A Talk with Minted Artist Jorey Hurley

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Last week, we were very lucky to have Minted artist, illustrator, and author Jorey Hurley visit us here at Minted HQ in San Francisco. Jorey sat down with Mariam, our CEO and Founder, for a Fireside Chat to talk about Jorey’s work, her inspiration, her Minted experience, and her new book, Nest, with Simon & Schuster.

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Good for You Kids’ Art and State of the Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge

We have special prize winners for two art challenges for you today! In the Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge, we asked the Minted Community of artists to channel their inner children to submit innovative and creative work for children’s rooms. We were thrilled with the result. Congratulations to the winners of our special prizes!

The Curvilinear Kid Award for the best art print that puts customers’ names or other personalizable details on a curvilinear path

The Little Miss” by Frooted Design

We think this piece by Frooted Design is awfully clever (there’s a boy version as well). Multiple layers evolve after the first glance – a silhouetted profile, first popularized in the mid eighteenth century, is placed in the center of the design and is accented by a stamp like treatment.  Lovely scrollwork helps to incorporate the vital birth announcement details – date, place, time and weight.  The child’s name shares the stage and is highlighted at the top with the secondary names noted in a graceful curved banner above the image.

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Make an Impression! Letterpress Wedding Challenge Special Prizes

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

We were beyond excited to launch our very first Minted Letterpress Challenge! We asked the Minted Community to design letterpress wedding invitations for a breadth of themes and styles to build out our current assortment. It’s a pleasure to announce the special prize winners who each stood out in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best classic and timeless design that pleases both traditional couples and their parents

Classic” by Lauren Chism

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Let’s Go for a Color Dip

By Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

Dip Baby Dip… I can’t seem to get that 90s song out of my mind – looking at all these fun color dipped projects. I don’t think there can be a more fun and easy way to add a pop of color to just about anything you own. Boring keychain? Drop it in some neon pink paint and you’re suddenly on trend. Ugly plain wood utensils? No problem. Let them go for a dip in your favorite shades and voila! Instant style.

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Using Radiant Orchid On Your Wedding Day

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

radiant orchid wedding

The first day of spring is almost here which means 2 things. Wedding season is upon us and it’s the perfect time to start planning how to infuse the color of the year into your wedding day. When trying to use one trendy color in your palette, I love when brides choose to use a variety of shades rather than trying to match a single color for everything. Not only does it give your decor some variety, it makes your life a lot easier through the planning process. Read on for a few ways to incorporate the color of 2014.

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DIY Tunnel Fringe Garland

By: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt

Are you planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Worried you have to put a shamrock on it? Why not keep it simple and fun with this fringe garland? Just a little pop of green (or a lot) can set off a great party. Garland can be a tricky thing and depending on how large your space is, you could end up needing a lot to have the space feel full. These garlands are wider than the standard and create more dimension which helps you need less of them. These look great from the side and from below and have a circus tent feel. Alternately, you could tell the kiddos that these are leprechaun roads. Either way, you can make two 7 foot garlands from one pack of crepe paper, which is about $1.25, talk about a lot of bang for your party budget.

You will need scissors, crepe paper, and tape…

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Matchbox Favor Printables

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Whether you’re planning a sparkler send-off or you’d just like to give your wedding guests a small token of your appreciation, pretty matchboxes could fit the bill. Our free printable designs make it easy to get the look! Keep reading after the jump for the download and instructions.

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Seasonal Soirees: Strawberry

By Melissa of Lulu the Baker

seasonal soirees strawberry

Spring is here! Hooray, hooray! The color and sunshine of Spring are a most welcome change from the cold grey of winter. Flowers are blooming, the world is turning green, life is sprouting up through cracks in the pavement and pushing its way through the last vestiges of frost and snow. Soon enough, it will be time once again to take to backyards and parks and gardens to celebrate occasions big and small.
Nothing is quite as sweet in Springtime as fresh, ruby-colored Strawberries! These Strawberry Cheesecake Wonton Bites are effortlessly elegant and additively delicious. They’d look lovely on a Spring wedding dessert table or at a bridal shower brunch.

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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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diy fresh greenery garland

By Melanie of You Are My Fav

I recently threw a baby shower and knew that I wanted a fresh, green garland to serve as a centerpiece for the rest of the party. When a local florist game me a quote of $300 to make one, I instead headed to Whole Foods and bought $35 worth of supplies. Although I’ve never attempted anything like this, I was happy with the result and even happier with how simple it was to make.

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