Meet a Mintie: Ann Gardner

What a treat–literally, it has a very sweet ending–to have Mintie Ann Gardner with us today! Ann has such a wide range of styles and aesthetics in her design portfolio that you might not be able to pick out one of her pieces instantly, but you’ll certainly notice the excellent typography and her awesome use of color. Enjoy learning about living in Texas, her stint as a pastry chef, and the adorable theme Ann chose for her wedding.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I think I knew from an early age that I wanted to do something where I could create all day and get paid for it. I LOVED colorforms, playdough, crayons, spirograph…

Do you have any formal design training?
I have a BFA in Communication Arts from Simmons College in Boston. I had taken a few community college courses while I was in high school and the credits transferred over. By my senior year, pretty much all I was taking was independent study classes in photography, silkscreen printing, and a few other art related classes. I was also a teacher’s assistant in photography, so I had access to the photography lab. Best school year ever!


Special Editor’s Picks of The Stay In Touch Business Card Challenge

The Stay In Touch Business Card Challenge is Minted’s first challenge in the business card category and all of us here at Minted have been itching to see what Minted designers come up with. Minted designers have always pushed the envelope when it comes to original design and this challenge proved to be no exception.  We were so impressed with all of the designs! As with every challenge, Mariam (Minted’s Founder & CEO) and a group of Minted design staff came together to pick out the Special Editor’s Picks and the Runners Up in each design category. For this challenge, the categories are “Best Business Service”, “Best Personalized Calling Card”, “Best Business Card or Calling Card that incorporates a photo”, “Best Creative Professional”, “Best Food”, “Best Service” and “Best Home & Garden”. In addition to the Special Editor’s Picks, we are also proud to announce the “Customer Favorite” as voted by Minted customers!

Best Business Service:

Fileshare by Maddy Nye. We absolutely love the use of bold colors and the half-tone dot pattern to create the stacked file folders in this design.

Fileshare by Maddy Nye

Runners up for Best Business Service


Meet a Mintie: B Wise

Today we have mintie Alston Wise of B. Wise Papers with us to tell us all about her love of design and what people and places inspire her. You will absolutely recognize her recent The Perfect Match Save the Date entry; it won first prize in our recent Save the Date Challenge. And oh my goodness, you just have to see these pictures of her absolutely adorable family.


Calendars in Traditional Home.

Our calendars, which launched just last fall, were featured in Traditional Home’s February issue. (Love the turquoise pop on this month’s cover by the way.)
It’s not too late in the year to go for a fun and festive calendar! After all, the New Year has just begun in China.


Photographer Interview: Kate Harrison

No one seems to capture joy and blissful happiness as well as wedding photographer, Kate Harrison. We’ve tracked her down and had her spill the beans about how she got into wedding photography and where she finds inspiration for all her stunning wedding photos. Kate Harrison is a Minted partner photographer.

How and when did you first get into photography?
I fell in love with photography when I was a teenager. My family still talks about how I burst into tears on my 16th birthday when I opened up an incredibly thoughtful and generous present: my first 35mm. I had coveted my sister’s for years.

Why did you choose to focus on wedding photography?
I didn’t know what to do with my camera for a long time. I worked in news, on landscapes, still life but none of it filled my soul. Years later I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and brought my camera. That day was one huge ah-ha moment. Weddings! I never thought I’d be interested in photographing weddings but I loved it! Wedding photography had always seemed so cheesy and staged to me, but I realized it didn’t have to be formulaic. Weddings are full of organic beauty, glamour, laughter, originality, art and the full range of our beautiful emotions. Weekly exposure to all that human goodness is such a gift and being able to capture it in my camera always astounds me.

Do you prefer traditional film photography or digital photography?
I shoot digitally but I love the look of film. I fiddle with my camera and lenses to give my images a film-eque quality.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Our gift to you: Lots of new heart-themed invites for you!

Between this week and next we will launch 175 new wedding invitations… and to celebrate this festive day of love I’m going to share some heart themed new additions with you today! I hope they help you get you in the spirit of the day.

breezy ribbons by lisa samartino

one heart by paper dahlia

only fish for me by ling

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Meet a Mintie: Jana Volfova

Today we’re lucky enough to have Alberta-based Jana Volfova with us to talk to us about growing up in Prauge, hanging out her own shingle, who has helped her along the way, and what inspires her.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as a designer.
I grew up in a small village near Prague, Czech Republic. After I graduated (hotel management) I was lucky to get the opportunity to go to Montreal, Canada as an exchange student for six months. This happened a few years after the “Velvet Revolution” (a non-violent revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the communist government). Because I had spent most of my life not being able to travel anywhere, this was a dream come true.


Is it Quince?

I saw this spread in an issue of House Beautiful from ages ago and it just felt like our beloved Minted green was perhaps exactly this shade of quince, so I couldn’t help but share it with you! I hope it brings a cheery start to your day.