2016 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 2nd Place Non-Foil

By Easter, Christina, Kaitlyn, Elena, and Amy (Minted Artist Relations Team)

Without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the second-place winner, as determined by voters, of our “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge. Make sure to read on, below, about this artist who has given so much back to the Minted Artist community over the years.

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Recipe: Peach Crumb Muffins

Summer may be nearly over, but my heart is still craving fresh, juicy peaches! They’re one of my favorite fruits to eat fresh and to bake with. We got a huge box of beautiful peaches earlier this week (probably the last good peaches we’ll see this year) and have had a grand time making all the delicious, peachy baked goods we can think of: pies, cobblers, galettes, kolaches, and these yummy peach crumb muffins.

The last time I made my favorite blueberry muffin recipe, it occurred to me that it would taste even better with peaches. I had a hunch that the sweet, cakey muffin batter and cinnamon-sugar crumb topping would be perfect partners for that delicious peach flavor, and I was right! With just a hint of brown sugar and spice, these peach crumb muffins would be amazing served at breakfast, brunch, or tea time.

Recipe: Peach Crumb Muffins Make these delicious peach crumb muffins for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!

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2016 Holiday Photo Card Winner: 3rd Place Non-Foil

By Ashley Ganz, Director, Merchandising, Holiday & Gifts

I feel incredibly inspired and impressed by our holiday assortment this year. The tremendous, innovative talent within the Minted Artist community never ceases to amaze me! It’s my honor to reveal our third-place winner for the non-foil category of the “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge.

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DIY: Easy Balloon Garland

Life is a series of celebrations and if you, like me, enjoy the pomp and circumstance of party decorating, then this simple project is for you. All you need is a great color theme and about an hour to create this balloon garland—the fanciful cluster is the perfect party backdrop and livens up any area in need of a bright dose of color.

Supplies:
• Hand-held air pump
• Balloons
• Twine
• Scissors

Click through for the step-by-step instructions

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2016 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 4-10 Non-Foil; 1-2 Foil

By Amy Schroeder, Senior Manager, Artist Content & Education

Today we get into the very top ranks in our “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge, including (drumroll…) announcing the top two entries, as determined by voters, in the foil category of the Challenge. We couldn’t be happier to congratulate the winners of this Challenge. We delight in your success!

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2016 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 11-20 Non-foil; 3-6 Foil

By Christiane Pendarvis, VP Crowdsourcing Design & Operations 

The winners countdown continues for the “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge. This is my first holiday season at Minted and I’ve been blown away by the quality of design produced by the community. Congratulations to all the winners!

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2016 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 21-40 Non-Foil; 7-10 Foil

By Brady Wood

On April 4, we kicked off “Making Spirits Bright,” our ninth annual Holiday Photo Card Challenge. We asked the Minted community to create fresh, visionary designs that stand out on the mantel. And they did. We said, “There are no restrictions; we encourage you to be creative, take risks, and design cards that you and your friends would be proud to send.” As usual, our community surpassed our expectations.

This year, more than 500 artists submitted just over 5,000 designs, and their designs received a whopping 2,021,054 votes.

In our fine tradition, we’ll count down the top-ranked winners, as determined by voters. We’ll celebrate the winners from both the foil and non-foil categories of this challenge. Now, please help me congratulate the following artists on their remarkable work!

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2016 Religious Christmas Holiday Challenge: Top Winners

By Mariam Naficy

For the past several months, many Minted Artists have been heads-down, focused on creating the most beautiful, unique holiday card designs in the world. They’ve also been anxiously awaiting this blog post — the kickoff of our annual winner announcements for some of our most anticipated and celebrated Minted Design Challenges of the year.

The voters have spoken. Our guest judges — including Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Paul “Sweet Paul” Lowe, and The Girls With Glasses — have made their picks. We’ll begin spilling the candy canes in just a moment.

For our ninth annual holiday card challenge season, we created something new: the “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” Religious Christmas Card Quickfire Challenge, our very first faith-based design challenge. We developed this challenge for people who are specifically looking for religious or spiritual Christmas greetings and designs. We’re excited to share your cards with this growing market of Minted customers.

I’m thrilled yet again by the quality and beauty of this year’s submissions. If you’ve read our winner announcements in previous years, you’ve heard me say this before, and I want to reiterate: the Minted Artist community continues to surpass our expectations in design for the most unique, cutting-edge holiday cards.

As always, I want to thank every artist who submitted a design, gave a critique, voted in a design poll, and shared festive posts in the Minted Community Facebook group to help fellow community members get in the holiday spirit. At the end of the day, the heart and soul of Minted centers around our global community of independent artists and how they treat each other. We are a community that thrives on kindness and helping each other grow and learn with constructive criticism, and we appreciate all of us maintaining that spirit.

Here are the top winners, as determined by voters, for the “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” Religious Christmas Photo Card Quickfire Challenge. Stay tuned for the start of the “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge winners countdown tomorrow. Huge congrats to our first group of holiday winners!

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A Beginner’s Guide: Starting an Art Collection

Collecting art sounds like a daunting task, something that perhaps requires an art-history major, loads of disposable income, and jet-setting to the latest “it” art fair. Not to mention all the questions that come along with it: How do you know what’s good? Where do I look? How much should you pay? Rest assured and definitely don’t be intimidated—anyone can collect art, whether you’re bidding for Klees at Christie’s or thrifting at garage sales in search of an overlooked gem.

Ready to dive in and start your own art collection? Click through for our guide to starting an art collection you love (without breaking the bank).

1. Browse a ton of art.
The best way to start your personal art collection is to figure out what types of art you like. Are there certain styles, colors, or subject matters that draw you in? Do you gravitate toward black-and-white photos, modern abstract paintings, Dutch-inspired still lifes? Note what you love.

Seeing art up close and personal, of course, is the best way to get acquainted with art. Visit local museums and galleries, attend MFA shows and exhibitions at nearby art schools, check out nearby First Fridays art strolls and chat with the exhibiting artists. In addition to browsing art in person, flip through art magazines at the bookstore and browse the many online resources for great (and affordable!) art: Minted, Etsy, 20×200, Artfully Walls, Saatchi Art, just to name a few.

Click through for more tips on buying art and starting your own art collection

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4 Minted Artists Headline Minted’s First Live Art Night

On August 25, we hosted the first Live Art Night at Minted Local, our new pop-up store in the heart of San Francisco. Featuring Amy Hall, Monica Loos, Katja Ollendorff, and Laura Rodil, more than 100 attendees watched as the four Minted artists brought their paintings and drawings to life in real time.

All four artists said they were initially nervous about painting in public, but their nerves were quickly put at ease. “The store was so warm and inviting,” Amy said. “The whole experience was beyond anything that I had imagined, and was super fun.” Laura added that she loved talking to people about her artwork and process and received great feedback.

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