Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge: No. 8

Fresh off her win as the Best New Designer from the 2010 Holiday Spectacular, Robin Ott has made waves again with her 8th place win of $100 for “Love Story.”

This design taps into the retro romance of typewritten notes and feels understated and handsome, but still celebratory. Plus, this design is effortlessly versatile. It could be reworked in a variety of color ways, for a variety of recipients. Congratulations Robin!


Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge: No. 9

Mandy Gordon is one of those designers who has been with Minted since the beginning, and her illustrations always leave an impression. As her 9th Place win of $100 for “Bloom” shows, voters have also taken notice of her illustrative prowess and have awarded her a spot in the top 10.  Maybe I’m just a sucker for illustrative type, but her floral type just takes my breath away. The blossoms have so much personality and substance, while still feeling very delicate. Laid out against a rich cocoa background, the bright type sets this design apart and leaves us begging for more. Mandy’s made quite the splash with her imaginative and personable illustrations, such as this adorable clown from the recent  Make A Wish Children’s Birthday Party Challenge. “Bloom” is no exception, and we are thrilled to congratulate Mandy on a well-deserved win.


The Winners of Minted’s Next Top Model Facebook Photo Contest

We invited Minted customers and fans to submit photographs of their families or their clients to be displayed in our 2010 Holiday Card Collection. We were completely blown away by the awesome photos that kept popping up on Facebook–we simply could not believe it! Over 1,300 photos were entered in total.

When these photos combine with the exceptional designs from our 2010 Holiday Card Spectacular, they will truly be something exceptional come this fall. Below you can see one photo from each winner (some photographers and families submitted multiple photos and you can see all of a person’s submissions by browsing our Facebook fan page photo album). You’ll be able to see all of the winning photographs this fall when we launch our 2010 holiday assortment.

Also, if you love these photos and want to know more about one or more of these great photographers, please email us at designers@minted.com. If one these photos is yours and we have not been in contact with you, please also email us at designers@minted.com so that we can help you collect your prize.

The winners chosen below will each receive 100 free flat or fold-over holiday cards (valued at $200), plus a generous Friends and Family discount so that they can share the love with your closest friends. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to submit. We genuinely appreciate your sharing your beautiful families with us!

Submitted by Stephanie Wynne Hultman, Mandy Birdwell Photography

Submitted by Jon Fellows

Submitted by Erin McGinty Kelly


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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