Quickfire Custom Stickers Challenge: Special Prize Winners

For the announcement you’ve all been awaiting (for a very long time)…announcing the special prize winners from our Quickfire Custom Stickers Challenge! In this challenge, we asked you the talented Minted Community, to design unique, personalizable stickers for a wide range of uses. A huge congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the best design for kids’ name labels
Kitty” by Lori Wemple

Runners-up:”Vroom Vroom” by chocomocacino | “Little Doodles” by Jessica Williams
Fancy Dog” by August and Oak


For the most imaginative sticker design that
you wouldn’t find on any other site
Out to Sea” by Shiny Penny Studio

Runners-up:”Kokeshi” by chocomocacino | “Stitched Love” by Laura Bolter Design
Looking Up” by Rebecca Bowen

Click through to see more special prize winners

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Quickfire Custom Stickers Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Design to Dish: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This time of year, I just can’t get enough holiday baking! Holiday cookies are my absolute favorite treat during the Christmas season. We have a long list of family classics that we make year after year: peanut blossoms, molasses crinkles, Russian tea cakes, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, and these chocolate crinkle cookies! They’re rich and fudgy, and the contrast between the dark chocolate cookie and snowy powdered sugar coating is really beautiful. They are, of course, fun to make and eat, but they’re also a great giveaway treat for friends, family, and neighbors. I love how they look paired with this cute “Gingerbread Home for the Holidays” card from Baumbirdy for Minted. If I were on-the-ball like I should be, I’d order these to send to all of my blogger friends, along with a box of homemade treats. There’s always hope for next year and, in the meantime, I’ll be eating more of these yummy chocolate crinkles!

chocolate crinkle cookies “Gingerbread Home for the Holidays” card from Baumbirdy | Chocolate
Crinkle Cookies (recipe below)

chocolate crinkle cookies

Keep reading for this classic holiday cookie recipe…

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Design to Dish: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

DIY: Marbled Clay Drink Tags

By Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Holiday party season is here! Is your bar cart all ready for your party guests? These DIY clay drink markers are the perfect way to add a custom touch to your cocktails. Make them in a variety of marbleized colors and your guests will be sure to remember whose drink is whose.

Clay Drink Tags
Clay Drink Tags

Click through for the step-by-step instructions…

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on DIY: Marbled Clay Drink Tags

How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Fabric Cork Board

Chances are you’ve received lots of holiday cards from loved ones in the mail by now. Instead of letting them pile up on the kitchen counter, show ’em off by displaying them on this clever fabric-covered cork board. This easy DIY project was created for us by the lovely Melissa Fallon of the fabulous blog Design Eat Repeat; it’s designed to look like a cute envelope with its heart-shaped seal (which also makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day—just keep it up until February rolls around, then swap out the holiday cards for valentines!).

How To Display Holiday Cards: Fabric-Covered Cork Board

Click through for the step-by-step instructions

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on How To Display Your Holiday Cards: Fabric Cork Board

How I Holiday: Handmade Gifts With Kids

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Minted artist Carolyn MacLaren, a graphic designer based in Encinitas, CA.

DIY Kids Pottery Painting

Name: Carolyn MacLaren
Where you’re based: Encinitas, CA
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011

From Carolyn:  For the past three years, we’ve made it a tradition in our family to create handmade gifts for friends and family members. The first year, my daughter, who was two years old at the time, painted with watercolors; I chose a small section of the painting and framed it with a large matte. Framing a small portion of the painting made it feel more artistic, special, and versatile. The next year, we made handmade soaps and jams: We found an amazing soap recipe on Pinterest which included grapefruit, mint, poppy seeds, and shea butter—they turned out fantastic and were perfect for the kids. We gave everyone the soaps paired with homemade lemon curd and jams.

Kids Pottery Painting

This year, my daughter wanted to paint pottery, so we went to a nearby children’s pottery painting studio and spent an evening painting small bowls. I chose bowls because they’re easy for the kids to paint—they make great gifts that have so many uses (keys, jewelry, food, etc.). I limited our color palette to blues and greens to keep all of pieces unique yet cohesive; the kids could paint any design they wanted, and since it was in a single color palette, I knew it would look fresh, modern, and fun. I love how they turned out! The energy of the kids’ designs is so carefree and whimsical—something that as an adult is hard to do. We painted the pottery, left it at the studio to kiln fire, then picked it up a few days later. Ben and Reese are so proud of their gifts!

Thank you for sharing your family’s wonderful holiday tradition, Carolyn!


More Holiday Ideas:
DIY Holiday Luminarias
• Free Printable: Modern Black-and-White Holiday Gift Tags
• Three of the Cutest Ways to Wrap Your Holiday Gifts
• How To: Tie the Perfect Bow

More From Minted:
• Shop Carolyn MacLaren’s Minted Store
• Gift Tags
Foil-Pressed Art Gifts

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 1  COMMENT

DIY: Marbled-Clay Christmas Ornaments

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

It’s prime Christmas tree-trimming time, which means it’s the perfect time to make these cute DIY marbled clay ornaments. Not only will they make a stylish statement on your Christmas tree, but they also make a great handmade gift idea, too!

How to make homemade clay Christmas tree ornaments.

The possibilities are endless with this marbled clay technique. All you need to do is find some great holiday cookie cutters and get to work!

Click through for instructions on how to make these homemade Christmas ornaments

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 1  COMMENT

Minted Holiday Playbook Awards

Announcing the winners of our Minted Holiday Playbook Awards! Throughout November 2015, we looked to reward artists who had taken great initiative with their Minted Artist Stores. We had 7 categories from “Star Attraction” to “Social Butterfly” where artists could be nominated. A huge congrats to the winners! All winners will be receiving $250 Minted credit.

 Star Attraction Award
For the Artist Store with a Featured Products Bar that best integrates title, description,
and the selected products to grab a shopper’s attention.
Katie Craig

Runners up: Kamala Nahas | Alethea and Ruth


 Ready for my Close Up Award
For the Artist Store that does an excellent job of using photos
to tell their story in the ‘About Me’ carousel
Stephanie Nowotarski

Runners up: Oscar and Emma | Jocelyn Edin


 Tis The Season Self-Launch Award
To the artist who self-launches the best seasonal art,
holiday cards, gift wrap, or gift tags
Annie Brady

Snowy Trees Wrapping Paper

Silent Night, Holy Night Cards

Runners up: Lisa Revelli | Lauren Rogoff


 Social Butterfly Award
For the Minted Artist who does a stellar job creating engaging social posts
about their Minted products or Artist Store
Angela Marzuki

Runners up:  Carly Reed | Carrie O’Neal


Autobahn Award
Biggest traffic driver from October 1st through December 1st
Katie Craig

Runners up:  Julia Contacessi | Geek Ink


Student Driver Award
Newbie with most traffic to their Artist Store
Maja Cunningham

Runners up: Lyna TiBlair Stakey


100-Meter Dash Award
Most traffic to an Artist Store on Cyber Monday
Julia Contacessi

Runners up: Geek Ink | Shirley Lin Schneider

Published December 16, 2015 • Learn how to become a Minted artist here.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Minted Holiday Playbook Awards

Printable Holiday Treat Labels

One of my favorite holiday traditions is delivering a little cheer with a festive treat. Whether homemade or store-bought, the best way to make it memorable (besides the taste!) is to package it nicely. Here’s a quick way to do that with colorful labels that can be added easily to a canister or box. Grab the free download below.

printable gift labels
printable gift labels

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 3   COMMENTS

Q&A: What’s Your Advice for Collaborating With Someone?

Ever thought about working in collaboration with another artist or designer? For some artists, working solo-style is best for them, while others choose to collaborate for short sprints or long-term projects. Many Minted artists also say they benefit from the collaborative nature of critiquing each other’s work during the Design Challenge process. For this edition of #ArtistAdvice, we asked full-time design duos Baumbirdy and Rose Lindo and her husband to share their best advice for creative collaboration.

Sarah Baumgardner and Carolyn Doogan
Baumbirdy

Chicago

Our best advice for working in a collaboration with someone is to have good communication from the very beginning. Honest communication is best. Sounds simple, but it can be really hard in the beginning not to take things personally, especially when dealing with something so personal as art.

It’s easy to say, “I like this color palette,” “That looks nice,” or “What do you want for lunch?,” but the true progress comes from “real” critiques. Being able to openly give and take advice and criticism is essential in creating trust and open-mindedness between one another. Being able to recognize and talk about one’s strengths and weaknesses are essential to creating an efficient design process.

Floral Peace” holiday card by Baumbirdy

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 1  COMMENT

Meet a Minted Artist: Laura Condouris

When we asked Laura Condouris to name her favorite Minted designs, she prioritized those that were created by artists other than herself. That’s the kind of selfless artist she is. Based in Baltimore, Laura works full time from home as an independent calligrapher, illustrator, and type designer. In this interview, she talks about her passion for animals, her most memorable experience of the year, and all the Minted designs she loves.

Do you think of yourself as an artist or a designer or both?
What a good question! I think everyone is a little of both. Design is just applied art.

How did you end up doing what you’re doing now?
I started doing freelance calligraphy and design work while working full-time office jobs. After the hours of my freelance work began to tip the scales of my regular work hours, I had to make a tough decision. The first few years of freelance-only were very, very hard, but in the end, I’m glad I made the switch.

Skyline-New York” wedding invitation by Laura Condouris

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... 6   COMMENTS