Monday, July 21, 2014

DIY Party Hats

My cousin Reed, turned 18 years old Saturday and my parents threw him a little family celebration at their home on Hilton Head. We had a cookout, swam in the pool, enjoyed each other's company and celebrated with cake from Ronnie's Bakery. I spent some time Friday afternoon making my own birthday hats. I had attempted this several times before, but I think these ones were my best yet!  Here's a detailed look at how to create your own party hats from scratch (as well as some cute party pictures!)

You will need:

  • 12 x 12 scrapbook paper 
  • Scissors
  • Scalloped hole punch 
  • Circle hole punch 
  • PSA Essentials stamper 
  • Just a Note Peel & Stick stamps by PSA Essentials
  • Glue gun 
  • Painters tape 
  • Small hole punch 
  • Twine from The Twinery or Ribbon 
  • Pom poms

Quickly and easily sketch out the cone shape on paper. It doesn't have to be perfect.  If you want it to be perfect, use this party hat template that I've used before from Oh Happy Day. Find it here. Also, these cones on 12 x 12 yield rather large party hats.  Smaller hats, you can make on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Roll the paper into a cone shape once you've cut out.

You will want to use painters tape or Scotch tape to temporarily secure the cone.  Then heat up your hot glue gun and secure permanently with glue.

To make them uniform, cut out using your first shape.

Load your PSA Stamper with "Happy Birthday" from PSA Just A Note Peel & Stick pack. Stamp onto white paper. Then punch out using your circle punch.

Using coordinating cardstock, punch out scallops on colorful paper.

Now prepare to glue by heating up your hot glue gun (best invention EVER.)  Glue the cones together. Glue the round stamped sentiments onto the scalloped ones. Then glue that to the cones. Use pom poms and ribbon to decorate the hats!

Your last step is to hole punch the sides and tie in ribbon. This is so the hats can sit securely on your guests heads!

I used a combination of ribbon from Paper Source, twine from The Twinery and white tulle.

They turned out really great, I was happy with how colorful they were and also how sturdy they were (that glue gun!)  Here's my daughter, Molly, modeling the "princess" style. This is the only one I used with tulle. I prefer how the twine looked. 

Here are some party pics! Here's Reed holding Molly in the pool! 

My mom had a cute idea to print out pictures of Reed and display them all over the house. 

My cousins Reed and Ben are the sweetest, nicest boys around. Since I am an only child, my cousins are like brothers to me. This summer, Reed has been my manny (male nanny!) The kids love spending time with him and we've been having fun together too. Happy 18th birthday Reed! 

Let me know what you think of the party hats! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Welcome Baby Girl Cards

A few weeks ago, I shared details of a cupcake celebration for someone at PSA Essentials wife having a baby. His baby girl arrived. I only saw one measly picture but she's super cute. Yay! Here are some adorable cards to welcome any baby into the world, handmade by our PSA Essentials design team using a variety of Peel & Stick stamps.

Card by Kelley Eubanks uses Duck Stamp from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick stamps

Card by Kelley Eubanks uses Carriage stamp from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick stamps

Card by Kelley Eubanks uses Vanilla Peel & Stick stamps (to stamp JOY)

Card by Kim Moreno uses "It's A Girl" from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick stamps 

Card by Jeanne Streiff uses "It's a Girl" stamp from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick stamps

Card by Kelly Eubanks uses dress stamp and "It's a Girl" from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick stamps

 Card uses duck stamp from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick stamps

 Card by Melyssa Connolly uses "It's a Girl" from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick Stamps

Card by Jamie Cripps uses duck and "It's a Girl" from PSA Carriage Peel & Stick stamps

Card uses elephant stamp from PSA Little Bunny Peel & Stick stamps

Which is your favorite? They're all so cute! Do you welcome baby with a card? We'd love to see your handmade creations on our Facebook page!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Entertaining Recipes

This summer, The O'Regan family is enjoying grilling out on our new grill and cooking light and easy food. It's so hot down here that the last thing my family wants after a long day is a heavy meal. A crisp and refreshing dinner is best, and I've been cooking up cabbage salad, shrimp ceviche, and grilled corn for a yummy meal that really hits the spot.  (Admittedly, my children do not eat the same menu.)

Having a dinner party this summer? This is an easy menu that you can prepare ahead of time. Here's the ceviche recipe we use -- click here to find it!  When entertaining this summer, if you can find the time, try your hand at these place settings.  Our design team member Angie Holden stamped the beach chair/umbrella from PSA Life's A Beach onto cloth.  She tied a string through it and created a fun and seasonal napkin holder decoration!  

She stamped onto a circular piece of fabric with her PSA Stamper loaded with Turquoise Blue ink and set it with hairspray.   Check out the place setting complete with a shell – isn’t it perfect?  Your guests are sure to enjoy this meal and also feel welcome with this setting. 

What's on your menu this summer? We'd love to hear! Share what you are cooking up here on our blog or on Facebook

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Stamp Release! 2014 Summer Collection

This summer we are seeing a lot of nautical trends all over -- in fashion, art, stationery, home decor and more. Ropes, stripes, anchors and other nautical motifs seem to dominate. We are also seeing a lot of bows, arrows, handwritten fonts, and beautiful calligraphy. Our eyes have spotted a trend of honeycomb and Aztec prints, too.  So our fabulous designers at PSA Essentials created some fun and trendy personalized stamp designs to capture these trends!  Drum roll please...

The "Carol" stamp is sure to be an instant classic. An updated scripty version of our Gillian stamp (one of our most popular designs!) this one is great for couples who live together but aren't married and don't share the same last name.

 I really like the way the Harvey stamp stamps on paper.

Turned out beautifully! 

I also really love the nautical rope and anchor on the Hinckley stamp! Don't you? 

Lastly, I love the Fiona -- it's so trendy and fun! 

What's your favorite? We are so excited about the release and look forward to our customers being able to purchase them soon from our retailers.  They are officially available for sale on 7/15/14. 

We'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Celebrating the 4th of July

We celebrated the fourth of July 2014 like never before and it will go down in my history books as one of the most fun days -- perhaps ever!  It was a day spent with wonderful friends and our family, filled with pool time, delicious food and drink, and unexpected time on the May River.

We hosted our friends The Spencers, Eccles, and DeLano's at my parents house (who were sadly out of town but gracious enough to let us play at their beautiful home on Hilton Head.) We swam in the pool, took a beach walk, had lunch, some cocktails, and swam some more.  I created some festive party details like sandwich toppers, party hats, pennant flags and a banner -- just to make it extra festive using my PSA Essentials stamper and flag stamp from Happy Holidays Peel & Stick pack.

I picked up these amazing (both tasting and decorated) cookies from Two Smart Cookies Bakery in Savannah when I was there the day before.  (Molly, Connor and I went to the Railroad Museum and Children's Museum. How could we not stop at the bakery?)  I also made this flag cake inspired by Ina Garten's, though it did not turn out the same.  It's easy!  White cake, cool whip, and mixed berries arranged in an American flag. 

These toppers worked perfectly in our sandwiches!

Time for some pool time! Susan decorated the pool with American Flags -- so festive! And Amanda and Kylie both showed up with hats on!

We went to the beach to run around and look for sea life. We spotted many crabs.

Time for a yummy lunch -- Amanda brought some trays from Publix, Kylie brought chips, veggies, and drinks! 

After lunch, I made some adult drinks for us to enjoy.... I made a special drink straw too using my PSA stamps. The kids did more swimming and we just lounged.  The vintage plans flew over head and the kids loved seeing them. 

In the evening, we were invited last minute to a friend's party on the May River. This was such a treat!  A beautiful Lowcountry setting, tremendous food, live music and the best home fireworks show you ever did see.  They had the biggest slip n' slide that the kids had a blast playing on. It was an unexpected surprise to go there.

I hope you had a great fourth of July and a wonderful weekend! Dreading all the work that's piled up on my desk being out for a few days but looking forward to a productive week ahead. How was your fourth of July and weekend?