The first ever Anna Griffin | Create

Hi everyone!

It is only fitting that I dedicate this Tuesdays’ blog post to the first ever Anna Griffin | Create weekend craft event we held here in Atlanta, Georgia November 13th-15th, 2015. It was a weekend of a lifetime for us all! Oh my goodness…we simply could not have had more fun!  We loved meeting each and every person that participated and wish you were still here!

To those who attended and those who could not be with us, there are truly no words to thank you for supporting the Anna Griffin brand the way that you do. It was so evident this weekend that crafting has the power to unite people from all across the world, and we are honored to be a part of that.

Below are photos of the event that commemorate the joy, the magic and the abundance experienced by all who came to play!

Friday afternoon kicked off with registration, where everyone received an Anna Griffin tote full of fabulous “swag,” and a cocktail reception. We decorated our name tags, created photo albums, made ornaments and played in the paper flower photo booth!

create 0a registration

create 0b registration

create 1 cocktail

create 1b minc

create 1c photobooth

create 1d place cards

create 1e shivan

create 1f maude

create 1h sandi

create 1g xyron

create 1i signing

create 1j lovelies

create 1k flower girls

Next we headed into a gorgeous seated dinner that was decked out in giant pink flowers made from the Cricut Giant Flowers Cartridge. I welcomed guests from 40 states and 3 countries. Every person had a story to tell and many overcame obstacles to be with us. It was truly special. Our special guest speaker Shivan Sarna, host on HSN and all around inspiring person spoke about empowerment and sharing your talent with others. I also introduced our amazing team of teachers and staff.

create 2a dinner

create 2a stage

create 2b dinner table

create 2c speech

create 2d teachers

After dinner we opened up a ball room transformed into the worlds greatest Anna Griffin Craft Room. It was filled with all of our tools, 25,000 sheets of paper, 3,000 Anna Griffin kits, gold Cricut machines, Cuttlebugs, and 12 gallery walls of more than 500 inspirational projects!

create 3 craft room

create 3a papers

create 3b gallery

create 3c craft room On Saturday guests learned tips and techniques in classes from myself, Sandi Genovese, Beth Kingston, Cara Miller and Kay Mitchell. Then we played in the craft room all night- Georgie even came by for a quick visit!

create 4 annas class

create 4a cuttlebug

create 4c cuttlebug

create 4b cuttlebug

create 5b cricut

create 5 cricut class

create 5a cricut

create 5c cricut

create 5d cricut

create 6 pop up

create 6a pop up

create 6b pop up

create 7 dynamic

create 7a dynamic

create 7aa dynamic

create 7b dynamic

The grand finale for the weekend was a tour of the Anna Griffin headquarters and a sale in our warehouse!

create 8 bus

create 8a whse

create 8bwhse sale 2

create 8c whse sale

create 8d whse wall

What I am most present to today is the overwhelming generosity of the human spirit. Before Create, I knew that people liked what we do, but it took Create for me to fully experience the impact my products and I have had on peoples lives. So, with that being said, I end with the picture that describes my personal experience of the event the best. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

create the end

Love,
Anna

149 comments

  1. Karen Cash says:

    Anna, have you thought of putting together a kit for those who couldn’t attend the Create event, maybe some specific classes, with the paper, and everything they need to make some of the items from the event? The customer would need to have a cuttlebug, Cricut, etc., and you supply the paper, ribbon, and other items, in the kit. Maybe include a DVD from you of how to create the items, and the tips. I think it would be a great idea.

  2. Shellie Fontana says:

    Where else but on Anna Griffin’s BLOG can a person read the words AMAZING, FABULOUS, BEAUTIFUL, & SPECTACULAR soooo many times?! WOW! Thank you, Anna & card-friends for caring about and sharing of the beauty and confidence found in the creative spirit. Making beautiful is what this world needs, and you are all such wonderful examples. Oh, yes, one more word–INSPIRED! I hope to join in next time–CREATE 2016, anyone? (((HUGS))) from Texas!

  3. Mrs. A says:

    Oh, what joy to see the photos of the event! All of the many participants seem to be grateful and over the moon with the entire experience. Anna Griffin and Co is more than beautiful in the making; the beautiful is also in the inspiring.

    I hope we can see even more little photos.

    And an AG Giant Flowers Cartridge?? Ohh, tell me more. Did I miss this one or is it coming?

  4. Janet geary says:

    Anna and Staff……Thank you for the most beautiful, wonderful, educational, learning, and exciting weekend of crafting of a lifetime. Your genorosity, Anna, is and was monumental. I truly hope you find a way to continue “CREATE”. It was really life changing for so many of us. I was in a wheelchair, ( there were only two of us in wheelchairs, both named Janet) but did not feel handicapped at all. The Ritz staff was wonderful also. It is impossible to get to other crafting events due to distance usually, so I would really love to see you do this again. I love you Anna and all you do for us Griffinites.

  5. jackie says:

    Such a wonderful event for all who were fortunate enough to attend, looked like great fun and thank you so much for sharing the pictures with those of us who were there in the spirit of creativity and love!

  6. Nancy Hulsey says:

    Looks like do much fun! Sure wish I could have joined you. Maybe next time. Thanks for all the pics

    Nancy

  7. Mary Ann Larson says:

    Maggie. We were treated like royalty. And I loved meeting si many wonderful ladies. What a fun weekend we had. Memories are stored in my heart forever.

  8. Mary Ann Larson says:

    Joan. You shared my thiught so elegantly. It was truly a dream weekend. So glad I could participate and meet so many wonderful ladies who share my passion.

  9. Mary Ann Larson says:

    Sally. I agree. I will extEnd my time too if they offer this again. It was just an amazing experience e

  10. Mary Ann Larson says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful weekend. It was the most amazing craft experience I ever participated in. The staff was amazing, Anna was so gracious, I Learned so much from the classes and all the new friends I met were wonderful. One of the best experiences of my life. Thank you Anna and her wonderful designers and staff. I am still flying high from this weekend and my memories. Yiu all are the best.

  11. Pat G says:

    Dear Anna, thank you so much for a wonderful creative weekend! You, your staff and the instructors put together a spectacular event!

  12. sally fasano says:

    I had a wonderful. So glad I didn’t have to go alone because how would I explain to our friends at my weekly playday everything that happened.

    Every thing as expected was top drawer. The teachers were so nice and helpful.

    Met so many new people and wish I had gotten more of their emails to speak to them directly.

    It was so special to find out (was I the only one who didn’t know?) that Anna has a RagDoll cat that she brought to the giant craft room. We have a 7 month old Ragmuffin. Missed that little devil while gone.

    EVERYONE who works for Anna were so helpful, considerate and happy. I hope Anna will do this again. It was worth every penny including the wonderful Ritz Carlton.

    Next time I will come a day early and stay and extra day to take in the food of Atlanta. Only thing I missed.

    Thank you.

  13. kraftyiam says:

    So true… put a group of crafters together…Magic! Oh, this looked like so much fun — wish I could’ve been there with you all.

  14. sue z says:

    Anna, I love the photos of women of all ages, color, sizes, all coming together with such joy, all because you had a vision with a purpose. I keep going over the photos again and again, they make me cry, to know there are so many people out there who also care for others; to buy, purchase, make and give away what they make to others!! To brighten a day of someone we might never meet or to give a card to a grama or an aunt……..it is all about Beauty in the Making and Giving it ALL away!! Though not able to come to Create, I feel that I was there in spirit, I share this with you all.
    Thank you, Anna Griffin, your employees, The Griffiinites, everyone who is out there giving your creations away! God bless you all!

  15. gail W. says:

    What a beautiful event! And all the work and effort that went into that!!! Just setting up all that PAPER was monumental job! My health kept me away this year, but I intend to be there next year!!

  16. Julie Smith says:

    First off, THANK-YOU from the bottom of my heart for bringing a group of giggly strangers together to share your inspiration, talent, generosity and very hard work. You and your staff have to be exhausted! Please know that everyone of us truly appreciate what you did for us. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I am from the north and definitely experienced “the Southern Charm”. Then again I think all Crafters are happy when you put us together. I definitely share your generosity with others, to spread your joy. Julie from Wisconsin

  17. Linda DeVries says:

    I have so enjoyed all the event photos. but missed one of the fan favorite Georgie! It looks like a lovely success. Many of us will aspire to your future creating events. Anna and Company, rock on!

  18. Lisa says:

    Looks like everyone had a lot of fun. Wished I could have been there. I love all your products. Maybe next time.

  19. Shannon says:

    The pictures are amazing and the story you tell is inspiring. Wish we could have attended this event. But it was not in our budget this year like so many others. Hopefully you will host another Create event in Atlanta it is truly one we would plan as our vacation so that we could attend. I can only imagine what the experience must have been like for all the crafters that were able to make it. Looks like it was a Huge success. Way to go Anna.

  20. June Estep says:

    not going wasn’t a hard decision….it was the only option for me. That might not seem like a decision at all. However, I could not go.
    I still participate by being able to purchase products and create fabulous items that Anna makes easy.
    I am so happy for the success of the event. One day I might be able to attend, it doesn’t seem feasible for me.
    I will however, continue to be a loyal fan, backing it up with a whole bunch of easy pay.

  21. Karen says:

    That must have been amazing! It felt heartwarming and I wasn’t even there , Congrats . How wonderful of you to host that !

  22. Maryann H says:

    Anna – I have one word “WOW.” Wish I had been there. Loved looking at the pictures and imagining what fun everyone had. Thanks for everything you do Anna.
    Maryann

  23. Beth says:

    Wow! Looks like it was a spectacular success! Like many others, the timing of this one just didn’t work for me, but with more notice I will definitely be at the next one! Based on the comments, you’re going to have to plan on way more people at the next one!! Hopefully, once you all have a chance to recover you can start making plans for next years event! Congratulations on a successful event.

  24. Sue says:

    Bravo Anna! I was not lucky enough to attend, but I can see what a wonderful time everyone had. You and your team certainly pulled out all the stops. I knew it would be good but I never thought it could be THAT good!
    I am so glad that those lucky enough to attend were made to feel so special, that’s what Anna and her products are all about. Thanks for sharing the photos (love those giant blooms.) So – when is the next one!!

  25. Audrey Olander says:

    So many great photos! Wish I could have been there. Maybe next time. Thank you, Anna, for this awesome weekend for everyone who attended. Your heart is as big as the moon. You’re beautiful inside and out!

  26. SHELLEE says:

    There is no doubt that a grand time was had by all!! A resounding success! I hope the success of this Create weekend will pave the way for many many more. CONGRATULATIONS!

  27. Lehua says:

    Spectacular! In awe! I was at the annual CK convention this past weekend, but it didn’t look anything like that!

  28. Mewsmomtoo says:

    Well, AG |Create looks like a dream come true 🙂 Thank you for all the pictures & the descriptions, they were awesome. Would have loved to see a picture of Georgie at the event, goodness only knows what he thought!

    I hope there will be another Create event, I am going to try so hard to be there (it just wasn’t possible this time) Love you Anna & team!

  29. RandellynB says:

    Such a lovely and perfect event! I hope you do more and thanks for sharing all the fun pictures! Touring the offices and warehouse looked like such fun too. Happy Holidays!

  30. Barbara Mann says:

    What an absolutely spectacular event that must have been. Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful photos.

    Happy holidays Anna to you and your staff. Thank you so much for all your beautiful products. I so appreciate your creativity and the inspiration you have brought me this year. I look forward to what you will have next year.

  31. Gloria Westerman says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures with us…to those of us who couldn’t go…going to make it one of these days,…love all you do …hugs back at you..

  32. Mary R says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures, Anna. No doubt, it was a grand event-wish it were in my budget, but sadly it is not.
    I’m spending the $ on a transmission for my car. Maybe
    one day:) Until then, I have HSN & AG.com to shop for your items. Best of luck on your new UK venture in 2016. Happy Holidays, Anna.

  33. Evadene Brosky says:

    Looks like such fun! My sister Linda, dear friend Barbara and I are having a Create week next week. I am flying to San Diego/Escondido to join them for a pure Anna week. Christmas cards and Valentines are on our list this time. Sure wish you could be there. If you can join us, let me know and we will make room for you too! Bless you Anna.

  34. JohnItna says:

    It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. I wish I could have been there. I so LOVE Anna goodies. I know the beautiful Anna goodies will keep coming. I am so grateful to HSN for bringing them to us!!! Thanks HSN!

  35. Bonnie W. says:

    Wish I had been with you but I loved seeing the pictures and feeling all the love. Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving, Bonnie W.

  36. Coco Davenport says:

    Anna, it was a joy and a pleasure meeting and your staff. Thank you for your generosity and your loving spirit. Of course you have picked the finest staff they were so kind to us all.
    The Create event was outstanding. THANK YOU!
    Coco Davenport from Texas

  37. Winnie Johnson says:

    It looks like everyone had an amazing time. What an awesome experience for those that went. Someday I hope to make it one. 🙂

  38. TeranceH in Texas says:

    So Happy for those who got to go i am sure it is memorable and for some a one in a lifetime experience, One day i would hope to come if Anna continues to have events in the future. Congrats Anna for a successful event, nothing better than when your party is a hit and by the images it couldn’t have failed.

  39. Katherine Madewell says:

    I am so glad everyone had such a wonderful time and a fantastic learning experience. I hope next year will be a repeat of this, but as usual with all of Anna’s projects, it will even be better! I will do whatever I can to attend.

  40. Sandra Evans says:

    It was great to see all the fun pics of your fabulous weekend. Wished I could have been there and if the event is offered next year hopefully I will be able to attend. Anna I’m glad you got to experience how much you are loved. You are so generous to share your time and talents with us . Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.

  41. Irene Alexander says:

    Anna and staff,
    What a wonderful weekend I had with 179 AG Create attendees. It just seems like a dream. When I look at the pictures, it brings back all the emotions we all felt. Your graciousness, generousity, and the love we felt from you has touched all of us. Thank you, Anna, and your staff for all your hard work in making this weekend a dream come true!

  42. HollyG says:

    Hi Miss Anna & Co!

    Wow! Amazing, elegant, detailed perfection! A truly gracious, inspiring, stunning event to be sure! There was no stone unturned! The planning and hard work truly shined and did not go unnoticed!

    There are not enough words to express the gratefulness I feel!

    Your blog entry said it best, and now you know how truly special you are to all of us! In crafting, of course! In other aspects of personal lives, absolutely! You inspire each and everyone of us! Which is exactly what you spoke about, sharing your gifts and talents with others! True to your word you delivered and then some!!!

    At this fabulous Create Event we learned that the inspiration will definitely continue! Good things are coming our way!

    A huge THANK YOU to you and your incredible staff!

    Miss Anna, you are truly one of a kind!

  43. Connie Johnson says:

    You all surely know how to throw a party down there in Georgia! There aren’t too many places in the world where you could find that many Cricuts in one room. I’m surprised you didn’t blow a fuse, lol. Wish I had been there but I’m happy for all who were.

  44. Donna says:

    I would love, love, love to attend your show!! Thank you for the pictures so at least we all feel like we can be a part of it. What a wonderful day it must have been and memories that will last forever!

  45. Rosanne E. says:

    Thank you for providing a wonderful opportunity to gather fellow crafters together in such a beautiful setting. Anna, you and your staff were such lovely, gracious hosts. I not only came away with an abundance of products, but with an abundance of ideas, techniques, and pure joy in the midst creative fellowship.

  46. Karen Stout says:

    Wow! That looks like one of my “heavens on earth”! Nice job. Maybe some day… Thanks for all you do Anna and gang!

  47. Mary says:

    Kate,
    “Elegant” is the right word. It describes the weekend from beginning to end. I am thrilled I was able to experience it. I hope others who missed it will have their chance in the future.
    Mary

  48. Joan B says:

    To Anna and her amazing staff..you were all so lovely ,kind and helpful to us I spent the whole weekend trying not to cry with sheer joy. It was too beautiful for words to describe everything.This was my one perfect event,my moment to shine,my fantasy,my dream, my lottery win, the top of my bucket list, and everything else rolled into this wonderful weekend.It was a life changing experience for me to spend time with such lovely people in such lovely surroundings and crafting with my favourite products ever.I will carry the happy joyous memories in my soul always…..love and thanks to you allXXX

  49. yadyra marrero says:

    Thank you for sharing the pictures from the event…I was not able yo be there this time but hope to be at the next one. Cant wait.

  50. Jeanne Sloan says:

    What a fabulous weekend. It was all that I hoped it would be… and more! Anna Griffin and her entire staff were so wonderful and gracious. Beth Kingston… you are a HOOT!Anna… your honey is a real looker and a lovely gentleman. We are all so blessed. Thank you so very, very much. And even if I missed the first evening’s events due to plane difficulties in Houston, the rest of the weekend made the entire experience a dream!

  51. Mary says:

    Anna, I am so glad for you and the people who were able to be there this past weekend. Good luck to you in the UK. AND I am waiting until Jan. 26 to see you on HSN. Take care and thanks for everything you do.

  52. Nancy Koupelis says:

    It looks like a dream weekend of crafting and fun! I so wish that I could’ve attended–maybe next year. Meanwhile, I’ll play with my own “Anna” goodies to ready my Christmas cards for this year!

  53. Anne Marie says:

    Dear Anna, thank you so very much for the pictures. I’m so happy for all that were there and participated with you and for the joy you continue to give all of us. It was a wonderful party you’ve shown your fans and we appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring. God Bless! Wish I was there.

  54. Maggie says:

    I always wondered what heaven would be like and last weekend 200 people and I experienced it first hand. A very heartfelt thank you to Anna and her staff. You are all the most generous, sincerest, and loving group of people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We were indeed treated like royalty by everyone we met. We are all so lucky to have Anna and her most amazing products to help us create such beautiful cards and scrapbook pages every day of our lives. Thank you so much!!

  55. Ginny says:

    Oh what a wonderful weekend appears to have been had by all the Griffinistas. i would so love to be fortunate enough to participate in the love and fellowship reflected in these pictures. Anna you bring such joy to so many with your wonderful products and giving spirit. Thank you for all that you do.

  56. Marlene says:

    I have to say I had the best crafting time ever. Anna you and your entire team were WONDERFUL. No words can say thank you enough. The classes were superb, the crafters were great. I met so many wonderful new friends. Shout out to dinner table 7, Katie was awesome…… Loved, loved, loved her.

  57. Mary Anne Guth - St. Louis says:

    I want to say thank you to everyone on the staff at Anna Griffin for an incredible experience, from the guest speakers and teachers to the warehouse men and women. You all went above and beyond to create an unrivaled experience for all who attended this wonderful event

  58. Linda says:

    hi Granma Pei I was glad to see picture of you with Anna you are so helpful with every body on this blog. thanks’ Linda

  59. lindar says:

    Thank you for all the beautiful photos, smiling faces, and scenes of crafts. It was impossible to attend in person, but I did not feel left out because you brought the week-end to me. (I did miss the sales however.) I could even feel the friendship and laughter that new-old friends share.
    Blessings of Thanksgiving to you, your staff, and all readers.

  60. Mary White says:

    Loved seeing all the photos of this awesome event. Such beautiful photos! i wish that i could have attended. Happy Thanksgiving to you Anna and to your amazing staff! XO

  61. Dalyce Mangum says:

    Hi Anna,

    I really wish I could have been there. What an amazing event. Next time!!
    Did you ever imagine people’s love for you and your products would reach as far as it has.
    You are truly our hero!!!!

  62. KymmLisa says:

    Oh I wish I had had the money to attend. It looks like everyone had such a wonderful time. Similar to children in a candy store!

  63. MIchele Ciccone says:

    Anna –

    The weekend was so amazing!! You and your entire team exceeded all expectations and put on the most fabulous event ever!!

    Just wanted to pass on another heartfelt “Thank You”.I posted the best of my pictures on a special Pinterest board. If anyone is interested in more photos from the weekend, I have provided the link below.

    I can’t wait for the next one!!

    https://www.pinterest.com/micheleciccone/anna-griffin-create-2015/

  64. Suzann Anderson says:

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures. I would have loved to attend!! Maybe someday. I am truly happy for all of you capable of attending. Boy I can only imagine how fabulous the Anna Griffin Headquarters and warehouse sale was! Are you still holding your annual warehouse sale online this year or did everyone clear you out over the weekend?

  65. Susie says:

    It was like Christmas!!!!
    SO exciting, so many treasures and the best Anna Claus ever.

    Everyone was so nice and it was reassuring to know I wasn’t the only Anna craftaholic.

  66. Trisha Love says:

    Anna,

    Thank you again for such an amazing weekend! I am emotional all over again just reading your Blog post. This weekend exceeded all of my expectations and then some. You and your staff were just so nice and patient. I met some new crafty friends and learned some new crafting tips from the great teachers. The Swag bags and all the special touches were just amazing.

    I love the photo of you and I in the floral photo frame. Thanks again so much for your generous spirit! I will cherish this memory forever.

  67. Gena Greenlee says:

    I really hope I am able to make it next year for this event!! It all looked great!! But, the warehouse sale is where I would have gone a little crazy!!! I hope you all had a great time and learned a lot!!!

  68. Dianne Giselle says:

    You and your team certainly knocked it out of the park Anna! Glorious photos too! Thank you for YOUR generosity and kind spirit!!

  69. Kate Molnar says:

    Great photos! I was definitely there with you in spirit. That craft room alone would have been worth the price of admission…WOW! I’d have thought I’d died and gone to heaven!! I’m happy for everyone who attended and that the 1st ever Create event was a huge success. Congratulations, Anna + everyone involved!

  70. Sherry Shea says:

    As I look through these photographs,
    I start to cry, I have no idea why,
    I guess it’s tears of joy to see all the love and companionship over this wonderful product and in the emotions it awakens.

  71. Heidi says:

    The floral paper wall. ***❤️
    The stack of papers would cause me to stop in my tracks. I believe the A.D.D would come out of me as I marvel over the paper choices. Next the warehouse, so jealous! I want the boxes and you had loads of them. What a beautiful and fun treat you have and shown to all. You’re wonderful Anna

  72. Jan B says:

    Thanks so much for sharing!! Hope you do more of these! I hope to go next time! Love what you bring to crafting!! You’ve got me into crafting again. Thanks so much!

  73. Rita Viscardi Santo says:

    As spectacular as I thought it would be, when I saw the pictures, it was even more beautiful ! I’m so happy for those who were able to attend and meet you Anna. I hope you will do it again and that another time the venue can be New York City. Thank you for sharing.

  74. Dar Sirrine says:

    Love all the pictures and the FB posts of the event. I hope that I too will be able to attend next year. You truly are an inspiration to everyone.

  75. Penny K. says:

    Anna – It certainly looked and sounds like it was everything I thought it would be and more. From everything my friends who attended have said and shared and the comments I have read from other attendees, I know it was a time that will always be remembered and treasured. I have started my
    CREATE II Fund so I will be able to attend your next such event. I am so glad that everyone who did attend was able to do so, and I look forward to the time I am one of the ecstatic attendees…

  76. Robin LaFollette says:

    Georgie was there! He visited the craft room one evening, and we visited him in Anna’s office at the warehouse event. What a cutie!

  77. kathy glaze says:

    Thank you for sharing. I am sure ya’ll had a wonderful unforgettable time. I just hope I will be able to attend next year.

  78. Barbara Caldwell Kingman says:

    O what fun it was to see all the pictures of everyone.but why no pictures of Georgie??he’s usually such a ham.I hope to be able to attend one in the future, it would truly be an experience of a lifetime. We have been supporters of yours for many years and we wouldn’t know what to do without you.

  79. Doris Minear says:

    Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. I will never forget it. Thank you to your wonderful teachers and staff, they couldn’t have been more helpful and your generosity is unequalled. It was truly a First Class Event.
    Thank you Anna
    Looking forward to the new products.

  80. Nancy Itson says:

    I loved the picture from your event. It looked like everyone had a fabulous time. I hope I can go to your next event like this. It would be so much fun to craft with other Anna followers and to learn from the pros.

  81. Diana Kessler says:

    I am happy that photos and information regarding the Anna Griffin Create Weekend has been posted for those of us who couldn’t attend the event. Every crafter evidently had an amazing trip and learned lots of ideas for making projects. What fun it must have been to craft with other “Griffinites” who love and adore Anna and her staff. Very happy for all who could attend and be a part of this amazing weekend! Hope to attend in the future!

  82. Lin M. says:

    Thank you so much Anna! I don’t have words to describe how fabulous it was to attend the Anna Griffin Create Event – I am still on a “Create high”! Thank you for posting these photos! I took pictures but these will be added to my collection for an Anna Griffin Create Scrapbook.

  83. Linda O'Connor says:

    Thank you Anna for posting all those pictures ! My son is 8 years old and he watches all your HSN shows with me! He loves paper crafting too! He wanted me to yell you that he Loves Anna Griffin! !
    You do make a difference in people’s lives! Thank you for all you do!
    Linda

  84. kim k. says:

    Anna, You have such a beautiful spirit. You truly are beautiful in every way! Thank you so much for sharing the experience through the pictures. Your products are a reflection of who you are. You leave beautiful wherever you go!! You have touched so many people in so many ways. I thank you for touching my life.

  85. Eve Yeung says:

    Thanks for the photos, it was an amazing weekend! I can’t stop talking about it to my friends and co-workers! I’m even thinking about incorporating a mini make-and-take in my holiday party this year, to share with my friends (eat some food, make a holiday card, hehe)!

  86. Vivian says:

    I enjoyed looking at all of the photos and all of the people having such a good time and I absolutely love the pictures of all the beautiful people and beautiful Anna Griffin why thank you so much for sharing with us

  87. Cheryl Sheth says:

    That was awesome.. Hope you can do one in Vanvouver, Canada.. That looked such a great event.. Thanks for sharing..

  88. Dianne McDonald says:

    It was absolutely the event of the year! Anna was Soooooooooooo generous and the guests were fabulous. I loved meeting Anna and the design team. The classes were beautiful, fun and enlightening.

    Meeting each person was amazing and the ideas were flowing and many cards and pages were created. The office staff were a joy to meet and so very helpful.

    The best experience ever in my history of retreats.

    Anna, thank you for being you!

  89. Kim Bush says:

    I have a new grand baby on the way next month and I could not spring for two back to back trips. I so wish I could have gone, however the photos you shared were like being right there with you. It looks like everyone had such a wonderful time. Thank you for letting us that could not attend, share in your fun.

  90. Hobo says:

    I am so happy for all those who were able to attend. It seems as if everyone there, including Anna, had a great time and learned so much. That wall of paper made me hyperventilate! Would love to have been able to go, but widowed and on fixed income so I can only dream. But I enjoy the pictures. Just like I know I will never see the wonders of the world, thanks to National Geographic books and magazine I can travel there without leaving home, and I can enjoy the wonders of AG through pictures of events like this. If you held an event in Boston I may be able to go since I could stay with my daughter and take the T to the events. I am sure crafters around the country would like to see something like this in their neck of the woods, but I also realize that transporting all the supplies would be such a pain and expensive. You would need to charter a plane to move it all!

  91. Patti Rodgers says:

    It was truly amazing- your generosity was beyond belief and I met some amazing women. Thanks to you , your staff and the event planners as well as the Ritz Carlton. Hope you rest and then think about having another.:))).

  92. Julie Blake says:

    Thank you Ellen that is very sweet of you. I was one of those that couldn’t make it, but I am so happy for you that you were able to. I am even more happy that you had a wonderful time. Again, thank you for your kind words. Julie

  93. Susie rhoades says:

    The most fantastic thing I saw beautiful people giving and creating. Thanks to Anna and her super guests that taught and encouraged to create one of a kind beauty’s. Will start saving for next year I won’t miss it. Thanks for sharing a wonderful experience.

  94. Penny Comeau says:

    Anna and Team. I cannot wipe the smile off my face. Even though I knew it would be great, it exceeded every expectation I had. You are truly a special group of people as are your fans. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for ALL you do!

  95. Ellen Bendel says:

    Dear Anna and Staff (and Joe too) – I’m still in awe of the most amazing weekend that exceeded ALL of our expectations. The venue was absolutely perfect as was everything else, including meeting Georgie, twice! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! To the ladies who could not attend and are posting on the blog and Facebook page, your generous spirit of happiness for those of us who were able to attend has warmed my heart. You no doubt reflect that same graciousness of Anna and I so hope that one day each and every one of you can also share in this most amazing experience, regardless of your life circumstances. We indeed had a wonderful time, and the only thing missing was that you all were not there with us:)

  96. Kate Scott says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, what I knew would be an elegant weekend.

    I hope you will be able to do this again!
    Love,
    Kate

  97. M'Liss White says:

    It was and will be a wonderful weekend to remember! I enjoyed meeting so many people and knowing that we all shared our love of crafting. It was a plus getting to do it with Anna, staff and guests. Thank you again and the pictures are awesome!

  98. Grama Pei says:

    Wonderful memories! Love these pics! Oh, it was truly wondrous! Thank you Anna Griffin Inc! I will never ever forget it!

  99. Robin LaFollette says:

    This was an awesome event. We were treated like royalty, by both Anna and the Ritz Carlton staff. I met so many wonderful ladies. A “once in a lifetime” experience!

  100. Jan M says:

    Love the pictures – thanks for sharing them with us. I can imagine being there. So much fun, in many ways.

  101. Debbie Dunn says:

    Hello Anna, it’s me again, Debbie Dunn ☺️,
    I am Speachless !!!! What a Beautiful event, I am so glad that even with all you and you team planned everything so beautifully, that the beauty of the moment touched you as though everyone who attended was the celebrity, how deeply moving. You are Awesome Anna Griffin !!
    You picked an awesome team to help you live your vision . I applaud you all .
    As always, my very best to you and your team.
    Fondly,
    Debbie Dunn

  102. Chris Hayden says:

    I couldn’t make it this year but I hope you do it again next year! I would love to go to this. What fun!!!!

  103. Julianne says:

    How wonderful, I wish I could have made it this year. I’m hoping there will be future opportunities! Seeing Sandy there makes me miss her HGTV show, and seeing you there too, Anna!

  104. Laurel Mitchell says:

    It truly WAS one of the best weekends of my entire life!! Anna and her staff did an amazing job; the staff at the Ritz were SO nice and helpful; the food was yummy and I met some of the nicest ladies who I hope to have a lifetime friendship with. It was such a blessing—THANK YOU, ANNA!!!
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  105. Kathryn says:

    From the photos it looks like everyone had a wonderful time. I hate that I missed it. I hope to make the one next year. (hint, hint)

  106. Pat Dusak says:

    I had such a wonderful time. You spoiled us. There is no other event I can go to that was as nice as yours. Thank you and your wonderful staff for making this event possible. Every single person genuinely loved their job and were more than happy to help at anytime. The staff at the Bellevue also were very accommodating. Anna, I hope you make this a yearly event. I truly enjoyed myself. Thank you. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are all thankful for you and your wonderful products that will turn our Thanksgiving pictures into delightful scrapbooks! Pat Dusak

  107. Brenda L - centralnyscrapper says:

    Thanks for sharing this fabulous experience will those that were unable to attend. I hope to attend next time. From the posts I am reading I’d better sign up on the first day (or you need a bigger venue) because it looks like a lot of people want to attend your next one.

    On another note, when will the online warehouse sale be?
    Thank you for bringing beautiful products to us!

  108. Doug G. says:

    It looks like an amazing time!!! I would’ve loved it so much but a parent’s health concerns had to come first this year. I hope there will be more in the future!! Pease, please Anna !!!! Thank you for sharing photos and more from it. I am green with envy and hope everyone that attended had the time of their lives !!!!

  109. Laura says:

    It looks like an amazing time. I would’ve loved it so much. I hope there will be more in the future. Thank you for sharing.

    Laura

  110. Bonnie says:

    Ahhh, wish so much I was there. Everything looks so beautiful and so much fun. Bless you all on your creativity and travel. Please wish me blessings on my December craft show where I will be featuring Christmas pop-up cards from the Anna Griffin kit. I am having a ball making them. I will post a pic of one of my favorites in a few days.

  111. Andrea says:

    It was so nice to see all the beautiful photos!! You and your staff are an inspiration to so many of us!! I felt like I was there and so wish I could have been!! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed the event and all your wonderful products!! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  112. Vicky says:

    Looks like it was a fabulous weekend! If you do this again next year I think I am going to treat myself! 🙂

  113. Paulette Trent says:

    I feel so blessed to have met so many wonderful people during the weekend. The photos capture what I will remember about the very first Anna Griffin Create Weekend. 🙂

  114. BARBARA SHIKIAR says:

    I am sorry I could not attend but happy so many crafters had such a marvelous learning experience. If you do this again, maybe I will be able to attend. Thanks for all you do for your fans and crafters everywhere.

  115. Arlene B says:

    I had a wonderful time. I can’t wait for the next event. Thank you for all that you did to make it a memorable event.

  116. Bobette Larsen says:

    Enjoyed the photos. Love all the flowers someone made!!

    Keep up the good work – we love what you do.

  117. pamela walker says:

    Thanks for the amazing opportunity, memories for a lifetime. Thank you for posting the beautiful phots, l hope to use them in my Anna Griffin scrapbook.

  118. ElizabethD says:

    Anna, staff and ladies. The photos were wonderful. It is so nice to see happy faces and enjoyment. Thank you Anna for sharing the photos.

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