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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DIY Fruit Koozies

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY fruit koozies

I’m pretty sure this fruit trend that’s happening right now is something we can all get behind. Men, women, children, babies, small animals—everyone seems to be wearing or carrying something with a pineapple on it! And I’m happy to help you add to your collection with these super simple (and useful!) DIY fruit koozies. Whip them up for summer parties to keep guests’ drinks nice and cool.

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DIY Party Hats (With Printable!)

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Top off any celebration with these festive party hats. Our patterned template makes it super simple to make them at home—you could easily make enough for all your guests in less time than it would take to drive to the party supply store. Keep reading for the free template and DIY instructions.

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That’s a Wrap! Personalizable Holiday Gift Wrap Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Last holiday season was the first time Minted offered customizable wrapping paper, and customers loved it! So we asked the Minted Community to help grow our assortment of custom holiday gift wrap by dreaming up the freshest, most original designs that incorporate a customer’s photos and/or custom text. We asked the Community to think out of – and around – the box, and the results blew us away! The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Out of the Box Award for a holiday gift wrap design that incorporates personalized photos in a highly creative way

Santa’s Wrap” by Sarah Brown

We’re expecting to see a big order of this adorable gift wrap come in from the North Pole this holiday season! We love how Sarah dresses up your little one as an elf, Santa, a snowman, and a reindeer (and the last two even come complete with nose!). The sprinkle of snow and irregular positioning and angles of the holiday illustrations give “Santa’s Wrap” an extra-festive feel.

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Printable Cookie Packaging Labels

By Melanie of  You Are My Fave
printable cookie labels
I can’t think of anyone who would turn down freshly baked cookies delivered to their doorstep, especially if they’re packaged with one of these sweet labels. They’re so cute, they won’t even noticed the slightly burnt edges! Get the free cookie-label download below.

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Meet a Mintie: Cadence Paige Design

Name: Paige Rothhaar
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Layers of detail and inspired whimsy.
Occupation: Graphic Design Professional at Fahlgren Mortine, Mintie, Mother to two.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I went into college with the notion of becoming a nutritionist but as soon as I realized how much chemistry was involved, I quickly changed my major to art education. It wasn’t until I had finished a study abroad in Italy that I realized that my future might be in graphic design. We had to keep a sketchbook/journal to receive credit for the course. We were expected to do studies of famous architecture and works by the great masters, but I was more fascinated by the details that usually go unnoticed in the art history world. I sketched intricate patterns that were hammered into Roman armor, geometric shapes on Etruscan vases, even patterns found on the coffins of Egyptian mummies. I also drew various coats of arms you’d see on buildings around Florence, which were basically an early form of branding for wealthy families. When I turned in my sketchbook at the end of the trip, my professor thought that I might really enjoy graphic arts and suggested I make it my concentration. Her instincts were right and that’s exactly what I did the following semester.  

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10 Fresh Ideas for a Tropical Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Tropical Wedding Decor

Whether you spend your time browsing Pinterest or Instagram for wedding inspiration, you probably have tons of tropical imagery taking over your feed right now. Everything from the striking tropical foliage to crystal-clear blue waters can be a jumping-off point for your wedding decor. So if you’re planning a destination wedding or a laid-back beach bash, here are a few of my recent favorites that have me itching to renew our vows (after just two years—it’s been long enough right?).

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DIY Lemonade Stand (With Printables!)

By Melissa of  Alice & Lois

kids diy lemonade stand

My daughter has been talking about doing a lemonade stand all summer—it’s pretty much the perfect activity for the kiddos on a hot summer day. To make your own lemonade stand, all you need to do is whip up some homemade lemonade because we’ve got the rest covered with these cute lemonade-stand decorations: posters, colorful pennant flags, fun table-tent signs, and a sign for the kids to fill out to let everyone know what they are raising money for.

Find the step-by-step instructions and printables after the jump…

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