Beautiful in the Making: Wedding Card & Pillow Box

Hi friends!

What a fun day we had on HSN Wednesday! Thank you for all the fantastic calls.  I will be back with 2 presentations of the Cricut Explore June 13th and 14th so that gives us plenty of time to bring you more creative ideas in the meantime.

Now, for the next installment of our Beautiful in the Making series! With wedding season in full swing, I wanted to give you a pretty little project you could make for those brides-to-be in your life. And, just like with all of our projects, this can be used for any occasion by simply changing out the sentiment! Let’s get started.

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·         Cricut Explore machine
·         Cricut Cuttlebug machine
·         Lace Trimmings Embossing Folders & Dies- Francesca Lace folder and border with coordinating border die
·         Pillow box from the Sophisticated Soiree Cricut Collection
·         Interchangeable Border Punches lace border punch
·         3D flower stickers (we used a sticker from the Eleanor collection)
·         Metallic Layers Cardstock pink and cream shimmer cardstock
·         Sentiment sticker (we used a sticker from the Engraved Frames, Tags, & Sentiments collection)
·         Cream cardstock
·         Cream ribbon

1.  Trim a 4 3/4” x 5 3/4” panel of cream cardstock.  Emboss with Francesca Lace folder.

2.  Die cut and emboss 3 strips of cream cardstock with lace border embossing folder

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3. Punch 3 strips of cream Metallic Layers cardstock with lace punch.
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4. Layer punched and diecut borders at an angle in the upper left corner of embossed panel.

5. Trim away excess strips from around edges.

6.  Trim a 3” x 5” strip of pink Metallic Layers cardstock.  Notch one end into “v” to create banner element.  Adhere to embossed panel, tucking upper edge under lace layers.

7.  Affix sentiment and flower stickers.

8.  Mat finished panel with pink Metallic Layers cardstock and adhere to a 5 x 7” cream cardstock base.


Gift Card Holder:
1.  Use Cricut Explore to cut and assemble a pillow box from Splendid and Sophisticated Soirees.

2.  Using a sheet of cream cardstock just smaller than your pillow box, die cut and emboss two lace cream cardstock strips to create lace wrap.  Leave blank space in the middle of wrap for ribbon. Wrap around box and secure ends with adhesive.
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3.  Tie cream ribbon around lace strip and affix flower sticker.
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I hope you enjoy making this project! Let me know what you think!


HSN May 14th Giveaway & Shopping List

Hooray, hooray it’s giveaway day!

We drew a name from nearly 800 comments this week, and the lucky winner is Marlene! (We’ll be in touch with you by email). You’ll be taking home our new Madison Paper Craft Collection, a set of Soft Hues Metallic Layers and the Summer Soirees Cricut Cartridge. Yay!


It’s hard to believe that our May 14th shows are just 5 days away. Here’s a quick shopping list for all of the brand new collections we previewed here, just in case you would like to jot down the item numbers beforehand.

333-551: Madison Paper Craft Collection
333-557 Soft Hues Metallic Layers
333-561: For the Boys Stamp Set
333-562: Set of 8 Masculine Inks
333-563: Well Said Vellum Quotes
342-989: Summer Soirees Cricut Cartridge

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Some of your favorite items from previous visits will be back this month too, like the Chalkboard Stamps Sentiment Kit (305-979) and the 20th Anniversary Stamps (309-364).

Don’t forget to join us next Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST. It’s going to be another fun, creative day!


May 14th HSN Sneak Peek 2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to our brand new blog! We’ve re-vamped things just a little bit to make your experience more interactive and fun. My favorite new features are that we can reply directly to your comments, AND you can pin any image you see to Pinterest by simply hovering over it and clicking “Pin It.” Make sure to Subscribe on the right hand side so you will automatically be notified of new posts. And don’t worry – all of the old blog content is still here for you to refer back to. Simply click around in the archives section to the right.

Now let’s take a look at the last few sneak peeks for our HSN shows next Wednesday, May 14th!

First up are the new Soft Hues Metallic Layers. This set of pretty pastel papers contains eight metallic shimmer colors in a variety of sizes from 8.5 x 11 sheets to 5-inch border strips. I love the color palette in this kit – there are beautiful shades of gold, blue, lavender, navy and pink that mix and match with such ease. This collection is sure to become a summer staple for you!

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Every heart beats true for the red, white and blue! If you love making projects for occasions like the 4th of July, backyard BBQs, picnics or parades, then you will adore our new Madison Collection. All of the papers and embellishments have a vintage Americana motif, and we’ve added special die cut glitter and gold foil accents that really make this collection special. There are star bursts, stars, stripes and chevrons and, of course, a touch of old world ephemera.

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Now, we’ve been keeping you waiting for today’s last sneak peek since February. Finally all Cricut users can purchase the Summer Soirees cartridge separately! In just a few simple steps, you can create invitations, gift bags, party decor and more all in signature Anna Griffin style!

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Would you like to win all three of these items on Friday? All you have to do is comment here and tell us what your favorite new May 14th collection is! To comment on our new blog, click the comments section that is to the right of today’s date above.

See you Friday!

This Week’s Winner Is…

Hi there!

May is such a busy month here at our office! Not only do we have an upcoming visit to HSN on May 14th, but we’re also getting everything packed up and ready for the International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh and the National Stationery Show in New York City that will take place that same week. Whew!

I hope you enjoyed our sneak peeks on Tuesday, and as always I really enjoyed reading through your comments and feedback. We will have one more set of exclusive previews for you next week (including Summer Cricut content we promised you in cartridge form!), so you won’t want to miss that.

Today we’re giving away our For the Boys clear stamps, a new Set of 8 Masculine Inks and the Well Said Vellum Quotes collection. And the winner is Gisela! Congratulations! We will contact you ASAP so we can send you all these fabulous prizes.

That’s all for today. See you on Tuesday!