Beautiful in the Making: Fretwork Dies

Hi everyone!

Our Fretwork Dies were a very popular item on July 23rd and sold out before we got to show you all the fabulous projects we put together with them… but don’t “fret!” Here’s an extended sneak preview at this spectacular set along with some project inspiration just for you.

These four intricate cutting dies are inspired by the cut work used as architectural details in houses and buildings.  They feature medallion, flourish, lattice and lace designs. These dies will cut and emboss paper in two steps, while the flourish only requires one pass for die cutting.


Here’s a quick review of the order of the Cuttlebug “sandwich” you will make when using these dies. You’ll want to do two passes through your machine- the first pass will die cut the paper and the second will add incredible embossed detail.

To die cut: A plate, rubber mat, B plate, die face up, paper face down, B plate – run through the Cuttlebug.

To emboss: Remove the rubber mat and last B plate, place the mat on top of the paper and put the B plate back on top – run through the Cuttlebug again.

Here’s an instructional video for the visual learners out there:

Now, we showed you a few Fretwork Dies projects in our original preview prior to our shows on HSN, but here’s some additional inspiration that you didn’t get to see on air!

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That’s all for today! Comment below and tell us what you plan to make with these delectable die cuts.

See you next time,



Garden Cuttings Embossing Folders & Dies Extended Preview!

Hi everyone!

Many of you just received your Garden Cuttings embossing folders and dies on autoship and had questions about how to use them. We are so glad that you let us know so that we can help you and those who will be purchasing this set this week! Enjoy a more detailed sneak peek at how to use these dies and coordinating embossing folders.

The Garden Cuttings set includes 16 embossing folders (8 folders and 8 borders) as well as 4 coordinating cutting dies. The rose and leaf outline dies pair with the Garden Roses embossing folder. The two border designs coordinate with the Blossom Toss and April Garden folders.



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We recommend die cutting first, then embossing. Here’s a quick review on the order of your Cuttlebug plates when die cutting: A plate, rubber mat, B plate, die face up, paper face down, second B plate. Or, you can substitute a C plate for the rubber mat and first B plate.

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Here’s a look at the rose, leaf and two borders in their die cut state.


Now, you’ll want to match up the die cut shapes to the appropriate embossing folders.


Now you are ready to emboss! Here’s a quick review of the order of your plates for this step: A plate, B plate, embossing folder with paper inside, second B plate. Run through your Cuttlebug and voila! Here’s the finished result.


I just love this collection, and hope you found this bonus preview helpful!





Our Final Winner and Your July 23rd Shopping List

Hi everyone!

The countdown is officially on! HSN’s 24-Hour Craft Day on July 23rd is just 5 short days away. Be sure to tune in for our shows on Wednesday at 7 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST- trust. Trust us when we say you don’t want to miss a moment of what we have in store for you!

A huge thank you to each and every one of you who watched, commented, liked and shared our previews and giveaways this past month. We had a blast showing you everything new as always! Let’s have one last giveaway, shall we? Our lucky winner today is Sharon Alpert! Yay! You’ll be receiving our brand new 12×12 Perfect Palette Solid Core Cardstock, Garden Cuttings Embossing Folders and Dies, 3-cartridge Cricut Soiree bundle and the new Elegant Embellishments Cricut cartridge. Enjoy!

To wrap things up, here’s a shopping list with all of the new items for this visit. You’ll also notice some returning favorites that you may have missed during our last shows!

359106   All About Kindness Card Making Kit
359101   Everyday 3D Gift Tags
354744   Lovely Layers 5×7 Cardstock Sheets
355725   Antique Decoupage Diecuts
355784   Foil Flourishes Stickers
355772   Birthday Wishes 3D Sticker Library
355729   Battastic Papers
355738   Battastic Embellishments
355688   Autumn Wreath Stamps with self inker and 4 inks
355695   Autumn Wreath Stamps with inks only
354727   Perfect Palette 12×12 Solid Core
355782   Chalkboard Tags and Sentiments Set
351315   Elegant Embellishments Cricut Cartridge
350152   Fretwork Dies set of 4
350158   Garden Cuttings Embossing Folders and Dies
351318   Soirees Cricut Cartridge Set
370338   Camilla Cardstock (to go with Soirees)
317964   12″ embossing folders
320552   Birthday Clear Stamps
320549   Totally Tags

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

HSN July 23rd Sneak Peek #4

This is it!

It’s time for the grand finale of our product previews leading up to next Wednesday’s show on HSN!  I can’t thank you enough for participating in all of these blog posts and videos with us.  It’s been such a blast showing you each and every new item, and hearing your fun feedback makes it that much better. Let’s get going!

Our Perfect Palette cardstock and layers have become a crafting staple for so many of you, so we decided to create a solid core version! The  12×12 Solid Core Perfect Palette Cardstock includes 72 sheets of stunning paper in 12 shades, featuring reds, pinks, purples, blues, greens and even orange that will become a necessity for everyday and holiday projects alike. You are going to love die cutting and embossing with this paper, and if it’s not already a must have it will be after these next few previews!

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Next up are the Garden Cuttings Embossing Folders and Dies. Many of you are starting to receive this set on autoship from our March shows, but if you are not on autoship then this is your chance to get this incredible collection! Just like our Lace Trimmings bundle, this garden of embossing folders matches up with coordinating dies like flowers and leaves. The results are so beautiful!

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Now that we’ve got your Cuttlebugs covered, let’s talk about the Cricut. We are excited to be offering a very special set of cartridges during next week’s shows! You’ll be able to purchase an exclusive 3-cartridge bundle, including our Splendid Soirees, Sophisticated Soirees and Soiree Lettering content. You’ll throw the perfect parties all year long with these fabulous designs.

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Last up we have a brand new Cricut cartridge! Have we been busy or what? The 50 images in the new Elegant Embellishments collection are going to make you giddy with delight! There are beautiful cards, borders, flowers, doilies, tags, icons and words with the unbelievable detail. This is an Anna Griffin library like no other!




Whew! We made it! That’s everything new for July 23rd. Now, don’t forget to enter to win all four collections above by clicking here ( and comment right here on the blog for a bonus entry.

This Friday we will post a complete shopping list for our visit so you can make your final wish lists for next Wednesday!

See you then!



Friday Giveaway #3!

Hello hello!

HSN’s 24-Hour Craft Day is finally in sight! With less than two weeks until the big shows, we’ve still got lots of fun new products to cover. If you haven’t already, be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 23rd at 7 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (EST).

Our winner this week is Barbara McClendon! Hooray! Applause! We’re wrapping up a package of goodies just for you that includes our Everyday Gift Tags, Antique Botanicals Decoupage, Bat-tastic Collection and Autumn Wreath Stamps!

Now for a little behind the scenes peek at the Atlanta Gift Show. One of my favorite things to do before a trade show is dream up and put together beautiful flower arrangements.  Take a look at this stunning assortment in our showroom this week. It takes my breath away!

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Here’s a peek in our front window at the new Grace stationery collection that’s making its Atlanta debut.  Love it!

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That’s all for this week, friends. Our last sneak peek is coming up next Tuesday, and boy is it a doozie. We’ll be talking all things new for your Cuttlebugs and Cricuts- do not miss it!

Have a fabulous weekend.