Minted 2013 Holiday Challenge Submissions

Hanukkah Designs 2013 board by Laura Bolter Design. See more holiday cards

The Minted holiday challenge is the biggest challenge of the year. This year over 3000 designs have been submitted. If you want to see one of my Hanukkah designs offered this year, take a few minutes to vote. You'll need to create an account if you don't already have one, it won't take long at all. And, then you can catch up on what's been keeping me busy and help me out at the same time!

Holiday 2013 board by Laura Bolter Design. See more Minted holiday cards

Perhaps you'd like to vote on Christmas designs, too! Have a look and let me know what you think! Thanks!

Minted + West Elm Challenge

As part of the voting process for the Minted + West Elm art challenge, Minted asked designers to create inspiration boards incorporating decor and furniture from the West Elm website. Below you'll find my submissions to the challenge along with the boards I created. Enjoy perusing these and if you'd care to take a few minutes to vote, simply click on the board, which will take you to the site.

CityApproach.jpg
target practice.jpg
Urban Quilt.jpg
Urban Quilt II.jpg
Determined Direction.jpg
Passing Storms.jpg
Sunlit Journey.jpg
PrairieSunrise.jpg
Crossroads.jpg

Minted's First Inspiration Board Challenge

Are you a closet designer? Do you like to mix and match images, textures, patterns, decor? Do you "pin" on Pinterest? Why not put those talents to work and enter Minted's First Inspiration Board Challenge?! They have $3400 in prizes available with three weekly winners through November 18th. Click on the link and follow the instructions, and most of all have fun.

P.S. If you enter, come back and leave a comment with the link to your board so I can check it out!

It's Party Time: Children's Birthday Party Invitations

It's really VOTING time! Time to vote for the birthday party submissions at Minted. My latest design submissions are here and waiting for you to vote for them. Click on each design below and you'll be taken to that page. You need to have a Minted account to vote, but they have a beautiful product offering, and you can support me!

And, just in case you're wondering about all of the challenges, I haven't won anything yet, but I feel like I'm getting so much closer to a win. Only two of the challenges in which  I've participated have been announced. I'm still waiting to hear on five or maybe even six now. But, having the deadlines and parameters has been so motivating. And, whatever doesn't make the Minted line will be available for purchase in my Etsy store. So, either way, it's a win/win situation. I've also learned a great deal from looking at all of the other designers' work, getting their feedback and pushing myself to try new and different things. Go vote! And, as soon as I get some good news, you'll all be the first to know.

Next challenge—journals for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Graduation, and they're due next week!

Looks Who's Turning Two
Looks Who's Turning Two
Birthday Olympics
Birthday Olympics
Masterpiece Birthday
Masterpiece Birthday
Look Who's Turning Two
Look Who's Turning Two
Golf Classic
Golf Classic
Dive Into the Fun
Dive Into the Fun
Tea Time
Tea Time

It's time to vote again!

Two Minted challenges closed for voting last week. The first group of entries is for the challenge called Untitled: The First-Ever Minted Art Challenge. Some of my submissions are works I have painted over the last several months for classes. I hadn't done anything about selling these yet, and thought they might fit the bill. Some of the pieces are reworked designs for this challenge, which can also be personalized by the customer during purchase, creating a personalized keepsake in the form of a large art poster. Now is the time for you to weigh in with your votes. Click on the image and it'll take you to the page for voting. If you don't already have a Minted account, you'll need to set one up before you can vote, but the time spent will be worth it. You'll get to do a little mitzvah by casting your vote for my art, and you might see some other cool art in the process. Just make sure to vote higher for mine. ;-)

Triangle Heart Art Print
Triangle Heart Art Print

This first piece is meant to commemorate a wedding day.

Triangle Heart Wedding Guest Book Alternative
Triangle Heart Wedding Guest Book Alternative

This piece was designed to be a customizable wedding guest book alternative, where guests would sign their names in the small triangles.

Flower Power
Flower Power
Mother and Child
Mother and Child
The World is a Narrow Bridge
The World is a Narrow Bridge
Santa Fe Door
Santa Fe Door
Ribbon Geometry
Ribbon Geometry
Baby Blossoms
Baby Blossoms

The next challenge to end, Mark Your Calendars, was for wedding save the date designs:

Winter Jewels
Winter Jewels
Classic Argyle
Classic Argyle
Big Bold Names
Big Bold Names
Sun Spots
Sun Spots
Fly Away With Us
Fly Away With Us
Falling Leaves
Falling Leaves

Minted doesn't post how long the voting process will be left open, so if you're so inclined, don't wait too long!

Two new challenges started the day these two ended—one for graduation announcements and the other for moving announcements. I haven't even started thinking about them yet, but I have been getting some good feedback on the watercolor, which is done by hand, by the way, and is not digital. So, I might keep up that trend for at least a few submissions. If you have thoughts or suggestions about the designs shown in the post or the upcoming challenges, shoot them my way—I'd love to get feedback. The deadline iso these is coming up rather fast, so I suppose I should get to work. Watch for a post here to see what I come up with! Thanks!

Something Old, Something Challenge Voting on Minted

Voting started just now for the newest wedding invitation challenge on Minted which was looking for cultural influences. If you have a few minutes and want to vote for my designs, visit my page and have a look around. Or you can click on each of the pics below which will take you straight to that design. I've tried out a couple of different cultural designs after doing a little research—I hope I got it all right! And, if you see incorrect Hebrew, please let me know *blushes with embarrassment*. If the designs are picked to be sold on the site, the Hebrew will be corrected then. You may notice that two of the designs are repeated from the last challenge (although I'm probably too optimistic to think anyone really reads this stuff I share). I updated those two just a bit and resubmitted them which was allowed in the rules. This has been fun to work on, to see what others are doing, try something different, and mess around. The next challenge is an art print challenge—creating wall art print that will be available in various sizes and, in some cases, personalized with photos and text by the consumer. Now that will be something REALLY different to work on!

Also, if you have comments to share I'd love to hear them!

Here are the current designs for voting:

Pastel Chuppah
Pastel Chuppah
Under the Mistletoe Wedding Invitation
Under the Mistletoe Wedding Invitation
Luckenbooth Tartan Wedding Invitation
Luckenbooth Tartan Wedding Invitation
Spanish Tiles Cross Wedding Invitation
Spanish Tiles Cross Wedding Invitation
Entwined Rings Hebrew Invitation
Entwined Rings Hebrew Invitation
Entwined Trees
Entwined Trees
Modern Star of David
Modern Star of David
Triangle Hamsa Wedding Invitation
Triangle Hamsa Wedding Invitation
Meet Us Under the Chuppah Wedding Invitation
Meet Us Under the Chuppah Wedding Invitation
Bashert Wedding Invitation
Bashert Wedding Invitation

Cast Your Votes!

If you feel so inclined, take a few minutes and cast your vote for my designs on Minted. It's a wonderful stationery site where designers submit designs to be voted on in various challenges. The quality of design is incredible! I've entered a few for the current challenge, Head Over Heels, a wedding invitation challenge. Click on the images and cast your vote on each page—5 is the highest and 1 is the lowest vote. You'll have to set up an account first, but it should just take a minute, and then you'll get to cast a vote for someone who doesn't do negative campaigning or make promises they never intend to keep. Then, if you enjoy doing that, check back here next week, when I'll be posting some more designs for voting in the Something Old, Something New challenge. It's another wedding invitation contest, but this one encourages the use of cultural heritage text, images and concepts. You'll be certain to see a few Jewish designs from me. If you want to get a preview of those you can find them on my profile page.

Let the voting begin! And, thanks for your support!

Hot Lilies
Hot Lilies
Mistletoe Wedding
Mistletoe Wedding
Modern Jewish Star
Modern Jewish Star
Triangle Heart
Triangle Heart
Grey Stripe
Grey Stripe