Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Meet the 2011-2012 PSA Essentials Design Team

We have seven returning designers for the 2011-2012 design team term. Between the seven, their PSA Essentials cards and layouts have been published 56 times in the last year. Their work is professional, beautifully crafted, well-photographed, and we love, love, love how they showcase PSA Essentials Peel & Stick stamps. Learn more about these talented ladies that make our crafting department possible at PSA and see some of my favorite cards (that I can show you!)


Carly Robertson (http://carlyrobertson.typepad.com/paper-in-bloom/) is taking a bit of a blogging paper crafting break but we are happy to have her back on our team. Her work has been published in Paper Creations, Paper Crafts, CardMaker, Just Cards, Scrap & Stamp, and her clean and simple style and photography blow us away. Here's a look at a few of my favorite cards by Carly.


Jeanne Streiff (http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/) is on design teams for Discount Cardstock, Flower Soft, The Stamps of Life, Impression Obsession, High Hopes, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Outlines. She's been on design teams for Splitcoast Dirty Dozen, Prism Papers, Unity Stamp Co., Hanna Stamps, My Favorite Things, Whipper Snapper Designs. Jeanne is also moderator on Splitcoast Stampers and one of the most "connected" designers in the craft world I have ever met. Her work has been published in every issue for the last year or more in CardMaker, and she landed the cover in September 2010. She's been in Paper Crafts (Holiday Cards and More Volume 5) and her work was featured in Coloring Techniques for Card Makers. I had trouble finding work that I could show of Jeanne's because most of her designs have been picked up by publications. Here's work she did for us for HSN.


Jennifer Holmes (www.simpleflourishes.com) has been published in Scrapbook Etc, Card Creations Volume 8, Paper Creations, CardMaker and racking more up by the month. She's been on design teams for Waltzingmouse Designs, Purple Onion Designs, and Papertrey Ink (Click Simple Team). Jennifer is from Olympia, WA and her clean and simple but also layered style is a real asset to the team. I also had trouble finding work of hers that I could show since she's had so many assignments picked up in the last few months by publications!


Kelley Eubanks (http://www.myfrontporch-kelley.blogspot.com/) got her publishing start in Paper Crafts in January 2010. Since then scored numerous of other cards in that publication, one of our favorites at PSA. In the Paper Crafts special issue, Color Inspiration for Card Makers, she had 10 cards! That's unheard of for any designer. She's also been published in CARDS, Scrapbook Trends, and Create Idea Books. Kelly was instrumental in the success of HSN appearances in April 2011. Her cards and banner appeared live on both segments and she helped create the step-by-step projects I finished on air. She's my go-to gal when an editor requests something specific, and she's one of the sweetest girls you will ever meet.


Kim Moreno (http://www.livingthecircuslife.blogspot.com/) returns with us to scrapbook. She's been published in Scrapbook Etc, Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Paper Crafts and Scrapbook & Cards Today. She was featured on the covers of the May 2009, July 2008, and November 2009 CARDS magazine and has several layouts in Memory Makers Idea Books. She was a Memory Makers Master Runner Up in 2008. She's been on a bunch of design teams, including Jillibean Soup and Core'dinations cardstock. Can you believe she has 5 kids and she still finds time to create cards & layouts? My hat goes off to her.


Melyssa Connolly ( http://www.fantastink.blogspot.com/) has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine (Card Creations Volume 8 and 9), CARDS (November 2010), Memory Makers Big Book of Scrapbook Ideas (May 2011) and had a feature in Canadian Scrapbooker. She's Copic certified and a graphic designer who's been on design teams such as Bombshell Stamps, ShortCuts, and Whimsie Doodles. She lives in Harmony, Nova Scotia. Her layered, shabby chic designs are to die for. She's got a terrific sense of humor and is a lot of fun to work with.


Susan DeLano ( http://susiesgoods.blogspot.com/) was a member on our first design team term. If you don't recognize this name, it's because she used to be Susan D'Anna. She took a 6-month break from the PSA Essentials design team to focus on her wedding. She's being published in Paper Creations Magazine this Spring with a bridal suite including an invitation, table marker, place card, and favor. She's into sewing, decorating, cooking and loves crafting for a party. She's also one of my closest friends… but no bias here – her work is fabulous!

Please join me in welcoming back these design team members! You may see some of their work on the blog, though more likely, you will be seeing them in our favorite crafting publications! Our new design team members will be announced tomorrow – there are 6 of them – and they are spectacular.


  1. Congrats to the new design team! Love all of their projects!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  2. Libby the team look so talented and amazing...
    I can't wait to see everything they create...
    The Scrapbooking Queen

  3. Congratulations. So much talent in one place. Looking forward to the next year of projects.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  4. Now that I'm a married woman I'm ready to jump back in the saddle!

    susiesgoods dot blogspot dot com

  5. Congrats, ladies. They made good choices....
    sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  6. What an huge amount of creative talent- love seeing all of the projects your designers come up with!

  7. Welcome back ladies! Looking forward to another fun year :)

  8. What a great group of talent.

  9. Oh my gosh, these are some super talented ladies. I am in awe just looking at their projects.

  10. Trying to find the Back to School posting for the blog hop so I will qualify (we have to go to every single blog every single day....-I hope that I qualify!!) I've had fun on the hop.

  11. Lookin' forward to seeing what's coming up.

  12. Congrats to the new DT members. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com