Minted’s Art Preview at ALTitude Design Summit.

I wanted to, albeit somewhat belatedly, share with you the preview of our soon-to-launch art collection at the ALTitude Design Summit.

The show was curated by the insanely talented Suzanne Shade, the founder of the Beholder, a marketplace for artists.

Don’t you just love what she put together?!

Here’s what Suzanne had to say about how she made her selections: “Art is all about what makes you happy, makes you wonder and connects you to others. When I chose the collection for the ALT exhibit, I wanted to just focus on what pieces I loved and try to see the connections between them.”

“The more I chose, the more I realized that ‘love’ itself was the central theme to a lot of the pieces,” says Suzanne.

“And because of the way the Minted Community votes on art challenges, I could see how many other people enjoyed a piece, too.”

“This was such a joy, because once you saw all of the love a piece was getting, it made me feel really connected to the people voting, not just the artists.”

Here are a few bloggers in front of the show!

And here’s just how packed with bloggers the lounge where the art was showcased got in between conference sessions.

The installation itself was an all-hands-on-deck effort, which included our CEO and founder Mariam Naficy working away with Suzanne until the wee hours of the morning.

And being a bit of a night owl, that smile never left her face!

Match it up just right!

And just one more shot of the curator with her beautiful collection! 

We’re looking forward to the collection’s official launch on our site later this spring.

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Ohio Mintie Meet Up

In January, Paige Rothhaar of cadence paige design posted in the Minted forum about an informal Mintie gathering in Worthington, Ohio – just outside of Columbus. Being from the Buckeye State myself, I was really excited to see so many fabulous Minted designers would be in attendance and decided I’d have to make it out for the event. I flew out a month later for the meetup at Igloo Letterpress and had a wonderful time learning how to use the antique presses while stealing moments to chat over some pop and snacks with the girls. It was really fun to see some familiar faces and to meet some brand new designers as well.

Allison Chapman is the owner of Igloo Letterpress in Worthington. She was wonderful to share her studio with us for a few hours. She has a number of antique letterpresses in her studio and showed us how each one worked.

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Guest judges awards from ‘Untitled.’

As you all know, we simply could not be more excited about our new line of art prints soon to launch from “Untitled: The First-Ever Minted Art Print Challenge.” Every time we think about hanging these beauties on our own walls, our hearts go pitter-patter!!

Today we’re happy to announce the guest judges’ awards from our esteemed panel of decor experts. Each design chosen will be awarded $500, plus the designers will also receive a print of their design!

Our first judge was Alison Pincus. Alison is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of One Kings Lane, the leading private flash sales site in the home market.

Alison’s three picks will be featured and sold on One Kings Lane during a special sales event in 2012. How cool is that?! Following the 72-hour sales event on One Kings Lane, the three prints will then be sold on Minted.com along with the rest of the winning prints. In no particular order, Alison chose Ocean Whale by Colorado-based Creaform Design.

Alison says, “I adore this for either stationery or perhaps a notebook cover.  The whale is sweet and joyful.  Although the name Holden initially grabbed my attention (I have forever loved the name), I am a fan of the typography.   Overall, it’s preppy, fresh and fun!”

Bird Count by Portland-based Tara Lilly Studio also caught Alison’s eye.

“When I first viewed “Bird Count” by Tara Lilley, I immediately thought it would be ideal for a 4th baby’s birth announcement,” says Alison. It’s adorable and memorable.  And, on the other side, I can imagine the messaging done in beautiful typography.  And there will be space for the baby’s precious face.”

Last but certainly not least, Friendly Forest by Atlanta-based Wondercloud Design also garnered Alison’s stamp of approval!

“One Kings Lane is passionate about giving our members access to the work of both renowned and emerging designers & artists,” says Alison. “I’m always enthusiastic to support the work of talented artists, and look forward to providing One Kings Lane members the first chance to buy these unique and original pieces from up and coming Minted designers.”

The other esteemed judges included Christina Brian, the founder of the blog Full House, which often highlights life at home as well as ramblings about design with an emphasis on home decor.

Christina chose Highway Wildflowers by Atlanta-based Kelli Hall.

“In my mind Highway Wildflowers is a winner not only for the fact that it is an abstract but also for its beautiful colors,” says Christina. “I feel that every home could benefit from an abstract piece like this one because it is fun, fresh, modern, chic and sophisticated. Also abstracts are not just for modern homes but in fact sometimes look the best when juxtaposed with traditional elements.”

Mary Jo Bowling works for McEvoy Media, where she covers the best of California design and architecture for California Home+Design and writes about the unique, stylish and sometimes quirky nuptials of the Golden State for 7×7 Weddings.

Mary Jo chose Initial Wreath by Ohio-based Kristie Kern.

Our hats go off to all you brilliant designers and a huge thank you to Alison, Christina and Mary Jo for taking the time to lend their talented eye to our new collection. We really can’t thank you enough. And a happy weekend to all!

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Every Mother Counts and the Little Journeys Art Challenge.

As you all likely know, our ‘Little Journeys: The Nursery, Children’s, and Family Tree Art Challenge‘ is going on right now and for the first time in a Minted design challenge, we’ve teamed up with an amazing non-profit organization: Every Mother Counts. Christy Turlington Burns, the founder of Every Mother Counts, will choose 3 judge’s picks from the challenge. A percentage of proceeds from all nursery, children’s, and family tree art prints sold on Minted will benefit Every Mother Counts and their mission to improve global maternal health. Working with Every Mother Counts makes a lot of sense for Minted, as both our designers and our consumers are mostly women (and many are moms), and we strongly believe in the power and importance of mothers in shaping the future of our world.

We thought you might like to know a little more about EMC… Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Here are some statistics that highlight what EMC is up against:

  • A death occurs every 90 seconds from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Hundreds of thousands of women die each year from pregnancy, making reproductive health problems the leading cause of death among women worldwide aged 15 to 44. 90% of these deaths are estimated to be preventable.
  • Pregnancy is the biggest killer of women aged 15-19 in the developing world. Nearly 70,000 young women die each year because their bodies were not ready for parenthood.
  • Women who have completed their secondary education decide to have a skilled worker present at the time of their delivery 84% of the time–which translates to a higher survival rate for mother and baby.

Every Mother Counts was founded by Christy Turlington Burns upon completion of her directorial debut, NO WOMAN, NO CRY in 2010.

NO WOMAN, NO CRY is a gripping documentary that tells the personal stories of pregnant women and their caregivers in four countries as they try to avoid adding to these troubling statistics. The film puts audiences in the footsteps of a Maasai woman in labor who must walk five miles to a clinic with no electricity, a young pregnant woman in the slums of Bangladesh too ashamed to seek out care, a pregnant OB in Guatemala who helps women who have suffered from botched illegal abortions, and a midwife in central Florida who treats uninsured women who are denied appointments elsewhere.

First time director Christy Turlington Burns opens the film with footage from her own harrowing birth experience. A quick turn of events during the delivery of her daughter inspires her to see firsthand what can be done to help other women who do not have the same access to quality care that she did.

Now in its second year, Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.

By entering this challenge, our designers will be indirectly supporting the work of EMC and helping mothers-to-be the world over receive better access to quality health care. It all starts with spreading the word about this incredibly important issue! Check out their informative site to learn more.

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Wedding giveaway: Invites + A Practical Wedding!

As we hope you all know by now, we’re in the middle of our 3rd Annual Wedding Invite giveaway, which you can enter very easily right here!

To sweeten the pot, not only will we be giving away $500, each week for the next three weeks, but we’ll also be giving away three copies of Meg Keene’s ‘A Practical Wedding.’ If you don’t already know Meg from her blog A Practical Wedding, it’s definitely worth checking out both her blog and her brand new book. In it she gives super practical, thoughtful hands-on advice about how to stay cool as a cucumber and how to make sure your day remains your own. She includes a fun chapter on questions to ask your future spouse: some serious, some practical, and some spicy. She also emphasizes the marriage over the wedding, which is a perspective we can all appreciate. In short, she’ll make sure you are the most gracious of brides!

Make sure to enter to win both this great book and $500 towards minted invites right now! Good luck to all! Also, feel free to tweet away about this fun opportunity!

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Special Art Awards from “Untitled”

Happy Long Weekend!  I am writing to you from Hawaii, where I have just had a lovely meetup with Minties Laura Hankins, Charis Derry, Melissa Rota, and Allison Richardson.  We toasted each other at Brasserie du Vin in Honolulu, and discussed ways in which the designers felt we could improve Minted.  Thank you, ladies, for a really nice afternoon!

On another note, we’ve finally finished our art selections at Minted, and we look forward to a launch by early April.  We’re thrilled to see the emergence of an entirely new category, which will evolve and grow to further and further heights as time passes.

We received over 1,600 submissions and set very loose guidelines as to the types of art we were looking for.  Here are Minted’s editorial team’s choices for the best art from the challenge.  One thing to note is that if you examine the rating distribution for each individual piece of art (located at the top right of each design rating page), you’ll find that votes seem to be distributed further from the mean than the average stationery submissions.  Put another way, people seem to agree more on their ratings of stationery designs and less on their ratings of art.  What constitutes “art”, it seems, is truly in the eye of the beholder.

So, Minted design community, thank you for bravely trying and succeeding in this new category at Minted, and take with a grain of salt that the picks below are simply Minted’s editorial team’s subjective selections.  We look forward to seeing in which new directions you lead us.

All the designs selected below, both winners and runners up, will be launched for sale at Minted.

Rule of Two Award for the best set of 2 art prints

Winner: glink glunk and e is for elephant by ERAY

Eric truly knocked it out of the park in our first art challenge. His color combinations are unexpected and amazing, and we love the way his sense of humor shines through in every piece. The cityscape in “Glink Glunk” complements the characters in “E is for Elephant” like a charm. We’d love to live in the quirky world he has imagined.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Jazz Duet #1” and “Jazz Duet #2 by Moglea | “Below Ravello” and “Ligurian Houses” by kelli hall | “Lots of Hearts” and “Woodgrain Hearts” by Max and Bunny | “Two Villages and the Little Bear” and “Restless” by Kayla King

Loft Living Award for the best art print suited to a modern, urban home

Winner: Metropolitan by Susan Asbill

Every time we visit New York City, we dream of setting up camp in a super chic loft. Susan channels loft dwellers perfectly with her geometric skyline and mod color blocks in “Metropolitan.” We love her sophisticated use of negative space.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Type Study: New York” by pottsdesign | “Chevy Chevron” by SimpleTe Design | “Highway Wildflowers” by kelli hall | “b&w ode 6” by koshi | “Rectangles” by carly reed

Avant-Garde Award for the best edgy or boundary pushing art print

Winner: quiet places by Annada Hypes



The truth is we hang things on our walls because they either consciously or subconsciously move us in some way. Annada Hypes has captured the wonder and awe that we all have towards that which is much bigger than ourselves. She couldn’t have picked a better saying—it’s a new one to us—and she couldn’t have paired it with a more perfectly executed, gentle giant.

Runner Ups (from left): “Deer Flirtation” by SimpleTe Design | “Goners” by Ryan De La Hoz | “Parceled-Out” by Jessica Kleinman

Best personalizable children’s art print

Winner: More than a village by Cadence Paige Design

Paige has taken a sweet, bucolic saying and image and made it both fresh and modern. We love her combination of bright and subdued colors that all really work together. While perfect as is, Paige has designed this so that family members or loved ones can each sign a leaf, thereby completing the village. We can’t imagine a cuter baby shower activity / souvenir for a mom-to-be.  Take note, designers who are entering the current children’s art challenge – we wanted to give you a sense here of the balance between whimsy and modernity that we are looking for in the children’s/nursery category.

Runner Ups: “Summer Picked Poppies” by kelli hall | “Family Circle” by Wondercloud Design | “A Family of Oranges” by Christine Loo | “Happiness is…” by ERAY

Best non-personalizable art print

Winner: bumble bee by ERAY

Inspired by Richard Diebenkorn, Eric has created his own piece of wonder-filled abstract art. We see an endless number of things happening in this collage of textures, some known like the school paper and book text, and some quite unknown. We see fish colliding, we see helicopters taking off, we see balancing birthday candles… but mostly we see unrelated shapes that combine to form something both extremely interesting and very complete.

Runner Ups: “Autumn” by Tin Ornament | “Ojo” by Maddy Nye | “Muted Bouquet” by Moglea | “Glink Glunk” by ERAY

Best art print using only black and white

Winner: constellation by annie clark

Fear, vastness, and emptiness have been taken out of the galaxy in this print, leaving sweetness and intimacy. The texture from the watercolor paper creating the background is beautiful and we love the brush stroke on the side, which suggests continuation.

Runner Ups: “Emerson Love” by Wondercloud Design | “Little Prince” by Linda and Harriett | “Change” by Sydney Newsom | “Woods” by j.bartyn design

Best hand-illustration or painting to be made into a print

Winner: stargazers by Maria Gromek

These girls may be the two very sweetest in the whole world. Maria has such command over textures and details. We love the lined wall, the cross-hatched bench, the checkered skirt, the striped scarves and the dimples in the sky. Wouldn’t every mother hope her daughters were just like this? Perhaps looking at life from a different angle and maybe one prefers books and the other animals, but still delighting to be in one another’s company?  A story is waiting to be written around this picture.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Friendly Forest” by Wondercloud Design | “Lucky Girl” by krista messer | “Love Birds + 1” by rene mijares | “Treetop” by Unless Someone Like You | “Map of Paris” by angel b lee | “Longing for Sutro” by Wilka Design

Best typography-based art print

Winner: heaven by j. bartyn design

Now this is practically our company motto. We can barely resist printing it a million times and tacking it up everywhere. With her perfectly justified choice of typeface, Cambria has illustrated her point brilliantly. And we love how the cold, hard truth is the small afterthought at the bottom.

Runner Ups: “God is Love” by VOSS | “Little Prince” by Linda and Harriett

Best art print using only black, white, and one other color

Winner: You and Me by rose eckford

Rose’s “You and Me” has a quirky personality that we love. The contrasting letter weights between “you” and “me” create a certain tension, while the organic shapes of the imperfect circle and the swirling ampersand add character. The de-saturated pink provides a modern, unusual pop of color that would jump off any wall.

Runner ups: “Love is in the Air!” by ERAY | “Stone” by annie clark | “City” by Todd Jones | “More than Coffee” by lehan paper design | “Jazz Duet #1” by Moglea

Best personalizable nursery art print

Winner: raindrops keep falling by Stacey Meacham

Now this is personalized art at its pinnacle. With a lovely color palette and liberal use of white space, Stacey has made a truly lovely piece of nursery art. The idea of a new baby coming down from above in such a miraculous way is quite touching. The script of the child’s name with the birth date in a block below make the piece feel very complete.

Runner Ups (clockwise from left): “Quiet Places” by Annada Hypes | “Frolic” by nocciola design | “prairie tale” by Moglea | “Family Circle” by Wondercloud Design

Best personalizable wedding art print

Winner: Je t’aime by chocomocacino

Gerrie’s “je t’aime” is the very definition of ‘sweet simplicity.’ What better way to say ‘I love you’ than with this modern, yet pretty art print? We love the texture of the pink bubble; from the rounded shadows to the slightly heathered background, the print feels so inviting. And of course we’re suckers for a bit of romantic French.

Runner Ups: “Surname” by Yolanda Mariak Chendak | “Shot Through the Heart” by Anna Elder

Customer’s Choice Award

Winner: prairie tale by Moglea

While Meg Gleason’s design is not new to us (we’ve loved it since Meg first entered it as a baby shower invitation), we couldn’t be happier to see it as art print as it’s always been just that; a true piece of fine art. There just isn’t much one can’t not love about these whimsical little creatures and we all know how much little ones love animals. Meg has gone with a retro shade of green, which we feel makes the design slightly more edgy and art-like.

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Minted’s third annual wedding invite giveaway!

We have launched our third annual wedding invitation giveaway… but this year it is better than ever!! We are giving away $500, not just once, but every week for the next four weeks!! You can enter every week for a chance to win, but you can only win once. Head over to this page to enter! The gift certificate is good for any and all Minted wedding stationery… here are some fun ideas from our new collection that you could use it on!!

Our first-ever postcards!! We just launched these adorable save-the-date postcards–they give you lots of fun options for what you can put on the back… detailed text or another photo. And they’re printed on that thick, luscious stock you’ve come to expect from Minted.

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Mark Your Calendars: Save the Date Challenge Special Prizes

Save the dates is personally one of my favorite categories on Minted. Often times these announcements are a bit more casual than wedding invitations, which leaves room for all kinds of creativity. Choosing save the dates is also quite likely the first time couples decide on how to express themselves, together. They take the opportunity before the wedding planning chaos really heats up to send a note to their friends and family saying hey, write this down, we’re getting hitched. In the Mark Your Calendars: Save the Date Challenge, we looked to the Minted community for unique and stylish ways for our customers to spread the word about their upcoming nuptials. We weren’t disappointed. Below are the stunning special prize winners for this challenge. I feel so lucky to be able to share these with everyone. Congratulations designers!

Better in Pairs Award for the best multi-photo design

Bold Stripe” by VOSS

The blue stripes and photo strips in “Bold Stripe” are so clean and fresh. We love the simplicity in the details and the attention Sara is able to bring to the happy couple in this modern design.

Runner Ups (from left): “Glimmer” by The Social Type | “Chic Photo Booth” by trbdesign | “Trifecta” by Palm Papers | “Modern Collage” by annie clark

Snapshot Award for the best design incorporating a full-bleed photo

Vintage Street Sign” by kelli hall

We’re pretty crazy about text over photos these days, especially in the places you least expect it. Kelli is able to magically blend the centered opaque frame and delicate detail text with a big beautiful photo of the couple in “Vintage Street Sign.”

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Signed Sealed Delivered” by J. Bean and Co. | “Circle the Date” by Kimberly Fitzsimons | “Etched Color Wash” by Caitlin McClure | “A Banner Date” by nocciola design | “Ink Roll” by Phoebe Wong-Oliveros | “Silver Screen” by Jennifer Wick

Big & Bold Award for the best bold and/or typographic design

Antiquely” by GeekInk Design

Inspired by antique type and signage, “Antiquely” is big, bold and very fun. Eric’s monochromatic palette really allows the details of the wording, striped border and intricate banner to shine.

Runner Ups: “My Sunshine” by Susie Allen | “Save the Date Whimsy” by ERAY | “Here’s a Story” by Inkblot Paper | “Simply Sweet Watercolor” by Sara Heilwagen

Crazy Love Award for the best off-beat, whimsical and/or funny design

Nostalgic Knot” by jenincmyk

What better way to tell your friends and family about your upcoming nuptials than to send a diagram of how to literally tie the knot? Jen’s dotty border and pale pink background accent this design beautifully.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Tiptoe Kiss” by lunegrafik | “Bridal Chorus” by Betta | “Just Get Here” by 2BSquared Designs | “Word Play” by Kristin Haley | “He+She in One Package” by chocomocacino

Only the Facts Award for the best minimal, chic and/or simple design

Symphony” by Sydney Newsom

The minimal colors and beautiful type are so chic. The preppy border and simple detail text are icing on the cake. Sydney is a master of sophisticated and modern design, which is perfectly displayed in “Symphony.”

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Numbers” by Kristie Kern | “Calendar Page” by Pink Hippo Prints | “Picture Perfect” by roxy | “Pica” by jackmove | “Yes, It’s True” by Jana Volfova

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane Award for the best destination save the date design

Prepare to Celebrate” by Jana Volfova

Bunting banner and a vintage suit case! So cute. Jana makes us really excited to travel with her whimsical and versatile design. “Prepare to Celebrate” is perfect for a destination wedding taking place anywhere in the world.

Runner Ups: “Yes Si Oui” by Ana Gonzalez | “Fly with Us” by morganvicki | “Costa Rica” by Katie Wahn

Baby It’s Cold Outside Award for the best winter design

Cabin Love” by Jess Taich

While we’re really looking forward to the upcoming spring and summer months, we can’t help but want to snuggle up in a cabin surrounded by snow when we see “Cabin Love.” Jess’s hand illustrated type and the pines framing the adorable cabin are the perfect finishing touches.

Runner Ups: “Winter Wonderland” by Amber Barkley | “Alpine” by Alex Elko Design | “Simple Snowflake” by VOSS

Spring Fling Award for the best springtime design

Vintage Floral” by Amber Barkley

The dancing florals and preppy type setting in “Vintage Floral” just scream springtime. The bold gold accents and monogram up top really connect the dots in Amber’s beautiful design.

Runner Ups (clockwise from top left): “Woodland” by Kristie Kern | “Sea Breeze” by Kristie Kern | “Fanciful Florals” by lehan paper design | “Two Little Birdies Told Me” by Blonde Ambition

An Autumn Affair Award for the best fall inspired design

bow & arrows” by annie clark

The ochre yellow color block sets the autumn tone in Annie’s whimsical, yet modern “Bow and Arrows.” We can’t get enough of her hand illustrated type and perfectly imperfect border.

Runner Ups: “Retro Florals” by Hello Hailey | “Log Cabin” by Katie Wahn | “Lakeside Twilight” by My Sweetie Pie

Summer Love Award for the best summertime design

Vintage Beach” by Kristie Kern

I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer than on the beach in one of Kristie’s super chic lounge chairs. The colors, the stripes, the textured background…”Vintage Beach” just exudes fun in the sun.

Runner Ups: “Sunshine” by Oscar & Emma | “Malibu Stripes” by Simone Klein | “Citrus Lovin’” by Christine Loo | “Watermelon Hearts” by Sarah Curry | “Ocean Blue” by Sari Victoria

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Indoor garden party from Brooklyn Bride.

The ever talented Vané over at Brooklyn Bride game up with this beautiful indoor garden party inspiration board and I couldn’t help but share it with you.

Fracas by Paper Plains is featured dead center. That invite is perfect for really any occasion. I also can’t get over that patterned fern wallpaper–it’s so fun and classy at the same time! And I love the idea of pulling the stripes from the invite out into tray liners for cocktails. This whole board was the perfect Valentine’s Day hangover cure as it got me excited for St. Paddy’s Day! I hope it does the same thing for you!!

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