Hip Hip Hooray Kid’s Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners of our Hip Hip Hooray Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge. We invite our talented Minted community to design fun and unique invitations that set the tone for a major, memorable party and become a keepsake that the parent and child will enjoy for years to come. Congratulations, winners!

Out of the Box Award
For the most design-forward, innovative kids’
birthday party invitation that you would only find at Minted.
Bow and Arrow by Alethea and Ruth

Runners-up: Jungle One by Grace Kreinbrink | Party Lion by Melanie Mikecz | Book Party by Shiny Penny Studio


Birthday Boy Award
For the best design for a boy.

Birthday Rider by Rebecca Durflinger

Runners-up: Skip Go by Jennifer Lew | Ready, Set, Jet! by Susan Asbill | MVP Collectors Card by Shiny Penny Studio


Say Cheese Award
Some of our top-selling birthday party designs
incorporate photos and we are looking to grow our photo assortment.
This award is for the best party invite featuring one or more photos of the
birthday boy or girl.
Cartoon B-Day by Avie Designs

Runners-up:  Fairytale Princess by Karidy Walker | I’m This Many by Kelly Kirkbride | I Am One by Phones Ras


First Fete Award
For the best party invitation for a 1 year old girl or
boy (which ideally works well for either gender).
Butterfly Garden by Angela Marzuki

Runners-up:  Little Racer by Jennifer Lew | Dundee by Chicimicacuno | Toucan by Lori Wemple


Foil Fiesta Award
For the best design with elements that would truly
shine in foil. Please note only non-customizable text and elements can be
foil-pressed.
Magical by Laura Hankins

Runners-up:  Unicorno by Peetie Design | Glitter & Glam by Oma N. Ramkhelawan | Rinaldi by Chicimicacuno


Great Shape Award
Our die-cut shapes are especially popular with
customers purchasing kids’ birthday party invitations. This award is for the
best design specifically created for one of the unique shapes Minted offers.

Splash Pool Party by Anupama

Runners-up:  The Magic One by Anna de Sousa | Berry Sweet by Laura Hankins | Pizza Pie Party by Paper Sun Studio 


Changing Seasons Award
Some of our top-selling designs are seasonally
inspired and we would like to augment our assortment of autumnal and
wintery designs (think pumpkins, fall leaves, snowflakes, etc.)

Winter Train by Baumbirdy

Runners-up:  Autumn Pumpkin by Karidy Walker | Pumpkin Patch by Laura Hankins 


Curvilinear Award
For the best design that puts the name or other
customizable text on a curvilinear path.

Animal Pool Party by Lori Wemple

Runners-up:  Over the Moon by Jessie Steury | Slither Snake by Jessica Ogden | Purrfect Kittens by Shiny Penny Studio


Newbie Award
For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.

Calling All Superheroes by Jessica Prout 


Originality Award
For the best design that incorporates an original hand-drawn illustration or hand lettering.

Ellie Fun by Sweta Modi

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Israeli-Californian artist Hadas Tal marries realism and abstraction with a designer’s eye

“Finding the emotional climate and capturing the feeling of a scene.”

That’s the name of the creative game for Hadas Tal, who approaches her paintings with a designer’s eye. Whether she’s painting a California coastline or an abstract representation of high-rise windows, she carefully considers the composition, color, shapes, form, and cropping of everything she creates. “I like clean design, white, contemporary—The Guggenheim in New York, for example—expansive white walls,” she says.

Tal is a full-time artist in Emeryville, California, located about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco, but was born in Rishon Letzion, Israel. In 1980, her dad received a lucrative opportunity to work as a computer programmer for IBM, so her family moved to New Jersey, where Tal grew up. A new Minted artist, Tal earned a top-voted win for Windows,” in the Minted + West Elm on the Big Stage Challenge. “Windows” was inspired by a gray, rainy day in Chinatown, San Francisco—more specifically, the haziness of the gray rainy day and how it affected the light surrounding the building. “Each window looked like an abstract painting,” Tal says.

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Minted x West Elm Art on the Big Stage Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners of our Minted x West Elm Art on the Big Stage Challenge! For our fifth year running, Minted and West Elm teamed up to put Minted’s independent artists on a big stage. Congratulations, winners!

West Elm Creative Director’s Award
For the piece that most captures the attention of West Elm’s senior vice president of design, Johanna Uurasjarvi.
Surf by Lauren Packard Art


Collection Award
For the best group of pieces (3-4) that could be purchased together.
Stay 1, Still 2, Still 3, Still 4, and Still 5 by Victoria Johnson


Painterly Neutrals Award
For the best painting created in a neutral color palette.
Mountain Movements by Kristen Franklin


Abstract Photography Award
For the best abstracted piece of photography.
Big Apple Blur by Emily Coey


Fauna Photography Award
For the best piece of photography showcasing animals.
Jane Gallagher by Amy Carroll


Printmaking Award
For the best piece of art created using a printmaking technique (lithography, etching, etc).
Ocean Abstract IIIOcean Abstract IV, and Ocean Abstract V by Alicia Schultz


Graphic & Geometric Award
For the most interesting graphic & geometric art print.
After Midnight by melanie mikecz


Drawing & Sketching Award
For the best black & white drawing or sketch.
Human One: Anton by Colin Stuart

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You can take the girl out of design, but you can’t take design out of Minted artist Karidy Walker

You can take the girl out of graphic design, but you can’t take the graphic design out of the girl. This was the case for Karidy Walker, the Minted artist who knew as early as middle school that she wanted to pursue a career in design in some shape or form. She went to college to study design, until she dropped out during the second-half of her freshman year. Several years later, she returned to Western Washington University and finished her degree in 2008, but she didn’t actually consider herself a full-time graphic designer until she started entering and winning Minted Challenges in 2013. Her success on Minted has led to freelance design opportunities for various clients, and now Karidy is a full-time, self-employed graphic designer who works from home in Anacortes, a seaside town in Washington state.

In the last four years, Karidy, who recently turned 40, has become known for her light-hearted, fun, and often illustrative design aesthetic. “I definitely swing more toward the whimsical side of design, but I still like clean lines and modern typography,” she says.

Minted: How did you know that you wanted to be a graphic designer so early in life?
Karidy Walker: When I was in seventh grade, we had a career day at school where people came to share their jobs and life experiences. I always knew I wanted to do something art or design-related, but I never had a “term” to describe it. A graphic designer was there that day, and I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to be.

Modern Angles” wedding invitation by Karidy Walker

Are you originally from the Pacific Northwest?
I was born in Texas, and we moved to Washington when I was almost 6, but lived in west Texas (where my dad was born and raised) and Hawaii (where my mom was born and raised) before that. I definitely have heart strings to both Texas and Hawaii, and my upbringing between them is a big part of who I am today. I’d describe myself as a Northwest girl mixed with a bit of Southern charm and aloha spirit.

Karidy and her husband, Matt, in a tulip field in Mount Vernon, Washington. Her daughters, Kaileia and Aneka, are 4 and 3.

Why did you drop out of college but return later to complete your BA in graphic design?
I always knew I wanted to be a graphic designer and enrolled in college right after high school. I realized early on, however, that I wasn’t ready for the work involved to finish my degree. I returned to school in my late 20s with a renewed focus. The WWU design program was really competitive at the time, so earning my degree not only gave me the skills I needed, but also the confidence I needed to become the graphic designer I always wanted to be.

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