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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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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People + minted most beautiful quotes challenge: winners!

We are thrilled to announce the winners from our collaboration with People! It’s hard to imagine quotes looking any prettier than this. I’m sure you’re all dying to know what People’s guest judges (could they get any cooler, I mean seriously?!) chose, so without further ado:

Jonathan chose:

Beauty profiled, Jennifer Wick: “Loving the larger-than-life hairdo.”

Gathering of Posies, Tara Lilly Studio: “Love the allusion to a Liberty print.”

Spirited Beauty in Bloom, Sara Berrenson: “This just captures the saying perfectly.”

Summer Sonnet, Griffinbell Studio: “Lush greens scream summer.”

Keep on reading to see what our other esteemed judges chose and for the top ten as voted by our community.

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Minted Weddings Press Brunch

This week we hosted a press brunch in New York City to let the media know about all of the new Minted Weddings happenings this spring. The inspiration starting point for the brunch was Moglea‘s ‘Matthiola’ invitation and party decor. Read on for some more creative inspiration for whatever fête you have coming this spring and say good-bye to winter and hello to happy melon colors!

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Wedding Inspiration Board Challenge

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Ever wonder about those beautiful boards on the top-right of our blog? They’re current submissions in our wedding inspiration board challenge! Every Monday between now and January 7, we’re awarding 2 prizes of $200 Minted credit each. One for the most ‘favorited’ board and one random drawing. At the end of it all, one grand prize winning Editor’s Pick will win $1000 to spend on Minted!

Don’t you just love these boards? To join the ranks and enter the challenge, just create an inspiration board around a Minted wedding invite or save the date. Then embed the board on your website or blog and fill out your entry information here. Happy styling!

Cover Board: A Greenhouse Affair by Kayla King

1: Orange, Gold, and Butterflies by Caroline

2: Central Coast Wedding by annie clark

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Final ‘Become the Face of Minted’ grand prize award.

Folks, we have a winner!! And a big winner at that. Sophia, pictured, below is our final grand prize winner of our ‘Become the Face of Minted’ top model contest.

It’s pretty easy to see why this little darling took the cake! She is at once adorable and mischievous. We love the contrast of stripes and polka dots. And that blonde hair and blue eyes are just very striking.

The photo was submitted by Photographer Cecile Tinder, from Seattle Washington. Congratulations Cecile!! She will recieve $750 in cash + $200 Minted gift certificate for her masterpiece!

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Minted’s third annual wedding invite giveaway!

We have launched our third annual wedding invitation giveaway… but this year it is better than ever!! We are giving away $500, not just once, but every week for the next four weeks!! You can enter every week for a chance to win, but you can only win once. Head over to this page to enter! The gift certificate is good for any and all Minted wedding stationery… here are some fun ideas from our new collection that you could use it on!!

Our first-ever postcards!! We just launched these adorable save-the-date postcards–they give you lots of fun options for what you can put on the back… detailed text or another photo. And they’re printed on that thick, luscious stock you’ve come to expect from Minted.

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Head Over Heels | Wedding Collection Winners

The Head Over Heels challenge was our biggest wedding challenge of the year. There were a ton of amazing entries this time around and for good reason. Designers had the chance not only to win individual prizes, but also to launch their very own wedding collections on Minted. The first of the wedding collections was awarded to the designer with the most designs in the top 20, as voted by the Community. Two more wedding collection winners were selected by Minted’s editorial team based on performance in the Head Over Heels challenge as well as past design challenges.

The first collection award went to the very deserving Jennifer Wick. Of the eight Jennifer Wick designs selected to be sold on Minted, three made it into the top 20, coming in at second, sixth and thirteenth! To land this many designs in the top 20, out of 1,639 submissions, was quite the feat. Jen’s gorgeous florals and clever type treatments are the perfect addition to our wedding assortment and we’re so happy the voters agreed. Congratulations Jen!

We’re thrilled to announce that Rachel Simonsen of Alethea and Ruth is one of the two Minted editor’s picks for a collection win. We were in awe of Rachel’s modern yet elegant designs in this challenge and have been big fans of her work since “Banner and Branches” won first place in our Happily Ever After wedding challenge last year. We very much look forward to launching these fantastic designs for sale on Minted. Congratulations Rachel!

Kristen Smith was also chosen by Minted editors to receive the prize of launching her own wedding collection. Kristen is a powerhouse graphic designer, having been voted into the top 20 in the last eight design challenges. Her beautiful pattern work and clean typography style has really resonated with consumers and designers alike. Congratulations Kristen!

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J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons Chooses Her Favorite Minted Holiday Card, Featured in Catalog

There’s just one special prize from the Sending Good Cheer Holiday Challenge that we have yet to reveal and in this case we really did save the best for last! It’s the Judge’s Pick from Jenna Lyons, the Executive Creative Director and President of J.Crew, who was a judge in Minted’s holiday card challenge. By bringing unique, colorful, and eclectic style to millions of women, Jenna has become a design icon to our generation.

Jenna Lyons in her NYC office (see the Minted envelopes on her desk!).  Courtesy of Martine Fougeron.

Out of close to 2300 submissions, Jackmove’s “Etched” is Jenna’s pick for her favorite holiday card. Jenna said this about the winning holiday card: ” This design is cool and modern. I love the simplicity—it’s exactly what I want from a holiday photo card.” A huge congratulations goes out to Jackmove’s Jack Knoebber for this top honor. Not only does Jack receive the special prize, his design has been featured in “Jenna’s Top 20 Wish List” in J.Crew’s November catalogs as well as on their website. You can buy Etched exclusively here at Minted.

Here’s the card with a picture of Jenna and her brother at left (yes, we know it is unfair that some people are both talented and good-looking).

Jack was ecstatic about this win and the exposure that he will receive from the feature in J.Crew’s catalog and on the J.Crew site. “I was shocked for a while. I didn’t realize the impact and exactly what that meant at first,” says Jack. “Having Jenna pick my card is a huge honor, and I’m still somewhat in disbelief that mine was picked out of so many great designs.”

We decided to take this partnership one step further by teaming up with a charity that both Minted and J. Crew feel strongly about. This holiday season we will be donating 15% of gross profit from the sales of “Etched” to Teach For America. Teach For America’s mission is to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in this effort.  What could be more important to our country than improving educational opportunities for everyone?  I have a strong belief in this, as a product of an American public school (Chevy Chase Elementary School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, in Maryland).

During Minted’s collaboration with J.Crew, I had the good fortune of taking a tour of J.Crew’s offices in New York. I admired how entrepreneurial the J.Crew culture is.  You can visibly see how the company is innovative, resourceful, and has a sense of adventure akin to a smaller company; it is no wonder that the company consistently produces design that influences and frankly blows away the assortment at other companies across the apparel industry.  Boards line the hallways filled with great fabrics and inspirations, much like the Minted offices.  One of the biggest mysteries: I am still trying to deconstruct how Jenna’s pinboard manages to combine lots of things and incredible chicness at the same time (you can see it in the picture above).  The J.Crew visit was one of the most fascinating corporate office visits I have ever had.

We’re thankful to J.Crew and to Jenna herself for taking the time to help bring the work of our great designers to homes around the world this holiday season! You can read more about the collaboration here. In the meantime, I’ll be looking forward to getting my J.Crew catalog – to see Jack’s design, but also to do some shopping for droolworthy gifts!

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