Meet a Mintie: Chica Design

Today we’re lucky enough to get to know a hip Southern gal and devoted mother: Angela Forero, the creative force behind chica design. She’s been a community member since August of 2009 and we’re looking forward to seeing more of her creations in challenges to come!

At age nine, you wanted to be?
Oh for sure a dancer.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
When I worked at Cartoon Network as a marketing manager. I loved all the creative ads + packaging and I found out that you can actually get paid to draw pretty pictures.

Do you have any formal design training?
Yes, I went to Creative Circus in Atlanta–at first as an art director, but I fell in love with design.

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Maeve’s birth announcement.

Karly Depew of much beloved Oscar & Emma recently gave birth to a daughter… and the birth announcement she created to announce Maeve’s arrival was so incredible we just had to share it with you!

Karly was inspired by 3 design styles… organic, elegant and precious.

“The organic part was brought in with the materials I used.   The announcement design was letterpress printed and foil stamped on Crane 100% cotton paper tucked inside a cotton muslin bag which was gocco printed with a special message and finished with a tiny gold “M” and heart charm tied to each one.  All of this was then mailed inside a kraft envelope.”

“Maeve’s birth announcement was a true labor of love.  I pride myself on always thinking of the little things and I didn’t want any detail to go unnoticed.  Although pink is customary for a baby girl I chose not to go that route.  Maeve is a unique little individual and I really wanted to reflect that with her birth announcement.”

“The elegance was achieved with the actual design of the announcement and by using a subtle gray ink and gold foil.  I asked Grace Edmands Calligraphy to hand address the envelopes.  Her work is gorgeous and she is such a lovely person, so I really wanted her elegant touch.”

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Ruffled’s ‘Getting Hitched’ Save the Date Judge’s pick.

Oh, Ruffled, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways. I adore all of your insanely creative DIY ideas. Your ‘Real Weddings’ always have a hint of old world glamour. You have a wonderful green marketplace for ‘recycling your wedding’ = pure genius. But most of all I love Amanda Nistor’s voice and aesthetic and how it is carried throughout the site. So without further ado, I am very pleased to bring you Amanda’s top five picks from the ‘Getting Hitched’ Save the Date challenge, including her Judge’s pick.
Says Amanda of the challenge: “I am overwhelmed with the creativity and talent of all designers who participated in the Design Challenge. So, so so many gorgeous designs!”

floriculture by Moglea

“Love the fresh colors of this design. It can be used for virtually any wedding style – from a beach bohemian wedding to a modern loft city wedding, you have plenty of wiggle room to change your mind about your wedding vision.”

palm by Palm Papers

“This save-the-date sets the tone for an uber chic wedding. I imagine a glamorous Miami or Beverly Hills wedding or an intimate Destination wedding just by swooning over this design.”

flowchart by Paper + Parcel

“The flowchart has just the right amount of quirkiness! My hubby would picked this one for sure – it’s a bride & groom winner all around.”

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Real Weddings: Rania and Jeff’s Modern Indianapolis Wedding

Hello readers and fellow Minties! I am quite excited to share this real wedding with all of you, especially for my first ever Minted blog post. Wedding season is starting up again so I thought I’d give all of you brides and grooms, planning for the big day, a little bit of eye candy.  Last summer, I had the great pleasure of working with a very sweet, and oh so classy bride, Rania Abbasi and her amazing mother Deina, on all of Rania’s wedding paper needs.

Rania, positively glowing, on the day of her wedding

Rania chose Cocktail Hour by Ariel Rutland for her invites, one of my favorite Minted wedding invitations. We used the design not just for invitations but for day of wedding accessories as well. This square invite is one of our most modern wedding invitation suites.  In catching back up with Rania, I learned this is just what she was going for.

Rania and Jeff's lovely lovely invites

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Special Winners of Getting Hitched Save The Date Challenge

We have spent a few weeks reviewing the entries in the “Getting Hitched” Save The Date Challenge and were thrilled to see the level of genius and creativity on display by the Minted community.  After a lot of deliberation, we were finally were able to pick the winners of our special awards.  With so many great submissions, we wanted to show you the runner up designs for each category.

These designs will all be for sale on Minted very soon!

Customer’s Favorite Design:

Flowchart” by Paper and Parcel.  This design received the most love from Minted customers – and it is one of the most unique and creative designs we’ve ever seen!  This design would have been perfect for many analytical friends.

Runners Up for Best Customer Pick Design  
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Adorable 1st Birthday Party Inspired By Elephant Balloon Invitation

We knew that Minted customers were design savvy, but Lynda B. has set the bar for planning a whimsical children’s birthday party inspired by a Minted invitation. Lynda came across the Elephant Balloon Children’s Birthday Party Invitation by Sweet Street Gals, and decided to extend the theme throughout her son, Jack’s, first birthday party.

Elephant Balloon Kids Birthday Party Invitation by Sweet Street Gals

Love the elephant stuffed animal, as well as the topmost alphabet block with the elephant illustration.

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Meet a Mintie: Waui Design

This Christmas eve I bring you the gift of a wonderful interview with the very talented Robert True. Not only is Robert a prodigious member of the Minted team, but he is also an active member of our design community. You likely know his work by the name Waui Design and its signature character illustrations and clean type-face. I know you will enjoying getting to know Robert as much as I did.

Robert is a family man at heart and says that his work is inspired by his three-year-old son Jayce and his loving girlfriend Animae.

At age nine, you wanted to be?
I wanted to be an illustrator for Mad Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy. I think that was around the time when I really started to be more structured creatively with anything I drew. I didn’t read much as a kid or have an attention span for anything but for some reason that magazine hit the nail on the head for me. That and Gumby. I drew a lot of Gumby’s back in the day too.

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Big pink ribbon cards.

Breast cancer affects way too many people, including many beloved by Minted employees, so we wanted to do a little something to give back.  Minted will be donating 15% of proceeds of these inspiring blank stationery cards to Big Pink Ribbon.
The story behind these inspirational cards is both novel and star-studded: 120 women draped themselves in pink SHEEX (a new high-performance line of bed sheets) and laid down on Krissy Field to get this shot last fall. The women included Pattie Sellers (chair of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit), Eva Sage-Gavin (EVP of Gap, Inc.), as well as our CEO & founder Mariam Naficy and CTO Niniane Wang.

This project was conceived by Asa Mathat, a renowned photographer who has shot everyone from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Bill & Hillary Clinton, Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama. He was moved to help people affected by breast cancer see the beauty in themselves as they go through this life event/transition and conceived of the Big Pink Ribbon. The project’s aim is to unite the global community of breast cancer survivors and those who love them through large shoots that boost awareness and individual photographs of women that capture their stories.

Asa took the photograph from a crane with a “man basket.” The use of the crane was donated by Jim McPherson.

The idea for the Krissy Field shoot was born when Asa and a bunch of incredibly talented women met over dinner in New York last summer. The women included: Pattie Sellers, Joanne Bradford (Chief Revenue Officer, Demand Media), Desire Gruber (Producer, Project Runway), Christine Beauchamp (President, Ann Taylor Stores) and SHEEX founders and co-CEO’s Michelle Marciniak and Susan Walvius and Kathi Lutton (Global Head of Litigation for Fish & Richardson). Well done Asa and ladies! Your vision was certainly realized.

These cards would be an excellent gift for anyone, but especially for breast cancer survivors. They would also be great for writing holiday thank yous or could even work as a truly heart-felt Valentine. Show your support for this inspiring project today!

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Peace Love Joy.

Sometimes you stage an elaborate shoot for your holiday card photo and sometimes they just happen serendipitously, as was the case here.

Lisa’s daughter Megan posted pictures on Flickr after hiking above Florence on her first day abroad and she loved one of them so much she chose it for their holiday card.  Megan is a junior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and she’ll be home just before Christmas, making Waui Design’s Three Words design extra special for her. Lisa was also the winner of our giveaway with the cool, new magazine Anthology.

Perhaps you have a photo that you haven’t thought of on Flickr or Facebook that would make for a great New Year’s card as well?

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