We threw a bridal shower / going away party for my sister last weekend. We kept it simple and sweet. I used whatever I had available already in my home, and just popped out to the store to buy greenery for the table. Gold and ivory tablecloths, greens in jars, and various long candlesticks (so they would burn at different speeds and create candles of various lengths). I also handmade a simple scallop garland to hang from the dining room lamp. You can either make this a long garland — or just in pieces like I did, hanging them in a circle around the lamp. These photos were taken long after the party was over and everything was cleaned up, so all the details aren’t here.

diy scallop garland via Anastasia Marie

Supplies needed (besides the paper):

2″ Scallop Punch (I used the Fiskars brand)
1/8″ Hole Punch
Cotton string
Scissors

To make the garland, punch out scallop circles from various paper textures and colors. I kept the color palette ivory, taupe, and gold since those are some of the key colors of my sister’s wedding. Hole punch the scallops. Cut a good length of string and tie one scallop to the very end. String the next scallop on and tie it on by looping that same end through. To keep it looking smooth, alternate the various scallops by color and texture. Also, don’t secure them on with the same distance in between; instead, vary the distances up and you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to make it ‘perfect’ (this is a big time saver).

Note: a trick to keep the scallops hanging naturally, don’t tighten your loop around each one until you position it properly. Making the loop too tight makes the scallops stick up awkwardly instead of making them look like they’re just falling.

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This card was custom created by a wife to give to her husband on Christmas. Finding a tree and chopping it down yourself is a big tradition here in the Northwest and this card depicts just that.

custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie
custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie
custom card / tree shopping / by anastasia marie

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  • Marketa

    What a cute card! Is it all paper? It looks like felt in some of the photos…Either way, it’s very adorable!

  • Anastasia Marie

    Marketa: yes, it’s all paper! And thank you!

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This custom card was created to give an event planner for Christmas. The planner himself was re-created into paper form for this:

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gift wrap: golden star via Anastasia Marie

Stars have been a constant theme for Christmas time, so I think it’s just to put a star-inspired gift wrap post up. Once again, I have favored kraft and gold but this time I added hints of black and white. Packaging supplies needed (besides the scissors and tape) are listed below:

kraft box with lid (I found this one at TJ Maxx last year)
Gold glitter paper (any craft store should carry this)
Glittery clothespin
Metallic twine (the twine shown here are all from Knot & Bow)

Using various colored twine, wrap the box twice around with each color and secure each strand with a knot on the bottom of the box. Hand draw a crooked star on the back of the glitter paper and cut it out. Don’t try to be crooked; it’ll come naturally as you hand draw. For the final touch, pin the star on top of the box with the glitter clothespin. Use star as a mini tag if you’d like.

gift wrap: golden star via Anastasia Marie
gift wrap: golden star via Anastasia Marie
gift wrap: golden star via Anastasia Marie
gift wrap: golden star via Anastasia Marie

  • Bee Eastman

    Do you do consultations on new package wrapping?

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This card was custom created to intentionally giggle about someone lugging their iMac to a coffee shop. What else are friends for than to giggle about such things, right?

coffee shop iMac via Anastasia Marie

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