And the winner of the Facebook Joy Photo Contest is….

Finalist C -- "Joy is wondering what they are thinking about."

As Amy said in the comments, “That expression on her face is priceless”. We couldn’t agree more!

Congratulations, Christy, on your win, and thanks for sharing such a beautiful photo with us.

We’re also excited to reveal our guest judge’s favorite photo. Joy the Baker blogs about delicious treats such as this:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

And this:

Dutch Baby with Orange Sugar

So, it’s no surprise that she picked this:

"Joy is eating cookie dough."

Danielle, thanks for sending in this photo! We can all relate.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted photos and left comments. Wishing you all a most joyful holiday season!!! And also a very joyful weekend ahead.

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Coming of Age: No. 7

Let’s welcome the weekend with a really thoughtful design, No. 7: Warm Spirit by Laura Hankins.

What I like best about this invitation is that the point of the occasion is front and center, meaning the cross is the invitation’s main focus, which is very appropriate for a confirmation. But, even though this invitation respectfully honors the event it is still bright and modern!  Everything being slightly imperfect works brilliantly; the cross is off-center, the ribbons that form the cross are different widths and the dotted rays extend in varying lengths. I also love that Laura chose orange and pink colors and I love that the cross undulates between the two. Laura, I think this is going to be a very popular invitation!

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Coming of Age: No. 9

We are in for a very sweet surprise today with Jana Volfova’s Tweet Sixteen.

Now I love Twitter as much as the next gal, so it’s no surprise that this little riff is a phrase after my own heart! The cheery colors is what really makes this design stand out to me–magenta and orange are so perfect together. And surprisingly, we have had two designs with cross hatched background in a row, which is kind of fun. I especially love how you can see the striped pattern behind the letters in ‘sixteen.’ Jana joined the community six months ago and although she is on the newer side of things, she is already producing incredible work! We can’t wait to see what else she will come up with!! Congratweetations!

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What happens when you win a judge’s prize.

Christmas has come early at Minted and for Oscar+Emma, who won Woman’s Day Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Mayhew‘s special judge’s prize. Her Nordic Snowflake design was featured in a full page of Woman’s Day’s Special Christmas issue, on newsstands from September through Christmas.

Doesn’t her stunning design, which also won the judge’s prize from design work life and won third prize as voted by the community, look incredible?! I love the coordinating envelope liner–it’s the epitome of Scandinavian chic! Elizabeth is literally the authority on stationery so Karly should be quite honored! She has one, if not the, most impressive stationery collections I’ve ever seen! The New York Times even featured her stationery armoire in their Lettered Set article.

Woman’s Day has a circulation of 3,800,000, and claims a readership of more than 22 million with 15 issues a year so this page is sure to let lots of families know about Minted and Karly’s great work this holiday season! It’s really a great special issue, so be sure to pick up a copy. My personal favorite is the last page, which is all about the importance of writing a thank you note. There’s also a great 9 decades of Christmas cookie feature and some really creative gift wrapping ideas.

Thank you Elizabeth and Woman’s Day and congratulations Karly, who has had lots of great news as of late. She also just welcomed her first daughter Maeve Irene on September 13th!

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Coming of Age: No. 10

It’s been the holidays here at Minted for quite some time. We’ve been working hard to get everything ready for this year’s season, which is sure to be our best yet! But we’d like to take a little break to celebrate another major event that happens not once a year, but once in a lifetime!  Depending on your religious and cultural heritage, we all celebrate a teen’s coming of age in different ways… Sweet Sixteen, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmation, or Quinceanera. Regardless of your choice of celebration, we’re all agreed that it is important to mark this major milestone of becoming an adult. We’re excited to kick off a series of blog posts celebrating the winners of our recent Coming of Age Challenge, which we’re sure will result in the most modern and gorgeous assortment the world has ever seen!

Pretty in Paper‘s Gift of the Spirit is an incredibly versatile design. It would work well for any Christian confirmation ceremony with just a little text adjustment and we especially appreciate how well it would work for a male or female. This very classic design takes this important event seriously, but is still fresh and modern. I am certain it would appeal to both parent and teen–which is no easy feat! I really like the cross hatching in the background–it’s something we haven’t seen a lot of–and I like how it ties in with the border around the cross. Wonderful work Anne!

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Fling Wedding Invitation in Southern Weddings

Whether or not you hail from the South, you simply must pick up a copy of the latest issue of Southern Weddings.

It is simply divine and also happens to include our very own Andrea Mentzer’s Fling Wedding Invitation in a breathtaking shoot!

Have green, aqua, and a little teal ever looked so good together?

Congratulations Andrea–I definitely think you should frame this one! And kudos to Emily and all the other great gals at Southern Weddings for producing another masterpiece that I for one will be adding to my permanent magazine collection.

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Women’s Initiative Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony

If you are in the Bay Area and free on Tuesday, October 12th we can’t think of a better way to spend a night than celebrating great female entrepreneurs. So we hope you’ll consider attending the Woman’s Initiative Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony, where our very own Mariam Naficy will be honored alongside 12 other very talented ladies. She would very much look forward to celebrating with you!

Tickets are $75. The event is being held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, which is really a beautiful old-world San Francisco space with beautiful wood paneling and great views. The ticket price includes wine, heavy apps, and dessert–but most importantly this is a very worthwhile initiative that supports micro-loans to low-income women entrepreneurs and all the proceeds benefit the initiative. And really, what could be a better cause? If the 12th doesn’t work for you, take a look at additional dates in surrounding Bay Area communities. Congratulations again to Mariam and all of the other very talented women with whom she shares this honor. Cheers, cheers!!

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Town & Country Weddings photo shoot.

If you open up the latest issue of Town & Country Weddings, which hit newsstands yesterday, you’ll find this beautiful new Minted ad.

It is the first in a series of ads styled by famous bloggers. We were delighted to work with Victoria Smith of the always fascinating SF Girl by Bay. We have long marveled at how Victoria is able to find the the most unique and beautiful things and put them all together in an even more interesting way, which is exactly what she did for our shoot.

The Shoot was masterminded by these four lovely ladies: Victoria Smith, photo assistant Amber McKee, photographer Eva Kolenko, and designer Suzanne Shade.

The idea behind the shoot was to include Minted’s invites in a real life inspiration board collage. It’s what we think somebody as trendy as Victoria has as her personal bulletin board, without even trying!


In the end, the winning combination featured the Social Type‘s Love Struck and Annie Clark‘s Apple Blossom. Congratulations ladies on an excellent team effort! The ad is stunning and will hopefully let lots of new brides know about our great wedding offerings.

it was me, then the photo assistant, eva kolenko (the photogrpaher), and suzanne.  i don’t know the photo assistant’s name, but will ask suzanne.

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Meet a Mintie: Sweet Street Gals

Today we have the real treat of meeting not just one, but two lovely Minted ladies: the Sweet Street Gals. They’ve been a part of the Minted community for two full years now and they’ve contributed a great deal of wonderful work. We know you are just as excited as we were to learn more about Alison and Jessie and how they work so obviously well together.

At age nine, what did you both want to be?
Alison: A veterinarian. I have always loved animals. Now I have a yellow lab, Riley. He is my baby (and quite the artist himself!). Here is one of his “paw paintings”.

Jessie: A pilot.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
Alison:
I always knew I wanted to do something creative as a career. As a child, I loved painting, drawing, craft projects and homemade creations. But it really wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I got more serious about design. I had a very inspiring art teacher that really helped me develop as a designer.
Jessie: I saw my friend Arielle between classes in college and she was carrying a portfolio of paintings and I had a big stack of English books. I told her I wanted to draw and design all day, so I tagged along to a recruiting session of the visual communications program.

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