DIY: Wooden-Bead Trivet for Thanksgiving

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

‘Tis the season for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home or are headed somewhere else, these wooden-bead trivets are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal. With all of the piping-hot dishes headed to the dining table, chances are you’ll be searching for something to set them on. These simple trivets are easy and inexpensive to make and look great display on the tabletop. Make several ahead of time or set up an activity table to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the meal to be served. You can also create an extra set and package them up as the perfect hostess gift!

Homemade gift idea for DIY wood bead trivets.Wood Bead Trivet DIY

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DIY: No-Sew Thanksgiving “Grateful” Banner

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Thanksgiving prep, for our families, involves a number of things: planning festive holiday-weekend activities, menu planning for the big day, and, above all else, practicing being grateful. Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our busy schedules and reflect on gratitude, and today we are delighted to share this simple fabric banner project showcasing the word “grateful.” This no-sew banner only requires an iron and fusible hemming tape; we used a neutral grey linen for the banner paired with mustard yellow for the hand-painted word.

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Spaces & Places Art Challenge: Special Prizes

We’re excited to announce the Special Prize winners of our Spaces & Places Art Challenge! In this Challenge, we looked for artwork and photography that was inspired by a location. We were in awe of the diverse perspectives and unique interpretations of locations represented in the submissions.

Urban Photography Award

For the best piece of photography inspired by an urban place.
Empire State by Kaitlin Rebesco

Point of View Award

For the most unique interpretation or viewpoint of an iconic place or building.
Sydney Rising by Maja Cunningham

Vintage Edition Award

For the best antique or vintage inspired photograph.
montreal Cafe by kerri dougherty

Diptych Award

For the art that showcases the characters that make up a community.
Palm i and Palm ii by Annie Montgomery

People Make the Place Award

For the art that showcases the characters that make up a community.
Ponte del Ciolo by Sandro Portaluri

Pastoral Award

For the best piece inspired by a rustic scene.
House in the Woods by Ekaterina Romanova

La Grande Fête Award

For the best piece inspired by a festive location or scene.
Sky Coasters by Stephanie Sherman

Behind the Piece Award

For the piece that has the most interesting story.
Silver and Gold by Stephanie Sherman

“This painting is based on a photo I took from the ferry crossing between Seattle and my home on Bainbridge Island. Gray can be overwhelming here in the winter months but I’ve come to appreciate the many shades of gray found in the Pacific Northwest as seen in the green, gold, lavender and blue tones in this piece.” – Kelly Johnston

Winning Shot Award

For the best piece inspired by your favorite sports oriented location.
Santa Barbara Skate i by Kamala Nahas

Tropic of Cancer Award

For the best bright piece inspired by a tropical place.
Looking Far West by sue prue

By Land or By Sea Award

For the best piece that depicts travel from one place to another.
Cite by Emily Coey

Published on November 11, 2016

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2016 Non-Photo & Corporate Holiday Cards: Special Prizes

Announcing the Special Prize winners of our No Business Like Snow Business Holiday Non-Photo and Corporate Card Challenge (non-foil and foil). We announced the top-voted winners and Editors’ Picks for these Challenges back in September, and we’re thrilled to share the Special Prizes winners with you now.

Outside the Box Award

For the most innovative non-photo or corporate holiday card that you wouldn’t find on other sites.
Season’s Best by Shannon

Oh Come All Ye Faithful Award

Best religious Christmas card.
Reyes Magos by Belia Simm

Merry Gentlemen Award

Best simple (but still interesting!) masculine design using neutral colors (think blue, black, gray, brown).
Snowfall by Baumbirdy

Home is Where the Heart Is Award

Best design that showcases a specific state or location and could be used as a holiday card and/or moving announcement.
Greetings From by Rebecca Turner

Holly Jolly Award

Funniest card that just makes you laugh.
Obligatory Christmas Card by Christine Taylor

What a Year! Award

Best reinvents the “annual letter” in which families share major milestones from their year.
 12 Awesome Days by merry mack creative

Gratitude Award

Card that best communicates gratitude.
Leaf + Berries by Three Kisses Studio

Company Logo Award

For the best design that incorporates a company logo.
Floral Letters with Cardinals by Four Wet Feet Studio

New Year Cheer Award

Best New Years design and greeting.
Radiant by Aspacia Kusulas

Most Wonderful Type Award

Design that introduces the best font that we purchase and add to the Minted Font List.
Abstract Merry Bright Fir Trees by erika firm

Deck the Halls Award

Best showcases one of Minted’s die-cut shapes.
Holiday Swirl by Julie Murray

Silver Bells Award

Most elegant design that appeals to more traditional customers while still being fresh.
Love, Peace, Prosperity by Susan Moyal

Curvilinear Award

Best design that puts customers’ names or other personalizable details on a curvilinear path.
Snowglobe Terrarium by JeAnna Casper

Copywriter Award

Clever wording to reinvent typical holiday greetings (like “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas”, and “Happy New Year”).
Happy Hibernation by Eve Schultz

Go Tell it Award

Best design incorporating stats & data from the year in a fun way.
Noisette by chocomocacino

Published November 10, 2016


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Recipe: Sawdust Pie with Bananas and Whipped Cream

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my mind is on PIE! I’ve never been a huge pumpkin-pie fan, so it’s always a good excuse to explore other delicious pie flavors for turkey dinner. One of my favorite pies to make at this time of year is Sawdust Pie—I was first introduced to it a few years ago while browsing Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I made the pie a couple of times that year, including for Thanksgiving at my parents’ house, and I’ve been itching to make it again ever since.

Sawdust Pie is filled with chocolate chips, pecans, shredded coconut, and graham cracker crumbs. Topped with banana slices and fresh whipped cream, it makes a delicious addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table!

I like to think of Sawdust Pie as Magic Cookie Bars in pie form. Magic Cookie Bars are those delicious, ridiculously easy bar cookies made with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pecans on a graham cracker crust, all held together with sweetened condensed milk. They’re a childhood bake sale favorite, and Sawdust Pie captures all of those magical flavors, stuffs them in a pastry crust, and tops them with fresh bananas and piles of whipped cream. Take a walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving  and add Sawdust Pie to your dessert lineup!

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Pin Your Holiday Gift List with Minted + Chronicle Books


UPDATE: Contest extended to 12/3/2016! Happy Pinning!

Move over, Santa. Minted has partnered with Chronicle Books to help make your holiday celebrations a little easier this season. Create and share your holiday gift list with us to enter for the chance to win $1300 in credit from Chronicle Books and Minted.

Get all the entry details after the jump…

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Meet a Minted Artist: Lea Delaveris

Minted artist Lea Delaveris spent a decade working tough hours in the newspaper business and loved just about every minute of it — tight deadlines and all. Now that she’s a mom of two boys and the news industry has changed substantially, she’s designed a career for herself as an independent stationery designer. “Most of my day is spent in ‘mom mode,” the Columbus, Ohio, artist says of her freelance lifestyle. “The line is quite blurry between work and play for me. I honestly don’t think I can quantify the hours I work, but I know I spend quite a bit of time at my computer. Lea says she enjoys being able to work from home and be with her kiddos. “I just wish I were better at resisting the lure of my desk, though.”

In the past six years, Lea has made a name for herself on Minted as a designer who creates clean, simple, type-drive designs. “I really like when I can incorporate a bit of humor or playfulness, too.” In this interview, the Ohio artist talks about her love of visual communication, being “Mintie spotted” by a teenage boy, and what she hopes 2017 has in store for her.

Did you study art or design formally in school?
Yes, I majored in publication design and informational graphics at Ohio University. It was sort of a journalism and graphic design hybrid that felt like it was created just for me. In high school, I was really involved in the journalism department, but I didn’t love the writing part — layout and design was my area. So when I was looking at colleges and majors and found OU’s School of Visual Communication, I knew that’s where I had to be. It was exactly what I wanted to be doing.

Give Glory” by Lea Delaveris

Before life as a wife, mom, and stationery designer, you spent 10 years working in newspaper design. Why and how did you make the transition into stationery design?
I interned at a few newspapers in college and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I liked the fast pace, quick turnaround, and the behind-the-scenes aspect of it. I admired the work of The Columbus Dispatch while I was at Ohio University and jumped at a job opportunity there just a few months out of school. I got to work with such an amazingly talented staff of artists, designers, writers, photojournalists, and editors. I have such an appreciation for the way words and images work together — and the importance of good journalism in general.

But I got in as the news industry was really beginning to change dramatically, so I had a few years of getting to do a lot of really fun creative stuff (my absolute favorite work was for an irreverent humor page), but as more and more cutbacks happened, the more scarce the fun stuff became. Between that and the hours — which were not very conducive to having a family; typically working 4 p.m. to midnight and having to be on duty some holidays and weekends — I opted to stay home when my oldest was born and start a freelance design business. I stayed on staff a few more years as a weekend fill-in, but it was too hard after that late night Sunday sports design shift, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., to snap back into mom mode bright and early Monday morning. I do miss it sometimes — especially the people I worked with — but the newspaper world is just so different now even from when I left for good three years ago.

Colorful New Year Wishes” by Lea Delaveris


2016 Minted Holiday Challenge Winner Milestones

We’re thrilled to celebrate Minted artists who have reached tremendous milestones in this year’s Holiday Challenges. Reaching a Challenge-win milestone on Minted takes time, hard work, and perseverance. We’re excited to recognize all of the artists who reached their 50th, 100th, and 200th win milestones across all of our 2016 Holiday Challenges: Christmas Photo Card, Holiday Photo Card, Non Photo and Corporate Holiday Card, New Year Photo Card, Holiday Party Invitation, Letterpress Holiday Photo Card, and Holiday Gifting.

Congratulations for going above and beyond — we’re so honored to have such talented artists in our community!

200th Win Milestone

Three artists reached their 200th win milestones in this year’s holiday Challenges. Congrats to Lehan Veenker, Eric Beckett of GeekInk Design, and Erica Krystek.

Lehan Veenker

Lehan joined Minted in 2010. She has 202 wins, made 2,294 comments, and casted 19,158 votes during her time with Minted.

Merrily Frosted” by Lehan Veenker

“I have always been fond of art and design and stumbled upon Minted in 2008 when it was just starting. I decided to enter a couple of challenges and didn’t have any winning designs. In my mind, I completely failed to enter anything close to the caliber of designs already present at Minted. I was scared of failing again and missing this amazing opportunity to work at home with our then-future-now-present children, so I took a break to learn. I taught myself about Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, textures, typography—anything design-related that I could get my hands on. This self-teaching hiatus lasted about two years. In September 2010, I decided to give Minted another shot and actually had some winning designs in the wedding challenge that year.”

Read more about Lehan Veenker in this blog post: Has Anything Ever Scared You So Much It Inspired You?


DIY: Mini Honeycomb-Paper Turkeys

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I love looking at retro party supplies for inspiration. When browsing online recently, I noticed tons of honeycomb-paper turkeys in all sizes for Thanksgiving. Some looked pretty neat but most were a bit dated, so I decided to put a modern spin on the idea with these mini DIY turkeys! Use them to add a pop of color to your centerpiece, put one on each place setting, or even use them to top your pumpkin pie!

DIY Mini Honeycomb Turkeys | JulepDIY Mini Honeycomb Turkeys | Julep

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DIY: Cupcake Flags and Number Printable

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Today we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to decorate a cupcake—it’s super easy and makes a big impact. All you need to do is print out our free numeral printable and use your favorite rolls of washi tape to create these festive little flags for your next birthday celebration.

Make these simple cupcake topper flags with washi tape.

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