Milestones Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Invitations to baby and kids’ milestone celebrations are a fast-growing category for Minted. From Sweet Sixteen parties to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, from Quinceañera parties to Confirmation celebrations, customers are looking for fresh, modern invitations, and the Minted Community truly came through in this challenge. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most innovative design that you wouldn’t see on your run-of-the-mill stationery site; this design best exemplifies the risk-taking that Minted looks for

Wherever you go” by Griffinbell Paper Co.

What a joyful design! Lynn didn’t hold anything back in her bold use of color. The playful palette and whimsical hand-lettering do a beautiful job of highlighting a Bible passage that’s perfect for a baptism.

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Let’s Celebrate! Wedding Parties Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

When it comes to weddings, it’s not all about the big day! We asked the Minted Community to create create unique, modern invitations for all the pre-wedding events: Bridal Showers, Engagement Parties and Rehearsal Dinners. We were looking for designs to suit every type of event, from casual to traditional, and Minted designers delivered! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Fun and Casual Award for the best informal, whimsical or fun rehearsal dinner or engagement party invitation

Stamped on Kraft” by Petite Papier

Erin’s engagement party invitation gets our stamp of approval! The justified copy in conjunction with the simple red, white, and kraft color palette is bold and eye-catching, and the “Let’s” stamped in script in the center adds the perfect hint of whimsy.

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Photo Art Collage Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Photos of friends and family can be among the most cherished works of art hung on a wall. So in the Photo Collage Art Challenge, we asked the Minted Community of artists to create fresh and unique photo art templates for our customers to display several of their favorite photos at a time. The winners below each stood out in one of our Special Prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

The Snapshot Mix Art™ Award for the best new interpretation of our collage-inspired Snapshot Mix™ art

Love you to the moon & back!” by Chasity Smith

This whimsical portrayal celebrates love for a child with a charming sentiment. Snapshots are lined up to form the shape of a crescent moon and offer the opportunity to show off images of your child in various poses.

Chasity joined Minted’s community this past September and has already been the recipient of a number of awards.  She lives in Livingston, Louisiana.

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Holiday Challenge Winners’ Trip to San Francisco

Our Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge is well underway and it has been so exciting seeing all your submissions come in! This year, like last year, our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners will win a 2-day VIP trip to visit Minted Headquarters here in San Francisco (full details here).

The top 3 winners from last year’s ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge came out for their own VIP trip last month and we had a great time showing them around the Minted office and our beautiful city. Here are a few highlights from our trip with Minted Designers Jill De Haan, Eric of GeekInk Design, and Karly of Oscar & Emma.

Eric, Jill, and Karly at that iconic spot!

Minted Community Artists are serious celebrities to everyone here in the Minted Office. Our employees were anxious to hear all about the visiting designers. Jill, Eric, and Karly were kind enough to answer lots of juicy questions from Minted employees in a friendly Q&A. We talking about everything from how they got started in design to their favorite (and least favorite) personal works and what their weirdest Pinterest boards are.

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First Impressions Business Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

Our customers want to make a lasting first impression, so we asked the Minted Community to create the freshest, most beautiful business cards in the world. Minted designers delivered, creating a diverse and chic collection of all types of business cards, from mommy calling cards to charming feminine designs to sleek and serious cards. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

For Him Award for the card design that will most appeal to our male customers

Clean & Dapper” by Morgan Ramberg

Morgan strikes the perfect balance between whimsical and to-the-point with “Clean & Dapper.” The icons and pops of yellow lend a little fun to this card that we’re sure men will love handing out (and it’s even gotten a stamp of approval from the men in the Minted office).

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Together Again West Elm + Minted Art Challenge Special Prizes

What an amazing collaboration! This challenge resulted in a record breaking number of submissions to an art challenge – a whopping 1,960. More telling than the sheer number was the interesting mix of work and the number of new artists who participated. The Minted Art Collection continues to be refined and we are delighted with these new additions.

Below are the award winners for the special prizes for the Together Again Minted + West Elm Art Challenge. Congratulations to all!

Out of the Box Award for the best boundary-pushing art print

Public Isolation” by Christopher Morben

“Public Isolation” elevates the pedestrian view of the interior of a public bus to fine photography. Chris notes on his artist’s statement that although the bus was in use, he happened to embark when it was void of other passengers. Through this unusual happenstance, he was able to capture the relatively unfamiliar sight of an empty bus in a crowded city. By using a tight frame for the image, he creates a sense of intimacy for the viewer. Scattered across the seats, the sunlight casts a spectral illusion of people and the windows, full of reflective glare, offer a hazy view of the city outside.

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‘Twas the Night Before the Challenge…

Tomorrow is the big day! We’re launching the 2014 Holiday Challenge. If you are as excited as we are, you may very well not sleep tonight, but to help you dream of candy canes and gingerbread, we present to you a little video bedtime story as told by Elliot, our Community Design Lead and the man behind files@minted.com.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

By popular demand, we’re pleased to share a closeup of Elliot’s cat sweater and the entire poem:

‘Twas the night before the challenge and all through the land,
not a snowflake was stirring, not a mitten on hand.

Jack hung the lights round the office with pride
To bring winters glow while the sun shone outside

The Merch team was nestled all snug in their desks
With visions of cards to assort in the annex

While Katy spun dreidels and whipped up a hot toddy
Jen and Madeline sent fruit cakes (a terrible hobby)

We’ve blasted the classics to make ourselves merry
Sinatra, King Cole and Mariam’s fave, Mariah Carey

We wove evergreen wreaths and warmed our hands by the printer
We’ve done all that we can to bring thoughts of winter!

But try as we may, try as we might,
something is missing, it just doesn’t feel right

Are our sweaters too boring? No, that can’t be it
Just look at this festive cat-themed knit!

What else can be done to bring christmas to spring?
I know what’s missing! I know just the thing!

We need photo cards, skinny wraps, backers and liners
The freshest new work from the world’s best designers

Now, Jennifer! Now Sarah! Now Laura and Erin!
On, Jessica! On Kelly! and both of the Erics!
Now Stephanie! Now Kimberly! Now Heather and Amy!
On, Ashley! On Katherine! and ALL of the Minties!


Now we just have to wait til’ the bright morning light
Happy Challenge to all, and to all a good night!

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Welcome Little One! Birth Announcement Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

In the Welcome Little One! Birth Announcement Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to help spread the joy of a new baby by creating fresh, original birth announcements. Minted designers proved up to the challenge of creating designs worthy of one of our most meaningful categories, producing an array of sweet, cute, funny, chic, and beautiful designs great for those little future stationery lovers (girls and boys alike!). The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full-bleed photo design

emma” by Rebecca Bowen

Rebecca does a great job of leaving plenty of room to highlight the new arrival’s photo without sacrificing style in “Emma.” The whimsical “hello” and the cute hand-drawn arrow make this announcement so fun.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Katy’s Hot Toddy and Spiced Apple Cider Recipes

This last idea for getting in the holiday spirit may be one of the simplest, make a holiday beverage!  The taste (and smell!) of these drinks always make me think of wintertime.

Hot Toddy (makes 1 serving)
  • 1 1/2 ounces whisky or bourbon (I’m using Bulleit® Rye)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • a few whole cloves and/or a cinnamon stick
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Just for Kids Room Decor Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

In the Just for Kids Room Decor Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to design décor for kids’ rooms and nurseries. Every child dreams of having a room as unique as they are — from princesses and pirates to sports and stars, we were looking for décor that would help kids’ express themselves and create their perfect spaces. This was such a fun one! Congratulations to the special prize winners below who stood out in each of these categories:

Out of the Box Award for the freshest and most innovative take on room décor that you wouldn’t see anywhere but Minted

Globetrotter” by Lulaloo

We fell in love with Maria’s adorable boy on his magic paper airplane. We love every unique detail from her watercolor stripes to her very cute little aviator and his bug buddy.

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