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

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

 

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, 2017 Product Preview 4

Hi everyone,

It’s the week of our shows! We will be on HSN this Friday, September 15th, so be sure to join us at 10am, 7pm and 10pm (on HSN2) for full hours of Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting. There are special presentations of the Kodak Verite Craft 6 Printer in the 11am and 6pm hours as well. We are going to have such a great time! As you know, we like to save the best items for last in our previews, and today is no exception!

Let’s get started!

We love the projects that you share on social media with us, and we’ve seen the gorgeous pocket cards that you have been creating! For the holiday season we have our new Christmas Pocket Cut and Emboss Dies! There are 4 beautiful options for you to create with: a present, holly, snowflake and ornament pockets. To create your pocket,  die cut, score, fold at the score lines and add adhesive. Use with glitter, metallic and patterned paper to add gorgeous color and texture to your cards!

Of course you’re going to want to fill those pockets! In all of the projects above, you can see what we have designed to fill your pockets! Our Christmas Pocket Die Cut Embellishment set contains a whopping 332 punch-able die cuts to place inside your lovely Christmas pockets. With so many festive images, you can also add them to your other Christmas projects. Die cuts include jolly holly, festive fir branches, gorgeous amaryllis, candy canes, bright bows, vintage Santa and so much more in beautiful color! You’ll get tags to place inside your pockets that have phrases like ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth to send your season’s greetings!

We can’t tell you how many requests we have received asking for new angels. You ask and we create! Introducing our Angelic Card Toppers 2, just in time for the holiday season. This set isn’t just toppers, this box of goodies is almost an entire card kit in itself with 168 different pieces! There are 24, 5″x7″ layers and 4″x6″ layers with 3 each of 8 gorgeous festive designs (many with gold foil). Also included are 6 postcard angels, 24 gorgeous angel stickers, 24 holiday greenery stickers, 12 glitter stickers, 24 gold foil embellishments, 24 sentiment stickers and foam adhesive squares. Everything in this folio is beautiful, and will create the most magical toppers to your Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.

It’s back! So many of you have been waiting for our Window Box Card Making Kit with Cutting Dies to return to HSN, and here it is! We love the complex look of these pop up cards and we have made them so easy for you to create! This kit contains pre-cut boxes with supports, flowers in various sizes, and the cutting dies to create incredible pop-up bouquet cards! There are over over 200 embellishments loaded in this kit including everything from morning glories to birds and teacups to balloons! You’ll also get beautifully colored die cuts and sentiments perfect for birthdays, get well soon, and even celebrate! These cheerful cards are sure to put a smile on your friends and loved ones faces.

Leave us a comment telling us your favorite product from this week’s preview and we will draw a winner on Friday! But first, on Thursday we will have your shopping list with links ready to go! The countdown is on, and we are ready to start Christmas crafting! See you all very soon.

Love,

Anna

 

 

HSN September 15th, 2017 Product Preview 3 Winner + How to: Tips and Tricks for your Everyday Acetate Card Layers

Hello, hello!

Can you believe it? There are only 7 short days until September 15th and Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting on HSN! We will be on at 10am, 7pm and 10pm (on HSN2) EST. This week, from reading the comments, it feels like everyone is ready to start Christmas crafting! You are loving all the versatility of the Go Press and Foil machine and its accessories! Jennifer Huang this Go Press and Foil machine, foils, Hot Foil Sentiments and Hot Foil Dies are yours!

We are so excited for all the ways you will be able to add the Go Press and Foil to your Christmas crafting! The September 15th bundle is an incredible package that you are going to love creating with!

Don’t you think the colors in our Go Press and Foil Christmas Hot Foil Bundle are absolutely gorgeous? Foil stamp your Hot Foil sentiments and Hot Foil Dies in festive silver, green, blue, red and gold foil. They are sure to bring an elegant shine to your Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.

Our New Trends Hot Foil Bundle includes 5 fashionable colors you’re going to fall in love with including shades of purple and rose gold. We can’t wait to see your projects with this bundle of fun colors!

This collection of 5 Christmas Hot Foil Stamps work with your Go Press and Foil Machine and embossing machine to make professional quality projects. Create jolly, foil stamped reindeer, wreaths and more on your cards and scrapbook pages this holiday season.

To send Christmas cheer to friends and loved ones, we have just the set of Hot Foil Christmas Sentiment stamping dies! Sentiments include warm, heartfelt greetings like Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth. We love the effect of combining these foil stamped sentiments with our holiday patterned cards, die cuts and stickers.

To use the Metal Shim with your Go Press and foil machine, make the following sandwich: Hot Foil Stamp, foil face down, paper or card, metal shim and then run through your Cuttlebug.

We’re down to the final quantities of our Kodak Verité Craft 6 Anna Griffin edition craft printer. This first of its kind printer makes creating projects so easy! Use the printer along with your phone, tablet and computer to design t-shirts, print custom magnets, create coasters and more!

Next, our Glorious Greetings Card Making Kit is one of our favorites for the holiday season! Create 30 traditional holiday cards with bows, rosettes, gold foil flourishes, an assortment of flat and 3-D themed die cuts, festive holiday sentiments, gorgeous patterned cards, layers and envelopes. Give one as a gift, or start the tradition of a holiday card making party today!

Our Xyron Sticker Makers, in stunning Anna Griffin patterned packaging, make up to 20 feet of stickers to use on projects! Run any diecut up to 3 inches through to make instant stickers! Edge to edge, permanent adhesive has never been so easy.

Now we have a few tips and tricks when it comes to using your Acetate Cards for Everyday!

Tip #1: Ribbon

Attaching the acetate card overlay to a card base using ribbon is a fun way to attach the the two without using adhesive.

Tip #2: Matching Die-Cuts & Acetate

Acetate Cards for All Occasions and Vintage Garden Die-Cuts are designed to go together to create a layered, three-dimensional effect on your cards. Choose your favorite die cut from the set, and layer on top of the coordinating design on the acetate layer.

 

Tip #3: Embossing

Emboss a card stock layer and place it underneath the acetate. The texture shows through beautifully.

Tip #4: Add Volume, Dimension and Texture

Gently curl the edges of the die-cuts using the barrel of a pencil for a tighter curve.  Use larger barreled pens or markers to get a more gentle curve on your die cuts.

 

Tip #5: Brads

Using brads or grommets is a creative way to fasten sentiments and embellishments to the acetate layer while also holding layers together.

Tip #6: 3D Acetate

To give your card a three-dimensional effect, fussy cut a design out of the acetate and layer it over the duplicate design on the acetate card layer. Add height with foam adhesive to give your card texture.

Tip #7: Shaker Card

Acetate cards are great for making shaker cards! Follow the easy steps below to make your own shaker card. See full step by step from a previous how to here.

  1. Cut off the front or back of the acetate card.
  2. Fussy cut a border from card stock.
  3. Adhere card stock layer on top of acetate layer using double-sided tape.
  4. Place foam strips on a card stock card base in a rectangle. The strips should be placed about a half-inch in from each side.
  5. Die cut confetti.
  6. Fill the rectangle with confetti.
  7. Attach your acetate layer to the foam strips. The card stock border should cover the foam strips.
  8. Add embellishments and a sentiment.

Now that is a fun filled Friday! Join us right here on Monday for the last Product Preview before our shows and later in the week for your shopping list!

Love,

Anna