Roundup: A Guide to Modern Rings

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled a collection of gorgeous, sparkling rings for the love of baubles! Traditional rings are a thing of the past—women have never been bolder in their selection of signature jewelry. Whether you’re married and looking to add on to your stack or you’re a bride-to-be, on the hunt for something unique, or just a gal celebrating your own success, this modern ring roundup is for you. Currently, I am obsessed with colored diamonds, style-defining shapes, and anything rose gold. Happy shopping!

1. The Mrs. Signet, Nora Kogan, $795
2. Diamond Wings, Erstwhile, Catbird, $12,980
3. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
4. Eclipse, Vale Jewelry, $1,250
5. Paloma, Nora Kogan, $2,400
6. Odile the Swan, Supreme, Catbird, $2,350
7. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
8. Open Element, Savannah Stranger, Twist, $2,540
9. Eva Fehren, Twist, $5,775
10. Mandrel Studio, Twist, $10,566

More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Felt Heart Mask
• DIY: Bon-Bon Candy Bowls
• Recipe: Painted-Heart Sugar Cookies
• DIY: Valentine Mail Bag

More from Minted:
• Valentine’s Day Cards
• Classroom Valentines
• Valentine’s Day Stickers & Accessories 

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Roundup: A Guide to Modern Rings

How Minted Artists Find Inspiration in Faraway Places

We’re far from the first to hype the benefits of stepping out of the your comfort zone. Whether it’s shaking up the status quo with a slightly different routine, taking a hike just a few miles away, or traveling to the other side of the world, new places and new experiences do wonders for creative inspiration.

For this edition of #WhatInspiresMe, when we asked Minted artists Susan Brown and Ana Sharpe how travel inspires their creativity, they sung the graces of their recent vacations.

Susan Brown
The Wisconsinite finds inspiration in Florida every winter

My husband and I spend January and February each year living in a pink house on the Florida Emerald Coast. To say that the vibrant Florida colors provide inspiration is almost an understatement. The sun is so bright and clear that it makes me, a Northerner obsessed with black and navy blue, fall in love with pastels— shutters, furniture, art, clothing, even pastel cars all look chic and sophisticated in this friendly climate. Primary colors are equally compelling: true, pure, saturated, happy.


Wedding Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners for our Suite Love Wedding Invitation Challenge! Couples who are soon to say “I do” come to Minted to find original, awe-inspiring wedding invitation designs that will help set the tone for their wedding. We looked to you, our talented community, to create designs that were fashion-forward and trending-setting. You all wowed us with the freshest risking taking designs we’ve seen yet. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

Based on the strength of submissions to this challenge, we selected one designer to receive featured placement in email, catalog, and on-site placement on Minted’s website.
Congratulations Melanie Severin

For the design that best lays the groundwork for a sophisticated, classic wedding
Elegantly Lined” by Robin Ott Design

Runners-up: Darling and Dashing” by Alston Wise
Flourish” by Jennifer Postorino | “Valencay” by Chocomocacino

For the most creative and innovative take on a wedding invitation
Adagio” by Moglea

Runners-up: Prism” by Kelly Ventura
Anthropology Museum” by Amy Payne | “Steampunk” by Katie Zimpel

For the best gender-neutral design that will appeal to both men and women
NYC Style” by Jana Volfova

Runners-up: Bold As Love” by Design X Five
Gold Bars” by Fig and Cotton Paperie | “Simply Dapper” by Jessica Williams

Click through to see more special prize winners of our latest wedding invitation challenge

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Wedding Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

DIY: Swan Headbands

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Have you ever seen those plastic swan favors in the wedding section of the craft store? Usually they have cheap-looking painted details and are coated in a shiny finish. Despite all this, I knew they had the potential to be so much more. So, I gave them a little paint job, attached them onto a headband, and voila! A simple and modern accessory to wear this Valentine’s Day.

DIY Swan HeadbandsDIY Swan Headbands

Click through for the step-by-step instructions

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on DIY: Swan Headbands

Adorable Real-Life Wedding-Proposal Stories

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered some of the most romantic wedding-proposal stories we’ve heard, all shared to us by our wonderful Minted customers. So, get ready for some serious “Awwws” because whether you’re close to getting engaged yourself or nowhere near walking down the aisle, you’ll love reading about strangers falling in love and how their happily-ever-afters began.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Adorable Real-Life Wedding-Proposal Stories

DIY: Felt Heart Mask

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Who are you looking at with heart eyes this Valentine’s Day? This DIY felt heart mask makes it pretty clear! Super simple to make, you probably already have all the supplies on hand. Wouldn’t it be fun to craft a bunch of these with guests at your Valentine’s Day party?

DIY Felt Heart MaskDIY Felt Heart Mask

Click through for the step-by-step instructions

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on DIY: Felt Heart Mask

Jessica Hische’s 7 Truths for Creative Success

If there was ever a person who embodies the philosophy of learning (and succeeding) by doing, it’s probably Jessica Hische. The renowned graphic designer is a doer to the max. The self-employed artist got an early start working for Louise Fili Ltd., designs for clients ranging from Tiffany & Co. to Target, and recently published her first book, the aptly titled In Progress.

On January 28, Minted CEO Mariam Naficy hosted a fireside chat at Minted’s San Francisco office, asking a number of questions provided by Minted’s global community of artists. Here, we highlight some of Jessica’s insights for creative success. Watch the video of the fireside chat with Jessica here.

Minted CEO Mariam Naficy (left) hosted a fireside chat with Jessica Hische on January 28, 2016.

1. Present Life as Truth

Now that Jessica has an established career, she’s able to negotiate her terms with clients—moreso than as a rookie designer. “But it has to do more with your confidence,” she said.

Jessica explained that some creatives are compelled to enter into negotiations apologetically, instead of just putting reality on the table. “Parents need to present their lives as a truth,” she said. “Don’t think of your life as an inconvenience for your client. They have to understand the realities. Everybody has their thing, and I think we whitewash our humanness. We should be honest and say, for instance, If I get less than eight hours of sleep, I’m a wreck.”


Printable Valentine’s Day Posters

I may have performed a victory dance when I found out that Staples and Office Depot now offer color engineering prints (a.k.a. large poster-size prints created on plotter printers traditionally used for engineering and architectural work). At just seven bucks a pop, that means posters for all occasions. First up? Valentine’s Day posters, of course! Find the link below to download seven designs to get you in the love day spirit.

valentine's day decoration


DIY: Valentine’s Day Gold-Heart Garland

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

I tend to prefer simple, understated decor for Valentine’s Day. There’s something so sweet about a delicate handmade garland—it can add a nice little festive touch to a plain space. Today we’re sharing how to make this terrifically simple gold-heart garland. We used gold faux leather but any gold paper or fabric would do. Plus, it’s versatile—you could easily reuse this garland anytime you’d like to add a pop of gold to your next party.

DIY Gold Heart Garland | alice & lois for minted Julep
DIY Gold Heart Garland | alice & lois for minted Julep


Download: February Desktop Wallpapers

Now that it’s February, freshen up your computer desktop with one of these two charming wallpaper designs by Minted artist and graphic designer Kristin Doversberger of Lorent & Leif.

February 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Download: “Flower Pattern” Desktop Wallpaper (above)

February 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Download: “Terrarium” Desktop Wallpaper (above)

Download instructions: Click on the download links above and the image will open in its own tab (depending on your browser, you might need to click again to make it full size), Next, drag the image to your desktop; for Macs, select System Preferences and then Desktop & Screen Saver; for PCs, right-click the picture and then click Set as Desktop Background.

Note: These designs are for personal use only and were created by Lorent & Leif for Minted.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Download: February Desktop Wallpapers