Minted invites you to the Royal Wedding!

Aren’t we all sitting around wishing the Queen had extended an invite to us for the Royal Wedding?

My new goal in life is to get invited to Harry’s!

Luckily I’m watching with six of my girlfriends and a little champers… like many a Minted customer!

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Our 2011 Holiday Top Model Contest

The weather outside might not be frightful, but at Minted, we are always delightfully in the holiday spirit. All 365 days a year. We just launched our Annual Holiday Design Challenge and boy is this going to be the best challenge to date! We are going to have holiday card designs like you’ve never seen before this year and now we want to see your photographs.

Sometimes you come across a photo-card that makes you literally stop in your tracks. A gorgeous photograph paired with a stunning card design produces one result – perfection.

Minted is inviting customers and fans to submit their photos for a chance to be showcased in our brand new holiday collection on minted.com. Families, children, couples, grandparents, pets – all are welcome. A variety of photographs will be selected, and if yours is chosen, you will receive a $200 credit for Minted flat or fold-over Holiday Cards, plus a generous Friends and Family discount so that you can share the love with your closest friends. In addition, we will also be picking the top photographer and featuring them on the Minted blog. Submission has been extended to Monday, May 16, 2011 at NOON PST.

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The ‘Best of the Best’ awards.

It has been 3 years since Minted launched, and our community has grown and evolved tremendously. All of us at Minted feel very privileged to have been given the gift of working with a highly talented design community. Perhaps the most impressive thing of all is how supportive the designers in our community are of one other.

For the first time this year, we have launched an annual ‘Best of the Best’ award where we recognize the top designs of the entire past year. Before you peek at the results, please believe us in saying that it is a true honor to have made the top 200 list to begin with. Minted’s competitions have become known industry-wide for being very tough, and to achieve a top-20 ranking in the past 10 challenges is no small feat. We are thrilled to recognize these designs and designers as the top 10 Best of the Best of the past 12 months:

No. 1: no job too small by Ann Gardner

This clever design is an example of what so often makes a minted design successful: the genius idea behind the design. Our designers are always thinking outside the box and certainly adding a ruler to the back of a business card for a handyman seems like such a natural idea, but yet only Ann was brilliant enough to think of it!

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Cook Up Some Bridal Shower Inspiration

Bridal Shower season is in full bloom and we thought we’d share these beautiful and whimsical bridal shower inspiration boards featuring two top scoring bridal shower invitation designs from our February Showers Challenge. Brought to you by the lovely ladies from The Collection Event Studio

Hello fellow paper lovers!

We love a good style board when we see one. Here in the studio, we find inspiration in magazines, books, design blogs, and ultimately, the mash-up of images in style boards across the web. We were super happy to put our stamp on two style boards for Minted! The first invite, Shower of Flowers, is simply pretty! Think soft, feminine, antique romance. We instantly pictured a tea party setting with pastel macaroons, garden roses and scallop-edged china. We couldn’t resist throwing in a few floral and plaid bow ties, too.

Inspiration board featuring Shower of Flowers Bridal Invitations by Cheer Up Cherup

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Meet a Mintie: Jennifer Wick

Jennifer Wick has been a Mintie since last fall and she’s been steadily gaining steam! You no doubt couldn’t miss her first prize in our recent 3+ Holiday Challenge for her in all things Thanksgiving card entry. We’re thankful to have Jen in our community and we’re looking forward to meeting her in person at NSS… but until then, we really enjoyed this Q&A with her and we know you will, too.

In all things

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Minted Meet-Up in Honolulu.

Happy Easter Minties! We hope you’re enjoying a wonderful, long weekend with your families.

Our CEO and founder Mariam Naficy was in Hawaii over the Easter vacation, so being the completely-committed team leader that she is, she hopped a flight over to Honolulu to meet up with one of our talented engineers Wesley Tanaka (at left), Lori James from Guess What (second from left), and Laura (seated to the left of Mariam). The four had a relaxing time at Manifest Gallery, pondering what it would be like to open a Minted office in Hawaii and discussing the exciting upcoming holiday challenge. Secrets were even shared with Lori and Laura about the challenge and other Minted expansion plans!  Laura gave us some great feedback along with ideas on the types of features she would like to see launched in voting.  Wesley and Mariam shared some upcoming changes in voting functionality.  And Lori brought beautiful Hawaiian gifts for everyone.  Mahalo for spending time with us, everyone!

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It’s a Earth Day! We’re in a Green Mood…

In honor of Earth Day, bask yourself in this green and brown color schemed wedding inspiration board (because who can really get enough of wedding inspiration boards?) Check out this gorgeous inspiration board featuring Principessa Press‘s Infinite wedding invitations. Go the extra mile and celebrate Earth Day by ordering eco-friendly wedding invitations in our 100% Premium Recycled Paper.

A wedding inspiration board featuring "Infinite wedding invitation" design by Principessa Press

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Barn Party! Wedding Inspiration Board

We are very excited to have Megan + Emily guest blog for us today. Megan + Emily of Enjoy Events Co. are wedding event planners who definitely have a penchant for cute wedding inspiration boards and ideas.

Hi Minted readers!

We – Megan + Emily of Enjoy Events Co. – are so thrilled to be guest posting over here at Minted today.  We have a very sweet inspiration board to share with you all.  We couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than using an inspiration board that we created around one of our couple’s barn party! wedding invitations.  We love to create beginning concepts for design (including color, texture and physical elements) around wedding invitations because we feel that it’s the first glimpse that your guests get into what your wedding day will feel like.  If the day is a reflection of that first piece then we are thrilled!

barn party! wedding inspiration board

Cheers!

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The $1,000 Blogger Program Challenge.

I don’t know if you heard the big news… around here we feel like shouting it from the mountaintops, but we just launched wedding programs! What makes our DIY wedding programs special is that although they coordinate perfectly with the rest of your wedding stationery, they still leave a little room for creativity to make them your own. (Check out our step by step DIY guide on creating your DIY wedding program and download our wedding program templates.) They also let you leave (always, no matter how far ahead you plan) program details to the last minute (like, say, those hard-to-choose readings or which family will be included in the procession), while having a beautiful end product. So to celebrate this launch we’re having a challenge to see what creative things people can do to construct–or rather bind together–and embellish our programs. The grand prize is $1,000 cash. Two runner-ups will be awarded $500 minted gift certificates. In addition to these prizes, you will also receive a blog post here on the Minted blog, as well as permanent placement of your creation here on the minted site, with a link to your blog, which is linked off of EVERY program detail on the site–a sure way to permanently drive lots of traffic back to you!

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Meet a Mintie: Float Paperie

Today we are lucky enough to have one of our community members who has been with us since the beginning: Andrea Tahlier of Float Paperie. Andrea really has her own style; I can instantly recognize a Float design from its brilliantly executed typography and soft, elegant aesthetic. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little better!


At age nine, you wanted to be?
I wanted to be a dancer, which is funny because i think i dance like elaine from seinfeld now! but honestly, when i was younger – i think i was decent – i went to multiple dance competitions and it was a major part of my life.

Do you have any formal design training?
yup, BFA in graphic design.

How would you describe your style?
modern classic, with a focus on type.

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