The Great Ideas Notebook Challenge Special Prize Winners

It would be an understatement to say that the whole Minted team has been notebook crazy for the past couple months. It was so exciting to give our designers a whole new task and to see where you went with it! We were so impressed with the beautiful, modern, and completely unique designs that were the result. Take note of our Special Prize winners below!

 

Best design that can be given as a gift:

“Crosby Street” by Toast & Laurel

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Summer is Born Special Prize Winners!

Today I’m thrilled to announce our Special Prize winners from the Summer is Born Birth Announcement Challenge. Summer has just about ended, but we’re still celebrating the staggering number of beautiful birth announcement designs. Here are the Special Award Picks, as chosen by Mariam and the Minted team. Congratulations to all—you really delivered (no pun intended)!

Best Multi-Photo Design

Sweet Stork” by Three Kisses Studio

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Meet a Mintie: Kristen Smith

Happy Fall Minties! We hope you all had a wonderful Labour Day and short work week.

Whether it be her one-eyed monster Halloween card or beautiful floral branches bridal shower invitation, we’re quite certain you know the work of Kristen Smith. Read on to get to know the lively gal behind her festive designs.

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Introducing: New Minted Mentors!

This is a very exciting time of the year for Minted. With the launch of the 2011 Minted holiday assortment fast approaching and a huge wedding design challenge on the horizon, we thought this was an excellent point to select three additional Minted designers to join Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus and Sydney Newsom as Minted Mentors! It is my great pleasure to announce that Ann Gardner, Hailey Myziuk of Hello Hailey and Jennifer Wick will be joining the Mentor team. We feel very lucky to have these inspiring ladies as part of the community and feel their shift into officially guiding, engaging and informing their fellow Minties is a completely natural one. In the weeks and months that follow, our community has a lot to look forward to. The Minted Mentors will be kicking off fun, interesting and informative threads in the Forum, connecting designers with the resources they need to participate in design challenges and making sure that Minted receives the feedback we need to constantly improve the community and customer experience. Newbies take note; these are the ladies you want to chat with.

Ann Gardner was Minted in February of 2010. Not only does she have a ton of well-deserved wins under her belt, including three first place prizes, Ann has also been extremely active in the challenges by voting and commenting on her fellow Minties’ designs. Ann doesn’t just create incredible paper creations either; she’s also a formally trained pastry chef. You can see some of her gorgeous edible creations and learn more about this Minted Mentor here.

Hailey Myziuk of Hello Hailey was Minted in March of 2010. It’s been wonderful to see Hailey’s warmth and personality shine through so many of her winning designs. Her bubbly personality also comes through while she’s actively commenting on submissions and threads in the Forum. When Hailey isn’t creating beautiful designs for Minted, she freelance designs for some amazing causes and created illustrations for an adorable children’s book called ‘Daddy Can You.’ See more of Hailey’s work and learn more about her here.

Jennifer Wick was Minted in September of 2010. Happy first anniversary of being a Mintie Jen! We’re so pleased to have Jen as part of the Mentor team as her enthusiasm and energy are contagious. Her big wins in a variety of categories, coupled with the thoughtful comments she leaves on design submissions and in threads in the forum have made her such an asset to the community. Find out more about Jen and her budding design business here.

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Bright Lights! Minted launches Diwali Cards for the 2011 Holiday Season.

We are excited to bring the colors of India to you through Minted’s new collection of Diwali cards. Diwali cards are sent out to loved ones, business clients, and friends to celebrate the festival of lights, celebrated on October 26th this year.

Minted designer Kimberly Morgan’s “Tree of Life Diwali Card” was the highest rated Diwali design in the International Celebration challenge, as voted by thousands of customers, designers, and stationery lovers around the world. “I was not at all familiar with Diwali before, so it was very fun to have an opportunity to learn about it for this challenge,” says Morgan. “My Tree of Life design was inspired by a beautiful vintage tapestry I found while researching Indian art. It was a great challenge and I loved working with such vibrant, intense colors.”

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How to Order Your 25 Free Mommy Cards and Business Cards.

We’re giving you an offer that you can’t resist. Get 25 free business cards or mommy cards with our giveaway promotion! You can choose from any of our business card and mommy card designs. Customize, customize, and customize to make it all your own. Just to make things even easier, here is a step by step guide to getting your free cards:

Step 1. Choose your design. (This is arguably the hardest part.)

mommy cards and business cards

Step 1: Choose your business or mommy card design.

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Meet a Mintie: Yolanda Mariak Chendak

Today we’re pleased as punch to get to know Mintie Yolanda Mariak Chendak and learn a little about how her graphic design career started and how she does the career / mother juggle now. I know you’ll especially enjoy peaks into her Polish heritage (especially the eggs!!), corporate career, wedding and her idyllic family life!

Yolanda with her husband David and their two sons Austin (2 yrs) and Aidan (5 yrs) we are at the Annual Balloon Festival in their hometown Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.

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GIVEAWAY for all continues: Hobbies turned into small business opportunities

I don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but for the next five weeks we’re giving away 25 mommy cards just for registering on our site. All you have to do is cover the $7.95 domestic or $9.95 international shipping charges. Throughout the promotion, I’ll be blogging about fun ways to make use of this great opportunity. Last week I talked about mommy cards and this week I’m focusing on how you could be a business card away from turning your much loved hobby into your profession. I think we all have a small business dream somewhere inside of us… and some of us are courageous enough to be making them happen! And when it does, you’ll never work a day in your life, right?!
Bacci designer stationery and event’s spoon + fork card would be adorable for someone who is a really great chef and wants to cater events on the side or be a personal chef for a busy family.

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A Few Holiday Card Design Challenge Winners…

We know that the Minted design community probably wants to know the winners of the “Sending Good Cheer” holiday challenge – NOW.  We thought we would surprise you with a sneak preview of winners in three special award categories, the  “Advertising,” “Trailblazer,” and “Whimsy” categories.  Enjoy!

Advertising Award

Our Minted holiday card advertisement in Real Simple Family has hit the newsstands, and it features the first of the new Minted community designs to be featured this year in a national Minted print ad!  Congratulations to Cecile Kotsch of Cecile Paper Lounge on her beautiful “Fleurs de Noel”, a combination birth announcement-holiday card that we thought would be perfect to showcase in this family magazine.  Here is the advertisement:

We love how the beautifully illustrated floral garland frames the image, and the hand-drawn style script is the perfect complement to Cecile’s illustrations.  This delicate design is perfect for a birth announcement any time of the year, but the addition of the rich reds, greens, and pinks in the garland added just enough holiday cheer. Congratulations to Cecile on being named in our advertisement and her $250 award.

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