Flower Girl Greetings, LLC was created to magnify the beauty of God’s Word with vibrant, original-art greeting cards! Our mission is to make it easy for you to share God’s hope and encouragement in a beautiful, tangible and lasting way. The original artwork on the front of the cards along with the Scripture and devotional thoughts on the back make each card a treasure that will continue to bring His life. These carefully crafted keepsakes are wonderful gifts, holiday cards, and encouragement for every day.
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Flower Girl Greeting cards make unique, personal and lasting gifts given one at a time or in their Collections. Currently, there are 102 different card designs available for purchase on this website.
What makes Flower Girl Greeting cards unique?
Framing – The cards fit nicely into standard-size frames. The mat surrounding the art would need to be cut for the frame at your nearby framing store using the following measurements:
On April 3, 1980 at the age of 23, the Lord Jesus Christ came into my life. He made me brand new on the inside, and I delved into the Scriptures. Prior to this, I had been interested in painting and drawing, but when I met the “Word of God Who lived among us” (John 1:14), the beauty of His Word compelled me to combine words and thoughts with art.
Since 1980, I have given art gifts to encourage others with the beauty I’ve found in Scripture. Most of the artwork was either meant for one person or as a commissioned piece. I kept copies of each piece in a large book.
In April 2011, after a stressful time, my husband, Dusty, encouraged me to take a break. It was the rainiest season I could remember. I began digging in our yard and edging the soaked flower beds. I built walkways and collected rocks to line the paths. Our friend, David, split the rocks to reveal the sparkles inside. The garden became a huge canvas of discovery.
The rain was no deterrent to the ten-hour work days. I sat in the mud and praised my heavenly Father for giving me such an extraordinary playground! He created everything with so much love and detail! My soul was renewed, as was my desire to explore new paints and other art forms.
In March 2012, I received strong encouragement from friends to do something with my artwork. At first, I said, “I’ve tried that before,” but one day I began to gather all the art gifts from filing cabinets and portfolios. I spread them out before the Lord and read Ezekiel 37:1-10 over them. I said to the Lord, “Only You know if these dry bones can live.” He brought each piece to life and inspired me to create new art with Scripture in calligraphy.
In July 2012, the process moved forward like a big wave. We hired a website team. A beautiful, young lady named Amanda Wood helped place the art into card files to print and share with the globe! My husband (a business analyst) manages the financial and technological aspects of Flower Girl Greetings and keeps us encouraged and laughing. God left no room for me to think I had anything to do with the birth of Flower Girl Greetings.
Our mission is to magnify the beauty of God’s Word and to make it easy for others to share the power, hope, and beauty of God’s Word in a tangible, lasting way.
The Flower Girl – The image of the flower girl in our logo represents all of us taking His blessings and returning them in praise to Him and encouragement to others.
Our mission is to make it easy for you to share the power of God’s Word to those who are struggling, celebrating, or just need to know someone cares.
Life is full, and time is precious. We often want to encourage in a tangible way, but life has a way of… happening. So, how do we make it easy?
God’s Word is already encouraging. His Word sent with your thoughtfulness is an abundant expression of love. Your words on the inside can be few or many. A simple “I’m thinking of you” is often enough.
A weekly getaway – Card-writing can be a refreshing quiet time to pray for the people in our lives. For me, it is helpful to carve out a special space with cards, stamps, addresses, and pens. Only one regular stamp is required for each card.
I include the date inside to make the card a lasting remembrance.
Floral designs are composed of pressed flowers and pointed-pen calligraphy called script writing or copperplate.
These designs can be found in our Florals 1, Florals 2 and Florals 3 Collections.
In the mid-1990s, I began pressing flowers. Elisabeth, a beautiful German baker who thought I pressed flowers, came to my door one fall day with baking pans filled with water and huge pansies of every color. She wanted to save them before the winter set in. I learned that if I placed the pansies in phone books for a few months, their color would be retained, and I could use them in designs.
The elegant script writing that accompanies the floral designs is fun and relaxing to execute. It is accomplished with a pointed nib in an oblique pen holder designed after the old quill pen. You may download and print my free Script Writing Handout (PDF) (11 x 17) and Script Writing Instructions (PDF) (8.5 x 11). This fine art of script writing flourished in the late 1800s and early 1900s during the Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship when master itinerant penmen competitively promoted and propagated their particular styles among school students and in business. Today, script writing and good penmanship are almost lost skills, but anyone can learn. The harmony and motion of these letter forms are perfect companions for organic floral designs.
Watercolor washes are created using various combinations of watercolor, Ukrainian ink dye, ink, and masking fluid, along with pointed-pen, brush or drawn lettering. Vibrant, Powdered Ukrainian Ink Dyes are sprinkled onto heavy cotton paper and sprayed with water to achieve a variety of effects. Some pieces were left out in the rain allowing the colors to soak behind the masked letters. Art Masking Fluid is used to repel the colors in areas of the painting.
Collages are created with torn paper that I paint with watercolor, ink, acrylic, or other dye.
An illuminated manuscript is calligraphed text that contains added illustration in the form of decorated capital letters, borders or small illustrations. In former times, these manuscripts were defined by their use of actual gold or silver, but now the term refers to any decorated or illustrated text. My illuminations combine gothic, script, italic, and hand-drawn letters with illustrations, borders, and floral painting. The Psalm 145 piece in this category is not a card. It is a signed and numbered, 15½ by 24-inch print available for $25. The original art for this print is 25 by 39 inches and was executed in original pointed-pen lettering with an oblique pen holder. The lettering is extremely delicate and not readable from a distance. It is an intricately beautiful piece that draws you to come close to examine each word of the Lord in this Psalm. You may view the entire print here in our store. Signed and numbered prints are printed once in one quantity, making the print more valuable in time. This piece was printed in a quantity of 500. The extremely high-quality offset printing process used for the Psalm 145 print is a technique that transfers the inked image from an etched plate to a rubber surface and then to the paper using a large press.
The original artwork for two of the greeting cards (Who am I? and Who is this?) was created by painting ink on a metal plate, then running the plate through a press with heavy cotton paper.
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All English Bibles are translations from early copies of the original manuscripts transcribed by scholars who study the original languages. The 66 books of the Bible were originally written in three languages:
It is fun to use study tools to understand more in depth the original meaning of the words in the verses of the Bible. The original art for Flower Girl Greeting cards is inspired by Scripture. I’ve outlined the process I use:
This is how translations are written, by gaining an understanding of the original manuscripts. Studying the context, culture and historical events surrounding the text, as well as the meaning of ancient terms, provides further appreciation of the passages. It is a miracle that these manuscripts have been preserved and that we can bask in the wealth of their meaning.