Giveaway #1 Annoucement and Other Fun Things

Happy Friday to all!

What an amazing first week of HSN previews we had, and to think we are just getting started.  You all make everything we do so much fun. I love it!

We drew one lucky winner’s name from all of our Facebook entries and blog comments, and that winner is Patricia Sugden! Yay! We’ll be sending you a set of our brand new Birthday Sentiment Stickers, Chalkboard Tags and Foil Flourishes.

4th of July is coming up next week (is this year flying or is it just me?), so we thought we’d share a few last minute projects we made with the Madison Collection.  I just can’t get enough of this collection, and I hope you are enjoying creating beautiful things with it.

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Another fun thing I thought I’d share with you today are photos from my recent summer shopping trip with my good friend and stylist Mark Alan Harmon.

A girl always has to be on the look out for new TV dresses! This one is too fancy but I love the 80’s bow.

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Check out the awesome floor for the Stella McCartney boutique in our newly renovated Saks Fifth Avenue. Wouldn’t this be a beautiful paper pattern?

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Leave it to Kate Spade to give us our very own photo booth back drop in the dressing room. Love!

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That’s all for today! We will see you on Tuesday for the second round of sneak peeks and giveaways. Next up are fantastic new things for your Cuttlebug, a brand new card kit and more.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Anna

HSN July 23rd Sneak Peek #1

Hi everyone!

It’s that time again! On July 23rd HSN is hosting another 24-Hour Craft Day, and we’ve created so many new collections to debut that I can’t wait to show you!

For the next four Tuesdays, we’ll preview all of the new items that we have in store for you, as well as some returning favorites that you may have missed during previous visits. If you haven’t subscribed to our blog, now is the time to do it! Simply enter your email address to the right of this post and click “subscribe” to receive email updates when new posts are added.

Now let’s get to the previews- this week is all about brand new embellishments!

First up is the Birthday Wishes Sentiment Sticker Library. If you loved our Birthday Stamp set then these are going to blow you away! This collection includes 50 three-dimensional stickers, and inside you’ll find nearly every possible way to say happy birthday. And, at your request, there are even sentiments for belated birthdays!

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Next are the brand new Chalkboard Tags & Sentiments. Again, if you loved the very popular stamp version of these then they are perfect for you! These terrific tags come with 96 sentiment and journaling layers as well as 96 decorative frames with foil accents, giving you unlimited possibilities for mixing and matching.

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Our third and final preview for today is a beautiful collection we call Foil Flourishes (say that five times fast!).  This kit includes 100 foil-stamped flourishes in 25 unique styles that will be the perfect accent to any project. More is more with these embellishments- their subtle elegance and intricate detail makes them so easy and beautiful to layer!

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Now you know we love giveaways, especially just before our visits to HSN! Every Friday one lucky winner will receive all of the new items that we preview on Tuesday- all you have to do to enter is click here: http://woobox.com/ejgtxd

*Note: Just like our giveaway back in March, you will need to enter once a week to be eligible for that week’s prize.

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If you are not on Facebook, you can still enter to win by posting a comment here on the blog and it will count as an entry! This week we’d love to hear what you think about the 3 collections we just showed you.

See you on Friday!

Anna

Cricut Explore Summer Soirees Bonus Presentation

Hi everyone!

Since our time on HSN was a bit short this weekend, I wanted to make sure that you still got to see some of the amazing features of the Cricut Explore and our Summer Soirees and Soiree Lettering content. Consider this a bonus presentation!

Let’s just pick up right where we left off, shall we? This video will show you how to locate the Summer Soiree party content in a few easy steps.

Here’s how to use the Soiree Lettering fonts – there are 4 in total.

Here’s a walk through all of the projects you can make with the Cricut Explore and the Summer Soirees party content!

Last but not least, here’s a guide to making the Summer Soiree Make it Now projects on Cricut.com/design.

To get your very own Cricut Explore with our preloaded Summer Soirees content, click here: http://bit.ly/1pcpZ45. I also highly recommend picking up the new Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter while you’re at it- it’s my new favorite accessory for my Explore: http://bit.ly/1i1NvQH. Now I can sit at my desk and send my projects from Design Space to the machine all the way across my office!

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I hope our videos were helpful to you. I’d love to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to post them in the comments section!

Next week we’ll kick off our July 23rd HSN sneak peeks, which is going to be so much fun. We’ve got more than 10 brand new items to show you!

See you next week,
Anna

Beautiful in the Making: Father’s Day Toolbox & Gift Card Holder

Hi friends!

Today we’re going to show you how take a gift card to Dad’s favorite restaurant and transform it into a truly special present. This Father’s Day toolbox will make all the wonderful dads, husbands and brothers out there feel extra special this Sunday!

This and many of our other projects give you a tiny glimpse into the unbelievable creativity that the Cricut Explore puts at your fingertips. We hope you will tune in to HSN this Friday, June 13th at 2:40 p.m. and Saturday, June 14th at 8:40 p.m. for the “Host Picks” shows, where we will show you even more possibilities that this machine provides.  The things it can do continue to amaze me every single day.

Now let’s dive in to this week’s tutorial!

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Supplies:
·Mandarin Favor Box from the Anna Griffin Splendid Soirees Cricut collection. Click here to make this project in Design Space: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/project/17918587

·Cricut Explore machine

·For the Boys Diecut Collection (if you don’t have this kit, you can create similar stamped images with our For the Boys Stamps: http://bit.ly/fortheboysstamps

·Silver cardstock from the 12×12 Perfect Palette collection: http://bit.ly/perfectpalettecardstock

·Brown cardstock

·Twine

· 2 small gold brads

· 3/4” circle punch

 

Instructions:
1.   Use the Cricut Explore to cut the Mandarin Favor Box at 11.5” wide from brown cardstock (or any color you’d like). Click here to make this project in Design Space: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/project/17918587.  Use a craft knife to cut a second slit for lid flap, approximately 1/4” below first cut.  Assemble box.

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2.   Trim a 4” x .75” strip of brown cardstock.  Use gold brads to attach to box lid to create a handle.

3.   Punch a partial .5” circle from silver cardsto ck and adhere to box flap.

4.   Punch out tool and “greatest dad” die cuts from the For the Boys diecut collection.  Adhere the small hammer and saw together to form “x”.  Punch hole in saw and tie to box handle with twine.  Adhere sentiment diecut to front of box.

5.   Trim a 3.125” x 3 block of silver cardstock.  Adhere larger saw and wrench die cuts in an “x” with foam tape, adhering just the tops and bottoms so a gift card can be inserted.

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See you on HSN this weekend!
Anna

Beautiful in the Making: The Best Father Card

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to our Beautiful in the Making series. We are excited about the next few weeks of projects we have planned for you, and hope you enjoy crafting along with us. With Father’s Day coming up in less than two weeks, we wanted to give you some quick and easy project ideas for Dad. Today we’ll help you create this heartfelt handmade card in just minutes – let’s get started!

 

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Supplies:
·         All About Him Card Kit: http://bit.ly/allabouthimcardkit

·         Nearest & Dearest sentiment stickers (or any Father’s Day related sentiments)

·         Adhesive

Instructions:
1.   Trim a 3” x 2” block of white lined patterned paper, adhere white lined paper to the bottom of a blue frame card layer and then adhere to mustache card base.
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2.   Assemble pre-scored red pleated wheel. If you are new to this technique, we have a great YouTube video to walk you through the steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0le-YuD8Q_Q

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3.   Notch ends of red/gold foil border strip into a “v”. Cut border in half, then adhere both pieces to the back side of the pleated wheel.

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4.   Top the pleated wheel with gold star diecut and “the best” sentiment sticker.

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5.   Adhere finished wheel/medallion to card, tucking under “father” sentiment as shown.

Comment below and tell us if you’ll be giving this project a try! We’ll be back next Tuesday with another Father’s Day project that you won’t want to miss.

Have a wonderful week!
Anna