Green Wedding Shoes wedding inspiration boards.

Earlier this year, Jen Campbell, the incredible tour de force behind Green Wedding Shoes, guest judged our Something Old, Something New wedding invitation challenge. We were hoping to bring in some more designs that reflected various cultures and religions, as well as worked well for destination weddings, and got some amazing entries! Jack and I put together some inspiration boards to go with Jen’s winning pick, as well as some of her other favorites from the challenge–all the quotes are hers. They were so pretty we just can’t help but share them below! The boards were recently posted on Green Wedding Shoes here.

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‘Become the Face of Minted’ top model awards.

We are pleased to announce most of the awards from our ‘Become the Face of Minted’ top model challenge.

Without further ado, the grand prize goes to Carrie, whose ‘Red Wagon for Two’ entry garnered 1553 “likes” making it the most “liked” photo submitted. Carrie will receive $750 in cash + $200 Minted gift certificate… not too shabby!

It’s not tough to see why this photo took the cake; we’re all very familiar with sibling play bordering on patty-cake bordering on quarreling… and this image captures that tender exploration perfectly. The red wagon is also just such a nostalgic, childhood touchstone. And the colors are lovely… the hats are fresh and neutral while the red wagon, red tee, floral dress, and the field flowers have just the right amount of light to be the nicest hue of pink/red.

The other Grand Prize, for the “Editors’ Award for best photo of a single child”, will be announced in the near future, along with additional editor’s picks. Our editors are still poring over all the entries making a few additional selections for our 2012 holiday ads.

The ‘Best photo of a family’ award goes to Kristy for ‘Our Family.’ Kristy will take home a $250 minted gift certificate.

We’ve talked before on this blog about how nice it is when a photographer is able to capture a half-staged, half-candid moment; it is so refreshing how Dad is looking straight at the shutter, but Mom is clearly smiling about something and Daughter is looking up admiringly at Mom. It’s easier to get a window into the heart of a family when they’re not overly posed. And of course we never tire of that iconic New York skyline.

The ‘Best photo of newborn twins’ goes to Trisha for ‘Newborn Twins.’ Trisha will receive a $250 minted gift certificate.

Ahh! There is nothing like a tiny, little newborn… the only thing better, really, is two (2!) tiny, little newborns! You really are a grump if this super sweet photo doesn’t make you warm and fuzzy inside.

The ‘Best photo of grandparents with grandchildren’ goes to Erin for ‘POP!’ Erin wins a $250 minted gift certificate.

Talk about capturing a moment!! That expression is too much. And the shutter-speed was just right; the bubbles are crystal clear.

The ‘Best photo of family with teenagers’ goes to Marcy for the ‘Kellen Family.’ Marcy will receive a $250 gift certificate.

Who knew a human dog pile could result in such expression! The unique personality of every kid really shines through here.

The ‘Best Set of Photos’ award goes to Heather for her series of family shots. Heather will take home a $250 minted gift certificate.

It’s really pretty amazing that Dena Mullen managed to capture so many different, yet all amazing shots of one, very sweet family. Love the girls in ruffled dresses with floral headbands. And they really do seem just as relaxed and content in one creative set to the next… This really is one happy family!

A big thank you to everyone who entered and look for additional awards in several weeks! Have a great weekend everyone… maybe even stop for a quick second to capture a few fun moments like those above! It’s never too early to get a jump-start on that holiday pic.

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Fiesta party at NSS.

We hosted a fun party at the National Stationery Show for our designers and interested designers, as well as a few members of the press.

The party had a fun fiesta theme.

It’s not easy to make an exceptionally bland room at a convention center cheerful, but the theme went a long way to helping!

And so did yummy margaritas!

I made a trip to a manhattan greenhouse and picked up some catci… which I then covered with pretty Mexican ribbon that I picked up at M&J, the most amazing ribbon store in the world! See more about the DIY behind this project here.

Then we popped the catci on some large print-outs of the backer to andres montaño’s Papel Picado invite.

The favor for all guests in attendance was a new minted tee-shirt. They are so cute!

Here the minted team is making final AV adjustments before everyone arrives…

And here our lovely CEO Mariam Naficy thanks people for coming and tells everyone a little more about the company she founded…

… while guests enjoy nibbles and cocktails.

I snuck a shot of Allison from The Social Type. Loved her green dress and colorful necklace.

I think everyone had a really fun time! And I’m definitely going to be borrowing the Mexican theme for a party again soon!

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Minted sweeps the Louies!

Another fun thing about the National Stationery Show was sweeeeeping and I mean sweeping the awards.

We were really honored to be nominated for three Louies!

And in fact we went on to win three Louies! We are SO proud of our designers.

The greeting card association put on a very fun circus-themed night at the National Stationery Show to announce the winners.

It was pretty much the Oscars of the stationery world.

Alison & Jen proudly represented Minted!

Alston B. Wise won for ‘Best Custom Invitation or Announcement, $2.50 and below’ for her ‘Perfect Match‘ save the date.

The Louies had a nice exhibit of all the nominees at the entrance to the show.

The Perfect Match really is such a clever design; I’m not at all surprised it won!

Here Alston is with her award in the Minted booth.

Cambria Evans of J.Bartyn Design won for ‘Personalized Photo Card, $2.50 and below, for ‘Year in Review.’

And here is Cambria with her award–doesn’t she look amazing in red?!

Rachel Nanfelt (previously Simonsen) of Alethea and Ruth won for ‘Best Invitation Suite, $7 and below, for ‘Banner and Branches.’

Unfortunately Rachel wasn’t at the show, but we did mail her trophy to her!

But not before gracing our mantle for a few days of the show!A huge congratulations to Alston, Cambria and Rachel!! You couldn’t be more deserving of this tremendous accolade.

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Minted’s Booth at the National Stationery Show.

We were so excited to have a booth at the National Stationery Show this year.

Alison (left) and Jennifer (right) were the masterminds behind the booth design. Didn’t they do a great job?

The booth was a lovely gathering spot for all of our favorite people in the world, namely, our designers! And lots of photos of designers, some at the show, some not, were showcased in a pretty heart on the back wall.

From left to right: Lauren Chism of Palm Papers, Jen, Lesa Abney of Paper Nest by Lesa, Laura Hankins, Kimberly FitzSimons, Alison, myself. Our booth featured some holiday card winners from 2011 and a mantle handmade by Jen’s boyfriend.

It was very exciting to see our brand new art prints framed and hung! Don’t they look fab?

Here’s a close-up of our holiday cards, along with some cute little succulents.

It turns out our holiday cards look pretty great as mantle art!

I think Meg Gleason of Moglea agrees!

The other great thing about the booth was having somewhere to sit!

Walking the show is tiring work! Kimberly FitzSimons.

And requires flats and ample caffeine.

Tanya Lee of Frooted Design.

Megan Davis from Toast & Laurel.

Sandy Pons & Lena Barakat.

Annie Clark (center) enjoys a nice chat with press and designers.

Darcy Miller (Martha Stewart Weddings) with our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy.

Here I am (right) showing Vane (Brooklyn Bride) some of our latest samples.

From left to right: Alston Wise of B. Wise Papers, Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus, Kelli Hall. Not only are our designers the most talented, but they’re also quite chic, don’t you think?

Jen and Linda Birtel of Bella Expressions.

We also gave a little shout-out to our Chronicle winners from the stationery challenge last year. So great to see everyone!! Thanks for stopping by.

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Minted’s new art in Matchbook magazine.

We were so honored to find a full-page spread about our art launch in one of our monthly must-reads: Matchbook magazine. We like to think the Matchbook girl is an awful lot like the Minted girl!

Make sure to check out the spread in full detail here: page 24. And don’t miss all their other great articles on Cynthia Rowley, classic gifts for Father’s Day, and perfect picnics.

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The White House’s Women Entrepreneurs Creating Jobs Interactive Timeline.

President Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarret just posted an exciting interactive timeline of women entrepreneurs who have contributed to job creation–adding 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months.

We were thrilled that Mariam Naficy, our founder and CEO, and Minted were featured on the February 2011 date. We’re in very good company with 15 other fascinating women and their interesting ventures!

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Party invitation in Pregnancy & Newborn.

We are so excited that Tyler Tea’s Molecular Bond was featured in the June issue of Pregnancy & Newborn!

The editors did such a fun job of styling a scholarly themed party… it would be perfect for an early birthday or baby shower even.

We worked with their editors to re-purpose Tyler Tea’s design, which was originally a bridal shower invitation, and turned it into a birthday party invitation. Being able to customize anything you want is definitely one of the best things about minted… I always love to know no one will have exactly the same design!

By the way, if you’re like me and wondering where that awesome lightbulb candle came from: it’s from Pylones.

Pretty cool right?!

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2012 Minted Baby & Kids Top Model Contest.

Kids are just too darn cute!! And boy did we have an overdose of cute when going through all of the submissions to the 2012 Minted Baby & Kids Top Model Contest. We are so thankful to everyone for sharing their loved ones with us and are thrilled to announce two winners who all perfectly capture the very best side of their too-cute-for-words kiddos. They will look smashing in any of our upcoming 2012 holiday cards or awesome birth announcements.

1. There’s no faking a real smile and these kids are clearly genuinely happy. We still love the idea of popping real furniture in an open field… the dried grass is rustic and homey, but the leopard chair is modern and unexpected. And of course, no family photo is complete without the “favored child”: your beloved pup! Congratulations to Tamika Garscia for submitting something so stunning!

2. Oh painted brick wall, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: Your yellow is so bright and fresh, you are perfectly uneven, your uniform color makes any card design really pop, and you put the emphasis on what we really care about: our little ones. And those adorable little jeans, with that matching yellow tie, combined with a perfect look of interest and wonderment take this photo, submitted by Aubrey Hansen, of a very good looking young gentleman to another level.

There were so many great photos submitted, I just can’t help but share a few other favorites from the editor’s picks with you.

Editor’s Pick: How cute is this little baby all wrapped up in a knitted bundle? And how sweet are those little folded hands? Ooh and what about those pretty flowers? Submitted by Sangeeta H. Landau.

Editor’s Pick: What’s better than a baby in a basket? Two babies in a basket!! I will just never tire of the Moses basket shot. Submitted by Alison Danielson.

Editor’s Pick: A photo should really capture a moment… it’s very hard for a posed shot to compete with the serendipity of real life and the best kids photography gives a glimpse into your child’s personality! I love how natural her expression and hands are. And of course those pigtails don’t hurt the cuteness factor either. Submitted by: Rachael Boer Photography.

Editor’s Pick: I love this photo because it shows how matchy-matchy can look really good! It helps that the fleeces and hats couldn’t be any cooler. I love the background texture from the bright green grass and moss covered bench. Submitted by Casey Dué Hackney.

Editor’s Pick: This is just such a great, very natural family shot. The fact that the little girl isn’t staring right at the camera actually adds to the image’s charm. Everyone is perfectly accessorized without being over-styled. And the green of the grass is very fresh and relaxing. Submitted by: Betsy F. Chen.

Editor’s Pick: Anything can be a great back-drop… even a rusty ol’ truck! And, again, here we’re reminded that it’s more interesting if not everyone is staring straight at the lens. Doesn’t this family look both so real and so happy? Submitted by Heather Rasmussen.

Please note: There are many more winners! We will be in touch with all of you early next week. Thanks for your patience!

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