Subtle summer.

I, of course, love it I we see Minted invites anywhere… (especially) in our mailbox, on friend’s refrigerators, on my mom’s mantle and on my favorite blogs.

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The Summer is Born Birth Announcement Challenge: Guest judge Ali Wing’s award

Last week we announced the winners of our ‘Summer is Born Birth Announcement Challenge’, as voted by our community. Today I’m delighted to announce our guest judge Ali Wing’s award.

Ali is the founder and CEO of new parent store Giggle. She is also an advocate for today’s new parents and the author of the giggle guide to baby gear. If you’re in the market for baby items be sure to check out her fun (and very well designed) store. There certainly couldn’t be anyone who knows more about babies and new parents than Ali so we were thrilled to have her guest judging birth announcements.

Ali’s Judge’s award goes to:
1. baby makes three by Susie Allen. “Simple, graphical …yet whimsical, fun and fresh.”


Meet a Mintie: Hailey Myziuk

We’ve got a very hip force with us today: Brooklyn’s own Hello Hailey, below with her beloved cat Mucha last Halloween. (Psst… Minted offers Halloween Cards now!) Hailey is a multi-faceted designer, comfortable with anything from designing card typography to painting book illustrations to creating web pages.  If I had one word to describe her work it would be happy! All of her designs are so full of life and have such a lightness to them. Read on to find out what her favorite day planner, dessert, and (of course) blogs are!


Atlanta Meet Up

Earlier this summer, Southern minties were treated to an extremely fun and well organized meet-up, organized and co-hosted by Mintie moderator Sydney Newsom. Here she tells us all about their fun day!

West-egg meet-up: Kelli Hall, Mariam, Angela Vellino (Chica Design), Olivia Raufman (Wondercloud), Kristen Smith, Shari Margolin


Make Minted Wedding Invitations Look DIY Fabulous

We were so thrilled that one of our own design associates, Janet Paik, helped to make one of our Minted customers’ wedding invitation look fabulous! Janet was close friends with this bride and consulted her friend about her wedding invitations from a graphic designer’s perspective.  The bride ordered the Happy Couple Wedding Invitation in Spring Leaf designed by r. studio.  She wanted to add a special touch to her invitations but wasn’t sure exactly how to go about doing  it.

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Personal Stationery Love on Instagram

For those of you who aren’t checking their Instagram feed 24/7, you may have missed this gorgeous instagram photo shared by Modern Kids Photography.

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Paris + From Stripes to Chevrons personalized stationery by Emily Ranneby

The photo features a personalized stationery design by Emily Ranneby that was re-purposed into a custom thank you card! Absolutely gorgeous!

Follow us (@freshlyminted) on Instagram for more stationery eye candy! If you don’t have an iPhone, you can check out our Instagram album on Flickr or our photostream on webstagram!


Show Off Your Newborn Baby Photos!

If you have always thought your child was the cutest one on the block, here is your chance to prove it! Minted is inviting customers and fans to submit their newborn photos for a chance to be showcased in our card assortment on We are looking specifically for newborn baby photos. Photos submissions are accepted through Friday, July 29, 2011 at NOON PST.

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Sending Good Cheer Holiday Challenge: Guest Judges’ Awards

We won’t be announcing the winners in our Sending Good Cheer Holiday Card Design Challenge until all of the new holiday cards launch, but we know you’re like us and dying for a little news… and our guest judges were so over-the top-cool, that we’re delighted to share three of their awards with you today. Out of a staggering 2,554 submissions, three holiday photo card designs stood out to our judges.

Kristin van Ogtrop is the managing editor of Real Simple, the bible of the Minted consumer. Kristin, in addition to being a wonderful person to hang out with, oversees all of Real Simple’s brand extensions (from the website to books to mobile apps), and is a many-times published writer. She chose “Year in Review” by j.bartyn design.