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Dash of Inspiration: 2021 Founders’ Choice Awards.

February 8, 2022

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Dash of Inspiration – 2021 Founders’ Choice Awards
 
They are here! We are pleased to announce the Founders’ Choice Awards for 2021 in all their inspired, creative, LOL, and top selling glory! Last year we saw a predominance of COVID and masked themed card designs in the top sellers. This year is a little different bringing a refreshing change and breath of fresh air! Feels like we’ve turned a corner and the wind may be at our backs.

1. Best New Artist: Inga Razuvaeva of in Pictures

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Honorable Mentions Best New Artist:

Farida Greenfield of Farida Gallery

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and Deborah Roy of Red Birds Cardstone

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2. Best Overall New Card: (non Christmas, birthday, CNY)
 
Kathileen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ PID 1666032

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Honorable Mentions Best Overall New Card:

Doreen Erhardt of SalonOfArt Greetings – PID 1676492

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and Sharon Dominick of Sharon Dominick Photography – PID 1670560

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3. Hottest Seller – CHRISTMAS:

Doreen Erhardt of SalonOfArt Greetings –  PID 1699566

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Honorable Mentions CHRISTMAS Hottest Seller:

Mindy Pierce – PID 1698480

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and Lisa M. Griffin of La Belle PaperiePID 1699138

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3a. Hottest Seller – CHINESE NEW YEAR:

Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella Nota –  PID 1692864

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Honorable Mentions CHINESE NEW YEAR Hottest Seller:

Colleen Kong of Savage of Kona Line – PID 1715144

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and Doreen Erhardt of SalonOfArt GreetingsPID 1708834

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3b. Hottest Seller – BIRTHDAY:

Laurie SchneiderPID 1681064

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Honorable Mentions BIRTHDAY Hottest Seller:

Natalie Kinnear of Natalie Kinnear Cards – PID 1685672

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and Dale Simpson of Dale Simpson DesignPID 1681338

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4. Best Custom Front (Text):

Annie Lang of Annie Thing’s Possible PID 1671536

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Honorable Mention Best Custom Front (Text):

Christie Black of Creations from the Heart – PID 1687092

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and Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings –  PID 1665980

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5. Best Custom Front (Image):

Mindy PiercePID 1702396

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Honorable Mention Best Custom Front (Image):

Angela Sullivan of Custom Greeting Cards – PID 1672714

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Honorable Mention Best Custom Front (Image):

Nancy Mink of Nancy Mink Studios – PID 1692000

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6. Best Business Logo/Name:

Cathie Richardson of Country Garden Cards PID 1704948

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Honorable Mention Best Business Logo/Name:

Pamela Jorgensen of PamJArts – PID 1668752

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and Mindy Pierce PID 1685690

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7. Funniest Card: Mike Baldwin of Cornered Greetings – PID 1707432

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Honorable Mentions Funniest Card:

Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings – PID 1684730

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and Doug Hill of Laughing Hippo Studio PID 1671164

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8. Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock):

Doreen Erhardt of Exclusive CreationsPID 1699694

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Honorable Mention Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock):

Ginger Irwin of Cards by Ginger PID 1682336

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and Joy Ellaga of Creating with JoyPID 1678162

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9. Rising Star:

Inga Razuvaeva of In Pictures – PID 1677436

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Honorable Mention Rising Star:

M.M. Anderson ArtPID 1667838

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and Judith Gorgone of Judith Gorgone DesignsPID 1675568

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10. Custom Request – Nailed it:

Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings – PID 1681200

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Honorable Mentions Custom Request – Nailed it:

Julia Bryant of JJBDesigns – PID 1677528

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and Cisillia Tay –  PID 1666932

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11. Best Uncommon Card:

Kate Taylor – PID 1665168

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Honorable Mention best Uncommon Card:

Cinda Wood of Cinda Wood Designs – PID 1675338

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and Gail PepinPID 1671112

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12. Best Design Challenge Submission:

Michelle Lanoue of Illustrations by Michelle – PID 1698674

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Honorable Mention Best Design Challenge Submission:

Stephanie Laird – PID 1701088

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and Stephanie Laird PID 1678094

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13. Simply Clever:

Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ – PID 1680622

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Honorable Mention Simply Clever:

 Greetings from AnnePID 1689430

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and Mike Shiell of Wandering Melon PID 1693310

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14. Reviewers’ Choice:

Fiona, Reviewer #825 – Pamela Jorgensen of PamJArts PID 1718930

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Ella, Reviewer #758 – Bruce Bollinger of Lucid Moment – PID 1677416

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Mackenzie, Reviewer #528 Stephie McCarthy – PID 1677344

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Desiree, Reviewer #121 – Colleen Kong-Savage of Kong LinePID 1703016

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Phoebe, Reviewer #443 – M. M. Anderson Art – PID 1669166

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John, Reviewer #233 – Mike Coyle – PID 1711872

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Catherine, Reviewer #871 – Betsy Bush of Dragonfire Graphics PID 1690162

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Victor, Reviewer #992 – Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for ChristPID 1703620

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Rebecca, Reviewer #619 – Dale Simpson of Dale Simpson Design – PID 1708186

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Anne, Reviewer #127 – Annalisa Jones of Annalisa Caroline GreetingsPID 1704620

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Jessica Renee, Reviewer #937 – Joyce Geleynse of Joyful Art – PID 1705204

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Shelley, Reviewer #937 – Ramelle Richardson of Eloquence by Ramelle – PID 1703646

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A year in review is usually very telling and 2021 is no different. What also is not different is our artists’ commitment to creativity and serving out of the box occasions. Your creative works continue to delight shoppers’ and truly chronicle the landscape of their lives. Thank you for your resiliency, for your unflappable creativity and fortitude during another wonky year. We at GCU are immeasurably proud of and grateful for your contributions in keeping Greeting Card Universe the go to site for Any Card Imaginable.

Mindy

GCU Community Manager 

 

16 Comments leave one →
  1. mmandersonart permalink
    February 8, 2022 8:53 pm

    Thank you so much to Phoebe, Reviewer #443 for choosing my Hamster Valentine, PID 1669166, in the Reviewer’s Choice category and I’m also grateful to have had an honorable mention in the Rising Star category with my Rose of Sharon birthday card, PID 1667838. There are so many terrific designs here that I’m honored to be in such company. Congratulations to all of the winners!

    • February 9, 2022 1:39 am

      Kudos to you on both counts – you had a busy 2021 filled with wonderful new submissions and sales 🙂

  2. February 12, 2022 7:59 pm

    What a wonderful line-up! Congratulations to everyone!
    Thank you so much to reviewer Catherine for choosing my fun new home design for your choice!

  3. Cathie Richardson permalink
    February 14, 2022 10:03 pm

    Congrats to everyone! I love looking through this list each year to enjoy the creativity.

    • February 22, 2022 10:22 pm

      Congrats on your custom front win – the real estate industry loves it!

  4. February 16, 2022 3:00 pm

    Congrats to everyone and thank you for the honorable mention! So many fantastic artists here! It’s a wonderful place to be a part of!

    • February 22, 2022 10:23 pm

      Such a great line up! Congrats to you and thank you for another year of creativity.

  5. May 6, 2022 12:26 am

    Thank you for the 2021 Funniest Card award! Quite an honor given the amazing work of so many creative artists! Congrats to all the winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions!

  6. May 6, 2022 8:47 am

    Thank you for the Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all the winners, so many beautiful designs and talented artists here! Well done and happy creating everyone xxx

  7. May 6, 2022 3:25 pm

    Mindy, thanks to you and everyone involved in choosing my card for the Founder’s Choice Awards. Ella, Reviewer #758, chose my cartoon for inclusion and I thank her for smiling along with me all year. It’s fantastic to be included in the family of great designers for GCU.

  8. May 6, 2022 3:29 pm

    Mindy, thanks to you and everyone involved in choosing my card for the Founder’s Choice Awards. Ella, Reviewer #758, chose my cartoon for inclusion and I thank her for smiling along with me all year. It’s fantastic to be included in the family of great designers for GCU.

    • May 6, 2022 6:40 pm

      Our pleasure, Bruce! thank you for working so well with the review team and all the LOLs in 2021.

  9. May 6, 2022 6:34 pm

    from GCU artist, Bruce Bolllinger – “Mindy, thanks to you and everyone involved in choosing my card for the Founder’s Choice Awards. Ella, Reviewer #758, chose my cartoon for inclusion and I thank her for smiling along with me all year. It’s fantastic to be included in the family of great designers for GCU.”

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