‘Tis the Season Holiday Non-Photo Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Hope Tammany, Minted Community Team

The holidays are in full swing over here at Minted HQ! Our non-photo holiday card category is near and dear to our hearts because it allows designers to put their talent at the forefront of their holiday greetings. In the ’Tis the Season: Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create unique non-photo holiday cards to delight our customers and spread good cheer to their friends and family. We’re thrilled with the results, and we’re very happy to announce the special prize winners below. Congratulations, everyone!

There’s No Card Like This for the Holidays Award for the most unique non-photo holiday card in the challenge that breaks new ground and takes design risks but still conveys the cheer and spirit of the holiday season

Tapestry” by Maddy Nye

What a cunning concept! We were immediately struck by Maddy’s minimal design. The North Star reads as traditional and contemporary at once, resembling both a color-blocked tapestry and a neatly pixelated icon. No card like this for sure!

Runners Up: “Herbs and Vegetable Wreath” by Becky Nimoy | “Vintage Library Card Year in Review” by Four Wet Feet Design | “Resounding Joy” by Oscar & Emma

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Color Study: Yellow

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

I’m a huge fan of yellow, it might be my favorite color. Yellow is always so cheerful and inviting I can’t help but be drawn to it. Its versatility is also one of the reasons I love to use it in my design work. A light buttery yellow can be sweet and romantic without being overly girly. Neon yellow is so fun and can make your design feel a little more modern. And mustard yellow adds depth and character. Whatever you use it for, yellow can be a great unexpected design choice that I highly recommend.

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Kid’s Birthday Party Invites and Décor Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer and Hope Tammany, Minted Community Team

Start the party! In our Come Join the Fun Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge and the Icing on the Cake Kid’s Birthday Party Décor Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to design fresh party invitations and décor that would make children’s birthday parties exciting and fun. We sought lots of diversity in design for all age ranges. We were so excited by the results – there’s something here for every little reveler (and we think you’ll find yourself joining in the fun). We’re very pleased to announce the winners of our special prizes below. Congratulations everyone!

Come Join the Fun! Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge

Snapshot Award for the best photo party invite featuring the birthday boy or girl

Mod Shout Out” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan

We love that Oma’s design is at once both simple and playful. Her organic speech bubbles give the birthday kid a real voice, complete with asking for regrets “to my mom.” This design doesn’t just complement the photo, but adds depth and humor to it.

Runners Up: “The Big One” by design market | “Sparklers” by Melanie Severin | “Comic Book Superhero” by Monica Tuazon

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DIY Giddy Up Garland

By Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land

Were you a horse and pony pretty in pink type of gal growing up? I was more of a tomboy in a t-shirt and brown corduroy, although I did have a My Little Pony phase. Channel your mane-brushing past with this simple and super cute horse ribbon party garland using cupcake liners and typography stickers – perfect for a pony themed birthday or to imply to that special someone that “you’re number one!”. Keep reading for more details on making this cute garland…

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DIY painted lunch sacks

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

It’s hard to say goodbye to summer but if anything can get you and the little ones in the mood for fall, it’s fun back to school items! And ones you can make as a simple afternoon craft? All the better!

We decided it would be fun to decorate our own paper lunch sacks this year with just a bit of simple paint.

All you need for this craft is:

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Faux Grass Table Numbers

By Rachael of Love From Ginger

DIY Faux Grass Table Numbers

If you are having an autumn or winter wedding this year, these grass number tables would bring a splash of green to your palette.

You could paint the numbers to match your wedding colours and have a little bit of summer inside your reception venue.

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Holiday Minibook Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Hope Tammany, Community Relations Team

Customers love the chic, unique format of our Minibook cards, and they’re always a holiday favorite for sending season’s greetings and family updates. In the Quickfire Holiday Minibook Card Challenge, we asked the Minted Community for fresh, festive designs with a seasonal stamp. The Community never fails to thrill us, and we’re so excited to announce the winners of our Special Prizes below. Congratulations, everyone!

Sweet Simplicity Award for the best clean, simple Minibook card

Modern Cheer“ by Paper Dahlia

Our Sweet Simplicity award winner is understated with a punch! Kerry’s clean design and kicky colors create a cheery card with modern appeal. The off-kilter cover photo is the perfect touch.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “J-O-Y” by Up Up Creative | “Tiny Tag” by Petite Papier | “Celebratory Star” by Spotted Whale Design | “Fresh Classic Frame” by Kimberly FitzSimons

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Seasonal Soirees: Farm Dinner

By Melissa of Lulu the Baker

With golden leaves and cool mornings popping up with regularity, I don’t think we can deny it any longer: our beloved Summer is coming to an end! Luckily, the end of Summer also means bumper crops of fresh produce from the garden and orchard, and beautiful evenings with pleasant temperatures and lingering twilight. This little bridge between Summer and Fall is the perfect time to host a farm-fresh backyard soiree. Pick a pretty invitation, decorate with classic globe lights and baskets of produce, and set up long tables in the yard for friends to enjoy a fresh, simple meal together to celebrate the end of another beautiful season…

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Late Summer Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

bohemian wedding decor

One trend I can never get enough of is the easy breezy style of bohemian weddings. The decor, food and attire always looks so effortless. When I think of a late summer wedding, bohemian inspiration immediately comes to mind. Read on for ideas and inspiration for achieving that laid back atmosphere for your own wedding day….

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watercolor monogram favor boxes

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

I love ending a party on a high note with a great favor but sometimes store bought packaging can be so ho-hum. Here’s a really quick way to customize and beautify a simple white box that can be filled with anything from a set of crayons to a sweet treat. The watercolor finish would blend well with an art party theme.

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