Simply Cannot Wait Foil-Pressed Save The Date Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Simply Cannot Wait Foil-Pressed Save The Date Challenge! Many couples come to Minted in search of unique and beautiful designs to help reserve their wedding date and set the tone for their special day. We looked to our talented community of artists to continue to push the boundaries of design for this memorable event. Congratulations to all of our winners!


Out of the Box Award

For the most design-forward, innovative Save The Date that you would only find at Minted
$1000 and a guaranteed spot on the first page of the Minted Save the Date category for at least 4 weeks

Winner: Tropical Bliss by Iveta Angelova

Runners Up: Ethereal Romance by Ana Sharpe and Rhythm by Yuliya Evseeva

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Most Memorable Minted Moments of 2019

Written by Julie Black

January is a time of reflection here at Minted. We pour ourselves a third cup of coffee and take a step back to look at all we accomplished together, celebrate milestones, and plan for the coming year. Every year, we see that the best moments are those with our community. We’re so grateful for all of you and everything that you’ve done to make 2019 one of the most monumental years yet. Here’s a recap of just some of the memorable Minted moments from 2019.

Camp Minted and growing the Minted artist community to 100 countries (and all 50 states!)

You knew we would start with Camp Minted, but can you blame us? After nearly 200 artists poured into the JW Marriott Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 29, we realized we were in for a life-changing three days. As the largest Minted community event of the year, Camp Minted is a space for Minted artists to develop long-lasting relationships with like-minded creatives, be creatively inspired, develop their technical craft, and seek creative and physical refueling and rejuvenation. “Camp Minted is for people to recharge, rejuvenate, and to do so while seeing people they really love and care about — which is their professional community,” explained Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder and CEO in this Lonny article covering the event.

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Simply Cannot Wait Non-Foil-Pressed Save The Date Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our 2019 Simply Cannot Wait Non-Foil-Pressed Save The Date Challenge! Many couples come to Minted in search of unique and beautiful designs to help reserve their wedding date and set the tone for their special day. We looked to our talented artist community to continue to push the boundaries of design for this memorable event.

Congratulations to all of our winners!


Out of the Box Award

For the most design-forward, innovative Save The Date that you would only find at Minted

$1,000 and a guaranteed spot on the first page of the Minted Save the Date category for at least 4 weeks

Winner: layered by Erin Deegan

Runners Up: Love Ink by Liz Conley and Window by Danie Romrell

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Sealed With Love Classroom Valentines Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our 2019 Sealed with Love Classroom Valentines Challenge! We looked to our talented community of artists to help teachers and students celebrate this holiday with unique classroom Valentine designs that covered a range of themes, sentiments and ages.

Congratulations to all of our winners!


Out of the Box Award

For the most unique, innovative design that you would only find at Minted

$500

Winner: friends forever by peetie design

Runners Up: Second Halloween by Paper Raven Co., Hold Your Hand by Haley Warner, and Alien Love by Jessie Steury

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Sealed with Love Photo Valentine Card Challenge: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Sealed with Love Photo Valentine Card Challenge! We looked to you, our talented community of artists, to continue to push the boundaries of Valentine card design and bring a broad range of styles to our diverse customer base. These fresh, unique designs truly inspire love at first sight.

Congratulations to all of our winners!


Out of the Box Award

For the most design-forward, innovative valentine card that you would only find at Minted
$500 and a giftbox from Boxfox (up to $150 value)

Winner: Romantic Theater by Grae Sales

Runners Up: deco shapes by Summer Winkelman, Sending our XOXO by MC designs, and playful hearts by Baumbirdy

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Brushstrokes and Beyond: Minted x Pottery Barn Kids x Pottery Barn Teen Art Challenge : Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our Brushstrokes and Beyond: Minted x Pottery Barn Kids x Pottery Barn Teen Round 4 Art Challenge! For the past four years, the Minted artist community has been represented in the art assortments at Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen, two of the most established retailers in children’s and teen’s home decor. Thanks to this partnership, winning pieces have been exposed to millions of customers online, in stores, catalogs, and on social media platforms. This round, we were looking to assemble a new collection that inspires shoppers’ imaginations and represents the quality, creativity, and freshness that all of our teams value.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

 


Graphic Award

For the most unique piece of graphic work that will make a statement in a room (for any age group)

$500 and a gift card to Pottery Barn Teen ($250 value)

Winner: Geometric 2 by Kelly Schmidt

Runners Up: Primary School by Moglea, Flower Crown by Candace Wiant, and Blue Mountain by Sudevi Sen

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2 Artists Join Minted and Every Mother Counts in Guatemala

Written by Easter Kim

Pictured above (left to right): María José Gómez, Mariam Naficy, Jessica Ballouli, Norra Onder, Deborah Baltodano Tilson, Briana Nielson, and Karly Depew

Minted’s charitable partner, Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. Back in 2017, two Minted artists, Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma and Briana Nielson, won a Minted contest to join Minted Founder and CEO, Mariam Naficy, and EMC Founder Christy Turlington Burns on a trip to Guatemala. The purpose of the trip was for attendees to experience firsthand the work that EMC grantees are doing to provide skilled and compassionate care to mothers throughout their pregnancies.

On November 3, the winning artists embarked on a week-long trip in Guatemala along with two Minted customers and team members from Minted and EMC. During the trip, they visited EMC’s grantee organization Asociación de las Comadronas del Area Mam (ACAM), a traditional midwife clinic, and participated in a graduation ceremony for Corazón del Agua midwives at Universidad Galileo. They also collaborated with a local Guatemalan artist to paint a mural at the Luna Zorro Studio. 

Mural at Luna Zorro Studio

Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy sparked the idea of utilizing the artistic talents of our Minted artists to paint a mural in Guatemala during the trip. The Minted team partnered with local Guatemalan artist, Guermillo Durán and Molly Berry of Luna Zorro studio to paint a mural on the wall of her studio. Luna Zorro is a textile line and lifestyle brand based in Guatemala. They work with local artisans and weavers and combine old world weaving traditions with contemporary designs to create beautiful culturally rich textile products.

The process of creating the mural was very collaborative. Minted artist Karly Depew shared, “Molly Berry of Luna Zorro, sent the most beautiful and thorough creative brief. I was initially a little concerned that it would be challenging project… fusing 3 different artist’s own unique style.” Their fears dissipated when the artists kicked off the project. Brianna added, “Karly and Guillermo quickly proved to be warm and collaborative and we instantly hit a synergistic stride. Additionally, Molly was a dream client to work for with her incredible eye for naturally beautiful aesthetics.” 

The result speaks for itself. Karly said, “I am very proud of this collaboration that brought us together to honor Guatemalan women and their traditions.” Brianna added, “ In the end, I love how it came together and I feel so honored to have been able to collaborate with such incredible and talented artists.”

Pictured above: Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma, Briana Nielson, Mariam Naficy, Molly Berry, and Guermillo Durán.

Asociación de las Comadronas del Area Mam

The highlight of the trip was learning about the impactful work of Asociación de las Comadronas del Area Mam (ACAM), which is a collective of 40 Mayan midwives who educate and provide maternal healthcare for women in the region. In 2003, ACAM built a Midwifery and Birth Center in Concepción Chiquirichapa with support from Maya Midwifery International (MMI), a group of North American donors and volunteers who act as a fundraising and advisory board for the Guatemalan group.

The team toured the facilities to see the equipment that EMC donated, such as solar panels and medical supplies and equipment. They also met the comadronas, volunteers, and Mam-speaking mothers who gave birth at ACAM. Since EMC began supporting the organization in 2016, ACAM has served over 2,500 women and trained over 50 comadronas, or traditional midwives.

Karly was humbled through this experience. “These women have made an incredibly selfless choice to help keep childbirth safe in their communities where there is often a lack of services and respect for indigenous mothers and their traditions around pregnancy and birth.” Brianna added that “she was struck with the power that comes from women helping, serving, supporting and empowering each other. I loved the clinic’s focus on the mother and supporting her individual preferences and cultural decisions in a safe and loving way.”

Corazón del Agua midwives at Universidad Galileo

Karly, Brianna, and the Minted team had the honor of participating in the graduation ceremony for Corazón del Agua midwives at Universidad Galileo, a grantee partner of EMC. Corazón del Agua works with the University of Galileo in Guatemala City to offer Guatemala’s first university-supported accredited School of Professional Midwifery in Guatemala.

In addition to supporting the education and training of professional midwives, Corazón del Agua connects students with traditional birth attendants and comadronas in their hometowns, facilitating cross-learning between the two groups. Corazón is also developing the first national Association of Midwives in the country, which will provide a platform for networking and advocacy.

Pictured above: Christy Turlington Burns and the latest graduates of Corazón del Agua at Universidad Galileo

Pictured on right: Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy and EMC Founder Christy Turlington Burns.

A memorable trip with a lasting impact

The EMC Guatemala trip has left a lasting impact on our Minted artists. Karly and Brianna hope to take what they’ve learned to make a positive impact on their local communities. Karly plans to continue to “use the Charity Miles app to help raise money through my daily fitness and someday hopes to run a half marathon on behalf of EMC.” 

The beautiful culture and landscapes of Guatemala have also inspired our artists and their work. “Guatemala is an incredibly beautiful country and hidden gem. From the festive colors of the architecture or the bougainvillea that drapes the doorways to the majestic volcanoes that rise in the distance, there is beauty at every corner. My love for photography has been reinvigorated by this trip and I hope to submit more work into the art category for 2020,” Karly says. Brianna shares, “it is simply impossible to leave Guatemala without coming away inspired artistically when you are completely immersed in beauty, both natural and man made, that compliment each other perfectly,” Brianna said. “Going on this trip was definitely the jump start I needed to focus more on design in the coming year.”

Pictured above: (Back Row from Left to Right): Deborah Baltodano Tilson, Norra Onder, Jessica Ballouli, Mariam Naficy, Maria McManus, Briana Nielson, Annie Clark, Melissa Berger, Elizabeth Turlington, Christy Turlington Burns (Front Row from Left to Right): Karly Depew, Emily Zimmerman, Tina Johnston, Kat Grimes, Grace Kellum

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How Minted artist Teju Reval pivoted her corporate career to become a full-time creative

Written by Julie Black

Although Teju Reval always knew she wanted to be an artist, it wasn’t until after she trained as a Computer Engineer and earned her Masters in Business Administration that she finally took the plunge. “I quit my corporate job to follow my dream.” Teju claims it’s not quite how it seems, “It sounds very romantic, but in reality it involves a lot of hard work, self-discipline, and focus.”

Teju dedicated time and energy to master multiple disciplines ranging from charcoal drawing to digital art. Her effort was worthwhile, as indicated through her work. Pottery Barn Kids selected her top-rated quirky illustration “alphabet dinos” to be sold as part of the Minted x Pottery Barn Kids collection. The piece was created in collaboration with her 6 year old son, Atharv, who has a wide breadth of dinosaur knowledge and clearly shares his mother’s appreciation for learning.

We connected with Teju to learn more about her creative process, artistic background, and how her son helped her earn first-place in the Minted x Pottery Barn Kids x PBTeen Round 4 Art Challenge.

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Camp Minted Recap: Improve Your Greeting Card Copy

Written by Mimi Werdegar

One of the most important attributes that leads someone to purchase a greeting card is the quality of the message. Thankfully, anyone can be a good copywriter and improve their writing skills. At Minted, we seek fresh and unique greeting card copy in all sentiment styles. To help guide you in creating new copy, we sourced greeting card writing tips from our greeting cards team and Minted writers. These tips were originally shared at Camp Minted 2019.

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Minted Artists in the Press – December 2019

Congratulations to Minted artists who were featured on The TODAY Show, The View, Food Network Magazine, People.com, Domino Magazine, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Instagram, and on Property Brothers. Join the fun of spotting Minted artists in the press by uploading PR clips on your social media with the hashtag #mintiespotting.

The TODAY Show (December 10, 2019) Personalized Gifts: Clever Gifts for Everyone on Your Shopping List featuring pillows “Safari Cats” by Oscar & Emma, “Things that GO” by Shiny Penny Studio, “Garden Butterflies” by Karidy Walker, “Spring Sun” by Iveta Angelova, “Little Octopus” by Karidy Walker and triangle chairs “Safari Cats” by Oscar & Emma and “Sketchbook” by Alethea and Ruth.


The View (November 23, 2019) Minted Holiday Card Giveaway featuring holiday cards “Tradition” by Leah Bisch, “Cozy Winter” by Morgan Ramberg, “Festive Tartan” by Hudson Meet Rose, “Mod Bow” by Carrie Moradi, “Antique” by Ink and Letter, “Joyful Sunburst” by Baumbirdy, “Hooray Creative” by Dramatic Joy, “Shimmering Bold Peace” by Erin Deegan, “Frosted Frame” by Lehan Veenker, “Vintage Arch” by Baumbirdy, “Years Truly” by Yours Madly and recipient addressing “Holiday Bear” by Cass Loh.


Food Network Magazine (December 2019) 100 Gifts for Food Lovers featuring “Festive Deer” Aprons & Mitts by Elly.

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