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I'm a CMYK!

I know, you're like, huh?! Last night I got the exciting news that I have been recognized as one of Minted's Top Designers in their CMYK Program! The program rewards the accomplishments of designers that have a certain number of wins and/or sales. I'm really proud to say I have 54 wins to date and I am now a CYAN! There's four levels to the program, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. The program offers inside perks to the designers as well as prestige and being named, as they call it, a Minted 'Top Dog'!

It wasn't an easy road, I can tell you that. I entered my first competition in September of 2010 and failed miserably. It was a stationery challenge and not only did I not win anything but my scores were horrible. And then I didn't enter anything for a year and a half. A year and a half!!! Talk about holding a grudge! In May of 2012, I got an email about a graduation challenge and figured, why not? I'll try it again. The initial burn had worn off, LOL! I remember exactly where I was when I got the email that one of my designs had won an editor's pick. I was in the car on my way home with my husband and babies clicked in their car seats in the back. I was so excited and didn't even really know what it meant! Did I win money? Will people actually buy my design?! Well, they did. And it was super exciting. I've been hooked ever since.

Minted's community of designers is absolutely amazing. Even though we are all in competition with each other, there's a camaraderie between designers and a respect that we are all working our hardest and our best to create something unique. Every time. I can't say enough thank you's to all of the Mintie's who helped me when I had questions or just needed some advice on a design. For that, I am ever grateful. I have grown so much since that first entry and I am truly a better designer because of them.

Minted has evolved a lot as a company as well since I joined, and have recently launched their new home decor line, which I'm sure many of you have heard about since I'm over the moon about it! Check out my Minted shop to see my latest designs including stationery, home decor, art prints, and more! And thank you, Minted!!!


New Holiday Card Designs on Zazzle

I've been a little pattern quiet lately but it's only because I've been busy working on holiday cards! It's almost the end of October so for us designers, we need to be working months ahead of time to prepare for the upcoming seasons. Anyway, I've decided to open a Zazzle store this holiday and have a bunch of brand new photo holiday card designs along with matching gift tags, address labels, and stickers. The header photo below will get you to the front page of my store where you can view everything. Below that are my new individual photo holiday cards where you can click through to see the details and purchase. Happy Holiday Card Hunting!


Stationery Designs Available at Minted

I got these samples yesterday from Minted and they're gorgeous! I just love the quality of their paper that they use, it's so nice to the touch and really exudes elegance. These designs are now available for purchase through my Minted shop. First up is Fancy Grad, a sophisticated full photo graduation invitation or announcement, perfect for a high school graduate, college or beyond. Next is Resume, which is one of my personal favorite birth announcements because it lets you add your social media info so your friends and family can connect with you with your own unique hashtags to view all of the baby pics on Instagram, Facebook or your blog or website! Cool, right?! Enjoy!

Fancy Grad  Graduation Invitation or Announcement

Fancy Grad Graduation Invitation or Announcement

Resume  Birth Announcement

Resume Birth Announcement

all photos courtesy of Minted