Mix and Match Embossing Folders Tips & Tricks

Hi everyone!

First things first, let me thank you again for such an amazing day of shows on HSN last week. It was an unforgettable “Anna-versary!”

Many of you have asked about the different tools we used when working with the Today’s Special Mix and Match Cuttlebug folders and dies, so today we are going to give you some tips and tricks. We’ve found that enhancing the intricate designs on these folders is easiest after embossing- here’s a few of the items we used on the projects you saw:



  • Zig Emboss Writer (http://bit.ly/zigwriter) –We used this marker to color in the folder design for heat embossing. Just draw over the embossed design, sprinkle embossing powder and use a heat gun to create a gorgeous metallic effect.
  • Embossing powder and heat tool- If you don’t have Anna Griffin gold and silver embossing powder from the accessories kit we had on HSN, you can purchase similar colors at most major craft stores. Paper Source is a great place to find a heat tool and lots of powder shades (http://bit.ly/embossingpowder)

zigpink embossing powder

Whether you color the entire design or just feature bits and pieces, the result of this is stunning!pink and gold heat embossed

  • Tsukineko Dew Drop ink pads (http://bit.ly/tsukinekoink) – You saw me using these a lot on HSN because their size is great for these folders and they really bring out the design without looking messy.
  • Craft knife (http://bit.ly/xactocraftknife) – Whether you want to fussy cut corners or the entire embossed image, a craft knife is the way to go. You’ll also want to get a cutting mat f if you don’t have one (coming soon from Anna Griffin!)

inked frame

  • Tsukineko Sponge Daubers (http://bit.ly/spongedaubers)-  If you have a surplus of Anna Griffin ink pads that you’d like to use, we recommend getting some of these and using them to apply ink. They also work wonderfully!


  • Deco Gold Paint Pen (http://bit.ly/decogoldpaintpen) We love using these in gold or silver to color in the raised design. The only downside is the paint smell, but we think it’s well worth it.

paint pen

  • Sanding block (http://bit.ly/sandingblock) – This is an old favorite in our bag of tricks! Try it on any paper with a white core, whether it’s super shiny metallic or patterned.

sanded wreath sanded metallic

We hope this helps you create even more beautiful projects with this collection!

Lastly, if you were watching during the 9 p.m. show last week and are interesting in helping the last caller of the day, Sally, with her wonderful crafting charity please let us know. You can comment below or send us a private message on Facebook and we will get her information to you.




HSN January 21st “Anna-versary” Shopping List

Only two more days to go!

Our 5th “Anna-versary” special on HSN kicks off this Wednesday, January 21st at midnight, and we can hardly wait. Don’t forget to watch at midnight, 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST for all of the excitement, including the amazing Mix and Match embossing folders and dies Today’s Special. We were busy all weekend with this set…here’s a little peek!


At your request, we put together a complete shopping list of everything new:

395-624 Mix and Match Folders/Dies

395-628 Mix and Match Folders/Dies Autoship

396-143 Mix and Match Folders/Dies with Cuttlebug machine

396-175 Mix and Match Folders/Dies with Cuttlebug machine Autoship

395-630 5×7 Metallic Layers 120 pc

396-107 Gussetted Embossing Folder Sleeves (to go with TS and fits the standard box)

395-853 12” Paper Tricks Embossing Folders

395-723 12” Tall Embossing Storage Box (Grace, Olivia, Camilla or Ivory)

395-651 Pretty Pop Ups Card Making Kit

395-647 Best in Show Paper Crafts

395-648 Silver Foil Flourishes

351-479 Paisley Patterns Embossing Folders and Dies

342-991 Shower Soirees Cricut Cartridge

395-643 Glitter Cardstock

395-639 Juliet Paper Crafting Kit

351-496 Lovely Impressions Embossing Folders and Dies

395-656 Collector’s Edition Dies

395-633 Collector’s Edition Clear Stamps

395-636 Collector’s Edition Ink Pads

395-638 Collector’s Edition Ink Refills


There are also a few returning favorites that will be making an appearance:

317-096 Craft Wheelie

317-091 Cuttlebug Craft Tote

374-599 Holiday Traditions Card Making Kit

371-841 Christmas Cardstock

355-725 Antique Botanical Decoupage

354-744 Lovely Layers Cardstock

355-782 Chalkboard Tags and Sentiments

280-528 Stamp Storage Binder

315-744 Embossing Folder Storage Box


Can’t wait to craft with you all day long. See you soon!


HSN January 21st Giveaway 5

Hello and Happy Friday!

I know we’ve said this before, but I really think this will be our best visit to HSN yet. All of the new collections we’ve had cooped up since our October visit are ready to come home with you!

Be sure to tune in next Wednesday, January 21st at midnight, 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST for all of the fun. There will be lots of beautiful inspiration and some fun “Anna-versary” surprises along the way.

Oh, and we are also excited to announce that the new Juliet Collection is now available on hsn.com. This is one of our favorite new items, and now you can purchase it in plenty of time to make lovely Valentine’s Day cards! http://bit.ly/julietcollection

Juliet collection

juliet card
Last but not least, it’s giveaway time. Nearly 1,800 of you commented on the blog for your chance to win- WOW! The very first ever owner of the Mix and Match embossing folders and dies Today’s Special is… Laura Cline! Congratulations!

Check back here Monday for a complete shopping list. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



HSN January 21st “Anna-versary” Final Preview

Hi everyone!

We are headed back from a very fun trip to CHA and into full preparation mode for an incredible day of shows next week on HSN! Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 21st at midnight, 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST. We are kicking off the New Year with an amazing selection of brand new collections that you won’t want to miss!

One of those items is a Today’s Special for your Cuttlebug, and we’ve been dying to tell you all about it. Drumroll, please…

It’s a mix and match masterpiece for your golden bugs like nothing you’ve seen from us before! This unique set of embossing folders contains four frame designs along with 12 interchangeable sentiment inserts that will make it so easy to create stunning projects for all occasions.  Now you can surround heartfelt sentiments like “get well soon,” “best wishes,” “Happy Easter” and many more with ornate frame designs with one pass through your Cuttlebug. 


We’ve also included two cutting dies so that you can create a window effect with your frames. This is going to take your embossing to a whole new level, and I can’t wait to show you more on the 21st. Oh, and there will be an autoship option too!

mixandmatch1 mixandmatch3

If you would like to be the very first owner of the Today’s Special, all you have to do is comment below and tell us what you think of this collection! How do you think it will change the way you craft?

We will draw a winner on Friday, and a complete shopping list for next week’s shows will be up on Monday.

Bye for now!


HSN January 21st Giveaway 4

Good morning from sunny California!

We escaped the chilly Atlanta weather for Anaheim, where we’ll be spending the next several days showcasing some of our latest paper crafting collections at the Craft and Hobby Association’s Mega Show. It’s going to be a fun trip. Be sure to check our Facebook page this weekend for some photos of the booth!

Now let’s get straight to our weekly giveaway. The big winner today is Lin M.! We’re making your Friday a little brighter by sending you the new Pretty Pop Ups Card Making Kit, 3D Paper Tricks embossing folders and a 12” embossing folder storage box in the pattern of your choice! Enjoy!

It’s hard to believe the January 21st HSN previews are already coming to a close. Next Tuesday we will show you the exciting Today’s Special that’s all about your Cuttlebug, and this time our video will be live from CHA!

You won’t want to miss the big reveal.

Have a great weekend!