Meet a Mintie: Laura Hankins

I hope you are as excited about this Q&A as I am! I’m sure you remember that Laura Hankins was recently chosen as the collection winner in our Happily Ever After Wedding Challenge–a huge honor! She is also a military wife posted with her husband James in Kapolei, Hawaii and we’re lucky to get to know this rising star a little better today!


Meet a Mintie: Ann Gardner

What a treat–literally, it has a very sweet ending–to have Mintie Ann Gardner with us today! Ann has such a wide range of styles and aesthetics in her design portfolio that you might not be able to pick out one of her pieces instantly, but you’ll certainly notice the excellent typography and her awesome use of color. Enjoy learning about living in Texas, her stint as a pastry chef, and the adorable theme Ann chose for her wedding.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I think I knew from an early age that I wanted to do something where I could create all day and get paid for it. I LOVED colorforms, playdough, crayons, spirograph…

Do you have any formal design training?
I have a BFA in Communication Arts from Simmons College in Boston. I had taken a few community college courses while I was in high school and the credits transferred over. By my senior year, pretty much all I was taking was independent study classes in photography, silkscreen printing, and a few other art related classes. I was also a teacher’s assistant in photography, so I had access to the photography lab. Best school year ever!


Special Editor’s Picks of The Stay In Touch Business Card Challenge

The Stay In Touch Business Card Challenge is Minted’s first challenge in the business card category and all of us here at Minted have been itching to see what Minted designers come up with. Minted designers have always pushed the envelope when it comes to original design and this challenge proved to be no exception.  We were so impressed with all of the designs! As with every challenge, Mariam (Minted’s Founder & CEO) and a group of Minted design staff came together to pick out the Special Editor’s Picks and the Runners Up in each design category. For this challenge, the categories are “Best Business Service”, “Best Personalized Calling Card”, “Best Business Card or Calling Card that incorporates a photo”, “Best Creative Professional”, “Best Food”, “Best Service” and “Best Home & Garden”. In addition to the Special Editor’s Picks, we are also proud to announce the “Customer Favorite” as voted by Minted customers!

Best Business Service:

Fileshare by Maddy Nye. We absolutely love the use of bold colors and the half-tone dot pattern to create the stacked file folders in this design.

Fileshare by Maddy Nye

Runners up for Best Business Service


Ruffled’s ‘Getting Hitched’ Save the Date Judge’s pick.

Oh, Ruffled, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways. I adore all of your insanely creative DIY ideas. Your ‘Real Weddings’ always have a hint of old world glamour. You have a wonderful green marketplace for ‘recycling your wedding’ = pure genius. But most of all I love Amanda Nistor’s voice and aesthetic and how it is carried throughout the site. So without further ado, I am very pleased to bring you Amanda’s top five picks from the ‘Getting Hitched’ Save the Date challenge, including her Judge’s pick.
Says Amanda of the challenge: “I am overwhelmed with the creativity and talent of all designers who participated in the Design Challenge. So, so so many gorgeous designs!”

floriculture by Moglea

“Love the fresh colors of this design. It can be used for virtually any wedding style – from a beach bohemian wedding to a modern loft city wedding, you have plenty of wiggle room to change your mind about your wedding vision.”

palm by Palm Papers

“This save-the-date sets the tone for an uber chic wedding. I imagine a glamorous Miami or Beverly Hills wedding or an intimate Destination wedding just by swooning over this design.”

flowchart by Paper + Parcel

“The flowchart has just the right amount of quirkiness! My hubby would picked this one for sure – it’s a bride & groom winner all around.”


Special Winners of Getting Hitched Save The Date Challenge

We have spent a few weeks reviewing the entries in the “Getting Hitched” Save The Date Challenge and were thrilled to see the level of genius and creativity on display by the Minted community.  After a lot of deliberation, we were finally were able to pick the winners of our special awards.  With so many great submissions, we wanted to show you the runner up designs for each category.

These designs will all be for sale on Minted very soon!

Customer’s Favorite Design:

Flowchart” by Paper and Parcel.  This design received the most love from Minted customers – and it is one of the most unique and creative designs we’ve ever seen!  This design would have been perfect for many analytical friends.

Runners Up for Best Customer Pick Design  


We know it’s been a little while… things got a little crazy with the wedding challenge and the general insanity that is the holiday around here, but we wanted to take a minute to stop and acknowledge how awesome our Minibook challenge was. This was the first time we’ve opened up this incredible and exclusive to designers and they certainly didn’t disappoint! We loved how they used the unique format, for example, all of the details they created on the tabbed pages and the unique monograms that overlapped two pages.
Unfortunately do to the major holiday crunch, we were only able to launch a couple of the Minibooks in time for this year’s holiday, but not to worry the rest will absolutely be up for next year. And all of the wedding designs will be launching this winter when we launch our 2011 wedding collection.
We were delighted when Anne agreed to guest judge. Anne is a force to be reckoned with; she is the founder of City Sage as well as the brand new and incredibly fabulous new magazine Rue. If you haven’t checked it out yet — head over to their second issue now.
I would be remiss not to point out how incredible Marabou‘s Visage performed in this challenge. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen such a sweep before! It was the First Place winner, the top wedding design, as well as…. wait for it… our guest judge Anne Sage’s Judge’s selection. Anne chose

The Wedding Channel’s Judge’s Pick

It’s fair to say we’ve never had a guest judge in this much agony over having to chose just one design to receive their prize, but we can’t say we’re all that surprised given how many incredible entries we received in this challenge. Since Amy had such a hard time picking, she asked us to list her top five. Of course, only her number one will receive a prize, and all of her other favorites have already been awarded judge’s prizes.

Amy loves that her first choice is a square shape. She found it to be both hip and elegant at the same time. She also really likes that it is a softer design, but stops just short of being feminine. We were really honored to have Amy and the Wedding Channel as guest judges in this challenge and we thank Amy very much for her time and great insight. You can follow Amy and all of her creative ideas regularly on her blog My DIY Wedding Day–she just did a fabulous post about book inspired centerpieces!

Her judge’s prize goes to Cherry Blossom Bliss by Jenifer Martino.


Special Winners of the Happily Ever After Wedding Challenge

You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth saying again. The submissions to the Happily Ever After wedding challenge gave us a tough challenge ourselves – it was incredibly difficult to pick the winners of our special awards.  Hence, we decided to show you not only the winner, but the runners up for each award.  Each winner will receive a $300 cash award, plus 5% commission on all net sales…

Best Whimsical Design

Stache + Kiss” by Penelope Poppy pays homage to the quirky chivalry of mustaches and a pouty lip – perfect for a couple who takes fun very seriously. We’ve seen the moustache trend invoked in a variety of ways, but this particular design struck us as particularly playful and well-composed.