HSN July 1st – Giveaway 1

Hi everyone!

I know you enjoyed Wednesday’s sneak peek of what’s coming up on July 1st because of all the wonderful comments you posted! Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm – you all are fantastic!

Before I get to this week’s winner, I wanted to share a very special card that I received in the mail from Shellie and Rosa in Texas.


That’s me! In paper! Rosa made a replica of my gown for the HSN Gala. Beautifully done, every single detail accounted for right down to my tiny vintage handbag. I hear from Mom, Shellie, that Rosa usually makes Super Heros out of paper and that I was her first real person. What talent! All sketched by hand and paper pieced…wow! A million thanks to you wonderful ladies!

Now let’s announce this week’s giveway winner! Beth Williams, today is your lucky day! We’ll be sending you the French Floral Cardstock, the Birthday Bouquets Stickers, the Joyful Phrases Card sentiment inserts and the 100 Perfect Bows.

We’ll see you on Tuesday for more sneak previews as we build up to the big day!

Bye for now!


HSN July 1st Sneak Peek – 1

Hello, it’s me again!

Are you having fun reading this blog everyday? We sure have had a full plate for the last two weeks. The Cricut Everywhere contests were great fun and we gave away thousands of dollars worth of products — what’s not to love?!

Are you ready to get to the product previews for our upcoming shows on HSN July 1st? Take a look at this video previewing the first 4 new products and mark your calendars for 12:30 am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 11pm EST for Anna Griffin Elegant Papercrafting.

You can tell I have a theme to my presentation – you ask for it, you got it! Thanks for wanting all of these great craft items. This is the kind of stuff you need everyday, the things that you never want to be out of!

Floral papers

With these beautiful papers, pretty embellishments and thoughtful sentiments, your craft cabinet can be fully re-stocked!

Cottage Roses

If you would like to win these 4 new items, post below and let us know what you like the best. We will draw a winner at random this Friday!

Have a great week!


Cricut Everywhere – The End

Hi Everyone!

Held over by popular demand! Fabulous finale! Today is the LAST day of our Cricut Everywhere series and we have one last video to share along with the BIGGEST giveaway of products yet!

It is fun for me to think about the days when I was starting Anna Griffin Inc. — I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and I had a weekly big idea for my business. Essentially I was a jack of all trades!


I stopped telling everyone that I was going to start a business and actually did it in the Fall of 1994. The beginning was all about custom wedding invitations.

Sample deckSoon after came my first wholesale line of invitations and stationery. This photo is of the sample deck I sent to our sales reps – swanky!

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This was our very first ad – way back in the day!

It amazes me how much has changed in the twenty plus years I have been at this. The latest chapter in our evolution has been about building incredible partnerships. Our partnership with the Cricut brand takes the cake! We are proud to be part of the Cricut family and are very excited about the future of things to come.


Speaking of Cricut…how about making this card today to send someone a little encouragement? Maybe even try out the Design Space app for Ipad while you are at? Here’s a link to the project Anna Griffin Chrysanthemum Encouragement Card

As I said above, today is your final day to win in our part of the Cricut Everywhere contest. All you have to do is enter to win on the Official Cricut Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut ) and answer this question: What is something you were scared to try and how did you overcome it?

Today’s GIANT prize pack includes: A Cricut Explore Air Machine, a 1 Year Design Space subscription, all of the Anna Griffin Content (12 cartridges), the new Anna Griffin Washi Sheets and a Cuttlebug! Yes, that’s ONE prize! http://bit.ly/1K3tCnT

Just like before, the contest will run from 2:00 p.m. EST today to 2:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, giving you one final chance to win. Cricut will select a winner at 4:30 EST Wednesday and the results will be posted on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut).

Good luck and happy crafting! Check back here tomorrow for our first HSN preview for the July 1st shows.


Cricut Everywhere – Encore

Hi everyone!

The applause for our Cricut Everywhere series just does not stop! A girl like me just loves a curtain call and for that, Cricut is allowing us to give away MORE prizes today and tomorrow. Can you believe their generosity?

They have opened the vault and let you in on even more fun videos from yours truly – watch!

It is now hard for me to imagine crafting without a Cricut Explore especially this time of year. Summer is in full swing and what could be more fun than making a card from our Summer Soirees cartridge? https://us.cricut.com/design/#/landing/project-detail/6251Seashell Card square

Your very own summer fun awaits! Enter to win: A Cricut Explore Air Machine, a 1 Year Design Space subscription, Anna Griffin Content and the all new Anna Griffin Washi Sheets by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1K3tCnT and answering this “stupid easy” question – How does Anna Griffin inspire you to create beautiful things?

Yes, you read that right, Anna Griffin Content… that’s not just the card, it is all 12 of the Anna Griffin Cartridge/Image sets:

Summer Soirees
Winter Wonderland
Christmas Kitsch
Soiree Lettering
Sophisticated Soirees
Seasonal Soirees
Elegant Embellishments
Garden Cards and Embellishments
Decorative Monograms
Flourish Cards and Embellishments
Bridal and Baby Soirees
Splendid Soirees

Just like the last week, the contest will run from 2:00 p.m. EST today to 2:00 p.m. EST Tuesday.  Cricut will select a winner at 4:30 EST Tuesday and the results will be posted on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut).

Good luck and have fun!



Cricut Everywhere Day 5

Happy Friday!

This is the grand finale of our Cricut Everywhere series. What a fun week it’s been sharing lots of my inspiration with you and giving away fabulous prizes!

For some reason it seemed appropriate to save this video for last. I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few outtakes from the shoot along with my father’s unique sayings. He is a hoot!

Here’s a great picture of my Dad. Chocolate cake makes him happy!

Anna Charles

One of my Dad’s other passions is restoring antique cars. He has done this as long as I can remember. Griffin Lumber Company was the family business, yet my Dad’s second love was his garage. Most people retire from work, but not Charles. He built himself a dealership! At one point in time, there were over 30 antique cars in his showroom.

Anna Mustang emblem

For my sixteenth birthday, he gave me a 1965 Mustang convertible.

Anna Mustang

I still have it and drive it on sunny days. I get transported back to high school every time I sit behind the wheel!

When I first got my Cricut Explore, there were a few times where I had to “lay my ears back” and just do it (thanks Dad)! New technology can be intimidating at first, especially for an old school crafter like me. But boy oh boy how wrong I was. This machine is not only the very best in the industry, but it is so easy to use. It is so easy, it’s “stupid” easy! (to quote Fan Tom Gingras!)

With Father’s Day coming up on June 21st, I think it’s important we all take time to put together a heartfelt handmade card for Dad. Click here to make this gatefold card project using our Splendid Soirees cartridge: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/28134914

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There is one more giveaway for you to enter, and naturally we saved the best for last. Ready? Today you can enter to win the ultimate Cricut Everywhere starter kit: A Cricut Explore Air Machine, iPad Mini, a 1 Year Design Space subscription, new Anna Griffin Washi Sheets and all the materials to make the Father’s Day card above. Yes, that’s ONE prize! http://bit.ly/1K3tCnT

Just like the last four days, the contest will run from 2:00 p.m. EST today to 2:00 p.m. EST Monday, giving you lots of hours to enter. Cricut will select a winner at 4:30 EST Monday and the results will be posted on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut).

Good luck and thank you for joining me for this fun week of blog posts!