Mar 21, 2012
24th Annual LOUIE Awards Finalists Announced

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) has announced the finalists of the 24th Annual LOUIE Awards. Among the thousands of cards and invitations published each year, 3 cards from each of the 54 categories reached the final round of the 2011 Awards. The competition drew approximately 900 entries from 180 companies worldwide, and all entries were marketed and sold in the United States during the 2011 calendar year.

Many of the companies were first-time LOUIE entrants as well as smaller companies and manufacturers, with almost 30% becoming finalists. Responding to a Call for Entries sent out in late November, competitors entered their most dazzling creative work in a total of 54 categories. Superbly Stated and Humor – Most Humorous were the only categories without the requisite price break, and this year’s Awards marked the addition of the new Humor category as well as a large number of invitation-specific entries which garnered a number of honorable mentions.

“The number of first time entrants and small companies who have been nominated for a LOUIE shows that the industry is moving in an exciting direction and that greeting cards are relevant and important in today’s increasingly digital world,” said Katy Greenspan of American Greetings/ and the 24th Annual LOUIE Awards Chair.

LOUIE judging took place January 31 – February 2, 2012 in New York City, in conjunction with the New York International Gift Fair. The judges included prominent retailer buyers such as Paper Source and Barnes and Noble, industry suppliers, independent sales representatives and members of the social stationery blogger and press community. Each entry was reviewed based on criteria which included Originality, Impact, Design Excellence, Sendability and Value.

Winners in every category, as well as the “Cards of the Year” will be announced during this year’s LOUIE celebration on a new night, Sunday, May 20 at ESpace in New York City. The event will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. To purchase tickets, please visit In addition, the nominees will be showcased in a special LOUIE Awards display designed by Universal Presentation Concepts, Inc. (UPC) at the Jacob K. Javits Center during the National Stationery Show®, May 20 – 23 in New York City. The winner of last year’s LOUIE Awards display competition, UPC created a one-of-a-kind “card store” for the nominees; the display will be housed in the upper level of the Javits Center in the upper reception area off of 11th Avenue.

“The LOUIE display is a must-see at the NSS. Located in the Crystal Palace and designed and manufactured by Universal Presentation Concepts, it will both highlight the talent and creativity expressed in each finalist’s card, and provide an excellent vehicle for exhibiting finalists to enjoy exposure outside their booth. The lobby location makes it convenient for buyers to stroll through it early in the day, so they’ll have plenty of time to see the product in the exhibitors’ booth during the Show,” said Patti Stracher, General Manager of the National Stationery Show®. She added that “this year the display area will also serve as the central hub for information about the Greeting Card Association, and will be a great place for GCA members and prospects to network.”

In addition to a variety of industry suppliers who aid in the production of the LOUIE printed materials and the program book, sponsors of this year’s LOUIEs include The United States Postal Service, JAST Company Limited, Bobst Group North America, FREEMAN, GLM and the National Stationery Show®, Glory Moon, Hallmark Cards, Inc., and Infinity Foils, Inc. Through their financial support, these companies, along with many others, ensure the success of the LOUIEs.

To learn more about the LOUIE Awards, to see a full list of nominees, and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit

Social Connections

Natural materials and colors set a perfect table for autumn. Check out some of our favorites in the summer issue
My only hope is to find homes for all these beauties. How's your fall decor looking?
My coffee is speaking to me today. 😄 ☕️😉
We're all about the leafy greens! Check out our Trend Report in the latest issue
New babies know no season so it's good to keep baby gifts stocked. Check out our selection of favorites in the summer issue of Gift Shop
In honor of those kiddos starting school today, and just a gentle reminder for all the rest
Happy Friday! Enjoy
We're asking retailers... 💁🏼Click link in bio for contact form
, you know us so well. Our shares our love of everything chocolate.
Send them back to school with something special in their backpack. @knotandbow
MineField Village is an actual minefield-infested area in Cambodia, where women didn't have many job opportunities. Until @landminedesign came along. They taught women to create these beautiful delicate pieces of jewelry out of rolled paper beads. Check out 620 in Handmade to learn more about this amazing story. @ny_now

Upcoming Trade Shows

September 28, 2016 - September 30, 2016

Panama City Gift Show

Panama City, FL
September 28, 2016 - September 30, 2016

Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference (GHTA)

Austin, TX
October 14, 2016 - October 18, 2016

Indian Handicrafts & Gift Fair

New Delhi,
October 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Portland Christmas Cash & Carry Show

Portland, OR
October 18, 2016 - October 21, 2016

ABC Kids Expo

Las Vegas, NV
75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
PO Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345
Summer 2016
Interested in reading the print edition of Gift Shop? Preview our digital edition »

Get one year of Gift Shop in both print and digital editions for just $30.

Subscribe Today »

website development by deyo designs