Cyber Monday at Minted

If it’s the Monday after Thanksgiving, it must be Cyber Monday!

Minted‘s Cyber Monday deal of 20% off everything is one of their best discounts of the year so I encourage you to take a look at their holiday cards, art prints and giftables. Use code: CM2016 through 9:00 am PT on Tuesday, 11/29.

Where to start? My store is full of all kinds of holiday cards, art prints and personal stationery.

Merry Christmas, y'all and Winter Window holiday photo cards
Merry Christmas, y’all and Winter Window holiday photo cards

Or if you’re looking for something specific, use the filters to refine your search in holiday cards, Christmas cards, new year cards, corporate holiday cards, art prints and personalizable gifts. There’s sure to be a design and style for everyone on your holiday list.

Summer in Spain art print
Summer in Spain art print

Unique gifts, such as customizable art, add a personalized touch to your holidays. One of my favorite decor items is Minted’s customizable pin boards. They look great in a kid’s room or an at-home office space. What a great way to save mementos, important information, or creative inspiration!

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Did I mention this is one of Minted’s best deals of the year? But hurry! This discount lasts until 9:00 am PT on Tuesday, 11/29. Use code: CM2016.

Winning Gold in the New Year

I’m always humbled when fellow designers and customers like my designs. It’s a validation of sorts that the work I do is appreciated by others. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to sell some of my designs on Minted, and even more thankful that one of my designs, Year-Round Happiness, met with such positive feedback in the form of votes. A first place win is a difficult thing to achieve in such a large pool of talented and artistic designers.

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Holiday card shopping is in full swing and Year-Round Happiness, along with my other designs, has launched. You can shop my holiday collection here. Or browse Minted’s entire New Year collection here.

The Color System that Eventually Became Pantone

Warning: I’m about to geek out on you. I love history and the specific history of things I use everyday. The Pantone color system is an industry standard and I can’t imagine doing what I do without it. When I came across this article on Hyperallergic about what might be the evolution of one of the most popular color systems, I had to share. You can read the entire article here.

In 1886, in an effort to describe the diversity of birds, Smithsonian (of course he was with Smithsonian, right?!) ornithologist Robert Ridgway published A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists which categorized 186 colors alongside diagrams of birds. In 1912, he published an expanded version for a broader audience — Color Standards and Color Nomenclature — that included more than 1,000 colors.

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An Early Holiday Surprise

Every once and a while life hands you something totally unexpected.

Many of you know that I design stationery products for Minted, and every year (with a lot of stress!) I throw my hat into the holiday challenge ring. There are so many talented designers that submit beautiful designs each year. This year was no exception. Over 5000 stunning, creative ideas. And two million, yes MILLION, votes cast.

So you can imagine my surprise to find out that one of my designs came in second place! I’m honored to have my work recognized among, and by, so many creative people. You can read about my design and the challenge here: http://bit.ly/2cqt18m

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A French Inspired Baby Shower

Looking for baby shower ideas? How about a french countryside celebration. With it’s rustic, homey, and laid back vibe, there are lots of options to make the mother-to-be feel relaxed and among good company.

Starting with the invitations, Marseille was inspired by vintage french signage. The dot pattern on the back of the invitation and envelope liner add a bit of fun. It’s perfect for a little bébé. Image of Marseille baby shower invitations, thank you note, label and envelope liner.

French countryside style is relaxed with a little shabby chic mixed in. With fields of lavender dotting french hillsides, a centerpiece featuring this simple but fragrant plant is the perfect non-fussy choice. Place bunches in mason jars and a wooden crate to create a rustic feel. A chalkboard menu is reminiscent of a french charcuterie and lets guests know what flavorful and humble items they’ll be noshing on. Comfortable seating with lots of pillows help to make guests feel at home. Vintage inspired french mill sacks add to the country feel and make wonderful pillow covers. And what party would be complete with french macarons? These little gems can be made in any color and are both sweet and light. A perfect dessert. As for favors, how about french milled soap? They smell wonderful, are fairly inexpensive, and will last a while recalling memories of the special day.French countryside shower ideas1)  French milled soap from Pre De Provence  2) Lavender centerpiece via Save on Crafts  3) Large chalkboard menu idea via My Life at Playtime  4) Gougères and cheese via bcommebon  5) Bacon, Blue Cheese and Avocado Baguette via Drizzle and Dip  6) Pillow slips from Miss Mustard Seed  7) “Vintage” gift wrap from Paper Source  8) Macarons image saved from Passion for Baking

 

Inspiration: The Art of Rob Loukotka

I was browsing the inter webs (OK, procrastinating!) and came across Rob Laukotka. An artist, graphic designer, woodworker, optimist, and serial risk taker, Rob might also be called a geek. One look at his store, Fringe Focus out of Chicago, and you can tell he loves science fiction and fantasy. From his “desk of” poster series to his wood portraits, you’ll notice that he enjoys layering details in his artwork that would take hours to digest. And it’s all in good fun! For example, take a look at The Desk of Mr. Stark below.

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At first glance it’s a cool looking screen printed poster from Rob’s imagination of what Tony Stark’s desk might look like. But look more closely and you’ll see lots of easter eggs and fun details from Iron Man 1,  2, and 3. From the Mark 3 suit and faceplate to Tony’s original arc reactor from the cave, Rob also pays homage to improved tech (the clear screens), and even a glimpse into the future (one of the screens indicates he is researching Vibranium, which is what Ultron is after in Avengers 2).

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Pretty cool, huh? Rob’s created a whole series of posters of desks of other movie characters. A few of my other favorites are Dr. (Indiana) Jones, Mr. (Wiley) Coyote and 007’s Q.

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Check out his store for other goodies, such as portraits, housewares, and frames. But take your time! The genius is in the details.

A Sweet Birthday Party

I’ve been working on a new children’s birthday party invitation suite and it’s finally launched. While Sweet Birthday isn’t gender specific, it’s perfect for girls. The fun and festive type overlaying your favorite photo of the birthday girl are a perfect pairing.

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This design was inspired by brightly colored candy. Remember candy buttons? The invitation features a full bleed photo with text overlay in white and bright colors. Confetti design touches are “sprinkled” throughout the suite, as well as solid bright colors to add interest. Are you sold yet? If not, here are a few party ideas to get you in the Sweet Birthday mood:

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1) Bright graphic striped spoons from SucreShop  2) Colorful treat bags from Oriental Trading  3) Confetti milkshake how-to via Sprinkle Bakes  4) DIY confetti filled balloons via DIY Network  5) DIY painted folding chairs via The Moon and Me  6) Pink and orange garland from Etsy  7) Dessert display via Sweet Style  8) Candy buttons via Retroland.

2016 New Year Card Collection

Every year I feel like I get further behind schedule during the holidays. I’m not the only one either. Sales for New Year cards have increased in the last few years. That makes sense given the amount of hustle and bustle between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Traveling, holiday parties, shopping and family get-togethers have pushed back on sending holiday greetings via snail mail.

As the demand for New Year cards increases, so does the design options available. I’ve been working on my own collection of New Year cards. (Yeah, I know it’s only June! But that’s the schedule for stationery designers. There’s a lot of work getting designs ready for sale, so the big holiday push for us is in late spring to early summer.) So without further ado, here’s a sneak peak of some of the cards I’ve been working on. These beauties will be available in the fall in case you find yourself running later this year sending out holiday greetings. Stay tuned for a launch date!

Image of new designs for New Year cards by Ringleader Paper Co