Kid’s Birthday Party Invites and Décor Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer and Hope Tammany, Minted Community Team

Start the party! In our Come Join the Fun Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge and the Icing on the Cake Kid’s Birthday Party Décor Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to design fresh party invitations and décor that would make children’s birthday parties exciting and fun. We sought lots of diversity in design for all age ranges. We were so excited by the results – there’s something here for every little reveler (and we think you’ll find yourself joining in the fun). We’re very pleased to announce the winners of our special prizes below. Congratulations everyone!

Come Join the Fun! Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge

Snapshot Award for the best photo party invite featuring the birthday boy or girl

Mod Shout Out” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan

We love that Oma’s design is at once both simple and playful. Her organic speech bubbles give the birthday kid a real voice, complete with asking for regrets “to my mom.” This design doesn’t just complement the photo, but adds depth and humor to it.

Runners Up: “The Big One” by design market | “Sparklers” by Melanie Severin | “Comic Book Superhero” by Monica Tuazon

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Holiday Minibook Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Hope Tammany, Community Relations Team

Customers love the chic, unique format of our Minibook cards, and they’re always a holiday favorite for sending season’s greetings and family updates. In the Quickfire Holiday Minibook Card Challenge, we asked the Minted Community for fresh, festive designs with a seasonal stamp. The Community never fails to thrill us, and we’re so excited to announce the winners of our Special Prizes below. Congratulations, everyone!

Sweet Simplicity Award for the best clean, simple Minibook card

Modern Cheer” by Paper Dahlia

Our Sweet Simplicity award winner is understated with a punch! Kerry’s clean design and kicky colors create a cheery card with modern appeal. The off-kilter cover photo is the perfect touch.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “J-O-Y” by Up Up Creative | “Tiny Tag” by Petite Papier | “Celebratory Star” by Spotted Whale Design | “Fresh Classic Frame” by Kimberly FitzSimons

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So Special Greeting Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Our So Special Greeting Card Challenge marked a monumental step in Minted Community history—our official entry into the greeting card world! We asked the Minted Community to create all styles of designs for all types of customers. We encouraged them to take risks and have fun. As usual, we were completely amazed by the creativity of the Community. Now we’re very pleased to announce the winners of our special prizes below. Congratulations, everyone!

Child’s Age in Lights Award for the design that highlights a child’s age in a special way

Celebrate Our Favorite” by Alethea and Ruth

What kid wouldn’t love this design? Rachel’s “Celebrate Our Favorite” is full of fun and energy (just like the birthday girl, we bet!). Her lively mix of colors, type, hearts, and dots is sure to thrill. The best part is that even with so many strong design elements, the photograph and age still jump out.

Runner Ups: “Little Spy” by Kayla King | “onederful” by Sara Hicks Malone | “Super Stack” by Jessie Steury

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Minted Community Winner’s Certificates

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Today we are very excited to introduce you to our brand new winner’s certificates! The Minted Community is an incredibly talented and driven group. Every challenge welcomes new artists and invites new styles and ideas. We are constantly in awe of the quality (and quantity) of submissions and by the supportive and constructive feedback that artists offer to each other to make every design better. The result is always an outstanding group of top-voted designs.

These brand new winner’s certificates were created with love to recognize the incredible accomplishment of the designers whose work is voted into the top 3 of each Minted challenge. It is truly a remarkable and amazing feat and is certainly something to be celebrated! Each one includes the winning design’s name, designer, and challenge details and is personally signed by Mariam Naficy, our CEO & Founder. We think they are really something special (if we do say so ourselves)!

Over the next few weeks, we will start mailing these certificates to every top 3 winner for all challenges in 2013. We’re also happy to send certificates by request for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place wins in earlier challenges whose submission occurred before 2013. Just fill out this quick and easy form. We hope that each certificate will be a great reminder of an incredible achievement!

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Life Stages Minibook Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

From the chic grommets and unique tabs to the pages of customizable text and photos, our Minibook cards have to be one of the most beautiful, most personalizable ways to share stories, events, and memories. In the Life Stages Minibook Card Challenge, we gave the Minted Community the chance to put their own twist on this very unique format. We asked for fresh, modern designs that would let each customer’s personality shine through. We just love the result! Now we’re happy to announce the winners of our Special Prizes below. Congratulations, everyone!

Big Picture Award for the best Minibook featuring a full-bleed photo on the cover

Forever Timeless” by Maison Yellow

Kaydi’s neat, elegant design makes for the perfect full-bleed card. Keeping it simple with a casual, but chic line of  text on the cover, “Forever Timeless” allows customers to showcase their photographs beautifully. The clean layout and large photos create a perfect blend of romantic minimalism.

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Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Spring has sprung! And we’re very excited to have a fresh batch of brand new birth announcements just in time. Birth announcements are all about announcing a little person in a big way and they’re incredibly meaningful for newly-minted moms and dads. So in our Hello Baby! Birth Announcement Challenge, we asked designers to create the most unique, beautiful, and modern birth announcements the world has ever seen (a pretty tall order). Our Design Community did not disappoint!

The designs below took chic birth announcements to another level and each stood out among a very impressive crowd in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full-bleed photo design

Precious Name” by Oscar & Emma

Karly has got to be one of the queens of understated elegance. This full-bleed design allows the customer to show off a great big photo of their new baby. The simple, minimalist white text shares all the information we want to know in a classic clean way (without taking away from the little one).

Runner Ups: “Big News” by papermints | “Over the Moon” by Momo | “Wrapped in Lace” by fatfatin

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Cheers Wedding Party Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

We all focus on the Big Day, but what about all those important days leading up to it? In our Cheers Wedding Party Invitation Challenge, we asked the Minted Design Community to create eye-catching party invitations for a variety of pre-wedding celebrations like bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and bachelorette parties.

We know you’ve been waiting quite a while for these winners, so now that our wedding party invitations have launched, we’re thrilled to finally announce them and relive some truly amazing work with you! Thanks to everyone who submitted to this challenge and thanks so much for your patience. Without further ado, congratulations to the special prize winners below – cheers to all of you!

Sweet Simplicity Award for the best simple/chic invitation

Simply Floral” by Amber Barkley

Combining a muted palette with minimalist florals, Amber creates the perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. The design is clean and contemporary, with the flowers providing just the right feminine accent. Perfect for celebrating the chic bride-to-be!

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XOXO Valentine’s Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air today and we’re thrilled to share a bit more with you now by announcing the special prize winners from our XOXO Valentine’s Day Challenge! In this challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create beautiful designs for customers of all ages to send sweet sentiments to family, friends, and classmates. And of course, the Community had a lot of fun with this one and created some truly beautiful and very fun Valentine’s. So give a little love to the winners of our special prizes below. Congratulations, Minties!

Big Picture Award for the best Valentine’s photo card design

Floral Love” by lehan paper

Lehan’s “Floral Love” has just the right amount of sweet details and sweeping text to truly enhance any customer’s photo, without detracting from it. The subtle ombre along the bottom pushes your eye upwards, towards what are inevitably some very cute kids!

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Perfect Match Wedding Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Announcing the special prize winners of our Perfect Match Wedding Invitations Challenge! We look forward to our big, annual wedding invitation challenge every year and watch eagerly as more new, fresh designs show up every day. We’re always so surprised and thrilled with the incredible range of invitations we receive, from classic and traditional to wildly whimsical and contemporary. No matter what the style, all the winners and runner ups below stood out among the over 1,400 submissions we received. As befitting a wedding invitation challenge, we just fell head over heels in love with these designs! Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best classic, timeless design

Classically Stacked” by Ann Gardner 

Every once in a while, we see a design that is so classically, simply beautiful that we know it will truly be timeless. Ann’s “Classically Stacked” is just that. Her traditional black and white color palette, minimalist type, and large, neatly stacked names will never go out of style. An instant classic!

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Minted Design Grant Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

We’re so proud and excited to announce the winners of our first-ever Minted Design Grants! This year, we decided to offer three $4,000 grants to reward and nurture fresh, innovative design: two student scholarship grants and one open design grant for anybody and everybody.

First off, thank you so much to everyone who applied. We received hundreds of applications from very gifted artists with a wide array of talents and passions. It was truly inspiring to see such dedicated work. Awarding these grants was no easy task! So after a grueling process, we are thrilled to announce and congratulate the first-ever Minted Design Grant recipients!

Student Design Grant Winner: 

Angie Fu, University of California Los Angeles, Design Media Arts

angiefu.com

We were thoroughly wowed by Angie Fu. We loved her passion for integrating technology and fine arts. Her innovative website sealed the deal. Clicking on each piece was like unwrapping a present. What an impressive and eclectic portfolio!

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