The Twilight Wedding: Bella & Edward’s invites.

For those of us who are Twilight fans, the wait is finally over: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I hits theaters this week. A few of us at Minted (OK, perhaps just me) are anticipating the wedding scene, where Bella and Edward promise themselves to each other forever.

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Will Bella’s mom realize that Edward is a vampire? Will Jasper be able to hold himself back from snacking on the human wedding guests? What song will their first dance be to – Edward’s favorite, Debussy? Many questions will be answered. In honor of Twilight, we asked Minted design community members to have some fun submitting Twi-themed wedding invitations in our latest wedding invitation design challenge. Here are a few of the designs they came up with – you can vote to tell Minted to sell these designs by clicking here:

Would it be the elegant geometrical for time and all eternity by j. bartyn design?

Or perhaps after sunset by Kristen Smith? Dark, classic, yet with a touch of grunge?

Jody Wody’s Luna captures the night setting in a highly romantic way.  The inky blue somehow conjures an era gone by:

I could also see dark romance by Heather W. being a likely possibility. Aren’t those polka dots against the spooky streaked sky an awesome combination?

Love immortal by Erin Pescetto seems just about right in so many ways… a love immortal, set in a castle, dancing in the dark. The square design works well here, too.

And then there’s Sink Your Teeth Into It by Kristin D, which is anything but subtle!

Again, not so subtle, but this is not your normal wedding! Blood Thirsty by Angela Chih.

Old Parchment by Elaine Stephenson really captures the show’s historic vibe.

Era gone by Pixelpackinmama Design also has a historic vibe, but is a lot more mainstream.

Solstice by Alex Elko really nails dark yet feminine.

I love how Elaine Stephenson has bound for eternity set at twilight in a cemetery.

Also in the black, white and red vein, Jacqueline Dziadosz’s True Love.

The font in delightfully dark by Moe and Me is just that–delightfully dark!

Shari Margolin’s love eternal is a much different take. It does seem like red, black, and white is the color palette most people think Bella will be working with!

Roses are a nice addition in Krista Eitsert’s Twilight Nuptials.

And some spiderwebs from Katherine Jakubowski in vampire bat wedding!

And we’ll conclude with Paper Dahlia’s use of black, white and great typography in her eternal love.

I loved seeing all of your creativity on the Twilight front! A big personal thank you to all of our talented designers who participated.  Now I am off to buy my tickets for Friday night…

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Our Real Simple Ad Hits the Stands

Our November Real Simple Magazine ad hit the stands late last month and we’re thrilled to be able to share the final ad and a few behind the scenes photos. We shot on location in San Francisco at the beautiful home of Victoria Smith, the creative tour de force behind the ever inspiring design and lifestyle blog sfgirlbybay.

“All the Stops” by Campbell and Co. and “Noel Stardust” by j.bartyn design.

It was a great feat to decide on just two cards to shoot for the ad. This year’s holiday assortment provided us with so many incredible choices. In the end, we went with “All the Stops” by Campbell and Co. and “Noel Stardust” by j.bartyn design. We love the contrast between the two styles and the pop of red so nicely complemented by Victoria’s mostly black and white home.

Annie Clark and me having fun with holiday cards on location.

Suzanne Shade, Minted’s Creative Director, art directed this ad and our holiday ads from last year. She has the innate ability to pull ideas out of my head without my needing to say a thing. It’s really wonderful to be in absolute agreement when it comes to how we see the Minted brand. While last year’s ads captured the lightness of Minted, this year we wanted the feel to be elegant and sophisticated, like a chic dinner party.

Suzanne, hard at work in Victoria’s kitchen during the shoot.

Suzanne had this to say about the process, “My inspiration for the ad was my friend Victoria’s house and a shot she put up on her blog, sfgirlbybay. To me, the most fun was bringing that to life, and giving Minted the same relaxed elegance and wit that so many of her fans adore (including me!) We shot this with natural light and very little retouching. Our photographer, Annabelle Breakey, was joking during our scout: ‘This spot is so beautiful… all you need me to do is push the shutter.’ We had a ton of fun that day.”

Victoria’s Mantle. The backdrop for the Real Simple ad.

Victoria’s home is incredibly beautiful. We had a great time chatting with her about her decorating choices and eclectic style. What strikes you the most when you walk in her door is the contrast between her white furnishings and black chalkboard walls. Victoria said that she loved the dramatic difference between the two colors and the way the chalkboard walls look when you write and erase. The gorgeous mantle in Victoria’s home was the perfect backdrop for the ad. We were shocked to learn that the mantle was a recent addition to her home. She calls it her “DIY Fireplace” as she found it at Mega Salvage in Berkeley, brought it home and painted it herself. We’re so inspired.

Finding just the right accents for the cards was a lot of fun. Victoria picked up this sweet little reindeer at the Alameda Flea Market. The Alameda Flea Market is the destination for Bay Area antique enthusiasts.

We hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes. We thank the Minted Design Community so much for their amazing contributions to an already wonderful holiday season. Check out their beautiful Minted holiday cards here.

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Meet a Mintie: Griffinbell Studio

Happy Halloween Minties! Today we interrupt your celebrations to get to now Lynn Knipe and her Griffinbell Studio a little better. Lynn has been a prominent member in the minted community for the past two years and we’re very lucky to have her; she has such a broad range of talent and has really excelled in every genre–no easy feat. Enjoy this sweet treat!

First things first: how did you come up with the name Griffinbell Studio?
Griffinbell Studio is named for my two children, Griffin and Bella.

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Your Cards On Us: Five Minted $200 Holiday Card Giveaways

Help us share this video with your friends… tweet a link to this blog post and leave a comment below to tell us that you tweeted, by 11:59pm Pacific Time on Saturday night, October 29, 2011.  We’ll select 5 winners to win $200 holiday card giveaways, and we’ll notify you by 6am Pacific on Sunday, October 30, in time to do your shopping for holiday cards this weekend!

What truly original holiday cards do, when no one’s looking…

(Update on 10/30 – Hi everyone, Thank you so much for your very kind comments about Minted.  We just couldn’t pick 5 so we picked 7 winners!  Congrats to the winners, who have been notified: @alinecate, Amie, @moglea_studio, MollyT, @NatCalAtkinson, @bornboutique, @sparkledawne.  Winners will be receiving their individual codes on Monday morning by email.  Stay tuned for more holiday fun on the Minted blog!)

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Calling cards in Southern Weddings.

We were very excited to be included in the Fab Finds department of Southern Weddings latest issue.

We made up calling cards for the entire staff.

As you probably know, here at Minted we’re always up for customizing anything. The gals at Southern Weddings asked us to turn four wedding invitations into business cards and of course we were happy to oblige! Here’s what we did: apple harvest by lovell avenue, Sweet Bees by oscar & emma, stem striate by Stacey Day, fireflies by cadence paige design. Business cards for the bride are such a great idea as it saves you all the effort of having to give every single vendor you meet with all your contact info and wedding date / locale, etc. And how fun to have your calling card match your invites?!  Now that is perfectly coordinated.

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The Dance of the Minted Holiday Cards

This holiday season has been full of interesting creative projects at Minted. One that I have enjoyed most is our new stop motion video, “Dance of the Minted Holiday Cards.”

I have wanted for a while to make a video that captures the creativity and spirit of Minted’s employees and design community, and was interested in exploring stop-motion video.  Plus, I have a strong passion for music and want to explore how to integrate it into our brand.  My friend and creative collaborator Suzanne Shade describes how the video’s concept evolved:

“We wanted a few videos for the holidays and talked about different ways to show off Minted. This video originally started off as a stop motion ‘description’ of the card formats and suites. After seeing some early roughs, we realized that our filmmakers, Matt and Julie from Tiger in a Jar, could bring more of their talents to the piece. We asked them to make it something they’d do for themselves, and the result was this fun story about the secret lives of the cards on Christmas Eve. I think the fun part was seeing how collaborating could bring a new twist on the spirit of Minted.”

Hope you enjoy this, and let me know what you think!  All of the holiday cards featured in the video are buyable here.  Our 10% off promotion ends on Monday, so be sure to take advantage of this before it ends.

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Mini-Minties Children’s Stationery Special Prize Winners

It’s no secret that here at Minted, we love personal stationery. And of course we all know that mini-Minties deserve fun, fresh, modern stationery too. In this challenge, we were looking for a large range of designs for all ages and all attitudes—from baby to teen, thank yous to self-expression, and elegant to edgy. Our design community was definitely up to the task. They proved that kid’s stationery can be elegant, modern, clean, and lighthearted all at the same time. Huge congratulations to these mini-Minties special prize winners!

Best over-the-top pretty design:

Watercolor” by Katie Dirksen

Katie’s “Watercolor” immediately caught our eyes. Her soft pink watercolor stain is so striking, while still staying simple and subtle. We love how the water-stained layers of pink give this design such texture and depth. This design really is over-the-top pretty—and Katie makes it look so effortless!

Runner-Ups (clockwise from top left): “Joli Monogram” by Cecile Paper Lounge ǀ “Lovely Components” by aticnomar ǀ “Cotton Candy” by Kylie Holmes ǀ “Princess Garden” by Hello Hailey ǀ “Painterly” by The Occasional Hello

Best ‘edgy’ design:

Liner Notes” by Ann Gardner

This Woodstock-inspired design has a definite edge that’s sure to appeal to both kids and adults. Ann shows off her incredible illustration skills with an understated, but undoubtedly cool stylized guitar. All of Ann’s details from the off-kilter tuning pegs to the Stangelove font to the muted color palette make “Liner Notes” both old-school rock nostalgic and fun and modern at the same time.

Runner-Ups (from left): “Happy Dayz” by Mandy Gordon ǀ “Dog’s Life” by Susan ǀ “Tag You’re It” by ERAY

Best ‘classic with a twist’ design:

The Translucent” by Maria Estigoy

We love the freshness of Maria’s “The Translucent.” The largely white canvas with a fine black font definitely recalls a classic stationery design, while the bold highlighter stripe adds a big twist. Maria kept this design simple and clean to let us focus on the name and on the splash of color across the top. We love the texture of that highlighter stripe that really makes it look hand-drawn.

Runner-Ups (clockwise from far left): “Vogue Stripes” by Melanie Severin ǀ “The Perfectionist” by Annie Clark ǀ “Pretty Patterns” by rose eckford ǀ “PenPal” by nocciola design

Best design for a girl:

Stars for Annie” by SimpleTe Design

What little girl wouldn’t love to use Erin’s “Stars for Annie?” The delicate purple and the subtle fade to white make this design so calming and ethereal, but still youthful. The adorable white stars add the whimsy that makes this such a fun and lighthearted design. The simple white text and a subtle background texture show off Erin’s amazing ability to nail every detail.

Runner-Ups (clockwise from top left): “Hearts Abound” by nocciola design ǀ “Budmo Dots and Lines” by Pink Hippo Prints ǀ “Daydreaming” by Design Lotus ǀ “Lula Hula” by Mandy Gordon

Best design for a boy:

Fish Tales and Campfires” by AJCreative

We love the masculine, yet adorable feel of Amy’s “Fish Tales and Campfires.” The soft grey is the perfect background to her fun, stylized trees and her lively river. Her simple jumping fish and sailboat give so much energy and movement to this design. Amy’s fun composition, with her river running down the side of the stationery, is sure to get any boy to want to write home from summer camp or to draw in the rest of that woodsy scene.

Runner-Ups (clockwise from top left): “Yellow Submarine” by Melissa Cundiff ǀ “I Spy” by Jennifer Wick ǀ “Simon Says” by Design Lotus ǀ “Spaceland” by Aspacia Henspetter ǀ “Beacon” by Susan Asbill

Best design that incorporates a photo:

Facts and Stats” by Up Up Creative

“Facts and Stats” is so (up up) creative! Julie’s design leaves so much room for personality and character, which is exactly what kid’s stationery is all about. Her fun facts and stats are refreshing and youthful, but they also stay clean in her lovely grid. It’s not easy to incorporate a photo into a stationery design, but Julie makes it seem so easy. We love the general flow and ease of this informative and fun design.

Runner-Ups (clockwise from top left): “Hugs and Kisses” by Alethea and Ruth ǀ “Washi Me” by Design Lotus ǀ “Pitter-Patter” by Betta ǀ “Masterpiece” by Melanie Severin

Best design for baby gift thank-you cards:

Olivia Baby” by Kelly Nasuta

Kelly really lets your newborn baby shine through in the wonderfully understated “Olivia Baby.” When sending a thank you card for a baby gift, your newborn should absolutely be the center of attention. Kelly’s clean, muted color palette is pretty and eye-catching without being distracting. Her use of varying typography adds a certain dynamism and her simple flower motif is gentle and refined.

Runner-Ups (from left): “Gifted Thanks” by Jennifer Wick ǀ “My First Monogram” by Up Up Creative ǀ “My Very First Monogram” by Cecile Paper Lounge ǀ “Thanks, Cupcake” by guess what?

Best design for a tween or teen:

Doodle Initial” by Alethea and Ruth

Doesn’t “Doodle Initial” just take you right back to junior high (albeit in a more refined way than the first time)? Rachel captures so much energy with all her hand-drawn doodles and fun word treatments. Just like any real tween’s notebook, no two doodles are the same, which keeps us staring at this design for minutes on end! We love how the carefully edited single banner of doodles keeps this lively design so clean.

Runner-Ups (clockwise from top left): “Construction Zone” by The Social Type ǀ “Gear Head” by Lovell Avenue ǀ “Love From” by k notes LLC ǀ “Doodle” by Palm Papers

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Meet a Mintie: Francesco Bongiorni

Italian designer Francesco Bongiorni lives in Spain and illustrates the covers of everything from the New York Times to Frankenstein. He is an incredibly talented “ideas guy” and we are thankful to have him drop in on a Minted challenge from time to time! Today he talks with us about the advantages of living abroad and travelling and how his work takes him into the minds of people all over the world. Thanks for taking a minute to let us get to know you Francesco. We look forward to seeing what you submit next!

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Holiday Minibook and New Year’s Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

We’re all still reeling from the Sending Good Cheer winners, but there are even more holiday winners to announce! In our Holiday Minibook and New Year’s Card Challenge, we asked our designers to create end of the year holiday designs for flat cards and for our signature Minibook format. These cards will be a wonderful way to spread the holiday love and to ring in the New Year with friends and family. Congratulations to our winners!

Customer Favorite Minibook

“Technicolor Snowflake” by nocciola design

We love the sweet simplicity of Jessica’s “Technicolor Snowflake” and apparently our customers do too. The modern, bright colorblocks perfectly complement the clean opaque dots that mark each page. Pair those details with the straight lines and simple shapes of the minimalist snowflake and you’ve got one very chic Minibook.

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