LOUIE Judging Faves!

LOUIE award judging began over a month ago, March 24, in Washington, D.C., but it feels like so much longer ago than that. As much as everything has quickly changed, as uncertain as the future is, I’m all the more grateful to have gotten a few days to hobnob with industry friends as I had the distinct pleasure of experiencing greeting card after greeting card after greeting card 700 times or so.

Now we’ve entered a quieter time for greeting cards — there aren’t too many birthday parties being planned at the moment — but that has just made them far more important. Somehow, in a month, we’re back to those days where not only do we really look forward to the mail carrier arriving, but when there’s a card amongst the bills, that is really something exciting! And rest assured, there is still no evidence that COVID-19 is being passed through the mail.

While judging, I took 30 pictures of cards that stood out to me, so I’m spreading them over two posts, highlighting promotions each maker is having beneath the card, as well as any notes on what I loved about it. The Greeting Card Association (GCA) is going forward with the LOUIEs, but how they are to be celebrated is still being determined. In the meantime, it’s my pleasure to highlight these makers and their work here. Thank you to the GCA and Stationery Trends for giving me the opportunity to judge.

Smitten Kitten
Four cards/$20
Those wings make great toilet paper, in a pinch.
This stood out a month ago, but is that much more compelling today.
Ohh Deer
I can’t be the only parent going a bit corona-crazy due to prolonged exposure to my child (and vice versa).
Great Arrow Graphics
Not completely captured in this image: the amazing silk-screened texture as well its special vibrancy.

UWP Luxe
20% off order code: 20SPRING
It’s a mail-able High Five, sort of.
Tigerpocket Press
Free US shipping on orders over $35
I’m nearly ready to start a fan club for this maker — who’s in?
KB Paperie
Free domestic shipping code: SHIPFREE
These little letterpressed missive packs a huge emotional punch.
Good Juju Ink
Free shipping on orders over $50
In the next printing, I recommend they add at least four hats.
Steel Petal Press
Now that Shayna may have some time on her hands. maybe an entire Jules Winnfield range is in order?
Colleen Attara through Calypso Cards
Don’t wait for Father’s Day to reach out!
Red Oak Press
Free shipping in USA
Spend $20 Get 15%
Code: 15
I guess at this point it doesn’t really matter as long as you have each other’s backs!
Paper Epiphanies
Free shipping on every order with code: VIRUS
I am smitten with this GGxPE collaboration with Gia Graham!
We don’t have all the problems we had yesterday, but the new ones are doozies, making this design that much more heavy.
Katie Daisy through Biely & Shoaf
This design and message were lovely to me then, and that much more magical now!
KB Paperie
Free domestic shipping code: SHIPFREE
This exquisite little design really does seem to transmit sympathy in card form.
Paper Epiphanies
Free shipping on every order with code: VIRUS
Shannon Martin Design through Biely & Shoaf
Just hoping everyone is feeling this & not so much a War of the Roses vibe!

You can see all the finalists here.

I have been getting emails about different maker promotions and giveaways, here seems as good a place as any to share. Email me yours at sarah@thepaperchronicles.com and I’ll add it to my next post.

J. Falkner: use code BIG HUGS for free “big hugs” card plus a free stamp!

Steel Petal Press: Curated Corona Care Packages are available for $20-$55, free shipping with the code VIRTUAL HUG

Egg Press: Special 5-card bundles for $20, free shipping on orders over $40 through the end of the month with the code THINKINGOFYOU*

Hartford Prints: 15% sale through 3/31 with code STAYSAFE. They will write out your message on the card of your choice and mail it for you!

Antiquaria: Free shipping on all orders over $25, check out their $10 sample card packs.

Inklings Paperie: If you have not seem their care packages, check them out stat! Free shipping with code CAREPACKAGE

Rifle Paper Co.: 20% off sitewide and free shipping with code THANKYOU

Finally, *Noted may have unfortunately been canceled, but you can still get Noted @ *Noted! In the absence of a spring industry get-together, I am hoping that this will celebrate what’s new in card design. I have updated the link on the right to take you right there — and HUGE THANKS to Ashleigh at CharmCat Creative for creating that sharp clever button! You rock girl. She is offering 20% off of all her fabulous cards when you order more than 5, and free shipping with $20 purchase.

Go and submit and as always, don’t hesitate to give me a shout with any questions. Finally, please keep washing those hands!