Minted custom stationery giveaway!

UPDATE: And the winner is Heidi M.! Heidi, please email me and I will put you in touch with my contact at Minted. Thanks to everyone for your entries… I hope to host more giveaways for you soon!

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I mentioned in this post last week, and today I’m partnering with them to offer one lucky reader a free customized stationery set of his or her choosing!

Minted is such a great option for personalized stationery and invitations that won’t break the bank. While part of my job includes stationery design and we love creating beautiful and unique custom designs for our clients, sometimes time or budget constraints means that we aren’t the best fit for a client. When that is the case, we recommend Minted for their fast turnaround, huge selection of designs, and quality product at a reasonable price. (It was only natural that we become part of their design community so our work can reach a broader range of clients!)

With Father’s Day coming up, the folks at Minted offered me the opportunity to customize some stationery for a special father in my life. Most of the stationery in our home is a bit feminine, so I decided to take the opportunity to get Nick his very own stationery. Their paper airplane Airmail design perfectly suits his sense of humor and affinity for old-school silliness, so I had it customized for him on their signature 17pt cream stock with a light blue backer and blank envelopes.

I’m a sucker for a pretty package so I was excited when my order arrived and inside the cardboard box I found this heavy duty embossed box:

When I opened it, I found my order wrapped tightly and adorably, all ready for me to gift to my hubby.

When I removed the plastic wrapping, I was really impressed with the quality of the cards — the subtle texture of the paper gives it a really high-end look.

As if I weren’t already pleased as can be with my order, they had to go and make me love them even more when I saw the bottom of the box with a cheeky little message.

Well played, Minted. Well played.

Check out the featured Father’s Day stationery, journals, custom art, and greeting cards for the special guy in your life, as well as all of the other awesome products Minted has to offer!

To enter to win a customized stationery set of your choosing, enter via Rafflecopter below. There are six ways to enter and you have until 11:59 PM (EST) on 5/27 to do so. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was generously provided with the stationery shown above and a giveaway for my readers from, but all opinions (and photographs) are my own. I am a affiliate and I may receive a commission from orders resulting from this post. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to bring this giveaway to you!

curious & co. on minted

Having been fans of Minted for years, my partners at Curious & Co. and I have recently become part of their amazing design community. We just participated in their holiday party invitation challenge with two unique designs that we created, and voting is now open. If you like what we’ve designed, we encourage you to head on over to Minted to vote!

party invitations - A Rockin Christmas
party invitations – A Rockin Christmas

party invitations – Merry Bright Jolly

I’ll also be partnering with Minted on a giveaway for my readers very soon. Please stay tuned!

These are Things (I want)

Who wants to buy this for me? Come on… any takers?

American Flags Map from These Are Things

For Christmas, I gave Nick a framed print of a vintage map of our town; he loves all kinds of maps, and I love all the different maps that have been popping up in the design world lately. Perhaps maps could be a fun theme throughout our new home? Have I justified my inevitable purchase of this yet?

the new & improved Claremont Collection

Perhaps this will help to explain my quietness this summer.

When I haven’t been fawning over my new niece, my partners and I have been busy making over the Claremont Collection website — and the collection itself!

beautiful photos by Trevor Dixon, styled by Susan of Fleurishing

Since the collection originally launched last year, we’ve evolved and grown, and it was time for Claremont Collection to do the same. As such, we have retired a few designs, added four fresh new designs, made over the identity, added even more ink colors for couples to customize their unique invitation suite — and wrapped it all up in a shiny new website. We’ve worked really hard, and we’re so happy with the final outcome.

Oh, and the cherry on top of it all?

One of our new designs can be seen on page 122 of the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! Can you hear me squealing? Because I am. You can also see our design included in the magazine’s online edition, but I recommend getting your hands on the real thing :)

For those of you who have already heard the news via Twitter, Facebook, and our Curious & Co. blog, thanks for bearing with me as I get all of my excitement out!

what’s new…

As you may have noticed from my lack of frequent posting, life has been a little busy lately! In case you’re wondering, here are some highlights from what’s been going on in my world:

Work has been very busy, which is a great thing. In the very near future we’ll be introducing a shiny new Curious & Co. website… stay tuned!

• Speaking of work, I’ve been whipping up some fun custom save-the-dates and invitations, in addition to fulfilling Claremont Collection orders. We recently had a custom invitation design featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper, which was very exciting. We’re also thrilled that we’ll be featured in the upcoming Wedding Invitation Ideas Lookbook, a free annual e-book from Invitation Crush.

• I’m partnering with the lovely ladies at Weddingbee on a new feature called Buzzworthy. Once a week, I put together a new inspiration board to share with readers, which is featured on the blog every Monday. Below are my two favorites so far; check them out on Weddingbee for a closer look and complete shopping guides!

• Nick and I have been visiting some open houses as we plan to start seriously house-hunting soon. I have bookmarked a ridiculous number of homes on and at the moment, we’re having fun just dreaming and envisioning what our future home may look like; I’m sure we’ll be weeding out a lot of properties once we get pre-approved and start working with a realtor. When we get a bit more serious about it, it’s safe to assume that I’ll be posting all about our adventures here!

What’s the best advice you homeowners can pass along as we begin our search?

more flea market treasures!

Nick and I visited his parents over the weekend and made a stop at our favorite flea market. We weren’t expecting to come away with any treasures since it was a bit cold out and there weren’t as many vendors as usual, but we actually scored some great loot — for a grand total of $6.

The first thing I spotted was this awesome oversized art instruction book. It is filled with amazing diagrams, instructions and promotional ads from the Bureau of Naval Personnel. I can’t find a year of publication, but it is most definitely old and I would love to frame some of the pages as prints someday.

Might I draw your attention to the female figure dressed in her demure swimsuit, and her male counterpart wearing a…thong??? Good times.

The same vendor also had these awesome “walkie talkies” that I couldn’t resist. (The quotation marks are part of the name, see?) I love the leather casing and the little accessories — I think they’ll be a great conversation-piece when we find the perfect place to display them.

For these two items, we paid the vendor $6, and I guess he liked us because he located another old art book in his collection and gave it to us for free. So nice!

I love my strange and obscure little treasures. Flea marketing is going to be a whole new ballgame when we have a house and more room for furniture, but for now I enjoy finding little things here and there.