Holiday Guest Judges.

Every year we are especially excited about our holiday challenge and in particular about our esteemed guest judges’ awards. Each judge is not only a key influencer in their universe, but their exceptionally fine tuned taste helps guide our design community, as well as our customer. This year, as if the giant honor each one of these design giants conveys weren’t enough, each judge will also award a $500 prize.

Bri Emery is the creator of and voice behind the blog designlovefest. Her enthusiasm for simple yet effective design grew into a lifelong love for quality and creativity. Bri very quickly earned a reputation in the blog community as the go-to gal for innovative and stylish execution.

Annual Report by j.bartyn was tops for Bri. “I am a huge fan of information design and I thought this was charming and well designed. I would love to get this card in the mail.”

Annual Report

Bri’s four other faves included (clockwise from top left): Candy Cane Countdown by annie clark. “Impactful, bold and nice type layout.” | Silverwhite by Kelli Hall. “Subtle & delightful type.” | Ombre Tidings by Paper Dahlia. “As a big ombre fan, this one caught my attention!” | Light Feathers by hobson studios. “Lovely, simple & delicate.”

 

Courtney Eliseo is a designer, blogger, and stationer based in Astoria, NY. Seamless Creative is the design studio where she collaborates with her husband on branding projects for small businesses; Design Work Life, a daily design inspiration blog, and Seamless Paperie, which creates brands and paper goods for weddings and special events.

Courtney chose Moglea‘s Line & Dot for her award.  “I’m a big fan of non-traditional holiday cards that express a festive and celebratory vibe without using the typical colors and imagery. This design does just that. The combination of hand-drawn pattern, bouncy type and interesting color scheme makes for a fun, fresh and unique design.”

Line and Dot

Courtney’s other special mentions include:  Hollygram by Maddy Nye. “I love the hand-lettering and offbeat color palette. It’s a perfect pairing for a fun pet photo.” | Our First Noel by Carrie ONeal. “I love the super simple and clean graphics and type. It perfectly complements a peaceful newborn photo.” | Patterned Snapshot by Alethea and Ruth. “I love that the image and type on top is kept simple in black and white in contrast to the gorgeous floral pattern in the background.” | Peaceful Flurry by Jody Wody. “I love the colorful and textural typography on this one.”

 

Joy Wilson is the voice behind the popular blog, JoytheBaker.com. She is a baker, food photographer, writer, and curator of all things sweet.

Peppermint Crew by Sydney Newsom took the cake for Joy. “I love this design because it’s simple and sweet. I love holiday cards that say something other than Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, but express a distinctly Winter/Holiday sentiment. This design would be sweet for a couple, children… and I might even try to sneak in a cute picture of my cat in a Santa beard. No big deal.”

Peppermint Crew

Other sweet spots for Joy included: Noel Medallion by Wendy Van Ryn. “I appreciate the clean, handmade feel of this design.  It’s simple, isn’t bombarded with traditional holiday colors, but feels classic and festive.” | Hollygram by Maddy Nye. | White Christmas by cadence paige design. | Santa’s Behavior Check by chocomocacino.

 

Camille Styles is the founder and editor of lifestyle blog camillestyles.com, where she shares the creative entertaining ideas that inspire her parties and her life.

Although it wasn’t easy for her to choose just one, in the end Camille’s favorite was Peace Love and Joy Branches by Alethea and Ruth.“The whimsical font, hand-drawn branches and simple message are absolutely perfect.”

Peace Love and Joy Branches

Camille’s runners-up include: Metropolis by Inkwell Design Studio. “Clean and modern, with a message that is subtle and unobtrusive so that the photo can really shine.” | Chalkboard Quotes by Jill Means. “A creative and fun way to share a personal tidbit about each family member without creating clutter.” | Our First Noel by Carrie O’Neal. “The message is just soooo sweet.” | Ombre Tidings by Paper Dahlia. “I love ombré anything, and this card would appeal to the fashion-y hipster set who are looking for something untraditional.” | Light Feathers by hobson studios. “I love a feather motif, and this adds a fun, “design-y” element without calling attention away from the photo.”

 

A HUGE congratulations to j.bartyn, Moglea, Sydney Newsom, and Alethea and Ruth. Ladies, your genius has been recognized by four of the most visually attuned people we know!

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Final ‘Become the Face of Minted’ grand prize award.

Folks, we have a winner!! And a big winner at that. Sophia, pictured, below is our final grand prize winner of our ‘Become the Face of Minted’ top model contest.

It’s pretty easy to see why this little darling took the cake! She is at once adorable and mischievous. We love the contrast of stripes and polka dots. And that blonde hair and blue eyes are just very striking.

The photo was submitted by Photographer Cecile Tinder, from Seattle Washington. Congratulations Cecile!! She will recieve $750 in cash + $200 Minted gift certificate for her masterpiece!

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Art curator celebs making inspiration boards.

Have you guys tried out our awesome new inspiration board builder yet? It lets you pull together various art prints or stationery from our site and see how all the designs look together. It’s really helpful for putting together a wall collage or even just narrowing down your favorites to make a decision easier! It’s not easy to pick just a few Minted designs, when there are so many beauties, am I right?!

This new landing page, pictured above, walks you through how some of our celebrity curators used our boards to create real world displays, as well as how to create boards yourself. So I highly recommend popping over and checking it out… it’s your turn to be the editor! And if enough people ‘like’ your boards, you just might be a famous editor soon enough, earning a spot on our featured boards page.

Happy Monday and Happy Pinning!!

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A pretty green tabletop + art print cookie favors.

While all of the art from our art launch was still hanging up in our CEO and founder Mariam’s home, we decided to host a dinner for some key influencers to show off our new art collection. I had a lot of fun putting together the tabletop and thought  I’d share my six, easy tips to putting together a really inspiring tabletop.

1. Long tables are awesome. I am just a huge fan of one, big long table whenever possible. Even if it’s so big you are likely having multiple conversations, it still makes everyone feel united to be seated together. And you avoid the ‘A-list’ vs. ‘B-list’ issue entirely.

2. Pick a color and stick to it. Given that our logo is a really pretty green, I decided to stick to green and yet liven things up a bit by working with a few different shades of green.

3. Paper table runners are awesome and affordable. Here I took five sheets of wrapping paper and cut them in half to create a runner the length of the table. Then on the sideboard, I used a whole sheet of paper to do a candle cluster display.

4. Lots of little arrangements are better than one or two big arrangements that you can’t see over. Little vases also make a few flowers go a long way so they’re much easier on the budget. Flowers by the insanely talented Hunt Littlefield.

5. Placecards make everyone think you thought ahead to include them and also help you introduce friends. It’s a lot of fun to matchmake! Plus we have some really cute placecards!

6. Lastly, let your favors be both gifts and decor. I asked Sugar Mama Cookies SF to make cookies with our art print images on them. Using edible image paper, she happily obliged. Here we have Tami Bohn’s Zou Bisou Bisou… I’m personally obsessed with Megan from Mad Men so I love this one!

If  you want to try this at home, keep in mind that not only do you need to buy edible image paper, but edible ink for your printer as well. If you’ve ever wondered how supermarkets are able to print cartoons onto cakes… this is how they do it. And here we have Heirloom Pear by Alexandra Stafford.

What was so fun is that we were able to show the three color ways our art prints are offered in. Lucky Girl by Krista Messer would be perfect for any little princess’s room!

Part of the reason they look so good is that Sugar Mama Cookies SF actually hand piped the black frames around the image paper for a really finished look. From left to right: All in the Details by Courtney Wilburn, Those Stylish Madmen by Dana Beckwith, Wood Grain Hearts by Max and Bunny.

In the end, whenever you’re doing anything, but especially when entertaining… remember to Keep it Simple, by j. bartyn!

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Happy Birthday to Harper Beckham and the Pitt-Jolie twins!

We helped out with a fun story on celeb kiddos July birthdays for People.com. It was a lot of fun to be inspired by these little ones who already have their own strong aesthetic sense!

With cotton candy stripes and swirly circus type, The Big One! by jennifer wick was the perfect amount of French whimsy for the sophisticated and lovely Harper Beckham.

Donut miss the party by guess what? was a little more hip and cheeky for Vivienne & Knox Pitt-Jolie’s fourth birthday celebration. Check out more of our fun children’s birthday party invites here.

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