Joanna Anastasia

DIY

Easy Christmas cards

Easy Christmas cards

I’ll be honest here with you : I never made Christmas cards before, but I got this amazing package of goodies from Scrapbook Adhhesives, and it totally motivated be to make these easy Christmas cards.

You see, I’m not really in to scrap booking, and I used to forget, to even send a Christmas card. But it seems that while I’m getting older I tend to be more attached to tradition, and preparing for Christmas is one of these things that I love more and more. And what I enjoy the most is introducing Lili to all of the Christmas preparation. So that’s way I started making my own Christmas cards. Actually we crafted these hand in hand, you’ll see in the end of this post what did she made :).

Also, for me, Christmas is a way to turn a cold and dark season in to a glittery magical time. (Or that’s how I try to see it,) and while I know people, who start to think about Christmas only in the end of December, I look forvward to it all fall. And now, when the weather gets more and more ugly cold, I start planning for gifts and decoration.

So I wanted to make bright, cheerful and glittery Christmas cards that I could attach to a hand made gift, or send with a small package of cookies. Since I’m not a scrapbooker I used all sorts of materials other than paper : pom-poms, twine, ribbons, stickers and lots of glitter ! And some cool adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives that helped me glue it all.

I started easy, with a pretty Christmas ribbon and this great crafty power tape.

Easy Christmas card

Than I decided to make a textural card with some pom-poms and glitter. Honestly these little adhesive dots are amazing! They literally glue everything !

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Adding a glittery strap was really easy with this foam sheet:

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And then I decided that these dots are made to hold glitter so I went wild with it :

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Then I used some more ribbon and glitter. I glued the ribbon with the crafty power tape, and than I glued a stripe of this tape in the middle of the ribbon and sprinkled it with glitter. It took less than 5 minutes 🙂

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And here is the card I made with twine and glitter: a simple glittery Christmas tree :

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And when I was ready to add some fun Christmas stickers to finish it all, my baby started to cry and refused to sit and chew on that rubber giraffe anymore.
So as you see I finished it all later in the evening :

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And here are the finished cards:

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Christmas card

And a bonus , a 100% toddler made, modern intake on a Christmas card ! Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit, I did help her to cut the triangles, but then she glued them, she added more of these amazing adhesive dots, and she had fun with glitter. No, there are no pictures, you nedd to take my word for that.

Christmas card

So, now when you’ve seen my simple Christmas cards, do you feel like you’d like to make some too?

Disclosure: I received these products free for review. All opinions remain my own.

Driftwood & feathers wall hanging

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Finally I’ve got my hands on that driftwood that I’ve picked from the beach by the lake, here in Quebec, last summer. I know, it took me awhile :). At first, I wanted to make a driftwood mobile for my baby’s room, but when I’ve realized that I already have an origami paper one, I kind of lost my inspiration. But ever since I finished my master bedroom, I felt there was something missing on top of the headboard. So a couple of days ago I had this brilliant idea, to make a simple driftwood wall hanging for my beadroom. I really love how it turned out, simple but with a boho feeling. And I think that driftwood looks like a wood sculpture on it’s own. So it’s really easy to turn it in to something special, with just a bit of paint and imagination. I mean, you don’t need to be an artist to create a driftwood art! Just give it a try 🙂

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What you’ll need :
Different sizes of driftwood
Feathers
Paint
Straw

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Start with painting the driftwood: pick three to five colours and paint stripes of different sizes on the edges.

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Then wrap the straw on the bigger piece of driftwood, so you can hang it later.

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Make sure that your painted driftwood is dry, and hang it on different heights using the straw. Add two or three feathers.

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And here you are, your boho wall hanging is ready for adding charm in your home!

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Giant DIY birthday card

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Today you can find me at Typically Simple blog where I share the tutorial for this Giant DIY birthday card, made totally by my toddler (and a tiny bit by me 😉 ).

It was so much fun to make, and it’s one of these projects that you could make equally with a toddler as with a big kid. So it’s perfect if you have more than one child to entertain that wants to prepare a birthday card :). And it also lets them get dirty… I don’t know how about your kids, but what I’ve learned as a mother is that a dirty kid is a happy one !

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To see how to make one yourself head to Typically Simple blog !

Gnome garden

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When I was little I was in to gnomes, not fairies. Probably that’s because I had this beautiful book about gnomes, full of amazing illustrations. Recently I found a pair of ceramic gnomes while shopping at Target, and it got me thinking that I should make a fairy Gnome garden :). And I wanted a flower arrangement that from far would look like perfectly normal flower pot. But when you get closer, you are invited in to tiny gnome garden :). I must tell you, my daughter loves it ! She was totally enchanted by the idea of making a gnome garden, and now she checks on them all the time to see if they are fine!

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What you’ll need :

Big pot
Plants
Soil
Figurines
Broken pieces for the stairs
Wood sticks
Cupcake toppers.
Little rocks

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Arrange your plants in the pot, leave some space for the broken pieces that’ll form the stairs. Add wooden sticks, cupcake toppers and little rocks. Place your figurines. Water the plants.

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Now make up some fairy tales about gnomes living in your garden !

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Paper flower bouquet

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I did this craft a while ago for my daughters room decoration. She chose the colours and helped me assemble the cupcake liners. It’s one of these fun little crafts that don’t require no artistic skills yet they turn out really original and pretty.


Different size and colour cupcake liners
Paper tissue
Straws
Needles
Mason jar

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Put smaller liners in to the bigger ones. Cut paper tissue in to small squares and attach them with the needle inside of your liner flower. Take some green tissue paper and wrap it around a straw. Then insert the needle that’s holding all the flower together in to the straw, and pierce it through so it holds well.

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And here it is, on the drawer decorating my little girls room :

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Linked to :http://www.thegirlcreative.com/2014/06/06/link-party-diy-inspired-4.html

DIY patio sofa part 2

Pallet sofa

Today I’ll share with you a step-by-step guide on how to actually make a patio pallet sofa. I’m not an expert on DIY pallet furniture, so there may be other ways to achieve a similar look. But this is what worked for us, was quite cheap and not too complicated.

By cheap I mean 2 dollars a pallet plus the price of cushions. And they can vary a lot in price, from 30 up to 100 dollars each, so it’s really worth looking around.

Our idea was to build a pallet sofa with minimum assembly possible, using off-the-shelf cushions and used pallets. It was also really important to make them easily storable for the winter. That’s why my husband had decided that he’ll make them without permanent fasteners.

Here is what we used for 2 sofas:

Outdoor seat cushions
6 pallets
Hammer
Nail-wrench
Nails
Reciprocating saw
Extra wood (2×4)

We started with measuring our cushion size, they were 24″ by 24″. We wanted our seat to be slightly inclined that’s why we left enough space to fit the back of the sofa :

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The pallet size was 48″ by 40″, the perfect size for a two seat sofa (2 times 24 is 48). So we didn’t have to cut it on one side. On the side that needed trimming we added the 5 ” for the back rest and we have cut our pallet to the 48″ by 29″ size.

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In the typical pallet structure the studs are oriented toward the longer side, that’s why we had to remove one of the studs and replace it with a 48″ long 2 by 4, and nailed it at each plank. That way it could hold the back rest of our sofa. We did so for every pallet we used for the seat. Since we wanted more of a lounge seat, we used only two for each sofa.

Then it was time for the back rest. For that we turned the pallet in the other direction that the one we used for the seats. That meant it would be a bit more narrow than the seats (4 inches shorter on each side) but was fine for us. We trimmed the three studs to 30″ to have the proper back rest height.

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And we removed a few of the planks to allow the back rest studs to insert in to the seat. We also had to cut a couple of planks and trim the central stud of the back rest.

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To assemble the sofas we stacked two seat pallets together, and then we inserted the back rest in between the seat studs.

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And here it is,ready to chill and relax, with the cushions from Home Depot, flowers and a Ikea rug :

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