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: 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 4 Winners + Happy New Year Card

Hello, hello!

Can you believe it? It’s our last blog post of the year! 2017 has been filled with amazing memories, beautiful projects and incredible friendships! We have loved being able to share our HSN previews, blog posts, Facebook posts, Pinterest boards and Instagram photos with you. Our crafting community is the best, and you all mean the world to us! Every day we look forward to seeing your comments and ideas. Thank you for inspiring us in every way! Here’s a look back at the last 12 months of beautiful in the making.

 

Our first HSN shows are just around the corner! Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting hours are midnight, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7 pm, 8pm and more appearances throughout the day. We have one preview left for 10am EST Monday morning where Anna will reveal our exciting Today’s Special for January 10th!

Our winners for Product Preview 4 are below! Congratulations everyone!

Vintage Bunny Diecuts – Trish T (Blog), @babybea8 (Instagram)

Shaker Window Cutting Dies 1 – Carol Buffington (Facebook),  Melissa Eichenauer (Pinterest)

Shaker Window Cutting Dies 2 – Janet S. (Blog), @cwoody5073 (instagram)

Shaker Card Supply – Mary Ellen Alleva (Facebook), Diane Lee (Pinterest)

Ready to see a few more spring themed projects?

Our Vintage Bunny Diecuts make Easter and spring cards like no other! This set contains 314 beautifully, colored vintage ephemera for you to layer together! These 3 dimensional diecuts will make your spring projects eggs-cellent!

Our Shaker Window Dies 1 are an essential die set for creating shaker cards! These shapes carry you throughout the year, and are even great for making shaker cards for the holiday season!

If you missed out on the Shaker Window Autoship, now is your time to hop in and get our Spring Shaker Window Dies! This set of 23 dies makes spring shaker cards like no other. Use these dies to create cards for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter to birthdays and get well.

Our little black dress of shaker card accessories is here! Use our Shaker Card Supply Kit to easily transform your cards from ordinary to extra shake-tastic! We’ve done the work for you, and all you have to do is pick your card bases, embellishments, sentiments and something pretty to fill your windows with!

To celebrate the New Year, we have a card that will help you ring in 2018! Get out your Go Press and Foil machine, and let’s make our last card of 2017 together!

New Year’s Go Press and Foil

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® Terrific Tags, Dies and Stamps (tag die) 505-094
  • Anna Griffin® Hot Foil Holiday Sentiment Stamps (Happy New Year) 572-669
  • Anna Griffin® Seasonal Holiday Embossing Folders (Nordic Flake)
  • (2) 5”x 7” Perfect Pattern Christmas Cards (snowflake pattern with gold border) 574-354
  • Ivory card stock, cut to 3”x 4”
  • Silver foil, cut to 3”x 4”
  • Gold foil, cut to 4”x 6”
  • Metal shim
  • Card stock shim
  • Gold bow
  • Silver flourish embellishment
  • Gold champagne bottle embellishment
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut one of the card bases along the inside of the gold frame, approximately 4”x6”.

2. Use the Nordic Flake embossing folder to press the gold foil to the 4”x 6” card stock base cut out. Place in the Go Press and foil machine in the following order: metal shim, foil (colored side down), card stock, embossing folder (open, embossing side down), card stock shim.

3. Follow the steps in the Go Press and Foil instruction manual to apply the silver foil to the 3”x 4” piece of ivory card stock using the “Happy New Year” Hot Foil stamp.

4. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ and Terrific Tag Die, die cut the ivory card stock layer.

Assembly:

  1. Using foam adhesive, attach the gold foil layer to the card base.

2. Wrap the loop of the silver flourish embellishment around the gold champagne bottle embellishment as shown and attach to the card base using foam adhesive.

3. Adhere the “Happy New Year” sentiment to the bottom right of the card base with foam adhesive.

4. Attach the gold bow to the bottom left of the card base.

Wow, isn’t this the perfect card to bring in the New Year? We’re excited for all that 2018 holds and can not wait to share it with you!

Love,

Anna

 

HSN January 10th, 2018 Product Preview 3 Winner + Gift Wrapping Tips

Hi there,

These last weeks of the year are flying by! In a little over 2 weeks, it will be Craft Day on HSN! We will have the Today’s Special, and between now and January 10th, we will offer you all lots of amazing new products and the best of our returning favorites for our #ANNAversary! Be sure that your calendars and planners are marked for 1/10/18 at midnight, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7 pm, 8pm and multiple times during the day.

We’re having so much fun seeing all the participation across our social media channels! Thank you, thank you for playing along! Are you ready for this week’s winners? Drum roll please!

Engraved Botanica Card Making Kit- Sandy Duell (blog), Bev Limbach (Facebook), @Imagedivah (Instagram), Marilyn Bruckman (Pinterest)

Fancy Flourish Dies- Winnie Johnson (Facebook), Donna Wilson (blog), Beth_Nutt (Instagram), Nancy Itson (Pinterest)

We have 2 more chances for you to win before January 10th! Be sure you are using the hashtags #annaversary and #celebr8annagriffin on the blog, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

We know you’re ready for a few more peeks at spring time inspired projects, so let’s take a look!

We are thrilled to bring back Engraved Botanica for our annaversary shows! You’re going to love the 20 cards you create with stunning, patterned cards and layers, incredible hand colored engravings and mix and match parts. Imagery includes teacups, butterflies, flowers and so much more!

Our amazing set of multi-tonal card stock layers, Perfect Palette 2 is back for January 10th! You’ll get shades of our everyday palette in solids and glitter paper that can be layered for a beautiful look. With 72 sheets of this 12 x 12 card stock, you will be able to make cards, scrapbook layouts and any of your Cricut projects!

Our Charming Dresden Trims are all about spring! This spring-themed set of die cuts includes 57 trims swallows, bunnies and butterflies to add a special touch to your projects. What’s great about these golden trims is that they coordinate perfectly with all our beautiful papers, gorgeous layers, elegant embossing folders and more.

Our Fancy Flourish Dies include 8 different swirls and calligraphic flourishes to create a 3 dimensional look on your cards and scrapbook pages. All the flourishes you see in our card kits can now be created from solids and patterns to glitter and more! We can’t wait to see how you use these dies!

To celebrate 8 years on HSN, we have an amazing Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle to offer you. You will get an Anna Griffin image library that contains the most beautiful artwork imaginable. Included are Anna’s Pop Up Cards, Anna’s Fantastic Flips, Anna’s Gracious Giftables, Anna’s Printable Library and more for you to cut with your new Cricut! This bundle also includes 2 gorgeous paper packs, a scoring tool, and a light grip cutting mat.

Want to get in on the Make Something You Love materials auto ship without buying the Cricut Maker? There will be a limited number of Paper Materials kits offered where you can jump into the auto ship program for the entire year. This will be a one time chance!

Can you believe that this Monday is Christmas Day? If you love wrapping gifts and making each present special, then we have the how to for you! Here are some ways to add a festive touch to all the boxes under your tree!

Anna’s Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks

Tip 1 | Use Glitter Tape

Glitter tape is a great accent to any ribbon! We added glitter tape to both sides of the ribbon creating an illusion of a wider ribbon.

Anna Griffin® Glitter Tape 10-piece Bundle, 583-886

Tip 2 | Make Your Own Gift Tags

It is so easy and fun to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift tags with our Terrific Tags Dies and Stamps! It’s the perfect finishing touch to any gift!

Anna Griffin® Terrific Tags, Cutting Dies and Stamps Bundle, 505-094

Tip 3 | Use Your Clear Stamps

All you need is craft paper and your favorite holiday stamp to make beautiful wrapping paper! We love this poinsettia stamp from the Terrific Tags, Dies and Stamps Bundle!

Anna Griffin® Terrific Tags, Cutting Dies and Stamps Bundle, 505-094

Tip 4 | Get out your Craft Embellishments

Think outside the box! You can use any embellishment from your favorite Anna Griffin product! We used the beautiful holly from the Glorious Greetings Card Kit. What embellishment will you use?

Tip 5 | Use the Bow Maker with Storage Box

What’s better than a beautiful bow? A beautiful double bow! They are so easy to make on our Bow Maker! All you have to do is loop twice instead of once.

Anna Griffin® Bow Maker with Ribbon Storage and Holiday Ribbon, 574-334

Attaching the Bow to a Present: After you’ve made the perfect bow on your bow maker, attach it to your present by slipping the tail of the ribbon on your gift through the back half of the knot on your bow.

Tip 6 | Use Different Ribbon Widths and Bow Sizes

The possibilities are endless with the Bow Maker with storage box. Have fun playing around with different ribbon widths and bow sizes! We did!

Anna Griffin® Bow Maker with Ribbon Storage and Holiday Ribbon, 574-334

It’s time for this week’s installment of Fan Mail Friday! This week we are blown away by your incredible talents, generous hearts and incredible kindness. Each card you sent is a treasure!

These sweet treats came in after we filmed Fan Mail Friday, and they are so wonderful! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness Joanne, Carolyn, Vicky, Pamela, Donna Lee and Shellie. You ladies are the very best!

Meet us right back here on Monday for a very, merry Product Preview 4!

Xoxo,

Anna