Minted’s 20 First-Place Challenge Winners of 2015

We’ve entered 2016 head-on in our continual quest to discover the best in stationery, art, and home decor design. Of course, we couldn’t do it without the Minted Artist community and our customers who cast their votes in Minted Design Challenges.

Before we bid adieu to yesteryear, let’s take a look at Minted’s first-place Challenge-winning designs of 2015. The 2015 collection is a mix of heartfelt sentiments, breathtaking photography, colorful expression, and a dash of humor for good measure.

Congrats to the Grad! Quickfire Challenge
Past and Future” by Laura Bolter Design
Announced February 27, 2015


Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm’s 3rd Art Challenge
Directions I” limited edition print by J Ryan
Announced March 11, 2015


Baby on Board Baby Shower Invitations Challenge
Special Delivery Bouquet” by Karidy Walker
Announced March 19, 2015


Fall & Winter Digital Invitations Challenge
Holiday Soiree” Holiday Party Online Invitations by GeekInk Design
Announced April 10, 2015

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Download: January Desktop Wallpapers

A new year, a new desktop wallpaper! Start 2016 off right with a desktop wallpaper refresh—we love these two versions by Minted artist and graphic designer Kristin Doversberger of Lorent & Leif. Cheers to a fabulous 2016!

Download: January 2016 Desktop Wallpapers

Download: “A New Adventure Awaits” Desktop Wallpaper (above)

Free January 2016 Desktop Wallpapers

Download: “Gilt” 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 From Lorent & Leif:
• Lorent & Leif’s Minted Store
• Lorent & Leif’s Instagram

More From Minted:
• Gift Tags
• New Year Photo Cards
Photo Calendars

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How To: Make New Year’s Resolutions and Goals That Stick

When it comes to kicking off a new year of creative ambition, do you believe in New Year’s resolutions or goal-setting? That’s the question we asked Stacey Meacham and Raven Erebus, Minted artists who, as it turns out, advocate for setting attainable goals. Read their strategies here.

Stacey Meacham
Atlanta, Georgia
Stacey’s Minted Artist Store

I’m a list maker, so I am all about setting goals. I tend to set goals throughout the year, though, and am not a fan of one-time New Year’s resolutions. I feel like big, grand gestures can fall flat, so I like to set quarterly goals, which range in size. I like to set small, attainable goals and big-picture goals, and I try not to freak out if I don’t hit all of them. I just kind of add them to the top of a new list and start to chip away at that. Setting goals and thinking of new ways to generate business helps me focus. Making lists helps me prioritize which goals are most important at any given time. For example, I’ve had one goal on my list for some time now and haven’t even scratched the surface of making it a reality, but I’m fine with that. That day will come. For now I am happy to have other goals that were on my radar for some time ticked off. It’s such a feeling of accomplishment to cross off a list item. It shows that you are making progress—and I am all for progress.

I think it’s important to be realistic with your goals early on. That’s not to say don’t dream big, but if you need to take a workshop or class to hone your skills, be real with that expectation and make that one of your goals. I realize things take time. Overnight success is not the norm, so setting goals is a good way to work toward something bigger without setting yourself up for failure. Especially if you have mini-milestones along the way. Pat yourself on the back and recognize your little successes as well as your big ones.

Looking Sharp” save the date card by Stacey Meacham

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All You Need is Love Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our All You Need is Love Valentine’s Day Challenge! With Valentine’s Day just a month away, children and adults of all ages will soon be sending sweet sentiments of love to family, friends, and classmates. In this challenge we turned to you, the talented Minted Community, to create fresh, unique designs that are sure to warm hearts. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the most unique, original Valentine’s design
Cityscape” by Jordan Sondler

Runner-up: “Arctic Cool” by Shiny Penny Studio


For the Valentine’s photo card that uses clever 
wording to reinvent typical Valentine’s greetings 
Heartbreaker” by Kimberly FitzSimons

Runners-up: Valentine Wishes” by Shirley Lin Schneider | “Hearts and Roses” by Mansi
Love in the Air” by Erin Deegan


For the best humorous Classroom Valentine
Robot with a Boombox” by Hooray Creative

Runners-up: Seal of Approval” by Allie Richardson | “You’re On Fire” by Chelsey Scott
Llama Love” by Lorent and Leif

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DIY: New Year’s Eve Drink Stirrers

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Looking for a quick way to add a festive touch to your New Year’s Eve cocktails? We’ve created these simple DIY drink stirrers with bamboo skewers and gold ribbon. A little touch of gold goes a long way at the cocktail bar. It’s fun to add a little DIY personal touch to your celebration this holiday season.

Whip up these simple DIY drink stirrers for New Year's EveMake these cute DIY drink stirrers in under five minutes

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Minted x Domino Round 2 Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our Minted x Domino Round 2 Art Challenge! We’re thrilled we got to partner with  the much beloved interior design and lifestyle magazine, Domino. We share a passion for well-edited, innovative art and home decor. We turned to you to create modern, chic art prints that will provide the perfect complement to Domino’s fresh, design-forward style. We were impressed with the quality of work submitted to our first Minted x Domino art challenge, and we were blown away with the second time around! A huge congrats to all the winners!

Domino Editor’s Choice Award
For the piece that most captures the eye of Domino’s editorial team
Time Shapes Our Lands” by Elena KuliKova


Avant-Garde Award
For the best edgy print that pushes boundaries
Exploration” by Christina Flowers


Hit Me With Your Best Shot Award
For the best photographic art print
Soho” by Kaitlin Rebesco

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Personal Stationery Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners from our From the Desk of: Personal Stationery Challenge! We don’t think there’s anything more delightful than receiving a beautiful, handwritten note.  So we asked you, the talented Minted community, to dream up stationery designs that were unlike designs anywhere else. There were so many fresh and unique submissions in this challenge. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the most modern and preppy design
Preppy Stripe” by Ann Gardner

Runners-up: Spumante” by Chocomocacino | “Cornered” by Jessica Williams
Simple Nameplate” by Hooray Creative


For the most unique, original stationery design
Watercolor Dip” by Baumbirdy

Runner-up: “Today’s Fruit” by Mel Armstrong


For the best design that would appeal to men
Initialed” by Jessica Williams

Runners-up: “Modern Monogram” by Christina Novak | “Honorable” by Jennifer Postorino
Modern Madison” by Rebekah Cuff


For the best classic design 
Faded Flowers” by Susan Moyal

Runners-up: Swirled” by Lena Barakat | “Polished” by Jessica Williams
Stamped Florals” by Hooray Creative


For the design with serious “wow” factor
Bursting Hello” by Noah and Olivia

Runners-up: Biology” by Makewells | “Stella Multi” by Julie Murray
Handdrawn Pattern” by Hooray Creative


For the design that best showcases one of Minted’s unique shapes
Secret Garden” by Stacey Meacham

Runner-up: Floral Monogram” by Hooray Creative


For the design with elements that truly shine in foil-pressed
Gilded Confetti” by Stacey Meacham

Runners-up: Forget-Me-Not” by Faiths Designs | “Bold Bars” by Lena Barakat
Shine Bright” by Seven Swans


For the best design that uses curvilinear text 
to create unique shapes or unusual layouts
Hello Stamp” by Heather De Long

Runners-up:Petals” by Qing Ji | “Classica” by Leah Bisch


For the best design from a designer winning for the first time
Fanciful Geometric” by Casey Brock

Runners-up: Chef Notes” by Tefi Fleck | “Lost in the Wilderness” by Honey Hawk Design


Images created by Leah Conroy

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New Year’s Resolutions Printable

I’m not religious about making resolutions but I do love the feeling of fresh starts and goal setting to kick off a new year. To help, here’s your official “2016, I’m Coming for You!” printable that you can fill with things you’d like to work on, as well as things you’ll be giving up this coming year. Sorry, kale—2016 is the year I’m going to stop pretending I like you.

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How I Holiday: Easy Christmas Greenery Centerpieces

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Melanie Severin, a Minted artist and graphic designer based in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece Idea: Fresh Greenery

Name: Melanie Severin
Where you’re based: Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011

From Melanie:  One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting together with the women in my family to make table centerpieces with fresh greenery. This DIY is simple enough to get the kids involved and make wonderful teacher gifts.

Read on for the step-by-step instructions...

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DIY: Cookies for Santa Printable

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

One of our favorite traditions when we were kids was frosting special cookies for Santa. That tradition continues as our girls are in the kitchen with our mom right now icing sugar cookies for the jolly old man. We created this fun “Cookies for Santa” printable for you—print it out and encourage the kids to write a thank-you note for Santa this Christmas Eve. And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the reindeer!

Cookies for Santa Free Printable by alice & lois for mintedCookies for Santa Free Printable by alice & lois for minted

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