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Our Press Check at Pressworks

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We were very happy to have our greeting cards printed once again at Pressworks, Inc. in Plain City, Ohio. This is now our 3rd printing! Due to the fire at Pressworks last year, we went to the kind people at Westcamp Press in Westerville, Ohio for our 2nd printing last fall.  We are glad to be back at Pressworks and to see their new facilities and all the “new green grass” that is growing after the fire devastated parts of the facility.

I have to thank Jim and his team for attending so well to the high standards we hold for our cards with regards to the pre-press process, printing, scoring, folding, cutting, and delivering. I am so grateful for their patience and concern for the detail!

Seen below:  “Happy” Jack, Jim Lucas (Salesman and Overseer of the process), Dusty and  me. This is where we view the color coming off the big huge offset printer, approve and sign the big sheet, and eagerly await their delivery. You got the color right, Jack! Thanks!
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Portrait Painting in Watercolor Workshop with Misuk Goltz

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This was a really fun three-day workshop!  There were almost 20 people in the class, and everyone was so friendly and generous with their paints and ideas and treats! I call this “watercolor hospitality”!

It has been almost 40 years since I created portraits and that was mostly with an HB pencil. This workshop was just what I needed to get me going again! Misuk was a delightful, beautiful, fun person to be with. Here is what I learned from her:

• It’s o.k. for me to take a lot of time with each area to study the color of each tone and to be sensitive to the expression and hues. With other art forms, such as oil painting/ impressionism and line drawing, I was taught to get the entire sketch down in 5 minutes and then go back with the details. This is a great technique, but not one that I need to be locked into. In Misuk’s class, I enjoyed having the freedom to concentrate on each area for a time. This allowed me to be more sensitive to each part of the face. Misuk gave me the freedom to explore each part and take my time to “see” the color.

• The process of tracing, sketching and painting was new to me, as well as creating a value study before the actual painting to gain an understanding of the darks and lights.

• I learned new techniques for resisting the watercolor, scrubbing, glazing, variation with the composition, light and dark hues, and skin tone colors to use.

• The idea of just hinting at features and clothing.

• In the beginning, she said that we throw a lot of our paintings away. We make mistakes! I will be patient and practice!

• Encouragement – I received the foundation I needed to paint in this new page of my life.

Misuk, your paintings are absolutely beautiful!

Here is a quote I liked from the book she recommended called “Art and Fear” – “The difference between art and craft lies not in the tools you hold in your hands, but the mental set that guides them. For the artisan, craft is an end in itself. For you, the artist, craft is the vehicle for expressing your vision. Craft is the visible edge of art.”

Bird Songs

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43 Gold Strands - Bird Songs - June 17, 2014

Flower Girl Greetings – A Registered Trademark!

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flower girl greetings logo registered trademarkWe are excited!  The Flower Girl Image and the “Flower Girl Greetings” words are both now federally registered trademarks!  We praise the Lord for enabling us to get this far, and want to thank you for your encouragement and support along the way!

God bless you!







New! – 12 Hebrew Names of God Gift Collection

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hebrew names of god gift collectionDear friends,

With the completion of the 12th Hebrew Name of God Greeting card, El Roi, our Hebrew Names of God Gift Collection is complete! We are excited to be able to offer it to you for a time at the low price of $30 ($2.50 for each large, vibrant card)!

The Hebrew Names of God Gift Collection contains 12 vibrant greeting cards each with a different Hebrew Name of God. The text on the back of each card includes the meaning and history of each Name, as well as devotional thoughts.

Please click on each card image on the Shop Page to see enlarged views of the front and back of each card at

Included in this Collection are:  Avinu/Abba, El Roi, El Shaddai, Elohim, Redeemer, Yahweh Nissi, Yahweh Raah, Yahweh Rapha, Yahweh Shalom, Yahweh Shammah, Yahweh Tsuri, Yahweh Yireh

These cards can be:

  • Given as a Gift Collection
  • Sent individually to encourage others
  • Used as a 12-week group Bible study
  • Framed (please see the framing instructions on the About page)
  • Collected and read often for personal encouragement.

Here is an example of how you can view each card on our website. God bless you!  :

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12 New Greeting Card Designs!

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Dear Blog and Gold Strands Subscribers,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer which will officially be here this Saturday!  I would love to know how you are and how we can be praying for you.

I am eager to place all the new Gold Strands on the blog, but have been putting a lot of energy toward finishing 12 new greeting card designs first (not to mention washing and freezing strawberries!).  The new cards are actually being delivered tomorrow!  Our dear graphic designer, Amanda, has already placed them on the website on the Shop Page/Individual Cards at if you want to see the enlarged views and read the content on the back of each card.

The process of making these greeting cards from start to finish is quite involved. Each step takes a long time:

  • First, there is the artwork – The artwork for 5 of these designs is new.  4 of the designs were created in the late ’70s, 1 design was created in 1981, and 2 were created in the ’90s.
  • Then, the artwork is scanned at a high resolution so that nuances in watercolor and paper texture can be detected when they are printed.
  • Then, I enlarge the scanned images at 200 to 300% to be sure I eliminate any specs of dust from the scanner or paper that might show up in the printing.
  • Then, I plop the designs into Adobe InDesign so that I can create the backs of the cards and include our logo, etc., and prepare them for printing.
  • Then, I make PDFs of them and send them off to the printer.

And so… I would like to introduce you to Song in the night, Thy lovingkindness, Spring rains, Winter past, He is risen, The Fountain, Not forsaken, Steadfast, Young man, The trees clap, Grand compassion, and El Roi (El Roi completes our Hebrew Names of God Collection). Please see the images of our new cards below. God bless you!

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