How to: Christmas Collage Toppers 2 with Shadow Layer

Hi there!

Wow, wow, wow! Thank you all so much for joining us on Tuesday, October 3rd for our 24 hour Craft Day on HSN! It was a wild roller coaster of a ride, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! There’s so much creativity just waiting to happen with products like the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Easy Press, Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Digital Cartridge and the Christmas Shaker Card Kit. These incredible items are sure to inspire you to create the most beautiful projects. Be sure to share all your work with us on Facebook! We love to see what you are making, and we get inspired every time you post.

You haven’t seen a “beautiful in the making” how-to project since the end of August because of all the new product previews. Today we chose our amazing Christmas Collage Toppers 2 to inspire you to get crafting! Crafty girls have been connecting the dots across all of your Anna Griffin stash. Just look how we have used the Beribboned Frame die to accent the artwork on the card topper!

Christmas Collage Toppers II

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Cuttlebug™ Beribboned Frames Dies, 489-501
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One, 457-852
  • Anna Griffin® Christmas Collage Toppers Set 2 (“Peace Love and Joy” topper) 574-353
  • Anna Griffin® Perfect Patterns Christmas Cards and Envelopes (1, 5” x 7” green and red card), 574-354
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday 5″ x 7″ Metallic Layers Cardstock (1 green layer), 442-884
  • Ivory cardstock, cut to 5” x 7”
  • Holly embellishments (2)
  • Adhesive (tape runner or glue)
  • Foam squares
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Die cut the metallic green card stock layer with the Beribboned Frame Die.

Using scissors, cut off the small leaves around the edges of the frame die cut.

Trace the outline of the frame die cut onto the ivory card stock with a pencil.

Fussy cut the ivory card stock along the traced outline. Cut slightly inside the lines.

Assembly:

Using a tape runner or glue, adhere the frame die cut to the ivory card stock layer.

Attach the frame die cut with ivory card stock backing to the Perfect Patterns Christmas Card using foam squares.

Adhere the Christmas Collage Topper to the center of the card using foam squares.

Attach one Holly embellishment to the bottom right corner of the Christmas Collage Topper, and then adhere a second Holly embellishment to the top left corner of the Christmas Collage Topper, between the frame die cut and Collage Topper.

Ta da! That is beautiful in the making!

It is time for a breather and to get ready for Create. We plan to keep showing you lots of things to make and we will take you behind the scenes of Quilt Market and Quilt Festival between now and the end of the month.

Mark your calendars for my next HSN shows on Friday, November 17th at 10am and 3pm and Saturday, November 18th at 9am. Yes, you read that right, we have a show on Saturday!

Lots of love,

Anna

HSN September 15th Product Preview 2 Winner + How to: Pretty Purse Gift Card Holder

Hi everyone,

The wait is almost over! Only 2 weeks remain until our shows on HSN September 15th! Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting will be live at 10am, 7pm and 10pm (on HSN2) EST. In case you missed the news, 10pm is a brand new live show on HSN2, and we’re so excited to be a part of it! We are officially half-way through September 15th’s products and giveaways! Out of over 1220 comments, Shellie Fontana you are today’s chosen at random winner! Enjoy your new items!

Everyone is excited for parchment! Our new Christmas Parchment Layers and Embellishments offer an easy, trace-able way to add beautiful, festive layers to your cards and scrapbook pages! You will get 72 frost-like layers, 6 each of 12 printed in white designs and 102 gold-foil accented card stock embellishments and vellum pieces. You can layer them for a delicate look or use individually to make your projects extraordinary!

Our set of Everyday Parchment Layers is also coming back for our September shows! You can create an incredible layer, just by tracing, cutting and puncturing the pre-printed, vellum patterns. There are 12 gorgeous lace inspired designs that allow you to create 72 dainty layers. We love to add a contrasting color underneath and color on the back of the design to add interest!

The tools of the trade are also back! Our Parchment Craft Tool Set is just what you use to trace, puncture and cut the layer designs to make them your own! With this set you will get: a perforation mat, 3 embossing tools (small, medium and large), 3 perforating tools (1 single needle, 1 double needle and 1 triple needle) and a pair of curved fine point scissors.

Just in time for Christmas, we bring you our Chameleon Color Tones Double-Ended Colored Pencils! There are 25 perfectly shaded pairs to create 50 brilliant colors. These highly pigmented, artist-quality colored pencils are perfect for use on all of our coloring pages, your crafts and other projects. Chameleon keeps everything organized with a built in workstation, so you can always find what you are looking for!

Your new Chameleon Color Tones Double-Ended Colored Pencils will be perfect to use with our Christmas Coloring Cards. In this set you will receive 24 holiday themed cards, 24 easy to color sentiments and 24 die cuts. Designs include bells, wreaths, ornaments and more! All you have to do is color, add a jolly sentiment and a festive die cut or two! You will have custom Christmas cards to send friends and family in no time!

There is a long holiday weekend ahead, so grab your Purse Gift Card Dies and let’s make some adorable cards!

Handbag Gift Card Holders

Finished Size: 3 ½” by 4 ¾” gift card holder

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut Cuttlebug™ Version 3 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One with Multipurpose Craft Tips & Bag 457-852
  • Anna Griffin® Handbag & Coin Purse Gift Card Dies 568-628
  • Anna Griffin® Craft Essential Tool Set 442-864
  • Anna Griffin® Cuttlebug™ 4-piece Die Set – Bows 372-159
  • Pink metallic cardstock
  • Patterned cardstock
  • Gold foil cardstock
  • Embellishments
  • Sentiment
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • Clear glue
  • Hook-and-loop fastener patches (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the back, front and pocket of the gift card holder from the pattern card stock using the handbag cutting dies.

2. Cut the handbag flap border of the gift card holder from the gold foil card stock.

Assembly:

  1. Fold along the score lines on the pocket and attach to the center of the back panel with adhesive.

2. Fold the bottom of the front and back panels up.

3. Attach the front and back panels to the bottom folds. Attach along the folded lines.

4. Fold in the sides of the front panel. Be sure to fold the tabs on the bottom of each side up.

5. Adhere tabs on the inside of the back panel.

6. Fold the top of the back panel over to the front.

7. Lace a ribbon through the small holes on the top of the handbag. Be sure to knot the ends so the ribbon will stay in place.

8. Adhere the handbag flap border edge to the outside top of the handbag flap.

 

9. Cut the embellishment bow from pink metallic cardstock using your Cricut Cuttlebug™ .

10. Carefully fold each of the shorter tabs to the center of the bow and adhere.

11. Attach the ribbon backing layer to the back side of the bow and adhere.

12. Wrap the long tab around both layers and adhere.

13. Attach embellishment and sentiments.

 

14. Attach hook-and-loop fasteners to the underside of the flap and to the front panel to give your Handbag Gift Card Holder an effortless open and close. (optional)

On Monday we will have your next preview and so much more. Happy Labor Day everyone!

Love,

Anna

How to: Blooming card with our 3D Flower Dies

Hello, hello!

Thank you so much for joining us this past Wednesday for our Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting shows on HSN! We loved getting to interact with you through social media, phone calls and Skype! You make our appearances so much fun! Our next shows on HSN will be on Friday, September 15th from 10am-11:30am and 6:45pm-8pm EST.

Here’s a reminder about the Cricut Make Something You Love event in Atlanta, Sunday, September 10th. There are 2 sessions and I will be there to play with the new Cricut Maker in advance of its’ launch on HSN October 3rd.

For today’s how to, let’s make a card using our set of 3D Flower Dies!

3D Flower Dies

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut Cuttlebug™ Version 3 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Beribboned Frames Dies
  • Anna Griffin® 3D Flower Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One 457-852
  • Anna Griffin® Favorite Sentiment Stickers
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Ivory card base
  • Ivory cardstock (2)
  • Pink patterned cardstock
  • Light pink cardstock
  • Light green cardstock
  • Green cardstock
  • Dark green cardstock
  • Pen or marker
  • Pink Ink
  • Cotton *****

Instructions:

  1. Cut and emboss the pink pattern and light pink solid card stock using the Beribboned Frame Die.

2. Fussy cut the light pink Beribboned Frame layer. You will only be using the top center and bottom center areas.

4. Cut and emboss the dark green cardstock using the small leaves die from the 3D Flower Dies.

5. Cut and emboss the green cardstock using the larger leaves die from the 3D Flower Dies.

6. Cut and emboss the flower layers three times from the ivory card stock.

7. Using a cotton ball, apply ink lightly to the middle of the flower layers. Use heavier ink coverage on the flower centers.

8. Using the barrel of a pen or marker, gently curl the flower petals and green leaves. Leave the dark green leaves uncurled.

Assembly:

  1. Using a tape runner, adhere the light green cardstock to the card base.

2. Using foam squares, adhere the Beribboned Frame die cut paper to the card base.

3. Adhere the pink cardstock fussy cut layer to the left and right sides of the card in the center.

4. Poke the dark green leaves through the Beribboned Frame layer so that it is partially over and partially under the layer. Adhere with foam squares.

5. Adhere the green leaves diagonally from the top left corner.

6. Assemble the flowers with foam adhesive between the layers. Rotate each layer to offset the petals. Adhere the ivory flower layers to the card using a tape runner.

7. Attach the sentiment and add your message inside.

Over the next 4 weeks, we will start our product previews for our September 15th shows! We have a lot of new products for you! Have a great weekend everyone.

Xoxo,

Anna

HSN August 16th, 2017 Product Preview 4

Hi everyone,

It’s time for the final Product Preview before our shows on HSN August 16th. We will be on at 2am, 11am and 10pm for full hours of Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting! This preview is all about à la carte Christmas crafting, and we have 7 festive items to show you!

 

We’re so excited to bring you Exquisite Dresden Trims just in time for all your holiday crafting. These are the most opulent embellishments one can find! The technique of centuries old printing, embossing and foil stamping techniques combine to make each delicate piecefoil stamped card stock piece. Our Exquisite Dresden Dies are made on 200 year old German presses, and will be a treasured addition to your holiday crafting supplies. Layer them for a luxurious look on cards, scrapbook pages, to create ornaments or even add to your Christmas wrapping. Designs include Christmas trees, bells, holly springs and Merry Christmas and come connected on a sheet to be trimmed off and added with glue.

Back from last year is our Glorious Greetings Card Making Kit. You’ll be able to mix and match over 200 pieces in this kit to make 30 3 dimensional cards like no other! You’ll get gorgeous holiday themed card surfaces and layers with foil stamped accents, gold foil diecuts, 3D diecuts, red and gold perfect bows and dimensional paper rosettes. Sentiments include holiday phrases from Celebrate the Season and Yuletide Greetings to Love and Best Wishes to You This Christmas.

Create the most beautiful, oversized embellishments for all your holiday projects! Our Botanical Cutting Dies include 9 large scale dies that cut and emboss; layer these diecuts to make magnificent paper poinsettias as well as holly and spruce branches with berries!

Our set of 120 Favorite Christmas Sentiments is a library of 3D, layered sentiments. You’ll get 4 each of 30 designs! Holiday phrases include Wishing You a Wonderful Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Happy Christmas, With Every Joy and Happiness This Christmas and many more. These stickers are traditionally colored in red, green, silver and white with gold foil accents. They coordinate beautifully with all of our holiday papers, layers and diecuts to create stunning holiday cards and scrapbook pages.

We know how much you love to stamp, and our Say it Anyway Stamps are back for August 16th!  This set includes 3, 5″ x 7″ sheets of clear stamps, full of warm, holiday greetings for your cards! There are 36 easy to use, clear stamps and an acrylic mount. The stamps work both horizontally and vertically to stamp both the inside and outside of your cards. Stamp phrases include Sending Holiday Cheer to Warm Your Heart All Year, Have a Magical Holiday Season and much more!

There’s nothing that layers as beautifully as our Christmas Glitter Stickers. This set of 90 die cut stickers are full of gorgeous glitter in gold, silver and red and make the perfect layer. We took our favorite, beautiful dies and made them into stickers for all your holiday projects.

Last but not least we have our 12 x 12 Christmas Card Stock. This set contains 48 sheets of rich, traditional patterns and colors. Many patterns feature foil stamping and will add a touch of elegance to your holiday cards and scrapbook pages.

Wow, what an incredible collection of holiday crafting staples. Let us know your favorite, and we’ll draw the winner of all 7 items at random on Friday!

Bye for now,

Anna

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

Dear all,

Thank you so much for all of the beautiful birthday wishes this week! I have been celebrating each day as I open the mail. There has been one surprise after another. The creativity of the cards and gifts has been a joy to experience! Just look at some of the fantastic cards that were sent from my crafty friends…

This one came first from Robert Hosler. Behold all of the beautiful glittery details!

Some of the cards came in boxes they were so dimensional. Elizabeth Durrant, you outdid yourself!

Speaking of boxes, Kay Mitchell made me a window box card – oh the thrill of opening!

JoAnn Sinclair made me her signature easel card. I love seeing our products in action like this!

Thank you Mary Huff for the beautiful card, letter and bookmark!

I have been fortunate to be on Terance and John’s card list this year and have received an incredible creation almost every month. Thank you for the Birthday Wishes!

Marcia, Marcia, Marica, this card is the perfect combination of prints and colors. I love it so much!

My dear Vivian Kochis, thank you for the gorgeous card!

Geraniums were my Mother’s favorite summer flower and I love seeing them on this card from Coco Davenport.

Chrissie Mancini and her Cricut have been at it again! This card is so lovely!

Who sends cards with original watercolor paintings on the front? Sylvie Durand does! I appreciate your generosity.

Many thanks to Dana Stuedemann for her perfect Pretty Paintings card!

I love getting one of your cards Kathy Glaze! The stick pins are adorable.

What a beautiful card Lizzy! So elegant!

You are capable of wonderful things too Ellen Bendel, mother of Minka!

I have to steal your idea Mary Beth – this is a masterpiece!

Well done Eve Yeung! Can’t wait to see you in November.

Thanks for popping up Kathleen Clark! It is beautiful.

Speaking of popping, look at this masterpiece from Gail Wenzel!

Supersize that popping and you get this from Sue Kurdt!

Whew! Believe me, when I say that this is just a small peek at what arrived in honor of my Birthday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I loved every heartfelt creation and can feel the love!

With sincere gratitude and appreciation,

Anna