Holiday Traditions Card Kit Giveaway 2!

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe we surpassed the number of comments from last week’s giveaway, but we did. You guys are amazing.

It’s so fun that four people will be able to get their hands on a Holiday Traditions Card Kit before anyone else in the world, and that second lucky person is Virginia Procunier. Congratulations!  I just signed and sealed this gift to you, and it is ready to be delivered. Christmas is coming early this year!

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We also wanted to give you a closer look at the Hanukkah card from Tuesday’s video. I hope you will enjoy this new feature along with so many others that are coming up in our final two previews! Don’t forget you can also pin this and any project on the blog to Pinterest simply by hovering over it and clicking “pin it.”

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Another jam packed sneak peek is coming up on Tuesday along with the announcement of our biggest giveaway yet. Don’t miss it!

Love,

Anna

HSN October 7th Sneak Peek #2

Wow! You all never cease to amaze me. Last week’s preview was our most popular ever, and now I am even more excited about October 7th. Today we have more exclusive sneak peeks and another chance to win, so let’s get going!

First is a brand new beautiful batch of holiday cardstock! Our latest collection includes 48 sheets with images of pinecones, holly, snowflakes, damask, merry striped patterns and more. You’ll also find lots of festive foil stamped detail on these papers that will get you in the crafting spirit!

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We had countless requests for a collection of angels for your Christmas projects, so I am delighted to show you this next item!  The new Angelic Card Toppers set is a collection of 144 card layers, glittered embellishments, sentiments and beautiful three-dimensional antique angel stickers that will put the perfect finishing touch on your cards and layouts. The old world beauty in this set is really breathtaking.

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We have two new die cutting sets coming up on October 7th, one of which is all about ornaments! These ornament dies include three designs: a large ornament image, a grid of 12 small baubles and a fun collage with varying shapes and sizes.

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Then, we have bow dies that will help you adorn everything from presents to scrapbook pages this holiday season. This my absolute favorite item for October 7th! Cut out, emboss and fold four different dimensional designs for absolutely stunning results. You are going to want to make these over and over again!

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Last but not least, we have another very special look inside the Holiday Traditions Card Making Kit. There’s even more of what you’ve been asking for in this big red box! But, you’ll have to watch today’s video to see what I mean…

We’re also giving you another chance to win this amazing new kit this week. Just comment right here on the blog and your name may be chosen on Friday. Let’s see if we can get 1,500 comments again this week!

Anna

 

 

Holiday Traditions Card Kit Giveaway #1

Hi everyone!

What a wonderful first week of sneak peeks we had. With over 1,500 comments on this week’s blog post it was our most popular preview ever. You guys are amazing!

Today’s giveaway is really special, because this lucky person will be the very first owner of the Anna Griffin Holiday Traditions Card Kit.  Drumroll please! The winner is…… Pamela E.! Congratulations!

Since we are getting into the Christmas spirit, let’s take a quick look at the beautiful holiday tree in the Christmas Arrangements embossing and die cutting collection (which is still available on hsn.com: http://bit.ly/christmasarrangements).  In 3 simple steps you can create a really special detailed embellishment that will look perfect on any project.

First, die cut your paper using the tree die. We used a green paper from our Perfect Palette collection that has a white core.

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Next, place your die cut shape into the Victorian Tree embossing folder.

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This result is beautiful enough as it is, but sometimes it’s fun to do a little distressing to take it to the next level. We like to use a sanding block and gently rub it over the embossed design to achieve this look. Don’t forget you’ll need to use paper with a white core for this to work!

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How beautiful is that? While you’re at it, cut out multiple tree images and try layering them on a card. There are so many possibilities!

 

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That’s all for today. We’ll see you back here on Tuesday for preview #2!

Anna

 

Sneak Preview #1: The October 7th Countdown is on!

Are you ready for the biggest, most exciting day of crafting in Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting history? The October 7th 24-Hour Craft Day on HSN is less than a month away!  We have four weeks of incredible sneak peeks in store for you featuring over 16 brand new items, and the best part is that almost all of these collections were inspired by your suggestions. How fun is that? Let’s get started!

Our Totally Tags for all occasions was so popular on HSN that a holiday version was a no brainer! This adorable little box is packed with 288 tags in every holiday theme imaginable. We’ve even included chalkboard!  We love these tags because they are so versatile — tie one onto a present as a gift tag or layer to your heart’s content on a card.

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Next is a double dose of sticker libraries that many of you have been asking for! This set includes 50 three-dimensional birthday and thank you sentiments as well as 50 for sympathy and encouragement. These are the four most important card making occasions, and now we’ve got you covered! Inside the 2 folios you will find sentiments like “Wishing you comfort and strength” and “Make a wish and blow out the candles.”

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We have so many new Cricut items coming up on October 7th that we are going to show you one a week (in no particular order because they are all amazing)! Today you’re getting a look at the brand new Christmas Kitsch Cricut cartridge. The cartridge is packed with card surfaces, embellishments, tags and envelopes! Now you can cut and layer all of our wonderful vintage images of reindeer, bells, Santa, sleighs and snowmen to get a truly retro Christmas card!

 

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Finally, it’s time to debut the much anticipated new holiday card kit! Every year I think “how are we going to top last year’s?” and every year there’s a new idea that makes it better. This year the kit is called Holiday Traditions, because inside you will find every reason for the season in the most stunning Christmas color palette imaginable. Check out the video for your first look inside this big red box of endless card making fun.

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Would you like to be the very first owner of a Holiday Traditions Card Making Kit? Well you’re in luck. We are going to give one away every Friday right here on the blog, and all you have to do is comment to enter!

There is major giveaway news on the way…coming up soon but I can’t reveal just yet…it is so, SO good that you can’t afford to miss it. Stay tuned!

See you on Friday.

Anna

 

 

You Voted…Let’s Create!

Hi there!

For those of you who are not on Facebook, let me fill you in on something really fun we did this week.  We had so many popular holiday card projects on our September 2nd HSN Pinterest board and could not choose a favorite for today’s how-to. So, we thought we’d let you decide! We posted three choices on our Facebook page, and over 900 people voted! How amazing is that?

It was a close race, but here are all the details on how to create the winning Season’s Greetings paper weaving card with our Holiday Die Cut 12” Border Stickers. This card technique is great because you can duplicate it with any of these borders for the same stunning result!

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Supplies:

-We used 3 holly (a combination of three-dimensional and flat), 2 grey, 2 white and 1 green musical note for a total of 8

  • Holly stickers from our Emerald Forest Collection: http://bit.ly/1u3PRSb
  • “Season’s Greetings” sentiment sticker from our Yuletide Greetings Collection: http://bit.ly/1qrbF9c
  • Pre-tied ivory bow
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Adhesive

 

Instructions:

This card is all about paper weaving, and the best way to show you the steps is through photos! Let’s get started.

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Once you finish weaving, carefully flip everything over, adhere the card surface to the borders and cut out with scissors. Now you have the most beautiful background and lots of leftover border pieces for other projects!

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Finally, embellish with holly stickers and a beautiful sentiment.

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That’s all for today, but we have some great news! Next Tuesday we’re kicking off our most exciting sneak peeks of the year as we start the countdown to our October 7th extravaganza on HSN. I’m trying my hardest not to spill any details before then.. Ahh!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Anna