Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas In July Blog Hop!

It's a Christmas In July Hop! 

Check out these great designs using our PSA Essentials stamps by Carly Robertson.   I hope you are enjoying all the inspiration on today's hop.   Become a follower & leave a comment for a chance to win a free Holiday Peel & Stick pack!








The Hop List:


Head on to http://www.jazzyscards.blogspot.com/ 

Supply Spotlight: 

  1. Joy Peace Love Card:  Stamps: Rudolph and PSA-Treeo (PSA Essentials), Snowglobe (MemoryBox). Paper: A Muse. Other: Star Dust (Stickles)

  2. Happy Holidays Card:  Stamps: PSA-Treeo (PSA Essentials). Paper: A Muse. Other: Markers (Copics)
  3. Stamps: Rudolph and PSA-Treeo (PSA Essentials). Paper: A Muse. Other: Holly embellishment (Making Memories)
    Peace on Earth Card: 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Charles Shulz

Today we celebrate the birthday of Charles Shulz, the mastermind cartoonist behind Peanuts.    With 17,897 strips published in all and characters recognized across the globe, Charles Shulz’s work is a legacy.   A brief and interesting timeline of Schulz reveals:
·         1934:  The Schulz family was given a black and white dog that was the inspiration for Snoopy; his name was Spike
·         October 2nd, 1950:  Peanuts debuted in seven newspapers. The syndicate paid Schulz $90 for his first month of strips
·         1952:  The first Sunday Peanuts page was published; the strip was then featured in over 40 U.S. newspapers. The first book collection, Peanuts, was also published
·         1965:  Peanuts featured on cover of Time magazine. The first animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy for outstanding children's programming
·         1975:  Peanuts celebrated 25 years.   It was carried in approximately 1,480 U.S. and 175 foreign newspapers with 90,000,000 readers. The television special You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown won an Emmy
·         1984: Peanuts qualified for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after being sold to the 2,000th newspaper
·         1996:  Schulz got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
·         February 7th, 2000:  California lawmakers declared Sunday, February 13, as “Charles M. Schulz Day” to coincide with the final Peanuts Sunday strip
Our designers helped celebrate Charles Shultz birthday with a great card and treat bags.  This card is by Melissa Phillips.  

Melissa also made these little treat bags.   So cute and would be fun for a kids birthday party!  (Or an adult’s birthday party!)


Jennifer Holmes also had ideas about treat bags.  Check out this very cool trail mix treat bag.   This would be really fun to distribute as a treat bag at a birthday party or at Cub Scouts!

We are so happy to have the Peanuts family at PSA Essentials.  The Peel & Stick packs featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and all of the gang instantly add charm and character to any craft project you are creating.   My favorite is Peanuts Beagle Scout – they are adorable!    To see our complete collection of Peanuts Peel & Sticks visit:  http://www.psaessentials.com/peanuts.htm or check out these pictures below.
Happy Birthday Charles Shultz.   We thank-you for your great work that we so enjoy!

Supply Spotlight:
  1. Card & Treat bag:  Stamps:  Peanuts Joe Cool (PSA Essentials).  Other:  We will flog Melissa for not supplying them to us!  Email me if you are interested & we will get them from her! Treat bag:
  2. Treat bag: Stamps: Peanuts Collection (PSA Essentials), Paper: Kraft, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink), Ruby Slipper (Bazzil Basics), Tools: 1 3/8 circle punch, classic circle die (Spellbinders), Label Eight die (Spellbinders), Silhouette Digital Cuttter, Wood grain Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink), Other: Copic Markers, Black ink (PSA Essentials), Antique Linen (Ranger), cellophane bag, trail mix, foam mounting tape, Scor Tape

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ahhh... Vacation

After what's seemed like a long couple of months, I couldn't be happier blogging from sunny and warm Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!   I am here with my husband Mike, daughter Molly, my parents, my grandfather,  and two best friends, Jenny and Meghan.   How lucky am I?  I am here all week.  

I have a great post for you on Friday - it's Charles Shutz's birthday so we are celebrating Peanuts! Check back for it.   Until then - have a Happy Thanksgiving from me and everyone at PSA Essentials!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Table Top

Three really cute ideas for you today for Thanksgiving table top! 

Check out this very fun centerpiece by Erika Taylor.  It’s a pumpkin with a tag that says “T” for “Thanksgiving” or “Taylor.”  You can personalize it to fit your table.   I put it in my favorite leaf plate, surrounded it by some fall decorations from Pier 1 and had a great dining room table centerpiece!  The colors really pop and it looks festive. 

Designer Amber Zimmerman came up with this great Activity Sheet for kids – perfect for the table this Thanksgiving.   Kids are sure to stay entertained by checking off all the things they are thankful for and coloring in the stamps.  I am so impressed with the wide array of PSA stamps she was able to use here – this project really shows off PSA’s versatility.    Whether kids are thankful for dogs, dolls or baseball – there’s something for boys and girls here and is sure to be lots of fun. 


Designer Christina Padilla created this fun “Kids Table” Flag using a PSA Hello Kitty Trick or Treat Stamps.   Thanksgiving is all about family and what fun it is to celebrate your kids, too.   Make their table special and put in as much thought to theirs as yours, and everyone wins!


I am sure you are all busy getting ready for Thanksgiving!   Almost here…

Supply Spotlight: 
  1. Pumpkin:  Stamps:  PSA Archive (PSA Essentials).  Paper:  Various colors (PaperTrey Ink.).   Tools:  Score board and cutter (Martha Stewart).   Other: ribbon (Reasonable Ribbon) and Glimmer Mist.
  2. Activity Mats:   Stamps:  PSA Essentials.  www.psaessentials.com/peelandstick .  Paper: HP Ink Jet and Fall Creations (PaperTrey Ink).   Other:  Markers sets (Michaels)
  3. Banner:   Stamps: Hello Kitty Trick or Treat (PSA Essentials).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Cards & Gifts

Thanksgiving is fast approaching!  My favorite tradition of Thanksgiving is when my family goes around and says what they are thankful for.   Last year, my husband said he was thankful for the Jets and Mark Sanchez.    My mom said she was thankful for her my father and all the great travel they get to do.   My cousin Tyler said he was thankful for his health.   You can see everyone has a different take on the exercise…   This year, in addition to being thankful for my husband, my daughter, my family and health,  I am  thankful for my position with PSA Essentials and doing something I love.
Do you send “thank-you” cards around Thanksgiving?  It’s a great idea.   What about making a “thank-you” card or a “happy thanksgiving” card and sending it to friends and family you won’t be able to see this holiday?   Just a quick note on why you are thankful for them or to tell them you are thinking about them.   Here are some cute cards our designers have come up with.  

This one is from Erika Taylor - she used PSA Vanilla Peel & Stick stamps here:

These two are from Stephanie Jones, she’s used Hello Kitty Trick or Treat Peel & Stick stamps here. 

Our designer Amber Zimmerman had a great idea for hostess gifts.   Going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving this year?   Bring these.    She created fancy and personalized hand towels.    She’s used PSA Archive Peel & Stick stamps to stamp the initial of the last name.    I must tell you that this gift isn’t the most practical because our inks aren’t washable.  But – it sure does look great and lots of people have fancy hand towels that they display but people don’t really “use.”

Anthonette Chavez created this adorable gift bag that’s the perfect size for a wine bottle and some cocktail napkins.    This is another great hostess gift idea to bring to the Thanksgiving festivities you are attending.  She used Hello Kitty Reindeer games.    Love her patterned papers and color use.   

Love this time of year.  What are you thankful for this season?
Supply Spotlight:
  1. Happy Thanksgiving card -  Stamps:  PSA Vanilla (PSA Essentials).  Paper: Cardstock Assorted (PaperTrey Ink).   Other:  Glimmer Mist, embellishment flowers and ribbon.
  2. Pumpkin Pie card -  Stamps: Trick or Treat (PSA Essentials - Hello Kitty).  Paper:  It's A Punkin Patch Digital Scrapbooking Kit (Merkeley Designs), Spring Rain (PaperTrey Ink).  Other:  New Leaf Baker's Twine, Spring Rain Vintage Button (PaperTrey Ink).
  3.  Happy Thanksgiving -  Stamps: Trick or Treat (PSA Essentials - Hello Kitty), Gobble Gobble (PaperTrey Ink).  Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, Rustic White (PaperTrey Ink).  Tools:  Corner Rounder, 1" Circle Punch (Marvy?), Decorative Label Punch (Stampin' Up!), Threading Water Border Punch (Fiskars), Forest Branches Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug/ProvoCraft). Other:  Dark Chocolate Twill Tape, Scarlet Jewel Vintage Buttons (PaperTrey Ink), R39 (Copic).
  4. Hand Towels - Stamps:  PSA Vanilla (PSA Essentials.)  Other:  Fabric (oAnns) & buttons (JoAnns)
  5. Gift Bag -  Stamps: Hello Kitty - Reindeer Games (PSA Essentials), Paper (all Stampin' Up): Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, patterned paper, Ink: Grapefruit (PSA Essentials)
    Tools: 1 1/16" circle punch (EK Success), 1.25" circle punch (All Night Media), 2" circle punch, (Fiskars), Crop-a-Dile (We R Memory Keepers), Other: gift bag (Michael's), Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, pink lace, foam tape (3M), Silver thread, eyelet (Making Memories), Copic markers, glitter pen (Sakura), button (Papertrey Ink). 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Modern Thanksgiving Decorating

My Grandma Jan went bonkers every holiday.  She had a separate basement storage area for all of her decorations.   I can remember pulling out Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations box, after box, after box.   What I remember most about Grandma Jan’s decorations were how literal they were.   For Christmas, there were a heck of a lot of Santa’s.   For Thanksgiving, there sure were a lot of pilgrims.    Don’t get me wrong – I love Santa’s and Pilgrims, but what I like about modern decorating is that the interpretation is less literal and people everywhere seem to be playing around with different approaches. 
Our designer Susan D’Anna seems to have a great eye for modern decorating.   Her ideas are super chic.  She created this table setting for Thanksgiving.   The colors and patterns are so up to date. 

Once again Susan created a centerpiece tree.  (Check out her Halloween one here: http://psastampcamp.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-decorating-time.html ).    On this one, she has acorn ornaments and PSA Hello Kitty Trick or Treat stamped ornaments dangling from the limbs.  

These modern dish top place cards are would be perfect for a small Thanksgiving party.  Use the first letter of the person’s name to indicate seating.  Susan used PSA Vanilla Peel & Stick stamps for lettering here. 

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 14 days away?

Supply Spot Light:
Hello Kitty Peel & Stick (PSA Essentials), Lower Case Letters Peel & Stick (PSA Essentials). Paper: brown constructions paper (Creatology), purple textured scrapbook paper (Bazzill Basics), 11x17 laser jet paper with pattern printed on it (Hammermill). Tools: Tape (Scotch Brand), Scalloped Stamp Punch (Fiskars). Other: Gold Glitter Glue (Colle Scintilante), brown ribbon (Spoole O’Ribbon), brown pom-poms (Creatology), glass jar (Ball), purple and brown wood shavings (manufacturer unknown), rocks and acorns and branch.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Get Well Soon!

Our design team member Jen Witmer had emergency back surgery two weeks ago.   A disc slipped into her spine and doctors had to cut through layers of muscle to remove the disc and repair the injury.   She’s looking at a minimum of 9 weeks of recovery, and she’s confined to her recliner most hours of the day.  The worst part about her injury is that she can’t lift anything over 10 lbs, including her 11 month old son, Elliott.     She’s relying on her husband for nearly everything, and also the community for support.    I thought I would try and pitch in. 
First, I arranged this bouquet of simple flowers in a pickle jar.   I stamped up some “thinking of you” sticks from the PSA Dare to Dream Peel & Stick packs.  I truly am thinking about her all of the time!  


Next, I made her family my white chicken lasagna and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Peppermint filing.   I must admit that I sampled the Whoopie Pies and I am in heaven.     The recipe came from Better Homes and Garden’s Food & Gift issue.   I stamped the recipe card with my new personalized:  “From the Kitchen of Libby O’Regan” stamp and am calling both recipes my own. 

I know Jen is going to need a lot of help over the next few months and I hope she will call me.  I made her some “coupons” which she can redeem anytime.    One is for a night of babysitting Elliott, so she and Bryan can have some alone time.   One is for a home cooked dinner, one for drinks in with the girls,  one is for lunch of her choice, served in her recliner.     Of course she doesn’t need the coupons to call me for her needs, but this seemed like a fun thing to make her. 

Heres to a speedy recovery Jen! 
Supply Spotlight:
  1. Flower arrangement.   Stamps:  PSA Dare to Dream (PSA Essentials).  Paper:  Yellow and Orange (Papertology).    Other:  Wooden rods (Michael's) and flowers
  2. Recipe Card.   Stamps:  PSA Personalized "From the Kitchen of"  (PSA Essentials).  Paper:  Yellow, Green and Blue (Papertology). 
  3. Coupons.   Stamps:  PSA Date Night,  PSA Country Home,  PSA Carriage (PSA Essentials).  Paper: Various colors (Papertology).   Other:   Pearl rhinestones (Martha Stewart),  Markers Classic Colors (Crayola). 

Monday, November 8, 2010

In the press

There’s a lot of buzz about PSA Essentials right now!  Here’s a quick update. 
On November 4th, we were featured on Hampton Road’s Bride Blog.  The post gives great ways to thank guests for gifts and for coming to their wedding.    You can read the blog post here: http://www.hamptonroadsbride.com/bride_blog/?p=778.   Be sure to pick up the next issue of Hampton Roads magazine - we will be featured in the printed issue!

We were also just written about on the popular, Examiner.com.  You can read the article here:   http://www.examiner.com/scrapbooking-in-atlanta/get-your-stamp-on-at-psa-stamp-camp.    Examiner.com is “the inside source for local” and has a great following.   If you are visiting us from reading that article – welcome and thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned to this blog and Atlanta Scrapbook Examiner for more PSA Essentials updates.   

Stay tuned...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Unveiling PSA How To Videos

Recently, I became an actress. 
Okay, so not a real actress but I am on camera for 4 minutes to show our audience how to use PSA Peel & Stick Stamps.   In the videos, I explain the basics: how to use your stamp the minute you get it, how to change your design, and how to change the ink.    Did you know you can use our Peel & Stick stamp designs with an acrylic block?  I also explain how in the videos.
We hired Pink Squirrel Productions to shoot them.   Based out of Savannah, the owner Jamie Prescott has filmed many movies and regularly shoots spots for Paula Deen and the Food Network.  Jamie and his crew are world class!  We staged the videos at The Mansion at Forsythe Park in the 700 Kitchen.   The kitchen is a stunning backdrop and my fantasy craft space.    The 700 Kitchen is used for cooking classes and Chef Darin gets rave reviews on Trip Advisor with over 3,000 positive reviews!  I am dying to take one of his classes.   You can read more about the iconic Savannah hotel and find out more about cooking classes at http://www.mansiononforsythpark.com.   

It was a great place to shoot the videos!  I am so proud and excited to unveil them now.   We hope it will make PSA Peel & Stick Stamps easy to understand.   I look forward to hearing your comments!  Please click on these two links below to see them now. 

Peel & Stick How To Video

How to change your ink cartridge

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

National Candy Day

It’s hard to believe that there would be such a holiday as “National Candy Day” let alone right after the king of all candy holidays, otherwise known as Halloween.  But someone out there decided that November 2nd (in addition to being Election Day) would also be “National Candy Day.”   So naturally, I thought we should celebrate!    Our designers have been cooking up all sorts of sweet projects this month.  
This “thanks” candy centerpiece by Amy Kingsford is sure to brighten up anyone’s day.   Wouldn’t this be the perfect thank-you gift to a host of a party?  I could see sending this to a friend after a great party.  The letters are stamped using PSA Essentials Vanilla Peel & Stick Stamps, and the colorful acorn and leaves are edible!  The butterscotch candy is a great filler and adds great color.   When this project came in, I got to thinking  of all sorts of centerpieces and thank-you baskets you could create.    The possibilities are endless!

For National Candy Day, Stephanie Jones created an “Emergency Chocolate” gift bag.   Love this idea!   She used PSA Essentials Smirk “Many Moods” Peel & Stick Stamps.    If you were in a down mood, couldn’t use see diving into this “Emergency Chocolate”?   I plan on recreating something similar and giving it out the next girls night.  

Steph used Smirk Many Moods to stamp a recipe for Devil’s Food Cookies.   This is such a southern hospitality custom – when you bake cookies and give them to people, include the recipe on a card so they can add to their recipe collection and recreate when they want to!  

I just ordered a personalized PSA Essentials Stamp with the outer ring that says:  “From the kitchen of Libby O’Regan.”   If you are one of those people that’s constantly baking, canning, jarring, cooking and giving to others – I suggest you purchase one too!    For a list of dealers and store near you,  check out:  http://www.psaessentials.com/storelocations.htm

Here are two ideas for you to order:

National Candy Day is sure a good excuse to talk about these great ideas!  

Supply spotlight:
1) Thank-you centerpiece.   Stamps:  Vanilla Peel & Stick Stamps (PSA Essentials.)  Paper:  White (PaperTrey.)   Tools:  1" Circle punch.    Other:  Ribbon, metal tags, picks, foam, and metal container.
2) Emergency Chocolate Bag.   Stamps: Smirk Moody Girl (PSA Essentials - Smirk), All Booked Up (PaperTrey Ink).  Paper:  True Black, Raspberry Fizz (PaperTrey Ink).  Tools:  Mat Stack 3 Die (PaperTrey Ink), Forest Branches Embossing Folder (Duttlebug/ProvoCraft).  Other:  Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Nail Gem Rhinestones, Stardust Stickles (Ranger).
3) Recipe Card.  Stamps: Many Moods (PSA Essentials - Smirk).  Paper:  JellyBean Licorice Digital Scrapbooking Kit (Danielle Young Designs), True Black (PaperTrey Ink).