Special Editor’s Picks from The +3 Holiday Challenge

Never have we had so much fun looking through all the design submissions for The +3 Holiday Design Challenge. The Halloween cards sent chills down our spine. The Easter cards were simply “egg-cellent”! The Thanksgiving cards made us grateful for the amazing talent in Minted’s design community. Here are the Special Editor’s Picks and the Runners up in each design category – brought to you by Mariam (Minted’s Founder & CEO) and the Minted Design Staff.

P.S. Some of our Easter Card Picks are already available for sale, just in time for the Easter holiday season!

Customer  Favorite:

Candytarian by Campbell and Co.  Minted customers all have a sweet tooth for this design! It just goes to show that Halloween can be sweet and doesn’t have to be all that scary.

Customer Favorite - Candytarian by Campbell and Co.

Runners up for Customer Favorite

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April! Tis the Time to Recycle!

There are a lot of things to like about April. For one, the weather gets nicer and winter blues go away. Even when April showers do come along, you know they will bring May flowers. You get to start out the month playing clever pranks on people. (Didn’t you love Google’s clever play with Helvetica?) It is the month to gorge yourself with Peeps and chocolate bunnies (and participate in a Peeps diorama contest if you’re so inclined). April is also the month Minted celebrates its anniversary! Just when you thought April couldn’t get more awesome, we’re reminded that April is also Earth Month!

We are all paper lovers here at Minted, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be eco-friendly. Minted offers the option to print all your favorite invitation and stationery designs on 100% recycled paper, so you never have to sacrifice on style. Are you a bride to be? Shop Minted’s eco-friendly wedding invitations for a wide ranging assortment of unique designs. Are you expecting a newborn soon? Show off your new arrival with eco-friendly baby announcements or baby shower invitations.

Select from a wide range of eco-friendly wedding invitations. Pictured here: Olive Branch Wedding Invitations by R Studio.

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Meet a Mintie: Carrie O’Neal

Today we get to meet Mintie Carrie O’Neal. She’s a real perky gal with a lot of talent and I know you’ll enjoy every word from her!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I didn’t realize that design was an actual career path until high school, but I have great parents that fostered my creativity growing up. And lots of loving aunts who taught me how to paint, sew, quilt, crochet and knit.

Do you have any formal design training?
I have a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University, with a major in Industrial Design and a minor in Visual Communications.

How would you describe your style?
I don’t think I have a specific style (at least yet)… I love good typography, balance and simplicity.

All of your designs are quite different… How do you make sure you’re always making something so fresh?
It sounds so cheesy…but I try to stay true to my heart. These are BIG LIFE MOMENTS that we are designing for…babies, birthdays, weddings, holidays. BIG STUFF! I try to always remember that and keep my focus on the event taking place, rather than letting the design overpower the piece.

Favorite pen?

It’s sad to say…but I can’t live without my black, Paper Mate Flair pens! They are everywhere—my desk, my nightstand, my purse, car, and normally behind one of my ears.

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Meet a Mintie: Sandra Pons

Happy April Fool’s Day! I’m not joking when I say that you’re going to really love getting to know Mintie Sandra Pons. She has been a long-time contributor to our community (since September of 2008) and is just so sweet. Enjoy!

Let’s start with names! Do you prefer to go by Sandy or Sandra? I feel like you like to switch it up!
I sign my checks as Sandra but I think of myself as Sandy.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I was a crafty kid. I loved drawing, painting, knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Loved hanging out at the playground in the summer where there was a big wooden box filled with craft supplies and I would make lanyards, potholders and tiled ashtrays (doubt that kids are making these anymore).

My parents did not have the opportunity to go to college and it was important for them that I go. One day when swimming in a neighbor’s pool, I overheard another guest say that she was an art major in college. I didn’t even know that was possible but I knew that’s what I would do too. Even to this day I think, what would I do otherwise?

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