Northwest Mintie Meet Up

This summer, the lovely Brandy Brown of Marabou hosted our first-ever home meet-up! She went all out to make the event beautiful, relaxing, and oh so much fun. Mariam, our founder and CEO, and Brady, our VP of Product Marketing, both headed to Brandy’s home for some sweet treats and great company.

All photos courtesy of Brandy Brown – thanks, Brandy!

Brandy had a gorgeous spread – can you get over this incredible custom cake? I think it’s safe to say that this may be the first edible Skinny-Wrap label ever created.

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The Top 3 Business Holiday Card Winners

We’re so excited to kick off the 2012 holiday season with the top 3 winners of our first ever Deck the Office Business Holiday Card Challenge! Our design community went to work to create fresh, modern, stylish designs that were also simple and clean enough for the most professional businesses.

First Prize: City Flurry Business Holiday Cards by Wondercloud Design

City Flurry Holiday Business Cards

Olivia’s snowy skyline and cool colors create the perfect contemporary holiday card. We love the way her delicate lines over color-blocked buildings provide a unique twist on a cityscape while the minimalist background and clean text let the company name and cityscape really stand out.

Second Prize: Holiday Berries Business Holiday Cards by Jana Volfova

Holiday Berries Business Holiday Cards

Holiday Berries is whimsically beautiful! Jana’s textured background gives the design a bit of depth while her sparkling berries and bold, yet understated lettering strike the perfect balance between pretty and professional.

Third Prize: Greetings of the Season Buisness Holiday Cards by Jennifer Wick

Greetings of the Seasons Business Holiday Cards

We love Jen’s winter florals! Her warm, inviting colors capture the holiday spirit in a subtle way. As always, Jen makes beautiful hand-lettering look completely effortless.

Congratulations to all of our winners! The top 30-rated designs are all winners, so check them out here. And get excited for more holiday announcements!

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It’s Party Time! Kid’s Birthday Party Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that Mini-Minties love to party! Kids’ birthdays should be over-the-top special. So we asked our design community to design children’s birthday party invitations for everything from first birthdays to Sweet Sixteens. Just like their parents, these budding design-aficionados want invites that are fun, fresh, and unique. The special prize winners below really took that to heart! Congratulations, winners!

Snapshot Award for the best design incorporating a photo of the birthday boy or girl

Big One” by Hailey Myziuk

Hailey’s design shouts “one” in a big way! We love the big, bold lettering with the delicate type and color palette. What really strikes us is the very clever, unique way that Hailey incorporates a photo of your little one.

Runner Ups (clockwise from left): “Look” by ERAY | “Oh What Fun” by The Social Type | “Rosie the Raccoon” by nocciola design | “Confection” by Kristie Kern | “Happy Elleventh!” by Wendy Fessler

Variation on a Theme Award for the best design for a themed party

Spa Party” by Cecile Paper Lounge

Now this is one theme we can all get behind! We immediately fell in love with Cecile’s adorable illustrations and with how she fully embraces her theme. From the masks and cucumbers to the sweet flowers and delicate scalloped edge, every detail seems fit for a day of pampering.

Runner Ups: “The Dude Junior” by kelli hall | “Yo Ho Ho!” by Susan Asbill | “Howdy Party” by Heather Francisco | “Circus Seal” by Wendy Van Ryn

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts

Talk about a Sweet Sixteen!” by hannahcloud DESIGN

Doesn’t this design make you wish you could do your sweet sixteen all over again? We love Hannah’s bright, cheerful colors straddling the white background and the photo. Her overlapping, organic speech bubbles give the design so much life and energy.

Runner Ups: “Over the Rainbow” by kelli hall | “Secret Garden” by Ana Gonzalez | “Whimsical Ribbon” by Abby McElfresh

Birthday Baby Award for the best design for a first birthday party

A Year of Firsts” by Ana Gonzalez

We love how Ana’s “Year of Firsts” isn’t just a party invitation; it’s a tribute to your little one’s whole first year of life! What a clever way to share so many firsts with family and friends. Not to mention how well she fits all that information in with a clean, structured layout.

Runner Ups: “Endless Fun” by Momo | “Paper Circus” by Wondercloud Design | “Cloudy with a Chance of Fun” by kelli hall | “One Happy Day” by The Occasional Hello

Pre-K Play Award for the best design for a boy or girl ages 3-5

Flying High” by Susie Allen

This is one refined little monster! We absolutely love Susie’s adorable illustration. Her subtle textures, quirky shapes, and loveably preppy accents make this one very adorable invitation. Perfect for any little monster who’s sure to let loose at the next birthday party.

Runner Ups (clockwise from bottom left): “Roaring Good Time” by Serenity Avenue | “What a Doll!” by Heather Francisco | “Pretty Little Five” by Kayla Grunder | “Cakeasaurus” by Pistols | “We’ve Got Our Hands Full” by Waui Design

It’s Elementary Award for the best design for a boy or girl ages 6-9

Pinata Surprise” by The Factorie

There’s always something so exciting about a piñata and we love Carla’s spin on it. Her colorful piñata balances perfectly with her minimal background and refined type. The little pieces of candy and the vague promise for an afternoon of surprises build the anticipation in such a fun way!

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “space-bot” by nocciola design | “Cecilia” by Paper and Parcel | “Out of this World” by Amber Barkley | “Big Splash!” by jenincmyk | “groaaar” by cecile paper lounge | “The All-Star” by Jennifer Wick

Tweeny Bopper Award for the best design for a tween girl or boy ages 10-12

Super Party” by snickerdoodles

It’s easy to imagine your tween being incredibly excited about this invite! Lori’s bold type, sharp skyline, determined superhero, and rough texture combine to form such a lively design. We love the block text against the off-kilter layout.

Runner Ups: “Gone Camping” by Kathleen Niderhauser | “Fiesta!” by Susie Allen | “Secret Agent” by Kayla King

Teen Dream Award for the best design for a teenage girl or boy ages 13-16

Sun Sand + Surf” by Laura Hankins

What teen doesn’t dream of a beach party? Laura always strikes that perfect balance between lots of beautifully bold design elements and a very clean, structured design. Her fun type fits perfectly into her illustrated sun, sand, and surf.

Runner Ups: (top row) “Watercolor Strokes” by Shari Margolin | “Sweet Sixteen” by Paper Dahlia | (bottom row) “Sweet Type” by Hooray Creative | “One Night Only” by Inky Livie | “Beachy Style” by trbdesign

Seeing Double Award for the best design for twins of all ages

Twin Voice” by VOSS

Sara certainly has a knack for using photos in fun, clever ways. We love how she lets each twin have his or her own voice within this invitation. The minimal design elements and clean text also let the kids’ photos really stand out – just as it should be!

Runner Ups: “Vintage Stripes” by Simone Klein | “Double Cupcake Fun” by Serenity Avenue | “Pandamonium” by 2BSquared Designs | “Numbered Block” by Amber Barkley

Castles to Caves Award for the best design for either a princess or a superhero party

Super Birthday Girl” by Tara Lilly Studio

We love a super girl and Tara Lilly’s is one of the coolest we’ve seen. Her comic book details like the dotted background, bright colors, and flashy shapes give a lot of personality to her design.

Runner Ups: “Fairy Stars” by Kimberly FitzSimons | “Up Up and Away!” by Jennifer Wick | “Party Princess” by VOSS | “Our Little Princess” by Tereza Sasinkova Lukasova

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Books to Bottles Baby Shower Invitation Challenge Special Prize Winners

Who doesn’t love a baby shower? The gifts, the excitement, the anticipation! We asked the Minted Community to design unconventional baby shower invitations for modern moms-to-be. We were looking for chic designs to re-invent the traditional shower invite. We can’t get over the number of adorable, edgy, beautiful, and truly surprising designs that came in! Now it’s time to shower those Minties with some love. We’re thrilled to announce the special prize winners for the following prizes. Congratulations, winners!

Avant Garde Award for the best ahead-of-its-time invitation design

Baby’s Due Date” by Serenity Avenue

We couldn’t resist giving our “Avant Garde Award” to this retro library-card design. Ashley created something truly novel with this one (pun intended). We love her attention to detail from the off-kilter, seemingly stamped months and numbers to the hand-drawn look of the circles marking the baby’s due date.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Backyard Barbecue” by Susie Allen | “Coming Soon” by GeekInk | “Letter Boy” by Homeseed Paper | “Ride On Over” by snickerdoodles

Cutest Award for the cutest invitation design that is still modern

Bonjour Bebe” by Pistols

Where do we even start with this one? “Bonjour Bébé” is absolutely adorable. We wish we could say it has a certain “je ne sais quoi,” but we know exactly what it is that we love so much! Her delicate flowers, precociously posh little baby girl, and sparing but prominent use of the French language push this design over the edge for us.

Runner Ups: “Heart & Bow” by Erin Pescetto | “Sailboat” by Olive and Violet | “Eats & Treats” by Noma and Dolly

Baby Makes 3 Award for the best invitation design representing the new threesome

Family Picture Wall” by Alethea and Ruth

“Family Picture Wall” does a beautiful job incorporating mom, dad, and baby into one cohesive design. Rachel’s lovely mix of bows, pins, hand-drawn frames, and varied text gives the design a personal, casual feel. We love the sense of anticipation in her adorable framed onesie, representing the little one to come.

Runner Ups: “Yellow and Blue Make Green” by VOSS | “Sweet Seahorses” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan | “Baby Makes Three” by Jamie Bryant | “Welcome to the Next” by Sandy Pons

Animals Award for the best invitation design incorporating an animal or other creature

Nesting Birds” by j.bartyn

Cambria’s “Nesting Birds” stands out for a few reasons. Her midcentury color palette and clean type make this a design for an incredibly chic, sophisticated shower. At the same time, her stylized flora and fauna are so nostalgically friendly and familiar. Not to mention the fact that she illustrated this design using an oil ink printmaking technique. We love a shower invitation with depth and personality!

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Via Stork” by Jana Volfova | “Stylish Stork and Funky Baby” by chocomocacino | “Babies are from Paris” by Ana Sousa | “Mouse Showers” by kadie foppiano | “Ready to Pop” by nocciola design | “Beat the Drum” by Cecile Paper Lounge | “Baby Elephant” by Pistols

Over-the-Top-Pretty Award for the prettiest invitation design

Floral Shower” by Bethany Anderson

Isn’t it obvious? We love Bethany’s beautiful, overflowing florals because they strike the perfect balance with her clean shapes and simple color palette. “Floral Shower” is over the top pretty, but it’s not overwhelming. This is the perfect shower invite for a feminine, delicate soon-to-be mom.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Oh Baby” by Lina Goldberg | “Oh Baby Florals” by Griffinbell Studio | “Petit Bebe” by Kristie Kern | “Baby Love” by Rebekah Disch | “Mariposas” by Wondercloud Design

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts with the mom’s or parents’ names

Cloud Nine” by robin ott design

Robin’s “Cloud Nine” just makes us feel good! Her beautifully detailed illustrations could have you staring at this design for minutes on end. Her use of curvilinear text is subtle, but perfectly incorporated and helps push the eye up, up to cloud nine. We love the way Robin sets the stage for the excitement that will come with the new baby.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Bold Baby” by a la amore | “The Big Reveal” by Cheer Up Cherup | “New Blooms” by Sarah Curry | “Rock-a-Bye” by Betta

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The Moms, Dads, and Grads Journal Challenge Special Prize Winners!

Cue the music, light the lights, the time has finally come! The Minted team has been hard at work all summer picking special prize winners from lots of our past challenges. We’re thrilled to say that this post is the first of many, so get ready to relive some of the most outstanding designs from this year’s challenges!

We kick it all off with special prizes from our Moms, Dads, and Grads Journal Challenge. We asked the Minted community to design fresh, modern journals that would make memorable gifts. Congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups whose designs stood out in the following categories:

Snapshot Award for the best design incorporating a photo

Eat Sleep Poop” by VOSS

This is one design that I’m sure lots of people can relate to! Sara’s “Eat Sleep Poop” is both adorable and hilarious. The type is thoughtfully set, perfect for overlaying a large photo of your little one.

Runner Ups: “The Story of You” by guess what? | “Super Dad” by Ana Gonzalez | “dad&me” by Jessica Kwok

Can’t Pick Just One Award for the best multi-photo design

Chalkboard Memories” by Jennifer Pace

There’s something so casual and personal about this journal. From the personalizable family seal to the splash of Washi tape to the chalkboard captions, every detail is so thoughtful. Jennifer’s journal is perfect for capturing memories.

Runner Ups: “Retro Stars” by Designkandy – Simone Klein | “Confessions of a First Time Mom” by Ana Gonzalez

Text with a Twist Award for the best design that uses curvilinear text to create unique shapes or unusual layouts.

Super Mom” by Smudge Design

Renee’s “Super Mom” is simple and sweet. We love the muted background and the very official “Mom” nameplate. Our favorite detail is the type below the name listing the heroic jobs of your supermom.

Runner Ups: “Suzette’s Flowers” by Sharon Rowan | “Run to Win” by Frooted Design | “Polka” by Stacey Meacham

Congratulations again to the winners!

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Final ‘Become the Face of Minted’ grand prize award.

Folks, we have a winner!! And a big winner at that. Sophia, pictured, below is our final grand prize winner of our ‘Become the Face of Minted’ top model contest.

It’s pretty easy to see why this little darling took the cake! She is at once adorable and mischievous. We love the contrast of stripes and polka dots. And that blonde hair and blue eyes are just very striking.

The photo was submitted by Photographer Cecile Tinder, from Seattle Washington. Congratulations Cecile!! She will recieve $750 in cash + $200 Minted gift certificate for her masterpiece!

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Art curator celebs making inspiration boards.

Have you guys tried out our awesome new inspiration board builder yet? It lets you pull together various art prints or stationery from our site and see how all the designs look together. It’s really helpful for putting together a wall collage or even just narrowing down your favorites to make a decision easier! It’s not easy to pick just a few Minted designs, when there are so many beauties, am I right?!

This new landing page, pictured above, walks you through how some of our celebrity curators used our boards to create real world displays, as well as how to create boards yourself. So I highly recommend popping over and checking it out… it’s your turn to be the editor! And if enough people ‘like’ your boards, you just might be a famous editor soon enough, earning a spot on our featured boards page.

Happy Monday and Happy Pinning!!

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A pretty green tabletop + art print cookie favors.

While all of the art from our art launch was still hanging up in our CEO and founder Mariam’s home, we decided to host a dinner for some key influencers to show off our new art collection. I had a lot of fun putting together the tabletop and thought  I’d share my six, easy tips to putting together a really inspiring tabletop.

1. Long tables are awesome. I am just a huge fan of one, big long table whenever possible. Even if it’s so big you are likely having multiple conversations, it still makes everyone feel united to be seated together. And you avoid the ‘A-list’ vs. ‘B-list’ issue entirely.

2. Pick a color and stick to it. Given that our logo is a really pretty green, I decided to stick to green and yet liven things up a bit by working with a few different shades of green.

3. Paper table runners are awesome and affordable. Here I took five sheets of wrapping paper and cut them in half to create a runner the length of the table. Then on the sideboard, I used a whole sheet of paper to do a candle cluster display.

4. Lots of little arrangements are better than one or two big arrangements that you can’t see over. Little vases also make a few flowers go a long way so they’re much easier on the budget. Flowers by the insanely talented Hunt Littlefield.

5. Placecards make everyone think you thought ahead to include them and also help you introduce friends. It’s a lot of fun to matchmake! Plus we have some really cute placecards!

6. Lastly, let your favors be both gifts and decor. I asked Sugar Mama Cookies SF to make cookies with our art print images on them. Using edible image paper, she happily obliged. Here we have Tami Bohn’s Zou Bisou Bisou… I’m personally obsessed with Megan from Mad Men so I love this one!

If  you want to try this at home, keep in mind that not only do you need to buy edible image paper, but edible ink for your printer as well. If you’ve ever wondered how supermarkets are able to print cartoons onto cakes… this is how they do it. And here we have Heirloom Pear by Alexandra Stafford.

What was so fun is that we were able to show the three color ways our art prints are offered in. Lucky Girl by Krista Messer would be perfect for any little princess’s room!

Part of the reason they look so good is that Sugar Mama Cookies SF actually hand piped the black frames around the image paper for a really finished look. From left to right: All in the Details by Courtney Wilburn, Those Stylish Madmen by Dana Beckwith, Wood Grain Hearts by Max and Bunny.

In the end, whenever you’re doing anything, but especially when entertaining… remember to Keep it Simple, by j. bartyn!

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Happy Birthday to Harper Beckham and the Pitt-Jolie twins!

We helped out with a fun story on celeb kiddos July birthdays for People.com. It was a lot of fun to be inspired by these little ones who already have their own strong aesthetic sense!

With cotton candy stripes and swirly circus type, The Big One! by jennifer wick was the perfect amount of French whimsy for the sophisticated and lovely Harper Beckham.

Donut miss the party by guess what? was a little more hip and cheeky for Vivienne & Knox Pitt-Jolie’s fourth birthday celebration. Check out more of our fun children’s birthday party invites here.

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