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!


A busy day for Minted!

Yesterday was a very exciting morning for Minted. We had our first television debut on the Early Show, followed just an hour later by a feature on the Today Show. Apparently our personalized stationery and new skinny-wrap™ address labels are a huge hit!

Amy Goodman, Senior Editor All You Magazine

The lovely Amy Goodman led the Early Show segment.

Amy and Harry

Amy and anchor Harry Smith had a lot of fun on set together.

Our cards on TV!

Our cards on TV! Candice Leigh's Zebra in purple really popped!

More of our cards on TV

Some of our more masculine cards for men and boys.

Don't they look just lovely on the big screen?!

Don't they look just lovely on the big screen?! The Sophia card (at left) is by Sarah Lenger. Modern Dots (at right) by Oscar+Emma is shown in Minted's signature green.

Style expert Alison Deyette, of alionthego.com,  talked up Minted’s personal stationery on the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda in a feature about hostess gifts for under $50.

Hoda & Kathie Lee

Hoda & Kathie Lee are quite the pair.

Alison Deyette

Alison Deyette looked very chic.

The ladies ooohing and ahhhing over the great gifts featured

The ladies ooohing and ahhhing over the great gifts featured. One of the other fun ideas was giving exotic sea salts in cute labeled glass containers.

Our cards and skinny wraps on the Today Show

Our cards and skinny wraps on the Today Show.

Kathie Lee's cards

Kathie Lee's cards are called Eraser and are by Oscar+Emma.

Hoda, Kathy, and Ali's cards with skinny wrap address labels

Hoda's Contrail card is by Marabou. Ali's Candy Dots cards are by Cayce Cobb. The cards are shown with coordinating skinny wrap address labels.


Last call holiday card judge’s picks.

We are continually stunned by the incredible talent in our design community and by how many great designs are entered in each challenge — the last call holiday card challenge was no exception. We asked our guest judges for their favorites and, like us, they had a hard time picking a favorite.

Rachel Levin, senior travel editor at Sunset magazine, has never sent a Christmas card — but she’s excited to do so for the very first time this year with her new daughter front and center. She says she “leaned towards more general, less Christmasy” designs when making her selection.

Rachel: These are my top two. Even though I think you only want one; it was a tough call — so many fun ones!

cocoa Holiday Photo Cards
cocoa Holiday Photo Cards

retro greeting Holiday Photo Cards
retro greeting Holiday Photo Cards

Lindsay Bierman, Editor-in-Chief at Coastal Living.

Lindsay: This was tough — so many great choices and beautiful graphics. I went back and forth, but if I had to choose just one I’d say the space needle would be my top pick. Since the challenge was to refer to a city or region, I love how the card can be recycled for use as an architectural tree ornament!

Seattle Space Needle Ornament   Holiday Photo Cards
Seattle Space Needle Ornament Holiday Photo Cards

Tied for second, I really like the “bright holidays ahead” (although no place mentioned) and the “santa cruz basics” card. I liked the integration of type, graphics, and photo on the bright holidays, and adored the surfboard motif on santa cruz. Both are really bright and cheerful graphics that don’t overshadow the photo. I’d personally send the surfboard, but the conversion to an ornament gave Seattle the slight advantage.

Bright Holidays Ahead Holiday Photo Cards
Bright Holidays Ahead Holiday Photo Cards

santa cruz basics Holiday Photo Cards
santa cruz basics Holiday Photo Cards

I can’t wait to see what your visitors choose!


Minted Unveils Winners From the 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge

Minted Unveils Winners From the 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge Minted has announced the winners of its 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge, its biggest design competition yet. 651 designs were entered, 50,000 votes were cast, and over $8,000 was awarded in prizes. The winning holiday photo cards are now available on Minted.

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Cheree Berry in Martha Stewart Weddings

We couldn’t take our eyes off the pages of Minted brand Cheree Berry’s red and aqua wedding featured in Martha Stewart’s Summer 2009 edition. Cheree nicely gave Minted a shout-out today in Martha Stewart’s “The Bride’s Guide” blog. I just love the idea of Minted personalized wedding stationery for a bridesmaid gift–so much in fact I may have to steal it for my own upcoming wedding! Pair it with an engraved letter opener and it’s a worthy gesture of thanks for any bend over backwards attendant. Thank you Cheree and a million congratulations on your letter-perfect wedding!

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Holiday Challenge winners announced!

Thank you to each and every designer who participated in Minted’s 2009 Holiday Card Competition – we were awed by the collective talent displayed in this challenge. Over 50,000 votes were tallied to decide on the winners – in the end, these 3 designs prevailed by a close margin to win in their respective categories:

a white christmas by day design – 1st prize, $1000, Full Bleed Photo
Candy Tree by Gleaux – 1st prize, $1000, Fresh Take on a Classic
bold reflection by kelli hall – 1st prize, $1000, Mulitple Photo category

Also placing in the top 10 designs overall were:
joy by Carrie Eckhert
organic ornament by kelli hall
Sweet Snow by Candice Leigh
Feliz Navidad by Sarah Lenger
sweet memories by pottsdesign
Red Ribbon Happiness by Cococello
footsteps in the snow by Oscar+Emma design

Congratulations to these designers for their vision and hard work. We wanted to add that the Minted staff had a very difficult time deciding on our ‘editors’ picks’ and will likely be adding more editors’ picks to those already selected. As this—our biggest competition yet—wraps, we sit down with a few members of Minted’s staff to hear their perspective on the designs submitted..

1. What card do you think will be most popular this holiday season and why?

Allison: White christmas by day design.

It’s eye catching, yet has subtle type and design qualities. It will let almost any photo shine.

Mariam: I second White Christmas. I think that photography aficionados will enjoy displaying a large photograph on the front of their card, while the snowflakes add an elegant but modern touch to the card.  This design that epitomizes the Minted customer.

Annie: Sweet Memories by PottsDesign.

Emily’s design doesn’t over power the photograph, which I think is the most important factor in a successful holiday card. The design has just enough winter spirit without being too over-the-top to have mass appeal.

Natasha: Snowflake Music Holiday Photo Cards by Koshi.

Why not just let the photo and the beautiful font do all the work? This design feels very luxe to me.

Koshi: Oh Christmas Stripes by Stacey Day:

I’m not one for the typical Christmas symbols, but her tree evokes an architectural quality fit for any Frank Lloyd Wright mantle.

2. Of the hundreds of cards submitted, what is your favorite holiday card and why?

Allison: Organic ornament, by kelli hall.

I love the simplicity of the illustration and her color palette is right up my alley! It’s a fresh design, and that’s what Minted is all about!

Annie: So many to choose from! It’s a tie between Kelli Hall’s Winter Chic and Alex Elko’s Peace Love and Bop.

At first the designs seems so effortless, but then you realize the care and attention to detail that goes into creating such flawless compositions.

Natasha: Sweet Tooth by Oscar+Emma Design

It strikes the perfect balance between cute and classy. The colors are very current and I like mixing a bright holiday red with a winter blue.

Mariam: I love Citrus Snowflakes by Gleaux.

This artist’s vision is very unique and very detail obsessed.  She communicates both vintage and modern clearly and successfully in this design, which I think is hard to do, and the vintage elements add appropriate seasonal warmth.

Koshi: This is like asking me which pair of sneakers I like most (I own an obscene number of sneakers). It’s nearly impossible to pick just a single one, but I’m partial to Emily Potts’ Sweet Memories:

It’s a simple design with intricate details and great typography. It’s also not red and green, yet it still evokes the season

3. What card is leading your list to send out personally this year and why?

Mariam: Classic Ribbon Stripes by Emily Ranneby.

I love the restrained, modern classical style of Emily’s designs.  What I love about this design is that it incorporates holiday red, but allows a photograph to really take center stage.

Koshi: I like Precious Bugarin Design’s Modern Geometric because it’s so starkly modern it could easily be an announcement for a gallery opening:

Reminiscent of Design Within Reach’s iconic logo, this design not only uses one of my favorite typefaces, News Gothic, but it’s also so clean it almost impossible for me not to love. It’s almost as if I had designed this one for myself.

Allison: I would first send my own Peace, Love and Presents.

However, if I were to send out any other photo card I would chose either organic ornament, or simple bulbs by kelli hall.

Natasha: I’m a little biased because Erika did my wedding invites, but I love the sophistication of Warm Berries by Gleaux:

Annie: If I wasn’t going to send out one of my own designs, I’d use Retro Holiday Holiday Photo Card by Baumbirdy.

I’m a sucker for anything mid-century modern inspired, and I have a perfect old family photo (ugly Christmas sweaters and all) that would look great with this retro holiday card.


Congrats to the Minted 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge Winners

Natasha’s posting more about this on Monday, but after a flurry of activity and excitement at Minted yesterday we are excited to announce the winners of the Minted 2009 Holiday Photo Card challenge at www.minted.com/previous-challenge.  This was a very tough design challenge in which we received over 650 entries and 50,000 votes.  There were many designs that came close to winning, and I’m just sorry we can’t give more designs a ‘top 10’ recognition.  In the meantime, congratulations to the 3 first prize winners – Day Design, Gleaux, and Kelli Hall  – for their unique and winning vision!

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