November 2, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting
Halloween has come and gone, so you know what season it is now: holiday card time! Whether you’re still planning this year’s project or have everything signed and sealed and are just editing your mailing list, there’s a good chance this subject is on your mind. We know that there’s no one better to chat with about paper crafts than maker maven Anna Griffin. (If you haven’t read our past interviews with Anna, you can check them out here and here. We’re grateful that she found the time to chat with us from her studio in Atlanta about her most recent appearance on HSN, Christmas memories and her favorite projects from the Anna’s Christmas Cards and Embellishments Cartridge.
Thank you, Anna, for once again being part of our Meet the Maker series. We know that you’ve been busy, especially with the recent unveiling of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Of course! I’ve been a part of Explore launches for the past two years as a lead demonstrator, and the recent HSN launch of the new machine was maybe even more exciting. Because of the advances with the Cricut Explore Air 2, I can craft with confidence and make with momentum. It’s twice as fast, so you can become two times more productive. You have twice the time to be creative! It’s an honor for me to be a part of the Cricut family with these launches. I feel like the drum major leading a parade!
And it’s quite a parade—more than 10,000 machines were sold that day!
Yes, it was the biggest crafting day in the history of HSN. I’m still on a high! It was like winning the crafting lottery, because people who bought the machine also got Cricut Access for a year. There’s never been another offer quite like that. It was a once-in-a-blue-moon situation, and showed the true partnership with HSN and Cricut to give their customer such an extraordinary offer. Everyone watching was as enthusiastic as I was. The four color choices were such a hit!
And there’s another incredible Cricut option as well, isn’t there?
HSN is exclusively offering an Anna Griffin-branded machine. I didn’t think that would ever happen!
There’s no better compliment to an Anna Griffin Cricut than your cartridges, which were used to create the DIY paper crafts we’ll be focusing on shortly. Can you talk a bit about this?
Today, we’ll be focusing on six projects from the Anna’s Christmas Cards and Embellishments Cartridge: there are three cards and three scrapbook pages. It’s so fun to see the design elements come to life. You can scale them up for a big impact, and if you scale them down, you can cut more. I used a lot of glitter paper to accent the pieces and make them pop. They’re sparkly, like Christmas lights.
Clearly, you agree that the first day of November is not too early to be talking about Christmas cards.
For a professional like myself, it’s never too early to be thinking about holiday cards! This industry is a lot like fashion: you must stay ahead of the season, so I’m already thinking about 2017. I look for Christmas inspiration year-round.
And everyone who loves making DIY cards, whether they’re a professional or not, knows the reality that paper projects take time. It’s an incredible luxury to have the Cricut to help: you just click a button to make what you see!
Let’s get clicking then!
What is the list of materials needed?
And your instructions for the card and the scrapbook page?
Adhere layers together using foam adhesive. Attach layers to 5”x7” holly card and 12”x12” holly layout with double-sided adhesive.
Attach photo, sentiment stickers and journaling tags to layout and card.
What will we need to make this holly, jolly piece?
Instructions for the Holly Swirls projects:
The Perfect Poinsettia Materials list:
Instructions for the card and scrapbook page:
Christmas cards remain a personal and creative way to keep in touch with loved ones. It’s no mystery why people put so much thought and effort into this annual tradition!
And speaking of traditions, Anna, can you leave us with a few words about your favorite Christmas memory?
When you ask that question, I immediately think of the first Christmas tree I had as an adult. I was living in a New York apartment, and my mother sent me a huge box. Inside were all the ornaments she’d collected for me in my life, starting with the first ones I received as a baby. Every year she added to the collection, and there’s a little bit of everything in there: cross-stitch, noodle art and dough ornaments. They’re still on my tree every year!
Thank you so much, Anna.