custom card: marathon runner by ANASTASIA MARIE

This custom card was created to thank a professor who also happens to be an avid runner. Simple and to the point, but yet just enough to make it a more special card.

custom card: marathon runner by ANASTASIA MARIE

See more of my custom cards here.

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So it’s been a considerable amount of time since I’ve been really active on this blog. I miss it terribly, and I’m still working on trying to come up with a way I can make it all work. There are some really amazing mamas out there who can juggle multiple kids and maintain a small business. I’m here with just one babe and all of a sudden, time just vanishes. At the end of the day, a to-do list that I could easily complete before has now become a list of things to do tomorrow. It’s frustrating. It’s challenging. There are days when I just want to throw in the towel — but then I walk into my creative space. I start dreaming and planning again. I itch to get start again and attack that to-do list. Sure, often times than not, I fail with personal deadlines and keeping things orderly, but I’m just trying to stay positive over here. Do I really want to give all this up because I haven’t learned time management well? Absolutely not! Am I going to keep striving to get where I want to get? Yes, yes, yes! My pace is definitely slower than before and that’s what bugs me. I want to achieve more in less time, but at this moment in my life, I need to be okay with slow and steady.

My Etsy shop right now gets most of my attention, but there are some things in the works on my actual site. I’m hoping soon to add an actual shop to my site where I will sell pre-designed stationery for weddings and parties. It’s been a long-time plan of mine, and now that the wheel is rolling (slowly), I can’t wait to see how it all works out.

So while you’re all waiting for me to put myself together, how about you enjoy some photos from my family vacation to Maui from about a month ago?

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custom card // jedi professor // by Anastasia Marie

This custom card was created to say thank you to the ultimate professor, thus the name “jedi,” as dubbed by the student who wanted this card made.

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nursery art prints by Anastasia Marie

These have been in the works for far too long. I think I decided they were worth bringing into the shop before little H was even born and we just passed his first birthday! Well, the wait will soon be over. I’m planning on releasing four fun prints into the shop early June. They will be styled just like my signature paper-layered cards, just bigger! Are you ready?

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gift wrap: polka feather // anastasia marie

Remember my original feathered gift wrap post? Well, I’m recycling the paper feather for another gift wrap post because I love how paper feathers look on packages. Supplies needed:

White polka dot wrapping paper + tape (this paper was found at Target)
Translucent sleeve
Mini card
Mini glitter clothespin
White paper
Chunky glitter
Iridescent + white twine
Glitter glue

Start by making your glittered paper feather. Cut out a feather in a shape you prefer from the white paper; it can be super simple or more intricate like mine. Apply a line of glitter glue down the middle and cover with the chunky glitter. I personally love chunky glitter because it has more texture than fine glitter, but if you prefer yours fine, that’s perfectly fine.

While your feather is drying, begin wrapping your package in the polka dot paper and secure with double sided tape. We never want to see tape on a wrapped gift (unless it’s washi tape, of course). Using the twine, wrap it around your package a few times and secure in the back with a knot. Insert your card into the sleeve, slide it underneath the twine, and pin your paper feather onto the sleeve with a mini clothespin. I used the same color of glitter clothespin as the glitter on the feather, but if you want to play around with color, the power is in your hands!

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  • Nikki @ Tikkido

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m a sucker for creative packaging and giftwrap ideas, and I’ve been going nuts pinning stuff from your blog! I’m delighted to have found you and can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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