Northwest Mintie Meet Up

This summer, the lovely Brandy Brown of Marabou hosted our first-ever home meet-up! She went all out to make the event beautiful, relaxing, and oh so much fun. Mariam, our founder and CEO, and Brady, our VP of Product Marketing, both headed to Brandy’s home for some sweet treats and great company.

All photos courtesy of Brandy Brown – thanks, Brandy!

Brandy had a gorgeous spread – can you get over this incredible custom cake? I think it’s safe to say that this may be the first edible Skinny-Wrap label ever created.

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It’s Party Time! Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that Mini-Minties love to party! Kids’ birthdays should be over-the-top special. So we asked our design community to design children’s birthday party invitations for everything from first birthdays to Sweet Sixteens. Just like their parents, these budding design-aficionados want invites that are fun, fresh, and unique. The special prize winners below really took that to heart! Congratulations, winners!

Snapshot Award for the best design incorporating a photo of the birthday boy or girl

Big One” by Hailey Myziuk

Hailey’s design shouts “one” in a big way! We love the big, bold lettering with the delicate type and color palette. What really strikes us is the very clever, unique way that Hailey incorporates a photo of your little one.

Runner Ups (clockwise from left): “Look” by ERAY | “Oh What Fun” by The Social Type | “Rosie the Raccoon” by nocciola design | “Confection” by Kristie Kern | “Happy Elleventh!” by Wendy Fessler

Variation on a Theme Award for the best design for a themed party

Spa Party” by Cecile Paper Lounge

Now this is one theme we can all get behind! We immediately fell in love with Cecile’s adorable illustrations and with how she fully embraces her theme. From the masks and cucumbers to the sweet flowers and delicate scalloped edge, every detail seems fit for a day of pampering.

Runner Ups: “The Dude Junior” by kelli hall | “Yo Ho Ho!” by Susan Asbill | “Howdy Party” by Heather Francisco | “Circus Seal” by Wendy Van Ryn

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts

Talk about a Sweet Sixteen!” by hannahcloud DESIGN

Doesn’t this design make you wish you could do your sweet sixteen all over again? We love Hannah’s bright, cheerful colors straddling the white background and the photo. Her overlapping, organic speech bubbles give the design so much life and energy.

Runner Ups: “Over the Rainbow” by kelli hall | “Secret Garden” by Ana Gonzalez | “Whimsical Ribbon” by Abby McElfresh

Birthday Baby Award for the best design for a first birthday party

A Year of Firsts” by Ana Gonzalez

We love how Ana’s “Year of Firsts” isn’t just a party invitation; it’s a tribute to your little one’s whole first year of life! What a clever way to share so many firsts with family and friends. Not to mention how well she fits all that information in with a clean, structured layout.

Runner Ups: “Endless Fun” by Momo | “Paper Circus” by Wondercloud Design | “Cloudy with a Chance of Fun” by kelli hall | “One Happy Day” by The Occasional Hello

Pre-K Play Award for the best design for a boy or girl ages 3-5

Flying High” by Susie Allen

This is one refined little monster! We absolutely love Susie’s adorable illustration. Her subtle textures, quirky shapes, and loveably preppy accents make this one very adorable invitation. Perfect for any little monster who’s sure to let loose at the next birthday party.

Runner Ups (clockwise from bottom left): “Roaring Good Time” by Serenity Avenue | “What a Doll!” by Heather Francisco | “Pretty Little Five” by Kayla Grunder | “Cakeasaurus” by Pistols | “We’ve Got Our Hands Full” by Waui Design

It’s Elementary Award for the best design for a boy or girl ages 6-9

Pinata Surprise” by The Factorie

There’s always something so exciting about a piñata and we love Carla’s spin on it. Her colorful piñata balances perfectly with her minimal background and refined type. The little pieces of candy and the vague promise for an afternoon of surprises build the anticipation in such a fun way!

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “space-bot” by nocciola design | “Cecilia” by Paper and Parcel | “Out of this World” by Amber Barkley | “Big Splash!” by jenincmyk | “groaaar” by cecile paper lounge | “The All-Star” by Jennifer Wick

Tweeny Bopper Award for the best design for a tween girl or boy ages 10-12

Super Party” by snickerdoodles

It’s easy to imagine your tween being incredibly excited about this invite! Lori’s bold type, sharp skyline, determined superhero, and rough texture combine to form such a lively design. We love the block text against the off-kilter layout.

Runner Ups: “Gone Camping” by Kathleen Niderhauser | “Fiesta!” by Susie Allen | “Secret Agent” by Kayla King

Teen Dream Award for the best design for a teenage girl or boy ages 13-16

Sun Sand + Surf” by Laura Hankins

What teen doesn’t dream of a beach party? Laura always strikes that perfect balance between lots of beautifully bold design elements and a very clean, structured design. Her fun type fits perfectly into her illustrated sun, sand, and surf.

Runner Ups: (top row) “Watercolor Strokes” by Shari Margolin | “Sweet Sixteen” by Paper Dahlia | (bottom row) “Sweet Type” by Hooray Creative | “One Night Only” by Inky Livie | “Beachy Style” by trbdesign

Seeing Double Award for the best design for twins of all ages

Twin Voice” by VOSS

Sara certainly has a knack for using photos in fun, clever ways. We love how she lets each twin have his or her own voice within this invitation. The minimal design elements and clean text also let the kids’ photos really stand out – just as it should be!

Runner Ups: “Vintage Stripes” by Simone Klein | “Double Cupcake Fun” by Serenity Avenue | “Pandamonium” by 2BSquared Designs | “Numbered Block” by Amber Barkley

Castles to Caves Award for the best design for either a princess or a superhero party

Super Birthday Girl” by Tara Lilly Studio

We love a super girl and Tara Lilly’s is one of the coolest we’ve seen. Her comic book details like the dotted background, bright colors, and flashy shapes give a lot of personality to her design.

Runner Ups: “Fairy Stars” by Kimberly FitzSimons | “Up Up and Away!” by Jennifer Wick | “Party Princess” by VOSS | “Our Little Princess” by Tereza Sasinkova Lukasova

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Books to Bottles Baby Shower Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

Who doesn’t love a baby shower? The gifts, the excitement, the anticipation! We asked the Minted Community to design unconventional baby shower invitations for modern moms-to-be. We were looking for chic designs to re-invent the traditional shower invite. We can’t get over the number of adorable, edgy, beautiful, and truly surprising designs that came in! Now it’s time to shower those Minties with some love. We’re thrilled to announce the special prize winners for the following prizes. Congratulations, winners!

Avant Garde Award for the best ahead-of-its-time invitation design

Baby’s Due Date” by Serenity Avenue

We couldn’t resist giving our “Avant Garde Award” to this retro library-card design. Ashley created something truly novel with this one (pun intended). We love her attention to detail from the off-kilter, seemingly stamped months and numbers to the hand-drawn look of the circles marking the baby’s due date.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Backyard Barbecue” by Susie Allen | “Coming Soon” by GeekInk | “Letter Boy” by Homeseed Paper | “Ride On Over” by snickerdoodles

Cutest Award for the cutest invitation design that is still modern

Bonjour Bebe” by Pistols

Where do we even start with this one? “Bonjour Bébé” is absolutely adorable. We wish we could say it has a certain “je ne sais quoi,” but we know exactly what it is that we love so much! Her delicate flowers, precociously posh little baby girl, and sparing but prominent use of the French language push this design over the edge for us.

Runner Ups: “Heart & Bow” by Erin Pescetto | “Sailboat” by Olive and Violet | “Eats & Treats” by Noma and Dolly

Baby Makes 3 Award for the best invitation design representing the new threesome

Family Picture Wall” by Alethea and Ruth

“Family Picture Wall” does a beautiful job incorporating mom, dad, and baby into one cohesive design. Rachel’s lovely mix of bows, pins, hand-drawn frames, and varied text gives the design a personal, casual feel. We love the sense of anticipation in her adorable framed onesie, representing the little one to come.

Runner Ups: “Yellow and Blue Make Green” by VOSS | “Sweet Seahorses” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan | “Baby Makes Three” by Jamie Bryant | “Welcome to the Next” by Sandy Pons

Animals Award for the best invitation design incorporating an animal or other creature

Nesting Birds” by j.bartyn

Cambria’s “Nesting Birds” stands out for a few reasons. Her midcentury color palette and clean type make this a design for an incredibly chic, sophisticated shower. At the same time, her stylized flora and fauna are so nostalgically friendly and familiar. Not to mention the fact that she illustrated this design using an oil ink printmaking technique. We love a shower invitation with depth and personality!

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Via Stork” by Jana Volfova | “Stylish Stork and Funky Baby” by chocomocacino | “Babies are from Paris” by Ana Sousa | “Mouse Showers” by kadie foppiano | “Ready to Pop” by nocciola design | “Beat the Drum” by Cecile Paper Lounge | “Baby Elephant” by Pistols

Over-the-Top-Pretty Award for the prettiest invitation design

Floral Shower” by Bethany Anderson

Isn’t it obvious? We love Bethany’s beautiful, overflowing florals because they strike the perfect balance with her clean shapes and simple color palette. “Floral Shower” is over the top pretty, but it’s not overwhelming. This is the perfect shower invite for a feminine, delicate soon-to-be mom.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Oh Baby” by Lina Goldberg | “Oh Baby Florals” by Griffinbell Studio | “Petit Bebe” by Kristie Kern | “Baby Love” by Rebekah Disch | “Mariposas” by Wondercloud Design

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts with the mom’s or parents’ names

Cloud Nine” by robin ott design

Robin’s “Cloud Nine” just makes us feel good! Her beautifully detailed illustrations could have you staring at this design for minutes on end. Her use of curvilinear text is subtle, but perfectly incorporated and helps push the eye up, up to cloud nine. We love the way Robin sets the stage for the excitement that will come with the new baby.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Bold Baby” by a la amore | “The Big Reveal” by Cheer Up Cherup | “New Blooms” by Sarah Curry | “Rock-a-Bye” by Betta

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The Moms, Dads, and Grads Journal Challenge Special Prize Winners!

Cue the music, light the lights, the time has finally come! The Minted team has been hard at work all summer picking special prize winners from lots of our past challenges. We’re thrilled to say that this post is the first of many, so get ready to relive some of the most outstanding designs from this year’s challenges!

We kick it all off with special prizes from our Moms, Dads, and Grads Journal Challenge. We asked the Minted community to design fresh, modern journals that would make memorable gifts. Congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups whose designs stood out in the following categories:

Snapshot Award for the best design incorporating a photo

Eat Sleep Poop” by VOSS

This is one design that I’m sure lots of people can relate to! Sara’s “Eat Sleep Poop” is both adorable and hilarious. The type is thoughtfully set, perfect for overlaying a large photo of your little one.

Runner Ups: “The Story of You” by guess what? | “Super Dad” by Ana Gonzalez | “dad&me” by Jessica Kwok

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best multi-photo design

Chalkboard Memories” by Jennifer Pace

There’s something so casual and personal about this journal. From the personalizable family seal to the splash of Washi tape to the chalkboard captions, every detail is so thoughtful. Jennifer’s journal is perfect for capturing memories.

Runner Ups: “Retro Stars” by Designkandy – Simone Klein | “Confessions of a First Time Mom” by Ana Gonzalez

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts.

Super Mom” by Smudge Design

Renee’s “Super Mom” is simple and sweet. We love the muted background and the very official “Mom” nameplate. Our favorite detail is the type below the name listing the heroic jobs of your supermom.

Runner Ups: “Suzette’s Flowers” by Sharon Rowan | “Run to Win” by Frooted Design | “Polka” by Stacey Meacham

Congratulations again to the winners!

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Take Note! Women’s Stationery Challenge Special Prize Winners

We can never get enough of beautiful stationery. Whether you’re sending a formal note or just saying ‘hi,’ chic, modern stationery is the perfect way to do it with a bit of class and personality. That’s why we asked the Minted Community to design women’s personal stationery like we’ve never seen before. Below are the special prize winners that stood out in each of our categories. Congratulations, winners!

The Perfect Gift Award for stationery that would make a perfect gift for many women

White Flowers” by Four Wet Feet Design

The delicately framed monogram, calming color palette, and heart-shaped petals work together beautifully to make “White Flowers” a perfect choice for the special ladies in your life. We really adore Shannon’s playful floral illustrations.

Runner Ups (from left): “Daydream” by b.wise papers | “Simply Succulent” by Frooted Design | “Beaded Swag” by Laura Hankins

Typography Award for the best bold, simple, and modern design relying on typography to showcase a name

Write On Me, I Dare You” by Christopher Morben

We love the contrast of large, yet subtle type in Christopher’s “Write on Me, I Dare You.” The big name and business title flawlessly worked into the background (with modern type accents just below) make this great personal stationery for a chic professional.

Runner Ups: “All Lined Up” by Amber Barkley | “Ampersands” by Sarah Brown | “Antique Monogram” by Laura Hankins | “Hello, You” by Lisa Nelson

Modern Businesswoman Award for the best design for a businesswoman writing a note that demonstrates her unique style, and that she can send to both women and men

Business or Pleasure” by Up Up Creative

Julie’s “Business or Pleasure” strikes a great balance between the two. Her clean, simple background is definitely fit for a business setting, while the unique layout of her stacked-type adds a very modern twist. The subtle use of color adds character, without detracting from the sophistication of the design.

Runner Ups: “Entremet” by chocomocacino | “Write on Me, I Dare You” by Christopher Morben | “Two Feathers” by Jody Wody | “Dotted” by GeekInk

Colorful Award for the design that best uses bright, strong colors

Victorian Mod Floral” by Alethea and Ruth

We love the rich pops of color in “Victorian Mod Floral.” Rachel’s stylized flowers and bright little berries make this one very beautiful piece of personal stationery. The unusual layout of her bold, but delicate flowers over a classic cream background give the design a contemporary feel.

Runner Ups (from left): “Up” by VOSS | “Beaded Swag” by Laura Hankins | “Garden Party” by Jennifer Wick

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts

Here Comes Sunshine” by Jennifer Wick

Jen’s designs always seem so lighthearted and this is no exception. The flowing lines of her lovely hand-drawn “hello” give so much life and personality to the card (the bright, friendly yellow helps too!). We love how effortlessly her text follows the smooth curve of her “hello.”

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Thinking of You Badge” by Serenity Avenue | “Just a Floral Banner” by Hooray Creative | “Dream a Little Dream” by Roxy | “Keepsake” by nocciola design | “Bonjour” be Melanie Severin

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Welcome Home Moving Announcement Special Prize Winners

There couldn’t be a more perfect time to send a stylish note in the mail than to announce a change of address. It’s a great opportunity to go out on a limb and send your friends and family something light, fun, and full of personality. Check out the special prize winners from our Welcome Home Moving Announcement challenge below. Congratulations, moving Mintie winners!

And don’t worry — we know you’ve all been anxious for more winners and we hear you! Special prize winners for our graduation announcements, journals, and stationery will be coming very soon.

Out of the Box Award for a design that is highly creative

New Place, New Space” by kelli hall

We love how simple and yet how very clever Kelli’s “New Place, New Space” is. The clean design elements make her design so modern, while the lowercase Didot and missing “a” in space make a smart nod to our minimalist, Internet-infused world (ironically on an good old-fashioned paper announcement!).

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Architect” by Sarah Brown | “Tear Sheet” by VOSS | “Pecil Us In” by Moglea | “On the Move” by Cheer Up Cherup | “Where We’re @” by kelli hall

Whimsy Award for the best fun or whimsical design

Mod Move” by Kristen Smith

Kristen’s first-place winner “Mod Move” was the immediate favorite for the best whimsical design. Every detail is so fun from the vintage suitcases to the vase balanced on top of it all to the patterned shadows under the wheels. We love the idea of living the kind of simple life where you can pack a few bags on the back of your Vespa and zip off to a new home!

Runner Ups: “The Burbs” by Pistols | “Bird Off the Wire” by Shindig | “Rolling On” by Kristen Smith | “Goldilocks” by Inky Livie

Independent Living Award for the best design to announce a move for someone living on their own

Me, Myself and I” by VOSS

You know the relief and independence that comes with moving on your own? Sara has captured it perfectly. Her bold letters in playful, imperfect blocks proudly announce a move for an individual. We appreciate the fun dash of culture in her De La Soul reference too.

Runner Ups: “City Living” by Jana Volfova | “New Beginnings” by Please Reply Designs | “Apartment Living” by Jennifer Long | “Pretty in Pink” by annie clark

Our First Place Award for the best design to announce a couple’s first home together

Ikat” by Palm Papers

Lauren never fails to impress with her super-chic, minimalist style. Her varying fonts add visual interest to the thin, white text. The yellow on yellow ikat pattern adds a bit of depth and texture to the design, without taking away from the message at all. It’s all about the Mr and Mrs in this design – just as a moving announcement for a new couple should be.

Runner Ups: “Home Front” by Kimberly FitzSimons | “Memory Lane” by lehan paper design | “First Home” by VOSS | “Love Nest” by Amber Barkley

Best over the top pretty design

bienvenue!” by Cecile Paper Lounge

Fine, beautiful florals and a lovely vintage key definitely make this design over-the-top-pretty. Cecile weaves a very intricate, but delicate image of leaves and flowers while the striking Villa Didot font provides a lovely balance. The containing borders and strong lines help the photo stand out in a very natural way.  And who doesn’t love a touch of French class?

Runner Ups: “Sweet Homeness” by Yolanda Mariak Chendak | “Moving Along” by Kelly Nasuta | “Flower Patch” by Sharon Rowan

Best classic with a twist design

Brand New” by annie clark

Annie strikes the perfect balance between modern and retro with “Brand New.” The slightly messy strokes in her pink background and her bold, angled “home” give the design so much energy. We love the balance between her thick text and her expanse of blank space.

Runner Ups: “We Are Home” by nikku | “A Bright Sunny Day” by My Playgroud | “Zipcode” by VOSS | “Pretty in Pink” by annie clark

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Something Old, Something New Wedding Special Prize Winners

It’s always so exciting to think about the fact that Minted couples come from all over the world—from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. And it’s no surprise that so many of those couples want to incorporate elements of their customs and personalities into their big days. I can’t get over how enthusiastically our designers embraced the chance to design for couples that want to honor their heritage in a chic, modern way. Congratulations to our special prize winners below!

Destination Delhi Award for the best Indian inspired design:

Modern Mehndi” by Laura Condouris

We love the delicate elegance of Laura’s hand-painted “Modern Mehndi.” The watercolor effect gives her flourishes a certain depth and shape that makes them pop off the page. Her simple text and large, but delicate couple’s names provide a perfect balance.

Runner Ups (from left): “Anand Karaj” by Ann Gardner | “Indian Flair” by Kristen Smith | “Indian Love” by Cecile Paper Lounge

UK Royalty Award for the best Kate and Wills inspired design:

Royal Monogram” by Griffinbell Studio

Lynn has us dreaming of a royal wedding with this design. Her regal lions and bold crown recall traditional heraldic elements, while her textured background and patterned silhouettes add a modern twist.

Runner Ups: “Hyde Park” by annie clark | “Kensington” by nocciola design | “Perfect Union” by Stacey Hill

Going to the Chapel Award for the best Christian design:

Two Become One” by trbdesign

Taleen’s “Two Become One” sends a lovely message. Her simple cross made up of sunbursts and a single heart gives a lighthearted, almost whimsical flare to this design. Her unusual mustard and grey lend a certain sophistication as well. Taleen incorporates Christian values in a clean, modern way.

Runner Ups: “Quiet Chapel” by ArtSplott | “Vow” by Erin Pescetoo | “Going to the Chapel” by Griffinbell Studio | “Mediterranean Stucco” by karen boehm custom

Amor Amor Award for the best Hispanic/Latino inspired design:

Con Amor” by Jennifer Long

We can’t get enough of Jennifer’s watercolor hand lettering and illustrations. Her bright, bold, diagonal text gives so much life and personality to this invitation. The color palette is vibrant and festive, which sets a casual, but beautiful tone for the wedding.

Runner Ups: “Heart of Gold” by Susie Allen | “Dia de Amor” by Shari Margolin | “Espana Tiles” by Sharon Rowan

Good Fortune Award for the best Chinese, Vietnamese, or other design with a nod to Asian heritage:

Double Happiness Screen” by Phoebe Wong-Oliveros

“Double Happiness Screen” would be sure to illicit a (positive) gasp from anyone receiving it in the mail. The red, angular screen pops off the very white background. Phoebe’s justified text aligns with the screen in a perfect balance and her use of red allows the couple’s names to stand out.

Runner Ups: “Double Washi-ness” by Frooted Design | “Wedding Cranes” by Sarah Curry | “Chute” by marabou design

Let’s Tie the Knot Award for the best African inspired design:

Daishiki” by marabou design

Brandy’s “Daishiki” strikes that perfect balance between bold and clean. Her African-inspired print uses bright, warm, earthy colors that give the design a rich feeling. The straight lines and the stark contrast between colors give the design an element of order that balances so well with her understated text.

Runner Ups: “Ghana” by Lulu Garcia | “A Wedding in Marrakesh” by Cecile Paper Lounge | “Simple Broom” by Laura Condouris

Mazel Tov! Award for the best Jewish design:

Beloved” by Paper Dahlia

We love how soft, but sophisticated Kerry’s “Beloved” is. Her stamped seal sends a beautiful message and anchors the design on a central element. The various blues and fonts blend seamlessly together, giving an overall clean and casual feel.

Runner Ups: “Pinwheel Stars” by Casey Fritz | “Little Chuppah” by Jess Taich | “Modern Star” by Leslie Ann Jones

Love Knot Award for the best Celtic/Irish/Gaelic inspired design:

Vintage Celtic Knot” by Katherine Moynagh

Katherine’s interwoven knot instantly grounds this invitation in Celtic heritage. The eternal aspect of the never-ending knot hovers over the couple’s names, suggesting the happiness of their upcoming nuptials. A soft green border and carefully placed dividing lines give order to Katherine’s varying fonts.

Runner Ups: “Minimalist Celtic Wedding Knot” by Adrienne Berry | “Classic Claddagh” by Hooray Creative | “Celtic Eternity Knot” by Please Reply Designs

Across the Pond Award for the best design with a nod to Italian, Scottish, German, or other European heritage:

German Stein Toast” by Casey Fritz

We love how much fun Casey must have had designing “German Stein Toast.” Every detail adds whimsy and lightheartedness to this design from the delicate scalloped edges to the stylized hearts, the unusual banner, and of course those German steins. Still, the clear focus is on the celebration of the couple’s love. We appreciate the inclusion of a little German language too!

Runner Ups: “Paris” by j.bartyn design | “Tuscan Hill” by Erin Pescetto | “Ello London” by Yolanda Mariak Chendak

It’s a Small World Award for the best design that incorporates two cultures:

Miles of Love” by Ana Gonzalez

There’s so much to love about this design. Ana captures the multi-cultural aspect of a wedding in such a clever way with her arrows pointing in different directions. Her beautiful deep, watercolor blue ocean and vivid green landscapes give the impression of a map without any limiting specifics.

Runner Ups: “Something Bookish” by Candice Leigh | “Bagatelle” by Cecile Paper Lounge

…And Just for Fun for the best designs incorporating each of these other ‘traditions’:

Las Vegas:

Vegas Type” by Elaine Stephenson

Elaine’s “Vegas Type” captures the life and energy of a Las Vegas wedding. Her use of red, black, and white subtly recalls the cards that are so synonymous with the city. The varying fonts and text treatments remind us of flashing lights in a clean, elegant way.

Disneyland:

Enchanted Stars” by Jody Wody

Jody’s “Enchanted Stars” gives any fairy tale wedding the sophistication and elegance it deserves. We love her flowing stars and dots that give an impression of magic. Her soft grey castle outline is subtle and muted and directs our eyes straight to the couple’s names.

Runner Ups: “Ever After” by Jill Means | “Cinderella” by Jacqueline Dziadosz

Military:

Air Force Salute” by Heather Wullenweber

Heather’s planes are so striking. Her careful use of whitespace gives her planes the power and boldness that reminds us of their physicality. Her tightly clustered capitals in Air Force colors and regimented text set the tone for a military wedding, while keeping the couple’s celebration at the center of it all.

Runner Ups: “Navy Stars and Stripes” by Sarah Curry | “Letter Home” by Katie Dirksen

Luau:

humuhumu 10x” by guess what?

It’s so very fitting that one of our Hawaii-based designers would design our favorite Hawaiian-inspired invitation. Lori’s kissing fish give the design a fun, tropical feeling that has us San Franciscans longing to grab our snorkels. Her text is lighthearted and casual, which works perfectly with the informality of her type treatment and layout.

Runner Ups: “Aloha Nui Loa” by Rachel Wiles/Benign Objects | “Retro Hawaii” by Gakemi Art + Design | “Tiki Luau” by Simone Klein

Vampire/Twilight inspired:

Solstice” by Alex Elko Design

Alex captures the dark elegance of a Gothic wedding. His distressed lace and dusty rose text give this design a romantic feeling, while the oval border recalls the nostalgia of Victorian portraiture. His formal text adds to the sophistication of the design that we find oh so vampire chic.

Runner Ups: “Luna” by Jody Wody | “Dark Romance” by Heather Wullenweber | “After Sunset” by Kristen Smith

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Head Over Heels Special Prize Winners Part 1

The wedding winners continue! Today I’m thrilled to announce the first batch of our special prize winners. These winners highlight the incredible diversity of this year’s Head Over Heels wedding collection. From photo to non-photo, romantic beach to rustic barnyard, and elegantly classic to boldly modern, each Minted couple is looking for a unique wedding invitation that speaks to their personality and style. I’m so proud to say that this year more and more couples will find just what they’re looking for here at Minted. Congratulations, designers!

Picture Perfect Award for the best photo wedding invitation:

Moment in Time” by The Social Type

It’s not easy to incorporate a photo into a wedding invitation, but Allison and Jess of the Social Type make it look so effortless. The slightly off-kilter angle of the photo and the old-fashioned photo corners make it seem as though the bride and groom have hand-crafted each invitation. The subtle texture of the background and the delicate text add to the personality of the design.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Bright Future” by root beer float | “Minimalist Display” by Gakemi Art + Design | “Forever Panoramic” by Stacey Meacham | “Sense & Sensibility” by Jennifer Wick | “Saturday in the Park” by guess what? | “Polaroid Perfection” by Katie Dirksen

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best multi-photo wedding invitation:

Eyes for You” by R Studio

Renee creates a wonderful tension by separating the bride and groom on either side of this invitation. The flanking full-bleed photos add a very modern touch. The clean type and the use of plenty of whitespace make this design so versatile. We can see so many different types of photos working in this basic, but unique frame.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top): “Metro Green Line” by sarasponda | “Star Gazing Multi Photo” by Carolyn MacLaren | “Moments Captured” by Carrie Eckert

Piece of the Pie Award for the best design element in a wedding invitation:

Wedding Boughs” by Kimberly Morgan

We love the delicate intricacy of Kimberly’s “Wedding Boughs” tree. The elegant leaves and curling branches are wonderfully unusual, while the couple’s initials add a personal touch. Kimberly lets the couple’s tree shine in the context of a clean, minimal design. We can also see this beautiful tree transplanted into so many other types of designs as well.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Iconic Barnyard” by bumble ink | “Painted Flower” by lehan paper design | “Studio Modern” by Sydney Newsom | “Koi” by Anais Lee | “Mr & Mrs X” by Design Lotus | “Kissing Quails” by nocciola design

Whimsy Award for the best whimsical/offbeat wedding invitation:

Summer Love” by rose eckford

Rose’s “Summer Love” puts us in a summer state of mind. Her fun, textured popsicle immediately sets the tone for a laid-back wedding. Every detail screams whimsy from the crosshatch background with the imperfect popsicle cut-out to the angled, white text highlights.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Charm School” by The Social Type | “Sole Mates” by k notes llc | “A Love Story” by Kayla Grunder | “I’m Nuts for You” by Kimberly Morgan | “Afterparty” by Ann Gardner | “Blueprint” by Sarah Brown | “Times Flies” by Wondercloud Design | “Infinity & Beyond” by Dawn Jasper

Wild Thing Award for the best edgy/outrageous wedding invitation:

Our Love Mix” by Cheer Up Cherup

Nothing like a bit of 80’s rock to give a wedding invitation a little edge. Alaina’s charming cassette tape packs so much memory and emotion behind it. The bold, but limited color palette allows you to focus on the tape and on the large names. This design provides a clean, modern outrageousness and conveys the couple’s personality.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “The Zebras” by Cecile Paper Lounge | “Translation Destination” by Erin Pescetto | “Shindig” by Precious Bugarin Design | “Eclectic Type of Love” by cadence paige design | “Initials” by roxy | “Wedding Vinyl” by Dawn Jasper

Sweet Simplicity Award for the best simple/chic wedding invitation:

Blushing” by Sydney Newsom

Sydney’s “Blushing” fits this award so perfectly; it’s sweet, simple, and oh so chic. The color palette of muted pink and deep grey immediately gives the design a very modern feel while the small, Mrs. Eaves text and flowing Business Penmanship elegantly balance out the modern monogram.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Broome Street” by j.bartyn design | “Gallery Hopping” by Annie Clark | “Perchance” by b.wise papers | “Sweet Chic” by Daily Sip Studios | “Color Block” by Paper Dahlia

Away We Go Award for the best destination wedding invitation:

Maritime Stripe” by Wondercloud Design

Olivia’s fun, nautical design has us ready to pack our bags for a destination wedding. The big, bold names and varying fonts would be chic and interesting on any design. It’s the bar of diagonal stripes, the anchor in a heart, and the playful “anchors aweigh!” that give this design a distinctly-destination feel.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Cartography” by Sarah Brown | “Mosaic” by Betta | “Dive In” by Call Me Lauren | “Translation Destination” by Erin Pescetto | “Painted Ferns” by Katharine Watson

I’ve Got a Feeling Award for the best evocative of a feeling without being too literal wedding invitation:

Pinwheels” by Jill Means

The playful, staggered pinwheels in Jill’s design immediately evoke a warm summer breeze and the casual comfort of that time of year. We love the balance of a simple color palette with the fun black and white patterns in each pinwheel. The bold white border and traditional text are the perfect complement to the more whimsical elements of this design.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Bouquet d’Amour” by Beth Ann | “Champagne & French CanCan” by Cecile Paper Lounge | “Chalkboard Wedding” by Katie Dirksen | “Ombre/Sunset” by Linda and Harriett | “Love, Sweet Love” by guess what? | “In the Stars” by Kimberly Nicole | “Watercolor Dots” Stacey Day

Big Day Big Name Award for the best wedding invitation that features the couple’s names in a big way:

Santa Monica Modern” by Andres Montano

So many couples love to see their names really stand out on a wedding invitation and Andres has definitely delivered for them with “Santa Monica Modern.” The faded background and white highlights make these names seem to jump right off the page. The distressed texture and unusual seal give an overall urban and modern vibe.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Color Us Happy” by Oscar & Emma | “Stamped Center” by Alethea and Ruth | “Artist’s Frame” by Linda and Harriett | “Shindig” by Precious Bugarin Design | “Bokeh Bride” by Andres Montano | “Dearest” by Susan Asbill

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Head Over Heels 1st-10th Place Winners!

With just a few weeks left in 2011, we’re already thinking about the upcoming wedding season. Couples come to Minted for unique, contemporary designs that they can’t find anywhere else. What sets Minted apart is the dedication, enthusiasm, and indisputable talent of our design community.

Wedding invitations seem to hold a special place in Minties’ hearts. Every invitation is a reflection and representation of an individual couple. Our designers truly understand that, in part because so many of them first found their love for design by designing their own wedding invitations. I see that personal connection in each of these phenomenal top 10 submissions. After hundreds of thousands of votes from our community and customers, here are the top 10 winners of our Head Over Heels Wedding Challenge. Huge congratulations to our winners!

1st Place: “Mountain Wonderland” by Jana Volfova

There’s something dreamy about the idea of getting married in the mountains surrounded by snow.  Jana captured this feeling perfectly with “Mountain Wonderland.” We adore the tiny gondolas and mountain peaks in the distance. Everything is tied together by the playful blend of large type for the names and small script accents.

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Out of the Box Gift Tag Challenge Special Prize Winners

At Minted, we’re all about the cherry-on-top mentality. Every detail counts and every part of your holidays should be exceptional, right down to the gift tag. That’s why we asked you, our design community, to design beautiful, personalizable gift tags to be the cherry on top of all our customer’s gifts this year. We love how creative all our designers were and can’t wait to see these gift tags around the office and under lots of trees this year! See our incredible special prize winners below. Congratulations to our wintry winners!

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