How to: Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Cricut Cartridge

Hello, hello!

If you bought the new Crciut Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Cartridge from HSN in October, you are in for a treat today. Inspired by Victorian tussie mussies, this cone shaped ornament is light weight and perfect for filling with your favorite Christmas trimmings. I always hang this type of ornament near the bottom of the tree because Georgie loves to swat at them. Happily, this will not break!

Log into your Design Space account, and let’s make some ornaments! Here is the project URL: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/72584379   (Note: you must register your digital cartridge code in your Cricut.com account before starting the project)

Anna’s Holiday Ornaments – 3D Snowflake Cone

Finished Size: Approximately 4”x 7”

Materials:

  • Cricut® Maker™ machine or any Cricut Explore Machine
  • Cricut® Design Space™ software
  • Anna Griffin® Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® 12”x 12” Foil Card stock, 574-335, (1) matte gold
  • Anna Griffin® Christmas Dresden Trims Embellishments, 568-622, holly
  • Anna Griffin® Seasonal Holiday Embossing Folders, Nordic Flake
  • 12” x 12” Standard Grip or Light Grip Cricut® cutting mat
  • Silver tinsel ribbon
  • Glitter tulle
  • Gold metallic string
  • (1) Christmas tree embellishment
  • (2) Holly embellishments
  • (1) Bird embellishment
  • (1) Holiday sentiment
  • Foam square adhesive
  • Hot glue adhesive

Instructions:

Using your Cricut® Design Space™ software and Cricut® Maker™or Cricut Explore machine, follow the on-screen instructions to cut each layer from foil card stock.

Assembly:

Emboss the cone base with the Nordic Flake embossing folder using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™.

Using hot glue adhesive, adhere the tinsel ribbon to the inside of the decorative edge of the cone base. Repeat with the cone handle.

Wrap to form cone. Connect the two straight edges together by overlapping one edge aligned on top of the other. Adhere with hot glue adhesive.

Attach the cone handle using hot glue adhesive.

Attach the Dresden Trim to the front of the cone with hot glue adhesive.

Using foam squares, adhere the embellishments to small portions of glitter tulle.

Place inside the cone and adhere into place with small dots of hot glue adhesive.

Using foam squares, attach the holiday sentiment over the Dresden Trim.

Loop the gold metallic string around the handle of the cone and tie a knot.

Here are a few more ornaments that have been made with the cartridge.

These soon to be heirloom ornaments will add beauty and delight all season long!  We will be posting more instruction for putting these ornaments together in the coming weeks, so stay tuned right here!

On Friday, we will start our new product previews for our HSN shows on November 17th and 18th! The fun is just beginning!

Love,

Anna

 

How to: Christmas Sentiments Stamps and Dies Card

Hi there!

Our set of Christmas Sentiment Stamps and Dies allows you to create endless sentiments for your cards and scrapbook pages. We know you have a lot of holiday cards to send to friends and loved ones, and with this set, you will have 32 sentiment phrases to choose from. Layer these sentiments with 4 different tag shapes, and you have so many options to work with! We love this gorgeous gold card, complete with snowflakes and topped with the perfect stamped sentiment.

Let’s get to stamping!

Christmas Sentiment Stamps and Dies

Finished Size: 5”x 7” card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Christmas Sentiment Stamps and Dies, 574-342
  • Anna Griffin® Collector’s Edition Dies, Flourish Emblem
  • Anna Griffin® Seasonal Holiday Embossing Folders, Nordic Flake
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Foil Layer, (1) gold foil layer
  • Anna Griffin® Ivory Cards and Envelopes, 505-052, (1) 5”x 7” folded card
  • (1) 5”x 7” gold glitter card stock
  • (1) 4 ¼”x 5 ¾” gold and silver patterned card stock
  • (1) 4”x5 ½” gold card stock
  • (2) 2 ½”x 3 ½” ivory card stock
  • (2) Snowflake embellishments
  • Ornament embellishment
  • Small gold bow
  • Border strip embellishment
  • Black ink
  • Heat gun
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Clear embossing ink
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™, die cut the gold glitter card stock with the Flourish Emblem

2. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ and the Nordic Flake embossing folder, emboss the gold card stock layer.

3. With scissors, fussy cut a triangle from both ends of the border strip embellishment.

Using black ink, stamp a holiday sentiment using the “Holiday Sentiment Stamps and Dies” on ivory card stock.

Using clear embossing ink, stamp a border design on ivory card stock.

Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the clear ink and use a heat gun to emboss the powder.

Die cut two coordinating sentiment tags from ivory card stock using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™.

Adhere the two stamped tags together using foam squares.

Assembly:

  1. Using double-sided adhesive, attach the 5”x 7” gold foil card stock layer to the ivory card base.

2. Adhere the gold and silver patterned layer, followed by the gold card stock layer, to the center of the card using double sided adhesive.

3. Using foam squares, attach the gold glitter die cut.

4. Attach the snowflake, ornament, bow and border embellishments using foam squares.

5. Adhere the sentiment with double sided adhesive.

That was so much fun! If you have this set, you know how wonderful it is for creating the perfect topper for all those holiday cards. Can you believe that there are only 59 days until Christmas? Keep up the card making and have a lovely weekend!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

How to: Shimmery Go Press and Foil Christmas Card

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As promised we have an amazing card that uses several techniques and your Go Press and Foil Machine! What’s great about this card is that you get a foil outline,  embossed foil layers and the regular foil stamped images. This project may be a little complex, but the outcome is definitely worth it! You’re going to create a card that is elegant, intricate and packs a serious holiday punch! At the end of the post be sure to read through some of our favorite tips and tricks for perfect results every time.

Are you ready to get started?

Shimmery Christmas Card

Finished Size: 5”x 7” card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Go Press & Foil Machine, 529-122
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Art Hot Foil Stamps, 572-701
  • Anna Griffin® Baubles and Bells Embossing Folders, Scattered Holly
  • Anna Griffin® Holly Cutting Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Terrific Tags, Stamps and Dies, 505-094
  • Anna Griffin® Pocket Embellishment Christmas Die Cuts
  • 1, 5”x 7” ivory card base
  • 1, 5”x 7” light green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 6” and 1, 3”x 4” green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 5 ½” dark green cardstock
  • 1, 3”x 4” ivory cardstock
  • Metal shim
  • Cardstock shim
  • Red bow
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ die cut the largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” green cardstock and die cut the 2nd largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” ivory cardstock.

Follow the steps in the Go Press and Foil instruction manual for the following:

2. Green foil on the light green cardstock using the Holly cutting die.

3. Gold foil on the dark green cardstock using the holly Hot Foil Stamp.

4. Gold foil on the ivory cardstock using the “Season’s Greetings” Hot Foil Stamp.

5. Use the Scattered Holly embossing folder to press the red foil to both pieces of green cardstock. Place in the Go Press and foil machine in the following order: metal shim, foil (colored side down), cardstock, embossing folder (open, embossing side down), cardstock shim.

6. Using scissors, fussy cut the Pocket Embellishment as shown.

7. Fussy cut around the dark green frame with scissors.

 

Assembly:

Adhere the light green cardstock to the ivory card base using a tape runner.

Using foam squares, adhere the green cardstock, then the dark green cardstock to the center of the card.

Attach the ivory cardstock tag to the green tag with a tape runner.

Using foam squares, attach the red bow to the tag.

Adhere the tag to the center of the card with foam squares.

Attach the fussy cut pocket embellishment pieces as shown.

Tips:

  • Cut the foil to roughly the same size as the surface to make a more even impression.
  • If the foil is not making a clear enough impression, use an extra layer of cardstock or poster board as a shim.
  • Place a piece of thin cardstock closest to the lid to keep the foil from getting on the lid of the Go Press and Foil Machine.
  • When using a foil stamp or cutting die, heat it in the Go Press and Foil machine for 1 minute before adding foil or cardstock.
  • When using an embossing folder, let the metal shim, foil, cardstock and embossing folder sit in the Go Press and Foil machine for about 30 seconds with the lid closed before running it through the Cricut® Cuttlebug™.
  • When using an embossing folder, do not close the embossing folder. Leave the embossing folder open, with the back fold of the embossing folder on the cardstock, embossing side facing down. It is okay for the front fold of the embossing folder to hang out of the Go Press and Foil machine.

Here are a couple more examples of the professional results you can easily acheive with this machine and accesories!

Friday we will have another project for you to follow along and create with us! Be sure to tune in, and happy crafting!

Bye for now,

Anna

How to: Colorful Christmas Double Gatefold Card

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Today we wanted to dive into a fun way to add color to your embossed images! This project combines the gorgeous Christmas Tree design with 3 vibrant colors from our set of Chameleon Markers. Get out your Christmas Double Gatefold Folders from the October show, and let’s get to crafting! If you don’t have these exquisite holiday embossing folders, you can still get them here. You’ll get 4 beautiful designs, and friends and family will love to receive these interactive cards!

Christmas Double Gatefold

Finished Size: 4”x 5 ½” card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3 510-398
  • Cricut® Cuttlebug™ 6”x 13” A Spacer Plate, 115-2174
  • Cricut® Cuttlebug™ 2, 6” x 13” B Adapter Plates, 114, 0198
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Gatefold Embossing Folders, Holiday Tree, 574-338
  • Anna Griffin® Baubles and Bells Embossing Folders, Christmas Baubles Border
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Vintage Collage Card Toppers, “Sending Christmas Cheer”
  • Anna Griffin® Chameleon Perfect Palette Markers, Red Coral, Evergreen, Warm Sunset, 532-431
  • Sentiment embellishment
  • 1, 5 ½” 12” piece and 2, 1” x 7” ivory metallic card stock strips
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Emboss the 5 ½” x 12” card stock with the Holiday Tree embossing folder.

Emboss the two strips of 1” x 7” card stock with the Christmas Baubles embossing border folder.

Using the markers, color the embossed tree as shown.

Assembly:

Adhere the Christmas collage topper to the inside of the card.

Close the card and fold the 1” x7” embossed card stock strip around it.

Cut the second strip of embossed card stock to approximately 3” long.

Adhere the strips together to form a band that wraps around the card, securing it closed.

Attach the holiday sentiment to the front of the band with adhesive.

Here are two other examples of how lovely cards made with our Christmas Double Gatefold Folders are!

Aren’t these cards so gorgeous? You can use your Chameleon Markers on all your embossed cards for a pop of color. On Monday, we are doing an exciting project with the Go Press and Foil Machine. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Xoxo,

Anna

How to: Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit + Layers

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday! Today we have another beautiful in the making project for you featuring our Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit! It is a rainy day here in Atlanta, and it’s absolutely perfect for crafting!

Thank you to all who have posted about getting your HSN orders so quickly. Why don’t we make a card right out of the box? Get out your new Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit, and let’s take it to the next level!

Christmas Shaker Card Kit

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit, 572-265
  • Anna Griffin® Craft Essential Tool Set (scissors, craft knife, ruler), 442-864
  • Red glitter paper, cut to 4”x 6”
  • Gold cord trim, tied into 1” bows (4)
  • Adhesive (tape runner, glue)
  • Foam squares

Materials From Christmas Shaker Card Kit:

  • Card base- “Wishing you a festive and fun holiday season”
  • Card front- pine branches ornament, gold and white ornament
  • Shaker frame- large green ornament
  • Sentiment-“Peace & Joy”
  • Embellishments- red ornaments (2), green ornament, white ornament
  • Shaker insert
  • Red paper bow

Instructions:

  1. Remove the center from the two card fronts and the shaker frame, along the scored lines.

2. Fussy cut the gold and white ornament card front along the dotted lines.

3. From the 4×6 red glitter rectangle, cut away the center to get a 1/4″ frame.

4. To assemble the red paper bow, fold each of the smaller tabs in to the back center and adhere with glue. Then wrap the longer tab around and adhere with glue.

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the shaker insert to the front of the card base using a tape runner.

2. Remove the sticker backing of the pine branches ornament card front and attach it to the card, with the shaker insert between the card base and card front.

3. Remove the sticker backing of the gold and white ornament layer and adhere it to the red glitter paper.

4. Attach the red glitter paper to the card using foam squares.

5. Adhere the shaker frame to the card using foam squares.

6. Attach the four ornament embellishments using foam squares.

7. Attach the sentiment to the bottom right corner using foam squares.

8. Adhere the red paper bow to the top of the shaker frame using glue or foam squares.

9. Adhere the 1” gold cord trim bows to the top of each ornament embellishment using glue.

Our card kits rule! The gold sequins and festive prints in this kit are so versatile, that you can make each card your own work of art! These are a fun alternative to traditional cards, and we think your friends and family will love them! If you missed on our Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit during Craft Day you can get your own set here.

Love,

Anna