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…

Monday, June 26th

May Challenge Winner — PamJArt

Congratulations to our May Design Challenge winner, Pamela Jorgensen from PamJArts. Her winning card appears above. Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. I did win best victoria sandwich cake at a village flower show in England when I was 12 years old. That was a worthy accomplishment in my small village, unrelated to my artistic leanings but totally worth a mention. I previously belonged to a local art society and earned some minor awards for oil paintings and pencil drawings but generally I have not participated in contests. Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. Cold Get Well Click to Read more…

Tuesday, April 11th

March Design Challenge Winner – Tammy Moody

GCU March Design Winner Tammy Moody Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. Over the years I have won numerous awards (including Best of Show, First, and Second place awards), for my still life, wildlife, and horse art in local art shows. I was also published in Horses in Art Magazine several years back. Then I was honored to be invited to show a collection of art at the Grand National Rodeo Art Show in Los Angeles. I was one of 500 artists worldwide to be invited to the event. Please list your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. Jesus Click to Read more…

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