founder, charissa ware

Charissa always had a fascination with fashion and anything related to creative expression. But she had no idea that when she exchanged her corporate gig for another executive position, Stay at Home Mom, that her roots in fashion illustration, love affair with pretty papers and packaging, and experience in marketing and brand development would all collide to produce an unexpected opportunity.  


After the encouraging response Charissa's handmade products received, she debuted her first official line of greeting cards and folded notes at the National Stationery Show in New York in 2011. Now Charissa's signature fashionable illustrations serve as a hallmark for Stay Lifted which has expanded to include a dynamic team of creative innovators, several brands, premier licensing partnerships, corporate and celebrity collaborations, and private labeling. 

get to know charissa.

more about me...illustrating and storytelling are my passions. i'm a dog person. i find inspiration in art, kindness, vintage photographs, fashion magazines and travel. i also LOVE's always on. you'll find me singing and dancing saying "that's my jam" like an old lady...although not the best dancer. i collect vinyl records and handwritten notes. breakfast is perfect any time of day. i like to explore, learn new things...a little bit of a political news junkie. meditation & weekend getaways free my mind. and i'm also incredibly grateful. thank you. 

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the butterfly

"Even before I had a clear plan for this company, I knew the butterfly would be connected to it.  Representing transformation, life and beauty, our butterfly logo embodies the continuous evolution of Stay Lifted as we strive to grow, learn and foster connection in a way that is beautifully authentic and upLIFTing..."

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