Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Stamped Gift Card Holder

Do you give a lot of gift cards over the holidays? Consider elevating your gift card gift with a special envelope or holder like Jennifer Holmes did.  She created a gift card holder that makes that gift card extra special! She used UBU Peppermint Swing Peel & Stick stamps by PSA Essentials to create this project. Check it out!

I love how she colored the stamp up and really brought it to life! 

This stamp set is really adorable, one of my favorites for the holidays! 

Ubu Peppermint Swing

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Cards

It seems that people everywhere are skipping over Thanksgiving completely and headed straight into Christmas. Target is fully decorated, our neighborhood has Christmas decorations out and I know of dozens of people who have already started shopping for this holiday. Which camp are you in?

If you happen to be one of those fans of 2 months of Christmas (check out the hashtag #twomonthsofchristmas, apparently there are a lot of people who are fans!) then this post is for you. Today I am sharing some of our favorite Christmas cards made by our PSA Essentials design team. I guess if you are going to hand-make your Christmas cards, you really do have to be prepared!

Here are three of my favorites from Jennifer Holmes. Some great inspiration here, especially when it comes to choosing your color combos. Not everything has to be red and green!

Here are a few of my favorites from Carly Robertson. The "holiday letter" stamp is one of our most popular stamps sold in our Treeo Peel & Stick stamp sets

Regina Magnum made some really cute ones for us, too! 

Which one is your favorite? Plenty more card and holiday card inspiration to come here on the blog! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thankful Tree

Last year I saw lots of my crafty, blogger friends doing cool advent calendars for Thanksgiving. Rather than getting something each day before Thanksgiving, you have to give something or do something nice each day before Thanksgiving. Love it! Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that isn't about candy and presents -- so I think it's a real opportunity to teach something great to your children. For the second year in a row, our family is doing a "thankful tree." Every night at dinner, we write down something we are thankful for and add it to our tree.  Molly is beginning to understand the concept of "being thankful" and it's just funny to hear Connor's responses. It's a great exercise for adults, too! Responses range from serious to silly and both are okay with me. 

We also made the creation of the tree an event.  You can can create your thankful tree with your kids easily. All you need is: 
  1. Cardstock or construction paper in fall colors 
  2. Scalloped edge scissors 
  3. Window marker (for free) 
  4. PSA Essentials Topiary Peel & Stick stamps & PSA Stamper 

Start out by quickly outlining some oval shapes, somewhat resembling leaves. (Not an exact science!) 

When the leaves are cut out, stamp using your PSA Essentials stamp loaded with the flower basket from Topiary (or your choice!) 

Using your window markers, draw a tree on the window.  Using tape, stick your leaves on the window! (Please ignore my dirty window.) 

I chose to write a quote on the window above the tree: "A Thankful Heart is the Greatest Virtue." I spotted this last year on vacation and really love it! 

Here's how our tree turned out! Each day we add more and more leaves. I save the leaves and really enjoyed looking back on what everyone was thankful for last year. A fun family tradition! 

Happy Almost Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Emily McCarthy Holiday Trunk Show Event

Last night Lesley and I headed to Savannah for The Emily McCarthy Holiday Trunk Show Event at her studio space in Cohen's Retreat. Emily designed a line of personalized stamps and embossers for PSA Essentials months ago and we just love her coastal chic, upscale style.  A paper stylist turned lifestyle designer, Emily embodies her love of monogramming and personalizing, her family, and entertaining in just about everything she does. Emily debuted her Prosecco Candle (which Lesley and I both had to buy!) and showed off her extensive line of acrylic serving trays, glassware, cutting boards, gift tags, cocktail napkins, and of course, stationery (which I also ordered).  A huge congrats to Emily for a successful event and a very successful brand!

I only had time to take pictures when it was slow -- she had a huge turn out! Here's a look at some of the fun and her products.

A big congrats to Emily once again!  Shop all PSA Essentials stamps and embossers by Emily McCarthy by visiting her website and learn more about this designer here

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween Dinner Party

We spend every Halloween with our good friends, The Bradfords, having a dinner party and then heading out in our neighborhood to trick-or-treat. The Dads seem to get into the costumes just as much as the kids! I am a sucker for Halloween decorations and packaging, right down to the wine, soda and tablecloth.... This year, I used my PSA Essentials Peel & Stick stamps to create place card settings which also doubled as little favor bags. I also used my PSA Essentials stamps to create cupcake toppers and appetizer "flags" to make things even more festive. Here's a quick look how to create the favor/place card bags and some cute Halloween photos!

Favor/Place Card Bags Supplies Needed:
  • PSA Essentials stamper 
  • PSA Essentials Peel & Stick stamps; I used PSA Haunted Shack 
  • Treat bags, I love Recollections 
  • 2" circle punch 
  • 1" circle punch 
  • Halloween cardstock 
  • Marker, I like Faber Castle 
  • Black and white twine from The Twinery 

1) Start by stamping using your favorite stamp from PSA Haunted Shack onto white cardstock. Then punch out using your 1" circle punch.

2) Using your 2" circle punch, punch out some festive paper.

3) Have your little helper glue the white stamped cardstock onto the pattern paper. 

4) Now create the tags. Stamp onto tags found at Michael's. Write the names of your dinner party guests. Thread with twine from The Twinery and into holes that you punch out in the bags.

5) As the last step, put the stamped circles onto the front of the bag. 

Halloween Fun! See what I mean, I am a sucker for packaging! "Disco Dad" and the Cave Man were really enjoying themselves. Of course, so were my children, Elsa and Fire Chief Connor.

Onto Thanksgiving crafts and fun! Cannot wait.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Overload

If it weren't for my kids being super cute and the endless photo opportunities, I would be on pumpkin overload. This October, we've been to Halloween festivals, several pumpkin patches, Cahill's Farm & Market, Holiday Farms and taken just about every photo there is with a pumpkin.  Here's a quick look at how we've been celebrating the season! Share what you have been up to with us, too!


Tomorrow I will share all the details of the crafts we've been working on, too! Stayed tuned for some PSA Essentials crafts with kids & our Halloween party prep!