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Dash of Inspiration: 2017 Founders’ Choice Awards

January 19, 2018
Dash of Inspiration – 2017 Founders’ Choice Awards
Well, here they are!  The Founders’ Choice Awards for 2017 in all their shining, funny, witty, creative, and top selling glory!  New this year we have added two honorable mentions to the
Hottest Seller to reflect the top three selling new cards of the year.


1. Best New Artist:Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ

Honorable Mentions for Best New Artists go to:

Doug Hill of Laughing Hippo Studio

and Stephie McCarthy


2. Best Overall New Card: Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for ChristPID 1477236

3. Hottest Seller: Ron Magnes of Creative GreetingsPID 1464510

Honorable Mentions Hottest Seller: Mindy PiercePID 1496890

and Ron Magnes of Creative GreetingsPID 1472676 
4. Best Custom Front Card (Text): Liz Van Steenburgh of Starstock GreetingsPID 1463340
5. Best Custom Front Card (Image): Trudy Wilkerson of Impressions by TrudyPID 1462548
6. Best Business Logo: Ramelle Richardson of Eloquence by RamellePID 1485486
7. Funniest Card: Lisa Crisafi of South Hound CardsPID 1471156

Honorable Mention Funniest Card: Pattiann Malynn DesignsPID 1463984

8. Most Creative Stock Card Creation BigStock: Doreen Erhart of Salon of Art / Exclusive CreationsPID 1473436

Honorable Mention Most Creative Stock Card BigStock: Stacia Gorge of Good Things by GorgePID 1503716

9. Rising Star: Alda Monteschio of Heart TugsPID 1463294

Honorable Mention Rising Star: Danielle Duckery of Greetings by Ms. DaniellePID 1494966

10. Custom Request – Nailed it: Barbara Schreiber – PID 1485908
Honorable Mention Custom Request – Nailed It: Shoaff-Ballanger Studios – PID 1503212
11. Best Uncommon Card: Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella NotaPID 1483512

Honorable Mention Best Uncommon Card: Sandra Rose Designs – PID 1476276

12. Best Design Challenge Submission: Ron Magnes of Creative GreetingsPID 1472676

Honorable Mention Best Design Challenge Submission: Pamela Jorgensen of PamJArtsPID 1475894

13. Simply Clever: Colleen Kong-Savage of Konga LinePID 1506360

Honorable Mention Simply Clever: LDG of Blue Girl Graphics Mercado PID 1501822 

14. Reviewers’ Choice: Fiona, Reviewer #825 – Colleen Kong-Savage of Konga Line – PID 1506722

Ella, Reviewer #758Barbara Schreiber – PID 1494960

Mackenzie, Reviewer #528 – Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings – PID 1503302

Desiree, Reviewer #121 – Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ – PID 1478072

Phoebe, Reviewer #443 – Christie Black Creations from the Heart – PID 1481934

John, Reviewer #233 – Betsy Bush of Birthday Cards Café – PID 1471090

Catherine, Reviewer #871 – Annie Lang – PID 1475132

What an amazing line up and such a very difficult job for our judging team. So many great new cards to consider and simply not enough awards. It was a trip down memory lane reflecting all the new additions, artists and cards, that made 2017 another awe inspiring year at Greeting Card Universe. Thank you to our amazing community of artists for your endless creativity and support!
GCU Community Manager
17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2018 4:26 pm

    Wow! Thank you all for the honor! There is so much wonderful talent on this site and I am happy to be a part of it! Thanks again!!!

    • January 19, 2018 10:36 pm

      Thank you! Awesome card, Alda, that clearly resonates with moms of daughters. Sales shall soar!

  2. January 19, 2018 4:40 pm

    How exciting! Such an amazing collection of creatives all in one place. I’m thrilled and honored to receive an award for one of my BigStock cards as that was a new store for me last year and a fun new way to unleash my imagination. 🙂 Many THANKS to GCU for a terrific year and cheers to a creative 2018!

    • January 19, 2018 10:50 pm

      Thank YOU, Doreen! That card still amazes me. EYE CANDY! The designs you are creating using GCU’s Stock Card Creations really pushing the envelope of possibilities. Your value add to the stock images is beyond impressive. Keep up the great work! It sure is addicting isn’t it?!

  3. January 19, 2018 7:22 pm

    Thank you so much, GCU, for this honor! And what a wonderful group of cards are part of this card site! I love being a part of this talented group and excellent business organization. Thanks everyone at GCU!! And congratulations to all of the winners above! Wonderful cards all!

    • January 19, 2018 10:54 pm

      Thank you, Teri. No bones about it! Your Year of the Dog Chinese New year cards are bringing home the solid sales last year and into 2018. And many of your other year of the dog designs are right on the tail of this one. Kudos to you and thank you for offering such a great collection on GCU!

      • January 19, 2018 11:11 pm

        Thanks so much, Mindy! I love the creative process and thank you for honoring my Chinese New Year card. GCU is a great company to work with! Have a great weekend!

  4. January 19, 2018 11:08 pm

    Thank you, Phoebe, Rev. #443! With so many cards you could have chosen from, I am truly honored! Glad my card can be amongst the funny, unique, beautiful and witty bunch of cards! Congratulations to all!

  5. January 19, 2018 11:45 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! Nice job.

  6. Tam Moody permalink
    January 19, 2018 11:55 pm

    Aw- congratulations to everyone! Truly deserving!

  7. Liz permalink
    January 20, 2018 12:04 am

    What an amazing group of cards and artists, and I know there are many more that are not shown that are deserving of the honors, as well. I’m proud to have a card among this group and to have the opportunity to work with such an upstanding company and team that is GCU.

  8. January 20, 2018 3:17 am

    I was so honored to be an “honorable mention” as one of the new artists! Thank you so much, GCU. The community here is fantastic, unique, and even more energizing than I imagined on the first day I joined when discovered the extensive infrastructure of support.

  9. January 20, 2018 12:45 pm

    My sentiments are exactly the same as Liz’s! Thanks for the opportunity to a part of the GC Universe!

  10. January 20, 2018 1:17 pm

    Congratulations to all of the amazing artists’ wonderful designs chosen for a Founder’s Choice Award! A huge thank you to John, reviewer #233 for choosing my “Once in a blue moon” design. It sure made my day!
    It is such a joy to be part of the GCU community, a joy I am grateful for every day.
    Happy New Year to all!

  11. Mindy Rosso permalink
    January 23, 2018 1:51 am

    Thank you, everyone, for your support and enjoyment of the awards! The reviewers really enjoy picking their favorite new card of the year. They see SO many, it’s such a difficult task!

  12. January 24, 2018 2:08 am

    A GREAT BIG THANK YOU for this incredible GCU honor! I can’t say enough about the reviewers who have provided me with professional insights and helpful words of encouragement right from the get-go as well as the many loyal customers who support us all with their orders! I am so proud to be a member of the GCU Community.

  13. Trudy Wilkerson permalink
    January 24, 2018 6:32 am

    Thank you soooooooo much. What a great surprise! It’s such a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that all your hard work is noticed and appreciated. Thank you to all in GCU Community. I’m giving a shout out to all the great reviewers who have been such a great help in helping us look good. It has and is a JOY making cards for GCU.

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