• Beautiful in the Making 2 DIY Easter Basket

    April 8, 2014
     
    Hi friends!
    Since Easter is right around the corner, we decided to put together a festive project for those of you that have the Cricut Explore with the Anna Griffin Soiree content.

    We've turned the chain cupcake wrapper into a precious paper Easter basket that's a perfect tabletop display for your decorated eggs.
     


    Please note: the Soiree artwork will not be available for purchase in Design Space until late May.
     
    Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project:
    ·         Cricut Explore with Anna Griffin Soiree Content
    ·         Anna Griffin Cuttlebug Lace Trimmings Folders and Dies: http://bit.ly/1ohXRhS
    ·         Anna Griffin Perfect Palette 12x12 Cardstock: http://bit.ly/1hXfJJR
    ·         Anna Griffin Interchangeable Border Punch set: http://bit.ly/1kmZoBz
    ·         Anna Griffin All-Occasion 3D Sentiment Garlands
    ·         Anna Griffin Metallic Layers paper collection
    ·         Anna Griffin ink pads: http://bit.ly/1g1WkXn
    ·         Basket filler/artificial grass
     
    Follow these steps to make the Easter basket:

    1.  Login to Design Space and cut basket pieces using Cricut Explore (lace cut-out, backing and circular bottom). Click this link for the cutting file in Design Space. https://www.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/project/16111898


     
    2.  Assemble sides of basket by adhering lacy cut-out to solid backing.  Insert tab into slot and apply adhesive to secure.
     
    3.  For basket bottom, snip circle every 1/2” up to score line.  Fold on score line to create tabs.  Apply adhesive to tabs and push circle down into basket, securing tabs to sides of basket.
     
    4.  Trim a 1 3/4” x 12” strip of blue Perfect Palette cardstock.  Punch both edges with lace punch.  Adhere ends of strip to inside of basket to form handle.
     

     
    Now, let’s decorate the Easter eggs:
     
    1.  Dye your eggs. Eggs can be dyed traditionally, or rubbed with Anna Griffin pigment inks as seen here.
     
    2.  Die cut decorative flourishes from Metallic Layers cardstock. We chose to use metallic gold and pearlized cream cardstock for our eggs, but you can use any color you’d like!
     

     
    3. Use liquid adhesive to adhere die cuts to eggs. We used Scrappy Glue from HSN.com for this step: http://bit.ly/1hchinh
     

     
    Now place your finished eggs in the basket and accent with a “Happy Easter” banner or sentiment.

    We hope you enjoy making this project!
    Anna
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  • Beautiful in the Making 1 - Embossed Picture Frame

    March 31, 2014
     
    Hi everyone!
    We are starting a new series of posts dedicated to inspiring you to make beautiful projects with our products. Welcome to the very first of many useful, step by step, blog posts.

    We hope you have been enjoying your Lace Embossing Folders and Cutting Dies set from Cricut and HSN! Here are 5 simple steps for transforming a plain old picture frame into a beautiful piece of embossed art.



    Supply list:
    Anna Griffin Perfect Palette Cardstock- http://bit.ly/1fexbIE
    Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings embossing folders and dies: http://bit.ly/1ohXRhS
    Anna Griffin Cuttlebug machine: http://bit.ly/1khU2mL
    Craft knife
    Adhesive (regular and foam)
    8x10 Picture Frame
     
    Instructions:
    1.  Lay a piece of blue Perfect Palette cardstock face down onto work surface and place frame on top, right side down.  Trace and cut frame opening and outer edge with a craft knife.
     
    2.  Trim several, 1.5" x 7” strips of blue cardstock.  Die cut and emboss with the lace border die and coordinating embossing folder.


     
    3.  Beginning at the top of the frame, adhere strips with foam adhesive, placing adhesive on the upper edge only, leaving the bottom scalloped edge free to form a layered lace effect.  If strips are not wide enough to cover the width of the frame, create a seam in the center of the frame which will later be covered with an embossed strip.  Continue adding lace strips until desired amount of frame is covered.
     
    4.  Trim two 5x7 panels of blue cardstock.  Emboss with embossing folder. Adhere the panels to the lower portion of the frame, with the seam in the center of the frame.  Use a craft knife to trim away excess from outer edges and opening of frame.  If you are using a smaller frame, a single panel might be sufficient to cover the lower portion of the frame, and seaming two panels would not be necessary.


     
    5.  Trim a 1 1/2” strip of ivory cardstock.  Diecut edges with scalloped die and emboss with coordinating embossing folder.  Adhere embossed strip down center of frame, covering the area where the cardstock strips and panels were seamed.  Wrap strip around edges of frame.  Trim away any excess.
    Repeat for bottom portion of frame.


     
    Happy crafting!
    Anna
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you

    March 26, 2014
     
    Hi everyone!
     
    Where do I even begin to express my gratitude for your support on Monday? This 24-Hour Craft Day was more than 7 months in the making, and it surpassed every expectation I had. We welcomed so many new members into the Cuttlebug family, tried out some fresh techniques and hopefully gave you plenty of inspiration for all the new goodies you’ll be receiving at your doorstep! Can you believe that I already got what I ordered? That was fast!
     
    Amidst the craziness of the day, I loved taking a few moments between each show to read the outpouring of love on our social media channels. Even after two days with absolutely zero sleep, I found myself lying awake until the wee hours reading all of your heartfelt and hilarious comments on Facebook. Each one of you is so much more than a fan of our products. You are friends who share our passion for crafting and love celebrating creativity with us!
     
    Some of my favorite on-air moments of the day were spurred by those of you who called in. Many I knew by name, one brought tears to our eyes with the touching story of crafting with her special needs daughter, and one even called me evil for causing an addiction to our products!  So many of you noted that your favorite part of the day was the “aha” moment when I embossed a vellum envelope. That little golden bug never ceases to amaze me with the beauty it can produce.

    Here are a few behind the scenes photos of what you didn't get to see!



    This is one of 4 carts of our sample products that are awaiting their presentation on the tables.



    The blurry "before"...



    The BEAUTIFUL "after"...


    What fun! This was a day I won’t soon forget.
     
    We’ve come so far, and it just keeps getting better. Thanks to you all!
     
    Love,
    Anna
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  • Craft Room Furniture Giveaway and 24-Hour Craft Day Shopping List

    March 21, 2014
     
    Hello friends!
     
    Are you ready?!!! I'm getting there. Today is packing day and time for those last finishing touches on the best Cuttlebug TS ever! HSN is the place to be for crafts and Monday is going to be amazing. I think Martha is even going to be there!



    Thank you all so much for your participation in our month of giveaways leading up to March 24th. It was wonderful to read the thousands of comments. I appreciate your enthusiasm from the bottom of my heart!
     
    Now, someone is going to need an amazing new craft room to store all of their brand new goodies in. Let’s give all of this beautiful furniture away to one lucky crafter, shall we?



    Our grand prize winner is Jolene Wheeler! Congratulations!
     
    Don’t forget that all of our craft room furniture is also available on hsn.com because you just have to have it!  It was designed with you in mind- it’s easy to assemble, it’s functional and best of all it’s absolutely stunning. Oh, and there’s free shipping! It’s a great addition to any craft room or home office.
     
    For those of you that like to make your HSN wish lists ahead of time, here is a complete shopping list of everything NEW in our March 24th shows.
     
    314-425: Today’s Special Embossing and Die Cutting Bundle and machine
    314-429: Today’s Special Embossing and Die Cutting Bundle and machine Autoship
    314-416: Today’s Special Embossing and Die Cutting Bundle only
    314-422: Today’s Special Embossing and Die Cutting Bundle Autoship
    317-964: 12” Embossing Folders
    318-941: Embossing Accessories Kit
    305-894: Emboss, Cut & Create Idea Book
    320-566: Pretty Papers 6x6 Cardstock
    305-881: Interchangeable Border Punches 3-Pack
    317-638: All About Her Cardmaking Kit
    321-630: For the Boys Die Cuts
    320-551: Jolie Designer Collection
    320-541: Garden Window Cardmaking Kit
    320-549: Totally Tags Embellishments
    320-552: Birthday Clear Stamps
    320-605: 12” Beautiful Border Stickers
    320-543: Liners, Ribbons & Sentiments Kit
    315-744: Grace Embossing Folder Storage Box
    317-096: Rolling Craft Tote
    317-091: Cuttlebug Craft Tote

    I included all the numbers for the different ways you can purchase the Today's Special so that you can make sure to get the right one! You are going to want to play all year long with our folders and dies...here's what I mean, Autoship is the way to go!




     
    Tell me what you think below and I’ll see you on Monday for all the fun!
    Anna
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  • March 24th Sneak Preview 4

    March 18, 2014
     
    The countdown is on! 24-Hour Craft Day on HSN is just six short days away.  Join us on March 24th at Midnight, 12 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST to see all of our new collections (including the Today’s Special) and learn some fun new techniques to enhance your handmade projects! It’s going to be such a fun day.
     
    We saved five final sneak peeks for you today, so let’s get started!
     

     
    First up...Our new 12” Beautiful Border Stickers, featuring 96 of the most stunning borders that will become your “go-to” set for any project. We’ve added intricate details like die cut edges and gold foil stamping to these for that extra wow factor. Layer them, pleat them or even emboss them.  The possibilities are endless!
     

     
    You can never find enough ways to say happy birthday, so we thought we’d put all the celebratory sentiments you’d ever need in one place! Our new Birthday Clear Stamps include 22 unique designs and phrases for sending birthday wishes!  You can use these on the inside or outside of cards, use multiple stamps on scrapbook pages or even combine sentiments to create a longer message.
     

     
    For those of you who have been waiting for a new all occasion card kit, you will not be disappointed with what we have in store for you!  Our new Garden Window Card Kit features enough cards, layers and embellishments to make 48 beautiful cards for every occasion. A new feature about this kit is the die cut window frames and layers that give you the feeling of peering through a garden window. It’s truly springtime in a box and made for embossing and die cutting!
     

     
    We’ll also have a great supplement to this card kit available on March 24th called Liners, Ribbons and Sentiments.  This kit is loaded with envelope liners, sentiment stickers and pre-tied satin bows. Best of all, you’ll get 40 oversized A8 envelopes for those highly embellished cards we love to make and send! You asked for it, you got it!
     

     
    Okay, I feel like I am forgetting something…is that everything? Only kidding. It’s time to finally reveal the Today’s Special!  
     
    I’m so excited to debut the ultimate embossing and die cutting bundle for your Cricut Cuttlebug on March 24th. This must-have set includes sixteen embossing folders & borders, plus fourteen cutting dies! Each features intricate lace designs that will absolutely take your breath away. Guess what, the fun doesn't stop there - I've created auto ship embossing and cutting bundles for the rest of the year - 4 in total! Each group has a different design theme and we've even got a new Christmas bundle in the mix.

     
    Wouldn’t it be great to use your brand new embossing and die bundle while sitting in your brand new craft room full of Anna Griffin furniture? Thanks to our partners at SEI, all you have to do to win this prize package valued at $1,000 is click here and enter your name and email address.


     
    We’ll pick one lucky winner and post your March 24th shopping list right here this Friday!
     
    See you then!
    Anna
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