The Every Mother Counts Birth Announcements Challenge Special Prize Winners

Announcing the Special Prize winners of The Every Mother Counts Birth Announcements Challenge! New parents come to Minted in search of truly unique and fresh birth announcements to celebrate the arrival of their little one, and this year’s submissions were truly just that! From fun copy, to gorgeous understated typography, to whimsical illustrations, to striking foil, to timeless elegance – we were blown away by the breadth of talent and can’t wait to introduce Minted customers to the new assortment.

For the most design-forward, innovative birth announcement or invitation that you would only find at Minted.
I Got You Babe by Yours Madly

Runners-up: Colorforms by Frooted Design, Parfum by Nazia Hyder, and Letterboard by Lea Delaveris


For the best design featuring multiple photos.
Multi Simple Framed by Petra Kern

Runners-up: Linear by Lehan VeenkerID Bracelet by Michelle Taylor, and Indie by Lauren Chism


For the best classic design that will appeal to more traditional parents.
Stately Monogram by Stacey Meacham

Runners-up: Lyric by Jessica Williams, Formal Introduction by Shirley Lin Schneider, and Modern Welcome by Michelle Poe


For the design that highlights the new little one’s name in an extraordinary way and accommodates a wide variety of names.
Watercolor Script by Olivia Raufman

Runners-up: Bold Name Tag by The Carillos, Hi by Erica Krystek, and Meeting by Up Up Creative


For the most differentiated and unique full-bleed photo design.
Namely by Jessica Williams

Runners-up: Jubilee by Lauren Chism, Market Swirls by Jennifer Wick, and Lucky Stars by Hooray Creative


For the best design announcing twins or multiples.
Addition by Faith Dorn

Runners-up: Extra Blessed by Lea Delaveris, For the Love of Twins by Hooray Creative, and Bonded by Angela Garrick


For the best pregnancy announcement.
Soon to be Three by Ashley Rosenbaum

Runners-up: Bump Ahead by Pink House PressBaby Makes Three by AK Graphics, and Plus One by Bethany Anderson


For the best design for a boy.
Little Caterpillar by Moe and Me

Runners-up: Wood Carving by Jennifer Wick, Spunky by Lauren Chism, and Cars and Balls by Mai Jimenez


For the best simple, modern design.
Editorial Keepsake by Snow and Ivy

Runners-up: Simple Type by Faith Dorn, Small Heart by Jennifer Lew, and Clean and Classy by Dozi


For the card that best leverages clever wording to announce baby’s arrival.
The Snuggle is Real by Up Up Creative

Runners-up: Sup by Jennifer Postorino, Melting Hearts by Frooted Design, and Our Party Animal by Melissa Casey


For the best design that announces an adoption or is uniquely suited for same-sex couples or singles who are celebrating the birth of a child.
Hoped and Waited by Shiny Penny Studio

Runner-up: Homecoming by Lea Delaveris


For the design with elements that truly shine in foil.
Our Story by Lehan Veenker

“Our Story” will also be launching as a non-photo foil-pressed birth announcement design! This is a great option for parents who want to pair a standard printed photo of their newborn with a separate card containing birth stats.

Runners-up: Little Jewel by Carolyn Nicks, A Dream Come True by iamtanya, and Morning + Night by Carrie Oneal


For the best design specifically created for one of the die-cut shapes Minted offers.
Ornate Frame by JeAnna Casper

Runners-up: Floral Curved Frame by Erin Deegan, Formal Introduction by Kasia Labocki, and Precious Petals by Oscar & Emma


For the best design that puts the baby’s name or other customizable text on a curvilinear path.
Baby Train by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Modern Classic by Shirley Lin Schneider, Flora and Fauna by Lorent and Leif, and Brushy Love by Anchored Paper Co.


For the best design from a designer winning for the first time.
Our Newest Adventure by Aileen Pasion

“Our Newest Adventure” will be launching as a non-photo, foil-pressed birth announcement design. This is a great option for parents who want to pair a standard printed photo of their newborn with a separate card containing birth stats.


For the best design that incorporates an original hand-drawn illustration or hand lettering.
Woodland Forest by Lori Wemple

For the Originality Award we took nominations from our community and picked the winner based on your recommendations. Mariecor Agravante described this design as “elegantly enticing and uplifting.” Debb W. also nominated Lori’s design, noting the “wonderful transparencies, adding depth, and a rich color palette that enlivens her watercolor.” We completely agree!

Congratulations to the winners!

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Minted Real Wedding: Laura & Joshua in Cleveland, NC

For their rustic North Carolina nuptials, fashion blogger Laura Leigh Bain and her marketing exec beau Joshua Elliott chose a floral-patterned invitation (“Classic Floral” by Alethea and Ruth) to send to wedding guests. Following an alfresco ceremony, the celebration moved indoors for dinner, dancing, and additional merriment (complete with a s’mores station!).

Minted Real Wedding, The Arbors Events

Bride and groom: Laura Leigh Bain & Joshua Elliott
Occupations: Fashion + lifestyle blogger at Louella Reese (Laura); marketing account executive (Joshua)
Based in: Charlotte, NC
Wedding dateOctober 15, 2016
Venue: The Arbors Events, Cleveland, NC
Number of guests: 135
Minted save-the-date: “Jotted” (foil-pressed) by Ashley Hegarty
Minted wedding invitation:
 “Classic Floral” by Alethea and Ruth
Wedding planner: Paris Prusak
Florist: Lily Greenthumbs
Cake designer: Honey Butter Bakery 
Photographer: Faith Teasley

How did you and Joshua meet?
We met in our marketing classes in college. My roommate actually introduced us and we worked on a group project together.

Tell us about the proposal!
Joshua planned an incredible day from start to finish, taking me to different places where we had very monumental dates. It ended with the proposal in a sweet park near his home that we frequent often, followed by a surprise dinner with all of our family. All of the details can be found on my blog Louella Reese.

Minted Real Wedding | The Arbors Events

How did you find your wedding venue?
I spent hours searching online for rustic venues in the Charlotte area. After a lot of research, we went through my list of venues and chose four we wanted to visit. The Arbors Events was the last one on our list and we knew the search was over the second we pulled in.

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2016 Valentine’s Day Challenge: Special Prizes and Guest Judge’s Pick

Announcing the Special Prizes and Guest Judge’s pick for our Nothing but Love Valentine’s Day Quickfire Design Challenge. Your fresh, unique Valentine’s Day designs made our hearts skip a beat. Congratulations to all the winners!

 

Guest Judge’s Pick by Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies 

Taco Truck by Itsy Belle Studio

Jenny Keller, a self taught baker, author, and stylist who is passionate for throwing over the top parties, is the creative mastermind behind Jenny Cookies.

When asked to pick her favorite design, Jenny said “I love the Taco Truck classroom Valentine card! The nostalgic valentine pun in text is funny and a theme I haven’t seen yet. The colors and design are fresh combined with genius placement of greeting. A perfect classroom Valentine card for boys or girls!”


For the most unique, innovative design that you would only find at Minted
iguana be yours by Lori Wemple

Runners-up: Love Brings You Home by 24th and Dune, Hedgehugs by Kelly Nasuta, Ornate Love by Mansi


For the classroom valentine design that best uses one of Minted’s die-cut shapes
Kiss Emoji by Jody Wody

Runners-up: Sweet Cookie by Lehan Veenker, Hoot by Shari Margolin, Over the Rainbow by Baumbirdy


For the best valentine photo card design that offers those customers who didn’t end up sending holiday cards a fun, creative way to send out belated greetings
HO HO XO by Lauren Chism

Runners-up: Love for the Year by Erica Krystek, Late Merry by Heidi Lee Miller, Love Brings You Home by 24th and Dune


For the best sports-themed classroom valentine design
Baseball Hit by Allison Kizer

Runners-up: You’re a Catch by Anna Elizabeth Whinnery, Number One Foam Finger by Jackie Crawford


For the best design with elements that truly shine in foil
Spreading Our Love by Ana Sharpe

Runners-up: Magical Pegasus by peetie design, Nailing It by Laura Hankins, Heart of Gold by Karidy Walker


For the valentine photo card that uses clever wording to reinvent typical Valentine’s Day greetings
Hugs and Hearts by Laura Hankins

Runners-up: Spread Love by Lauren Chism, Love Struck by Sweta Modi


For the best valentine photo card design that is also a birth or pregnancy announcement
New Valentine by Ashley Rosenbaum

Runners-up: Love at First Sight by Shirley Lin Schneider, Our New Love by Melissa Casey, Valentine Baby by Mansi


For the classroom valentine design that best incorporates an activity that the recipient can engage in

We Connect! by Christina Novak

Runners-up: Heart Search by Oma N. Ramkhelawan, Fill My Heart with Joy by Mandy Porta, Wonderful Words by Jessie Steury


For the best valentine photo card design featuring multiple photos
Little Sweeties by Jennifer Lew

Runners-up: Elegant Valentine by Ana Sharpe, Glittered Hearts by Oma N. RamkhelawanHugs Upon Kisses by Lauren Chism


For the funniest classroom valentine design that is sure to make kids laugh out loud
Soda Pop by Guess What Design Studio

Runners-up: Whale Love by Laura Bolter Design, Kitten Around by Cara McGrady, Do Me a Flavor by Genna Cowsert


For the best classroom valentine design featuring one or more photos
Heart Glasses by Jessie Steury

Runner-up: Pretzel Lover by Grae Designs


For the most unique full bleed valentine photo card design
XO Side Note by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: xoxoxoxo by Melissa Casey, All Our Love by Sweetgrass Paper Company, xo fancy by Guess What Design Studio


For the best design that puts a name or other customizable text on a curvilinear path
Hanging Buddies by Gwen Bedat

Runners-up: Jean Jacket by Jody Wody, Thank You, My Friend by Rebekah Disch


For the best design from a designer winning for the first time
Love You Lots by Parrot Design Studio

 

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Great Expectations & Sweet Celebrations Challenges: Guest Judges’ Picks

Announcing the Guest Judge prizes from our Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge and Sweet Celebrations Quickfire Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge!

Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge

We were thrilled to partner with the talented ladies from 100 Layer Cakelet, a creative collaboration between friends and fellow designers Jillian Clark, Amanda Dawbarn, and Kristina Meltzer. Their wedding blog, 100 LayerCake, launched in 2009. 100 Layer Cakelet, their family blog and newest addition to the brand, is the natural next step, for readers who want a space that can inspire their lives after the last bits of wedding confetti have been combed from their hair.

They selected “Bright Confetti Pop” by Ashley Little of Little Print Design. They “loved the simplicity and the fun modern design and that it’s totally appropriate for a boy or girl (or surprise!) shower.” 100 Layer Cakelet announced their selection via Instagram to share this great design with their followers in addition!

Congratulations, Ashley!

Bright Confetti Pop” by Little Print Design


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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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Minted Artists Critique Holiday Designs at Atlanta Meetup

Story and photos by Kristen Smith

In late April, I had the pleasure of organizing an incredible live holiday stationery design critique session with six fellow Atlanta area Minted artists. The meetup was especially exciting because it was the very first in a series of gatherings we’ve planned this year as part of the pilot Minted Ambassador program.

In addition to Kristen Smith, the six artists who attended the Atlanta meetup were Stacey Meacham, Ashley Ottinger, Kelli Hall, Camilla Acosta, Zanne Bedore, and Susie Stern.

We all gathered at the lovely home of Kelli Hall, who was so very gracious to host us, and we each brought print-outs of designs we were currently working on. Because the “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge is one of Minted’s biggest and most competitive challenges of the year, sharing live critiques was absolutely invaluable. Being able to take a break from our computer monitors and interact with the printed, tangible work was a much needed, fresh perspective. We scheduled our critiquing meetup about a week before the day final submissions were due, so it was the perfect little boost to motivate us and carry us weary and cross-eyed through the finish line.

As there are quite a few Minted artists in the Atlanta area, we were fortunate to have veteran community members like Stacey Meacham (pictured above) as well as a few first-timers and recent first-challenge participants. Our hope is to see many new faces at future meetups as our talented community of independent artists and designers continues to grow.

Stacey said she enjoyed the holiday critique because it gave her the confidence to move forward with submissions that she was questioning. “I often have designs that linger on my artboards that I know have something but am unsure if they are finished or good enough,” she said. “Having in-person feedback from respected designers, friends, and artists is invaluable. Even if there are not changes that need to be made, just getting the confirmation that ‘yes, this is good—you should definitely submit’ is so helpful.”
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Baby Shower Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prizes for our Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge! Friends and family of expectant parents come to Minted seeking a baby shower invitation that not only sets the stage for this event, but is also special enough to serve as a cherished keepsake for the parents-to-be. We turned to you, our talented community, to shower us with the most unique baby shower invitation designs in the world! We were blown away with what you dreamed up for this challenge. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the most design-forward, innovative baby shower invitation
Fresh Feathers by Simona Cavallaro


Runners-up: Agave Bebe by Marabou Design | Nesting by Anne Holmquist
Bohemian Babe by Lorent and Leif


For the best design specifically created for one of the Minted’s unique shapes
Welcome to the World by Laura Bolter Design

Runners-up: Up Up and Away by Baumbirdy | Baby’s Breath by Susan Moyal


For the best design that celebrates both parents-to-be
Good Sport by Shari Margolin

Runners-up: Brewing baby love by heythird | Baby Brews & BBQ by Sarah Brown


For the best design for an alternative to a traditional baby shower
Cool Little Reveal by Ashley Hegarty

Runners-up: Miles Apart by Sarah Brown | Box Reveal by Leah Bisch
Modern Sip & See by Hooray Creative

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Minted Real Wedding: Angela & Brian in Aspen, CO

Angela Simmen and Brian Kelley, both resident physicians, first met while working in the same hospital. “We would catch each other’s eye while passing each other,” says Angela. After a romantic proposal during a ski trip to Colorado, the Michigan-based couple decided to host an intimate destination wedding and chose The Little Nell in Aspen for their celebration. Upon arrival, their 60 guests boarded a gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain to watch the couple exchange wedding vows, with stunning mountains views and changing leaves as their dramatic backdrop.

Aspen Wedding at The Little Nell

Bride and groom: Angela Simmen & Brian Kelley
Occupations: Resident physicians (her = OB/GYN, him = surgery)
Based in: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wedding date: September 26, 2015
Wedding venue: The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
Number of guests: 60
Minted wedding invitation: “Delicate Dots” by Ashley Hegarty
Wedding gown: “Cassidy” by Amy Kuschel
Wedding planner: Bluebird Productions
Florist: Prema
Cake: d’Elissious Cake Studio of Aspen
Photographer: Rachel Havel

Aspen Wedding at The Little Nell

How did you and Brian meet?
We would catch each other’s eye while passing each other in the hospital, but it was an epic Halloween party that finally brought us together!

Tell us about the proposal!
February 16, 2015! It happened on the gondola during a ski trip to Keystone, Colorado. We had the gondola to ourselves, and I noticed Brian was acting a little strange. Midway up the mountain, he got down on one knee. Of course, I bawled the rest of the way up. It was perfect. Our friends Russell and Lindsay had gotten in the gondola in front of us and were ready to snap engagement photos at the top of the mountain. We loved having them there to share that perfect day!

How did you find your wedding venue The Little Nell?
Courtesy of my amazing older sister, Jen. Brian and I knew we wanted a small destination wedding and Colorado appealed to us for so many reasons. My sister started looking online right away and sent me the link to The Little Nell five days after our engagement. We booked it within a week!

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
My mom Rosie and my sister planned a full two days of dress shopping in Atlanta. We never made it past the first shop, Kelly’s Closet, where I found my dress!

Aspen Wedding at The Little Nell

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Graduation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Head of the Class Graduation Challenge! Students and their loved ones will soon be searching for the perfect announcement or party invitation to celebrate one of life’s greatest milestones: graduation. Graduation is a large, important event in our customers’ lives and we looked to you, our talented Minted community, to help us freshen up our collection with the most original graduation designs our customers have ever seen. A huge congrats to all the winners and runners-up!


For the most design-forward, innovative graduation announcement 
Mixed Media” by Alethea and Ruth

Runners-up: Painterly” by Chryssi Tsoupanarias | “Colorful Future” by Simona Cavallaro


For the best design featuring multiple photos
Eight Up” by Hooray Creative

Runners-up: “Calendar Year” by Ashley Hegarty | “Boldly Stated Grad” by Jennifer Wick


For the best design that appeals to the male grad
Ombre Grad” by pandercraft

Runners-up: On Campus” by Bonjour Berry | “The Classic” by Keen Peachy


For the best simple, modern design
Bright Grad” by Bonjour Berry

Runner-up: Hip Type” by Carolyn MacLaren

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