Business Card Guest Judge Alexis Swanson’s Award

I am happy to announce the judge’s awards and runner-ups from our business card challenge guest judge Alexis Swanson, the design and PR maven behind her family’s Swanson Vineyards and the creative force behind her cheery blog. Her judge’s award goes to time for a trim by i heart design studio. Alexis chose it because of its “wonderful combination of modern and old time typography, plus it’s great colors.”

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Guest Judge’s Awards: February Showers

We were beyond thrilled to have three of the biggest names in the blogosphere guest judge our February Showers Challenge. I’ve had the great privilege of meeting them all in person and let me just say that they are the classiest, wittiest, prettiest, sweetest, most fun ladies ever. And their taste is impeccable, as their very popular blogs attest to, so I know you’re as excited as I am to hear which designs caught their eye in the challenge and why they liked them… so without further ado:

Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind chose couple’s recipe by Ana Gonzalez for her award.

“For me, this design won by a landslide. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s incredibly well thought-out. Most invitations are promptly recycled after the event, but this design will be long-treasured by the lucky couple in the form of a recipe card. Genius, and what a memory for the bride and groom!”

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LA Mintie Meet Up

We were quite pleased with the turn-out. Everyone was so excited to meet fellow Minties and business cards were a-flying!

(From left to right) Adam Lorber, Crystal Stansil, Allison Brennan of the Social Type, Annie Clark, Erin Welles of SunnyJuly, Patsy Henspetter of Aspacia Henspetter, Renne Pulve of Smudge Design, Chanda Alicanté Mariam Naficy, Ree Jae of Chi and You, Taleen Bedikian and Rhonda Hesse


Special Editor’s Picks of The February Showers Challenge

Imaginative? Check.  Unique? Check. Gorgeous? Check! The February Showers Design Challenge assortment put forth by Minted designers was simply unparalleled. Congratulations all! Here are the Special Editor’s Picks and the Runners Up in each design category: “Customer Favorite”, “Best Over-The-Top-Pretty-While-Still-Modern Design”, “Best Couple’s Wedding Shower Design”, “Best Couple’s Baby Shower Design” and “Best Design from a Minted Newbie”. See what Mariam (Minted Founder & CEO) and the Minted design staff have to say about all these stunning designs!

Customer Favorite:

Prairie Tale by Moglea

Congratulations to Moglea – this design, Prairie Tale, was voted #1 by Minted customers!  We agree wholeheartedly.  This is a beautiful modern interpretation of sweet animals welcoming a new arrival, with composition and color making this design unusual and unforgettable.

Here are two other designs that were in the ‘top 10’ of what Minted customers loved:

Customer Favorite Runners Up


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


Meet a Mintie: B Wise

Today we have mintie Alston Wise of B. Wise Papers with us to tell us all about her love of design and what people and places inspire her. You will absolutely recognize her recent The Perfect Match Save the Date entry; it won first prize in our recent Save the Date Challenge. And oh my goodness, you just have to see these pictures of her absolutely adorable family.