2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 10

Are you ready for some candy colored deliciousness? B. Wise paper‘s Noel is just that and clocks in at No. 10.

The colors in ‘noel’ are fab. (And they are especially fab laid over a black and white photograph.) The little heart is just too cute, without being cutesy. The ‘merry wishes to you’ script is a nice contrast, but yet still goes with the modern ‘noel’ block lettering. Finally, I just love ‘2010’ down there in the corner at an angle. Excellent work Alston! This is literally the perfect holiday greeting.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: Judge’s Awards

We interrupt the Holiday Countdown to bring you our esteemed judge’s awards! Given how awesome our judges are, we’re pretty sure you’ll understand! Each of these winners will receive $500 for each judge’s prize.

Elizabeth Mayhew is the Editor-in-Chief of Woman’s Day magazine and lover of all fine stationery–so much so that her stationery was featured in the New York Times.

Courtney Dolloff of Design Work LifeHead vs. Heart, and Seamless Creative is an arbiter and creator of great design. She also just recently became a Mrs!! A huge congratulations from the entire Minted community on your recent nuptials!

Courtney had a hard time narrowing down her favorites, but she eventually came to the same conclusion as Elizabeth, yes, as luck would have it, two of our judge’s chose the exact same design so the winner will receive a grand total of $1,000:

Oscar+Emma‘s Nordic Snowflake.

We’re not surprised, this is such a beautiful design. The stripes have so much pop and the snowflake is so beautifully put together. I love the repeated dots and the floral motifs throughout. It’s just simply gorgeous. Stunning. Breathtaking. Refreshing. Yes, all of that and more!

Our third and final judge is Grace Bonney of the widely read and critically lauded blog Design*Sponge.

Grace chose Jolly Dots by Sweet Tree Studio.

We’re so taken by this great design that we’ve actually already sung it’s praises when it won No. 21.

So double congratulations to both Sarah and Karly–you are both doubly talented ladies!

Grace was also very taken by two other designs. She gave Emily Ranneby 1st Runner Up for Joyeux Noel + St Nicholas, No. 19. And, she gave her 2nd Runner Up to–no surprise here–Nordic Snowflake by Oscar + Emma.

Please join me in thanking our esteemed judges for sharing their excellent aesthetic with us!

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 11

And now for the first repeat winner in the top 25… Stacey Day! Congratulations on Ball of Joy!

I love that this is so bold and graphical! But yet so crisp and simple–being all white text over a full-bleed photo. That ornament is tilted at the perfect angle–it’s almost like the ball has a little skip in its step. The light and heavy text together is just the perfect weight. And I love how the string holding up the ornament appears to be the same line as the ‘love and’ and ‘the.’ I think it will be fun to see how people work their families in and around that line. Stacey, you should be very proud! We salute you.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 12

Are you looking for a lovely, modern, airy delight? Look no further than No. 12 Holiday Joy by Annie Clark.

To begin, the word ‘joy’ is just stunning. I love the way the ‘j’ and ‘y’ are outlined and then the outline of the ‘o’ is repeated over and over in white and then once in yellow. The word actually looks like what it is describing. And the rest of the fonts complement ‘joy’ perfectly. The crisp modern headline goes well with ‘joy’ and the script of the family name is a nice change of pace, but is still in keeping with the clean and crisp theme of the card. I think I feel more joyful just from looking at this understated masterpiece–a nice way to start the day, don’t you think?

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No.13

Sometimes you just see something and you just know instantly that it will be a huge hit. Such was the case with Merry Bright Cheer by Stacey Day.

Words just can’t describe how much I love the way ‘Merry’ and that snowflake are overlaid at the top here with ‘and  bright’ added as a perfect afterthought. The white text and the border are crisp and excellent, especially when highlighted by the  ‘and bright’  in yellow. With the green strip at the bottom, this design has just enough color. I also love how the family tag line takes the shape of a ribbon with the double line on top and bottom and I love how the family name mirrors the  ‘and bright’ text. Congratulations on such a huge hit Stacey! I know families everywhere will fall in love with this stunning design.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 14

So it’s about time man’s best friend felt the love, introducing No. 14, Reindog from 2BirdStone.

So in my family, a good friend coined our dog “the favored child” and as much as my parents love us kids that just couldn’t be more true! Now of course I love that the dog is the centerpiece here, but it’s also very well put together. There’s not much more you can say about the antlers other than AWESOME! And I love that the greeting ‘howly’ references the card’s main theme. Isn’t it helpful how the outline on the dog’s face repeats around the dog’s name as well as around the bone? And the light green background with rounded corners is the perfect finishing touch. Three barks for Ashley!

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Vote for Mariam!

Our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy has spent literally countless hours voting on each and every design ever submitted to Minted and now it’s our turn to vote for her!

She has just been nominated for the 2010 Women’s Initiative Women Entrepreneur of the Year award. We’re not really surprised because we know how fabulous she is and how incredibly hard she has worked to create Minted. It only takes a quick second (literally one click) to vote and it matters a lot because the judges are looking to gauge how engaged of a community the entrepreneur has helped create and I think everyone would agree that we have the most engaged community there is! Speaking of our community, we have so appreciated the excitement around the holiday challenge and have also been so encouraged by how genuinely nice everyone in our community is—all of the comments left on the countdown have been so positive and upbeat–so a big thank you to everyone for that as well.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 15

Wow guys. We are getting close! So close. We are almost to the top ten!!! But honestly all of these designs are just so good it hardly matters what number you are since it really came down to tenths of tenths of decimal points. So without further ado: No. 15. Peace Love & Hope by The Social Type.

So I can’t help but think that this card is fitting now more than ever. A ridiculously number of years later, we’re still in Iraq and ‘peace’ is still outside our reach. We’re always looking for ‘love’–that’s just the human condition–and certainly the people of Haiti are struggling to keep their ‘hope’ six months post earthquake. Heavy thoughts aside, I think ‘Peace, Love and Hope’ will show up on a lot of holiday cards this year, but probably not in this beautiful of a way. I love how the Type has put together ‘peace’. The white outline is so classy and I love how the letters alternate between red and green. And the ampersand lines up so perfectly below and continues the color alternation. The family’s name in subtle white is completely classy. All of the color elements are used in perfect balance and the white border around ‘peace’ references the white border and holds the whole thing together. Last but not least, I really like the light turquoise background that is closer to green than blue. Congrats Allison & Jessica–this is really, such a wonderful card!

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 16

Ready to start your day with some great type, great words, and great color? Unless Someone Like You‘s Best of the Season is all that and more, earning it the coveted No. 16 spot.

This is such a fun idea and it has been executed in a carefree and whimsical way. It’s certainly fitting that ‘feast’ is the biggest and heaviest word here. The font used for ‘merriment’ looks just like what it is describing. Of course anyone who has young children–or heck even if you don’t–has to love that naps appears twice!! And, isn’t it so true that children as well as their parents live for those ‘days-off’? In short, I just love how these truly genuine sentiments keep the holiday wishes real! And just one last thing… I love that little star is in the center, but isn’t perfectly centered.

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2010 Holiday Spectacular: No. 17

A child’s anticipation of the holiday to come and their report from Santa is arguably the very best part of the holiday season and Carrie O’Neal‘s Nice List (No. 17!) captures that excitement perfectly.

Don’t you think families everywhere will get a kick out of this? I love the headline “Be Good” and then the tag line in a much softer script “for goodness sake”. And then the stamp is just great–it’s so well put together, with the double circle, the dotted lines, and the the starred lines. I wonder if families will want to be able to downgrade their young ins to say a 7.5? A 10.0 is really, pretty nice. I don’t think I ever earned that score! Isn’t it so great how the photo is tilted–it makes the whole composition so much more interesting. And the white frame against a beige background is very classy. I really like how the photo is black and white, too. All in all, a great idea and a very solid execution.

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