Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Garland

Here's a quick and easy festive garland for Halloween by Monika Wright of I Love It All.  Wrap it around your staircase, hang from your fireplace mantel, or dangle from windows.  It looks great and is super festive for the season! 

All you will need is: 
  • Cardstock in orange, black or other Halloween colors of your choice 
  • PSA Essentials Peel & Stick stamps: Haunted Shack or UBU Happy Halloween 
  • PSA Essentials stamper 
  • Orange and Black ink by PSA Essentials 
  • Black and white twine from The Twinery 
  • Hole punch 
  • Scallop punch (2") 
  • Circle punch (1.5" or 1.75") 
  • Glue or adhesive 

Follow these simple stemps to create the garland: 
  1. Load your PSA Essentials stamper up with orange/black ink and put on the stamp die of your choice. (Monika chose stamps from the UBU Happy Halloween set) 
  2. Stamp onto white cardstock 
  3. Punch out using your circle punch 
  4. Using your scallop punch, cut out colorful cardstock. 
  5. Mount the stamped circles onto the scalloped ones. Punch out two holes to thread in the twine at the top. 
  6. Thread the twine. 
  7. Voila! You are done! 
Have questions? Leave a comment here and let me know! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Breakfast at Audrey's

We had the pleasure of attending the cutest (and most extravagant!) 1-year old birthday party two weeks ago. Our friends The Mikkelson's youngest daughter, Audrey, is one lucky little lady!  The theme was Breakfast at Audrey's -- and the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's theme was carried throughout.  Little black dresses, pearls and all! Her mother, Tiffany, did an incredible job with all the party details. The Tiffany box favors filled with chocolates (tied perfectly with white bows I might add!), wine glass charms, a dynamite cake, and much more -- here'a look at this incredible party!


Here's the adorable munchkin and her party planning extraordinaire, momma!

Happy first birthday, Audrey! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Announcing The Bonnie Marcus Collection exclusively for PSA Essentials

Eeek! We are so excited to unveil our partnership with Bonnie Marcus, famed stationery and gift designer. This is a project that has been in the works for MONTHS. We were able to meet in person at the National Stationery Show in NYC in May and have been collaborating on designs and ideas ever since. Today marks our official launch date of 16 new personalized stamp (and embosser) designs. There are 8 bridal and 8 holiday themed ones!

Bonnie Marcus, a busy mother of three and former high-end event planner in NYC, launched her stylish stationery company in 2002 to fill a void in a very traditional market.  Embodying the slogan “where fashion meets paper,” the Bonnie Marcus Collection has grown extensively in the stationery world and beyond, with products ranging from greeting cards and gifts to pajamas and apparel.  Her products often feature her signature hand-painted “fashionista”  illustrations.  Several of her well-known characters appear in the stylish new stamp collection.   The  fashionable designs will add  an elegant “finishing touch” to any wedding correspondence or holiday card this season.

Here are some of my favorites! I think her silhouettes look fabulous on a stamp, especially in bridal.

The holiday ones turned out great, too! 

Check out all 16 designs!  They will be available at stores nationwide very soon!

So which one is your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment on the blog.  You can now purchase by clicking here!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Boston Trip

Stamping aside today, I wanted to share some of my photos from my weekend adventure in Boston! What a (mostly) beautiful fall weekend there. I was fortunate enough to travel up with my Mom (my hubby couldn't make it this time around unfortunately) and we stayed at my parents house for the weekend.  It was action packed. Between seeing my friends from high school and running around with the kids, there wasn't much downtime.  We went to the Boston Children's Museum, Museum of Science, and saw the Broadway production of The Lion King at the Boston Opera House. We went to a Haunted Maze and Pumpkin Patch and I got some cute pics of the kids picking out pumpkins.  What a great weekend!

We almost always go to the Boston Children's Museum with the kids when I am home. It's truly an incredible 3-story interactive museum. It's great for Connor because everything is okay to touch, everything is okay to explore! The water tables and the bubbles are a highlight but the whole museum is fantastic.

In the afternoon, we hit up this fun local maze and farm stand.

On Saturday, it was a bit rainy so we couldn't do anything outdoors. We headed to the Museum of Science for some fun!  Both kids loved the dinosaur skeletons, the spaceship simulator and the electricity show. That night, we got to see my cousins. The next morning, we had a playdate with my friend from high school's kiddos.  It was great to see so many people! 

Sunday afternoon it was time for The Lion King. This is the original broadway production -- it's the most incredible show I have ever seen. No lie! The music is fantastic, the costumes are unbelievable -- the lighting and set design is also so fantastic. Not enough adjectives to describe how AMAZING this show was! 

It was a very special weekend and thanks to my parents for being such generous hosts and helping me out so much with the kids. I really can't thank my mom enough, especially because she really makes it all possible for me to do these things. I'm back now and there's lots of work to be done....ready for a busy week ahead! Hope you had a fun filled holiday weekend too.  Share what you did in the comments below!