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Good news spreads fast about The Henries 2017 finalists

Whoops of joy, both audible and legible, percolated throughout the greeting card industry on Friday when PG released the news of which ranges have made it into the finals on The Henries 2017 greeting card industry awards.

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Making the most of the immediacy of social media channels, many of the 80 different publishers who are feted in these top industry accolades across the 20 product and service award categories took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to spread the good news.

“As entering was free of charge and all the entries were judged without the 50 buyers who made up the Judging Panel being told of the identity of the respective publisher, it meant that the votes were cast without any preconceived ideas of that brand, providing a level playing field for all,” explains PG’s deputy editor Gale Astley.

Reflecting the diverse make-up of the publishing sector, the finalists range from the major players to newbie start-ups.

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In addition to the likes of UKG (who received five finalist places), Woodmansterne (who received six), Abacus (who received four), several respected specialist brands have also fared especially well. Belly Button Designs has reached the finals in three categories as has Janie Wilson, Lagom, Pigment and Stop the Clock.

The Simon Elvin group (which includes Simon Elvin, Paper Rose, Nigel Quiney and Glick) has had a good year too, having clinched seven of the coveted slots.

It is also a great year for the smaller publishers to receive recognition.

2B Screenshot 2017-08-06 21.39.43“Woohoo! This has made my week/year!” responded Jenny Morrison, founder of new company Paper Sole as soon as she learned that her Little Monsters range had made it into the finals of the Best Cute Range category.

Meanwhile, Jo Wilson, founder of Dandelion Stationery (whose Words of Wisdom range reached the finals in the Best Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range category) proclaimed: “I am sat here with a humongous smile on my face, chuffed to bits to have made it to The Henries finals!”

Brilliant! We’re over the moon!!” enthused Jo Clarke, founder of Toasted Crumpet, while someone who would also have been ‘over the moon’ to see so many small publisher in The Henries finalists was Lynn Tait (owner of The Lynn Tait Gallery and co-founder of The Ladder Club, who passed away recently). In honour of Lynn and with total endorsement from category sponsor Paperchase, the award category that celebrates the young creative talent in the industry is now called The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award.2B Screenshot 2017-08-06 20.33.29

The winners will be announced at an Ooh La La Henries Ball on Thursday 5 October, which this year will take on a Parisian theme. For tickets contact Clare Davies on or 01183 340085.

For those who missed the announcement of The Henries 2017 finalists, here they are again… (Some of the range names may have changed very slightly since the initial announcement as a result of clarification from the publishers involved).

The Henries 2017 Awards Finalists

The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award

Elliott Bennett, designer and owner of Heart’s Designs

Catherine Faulkner, founder and designer of Jelly Armchair

Louise Mulgrew, founder and designer of Louise Mulgrew Designs

Emma Pearce, senior designer for Hotchpotch Publishing

Louise Tiler, founder and designer of Louise Tiler Designs

Sarah Knight, founder and designer of Stormy Knight

Laura Clamp, founder and designer of Flying Teaspoons


Best Children’s Range

Animal Magic from Janie Wilson

Ingela Mini Cards from Lagom

Just A Number from Just a Little Note

Lollipop from Second Nature

Quicksilver from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Stormy Kids from Stormy Knight


Best Christmas Counter Range

Christmas Edged In Gold from Five Dollar Shake

Christmas Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Flair from Hotchpotch

Forget Me Not from Janie Wilson

Velvet Wishes from Jonny Javelin

Winter Park Life from Rocket68


Best Christmas Box or Pack

Cats In Christmas Hats from Jo Clark Design

Christmas Box For Oxfam from Special Editions (UKG)

Paloma Christmas Box from Belly Button Designs

Poppy Reay Christmas Box from U Studio

Premium Box Christmas from Noel Tatt

Sara Miller London Christmas from The Art File


Best Traditional Words & Sentiments Range

Everlasting from The Handcrafted Card Company

Heart Story from Hallmark

Keepsakes from Grassroots International

Letterpress from Words ‘n’ Wishes

Made With Love for Tesco from Hallmark

Perfectly Said from UK Greetings


Best Contemporary Words & Sentiments Range

Botanical from Stop the Clock Design

Cloud Nine from Redback Cards

Every Picture from Icon

The Happy News from Pigment

Mimosa from Paperlink

Words of Wisdom from Dandelion Stationery


Best Contemporary Trend Range

Alice Scott from Pigment

Charmed from YTR Design

Cherished Mini Cards from Lagom

Fancy Pants from Hammond Gower

Flair from Hotchpotch

Gold Dust from Paper Salad


Best Handmade or Hand-Finished Range

Embroider Doodles from Stop The Clock Design

Fabric Envelopes from Pearl & Black

Gold Leaf from Janie Wilson

Magic Box from Forever Cards

Scrabbley Neons from Bexy Boo Designs

Woodland Farm from English Graphics


Best Photographic Range

1,000 Words from U Studio

B&W Photo from The Proper Mail Company

Exposure Colour from Icon

Javier Pérez from ArtPress

Loose Leashes from Woodmansterne

Water’s Edge from Wildcards


Best Humorous Range

Blunt As A Spoon from Pack A Punch Designs

Cloud Nine from Redback Cards

Favourites from Objectables

Gin & Frolics from Rosie Made A Thing

Hysterical Heritage from Woodmansterne

Launch Range from Bettie Confetti


Best Art Range

Inspired By CR Mackintosh from Forever Cards

Jungle Tumble from Louise Mulgrew Design

Landmarks from I Drew This

Lino Print from UK Greetings

Toby Sketchbook by Stephen Hanson from GBCC

Stick And Stitch from Catherine Kleeli Cards


Best Licensed Range

Beatrix Potter from Hype Associates

Disney from The Hallmark Studios

Happy Jackson from Pigment

Ladybird Books for Grown-ups from Danilo

Quentin Blake from Woodmansterne

Royal Horticultural Society Collection from UK Greetings


Best Gift Wrappings Range

Deco Range from Unique Paper Company

Designers Guild Chinoiserie Flowers And Plum Blossom from Deva Designs

Jaz&Baz from Portfolio

Pink Champagne Dots from Belly Button Bubble

Sara Miller London from Penny Kennedy

Stephanie Dyment from Glick


Best Male Range

Bold As Brass from Abacus Cards

Country Gent from Toasted Crumpet Design

Geronimo from The Art File

Just Josh from CardMix

Mad Dots – Black Tie from Hearts Designs

Mr Sunshine from Ivory Mint


Best Wholesale Range

Everyday Male from Simon Elvin

Keepsake Treasures Sympathy from Xpress Yourself

Opacity from Xpress Yourself

Ritzy from Simon Elvin

Special Thoughts from Regal Publishing

Stitched With Love from Simon Elvin


Best Relations & Occasions Range

Boulevard from Think Of Me

Favourites from Objectables

Indigo Blue from Stephanie Dyment

Life and Soul Occasions from Abacus Cards

Postco from Lagom

Vintage Love from Tracey Russell


Best Spring Seasons Range

All My Love Valentine’s from Stop The Clock Designs

Breton Collection Easter from Laura Darrington Designs

Father’s Day from Bettie Confetti

Grin & Tonic Father’s Day from Brainbox Candy

Mother’s Day from Roger la Borde

Paloma Mother’s Day from Belly Button Designs


Best Cute Range

Crumb from PaperBird Publishing

Jungle Tumble from Louise Mulgrew Designs

Little Creatures from Pippi & Me

Little Monsters from Paper Sole

Lottie And The Bear from Grumble & Co

Stripey Dogs from Stripey Cats


The Henry Cole Classic Award

Découpage from Noel Tatt

Eric The Penguin from Paper House

Harold’s Planet from Clare Maddicott Publications

Marzipan from Paper Rose

Pizazz from Nigel Quiney Publications

Wrinklies from Paperlink


Best Service to the Independent Retailer

Abacus Cards

Cherry Orchard Publishing


Jonny Javelin

Ling Design

Nigel Quiney Publications

Noel Tatt



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