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…

Wednesday, July 25th

Liz Van Steenburgh of Starstock Greetings, Design Challenge Winner, May 2018

Liz Van Steenburgh of Starstock Greetings, Design Challenge Winner, May 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 this challenge was announced, I knew I’d want to create something that I actually had some experience in myself.  “Back in the day”, they actually had sewing classes throughout high school and it was something I always enjoyed.  I also love graphics, especially vintage graphics, so I went through my extensive graphic arsenal and came up with the dress form as the base for the design.  When I found the needle and Click to Read more…

Monday, June 18th

Julia Bryant of JJBDesigns, Design Challenge Winner,  April 2018

Julia Bryant of JJBDesigns, Design Challenge Winner,  April 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.  I wanted the card to be funny. I searched for ‘funny parrot’ in the Big Stock images and this one caught my attention because I thought it would be cute to have him ‘squawking’ about a birthday. It really did just come together. We’ve talked before about how choosing the perfect stock image is challenging due to so many choices.  What about this image did it for you? I thought he was hilarious and there Click to Read more…

Monday, May 7th

Mindy Pierce Design Challenge Winner,  March 2018

Mindy Pierce — Design Challenge Winner,  March 2018   Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites.   This was one of my very first attempts at doing my own hand lettering and writing so you might say it has sentimental value because it was a turning point in how I approach card ideas. So many of my cards are crammed full of imagery so I am fond of this one because of it’s simplicity. It feels good to get out of your comfort zone occasionally. I think that greeting cards help people express themselves and connect with those they care about. I Click to Read more…

Wednesday, March 7th

Founders’ Choice Awards 2017

In January, GCU proudly announced the Best of 2017 Founders’ Choice Award winners!  See all the winners here.  This was GCU’s third annual “Best of” awards as part of the monthly Design Challenge series.

Wednesday, February 28th

Design Challenge Winner, January 2018, Ultra Violet – Tammy Moody

Design Challenge Winner, January 2018, Ultra Violet – Tammy Moody  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 hate to admit it, but the inspiration for this design began when I was flipping through TV channels and heard a girl say, “He was totally checking me out”.  At the time, I was sitting there petting my cat, Meeko. Anyhow, I kept flipping through the channels and what that girl said stuck in my head for some reason Then, I looked down at my cat and he was staring at me, so I Click to Read more…

Tuesday, January 30th

Lisa Crisafi Design Challenge Winner, November 2017

Congratulations to Lisa Crisafi of Nest to Nest Greetings, Design Challenge Winner, November 2017 Please add any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. My love for creating greeting cards began when I started entering Hallmark Card contests. Contest entries consisted of uploading a photo and submitting a verse fitting the contest category. More often than not, the contests required a sense of humor and a love for puns. I quickly learned what the contest team was looking for and went on to win 12 of those card contests and a video commercial contest.  It was great fun and I met an amazing group of artists and writers from Click to Read more…

Wednesday, December 13th

Design Challenge Winner, Julia Bryant October 2017

Congratulations to Julia Bryant, Design Challenge Winner, October 2017 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 thinking of what to do for this challenge, I wanted it to be humorous and capture a cat’s attitude. I enjoy cat memes and other stories about cats and their attitudes. I wanted the cat to express his displeasure with its owner for making him wait. I think the frown on the cat says it all. Your winning card perfectly captures a cat’s sassy attitude.  What cat experience did you draw from? Click to Read more…

Thursday, September 21st

Finding your Artistic Voice – Olivia K. Kneibler

See Olivia and Company’s greeting cards on Greeting Card Universe What sparked your interest in art? Did you start as a young child? My fascination with my mother’s career is what sparked my interest in art, she was a beautiful portrait artist who worked mostly in oils.  When I was a small child I could always tell when she was painting from afar, I could smell the linseed oil and the paint.  As soon as I sensed that familiar smell I would stop whatever I was doing and make the fast dash to her because I loved to watch her paint.  I truly was fascinated how one small stroke could Click to Read more…

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