Category Archives: News

Thanksgiving + Black Friday + SMS + Cyber Monday + My Birthday

November 27, 2014

Filed Under : News - Shop

black friday, cyber monday

Now that holiday shopping is in full gear, make sure that what you’re gifting is wrapped up real pretty. This weekend (and a wee beyond), I’m joining in on the fun and letting absolutely everything in my shop to get into your hands for less. I’m rolling Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, AND my birthday celebration all into one. And if you’re looking to get a custom card made, those are also included in the sale; just inquire via my Etsy Shop for more information!

Scroll down to find the coupon codes!

Spend $1 or more, get 15% off your entire order. Use coupon code: JOY15
Spend $50 or more, get 20% off your entire order. Use coupon code: JOY20
Spend $100 or more, get 25% off your entire order. Use coupon code: JOY25



offer valid 11.27.14 through 12.03.14
may not be combined with any other offer
order total must be before shipping and sales tax

Published: Packaging Your Crafts

October 2, 2014

Filed Under : News

packaging your crafts book

I’ve had this book since spring time, waiting until I started up blogging in order to share. It’s my first time being published in a real book and I’m thrilled to the moon. Viola of Chewing the Cud put this book together on how small businesses can package up their goods, a.k.a “Packaging Your Crafts.” You’ll find me on three pages in this book — two of my gift wrapping ideas plus one of my rubber stamps. My husband picked up a copy for me and I’m thinking I’m going to have to pick up a spare. I’m that excited.

packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book
packaging your crafts book

Little Details Magazine

March 12, 2014

Filed Under : News

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Little Details Magazine is a newly launched lifestyle magazine that celebrates the little everyday details of life that we often pass by without noticing. I got to be a part of the premier issue (it’s all about hosting, both from the viewpoint of a host and of a guest) both as a creative director and as a contributor. We tried something big from the very start — to turn this magazine into not just a digital one, but into a print one. We ran into many hiccups that we didn’t foresee, but in the end, I was thrilled to be able to hold printed copies in my hands and mail them out to folks who kindly purchased one.

anastasia marie for little details magazine

I’ll be taking an indefinite break for now from being the mag’s creative director because of our little babe that’s due in just 4.5 weeks — just to get the hang of all the newness of our expanding family and hopefully I’ll back soon. The second issue is already underway, so go ahead and follow the Little Details blog and its social media for news and updates.

As for the other contribution I made, I got to do a packaging spread where I shared ideas on how to package up gifts for your host, whether it be a box of chocolates or a basket full of goodness. I put up a few photos above taken by Angela Shae, some that made it into the final product and some that didn’t, just to give you a taste — but you’ll have to purchase the magazine either in digital form or in print form to see the full spread. And yes, that’s the cover pictured below via my Instagram. Isn’t it fabulous?

Can’t wait to see where this magazine takes us! PS: Now until March 14th, there’s a chance you and two of your friends could win your very own copies of the magazine. Just head on over to the Little Details Instagram to find out how!

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Changes for Anastasia Marie

October 25, 2013

Filed Under : News - Personal

You probably have already read the happy news here about our little family of two welcoming our third member in the spring. Going off from that post, it’s true that things will be changing for me and Anastasia Marie.

I started this company as a full on custom stationery + cards design service, but I’m going to be toning that down now. I remember being asked a couple years ago if I would ever consider shifting gears and letting some things go and I confidently said “no.” But once expanding our little family became something more of a reality, my whole view changed.

I love getting crafty — working with paper, glue, and glitter like it’s my job (oh wait, it is…) and as I confidently said “no” to letting it go, I’m confidently saying “yes” now. No, that doesn’t mean Anastasia Marie is no longer going to exist, but we are definitely taking a whole new spin on what Anastasia Marie is. My husband and I talked it over, made decisions that are best for our family, and I’ve been implementing them these past several months as we prepare to get taken over by babies.

So what is this new reality? Anastasia Marie’s main focus will no longer be 100% custom. There, I said it. I will still be taking on a limited number of custom projects per year (this past year was my first year doing that), but my goal here is to free up my schedule a bit and make things more flexible. I want my family to come before business. I never want to a mama who has to tell her kids “no, leave me alone today because I have deadlines to meet.” Running my own business has proved to be a job that goes beyond the average 8-5 schedule. I’m constantly thinking about deadlines for custom projects, what I can do to spice things up more, scheduling, new blog content, etc. on top of actually getting the projects themselves done, packaging up orders, answering emails, etc. I find myself after these 3.5 years still neglecting certain aspects of my life because I’ve been so goal-oriented without thinking how it may affect things + people around me.

I’m hoping that by not having to juggle so many custom projects at a time means that I can actually work the amount of hours I planned to work that day. It means that if family life beckons, I can postpone the release of a new product until the following day. It means that I can stabilize my days and do what needs doing around the home and with the family. I hope to be able to have that time daily to share with my little ones and nourish them, take care of the home, have dates with my husband, and have personal time for myself where I can continue to grow and have that little break to take a hot bath every now and then. So no, for me it’s not taking a step backwards, but taking a step forward. I might not be superwoman (you never know, right?) but I definitely know that I won’t be able to manage a full on custom stationery business and an expanding family. I have decided that what matters is not how big + successful my business is, but how enriched my family grows up. That’s where life is and that’s where I’m going. I want this business to support my family life, not take away from it.

So you might have noticed that there have been lots of new packaging supplies showing up in the shop lately — and that there isn’t too much new of any of my usual things, like cards, stationery, and rubber stamps (it won’t be like that for long, no fear). This is all part of the new Anastasia Marie. The shift started months ago, and will continue on for some months still as all my brainstorming earlier this year comes to a full reality.

So on top of what’s already in the shop, get ready to start seeing more of my signature 3D layered cards, but simplified variations that are more budget friendly. I’ll still be keeping the intricate ones around for those that love them. I will also be adding enlarged ones that will become available as wall art for your baby’s nursery or for your own creative space. There will be more packaging supplies arriving soon, like washi tape, glitter tape, gift tags, etc. I’m hoping to spend the winter finalizing all the bits and pieces and then have the last of these goods debut in the spring right before the baby arrives. New items will continually get added seasonally after that.

Feel free to check out the Shop to see what’s new!

NOTE: and just to clarify, no, it doesn’t mean that I’ll take forever to respond to your emails and messages. No, it doesn’t mean that I’ll stop posting updates on social media and adding new content to my blog on a regular basis. No, it doesn’t mean that the quality of things will go down the drain and I won’t be focusing at all on the success of Anastasia Marie. Far from it. All those things I plan to keep up with the same consistency and devotion as before. I do hope to improve and simplify the way I go about those things, but not quit altogether. Here’s to the new Anastasia Marie!