Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Stamp Designs!

Posts like this are always fun to write because all the behind the scenes work becomes real.  For the last few weeks, we've been working on new stamp designs. Inspired by trends in the stationery industry industry, by beautiful wedding invitations, and handscripted calligraphy that is so popular these days, these new stamp designs are soft, elegant and are a whole new take. Customers have more choices and we think they'll love them!  Introducing 10 new stamps by PSA Essentials. Drum roll, please...

I had some fun taking photos of my favorite new stamps along with some of my favorite Valentine's. I loved the chalkboard "You+Me=Awesome" card (but later wished it said, "it's the perfect equation" or something less self-deprecating than "that's as far as my math abilities go." But I digress...)  I also love the puzzle piece card and the adorable bird sending a letter.  (These cards are by Papyrus and available at Target.)  

Retailers, check your email today and customers, stand by for a store near you! We can't wait to hear your favorites so let us know what style you would choose by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page

Friday, January 16, 2015

CHA Recap

What a week! We started Sunday at the Craft and Hobby Association's Annual MEGA Show in Anaheim, California and I ended in Dallas for Dallas Market Center's Gift Show. (And in between, I was in South Carolina at home in the office and with my babies!) A whirlwind but incredibly exciting for PSA Essentials. We just have so many things in the works for our customers. 

At CHA 2015, we launched our new line of PSA Essentials Personalized Stamps and Switchable Middles by Teresa Collins. The response was fantastic! People just love Teresa's personality and it seems that anything she touches, she makes her mark on it and puts her enthusiasm into that product wholeheartedly. She genuinely loves PSA Essentials and the product she has designed and so do we!  These products will be available to our retailers mid-February and customers shortly after. So stay tuned. 

We planned a "Bubbly and Bites" party on Monday and served up cupcakes and fizzy soda! Attendees enjoyed the cupcakes and the cupcake toppers that I designed using the Switchable Middle stamps by Teresa Collins! (Easy to make: stamp on card stock using your PSA Essentials Switchable Middle Stamp and stamp body, punch out with a 1" punch, adhere to 1.5" scallop punched glitter card stock. Use glue gun to adhere to lolipop sticks. Voila!) 

We just SO enjoyed being part of Teresa's show and thank not only Teresa, but Bridget, Mike, Teresa's daughters, son, and son-in-law.  (Note: Devon win's the award for most enthusiastic about our product but what really sold him was our inks!!) We are excited to be a small part of the Teresa Collins family company-- it's filled with great energy and I really look forward to a long relationship ahead. 

Stay tuned for more!  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Cards

Eeeeek! Today is January 14. That means Valentine's Day is a month away! For all those that complained about the Valentine's Day decorations coming out the day after Christmas, I say this: EMBRACE IT! Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays, not for sentimental reasons and a desire to receive chocolate, roses and cards from my husband (which doesn't happen anyway), but because I love all the crafty goodness that comes with this holiday.

Over the the next few weeks, I'll be preparing for my 2nd annual Valentine's Day play date party with Molly. Connor, and their friends.  You can peek at last years affair here. It was a blast!  There are sure to be plenty of PSA Essentials stamps present this year again. But for today, I am sharing 3 Valentine's Day cards by our design team member, Jamie Green.

All of these cards use our Peel & Stick stamps.  You can find our line of Peel & Stick stamps for sale here.

Which is your favorite card? The countdown is ON for Valentine's Day! Let the fun begin.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Teresa Collins and The CHA MEGA Show

I had the pleasure of meeting Teresa Collins (owner of the namesake crafting mega brand) when I was on HSN with PSA Essentials back in 2011. It was only in passing while getting our hair and makeup done in the studio, but I remember she was so sweet and friendly. More than a sweet and friendly personality, I was enamored by this very accomplished, powerhouse designer and business woman.  Teresa has a passion for creating scrapbooking, journaling and other papercraft products all inspired by her interior design background. She's a regular on TV, her work has been published in all the major craft magazines, and she has written two books (and working on the third.)  She has partnerships with Fiskars, Canon, We R Memory Keepers, Xyron, Craftwell & more.  Her products are sold in JoAnn's, HSN, and hundreds of independent stores across the US and worldwide.  Powerhouse, I tell you!

We connected again at The National Stationery Show in New York back in May.

At the show, Teresa was launching her Studio Collection, which is a line of super cute note cards and other stationery products. We love all the gold! 

Since the show, we have been working together on a line of Personalized Stamps and Switchable Middles. It's been so much fun! We are so excited to be unveiling them in her booth at the Craft & Hobby Associations Mega Show in Anaheim, California. Are you attending the show?  Come and see us at our Bubbles & Bites Party!  We are serving up champagne and non-alcoholic bubbly, cupcakes, and treats and kicking this partnership off right. 

While there are so many things I am excited about with this partnership, one of my favorite things is that we will be featuring her personalized stamp designs on a WHITE stamper with GOLD printing. Isn't it gorgeous? 

Because Teresa is so crafty, she had some great ideas for Switchable Middle packs, so we are launching Switchable Middles in packs of 4 specifically designed by Teresa. Here's a sneak peek of one of them! There are 4 others that we just love but you'll have to wait to see them at the show or next week! 

These products will be made available to retailers starting at the CHA Show. If you are a retailer of PSA Essentials or Teresa Collins and not attending the show, we will follow up soon about how to add the line. 
These products will be available to customers sometime in February! So stay tuned for more. 

Join me in my excitement and post your comments below! 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ringing in the New Year

Happy New Year!

These days I welcome a quiet New Year's Eve celebration. As we do with most holidays, our good friends, The Bradford's, came over to celebrate and ring in 2015. Molly and I worked up some decorations to make things extra festive (using my PSA Essentials Peel & Stick stamps, of course!)  The real topper of the evening was the fireworks show by Mr. Matt and Mike. I was a bit nervous (which translated to my children) but soon we all relaxed and it was phenomenal. We watched the 2014 ball drop at 8:45 and called it a night by 9:30.  My kind of New Year's Eve - the perfect combo of fun and quiet!

Molly and I made some personalized charms for champagne flutes. Easy to do -- I stamped the champagne glasses from Mr. & Mrs. Peel & Stick stamps by PSA Essentials onto gift tags. We colored in the champagne with a gold sharpie and then wrote everyone's names. I found New Year's Resolution fill-in cards that were a lot of fun to do together around the table.  While we were stamping, we also made cupcake toppers.

I've seen a lot of decorated balloons on Pinterest lately. People are painting balloons, dipping them in confetti, stuffing them with confetti, there are so many ideas I want to try. I tried to recreate some ideas with stamps.  I admit I haven't perfected this yet! But from afar, it looked like polka dot balloons. 

Now for some party photos! Molly and I got all dressed up for no reason other than we like to dress up. I served the girls sparkling apple juice in champagne glasses and they thought it was SO cool. 

Time for fireworks and sparklers! It was met with apprehension from my kiddos at first.

What a truly perfect New Year's Eve celebration with our family. 

Happy New Year!