Christmas Vellum Quotes & Decoupage

Hi everyone!

I loved introducing you all to Georgie on Tuesday!  He is still a little camera shy, but he’s warming up to the idea of being in show biz.  I am just head over heels for that little kitten!

You all told me how you go about making all of your cards, so I thought I’d share mine with you too. I like to make mine all at one time. I make a giant mess on my dining room table and then make each one individually. I have been known to host Card Making parties, though, and my favorite weekend for that is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My crafty friends and I have a little lunch and then make cards all afternoon! No matter the approach, our Holiday Trimmings Card Making Kit is going to make card crafting effortless, beautiful and fun!

Today’s winner will take home my new Cards for Him Too kit.  Congratulations to Charlene M. !  I hope you enjoy using this kit to make some extra special cards for the men in your life.

We’ve wrapped up all of the every day product previews for September 17th, so let’s get back to Christmas shall we?

As you know, all of my new holiday items were designed to coordinate beautifully with the Holiday Trimmings Card Kit, and these Christmas Vellum Quotes are no exception!  I’m bringing you four sets of 36 vellum quotes this year (I’ll save you the math- that’s a whopping 144 seasonal sentiments!).  There’s a traditional set, gold and silver, emerald and a fun kitsch collection with blues, pinks and lime greens for you to choose from. I can promise you’ll be able to find just the right thing to say to every person on your list!

Next is the new Christmas Decoupage Kit, featuring 72 holiday die cuts with images of beautiful bells, holly, candy canes and ornaments that come to life when layered on a card or scrapbook page. And, of course, I included some amaryllis and poinsettias for you – I’d never leave out the festive florals!

Want a chance to win these 2 new items? Tell us when you mail your Christmas cards – what day do you want your cards to be signed, sealed and delivered?  Comment below, and you could win both of these items on Tuesday!

Have a great long weekend!
Anna

479 Comments

  1. Posted by: SANDRA GRISWOLD
    Usually I mail my Christmas cards out on the 30th of November hoping most of my friends and relatives receive them around the 5th of December in time to incorporate them into their holiday decorating throughout the house.
  2. Posted by: Rachel P.
    I absolutely love the Christmas season.  Since one of the best parts is receiving cards from loved ones and friends that I am very thankful to have, I try to stick to a Dec 1 mailing deadline as close as I can.
  3. Posted by: Carol Burke
    OOps…. better late than never. Almost forgot. I have never hosted a party, but would love too.

    I bet the hint is Sept 17th, H.S.N  is going to feature a beautiful breathtaking Christmas card kit. (fingers crossed) LOL. Either way, any Anna Griffin product will be smokin…  Good chance to put your book to good use too!

  4. Posted by: Pauline Tallerico
    Hiya Anna! !   I have to say, you have the most Bodayshious & Outstanding Christmas Card Crafting Collection EVER, Girlie…! ! !  (giggle)  My Christmas Cards go out on “Black Friday”. I take them to my Post Office first thing in the morning. It’s a fun race for me, to see if I can beat my brothers, by getting mine to them before I get their cards. Your cards are Good Luck for me too!! Because, I’ve won, ever since I started making & sending your amazing & beautiful cards.  I get compliments on every one of them.
    I wish you could make an entire collection of just “JEWISH CELEBRATION DAYS” & also a “JEWISH ALL OCCASSION” collection. i.e. Bat & Bar Mitzvah,  Wedding & Sympathy.
    Then I’d have a whole new set of deadline dates to meet with Card Crafting Creation days.. giggle giggle..
    You’re AWESOME ANNE… keep the collections and keepsake boxes coming.
    love ya, love ya, love ya….
    Pauline
  5. Posted by: Debbie
    I’d like to send them right after Thanksgiving so all my friends and family will receive them by December 1st. I have friends and family in the States, Puerto Rico, Europe, and I send them to all the nurses, doctors, and aids who have helped me get through my many years of pain.
  6. Posted by: Diane Martin
    I like to write out my cards the Sunday after Thanksgiving which means I need to start them sooner than that day.
  7. Posted by: Bonita Ringler
    My deadline is a soon as I can get them done.  But your goodies are so tempting I do not know when I’ll start- at least after this next show!
  8. Posted by: Terri Gonzalez
    Hi Anna,  My husband and I have also tried to send out our Christmas cards and set our Christmas tree by December 9th.
    That is my husband’s birthday. Just like to have our cards stamped on
    his big day. The kids always knew we had to do it on that day.  The kids are now grown , but 50 years this November we will still try to keep the tradition going.
  9. Posted by: Jan W
    I start making my cards in August, but I don’t send them out until December 15.
  10. Posted by: LoriGC
    Hopefully I can get them out by the second week of December
  11. Posted by: Debbie House
    I always mean to get them out the first week, but it seems to take me the entire month. Can’t wait to buy your new items.
  12. Posted by: Debbie House
    I always have good intentions to get them out the first week of Dec. but I usually take all month long. Love all of your new items…..can’t wait till we can order them.
  13. Posted by: nancy reich
    Hi Anna, I like to have my cards mailed  by the second week of December. Thats the plan!
  14. Posted by: Lynda
    I always MEAN to get them out in early December, but they usually don’t go out until right before the holiday.  My sister and I have so much fun with our card-making sleepover weekends.  It’s become a yearly tradition for us.  I spend several weekends at her house and we go all day into late night, stopping only to eat!
  15. Posted by: Cathy May
    I like to get my cards mailed out by Dec. l5th.  Not so early that they are forgotten before the holiday. Love your new products…..
  16. Posted by: Julie S
    Hi Anna,
    I like to try and get mine out by the second week of December.
  17. Posted by: Christian Chandler
    I like to try and get all the cards out by the first weekend of December.
  18. Posted by: Susan DuRette
    I like to have mine sent by Dec. 15. I love sending your cards.
  19. Posted by: Anne
    I like to have card in mail by the second week in December
  20. Posted by: Eileen
    Would love to say that I was organized enough to have them out by Dec 1 but realistically it would closer to the 15th.
  21. Posted by: Doris A.
    The first week of Dec.

    Love all sneak peeks thus far.

  22. Posted by: Cheryl R
    I start sending my cards after Thanksgiving and try to be done by Christmas.  Every item you have shown us is beautiful…..cannot wait until the 17th.
  23. Posted by: Annie Laura Pence
    CHRISTMAS!  Most Beautiful Holiday……….I normally get my Christmas Cards sent out by Dec. 1st, but this year due to double knee replacement in Nov. I must have my cards made at least by Nov 10th. I will have them ready to be mailed by Dec. 1st. This will be my goal this year.
    Thank You, Anna and the Anna Griffin Inc Team of Workers for all the great products, & service you provide.
    Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas to ya’ll and crafters.
  24. Posted by: Kathi ormsby
    My goal would be to mail them right after my Mom’s Birthday December 8…..now can I do it?
  25. Posted by: Amy Lindblade
    I cannot wait to get my hands on the new Anna Griffin Christmas products.  My deadline is December 7th, as I know it will be realistic using Anna’s products.  I also really appreciate that the Christmas items will be sold on September 17th, which will give me plenty of time to meet that deadline.  Its also a bonus because I can get started early on setting the holiday mood.  I would like to decorate for Christmas as soon as Halloween is over, but I guess that might be getting a bit too carried away.
  26. Posted by: Terri
    Love these cards – beautiful as always!!!
  27. Posted by: Patricia Coddington
    I like m ailing them out the first week of December because I’ve tried to do it later and it was a disaster. My cards ended up arriving after Christmas and I wasn’t a happy camper. Mailing my cards the first week is fantastic because they are usually the first ones received and they are left out the longest!
  28. Posted by: gisela
    Christmas Cards in the mail on December the 12th.
  29. Posted by: Karen P.
    I usually have my Christmas Cards signed, sealed and delivered by the first weekend in December.  This year it will be December 7th.  Love the pictures of Georgie!
  30. Posted by: Cathy C
    I want to send my cards the week of Thanksgiving. So, after I receive my wish list that I have been making for Sept 17 show I will be making cards, gifts, bags, ect. for the Holidays
  31. Posted by: lori
    My  birthday is Nov 29 .   Instead of a normal birthday party I would    have a card making party .A coarse with Anna Griffins last year Christmas card making kits I would  have a lot a fun with my friends  and  a coarse can’t  forget the cake and ice cream. Than  I would send them off  the next day.
  32. Posted by: Beth W
    You so have it together! I target Dec.10 as my mail day.
  33. Posted by: Diana Durst
    I usually mail my cards out the second week in December but my husband has been helping me address the cards so he pushes me for the first week in December.  So ok I have to get busy earlier to get them done.  Gotta love that man!
  34. Posted by: Sherry Clark
    Hi Anna,
    First of all I would like to say, I LOVE all your products, just ask my UPS man. Second of all, I think we are kinder spirits. You remind me so much of me, in all you selection of papers, roses, flowers, vintage, and the beauty of it all! I like my cards to be received by the first Saturday in December, so everyone can display them.
  35. Posted by: Sharon Williamson
     I plan to mail my cards the day after Thanksgiving.  Since I’m making some of my relatives a package of Christmas cards as an early Christmas gift, I want them to have a preview of what’s to come.
  36. Posted by: Anita G
    Hi Anna,
    My husband’s birthday is December 2nd so I like to get them out
    then.  After that I finish up the last of the Christmas shopping and
    plan the Christmas meal.
  37. Posted by: Adrianne Braun
    My birthday is December 8, so I usually use that as my due date for sending out the family Christmas cards.  When I hand-craft my cards, I begin right after Halloween.  I
  38. Posted by: Jacque
    This is going to sound corny, but its so true.  Every year Mom made Dad put up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving night.  There are five kids in our family and each kid had a special job at decorating the tree, decorating the front lawn (my Mom won best Christmas house decorations almost every year), sneaking the broken cookies from the edge of the dining room table (honest they were broken), and wishing Dad would play something other than Bing Cosby.  After all of the decorations and cookie eating activities were finished, we all sit down and penned our Christmas cards.  Dad had the job of licking the envelopes.  Yuck!  So, we completed and maiedl our Christmas cards during the week between Thanksgiving and December 1.  Till this day (I just turned 42), we still honor our Christmas card making tradition–even though Dad has been gone since 1998, but he is still with us in our hearts and yucky envelope glue tongues.  Thank you Anna for all the beautiful paper crafts.  They bring back my little girl Christmas memories.  Merry Christmas and God Bless.
  39. Posted by: Leah D.
    I usually only have a few hours on the weekend to work on cards, so I tend to push deadline a bit.  But my mom’s birthday is Dec. 17, so I use that THE date.  I imagine the holiday trimmings kit could speed things up a bit, though, so I wouldn’t have to worry quite so much about getting them all done.
  40. Posted by: Holly G
    Hello Miss Anna!

    Congrats to the winner!  I suspect that great things will be accomplished when she receives her goodies!

    I try to mail my Christmas cards out so that people can enjoy them for a l o n g time!  For many, this is their only gift of the season so I believe it is important to send them out early!

    Last year I had a “general” card making party so I am going to take your lead and host a Christmas card making party too!

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me (and others) to enjoy beauty in the form of a card! Nothing short   GEORGEOUS Projects  I can create that give the recipient a wonderful surprise and help me give in a more personal way!

    So very sincerely,
    Holly G

HSN Sept. 17th Sneak Preview 6 – Cards for Him Too

Thank you for all of your responses over the weekend about your inspiration for making cards. For so many of you it was a “who” that got you started- a friend, family member, teacher or even the crafters on our Facebook page!  For many it was a crafting class or personally receiving a handmade card.

I was so flattered to learn that our kits were able to inspire so many of you to get started as well! Lots of you have been with me since the very beginning of my career, and some of you just recently discovered the art of DIY. Either way, I’m so glad our products are making it easy for you to be creative!

Today I’ll be sending a brand new set of Cottage Rose Stickers and the new Scrapbook with Guided layouts to our winner, Marie Mac! I hope you enjoy crafting with these all year long!

This week it’s all about the guys, and OH MY GOODNESS I can hardly wait to tell you all about the new guy in my life! You’ll have to watch this week’s video to get the scoop!

Here’s a sneak peek at the amazing cards you can make with the Holiday Trimmings Card Making Kit (without the help of Georgie!)


Today’s September 17th HSN preview is about a kit that you’ve been asking me to bring back for quite some time, and it’s finally here! My new Cards for Him Too kit includes everything you need to make 20 uniquely embellished cards with everything for the fisherman, golfer, sports enthusiast or handyman in your life! All of the vintage-inspired card surfaces, layers and embellishments were designed to coordinate for a laid-back look that he will like and you will love to make!

If you’d like to win Cards for Him Too, comment here and tell me about your holiday card making strategy. Do you make them all in one sitting, or do you take your time?

See you on Friday for more fun!
Anna

389 Comments

  1. Posted by: Rachel P.
    When making cards, I usually start off making 4-5 cards in an assembly line fashion, but tweaking each one individually so that each one is unique in its own way.
  2. Posted by: Pauline Baker
    I make them one at a time so they are unique for the person getting the card.  So glad you are coming out with more masculine cards..  Can’t wait to get my hands on them!   Thanks Anna!
  3. Posted by: Irene B.
    I start around the first week of September, and make about a dozen cards each weekend. I usually make about six of them identical, then move on to the next design, where I will make six more alike. Then by the first week of December, I have my 60 or so finished, and am ready to send them out.
  4. Posted by: Vivian Lehan
    I love the new cards for men only.  It has always been hard to make cards that fit the personality of the man I am sending the cards too.  I can’t wait for that one!  You are the best!
  5. Posted by: Bonita Ringler
    I do whatever works for those cards- maybe a bit of both!
  6. Posted by: Sandra Smith
    When using a kit from Anna, I spread things out and start from there. That way I am sure I have the beautiful layers just the way I want them.
  7. Posted by: Lisa
    My process varies…Sometimes I line them up and get multiples done all at once…and other times, I seem to take forever to decide.  haha
    But it’s a joy either way.  Can’t wait to see this card kit in September!
    Thanks for the chanceto win!
  8. Posted by: Sandra Smith
    I was a scrapbooker first and started making cards just three years ago. Every year I have planned to make my Christmas cards early in the fall but health issues put me in the hospital each year. I ended up with a scramble to get my cards completed and mailed before Christmas.y husband even helped.

    This year, i planned to make my cards in August but my Father passed away on July 29 so I have been out of state and away from my craftroom spending time with my Mom. Plans sometimes just do not go the way we want so this year I plan to purchase Anna’s new Holiday Trimming’s card kit so I can eliminate the last minute stress. I won’t be back home until the end of September so this will help me get my cards done once I am home again. Thank you Anna for your beautiful kits.

  9. Posted by: Carleen K
    I have a list for the year of all the cards I need to make each month. I then try to have my cards ready 2 months in advance so I can take my time and make each one special.  I also have get well cards and sympathy cards at hand as well.
  10. Posted by: Diana Marks
    I go through all my embellishments and then start playing around building my card.  when I like what I’m doing they I start to make the permanent card. I love it!!!!
  11. Posted by: Donna Stanek
    The first thing…dump out all the packages and look at all the treasures! I make a mental note of the items I want to use for scrapbooking! Can’t wait to get the cards for him and the gorgeous new holiday items!
  12. Posted by: Michele
    Thank You for your beautiful card ideas. You are such an inspiration! I like to gather my supplies, tools, etc and make several at one sitting.
  13. Posted by: Mike
    I’ll try to make some different cards. Thanks for your creativity
  14. Posted by: Marie Mac
    Oohh, how adorable “Georgie”. I’m  not posting to try for a chance at this kit ’cause I did win the cottage rose sticker & scrablook Yeeaaee.. I am so excited!!! Thank you! But I will say: This is a great kit for some of us ladies who seem to have problems making masculine cards. I myself, like to make the cards individually to fit the person. Like if they like yellow, pink,or red roses etc… But I have made a few for those spare of the moment…I need a beautiful card times…lol  I’m going to get this kit September! Can’t wait. saving my money…lol. GOOD LUCK TO YOU LADIES ON WINNING!!!
  15. Posted by: Peg Palmer
    Well Anna Dear,
    I am a make one card at a time kind of gal, but I can really spread out a lot of supplies to make that one card.  Once I get going I make a game of using the scraps to create new embelishments and before I know it another card is born.
  16. Posted by: Darlene S
    Getting together with 2 of my girlfriends is a ritual we plan every year in November.  We gather all our card making supplies and spend the first hour checking out all the possibilities within our stashes. Then it’s get down to business time. Usually happens at my house since I have alot of the extra tools like die cutting machine, punches, embossing folders, etc. Of course, we listen to Christmas music and have a cup or two of tea. We are always amazed how much we learn from each other. It’s all about sharing and bringing out the crafting talents in each of us!
  17. Posted by: Chyrl
    I like to spread out in the dining room when my Sister comes over and we make lots of cards.  We use your kits and create from there.  I make Thank You and Birthday cards to have on hand and also make special cards for special people.  Your kits make it so easy to get started.  Thanks for all the beautiful ideas!
  18. Posted by: Shanie Cooper
    I enjoy making my cards a little at a time. I like to make a group in an evening and then make a different layout on another night.
  19. Posted by: Penny K.
    I tend to be a “spreader outer” when I am making a batch of cards
    (like Christmas cards) so I can see all the materials and mix and match, add a bit of this and a tad of that until I have the combinations that I like. However when I am making a specific card for an individual occasion, I make them one at a time. I do enjoy making your card kits because you make it so easy to make beautiful cards, but at the same time they can be individualized.
  20. Posted by: Colleen
    OMGosh! George is the cutest!!!!1
    I spread out my cardmaking. I usually end up with a big mess too!
  21. Posted by: Cheryl S
    I unpack each kit and look at all the enclosed goodies and your inspiration sheet.  I make the cards I send to friends and family one at a time – choosing colors and images appropriate to each person and occasion.  When I make cards for charity fund raising, I usually set aside time to make 8 – 10 cards at a time.

    I purchased your original card kit for men – it was great!  Thank you for putting together an even better kit for the men in our lives!

  22. Posted by: Holly G
    Good Evening Miss Anna!
    Love, love, love you adorable new addition to the team! The goodies yes but most of all Georgie!

    Cards…Usually I get the “base” cards and the layers together and match them up as I watch television.  That way I have something to start with! On a different day I  get out the embellishments and have a blast putting them together. I sometimes make some generic cards (w/o sentiments)  to have at the ready for any occasion. I do use your guides that come included with the card kits, as well as pinterest  for inspiration, ALWAYS a welcomed help! The Cards For Him will be a much welcomed addition!

    Christmas cards, however, I take an entirely different approach! It is a free for all and fun, fun, fun!  Rewarding too! I have several different Christmas Card Kits and mix and match them….so fun! The new kit will, also, be a much welcomed addition!

    Thanks for all your hard work and creativity!
    HollyG

  23. Posted by: Susan Port
    Hi Anna.  It usually takes me months to make my cards, as I’m also involved in doing many other crafts,  I like to plan out what techniques I’m going to use ; ie: stamping, chalking, embossing, stenciling, the list goes on.  I love to use my creativity to the max, although you’ve helped me in many, many ways with your kits.  I LOVE the idea of a “Man’s” cardmaking kit!  I have all male siblings and it will come in handy for the guy’s birthdays, etc.
  24. Posted by: Judith M.
    Hi Anna,  What I usually do when I receive your kits is look over everything in the kit and enjoy what is in it.  Then I make each card you have on the sample sheets.  This is very important to me since I am a copier rather than a creator.  If there are card blanks left over, I try to get creative and set up the cards as you would do.  I have also used the extra embellishments for my own cards.  My favorite cards, however, are the ideas you enclose with your kits.  Thanks for all your ideas.
  25. Posted by: Diana F
    Love the manly cards, always need them, and never able to create them=your kit will be perfect
  26. Posted by: Beverley Clark
    I like to open the kit, spread everything out, look at all the pieces and then begin to think about how I want them to go together.  I make all of my cards in that kit, except for the inside sentiment.  I leave that to insert when I choose a card for a special occasion.  I used to “wait to the last minute” to purchase my cards, but now I have them ready for any event. It is absolutely wonderful!  I am excited about the “Just for Him” kit, as well.  A great big “Welcome” to Georgie – he is so adorable.
  27. Posted by: Barb
      When making my holiday cards, I try to organize my supplies then plan options for several people at once then pick & choose what I want to work w/. Usually do several at one sitting then return later to start all over again. I make extra cards to give to other organizations ie shelters, nsg. homes etc.
  28. Posted by: Judy Graham
    I usually make out 3 o4 on my own then look at your idea sheet for a while for inspiration. I usually complete them in about 6 sessions.
  29. Posted by: Maw J
    I make the majority of them in one sitting and make the rest when I can. I usually make about 10-15 after the initial grouping!
  30. Posted by: Denise
    I make Holiday cards as and when I have time as I am a full time worker and look after my disabled mother when I am at home.
  31. Posted by: Joan I
    I have to start early as I have a hand disability so it takes me a while to make a card.  I have six brothers, 2 brother in laws and a father in law and this would be perfect!
  32. Posted by: Debra Lovell
    Anna, I havent made Christmas crads Yet! Because my list is sooo long… lol  I would really love to send some self made cards to my crew! Thank you again,for such beautiful style and for the awesome giveaways!
  33. Posted by: Theresa Slattery
    I like to work on one card at a time but still spread everything out before I start. Love to see you hsve cards for guys. And your new guy in your life is so cute. I miss my kitty had to put her to sleep last month.EL4AP
  34. Posted by: Debbie McL
    I make one card at a time because as I create a card for a loved one or a friend I think about that particular person as I am making the card.  I like to remember special times with that person or family.  This way I feel that the card is more of a gift from myself.  Card making is such a lovely past time this way.  Anna~ your new little kitten is just precious.  He is such a pretty color.  Is he named after the new British Prince?  ~Debbie
  35. Posted by: Cathy May
    My goal is to set them up and make them all at once.  However, I don’t really see that happening.  Right now I just make a card as I need it.  It would really be nice to just take a day, spread everything out and make the cards.  I have several cats around that like to help me everytime I start to make cards or scrapbook so I’m usually picking up the things that they knock off.  As I’m sure that you will see when you try to start something with your beautiful kitten around.  He is a cutie! Take care of him and I’m sure that he will bring you a lot of joy and interesting times ahead.
  36. Posted by: Barbara E
    I do about 10 at a time for Christmas cards and just 1 for each person’s birthday.
  37. Posted by: Denise C
    Dear Anna, This will be my first Christmas doing my own cards. I tried before and it was a disaster! I had no template and I was stamping. The glue didn’t stick and my cutting suck…..The cards were a big mess. …My oldest sister can make cards but I don’t have the touch until I tried your card making set!!!  There was hope for me yet..I plan to lay them out on what design goes with what. Then stack who gets what and then finalize the pieces the following morning.  I’m soooo excited and it will be a mother and daughter project together…She’s will be home from college and this will be quality time for us….Best Wishes and keep them coming….Thanks!!
  38. Posted by: Tom G.
    So, in conclusion, by the way, ONE by ONE
  39. Posted by: Tom G.
    I really don’t have a card- making strategy, but this is how it usually plays out:  I’ll get out the kit with all of the best intentions, and, as you described in the video, S-P-R-E-A-D it all out.  Then, like a really bad ADHD case, my eye will taken by some embellishment, and I’ll start flipping through and admiring EVERY PIECE, piece by piece.  Then, I’ll notice that I’ve been lost for, say, 4-5 hours, and I’d better get down to the task at hand.  So then, I’ll start rifling through my stash for a nice solid paper to buffer the two patterned layers.  Another hour later, miracuously, a card emerges from this quagmire of creativity!!!  And then, it’s time to clean up and go to bed.  And so I pack it up, saying goodbye to each little embellishment and layer or accent, making mental notes of what my next masterpiece will entail. At this point, the alarm goes off, and I have to shower for work and catch the morning train.  Honestly, I cannot tell you just how painful it is being **** retentive!!!   But I cannot, for the life of me, imagine a world without your products- Thanks!!!
  40. Posted by: Becky E
    I enjoy taking time over several weeks to make holiday cards.  I like to enjoy every single moment and the card making has become a part of the holiday tradition for me.  Love it!

Thank You So Much

Hi everyone!

24-Hour Craft Day on HSN was such a wonderful whirlwind, and I appreciate all of your kind comments, calls and support.  Days like that simply are not possible without each and every one of you. My apologies for not writing sooner!

The most surreal part to me is the amount of holiday crafting spirit we are going to spread this year.  Together we will send more than 1.2 million handmade Holiday Trimmings cards to people all over the world.  Can you believe it? Each of those recipients is going to feel like they have opened a gift, and some may even be inspired to start crafting as a result of your thoughtfulness and creativity.

Lots of you said you plan to host holiday card making parties this year, and we would love for you to share photos of your gathering with us!  You can post them on our Facebook wall or email them to[email protected] and we will post them for you!

And since we did not get a chance to do a live chat after the show (after all, I was on for 7 of the 24 hours!) I want to make sure we get any questions you may have answered. So, feel free to post those below and I will do my very best to get to them all.

I’ve had many requests for a an update on Georgie…

He’s growing like a weed, chews on anything that gets near his mouth, and jumps like a flying bat for a silly piece of ribbon – now that’s fun!

I am off to the UK for QVC next week and I’ll be back on HSN on November 14th with lots of brand new things. Of course I will be previewing them right here on the blog so you can get the first look.  Stay tuned for that!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Anna

69 Comments

  1. Posted by: Mary
    Hi Anna
    I am so glad you come to the UK ,I do love all your things and bought most of your items that day.I have managed to buy some of your Christmas embossing folders from Amazon.com otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to have them.When are you going to be on Qvc again will it be before Christmas and if so could you bring all your Christmas items with you I have also managed to buy your Christmas dies from a online Uk shop but they do cost more than qvc  would charge.could you also bring the extra sleeves for your boxes that I saw on Hsnand could you plead with them on my behalf please to do like Qvc and ship to other countries as I so love all your producs but just can’t get them in the Uk and i dont know anyone in America to ask them to buy and ship to me.Thank you Anna for making such lovely products and I hope you will for a long time to come.Come back to the Uk soon and could you do a cartridge for the Cricut imagine and then I would have some of your lovely papers to print continuely roses would be great as I love them.I do think Georgie is sweet but I have a sweet little Staffordshire girl who is wanting her dinner so I will have to go.Bye for now.Love Mary xx
  2. Posted by: Jeanne Tipton
    You’re the best!  Love update on Georgie.
  3. Posted by: Cheri Lee
    I had so much fun watching the day unfold for you and what a great day! I got my Anna Griffin Haul and am having fun playing. Good luck over the pond, have a safe and fun trip. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
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  5. Posted by: madge mcculloch
    Please bring back the Christmas calisto collection, can’t find it anywhere, love it.D6nim
  6. Posted by: madge mcculloch
    Please bring back the calls to collection, can’t find it and really love it
  7. Posted by: Maryann
    I just love babies.  He is so cute!!!!
  8. Posted by: Winnie
    Since I was visiting family before, during and after the “show”…I was able to order before, during..on my phone HSN APP and my Anna packages were following me around the country so I had a nice surprise whereever I went !  I have one question …so in love was I with your cricut cartridge that I ordered it…soooo here’s the problem…I don’t own a cricut machine for it !! I have your cuttlebutg and would love to see a Anna Cricut expression ???  Is that in the works ?  Thanks !
  9. Posted by: Heidi
    Hi Anna,  WOW!!!  You out did yourself this time.  All the items received from HSN were fantastic.  Will the items on your England show be on your next HSN show?  I would love to get those new Christmas banners.  I would also like to order some more all occasion sentiments, I was to late getting them the last time.  Thanks again for your beautiful products.
  10. Posted by: Debbie Rau
    Oh the joy of receiving our Anna goodie boxes from HSN…it’s always a good day when they arrive!!!  LOVE the photo of Georgie, what a cutie.  Your holiday trimmings card kit is awesome – I would describe it as “Perfection in a Box”.  I’m amazed at your attention to detail from the components of the kit to even the packaging – FABULOUS!  Even when you have used up all the items, you still have a great storage box to use for new Anna purchases.  Everything you debuted was fantastic, wish I could have ordered it all, but I am very happy with what I could get.  Thanks for the great products and the inspiration – that is priceless.
  11. Posted by: Annie Laura Pence
    DearAnna, I am reluctant to tell you but I can not make those Rosettes in the Holiday Trimmings Kit. I got two make but by the time I tried the third one I couldn’t see the folds and neck was in a spasm!  PLEASE have the Rosetes Pre Made!
    THANK YOU.
    Hope you have a great trip to England . Hug Georgie for me.
    sincerely,
    Annie Laura
  12. Posted by: Myra Goddard
    Hi Anna,
    Well, I just about went into bankruptcy (just kidding) when you were at HSN on Sept. 17th. I was lucky enough to be able to get the dies b/4 they sold out, also that gorgeous Christmas box of goodies, and the folders. Other things too. I have received all of them, and just for practice made the folders on white cardstock, so I can refer to them as needed. They are just beautiful. And so is your little Georgie. I love kitties, but right now I just have an old rescue Pekingese. I also would like to be able to purchase more ink for the ink pads. If you could make a scrapbook for those trips to Europe, that would be great. I promised my daughter I would make her and hubby one. But guess what? It is very HARD to find anything regarding what my daughter refers to as “their trip of a lifetime:” I finally found some European scrapbook paper, but no embellishments etc. Plus – I have never made a scrapbook, don’t know how to begin, as I have only made cards. I too would like to see more things for kids. I now have 7 great grandchildren, ages 2 to 7, boys and girls. I’m looking forward to Nov. Have a safe trip to UK. Will try to watch. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me, and so many others. And thanks to your team too. You are all a great bunch of creative people.
    MickeyG.

  13. Posted by: Dawn G.
    Hi Anna,

    Totally enjoyed your shows recently on HSN.  Love that you show so many examples of what can be done with the products.  Always so helpful to me, but wish they’d go a little slower so that I could digest the great ideas better.

    Must confess, Mom and I bought way more than our budgets could afford right now, but we both are thrilled with everything so far  (borders kit, decoupage kit, washi tape, waiting for the Cricut Winter Wonderland) and can’t wait to use on cards and scrapbook pages.  Love that the washi tape has metallic ink……way to push that industry forward!!!!   Mom is jumping at the bit to get that Cricut cartridge!  Hope we can figure out how to make the embellishes as beautiful as your examples.  🙂

    Have one question please……with regard to the decoupage kit, am not seeing how to put together the ornament with that holly?  Is it 2 different embellishments on that page to make or just 1?   Same thing for the bell…..2 embellishments on that page or 1?   Sorry, don’t know why it is not obvious to me.

    Lilttle Georgie is a love.  So sweet!  Enjoy this time and his antics for it goes by way too quick.   Not be a bummer, but I am at the other end of the spectrum with my fur one Brownie……she is in kidney failure and it seems to be progressing far faster than Dr can keep at bay.   So, love on Georgie as much as possible and don’t get too upset when he shreds the drapes or rips up the toilet paper.  🙂

    Save travels!  Look forward to the November show on HSN.

    Sincerely….

  14. Posted by: Pam
    Please could you bring your christmas dies to qvc in the uk this week and more of your embossing folders and i have tried every were to get hold of your Christmas foiled card stock.
    Please can we have in the UK
    Kind Regards
    Pam
  15. Posted by: Ellen

    Hi Anna – Thanks for listening to us and for making such amazing products.  My suggestion is to ensure the self-adhesive components in the card making kits are printed on the back with a clear instructions to, “remove adhesive backing”.  I made an entire kit (Engraved Botanica) without realizing it was self-adhesive even though I “thought” I checked first. I struggled with the entire kit as multiple adhesives I attempted resisted the rather slippery adhesive backing paper.  Finally I figured it out (and felt stupid!).  I took apart and re-did every single card and hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.  Some of the backing papers are very difficult to remove, and I would imagine some of your senior customers like my mother might not realize they are self-adhesive when it’s not initially so obvious.  You’re definitely doing things right when your customers are the ones thanking you for letting us buy your products, yet you don’t let it go to your head.  Keep up the great work … I always look forward to your new product launches too … along with new pictures of Georgie!

  16. Posted by: DianneD
    Hi!  I have been a faithful buyer of your products for many many years.  The cards I make with your products are so elegant and every one I give almost always brings tears to the recipient.  I regret to say that I was SO heartbroken to find there were no inserts for the Christmas card kit this year.  I watched all 24 hours of shows and because I have every single one of your previous card kits (not just Christmas – but every one), I guess my brain just didn’t allow my eyes to see how the sentiments were printed.  The inserts are one of the things that make a card extra special.  Being a stationer, you know the insert is a sign of elegance in card-making.  I am trying to come up with an idea for hiding the existing sentiment and I plan on trying to print my own inserts because the rest of the components are so beautiful that I couldn’t bear to return the kit!  I want to plead with you to PLEASE provide inserts for your future kits.  I would gladly pay a little more for the true elegance they provide.  Thank you for all you do for us!
  17. Posted by: Beth
    Loved watching all your shows on HSN.  I was even able to go back and watch some of the videos.  Love how all your products work together.  Can’t wait to get everything I ordered.
  18. Posted by: Shelia
    Anna, I’ve heard it’s best not to lay the scrapbook flat. It would be wonderful if there was something pretty to have the scrapbooks in where guests or myself could see them….something that had a little roof over it to keep them from dust. I’ve been looking in stores but so far no luck. I know you could make one that would be beautiful. This is on my wish list. LOVE all the many great items with your name on them in my scrapbook room!
    You’re 100% the BEST!!
  19. Posted by: Jenny
    Looking forward to see you in the UK next week. Hope your bringing lots of dies with you
  20. Posted by: Deborah Bode
    Dear Anna,
    I absolutely love everything you do–especially your holiday items!  I broke the bank on my HSN purchases on the 17th.  I am going to lock myself in my craft room and craft away.  I would like to suggest that you do more holiday items (all of them) but especially Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I know you would have awesome vintage stuff!  Please do it…Cuttlebug, Cricut, card kits!

    Thanks for all you do in feeding my addiction!

  21. Posted by: Annie Laura Pence
    Yeeee Haaaw!  I love the Holiday Trimming Kit (with satin bows) and the Cricut Winter Wonderland cartridge as well as the beautiful floral borders I bought on Sept 17.
    THANK YOU for a great show.
    Anna, you and your company team have done a fabulous job of all the Christmas Items. The Cards for Him look terrific too. I did sign up for AUTO SHIP with my Holiday Trimmings Kit. That will keep me happy for a looong time!
    I love your kitten, Georgie. I have a Tuxedo cat and a Silky Yorkie.
    The cat loves sleeping in the big boxes and the dog sleeps next to my feet while I craft!
    Anna, I wish you and your company a Happy Thanksgiving and a Fabulous Christmas.
    Sincerely,
    Annie Laura Pence
  22. Posted by: Tom G.
    Hi there, Anna!

    Earlier on, you had mentioned that the component pieces of Spooktacular would be available soon, I thought you said, in your store at annagriffin.com .  Can you tell us when?  I want to finish up on Halloween before I dive (head-first) into Christmas, which I must confess I have been dabbling with!  It is just too compelling to resist that kit…
    Have a great trip- and NO marathon performances like you pulled off here- they have to be exhausting!  (save those for us!!!)

  23. Posted by: Meg
    Dear Anna,
    Thank you for so many lovely products.  I can’t wait to get started on my cards.  Georgie is precious, and those “kitten” days go fast, but they are so fun.  Have a wonderful trip to the UK, and we’ll see you in November.  Take a break, and do some relaxing!!
  24. Posted by: margaret driscoll
    Hello Anna!
    I am so looking forward to your UK visit!
    It seems an age since you were here.
    Love reading your blog,  and all the comments.
    Take care
    LoveMarg
  25. Posted by: HollyG
    Hello Cute Miss Anna!

    Hope all is well with you and yours. Just going over all the wonderful purchases I ordered on the 17th! Love everything, thank you  so much!  I was really excited to see that you will be returning to HSN in November, yay!

    I bought a Cricut machine just for your cartridge….I have to admit I am intimidated by the machine and haven’t used it yet!  I need a lesson…or three!

    I like the previous post about having a card kit especially for children, that would be fantastic.  Also, the previous post about the fact that you help those of us that aren’t that “crafty” have the satisfaction and privilege of creating beautiful, professional looking cards and scrapbooks! And believe me, that is saying quite a lot for me and I thank you for that! I have another request, as if you didn’t have enough already, I love how classy the inserts make the cards. Have you considered making the inserts blank?  Some of the  beautiful cards lend themselves toward a personal message and the inserts seem to finish the cards in such a  classy way. I just love them.

    Please keep us informed of the upcoming projects, and of course updates on Georgie!  (I still think you should create a collection titled “Georgie”!) Looking forward to what is next for Anna Griffin! Thank you for sharing with us…

    Have the best time on your QVC UK show!
    HollyG

  26. Posted by: M. Baker
    Hi Anna, Just received my items today( 10 days after I ordered them delayed postal service).  Loving everything I ordered, winter wonderland is my favorite. Can you tell us what kind of “Good Cricut” cartridges is coming for 2014? Hope there will be a Valentine and Easter one. Thanks for all you do!
  27. Posted by: June Palasek
    Anna,received my card kit & my cartridge.  I was to late for the dies and metallic papers.  But I opened the card kit & was absolutely blown away – I have not put any together as yet as I’m working on 17 card boxes for Christmas give aways.  However I did PLAY with the cartridge & it is awesome – so today I pulled out papers to make them up for Christmas.   You’re the greatest & I cannot wait for November now.  Hugs to you, your staff & Georgie.
  28. Posted by: Denise
    P.S.  I forgot to say, I love Georgie.  Your cat is precious!!
  29. Posted by: Denise
    I am a huge Anna Griffin fan and have used your products for a LONG time.  I love the classy and simple elegance of your style!!  Please, please encourage HSN to have you on the weekend.   Many of us work in the daytime – Mon-Friday and miss out on SO many items.  (I must be honest.  I wish you would go back to QVC.    Not sure I understand how you are on QVC UK; but not in U.S.)
  30. Posted by: Patricia Watling
    Yes, I would also love to know what you do in between on-air sessions.  Do you scurry about with staff getting things ready for the next appearance, or relax?  How many of your team goes to HSN with you?  And when do you sleep?  You didn’t have many consecutive hours overnight last week.

    I echo Sue’s comments that we’re blessed to have you in our lives.  Thank you for not only keeping elegance alive, but making it doable for us ordinary folks.

    Hugs to Georgie! ♥♥♥

  31. Posted by: Leslie Danihel
    Hi Anna –
    I received all the goodies I ordered from HSN and have been making so many cards.  My husband says each one is his favorite and I am beginning to wonder if he will let me give any away.  I have been a fan of yours for many years and have been inspired by you.  Thank you for such great products!
  32. Posted by: Dianna
    Anna, please tell me you are going to make more cricut cartridges. I just ordered the Winter Wonderland from Amazon because HSN was sold out. I will still need a universal overlay but hopefully I can pick it up at Michaels or somewhere like that.  Love you designs and want more Cricut Cartridges.   Please say more are coming…

  33. Posted by: Marcia
    I’ve received all the items I ordered on the 17th, and love them all! I have a couple of questions for you – First, do you have reinkers available for full size ink pads from HSN? If not, do you have any plans to make them available in the future? Second, do you have any plans to make a card kit with a kid’s birthday theme? I would love to be able to purchase a kid’s birthday kit!
  34. Posted by: Joan Showalter
    Hi, Anna,  I enjoyed all of the craft day and I did get the special value.  I am so excited about making such beautiful cards.  I have some of your other kits too.   I really love your things.
    I live in SC and I have five cats.  I think your kitten is really cute.  I hope you have another  one to keep it company while you are gone.  Mine range from 13 years old to 5.  They were all strays that we took in or they would have died.
    I wish I could afford more of your things but I am 69 and live on a limited income.  Keep up the good work.  Many people love your stuff.  Love Joan Showalter
  35. Posted by: Roberta
    I purchased the Holiday Trimmings Card Kit with autoship and am wondering if the autoship kits will also have sentiments printed on the inside of the card?  I really love the Holiday Kit and especially that you did print the sentiment on the insides of the cards.  I received the kit Wednesday afternoon and have made 8 cards already.
    I also purchased the Holly Cut & Emboss dies and used them with card kit.
    The other product I purchased was the Guided Layout Scrapbook.  Will you be coming out with different styles?  I really like these scrapbooks.  They are so beautiful and easy to make.
  36. Posted by: Marge G.
    Hi Anna – It was, indeed, a wonderful day on HSN and I think I bought just about everything you had!  But, I notice that you have Christmas banner flags that will be sold on HSN UK, and am wondering if they will be available here in the US.  Can’t wait to see what you’ve got coming up next.  Great job!
  37. Posted by: Debbie Dunn
    Hi Anna it’s Me Debbie Dunn again. Happy Fall to you and Your Anna Griffin Team!!! I am wondering if you have considered the
    Anna Griffin App for the  iPhones and iPads? This would be a great idea to be able to track our Anna Griffin Inventory so we don’t repeat buy by accident. It would also be a a Great place to post your Samples that you show us on HSN. We could keep up with our Stamps. Inks, Anna Griffin Embossing Folders. And Anna Griffin Cricut Anna Griffin metal Dry Embossing template, Anything and Everything ANNA GRIFFIN. I ordered most everything from the show. I have yet to open the 50 million Boxes. Of course My Husband is Stroking Out seeing All Those Boxes and getting the Bill!! Oops!!! Can’t hide them anymore since he retired May 2010.
    I can’t imagine what you are gong to come up with next !!!Your little Georgie is Adorable!! Please post a Video of your Kitty!!
    the  dry Best to You and Yours,
    Debbie Dunn
  38. Posted by: Sue
    As is evident to me and everyone else, we are all so blessed to have found you and your artistry in our lives.  What a joy to learn new methods to express sentiments with such gorgeous materials.  I think God sent you to us and I’m grateful.  Truly thankful.
  39. Posted by: Crisse
    Sorry, Anna, I did not get to see your presentations for we were on vacation in Maine and where we were staying only had internet in the lobby!  So, I followed your blogs every Tuesday and Friday and was able to get on HSN to order the new items!  Since I was not going to be home when they were shipped, I had sent all my packages to my daughter-in-law’s house who is also an avid scrapbooker!  I ended up with a duplicate Cuttlebug Christmas embossing set so I gave them to her for receiving all my packages!  Now that I am home, I can’t wait to get to my crafting “loft” (took over our finished attic as my scrapbooking room!!) and to start my crafting!  Love your products, Anna!
    I will mark my calendar for the next Anna Griffin show on HSN!
    Love your style!
  40. Posted by: Karen Daviddon
    I received my packages from the September 17th show & stood right inside the doorway to open my package I was so excited!! As with every othet purchase I have received for your products, I was amazed at the quality & quantity of the products. I was just wondering if HSN will be receiving anymore of the cutting & embossing dies as they sold out before I could buy them and I will be heartbroken if I missed my only chance!! Hope you have a great trip to the UK!!

Cottage Roses & Guided Scrapbook Preview

Hello from London!

My shows on QVC UK have been such a blast- a huge thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch yesterday and this morning. I’ll be on again at 10 p.m. BST tonight, so I hope to see you there!

This week I asked you all to help me spread the word about the Holiday Trimmings Kit, and spread the word you did! Thank you for telling even more than 3 friends. We have just started a Christmas Card making revolution!

Today’s giveaway winner will take home 48 sheets of my new 12×12 Christmas cardstock. Congratulations to Aymee B!  Don’t forget all of the chances you have to win from now until September 17th- we’re giving away new items every Tuesday and Thursday right here on the blog, AND you can enter to win our biggest giveaway of all on Facebook (valued at $600!) by clicking here

For our next two previews we’re going to switch gears just a little bit.  Even though I’ll have loads of fabulous holiday collections for you on HSN, there are also some great everyday items for you to add to your crafting stash. And be sure to watch my video today for another fun fact about this must-have box of Christmas goodies!

It wouldn’t be an Anna Griffin show without some insanely gorgeous flowers, now would it? Step into my new garden of Cottage Roses, a set of 50 three-dimensional stickers that captures the beauty of some of my favorite florals. These pair wonderfully with the Perfect Palette Card Kit or the French Floral papers that you saw in July both of which are still available on hsn.com


Next is the new Scrapbook & Guided Layouts in my Olivia pink and green damask pattern. Inside is everything you need to instantly create an album of your favorite memories. I’ve done all of the hard work for you, just add pictures and embellishments! These make fantastic keepsakes or gifts for those nearest and dearest to you.

As you’ve probably noticed by now, in order to win these two items you’ll have to answer a question for me! Who or what first inspired you to make Christmas Cards?

Check back on Tuesday for the winner and yet another sneak peek you can’t miss.  If you’ve been waiting for something for more masculine projects, then you’ll definitely want to mark your calendar…

Love,
Anna

370 Comments

  1. Posted by: Rachel P.
    I actually started off by making birthday cards and baby cards. Most of the recipients had never received a handmade card before and felt very special.  Each and every card is made with a particular person in mind.  Even using Anna’s card kits I am able to individualize the card.
  2. Posted by: Lora
    Anna your products inspire me to do what ever it is they are meant to be, because they are so beautiful and I just have to have them.  Thank you always.

  3. Posted by: Terri Gonzalez
    My daughter Audrey first inspired me to make cards, all kinds of cards on Sept.17th she will be celebrating her birthday and I would love to give this gift to her for the gift of card making she has given to me.  My friends can not believe the cards she has helped me to create. So by her sharing her creativity, my friends can receive a card that will brighten their day. Each card is made with that friend in mind.  She  lives in North Austin and I live South Austin so you know that their will only be one telephone
    line open.  Maybe we should have a sleep over.  Thanks Anna.

  4. Posted by: Lina
    Actually it was St Jude’s hospital. Each yr, I would tear the front part of all my Christmas cards & gave them to a friend who use  to send to them to make recycled new Christmas cards to sell.

    Then I started keeping a couple to try my own cards. Then I saw your products 8 years ago while looking to make my wedding cards & of course googled you when I got home and saw all the beautiful flowers that mimic what I grow in m small garden & went crazy
  5. Posted by: Judy Broussard
    You inspired me. My Mother passed away and I was so miserable and could not concentrate on anything. I was so depressed. I went to a Scrapbook Store in the Woodlands Texas with a friend and I saw your beautiful papers and flowers and ribbons and all I could think of was going into some wonderful memories with my Mother and how those memories would look on your beautiful floral papers and floral accessories. I was soooo hooked. I have followed every show with you own it and HSN and Pinterest. I just can’t get enough. Thank you for giving me something to remember those good memories and I can go back and look at them with smiles and even laughing. You have no idea how you changed my life and took me out of that depression. Now I have something to look forward to. I keep elderly folks in an Assisted Living and we have begun to take pictures and doing pages and putting them on a beautiful stand. Maybe when I finish I can send you some pictures. Thank you so much. Judy B
  6. Posted by: Barbara Ott
    I truly enjoy making handmade Christmas cards. Approx. 15 each year and my first choice is of course your beautiful papers and embellishments.  I use Anna Griffin products all year in every place I can.  Thank you for your wonderful ideas – Have a beautiful day.  Love the Christmas collection and have my idea board just about filled!
  7. Posted by: Debbi
    Hi Anna, I followed you from QVC to HSN and if it wasn’t for you I would’ve never known how much creativity I have in these hands. I have loved making scrapbooks and cards ever since you.
  8. Posted by: Cheryl R
    Anna, you and your beautiful products inspired me to cardmaking.  Thank you so much.
  9. Posted by: Debra Wald
    The love of making Christmas cards comes from the era of my youth, when I would get a card in the mail that was Christmas to me, ripping open the envelope and eyes wide open!  Anna, your card designs help to pass on this feeling to someone else, and giving them the surprise, putting the beautiful designs together, this makes me proud and gives the spirit of Christmas to another!  Having the love of crafting my entire life and thinking up new projects now made easier since I found Anna Griffin!
  10. Posted by: Linda
    The cabbage roses look beautiful I can’t wait to buy them. I am doing heritage pages and I think this whole line will be perfect for them. Thank you once again for all your beautiful work.
  11. Posted by: Cheryl S
    Anna – I have been a fan of you and your products since your first
    clear stamp kit with Plaid.  When I moved to London 15 years ago, I was inspired by Dawn Bibby to make Christmas cards,
    sending a little work of art from my heart to friends and family back home in the USA.  I was delighted when you arrived in London and shared your designs and inspiration for elegant card
    making all year – and congratulations on your 10th Anniversary on QVC UK.  Now that I am back in Kentucky, I am so happy to find you on HSN!  Thank you for your wonderful products and providing the opportunity to win these goodies!
  12. Posted by: Susan D
    After I learned to calligraphy needed to find ways to use it. Hand made cards are one of my favorites. It’s much easier to mske them now with all of your beautiful products. Thank You!
  13. Posted by: Susan Stogner
    You were the one that inspired me to start card making.  Love all your products.  Anxiously waiting until your next show!
  14. Posted by: Bonnie Bousquet-Smith
     I do almost every hand craft but had been concentrating on quilting and beadwork. Then I injuredy shoulder and over a period of 7 yrs had 3 surgeries. I couldn’t pull a needle and thread out to the length I needed to to do those things. I happened to watch a shop at home TV program showing one of the die cutting machines on the market and cards were used to show off the machine and dies. Then I started looking for more dies and paper at Michaels where I saw your early booklets, stamps and embossing stencils. Your style was elegant and sophistocated without being stuffy. It was/is romantic. I got totally hooked on making cards for all seasons and all reasons. I’ve always used Christmas cards as a yearly way to touch base with everyone I care about-friends, relatives, co-workers, doctors so I have a long card list. But the new die machines, papers, and dies make it easy to add texture and something a little extra in every card. Your style adds the inspiration. Thank-you.
  15. Posted by: Lisa
    My sister first inspired me to try making cards, although I have been scrapbooking for years. It was your Christmas card kits that made me feel confident enough to make all of my holiday cards. I don’t have alot of time, so it didn’t seem so overwhelming to use the kit, and of course the cards were beautiful.
  16. Posted by: Kathie G
    My creative daughter inspired me to make cards.  She makes beautiful cards and always makes it look so easy to do.  It’s so much fun to make Christmas cards with her and using Anna’s products makes it easy.

    Thanks Anna for the all of your lovely products.

  17. Posted by: Marie Campagna
    I discovered your beautiful papers and flowers and knew that making cards with your products would be the ultimate gift. Thank you for all you do.    Marie Campagna
  18. Posted by: cheryl
    I have made Christmas Cards over several years but have NEVER  been able to make any that look as stunning as the ones I have made using Anna’s kits.  I only bought one last year and sent them to special friends.  LOL  My family was not happy that they did not get any of them so this  year I will be purchasing more.  I can’t wait to see everything that is going to be in the September show.  All I know is this….it takes a lot of thought and love to make something so special that we can pass on to others Anna.  Thank you so very much!
  19. Posted by: Karen B.
    About 16 or 17 years ago while attending a program at our church, one of the activities for the children was stamping!  My 7 yr old thought embossing was the greatest trick ever and we became stampers/card makers along with scrapbooking.  Papercrafting has been a family hobby and event at our house ever since that evening!
  20. Posted by: Jeanette Falcon
    Hi Anna, I have been scrapbooking for a very long time but every time that I watch you on QVC and then on HSN I kept on liking more and more the things that you were making. Then this year I was really getting excited with your new products that I got so inspired to start making cards, and every time I gave a card out everyone started to comment how beautiful they were including my husband, so Anna you inspired me to make the cards. Thank you!
  21. Posted by: Jeanette Falcon
    Hi Anna, I always did scrapbooking for a very long time but every time that I was tune in QVC and then HSN I kept watching you and I kept loving more and more everything that you were making so I kept getting mor excited and loving the cards that were on the show so Anna you inspired me to make cards! Thank you for inspiring me!
  22. Posted by: karen day
    I needed something to do when I had to stop working.  I got into scrapbooking, then moved on to making cards, then, I just started to do homemade Christmas cards as I can’t bring myself to buy a store bought one now.  I used your Christmas card kit last year and it was a huge hit!
  23. Posted by: Amy F Jones
    My mother taught me to make cards & then I wanted to make all my Christmas cards to make it more personal. Everyone loves getting homemade cards bc they know they are made with love.
  24. Posted by: Shana
    I think we all started making cards back in grade school. We called it passing notes, but I remember folding them just so and adding pictures or drawing on flowers to make them more special. The ones I make today are nicer papers and beautiful embellishments and many start with AG products, but the memories of those grade school “cards” will always be sweet.
  25. Posted by: Debbie N.
    You !!!  I first started to make cards when you released your lovely scrapbooking products and I have been making cards every since.
  26. Posted by: Debbie McL
    Hi Anna~
    My beautiful Grandmother taught me how to make greetings cards when I was a little girl. I was very close to her and I always tried to do things the way she did as a child and even as a grown woman.  Her creativity always inspired me to learn new crafts.  Crafting was a love the both of us shared together.  My Grandmother came from an era of never throwing anything away and paper scraps, ribbon bits, pipe cleaners, tinsel and old jewelry beads turned into beautiful Christmas cards for our family members at her dining room table.  (My Grandmother taught me to recycle long before recycling came about in America!) So ~ it is She that I credit for my love of paper crafting~may God rest her dear soul.  Your Cottage Roses are so beautiful Anna and they make me think especially of my Sweet Grandmother. Sincerely, Debbie
  27. Posted by: Nadine S.
    Watching shows for scrapbook supplies on hsn I saw your Christmas holiday card box presentation-needless to say I purchased it immediately and have been making cards ever since.  I have several of your products that go even back to the Q-my room is full of “Anna Griffin”-lol !
  28. Posted by: thomas
    my inspiration is my wife, She makes our cards and since I retired she has me helping her… We just made some from the floral collection for birthdays
  29. Posted by: Patty
    I get the greatest compliments on the cards we make together!   Love how you give my limited creativity WINGS!!
  30. Posted by: Gilda
    I began making Christmas cards when I started making my own greeting cards, many of which were inspired by the beautiful papers you produce!  Even though there are many beautiful, commercially produced, Christmas cards available, I wanted to send out something handmade with a personal touch.  So, I began making my own Christmas cards about 12 years ago!
  31. Posted by: Diaine Sadler
    My best friend was the first one to get your card making kits.  I fell in love with them and have quite a lot of all your things for card making.  I love the new cottage rose stickers.  I love having things that are made for use with the stickers already to go.  Looking forward to the 17th.  I haveit posted eveery where so I won’t forget it.  I am 73 years old and made a birthday card for a friendjust this morning.ZF
  32. Posted by: Jean Drouin
    Having to take an early retirement due to health reasons is what started me making my own Christmas and other occasion cards. Anna your products are so beautiful. Do you ever get tired of hearing that? I only recently discovered you thanks to your visits to HSN, wish I had found you when I still had a paycheck  coming in. Thank you for the chance to win the new Cottage Roses Stickers and Scrapbook with Guided Layouts .
  33. Posted by: Connie
    A friend took me to a stamping class 13 years ago and that began my addiction to card making.  One card led to another and since Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, it was so much fun making cards for my loved ones.  I have to say your papers, stamps, stickers, etc. we’re also a huge inspiration.  I just can’t resist the beautiful things in your line of products.  Can’t wait for the HSN shows and your next sneak preview!
  34. Posted by: alan
    thanks so much for all the beautiful products you brought to QVCUK last week Anna…can’t wait for them all to arrive so i can start using everything! hope you have lots of fabulous new things to show in october!
  35. Posted by: Olivia
    I was learning to paint with water colors and one morning noticed how pretty my patio was with the garland draped fence in the background.  I sat down and sketched it, painted it and used it as my Christmas card that year.  Not very crafty but they were originals.
  36. Posted by: Shrody
    I love doing handmade gifts for Christmas. I am in love with Anna’s crafting materials and last year made Christmas cards using her kit. Everyone exclaimed over their unique cards! It makes me feel so good when I can lift up someone’s spirits by giving them something I have made just for them. I will continue to make Christmas cards because it satisfies a need within me!
  37. Posted by: June Palasek
    WOW, I just fell in love with your presentation of the Cottage Roses & the scrapbook.  However, I was a scrapbooker for many years when we moved to Florida for my retirement.  I was bored once we became settled & I needed something to do.  Reading a small area newspaper I seen an advertisement for a scrapbook store in my area that talked about CARD classes.  Now I thought it sounded interesting so I went to the shop looked around seen the type of cards they were talking about & thought well if I’m gonna add a new idea to my life this could be it.  I signed up for a class & in the meantime I was watching QVC at the time & you were on with your papers & card kits – so I thought well try it you might like it – LIKE IT was the understatement – I opened the kit I received, look at the creative booklet & thought WOW can I do this – well some 6 years later along with encouragement from a friend I met at the class & her craft afternoons at her house I was so hooked.  I made 1000’s of cards for the troops with her & sent several cards to friends & family.  My MOM who was extremely talented in many crafts fell in love with all the cards I sent her over the next few years.  So you, a dear friend & my MOM kept me infatuated with all aspects of card making.  Anytime you’re on TV I either DVR it or sit & watch & buy,buy.
    I can hardly wait for September 17th at midnight to get here.  Love you & all of your ideas.  Thank you for sharing your many talents with the rest of us crafters out here.  See you on the 17th.
    Hugs, from a card,craft,scrapbook making friend.
  38. Posted by: Donna Ewing
    Love the beautiful collection. I have ill husband  , I have been making cards while taking care of him.
  39. Posted by: Jen Johnson
    My friend Joyce started me stamping cards. Before that I was stamping on fabric for quilting labels. I didn’t want to pay $15 per hand made label and thought I could made them cheaper. Wow, was I wrong!!  That was 20+ years ago and about 10,000 stamps ago!  Haven’t looked back either.
  40. Posted by: Lisa
    My first inspiration came from my family…as I just wanted to make something hand made for them…  But you, Anna, were the inspiration for me to take the cards I make to a level above and beyond what I could ever hope to.  So thank you for that and for the chance to win some of your lovely products. 🙂

September 17th Sneak Preview 4 – Christmas Papers

Hi everyone!

Thank you for all of your amazing comments over the weekend! It’s so remarkable to hear that you will be sending cards to our troops, nursing homes and hospitals and to individuals like store clerks, school teachers, volunteers, estranged friends and family and even the postman this holiday season.

It got me thinking…if we all gave a card from the Holiday Trimmings Card Kit this year to someone in need, imagine how many people we could touch together! It just gives me goosebumps. Speaking of Holiday Trimmings, the video below will give you another exclusive look at what’s inside, so be sure to watch.

Today’s giveaway winner will take home my new Wreath Stamps to get their holiday crafting started early. A big congrats to Sharon Konkus! Happy stamping!

I hope you are all registered for our AMAZING Facebook giveaway as well.  If you aren’t, make sure to enter by CLICKING HERE The winner will receive every new item on my upcoming shows, valued at more than $600!

Now let’s talk about the pretty paper I have in store for you on September 17th!


My new 12×12 holiday paper kit includes 48 pieces of beautiful cardstock with every color in my Christmas color palette. These patterned papers feature exquisite foil-stamped details and beautiful designs that mix and match perfectly. With a pair of craft scissors in hand and a little bit of imagination you’ll be amazed at what you can create with this kit!


In today’s video I’ll also flip through each and every one of these 48 sheets, because I can’t wait until the 17th for you to see them all!

I’ll be giving this paper away on Friday to one lucky winner, and I hope it’s you! Here is how to win this time around, tell 3 friends about the Holiday Trimmings Christmas Card Making Kit and report back right here with a comment about who you inspired to make cards this week and we will draw a winner! (If you are old enough to remember the shampoo commercials from the eighties, you will understand why we said tell 3 friends!)

See you on Friday!
Anna

228 Comments

  1. Posted by: Cheryl O
    My girlfriend Judy got me into rubber stamping many years ago, and for that I will be forever grateful.  It has gotten me through many stressful times……
  2. Posted by: Joanne R
    I have four cousins who are very crafty too 😉 and who enjoy making cards, gifts and scrapbooking.  They all get to see the new Anna Griffin products I get and now they are excited about the September show.  We may all get together, get some pizza, and watch and plan our Christmas cards and gift wrapping.
  3. Posted by: Kim Haygood
    I have shared your name, cards & products, and shared the new giveaway to several people and on Facebook. I am almost a little afraid that TOO many people will want your things on HSN and that they will sell out so fast on the 17th! I have watched in the past and missed out because your items sell out so fast. Please bring plenty, and I mean PLENTY, of your items on the 17th of September. Don’t want to miss out on all the wonderful things you and your team keep presenting.
  4. Posted by: Theresa W.
    I told 3 of my family members and they felt they weren’t creative enough, but I told them with the ease of your kits, anyone can do it. Thank you Anna and can’t wait till Sept 17th…
  5. Posted by: Maw J
    I have told 2 cousins and 5 friends. My grandchildren have inspired me to make cards this week as they have all started a new school year and like to hand them to their new teachers. A couple have made their own from my AG kits and they were given extra hugs!
  6. Posted by: CherylS
    Anna – These papers are beautiful and will be a great addition to the Holiday Trimmings Christmas Card Making Kit!  I told three
    colleagues at work about the kit – we are going to teach each other new crafting skills (jewelry making & knitting by my colleagues, and I am a card maker), so we are going to make Christmas cards together this Autumn with your kit!

  7. Posted by: Dee F
    I told my Bible Study class and that was 16 lady’s. I believe I got them excited to watch Anna in Sept. to see the wonderful things I told them about her products. I give them cards for different occasions and explained that they are all Anna Griffin products. They love the cards so they were interested.
  8. Posted by: Starqueen
    Hi Anna,
    oh, what gorgeous papers…so festive! I’ve shared your blog with all my crafty friends…would love to see one of them (or me!) win. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Posted by: Rosemary
    “The cat is out of the bag.’ Since I joined you on Facebook I have received a lot more than 3 people asking me if the beautiful cards I have been sending them came from Anna Griffen. I had to fess up and say yes. I told them the kits are wonderful and how excited I am to get to order for Christmas.Everyone is excited. Then I reminded them they have to put them together. Looking forward to my Anna Griffen cards at Christmas. LOVE IT
  10. Posted by: Trudy
    Anna, I gave my entire email list a link to your video so they
    could see how pretty. We are so excited you have outdone
    yourself pretty lady. You only give the best to your fans,
    Trudy from Texas
  11. Posted by: Lee Grace
    Hi Anna, I told 5 of my crafting co-workers and my family about the gorgeous Christmas card kit and these beautiful papers. We can’t wait to see your new products on Sept. 17th!
  12. Posted by: Lisa
    I have told family and friends about the upcoming show. My daughters and I make cards together and we look forward to using the new items available.
  13. Posted by: Ronnie R
    I shared with 3 friends and parted with some of my card making goodies from the card making collection I purchased this summer. They were thrilled to be able to make such a beautiful card with such little effort.
  14. Posted by: Laura
    I inspired my mom to get into card-making with your kits and she makes them for all of our relatives and her friends.  It’s so much fun!
  15. Posted by: Shellie F.
    Hello, Anna!  These Christmas papers are so beautiful!  I have invited my daughter and her friend to sip hot cocoa served in my Christmas Holly cups & saucers at midnight on September 17–a pre-holiday viewing party!  I have made your cards the past 2 seasons; and, we have made scrapbooks for years, including your Instant Scrapbooks for holidays, vacations, and family heritage.  I also called my sister and invited her via Facebook.  I don’t think I’m going to need the ‘reminder’ I put in my Smartphone calendar, and I can hardly wait to see you on HSN!
  16. Posted by: Laura Lowther
    More beautiful papers by Anna. I shared your beautiful kit with my daughter, my daughter in law and my neighbor. They were amazed with the contents in the kit. I hope they fall in love with your products as much as I have.
  17. Posted by: Kathie G.
    A co-worker who is a card maker and an avid fan of Anna Griffin products said she can’t wait to buy your Christmas card kit and start making cards.  The sneak preview looks beautiful….can’t want to see everything.
  18. Posted by: Maria
    Love your things Anna!  I can’t wait for September 17!~  I am counting the days!  Thanks for all you do for us so we can make amazing things!  🙂
  19. Posted by: Denise C
    Anna love all your products!   This will be my fourth attempt to comment and upload.  For whatever reason,  once I enter my verification code, it kicks me out to the web saying to retry. All my comments are then gone. What a bummer. So here I am trying again.  I did tell my friends and shared on my Facebook and Twitter.  I wish good luck to all and myself. Lol..  Hope this one goes to be posted
  20. Posted by: Debbie N.
    I asked 3 ladies from work over for a night of scrapbooking. Little did I know out of the 4 of us 2 of us were Anna Griffin fans.  We had a great time and made cards for the local nursing home.
  21. Posted by: Karen P.
    I have shared with my group of 14 friends, we get together once a month and spend the day making cards.  They have all shared with friends and family.  Anna, I think that by the time your HSN show airs on September 17th you will have an enormous audience!
  22. Posted by: Dawn Whetstone
    Hi Anna, These papers are beautiful and I would love to have them! I have told two of my scrapbooking buddies about your upcoming show and all the Christmas goodies on there. I also told my husband so he would be aware of where my money is going that month! Can’t wait until the 17th! Thank you!
  23. Posted by: Karen
    This is the first holiday season in 6 years that I have all three of my daughters in the same area.  I have told them about all the exciting new items you have for this holiday season , so we plan on creating wonderful cards, scrapbook pages, and holiday decorations together.  Can’t wait.
  24. Posted by: Jacki Mounts
    It just gets better!  I love all AG products and when I think I have everything Anna brings us so much more. Love how you are keeping everything fresh and irresistable!!  I did spread some AG love to three wonderful people in my life, who did not scrapbook or make cards…..but they do now:)
  25. Posted by: Rhonda M.
    Love this.  You always have the most beautiful Christmas papers.
  26. Posted by: Donna
    Not only am I old enough to remember the shampoo ads of the ’80’s so do my 3 daughters.  While they have very busy lives and families of their own I had them all over last night to show them what I had bought last time you were on HSN and what I plan to purchase in Sept.  they are not crafters and were fascinated.  They all stayed late and they made their very first cards…birthday cards for their children.  We all had a blast and they want to get together once a month to craft.  I can hardly believe it and my cheeks hurt from smiling.  So thank you Anna.  Your contest nudged me over the edge to share with my girls something that I love that I was sure they would have no time for…crafting…  No matter if you choose my name or not for any of your items, I am already a winner and soooo happy.
  27. Posted by: Stacey Milam
    Absolutely love your Christmas card sets! I received so many compliments last year on them. I have told my best friend who wants to start scrapping and Cardmaking. I also told my husband, all my scrapping friends and all my other friends that I believe would enjoy paper crafting .
  28. Posted by: Susan
    One word: GORGEOUS!!!!!! I’m telling everyone who has ever received and admired an AG card I sent!
  29. Posted by: Jackie Ocheltree
    Hi Anna,
    What beautiful papers! I can’t wait til Sept. 17th.  I told all the girls I work with about the Holiday Trimmings Card Kit. They told me that even if they purchase the kit, they still expect a card I made for Christmas!  Too funny! I also told my husband, so he wouldn’t be “sticker shocked” when he sees our HSN bill.
  30. Posted by: Marge
    First of all I told my husband (so he won’t be in shock when he sees the HSN bill) then I told my two daughters, my crafting pals and all my friends on facebook. I tell everyone I see about it. Hope I win as I enter and enter and never ever win.
  31. Posted by: Judy Thompson
    Anna, The paper is just beautiful. I plan to do alot of my Christmas shopping with you on the 17th. I can’t wait. I just got the rest of the things I ordered from hsn over the last few days. I am all set to go. I have shared with my sisters and my daughter who scrapbooks with me when she has time. I will also share with a group I get with monthly to scrapbook. We meet this Saturday. So Fun! I will have your new cartridge tomorrow too.
  32. Posted by: Jeanette Falcon
    Hi Anna, just can’t wait for your visit to HSN on Sept 17 . I already told all of my girlfriends and of course my two daughters and they are ready with there credit cards to start purchasing your products, I have been showing them your sneak previews on your blog they got so excited when they saw the video.
  33. Posted by: Bob H.
    One of the most gratifying aspects of giving AG cards to others is that the recipient regards just the card as a gift (they say!) some also become AG fans themselves and this has improved the quality of many more than three friendships. But my mission is accomplished as I grovel again for advance bits of what appears to be a magnificent collection. Thank You!
  34. Posted by: Anne
    What wonderful papers counting down the days telling all
  35. Posted by: Dalyce
    Anna,
    Had to tell you again…..

    These Papers are gorgeous!!!!  One pack will not be enough.  I will HAVE  to buy at least 2 or 3.

    I have just looked at some of your pre-view items from your QVC UK show.  I am more excited than ever.  These Christmas products are the best I have ever seen.  I feel sorry for the other items that will be showing on September 17th. on HSN.   Everyone will definitely want to purchase yours.

    I have told my mother about your Christmas Kit.  She always sends store bought cards, but she has loved all the cards I have sent her from you.  She is very Victorian.  She said she may take a try at yours this year

    I’m always telling ladies about Anna Griffin products.  And sending them to your website.

    I have told several ladies from church about your Sept. show and all about your Christmas items.

    I’ve also told 7 of my daughters and daughter-in-laws.

    My daughters and I will be watching you together on Sept. 17th. For those who cannot get with us, we do a conference call so we can all watch you together.

    Looking forward to more product pre-views.

    Really looking  forward to September 17th.

    Thanks Anna

  36. Posted by: Tom G.
    Those papers are gorgeous!  But these are the papers  that I thought were going to be sold separately, with all of those wonderful embellishments we saw in the video! (Or, so, I thought- maybe  I’m confused!!!
    .I’ve pretty much told everyone who would listen to me about the new kit, and how much of an inspiration Anna has been to be in card- making.
  37. Posted by: Cathy B
    I told my son’s girlfriend, my mother and my two sisters.  They have all recieved cards from me that I made with Anna Griffin kits. In fact I made Anna’s Glorious Christmas cards and gave them to my youngest sister for her birthday because she was so taken with the Anna Griffin Christmas and Birthday card I sent last year.  The papers are gorgeous!  All of the new products are amazing and I must have them all.  I already put in for a vacation day so I can watch Anna on HSN.  I don’t want to miss a thing.
  38. Posted by: JodieH
    I was so glad to share the news about your upcoming September show with my two daughters and daughter-in-law.  Christmas is my favorite time of year and I am anxious to start making my cards.  I will also have a new granddaughter in Nov. so I’ll also be working on a scrapbook for her as a very special Christmas gift for her family!  What fun…and I know you will supply tons of inspiration during the Sept. show…can’t wait!
  39. Posted by: Kim Johnson
    I have told my Mom and a couple co-workers about the new Anna Griffin products coming out.  Can’t wait to see the show on 9/17/13. Wish the craft day could be on the weekend since I work can only catch the night shows.  Everything Anna has is beautiful.
  40. Posted by: Linda Valoy
    Love the papers Anna. I have told two cousins and a friend how easy it is to make your cards. Just peel and stick. They will be watching you on HSN. I  am afraid speed dial will not be fast enough on sept 17th. Please bring enough products so you dont sell out before  the 17th.  I would be heart broken if HSN says Anna  is not in the show today because  everything is sold out.