Sunday, September 30, 2012

Katherine Allgood & Matt Fulton's beautiful embossed wedding invitation

The wedding invitation for Katherine Allgood & Matt Fulton, who were married in Jackson, Mississippi on September 22, 2012, featured an embossed cover design that was carried through the entire suite.  The embossed motif was also added on the return address envelope flap, and used on the wedding ceremony programs.  The deep embossing really stood out on the heavy ivory card stock from William Arthur.

Congrats to the happy couple!


Friday, September 28, 2012

What happened to the FREE PRINTING sale?

The ability to digitally print your photo on your card has made sending your photo cards much easier!  In the past, Fresh Ink has offered free printing on photo cards early in the season, with customers sticking their photos on the cards later.

We have restructured our special to allow you to take advantage of great prices whether you choose to have your photo printed on the card or stick a print of your photo to the card.

Old special:  Free printing on Christmas cards during July and August, affix your photo to the card after printing.  Prices ranged from $1.20 per card to $1.55 per card with printing at no additional charge.

New special:  Huge selection of Inviting Company cards are normally $2.00 per card including printing.  BUT before October 15th, buy 100 or more and save 40%, making them only $1.20 per card with printing included.  The $1.20 price includes the printing of your custom text AND your photo, too!  You may, of course, just opt to have the personalization printed on your card if you do not have your pictures ready and stick them on later.  When buying 50 or more cards the price is $1.60 each for these featured cards.

Many other cards are on special, too- so now is the time to come in and make your selection!
Here are some of our favorite new designer cards, and all of these are now only $1.20 per card when buying 100 or more.  We can also design a custom card for you, just come by and bring your idea!

We always look forward to working with our customers this time of year and seeing the photos of how your children have grown - it is truly the most wonderful time of the year for us!

Very sincerely,
Elizabeth Upchurch & the Fresh Ink girls

All of the cute cards shown below, and many others, are on our web site!  Just note that due to programming limitations, the discount can not be calculated on-line.  So please just browse there and then feel free to email your order to and we will finalize your total for you and walk you through completing your transaction.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We have MISS-ISS-IPPI'd You!

One of our favorite clients, Holly Lange, helped to organize a fete to celebrate the return of some of their friends to the Magnolia state.  From the invitations, to the napkins, to the cups, to the food signs - the whimsical and nostalgic state map artwork was carried through the event.  Invitations and artwork courtesy of Inviting Company.  Catering, decor, and rentals by Fresh Cut.  The Mississippi Craft Center was the venue.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Blueberry Peach Crumble Sharing

I made one of my favorite "fall back" recipes recently and thought I would share it with the Fresh Ink family.  It's my "fall back" because it's so simple, impressive, and I almost always have everything I need to make it.

It seems like at the end of the summer, all sorts of fresh fruit is on sale at great prices, and it is nothing for me to leave the store with a bushel of peaches or 4 for $5 pints of blueberries.  This recipe is intended for that combination, but it is great with almost any fresh fruit in season.  It's warm and comforting, without being as heavy as a cake or pie because it has the crumbly cobbler-ish crust only on the top.

The actual recipe is below, and the only notes I would add are that I use McCarty cups instead of ramekins (to impress guests with my Mississippi earthenware) and I like a bit of crunch so I stir in some oats to the topping too, probably about 1/2 to 1 cup, and reduce the flour slightly given the oats addition.

The beautiful thing about this recipe, which Ina notes below, is that you can get it ready in the pretty individual serving dishes ahead of time, then refrigerate and pop them in the oven while having dinner. Remember to pop them into a cold oven, though, if getting from the fridge.  You don't want to put cold pottery into a hot oven and risk it cracking.

The individual serving bowls make this an essential for dinner parties.

Peeling and cutting up the peaches is the hardest part.  Otherwise stir fruit with a few ingredients, let rest a few minutes, and spoon fruit into McCarty cups.

This fruit is ready for my favorite part, the crumbly topping! (next)

Be sure and follow the directions and use cold butter, then just use your hands, it's easier to mix that way.

Divide the topping between the fruit bowls.  The recipe below makes a lot of topping, probably intended for a full pan and not individual bowls.  But it is delicious!

These are hot out of the oven, bubbly on the sides and just waiting for ice cream!


Blueberry Peach Crumble Recipe (from the Barefoot Contessa)Ingredients

For the fruit:
  • 2 pounds firm, ripe peaches (6 to 8 peaches)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (1/2 pint)
For the crumble:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Immerse the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until their skins peel off easily. Place them immediately in cold water. Peel the peaches, slice them into thick wedges, and place them in a large bowl. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, granulated sugar, and flour. Toss well. Gently mix in the blueberries. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Spoon the mixture into ramekins or custard cups.
For the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it's in big crumbles, then sprinkle evenly over the fruit. Place the ramekins on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the tops are browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
If you want to make these early, store the unbaked crumbles in the refrigerator and bake before dinner.

If you are like me, you can make a cosmo while preparing them!  Cheers!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lauren Green & Clif Egger

This beautiful wedding invitation really surpassed our expectations when it arrived.
The bride knew she wanted a beautiful family crest featured at the top of her card, and classic black text to lend a formal air.  After researching many options, the mother of the bride worked with a graphic artist to create a stunning custom family crest.  We considered blind embossing, and gold thermography for printing the crest, but settled on upgrading to engraving to ensure that the gold color was pristine.

The engraving was just beautiful.  Only with engraving can you really get a true gold sparkle like this.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mistletoe Marketplace Pearls Party Creation

We love working with the Junior League of Jackson
and it's our honor every year to create
a beautiful invitation for the "Pearls of Mistletoe" event.
This event, which celebrates the achievements of past and present Mistletoe Marketplace steering committees, is held prior to the commencement of Mistletoe Marketplace.  Volunteers from previous years look forward to reconnecting with their friends and fellow volunteers.

The invitation we created this year featured the 2012 decorative emblem and signature colors.
We printed the design on a felt-finish paper to give it texture.
We will post a picture when the cards arrive!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trick Or Treat!

Trick or Treat
Take a Peek
at these adorable new goodies
to make your Halloween party complete!

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