Happy Birthday Minted!

This week we celebrate Minted’s 6th Anniversary! Aren’t birthdays the best? In celebration of our turning six, we are taking a moment to reflect on how far we have come, and the artists and designers who have taken this journey with us. The very best thing about how much we have grown over the last six years is having our community grow with us.

We’ve asked six fantastic Community Artists a few questions about their artistic style, how it has progressed since joining the Minted Artist Community and where they see their creative selves headed next.

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Mother’s Day Quote Jar Printable

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

Mother's day quote jar printable, kelli hall Among the many things I’m learning about being a mom, is that kids like to make little observations about everything. Generally, I’ve noticed these fall into two varieties: The sweet kind (think “Mommy, I want to marry you when I grow up” ) and the spicy variety (like “Bottoms aren’t pretty, they don’t have any sparkles in them”). So, for a mother’s day craft, I decided to make something I’d love myself: Pretty containers to record and keep these little verbal gems. I’ve created some printable labels so you can also make your own quote jars, complete with punchy colors and bold patterns.

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Cozy Cabin Dinner

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

minted cabin dinner, big sur by annie clark and ombre by linda and harriett Early this winter, I styled a little grilled cheese dinner at a cabin in the foothills of North Georgia. Inspired by natural shades found in ice and rough wood, the gathering included ingredients for diy toasted treats and warm drinks by a blazing fire.  Check it out for details on how it came together.

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neutral territory.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Creamy-colored neutrals are back in a big way. I think it has to do with the popularity of the souk and flokati rugs that are popping up every where I look. The vintage Moroccan Boucherouite and Ben Ouarain rugs are a hit, too and even the cowhide. All these warm, fuzzy textiles seem to have influenced the decor that surrounds them and rooms are being designed without a lot of color, per se, but a multitude of rich creamy, white hues and textures. Makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and read a good, long book.

I love this Souk rug paired with very soft, pale gray. This is the beautiful home of Amelia Widell from Lovely Life.

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Tropical Wedding Welcome Gift and DIY Treat Bags

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

For my sister’s wedding in Panama, I crafted a tropical welcome gift for her guests: Complete with little details unique to the couple and paper goods to celebrate their beach destination. We included fun Latin-themed pieces like a Spanish phrase card, found creative ways to tackle the hurdle of stuffing all the boxes in my carry-on and even managed to add in a treat from their beloved dogs who stayed stateside. Check out my post for more on the process and a quick diy for mini treat bags…

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RADIANT ORCHID: PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR

By Celisse Muller, Customer Care Lead at Minted

Not quite pink, but not quite purple either, Radiant Orchid was announced as Pantone’s 2014 color of the year:

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

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Snazzy Swizzle Sticks: DIY Disco Ball Drink Stirrers

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt.

You might not have seen it coming but I am calling it now, disco balls are hot. I’m sure your Pinterest feed is filled with them. Stay on trend and add a touch of sparkle and fun to your bar cart or next party and make these easy disco ball swizzle sticks. I found mini (teeny tiny) disco balls at my local party store which also carries a variety of disco balls and goodies for displays. These tiny disco balls have real tiny glass squares for extra sparkle. The squares are on a styrofoam ball so attaching them is really simple.These would pair nicely for Valentine’s Day with this heart disco ball last week.

You will need:

tiny disco balls (1 1/8″ diameter) *note for searching, these are also called mirror balls.

bamboo skewers

glue

Step 1: Figure out how many stirrers you would like to make. The assembly goes really easy so if you want to give these out as hostess gifts, you can make a bunch really fast.

Step 2: Pull out the hanging cord. These will come out super easy. Enlarge the hole by pressing the flat end of the skewer into the hole. Be careful not to push in too deep or you will pop out the other side. If this happens, just press the popped out part back in. Pull out skewer.

Step 3: Place a drop of glue, just regular old school glue works great, on the flat end of the skewer.

Step 4: Press the glued end into the hole on the disco ball. Let Dry. Repeat for remaining skewers.

Step 5: I used full length skewers for these disco ball drink stirrers. This is so I can trim them to the size I need depending on the glasses I use. Trim the bottom of the skewers with really sharp kitchen shears or leave long for a great pitcher stir stick. Swap the skewer out for acrylic sticks and you have party stirrer that you can use over and over.

I just think disco balls are fun and add the tiniest bit of sparkle to your party. At this size, they aren’t too over the top, but still make even your everyday glass of wine just a little more special.

 

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Eraser Stamp Christmas Tree Cards

By: Merrilee Liddiard, of Mer Mag

We love to make handmade Christmas cards for teachers, friends and neighbors and this simple eraser stamp Christmas Tree card is just the thing to bring handmade merry cheer to all!

Step one: Download the Christmas Tree Card template and print it out on card stock or paper. It also works perfectly on 5″ x 6.5″ white blank cards (found at your local craft store). Fold and trim card as needed.
Step two: Using a pencil eraser and stamp pad, begin stamping ornaments, lights or boughs of evergreen onto the card.
Step three and four: Continue until you are satisfied with your stamped tree. Have fun with different colors (think twinkle lights on evergreen boughs) or go monochromatic with reds like we did here.
Step five: The front of your card is complete! Just don’t forget to write tidings of good cheer for all inside.

Enjoy sharing your custom card for friends and family!

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