Paper Salad, Dandelion Stationery, Ohh Deer, Rosanna Rossi, Roger la Borde, Think of Me Designs, Santoro and Little Posy Press On Louies’ Shortlist

UK publishers, Paper Salad, Dandelion Stationery, Ohh Deer, Rosanna Rossi, Roger la Borde, Little Posy Print, Santoro and Think of Me Designs have all reached the finals of The Louies, the US greeting card awards, run by the American Greeting Card Association.

Above: Dandelion Stationery is delighted to have four finalists in The Louies. The publisher is distributed in the US by Notes & Queries as is Paper Salad and Little Posy Press, other finalists.
Above: Dandelion Stationery is delighted to have four finalists in The Louies. The publisher is distributed in the US by Notes & Queries as is Paper Salad and Little Posy Press, other finalists.

Different from their UK counterparts The Henries, (organised by Max Publishing, owners of Progressive Greetings), The Louies celebrate individual card designs rather than ranges. The 153 Louie finalists have just been revealed with the winners to be announced on 1 May at an award celebration in San Francisco (during the Noted Expo).

Above: The image Paper Salad has posted on its Instagram feed featuring the three designs from its ranges that has reached the finals.
Above: The image Paper Salad has posted on its Instagram feed featuring the three designs from its ranges that has reached the finals.

For the first time ever, Dandelion Stationery designs have been nominated in four categories for the Louie Awards – ‘Birthday Humour’, ‘Friendship/Encouragement’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘Non-religious occasions’ categories. Jo Wilson, director of Dandelion Stationery said: “We’re absolutely delighted – chuffed to bits! I never for one moment imagined we would get to the finals. Entering the awards was a bit of a punt really. In the scheme of things, we are a very small greeting card publisher. There are thousands of card publishers actually based in the USA, and even more that export to the USA so the competition is huge, and incredibly tough. We are delighted to have made it this far.”

Above: Ohh Deer has a trio of designs in the finals, including this one.
Above: Ohh Deer has a trio of designs in the finals, including this one.

Paper Salad has three nominations and is a first-timer at the awards as well, after co-owners Karen Wilson and Claire Williams attended the awards last year and decided “that we’d have to enter this year,” says Karen. “We are delighted to be finalists in three categories and as we are going to San Francisco it will make our trip extra special.”

Ohh Deer has also scooped a trio of nominations for its ranges in the Baby, Humorous and Friendship/encouragement categories in while Roger la Borde has finalists in two categories (Blank and Christmas).

Above: The Rosanna Rossi design which is up for a Louie award.
Above: The Rosanna Rossi design which is up for a Louie award.

For Anna Nelson, co-owner and creative director at Rosanna Rossi, the nomination came as a surprise. “We’re so thrilled by the news. We haven’t been a finalist in the Louie Awards before so it’s great for us to be recognised among other fantastic companies both within the UK and International.”

Above: Roger la Borde has two designs in the finals of The Louies.
Above: Roger la Borde has two designs in the finals of The Louies.

Following on from their win in last year’s Louies, Think of Me Designs (owned by Brits Dan and Freya Kane, who now live in California, but still fulfil orders from its UK warehouse) are “very excited to once again be flying the flag for UK design in 2020 as finalists in the Father’s Day $5.00 and Below category”.

Above: Think of Me’s Dan and Freya Kane at last year’s Louies’ event with their trophy.
Above: Think of Me’s Dan and Freya Kane at last year’s Louies’ event with their trophy.
Above: The Father’s Day design from Think of Me Designs that is up for a Louie this year.
Above: The Father’s Day design from Think of Me Designs that is up for a Louie this year.

Top: (left-right) designs from Dandelion Stationery, Paper Salad and Ohh Deer that are in the finals of The Louies 2020.

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