My Valentine's Card Came in 2nd Place!

Hi Everyone!

I meant to post this a while ago, but I got a little sidetracked and almost forgot. One of Valentine's cards that I entered in Minted's Just My Type Valentine's Day Challenge came in 2nd place out of 1196 submissions!! Thank you so much to everyone who voted!!! I was completely STOKED when I found out!! What a happy surprise!! The design is called Kiss Hug Kiss Hug, and it's a foil-pressed photo card. YAAAY!! I'm so excited!! It's also available as a non-foil card and a Classroom Valentine's Card. Here it is:

Kiss Hug Kiss Hug Foil-Pressed Valentine's Card by guess what? on Minted

Kiss Hug Kiss Hug Foil-Pressed Valentine's Card by guess what? on Minted

I also had an Editor's Pick for my Classroom Valentine's Card called Sweet Heart. Thanks, Minted! The message on the front is customizable, too, so you can say whatever's on your heart, no pun intended. ;) This sweet little heart card is really versatile, too, and I think it can be used beyond just Valentine's Day. You can get it blank with no text on the front and use it as a gift tag, or write little notes on it to put in your little one's lunch sack or your significant other's coat pocket. Just a sweet little gesture to say, "I love you".

Sweet Heart Classroom Valentine's Card by guess what? on Minted

Sweet Heart Classroom Valentine's Card by guess what? on Minted

Both cards are available at Minted, and right now they're having a Valentine's offer. Enjoy 15% off Valentine's Day card orders $200+, 10% off $100. Code: HEART. You can also get free recipient addressing, which is not only a huge time saver, but there are beautiful envelope designs that you can choose from. It'll make your cards look even more festive + fabulous!

And one last item to share, I also have a Valentine's Foil-Pressed Art Print called With All My Heart that was chosen as an Editor's Pick in Minted's Quickfiire Valentine's Day Art challenge. Thanks again, Minted! It isn't available yet, but it will be soon!

Well, thank you so much for checking in and checking out what's going on at Guess What Design Studio! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Take care, and talk to you soon!

xo,
lori :)

Self-Launch Wrapping Paper at Minted + 10%off!

Hi Everyone!

A while back, I posted about my Minted storefront - a place where I can display my Minted designs that are for sale on their site. At the time, getting a storefront was one of the perks of qualifying for their CMYK: Elite Designers' Program. How cool is that! Thanks, Minted! And now, Minted is allowing us to self-launch items to our storefront. That means, the designers can post things for sale without having to enter a design challenge! Super cool!! Thanks again, Minted - you guys rock!!

One of the things we're allowed to self-launch is wrapping paper. I completely missed all the wrapping paper challenges, and I was soooo bummed! But now, because of this self-launch process, I've posted a few wrapping paper designs to my storefront. I am having SO MUCH FUN creating these - I know I'll be posting more in the near future. Hopefully, along with some other self-launch items, like stationery + art prints. Here's what I have so far:

sweet aloha wrapping paper

sweet aloha wrapping paper

starburst aster blooms wrapping paper

starburst aster blooms wrapping paper

effervescent love wrapping paper

effervescent love wrapping paper

These three designs are super versatile and can be used for just about any occasion. The designs also come in different colorways, so be sure to check it out. And I had to create a Hawaii-themed design, of course (I love pineapples)! Please let me know what you think! Use code: SHOPSKPBCA to get 10% off your order! I believe the code is good for your entire order - not just wrapping paper. 

Well, I hope your holiday season is going smoothly! Thanks so much for stopping by! Take care, and I'll talk to you soon!

xo,
lori :)

Gorgeous Wrapping Paper at Minted (special offer)

Last year, Minted added wrapping paper to their ever-growing list of gorgeous paper products. First, it was just holiday wrap, but now they have beautiful designs for just about every occasion. Many of the designs can be personalized with your photos, names, or custom text - making it a completely unique gift item.

Right now, until 9/22, Minted is having a special offer, where you buy 5 sheets and get 5 free. It's not posted on their website, so here's the code: WRAPBOGO (enter code at checkout).
Check out their beautiful assortment here. And here are some of my absolute faves:

 

simple snapshot wrapping paper by  alethea & ruth

simple snapshot wrapping paper by alethea & ruth

bold washi personalized wrapping paper by  sarah curry

bold washi personalized wrapping paper by sarah curry

sweet gift personalized wrapping paper by  geekink design

sweet gift personalized wrapping paper by geekink design

big xo wrapping paper by  pistols

big xo wrapping paper by pistols

alford park personalized wrapping paper by  jennifer wick

alford park personalized wrapping paper by jennifer wick

doodle strip personalized wrapping paper by  alethea & ruth

doodle strip personalized wrapping paper by alethea & ruth

birthday balloons personalized wrapping paper by  hooray creative

birthday balloons personalized wrapping paper by hooray creative

There are so many beautiful designs to choose from - I just can't post them all. So go check it out for yourself and start stocking up for the holidays (and more)!

Happy Celebrations!

xo,
lori :)



26th Annual GCA LOUIE Awards

It's been a busy year so far, and I haven't posted anything since January! Yikes - that's 5 months! I've been working on holiday designs for Minted and Cardstore, along with some other fun projects on the side. I'll post about those other things later, but for now, I have some super exciting news!

This year, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) held it's 26th Annual International Greeting Card Competition also known as the LOUIE Awards. According to GCA President Steve Doyal, "the LOUIE's are like the Oscars of the Greeting Card Industry". The winners of the competition were announced at the LOUIE Awards Gala on May 18, 2014, at Espace in New York City. Minted entered my "Petit Monsieur" birthday party invitation (below) in the General Invitations category, and not only was it a finalist, but it WON! YAAAY! What a super-crazy happy surprise!! :)

Petit Monsieur birthday invitation by Guess What? for Minted

Petit Monsieur birthday invitation by Guess What? for Minted

I actually had no idea my design was entered, but a friend of mine, Kelli Hall (super sweet + super talented designer), was attending the National Stationery Show (NSS), where the winning designs were on display. She posted a pic of my design on FB and told me that it won. I was so incredibly stoked! Later, I found out that she won a LOUIE, as well, in the Announcements & Photo Cards category! So happy for her, too!! Here's Kelli's winning design - isn't it gorgeous?!!

Brushed Gold Holiday Photo Card by Kelli Hall for Minted

Brushed Gold Holiday Photo Card by Kelli Hall for Minted

Anyway, just wanted to give a shout out and a huge hug + thank you to Minted for entering my design, and to the judges who voted for my design! Love you guys!!

Well, that's all for now. I'll definitely try and post more consistently and share more of what's going on at "Guess What?". Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my humble blog. I appreciate it more than you know! Hope you're having an awesome summer! Take care and talk to you soon!

xo,
lori :)

Black Friday + Cyber Monday at Minted 2013

Black Friday + Cyber Monday are coming to Minted! Check out the following deals:

11/27 Wednesday–11/29 Friday: 15% off $100 and 20% off $150+ on holiday cards
12/2 Monday: 15% off + Free Shipping on holiday cards and 25% off everything else

This year, in addition to their new holiday card collection, Minted has introduced some lovely new products: foil pressed cards, ornament cards, personalized wrapping paperphoto backdrops, and nursery + kids' room signs. They have everything you need to complete your entire holiday shopping list. I always say this, but it's true - Minted has something for everyone! Oh, and don't forget to check out Guess What's holiday collection for Minted, too :)

Well, have fun with your holiday shopping! And talk to you soon!

xo,
lori :)

p.s. Here are just a few of my faves from the ornaments, wrapping paper, foil pressed, photo + non-photo holiday cards:

West Elm Art Print Challenge at Minted

West Elm, the purveyors of ultra cool and modern furniture + home decor, recently partnered with Minted, the purveyors of ultra cool and modern stationery + art prints! A match made in heaven, don't you think? The collaboration resulted in an Art Print Challenge at Minted, with the potential of, not only a cash prize of $1000, but also having your art prints sold exclusively at West Elm + Minted.

There were tons of gorgeous entries, and I'm not sure I even have a chance, but here are my humble little pieces. We were asked to create inspiration boards for each piece, using products/images from West Elm. Here's what I put together:

love endures by guess what?, see more wall art

love endures board by guess what?. See more wall art

caffe italia by guess what?, see more wall art

caffe italia board by guess what?. See more wall art

Well, hope you enjoyed my designs and inspiration boards! Let me know what you think. And, If you have the time, I would soooo appreciate it if you could vote for me. Here are the links to the designs - just in case you wanna. Thank you so much, in advance!! Wish me luck!! -xo, lori :)

http://www.minted.com/design-rating/90388
http://www.minted.com/design-rating/90430
http://www.minted.com/design-rating/90279

My Art Print Featured by Tamara Mack Design!

Recently, Minted teamed up with talented San Francisco interior designer Tamara Mack to showcase their lovely art collection. Tamara chose four art prints from the collection to serve as inspiration for the design of various rooms. One of the prints she chose was my piece called, Celebrate. I am absolutely thrilled, honored, and humbled! Here is an excerpt from the post on the Tamara Mack Design blog:

Our newest design celebrates color in a big way. This bright and cheerful interior took inspiration from a vibrant abstract art print from our friends at Minted. The limited-edition print, Celebrate, designed by Hawaiian graphic designer Lori James, was inspired by an arrangement of colored bottles on a garden wall, illuminated by the evening sun. (Source)

Photo provided by Tamara Mack Design

Photo provided by Tamara Mack Design

Photo provided by Tamara Mack Design

Photo provided by Tamara Mack Design

Photo provided by Tamara Mack Design

Photo provided by Tamara Mack Design

Looking at this lovely interior space, my only thoughts are, "When can I move in?!" I wish! I love Tamara Mack's fresh + modern design aesthetic and her ability to transform a room into a brilliant + warm living space. I got a chance to check out her website, and it's filled with more of her amazing design work + wonderfully inviting rooms. So be sure to check it out at tamaramackdesign.com. Thanks again Tamara!

Cheers everyone!
xo, lori :)