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Dash of Inspiration: 2018 Founders’ Choice Awards.

January 21, 2019



Dash of Inspiration – 2018 Founders’ Choice Awards
Well, here they are!  The Founders’ Choice Awards for 2018 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: Sharon Dominick of Sharon Dominick Photography


Honorable Mentions Best New Artist: Anne Johnson of Greetings from Anne

and Dale Simpson of Dale Simpson Design


2. Best Overall New Card: Melinda Pretzel of Yowzers#1507950


Honorable Mention Best Overall New Card: Mindy Pierce – #1549658

3. Hottest Seller: Mindy Pierce –  #1508240

Honorable Mentions Hottest Seller: Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ#1523736

and Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art#1539808

4. Best Custom Front (Text): Robin Chaffin of Simply Put by Robin#1516744

Honorable Mention Best Custom Front (Text): Pamela Jorgensen of PamJArts#1519542

5. Best Custom Front (Image): Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art#1545192

6. Best Business Logo: Valerie Waters of Valerie’s Gallery#1542680

7. Funniest Card: Nobleworks – #1544470

Honorable Mentions Funniest Card: Sharon Dominick Photography – #1519434

and Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings – #1529412

8. Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock): Anne Johnson of Greetings from Anne – #1532966

Honorable Mention Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock): Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art Exclusive Creations#1508022

9. Rising Star: Barbara Schreiber – #1519078 

Honorable Mention Rising Star: Ness Nordberg of The XMAS Store – #1551084

10. Custom Request – Nailed it: Carol Kearns of WilBi Designs#1548864

Honorable Mentions Custom Request – Nailed it: Cisillia Tay – #1524228


and Kate Taylor –  #1528192

11. Best Uncommon Card: Natalie Kinnear – #1523206


Honorable Mention best Uncommon Card:  Shoaff-Ballanger Studios – #1553536

12. Best Design Challenge Submission: Julia Bryant of JJBDesigns#1513650

Honorable Mention Best Design Challenge Submission: Melinda Pritzel of Yowzers#1518096

13. Simply Clever: Anne Johnson of Greetings from Anne#1509634

Honorable Mention Simply Clever: Lisa Crisafi of Nest to Nest Greetings#1513886

14. Reviewers’ Choice: Fiona, Reviewer #825 – Natalie Kinnear – #1539044

Ella, Reviewer #758 – Amy Hadden – #1533108

Mackenzie, Reviewer #528 – Stephie McCarthy – #1538578 

Desiree, Reviewer #121 – Sandra Rose Designs – #1519626

Phoebe, Reviewer #443 – Makiko Kimura – #1509282

John, Reviewer #233 – Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ – #1532386

Catherine, Reviewer #871 – Sharon Dominick Photography – #1544938

Victor, Reviewer #992 – Dale Simpson Design#1548692

Sue, Reviewer #120 – Lyska Kitties Zone – #1517050

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 2018 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

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Alda permalink
    January 21, 2019 3:11 pm

    Congratulations to all and best wishes for a successful 2019!

  2. PamJArts permalink
    January 22, 2019 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much for picking my birthday digger card and awarding it Honorable Mention Best Custom Front!
    I am blown away by the talent in all of these wonderful new designs.
    Thank you again, Mindy, and all at GCU who must have gone through thousands of cards to find these gems.

  3. January 22, 2019 8:45 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS, everyone! What a great variety of talent and creativity we have here at GCU! Many thanks team GCU for my awards, I’m honored to have been recognized this way.

  4. Natalie Kinnear permalink
    January 22, 2019 8:57 pm

    Congratulations to everyone. I’m off to tell my rescue bunny, Lilybelle, that her butt has made it BIG …. time! lol

    • PamJArts permalink
      January 22, 2019 9:29 pm

      That is so funny, Natalie! Extra treats for Lilybelle, perhaps?

    • January 25, 2019 1:24 am

      kudos to lilybelle’s buns

  5. January 22, 2019 9:18 pm

    What an absolute honor to be chosen for Best New Artist! Thank you so much! It has been truly a refreshing and exciting experience being part of Greeting Card Universe! It has sparked my creativity in new ways that I never thought imaginable! The positive vibes from everyone around here is just so invigorating! I am so blessed to have met fellow designer Sandra Rose Designs last year by chance though LinkedIn, who introduced me to this place and inspired me to give it a try using photos from my stock collection. I just adore this place and THANK YOU again for the honor! I look forward to another exciting and busy year of creating and uploading!

  6. January 22, 2019 10:14 pm

    Thank you so much for the awards, GCU — and congratulations to all the creative people and cards here–love them all! -Anne, Greetings from Anne

  7. January 22, 2019 10:25 pm

    Congrats to all the award winners and thanks GCU for choosing one of my designs!

  8. Melinda Pritzel permalink
    January 22, 2019 11:41 pm

    Wow! Speechless, flattered and overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you GCU and congrats to everyone!

  9. January 23, 2019 10:52 am

    Flattered to get an honourable mention – Thanks Greeting Card Universe! Well done Everyone.

  10. January 25, 2019 1:25 am

    Our pleasure, everyone! a pleasure scouring through so so many 2018 submitted cards and highlighting some shining stars!

  11. January 29, 2019 7:01 pm

    Thank you GCU and all for the acknowledgement! Congrats to all the winners and honorable mentions! So many talented artist here at GCU!

  12. February 5, 2019 10:37 pm

    Thank you for choosing my cardinals, Mackenzie, that gave me a big smile today! I’m always so impressed with this company and the clever artwork and high standards I see here every day!

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