How to: A Stamped Bouquet of Tulips

Hello,

We are counting the days until our next appearances on HSN, and if you haven’t already, mark your calendars! Our 24 hour Craft Day shows are on March 7th and our hours for Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting are at Midnight, 11am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm, 8pm and 10pm. March is National Craft Month, so you can bet that there are all kinds of exciting things planned to celebrate our favorite month of the year!

Last Friday we announced that the Anna Griffin Super Sale is back! It will run from 12pm EST Monday, February 19th through 12 pm EST Tuesday, February 20th. You’re going to love this once a year flash sale of crafting items at extraordinary values! Please see our previous post for FAQs on the Super Sale.

Valentine’s Day is just a little over two weeks away, and we’re sending this lovely card made with our Treasury Stamps and Dies, Treasury Inks, Embossing Powders and more! Grab your set and let’s make this together!

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One, 457-852
  • Anna Griffin® Treasury Stamps and Dies, 588-283
  • Anna Griffin® Fancy Flourish Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Heat Embossing Tool, 592-765
  • (1) 5”x 7” ivory card stock base
  • (1) Piece of pink patterned card stock, cut to 5”x 7”
  • (1) Piece of pink, double-sided card stock, cut to 4 ¼”x 8 ½”
  • (1) Piece of light pink metallic card stock, cut to 3”x 4”
  • (1) Piece of ivory card stock, cut to 4”x 6”
  • (2) Pieces of ivory card stock, cut to 3”x 4”
  • (1) Piece of gold metallic card stock, cut to 4”x 5”
  • Embossing powder (clear and gold)
  • Ink (pink, green, gold)
  • Pink bow
  • Scalloped craft scissors
  • Foam squares
  • Adhesive (tape runner)

Instructions:

  1. Using the scalloped scissors, cut across the top edge of the pink, double sided card stock.

2. Cut the pink double-sided card stock two inches down from the scalloped edge and add to the base of the card layer.

3. Stamp and emboss the 4”x 6” piece of ivory card stock with the tulip stamp. Use the green ink for the stem of the tulip, the pink ink for the petals, and emboss all with clear embossing powder.

4. Stamp and emboss one tulip on one of the 3”x 4” pieces of ivory card stock using the same inks and powders as #4.

5. Stamp and emboss the sentiment and sentiment border on the other piece of 3”x 4” ivory card stock. Stamp the sentiment with pink ink and emboss with clear embossing powder. Stamp the sentiment border with gold ink and emboss with gold embossing powder.6. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ cut the following:

  • Use the small Fancy Flourish die to cut 2 flourishes from the gold card stock
  • Use the large circle die to cut the stamped and embossed sentiment border
  • Use the small circle die to cut the stamped and embossed sentiment
  • Use the small tulip die to cut the stamped and embossed tulip
  • Use the tulip border die to cut a border from the light pink metallic card stock

Assembly:

  1. Using a tape runner, attach the pink patterned card stock to the 5”x 7” card base.

2. Attach the pink, double-sided card stock using foam squares.

3. Adhere the ivory, stamped card stock using a tape runner. The folded, scalloped edge of the pink double-sided card stock should fold on top of the ivory card stock.

4. Using a tape runner, attach the two flourishes near the center of the card.

5. Place the tulip on the tulip border using foam squares, then place in the center of the two flourishes.

6. Place the sentiment on the sentiment border using foam squares, then place on the stem of the tulip.

7. Place the pink bow between the sentiment and tulip.

This card makes such great use of your Treasury crafting items, and creates beautiful valentines. We hope you enjoyed making this card along with us! Join us later in the week for another gorgeous tutorial and Fan Mail Friday.

Bye for now,

Anna

 

 

 

How to: French Fan Valentine Card + Super Sale Announcement

Hi everyone,

Are you ready for some exciting news? Many of you have asked, and we have a special date to tell you about! The Anna Griffin Super Sale will take place on Monday, February 19th at 12 p.m. EST! This annual flash sale is bigger than ever! Get ready to shop because we will have card kits, embellishments, inks, stamps, dies and so much more at prices like never before.

We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Super Sale to help you! Please read these questions thoroughly to avoid any confusion on sale day. We want to make sure you get the items that you want!

Why do you have the Anna Griffin Super Sale?

The Super Sale is an event that we hold each year to say thank you to all of our wonderful fans! It is an exclusive opportunity to get your hands on discontinued Anna Griffin crafting collections at their absolute lowest prices ever. Many of the items are first quality excess inventory, but others are returns from customers like you.  Please note that product configurations may vary from original format. All items are sold as is.

When will this year’s Super Sale take place?

The Super Sale begins Monday, February 19th at 12pm EST, and will run through Tuesday, February 20th at 12pm EST (or while supplies last). The timing ensures that we have ample customer service on hand, and ensures that our West Coast fans are able to shop at a decent hour!

Where is the sale hosted?

The sale is online. Right before the sale begins, we will send out an email newsletter with the link that you will need to start shopping. We will post the same link on our social media networks. If you are not signed up for our email newsletter, visit www.annagriffin.com and enter your email address at the bottom of our home page in the box provided.

What do I need to do to participate?

To participate in the sale, you will need a valid form of payment. The Amazon payment process is optional, but it is the recommended solution for the fastest checkout. You will also be able to pay by credit card directly. If you are not already registered for a free Amazon account, and would like one you can SIGN UP HERE. You can set up your billing address, shipping address and form of payment in advance so checkout is ready to go on Super Sale day!

Why do you use Amazon?

This is the fourth year that we have used Amazon to facilitate the sale, and it allows everything to run smoothly. Amazon handles flash sales each and every day, and they have partnered with Shopify to bring us an even better Super Sale experience. Hooray!

What are the shipping charges associated with my purchases?

We are offering free shipping on all orders over $75. All orders under $75 will incur a flat rate shipping charge of $6.95.  Please do not place multiple orders! Customers cannot combine orders after they have been placed to get free shipping after the sale is over.

What service do you use to ship my items?

We will ship all Super Sale orders via FedEx ground or USPS (whichever is the lowest cost for your order) to ensure timely delivery and provide you up-to-date tracking information. We will provide a tracking number to you via email.

I participated in the sale last year, and items were removed from my cart before I had a chance to purchase. How can I avoid this?

Unfortunately, many of the items featured in the sale are available in very limited quantities. If you place one of these items in your cart and continue shopping, the item may sell out during that time and will consequently be removed from your cart. The Super Sale follows the same rules as the Amazon.com site, where items must be purchased and checkout must be completed before that item is reserved.

Do you ship internationally for the Super Sale?

We do not ship internationally. Super Sale items may only be purchased by customers in the U.S.

Will I receive a free gift with my purchase?

A free gift is included for orders of $50 or more. Limit one free gift per customer. The free gift cannot be returned or exchanged.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Your order will ship and arrive in 2-3 weeks.  It give us time to organize all the shipments after the sale and deliver most orders before the expected delivery date.

Can I make returns?

Items purchased in the Super Sale cannot be returned or exchanged for any reason. Please note that product configurations may vary from original format.

How to: Valentine French Fan Dies. We are still having a blast making valentines of all shapes and sizes. Get our your French Fan dies and let’s make a beautiful, dimensional card.

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin®  Gold/Ivory Cricut®  Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin®  Tool ‘n One, 457-852
  • Anna Griffin®  French Fan Dies
  • Anna Griffin®  Fancy Double-Sided card stock (ivory and gold) 499-586
  • (1) Piece of gold foil card stock, cut to 2”x 2”
  • (1) Piece of light pink card stock, cut to 3 ½”x 5”
  • (1) 5” 7” gold foil pattern card stock base
  • Valentine sentiment
  • Flower embellishments
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue adhesive
  • Adhesive (tape runner)

Instructions:

  1. Using the Cricut®  Cuttlebug™ and largest fan die, die cut and emboss two fans from the ivory and gold double-sided card stock.

2. Accordion fold the two fan die cut pieces, as shown.

3. Adhere the two pieces together, overlapping the ends to create one large fan.

4. Die cut and emboss the two small tassel pieces from the gold foil card stock using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ and French Fan Dies.

5. On the back of the pink card stock, trace around the small fan pictured.

6. Using scissors, fussy cut the traced fan outline. Use the tips of the fan ribs as a guide to cut as shown.

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the ivory and gold fan on top of the pink fan cut out using hot glue adhesive.

2. Attach to the front of the card base using a tape runner.

3. Adhere the flower embellishments to the bottom of the fan.

4. Attach the tassel using foam squares.

5. Adhere the Valentine sentiment above the flower embellishments.

Do you love your French Fan Dies? If you missed out on these, they return to HSN on May 1st. We hope you have a lot of fun making this gorgeous valentine, and that you send it with love!

Want to see this week’s mail? Happy Fan Mail Friday everyone!

Our product previews for our March 7th shows on HSN start on February 12th! Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!

Love,

Anna

 

How To: Valentine’s Day Window Ledge Card

Hello, hello!

In a couple weeks we will start previewing the exciting new items for 24 hour Craft Day on HSN March 7th! Go ahead and mark your calendars for Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting at Midnight, 11am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm. Plan to join us throughout the whole day for surprises like you have never seen before! HSN will have crafting every week in honor of National Craft Month and we will be back on March 14th for Create it Yourself shows featuring Anna Griffin.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it is an excellent reason to send a handmade card to someone you love! One of our most beloved crafting items is our Window Ledge Dies, and what’s great about them is that you can make a window ledge scene for any occasion!

Get out your crafting supplies and let’s make a sweet card together!

Valentine Window Ledge Collage

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Window Ledge Cardmaking Kit and Dies, 546-219
  • Anna Griffin® Spring Seasonal Embossing Folders (Ornate Quatrefoil)
  • Anna Griffin® Foil Layers Card stock (pink and gold 5”x 7” layer) 405-523
  • (1) Piece of gold foil card stock, cut to 4”x 6”
  • (1) Piece of light pink metallic card stock, cut to 3”x 5”
  • (1) 5” 7” ivory card stock base
  • Valentine sentiment
  • Foam squares
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Paper trimmer

Materials from Window Ledge Kit:

  • Window frame die
  • White and gold window ledge
  • White and gold window ledge flourish
  • Dog silhouette
  • Pink awning
  • (2) Pink valances
  • (2) Pink floral curtains
  • (2) Pink striped curtains
  • (2) Roses
  • (3) Small pink flowers

 Instructions:

Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ and Ornate Quatrefoil embossing folder, emboss the light pink metallic card stock.

Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ and window frame cutting die, die cut and emboss the gold foil card stock.

Assembly:

Using a tape runner, adhere the pink and gold foil card layer to the ivory card stock base.

Using a tape runner, adhere the window parts in the following order:

  • embossed light pink card stock (attach to the center of the card base)
  • pink striped curtains (align towards the bottom of the light pink layer)

  • pink floral curtains (align towards the bottom of the light pink layer)
  • pink valance (align to cover the top of the curtain die cuts)

Attach the cut and embossed gold window frame piece using foam adhesive.

Using foam adhesive, attach the white and gold window ledge.

Attach the dog silhouette poking out the window.

Arrange the rose and flower die cuts weaving through the window and window ledge and adhere with a tape runner.

Attach the gold and white window ledge flourish using a tape runner.

Fold the awning along the score lines and adhere using a tape runner.

Adhere the second valance to the back of the bottom of the awning using a tape runner.

Attach a sentiment to the awning using foam squares.

Now that is a valentine! Have a wonderful week, and join us right here on the blog Friday for another tutorial and Fan Mail Friday! Thank you all so much for all the wonderful mail you send; it really is the highlight of the week!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

How to: Valentine’s Day Shaker Card

Hi there,

It’s been a snowy couple of days here in Atlanta, which make for the perfect craft days! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so make sure that you get out all your favorite heart, flower and loved themed crafting items to make something extra special for all of those near and dear to your heart! We love the tradition of sending sweet sentiments, and thought we would share one of our favorite cards using the Shaker Window Dies (Hearts) and our Shaker Supply Card Kit.

Let’s get to shakin’!

Finished Size: 5×7 card   

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Shaker Window Dies (Hearts) 572-269
  • Anna Griffin® Valentine Confetti Cutting Die (Hearts) 583-923
  • Anna Griffin® Lovely Arrangements Embossing Folders (Embroidered Hearts)
  • Anna Griffin® Fancy Double Sided Card stock Layers (black floral)
  • Anna Griffin® Double Sided Cardstock for Diecutting (pink and white script)
  • Anna Griffin® Shaker Card Supplies Kit, 592-715
  • (1) 5”x 7” light pink metallic card stock layers
  • (1) 5”x 7” dark pink metallic card stock layer
  • (1) 5” 7” ivory card stock base
  • Sentiment sticker
  • Rose embellishments
  • Foam squares
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Paper trimmer

Instructions:

Using the paper trimmer, cut the black floral card stock layer to 5”x 7”. Set aside the scrap piece.

Cut the pink and white script layer to 5” wide, making sure the script reads horizontally across the page.

Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug and Shaker Window Die, die cut the large heart outline from the light pink card stock and the small heart outline from the dark pink card stock. Set aside the scrap pieces.

Die cut the large heart outline from the center of the black floral card stock layer using the Cricut® Cuttlebug and Shaker Window Die.

Using the Cricut® Cuttlebugand the Shaker Window Dies, cut the smallest heart from a scrap piece from the light pink card stock.

Emboss the small, light pink heart using the Cricut® Cuttlebug and Embroidered Hearts embossing folder.

Use the remaining scrap pieces of black floral, dark pink and light pink card stock to cut confetti hearts using the Valentine Confetti Die and the Cricut® Cuttlebug.

Pour the confetti into the foam-lined acetate layer from the Shaker Card Supply Kit.

Remove the liners from the foam strips to adhere the second piece of acetate, making a confetti pouch.

Assembly:

Using a tape runner, adhere the 5” wide pink and white script layer to the ivory card base.

Attach the confetti pouch to the center of the card using a tape runner along the edges of the pouch.

Adhere the black floral card stock to the front side of the confetti pouch using a tape runner.

Attach the light pink and dark pink heart outlines to the window of the card.

Using foam squares, attach the light pink embossed heart.

Attach the rose embellishments and sentiment.

We hope you have a lot of fun making this shaker card, and we would love to see your version on our Facebook page! We’re happy to end the week with Fan Mail Friday! Because of the delay with all the snow, next week’s installment will have even more of your gorgeous cards if you don’t see yours here this week.

Love,

Anna

 

 

How to: Make Something You Love – Paper Kit!

Hi there!

For those of you who purchased the Make Something You Love Educational Curriculum with the Cricut Maker in October we have a post for you! Please note that you can now purchase this kit individually if you missed out or already had a Maker by clicking here. Now, you can further your Cricut skills and create amazing projects! This curriculum, along with the other MSYL with Anna Griffin kits provide you with the materials, projects and video instruction to make something YOU love (with a little help from us)! Let’s take a look at what you get and how to use it!

There are 7 complete bundles in the Make Something You Love Auto Ship, with the first being paper! This set of projects is designed to be all about Valentine’s Day! The beautiful florals, damask pattern and glitter papers work together to create incredible projects with either your Cricut Maker (or your Cricut Explore Air 2 for the paper, vinyl, and iron on kits).

In the MSYL Paper Kit you’ll get:

  • (5) 0.3 Extra-fine point pens
  • (5) 12″ x 12″ sheets of glitter card stock – (Gold, Silver, Black, White and Bronze)
  • (12) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Rose Medley Double Sided Card Stock
  • Make Something You Love Paper Material Kit Digital Image Set code card – (15 digital images)
  • Instruction sheet
  • Rose Medley project insert

Let’s take a look at the incredible projects you can create! Follow the link on each project to get started, and view the tutorial videos at learn.cricut.com/anna-griffin.

Make a scrapbook page to show off your most cherished memories. This gorgeous page highlights any special occasion! https://design.cricut.com/#/design/67625421

We all like to get a little something, and with this pretty box you can give a little something! Fill this box with sweets, treats or anything worthy of such a beautiful presentation. https://design.cricut.com/#/design/67636847

Be the hostess with the mostest with this adorable candy bag toppers! Your party favors have never looked so good! https://design.cricut.com/#/design/67622075 

You’re going to love this flip card, and the way that it combines moving pieces and lovely patterns. Send this card to a loved one for the perfect Valentine! https://design.cricut.com/#/design/67643077 

Create party decor that wows! This 3 heart banner combines Valentine’s Day colors, a beautiful rose pattern, glitter paper and intricate cuts to make a banner like no other! https://design.cricut.com/#/design/67622508

Here are some tips and tricks for your MSYL Paper Kit!

  1. ADD MORE: This bundle comes with 15 images plus print then cut flowers, so search through the bundle to find the perfect finishing touch to all of your projects.
  2. MAKE IT YOUR OWN: All of our MSYL projects are fully customizable. Change the size or colors to make a project that is all your own.
  3. HELPFUL TOOLS: A bone folder helps to make a perfectly creased fold. It is great for making perfect rosettes!
  4. CHECK YOUR MAT: The right mat can make all the difference when cutting with your Cricut Maker. Use the “Light Grip” mat for paper and card stock, “Standard Grip” for heavy card stock and glitter paper, and the “Strong Grip” mat for kraft board.
  5. CHANGE MATS: Before cutting, you can move from one mat to another by clicking on the top left corner of the object in design space. You can also move the object around on the mat by clicking on the object and dragging. Use these tricks to get the most cuts out of your materials.

In the auto shipment of the MSYL with Anna Griffin program, there are new images, materials and instructions every 8 weeks, so you can make 2018 the year of creating with your Cricut Maker! Next month you will get the Make Something You Love with Felt – Auto Ship February 2018.

The rest of auto shipments are dedicated to materials that we all want to cut with our Cricut machines:

Make Something You Love with Vinyl – Auto Ship April 2018

Make Something You Love with Iron On – Auto Ship June 2018

Make Something You Love with Printables – Auto Ship August 2018

Make Something You Love with Faux Leather – Auto Ship October 2018

Make Something You Love with Fabric – Auto Ship December 2018

What’s not to love? These Make Something You Love Kits make it easy to create projects with the contents of each box! Have you started your kit yet? We’ve seen some great results on the Cricut Maker Facebook page. Comment below and tell us what you love making for the ones you love!

Happy crafting,

Anna