Katie & Mike: A Minted wedding from start to finish!

We have a new little surprise this afternoon… we thought it would be fun for you to see a Minted couple through their wedding from start to finish.

Katie and Mike are our first couple in what will hopefully be a long tradition. Here is their Nostalgia Save the Date card by Emily Ranneby.

Isn’t the barn door that Katie and Mike took their engagement shoot against incredible? I also think black and white looks incredibly classy with this design. And what a good looking couple.

Their choice of Guess What?’s Contemporary Chic wedding invitation was perfect for their seaside wedding in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.


Cheers to women entrepreneurs everywhere!

Our very own CEO and founder Mariam Naficy has been honored as a 2010 Women’s Initiative Woman Entrepreneur of the Year! We are thrilled to congratulate her, along with the many other extremely talented women she’s been recognized alongside.

Here at Minted, we just could not agree more with the Woman Entrepreneur’s mission to help low-income women to start their own businesses and become self sufficient. We work very hard to empower and enable our female designers especially to reach their full potential. Way to go Mariam and all of the other fantastic women nominated! We hope you’re all doing something fun to celebrate this weekend.


Meet a Mintie: Bumble Ink

You may know Bumble from their, literally out of this world Faraway Destination Wedding Invitation… or one of their other fantastically edgy invitation designs.

Or maybe you know them from the awesome, and I repeat awesome, cartoons Gavin created about entering the wedding challenge and working with his wife:

There’s a dynamic trio behind this impressive San Mateo, California-based company. Gavin is the designer and Diana is the business guru, who doubles as a design consultant, and their adorable baby must be the inspiration!

Bumble Ink family photo, with Bumble baby


Minted Meet Up: Atlanta

We had a lot of fun at the Atlanta Mintie Meet Up! It was a wickedly hot summer evening,  and the restaurant we decided to gather at was actually hosting a giant tomato festival, so we camped out in a little table area out front.

From left: Natasha Millbury of Push Papers (who is due in November!), Kelli Hall, and Angela Vellino attended.


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 2

Our second prize award of $1,000 goes to the talented Sydney Newsom for her simple, elegant Gallery Classic.  Congratulations, Sydney, on this amazing accomplishment and your highest-ranked placement in any Minted Design Challenge to date!

The best holiday cards take us back in time to the nostalgia of our childhood holiday memories, but stop short of being tired and stuffy. The whimsical font spread out so leisurely across the card does just that, while the more modern font below keeps the card on this side of the Internet. And the miniature ‘2010’ is just so cute! In addition to this monumental second prize, Sydney is also a recently minted Minted Mentor–our second community member to take on this honored role, joining Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus!


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 3

I know, I know, you can hardly stand it! Yes, we have made it to the final three. Without further ado, we’re proud to announce that the third place award of $500 goes to a design that should be quite familiar to all of you at this point, the lovely and very popular Nordic Snowflake by Oscar & Emma.  In our opinion, the snowflake graphic is the perfect blend of delicate and strong – it holds its own as a beautiful piece of art that could be treasured on many pieces, not just holiday cards.

Karly’s classic design was also chosen by two of our guest judges so she will be taking home $1,500 in prizes for this masterpiece! Congratulations Karly on a showstopper to be sure.


2010 Holiday Spectacular: Special Awards

We interrupt our countdown today to announce our four special category awards totaling $2,000 in prizes. These were incredibly difficult to decide upon… Our team has been deliberating over the choices all weekend long. But I think you’ll agree with us that each of these designs are quite special in their own, unique way. We’re, as always, so impressed by our community’s great creativity.

Our funniest/cheekiest award of $500 goes to Don’t tell Santa by Unless Someone Like You. What child doesn’t end up with marker on their face at least half a dozen times throughout childhood? I’m sure lots of families have pictures just like this one that they can’t wait to showcase (or I’m sure our talented design associates would be happy to do the mark-up as well!). This card made us laugh aloud, but not only that–it’s a really well-composed, spirited design with a fresh shade of green.

The best multi-photo award of $1,000 goes to Alex Elko for his brilliant Foursquare. Multi-photo cards are notoriously difficult to make look good, but doesn’t this look fresh, modern, and unique? Alex has really capitalized on the square size of the card; the big, block “Merry Christmas” lettering mirrors the square shape of the four images at the bottom making for a very nicely aligned card. I love how the family member’s names are tucked into that little square of white space. All in all, a very sharp design!

For our best religious $1,000 prize, it’s Madonna & Child by Paper Plains. Sarah Lenger has taken the traditional Madonna and Child and blended traditional with modern in a stunning gold halo and array of scintillating dots that spreads across the photo above. The font she has chosen is both soft and classic. What a gorgeous and truly unique way to celebrate Christmas!

And, finally, last but certainly not least, our newbie award of $500 goes to Robin Ott Design for Pear Family. Robin has so cleverly modernized the traditional ‘partridge in a pear tree.’ The tree is just so sweet! The pears and the leaves fit together so nicely in their varying shades of green. And has ‘love’ ever looked better? Isn’t the simply type treatment here just fantastic?

Robin hales from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a self-described “Owner + designer. Wife + mother. Addicted to paper, art, wine, cooking, anthropologie, trying to live organically and all things pretty.” We welcome her to the Minted community and look forward to seeing what she submits next!


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 4

Now I know none of you will be surprised by No. 4… you’ve been waiting for it and here it is: The Greens by Stacey Day.

The various shades of green here are perfection! I especially love the light blue shade that Stacey has chosen for her text. And notice that brown modeling in the background of the wreath? It just hints at the branches buried below. The little dots are a great touch as well–they remind me of holly, but without using the conventional red. I also think the thick white circle, coupled with the double thin white circles, really helps to give the proper distance needed to accommodate a circular photograph. Of course, the black and white photo was a good choice here. The light text is also quite airy and classy at the same time. All in all, just very lovely.


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 5

Are you ready for your heart to skip a beat? Wait no longer. Joyeux Noel by Potts Design our No. 5!

There is so much beauty and attention to detail here, it’s hard to even know where to start. So let’s start with the obvious: the hand lettering. It is incredible. Only a true artist can sketch such lovely and animated letters. I love how both ‘joyeux’ and ‘noel’ have slanted cross hatching, but that it isn’t the same pattern. And I think the banner wrapping around the ‘o’ is incredible. It ties in so perfectly with the looped borders on the top and bottom, which play so well off of the cut-out blue background and the shape of the photo, which is by itself an innovative idea. I love the little dotted border around the entire design, but I especially love how Emily has added little cream circles around the brown dots when it is not overlapping over the cream text shape. Also, I love the hand drawn underline under ‘Noel’. Oh and then there’s the umlaut over the ‘e’. Great touch that even references the colored in dotes on the end of the border swirls. Finally, I love the colors–light blue and burgundy have never looked better together. Emily–you are incredible! We will all be toasting your brilliance all weekend long!