Happy Thanksgiving week to all! We have been posting everything we are thankful for this year on the Anna Griffin Facebook page, along with a few of our favorite fall themed projects. Here are a few cards to inspire you this week…
Next we have some exciting news. The Cricut Explore Air Gold Edition with Anna Griffin content will be available on HSN2 this week as the Today’s Special! The content bundle will also be sold separately for those of you who already own an Explore machine. It contains 3 holiday image sets- Anna’s Holiday Home Décor, Anna’s Fancy Lettering and Anna’s Holiday Luster Printables. It’s never too late to get those gorgeous holiday projects started, and this gold machine is the perfect gift for anyone on your list.
Tune in to HSN2 on Dish Network beginning tomorrow, or watch live on hsn.com by clicking here.
Here are this week’s show times (all times are EST):
Wednesday, November 25th
Midnight, 5 a.m., Noon, 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 26th
4 a.m., 10 a.m., 7 p.m.
Friday, November 27th
1 a.m., 6 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m.
Lastly, I thought you might like to see some more of the beautiful thank you cards we received this week from Anna Griffin | Create attendees. I just mailed mine to all of you!
Our whole intention in having the event was to give back to all of you who have given to us this year. We are very grateful for each and every one of you as we embark on this week of Thanksgiving.
PS – Our annual online Super Sale is coming in the New Year – so you did not miss it! The company that handles the sale for us could not squeeze us in until the first quarter. We will keep you updated right here on the blog.
Anna Griffin | Create is truly the gift that keeps on giving! It has been a whole week since the event, and we are still receiving fun gifts and kind words from all who attended.
First, we wanted to share a poem that our friend (and resident poet) Penny Comeau wrote that we read before dinner on Friday evening. It’s odd, because we almost emailed her and asked her to write one prior to the event- she read our minds! She also posted a second poem on Facebook yesterday that we’ll share with you at the end of this post.
Twas the week before Create
And all through Anna Nation
The Griffinites were preparing
For an epic celebration.
In a few short days
We would head to Atlanta
To finally meet each other
And, best of all, Anna!
November 13th through 15th
Those are the dates
From 37 states.
Our bags are all packed,
And we’re ready to play.
At the Ritz Carlton
Where we will all stay!
It all started out
with a gracious invitation,
Where Anna proposed
a mini vacation.
A weekend to cherish
Where we’d all come together
We’d flock to Atlanta
Like birds of a feather
There will be stamping and Minc-ing,
Die cutting galore
And cards by the score
When what to my wondering eyes will I see!
Vickie Patricia and of course, Grama Pei
From California Oregon and lovely Indiana
Vivian and I from Maryland, all excited to Meet Anna.
Classes by day
And crafting at night.
200 anna fans
Oh what a sight!
When the craft room opens
There will be a stampede
All of us going
To get what we need.
At the end of the weekend
we will have lived our finest dream
All made possible
by Anna and her team!
How amazing is that? Love her! We also received so many gracious cards and gifts from you. So many that we cannot post them all, but we definitely wanted to share a few. Your kindness and generosity is above and beyond anything we ever expected.
Here is Penny’s second poem to take us into the weekend!
Twas the day after Create
and all through Anna Nation
The griffinites were exhausted
from our epic celebration
All our airplanes had landed,
Back to reality we came
But somehow we knew we
Were not quite the same.
The friends we knew online
Were no longer just faces
They were kind-hearted people
And we felt their embraces.
My suitcase was sitting,
still packed on my shelf
And I smiled when I saw it
In spite of myself
For in it contained my treasures From Create
Like my gorgeous glittered tote bag
and each make-and-take.
Beth, Cara and Sandy
all had such great karma
And we all loved the message
we received from Shivan Sarna.
I grin when I think of Anna’s dedicated friends
Who all went to such extraordinary ends. . .
To make our experience an absolute dream
Where we became a family,
with one common theme.
To make people smile
Layers of love with fabulous style.
When what to my wondering brain
do I remember?
Memories of fun, goofiness and splendor.
Meeting dear Anna
so lively and sweet
Truly humble and lovely —
oh what a treat
Then there was Michelle
with a giggle so charming
There was something about her
That was just so disarming
I met Ellen, Pat and Grama,
Who were all just great fun
And Vickie, Eve and Holly
With whom I hung out a ton.
Vivian and I flew in tandem
from our great state
Not two seconds of silence
After we met at the gate!
We couldnt stop talking
Lots of laughter abounded
And Vivian made cards
Which left me speechless, astounded.
As I look back on this time
With great joy in my heart
There were so many high points that set it apart
Anna’s office was gorgeous,
a true pleasure to see
Along with the design team
and sweetheart Ashley!
The warehouse was awesome,
The super sale, inviting
The whole experience was
As I came back to my home
With a big smile on my face
It is my wish that all Anna fans
Can experience this place
With all of its passion, luxury and style
Where reality takes a back seat,
for just a while.
A big thanks to Anna
and her wonderful team
For allowing each of us
To realize our dream.
It is only fitting that I dedicate this Tuesdays’ blog post to the first ever Anna Griffin | Create weekend craft event we held here in Atlanta, Georgia November 13th-15th, 2015. It was a weekend of a lifetime for us all! Oh my goodness…we simply could not have had more fun! We loved meeting each and every person that participated and wish you were still here!
To those who attended and those who could not be with us, there are truly no words to thank you for supporting the Anna Griffin brand the way that you do. It was so evident this weekend that crafting has the power to unite people from all across the world, and we are honored to be a part of that.
Below are photos of the event that commemorate the joy, the magic and the abundance experienced by all who came to play!
Friday afternoon kicked off with registration, where everyone received an Anna Griffin tote full of fabulous “swag,” and a cocktail reception. We decorated our name tags, created photo albums, made ornaments and played in the paper flower photo booth!
Next we headed into a gorgeous seated dinner that was decked out in giant pink flowers made from the Cricut Giant Flowers Cartridge. I welcomed guests from 40 states and 3 countries. Every person had a story to tell and many overcame obstacles to be with us. It was truly special. Our special guest speaker Shivan Sarna, host on HSN and all around inspiring person spoke about empowerment and sharing your talent with others. I also introduced our amazing team of teachers and staff.
After dinner we opened up a ball room transformed into the worlds greatest Anna Griffin Craft Room. It was filled with all of our tools, 25,000 sheets of paper, 3,000 Anna Griffin kits, gold Cricut machines, Cuttlebugs, and 12 gallery walls of more than 500 inspirational projects!
On Saturday guests learned tips and techniques in classes from myself, Sandi Genovese, Beth Kingston, Cara Miller and Kay Mitchell. Then we played in the craft room all night- Georgie even came by for a quick visit!
The grand finale for the weekend was a tour of the Anna Griffin headquarters and a sale in our warehouse!
What I am most present to today is the overwhelming generosity of the human spirit. Before Create, I knew that people liked what we do, but it took Create for me to fully experience the impact my products and I have had on peoples lives. So, with that being said, I end with the picture that describes my personal experience of the event the best. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Remember we told you that we’d have an exciting announcement for our fans in the U.K. coming very soon? Well, we couldn’t wait any longer to tell you…
We are excited to announce that after 12 years on QVC UK, we will be working with The Craft Channel exclusively in Europe beginning in January 2016!
The best part is that you no longer have to wait for three of four months at a time to get the latest Anna Griffin paper crafting products, because we will be with you every single week! You heard that right- new shows every week.
What we love about The Craft Channel is that it is a wonderful resource for creativity, and it’s designed with the community in mind. We’re going to bring you more ideas and inspiration than ever before, and we can’t wait. This new partnership will surely be beautiful in the making!
Stay tuned here on the blog and subscribe to our email list for updates, show times and more.
Happy Halloween Eve! We’ve been posting really fun Halloween project inspiration all week long on our Facebook page, so be sure to check those out. It’s one of our very favorite holidays to craft for!
We just drew a name of one lucky lady who will receive our brand new Holiday Trimmings II Card Making Kit, Christmas Coloring Books, Minc Die Cut Bows and the Vintage French Minc bundle. Congratulations Merrie Oxborn!!
It’s hard to believe our final shows of 2015 on HSN are happening this Monday. Don’t miss this chance to stock up on so many wonderful things! We’ll be on at 4 a.m., 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. Here’s a complete shopping list:
447-468: Holiday Trimmings II Card Making Kit
452-458: Christmas Coloring Book Set
443-539: Minc Die Cut Bows
438-707: Minc Vintage French Bundle
441-692: Cricut Explore Air Gold Edition with Anna Griffin Content
452-006: Holiday Cartridge Bundle with Mats
443-534: Holiday Washi Tape
410-771: Anna Griffin Minc Machine
427-059: White Cards, Layers and Envelopes
442-893: Christmas White Cards, Layers and Envelopes
443-540: Vintage French White Cards, Layers and Envelopes
436-745: Baubles and Bells Embossing Folders
442-892: Pretty Patterns Cards and Envelopes
437-897: Holiday Pop Up Card Making Kit
405-524: Pretty Paintings Card Making Kit
442-9050: Foil Boiserie Stickers
436-744: Holiday Bells Cutting Dies
395-639: Juliet Paper Crafting Kit
371-669: 3D Christmas Gift Tags
395-643: Glitter Cardstock
436-748: Christmas Mix and Match Frames for Cuttlebug