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May 17, 2011
GCA announces LOUIE winners

Winners of the 23rd Annual International Greeting Card Awards- the LOUIEs – were announced during the National Stationery Show in New York Monday evening. The industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, the LOUIEs were presented at ESpace in New York. American Greetings was named Card of the Year in the above $3.50 category, and icanhascheezburger in partnership with The Madison Park Group received Card of the Year in the below $3.50.

The Rising Star award, for companies in business less than three years, went to Red Oak Press and Stationery Works.

Fifty awards were handed out, along with the Cards of the Year, in two price divisions. “Superbly Stated” was the only category without the requisite price break. This year’s LOUIE winners were chosen from approximately 950 total entries, with 159 making their way on to “finalist,” where they were judged by a panel of prominent retail buyers, industry suppliers, independent sales representatives and first-time blogger judges.

Andy Meehan, of Development Solutions Global, served as this year’s LOUIE Awards strategic chairman.

“Hundreds of greeting card industry members proved that connection really is in the cards with a fun evening celebrating the 23rd Annual LOUIE Awards,” Meehan said. “An exciting culmination of a year of revitalizing the awards, it was great to see so many young companies see LOUIE success.”

The Greeting Card Association previously announced the finalists for best greeting card products of the year in March, and all finalists were showcased in a special display during NSS.

And the winners are:

Birthday – Children
Papyrus
Above $3.50

Great Arrow Graphics
$3.50 and below

Birthday – General
Papyrus
Above $3.50

icanhascheezburger in partnership with The Madison Park Group
$3.50 and Below

Birthday – Humorous
American Greetings
Above $3.50

Maggie’s Quill
$3.50 and below

Blank
Turnowsky Ltd.
Above $3.50

Paper Magic Group Inc
$3.50 and below

Celebrations – Nonreligious
Papyrus
Above $3.50

Great Arrow Graphics
$3.50 and below

Celebrations – Religious
Hevea Arts
Above $3.50

Naos Graphics
$3.50 and below

Christmas/Seasonal – Humorous
Old Tom Foolery
Above $3.50

NobleWorks Inc.
$3.50 and below

Christmas/Seasonal – General
Up With Paper
Above $3.50

Great Arrow Graphics
$3.50 and below

Christmas/Seasonal – Boxed/Catalog
The Museum of Modern Art
Above $2.50

Anna Griffin Inc.
$2.50 and below

Congratulatory/Special Occasion
Some of me
Above $3.50

Some of me
$3.50 and below

Custom Invitation/Announcement
Charu Overseas
Above $2.50

Bella Adorna
$2.50 and below

Everyday Boxed Note
Compendium Inc.
Above $2.50

Pretty Stationery for Beautiful Souls
$2.50 and below

Family Celebrations
Speckles & Weeds
Above $3.50

Shannon Martin/Girl Designer for The Madison Park Group
$3.50 and below

Friendship/Encouragement – General
Screech Owl Design
Above $3.50

Madison Park Greetings
$3.50 and below

Friendship/Encouragement – Humorous
Janine Yordy
Above $3.50

Dog Is Good
$3.50 and below

Get Well/Feel Better
Paper Magic Group Inc.
Above $3.50

Design Design
$3.50 and below

Invitation Suite
Marsupial Pouches & Papers
Above $7

Arabella Papers
$7 and below

Mother’s Day
DaySpring Cards
Above $3.50

Amy Smyth Made It
$3.50 and below

Packaged/Imprintable Invitation/Announcement
Anna Griffin Inc.
Above $2.50

Anna Griffin Inc.
$2.50 and below

Personalized Photo Card
Arabella Papers
Above $2.50

Anna Griffin Inc.
$2.50 and below

Production Innovations
American Greetings
Above $3.50

Checkerboard Inc.
$3.50 and below

Rising Star
Red Oak Press
Above $3.50

Stationery Works Inc.
$3.50 and below

Romantic Occasions
Sugarcube Press
Above $3.50

Great Arrow Graphics
$3.50 and below

Superbly Stated
Amy Smyth Made It

Sympathy
Crane & Co.
Above $3.50

Madison Park Greetings
$3.50 and below

Thank You
Avanti Press Inc.
Above $3.50

Compendium, Inc.
$3.50 and below

Valentine’s Day
Crane & Co.
Above $3.50

Great Arrow Graphics
$3.50 and below

 




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