Happy National Craft Month!

Hi everyone,

March is National Craft Month, and we’re celebrating all month long! Crafting is a way of life. It’s a way to connect with others, to celebrate friends and loved ones and is a way to express yourself by making beautiful things. There is no limit to your creativity, and we love seeing how you translate our products into art each and every day! Join us everyday this month for exciting surprises and giveaways across Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and this blog!

We are going to be shaking up our social media with positive quotes, beautiful projects and more. All month long we will be pinning to our National Craft Month Inspiration Pinterest board with images that inspire us to create!

On Instagram and Facebook, we are celebrating even more by having giveaways each and every day! That’s right! 31 winners over the next month, just to show how much we appreciate you!  Share your projects and comment to win a special hand picked grab bag of crafts every day.

If that weren’t enough, we are also celebrating by offering you 4 separate Weekly Craft Wonders. That means, we’re going to be bringing back a favorite Anna Griffin item, and offering it for a special Craft Month price of $20 (that includes shipping). Isn’t that amazing? Details on these coming every Monday right here on the blog! Also join us here on Fridays for the launch of our new how to videos where I show you how to use some of our favorite new products.

Stay tuned for more and we will see you on all our social media channels!

Love and happy crafting,

Anna

HSN March 8th, 2017 Sneak Peek 5

Hi friends,

Welcome to our last sneak peek for March 8th on HSN! Exciting news…since we are on at midnight, that means that we have the Today’s Special! For Craft Day, we will kick off the fun at midnight, then we are on at 11am-1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 8pm (plus a few TS airings in between!). Don’t forget that in addition to Craft Day, we have a special HSN appearance on Tuesday, March 14th at 5am and 5pm. We are thrilled for all the time we will get to spend with you in a week and a few days!

Now, on to the big reveal! Feast your eyes on the new Lilac Cricut Explore Air 2!

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is back and will be offered in 2 HSN exclusive colors; Lilac and the signature Anna Griffin Ivory and Gold for Craft Day. With the machine you will get a set of beautiful Wisteria themed markers, a 12×12 Light Grip and 12×12 Strong Grip Mat, a Lilac accessories pouch plus 3 months of Cricut Access!

What an amazing package! You know that Cricut is the world leader when it comes to electronic paper cutting and bringing your creations to life. Whether it’s creating layers for a card from our Lovely Layers II, or you uploading your own designs, Cricut can do it all. Also, for the first time ever Cricut is offering a cutting materials autoship!

Autoship 1 is titled Everyday Sparkle and Shine. You will get Black Glitter Vinyl, Champagne Matte Adhesive and Chrome Foil Iron On.

Autoship 2 is Holiday Sparkle and Shine. In this set are Silver Glitter Vinyl, Rose Gold Matte Adhesive and Light Gold Foil Iron On.

Last but not least, Autoship 3 is Love Sparkle and Shine. It contains Red Glitter Vinyl, Pink Matte Adhesive Foil and Red Foil Iron On.

Many of you love your Cricut so much that you want to take it everywhere you go! Now, you are able to do just that with unparalleled protection. Introducing the new Cricut Totes, available in three different sizes. Bring your Cricut with you on your next vacation, weekend trip or to a craft party!

The shoulder bag is perfect for organizing your crafting essentials, iPad or laptop! There are two handles and a detachable shoulder strap for carrying ease.

Next, the Machine Tote is exactly what you need to protect your beloved machine! Inside there is extra protection and egg carton foam to shield your Cricut from any bumps or bruises. This carrier also features double handles and double snap closure.

The Rolling Craft Tote is the easiest, breeziest way to haul all the rest of your crafting supplies. The wheels allow for 360 degree rotation, there are padded storage compartments to hold your Cuttlebug, various cutting materials, scissors, etc. Even more, there are even detachable pouches for your Cricut pens, tools and so much more!

Finally, we’re bringing back our Anna’s Fantastic Flips Digital Cartridge Autoship! We were so excited to see how many of you wanted us to make more of this sold out item, and we couldn’t help but do so! There are 10 different card shapes for you to cut and score, embellishments to cut and sentiments to write – this set has it all. Even though this isn’t a physical cartridge, you will get a card with a special code to load into your Design Space account.

We are excited about this grand finale and hope you are too! We love the Cricut Explore 2 so much that we’re giving away 2 this week! Two blog readers are going to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 (1 Lilac or 1 Ivory/Gold) and a full set of Cricut Totes. You know what to do! Comment here, on the blog and let us know why you want to win the Cricut and what you plan to make with it! We will draw two names at random from the blog comments this Friday!

Xoxo,

Anna

HSN March 8th, 2017 Sneak Peek 4 Winner

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday! We hope that you have had a wonderful week, and that you have enjoyed everything we shared from Tuesday’s post. We are officially less than two weeks away from Craft Day on HSN. Who’s excited?

Don’t forget, our hours will be midnight, 11am-1pm, 4 pm, 7pm and 8pm all EST. We can hardly wait for all the fun and to show you how to use all the amazing items we have been teasing you with.

Thank you so much for all the participation on the blog! We love you all and your uplifting, happy comments. You guys are the best! Over 1955 of you left us a note between Tuesday and now. Rebecca Case you are today’s lucky winner! We have a package coming your way today! Enjoy!  Here are a few more looks at this week’s items, and we hope they inspire you to unleash your creativity!

Our Deco Foil Transfer kit in the new everyday palette is an incredibly easy way to transfer foil to your diecuts and sentiments without using heat! You’ll get five beautiful shades of spring-colored foil, an adhesive pen to write/draw with and adhesive sheets to make a serious statement on all your projects.

Letterpress and foil stamp like a professional with the Go Press Foil Machine, our collaboration with Couture Creations! This machine can do it all, it contains a great starter set of dies, tongs and 5 colors of foil to get you started! More accessories will be available to you on hsn.com (like the pineapple die)!

The versatility of the Platform Punch and Stamp System is just what you would expect from our partnership with American Crafts and the We R team! With 2 punches, 20 different layouts, stamps and more, you will have a multi-faceted system that you will want to use again and again. The options are truly endless!

Tuesday is going to be a big day for us, and for you! Be sure to meet us here on the blog for our Today’s Special reveal and a giveaway you don’t want to miss. Enjoy the weekend, and find some time for yourself to make something beautiful.

Love,

Anna

 

HSN March 8th, 2017 Sneak Peek 1

Hi there!

We are excited to tell you that the next 24 hour Craft Day on HSN is Wednesday, March 8th! That is just 5 weeks away and we have a lot of exciting new things to preview.

Let’s kick off today’s post with Chameleon Color Tone pens in the Anna Griffin Perfect Palette! We have partnered with the best marker company on the planet to bring you this set of 22 deluxe, double-tipped alcohol markers. These pens have a patented blending chamber so you can go from the palest shade to the most vibrant color all with one pen! Multiply that across our perfect palette and you will have every color imaginable!

The perfect complement to our Chameleon Pens is our Perfect Patterns Coloring Cards and Clear Stamps. These greeting cards are printed with gorgeous botanical designs, on thick ivory card stock and ready to color! The set includes 18 cards & envelopes, 9 extra large clear stamps, a black chalk ink pad, and a stamp mount. Guess what! The stamps are the same designs that are printed on the cards so you can create more designs to color.

Also brand new is this set of Paper Bloom embellishments. These bright, spring paper flowers are incredibly versatile and bring a modern twist to each and every project. With 48 pre-assembled flowers, leaves and stems, you will be able to make 3D card bouquets, embellish packages and more! You will love the color palette too. There are pink, coral, blue and lavender flowers punctuated with tones of greens and gold foil.

We are very happy that you love our new Parchment Layers! These will be back in March along with this brand new Parchment Embellishment Kit! We have included everything you need to create hand embossed vellum butterflies, flowers and hearts to go with the parchment layers.  To make the embossing stand out, we’ve included coordinating foil die cuts to go behind the embellishments and 32 sheets of 5×7 card stock to go behind the layers. Let the ethereal embellishing begin!

Last but not least, we are bringing back the Parchment Tools to go with the embellishments and layers kits. If you missed out on these during the January shows, the set includes an embossing mat, mini scissors, punching tools and tracing tools!

Here is a news update for those of you who purchased our Charming Collage Toppers in January. Many apologies for the incorrect spelling on the 2 sympathy toppers. We can replace these 2 sentiments for you with proof of purchase. You just add adhesive to the sentiment and apply to the die cut topper. Please call our office or send us a private message on Facebook with your address, and we will ship these right out!

It is giveaway time! If you would like to win these new items, tell us which of these is your favorite and why by commenting below and we will draw a winner at random on Friday, February 3rd!

To sweeten the pot and new for 2017… all of our blog winners (from now until October) will be automatically entered to win a trip to the third annual Anna Griffin | Create November 9-12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Do not worry — more details on Create are coming soon!

 Xoxo,

Anna

 

Love and Easter Valentine’s Day Card Tutorial

Hi everyone,

Valentine’s Day is 3 weeks away and we thought you might enjoy a step by step Valentine card tutorial featuring our new Seasonal Love and Easter dies and embossing folders! It’s the season to celebrate love, and we can’t help but be enamored with the pretty pinks, reds, lace and Victorian inspired hearts. Let’s get to it!

You will need:

 

Start by adhering the pink and white cardstock layer to the folded ivory card base with the tape runner.

Next, cut and emboss two hearts using the 5″ x 7″ pink layer.

Using a sanding block, sand the top of the heart die cuts to show the embossing.

Emboss 2 gold metallic cardstock pieces with the Crochet Heart border embossing folder and 1 piece of ivory cardstock with the Crochet Heart embossing folder.

Using your craft knife, fussy cut the border edges.

Attach the silver glitter cardstock to the card base with foam adhesive squares, then layer the ivory metallic cardstock on top of the silver glitter cardstock with foam adhesive squares.

Stagger both gold metallic borders and attach 1.5″ from the bottom of the ivory cardstock.

Attach Foil Flourish Stickers with foam adhesive squares.

Finally, attach the sanded hearts with foam adhesive squares, and embellish your Valentine with the Love You sentiment and the gold bow. Write a special note on the inside because nothing shows you care like a carefully crafted,  handmade card!

Want a little more inspiration for your Valentines this year? Here are some of our favorites!

This first card uses our new Paper Tricks 3 curtain fold dies.

Love these heart dies from Spring 2016?

Our all time favorite card making kit – So Smitten is timeless.

  

Mark you calendars to check back right here for a link to our annual Scrapbook Super Sale on Monday, January 30th at 12pm EST.

Bye for now,

Anna