School Day Printable Collection Sneak Peek!

Here are a few sneak peeks from our School Day Printables photo shoot!  Becca Bond captured the most amazing photos!

This is a great collection of items that you can use throughout the school year as labels, on teacher gifts, etc.

Vintage School Day Collection Photoshoot

We had so much fun shooting this in an old one-room 1890 schoolhouse!

Our class pet, Elroy, even had fun!

Vintage School Day Collection Photoshoot

Vintage School Day Collection Photoshoot


Stay tuned for the full photoshoot in a later post!

Our School Day Printable Collection is available in the shop for $15!

School Day

Sneak Peek of Haunted Halloween & Adoption Request

We had a fun weekend of photoshoots! 

On Friday, we shot our Haunted Halloween Printable Collection. (coming soon to the shop!)
The night before the photoshoot, we realized that we couldn’t do a Halloween photoshoot without a black cat (of course!).

Adria went early in the morning to the Humane Society to “borrow” a cat.
She was stunned at the amount of cats that are available for adoption at our local Humane Society. The kitty was so sweet and we wish we could have kept him!

If you are interested in adopting this kitty (we are near Charlotte)
here is the contact info and info about the kitty:

VF #4614 A
DOB 3-1-11
[email protected] (Vickie is the contact)

Anders Ruff 4th of July Pinwheels Party

We recently had a big going away party for a friend who was moving to Italy. We themed the party “Americana” to celebrate their time in the states.


We decided to work out 4th of July collection into the shoot because the theme, colors and details worked so perfectly for any summer or 4th of July BBQ or party.


The party was held at the Village Hall in our community – a building that has classic white southern architecture. The white woodwork on the terrace was a beautiful backdrop to make our colors “pop”!

For the printable graphic accessories that embellish items throughout the party, we mixed in the traditional red, navy and white with some accents of aqua and kraft. Some of the graphics have a “distressed” feeling, making it feel like a classic American Fair. Pinwheels and firecrackers give off the vibe of summer and celebration.

We mixed in modern patterns to give it a fresh feel.

This collection was designed to be versatile for any summer BBQ or 4th of July celebration.


All the eye candy and then LOADS of details below . . .

Dessert Display Shelf/Table Details

– A navy with white modern dot backdrop was paired with a classic white table cloth and a kraft paper (from Nashville Wraps) overlay to make it less “formal” and give off the vibe of a true American fair celebration.

– Galvanized metal has a role throughout the entire party, but in small doses. We hung galvanized metal lanterns from the ceiling above the dessert table. We used thick ribbon to hang these and pull in some color from the table below.

– The printable pennants from our collection were printed and strung with twine on the front of the dessert table.

– The cake (by Mandie of Got What It cakes) was an amazing classic white butter cream cake that was tiered and loaded with bright pinwheel decor. A fat red and white gingham ribbon was wrapped around the base of each tier. Fondant pinwheels were also stacked on the top of the cake as well. From a distance, the pinwheels have the feel of “fireworks” because of how they were staggered, but up close they were pinwheels to tie in with the theme.

– On either side of the cake was a glass container filled with aqua sprinkles and a bouquet of unicorn pops in the aqua and white colors. We bunched the lollis together and used twine to tie them into a bunch. These were beautiful and they were packaged great because even after guests would one to enjoy, the twine kept the remaining bunched and still looking spectacular.

– In between the cake and the cupcakes, were staggered double stacked SOUP cans that we wrapped with printable patterned paper and embellished with ribbon. (Great DIY project!) We made chocolate covered marshmallows in the red and aqua and white colors and dipped them partly in sanding sugar of the opposite color. (DIY) They were stuck into the cans and natural kraft shred was filled into the can.

– We found cherry red hat boxes at Ikea and tiered them on the sides of the dessert table to act as the cupcake stands.

– Cupcakes were adorned with pinwheels that we made using our patterned papers in our collection. The cupcakes also had a solid white wrapper (from Bella Cupcake Couture) that was embellished with a printed party logo.

– The “All American” caramel apples were sitting on top of the cupcake tiers with a printed party flag. The apples were beautifully drizzled with red and light aqua chocolate (made by Pretzels Pleaze).

– Cookie pops (by Oh! So Yummy) were made to look like pinwheels in our bright aqua, red and navy colorway. She used homemade fondant on the cookies and they were DELICIOUS! The cookies were stuck into long glass containers that we filled with red M&Ms and had a thick navy/white ribbon wrapped around.

– We lined white flat trays with red chocolate sunflower seeds and made white chocolate covered strawberries dipped in aqua sanding sugar (DIY)- perfect to tie into the theme of “red/white/blue” and “summertime”. We stuck a natural toothpick with a printed party flag into the tops of the strawberries for a festive look.

– Red/white/blue chocolate pretzels were also displayed in the center of the table on a bed of aqua non perils.

Side tables
– We had two tables with red/white modern dot fabric tablecloths on each side of the dessert table.
– One side table held all of our beverages including aqua lemonade in a glass dispenser. We also found perfect glass bottles with sparkling water and aqua metal lids. We tied twine around the necks of the glass drink bottles and wrapped with our printable drink wrap.
– Drink wraps were added to our water bottles and displayed on the kraft paper overlay.
– Popcorn was displayed in a red galvanized container as well as wrapped napkins with our printable pattern paper wrap to tie in the patterns from the collection.
– The second side table held another display of treats and favors.
– Here we displayed more cupcakes in a red galvanized tiered stand.
– Pinwheel cookies in M&M filled vessels were displayed along with bagged cookies for the guests to take home.
– We displayed kraft paper coffee bags (Nashville Wraps) with a clear window for the guests to fill up with treats to take home.
– White chocolate stars were displayed with some fondant pinwheel embellishments.
– Favor tins with clear tops (Nashville wraps) were filled with red, white and aqua candies and wrapped with twine. A printed party logo was displayed on the top of the container. The kids were so excited to take treats home from the party.
– (DIY) Smores kits were made for all of the guests to take and enjoy in the fire pit. we wrapped up hershey bars, marshmallows and graham crackers in a cellophane bag (Nashville Wraps) and topped it off with a printable bag topper from our collection. The kids LOVED this!
– (DIY) We had sparklers and matches that were embellished to coordinate. Our collection includes a Sparkler insert that the sparklers were inserted into for easy display. We wrapped the match boxes with printed pattern paper and ribbon. These were also displayed in the patterned paper wrapped soup cans.
Guest Tables


– We displayed our tables to coordinate with the dessert and accent tables.
– White tablecloths with the kraft paper runner were shown on all tables.
– The centerpieces consisted of patterned paper wrapped soup cans (DIY) that were filled with the chocolate dipped pretzel rods inside natural kraft shred and tied with a twine band. Chocolate apples with printed flags were also shown.
– Galvanized tins were filled with red tissue and popcorn.
The guests had a blast and enjoyed food (Outback Steakhouse brought a grill to make ribs, chicken and hot dogs!) and music that was DJ’d by Caryn’s husband, Andy.
The guest of honor enjoyed dressing up in an adorable red/white blue outfit (tutu and tank from Sweet Things, hair accessory from Tadpole and Lily) and loved modeling for the camera with her friends that were also in red/white/blue.

The 4th of July Pinwheels Printable Design Collection
is available in our shop for 50% off until June 26th!
Complete Event Styling and Graphic Printable Design Collection by Anders Ruff
Photography by Becca Bond Photography
Candy here
Custom Cake and Cupcakes from Got What It Cakes
Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Gourmet Covered Apples from Pretzels Pleaze
Clothing and Accessories:
Tutu and Tank from Sweet Things Kids
Hair Accessory from Tadpole and Lily
Decor and Packaging:
Label Material from
Cupcake Wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture
Cello Bags, Kraft Paper, Metal Favor Tins and Kraft Coffee Favor Bags from Nashville Wraps

Sweet Things Couture Fashion Show


A poster was displayed at the Swag Bag table….



I’m excited to show off Sweet Things new designs…. They had us design a program for the event to give all their models credit:



Precious, right!?


Aren’t the kids and the clothes precious!?


I adore the Super Hero designs for boys and girls! SO CUTE!


The after party was styled by our friends, Amy and Bri, of The Savvy Mom’s Guide!





Bubbles with our wrap embellishment…


Be sure to check out Sweet Things online to see all their new clothing designs!


Thank you for sharing, Nicole! Precious models and adorable fashion show!
 Our Couture Fashion Show designs are available in our shop!





SweetThings – childrens clothing and accessories
Ella B Photography – Photos
Anders Ruff Custom Designs – Printable Graphic Designs
Two Sugar Babies – Circle cupcake toppers (I added the tutu accent)
Kolby Kakes – Cookies and cupcakes
Suckers by Steph – cupcake sucker
It’s written on the Wall – Vinyl lettering
The Savvy Moms Guide – After party Design
Swag Bag Vendors


Baby Brilliant – Yellow and white swag bag and eco friendly bag
Brittany Victoria – Childrens bracelets
TooToo Posh – Sweet Tile necklace
Tricia B Designs – custom child tank top


Precious cupcakes.
The tutu cupcake toppers are also going to be available in Sweet Things shop.


We loved designing the graphics so much, that we are offering them in our shop for a Fashion Show Birthday party!


We recently worked on a custom design project for Sweet Things, a fabulous online clothing shop.

We designed chic couture fashion show printable graphics for the event.

Sweet Things introduced 12 new designs to their clothing line and held a fashion show and after party that is the cutest. We love the colors, clothing, kiddies and decor.

I am exited to share the photo shoot of the fashion show.

Lots of eye candy, so take a look….

Press: Our Pirate Collection in Woman’s World Magazine

May 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Press, Printable Packages

We love working with Courtney Dial of Pizzazzerie and this past week we were thrilled to hear that Woman’s World was going to include photos and details from a recent collaborative project.
The super cute Pirate Party Photo Shoot that Courtney recently styled had beautiful photography and inspiration. (Courtney not only styled but also photographed the shoot!).
The magazine did a spread on Pirate Party ideas and they included 4 photos from the Pirate shoot! We loved designing the graphics for her shoot and were thrilled to see it (and our website!) in print!

Go pick up your copy – there are some great ideas in the issue!
The pirate printable designs are still available in our shop!

4th Of July Pinwheels Collection: Sneak Peek!

We are SO excited to announce a sneak peek at our new collection
Introducing our 4th of July Pinwheels Collection
This theme has a special meaning to us – we helped with a going away party for a friend of ours, Mette. Her and her family were moving back to Italy and Caryn planned a big huge party with 100+ people. We styled it as an “Americana” theme to celebrate their time in the USA.
We figured why not make our 4th of July Collection at the same time?
So we pre shot some of the setup with our 4th of July collection.

Lots MORE photos to be released in the weeks to come…
but for now, so you can get a taste of the collection.…with these few photographs.



The collection includes some essential items like several fun circular favor hang tags,….




Loads of patterned papers, party flags, party logos, treat bag toppers (S’mores kits anyone?)




Drink wraps, sparkler inserts and more….



We are so excited about this collection!

– 2 Sheets of Square or Circle party Logos (8 logo designs)
– 1 Sheet of Drink wraps (5 designs)
– 1 Sheet of Favor/Gift Tags
– 1 Sheet of Blank Party Labels – Tent style
– 1 Sheet of Party Flags (3 styles)
– 1 Sheet of Sparkler Wraps
– 1 Sheet of Party Bag Toppers (tent style)
– 9 Sheets of Patterned Papers
– 1 Patterned Pennant Banner


Don’t forget that we also have a second collection
for 4th of July (as featured on Amy Atlas!)
The Classic 4th of July Collection is available 50% off as well in the shop!

The “4th of July Pinwheels” Collection is
available in the shop now
for 50% off!

Easter Has Sprung: Spring Photo Session by Christine Racz

We were delighted to see the use of the “Easter Has Sprung” printables
by Christine Racz in California. Christine does a lot of photography for our friends, Amy and Bri, of Savvy Mom’s Guide. She does great work! (Find her here

She recently had a Spring mini photo shoot session for her clients.
Christine created a backdrop inspired by our Easter Has Sprung collection photo shoot
using shelving to display spring decor.

Pretty, pretty cupcakes.

Such a happy shot….
Baby in an Easter Basket! Precious!

I love how she displayed the classic chocolate bunny….


Great job, Christine! LOVE this setting for a photo shoot! 

{Sale Notice}
Our “Easter Has Sprung” Printable Design collection is available in the shop for
50% off through April 17th!

Giveaway: Props from Our Easter Shoot!

April 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Easter, Giveaway

We are extremely fortunate to work with wonderful people who donate their time and talent to create for us items we use to make our photo shoots, well, special! Our giveaway of the week is actually not one, but two fabulous items; items that were used in our Easter Has Sprung photo shoot featuring our Easter printables. The lucky winner will receive the Ribbon Topiary from She’s {kinda} Crafty as well as the Sweet Headband from Sweet Things Kids (both giveaways are picture below).
Ribbon Topiary

Sweet Headband

Giveaway Description:

The Ribbon Topiary from She’s {kinda} Crafty as well

as the Sweet Headband from Sweet Things Kids (both pictured above).

Multiple Opportunities to Enter = Multiple Chances to Win!


• “Like” She’s {kinda} Crafty on Facebook


• “Like” Sweet Things Kids on Facebook


• Follow She’s {kinda} Crafty’s blog


• Follow Sweet Things Kids’ blog


• “Like” Anders Ruff on Facebook


• Vote for Anders Ruff as one of the Top 25 Party Plannin’ Moms on Circle of Moms


{*For each entry, please leave a comment below indicating which step(s) you completed. We will check if you win!}


Winner will be chosen via, on Friday, April 8th, at 1:00 PM ET


Please note: International shipping charges are the responsibility of the winner if winner resides outside of the continental US.

Easter Dessert Table Fun from My Sugar Scape

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Dessert Tables, Easter, Printable Packages

We love when clients send us pictures of our printables in action! The gals at My Sugar Scape recently staged a photo shoot with our Easter has SPRUNG Printable Design Collection entitled, “Easter Dessert Table fun with Printables and Cookies.” Here is a peek at their fabulous work.

Hang tags (which can also be used as favor tags) were used to display canisters filled with all sorts of colorful candy.
Your imagination is the limit with our blank party labels
The colors of these French macaroons are so pretty; they make the dessert table really pop!
A basket of goodies addressed to Scarlett from The Easter Bunny (on our Easter Bunny gift tags). Where did he get those from?!

Our treat cones filled to the brim with treats and sweets!

Thanks to Ryall of My Sugar Scape for such an awesome display!

"LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day" Printable Design Collection

We love St. Patrick’s Day!
Introducing our new collection for St. Pat’s Day….

The “LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day” Printable Design Collection

14 pages of printable designs perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day party,
kids event, school treats or a simple decoration fix!

We used argyle, polka dot, diagonal stripes, shamrock patterns…
inspired by Preppy Spring fashion and Irish luck!

– 2 Sheets of Square or Circle party Logos (8 logo designs)
– 1 Sheet of Drink wraps (5 styles)
– 1 Sheet of Favor Hang Tags (2 styles)
– 2 Sheets of Blank Party Labels – Tent style (4 styles)
– 1 Sheet of Mini Candy Bar Wraps (6 styles)
– 1 Sheet of Flag Labels (6 styles)
– 6 Sheets of Patterned Papers

Feeling Lucky?
Our new collection – The “LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day”printable design collection
is 50% off in our shop for a limited time.

Get Yours Here….

“I Heart Valentine’s Day” Collection Photo Shoot

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we wanted to repost this feature from our popular Valentine’s day Collection last year….
From January 2011… we wrote:
Well, it seems as though our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” shoot has been seen by many of you (THANK YOU to all of the featuring blogs for your support!)…. however, we still need to share it on our OWN site! Becca Bond Photography did such an awesome job, and I can’t wait to share all the photos…
This is by far one of our favorite projects that we’ve done. We included LIVE subjects this time (mostly our children ;)) to show off some fabulous clothing by MiniMooh.
That posed a whole new aspect of styling, but it was SO much fun.

This post is image heavy…

We had major inspiration to do something different for the hanging decor. The paper plate polyhedrons are SO easy to make and we were pretty excited to create something unique.
You can find the tutorial on Disney Family Fun….
We used the printable logos as hanging detail on all of the apothecary glass jars.
Cotton candy made a GREAT filler display in the tall glass jars. The cookies from Allyson Jane were strung with ribbon and hung over these fabulous glass apothecary jars…. Don’t you just LOVE the cookies!?
Here are some more of the beautiful cookies from Allyson Jane. She baked them with a hole in them so we could embellish with a ribbon. I love adding another texture to the cookies!

This cake was from a regular plain-old bakery (seriously – $8 at Target!) and we dressed it up with fancy and beautiful fondant from Sweet Petal Bakery. We love this option to decorate our own cake with professional decor/fondant!

Lollipops with the printable lollipop covers were stuck into the fun layered jello (SO easy to make!)
Patterned papers were used with heart craft punches to create this super fun garland that hung on the front of the table.

How cute and simple are these awesome fabric layered flowers….
the beauty is – they never die! 😉

Don’t you love the mini chocolate bars with the printable wrappers?
Also, the hershey kisses labels!?

These adorable lollis were from This Charming Candy
They were GREAT props for the kids, too!How cute is the dress from Mini Mooh!?
…and the bow tie on my son, Jeffrey! (Mini Mooh)

We got this chalkboard at the Dollar store near us… what a fun prop it made for the kiddos….

Printable folding labels…

The cupcakes from Cupcrazed Cakery in Baxter….
Heather does such an amazing job making the most
unique flavors of cupcakes! These were scrumptious!

We love party flags – they looked really cute on top of the paper straws (from Bake It Pretty). Drink wrap wrapped around the Jones Soda….
Here is my little Peanut (Pierson)….

Are you smiling yet?

This is funny. The first photo Becca took of (my son) Pierson and Arden was this…
… the second shot….
It just took Arden’s mom coming into the room and doing something cute to light up their faces!

Arden and Grayce showing off their MiniMooh dresses….

Here is Adria’s adorable daughter, Grayce…. so cute!

Jeffrey (Anders) and Grayce (Ruff)… best of buddies!
Playin a little xx0 😉
Jeffrey LOVED the macarons from Sparkles Kitchen.
So did Grayce!

We used the patterned papers to make these hearts that
we topped the oreo truffles with….I just love all of the patterns!
(PS. I made these oreo truffles with my cookie girls – we get together every Christmas to make cookies and this year we made these! So fun, right?!)

We included some new design accessories in this package. Favor hangtag, and a template for a box with heart closure…. and a COOTIE catcher / fortune teller…. (bringing back memories yet?)
We used the twine from The Cupcake Social to create a sweet little pom on top.

Printable valentines with a folding pocket envelope to put around the valentine…

Patterned papers, again, being used! Aren’t these little bottles so cute!?

Beautiful macarons from Sparkles Kitchen

I’ll leave you with this sweet shot….
Thank you to ALL of our fabulous contributors!
Get yours HERE….

Credits and Sources
– Styling and Printable Graphic Designs Package by Anders Ruff

– Photography by Becca Bond Photography (

Talented Contributors:
– Handmade Dresses and Bow Ties by Mini Mooh (
– Cupcakes by Cupcrazed Cakery in Baxter (
– Lollipops by This Charming Candy (
– Fondant Decor by Sweet Petal Bakery (
– Macarons by Sparkles Kitchen (
– Sugar Cookies by Allyson Jane (
– Cupcake Liners and Twine from The Cupcake Social (
– Paper Straws from Bake It Pretty (

Vintage Glam New Year’s Eve Printable Collection

Miniature champagne bottles wrapped with our printed favor tag/label were embellished with silver cording and printed party logos from our collection – meant to be favors.
We were thrilled and honored to see our New Year’s Eve Glam Printable Collection featured on Amy Atlas’ Sweet Designs.Can you believe that 2011 is right around the corner? For those of you planning a New Year’s celebration, you probably have the food and spirits planned but what about the decorations? Never fear, Anders Ruff is here. With the click of a mouse you can order our New Year’s Eve Glam Printable Collection and turn drab décor in to fab décor! We are excited to share with you our collection, which can be purchased here for 50% off through December 24, 2010.

 Our backdrop is a vintage geometric/mod pattern that reminded us of the vintage glam Hollywood era. We feature a black candelabra in the center of the table and it holds mini hot pink cupcakes instead of candles, as a contrast to the background. We used a matte/glitter fabric for the tablecloth to add some minor sparkle but still feel “classy”. We used wrapped boxes to add height with ruffled hot pink trimmings to add a pop of color. We also added a light blue lining to the top of the white boxes to add contrast. Everyday white serving platters were used for dessert displays (Food labels in the printable package used to designate each food item). We printed a “Cheers” banner and hung small glass mirrored balls from each letter to add some sparkle.

Cookies (with sparkly disco dust) from Allyson Jane were placed on a big serving platter lined with printed patterned papers. Cookies were also packaged as favors with favor tags tied to the cellophane bags.

We found “Black jack” old fashioned chewing gum (perfect shade of blue!) and wrapped them with our coordinating patterned papers to set out for guests to take.

Water bottles were decorated with festive printable wraps.

Patterned papers were used to wrap the silverware
(which is actually plastic ware made to look like silver).

Favor boxes were filled with pink and white candies and adorned with a printed logo/favor tag.

Miniature chocolate bars were wrapped in our printable mini candy bar wrappers.

Various silver and black lace trims were used as wraps around the dessert martini glasses and champagne glasses.

We lined the serving platters with printed papers from our printable collection, which feature patterns as seen in the backdrop fabric.

Place cards and food cards were printed and embellished with mini crystals.


Food and Desserts

– Light Blue Chocolate dipped mini pretzel rods with white chocolate and light blue sugar crystals were displayed in small glasses.

– White and dark chocolate dipped strawberries were served in chocolate cups

– Oreo Truffles were served on lollipop sticks with a “bow tie” patterned paper embellishment to dress them up.

– Jellied Strawberry Champagne was served with a festive logo toothpick

– Small mint chocolates were drizzled and sparked w/ hot pink sugars.

– Miniature cupcakes were served with hot pink cream cheese icing.

– White chocolate mousse was served with a hot pink sugar crystal stick, with a coordinating party flag label attached.

– Cheeses and crackers were displayed with toothpicks and party flag embellishments.

– Champagne was served and the bottles were dressed up with a coordinating bottle wrap.



Credits and Sources

Table Styling and Printable Graphic Design Package by Anders Ruff Custom Designs (

– Photography by Becca Bond Photography (

– Sugar Cookies by Allyson Jane Designer Desserts (

– Cupcake Liners from The Cupcake Social (

– Decor from Social Couture (Candelabra, plastic “silver”ware, pink candle holders, mirrored balls, Takeout favor boxes)


Sneak Peek: A Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Shoot

Yes, you read that correctly…. Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Shoot! I can’t believe that we are already talking about Valentine’s Day when Christmas isn’t even here! Adria and I had to plan ahead because we already have a busy January lined up. (After all, Valentine’s Day is only 8 weeks away!)

We had our shoot this Saturday. We teamed up with Becca Bond Photography and I think everything turned out AMAZING! (If you were wondering why it was quiet on here and facebook this weekend, our shoot is the reason!)

We had fabulous contributors:
Allyson Jane designer cookies
Sparkles Kitchen
Sweet Petal Bakery
This Charming Candy
The Cupcake Social (as always!)
and of course Anders Ruff for graphics and styling

I can’t wait to share the photographs with you all! The printable collection will be available in our shop soon!

Meanwhile, can you guess what this is? (Its a GREAT DIY project that we will be sharing from the Valentine’s Shoot)

Photo Shoot: Classic Holiday Collection

Styled Photo Shoot
The Classic Holiday Printable Design Collection

(50% off in our shop through November 30th!) 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!

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!

Introducing The Anders Ruff Custom Design Team

October 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Our Team, Random

About Anders Ruff
Since we started Anders Ruff at the very beginning of February (2010!), it has been a whirlwind of growth, changes, inspirations, ideas and our business has taken off quicker than we could have ever expected! (Special thanks to YOU who have been super supporters!)
We decided to make time to capture some photos of us to share with our readers and clients. Since everything we do is online it seems, you all are probably wondering who we really are behind the name! We are also excited to introduce you to our 3 additions to the team! Carrie (who you have seen us post about and heard from on blog posts), Becky and Caryn. Read on….

Becca Bond from Becca Bond Photography captured some really fun moments of us a couple weeks ago. Becca is a dream to work with. She has amazing composition skills and just an overall super talent with beautiful photography that really does reflect our true personalities!

We wrote up a bio on ourselves to give you a little background info, too!
We hope this helps you get to know us more! We love finding out about our clients and business friends through our work and are excited to share about us.

Anders Ruff

Maureen Anders

About Maureen
I was brought up in Novi, Michigan by 2 interior designer parents. I grew up surrounded by creativity and design and have always had a true passion for creating my own masterpieces. Drawing and sketching, painting and paper crafts, sewing and smocking,… the list goes on. Ever since I was a little girl, I had an obsession with paper and crafts. It was the only thing on my “wish list” to Santa every year!

Even with my art and design passion, I attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering to obtain a Bachelors in Industrial and Operations Engineering. I began my career with GE Healthcare as a Diagnostic Imaging Sales Account Manager. I met the love of my life during my sales training program, moved to North Carolina and haven’t ever looked back!

Woven in between the mathematical equations and scientific principles came design inspiration and attention to detail. More than anything else, I have always been completely fulfilled by simply designing and creating from my random daily inspirations. After I had my first son, Jeffrey, I decided that the stressful and travel filled capital sales career was not going to work.

I love staying home with my boys (Jeffrey, 5, and Pierson, 2), but have always needed a creative outlet to keep me balanced. I started a business, Posh Papier, where I designed handmade invitations and also took on large scale art projects. I loved working for myself, but always missed having a partner to bounce ideas off of, inspire eachother, and collaborate on late night projects. My dream was to meet someone with the same goals, interests and vision. When I met Adria at a random preschool open house, it just clicked and I knew it was meant to be!
From there, Anders Ruff was created. I couldn’t be more excited about what we are doing together as a team!

Adria Ruff

About Adria
I was born & raised in Lancaster, Ohio. I lived there until college – where I attended Auburn University, with a Bachelor’s of Science and studied Fashion Merchandising, Design & Product Management (specializing in Design). I met my husband in my hometown while home during Christmas break in college. We have been married for 11 years and have two daughters, Brynne (8) & Grayce (5).

My first job out of college was as a Costume Technician for a Ballet Company in Columbus, Ohio (Ballet Met). Following that position, I jumped over to the corporate world in Fashion. I worked for Limited Too for 6 1/2 years (now known as Justice) – half of that time I worked in the Technical Design dept (clothing engineering), and the other half I was a Web PDM Administrator – implementing the product data management system that they now use.

Before I had my second daughter, Grayce, I quit the corporate life. While staying at home with my daughters, I created a small photography business in my hometown. A few years later I incorporated graphic design with my photography as well as custom invitations. (all self-taught) Once I realized what could be done with graphic design, I phased out photography and devoted my spare time to graphic work. I had finally found my true passion!!!

In December, 2009 my husband’s job was uprooted, which brought us to Fort Mill, SC. The first two months we lived here, all I did was paint and decorate my house…. until one day I bumped into (and officially met) my business partner, Maureen. We hit it off immediately, and spontaneously decided to start selling graphic designs for invitations on etsy. We both had done it on our own, and knew partnering up, would be so much better!

Our design work started selling immediately, and in a blink of an eye we had created Anders Ruff Custom Designs. I still (8 months later) am like – Wow – did we really do this???

We are humbled daily by the support & encouragement we have gotten from friends, family, clients and new on-line business acquaintances!

Anders Ruff
Established February 2010
Photoshoot with Becca Bond Photography

Anders Ruff – New Team Additions…
About a month ago we brought on Carrie Kane to help us keep up with social media and marketing of our company. We shared a little info with you back then, but we are excited to share Carrie’s bio with you. Carrie has been a tremendous help to us in keeping us connected to the world and allowing us time to get involved in some really fun collaborations!

With our quick growth, we also recently hired on 2 very talented design editors! We wouldn’t be able to create as many new collections and photo shoots if we didn’t have the help of our design editors to help free up some time for us. We are so excited to introduce Caryn Johnson and Becky Jacob. They have been AMAZING to work with and we are so excited for our new team additions! (in alphabetical order, of course!)

Carrie Kane
About Carrie
I grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, New York, called Orchard Park (home of the Buffalo Bills). I attended Smith College for one year and then decided to move back to Buffalo to be closer to my family, finishing out my degree in Communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

I married fairly quickly and moved with my then husband to Charleston, South Carolina, where our son Bryce was born in 1999. Then, a move to Charlotte, North Carolina, followed in 2000, where I continued to stay at home with Bryce. Our second son, Simon came along in 2002, and I started to get the itch to go back to work shortly thereafter.

I have worked as an Executive Assistant for close to eight years and love what I do; however there has always been an entrepreneurial side of me that has remained unfulfilled. When I met Maureen and Adria, I knew that this was my chance to bring that entrepreneurial passion to fruition.

As the Director of Social Media and Marketing for Anders Ruff Custom Designs, I use social media and networking to try and grow our business and promote the Anders Ruff name. I remain employed full-time as an Executive Assistant; and my additional spare time is spent working the Twitterverse, so to speak, for Anders Ruff and reaching out to as many bloggers as I can to try and get our company the exposure and clout that it deserves.

I guess you could say that I wear three hats: Mother; Executive Assistant; and Director of Social Media and Marketing. There is not much time left over; however, I do love to exercise and am an avid runner.

I am really enjoying this phase of my life and look forward to growing with Anders Ruff Custom Designs!

Becky Jacob

Becky Jacob

About Becky
I was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. While attending the University of Colorado at Boulder, I spent a semester in Australia, which is where I met my wonderful husband. I returned to Australia after finishing my degree in Business Administration. While living there, I worked as a Training Consultant for a corporate training company and later as a Sales & Research Analyst for Lend Lease.

A job transfer moved us to Charlotte, NC over 4 years ago. We have 3 children and I am fortunate to be able to stay home with them. I had been doing freelance website and graphic design and was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to work with Anders Ruff Custom Designs. I have really enjoyed working with Maureen and Adria as they have such creative designs and visions. I am excited to be a part of their growing business!

Caryn Johnson
About Caryn
I’m a midwestern girl – born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin and I attended Miami of Ohio. After college, I moved to Chicago and joined the marketing team at Chicago Children’s Museum as the Corporate Events Manager. Working in events meant tons of late nights nearly every Friday and Saturday night. I worked on everything from corporate parties and fundraisers to events with Hilary Clinton and the Cartoon Network. Seeing all these fabulous events made up for the lack of sleep!

After deciding I was done trudging through the snow and shoveling out my car, I moved to Charlotte, jobless, to be closer to my now husband, Andy, who was at school in Virginia. I soon found a job working for a law firm, initially doing business development, but then was asked to head up the attorney recruitment effort – which meant planning nearly 40 events every summer to entertain the law students. I was in my element!

After having my first daughter, Elyse, almost 6, I began working from home. When I had my second daughter, Lauren, 3, I quit to be a full-time stay-at-home mom.

Elyse began kindergarten and Lauren finally started preschool and suddenly, for the first time in nearly 6 years, I had some free time. I had always been amazed by Maureen and Adria’s work and they were sweet enough to train me and bring me on board as a Design Editor for them. It was impeccable timing! I feel SO fortunate and love “meeting” every client by working on their invitations!

We LOVE the new additions to our team!

Some fun outtakes from our morning with Becca Bond…

A HUGE special thanks to Becca Bond Photography!
Check out Becca’s beautiful photography at
and find her on facebook, too!

We are so thankful for our clients and fans who have allowed us to grow and do what we love.

Next Page »