Monday, October 21st

Betsy Bush — Design Challenge Winner — Sept 2019

Betsy Bush, Design Challenge Winner, September 2019 What was your inspiration for your winning card? Please walk us through the process of how this card went from an idea to a greeting card. I had the email from GCU Forum Wanted Cards in my mailbox regarding wanting Adopt a Shelter Pet Day designs, and as I was scouring my design resources for anything about hands I came across the little family holding hands with a dog and I thought I would address the challenge as well as the Wanted Cards request. Fortunately in the same bundle of graphics there was a cat I could incorporate into the design. Did this Click to Read more…

Wednesday, September 25th

Teri Francis — Design Challenge Winner

  Teri Francis of Squirrel Hugger, Design Challenge Winner, August 2019 Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. I don’t usually enter contests. Only did this one because I was curious to learn how to do the Stock Cards on GCU. It was really a fun experience, and I look forward to doing more in the future. Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. All of my favorite cards came about as a result of some personal connection to the intended recipient. I try to keep that in mind when creating cards. What would the Click to Read more…

Thursday, August 15th

Shoaff Ballanger Studios, Design Challenge Winner, June 2019

Shoaff Ballanger Studios, Design Challenge Winner,  June 2019 Shoaff Ballanger Studios is a collaborative wife-husband team consisting of Susan Shoaff-Ballanger and Jay Ballanger.   Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. Both of us have had our pojagi fiber art (Korean patchwork) accepted and exhibited internationally in South Korea at the Pojagis From American Friends, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea. Susan has also been the Art Educator of the Year for the State of Missouri. Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites.   We love the details in the various items and the cat in Click to Read more…

Tuesday, June 18th

Sharon Dominick, Design Challenge Winner, May 2019

Sharon Dominick Photography, Design Challenge Winner, May 2019     Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. I love these three designs as they give a little taste of my favorite style of cards that enjoy creating. A tad funny, a bit quirky and sometimes cute and furry.           Please list any of your professional social media sites. Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest What was your inspiration for your winning card? Please walk us through the process of how this card went from idea to greeting card. I have over 11,000 photos that I have created Click to Read more…

Monday, May 27th

Design Challenge Winner, April 2019, Graduation Season – Cathie Richardson of Country Garden Cards

Design Challenge Winner, April 2019, Graduation Season – Cathie Richardson of Country Garden Cards Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. Other than a few fair ribbons, this is my first contest win!   Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. For all three of these cards I liked how the colors turned out. I had a great time illustrating, learning about the state birds, and why they were chosen for the US. Every summer we have a lizard that discovers our back yard and decides to stay. I kind of get attached to him like Click to Read more…

Monday, April 8th

Lisa Crisafi – Design Challenge Winner, January 2019

 Design Challenge Winner, January 2019, Living Coral – Lisa Crisafi of Nest to Nest Greetings    Thank you for choosing my design for the January 2019 contest. I love these challenges as they encourage me to try something new and to think outside of my box. I would encourage any GCU artist reading this interview to enter the contests.   What was your inspiration for your winning card? Please walk us through the process of how this card went from an idea to a greeting card.  The first thing that came to mind when I read that the contest revolved around Living Coral, the Pantone Color of the year, were the little terracotta pots I Click to Read more…

Wednesday, April 3rd

Stacia Gorge of Good Things by Gorge, Design Challenge Winner, October 2018

Stacia Gorge of Good Things by Gorge, Design Challenge Winner, October 2018     Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. Ages ago, prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, community volunteer, & GCU card designer, I worked in the corporate communications field as a writer and editor. I served on teams that received awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).   Additionally, I’ve had poetry published in two Indiana-based publications: (1) Carmel Creations: An Anthology by Carmel Creative Writers (2018 edition), and (2) Tipton Poetry Journal’s “Christmas at the Creek” Special Issue (2012).  Ironically, my preferred poetry style is usually not suitable for greeting cards due to my Click to Read more…

Tuesday, October 23rd

Ness Nordberg, Design Challenge Winner, September 2018

Ness Nordberg, Design Challenge Winner, September 2018         Please list any of your professional social media sites.  Instagram Facebook   What was your inspiration for your winning card? Please walk us through the process of how this card went from ideas to greeting cards. I wanted to create a card for mothers to honour my own mother and to all the mother’s out there who make Christmas so special for us by tireless cooking, cleaning, organising presents etc.  For this card, I started with the typography and then worked on the illustration for the wreath.  I wanted a simple and modern card that would could be sent Click to Read more…

Monday, September 24th

Tammy Moody — August 2018 Design Challenge Winner

  Tammy Moody, Design Challenge Winner, August 2018       What was your inspiration for your winning card? Please walk us through the process of how this card went from an idea to a greeting card. Honestly, I wasn’t going to enter the contest until Corrie shared a link to the Nuts and Bolts post with various red, white, and blue color schemes. When I saw the colors on her blog post, I really liked the rustic color schemes. They reminded me of Americana or folk themed art. Since July is really the month to be designing for Christmas, I decided to shoot two cans off the fence with Click to Read more…

Monday, August 6th

Tammy Moody — Design Challenge Winner, June 2018

Tammy Moody, Design Challenge Winner, June 2018   What was your inspiration for your winning card? Please walk us through the process of how this card went from an idea to a greeting card. When I was growing up, the phrase, ” I’m singing your praises” was often heard whenever people wanted to thank you for something you did. When I saw this month’s design challenge theme, that phrase instantly popped into my mind. I had never done one of the stock card challenges, so I thought I would give it a try. I looked for animals playing instruments and found this wonderful bull strumming his little guitar and I Click to Read more…

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