• Beautiful in the Making 3: Mother’s Day Gift Card Holder

    April 22, 2014
    Hi everyone!
    Can you believe how fast this year is flying by? Mother’s Day is coming up on May 11th, so we thought we’d put together the perfect little handmade gift card holder for Mom!

    This project is really great to send gift cards for any occasion from birthdays to graduations!
    · Yellow card base and pink card stock from the Anna Griffin Perfect Palette Card Making Kit: http://bit.ly/1hXfJJR <http://bit.ly/1hXfJJR>  
    · Anna Griffin Lace Trimmings Collection large flourish die and Camilla Lace embossing border folder: http://bit.ly/1ohXRhS <http://bit.ly/1ohXRhS>
    · White or ivory card stock
    · Lace border punch from the Anna Griffin Interchangeable Border Punch Collection: http://bit.ly/1kmZoBz <http://bit.ly/1kmZoBz>
    · Anna Griffin Cottage Roses 3D Stickers
    · Floral paper from the Anna Griffin French Floral Papers Collection
    · Anna Griffin Nearest & Dearest Sentiment Sticker Collection “For My Mother” sentiment
    · Cream ribbon
    · Cream button
    · Tab punch 

    1.   Trim a 4 3/4” x 6 3/4” panel of floral patterned paper (we used text weight paper from our French Floral Papers Collection). Adhere to yellow Perfect Palette card base.

    2.   Die cut large flourish element from white or cream card stock.

    3.   Adhere die cut to card by wrapping ends of flourish around to backside and inside or card base, leaving center portion without adhesive so a tag can be inserted.

    4.   Affix “for my mother” sticker to center of flourish.  Accent with flower sticker.

    5.   Trim a 4” x 5 1/2” piece of pink Perfect Palette card stock.  Create tag shape by trimming upper corners.  

    6.   Punch bottom edge of tag. Emboss just above punched edge with Camilla Lace embossing border folder. Use a tab punch to punch tabs to hold gift card, or secure gift card with a bit of removable adhesive. 

    7.   Add ribbon tab and button to tag top.

    8.   Insert gift card and slide entire tag behind die cut flourish.

    I hope you enjoy making this project!

    We’re going to take a couple of weeks off from our Beautiful in the Making project series to show you all of the amazing new products coming up on HSN on May 14th.
    See you next week for the first preview (there may be some giveaways too!)
  • 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!
  • 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
    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!
  • 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!


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