Tuesday, November 30, 2010

{Straight from the Studio - Photo Shoot} Classic Holiday Collection

Styled Photo Shoot
The Classic Holiday Printable Design Collection
(50% off in our shop through November 30th!)

Adria and I had a whirlwind of a month! Late nights printing, cutting, prepping, decorating, lining trays, matting, and more! We are thrilled with how these holiday collection photo shoots turned out. Today, we are showing you the Classic Holiday collection shoot.

We know that you all are super creative and crafty and can mimic these ideas and even come up with your own ideas by using our classic holiday printable designs! We would LOVE to see what you do with our new holiday printable collections!

Becca Bond was our fabulous photographer and she nailed it. She has such an amazing eye for photography and composition.

Take a look at some of the photography Becca took of our styled dessert table.

The fun and whimsical wreaths above were from The Chic-Adee Shop on etsy. Melissa is an interior designer with a super fun blog. We just loved her style!

Melissa designed these to coordinate with our graphics and she hit it spot on. I love the POP of color that the wreaths give, especially paired with our graphics and delectable treats... Melissa is an interior designer and has the most unique and beautiful wreaths in her shop.

We were thrilled to have contributors from several "specialties" of etsy to help stock the table.

Charynn from Two Sugar Babies (on etsy) provided amazing fondant toppers. We used them for topping cupcakes and cookies. We sent her some samples of the printable designs to show her the inspiration and she delivered above and beyond what we had in mind!

The cupcake liners are from The Cupcake Social!

Amanda from Pretzels Pleaze (on etsy) provided beautiful chocolate covered pretzels
with details galore! She made several styles and flavors... YUM!
They looked so beautiful displayed on red hots! We were tempted to eat them the whole time we were setting up!

Lisa Paskin Stone from The Cookie Jar (Batches on etsy) provided picture perfect decorated sugar cookies that coordinated PERFECTLY with the style and color scheme of the collection. They look like they were meant to be together.... Beautiful craftsmanship.

Jennifer from Death By Cupcake (on etsy) provided super whimsical (and delish!) chocolate truffles. They were filled with the tastiest red velvet center! They looked so cute on the table!

Do you like the marshmallow skewers that I made? I drizzled them with red/white chocolate to look like candy canes. Popped them on top of the "hot cocoa" (was pudding in this case for staging purposes)... mmm!
Bake It Pretty provided red/white paper straws that looked amazing in our eggnog! (The next 2 photos were not Becca's pics. These are from our camera....eek!)

Spoonful of Sugar Shop (on etsy) provided white chocolate peppermint homemade marshmallows - to die for!

We showed our backdrop 2 ways - with 3 wreaths by Chic-Adee Shop and a 2nd version with a single wreath, since either setup could work for your table. Notice how dramatic the change of the "look" of the table is when you change one focal point. I, personally, love it with the bright vibrant wreaths from Chic-Adee Shop! Keep this in mind when setting up your backdrop. The focal point can change the entire effect of the table!

We have lots more eye candy and packaging ideas. Our printable collection includes a TON of designs to help you personalize and make your holidays super special and impressive!
Food labels, food labels... so fun! We included several designed versions in the package and they can be used for other things such as gift cards, too (since we include blank as well as some pre-personalized with common holiday goodies)

Gift tags galore in this package!

Mini Candy bar wrappers - how CUTE are they!? A big impact on a little treat!The logos can be used anywhere - Cut to be square or circle!
Food labels and the circle garland from the package are must haves!

Package up some cookies and tie with raffia/ribbon and a logo and it looks beautiful!

Dress up some treat containers with the logos, too!

Everyone brings a bottle of wine to their hostess, right? I can't tell you how many parties we go to around the holidays where we bring wine or champagne. I will be dressing my wine gifts up with these labels for sure! Plus, add the holiday hang tag to write a note at the top!

Cupcakes are so much snazzier with a fondant topper, or mix in some with logos, too for some more fun coordinating graphics! Cupcake liners from The Cupcake Social!

Gift boxes, candy jars,.....

Check out these little DIY projects that helped tie together our table - I hot glued old fashioned peppermint sticks around a low ball glass for a cute little touch to the center of the table... Candy cane votive.

The candy peppermint topiary trees were super simple to make, too!
Here I am putting the finishing touches on the project. This was a FUN one!

Don't forget the free printable "From the Kitchen of" Labels! Adorn any treat, baked goods or dish with these labels! FREE download from our blog.

Some DIY Projects:
- Peppermint topiary tree
- Candy Cane Votive

- Chocolate covered Oreos with red drizzle
- Drizzled marshmallow swizzle sticks (for hot cocoa)

We want to give a special thanks to our fantastic contributors.
Our presentation would not have been the same without the
amazing work of the following companies:

Stunning Photography:
Becca Bond Photography

Fabulous Decor:
Paper Straws from Bake It Pretty
Custom Wreaths from Thechicadeeshop
Cupcake Liners from The Cupcake Social

Amazingly Beautiful Desserts:
Decorated Sugar Cookies from
The Cookie Jar
Chocolate Truffles from Deathbycupcake
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks from Pretzelspleaze
Marshmallows and Whoopee Pies from Spoonfulofsugarshop
Fondant Cupcake & Cookie Toppers from Twosugarbabies

The Classic Holiday Collection is
ON SALE 50% off
in our shop
until November 30th!

20 Pages of Printable Holiday Designs!


Monday, November 29, 2010

{Our First Giveaway of the Week} Three Holiday Wreaths from The Chic-Adee Shop!

Anders Ruff Custom Designs CLASSIC HOLIDAY Design Printable Collection
(featuring Melissa's wreaths)

Melissa Clark, owner of the Etsy Shop, The Chic-Adee Shop, helped to make our CLASSIC HOLIDAY Design Printable Collection, well...classic and chic! She graciously custom made for us three stunning felt wreaths (with garlands) that were featured in our photo shoot (to promote our Classic Holiday Design Collection printables). We are so excited to be able to give all three wreaths away to one lucky follower!

Melissa, in her own words is “currently on vacation for the holiday season. Time to trick or treat with the kids, make too many pies for Thanksgiving, and drink hot cocoa by the fire while staring at the Christmas tree. I will be back next year with a handful of new designs that will make your front door tingle."

That’s the nice thing about owning your own business. You’re the boss! Enjoy your holidays, Melissa, and thank you for letting us ring in the season with your spectacular, custom wreaths. Although Melissa is currently on vacation, here are some of her custom designs that sold last season.

Wool Wrapped Autumn Wreath

Lovers Knot Wreath

Corn Husk Wreath

Giveaway Description:
Three Fabulous Felt Holiday Wreaths

(pictured below)

First Way To Enter

• Leave us a comment below telling us how you will display Melissa’s wreaths if you win.

For an Additional Entry* (not required but an extra way to win!)

• “Heart” The Chick-Adee Shop’s Etsy shop

{*For each of the additional entries, you must leave separate comments here on our blog telling us you did the specific step (or already have done that step) We check to see if you did the step if you win!}

Winner will be chosen using random.org on Friday, December 3rd, at 1 PM. Open to US residents only.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

{Free Printable} "You've Been Elfed" Door Signs and Instructions

Aime, a fabulous reader of ours, sent us the CUTEST poem to use when "Elfing" this year. We had such a great response from our free BOO signs and instructions that we decided to go ahead and create a free printable "Elfing" Set!

In case you didn't know...
Elfing=Boo'ing but at Christmas time and with Christmas gifts/goodies

and in case you didn't know what "Boo'ing" is....

Basically Boo'ing is "Reverse trick-or-treating." Basically you fill a basket or bag with goodies, toys or anything festive for Halloween and leave it on the front doorstep of a friend or neighbor. You must include a "door sign" and "poem/instructions" so that the recipient knows what this is there for and how to pass long the favor. The recipient will place the door sign on their front door to let others know that they have had a turn being "boo'ed". Then the recipient gets a turn at this. Pretty soon the whole neighborhood is filled w/ homes with doors that have the signs up!

So... "ELFING" is the same thing! What a fun time of year and a great way to show our friends and neighbors that we care for them!

We designed 2 "We've Been Elfed" Door Signs and an instructions poem letter as well..

Door signs...

Download yours for FREE here. Spread the word!

Friday, November 26, 2010

{Giveaway} Three Month Membership to the Pinafore of the Month Club, Courtesy of My Pocket Full of Posies

I came across My Pocket Full of Posies somewhat by accident. I was searching on Etsy for holiday gifts for my children (boys) and when I clicked on “Children," the cutest outfit from My Pocket Full of Posies popped on to my screen. I knew that I had to write and ask if My Pocket Full of Posies would be kind enough to sponsor a giveaway. Kind does not describe what Patrice, founder of My Pocket Full of Posies has so graciously offered as a giveaway to our followers; I would say that a better word would be generous!

Patrice works from home and is mom to two adorable children, ages four years and eighteen months. When she is not chasing them around her family’s small Texas farm, she loves to design and create children's clothing. My Pocket Full of Posies was “born” in September, 2009, after the birth of her daughter, Madi Grace.

In Patrice’s own words, “Ever since I was a little girl, I have been a happy mix of girly girl and tomboy. I loved to wear dresses and "frilly" things as long as they wouldn't become a hindrance to my ascent up the hickory tree in the back yard. My little shop is an extension of that part of my personality. At My Pocket Full of Posies, you will find adorable boutique styles that still let little girls be little girls.”

Take a peek at some of her ADORABLE designs:

Pinafore of the Month Club


Owl are you?

Cutie patootie!

Patrice, can you make this in my size?!

Up, up and awaaaay!

Santa baby!

Patrice asked us to let you know that she is sponsoring on her Facebook site a Holiday Photo Contest to benefit the Angel Tree charity. If you would like to participate, please click on this link. There are great prizes (including some from Anders Ruff)!

Giveaway Description:
One three month subscription to the Pinafore of the Month Club

(pictured below)

First Way To Enter

• Visit mypocketfullofposies on Etsy and leave us a comment below telling us which of Patrice’s designs you like the most.

For Additional Entries* (not required but extra ways to win!)

• Like mypocketfullofposies on Facebook

• “Heart” mypocketfullofposiesEtsy shop

{*For each of the additional entries, you must leave separate comments here on our blog telling us you did the specific step (or already have done that step) We check to see if you did the step if you win!}

Winner will be chosen using random.org on Friday, December 3rd, at 1 PM. Open to US residents only.

NOTE: In addition to sponsoring this fabulous giveaway, only for Anders Ruff readers, Patrice has created a coupon code for for 10% off of your total purchase. This coupon CAN be combined with her Thanksgiving weekend sales to make for some great deals on many of her items. The code is andersruff10 and must be entered at the checkout to receive the discount.



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