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!

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Coming of Age: No. 10

It’s been the holidays here at Minted for quite some time. We’ve been working hard to get everything ready for this year’s season, which is sure to be our best yet! But we’d like to take a little break to celebrate another major event that happens not once a year, but once in a lifetime!  Depending on your religious and cultural heritage, we all celebrate a teen’s coming of age in different ways… Sweet Sixteen, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmation, or Quinceanera. Regardless of your choice of celebration, we’re all agreed that it is important to mark this major milestone of becoming an adult. We’re excited to kick off a series of blog posts celebrating the winners of our recent Coming of Age Challenge, which we’re sure will result in the most modern and gorgeous assortment the world has ever seen!

Pretty in Paper‘s Gift of the Spirit is an incredibly versatile design. It would work well for any Christian confirmation ceremony with just a little text adjustment and we especially appreciate how well it would work for a male or female. This very classic design takes this important event seriously, but is still fresh and modern. I am certain it would appeal to both parent and teen–which is no easy feat! I really like the cross hatching in the background–it’s something we haven’t seen a lot of–and I like how it ties in with the border around the cross. Wonderful work Anne!

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Fling Wedding Invitation in Southern Weddings

Whether or not you hail from the South, you simply must pick up a copy of the latest issue of Southern Weddings.

It is simply divine and also happens to include our very own Andrea Mentzer’s Fling Wedding Invitation in a breathtaking shoot!

Have green, aqua, and a little teal ever looked so good together?

Congratulations Andrea–I definitely think you should frame this one! And kudos to Emily and all the other great gals at Southern Weddings for producing another masterpiece that I for one will be adding to my permanent magazine collection.

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Meet a Mintie: Dish & Spoon

Carrie of Dish & Spoon broke records with Robot Friends, the highest-scoring design in Minted design challenge history. It scored a 4.12 out of 5 in the Make A Wish Birthday Party Challenge and won over voters with its whimsical yet modern illustrations of robots. Carrie’s design style is a mix of illustrative and modern, with a touch of handicraft and fun. Looking at her body of work, you get the sense that she is a smart, sophisticated, and deliberate designer who crafts her designs with the utmost precision and thought — an observation verified by our production team, who swears that her art files are always immaculate and a breeze to work with. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since she submitted the so-adorable-it-hurts design “You’re a Blast” to the Be Mine Valentine Challenge and was excited to catch up with the creative genius behind Dish & Spoon in this week’s Meet a Mintie.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a traditionally schooled graphic designer.  I went to school and studied that and never changed my major, which is pretty rare. At the time, I wanted to get into web design, so I took a lot of classes like Flash and Animation, thinking that it’s what I wanted to do. Luckily

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Women’s Initiative Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony

If you are in the Bay Area and free on Tuesday, October 12th we can’t think of a better way to spend a night than celebrating great female entrepreneurs. So we hope you’ll consider attending the Woman’s Initiative Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ceremony, where our very own Mariam Naficy will be honored alongside 12 other very talented ladies. She would very much look forward to celebrating with you!

Tickets are $75. The event is being held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, which is really a beautiful old-world San Francisco space with beautiful wood paneling and great views. The ticket price includes wine, heavy apps, and dessert–but most importantly this is a very worthwhile initiative that supports micro-loans to low-income women entrepreneurs and all the proceeds benefit the initiative. And really, what could be a better cause? If the 12th doesn’t work for you, take a look at additional dates in surrounding Bay Area communities. Congratulations again to Mariam and all of the other very talented women with whom she shares this honor. Cheers, cheers!!

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Minties in the City

When you are part of an online community, you spend a lot of time getting to know people through email, forums, online chat, and the phone. Nothing replaces actual face-to-face interaction though and whenever possible, we love getting together with designers for a cup of coffee, a cocktail, or lunch.

(Quick shout out: if you are ever in SF, drop us an email! We’d love to meet up).

Last week, we had a super-sized Minted Meet Up by inviting three designers from different parts of the U.S. to join us in San Francisco for a few days. The lucky designers — or should I say, the designers we were lucky to be able to hang out with — were Brandy of Marabou Design (Seattle, WA), Sydney Newsom (Dothan, AL), and Amy of Design Lotus (Baltimore, MD).

(L-R) Sydney Newsom, Amy, Kerry of Paper Dahlia, Mariam, Brandy, Annie Clark, Jody of Jody Wody, Robert of Waui Designs; (Bottom) Andres Montano

This was our first time ever inviting designers to come to SF and needless to say, we were really excited.

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Fortune’s 2010 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

We always knew Minted CEO and Founder Mariam Naficy was a force to be reckoned with, and this just reaffirms it. From more than 200 nominations, Fortune has selected Mariam and 9 other amazing women to honor as the 2010 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Read more here.

Mariam will be headed to D.C. next week to speak at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, a three-day conference bringing together prominent women leaders in business, philanthropy, government, education, and the arts. She’ll be joining some pretty impressive company, and we couldn’t be prouder of our boss. Congratulations Mariam!

If you want to drop her a note, leave a comment here or find her on twitter at @mnaficy.

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Town & Country Weddings photo shoot.

If you open up the latest issue of Town & Country Weddings, which hit newsstands yesterday, you’ll find this beautiful new Minted ad.

It is the first in a series of ads styled by famous bloggers. We were delighted to work with Victoria Smith of the always fascinating SF Girl by Bay. We have long marveled at how Victoria is able to find the the most unique and beautiful things and put them all together in an even more interesting way, which is exactly what she did for our shoot.

The Shoot was masterminded by these four lovely ladies: Victoria Smith, photo assistant Amber McKee, photographer Eva Kolenko, and designer Suzanne Shade.

The idea behind the shoot was to include Minted’s invites in a real life inspiration board collage. It’s what we think somebody as trendy as Victoria has as her personal bulletin board, without even trying!


In the end, the winning combination featured the Social Type‘s Love Struck and Annie Clark‘s Apple Blossom. Congratulations ladies on an excellent team effort! The ad is stunning and will hopefully let lots of new brides know about our great wedding offerings.

it was me, then the photo assistant, eva kolenko (the photogrpaher), and suzanne.  i don’t know the photo assistant’s name, but will ask suzanne.

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Meet a Mintie: Sweet Street Gals

Today we have the real treat of meeting not just one, but two lovely Minted ladies: the Sweet Street Gals. They’ve been a part of the Minted community for two full years now and they’ve contributed a great deal of wonderful work. We know you are just as excited as we were to learn more about Alison and Jessie and how they work so obviously well together.

At age nine, what did you both want to be?
Alison: A veterinarian. I have always loved animals. Now I have a yellow lab, Riley. He is my baby (and quite the artist himself!). Here is one of his “paw paintings”.

Jessie: A pilot.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
Alison:
I always knew I wanted to do something creative as a career. As a child, I loved painting, drawing, craft projects and homemade creations. But it really wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I got more serious about design. I had a very inspiring art teacher that really helped me develop as a designer.
Jessie: I saw my friend Arielle between classes in college and she was carrying a portfolio of paintings and I had a big stack of English books. I told her I wanted to draw and design all day, so I tagged along to a recruiting session of the visual communications program.

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Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge: No. 2

This breezy design, Fantastic Birthday, by b.wise papers takes home the 2nd Place prize of $500 on the Happy, Happy Birthday Challenge countdown. Congratulations Alston!

Alston channels retro inspiration and makes it feel fresh again. Let’s start with the “fan.”  It looks structurally accurate, yet it carries a sense of whimsy and lightness that makes it feel downright perky. The personalized banner of the cupcake flutters delicately in the fan’s breeze, and the graphic stripes of the cupcake wrapper gives this stand-by treat a decidedly modern and sophisticated upgrade. And then there is the color palette, which pairs mint green and coral in a way that feels easy and relevant. It takes a skilled and confident designer to pair these colors for such an unexpectedly refreshing effect, and this win is an affirmation that b.wise papers is a designer to watch.

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