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Behind the Scenes – with Invitation Designer Anna Griffin

29 Apr

april-anna-001april-anna-003We’re continuing our Behind the Scenes features today with a focus on Invitations by Anna Griffin.   Her beautifully styled invitations and announcements are designed with luxurious patterns and florals which add elegance to any celebration.

Growing up in a family of artists, Anna Griffin’s inclination toward graphic design is no surprise. Gaining experience working with talents like Vera Wang, combined with her love of antiques, textiles and prints, inspired her company’s success and remarkable growth.

What is unique about Anna Griffin invitations? The intricate die cut designs, foil-stamped details, ribbon and embellishment found on these invitations will make your guests feel like they’ve received a gift when they open them. They are meant to make your occasion that much more special!april-anna-002

When it comes to her creative process, it’s interesting when she explains, “I have always been attracted to texture, layers and bows — whether it be for paper or for decorating. When I graduated from college, my first resume was printed on vellum. At that time vellum and the handmade floral inclusions papers were all the rage. I designed invitations with these elements as if I were designing them for myself.”

Griffin further expands that “the foundation for so many of my designs come from a vast archive of antique engravings that we reinterpret for today. We are so inspired by beautiful old-world art, and love making it new again! Trend and color research are another huge part of our creative process. We’re always on top of what’s happening in fashion and interior design, and those palettes and pattern trends come through on our invitations.”

As a result, her designs are a really amazing fusion of trendy and timeless. They are invitations that are fashion forward, but you could look back at your wedding invitation 20 years from now and feel like it was current.

The special presentation even goes into the shipping of the final package as all orders are wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper and shipped in beautiful gold boxes. Everything you receive from Anna Griffin is sure to be “beautiful in the making.”

Indeed we agree you will love announcing your new little one – or inviting guests to your next special event, whether it’s a  birthday party, Christmas party, Rehearsal Dinner or Anniversary party, with a gorgeous Anna Griffin invitation.

Last Minute Gifts are No Problem

16 Mar

march-giftNotice-003You know that feeling, and so do I.  You just remembered someone’s birthday or anniversary and you want to order something special but are not quite sure if the present will arrive in time.  Have you ever tried our Gift Notices tool?  It’s one of the features on our website that I love – and use all the time. The option for a Gift Notice is available on every product on our website.

If you don’t want to might miss giving a special personalized birthday or anniversary or holiday gift, we suggest emailing a Gift Notice from our website to say you ordered something special!  We send the email out promptly so your recipient will know you ordered something just for them!

It’s easy to send a Gift notice. The option is on every product order form.  Just complete an online request and we send an email from The Stationery Studio with your gift message to your recipient to let them know that a gift is on the way!  We can email an image of the exact product ordered or an image of a gift box so they can be surprised later.  The email will also show the production time so they have an idea when to expect the gift.

As I place the order, I can then choose to either have the gift delivered right to recipient or I can have the gift go to me and I can then gift it later.  This is what the tool looks like:march-giftNotice-002a

It’s been a life saver for me.  I’m normally so busy helping others with their gifts that I forget about my own!  But once I send a Gift Notice I feel great that my recipient knows that I remembered them!  So simple and easy.   It’s one of my favorite features and has really helped me out many times.

 Best wishes and happy gifting!
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Renee

National Pi Day & Strawberry Pie?

14 Mar

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It’s National Pi Day!  What is Pi Day? According to Piday.org:

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

But to most of us, I think we somehow get the idea that Pi Day is about eating our favorite pie!  I wanted to share a family recipe for my Grandma’s Strawberry Pie.  My Grandma has passed away, but this was a favorite at Spring and Summer family parties.

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Strawberry Pie

Make a pie crust (we use Pillsbury ready made pie crusts).  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees in a pie pan.

Combine in a saucepan:

–  1 cup sugar

– 2 tablespoons cornstarch

– 1 cup water

Boil until clear and thick.  Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup strawberry Jello mix and a few drops red food coloring.  Cool.  Cut up 1 quart strawberries and lay in pie shell.  Drizzle with sauce and chill for at least 6 hours.

Serve cold and top with fresh whipped cream.

What’s your favorite pie to celebrate Pi Day?  Or do you just geek out and crunch math problems?  Either way … share your recipes or favorite math problems with us.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Strawberry Pie picture source: http://www.hammertown.com/2014/06/fresh-strawberry-pie/