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“Meet the Maker”: Anna Griffin’s Favorites – Handmade for Mom

May 2, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

As we were planning our Meet the Maker features, one of the first people on our list was our long-time partner, designer Anna Griffin. Since launching her remarkable brand in 1994, Anna has translated patterns evocative of old-world style into modern, mix-and-match design and become a household name among crafters and decorators.

Fueled by her passion for antique textiles and prints, Anna has created gorgeous content and cutting files for us, including the Anna Griffin® Content Bundle for the Cricut Explore® Air. Her elegant style lends itself perfectly to projects for the most important woman in our life: Mom. We were thrilled when Anna spoke with us from her studio in Atlanta, Georgia about her earliest memories of crafting, the philosophy that drives her company and her favorite picks on Design Space.

Tell us a little bit about the women who influenced you growing up.

I grew up next door to my Grandmother Hallie, so I’d see her daily and she was the most inspirational person in my life. She was of that generation that did everything from scratch: she cooked without recipes and she crafted without measuring! She was an incredible mentor because she taught me that I could do anything.

My mother was another source of inspiration. She taught my sister and me every craft known to man at our kitchen table. When she died eight years ago, I found myself stepping into her role for my sister and trying to bring our mother’s luster to holidays and to life in general.

 

Do you remember making any cards or gifts for your mom or grandma?

Well, I sure remember a gift that my grandmother handmade for me! It’s a decoupage children’s table that she covered with vintage Alice in Wonderland cutouts. She used her little fingernail scissors—there was no Cricut back then—and put about ten layers of varnish on it. I still have that table today.

 

That story is a lovely segue into my next question: can you talk a little bit about your “old made new” design philosophy?

Renovation is in my blood. I’ve renovated ten old houses and one of them is now my home. The hand of the past is applied to every part of what I’ve done as a designer. I update with color and patterns to make something historic feel fresh and new. I love the details that came before all of us—that’s the thing that lights me up.

 

Now that you’ve shared some of what motivates you as a Maker, can you show us some of your favorite DIY projects for mothers that are in Design Space?

Let me start by saying that “handmade” and “Mother’s Day” go together like peas and carrots. Your mom is going to be the person who appreciates it the most.

 

This is my favorite DIY card from the
Anna Griffin Lovely Layers Cartridge:

It’s the Lovely Layers Rose card,
and it’s perfect for spring.

The rose is big, bold and beautiful…
just like Mom!

 

Who wouldn’t be moved by the opulence of this card? Replace “Thinking of You” with “Mom” to make a creation of elaborate layers.

 

I would make these DIY tags to adorn the gift for Mom on her big day.


Gold Embossed Tags
add a touch of real luxury.

Shop this project:
Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder

Making a DIY gift for Mom has never been easier using the Cricut Explore Air and the Anna Griffin Washi Sheets:

Mom's heart will be aflutter for our Butterfly Magnet Board.

 

Thank you so much, Anna!
See more from Anna by visiting her website or visit her personal Cricut page.

Keep an eye out for more posts from our new "Meet the Maker" series!

Show us your made-for-mom creations at #CricutMade
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15 thoughts on ““Meet the Maker”: Anna Griffin’s Favorites – Handmade for Mom

  1. I love reading about Anna and how she became such a wonderful crafter. Anna has been the main person who has inspired me the most and her products have brought me endless joy and helped me through some difficult days. She is a delightful ray of sunshine and happiness and her talent is a gift…..to herself and all those who enjoy her beautiful products.

  2. Anna, the cards, tags and picture are beautiful. Thank you for all you do for us, crafters!

  3. This is a wonderful – Meet the Maker – about Anna Griffin! She inspires me hugely. I knew she had a mother & grandmother who did the same. She just had to! My mother has inspired me with all her over the top scrapbooks that she makes for her friends mothers! I am blessed to still have her, she is 76. Anna is truly a blessing for myself. I have been able to use the Cuttlebug & her products to spread the love & giving to a lot more people. I don’t have a Cricut “yet” but it is on my wish list. Until then, keep the Anna Griffin Cuttlebug designs coming!

  4. Anna-
    As you know, you have a very large “family” comprised of Griffinites with whom you have shared your “spark” and love of creating. As your Grandmother Hallie and your Mom inspired and taught you, you have done the same for legions of us….Thank you for sharing your talent….

  5. Thank you for posting this interview with Anna. Anna Griffin is a classic.
    Carol Duvall introduced me to crafts, but Anna has provided the materials, tools, and inspiration.

    I’ve bought Anna’s rubber and clear stamps since I started crafting, and they are just as beautiful and useful now which would have to be waaay over ten years. She is a jewel.

  6. Anna makes it so much easier for those of us who are ‘retro hearts’ to convey our love and appreciation for those we love in our lives in a timely manner. It used to be that I might get three or four cards a year made for family members. Many would not receive one at all, as I had to use my iris scissors and tons of time to hand-cut all the elements for my creations. Cricut and Anna Griffin have totally changed my gifting-world! Thank you both. The first time I saw Anna talking about the Explore on HSN, I knew I had to have that machine! And every time she comes out with new papercrafting products, I know I need them as well. There is very little of her product in papercrafting that Anna designs that I don’t own.

  7. I enjoyed reading about Anna’s memories and inspiration! I have almost all of the Anna Griffin Cricut cartridges, embossing folders, and dies – and love them all! Anna Griffin is a huge inspiration to me! Thank you for sharing this story! :)

  8. What a nice article. I am a big Anna Griffin fan. I have all of her Cricut cartridges. Anna amazes me because I think, she can’t top that elegant card or project, but she always designs another amazing creation. Thank you for giving the AG fans another peek at what inspires our Anna Griffin.

  9. Anna I just got your new cartridge Lovely layered cards 2 and i need instructions on how to make them.
    can i get instructions they are not in the cricut library. PLEASE

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  11. Oh Miss Anna who is NO banAnna.? ❤ Miss Anna you have so inspired not just me but my fellow Griffinites. Your inspiration has inspired me and my way of crafting and looking at life through loff & creation that nothing in life is impossible.
    I have been crafting my whole life, but since discovering Miss Anna, my crafting has grown in2 another level.
    I trully feel you are our queen and as your royal follower, please keep making what I loff to see, beautiful, elegance & exquisite dies, folders, your card kits and EVERYTHING you touch❤ loff You Miss Anna ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  12. Anna I have been a crafter for most of my adult life. I too up Scrapbooking about 16 years ago and have been a huge an and collector of all things “Anna”. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent and warm teaching so that all of us feel like we are “incredible crafters”.
    Warm regards,
    Molly Burdette

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