Work of Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Over the past year, Minted’s art business has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve added hundreds of works to our collection in a broad range of styles and formats from artists around the globe. We asked the Minted community to submit innovative works of art to continue to grow our assortment – we were so amazed by the breath and depth of submissions. Congratulations to all winners!

Curator’s Choice Award for the artwork that most captures the attention of the
Minted curatorial team
Orange Lake” by Stephanie Goss Johnson

Newbie Award for the best work of art by a first-time entrant
Dark and Stormy” by Blair Culwell Staky

Photography Award for the best photographic art print
Corner Bar in the Neighborhood, New Orleans” by Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa

Seasonal Award for the best piece of artwork inspired by the fall or winter months
Watercolor Abstract Flora Series: Fall 1” by V E R Y M A R T A

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DIY: Brass Pinwheel Cake Toppers

By Jenny Batt of  Hank and Hunt

I have a fondness for pinwheels (doesn’t everybody?)—they’re fun and whimsical, and remind me of my childhood. But instead of plastic or paper pinwheels, I wanted to decorate with something a little more grown up. These brass pinwheels are fun and easy to make, and are the perfect way to dress up a frosted cake.

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Birth Announcement Challenge: Special Prize Winners

One of the highlights for new parents is announcing the birth of their baby. The unveiling of all the precious details is almost as memorable to family and friends as it is to the parents themselves. We asked you, our talented Minted Community, to “wow” us with your creativity. We were beyond wowed with everyone’s gorgeous designs! Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

The Trifecta Award based on the strength of submissions to this challenge: Susan Brown
We selected one designer to receive guaranteed placement in the Minted catalog,
a homepage banner and email to help build his or her brand on the site.

Sibs” | “My Name” | “Big Bird

Collection Award for the designer who is guaranteed at least five total picks across the challenge and other challenges in the baby & kids category in the next year to build a design collection on Minted: Olivia Raufman

Baby Bracket” | “Petite Deco” | “Simple Hi” | “Two Lines” | “Simply Classic

Innovation Award for the most out-of-the-box birth announcement
that you would never find on other online sites
Woodland Animals”  by Cynthia Oswald

Runners-Up: Teddy” by Lisa Cersovsky | “membership expiring” by Dawn Jasper
Canvas Snapshot” by Alethea and Ruth | “Bevel” by Laura Hankins

Traditional with a Twist Award for the best classic, elegant design
Longhand”  by toast & laurel

Runners-Up: “Engraved” by Katie Wahn | “Fancy” by Oscar & Emma | “Simply Framed” by Ling
Flourished Joy” by Erika Firm

Best Use of a Shape Award for the best design specifically
created for one of our die-cut shapes
Woodland Bunny”  by Pistols

Runners-Up: “Floral Bounty” by Itsy Belle Studio | “Twinkle Wreath” by Stylisti
Sugar & Spice” by Jessie Steury

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Minted x Domino Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the long-awaited special prize winners for our Minted x Domino Art Challenge! For this challenge, we asked our Minted community of designers to create modern, chic art prints that would provide the perfect complement to Domino magazine’s fresh, design-forward style. We were so impressed by the eclectic mix of beautiful and unique pieces you submitted! Congrats to all our winners!

Avant-Garde Award for the best edgy art print that pushes boundaries
Up Down and Back Around” by Christina Flowers

Photography Award for the best photographic art print
Let’s Go” by SylvieCeres Designs

Nature Award for the best piece with a new perspective on everyday organic elements, whether it be naturally occurring curvilinear lines, an abstracted shot, or a detailed close-up
Oyster Blues” by Christa Cariddi

Abstract Award for the best abstract painting or illustration
Morning River” by Lauren Adams

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Wedding Inspiration: Easy, Breezy Summer

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Desert Wedding

I’ve had a small (okay, fine—huge!) place in my heart for a black, white, and peach palette since the day I started planning my own wedding. And as I was browsing Minted looking for some fun summer inspiration, I stumbled upon this palm tree-themed save-the-date that included those very colors. It was love at first sight and instantly brought to mind an easy, breezy summer wedding infused with tropical touches and boho details. Here’s how to get the look.

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Roundup: Father’s Day Ideas

Haven’t bought a gift for Father’s Day yet? Give your pops something other than a new tie—preferably something you made with your own hands. Here are six thoughtful, homemade ideas your dad is guaranteed to love.

Father's Day DIY Ideas

1. Cookie-cutter shortbread cookies // Martha Stewart Living
2. “You Rock” cupcakes // Oh Happy Day
3. Bow-tie Father’s Day card  // Julep
4. Printable Father’s Day giftwrap // Almost Makes Perfect
5. Father’s Day medals // And We Play
6. DIY adjustable apron // Purl Soho

More Father’s Day Ideas:
• Printable “Spin the Wheel” Father’s Day Card
• DIY: Colorful Happy Father’s Day Sign
• Father’s Day Breakfast Printables

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Father’s Day BBQ Sauce Printable

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift? We’ve got a super simple one for you! All you need: mason jars, BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought), and our BBQ sauce label printable and you’re good to go. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also add some other grilling accessories and you have the perfect gift for Dad.


Design to Dish: Lavender Lemonade

Lemonade is the perfect summer drink—I plan on drinking it all summer long!—but add a little lavender and it skyrockets plain lemonade into a whole other dimension of ice-cold deliciousness. Lavender lemonade is one of those things that sounds fancy and sophisticated, and it tastes fancy and sophisticated! It’s too flavorful to chug; you have to serve it over lots of ice and take very refined sips. And the great thing is it takes exactly the same amount of work to make as plain lemonade. So make some this summer, you fancy, sophisticated person, you!

homemade lavender lemonade“Provincial Summer” fabric by Lulu and Isabelle | Lavender Lemonade (recipe below)

I really can’t get enough of the beautiful textiles Minted offers—my lavender lemonade recipe was actually inspired by this gorgeous “Provincial Summer” fabric by Lulu and Isabelle. Even though the climate where we live is far from Mediterranean, I still dream of planting endless fields of lavender. However, I might just have to settle for some pretty fabric and an ice-cold drink.

homemade lavender lemonade

Keep reading for this refreshing summer recipe…


DIY: Braided Duct-Tape Headband

This easy braided duct-tape headband is a perfect summer craft for little hands! Make them in a variety colors—even a version in red, white, and blue for the upcoming Fourth of July!—for loads of DIY fashion fun!

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2014 Holiday Challenge Winners Visit San Francisco

Written by Anthea Tjuanakis Cox, Kaitlyn McCoy and Amy Schroeder

We had the pleasure of hosting the three top winners of Minted’s 2014 holiday design challenge during the week of June 8. In addition to a cash prize, Jennifer Wick, Jessica Williams, and Stacey Meacham won a trip to our hometown of San Francisco as VIP guests. The Minted Artist Relations Team took the three artists to a number of Bay Area destinations and gave them a behind-the-scenes tour of Minted’s San Francisco and Oakland offices.

They all said they enjoyed meeting the people who make Minted run smoothly. “And the fact that [Minted CEO] Mariam [Naficy] doesn’t have an office is pretty cool,” Stacey says. “I’m so inspired after talking with her. She is inviting of questions and has such an enthusiasm for what we do.”

Jennifer said she gained a better appreciation for the time intensity of transforming artists’ designs into customizable products on Minted. “I assumed Minted had automated ways to convert our files into customizable web designs, but they are actually very labor-intensive,” she says. “Learning that helps me to be much more patient when waiting for our designs to go live on the site.”

Here are some of the highlights of their three-day San Francisco adventure, ranging from cocktails in the Mission District to seafood at California’s oldest restaurant.

Minted’s Kaitlyn McCoy welcomed the winners of the Let It Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge when they arrived at the airport on June 8, 2015.

We cooled down an unusually hot summer day with sangrias on the rooftop of El Techo de Lolinda in the Mission. From left: Jen Wick of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Stacey Meacham of Atlanta; and Jessica Williams of Nashville.

Photo-booth fun with Mariam, Minted’s CEO and Founder. Top row from left: Minted’s Amy Schroeder, Kaitlyn McCoy, Anthea Tjuanakis Cox and Mariam Naficy. Bottom row from left: Jennifer Wick, Stacey Meacham, Jessica Williams and Minted Vice President Brady Wood.

Anthea Tjuanakis Cox, Minted’s Artist Relations Director, gets creative in the sand at Baker Beach.

On a typical foggy day, we played “try to find the Golden Gate Bridge” at Baker Beach.

Getting cheeky at Madame Tussauds wax museum.

We took a wriggly drive down Lombard, America’s most famous crooked street.

We ended the second day at Tadich Grill, California’s oldest restaurant. Originally a coffee stand founded in 1849 during the San Francisco Gold Rush, now it’s a popular place for seafood and cocktails. “The dinner was a favorite highlight of mine because it was our last time together as a group, and I felt we really connected,” Jennifer Wick says.

For our last stop before heading home, we visited Minted’s Oakland facility for mini doughnuts and coffee with the Minted Customer Service team. These friendly folks help Minted customers customize and perfect their designs. “I was highly impressed with the people in customer service,” Jessica Williams says. “What a phenomenal group.”

Last year’s top-winning designs: