Joy Cho’s Lucky in Love Save the Date Pick

Back in August, we announced that Joy Cho would be the Guest Judge for our Lucky in Love Save the Date Challenge. Joy Cho is the founder and creative director of Oh Joy!, a lifestyle brand that includes a product line at Target, lifestyle videos, and a daily blog. She has also authored three books and has consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world.

Joy selected The Adventure Begins by Kelly Schmidt. When asked why she chose this design, Joy said, “I love The Adventure Begins because it is truly a representation of the new chapter of life that marriage brings—adventures together, both big and small. Visually, I love how the typography is beautiful yet simple. It allows the photo to be the focus while also making it easy to find a photo that fits with the placement of the typography. I love everything about it!” Congratulations, Kelly!


Official Rules: Minted’s #MintedRings Engagement Photo Contest

Official Rules Set forth below are the rules for Minted’s #MintedRings Engagement Photo Contest. This document sets forth the entry requirements, the judging criteria, ownership of entries and other important rules governing this Contest. It is very important that you read these rules carefully before entering the Contest, as you will be bound to these rules if you enter the Contest. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest.

1. Entry Period. The Minted #MintedRings Engagement Photo Contest (“Contest”) begins December 23 at 12:01 am Pacific Time (“PT”), at which time submissions will first be accepted. Minted will accept submissions through 11:59 pm CT February 19, 2017 (the “Submission Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest. Entrants are responsible for determining the corresponding time zone in their respective jurisdictions. This contest is best experienced on a desktop computer.

 2. Sponsor. The Contest is sponsored by Minted LLC, 747 Front Street, San Francisco, California 94111 (the “Sponsor” or “Minted”).

3. Eligibility. The Contest is open to legal residents of, who are located within, the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) and to members of the US and Canadian Armed Forces stationed abroad. Entrants must have reached the legal age of majority based on the laws applicable in their place of residence at the time of entry and be the owner of the copyright in the entry photo. Employees of Minted Group, Inc., Minted Partners L.P. and their parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies as well as the immediate family (spouses, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable national, federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. Proof of eligibility must be provided upon request.

 4. How to Enter.






During the Submission Period, visit the Minted #mintedrings Engagement Photo tool located at:, fill out the entry form and upload your image into the tool and use the tool to add custom Minted Weddings frame or sticker, created by our community of artists, and then share your engagement photo on your social media channels through the “Engagement Photo” tool with: #mintedrings + @minted. You will be required to provide an email address to participate. All entries are final upon submission. In order to be entered for a chance to win you must submit an entry by 11:59 pm CT on February 19, 2017. Participants are not required to pay or give any consideration in order to participate. Void where prohibited.

5. Photo and Sticker Caption Requirements. a. photos must be in .jpg, .gif, or .png image formats. b. photos must be taken by the entrant, must not be professional photos, must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. c. submission must not contain material that violates or infringes the rights of another, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights or that constitutes copyright infringement. d. submissions should not contain brand names or trademarks (other than Minted). e. submissions should not contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses. f. submissions should not contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, unless you have received express consent from such person that you are allowed to post a photo of such person to our Instagram account for inclusion in this Contest. g. submissions should not communicate a message or image that is inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate. h. submissions should not violate any laws. i. submissions should be clear and in focus and the average viewer should be able to identify what is captured in the photo. j. submissions should not contain material that is inappropriate for posting on a public website, such as obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, disqualify, modify, edit, and revise entries, photos, or related materials that Sponsor deems to be obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any entry or related materials, request additional information and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject Contest, Sponsor or Sponsor’s customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn or ridicule. By submitting an entry, entrant hereby grants permission for the entry to be posted on Sponsor’s Instagram page, on; on; in e-mails from Sponsor; on Sponsor’s blogs and on Sponsor’s social network channels (including, but not limited to Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest) and on Sponsor’s other websites, and as Sponsor otherwise sees fit in Sponsor’s promotional programs. Entrant understands that entries may also be shared by other Instagram and social media users. Entrant is hereby granting Sponsor an unlimited license to use the entry in any form or manner and allowing Sponsor the right to alter or amend the entry. Entrant will not object to any use by Sponsor of the entry and is waiving all moral rights associated with the entry. By submitting an entry, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many entries in connection with this Contest and/or other promotions staged and/or promoted by the Sponsor, and that such entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other entries made in connection with this Contest and/or other promotions promoted by Sponsor or submitted for other reasons, or to other materials developed by the Sponsor. Each entrant waives any and all claims that any entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used may be similar, or that any compensations is due to any entrant in connection with such entry or other works used by Sponsor. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on February 19, 2017, to be eligible. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

6. Drawing/Judging. Minted will collect all entries submit with a confirmed with an email address, and randomly draw (1) grand prize winner. The (2) runner-up winners will be chosen by Minted Wedding Editors for “Most Romantic” (Eg. dreamy, whimsical, nostalgic, or glamorous photos celebrating your unique romance) and “Most Creative” (Eg. unique photos charming or cleverly paired with designs from the #MintedRings frame + sticker collection).

7. Winner Notification. Potential winners will be notified via email and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, IRS W9 form or other tax related forms, Release of Liability/Publicity or other documentation as requested by Sponsor within ten (10) days of the date of notification or an alternate winner may be selected. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact any potential winner or any potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up winner may be selected. If a Canadian resident wins a prize, that person must also answer correctly within a 5 minute time period a mathematical skill-testing question without the benefit of any calculating devices before the prize will be awarded.

8. Prizes. Prize: The grand prize winner will receive $1000 (USD) in Minted Weddings credits, $35 (USD) credit to purchase a Minted Wedding Website (Premium), and a consultation with a Minted Wedding Stationery Stylist. Runners-up (2 participants) will receive $250 (USD) credit to Minted Weddings order.

Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prizes selected are subject to availability. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer a prize or redeem a prize (or portion thereof) for cash. Winners must provide a valid ship-to address to Sponsor within 10 days of request from Sponsor or winner may forfeit his/her prizes. Sponsor will pay for shipment of the prizes to the winners, but the winners must ship the prizes to a location within the area of eligibility. Winners are responsible for all applicable national, federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.

9. License for Use of Entries. By submitting an entry, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant to Sponsor an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sub-licensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the entry and all elements of such entry, including, without limitation, the likeness of any locations or people embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereinafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification of entrant or any third party.

10. Privacy. When you enter, we collect personal information such as your name and email address. This information is used to administer the Contest and, to contact you if we have questions about your entry or to notify you if you are a winner. When you enter, you may also be asked if you would like to sign up to receive emails from Minted about our products and promotions. Signing up to receive these emails will be optional and is not required to enter the contest. If you do sign up to receive emails from Minted, you will be entered into Sponsor’s database to receive marketing emails and you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information and special offers it believes may be of interest to you.

11. Release and Limitation of Liability. Except where prohibited, by participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and any organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, parent companies, and each of such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (c) technical errors related to computers, servers, or telephone or network lines; (d) printing errors; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or in the processing of the entries; (f) late, lost or undeliverable mail or email; or (g) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest and in no event will the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct or indirect damages. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. If for any reason your entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, your sole remedy is another entry in the Contest if possible.

12. Disputes. Except where prohibited, you agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court of California or the appropriate state court located in San Francisco, California; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (3) under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all right to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or your rights and obligations hereunder shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules which would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.

13. Publicity. The winner consents to Sponsor’s use of winner’s name, winner’s contest submission, photographs of the winner), if supplied to Sponsor on Minted’s websites, in Minted’s social media channels and related promotional efforts. Except where prohibited, your participation in this Contest constitutes your consent for the Sponsor and its designee’s to use your name, photograph, and details of the engagement story you provide, in any media without further considerations. You consent to allow Minted to use this information for publicity; Minted does not own this information.

14. General Conditions. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal or civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

15. Winner’s Names. For winners’ names, available after March 1, 2017, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winner’s List, Minted #mintedrings Engagement Photo Contest, 747 Front Street, Suite 200, California 94111, or send an email to requesting a list of winners in the Minted #mintedrings Engagement Photo Contest. Winner’s list requests must be received by July 1, 2017. THIS CONTEST IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED, ADMINISTERED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER. YOU ARE PROVIDING YOUR INFORMATION TO SPONSOR AND NOT TO FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER

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Holiday Decorating Inspiration: Peppermint and Gingerbread

The holidays and peppermint pair together perfectly, don’t they? You’ll find the graphic red-and-white-striped candy everywhere come November and December. Add to the mix some gingerbread-inspired details—warm, kraft-paper textures, ice-cream cones turned into snow-dusted trees— and you’ve got yourself a wonderful modern-minimalist holiday celebration, like this sweet cookie-decorating party we dreamed up here.


peppermint inspired holiday cookie table for minted by kelli hall

sugar-dusted raw ice cream cones as christmas trees for an edible centerpiece.Ice cream cones in various sizes become snow-dusted trees when turned upside-down and given a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.

peppermint inspired holiday cookie table for minted by kelli hall

peppermint inspired holiday cookie table for minted by kelli hall

peppermint inspired holiday cookie table for minted by kelli hallPeppermint candy ribbons double as a clever place-card holder.

peppermint inspired holiday cookie table for minted by kelli hallA forest of sugar-dusted ice-cream cone “trees” serves as a simple-yet-striking centerpiece for your dinner table.

• To make this ice-cream cone centerpiece, group sugar cones on a marble tray or platter (use different-sized ones for the most visual interest; I used large waffle cones, medium-size sugar cones, and small mini cones). Place them upside down and sift powdered sugar for a snowy effect. Arrange them in the middle of the table; or, for a bigger impact, make an entire sugar-cone forest!
• To make these peppermint place-card holder, take candy peppermint ribbons and split them into smaller segments. Insert a place card into one of the ribbon folds (see more photos and instructions here).
• Stick to edibles: Whenever possible, I like all tabletop details to be edible or functional, which helps keep the place setting streamlined (this is especially true for a sweets-themed table).

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Perfect Match Award Roundup: Special Prizes

Announcing the special prize winners for our Perfect Match Awards! Our customers love that they can choose matching Minted Envelope designs that carry the theme of the invitation through to the envelope. These awards are for the most creative envelope designs that add something extra special to the invitations they accompany. A huge congrats to all the winners and runners-up!

The Most Wonderful Time 2015 Holiday Card Challenge
Merrily Matching Award

Everlasting Love Save the Date Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Suite Love Wedding Invitation Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Sweet Celebrations Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge
Perfect Match Award

Imagery created by Leah Conroy
Perfect Match Awards will be announced as a roundup twice a year. 
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Minted x Pottery Barn Art Challenge: Special Prizes

We were thrilled to partner with two of the most widely recognized and largest brands in the children and teens home decor space: PotteryBarn Kids and PBteen. Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen share Minted’s dedication to producing high quality and well-designed products, and we can’t wait to introduce unique artwork from Minted’s community of independent artists into their assortments. Congratulations to all the special prize winners!

Minted Editor’s Choice Award
For the artwork that is chosen as most innovative by the Minted Team
Anim-Alphabet by Sarah York

From the Heart –Teen Award
For the best piece of art displaying an inspirational or unique quote for a teen room
Stay Awesome by Hannah Williams

From the Heart – Children’s Award
For the best piece of art displaying an inspirational or unique quote for a child’s room
You are so Loved by Alethea and Ruth

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Kids’ Birthday Party Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Sweet Celebration Quickfire Kids’ Birthday Party Invitation Challenge! It’s time to party! Each year, parents come to Minted to find the perfect invitation celebrate another year in their child’s life. We invited you, our talented Minted community, to design fun and unique invitations that would inspire parents and set the tone for a party that their children will remember for years to come. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the most design-forward, innovative kid’s birthday party 
invitation that you would only find at Minted
Cherry on Top by Oscar & Emma

Runners-up: Party Sloth by Pistols | Dotted by roxy | Tutti Frutti by Karidy Walker

For the best design for a boy
Pirate’s Map by Alethea and Ruth

Runners-up: SK8 by robin ott design | Captain Laser by Bob Daly | Truck Time by Oodles of Color

For the best party invite featuring one or more
 photos of the birthday boy or girl 
Birthday Shades by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Patterned Fun by Maria Hilas Louie | Let’s Celebrate a Birthday by Christine Taylor
Space Cadet by Jennifer Lew

For the best party invitation for a 1 year old girl or boy
feather wild one by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: and the clock struck 1 by Frooted Design | Wild by Jessie Steury
Dotted One by Jennifer Wick

For the best design specifically created for one
 of the unique shapes Minted offers 
Tri Birthday by Itsy Belle Studio

Runners-up: Birthday Brunch by Kelly Nasuta
Grrreat Lion by Katie Zimpel | Game night by Anupama

For the best design that celebrates a fall or winter birthday
Ice Castle by Jessica Ogden

Runners-up: Scout by Marabou Design | Snow Much Fun for Everyone by Laura Bolter Design

For the best design that puts customizable text on a curvilinear path
Banner Takeoff by Haley Warner

Runners-up: Joyful Rainbow by Hooray Creative
Roger That by 24th and Dune | Truck Party by Alethea and Ruth

For the best design from a designer winning for the first time
Timber! by Paper Sun Studio


Images created by Leah Conroy

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Baby Shower Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prizes for our Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge! Friends and family of expectant parents come to Minted seeking a baby shower invitation that not only sets the stage for this event, but is also special enough to serve as a cherished keepsake for the parents-to-be. We turned to you, our talented community, to shower us with the most unique baby shower invitation designs in the world! We were blown away with what you dreamed up for this challenge. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the most design-forward, innovative baby shower invitation
Fresh Feathers by Simona Cavallaro

Runners-up: Agave Bebe by Marabou Design | Nesting by Anne Holmquist
Bohemian Babe by Lorent and Leif

For the best design specifically created for one of the Minted’s unique shapes
Welcome to the World by Laura Bolter Design

Runners-up: Up Up and Away by Baumbirdy | Baby’s Breath by Susan Moyal

For the best design that celebrates both parents-to-be
Good Sport by Shari Margolin

Runners-up: Brewing baby love by heythird | Baby Brews & BBQ by Sarah Brown

For the best design for an alternative to a traditional baby shower
Cool Little Reveal by Ashley Hegarty

Runners-up: Miles Apart by Sarah Brown | Box Reveal by Leah Bisch
Modern Sip & See by Hooray Creative

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Birth Announcements Challenge: Special Prize Winners

New parents come to Minted in search for a birth announcement that is just as unique and special as their newborn baby. We looked to you, our talented Minted community, to deliver the most creative and fresh designs our customers have ever seen! We looked for a wide range of styles, from traditional and classic to modern and contemporary. We were blown away with the submissions we received in this challenge. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

We’re thrilled to share the guest judge for this challenge, Jacqui Saldana from Baby Boy Bakery, selected Susan Brown’s And More design for our Guest Judge Award.

For the most design-forward, innovative birth announcement 
that you would only find at Minted
Gilded Baby by Petra Kern

Runners-up: Pretty Pinwheels by Kristie Kern | meadows by Jennifer Wick
Party Time by Fig and Cotton Paperie

For the best design featuring multiple photos
Refreshing Gallery by Carolyn MacLaren

Runners-up: Nonpareil by Sarah Brown | Heart by peony papeterie
Measures of Love by Hooray Creative

For the best classic design that will appeal to more traditional parents
Petite Elephant by toast & laurel

Runners-up: Classic Name by Stacey Meacham | Classic Monogram by Fig and Cotton Paperie
Delicate by Jessica Williams

For the most differentiated and unique full bleed photo design
Baby Stats by Christina Novak

Runners-up: Intersect by Lauren Chism | softly brushed by Angela Marzuki
hello little love by Frooted Design

For the best design announcing twins or multiples
double delight by Cheer Up Press

Runners-up: Instant Family by 24th and Dune | Simple Sophistication by Jessica Williams
Plus by Olivia Raufman

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Graduation Art Gifts Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Graduation Art Gift Challenge! With graduation just around the corner, we’re looking forward to celebrating the class of 2016. Graduation is a large, important event in our customers’ lives, and parents and students alike will be looking for that perfect keepsake as a graduation gift for their daughters, sons, or fellow graduates. We looked to you, our talented Minted community, to create pieces that would help customers remember one of life’s greatest milestones. A huge congrats to all the winners!

Out of the Box Award
For the most unique and creative graduation art gift
Done!” by Alisa Hall

Collage Award
For the best photo art gift incorporating 15+ photos
The Years Flew By” by Carrie O’Neal

Class of 2017 Award
For the best photo art gift that incorporates the student’s graduating year
Golden Date” by Erin Deegan

Classmates Award
For the best art gift for a fellow graduate or group of friends
Senior Year Snapshots” by Christina Novak

Words of Wisdom
For the best piece of typography for a graduate
Bright” by Grace Kreinbrink

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Child’s Play Fabric Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Child’s Play Fabric Challenge! For this category, we want to help parents create beautiful, playful, and fun spaces for their children by offering a larger collection of fabric designs geared towards kids of all ages. In this challenge we looked to you, our talented community, to deliver unique, differentiated designs that are truly kid-worthy! We received so many incredible fabric designs that will surely infuse style and personality into any child’s room or nursery. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

Mix it Up Award
For the designer with the best collection of three complementary
designs that cohesively mix and match together
Woodland Wonder” by Karidy Walker

Runner-up: Pretty Florals” by Lori Wemple

Boy Wonder Award
For the best design with a boy in mind
Planet Dots” by Baumbirdy

Runners-up: Treasure Map” by Alethea and Ruth | “Traffic Jam” by Mel Armstrong

Totally Teen Award
For the best design geared towards teens
Jamba” by chocomocacino

Runners-up: Catch a Wave” by Lorent and Leif | “Spring Meadow” by Frooted Design

Newborn Award
For the design that is best suited for a newborn nursery
Wild Things” by Emily Hein

Bunny Party” by Heidy Garay

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