There is one very special LOUIE finalist that really jumped out at me while I was judging that I wanted to show today. It’s from Calypso Cards (though I had no idea while judging).

Calypso sells its own cards in addition to those from several lines; this design is the inspired handiwork of Little Branch. I love the upside-down heart raindrops, pansy umbrella and knock-it-out-of-the-park sentiment.

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Calypso has finalists in six categories, but this is a finalist in the Mother’s Day, $3.50 or less, category, and faces some pretty steep competition from Shannon Martin/Girl Designer and Compendium. Good luck to you all! It’s hard to believe the gala is just over a week off.

Calypso will be in booths 2520 and 2522 at National Stationery Show, now a section of signature mix marketplace — and all the finalists will be on display at the show.

At this point, buying this card online (which you can do here) would only have you ready for next Mother’s Day — but if you have your heart set on this design, you can find a nearby store here.

On that note, Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere! And a special thank you and early Happy Mother’s Day to my own mother-in-law, Marikay Schwartz, for snapping this pic, and of course my own mom too!

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