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 Product Preview 3

Better late than never!

It’s time for Product Preview 3 of our upcoming shows on HSN January 10th! These first shows of the New Year are going to be amazing! We have lots of new and returning favorites for our #annaversary shows! Join us at midnight, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7 pm, 8pm and throughout the day for in depth views at our new products, gorgeous projects and a good time! We are counting down the days!

These winter months have us thinking forward to Spring, how about you? Let’s take a look at this week’s exciting products!

First up, is our Engraved Botanica Card Making Kit! Oh my goodness this kit is so beautiful, and will allow you to make 20 incredible cards! These cards and layers contain stunning floral patterns and lovely colors. You will get incredible die cuts, colored flourishes, ribbons, borders, bows, sentiments and so much more.

 

It’s back! Our 12 x 12 Perfect Palette 2 is returning for our January 10th shows! This pack of pretty papers is made specifically for cutting with your Cricut, but works wonderfully for layouts and cards too! What’s great about this pack of card stock is the shades in our perfect palette and the glitter papers!

Swallows and bunnies and butterflies oh my! Our Charming Dresden Trims offer beautiful, gilded and dimensional die cuts to make the perfect Easter and Spring cards! You’ll get one sheet of each design of these gorgeous trims that are made on a German press that is hundreds of years old. The vintage charm of these trims is enhanced by our pretty papers, and they are the perfect finishing touch to elevate your Spring cards.

They’re here! Our Flourish Dies come straight from your product requests! Now, you can create flourishes in different shapes and sizes and colors and textures! These flourishes add just the right movement and whimsy to make your projects stand out in the best way possible! You’ll get 8 cutting dies in the set. We can’t wait to see how you use these flourishes on all your cards and scrapbook pages.

Back just in time for our #annaversary is our Anna Griffin ivory and gold Cricut Explore Air 2. On January 10th the bundle we have to offer is extraordinary! You’ll get the Cricut Explore Air 2, a light grip mat, cutting blade, two paper pads and our Anna Griffin Printables Library to cut with your Cricut. You will also get Anna’s Gracious Giftables, Anna’s Pop Up Cards, Anna’s Fantastic Flips and more!

We will also have the Cricut Make Something You Love Paper Materials kit that debuted with the Circuit Maker for sale. This will have a limited amount of auto ship enrollments on the day in case you wanted the program without buying the Cricut Maker.

On Friday we will announce 8 winners of 8 products – 2 card kits, 2 perfect palettes and 2 flourish die sets! You know what to do, comment below, on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #annaversary and #celebr8annagriffin.

Be sure to tune in to Fan Mail Friday. We love sharing all the beautiful creations that you send. It’s the sweetest way to end the week.

Bye for now,

Anna

 

 

 

 

How to: Faux Gatefold Christmas Card with Decorative Edge Dies

Hi everyone,

Can you believe that there are only 24 days left until Christmas? So many of you have already finished making your cards, but for those of you like me, here is a little inspiration to get your card making started this weekend!

Today, we are going to show you how you can use your Holiday Decorative Edge Dies to create a faux gate fold card just by layering!

Holiday Decorative Edge Dies

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® Holiday Decorative Edge Cut/Emboss Dies (snowflake die and snowflake border die) 574-340
  • Anna Griffin® Perfect Bow Assortment (gold bow) 430-694
  • Ivory 5”x 7” card base
  • Dark green patterned card stock, cut to 5”x 7”
  • Light green patterned card stock, cut to 5”x 7”
  • Ivory card stock, cut to 5”x 7”
  • Snowflake embellishment
  • Sentiment sticker
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam square adhesive

Instructions:

  1. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™, die cut the light green card stock using the snowflake die. Align the straight edge of the die with the 7” straight edge of the card stock. Repeat on the other side of the card stock.

2. Die cut the ivory card stock using the snowflake border die and the Cricut® Cuttlebug™.

 

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the dark green patterned card stock to the ivory card base using a tape runner.

2. Attach the light green snowflake decorative edge to the ivory decorative edge border by using the tape runner along the straight edge of the die cuts.

3. Using foam squares, attach the decorative edges and borders to the card base. Align the straight edges of the die cuts along the left and right sides of the card base.

4. Adhere the snowflake embellishment diagonally across the center of the card with foam squares.

5. Peel off the backing of the sentiment sticker and attach in the center of the card, over the snowflake.

6. Attach the gold bow to the bottom right corner of the embellishment using foam adhesive.

This card would be gorgeous in many different colors and sentiments! It’s almost time to get those holiday cards in the mail! See you on Monday for our first preview of what is in store for you January 10th, 2018 on HSN.

Bye for now,

Anna