It’s the last day to vote on the 2013 Minted Holiday Card Challenge! If you have a minute I would greatly appreciate a vote or two…or if you are really ambitious you can vote on all 3348 🙂 This is the biggest challenge of the year for Minted and the designers definitely did not disappoint. I was blown away by the submissions this year…such an inspiring and talented bunch!

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The third NAPCP Retreat was held this April in the gorgeous Charleston, SC! This is the second Retreat I have been a part of and definitely our most ambitious to date. I had the most amazing time helping to plan out the details for each event and working with our amazing team to execute the final look. I also had the opportunity to design some of the pretty letterpress pieces each attendee received including programs, and custom tags, as well as illustrate the cards for our custom Retreat Kits! (Letterpress printing done by the fabulous Farmwood Press; flat printing done by Imagers; kit boxes from Uline)

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Each attendee received one of these adorable swag bags when they arrived, along with a Retreat Kit.

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We hosted a Welcome Reception the first night at this gorgeous terrace venue attached to our hotel. It had beams over top from end to end that we hong lanterns and mason jars from. The mason jars contained electric tea lights to add a little extra ambiance as it got darker. Our team also created custom floral arrangements for each table with pretty pink peonies and cream roses. All of the stunning party decor was donated by the wonderful folks at Minted! The decor set we used is called Rose Colored Glass and was created by the wonderful Kelli Hall 🙂

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We also created a custom chalkboard where each attendee’s picture and name were displayed along with the Instagram scavenger hunt assignment for the day 🙂

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The Farewell Soiree was held the last night and included a dance floor covered in pink and silver balloons, candy jars, yummy drinks and a fringe photobooth backdrop we created with layers of tissue paper.

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It was an amazing week and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year! Thank you so much to everyone who made it a memorable and inspirational week. A full recap including our wonderful speakers and sponsors can be found here!

Recently Minted and West Elm teamed up for a brand new art challenge! I only found time to submit one piece, but I really enjoyed working on the below painting, titled “Wildfire.” I miss painting a lot sometimes and it’s always a good idea to switch up the creative process a little. Minted then asked us to pair our submissions with items from the West Elm site to show customers and voters how we would incorporate our piece in a functional space. If you have a minute head over to the “Inspiration Boards” section on the site and like my board!

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Super excited to share the above clip from the Today Show, which features one of my new Baby Shower designs for Minted! The design Sip, Sip, Hooray, can be seen around minute marker 2:30 on the Sip & See display table. The design can be purchased through Minted here! So, so excited for this feature…hopefully many more to come!

I was overjoyed to be included in a feature on the wonderful Style Me Pretty site last week! I have been a SMP fan for some time and love what they do for the wedding industry. If you or someone you know is planning a wedding it is definitely a great resource to use. They have links to several of the best vendors for photography, stationery, flowers, cakes, catering, etc. The feature from last week spotlighted 3 designers from Minted (including your truly!) and gave readers a peek into our work spaces. Even Desmond made a brief cameo in the post!

And here are some of the photos I styled for the post:

Thank you Minted for the amazing opportunity!

I saw this video the other day on the DKNG blog and just had to share! Not only is the camera work beautiful, but so is the end result. Love all the brush work details and mixing of mediums! [On a side note…she is wearing bleached peacock feather earrings…I have been dying to get my hands on a pair]