Wednesday, June 23rd

Laurie Schneider, Design Challenge Winner, May 2021

  Laurie Schneider, Design Challenge Winner, May 2021   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 and how you chose your 3 items from the list (a remote control – a mirror – a mailbox – an orange – a daisy – a beach towel – a bird – a coffee mug): My inspiration for this card was the mailbox. It got me thinking about all the people that we are not able to see because of the pandemic. Then came the bird because whenever possible I put living beings into my Click to Read more…

Friday, May 28th

Getting to Know … Sharon Dominick

  Sharon Dominick, a GCU artist since March 2018, has a creative and unique approach to photography. Her images, coupled with her sharp sense of humor,  make for imaginative greeting cards.   Sharon Dominick Photography Greeting Cards   How long have you been involved with photography? I have always loved taking photos and had a number of point-and-shoot film cameras since I was a child.   How long have you been selling your photographs online? Since December of 2002 when I stumbled across a website called iStockPhoto.com during a Google search about how to sell photos.   What sparked your interest in photography? Although I’ve always loved taking pictures, having Click to Read more…

Monday, April 26th

Linda Gladman Art, Design Challenge Winner, March 2021

What was your inspiration for your winning card? Please walk us through the process of how this card went from idea to greeting card.  My inspiration for this design challenge was found while looking at photos of our gardens last year which led to browsing through a seed catalogue.  My favorite color is blue and I was pondering how to add more blue flowers to our gardens so I did a quick sketch on paper before creating the actual design.   Those stunning flowers can’t be ignored.  What is your favorite flower? That’s a tough question because as a gardener, I truly do love all annual and perennial flowers but Click to Read more…

Monday, April 19th

Shoaff Ballanger Studios, Design Challenge Winner, February 2021

    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.   We knew we wanted a funny Easter greeting card about bunnies and chocolate. We searched through the stock images and found this one.  It was perfect!  We then had to decide how to incorporate the text on the cover and felt the best way was to fit it inside the handle of the basket with an emphasis on “feel”.  It was just the right place because both the young lady and the earless chocolate bunny could be saying “I feel a Click to Read more…

Monday, December 7th

Design Challenge Winner, September 2020, Holiday Spirit – Tammy Moody

Cat in Santa Hat COVID-19 Social Distance Humor Christmas card     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 just wanted to create a Christmas card that spoke to 2020. I basically imagined Santa going from house to house this year- and it occurred to me that there is no way he could ever practice safe social distancing going into hot spots! Lol Then, I thought Nope- he can skip me this year- I’ll buy my own gift. Then I thought I needed to use a sarcastic or wisecracking animal and Click to Read more…

Tuesday, October 6th

Design Challenge Winner, August 2020, Holiday Season – Mindy Pierce,

Design Challenge Winner, August 2020, Holiday Season – Mindy Pierce   Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Snowman Squirrel Bunny Red Green 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. Several years ago we lived in a house that had trees really close to it. There were tons of squirrels and they would jump back and forth from the trees to the roof like little spastic acrobats. It was our first house so everything seemed magical and I was mesmerized  by the show they were putting on. It wasn’t long until one of them chewed a hole Click to Read more…

Wednesday, September 23rd

Design Challenge Winner, July 2020, Hair or Hare – Melinda Pritzel of Yowzers

Funny Tabby Cat With Tie Glasses Hairbrain Scheme Retirement card   Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. I’ve won several slogan contests, a Springbok Puzzle Image contest (Marble Madness is the name of the puzzle I contributed the photograph for) and I’ve written for Hallmark (A little gift book called Thanks Mom) and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Angels All Around. Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. I think we become attached to each card we create as designers.  There are a few that I’m particularly fond of. Funny Cat Eating a Giant Piece Click to Read more…

Thursday, September 17th

Design Challenge Winner, June 2020 – Laurie Schneider

Congratulations on first place winner status for June’s design challenge for GCU artist Laurie Schneider. June Design Challenge – Formula Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. Editors’ Pick on Zazzle for my raccoon calendar and I won Hallmark’s card contests, four times. The best part of winning Hallmark was a lady from Canada purchased the one with Bullwinkle on it and tracked me down through the Wildlife Association. She sent me a letter and we have been corresponding ever since. Like me, she is a Wildlife Rehabilitator and has a passion for raccoons Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and Click to Read more…

Monday, September 14th

Design Challenge Winner, May 2020, Happiness is … – PamJArts

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 wish I had some words of wisdom here but this one was pure luck! I was thinking of creating a new Coronavirus card and up popped this image in the stock card search results. Once I saw the expression on the dog, I knew I wanted to make a card from it. That dog is priceless, he looks like he is evaluating every word the kitten is sharing, maybe a little judgment going on there but obviously coming up with a wise solution as Click to Read more…

Monday, May 11th

Design Challenge Winner, February & March 2020 – Linda Gladman

Congratulations on first place winner status for both February and March design challenges for GCU artist Linda Gladman of Bright Star Cards February Design Challenge – Wild About You March Design Challenge – Shower, Showers, Showering Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. I’ve won a few gardening and photography challenge awards including a few on Facebook. Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. This card was my very first ever design! I had a creative vision out of my love for nature and animals of the design and from there I was challenged to bring Click to Read more…

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