Congrats to the Grad! Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Spring arrives and families across the country look for the perfect graduation design to celebrate this milestone in their child’s life. Graduation is a large and growing category for Minted, and we were stunned by so many unique and original designs. Outstanding work everyone, and a huge congratulations to all the winners!

For the most out-of-the-box graduation design 
Highlighter”  by Lori Wemple

For the best traditional, sophisticated design 
Poetic”  by Fine and Dandy Paperie

For the best design incorporating a photo of the new grad
Caps Off”  by Stacey Meacham

For the best multi-photo design
Fresh Perspective”  by Keen Peachy

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“Let’s Summer!” Checklist (Free Printable!)

We’re officially a week into summer, so how’s your popsicle consumption coming along? And how many water balloons have you thrown? If you’re answers are on the low side, then it might be a good idea to fill out this official summer to-do list so you don’t slack off for the rest of the season.

summer list

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Currently Loving: Oversize Art

A simple way to make a huge design impact in your home? Oversize art. Large-format wall art is the latest home-decorating trend we’re loving—placing a super-size piece in just the right spot immediately injects some serious personality into your space. Ready to go big? Here are some of our favorite takes on this trend.

Home Decor Trend: Oversize Art

1. Above the Sofa
It’s one of the biggest design dilemmas: What do you hang in the space above your sofa? A single oversize piece is an easy solution. As a general rule of thumb, choose a horizontal or square piece that measures at least half the length of the sofa.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Mornings Away” by Emily Jeffords

Trend Alert: Oversized Art

2. On Its Own
This contemporary living room designed by Pamplemousse Design is anchored by an oversize painting (Phoenicia VIII by Al Held). The crisp lines of the black-and-white piece nicely juxtapose against the curved sofa.

Photo: Via Pamplemousse Design
Shop similar:Untitled B+W #1 2012” by Jaime Derringer

3. Gallery Wall
Place a large, oversize piece adjacent to a gallery wall consisting of multiple smaller works to help provide balance.

Photo: Sean Fennessy
Shop similar: “Off the Coast on the Shore” by Christina Flowers

4. Picture Ledge
If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on gallery wall, then a picture ledge is the perfect in-between. Frame your favorite pieces (Tip: Choosing the same type of frame will help unite the different pieces together), then lean them on the ledge, starting with the largest print, first.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Hexagon Cluster” by Yao Cheng (left);Desert Diptych” by Annie Clark (right)

Trend Alert: Oversize Art

5. Kid’s Bedroom
To make a small bedroom feel more spacious, choose an oversize print to help draw the eye upward, making the space seem more spacious. And opt for a bright pop of color along with matching accessories to tie everything together.

Photo: 6th Street Design School
Shop: “Hello Cocky!” by Catherine Culvenor


Recipe: Red, White, and Blueberry Pavlovas

Summer celebrations call for simple treats with minimal assembly. To make the most of berry season, I’m whipping up these red, white, and blueberry pavlovas—they’re miniature, light, and bite-sized. Bonus: They’re the perfect color scheme for celebrating the Fourth.

summer berry pavlova by kelli hall
summer berry pavlova by kelli hall

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Work of Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Over the past year, Minted’s art business has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve added hundreds of works to our collection in a broad range of styles and formats from artists around the globe. We asked the Minted community to submit innovative works of art to continue to grow our assortment – we were so amazed by the breath and depth of submissions. Congratulations to all winners!

Curator’s Choice Award for the artwork that most captures the attention of the
Minted curatorial team
Orange Lake” by Stephanie Goss Johnson

Newbie Award for the best work of art by a first-time entrant
Dark and Stormy” by Blair Culwell Staky

Photography Award for the best photographic art print
Corner Bar in the Neighborhood, New Orleans” by Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa

Seasonal Award for the best piece of artwork inspired by the fall or winter months
Watercolor Abstract Flora Series: Fall 1” by V E R Y M A R T A

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DIY: Brass Pinwheel Cake Toppers

By Jenny Batt of  Hank and Hunt

I have a fondness for pinwheels (doesn’t everybody?)—they’re fun and whimsical, and remind me of my childhood. But instead of plastic or paper pinwheels, I wanted to decorate with something a little more grown up. These brass pinwheels are fun and easy to make, and are the perfect way to dress up a frosted cake.

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Birth Announcement Challenge: Special Prize Winners

One of the highlights for new parents is announcing the birth of their baby. The unveiling of all the precious details is almost as memorable to family and friends as it is to the parents themselves. We asked you, our talented Minted Community, to “wow” us with your creativity. We were beyond wowed with everyone’s gorgeous designs! Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

The Trifecta Award based on the strength of submissions to this challenge: Susan Brown
We selected one designer to receive guaranteed placement in the Minted catalog,
a homepage banner and email to help build his or her brand on the site.

Sibs” | “My Name” | “Big Bird

Collection Award for the designer who is guaranteed at least five total picks across the challenge and other challenges in the baby & kids category in the next year to build a design collection on Minted: Olivia Raufman

Baby Bracket” | “Petite Deco” | “Simple Hi” | “Two Lines” | “Simply Classic

Innovation Award for the most out-of-the-box birth announcement
that you would never find on other online sites
Woodland Animals”  by Cynthia Oswald

Runners-Up: Teddy” by Lisa Cersovsky | “membership expiring” by Dawn Jasper
Canvas Snapshot” by Alethea and Ruth | “Bevel” by Laura Hankins

Traditional with a Twist Award for the best classic, elegant design
Longhand”  by toast & laurel

Runners-Up: “Engraved” by Katie Wahn | “Fancy” by Oscar & Emma | “Simply Framed” by Ling
Flourished Joy” by Erika Firm

Best Use of a Shape Award for the best design specifically
created for one of our die-cut shapes
Woodland Bunny”  by Pistols

Runners-Up: “Floral Bounty” by Itsy Belle Studio | “Twinkle Wreath” by Stylisti
Sugar & Spice” by Jessie Steury

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Minted x Domino Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the long-awaited special prize winners for our Minted x Domino Art Challenge! For this challenge, we asked our Minted community of designers to create modern, chic art prints that would provide the perfect complement to Domino magazine’s fresh, design-forward style. We were so impressed by the eclectic mix of beautiful and unique pieces you submitted! Congrats to all our winners!

Avant-Garde Award for the best edgy art print that pushes boundaries
Up Down and Back Around” by Christina Flowers

Photography Award for the best photographic art print
Let’s Go” by SylvieCeres Designs

Nature Award for the best piece with a new perspective on everyday organic elements, whether it be naturally occurring curvilinear lines, an abstracted shot, or a detailed close-up
Oyster Blues” by Christa Cariddi

Abstract Award for the best abstract painting or illustration
Morning River” by Lauren Adams

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Wedding Inspiration: Easy, Breezy Summer

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Desert Wedding

I’ve had a small (okay, fine—huge!) place in my heart for a black, white, and peach palette since the day I started planning my own wedding. And as I was browsing Minted looking for some fun summer inspiration, I stumbled upon this palm tree-themed save-the-date that included those very colors. It was love at first sight and instantly brought to mind an easy, breezy summer wedding infused with tropical touches and boho details. Here’s how to get the look.

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Roundup: Father’s Day Ideas

Haven’t bought a gift for Father’s Day yet? Give your pops something other than a new tie—preferably something you made with your own hands. Here are six thoughtful, homemade ideas your dad is guaranteed to love.

Father's Day DIY Ideas

1. Cookie-cutter shortbread cookies // Martha Stewart Living
2. “You Rock” cupcakes // Oh Happy Day
3. Bow-tie Father’s Day card  // Julep
4. Printable Father’s Day giftwrap // Almost Makes Perfect
5. Father’s Day medals // And We Play
6. DIY adjustable apron // Purl Soho

More Father’s Day Ideas:
• Printable “Spin the Wheel” Father’s Day Card
• DIY: Colorful Happy Father’s Day Sign
• Father’s Day Breakfast Printables

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