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

How to: Spring Floral Card with 3D Ornamental Embossing Folders

Hi friends,

Thank you so much for joining us on Wednesday for our 8th Annaversary shows on HSN! Craft Days are the best, and this one was no exception! My favorite moments were the Skype calls. Your projects were incredible and thank you for being so generous with me.

Our Treasury Stamps and Dies will be essential in crafting in 2018. Every single card sending occasion is included in this comprehensive set and we will be showing you lots of inspirational projects this year.  Be sure to share your beautiful cards and scrapbook pages with us because we love to see what you are making!

Craft Day continues on March 7th with the kick off of National Craft Month on HSN. Mark your calendars for the biggest 24 hour event we have ever participated in. The Mini will be back in March along with lots of new storage solutions.

Wow, so exciting! Now, while you wait on your Craft Day goodies to come in, be inspired by today’s how to project using our gorgeous Ornamental 3D Embossing Folders! It’s time to get creating.

3D Ornamental Embossing Folders

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® 3D Ornamental Embossing Folders (Lattice)
  • Anna Griffin® 12-piece Watercolor Markers (green, pink, yellow) 533-788
  • Anna Griffin® Fancy Flip Card Embellishments (gold rose) 522-272
  • Anna Griffin® Favorite Flowers III (white lily) 552-844
  • (2) 5”x 7” pearl metallic card stock layers
  • (1) 5”x 7” green metallic card stock layer
  • (1) 5” 7” ivory card stock base
  • Gold metallic marker
  • Sentiment sticker
  • Foam squares
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Scissors or Craft Knife
  • Paper trimmer

Instructions:

Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ and Lattice embossing folder, emboss the two pieces of pearl metallic card stock.

Use the watercolor markers to color the leaves and flowers on one of the ivory card stock layers.

Color the 3 small circles by each flower with the gold metallic marker.

Cut in slightly, .0625″ from all four sides of the embossed and colored pearl card stock layer using a paper trimmer. Do not cut into the embossed design.

Cut the corners of the pearl card stock to round them.

With scissors or a craft knife, fussy cut the center design from the 2nd embossed pearl card stock layer.

Assembly:

  1. Using a tape runner, attach the 5”x 7” green metallic card stock to the 5”x 7” ivory card base.

Adhere the colored pearl card stock layer using a tape runner.

Attach the fussy cut ivory cardstock layer using foam squares.

Adhere the sentiment to the center of the card and add the gold embellishments to the top and bottom of the sentiment, tucking under slightly and adhere.

Attach the floral stickers to the right and left of the sentiment sticker, tucking under slightly.

This card is so easy, and so beautiful! In the next few weeks, we will be sharing even more how to projects to get your creative juices going with our January 10th products! Let us know some of the skills or projects you would like to learn! We will see you on Monday.

Xoxo,

Anna

HSN January 10th, 2018 Shopping List

Hello, hello!

Meet us at midnight tomorrow for our first shows of the year on HSN! These #Annaversary shows can’t be beat, and we are going to have a great time showing you all the new products, returning favorites and how to create with them! We have the Today’s Special on January 10th. It is the incredible Anna Griffin Treasury of Stamps and Dies, a compendium of clear stamps and concentric dies to create dimensional embellishments for all occasions.

Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting hours start at midnight and continue throughout the day at 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm EST. Also on Wednesday at 5:15pm, we will be joining some of our favorite HSN hosts for a Facebook live!

Want another look at everything new? Here’s a video re-cap of the last 5 weeks of blog posts about our 8th Anna-versary on HSN. The table was so full, that we could not squeeze in the Cricut Maker, Cricut Easy Press and the very special Cricut Explore Air 2 Anna Griffin Anniversary bundle. The Cricut family of products are the creme de la creme of crafting tools and we have Anna-versary specials on all of them!

Here are our products for January 10th! Links will be updated as available.

New Items

592735 – Eleanor Designer Paper Crafting Kit

59264-629 – Christmas Ribbon Assortment

592764-20J – Everyday Ribbon Assortment

592764-424 – Vintage Ribbon Assortment

555-601 and 595-610 Xyron Sticker Makers

592667 – Window Ledge Embellishments

592710- Window Ledge Dies 1

592691 – Window Ledge Dies 2

592758 – Window Box Die Cuts and Sentiments

592731 – Dresden Spring Assortment

592719 – Fancy Flourish Dies

592722 – Engraved Botanica Card Kit

592711 – Shaker Dies 2 (butterfly, envelope, clover and bunny)

592715 – Shaker Card Supply Kit

594455 – Vintage Bunny Die Cuts

592664 – Ornamental 3D Embossing Folders

592741 – Floral Decoupage Diecuts

588268-KK5 – Treasury Stamp/ Dies- Amelie

588268-06Y – Treasury Stamp/ Dies- Camilla

588268-52X – Treasury Stamp/ Dies- Grace Black

588268-F67 – Treasury Stamp/ Dies- Grace White

588268-DR7 -Treasury Stamp/ Dies- Ivory Damask

592559 – Mini Diecutting and Embossing Machine

592765 – Heat Embossing Tool

592562 – Treasury Inks

592563 – Treasury Embossing Powders

592564 – Treasury Cards, Embellishments and Envelopes

Returning Favorites

592666 Window Ledge Card Making Kit (No Dies)

592710 – Window Ledge Dies 1 (Original)

552838 – Delicate Engravings Card Kit

597867 – Anna Griffin Explore Air 2 Anniversary Bundle

574327 – Cricut Maker

586053 – Make Something You Love Paper Kit with Autoship

505105 – 12 x 12 Perfect Palette II

572269 – Shaker Dies (original)

522150 – Trelliage Set

552843 – Frame It Coloring Pages

532431 – Chameleon Markers

552853 – Chameleon Color Tops

583456 – Cricut Easy Press Machine

583897 – Valentine’s Dresden Trims

583895- 2018-2019 Planner Bundle

522556-Xyron Creative Station

Please note that we have experienced some shipping delays due to the holidays. This means that some of your orders could show an extended delivery date at the time of purchase. Never fear! We are working as quickly as possible!

See you at midnight EST January 10th. Let the celebration begin!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

 

HSN January 10th, 2018 Product Preview 5 Winners

Hi there!

We are only 5 days away from our Anna-versary shows on HSN! We’re so excited to celebrate 8 years of Elegant Paper Crafting on HSN! Join us for a fun filled event on January 10th at midnight, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm EST and throughout the day for lots beautiful in the making! Don’t forget, we have a Facebook Live on HSN’s Facebook page at 5:15pm.

Can you feel the anticipation? It’s time to announce our lucky winners for all things Treasury! Drum roll please!

Facebook- Donna McPherson and Lisa Tolen

Instagram- smplyme72 and purple.ewe

Blog- Deanna Collins and Judy Whitley

Pinterest- Linda Heckendorf and Sylvia Hungerford

Enjoy this treasure trove of crafting supplies, and have a blast creating with it all year long!

Thank you everyone for playing along and using our hashtags; it’s been fun to follow your comments on our social media channels! Now, let’s look at our line up of new products once again!

We are super excited about our Ornamental 3D Embossing Folders. These 3 folders create the most elegant, elaborate patterns you can imagine. You will be blown away by the dimensional effect achieved from these folders!

It’s here, it’s here! The Anna Griffin Treasury of Stamps and Dies offers you an entire year of amazing crafting. This comes organized in a binder filled with 61 stamps and 34 concentric cutting dies. What’s great is that you can choose from 5 patterns to match the rest of your Anna Griffin storage patterns! Take your pick from Camilla, Amelie, Grace Black, Ivory Damask and Grace White.

Included with your binder, you will receive holiday stamps and dies, botanical and celebratory stamps and dies and a stamp for all your friends and family. Now you can personalize cards for your friend, sister-in-law and all the important people in your life.

Wait, there’s more! We have an auto ship option that expands on important card sending occasions each containing 24 stamps and 18 dies. Auto Ship 1 is all about “Birthday and Congratulations” stamps and dies.  You are going to love stamping and creating dimensional diecuts like balloons, wreaths and presents to celebrate any special occasion.

With Auto Ship 2, you will be able to create “Sympathy and Inspiration” cards. Make cards that say just the right thing to lift others up. Layer sentiments from Believe and Thinking of You to Love & Hope. Add stamped lilies, trees and more for the finishing touches.

The last shipment is Auto Ship 3! This set has stamps and dies about “Get Well and Gratitude.” Send well wishes from Sending Love and Strength to Forever Grateful. Combine your stamped sentiments with beautiful teapots and a bird and branch for a gorgeous effect.

Our Treasury Cards and Layers coordinate perfectly with The Anna Griffin Treasury of Stamps and Dies! You’ll get 54, 5×7 cards, 54 envelopes and 54 printed layers. Mix and match card patterns and layers until your heart’s content.

Make your stamping shine with the 6 colors in our set of Treasury Inks. The vibrant inks are incredible on their own, or topped with a matching embossing powder.

Add dimension to your stamping with coordinating Treasury Embossing Powders! All 6 colors work with your stamped image and our Heat Embossing Tool to create a whole new texture on sentiments and embellishments.

There’s nothing we love more than tools in Anna Griffin ivory and gold! Use the two speeds along with our inks and embossing powders to turn your stamping into glossy works of art!

Our Anna Griffin Mini is fun sized! This diecutting and embossing machine is great for using with the Anna Griffin Treasury of Stamps and Dies, your smaller dies and embossing border folders!

Now that’s a celebration! The countdown is on! We are so excited that we can kick off the new year and create with you on January 10th. It’s going to be a grand occasion!

Over the holiday break we received some amazing fan mail to share with you. Come take a look!

On Monday we will have your HSN shopping list with available links!

Love,

Anna