I really do it for every occasion.

I love the way the banner turned out! I used PSA Topiary Peel & Stick stamps and my personalized "Easter Egg Hunt" stamp (I just personalized the Gillian style). 

I had some bunny elves help with the stuffing of the eggs (we stopped around 700). Our good friends The Bradford's came over on Wednesday night to help!

Yesterday Molly and I spent some time dying Easter eggs which we may use for decorations at the Egg Hunt or for our own hunt Sunday.

I'll be sure to recap the event this weekend! It's sure to be lots of fun.  Happy almost Easter! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Announcing New Stamps!

On behalf of everyone at PSA Essentials, we are thrilled to announce the launch of 16 new personalized stamp designs in collaboration with talented stationery designers Emily McCarthy and Kelly Hughes Designs. These designs have been in the works for months.  We had dozens of talented stationery designers apply to collaborate on this project, there was so much talent and it was incredibly hard to narrow down to these two.  But in the end, we loved Emily McCarthy's timeless and classic look with an updated twist, and Kelly Hughes whimsical kid designs and trendy adult ones.  We felt with these two designers combined, there truly was a style for everyone. Here they are!

Want to know more about these designers? 

Kelly Hughes is the owner and artist of Kelly Hughes Designs, a nationally recognized brand that sells in over 200 retail outlets since it launched in 2002.   Her stationery designs and custom, monogram products like invitations, drink koozies, cell phone cases, and more have been featured in Stationery Trends Magazine, Greetings, etc. Magazine and Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine.  She is a three time finalist of the National Stationery Show “Best New Product” award.   All of Kelly’s drawings are hand-illustrated by her. 

Emily McCarthy has been in the paper and stationery industry for 10 years, and is owner/designer of custom stationery and branding shoppe Emily McCarthy (formerly Emma JDesign).   Emily’s wedding invitation suites have been featured on The Today Show, Southern Living, Inside Weddings and Weddings Unveiled.  Prior to opening her own business, Emily was the senior designer for Swoozie’s.   She lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Patrick, and her son, Rhett.  Emily describes her style as “southern, classic with a twist.”  

We aren't done collaborating on projects with stationery designers, so if you are interested in working with PSA Essentials to have your designs manufactured by us, please contact me!  Email, we currently offer two programs to work with talented brands and designers. 

Ready to buy one?  Head on over to shop now! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Printables

One of my favorite bloggers is Kristyn at Lil'Luna.  She updates her site almost daily with recipes, craft tips, decor ideas, and has a huge network of bloggy friends that all share the cutest ideas.  Today I am sharing her round up of free Easter printables.  From banners to signs to table tents to much more, this post has it all. 30 ideas for FREE Easter paper loving products.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Milk & Cookies Party

My son Connor turns 2 on May 17th. I can hardly believe it.  It seems like yesterday that he was born, but yet, so long ago at the same time. How can that be? I am busy getting ready for vacation next week, and then our 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt.  To my mother's horror (she'll say that's an overstatement and an exaggeration...) I have not started planning the party or set a date for his birthday celebration.  

What should the "theme" be?  I am calling on fans and blog readers for ideas!  I recently revisited this adorable "Milk and Cookies" 2nd birthday party that our design team member Mae Armstrong threw for her adorable twin boys! 

From a homemade piñata to DIY play dough favors, a wreath for the front door, and baking mountains of cookies, cakes and cupcakes, Mae spent dozens of hours on this party.   First she created a front door wreath that highlighted the number “2”.   She used her PSA Essential custom stamp that she designed herself for the party.    

She stamped her heart out!   And baked her heart out!  Here’s the dessert buffet featuring chocolate crinkles, chocolate chip cookies, funfetti, boysenberry thumbprint cookies, cookie birthday cake, cookies and cream cupcakes, party straws and homemade play dough favors.

Can you see the blue cookie bag? Guests loved that they were able to bring some yummy baked treats with them.

Here are the homemade play dough party favors.

And cookies and cream cupcakes. 

The whole set up…

Mae’s aunt gave her this cookie pan from William Sonoma – it made an adorable cake!

Here’s the homemade giant cookie pinata with pull strings.

Here’s the piñata in action!

When it was time to eat,  Mae created simple table cover by getting a big roll of butcher paper and covering the table.  She a created simple place mats for each guest with their name and stamped it with the PSA Essentials custom birthday stamp.

The party was simply adorable -- don't you just love all these fun details?  What should Connor's party theme be?  Help! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Monogram Front Door Wreath

Between the holidays, I needed an outdoor wreath to hang on my door.  You see, I have plenty of wreaths for Easter, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day... but what about in between?  Using my PSA Essentials personalized stamp die (I use the Wallace one) I created a personalized wreath to use for all occasions.  Please ignore that my front door desperately needs painting, but here's out the wreath turned out! 

I chose to go with an “O” for O’Regan and I stamped the wooden letter with my “O’Regan” Wallace personalized stamp.

To recreate this, you will need:

·         A foam wreath (got mine at Michael’s)
·         Burlap
·         Plastic flowers
·         Wooden letter
·         Personalized stamp (used PSA Essentials Wallace)
·         Martha Stewart gold ink
·         Acrylic block
·         Hot glue gun
·         Twine from The Twinery
·         May Arts Ribbon

Start by stamping the wooden letter with your stamp.

Next, wrap your foam wreath in burlap, using your hot glue gun to secure it.

Now add your flowers with your hot glue gun.  You will want to break them down to smaller vines so they stick with the hot glue.  If it’s too heavy, they won’t adhere.  Don’t worry if you get some glue on the burlap, you can cover it up with flowers after.   While that dries, use finishing spray on your stamped letter.

When it’s all dry, it’s time to tie your letter onto the wreath with twine.   This was the hardest part for me and I still don’t think it looks even. 

When it’s all threaded, tie a ribbon to then hang from the door hanger.  I used May Arts Natural Twine Ribbon for this.    Now, my wreath is ready to hang on the door.

What do you think?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Birthday Cards

Do you have a friend or little one whose birthday is coming up?   Send these bright and cheery card ideas by our very talented, Carly Robertson.   These cards all use PSA Whimsy Cake Peel & Stick stamps or PSA Vanilla Peel & Stick stamps.  Which is your favorite?

We love how Carly colors up her stamps, and even adds a touch of glitter!  If you are a cardmaker, share your ideas with us on our blog or on our Facebook page