Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 2nd Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Jessica’s unexpected color palette and playful layout is truly a work of art. The expressiveness of the script gives the design a joyful energy, while the modern sans serif type helps to balance and ground the composition. Jessica’s designs always have such a positive, cheerful feel to them, and “Peaceful Wish” is a beautiful example. We love how the stylized holiday greenery illustrations seem to dance around the type, creating a perfectly festive frame.

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Spotted: Minted Artist Kiana Mosley at West Elm

One of the main reasons we love partnering with West Elm is because they share our passion for supporting independent artists. Today, we spotted one of our Minted artists, the talented Kiana Mosley, on the cover of a recent West Elm catalog! Her print “Of Land and Sea I” is beautifully featured amid a mix of West Elm’s midcentury modern-style pieces.

See Kiana’s gorgeous print up close and purchase it right here. Minted regularly partners with West Elm on art challenges, where independent designers around the world are invited to submit their freshest, most modern art-print designs. The winning prints from the latest competition are now available online at West Elm as well as in stores. We’re so proud to have Kiana and all of our other winning artists representing Minted at West Elm.

 

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DIY Dream Catcher

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

I love coming up with craft project ideas that my daughter and I can do together—ones that aren’t too preschool, but also aren’t too advanced. This DIY dream catcher is the perfect in-between. We made it together to hang in my daughter’s room to help ward off nightmares, and working on it was a wonderful way to be creative together. Plus, it requires very minimal supplies, which makes it a great project to do any afternoon. See the step-by-step instructions after the jump.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 3rd Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

An ode to mid-century design, this card by Stacey Meacham is lovely in its simplicity. A lone pine sprig adorned with colorful berries anchors one corner, while a modern greeting in a looping script sweeps across the bottom of the card. Festive and bright with seasonal colors, “Art Deco Pines” is sure to make for a memorable keepsake when combined with a holiday photo. Beautiful, Stacey!
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Minted Parties: Savannah Guthrie’s Baby Shower

It’s not every day that you get to help decorate and style a baby shower for the co-anchor of the Today Show, so we jumped at the chance to decorate Savannah Guthrie’s baby shower. Since she’s such a talented anchorwoman (and also a voracious reader!), we decided on a newspaper theme with a lot of typography and gender-neutral details (she and her husband Mike Feldman decided to keep the gender a surprise!).

Shower date: June 30, 2014
Location: The Glasshouses
Minted party decor: Jen Wick’s Big Top Personalizable Party Decor and Marabou’s Modern Mint Party Decor
Photographer: Samantha Okazaki/TODAY
Florist: Blossom and Branch
Event planning: Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events

Keep reading to see more fun details from Savannah’s baby shower.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 4th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

It’s amazing that Annie placed at #4 in her very 1st Minted challenge. But this design makes it easy to see why! The beautiful calligraphy in Annie’s classic design makes us nostalgic for the traditions of the holiday season. Reminiscent of hand-written wish lists and satin red ribbons, the letters create an elegant accent to any holiday photo. The addition of the festive decorations around the “and” makes this design both very merry and very bright!

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