2010 Holiday Spectacular Countdown: No. 25

We are thrilled to be starting the 2010 Holiday Spectacular Countdown today. We’ve said it before, but this time we really mean it! We simply could not have been more amazed by the incredible submissions.  1370 designs were submitted and thank goodness we have such an incredibly active community of voters because there’s no way we could have chosen on our own!

A big congratulations for–drum roll please–no. 25: R Studio‘s Merry Mod.

The first thing we love about Renee’s design is the color. Grey and orange have never looked so sophisticated together. And while one doesn’t typically think of those colors as being very holiday, this design is nonetheless super festive. I also think Renee completely nailed the fonts here. All three work together so well–which is never an easy task when they’re so different. Finally, I love that her design really shows off the photo. Please do share your thoughts with us as we share a design a day (business days only) with you. Thanks so much and, again, a big congrats to R Studio!

Please do share your thoughts with us as we share a design a day (business days only) with you.

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Inspiration Board: Two Hats

In honor of the Pride Parade here in San Francisco last Sunday, we have Amanda Larsen‘s Two Hats.

Clockwise from top left: Hat and bowties, Place setting, Handsoaps in box, Wedding cake, Pattern, Men in suits, Drinks, Flowers

I’m so into hats right now… actually, I think everyone seems more open to the idea at this moment and the photo of the hat and bowties is stunning! As are the cocktails. I’ve always been a sucker for the classic black and white wedding combo. It’s so sophisticated! I love how this design has such a great vintage feel, but then is also so fresh and modern. And just so you know, if you’re a female completely taken with this design, it can be modified for a traditional marriage by swapping out one of the male hats for a female hat.

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Inspiration Boards: Smart Conversation

To get you through Hump Day, we have Potts Design‘s Smart Conversation to give you a good laugh, or at the very least a smile.

From top, left to right: Sweets, Wood and stone wall, Wall of flowers, Jumping couple, Light installation, Tulips, Lanterns

Isn’t this invitation so refreshing? It really reflects an easy going, care free wedding, all about the couple and not at all about pretense.  Don’t you love orange with gray and white accents together? This is simply modernism at its best. And, yes, I do want to “see it live”!

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Inspiration Boards: Parisian Grammar School

Bon apres-midi. Aujourd’hui, nous avons J. Bartyn‘s Parisian Grammar School.

Left to right from top: Bridesmaids, Bride, Red table, Blue macaroons, Mirror menu, Milk bottles, Blue macaroonsFrench notebooks, Heart macaroons, Eiffel Tower

Voulez-vous vous marier à Paris? Il serait si belle et si élégante. Avez-vous déjà vu plus joli macarons?

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Inspiration Boards: Heart Print

Proudly presenting Heart Print by Sweet Street Gals.


Clockwise from upper left: Red balloon with letter, She & Him album cover, Photobooth, Love letter locket, Dance Hall / Warm interior, Tree, Mini CocaCola

Do you ever find you just can’t get through your afternoon without venturing to the vending machine for a
Coke? Well then this board and the accompanying invite are for you. There is so much going on here, but yet it just works. Love the rustic lodge combined with the retro chic polka dots and the balloon with a message whimsically floating away. And in case you’re wondering, like I was, that envelope necklace is a real, working, vintage locket… but sadly it already sold.

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Wedding Inspiration Board: Summer Lanterns

Our second board is Summer Lanterns by Design Lotus.

Left to right from top: Couple, Green shoes, Flowers and lights, Lanterns, Cake, Lit outdoor patio, Girl in yellow dress, Rings on branches, Brides bouquet

It simply could not be a more picture perfect day here in San Francisco so I thought Amy’s warm evening wedding was a good choice for this afternoon. I love that she was able to find a photo of perfectly matching lanterns. Have you been to or are you planning a wedding with lanterns? And don’t you love how mint green pops against yellows, oranges, and deep reds?

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Wedding Inspiration Board: Better Together

The inspiration boards we asked our designers to submit along with their invitation designs were spectacular! We plan to launch them permanently on our site soon, but in the meantime I thought it might be fun for us all to ohh and ahh over them together.

First up is a relatively new Mintie: Rebecca Thongkham and her Better Together board.

From top, left to right: Milk and cookies, ProgramsRing pillow, Bridesmaid dressesTablescape, Groom’s suit, Placecards Shoes, Cupcakes

I thought this was a fitting first inspiration board to feature–after all it highlights our beloved Minted green! And don’t you just love that glass milk bottle with the tied up cookies? If you end up picking Better Together for your wedding invites you better have cookies and milk instead of cake! I wouldn’t have thought to put green and gray together, but it really works here. Only issue is now I’m really craving a festive afternoon cupcake! Do you like this wedding as much as I do?! Do tell.

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Meet a Mintie: Leslie Hamer


We couldn’t be happier to have Leslie Hamer of Unless Someone Like You with us this afternoon. The catchy name of her design company comes from the Lorax, one of her favorite books that she still can’t read without crying. We think her genius, imagination, and wit rivals even Dr. Seuss so the name could not be more fitting.

At age nine, you wanted to be?
Definitely a scientist. Maybe an astronaut. As a child I was encouraged academically and musically, but drawing or painting wasn’t a part of my life until college. I still love science, and long geeky conversations.

How would you describe your style?
This is tough question! Like many designers I find it difficult to “see” my own work. I try to keep things simple and clean. I like negative space, strong typography.

What is your normal workflow or process like?
Ideas come from everywhere. Sometimes I sketch, sometimes I walk around and photograph things, sometimes I dive right into Illustrator. I work quickly and try not to over think anything.

How many iterations does it take for a design to become final?
As many as it takes! Each design is different. Some I rework to no end. Some just appear complete. I imagine it’s the same a writing a song, or composing music. Sometimes my ideas are clear and things just fall into place.

What tools, techniques, and mindsets do you find absolutely essential?
My Cintiq is indispensable. I couldn’t work without it, I cant imagine how I ever did! When I remember drawing with a plain wacom I still cringe a bit.

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Minted Meet Up: Charleston

So sometimes, even with the best intentions it takes me ages to get pictures off my camera and onto the blog… I am dying for a camera that automatically downloads your pics wirelessly. BUT, I did so enjoy meeting Kelli Hall that I have to share these pics from our Charleston Meet Up with you.

We met at Baked, which not only has delicious, incredible, yummy treats, but also has a perfectly executed interior.

Baked in Charleston

Kelli was just absolutely the sweetest and her hair really is as long and gorgeous as it appears on her Minted profile pic.

Natasha (left) and the beautiful Kelli Hall (right)

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Giving to the neediest in our community

We really believe in giving back to our community and were honored to be able to donate the invitations to Hamilton Family Center‘s 25th Anniversary Celebration tomorrow night. Hamilton is the largest provider of shelter, eviction prevention assistance, and support services for homeless families in San Francisco. The event’s keynote is by the Academy of Art’s President Elisa Stephens and the Speaker of the House, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi will also be given an award.

We repurposed Dauphine's Leyton wedding invitation for Hamilton's event

The full Hamilton Suite on our pearlescent paper

We used a folded card to accommodate all of the prestigious Honorary Chairs and the many dedicated Committee members

Hamilton thanks Minted!

To learn more about Hamilton or to make a donation please visit their new website.

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