How to: Haunting Halloween Card

Hi there!

Welcome to a very scary edition of our blog posts! It’s Friday the 13th, and we are getting into the Halloween spirit with a frighteningly fun card! If you haven’t already, you have 18 days to get ready for All Hallows Eve! Today we are showing you how to use your Spooky Glitter Papers and our Halloween Paper Crafting Collections to create a card that is “booootiful” in the making!

Spooky Glitter Halloween Paper

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Spooky Glitter Halloween Cardstock, 442-900
  • Anna Griffin® Fretwork Cutting Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Paper Tricks Embossing Folders (“Pleated Rosette and Border Small”), 395-853
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One, 457-852
  • Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Magnetic Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Embossing Mat
  • Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Spacer Plate A
  • 2, Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Spacer Plate B
  • 1, 5”x7” and 1, 1 ½”x 12” orange patterned cardstock pieces
  • 1, 2 ¾” x 7” black patterned cardstock piece
  • 1, 3”x 6” orange glitter cardstock piece
  • 1, 3” x 6” black cardstock piece
  • 1, 5”x 7” ivory folded card base
  • Black glitter bow
  • Hot glue adhesive
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Using the Fretworks die and your Cricut® Cuttlebug™ die cut and emboss the orange glitter paper.

2. Repeat step 1 with the black card stock.

3. Fussy cut the embossed die cut through the center of the circles on each side as shown, cutting approximately 1 ½” off each side.

4. Using the rosette folder and your Cricut® Cuttlebug™ emboss the 1 ½” x 12” orange patterned card stock strip.

5. Accordion fold the orange patterned card stock strip and attach the ends with hot glue.

6. Hot glue a small square of extra card stock to the back of the rosette to secure it in place.

Assembly:

  1. Using a tape runner, adhere the 5”x 7” orange patterned card stock to the ivory card base.

2. Adhere the black patterned card stock vertically down the center of the card with foam squares.

3. Attach the black die cuts to the back edges of the orange patterned rosette as shown. Then, attach to the center of the card.

4. Hot glue the orange glitter die cut vertically over the center of the paper rosette.

5. Adhere the sentiment with foam adhesive.

6. Attach the black glitter bow with hot glue.

Here’s another fun option! Use your Spooky Glitter Paper and Halloween Dies to create a scary spider web background!

Do you have a product request? Now is the time to let us know what that is! Post all of your crafty product wishes in the comments below and we just might make them come true!

Boo! for now,

Anna

HSN October 3rd, 2017 Shopping List + Winners!

Hi everyone,

We have your list and we’re checking it twice! Rest up today because tomorrow is a 24 hour Craft Day on HSN! Join us tonight at 8pm for The Monday Show with Adam Freeman! You’ll get an exclusive look at the Cricut Maker before the big launch at 12am!

We kick off Craft Day with an hour long look at the Today’s Special at midnight– then we are on for full hours at 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. Believe it or not, it is all Anna all day because we are also in the 8am, 9am, 2pm 3pm and 9pm hours.

This day is going to be the biggest Christmas crafting day all year, and we can’t wait to show you all the amazing items we have lined up. ‘Tis the season to make something beautiful!

Now, it’s time to announce our 4 blog winners. Your names were drawn out of the most comments we have ever received to win our giveaways. We’re so happy for you all, and we will ship your winnings out as soon as we return from HSN!

Cricut Bright Pad, Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Cartridge, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Clare Dempsey

Cricut Easy Press, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Janet Geary

Cricut Easy Press, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Joanne Lowe

Cricut Maker, Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Cartridge, foil card stock, glitter card stock, Hot Fix fabric – goes to: Christine Charles

Drum roll everyone! After 9 months, 36 blog posts, hundreds of products previewed and over 70,000 comments to win we have drawn 3 names from our winners this year to come to the 3rd Annual Anna Griffin Create!

Anna Griffin | Create is really the icing on the cake, the creme de la creme of crafting events. Our goal is to inspire crafters, encourage creativity and build a strong community of friends who are truly like family. Each event has been so meaningful to us, and we are thrilled that 3 of the last nine months of blog winners are able to join us for this incredible crafting weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Shelby McDaniel, Mary Beth Hanke and Shellie Fontana pack your bags! So exciting! We couldn’t be happier for you!

As promised, here is your shopping list for all of the products that we have previewed over the last 2 weeks. Enjoy!

New Items

574135 Cricut Maker Machine Bundle

567106 Cricut Maker Machine Bundle with Auto ship AG Educational Curriculum

562405- Cricut Bright Pad

583456- Cricut Easy Press Machine

578099 Hotfix Fabric- Christmas

578097 Hotfix Fabric- Everyday

583537 Anna’s Christmas Ornaments Digital Cartridge

574335 12 x 12 Foil Cardstock

572265 Christmas Shaker Card Kit with Auto Ship

572267 Christmas Confetti Dies with Auto Ship

572269 Shaker Card Window Dies

574352 Christmas Window Frame Card Kit

546217 Window Frame Card Kit Everyday with Cutting Dies

574344 Bow Maker and Storage Box with Christmas Ribbon

576952 Anna Griffin Pendant Necklace Kit

576951- Anna Griffin Bracelet Kit

574341 Holiday Embellishment Dies

574340 Holiday Decorative Edge Dies

574353 Christmas Collage Toppers 2

574354 Perfect Christmas Card Set

574355 All Occasion Card Inserts

574342 Christmas Sentiment Stamps and Dies

574338 Holiday Gatefold Embossing Folders

Returning Favorites

499577 Holiday Glitter Stickers

528926 Scenes Embossing Folders

443537 36 Piece Gold/Silver Glitter Paper

505085 Christmas Seasonal Layers

505090 Holiday Rosettes

505072 Chic Wrap Gift Wrap Dispenser- Christmas

532402 CHic Wrap Gift Wrap Dispenser- Everyday

510419 Christmas Packaging Tape

568628 Purse Gift Card Dies

442884 5 x 7 Holiday Metallic Layers

499549 Holiday Rollagraph

499562 Holiday Rollagraph Refill

There you have it! A whole lot of gorgeous, holiday crafting goodies! We will see you at 8pm, and then at midnight to kick off Craft Day. Let the craftiness begin!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

 

HSN October 3 2017 Product Preview 4

Hi there!

It’s our last Product Preview before our shows on HSN this Tuesday, October 3rd! Have the alarm set, snacks ready and coffee poured! We will be live at 8pm October 2nd with Adam Freeman for the Monday Night Show and then at midnight, 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm.

Sandie Duggan, you’re the winner of Product Preview 3, so exciting! On Monday we will have your trusty shopping list with available links on the blog plus the final winner for our October 3rd giveaways. This weekend there will be 4 winners. We are giving away a Cricut Maker, 2 Easy Presses and a Bright Pad along with our new items featured below to 4 lucky winners! Be sure to comment here on the blog, and good luck to you!

As always we saved the best for last! Let’s get things rolling!

On Tuesday, you will see all that the Cricut Maker can do, plus you will see the exclusive educational auto ship program that will keep you creating with the Maker all year long! Starting in December and going through December of 2018, you will learn how to make projects with paper, felt, vinyl, iron on, printables, faux leather and fabric.  You will get cutting files, materials, and step by step instruction to follow along with video tutorials!

Make Something You Love with Paper – Auto ship December 2017

Make Something You Love with Felt – Auto ship February 2018

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 August 2018

Make Something You Love with Fabric – Auto ship December 2018

Also, to use with any of the Cricut family of products (Explore models and Maker machine), we have two amazing fabric kits to offer you! We took some of our favorite patterns (you’ll see Rose Black, Charlotte and a few familiar prints) to create an everyday and a Christmas Hot Fix Anna Griffin Fabric Bundle. Each pattern is 100% printed cotton and has bonded iron on material on the reverse side of the fabric. There are 12 pieces of the 10×10 fabrics in each kit, 6 different designs, 2 pieces each.

Say hello to Anna’s Holiday Ornaments Digital Cartridge. Now, you can create the most stunning ornaments to trim your tree and deck the halls! For use with any of the Cricut Explore machines or the Maker, this cartridge includes 36 intricate ornaments to make, 10 print then cut images of Santa Claus and Angels. Also, you will get the Elfie alphabet with a cutting and writing style. Ornament shapes range from Christmas sweaters, angels, bells and sleighs to snowflakes, stars and more! Use our foil and glitter papers, embellishments and fun decorative items like tinsel, sequins and jewels to make these ornaments your own.

 

 

The holidays are all about shine! Give your projects gorgeous sheen with our brand new set of Foil Card Stock! You’ll get 6 sheets of 5 colors: silver matte, silver shiny, gold matte, gold shiny, red matte and red shiny for 30 total sheets. This card stock cuts perfectly on any Cricut machine and embosses like a dream!

All that glitters is gold! Our 12 x 12 Silver and Gold Glitter Card Stock is perfect for use with Anna’s Christmas Ornaments Cartridge, for cards and on scrapbook pages! You’ll get 36 sheets of gorgeous glitter that stays on the paper, not on your hands. These metallics add a touch of rich elegance to each and every project you create!

We are so excited to have the Cricut BrightPad in our line up this time! You know how complicated it can be to weed, trace and quilt with an intricate pattern. Luckily, on October 3rd we are offering the Cricut BrightPad to make the job easier! This low profile, lightweight, lightbox has 5 brightness settings on a 9.5″ by 11″ screen to help you craft with less eye strain. We like to call it enlightened crafting!

Iron on projects have never been so easy! The Cricut Easy Press makes it possible to get professional iron-on results in a minute or less! This machine with its 9″ by 9″ base heats up to 350 degrees to ensure that your iron on images stick wash after wash. Make t-shirts, bags and hand towels and more for everything from school projects and sports teams to sorority letters or any fun design you can cut with your Cricut.

There you have our grand finale!  Now, we want to see comments worthy of this Christmas crafting haul and a potential spot at Anna Griffin | Create! There will be 4 lucky winners drawn at random on Monday from the comments here on the blog. We’re really looking forward to reading what you have to say!

We will meet you right here on Monday to announce this weekend’s winners and all 3 Anna Griffin | Create ticket winners! It’s going to be a great time!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

HSN October 3rd, 2017 Product Preview 2

Hi everyone,

It’s time for the 2nd Product Preview for our upcoming shows on HSN October 3rd. Get ready because it’s going to be double the fun! It’s a 24 hour Craft Day, and we get to kick off the day with the Today’s Special, the Cricut Maker! We can’t wait to show you the amazing things that you’ll be able to create with this one of a kind machine! It’s going to enhance your crafting in ways you have never imagined. So, be sure to join us at midnight, 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 9pm and 10pm. Virginia Lucas, you’re the winner from Product Preview 1!

It’s time to start our second preview of the week, are you ready?

The magnificent Maker will be the star of the show on October 3rd! This revolutionary new machine cuts more materials than ever before with ten times the pressure of the regular Explore machines. The machine comes with a rotary blade made for cutting fabrics without stabilizer. That means all of the beautiful cotton fabrics that we make can easily be cut with the Maker. Next week you will get a sneak peek of what comes with the machine and we are giving away a Maker, a Bright Pad and an Easy Press!

Our shows are also packed with new holiday crafting products! Are you ready to put all of those holiday papers to work? Introducing our gorgeous set of Christmas Embellishment Cut and Emboss Dies. This set of 4 intricate dies includes a bough of holly, wrapped presents, a bow-topped wreath and bells adorned with ribbon. The details you get from these cut and emboss dies are stunning, and will create magical Christmas cards.

If you loved our versatile set of everyday Decorative Edge Dies, then you will adore our brand new Christmas Decorative Edge Dies. Make your card and scrapbook edges sing with snowflakes, ornaments, holly and a starburst. These dies create ornate finishes on your cards, fancy scrapbook pages and even creative home decor!

We have the perfect papers to go with your Christmas Decorative Edge dies! Our set of 5 x 7 Metallic Layers includes 120 sheets, 12 each of 10 colors. Shades ranges from deep red and copper to gold and ice blue. The shimmer in these papers are so gorgeous, and will catch the light on all your holiday projects.

The Bow Maker with Storage Box is back, and better than ever with 5 gorgeous spools of double-faced satin ribbon. This beautiful storage box comes with with silver, gold, red and green double faced satin ribbon. On top of the box is a grid that gives you step by step instructions for creating perfect bows in all sizes!

So many of you wrote in to tell us that you would love to see a holiday version of our Window Frame Card Making Kit, and that’s exactly what we created for October 3rd! With this easy to make kit you can create 20 unique, dimensional cards that stand up and get noticed. All of the gorgeous patterns and embellishments work together to create the ultimate Christmas cards. The cutting dies are not included in this set which makes for a more affordable offering!

Making its return to HSN is the everyday version of the Window Frame Card Making Kit with cutting dies. There’s so much inside! You’ll get everything you need to make 20 incredible, 3D step cards as well as 7 cutting dies to make your own cards once you have completed the set. This is a card kit like no other! It includes pre-cut, scored patterned cards, die cut frames, gorgeous floral die cuts, fanciful foil flourishes and sentiment stickers to write your special message.

Seasonal Card Layers for Christmas are back in October! These double-sided card stock layers contain 96 patterned, solid and bordered layouts that work beautifully with all of our holiday dies, embellishments, stickers, embossing folders and more! There are classic red, gold, green and silver mixed in with some modern colors like bright green and ice blue.

Wow! How’s that for a double preview week? Comment below, and tell us your very favorite item of the preview and we will draw a winner at random on Monday.

Love,

Anna

 

HSN October 3rd, 2017 Product Preview 1

Hi everyone,

As promised, it’s time to get things rolling for our shows on HSN October 3rd! Get excited because it’s going to be a 24 hour Craft Day AND we have the Today’s Special—The Cricut Maker plus an auto ship that is almost too good to be true! If you missed the preview we did for you last month on the Cricut Maker, you can read more about it here. Our hours for Craft Day are 12am, 1am, 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 9pm and 10pm. Over the next 2 weeks we are going to bombard you with spectacular crafting goods, new Christmas items and we’re even diving in to some product lines we have never explored before.

Are you ready to get started?

Have you ever wanted to make jewelry with Anna Griffin style? Well now you can! Inspired by Anna’s personal collection of vintage jewelry, we have created do it yourself collage kits for bracelets and pendant necklaces. What’s even better? They are easy to make! Decorative frames are ready to fill with cabochon overlays and patterned stickers. These mix and match pieces come in gold plate or rhodium plated silver.

The Anna Griffin Charm Bracelet kit includes 2 lovely link charm bracelets with 6 decorative frames for you to fill with our exquisite, themed imagery. You’ll get 18 themed stickers and 12 cabochons along with the 2 charm bracelets. Fill the spaces with your choice of floral, bird, butterfly and botanical ephemera to create a truly special gift.

The Pendant Necklace Set is a true work of art. Mix and match antique reproductions of intaglio seals and vermeil leaves with decorative frames. See the incredible detail and beauty of the charms that you can wear alone or layer together for a unique look! The set of 5 decorative pendants and it includes 2 frames that you can customize with our printed stickers and cabochons. Combine different pieces on the chain for 25 different looks!

Encore, encore! Our Christmas Vintage Collage Card Toppers 2 are coming October 3rd to HSN! This set is a card crafter’s dream because you can make beautiful three dimensional cards in minutes. You will get 100, die cut collage toppers that are beautifully designed with sentiments, holiday imagery and decorative edges.

The perfect pairing for our Christmas Collage Card Toppers 2 is our Perfect Patterned Cards for Christmas. This set of 50, 5×7 cards and envelopes feature lovely patterns and frames in holiday colors. We have re-released the 5×7 portion of this 2016 card set to make your holiday crafting a cinch!

One of the most useful products we offer is our Printed Card Inserts for Christmas and Everyday. You will never be at a loss for words with this set of 88 pre-printed greeting card inserts. The greetings come vertically and horizontally with copy for all occasions!

Say hello to our newest set of Christmas Double Gatefold Embossing Folders! The designs are decadent and are sure to make your holiday cards stand out from all the rest. The set of 4 designs include a Christmas Wreath, Cascading Bow, Holiday Tree and lovely Ornaments. Get out your metallic card layers and start creating cards with these folders in no time!

You know we love our Chic Wrap Gift Wrap Cutter and Dispenser! We will have the holiday and everyday versions of this unique paper cutter available on October 3rd. Each unit comes with 4 rolls of double sided gift wrap and it can store any 30″ roll you may already have. This is wrapping made simple!

Back by popular demand is our decorative Christmas Packing Tape. Many of us ship packages during the holidays to friends and family. Why not make those brown boxes more cheerful? We give you three styles of Anna Griffin printed tape and an easy to use dispenser to make all of your holiday packages surprise and delight!

One of our all time favorite embellishments is our Christmas Rosettes! Our set of 30 pre-made wheels add instant dimension without the work! Aren’t you glad we brought these back?

  

Want to win the Rosettes, Embossing Folders, Packing Tape, Christmas Collage Card Toppers, Christmas Perfect Patterned cards? Just comment here on the blog and we will draw a winner on Friday.

There will be a giveaway every Friday and Monday from now until October 2nd, so make sure to stay tuned right here! That’s not all, we will draw 3 lucky winning names, from all of our 2017 blog winners, for a ticket to the 3rd Annual Anna Griffin Create on October 2nd.

Love,

Anna