Paper Strip Pumpkin Art

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

There has been a bit of a chill in the air and a few leaves are beginning to change colors, which can only mean one thing…we’re on the brink of FALL!  We are big fans of Autumn around here and I relish the chance to break out the pumpkin, harvest and Halloween crafts this time of year.

To celebrate this sweater loving, pumpkin patchin’ time of year, we thought we’d share a variation of our Paper Strip Easter Egg Art only this time with pumpkins!

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Easy Halloween Treats for a Spooky Kid’s Party

By Alison of The Alison Show

I know, it’s barely fall, but if you want to throw a spooky bash for you and your kiddos, now is the time to jump on it! I’m dying over all these cute Halloween party invites I’ve been seeing on Minted, and I thought it would be fun to pair them up with some matching Halloween treats.

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DIY Grocery Store Bridal Bouquet

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

diy grocery store bouquetI love the idea of a bride and her closest friends gathered on the morning of her wedding day, binding blooms and bonding over a creative project. In this spirit, making your own bouquet requires something of a laissez-faire approach, resulting in a bouquet that can take on a more personal and chic feel. To embrace this idea, I set out to the grocery store in a blind hunt for flowers that could be used to craft a pretty nosegay, worthy of a bride’s big day. I learned that, if you’re open and flexible, a diy bridal bouquet using supermarket flowers is surprisingly doable.

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DIY Painted Leaf Napkin Rings

By Jenny of Hank and Hunt
I am a huge fan of real napkins. Have you noticed how hard it is to find good napkin rings? If they are amazing and fun, they are expensive. If they are cheap, well, they look cheap. So I decided to make some of my own, with my own quirky take on the coming season’s palette. Yes, we have burnt orange, but it is bright and when paired with mint green, hot pink and navy, it adds a great fresh feel to the traditional table for fall. I found these individual faux leaves on the wedding aisle at the craft store, they just needed a little help.

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A Sneak Peek at Jill De Haan’s 1st Place Win Surprise

Last night, Mariam, our Founder & CEO, made a surprise appearance at the Salt Lake City Minted Meetup to officially announce that SLC Minted Designer Jill De Haan won 1st place out of 3,348 incredible submissions in our ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge. Jill and the other Salt Lake City Minties had no idea Mariam would be there or that they’d be a part of our biggest announcement of the year!

More details about the meetup and the surprise to come soon. Take a look this sneak peek:

Congratulations, Jill!

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Top 10 ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge Winners!

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

This is the final moment that truly makes September feel like the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ Today, as we reveal the top results of our 6th annual holiday card challenge, we honor not only the ten individuals featured here, but also all of the designers who contributed to the success of these designs with comments, critiques, and encouragement.

I am always thrilled to see designers who are new to our community rise to the top of the charts. Likewise, I find it immensely gratifying to watch familiar faces grow over time by participating in our design challenges. There are even a few designers in this year’s top 10 who submitted to the very first holiday challenge!

We truly celebrate designers at every stage and are very grateful to have you all in our community. With that, I give you the top 10 ranked designs. Congratulations, designers!

1st Place Winner: “Hand Lettered Christmas Wishes” by Jill De Haan

We were absolutely thrilled to see Jill De Haan’s “Hand Lettered Christmas Wishes” land in first place. Jill is fairly new to the Minted Community, but has made a huge splash with this design. The sweeps and curves of her hand-lettering make for such a beautiful layout. It takes incredible skill to make this artwork look so effortless. We love the flow of the watercolor and the unusual pairing of red and pinky-cream for a holiday card.

I was able to surprise Jill with the news last night at a Minted Meetup in her hometown of Salt Lake City, UT.  It was so much fun getting to know the SLC Minties and getting to tell Jill in person about her first place win! We’ll be posting all about the meetup and the surprise very soon.

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Top 11-20 ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

Today, we keep the holiday ball rolling with the announcement of the 11th-20th ranked designs from our ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Card Challenge. Looking at the designs below, it’s easy to see why they were so loved by designers and consumers alike. Congratulations to the exceptional talents behind these stunning designs!

11th Place: “Merry Holly” by Fig and Cotton Paperie

Oh what fun this design is! We love Erin’s quirky font choice; those playful swashes and alternate letterforms add so much personality to “Merry Holly.” The sweet little sprig and berry provide just the right amount of color against the bright white type.

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tassle trim favor bags

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry
Nothing says festive like the addition of bright colorful tassels. They are easy to make and can instantly turn a simple bag into an awesome wedding favor, with a hint of cha-cha. Make the tassels in bunches (with the help of your bridesmaids) and use them to adorn other details of your special day for a festive and fun way to say, “I do”.

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