It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Holiday Wreath DIY

As our holiday challenge gets closer and closer everyday, we’re doing everything we can think of to help get our Minted Community designers in that holiday-card-creatin’ spirit! We’re hitting all the senses – we warmed things up with Jack’s holiday music playlist and filled your homes with the sweet winter smell of Cathy’s Gingerbread Cake. Now how about some nice winter greenery? Today we have a beautiful Holiday Wreath DIY from Lizzy McGinn, a Mintie who also does incredible floral design. You can see her work at her website, Saturday Flowers, and on Instagram. Check out Lizzy’s instructions below, in her own words:

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The Sweet Smell of the Holidays

With our big holiday challenge coming up soon, we decided to help get everyone in the spirit. We kicked things off yesterday with Jack’s holiday playlist and we’re very happy to continue spreading holiday cheer with a delicious Gingerbread Cake recipe from Cathy Haebe. Cathy is not only a Mintie, but she is also an incredible baker! Check out her work at kneadtomake.com and on Instagram. Try this recipe out at home to fill you home with the scent of the holidays…

Classic Gingerbread Cake

(Yields 3 layer 9” cake)

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Album Art adapted from Lena Barakat’s “Retro Resolution

Though it’s hard to believe, our big annual holiday challenge is just around the corner! Here in San Francisco, the shining sun, the green grass, and March Madness have been making it a bit hard to feel the cheer. So we’ve decided to share a series of things you can do to help yourselves (and us!) get in the holiday spirit.

To kick things off, our very own Jack of jackmove has put together a playlist of his favorite holiday jams. And don’t forget: the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Listen (and sing along) to it here.

If you have any great ways to get in the holiday spirit, please post them in the comments below!

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Adult Party Decor Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

In the Adult Party Decor challenge, we asked the Minted Community to design party decor for sophisticated soirées and other special occasions. We werre looking for a cool, modern, grown-up sense of style, and designers delivered! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

The Professional Award for the suite that is perfect for a suit-and-tie professional dinner party or event

gateaux” by chocomocacino

Bring out the cake! Gerrie strikes the perfect balance between festive and professional with “Gateaux.” We love the sophisticated neutral palette and the contrast between the geometric patterns and the softer letter panels.

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On the Way! Baby Shower Invitation Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Great designs were “on their way” to us as soon as we started the On the Way! Baby Shower Invitations Challenge. We asked the Minted Community to design baby shower invitations as unique as each little bundle of joy for a variety of events, from showers celebrating the mom-to-be to sip and sees to couple’s showers. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Animals Award for the best invitation design incorporating an animal or other creature

les renards” by Bonjour Paper

Cécile’s little renards are just so cute! We love how it looks like they’re presenting the invitation to the guests, and how they join the florals to form a sweet frame.

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Fall in Love Wedding Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Love was in the air in our Fall in Love Wedding Invitations Challenge! We gave the Minted Community no small task – to re-invent the traditional wedding invitation with unique, fresh designs to wow both brides and grooms. We were looking for a full range of themes from traditional to whimsical and backyard to ballroom. We were amazed by the results! The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best sophisticated and timeless design that pleases more  traditional couples and their parents while still being a fresh take on a classic

Gold Notes” by Carrie ONeal

Carrie breathes fresh life into traditional design with “Gold Notes.” The combination of her sophisticated type and her bold, strong lines strikes that perfect balance between classic and contemporary.

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A Talk with Minted Artist Jorey Hurley

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Last week, we were very lucky to have Minted artist, illustrator, and author Jorey Hurley visit us here at Minted HQ in San Francisco. Jorey sat down with Mariam, our CEO and Founder, for a Fireside Chat to talk about Jorey’s work, her inspiration, her Minted experience, and her new book, Nest, with Simon & Schuster.

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Good for You Kids’ Art and State of the Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge

We have special prize winners for two art challenges for you today! In the Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge, we asked the Minted Community of artists to channel their inner children to submit innovative and creative work for children’s rooms. We were thrilled with the result. Congratulations to the winners of our special prizes!

The Curvilinear Kid Award for the best art print that puts customers’ names or other personalizable details on a curvilinear path

The Little Miss” by Frooted Design

We think this piece by Frooted Design is awfully clever (there’s a boy version as well). Multiple layers evolve after the first glance – a silhouetted profile, first popularized in the mid eighteenth century, is placed in the center of the design and is accented by a stamp like treatment.  Lovely scrollwork helps to incorporate the vital birth announcement details – date, place, time and weight.  The child’s name shares the stage and is highlighted at the top with the secondary names noted in a graceful curved banner above the image.

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Make an Impression! Letterpress Wedding Challenge Special Prizes

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

We were beyond excited to launch our very first Minted Letterpress Challenge! We asked the Minted Community to design letterpress wedding invitations for a breadth of themes and styles to build out our current assortment. It’s a pleasure to announce the special prize winners who each stood out in one of our special categories. Congratulations, winners!

Classic Award for the best classic and timeless design that pleases both traditional couples and their parents

Classic” by Lauren Chism

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Quickfire Stationery Gifts Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer and Jen Casebeer, Minted Community Team

We went back to basics with one of our old favorites – a stationery challenge! Discerning customers come to Minted for clean, beautiful, and unique stationery designs that they just can’t find anywhere else. So in the Quickfire Stationery Gifts Challenge, we asked the Minted Community to create fresh stationery designs that would wow our customers and make great gifts (to order for someone else or for yourself!). The winners below each truly shined in our special prize categories. Congratulations to our special prize winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most unique, original stationery design:

Desert Stripes” by Alethea and Ruth

We’ve never seen stationery quite like Rachel’s “Desert Stripes,” and we can’t get enough of it! Practically evoking a desert landscape at dawn, the delicate dots and stripes seamlessly combine with graphic color-blocking to create stationery that’s really worth writing home about.

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