Each year, America's Greeting Card Association gives out the Louie award at New York's Stationery Show. There are lots of categories and entrants fall into either the over $3.00 category or $3.00 and under. While I do pay attention to the awards, I also get a bit skeptical of their scope when the same publishers and designers win year after year after year after year. After year. If one more Meri-Meri card wins I'm going to scream.
Sometimes true stars break through, however, as was the case this year. I won't say I called it, but hey, I called it. Jennifer Parker of Canopy Cards won an award for her super-creative and very sweet Baby Love Letters. I'm glad to say that Shannon Barnes of Flaunt, an all-around awesome chick who designs awesome cards, took a Louie home too! That's the award-winning design, left, and that would be Miss Shannon, right. But you knew that.
She had a pretty packed week, since she also taught America how to design the Flaunt way on none other than The Martha Stewart Show... where does this girl find the time? While appearing with Martha was probably great and all, the first question I asked her was not about her very cool experience but about... Aidan Quinn. He was on the show too and I am madly in love with him, so of course I do have priorities [paper... Aidan... you decide]. In her words, he's 'ultra-hot in person and his eyes are totally dreamy.' Can't beat that. Here's some more of Shannon's fab work: