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Wanted New Cards: Mother’s Day both my Moms from Twins.

February 11, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Mother’s Day both my Moms from Twins
 
Gay and lesbian couples who week fertility treatment to have a family can often result in muliples – twins, triplets, quads.  
 
Please consider creating cards for this new sub-category:
 
Similarly:
 
Consider a variety of ages of the children and gender combinations and refining your meta-data accordingly.
 
We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function or your own graphic designs.
 
To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Freebie Wednesday: Sweety Blue

February 10, 2021

Sweety Blue is a simple and friendly handwritten font. Its natural and unique style makes it incredibly fitting to a large pool of designs. The only limit is your imagination! Available as free download at Creative Fabrica.

 

This product comes with a commercial license.

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

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Honorable Mentions Best New Artist:

  Amanda McDonough of Paper Yay

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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 

 

Nuts and Bolts: New Earnings Thresholds Effective 1/1/21

February 5, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – New Earnings Thresholds Effective 1/1/21
 
 
Introduced 7 years ago, the quarterly thresholds for artists’ earnings were announced in July of 2013.
 1Q = $150     2Q = $150     3Q = $150     4Q = $300  
 
Artists who meet or exceed the quarterly threshold earn Premium Earnings (double).  Artists with more than one storefront can combine store earnings to reach the thresholds. 
 
Note: Stock Card Creations earnings are not eligible toward meeting the thresholds. 
 
Effective 1/1/21, GCU will be increasing the quarterly threshold amounts.   
 
The new thresholds are as follows and will first be reflected in 1Q 2021 earnings:
1Q – $250      2Q – $250      3Q – $250      4Q – $500
 
Please let us know if you have any questions.

The difference is made in the details!
 
 
Mindy
GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: DOGust Aug 1 cards

February 4, 2021

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Wanted Cards – DOGust Aug 1 cards
 
One basic fact most of us know is our birthday and the birthdates of those close to us.  It may even be an ice breaker question you ask when getting to know someone better. Turn our thoughts to shelter animals. In most cases, the exact age and certainly birthday of the animals are unknown. 
 
August 1st, under the name of DOGust 1st, is acknowledged as a universal birthday of rescue, adopted, and shelter dogs. 
 
Consider creating cards for DOGust 1st.  They could address a couple different sentiments … to a specific dog with an unknown birth date to celebrate his/her day of birth. Or for general awareness leveraging the day to raise awareness for the countless shelter and rescue dogs in need of their fur-ever home. 
 
These cards will go here:
Occasions >> National & International Days >> DOGust / August 1st / Birthday for Shelter Rescue Dogs

 

See some info here:
 
As always with animal cards, consider a variety of breeds and be sure to fortify your meta-data so shoppers can easily find what they are looking for.
 
We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function or your own graphic designs.
 
To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Freebie Wednesday: Free Valentines Watercolor Cliparts.

February 3, 2021
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FREE Valentines Watercolor Cliparts!

This is a set of 18 high resolution PNG watercolor cliparts with the heart motif! These cliparts are perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day or for any love themed designs you have! 

This pretty freebie is brought to you by PlumPlumGraphics! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week!

 

 

 

This product comes with a commercial license.

Dash of Inspiration: February 2021 STOCK Design Challenge

February 1, 2021

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Happy February, everyone! Time to hop to it and have some fun with a bunny themed stock card creation.

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Theme: Bunny – Bunnies

Requirements:

  • One bunny, many bunnies – your choice. Imagery must support the theme.
  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with this will be extremely important in this challenge.
  • The judges will be looking for professional quality text layout, typography placement and font combinations in addition to a unique and captivating message that tells the story of the stock image you choose. Your added value needs to wow the judges!

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Entry Deadline: Sunday, February 28th

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How to Enter: Post the PID (card number) and the URL (public storefront link – please WAIT for the card to be available in the public marketplace, please DO NOT post a link to your Manage Cards area) as a post in the challenge blog. We’ll forward your entry to the jury.

NOTE: Submissions will appear immediately in your Private gallery as they await review.  If approved, the reviewer will move them to the public gallery – they will then become ‘live’ in the marketplace within 24-hours or so just like regular submissions. Be patient and wait.

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Category:

Any category which suits your message, recipient and imagery.

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Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle. Big Stock creations are automatically identified as Fast Track – please add in the Notes to Reviewer: February Design Challenge Submission here is the link to the blog post: (include THIS blog post URL)
  • Only ONE card per artist per challenge.
  • Submissions must be NEW, no existing designs.
  • Your entry must meet the Challenge Requirements and Theme or it will not be included in the challenge.
  • Big Stock Card Creations ONLY will be accepted.
  • Your designs should differ from those already offered in the categories above to offer shoppers a variety of choices, not more of the same.
  • No BLANK cards will be accepted.

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BLIND Judging: We hope each of you enters every month. Entries are submitted anonymously for judging by the GCU Challenge Jury which means that before and during the challenge, judges do not have any way of knowing what artist is behind each entry. This eliminates any and all concerns with ‘favoritism’. Results will post on the Community Blog. The jury will judge the entries on the following criteria:

  • How well the card meets the Challenge Requirements and Theme.
  • How well the card speaks to the Category the artist chooses for the card submission.
  • Creativity, Execution and Marketability. Your overall ‘added value’ determines this.

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Winners: 1st Place:

  • The winning designer’s card and store will be featured on the GCU Public Blog the blog which customers view and follow.
  • As well as featured on the GCU Public Facebook Page nearly 58,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 5.36K!
  • The winning card, should the artist choose, may be referenced in a new series by the winning artist and he/she may Fast Track all cards in the new series (being sure to give the Challenge URL and winning card PID in your Notes to Reviewer for each card in this series).
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!
  • GCU will create a Meet the Team board for the winning artist under the Pinterest GCU account where the winning artist will be able to pin and promote her own storefront and all that makes them a unique card designer and one of GCU’s artistic community team member.
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!
  • GCU will create a Meet the Team board for the winning artist under the Pinterest GCU account where the winning artist will be able to pin and promote her own storefront and all that makes them a unique card designer and one of GCU’s artistic community team member.
  • 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2021!

2nd Place:

  • Your submission will be Design of the Day the following week of announcing the Challenge winners (within 7-days).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • Your card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board.
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!
  • 5 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2021!

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Tips:

  • Visit all the available tips, tricks and guidelines offered on the Big Stock Creation blog page!by By

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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By Doreen Erhardt @ Exclusive Creations

Nuts and Bolts: 4Q Earnings via Paypal Resending

January 29, 2021
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Nuts & Bolts – 4Q Earnings via Paypal Resending

Today 4Q earnings payments via Paypal were sent.  

Payments were sent using GCU account email addresses, not Paypal email addresses.  For most artists, this is not an issue as these email addresses are the same.  

For artists whose GCU account email address is NOT the same as your Paypal account email address, we will be resending your earnings this Saturday.
Our apologies for any inconvenience or concern.  

Here is the related forum posting and the 4Q and 2020 Payments.

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Wanted New Cards: Female Eagle Scouts

January 28, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Female Eagle Scouts
 
The power of she has entered the world of scouting and the esteemed achievement of Eagle Scout.  In 2019, the Boy Scouts of America officially welcomed females. December 2020 brought the first female Eagle Scout.  Here is a related read.

 
Please consider creating cards for these occasions that have a feminine flare and speak to female relationships as appropriate:

>> For Her / Female Eagle Scout
>> For Daughter
>> For Sister
>> For Step Sister
>> For Step Daughter
>> For Niece
>> For Granddaughter
>> For Goddaughter
 
 
 
 
Additionally, we could use some designs for female troop / scout leaders in this category:
 
 
Remember when creating gender specific cards to fortify your meta-data so shoppers can search for exactly what they want.
 
NOTE: the following terms / phrases are trademark protected and should not be used in meta-data – BSA, Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scout, scouting
 
We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function or your own graphic designs.
 
Where appropriate, in addition to standard designs, please consider custom front designs that allow the shopper to customize the name of the recipient. 
 
To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”.
 

 

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Freebie Wednesday: Monthego Sans Serif Font.

January 27, 2021

The Monthego Sans Serif!

This handmade stylish font is perfect for product designs such as templates, mockups, magazines, and even for your own logo designs! This creative new font comes in OTF and TTF formats, so don’t miss out!

This classy freebie is brought to you by Gens Creativ Store! Only available in the Hungry Jpec store for a week!

 

 

This product comes with a commercial license.

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