Saturday, December 24th

National Eggnog Day — December 24

December 24 is not just Christmas Eve; it is also the day eggnog lovers rejoice: National Eggnog Day! Eggnog, also known as egg milk punch, is a sweetened dairy beverage that is made with milk or cream, sugar, spices, whipped eggs. It is available for sale in the United States from mid-November to January. Its popularity is shown by the fact that an estimated 135 million pounds of eggnog are consumed each year in the United States. Many people wonder why eggnog isn’t made year round. Manufacturers would do so if it were cost effective, but consumption of eggnog falls notably after Christmas, flattening out in January. There are many Click to Read more…

Wednesday, November 16th

National Unfriend Day – Nov 17

  National Unfriend Day is observed November 17. Founded in 2010 by tv talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, this is a day when, according to the official Facebook page, “all Facebook users shall protect the sacred nature of friendship by cutting out any ‘friend fat’ on their pages occupied by people who are not truly their friends.” According to Jimmy Kimmel, the standards for unfriending are: If you wouldn’t loan someone 50 dollars, unfriend them. If you wouldn’t invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them. If you wouldn’t cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them. Here are a few additional suggestions for weeding out your Facebook Click to Read more…

Monday, November 7th

International Day of Radiology – Nov 8

International Day of Radiology is celebrated November 8, the anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. This day recognizes the important role radiologists play in healthcare delivery. Medical imaging includes x-rays, MRI scans, and ultrasound. Sponsoring organizations, the American College of Radiology (ACR), the RSNA, and the European Society of Radiology, will be joined by more than 140 medical organizations. This year’s celebration is dedicated to breast imaging. Breast imaging has an important role in the detection and diagnosis of diseases of the breast. Regular mammography screening was introduced in the United States in the early 1990s and has resulted in a 35% decrease in breast Click to Read more…

Monday, November 7th

Election Day 2016

Every 4 years, Americans vote for their president. This year has been especially contentious. Some artists at Greeting Card Universe have taken a much-needed humorous look at the election process. Save Save Save Save

Monday, October 31st

September Design Challenge Winner – Carol Kearns

Design Challenge Winner Carol Kearns Which of your cards are your favorites and why? My favourite cards change all the time but in the kiddies categories I can get very attached to some of the characters I design. One in particular is My Cupcake Princess. She is one of my most popular kids cards and I took time out from designing cards earlier this year and wrote a children’s picture book based on her. I called her and the book, Marcy Pam. Also this year I wrote a Christmas picture book based on my Christmas storybook card, and called it I’ve an Idea. Both these books are in rhyme. And Click to Read more…

Monday, October 3rd

August Challenge Winner – Christi Madden

Madden Art Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. My choice of favorite cards tends to be a bit, shall we say, elastic, being influenced by mood and season and who knows what else.  These are my current choices. Tuxedo Cat on a Blanket Next to Sunny Window – Tuxedo Cat Birthday Card The original painting for this one is casein on board; I caught a photo of Belle in one of her favorite spots as the afternoon sun created shadows on the wall, and used that as reference for the painting.  So, a favorite photo of a totally Click to Read more…

Friday, September 23rd

National Punctuation Day – Sept 24

A comma, a semicolon, a period. To most people, these are simple punctuation marks, to take or leave, especially in this day of text messaging. But to other people, punctuation is an important part of written communication, a roadmap to understanding the intentions of the written word. A much-used example of how improper punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence is: Let’s eat, Grandma. vs Let’s eat Grandma. Certainly, in this case, Grandma is in favor of the comma! Another example of punctuation gone wrong appeared on the cover of Tails magazine. On the front cover, the headline about Rachael Ray’s sources of inspiration read: “Rachael Ray finds inspiration Click to Read more…

Friday, September 16th

National Stepfamily Day – Sept 16

National Stepfamily Day, founded by Christy Borgeld in 1997, is observed on September 16 each year and is a day for stepfamilies to recognize and celebrate their unique family structure. One in 3 Americans is part of a stepfamily, or blended family. It takes time and effort for a stepfamily to come together as a strong family unit. Parenting differences between the two blending families can lead to stress within the marriage. Studies show that it can take, on average, 4 years to build a strong, steady relationship with a stepchild. There will also likely be at least a little bit of jealousy, a feeling that the stepparent is trying Click to Read more…

Tuesday, September 6th

National Read a Book Day – Sept 6

National Read a Book Day is celebrated September 6 each year, and encourages book reading by everyone. Whether you curl up in a comfy chair with your favorite book, read this summer’s romance on the beach, or get in a few minutes of reading during lunch break, reading is an enjoyable activity for many of us. Surprisingly to those who are avid readers, though, is the fact that 28% of Americans have not read a book in the past year. How is it possible that so many people don’t want to learn, grow, or go on adventures? There are added benefits to reading. Reading reduces stress and improves memory. Books Click to Read more…

Tuesday, August 23rd

Christie Black — GCU June Challenge Winner

Christie Black’s Creations from the Heart Please add any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. I really hadn’t entered many contests, but when I was in 7th grade, I won 2nd Place in a contest held by the city with my drawing of a historic building on our Main Street. In 2001, my design was chosen in a logo contest for a program the city was doing. I had many of my designs chosen as “Today’s Best Awards” on Zazzle. Please add the URLs of your favorite cards in your storefront. My three favorites for now are very recent cards.  I think they represent what I like to Click to Read more…

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