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Dash of Inspiration: 2020 Founders’ Choice Awards.

February 9, 2021

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Dash of Inspiration – 2020 Founders’ Choice Awards
 
Wait no more! We are pleased to announce the Founders’ Choice Awards for 2020 in all their silly, masked, creative, and top selling socially distanced glory!  In December, we tossed around the idea of creating a new COVID category award but then, no surprise, nearly all the cards that rose to the top this year were COVID themed. An accurate reflection of how pervasive and impactful the pandemic has been on everyone – artists and shoppers.

 

1. Best New Artist: Sabina Kovacheva of SABIVO Designs

Screenshot_2021-02-09 18th Birthday Party Watercolour Floral Cake with Candles card

Honorable Mentions Best New Artist:

  Amanda McDonough of Paper Yay

Screenshot_2021-02-09 A Magical Unicorn with Age 4 Balloon Blank Inside card

and Cynthia Shatzel of Cynthia’s Art Designs

Screenshot_2021-02-09 Happy Anniversary Couple on Horseback Riding into a Western Sunset card
 
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2. Best Overall New Card: 
 
Amy Hadden with PID 1606038

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Honorable Mentions Best Overall New Card:

Betsy Bush of Dragonfire Graphics – PID 1606850

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and Sandra Rose Designs – PID 1583424

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3. Hottest Seller – CHRISTMAS:

Doreen Erhardt of SalonOfArt  –  PID 1643332

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Honorable Mentions CHRISTMAS Hottest Seller:

Michelle Lanoue of Illustrations by Michelle – PID 1654418

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and Mindy PiercePID 1641868

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3a. Hottest Seller – CHINESE NEW YEAR:

Doreen Erhardt of Salon Of Art –  PID 1655578

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Honorable Mentions CHINESE NEW YEAR Hottest Seller:

Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella Nota PID 1631938

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and Tanya Hall of Moonlake GreetingsPID 1647954

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3b. Hottest Seller – BIRTHDAY:

Sharon Dominick Photography – PID 1606092

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Honorable Mentions BIRTHDAY Hottest Seller:

Sharon Dominick Photography – PID 1606764

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and Mike Baldwin of CorneredPID 1619538

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4. Best Custom Front (Text):

Annie Lang of Annie Thing’s Possible PID 1654068

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Honorable Mention Best Custom Front (Text):

Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella Nota – PID 1607434

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and Sharon Dominick Photography –  PID 1616652

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5. Best Custom Front (Image):

Mindy PiercePID 1595122

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Honorable Mention Best Custom Front (Image):

Teri Francis of Squirrel Hugger Greeting Cards – PID 1637246

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6. Best Business Logo/Name: Ramelle Richardson of Eloquence by Ramelle PID 1661672

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and Mindy Pierce – PID 1659080

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7. Funniest Card: Pamela Jorgensen of PAMJARTSPID 1606400

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Honorable Mentions Funniest Card:

Sharon Dominick Photography – PID 1606842

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and Greetings from Anne PID 1608834

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8. Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock):

Doreen Erhardt of Exclusive CreationsPID 1629578

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Honorable Mention Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock):

Pamela Jorgensen of PAMJARTS PID 1607394

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and Stacia Gorge of Good Things by GorgePID 1600176

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9. Rising Star:

Cynthia ShatzelPID 1655706

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Honorable Mention Rising Star:

 SABIVO DesignPID 1628468

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and Carol KearnsPID 1607722

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10. Custom Request – Nailed it:

Cisillia Tay – PID 1599676

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Honorable Mentions Custom Request – Nailed it:

Alda Monteschio of Heart Tugs – PID 1629032

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and Cards by Gail Pepin –  PID 1650618

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11. Best Uncommon Card:

Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella NotaPID 1611190

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Honorable Mention best Uncommon Card:

Kate TaylorPID 1611504

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and Joy Ellaga of Creating with JoyPID 1616408

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12. Best Design Challenge Submission:

Sharon Dominick PhotographyPID 1657904

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Honorable Mention Best Design Challenge Submission:

Simply Put by Robin – PID 1608578

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and Liz Van Steenburgh of Starstock Greetings PID 1598400

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13. Simply Clever:

Greetings by Anne – PID 1606408

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Honorable Mention Simply Clever:

 Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ – PID 1610332

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and Stephanie Laird PID 1608180

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14. Reviewers’ Choice:

Fiona, Reviewer #825 – Joyce Geleynse of JoyfulArt Cards PID 1658192

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Ella, Reviewer #758 – Colleen Kong-Savage of Konga Line – PID 1641880

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Mackenzie, Reviewer #528 Nancy Mink – PID 1636422

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Desiree, Reviewer #121 – Christie Black Creations from the HeartPID 1653948

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Phoebe, Reviewer #443 – M. M. Anderson Art – PID 1663764

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John, Reviewer #233 – Mindy Pierce – PID 1641868

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Catherine, Reviewer #871 – Christine Quimby Art PID 1662694

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Victor, Reviewer #992 – Ron MagnesPID 1641216

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Sue, Reviewer #120 – Cher Jiang – PID 1658182

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Jessica Renee, Reviewer #937 – Randy Burns – PID 1621834

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So there you have it, a true reflection of 2020 chronicling the ups and downs of the year. Your creative works continue to exceed shoppers’ expectations and chronicle the landscape of their lives. Thank you to our amazing community of artists for your endless creativity, support, and your resilience during a very challenging year once again making Greeting Card Universe the go to site for Any Card Imaginable. 

Mindy

GCU Community Manager 

 

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Alda Maria Ann Monteschio permalink
    February 11, 2021 2:33 pm

    Thank you so much for the honorable mention! With so many talented artists in the GCU community, it is truly an honor to be chosen. Much appreciated!

  2. Michelle Lanoue permalink
    February 13, 2021 2:56 pm

    Congratulations to everyone!!

  3. Sharon Dominick permalink
    February 16, 2021 2:13 pm

    Thank you so much! I just love being part of Greeting Card Universe! ❤ Congrats to all of the amazing artist here!

  4. February 16, 2021 3:16 pm

    Congratulations to all of you artists! Such wonderful company to share the light with! Thank you Team GCU!

  5. February 16, 2021 6:12 pm

    Congratulations to all, such great cards! And thank you for giving Madge an award, she is delighted and will be demanding diva status soon.
    Thank you to GCU!

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