Wendy Van Ryn

based in Mesa, AZ, US.

  • 33 awards won
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About Wendy Van Ryn

I'm a professional in design direction and communications strategy. Stationery design is an outlet I enjoy because of the creative freedom it affords. I can plan layouts and create sketches on paper, or just go for it with a blank screen. I love the process and find it a fun challenge to bring something unique to each piece.

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merry mack creative on Sep 20 2014
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Hi Wendy - Just wanted to say that it was great meeting you today! Hope to see you at the next CO meet-up. Also, congrats on your fabric pick! It's a really nice design. :)

Carol Fazio on Jul 30 2013
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damn, woman, your floral calendars are blowing me away!!! seriously beautiful, each one in its own right! hope you win big!

Kimberly Morgan on Jul 15 2013
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I know what you mean, I felt the same way about a border I had on one of my holiday submissions. Go with your gut, but yes, I think it looks more focused and refined without. Best of luck to you!

MK Colling on Jul 11 2013
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Thanks from me, too, for your very helpful comment about color. It was boost to get the feeling of being on the right track. Your color management is far more sophisticated than what I was doing as a painter.

aticnomar on May 24 2013
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Thanks so much Wendy for the comment & help.

Jordan Bariesheff on May 22 2013
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Thanks so much for the constructive feedback Wendy! Really appreciate your advice : )

Monica Schafer on Apr 09 2013
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Hi Wendy, Thanks so much for your comment! I was wondering about a white background too and wondering if that was what Cecile meant :)... will try it out tonight. Yes, definitely going to change out both fonts. I was working on a different computer and didn't have all my fonts on hand :).

Lori Wemple on Apr 09 2013
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I did - I just didn't have time to finish it, but figured I could save it for next year :) Thank you so much for your feedback on it. Too many challenges, not enough time! :)

Carol Fazio on Apr 09 2013
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oh, the bracelet idea is cute! I was just hoping the design would let the parents know that the kids would be making things, and it could get messy - not a super, girlie princess party, if that makes any sense.

Carol Fazio on Apr 09 2013
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hi wendy, thanks for your sweet comment on my paper princesses design! no, not necessarily - those would be some tiny little heads!

Lori Wemple on Apr 01 2013
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Thank you so much for all the great feedback on my america christmas card! I'm working furiously but i don't think I 'll make the cut to submit today, but at least if not, I can keep working on it for next time. I really appreciate all the great feedback. I love your work!

Giselle Zimmerman on Jan 09 2013
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Hi Wendy ! thank you so much for your nice comments on my designs :) Good luck !

Phrosne Ras on Dec 06 2012
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Aaw thanks Wendy!

aticnomar on Nov 23 2012
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Hi Wendy! Thanks so much for the great comment. I appreciated it very much. Take care and god bless you always.

Three Kisses Studio on Oct 11 2012
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Good to hear. Haven't been up to much...seems kids are taking front seat. Have a photo job coming up and hopefully will for the holidays. Haven't touched my site in awhile but need to since I do have a few new things. Take care!

Olivia Raufman on Oct 11 2012
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Thank you so much for you kind comments, Wendy! You have some amazing wedding entries, looking forward to seeing them in the winner's circle :)

Three Kisses Studio on Oct 10 2012
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Thank you!! How are things? Adjusting to CO life? Saw your profile on the front page...congrats!

Vanessa Noe on Oct 10 2012
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Hi Wendy! I'm new to the minted community and just submitted some designs for the wedding challenge. While I was going through and rating other submissions, I found a handful of yours that I just loved. Wanted to stop in and say hello! I too, am trying to build my portfolio and do the freelance thing much more. Hope my journey ends up as successful as yours seems to have been!

Phrosne Ras on Sep 27 2012
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Wendy, thanks so much for your valuable input! I would love to know what you think about my changes! I dont like the flowers too small, but I think there is more balance now? (only if you have a moment) thanks so much! http://www.minted.com/design-rating/71046

Sarah Curry on Sep 11 2012
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...and good luck to you, too! :)

Sarah Curry on Sep 11 2012
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Hi Wendy! I love love love the changes you made...it totally looks like a seal now! :) Hope I wasn't too overly 'helpful'...I think it is a great design.

Wendy McClure on Jun 22 2012
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WoW Wendy - Fantastic showing in the second round ~ biggest congrats to you! I'll be rooting for you :o)

Angela Marzuki on Jun 11 2012
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Thank you Wendy, that is so sweet of you and means a lot. Congratulations to you as well on your picks, well deserved!

Alethea and Ruth on Jun 08 2012
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Thanks so much Wendy - and congrats on all your picks as well!!

Susan Asbill on Jun 08 2012
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Wendy, thanks so much for the congrats! Right back at you with all your picks! Awesome work.

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jun 07 2012
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and, btw, did you see how close you and I were to Top 30?! just missed it!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jun 07 2012
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and thanks for your sweet note!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jun 07 2012
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Congrats on YOUR 3 picks, too!!! Corset is my favorite - so glad it got a pick! :)

Susie Allen on Jun 07 2012
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Hi, Wendy! Thank you so much for your comment on my page, and congrats on all your picks! Good luck in the holiday challenge, too. I especially love your Noel Medallion and Winter Woods!

Wendy McClure on Jun 07 2012
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I just admire all you gals who do such beautiful florals! I'm an artist and can do a variety of techniques and mediums, but I can't seem to get ahold of the digital process for flora. It seems there is a lot of layering going on? I've drawn some and scanned and traced but the outlines are hard to work with. So frustrating ~ I need some lessons :o) Anyway, your designs always catch my eye, and I hope they catch Minted's and their customers eyes too. :o) Thx for the kind note

Giselle Zimmerman on May 30 2012
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Thank you so much Wendy, you are so kind !

Kim Dietrich Elam on May 30 2012
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Me, too, Wendy! That's what I get for begging for an announcement...I'm scared to see the wedding party results...Good luck to us!

Kim Dietrich Elam on May 30 2012
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See? There was no need to be envious! You had such nice designs - bummer we didn't get to add to our award #... :)

Jennifer Wick on May 17 2012
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You're welcome, Wendy! I just loved the design and thought it might "finish it off" : ) Best of luck in this uber competitive challenge!

Sarah Curry on Apr 11 2012
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Thanks for the helpful feedback on "snowy stroll"...I think I managed to smooth out the type a little bit better. :)

blackwhite press on Apr 03 2012
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Thanks for the suggestions on my holiday card! Really appreciate!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 26 2012
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You're welcome!!! It really is fabulous - it looks like it took so much work and attention to detail. Wish I had the patience and skill to come up with that. And, if you put it together quickly, I am even more impressed! :)

Meghan Johnson on Mar 25 2012
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Hi Wendy, Thank you for your kind comment on my baby shower invitation! Best of luck to you :)

Carol Fazio on Mar 07 2012
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hi Wendy, thanks for you comments on my Shake, Rattle and Roll design! Ha, yes, great idea for backyard BBQ for couple's shower! LIke that!!

Pistols on Mar 01 2012
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Yep, It's Melissa! I saw a bunch of Princess and the Pea designs too on the nursery challenge. It's kind of cool to see how different people interpret different ideas, and kind of fascinating that designers end up with the same idea inspiration also! Thanks Wendy, we'll see where my design goes, it could land in the ole flop bucket as well :) Hope you have a nice evening as well!

Pistols on Mar 01 2012
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Hey Wendy! I just saw your darling pickles and icecream invite! I've been working on one today with the "weird food craving" idea and it also contains pickles and icecream, and just wanted to make sure that was ok with you since yours is up first! I don't want to step on any mintie toes :)

Rebecca Bowen on Feb 28 2012
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thank you for your comment on my superhero design. What do you think of it without the blue box like you suggested? i like bold (obviously) so it feels a little naked now, but it is growing on me after looking at it a little bit;)

Carol Fazio on Feb 23 2012
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hi Wendy, thanks for your thoughtful comments! I really appreciate it, especially when I know deadlines are looming! I have been wrestling with those two designs for a couple of days - thank God for duplicate spread in ID!! I will give your suggestions a whirl. Stay tuned and thanks again!

Rachel Buchholz on Feb 23 2012
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Wendy- Thanks for all your comments and suggestions! I am definitely going to go back to them and make some additional tweaks. I added a couple new ones last night, if you're interested in looking. Thanks again! ~Rachel

Olivia Raufman on Feb 21 2012
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Hi Wendy! Please don't worry about it at all. We all fill our brains with so much visual data (via Pinterest, blogs, and Minted) that of course some unintentional similarities are going to show up. So again, no worries! But I do thank Leslie for her vigilance :)

Britt Clendenen on Jan 18 2012
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Thank you Wendy for the compliment on Lunaria :) Love your work!

Amber Barkley on Oct 24 2011
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Thanks Wendy for the helpful feedback! I've been playing around with the colors, and so far, I haven't had much luck. I think I've come to the conclusion that it is just too childlike to be used for a wedding, so I might actually just delete it. Maybe I'll try submitting it for the art challenge that starts next week! Thanks again for the feedback, I really appreciate it! :)

Debb W on Oct 17 2011
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Wendy, you have some wonderful submissions. Good luck in the Challenge!

Kimberly Nicole on Sep 09 2011
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Hey thanks for the comment! Hope your weekend's going good so far :)

Designkandy on Sep 09 2011
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Thanks for the comment! You are one of my favorite designers here, I absolutely love your style :-)

Three Kisses Studio on Aug 18 2011
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So funny!! A neighbor! Would love to meet you one day and swap Minted/design stories! I actually live in Henderson, am a full time mom to two little ones and sneak in design when I can. :) Let me know if you are up for coffee one of these days.

Melanie Severin on Aug 03 2011
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Congrats on your Editor's picks, Wendy!!!

chocomocacino on Jul 28 2011
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thanks.... i was thinking the 'right' wording! Your suggestion was certainly helpful.. ^^

Rebecca Turner on Jun 28 2011
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thanks for your comments Wendy. I'm so amazed at how many great designs you produce. You must work fast.

GeekInk Design on Jun 22 2011
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Thanks for the comment Wendy! See... no mention of miniature humans in this one! ;)

The Spotted Olive on Jun 15 2011
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Hi Wendy! Thanks very much for the input on my designs. Good suggestions that I'll definitely be implementing. I really appreciate your time and suggestions. Thank you so much. :)

that girl Shelley on Jun 14 2011
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Hi Wendy! Thanks so very much for the feedback on my design! I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my work! I am going to play with the type a bit more to make the design better. Thanks so very much again for all of your help!

campbell and co. on Jun 07 2011
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wendy, wish there was a button to click for a VERRRY helpful comment for your insight on the read of we heart baby -- thx so much! totally makes sense what you're saying that favoring simplicity/abstraction might be too risky to assume most/all/any :) customers and card recipient will read it the way we do. going to take a look at this, and thx to you and tolani for helping us to see the need for clarity. your (and all) suggestions are ALWAYS greatly appreciated!! we're new too, and just learning card by card and comment by comment. xo!

JMarie Design on May 24 2011
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Thanks for your comment! I appreciate it!

Bella Expressions-Linda Birtel on May 24 2011
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Thanks for your comments! Welcome to Minted.