Do You Hear What I Hear?

Album Art adapted from Lena Barakat’s “Retro Resolution

Though it’s hard to believe, our big annual holiday challenge is just around the corner! Here in San Francisco, the shining sun, the green grass, and March Madness have been making it a bit hard to feel the cheer. So we’ve decided to share a series of things you can do to help yourselves (and us!) get in the holiday spirit.

To kick things off, our very own Jack of jackmove has put together a playlist of his favorite holiday jams. And don’t forget: the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Listen (and sing along) to it here.

If you have any great ways to get in the holiday spirit, please post them in the comments below!

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Adult Party Decor Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

In the Adult Party Decor challenge, we asked the Minted Community to design party decor for sophisticated soirées and other special occasions. We werre looking for a cool, modern, grown-up sense of style, and designers delivered! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

The Professional Award for the suite that is perfect for a suit-and-tie professional dinner party or event

gateaux” by chocomocacino

Bring out the cake! Gerrie strikes the perfect balance between festive and professional with “Gateaux.” We love the sophisticated neutral palette and the contrast between the geometric patterns and the softer letter panels.

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On the Way! Baby Shower Invitation Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Great designs were “on their way” to us as soon as we started the On the Way! Baby Shower Invitations Challenge. We asked the Minted Community to design baby shower invitations as unique as each little bundle of joy for a variety of events, from showers celebrating the mom-to-be to sip and sees to couple’s showers. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Animals Award for the best invitation design incorporating an animal or other creature

les renards” by Bonjour Paper

Cécile’s little renards are just so cute! We love how it looks like they’re presenting the invitation to the guests, and how they join the florals to form a sweet frame.

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Fall in Love Wedding Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Love was in the air in our Fall in Love Wedding Invitations Challenge! We gave the Minted Community no small task – to re-invent the traditional wedding invitation with unique, fresh designs to wow both brides and grooms. We were looking for a full range of themes from traditional to whimsical and backyard to ballroom. We were amazed by the results! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best sophisticated and timeless design that pleases more  traditional couples and their parents while still being a fresh take on a classic

Gold Notes” by Carrie ONeal

Carrie breathes fresh life into traditional design with “Gold Notes.” The combination of her sophisticated type and her bold, strong lines strikes that perfect balance between classic and contemporary.

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A Talk with Minted Artist Jorey Hurley

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Last week, we were very lucky to have Minted artist, illustrator, and author Jorey Hurley visit us here at Minted HQ in San Francisco. Jorey sat down with Mariam, our CEO and Founder, for a Fireside Chat to talk about Jorey’s work, her inspiration, her Minted experience, and her new book, Nest, with Simon & Schuster.

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Make an Impression! Letterpress Wedding Challenge Special Prizes

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

We were beyond excited to launch our very first Minted Letterpress Challenge! We asked the Minted Community to design letterpress wedding invitations for a breadth of themes and styles to build out our current assortment. It’s a pleasure to announce the special prize winners who each stood out in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best classic and timeless design that pleases both traditional couples and their parents

Classic” by Lauren Chism

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Quickfire Stationery Gifts Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer and Jen Casebeer, Minted Community Team

We went back to basics with one of our old favorites – a stationery challenge! Discerning customers come to Minted for clean, beautiful, and unique stationery designs that they just can’t find anywhere else. So in the Quickfire Stationery Gifts Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create fresh stationery designs that would wow our customers and make great gifts (to order for someone else or for yourself!). The winners below each truly shined in our special prize categories. Congratulations to our special prize winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most unique, original stationery design:

Desert Stripes” by Alethea and Ruth

We’ve never seen stationery quite like Rachel’s “Desert Stripes,” and we can’t get enough of it! Practically evoking a desert landscape at dawn, the delicate dots and stripes seamlessly combine with graphic color-blocking to create stationery that’s really worth writing home about.

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R Studio and Students in Minted’s State of the Art Challenge

Minted artists are incredibly supportive of each other; they critique each others’ work, give suggestions, celebrate others’ wins, and often become good friends. Many see Minted as a type of “design school” and a valuable source for learning and inspiration. So it’s very fitting that we’re writing today about a Minted relationship that incorporates education on a whole new level! Longtime Mintie Renée Stevens of R Studio is a professor at SUNY Oswego in upstate New York. We were so happy and flattered to hear that last semester, she encouraged her graphic design students to submit their artwork to Minted’s State of the Art Challenge.

In a challenge with an incredible 1,044 art submissions, two of Renée’s students won Minted Editors’ Pick prizes! “The Mess” by Emily Hinckley and “Townie” by Melissa will both be up for sale on Minted.com soon. We see Minted as an artistic community, first and foremost, and nothing makes us happier than seeing artists take a risk and learn through the challenge process.

Emily, Renée, and Melissa

 We were lucky enough to get to hear from Emily, Renée, and Melissa about their Minted experiences and about the inspiration for their work.

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Love is in the Air Valentine’s Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Get ready to feel the love! In the Love is in the Air Valentine’s Day Challenge, we asked the Minted Community Designers to create beautiful, original designs for customers of all ages to send sweet Valentine’s sentiments to family, friends, and classmates. We are just in love with the designs below, that each stood out in the following special prize categories:

Big Picture Award for the best Valentine’s photo card design using a full-bleed photo

Valentine Heart Sprinkle” by Alethea and Ruth

Rachel’s “Valentine Heart Sprinkle” perfectly complements any customer’s full-bleed photo. Her sweet little hearts in varying sizes and colors dance adorably around the “Happy Valentine’s Day” greeting.

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Together Again: Minted + West Elm Art Challenge

Together again! We are very happy to say that we’re continuing our Minted + West Elm Collaboration with a second art print challenge. We have loved working with West Elm not only because they are at the forefront of modern, eclectic home design and decor, but especially because they share our fundamental passion for supporting independent artists.

Our first challenge was such a success that we jumped at the change to work with West Elm again. Learn more and submit to our second Minted + West Elm Art Challenge here by Monday, February 3 at 10am PT. Keep reading for more details!

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