Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 20th Place Winner

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The votes have been tallied and the Top 50 winners have been chosen, see them all right here.

Merry Wish” by Lori Wemple

Is there anything Lori Wemple can’t do? Lori is well established as a master of designing with vibrant colors and rich textures – she even did a Minted Master Tutorial on it! But here, she proves that with just one color (and very possibly one hand tied behind her back), she can create a truly stunning holiday card. If I didn’t know how sweet she is, I might accuse her of being a show off! The elegant lettering, intricately fitted, flows together to make a perfect Christmas tree.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 21-30 Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

Today, we continue to make spirits bright with the announcement of the 21st-30th ranked designs from our ‘Let it Snow!’ Holiday Card Challenge. Seeing these wonderful pieces together gives me a very warm feeling. We are continually blown away by the quality and quantity of submissions to the holiday challenge, and to be voted into the top 30 is truly an incredible accomplishment. My most sincere congratulations to these very creative talents!

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Meet a Mintie: Penelope Poppy

Name: Nicole Armstrong
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Watercolor style marker with black line art
Occupation: Elias/Savion Advertising Graphic Designer and Mintie

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
Since I was little, I loved to color and draw. My mom would tell you it all started when I won my first coloring contest when I was 4 years old. It was a Christmas contest, and I won a teddy bear wearing a Santa hat. After receiving the bear, I immediately cut his hat off and thought it would look better on me, though it was too small. I still have “Teddy” (I know, so original), sans hat, to this day!

Throughout my grade school and high school years,, I took every art class there was.
I wasn’t really familiar with “design,” but I knew I loved being creative. Turns out, I was pretty good at it.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Top 31-50 Winners

By Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder & CEO

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year once again! While most folks are wondering where the summer went, here at Minted, we are already looking forward to winter. It feels like each year the holiday challenge is bigger and better. Let it Snow!, our seventh holiday challenge, was definitely no exception. Here is this year’s challenge by the numbers:

4,103 Submissions from 481 Artists
646 design polls, 11,047 Comments, 62,513 Likes

As ever, we want to thank each and every designer who submitted a design, gave a critique, voted in a design poll, or shared festive posts in the Minted Community Facebook group to help their fellow community members get in the holiday spirit. Our community is truly what makes Minted unique and is, without question, the very reason we have the best design and art in the world.

Let’s not keep you in suspense any longer – here are your 31st-50th place winners. Stay tuned for 21-30 to come tomorrow. Huge congrats to our first batch of holiday winners!

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DIY Wedding Favor: Homemade Pickles (With Printable Tag!)

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Give your wedding guests a take-home treat that’s delicious, homemade, and packs a big crunch: pickles! This recipe is super simple to make; plus, the elegant glass jars make them very versatile—they could easily work as favors at a more rustic-themed celebration as well as at a more classic wedding. Just whip up an extra-large batch and tie each jar of pickles with the downloadable favor tag we made just for you.

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Currently Loving: Cozy Dining Nooks

A cozy yet fully functional dining nook is the perfect way to keep everyone lingering at the table (think: dinner conversations going long into the night and leisurely Sunday brunches that somehow last all day). Here are a few dining nooks that I find really inspiring, with bright pops of color here and there to bring the focus into this sweet spot.

cozy dining nooks / julep

David’s, a Melbourne-based restaurant, boasts a “laid-back, mellow and traditional” atmosphere and is designed beautifully by Hecker Guthrie, with a cool color palette, rustic textures, and touches of greenery. Photo via We Heart.

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Design to Dish: Sweet Potato Fries (With Printable Cone!)

Written by Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

summer birthday party ideas

I’m really excited to share today’s Design to Dish post with you! For most of my posts, I usually come up with a fun party theme to go with a Minted invitation, then find coolest coordinating party elements to share with you. But for this particular party, I actually got to put all my ideas into action! My littlest turned three years old on Saturday and we threw him a hot dog-themed birthday party inspired by the darling invitations (pictured above). It was so much fun and really easy to put together. For my kids’ birthdays, especially if they aren’t having a big party with friends, I tend to keep things low-key. A hot dog cookout is a great, low-stress, all-ages party theme that is tailor-made for summer, but could easily work all year round, which makes it just about perfect!

In addition to serving up grilled hot dogs, we decided to make some crispy sweet potato fries. My favorite way to have them is seasoned with a little bit of sea salt and some finely chopped rosemary. Presented in a classic red gingham paper cone, they make a perfect side dish for a hot dog cookout!

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Announcing: Minted + Domino Art Challenge

We’re super excited to announce our next Art Challenge in collaboration with our fave shelter magazine domino. The prize is MAJOR: 25 winning art prints will be featured in a future issue of domino magazine (!!!) and the winning prints will be sold on domino.com and Minted. Get all of the challenge details and upload your design entry right here (the deadline is September 2). Good luck!

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Eye of the Beholder Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

In the Eye of the Beholder Art Challenge, we asked the Minted Artist Community to submit innovative works of art to continue to grow our  assortment and help us be the best marketplace for independent artists. There were no design restrictions and we accepted all mediums reproducible on paper. The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Photography Award for the best work of photography – literal, abstract, or whimsical

Go Fish” by Pad and Paper

Equal parts ode to modernism – with its abstracted circular forms in an off-kilter grid – and homage to the traditional art of fishing, this piece continues to captivate my attention. Green-hued netting is stretched tight across the conical forms, creating a repeating pattern of circles in the fore and backgrounds, with segments of white rope breaking up the uniformity.

Michelle Poe, the creative force behind Pad and Paper, has been a part of the Minted Community for the past five years. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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12 Unexpected (And Super Creative!) Wedding Menu Ideas

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Menu Ideas

When it comes to your wedding dinner, there are so many more creative menu ideas beyond your basic printed cards. These days, brides are coming up with super clever ideas that tie in with their wedding themes, serve double-duty as perhaps a napkin or treat bag, and even reusable after the wedding’s over. Whatever look you’re going for, read on to get plenty of ideas you can easily replicate on our own!

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