2016 Holiday Gifting Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of the The 2016 Wrap It Up Holiday Quickfire Gifting Challenge! Throughout the year, Minted customers look for unique gifts for their loved ones for a variety of gifting occasions. Calendars, notebooks, day planners, and address books are the perfect presents for recipients of all ages or even as a treat for oneself. We can’t wait to see these gifts in the hands of our customers!

Out of the Box Award

For the freshest, most original design you wouldn’t find anywhere other than Minted.
Rainbow Geode by Alexzandra Fajardo

Perfect Picture Award

For the best design that incorporates 1+ photographs.
Botanica by Laura Hankins

Gentleman Award

For the most unique design that would appeal to a man in your life.
Starboard by Susan Brown

VIP Award

For the most creative design tailored to an important gift recipient (i.e., father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, best friend, teacher, daughter, son, etc.).
Old School by Sara Berrenson

Location Award

For the design that is evocative of a general location (i.e., beach, mountains, etc.) or specific place (think iconic landmarks or states).
Charleston Doors by Jenny Batt

Hobby Award

 For the most unique design customized for the hobbyist in your life (i.e., the chef, gardener, music lover, traveler, sports fiend, etc.).
Travel Essentials by Rio Grange

Minimalist Award

 For the most striking clean, modern, minimalist design.
Elegance by Kaydi Bishop

Inspiring Typography & Quote Award

For the design that incorporates the most interesting typography and/or inspiring quote.
mountains by Sweetgrass Paper Company

Forever Young Award

For the best design suited for younger kids (ages 5-10).
nutty nutcrackers by Tonia Dee

Let’s Hear it For the Boy Award

For the best design for a school-aged boy (ages 5-18).
BEAST! by jomolo

Corporate Award

For the most unique design that would work well as a corporate gift.
Painterly Plaid by Sarah Brown

Curvilinear Award

For the best design that puts a name on a curvilinear path.
Outside the Lines by JeAnna Casper

Newbie Award

For the best design from a first-time entrant.
Modern Holiday Trees by Angela Rekucki


Congratulations, winners!

Published November 28, 2016

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2016 Holiday Letterpress Challenge: Special Prizes

We’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of the Hot off the Press Letterpress Holiday Photo Card Challenge! In this Challenge, we looked to our talented Minted artist community to come up with highly original designs that spread holiday cheer and love and allow our customers to express their own unique personal style.

Make an Impression Award

 For the best design featuring chunky text or design elements that show off letterpress best – bold text or thick lines or design elements.
classroom plaid by Annie Montgomery

Faux Full Bleed Award

This award is for the design that best gives the impression of a full bleed photo (even though it’s not).
Bright Starburst by Ling Wang

Visionary Award

For the most unconventional, unique design in the challenge that you couldn’t find on any other site. This design exemplifies the kind of design risk-taking Minted is looking for.
Abstract Outlines by Katie Zimpel

Not Your Grandmother’s Letterpress Award

Design that incorporates edgy design elements, bold colors, or other designs that are not typically seen in letterpress.
Birch Band by Baumbirdy

Holiday Elegance Award

Design that says “holidays” in a fresh yet classic way.
Sprig of Pine by Erin Deegan

Oh Come All Ye Faithful Award

Most striking religious holiday card design.
Hallelujah! by Olivia Goree

Cheers Award

Most original New Year’s card design.
cheerful snowflakes by Everett Paper Goods

Multi Photo Award

Most unique design that showcases multiple photos in an original way.
LEDA by Melanie Kosuge

Holiday Birth Announcement Award

Best letterpressed birth announcement design that someone would also send as a holiday card.
Grecian Crown by Annie Montgomery

Newly Married Award

Best holiday design that celebrates a newlywed couple.
Floral Frame by Erin Deegan

Published November 25, 2016

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10 Holiday Cards and Christmas Cards That Inspire Hope

The holidays are usually chock-full of cheerful celebrations, joyous occasions, and festive spirit — but what if not everyone on your mailing list is feeling very merry this year? After a contentious presidential election year in the United States, some people are opting to send Christmas cards and family photo holiday cards that focus on messages of hope, peace, and warmth. These messages will be welcomed by all friends and family, including those who are elated by the recent election and those who feel less celebratory. Here are 10 Minted Christmas cards and other holiday cards that celebrate togetherness and humble compassion.

Fanciful Pheasant” Holiday Card by Erin McManness of Atlanta, Georgia

Erin McManness says her design aesthetic tends to focus on florals, but for “Fanciful Pheasant,” she aimed to experiment with drawing simple, more geometric shapes. “Birds are a beautiful symbol of peace around the holidays, so I felt it was appropriate to incorporate them as well,” she says of her holiday card design. “I love Scandinavian-inspired design, and have been trying to infuse the ‘beauty in simplicity’ idea into my work lately. The principles of balance, unity, and symmetry were especially important in this design, as it focuses on a message of hope and peace.”

Together” Letterpress Holiday Photo Card by Kelly Nasuta of Cape Coral, Florida

Kelly Nasuta designed “Together” with her large, close-knit family in mind. “I wanted that message of togetherness to shine through because it’s really what makes this time of year so special and memorable,” she says. “My family is loud, rowdy, chaotic, and crazy, but there’s no one else I’d rather be with at the holidays.”

Lettered Peace” Foil-Pressed Holiday Card by Makewells of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A modern take on a classic message, “Lettered Peace” is by Megan Wells, the artist and illustrator behind Makewells.

Floral Peace” Holiday Card by Baumbirdy of Chicago, Illinois

Sarah Baumgardner and Carolyn Doogan are best friends who look like sisters, and the duo behind Baumbirdy, the design team that specializes in bold, dramatic design. How do they keep their own peace, working side by side? Read their advice for creative collaboration.

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2016 Holiday Party Invitations: Special Prizes

It’s time to eat, drink & be merry! Minted customers are planning fun, festive affairs and we looked to our talented community to bring fresh, unique custom party invitation designs to the table. We’re excited to share the Special Prize winners of The 2016 Eat, Drink, & Be Merry Holiday Party Invitation Quickfire Challenge!

Out of the Box Award

Most unique holiday party invitation you wouldn’t find on other sites.
Wreath of Plenty by Haley Mistler

Bold Award

Boldly designed holiday party invitation that communicates a modern spirit through unique colors and modern, even edgy design.
Overlay by Genna Cowsert

Down to Business Award

Best invitation for a corporate/business holiday party.
Grandiose by Jennifer Lew

Modern Elegance Award

Best design that is traditional and elegant but still fresh.
Winter Evergreen Soiree by Kate Ahn

Home for the Holidays Award

Best invitation that celebrates a housewarming party for a new home.
Our Holiday Housewarming by Rebekah Disch

Make me Laugh Award

Funniest party invitation.
Let’s Get Basted by 24th and Dune

Auld Lang Syne Award

Best New Year’s party invitation.
New year jazz party by Ana de Sousa

Traditional Colors Award

Best design that uses traditional holiday colors like red and green.
Decking the Halls by Kelly Nasuta

Give Thanks Award

For the best Thanksgiving Party invitation.
Classy Turkey by Dana Beckwith

Spooktacular Award

Best Halloween Party invitation.
haunted house by Morgan Kendall

Love is in the Air Award

Best design for a Valentine’s Day party award.
Party Hearty by Baumbirdy

Engagement Award

Best design which doubles as an engagement party invitation.
be married by Owl and Toad

Newbie Award

Best design from a first-time entrant.
Mr. Cat’s Ugly Sweater by Lissabeth Anglin

Published November 23, 2016

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A Day in the Life of Minted Artist Carly Reed Walker

Written By Carly Reed Walker
Portraits By Courtney Bowles Photography

6 AM: I’m somewhat of an early riser, rarely sleeping after 6 in the morning. It works well for me, because I find those early morning hours are my most calm, quiet, and productive. I try to start each morning with yoga. Usually that means practicing in my living room, but I just started a prenatal yoga class that I love — I’m 20 weeks along! I’ll have breakfast and coffee with my rescue pup, Buster, and husband, if he’s home (he has an irregular work schedule as a locomotive engineer). Buster is an adorable little beagle mix that we adopted from a great organization called the Richmond Animal League, where I volunteer regularly. I also spend a little time on Instagram before I get to work for the day, but don’t we all?

Gala” is my favorite holiday card I’ve created for Minted. I love how modern and editorial it is.

8 AM: I like to sit down at my desk between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. to get organized, which is somewhat of a challenge for me. I have an amazing office/studio in our house. It’s a dream to get to work and create there every day. When we purchased our home in Richmond, Virginia, last year, my very generous husband agreed to give me the largest room in the house for work. It doubles as an office and meeting space for clients. I’ll start things off by going through emails and making a to-do list for the day, which tends to be a little scattered. From there, I get to work designing whatever is on said to-do list. My workload is balanced between wedding stationery clients, branding projects, and other stationery/design work like Minted. It’s a challenge for me to focus on several different projects, so I take frequent breaks away from the computer to snack or take Buster for a walk through our neighborhood.

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DIY: Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love creating simple, easy-to-make handmade details to add to your the holiday table (especially helpful if you’re pressed for time!). Last year, we made leather-cording napkin ties with fresh eucalyptus; this year, we created these super-simple yarn tassels to use as napkin rings. These fun tassels add a pop of color and a handmade touch to each guest’s place setting. We used a light-blue wool yarn for the tassels and stamped guests’ names on mustard yellow card stock—the colors really popped against our black-and-white patterned napkins (“Criss-Crossed” by Hooray Creative). Keep reading for the full tutorial.

DIY Simple Tassel Napkin RingDIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

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DIY: Pumpkin Wine Stoppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Thanksgiving is upon us—has November flown by or what? I always start the month with big plans to get ahead for the holidays, and every year I’m shocked when Christmas is a month away (whoa!) and I haven’t made a dent on my to-do list. But before I get ahead of myself, there’s Thanksgiving to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting dinner this year or heading out to celebrate with family, these simple pumpkin wine stoppers are the perfect way to add an autumnal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering. They literally take minutes to make, so they’re a great last-minute hostess gift or you could even whip up a bunch and give them as favors to your adult guests. Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep
DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep

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Printable: Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels

Thanksgiving is synonymous with delectable desserts, loved ones, and—of course—leftovers! We created these fun pie-box printables just for you and they’re sure to be the cherry on top to your Thanksgiving celebration. Just print the labels out and affix them to slice-shaped boxes so your guests can enjoy any leftover desserts the following day. Bonus: We’re sharing a favorite recipe for sweet potato pie (via Real Simple). Enjoy!

Click through for the free printable and a tasty recipe for sweet potato pie


Throw a Kids’ Friendsgiving Party

Written by Alicia Johnson and Betsey Hodge of  Happy Wish Company

Planning a playdate soon and not quite sure what to do with the kiddos? We’re serving up a big ole’ slice of thanks with this fun Friendsgiving playdate party! When we saw this “A Slice of Thanks” invitation, we knew it would be perfect for our playdate—it’s the perfect opportunity for your children to express how thankful they are for all the sweet little friends in their lives. Keep reading for all of our decor and activity ideas to keep the kids busy and having fun!

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

For the party backdrop, we spelled out “Friendsgiving” in gold foil balloons and layered in a tissue tassel garland in brown, tan, peach, and mint. We filled glass milk bottles with apple cider and used twine to tie on straws. We added tissue tassels to the back of each chair, which adds the perfect pop of color.

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

DIY Flower Arrangement
Make this Friendsgiving playdate a memorable one by setting up an interactive kids’ table decorated just for them! Start with fresh flowers, since they always add color and life to any tablescape. You might even be able to save these centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a very simple centerpiece DIY that everyone can do.

1. Purchase fall-looking flowers. Here we used kale, hypericum (red berries), safflower (orange), and thistles (purple).

2. Line wooden flower boxes with wet oasis floral foam.

3. Trim flower stems and insert into foam.

Keep reading for more of our fun kids’ Friendsgiving ideas

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