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.

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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.

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Martha Stewart wedding invitation ad.

Have y’all picked up the new Martha Stewart Weddings?

Whenever mine arrives, I literally walk in from the mail box, drop down right by the front door and devour it cover to cover. Anyways, this winter issue you’ll also see a new wedding invitations ad from Minted.
Aren’t the ornate frame, pink linen and that little jeweled pin at the top lovely? Pink, black and white are such a classic combo. If you’re interested in more pics from the shoot, you can check out my post my post about  the very cool styling session for it last fall with the insanely talented Victoria from SF Girl By Bay.

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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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