Mandy Collins, a senior from Kalkaska, said her cutout of a mother and child was designed for someone who didn’t want something “too flowery, too girly”. Both girls’ designs were chosen to be put into production, along with two created by the volunteer design team at Paperworks.
“They are really beautiful,” said Jennifer Neve, who worked on putting inserts into the cards at Paperworks.
Neve, 33, has participated in Special Olympics for 11 years. She says she loves playing Bocce for Special Olympics and loves everything about working at Paperworks.
“I love the whole thing,” she said.
Each of the four styles are available for $5.50 at local retailers, including Oleson’s stores in Traverse City, Petoskey and Charlevoix; Tom’s East Bay, West Bay, Acme and 14th St.; Horizon Books; Edson Farms; Ace Hardware on Front St. and Green Island. They are also available at www.paperworksstudio.com. Cards are also available through Special Olympics Michigan, by calling John Casteel at 223-4108.
Lewis said next year he hopes to include the Mother’s Day cards in the Paperworks Studio displays at Whole Food Stores.
“They looked at the cards and were very excited about them” said Lewis, who hopes the retailer will expand the presence of their artisan cards in locations throughout the Midwest and northwest.