Moving Announcements now for sale

25 innovative moving announcements from The Home Sweet Home Moving Announcement Challenge have just gone up for sale! Here are some of the ones we can’t stop gushing about.

Mariam: I love the architectural line drawing feel of Lot by marabou designs, plus it looks a bit like my neighborhood.

Ellen: When I move into my dream home with a huge yard I’m going to order The Grass is Greener by sweet tree studio.

The Grass is Greener

Kim: I love Float Paperie‘s Float + Modkey. It’s simple, clean, eye-catching, and retro all at once!

Float + Modkey

Allison: I always adore Float Paperie‘s use of typography, and it’s showcased well in float + taking off.

float + taking off

Annie: I love the vintage rustic feeling of Mandy Gordon‘s home tweet home. Her pattern work is fantastic.

Home Tweet Home Moving Announcements

Natasha: I actually just signed the lease on a new apartment with my fiance so I am going to order Tied by marabou design, but I’m going to take advantage of Minted’s fully customizable options and do it in a sage green to match the walls of the dining room in our new place. I’ll make the caption “we tied the knot.” Then I’ll have a bridesmaid drop them all in the mail when we leave on our honeymoon. It’s a wedding and moving announcement in one!

Tied Moving Announcements


Cheree Berry in Martha Stewart Weddings

We couldn’t take our eyes off the pages of Minted brand Cheree Berry’s red and aqua wedding featured in Martha Stewart’s Summer 2009 edition. Cheree nicely gave Minted a shout-out today in Martha Stewart’s “The Bride’s Guide” blog. I just love the idea of Minted personalized wedding stationery for a bridesmaid gift–so much in fact I may have to steal it for my own upcoming wedding! Pair it with an engraved letter opener and it’s a worthy gesture of thanks for any bend over backwards attendant. Thank you Cheree and a million congratulations on your letter-perfect wedding!

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Help Abby at Style Me Pretty decide!

Our Seasonal Save the Date guest judge Abby Larson is trying to pick her favorite entry. Help her narrow down her list of favorites by weighing in on her infamous Style Me Pretty blog.

And make sure, if you haven’t already, to vote before it’s too late in our seasonal save the date challenge.


Holiday Challenge winners announced!

Thank you to each and every designer who participated in Minted’s 2009 Holiday Card Competition – we were awed by the collective talent displayed in this challenge. Over 50,000 votes were tallied to decide on the winners – in the end, these 3 designs prevailed by a close margin to win in their respective categories:

a white christmas by day design – 1st prize, $1000, Full Bleed Photo
Candy Tree by Gleaux – 1st prize, $1000, Fresh Take on a Classic
bold reflection by kelli hall – 1st prize, $1000, Mulitple Photo category

Also placing in the top 10 designs overall were:
joy by Carrie Eckhert
organic ornament by kelli hall
Sweet Snow by Candice Leigh
Feliz Navidad by Sarah Lenger
sweet memories by pottsdesign
Red Ribbon Happiness by Cococello
footsteps in the snow by Oscar+Emma design

Congratulations to these designers for their vision and hard work. We wanted to add that the Minted staff had a very difficult time deciding on our ‘editors’ picks’ and will likely be adding more editors’ picks to those already selected. As this—our biggest competition yet—wraps, we sit down with a few members of Minted’s staff to hear their perspective on the designs submitted..

1. What card do you think will be most popular this holiday season and why?

Allison: White christmas by day design.

It’s eye catching, yet has subtle type and design qualities. It will let almost any photo shine.

Mariam: I second White Christmas. I think that photography aficionados will enjoy displaying a large photograph on the front of their card, while the snowflakes add an elegant but modern touch to the card.  This design that epitomizes the Minted customer.

Annie: Sweet Memories by PottsDesign.

Emily’s design doesn’t over power the photograph, which I think is the most important factor in a successful holiday card. The design has just enough winter spirit without being too over-the-top to have mass appeal.

Natasha: Snowflake Music Holiday Photo Cards by Koshi.

Why not just let the photo and the beautiful font do all the work? This design feels very luxe to me.

Koshi: Oh Christmas Stripes by Stacey Day:

I’m not one for the typical Christmas symbols, but her tree evokes an architectural quality fit for any Frank Lloyd Wright mantle.

2. Of the hundreds of cards submitted, what is your favorite holiday card and why?

Allison: Organic ornament, by kelli hall.

I love the simplicity of the illustration and her color palette is right up my alley! It’s a fresh design, and that’s what Minted is all about!

Annie: So many to choose from! It’s a tie between Kelli Hall’s Winter Chic and Alex Elko’s Peace Love and Bop.

At first the designs seems so effortless, but then you realize the care and attention to detail that goes into creating such flawless compositions.

Natasha: Sweet Tooth by Oscar+Emma Design

It strikes the perfect balance between cute and classy. The colors are very current and I like mixing a bright holiday red with a winter blue.

Mariam: I love Citrus Snowflakes by Gleaux.

This artist’s vision is very unique and very detail obsessed.  She communicates both vintage and modern clearly and successfully in this design, which I think is hard to do, and the vintage elements add appropriate seasonal warmth.

Koshi: This is like asking me which pair of sneakers I like most (I own an obscene number of sneakers). It’s nearly impossible to pick just a single one, but I’m partial to Emily Potts’ Sweet Memories:

It’s a simple design with intricate details and great typography. It’s also not red and green, yet it still evokes the season

3. What card is leading your list to send out personally this year and why?

Mariam: Classic Ribbon Stripes by Emily Ranneby.

I love the restrained, modern classical style of Emily’s designs.  What I love about this design is that it incorporates holiday red, but allows a photograph to really take center stage.

Koshi: I like Precious Bugarin Design’s Modern Geometric because it’s so starkly modern it could easily be an announcement for a gallery opening:

Reminiscent of Design Within Reach’s iconic logo, this design not only uses one of my favorite typefaces, News Gothic, but it’s also so clean it almost impossible for me not to love. It’s almost as if I had designed this one for myself.

Allison: I would first send my own Peace, Love and Presents.

However, if I were to send out any other photo card I would chose either organic ornament, or simple bulbs by kelli hall.

Natasha: I’m a little biased because Erika did my wedding invites, but I love the sophistication of Warm Berries by Gleaux:

Annie: If I wasn’t going to send out one of my own designs, I’d use Retro Holiday Holiday Photo Card by Baumbirdy.

I’m a sucker for anything mid-century modern inspired, and I have a perfect old family photo (ugly Christmas sweaters and all) that would look great with this retro holiday card.


Congrats to the Minted 2009 Holiday Photo Card Design Challenge Winners

Natasha’s posting more about this on Monday, but after a flurry of activity and excitement at Minted yesterday we are excited to announce the winners of the Minted 2009 Holiday Photo Card challenge at  This was a very tough design challenge in which we received over 650 entries and 50,000 votes.  There were many designs that came close to winning, and I’m just sorry we can’t give more designs a ‘top 10’ recognition.  In the meantime, congratulations to the 3 first prize winners – Day Design, Gleaux, and Kelli Hall  – for their unique and winning vision!

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Minted in InStyle Wedding

At Minted we love the idea that invitations can capture the spirit and personality of an event. And we’re not alone, in their Summer 2009 issue InStyle Weddings featured invitations for the modern bride that eschews outdated ideas that wedding invitations must be stuffy and boring. The article highlighted designers that are pushing the envelope with bold use of color, strong graphic patterns, and creative use of typography. Among those mentioned was Minted’s own Deco Lights wedding invitation by the talented Deb Pang Davis of Cococello. Allison, one of our talented design associates, is also quoted, “Strong patterns, bright colors and clean font help set the tone for a modern wedding, says Allison Wheeler, a designer at stationery boutique To find your inspiration, Wheeler suggest looking at fabric patterns, modern design and art deco-era typography.”

Minted in Instyle Summer 09


freshly minted: The Home Sweet Home Moving Announcement Challenge Winners

If you haven’t already seen the winners from our last Design Challenge: The Home Sweet Home Moving Announcement Challenge, you should head over to the winners page to get a sneak peek into the moving announcements we’ll be releasing soon.

Renee Stevens of R Studio follows up on her editor’s pick from our Pre-Wedding Party Challenge with a winning design for this challenge. Her design mixes a whimsically detailed neighborhood illustration with clean modern typography to create her winning moving announcement.

Moving Full Circle Moving Announcements
Moving Full Circle Moving Announcements

Congratulations also goes out to Amy Fontes for her first editor’s pick and her first card for sale in the Minted Collection. We’ve been watching Amy’s work over the past challenges and we’re glad to have her work added to the assortment. Finally, a special congratulations to Amanda Larsen, she had two designs in the Top Ten this time around, a feat rarely seen.

Congratulations to all our top ten winners: R Studio, Float Paperie, kelli hall, Amanda Larsen, Mandy Gordon, Sweet Tree Studio, b.brown, Sarah Lenger, and Sunny July. And thank you to the rest of the designers who participated, we look forward to your future submissions.

Lastly, I noticed the Holiday Challenge submissions have broken our record for number of submissions in a single challenge. We are not only excited by the quantity, but also impressed by the quality of the designs. I can’t wait for voting to start, I’m sure our customers will be returning to have fresh designs this Holiday and you certainly have provided them with a lot of wonderful options.

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Modern Baby Shower Invitations Design Challenge Winners

We asked for a new spin on an age old party and we saw designers raise the bar on creativity in the category. Clean, bold typography and delightful illustrations have, again, produced more designs that would look as at home hanging in a frame as they will on your fridge.

sweet tree studio and kelli hall continued to dominate with their strong aesthetic, attention to detail, and whimsical take on classic themes. Jennifer Postorino mints her first win with an artistic type-based illustration. Emily Potts continues to catch the eyes of our users, this time leveraging the mighty cupcake with her knack for clean type, great color choice, and fun illustration.

The runners up were not far behind our winners and their designs were unsurprisingly popular. Katie Beth Shirley, underthewire, Maddy Susser, and the sweetstreetgals entertained us with their twist on the challenge and filled out the top ten.

The editors, just like in every challenge before it, were overwhelmed with the submissions and had a difficult time trying to pick designs for the minted collection. You’ll notice a few familiar faces Emily Ranneby, Annie Clark, Andres Montaño, and Lori James of Guess What?. They continue to lead our community with great design work and commentary to nurture our new designers. Congratulations to one of our most prolific designers, b. brown, all that hard work has paid off, welcome and congratulations on getting minted!

To the rest of the designers, there is opportunity around every corner. Our Party of the Year Invitation Design Challenge is still open for submissions until this Sunday April 26, 2009, make sure you get your designs in for voting and good luck!

The 2009 Modern Baby Shower Invitation Design Challenge Winners

onsie whimsy

Cheery Frock

baby giraffe



Whale Tale

Some Bunny's Having a Baby!

citrus celebration

Whooo's Invited

little muffin

Editors Pick’s

Addition – B. Brown
Conveyance – B. Brown
Hail – B. Brown
Soon – B. Brown
Baby Bib – Mandy Gordon
Baby Rock – Andres Montano
Baby’s Love Design – Andres Montano
Baby Silhouette – pottsdesign
Classic Stripes and Sprouts – Emily Ranneby
Spring Sprouts and the Birdie – Emily Ranneby
Ducky – Kerry Doyle
Elegant Rattle – Pen + Parchment
Floral Wreath – Annie Clark
Just Dotty – Andrea S.
Marrakesh – Beth Perry Design
Mod Mobile – Sweet Tree Studio
Nifty Nursery – Sweet Tree Studio
Mod Nursery – Guess What?
Party at My Crib – Sweet Street Gals
Punctuation – Jody Wody
Showering Baby Icons – Maddy Susser
Simply Mobile – Asa Ranneby
Soft Blocks – Kelli Hall
Stitched Flowers – Kelli Hall

Congratulations on getting minted.


An Interview with Kelli Hall

Kelli Hall has become one of minted’s most successful and popular designers. I recently had the chance to learn a little more about her and how she came to be such a great designer and artist.

minted: How did you get your start in graphic design?
Kelli: It was love at first Mac. A first generation blueberry iMac to be exact. I wish I could say that I’ve always known I would be a graphic designer but, in all honesty, I thought I would make a career out of being an oil painter. With my solid history of pet portraits, how could I have failed? : ) But a few people close to me encouraged me to consider graphic design, so I got a computer, taught myself the programs and, even though I never fully abandoned my pursuit of a fine art degree, I added in several graphic design courses for a bit of a foundation.

minted: Did you go to school for art or design or are you a self-taught designer?
Kelli: I guess you could say I’m a little bit of both. I went to school for studio art and I was also lucky enough to have a full time job as a graphic designer while in school. I would go to fine art classes for part of the week, and then I would spend the other part of the week, literally knee-deep in pompoms, working as a graphic designer for a small toy company. It was a great experience and I was fortunate enough to work with some talented designers who shared their ‘real-world’ design wisdom.

minted: Did designing for kids affect your design aesthetic or was it something you were naturally adept at?
Kelli: That’s a great question — I think in the case of the kids design, it’s something I’ve become more adept at over time. In the beginning, like any new project you approach as a designer, I did a lot of research and had to learn to tailor my thinking to communicate with that audience…but now, I think maybe there’s some residual playfulness that stays with my designs.

minted: Where did you go to school? Who was your most influential professor/mentor there?
Kelli: I went to Georgia State University in Atlanta. I’ve had a lot of great professors, but one of my favorites would have to be Malcom Mobutu Smith. As my secondary drawing professor, he showed me the importance of personal accountability for my every mark. Malcom’s unique teaching method emphasized the pursuit of creativity alongside his teaching of traditional technique. His teachings sparked the idea of detaching myself from just making things that are aesthetically pleasing and focusing on how I can use design principles to communicate an idea. I guess it sounds really simple to most people but at the time it was a big shift in my thinking. Its a concept I still struggle with.

minted: Who is your favorite designer (or design company)?
Kelli: I’m not sure I could pick just one favorite designer. Right now, I’m really inspired by Yulia Brodskaya’s Paper Graphics. Her pieces have so much visual energy, it seems they could just unfurl right off of the page. There’s something so nostalgic about the detailed forms in her paper structures, but also something very fresh. I also love Joy Deangdeelert Cho’s work. I’m always inspired by her playful use of color, handmade influences, and unique approach to all aspects of design. Plus, she’s managed to create a whole assortment of designs for so many different disciplines, and I can’t help but admire that! I’m especially in love with her print and surface designs she’s created for urban outfitters.

minted: Your work is both illustrative and graphic. The unique balance between type and illustration has become the hallmark of your style. Tell me what goes into striking that balance.
Kelli: I’m happy to hear that it comes across that way. In all honesty, my approach to design is probably more of a painterly approach than a graphic design approach. In the first stages, my design is all sorts of crazy. I tend to begin by blocking out colors and shapes and then I slowly simplify the composition — almost carving away and making way too many variations of the same file. Since I have a natural inclination to lose myself in the details of an illustration, I really have reign myself in, and repeatedly ask myself whether my illustrations add to or detract from the idea/message. Sometimes it’s successful, sometimes, not so much.

minted: I also believe that iteration is the key to uncovering what works, how many versions do you create for a design and how do figure out which one is best?
Kelli: It’s a little embarrassing to say. I’ve worked with some designers who can consistently nail it on the first go. I take a little longer. For most any design, I create, on average, between 10 and 20 variations. After that, I whittle them down to 2 or 3 — then I print them out and walk away for a while. Usually, what speaks to me when I come back is the version I choose.

minted: We just got a bunch of samples in, and Glass Ribbons was in our latest shipment. I have to say it looks great in person. What was the inspiration for the wave motif?
Kelli: As part of the bride’s Chihuly themed event, I referred to Dale Chihuly’s glass works and installations. I sought to create a piece that was both elegant and emulated the repetition of like forms in Chihuly’s work. The color variation in the lines was intended create interest and reinforce the repetitive nature of the lines.

minted: The Pop of pink birth announcement is also a great design. The simplicity of the design makes any photo look great. How do you know when something is simply beautiful or just too simple?
Kelli: The final ‘Pop of Pink’ design is just a result of creating something I’d like to send myself. I knew at the beginning I wanted the text placement and color to emphasize the name and the photo. I think this challenge was fun because I had to push myself to question the purpose of my design. I think in this case, the difference between too simple and ‘simply beautiful’ hinges on the simple detail of the color in the name. Too much color would have overwhelmed the photo, and neutral typography would have left it uninteresting.

minted: How often are you making things just for fun? How often do you make things for yourself vs. for work, and how often do those things overlap if at all?
Kelli: It all kind of overlaps for me. I always get excited at the prospect of creating something new, whether it’s toying around with something on my own or creating something for a client that has a specific set of rules. I guess it’s the process i find enjoyable.

minted: In your recent win, Bellaphant, you’ve created an iconic turquoise elephant. It is very reminiscent of Pueblo Zuni fetishes, where did you find the inspiration for this illustration?
Kelli: I’m flattered that you’ve drawn such a generous comparison to my illustration. Bellaphant progressed over a course of multiple iterations from a little pink elephant hiding in the grass, to the inflated blue version on the final invite. I was inspired by some simple children’s flash cards and the cover of the familiar “pat the bunny” children’s book. I also have a tendency to create pudgy illustrated characters that are distinctly rounded or have exaggerated proportions–Using a fat elephant that fills the composition just seemed to be a natural extension of that tendency.

minted: And finally, what tips or advice do you have for artists who have just started entering the challenges?
Kelli: Hmm…This is a tough one. I’ve seen so many great designers in these challenge, I’m sure I can learn more pointers than I can provide. But if I had to contribute one thing, I guess I would suggest seeking out inspiration in unexpected places. My creativity hits the wall more times that I like to admit, so I’m always looking for ideas in the environment, old books and color palettes. One of my best sources for inspiration is Adobe Kuler — It’s my go-to for kick starting my creativity.