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2011 Design ContestCongratulations to the 2011 Invitation Design Contest Winners

2009 & 2010 Winners

Mary Beth Taylor, Austin, TX
1st Place 2010
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Danielle Ness, Renton, WA
1st Place 2009
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the Judges

Maria McBride is the wedding style director at BRIDES magazine and the author of numerous books about weddings and celebrations including her most recent, Party Basics for New Nesters. McBride has been a champion of graphic designers, artists and artisans as she has launched many careers and stationery trends with her work as an event stylist and editor.

Emily Hamilton and Heather Peel are longtime friends sharing a passion for all things stationery. They founded Invitation Buzz, a fabulous resource and directory of stationery designers, retailers & manufacturers. Emily has a business and fashion background from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Heather has been an avid web developer and graphic designer for the past ten years. Together, they create a perfect blend in discovering and featuring beautiful designs and fashionable trends for stationery products.

Jaime Derringer, Founder and Editor of design-milk.com, daydreams about modern sofas and gets excited about lamps. She and her husband, along with dogs Lulu and Beans, operate JD2 Media and the "Milk" sites. She currently contributes to AOL's ShelterPop, DIY Life, and Pawnation. Read more about Jamie at Design Milk.

Scott French has been in the fashion design field his entire life. His skill set is broad & has been built via an eclectic experience ranging from retail & wholesale, to design & production. An active member of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Scott is a New York runway regular & has shown 7 collections to date under the famous tents in New York's Bryant Park. Scott's body of work has been printed in 6 books. Additionally, he is the co-founder of TheFashionList.com, where in his duties he attends literally 100's of fashion shows & events each year presented by a literal who's who of the world's taste makers. www.rscottfrench.com, www.thefashionlist.com

Many know Dina Manzo as the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star, but her most profound role is that of a philanthropist. Founder of the non-profit organization Project Ladybug, Dina Manzo began her philanthropy work as a young girl who was dedicated to giving back to the children at St. Jude Children's Hospital. Project Ladybug was launched in 2007 with a wish to bring financial and emotional hope to children and their families undergoing rigorous medical treatments. Dina is also a member of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and other organizations including South Hampton's Last Chance animal rescue. Dina also runs the event design firm, Designer Affair and is a host on HGTV.

Sarah Schwartz is the founding editor of the award-winning Stationery Trends magazine, a design-focused quarterly. In producing each issue she reviews a huge volume of work encompassing both up-and-coming designers and established industry icons, plus many in between. A graduate of NYU's Washington Square University, Sarah has covered the stationery market since 1997. Her proudest role, however, is that of wife and mother to her daughter Veronica.