2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 14

So it’s about time man’s best friend felt the love, introducing No. 14, Reindog from 2BirdStone.

So in my family, a good friend coined our dog “the favored child” and as much as my parents love us kids that just couldn’t be more true! Now of course I love that the dog is the centerpiece here, but it’s also very well put together. There’s not much more you can say about the antlers other than AWESOME! And I love that the greeting ‘howly’ references the card’s main theme. Isn’t it helpful how the outline on the dog’s face repeats around the dog’s name as well as around the bone? And the light green background with rounded corners is the perfect finishing touch. Three barks for Ashley!


Vote for Mariam!

Our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy has spent literally countless hours voting on each and every design ever submitted to Minted and now it’s our turn to vote for her!

She has just been nominated for the 2010 Women’s Initiative Women Entrepreneur of the Year award. We’re not really surprised because we know how fabulous she is and how incredibly hard she has worked to create Minted. It only takes a quick second (literally one click) to vote and it matters a lot because the judges are looking to gauge how engaged of a community the entrepreneur has helped create and I think everyone would agree that we have the most engaged community there is! Speaking of our community, we have so appreciated the excitement around the holiday challenge and have also been so encouraged by how genuinely nice everyone in our community is—all of the comments left on the countdown have been so positive and upbeat–so a big thank you to everyone for that as well.


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 15

Wow guys. We are getting close! So close. We are almost to the top ten!!! But honestly all of these designs are just so good it hardly matters what number you are since it really came down to tenths of tenths of decimal points. So without further ado: No. 15. Peace Love & Hope by The Social Type.

So I can’t help but think that this card is fitting now more than ever. A ridiculously number of years later, we’re still in Iraq and ‘peace’ is still outside our reach. We’re always looking for ‘love’–that’s just the human condition–and certainly the people of Haiti are struggling to keep their ‘hope’ six months post earthquake. Heavy thoughts aside, I think ‘Peace, Love and Hope’ will show up on a lot of holiday cards this year, but probably not in this beautiful of a way. I love how the Type has put together ‘peace’. The white outline is so classy and I love how the letters alternate between red and green. And the ampersand lines up so perfectly below and continues the color alternation. The family’s name in subtle white is completely classy. All of the color elements are used in perfect balance and the white border around ‘peace’ references the white border and holds the whole thing together. Last but not least, I really like the light turquoise background that is closer to green than blue. Congrats Allison & Jessica–this is really, such a wonderful card!


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 16

Ready to start your day with some great type, great words, and great color? Unless Someone Like You‘s Best of the Season is all that and more, earning it the coveted No. 16 spot.

This is such a fun idea and it has been executed in a carefree and whimsical way. It’s certainly fitting that ‘feast’ is the biggest and heaviest word here. The font used for ‘merriment’ looks just like what it is describing. Of course anyone who has young children–or heck even if you don’t–has to love that naps appears twice!! And, isn’t it so true that children as well as their parents live for those ‘days-off’? In short, I just love how these truly genuine sentiments keep the holiday wishes real! And just one last thing… I love that little star is in the center, but isn’t perfectly centered.


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 17

A child’s anticipation of the holiday to come and their report from Santa is arguably the very best part of the holiday season and Carrie O’Neal‘s Nice List (No. 17!) captures that excitement perfectly.

Don’t you think families everywhere will get a kick out of this? I love the headline “Be Good” and then the tag line in a much softer script “for goodness sake”. And then the stamp is just great–it’s so well put together, with the double circle, the dotted lines, and the the starred lines. I wonder if families will want to be able to downgrade their young ins to say a 7.5? A 10.0 is really, pretty nice. I don’t think I ever earned that score! Isn’t it so great how the photo is tilted–it makes the whole composition so much more interesting. And the white frame against a beige background is very classy. I really like how the photo is black and white, too. All in all, a great idea and a very solid execution.


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 18

It’s not easy to find a really well designed Christian card, but with No. 18 Carrie Eckert has done just that in her lovely Joy to the World.

This is one of the most elegant and thoughtful Christian cards I’ve ever laid eyes on. It couldn’t have been easy to lay out the font this perfectly to create such a nice tree. I imagine there was a lot of enlarging and shrinking of words and individual letters, as well as tilting and rotating, and re-layering. The curly q’s and loop-d-loos, in particular, are masterfully laid out. And then the red dots–don’t they mimic hanging balls in such a wonderfully understated way? I also really love how the pot of the tree is hand drawn and I love, love, love that this is a live tree–see the dirt there? This is also a very green card! I also love the sky blue background. Finally, I really love the particular lyric Carrie chose to illustrate–it’s such a lovely song and a beautifully expressed sentiment.


The Winners of Minted’s Next Top Model Facebook Photo Contest

We invited Minted customers and fans to submit photographs of their families or their clients to be displayed in our 2010 Holiday Card Collection. We were completely blown away by the awesome photos that kept popping up on Facebook–we simply could not believe it! Over 1,300 photos were entered in total.

When these photos combine with the exceptional designs from our 2010 Holiday Card Spectacular, they will truly be something exceptional come this fall. Below you can see one photo from each winner (some photographers and families submitted multiple photos and you can see all of a person’s submissions by browsing our Facebook fan page photo album). You’ll be able to see all of the winning photographs this fall when we launch our 2010 holiday assortment.

Also, if you love these photos and want to know more about one or more of these great photographers, please email us at designers@minted.com. If one these photos is yours and we have not been in contact with you, please also email us at designers@minted.com so that we can help you collect your prize.

The winners chosen below will each receive 100 free flat or fold-over holiday cards (valued at $200), plus a generous Friends and Family discount so that they can share the love with your closest friends. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to submit. We genuinely appreciate your sharing your beautiful families with us!

Submitted by Stephanie Wynne Hultman, Mandy Birdwell Photography

Submitted by Jon Fellows

Submitted by Erin McGinty Kelly


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 19

Let’s lighten up for the weekend, but without resorting to cheese, with No. 19: Emily Ranneby‘s Joyeux Noel + st. nicholas.

First of all, I love the entire series Ranneby did like this. I think what makes it so great is that it’s actually quite rare that you see minimalism and humor together. I love how the beard is shaped like a doily and I love that she chose to add stripes to it on a diagonal. Also, despite the fact that there really are no eyes on this Santa–you don’t even miss them–maybe they’re hiding behind ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ which is Santa’s long hair? The point is  that Ranneby does lots of things I would never think of doing, but makes it look like that is just how it’s supposed to be! She also really nailed the color palette. The gray is both warm and yet still cool like you expect from the color gray. The shade of pink is not really pink it’s some sort of shade of beige with pinkish tones. And the reversed out effect = pure sophistication. Finally, the writer in me always loves when the copy matches the design and Ranneby also executes on that perfectly. Have a lovely and amusing weekend ahead!


Inspiration Boards: Sundance Wildflowers

On this nice summer day, let’s take a little break from the countdown to enjoy J. Bartyn‘s Sundance Wildflowers Wedding Invitation.
Clockwise from upper left: Cake, Shoes, Bridesmaid, Pellegrino, Flowers, Bride & Groom

Isn’t there something just so perfectly appealing about getting married in a huge field? Doesn’t it seem to just make sense that you’d want all that open space around you as you take that leap of faith? I’ve always loved the idea of a long, farmhouse table in the field with dozens of people seating at benches alongside it. And I think the flowers, the Pellegrino, the little veil, that perfect light that comes only at dusk… it all just goes so well with the watercolor flowers. Simply dreamy.


2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 20

Are you ready for a hand drawn masterpiece? Sydney Newsom‘s Love and Peace Eternal is just that. And it’s also No. 20!

So clearly Sydney has some real talent–I just love all of the hand drawn elements. It’s truly a beauty. Let’s just take a minute now and unravel her design genius piece by piece. Isn’t the ‘a’ in peace awesome? And isn’t it helpful how white, red, green, and blue are evenly spread throughout the entire composition? The globe is simply fabulous. Ditto re: the pictogram of the heart. I love the little banner with the tiny dots around ‘and’. And I also love the simple snowflakes that fill up any empty space. ‘This’ spelled out vertically looks really awesome. Finally, I love how the olive branch in the dove’s mouth pulls us into a peaceful 2010 and slightly overlaps across the photo! What other bits and pieces of fabulousness am I missing?