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Winner Crowned in Scotch Brand Tape's National Gift Wrapping Contest

<p> <b>Lia Griffith from Portland, Ore. Wins $10,000 Grand Prize</b> </p>

Friday, November 30, 2012

Winner Crowned in Scotch Brand Tape's National Gift Wrapping Contest18:08 EST Friday, November 30, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Lia Griffith of Portland, Ore., creative director at Ellinée, an online stationery store, was crowned the 2012 “Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper” in a national gift wrapping contest sponsored by 3M, the maker of Scotch Brand Tape. Griffith out-wrapped seven other amateur and professional gift wrappers to win the ultimate holiday present—a $10,000 cash prize— at Celsius at Bryant Park in New York City. Lia Griffith, a gift wrapper from Portland, Ore. gift wraps a giant model airplane with an eight-foot wingspan in the final round of the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Celsius at Bryant Park in New York City. (Photo: Ray Stubblebine) About the contest: Finalists wrapped odd-shaped gifts in three rounds during the contest: Round 1: oversized rubber duck and a board game Round 2: tuba Round 3: giant model airplane with an eight-foot wingspan The contestants were judged on two criteria: appearance of the wrapped gifts and the technique used to wrap the gifts; in the event of a tie, speed was the tie-breaker. Griffith, along with seven other gifted wrappers, was selected to participate in the contest based on a brief entry video that illustrated her talent and experience in the art of gift wrapping. About the first runner-up and other contestants: The first runner-up, Shelly Dozier-McKee, an interior designer at ConfettiStyle Interiors in Atlanta, Ga. received a $2,500 cash prize. The following six contestants also received smaller cash prizes: Michelle Beshaw from Brooklyn, N.Y. Shasta Garcia from San Francisco, Calif. Brenda Guerrero, manager at Papyrus, from Winnetka, Calif. Carol Masiclat, owner of Jolie Colis gift wrapping, from Fayetteville, N.Y. Michelle Noe, co-owner of Playthings Toy Shoppe, from Louisville, Ky. Sheryl Oberman, owner of Stationery Station, from Highland Park, Ill. About the judging panel: The judging panel consisted of three gift wrapping experts: Mark Ski, former producer for Martha Stewart Living. Evette Rios, craft and design expert, as well as former co-host and designer for Freestyle on HGTV. (Bi-lingual in English and Spanish). Laurin Sydney, lifestyle expert and author of the gift wrapping book Why Bother? Why Not? Visit for photos and video from the contest. Twittercue: Gifted wrapper @LiaGriffith wins $10k in @ScotchProducts #MostGiftedWrapper Contest! #giftwrap #tape About 3M3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter. 3M, Scotch and the Plaid Design are trademarks of 3M. ©3M 2012 Quotes: Quote 1: Lia Griffith, 2012 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper winner, offers this quick tip for gift wrapping: “Use materials for gift wrapping in an unexpected way. Look around you and you'll find inspiration everywhere!” Quote 2: Mark Ski, 2012 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest judge, “The large model airplane in the final round of the contest posed to be quite a challenge, but the contestants really brought their creativity to the table and wowed us with their technique, originality and enthusiasm.” Links: Scotch Brand Website Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest Newsroom for Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest Scotch Brand on Facebook Scotch Brand on Twitter Scotch Brand on Pinterest Scotch Brand on YouTube Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: 3MLiz Mitolo, 212-679-6600 ext. 242Hunter Public Relationsemitolo@hunterpr.comc: 330-774-8484HunterPR.comor3MRobert Brittain, 651-733-70343M Public Relations and Corporate