30 Nov 2014

Minted - the Online Stationary Store

I may not have a flair for design, but I can appreciate good art when I see it. Whether it is being amazed by the work of masters or noticing extraordinary creations around me in everyday life, I enjoy the beauty and creativity that a work of art represents. So I was really please when Minted - the online stationary store got in touch with me to work with them.

Minted is not your run-of-the-mill stationary store. They are a design marketplace connecting consumers with the world's best independent artists, thereby offering people the chance to discover creative talent that they would not have access to through traditional retailers. Moreover, every piece can be customised to make it just that little bit more special.

For this festive season, Minted are offering a new and completely different family of products. From limited edition artwork to festive holiday cards, there is a wide range to choose from. There is a very novel gift section where you can even choose a map of your favourite US state or the British Isles to hang on your wall.

Here are a few of my absolute favourites from Minted. I have picked my top 12, just in keeping with the spirit of the season.

Flowers -  by Alexandra Dzh
This limited edition bold watercolour wall art print is meant to bring the bright colours and light spirit of summer to your home the whole year round. I particularly liked the vibrant colours and the composition of this piece.

timeless greeting holiday photo cards - by b.wise papers
This is part of the new collection of holiday photo cards. You can personalise the card with your own special photo. You even have the option to add on a custom back or interior. So you can actually add more than just one photo and write a detailed message to go with it.

British Isles Map -by GeekInk Design
This belongs to the foil-stamped wall art series and includes maps of France, Germany and individual states of the United States. There are a few city maps as well. Like all the wall art, you can choose the size and frame for each piece, or just opt for the cheaper unframed option.

a little christmas whimsy foil-pressed holiday cards by laura bolter design
This is part of the non-photo holiday cards series. These foil pressed cards are new to Minted this season. You have the option to choose from gold, silver, or rose gold foil. I love how the card shimmers and sparkle when viewed from different angles. For me, the red and gold epitomises Christmas perfectly.

Within Letters of You by Heather Francisco
These are part of the very varied Wall Art Prints series. I really liked this concept of personalising your choice of letter. It would make the perfect gift for that special someone. I chose to highlight J, rather obviously. (If you read my blog regularly, you will know why. If not, the only way to find out is by reading more of my blog!)

Personalised kid’s art does not get better than this.
All Aboard by One Little Bird showcases a red London bus with the option to personalise it with lots of detail like name, personality traits, favourite things, maybe even a special date. What little person would not like to have that hanging in their room? I can think of one who most definitely would.

I really liked the concept of this foil-stamped photo art. Titled In the East
by Olivia Kanaley, it is a lovely reminder of family holidays with a bit of sparkle and shine thrown in to mark the festive season. Personalised with the right photo, this could be the perfect holiday card for this season.

I was struck by the novelty of this idea. A holiday card in the form of a keepsake tree ornament that friends and family are certain to cherish. This particular one is called
vintage swirl and is by hooray creative.
Pre-cut luxe linen ribbons (10" long) are included with your order for you to tie to your ornaments.

delicate twigs holiday booklette card
by oscar & emma
The booklette card is another new and unique idea from Minted. You get 8 pages of photos and text in gold staple binding and chic rounded corners and you don't even pay extra postage for it. It is a beautiful way to share your annual highlights with loved ones.

twilight stars business holiday cards
by coco paperie
I was struck by the simplicity of this card. Minimalistic, yet striking, it makes a great statement card for your business.

Typography Wall Art Prints
...to the moon and back
limited edition print by Matthew Taylor Wilson

This is one of my all-time favourite lines from any book. It very aptly summarises a parent's love for their child. I like how the artist has used the moon to ink in these very emotional words. 

My Funny Family Tree by Jessie Steury is part of the family heirloom art series. Easily personalised, this is a great way to keep track of all your cousins.
I think this would make a lovely present for a much-loved family member. A grand-parent perhaps?

So here is a small sample, an appetiser almost, of all that Minted has to offer. Why not pop over and see what catches your eye? There may even be a deal to be had!

Disclaimer: All images courtesy Minted. I was offered credit to use on the Minted website in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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