Often described as the “Oscars of the stationery world,” the annual Louie Awards are kind of a big deal—especially for the winners. This year, we’re proud to say that the awards’ parent organization, Greeting Card Association, named two Minted designs as winners: Laura Hankins for “Baby Brewing” and Kristie Kern for “Sparkling Frame.” In addition, Minted artist Paul Berthelot received a nomination for “Coal.”
The Louie Awards display of stationery nominees took center stage at the National Stationery Show in mid-May, inside the entryway of the Javits Center in New York.
“Sparkling Frame” photo announcement by Kristie Kern
“Grateful is the word I’d use to describe the way I feel about winning a Louie,” Kristie said. “Grateful to Minted for the many amazing opportunities, and for choosing one of my designs to enter for consideration — such an honor in itself. I am grateful to all the talented Minties whose beautiful work sets the bar and inspires me to challenge myself. And especially grateful and honored to have won this award alongside the incredible Laura Hankins.”
“Baby Brewing” by Laura Hankins (winner in the baby announcement category)
“Coal” by Paul Berthelot (finalist in the Christmas/seasonal humor category)
Although Laura and Kristie were unable to attend the award gala in New York, two fellow Minted community members—Julie Green and Megan Wells—accepted on their behalf. “It was a fabulous event that was impeccably done,” said Julie of Up Up Creative. “The ceremony was a greeting-card and paper-lover’s dream. Even the napkins were foil-pressed. And jokes like, ‘No matter how far you push the envelope, it’s still stationery’ got hearty laughs.”
“One of the coolest things about the Louies is that it brings together the industry’s oldest and biggest greeting card companies with new rising stars and independent card makers,” said Julie Green (pictured above).
This year, the Greeting Card Association is hosting Consumer Choice Awards on Facebook. Check out the nominees and consider voting for Minted. You can cast your vote for your favorites by “liking” your favorite cards by June 6 here.
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Published May 27, 20161 COMMENT