Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We've Moved! Announcing the New Anders Ruff Website

Exciting News! We've Moved!

Announcing our Fresh NEW Anders Ruff Website:

Come visit us and check out our new, fresh, more organized and resourceful site!

We have loved having you follow us so we hope to see you there!

Visit us


Friday, July 22, 2011

{Giveaway} Double Wrap Bracelet from The Lucky Elephant

I "met" on Twitter Jutta, the talented craftswoman behind The Lucky Elephant. Jutta's bracelets are beautiful. I purchased one from her several months ago and was blown away by the quality of her work, as well as the packaging and presentation of her special bracelets.

In her own words:
Elephants with their trunk raised up are said to bring good luck and to have magical powers to take troubles away. With the lucky elephant's GOOD LUCK ELEPHANT leather wrap and stack bracelets, you can now wrap yourself in good luck while being stylishly accessorized!

Each bracelet can be mixed and matched, stacked in groups - the more the merrier! -or worn by itself. They are designed to go perfectly with any outfit. Wear them to express your very own, unique personality & style while wrapping yourself in an aura of good luck and excellent fortune! Or, give them as a gift to a loved one who could use a little extra luck boost in her endeavors.

The Lucky Elephant was borne of a love of easy-to-wear, unique jewelry and a strong believe in the trunk-up elephant's special power hoping to spread good luck all around the world through stylish and fun jewelry! Mix 'em, wrap and stack 'em, keep or give 'em... and let the elephants work their magic!

Jutta has generously agreed to give away to one lucky follower a double wrap bracelet. Pictured below are just a few of her gorgeous creations. You can view all of her bracelets here.




Giveaway Description: One double wrap bracelet of winner's choice, not to exceed $58 shop value.

First Way To Enter

• "Like" The Lucky Elephant on Facebook and leave us a comment (here).
Please check back next Friday afternoon to see if you have won!

For Additional Entries* (Not required, but may increase your chance of winning!)

• Follow The Lucky Elephant on Twitter

• Favorite The Lucky Elephant on Etsy

• Like Anders Ruff on Facebook

• Follow Anders Ruff on Twitter

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

Winner will be chosen via Random.org, on Friday, July 29th, at 1:00 PM EST

Please note: International shipping charges are the responsibility of the winner (if applicable).


{Giveaway Winner} $75 Shop Credit to the Cupcake Stand

The winner of the {Giveaway} $75 Shop Credit to the Cupcake Stand (drawn via Random.org) is lucky #50, Lisa

Lisa said...

I like and follow all 4!

Lisa, please email carrie@andersruff.com so that we can get you your credit! Thank you everyone for all of your support; and a special thanks to Georgiana at the Cupcake Stand for sponsoring this week's giveaway!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free Printable School Bag Luggage Tag

We recently styled a classroom photoshoot at a 1980 one room schoolhouse.
The full photoshoot will be shown soon, but for now, here are some sneak peeks.

We designed a full printable "School Day" collection that has everything to keep you organized throughout the year. It also has fun designs for the classroom or for parties!
33 pages of designs!

We designed a FREE printable school bag luggage tag for you!
Thank you for being such loyal and fabulous customers and fans.

You can download the free printable here.

The full printable design collection is available here.
On sale for $15 in the shop!


About Carrie Kane

Today's introduction -
Carrie Kane
Director of Social Media & Marketing

Carrie grew up in Orchard Park, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. A resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2000, Carrie's first and foremost job is that of a mother to her amazing sons, Simon and Bryce.

Carrie works full-time as an Executive Assistant. Social media began as a hobby, and turned in to a part-time opportunity (but always a full-time passion) when she met Maureen and Adria.

In her "spare" time, Carrie is the Twitter "voice" of Anders Ruff Custom Designs. She also contributes to the Anders Ruff blog, interacts with giveaway sponsors and potential advertisers, and attends to the other miscellaneous items that land in her inbox.

One of Carrie's Twitter avatars drawn by @notthatkendall
(Carrie wanted to look happy because she generally is!)

Carrie's Favorites:

TV Show: Most anything on Bravo, South Park (I know, I know), Pawn Stars, Pickers, Cody and the other guy from that Survival show

Fashion Designer: Purse Designer: MZ Wallace

Hobbies: Google+, Twitter, Running, Eating dessert

Food: See Dessert

Dessert: Iced sugar cookies, hot fudge sundaes, chocolate mousse cake w/whipped cream & ice cream, airplane cookies (you know the kind they give out in airplanes...sometimes)

Random: I flip cars like some people flip houses


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

About Maureen Anders

Today's introduction-
Maureen Anders
Anders Ruff Creative Director / Designer / Stylist

Maureen was brought up in Novi, Michigan by 2 interior designer parents. She grew up surrounded by creativity and design and has always had a true passion for creating her own masterpieces. Drawing and sketching, painting and paper crafts, graphic design, sewing and smocking,… the list goes on. Ever since she was a little girl, she had an obsession with paper. It was the only thing on her “wish list” to Santa every year! (She even cried with joy one Christmas after getting a huge stack of various colored cardstock and mat boards from her dad's framer).

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

Woven in between the mathematical equations and scientific principles came design inspiration and attention to detail. More than anything else, Maureen has always been completely fulfilled by simply designing and creating from her random daily inspirations. After she had her first son, Jeffrey, Maureen decided that the stressful and travel filled capital sales career was not going to work and she became a stay at home mom.

She loved staying home with her boys (Jeffrey, 6, and Pierson, 3), but had always needed a creative outlet to keep balance. Maureen started a business in 2006, Posh Papier, where she designed handmade invitations and also took on large scale art projects seen in House Beautiful and Lonny Magazine.

She loved working for herself, but always missed having a partner to bounce ideas off of, to be inspired by, and to collaborate with on late night projects. Maureen’s dream was to meet someone with the same goals, interests and vision. When she met Adria at a random preschool open house, it just clicked and she knew it was meant to be!

Anders Ruff has been a dream for Maureen and every day she wakes up with as smile knowing that she will never "work" a day in her life since this is her true passion.

Maureen’s Favorites:
TV Show: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Bachelorette
Fashion Designer: Tory Burch
Hobbies: Graphic Design and Styling (of course), Restaurant Critiquing, Tennis and Zumba
Food: Chicken Picatta with Spinach
Dessert: Cheesecake (Plain with berries)
Random: Self proclaimed OCD – enjoys buying in bulk and several of the same clothing article in various colors.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

About Adria Ruff

This week, I am introducing my fabulous team in preparation for our new website launch!

We will start with Adria Ruff! Adria is a designer and stylist for Anders Ruff and has been with me since the very beginning! She has become one of my very best friends and I LOVE having daily interaction with Adria. She is funky, hilarious, edgy, beautiful, witty, creative and talented! I am so lucky to have Adria as a part of Anders Ruff!

Adria was born & raised in Lancaster, Ohio. She attended Auburn University, with a Bachelor’s of Science and studied Fashion Merchandising, Design & Product Management (specializing in Design). She met her husband in her hometown during Christmas break in college. She has been married for 11 years and has two daughters, Brynne (8) & Grayce (5).

Adria’s first job out of college was as a Costume Technician for a Ballet Company in Columbus, Ohio (Ballet Met). Following that position, she jumped over to the corporate world in Fashion. She worked for Limited Too for 6 1/2 years (now known as Justice).

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

In December, 2009, Adria’s husband’s job was uprooted, which brought them to Fort Mill, SC. The first two months she lived here, all she did was paint and decorate her house…. until one day she bumped into (and officially met) Maureen. They hit it off immediately, and spontaneously decided to start working together in graphic design and party branding and styling.

The design work started selling immediately, and in a blink of an eye Anders Ruff Custom Designs had been created.

Adria has enjoyed the freedom of creative expression and the opportunities to attend some amazing events including a weekend at Martha Stewart's Headquarters.

Adria’s Favorites:
TV Show: Modern Family and American Idol (if only I could sing….)
Fashion Designer: Givenchy (when he designed for Audrey Hepburn), current fav: Kate Spade
Hobby: Interior Design, wii karaoke, and live karaoke, wine
Food: Prime Rib & Lobster
Dessert: Cream Puffs, Creme Brulee
Random: Over the years, Adria has aquired many nicknames. Here is the list, in this order, and she am still called these names at various times. Audrey, A-town, Paris, Gremlin, Grem, Nipsy, Nips, Ma-Slater, Honey Badger, HB, Salt

I love ya, Adria!



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